United States Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events All Cleveland Things to Do in Cleveland on Memorial Day By Sandy Mitchell Sandy Mitchell Sandy Mitchell is the author of multiple books about Cleveland, Ohio, including "Cleveland's Slavic Village" and "Cleveland's Little Italy." She has lived in the area since 1980. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 05/05/20 Share Pin Email PapaBear/Getty Images Memorial Day has come to be known as the kick-off to the summer season, a day away from work and school, one filled with cook-offs, concerts, and festivals. However, Memorial Day was created for a more solemn purpose. Originally called "Decoration Day," Memorial Day was created in 1865 to honor the men and women who died during the Civil War. After World War I, the purpose was expanded to include all American war casualties. There are numerous activities in and around Cleveland this Memorial Day Weekend. Below are just a few. Many of the events listed below have been canceled or postponed in 2020. Please check each listing's website for more information. 01 of 07 Cleveland Indians Baseball The Cleveland Indians are playing at the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Progressive Field. 02 of 07 Greek Heritage Festival A Memorial Day tradition in Cleveland, the Greek Festival at Tremont's Church of the Annunciation, just south of downtown, transforms the quiet church into a Greek taverna. The ladies of the church dish out more than 30,000 meals, including moussaka, Greek meatballs, and rosemary-grilled chicken. And, of course, there's baklava and other Greek pastries. The younger members of the church dress in traditional garb and perform the historic dances of the old country. You'll also find a bazaar with Greek jewelry and other treasures as well as an outside beer garden with live music. Hours are Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 11 p.m. 03 of 07 Chagrin Falls Blossom Time Festival Chagrin Falls celebrates Memorial Day weekend each year with the Blossom Time Festival. Activities include a Memorial Day parade, carnival rides, a hot air balloon competition, lots of fair food, and more. Events start Thursday evening and last through Monday. 04 of 07 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Garfield Monument Each year, Lake View Cemetery hosts a Memorial Day ceremony on the steps of the Garfield Monument. The event begins on Monday at 10:30 am with a veteran's program and speaker and is followed by a spirited patriotic band concert. The public is invited to picnic on the lawn of the monument following the concert. Admission is free. Continue to 5 of 7 below. 05 of 07 Berea Rib Cook-off The Berea Rib Cook-off takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. The event features ribs and all of the fixings, live entertainment, kids activities, and more. Scheduled to perform are Brigid's Cross and the Chardon Polka Band. Doors are open Friday from noon to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Monday from 11 am to 9 pm. Admission is free for all on Friday and $5 for adults on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; children 12 and under are free; free parking. 06 of 07 Port Clinton Walleye Festival The annual Port Clinton Walleye Festival runs from Thursday evening through Monday. Festivities include live entertainment, a petting zoo, carnival rides, and more than 100 food and merchandise vendors. The festival is located along Perry Street, in the heart of downtown Port Clinton. 07 of 07 Bay Village Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade In Bay Village, the Memorial Day remembrance begins on Monday with a parade at Huntington Park at 8:45 am, followed by a ceremony at Cahoon Park at 9:45 am. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit How to Enjoy Cleveland for Free The Best Southeastern US Destinations to Visit in the Spring Labor Day Events in Cleveland, Ohio Historic Tremont Neighborhood in Cleveland Try These Great Things to Do on Memorial Day in Los Angeles The Top Spots for Fun on Labor Day Weekend in Columbus, Ohio Free Things to Do in Cleveland From Livestock to Wonders of the World, it's all at the LA County Fair The Best Free Holiday Events in the St. Louis Area The New Mexico State Fair: a Complete Guide Labor Day Weekend Events in St. Louis Labor Day Weekend in Milwaukee Attend the St. Patrick's Day Parades in Park Slope and Bay Ridge Things to Do for St. Patrick's Day in Boston Carnival in Cologne: The Complete Guide When Is the Best Time to Visit Greece?