Upcoming Events

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.

City of Mentor Summer Concert Series Presented by Dollar BankTuesdays, June 24 – August 12, 7 – 9 p.m., Civic Center AmphitheatreWe continue our summer tradition by bringing this FREE concert series with impressive local bands to Civic Center Amphitheater. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets: no chairs are provided. Questions? Call (440) 974-5735.

June 24 Good Vibrations Beach Boys Tribute
July 1 Jersey Springsteen Tribute
July 8 Reil Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute
July 15 Penny Lane Beatles Tribute
July 22 The Diamond Project Neil Diamond Tribute
July 29 Fast Lane Eagles Tribute
August 5 Evil Ways Santana Tribute
August 12 Monica Robins & The Ninja Cowboys Country

Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The City of Mentor, Community Arts Commission and Aqua Ohio, Inc., BackTrack, Inc., Buyers Products Company, Center-Tyler Auto Body & Service, Inc., Component Repair Technologies, Inc., Crossroads Hospice, Dollar Bank, Emeritus at Newell Creek, FirstMerit Bank, Fredon Corporation, Lake National Bank, Lennon Realty, Lifeguard Financial Retirement Planners, Lintern Corporation Worldwide, Manhattan Deli, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Mentor Lumber & Supply, Mentor Public Library, Royal Plastics, Inc., Runyon & Sons Roofing, Inc., Visiting Angels, W. S. Tyler

JULY

Out Is In! – Celebrate July as Parks & Recreation Month!
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. The City of Mentor is celebrating with the theme OUT is IN and we want to know what outside activities you do throughout the year to enjoy parks, recreation and leisure time.Out Is In contest instructions

Send us your photos or videos (10 second max) before July 31 to recreation@cityofmentor.com with the subject line OUT is IN and let us know what the outdoors means to you. Videos and photos will be put together as one presentation and posted on www.cityofmentor.com/play in early August. One winner will be awarded a $100 VISA gift card and be invited to help us create an introduction for the presentation. So get your creative ideas flowing, and discover new ways to have fun! Go hiking or biking on trail, enjoy a baseball game, get out and play on our playgrounds, take a dip in our swimming pools, or relax and enjoy our natural areas. Show us how you celebrate OUT is IN. Questions? Call Lauren at  Mentor Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720 .

AUGUST

Everything You Always Wanted to Do
Tuesday, August 5, 12 – 3 p.m., Garfield Park Pavilion
What a summer finale! Have you ever wanted to roll in mud, have a squirt gun fight with kool-aid or eat a whole cup of pudding with nothing but your mouth? This is the messiest, noisiest, once in a lifetime kid friendly event of the year! Kids participate in all-out messy games and activities that include foods such as whipped cream, Jell-O, syrup, and marshmallows and come with names such as the Legendary Shake and Bake and Mud Pie Party. Kids will have a ball and best of all, we clean up the mess! Snacks and a one-hour swim time at Garfield Pool after a thorough shower are included in the day. Kids will need to bring a swim suit, a wash cloth, change of clothing and a bag to take home messy clothes. Old tennis shoes are recommended and pre-registration is required! Call (440) 974-5720 or register online.Mentor Cruise-In
Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Civic Center Park
See hundreds of vintage vehicles and enjoy entertainment, music and activities. Vehicles may set up beginning at 8 a.m. Both vehicle entry and spectator admission is free!

Chalk Art Contest
Tuesday, August 12, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Civic Center Park Bikepaths
Create a one-of-a-kind work of art at this fun contest open to kids living within the Mentor school district, ages 5 – 16. Free.

Doggie Dip
Monday, August 18, 5:30 – 7 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.

Mentor CityFest
Friday, August 22, 4 – 11 p.m. & Saturday, August 23, 12 – 11 p.m.
We had so much fun with Mentor CityFest last year, we’re doing it again! Mark your calendar for the biggest community event in northeast Ohio! More than 25,000 people attended this family-oriented, active event last year. This year, we’re bringing:

  • Continuous live music including Dueling Pianos and the Chicago cover band, Sounds of Society
  • Activities such as an amazing zip line, trampolines, rock wall and inflatables
  • Huge assortment of delicious foods
  • Expanded beer and wine gardens with schedule tasting events
  • Community stage with local performers
  • Community-run carnival style games
  • Incredible BMX bike show
  • Giant puppet show with MadCap Puppets
  • Indoor lasertag
  • And much, much more!

Want to get involved? Contact Nick Standering at standering@cityofmentor.com. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jill Korsok at korsok@cityofmentor.com. Get the latest updates and information at www.MentorCityFest.com

Final Fridays at Civic Center
Friday, August 29, 3-7 p.m., Civic Center Park
The last Final Friday of the season. Farm fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, and olive oils PLUS, dozens of artisans, live music, food and activities for the kids. Free admission and free parking.