At Mentor Parks & Recreation Department, we’re always working on a new program, special event or fun family activity. Check this section often to find out what’s new, what’s coming up and when to mark your calendar for our next exciting activity.
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Mentor Farmers Market
Fridays, June 5 – September 25 (No Market July 3), 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., Garfield Park
This fresh-produce, open market will move to the spacious and tree filled upper grounds of Garfield Park for the season. We are accepting vendors who grow their own produce and related products including baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, and vinegars and oils. No resellers permitted. Local artisans will also be accepted space permitting. Contact Marcey Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org. For detailed weekly information, visit the Farmers Market website. Mentor Farmers Market Promo (:30 video)
Doggie Dip Day
Saturday, August 22, 1 – 5 p.m., Civic Center Pool
Civic Center Pool will officially be going to the dogs! Bring your favorite four-legged pal for a dip and enjoy some good family fun! Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated, leashed when not in the pool, and owners must be prepared for clean up duty (we’ll have extra bags). You are welcome to bring dog toys. The cost is $3 per dog.
TWO Days – One BIG Event
Friday, August 28, 4 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, August 29, 12 – 11 p.m.
Mark your calendar for the biggest two-day event in northeast Ohio! More than 25,000 people attended this family-oriented, active event last year. We’re working to bring exciting features to this year’s festival. This is what we’ve got planned so far:
- Two stages with nonstop entertainment. Headliners include The Spazmatics (Friday) and Cleveland’s Breakfast Club (Saturday)
- Inflatables, interactive games for kids and adults
- Huge assortment of delicious foods from more than 20 vendors
- Expanded beer and wine gardens with beer and wine tasting events
- Mid-way games run by local non-profits
- Fun family activities scheduled all festival long
- And much, much more!
Want to get involved? Contact Nick Standering at email@example.com. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jill Korsok at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get the latest updates and information at www.MentorCityFest.com
Jazzy Fall Concerts at Wildwood
Thursdays, September 3 & 24, 6:30 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center Front Lawn
Enjoy a beautiful autumn evening with your friends on the front lawn of the Manor House estate for our new FREE jazzy concert series. This year’s Jazzy Concert Series will feature the Cleveland Jazz orchestra will be performing 2 concerts this fall For 30 years, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra has been northeast Ohio’s premier jazz voice. Led by Artistic Director Sean Jones and Associate Artistic Director Paul Ferguson, the CJO promotes jazz in its historical and contemporary forms, through concerts with gifted jazz musicians, arrangers, composers and educators in northeast Ohio. Please bring a blanket or chair. In the event of rain the program will be moved indoors and will be limited to the first 50 people. Sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission and Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. For more information, please call the Wildwood Cultural Center 440-974-5735.
Dorothy McNamara Maloney Memorial Art Contest
Tuesday, September 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Artwork Drop off
Friday, September 11, 7- 8:30 p.m. – Opening Reception, Mentor Senior Center
This county-wide, juried art show introduces some of the best local artists to the community. Artwork submitted for the contest is on display at the Mentor Senior Center, Friday, September 11 – Wednesday, October 7. An opening reception will be held Friday, September 11, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Accepted works include: watercolor, oils, pastels, acrylics, photographs, drawings and pottery. Watercolors must be matted, framed and under glass. Artwork must be produced within the last year.
One (1) piece of artwork may be submitted to be juried for an entry fee of $5 per artist payable to City of Mentor. Entry fee must be paid when artwork is delivered. For more information, call (440) 974-5735. Sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission.
Dorothy McNamara Maloney Art Contest Application 2015
Just Kid’s Stuff Garage Sale
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. , Garfield Park Pavilion
Space Rental: Residents: $20 / Nonresidents: $25
Clean out the toy boxes, closets, and attics, and get ready for the Just Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale. This is the biggest sale of children’s items around, often featuring more than 70 vendors and more than 1,000 buyers.
