Cleveland celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. each year on the third Monday of January with free museums, community concerts, and regional theater presentations. On that day, we remember, at least for the moment, Dr. King's message of non-violence, harmony, and peace.
Many of the area's museums, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, offer free admission. In 2016, Martin Luther King Day is January 18.
Learn more about Cleveland's Martin Luther King Day events below: All events are on January 18th unless otherwise noted. Additional events will be added as they are announced. (updated for 2016)
- Cleveland Orchestra Free Concert - January 16, 7pm; Severance Hall, University Circle; admission is free, but tickets are required; visit the Orchestra's Web site for information. (tickets will be available beginning January 4, 2016.)
- Cleveland Orchestra Community Open House - January 18, noon to 4pm; Severance Hall, University Circle; admission is free and no tickets are required.
- A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. - January 17, 10am. Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave.; The worship service will feature music from the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Duke Ellington, Camille Saint-Saëns, William Grant Still, and John Williams, as well as traditional spirituals and gospel songs.
- Great Lakes Science Center, Downtown Cleveland -- free admission; 10am - 6pm
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History - free admission to Smead Discovery Center (lower level); 10am - 430pm
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - free admission for Cleveland residents; 10am - 530pm
- Western Reserve Historical Society - free admission; 10am - 4pm
- Cleveland Botanical Garden - free admission; 1pm - 4pm
- Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage - free admission; 11am - 5pm
(Last updated 1-7-16)