Wade Oval Wednesdays

Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band at WOW! 2006
(courtesy of University Circle, Inc.)

Each summer, from mid-June to the end of August, the cultural institutions of Cleveland's University Circle sponsor a series of free Wednesday concerts, ranging from jazz to big-band to classical.
The events are held from 6pm to 9pm. In addition to music, many of the area's museums offer extended hours and discounted admission and area restaurants offer samples of their cuisine. The 2015 dates are Wednesdays from June 11 to August 27.

The Music:

Music events are held outside (weather permitting) on Wade Oval from 6pm to 9pm. The 2015 music line-up includes:

  • June 17 - Councilman Kevin Conwell & The Footprints
  • June 24 - Welshy Arms
  • July 1 - Carlos Jones & The Plus Band
  • July 8 - Brent Kirby and His Luck
  • July 15 - Karizma
  • July 22 - Flame
  • July 29 - The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra
  • August 5 - Son Gitano
  • August 12 - The Soul Men
  • August 19 - That 80s Band
  • August 26 - The Weather Band


Movie Nights:

In addition to the concerts, there are movies on selected Wednesdays, starting at 9pm. The 2015 schedule is as follows:

  • ¬†July 15 - "Paddington"
  • August 12 - "Big Hero 6"

The Food and Drink:

Wade Oval Wednesdays feature a wine and beer garden with a view of the stage. In addition, the Cleveland Botanical Garden sponsors "Gourmets in the Garden", where visitors can sample food from area restaurants. There is a small admission fee.

The Museums:

During the Wade Oval Wednesday events, many of the University Circle museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Western Reserve Historical Society, offer discounts and extended hours.

Getting to Wade Oval Wednesdays:

Wade Oval is located in the heart of University Circle, off of East Boulevard and E. 108th St. It's the large, grassy lawn in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other area museums


Metered parking is available around Wade Oval. In addition, discounted parking is available after 5pm in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden lots.

Concerts in the Courtyard:

In addition to the music on Wade Oval, the Cleveland Museum of Art sponsors free concerts in their outdoor center courtyard during Wade Oval Wednesdays from 5pm to 9pm.

Contact Information:

University Circle Inc.
216 791-3900
(updated 5-30-14)

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