{1} CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Dinner on East 4th at Chinato and a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

{2} CMA CINEMATHEQUE

Happy Hour or dinner at L'Albatros before heading to a movie at the cinematheque. Tucked away in University Circle is one of Cleveland's best hidden gems -- a place where you can see the best foreign, independent and other movies that don't make it to local theaters, plus a truckload of re-releases, new prints, award-winners from overseas and historical flicks. CMA CINEMATHEQUE SCHEDULE.

{3} CAPITAL THEATRE DATE

Every Monday the Capitol Theatre has $6 movies, free popcorn every Tuesday and Happy Hour on Wednesday nights! Let's pickup a pint and slice at XYZ and then head to the movies. Let's just hope I don't fall asleep! Sweet Moses is open until 10pm on weeknights... so that is always an option :)

{4} JAZZ AT NIGHTTOWN

See a Jazz Concert at Nighttown: There's no shortage of venues to see good music in Cleveland, but the only location bringing in world-renowned jazz artists on a regular basis is at the top of Cedar hill in Cleveland Heights. Nighttown's eclectic and unique schedule will show you something you won't see anywhere else in town.

{5} BEACHLAND BALLROOM

See a Show at the Beachland Ballroom: Settled in a former Croatian social hall, the Beachland Ballroom has hosted just about every notable indie act in the last 15 years. Cindy Barber has created a venue that, along with the tavern, which serves a dynamite Sunday brunch, has anchored Waterloo and been a must-stop for national touring acts. Cheers, and thank you. Dinner at the Grovewood Tavern before!

{6} OPENING DAY

Attend Opening Day: With all due respect to everything else on the list, we're partial to Opening Day. It's baseball, it's America, and there's nothing quite like taking the day off or knocking off work early to head down to The Jake for the first day of Tribe baseball.

{7} TREMONT ART WALK

Tremont ArtWalk is a recurring event on the second Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. The date will begin with a stroll around the shops before checking out a {new to us} restaurant: PRESS WINE BAR. GINKO SUSHI. DANTE. LOLITA

{8} BIKE CUYAHOGA VALLEY

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trip

Take your date on a nostalgic adventure through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The train chugs along the river within the Ohio & Erie Canalway. Three-hour rides are offered Wednesday through Sunday. Check here for reservations or call 1-800-468-4070.

Cost: $15, adults; $10, children 3-12; free, children 2 and under.

{9} WADE OVAL WEDNESDAY

Wade Oval Wednesdays presents an array of local and national musical entertainment ranging from jazz to reggae to Beatles hits. Performers include the New Barleycorn (Irish folk-rock), Abby Normal & the Detroit Lean (rock, swing and funk) and Revolution Pie (a Beatles tribute). From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy the free music, delicious food and drinks from local vendors, art, music and family fun. 216-707-5035.

{10} CRITICAL MASS RIDE

Join a Critical Mass Bike Ride: It used to be a couple of folks on old bikes rolling around town. Now, Critical Mass rides garner hundreds of participants taking over Cleveland's streets. The city might have a long way to go making Cleveland completely bike-friendly, but there's progress. In the meantime, peddle around while making some new friends.

{11} BLOSSOM MUSIC

See a Concert at Blossom: Northeast Ohio's largest outdoor music venue, Blossom, brings in the largest country acts every year, holds an annual series with the Cleveland Orchestra and is still the only place you're likely to see the most popular touring artists every summer.

{12} CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

See the Cleveland Orchestra: We're talking a world-class orchestra -- selling out concerts in Europe on a regular basis -- right here, performing regularly. Severance Hall is gorgeous, and the Orchestra offers plenty of programming -- from cartoon scores to movies -- for anyone who pretends to not enjoy Beethoven.

Comment Stream