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.


Garlic Mustard Pull
Saturday, April 19, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve (meet at the trailhead)
Garlic mustard is a non-native invasive plant species that is wreaking havoc in natural environments in Ohio and the midwest. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, ‘Garlic mustard aggressively out-competes native species in the understory of forests and woodlands. It grows in dense clusters and can displace most herbaceous native plants within 10 years.’ Join us for a few hours to help combat this plant and make room for native seedlings and native wildflowers. We’ll start off learning to identify the plant, how to dispose of it, and even how to cook it! Then we’ll hike into the nature preserve to pull and properly dispose of it. Feel free to attend all or some of the event. Wear comfortable clothes and dress for the weather; it can be cooler in the woods so dress in layers. Bring garden gloves if you like and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Kids over age 12 can participate if accompanied by an adult.  It’s free, but please let us know you’re coming by calling to register at  (440) 974-5720.

Senior Center Garage Sale
Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Join us for this HUGE annual garage sale where you may find some wonderful treasures. The cost is $25 for a 6 foot table or $20 for a 5 foot table or a round table. Table space is available to seniors beginning December 2 for residents and December 4 for nonresidents. After March 1, table space will be available to anyone wishing to participate. Donations for the bake sale would be appreciated. If you would like to donate to the bake sale, please let us know when you register for your table space. Please register for a table by calling the Mentor Senior Center at 440-974-5725.

Amphibian Hike
Saturday, April 26, 10 – 11 a.m., Morton Community Park (meet at pavilion)
Amphibians are on the move in spring and we will try to find and identify frogs, toads, and salamanders that call the Lagoons Preserve home. Fee is per child; parents are welcome to hike along at no fee. The program is free, but please let us know you’re coming by registering at (440) 974-5720.


Wildwood Singer’s Spring Concert – Popular Music of the 20th Centure
Friday, May 2, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Come and listen to The Wildwood Singers as they perform classic hits from each decade of the twentieth century. Styles will include popular, rock and roll, Broadway, film music, folk, jazz, Gospel, and more. The concert is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Community Arts Commission. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at Wildwood, Recreation Department, and the Mentor Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. Resident / Nonresident: $5 per person, 10 & under free.

Mother’s Day Mom’s Play Free
Sunday, May 11, All Day, Black Brook Golf Course
All Mom’s play the course free when accompanied by another player. Call (440) 951-0010 to schedule a tee time.

Wildwood Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
The Garden Club will have a great selection of outdoor plants and flowers at reasonable prices for your summer garden. All proceeds benefit the Wildwood Garden Club. The plant sale is held rain or shine! For more information, please call (440) 974-5735.

Memorial Day Walking Parade & Ceremony
Monday, May 26, 10 a.m.
Join the City of Mentor as we pay tribute to those who have served our country. Parade units gather in the Heinen’s parking lot at 9 a.m. with step-off to Mentor Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. for this solemn processional. Groups wishing to participate in the parade and/or memorial services should call the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720 before May 9.

Just Kids Stuff Garage Sale
Thursday, May 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Garfield Pavilion
Clean out the toy boxes, closets, and attics, and get ready for the Just Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale. Reserve city-owned tables beginning April 7 for residents and April 8 for nonresidents or 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. Residents: $20 / Nonresidents: $25

Mentor Farmers Market
Make sure to mark Fridays on your calendar. From May 30 through September 19 you can shop for fresh, local produce, bedding plants, flowers, cheese, honey, olive oil, jams, jellies, and baked goods from 3-7 PM. No Market Friday, July 4 or August 22. PLUS, on June 27, July 25 and August 29, dozens of artisans will join the market, along with live music and entertainment for the kids, as Mentor presents FINAL FRIDAYS. More information at cityofmentor.com/visit/mentormarket.


Father/Son Best Ball Tournament
Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m., Black Brook Golf Course
Join in on this fun, friendly Father & Son scramble tournament and see who takes home the title. Fathers may play with as many as 3 sons. Greens fees are paid at Black Brook the day of the event. Divisions are determined by the age of the son. Divisions 10 & 11 and 12 & 13 play 9 holes. Divisions 14 & 15, 16 & 17, and 18 & up play 18 holes. Registration fee is $5 per player and the deadline to register is June 7. To register, call the Mentor Recreation Department office at (440) 974-5720 or register online.

