A weekend of events right up CLE on the Cheap’s alley is about to begin. You’ve already read about Holiday Circlefest. Some of University Circle’s neighbors are welcoming visitors with free and discounted events of their own.
Little Italy’s Holiday Art Walk is tonight through Sunday. You can check out the shops and galleries for free, but maybe you’ll find something to buy as well. The restaurants also will be open. If you can walk through that neighborhood without stopping for Italian food, you are a stronger person than I.
As locals know, parking is a challenge in Little Italy. Don’t forget there’s an RTA stop on Mayfield Road. Take the Red Line from west or east, and put the “walk” in Holiday Art Walk if you’re up to it. Turn left on Mayfield from the station, and let the enticing aroma lead the way. The Circle Link is another option for getting around University Circle, Little Italy, Uptown and Coventry.
There is a visitors center at 12010 Mayfield, where you can get directions and pick up maps and brochures. There also is one at 11330 Euclid Ave., not far from the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and the Cleveland Institute of Art in the Uptown neighborhood. MOCA and CIA are part of the weekend celebration, too. MOCA will have free admission Saturday, as it does the first Saturday of every month. It also offers a discounted admission of $5 after 5 p.m. every Friday, and free admission every day for kids younger than 18. And this weekend there will be free admission on Sunday, too. Just a couple of blocks away, CIA is having its Student Holiday Sale Friday night and Saturday.
Now, don’t try to tell me there’s nothing to do around here.