Reserve a city-owned table beginning August 10 for residents and August 11 for nonresidents or plan to set up your own table on a 10’ x 10’ space for the same fee, collected the morning of the sale.
Please keep the following rules in mind when planning your sale: You may not sell out of your car, or hang items on clotheslines from the trees or pavilion. An adult must be present at each table. Residents should be prepared to show a currently utility bill and driver’s license to receive the resident rate. Set up for the event begins at 7 a.m., no earlier.
Monster Bash Dinner Theatre
Friday, September 18, 7 – 9 pm, Senior Center Great Room
This comedy of terrors, written by Frank Krupa, is a “monsterpiece” of side splitting laughs and devilishly clever high jinx. Come as your favorite Halloween or horror film character to be eligible for a prize. Great entertainment for all ages. This special live event is presented by Center Stage Mentor with original musical lyrics by Nicky Bucur. Reserve your seats early by calling (440) 974-5725. Resident/Nonresident: $17 before August 18, $18 after August 18
Gather the family for this fun and exciting contest. Come to the Wildwood Cultural Center to pick up your wood, nails and straw, and then take your supplies home and let your creativity run wild. Scarecrows will be displayed at Wildwood for everyone to see. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. All scarecrows will be grouped together and there will be no individual categories. Scarecrow supplies must be picked up the week of September 28 and returned to the Wildwood Cultural Center no later than October 16 for display and judging.
Fall Bridal Gala
Sunday, October 4, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., Holiday Inn Mentor – 7701 Reynolds Rd.
Let experts help you plan your wedding! Over 25 wedding professionals specializing in Bridal Wear * Catering * Formal Wear * Invitations * Photography * Music * Floral Designs and more! Enjoy hair and makeup demonstrations at 2:30 p.m. before the fashion show courtesy of sponsor Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa. The elegant fashion show will begin at 3:00 p.m. courtesy of sponsors Expressions Bridal & Formal Wear and Jesse Webb Entertainment. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Holiday Inn Mentor. Be sure to register for door prizes as you meet each vendor. Interested vendors should call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center, Community Arts Commission and Holiday Inn Mentor. Admission $2
Porcelain Treasures Show
Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Hand-Painted Porcelain Fine Art— Painted boxes, trays, jewelry, ornaments and other unique, one-of-a-kind porcelain gifts for sale; Painting demonstrations – Raffle prizes – Refreshments and more! Sponsored by Erie Shores Porcelain Artists and The City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and Community Arts Commission. For information, call (440) 974-5735. Admission: $1
Pumpkin Derby Day
Saturday, October 10, 2 – 5 pm, Civic Center Park
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! Gather your family and friends and get to the first, soon-to-be-famous City of Mentor Pumpkin Derby. What is a Pumpkin Derby you ask? It is a unique, side-by-side, single elimination race featuring Pumpkin Race Cars that you design and build at home! The only criteria – it must have wheels and a pumpkin on top! (Design inspiration and suggestions can be found following the link below).
We’ll also have other fun activities including a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, and a rated G, family-friendly Costume Contest with categories for all ages. This event promises to be the most fun and unusual Halloween event your family has ever experienced!
Pumpkin Derby Rules and Tips
Howl-O-Ween Party for Dogs
Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., Mentor Dog Park, 6645 Hopkins Rd.
FREE! Bring your dog and join us for a Halloween party just for dogs at the Mentor Dog Park. We’ll have some contests, prizes and doggone good fun. Dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations, be licensed, and not be in heat, to visit the dog park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call us at (440) 974-5720 for more information.
Mysteries of the Manor Trail
Friday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center & Park
Come to Wildwood Cultural Center & Park and enjoy a family friendly hayride and hear the mysteries of the Manor Trail. The Hayride will have a story teller aboard guiding you through the woods. Families will enjoy apple cider, donuts and glow sticks for the kids. There will be games and a small pumpkin hunt too! Entertainment will be on hand while you wait for the hayride. Bring your s’mores supplies to cook over the bonfire. Children 2 and under free; No strollers permitted on the hayride. Register here