What You Need to Know About Saturday's SPARX City Hop


An annual tradition, SPARX City Hop aims to promote “the best of Cleveland’s cultural offerings.” At the free event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can explore galleries and neighborhoods in the city via free trolleys.

“Each year, SPARX City Hop is a unique opportunity to explore Cleveland with fresh eyes,” says Joe Marinucci, CEO and president of Downtown Cleveland Alliance in a press release. “In this, our 16th year, we are especially honored to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, which boasts unparalleled views of our city, and its past, present and future. Downtown Cleveland’s new developments are truly on display.”

To mark the Veterans Memorial Bridge milestone, self-guided subway tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at 1 p.m., County Executive Armond Budish will be on-hand for a special commemorative plaque presentation.

The event will kick off at the SPARX City Hop Main Hub located under Playhouse Square’s GE Chandelier. Three trolley lines — Green, Red and Blue — will pick patrons up at U.S. Bank Plaza and shuttle them around to inner-ring neighborhoods. Cleveland Bazaar will set up at the hub as will 20 local pop-up art retailers, including Hilson Nut, Champaign Paper and Canine Companions. Local acts such as Sam Hooper Group, Hillbilly IDOL and Daddy Longlegs Homegrown Revival will perform. Free guided walking tours of the Gateway district will leave from the hub, and there will be behind-the-scenes access to the Connor Palace, State and Ohio Theatres.

The Ohio City tour includes a stop at the Transformer Station, where local acts Mike Uva, Marc Lee Shannon and Diana Chittester will perform. Punch Drunk Tagalongs, Math + Logic and the Chestertons will perform at Market Square Park, and Mike St. Jude & the Valentines, Spyder Stompers and Sugar Pie will play at SPACES. Cats on Holiday, PANic Trinidad Steel Drum Band, and Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys will be at Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Station.

The Red Line trolley will take guests to the Warehouse District, the Flats and Gateway District. One stop includes the YARDS Project, an art hub featuring the work of regional artists in the Worthington Yards building. Shawn & Shelby, Jason Meyers and Holden Laurence will perform there. The trolley will also stop at the Flats for the third annual Flats Festival of the Arts where Ryan Humbert, Chris Allen and DJ Mimo will all perform. Kiss Me Deadly, Afi in the Mix and Ray Flanagan will set up on East Fourth Street.

The Blue Line will stop in the Superior Arts District and Asia Town and visit Superior Hot Glass, a glassblowing facility, and Loftworks Gallery, an art gallery bridging the Saint Clair/Superior Arts district to Asia Town. Dreadlock Dave, Shetler Jones and Luca Mundaca will perform at the Tower Press Building, and there will be live music all day long at Superior Sound. Andrew Bonnis, Michelle Gaw and XELA will play at the ArtCraft Building, and Ariel Karas, Dave Kasper and Erynn Krebs will perform at the Community Mural.

Find a complete schedule on the website.

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