Everything You Always Wanted To Do – Family Style
Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Civic Center Park
Mentor Recreation is happy to bring back Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Do But Your Mother Wouldn’t Let You – FAMILY STYLE! Sign the whole family up for the messiest, gooeyest, noisiest family night ever. Parents, this is your chance to crack an egg on your child’s head or give them a shaving cream hair-do, but be careful – they might get you back by turning you into a human ice cream sundae! Families participate in messy games and activities that include foods such as whipped cream, kool-aid, syrup, pudding and come with names such as The Legendary Mud Slide! A one-hour family swim time at Civic Center Pool after a thorough clean-up is included in the evening. Families will need to bring for each family member: a swim suit, towel, change of clothing, and a bag to take home messy clothes. Each participate should wear old clothes and old tennis shoes (sandals are not recommended). Fee is per person. Ages 4 and older, please. Resident: $8 / Nonresident: $11 Register online.

City of Mentor Summer Concert Series Presented by Dollar Bank

Tuesdays, 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

34th Wildwood Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
The 33rd annual juried Wildwood Fine Arts Festival features over 50 artists with original and unique art of the highest quality, live music, and refreshments. From glassware, paintings, metal works, jewelry and more, guests can browse tents filled with the finest art work on the beautiful grounds of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free historical tours of the manor house will be given. Event proceeds benefit Wildwood Cultural Center and support college scholarships for students from Lake and Geauga counties planning to study art. $2 Admission  Artists Application       Food Vendor Application


July 4 Fireworks
Friday, July 4, 9:50 p.m., Civic Center Park
Celebrate America with the City of Mentor.  Free

3 x 3 Basketball Tournament
Wednesday, July 9 – Thursday, July 10, 9 a.m., Walsh and Civic Center Parks
Get a team together and participate in Mentor’s first 3 x 3 basketball tournament for boys and girls ages 8 – 14.  Details to follow.

Mentor’s Got Talent Show
Tuesday, July 15 , 10 am, Civic Center Amphitheater
Bring your best talents and show them off at this friendly competition for kids ages 3 – 18. Free. Register online or call (440) 974-5720 before July 11.

Family Camp Out
Friday, July 11, 5 p.m. – 10 a.m., Civic Center Amphitheater
No need to travel far this summer when you and your family can have a great time at our Family Campout right in Civic Center Park!  Families will provide their own tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and personal items. We’ll have a campfire, games and crafts, snacks, swim time at Civic Center Pool and a movie before zipping up your tent! A light breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. Only one tent per family, please. Advanced registration is required. Resident: $6 pp / Nonresident: $7 pp  Register online or call (440) 974-5720.

Family Fun Day & Picnic
Sunday, July 13, 12 – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Step back in time with you family and enjoy FREE old fashioned fun games and entertainment on the historic grounds and estate of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free historical tours of the manor house will be given. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with your family at one of the picnic tables – or bring a blanket! Refreshments will be available for purchase. Ongoing events/performers are: a juggler, balloon artist, petting zoo, face painter, old fashioned games, pony rides, inflatable games, arts & crafts and entertainment by The Larry Smith Express. The Wildwood Singers will perform at 1 p.m.; Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show will be at 2 p.m.

Christmas in July
Friday, July 25, 1- 4 p.m., Garfield Pool
Santa stops by for Christmas fun in July! Free with regular daily admission.

Madness in Mentor Pickleball Tournament
Saturday – Sunday, July 19 – 20, Times Vary, Civic Center Park
The 2nd Madness in Mentor Skills Pickleball Tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13 at Mentor’s own pickleball complex at Civic Center Park. Individual and mixed events will be played in these skill levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0. Cost is $25 for the first match and $15 for the second match. A tournament shirt is included with your registration. Visit www.usapa.com to register for this tournament. Tournament director Brian Murphy can be reached at (440) 221-7487 or murphy5270@sbcglobal.net.

Headlands BeachFest
Saturday, July 26, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Headlands Beach State Park
Plans are underway for the return of the coolest event on Ohio’s longest beach! This is NOT your typical day at the beach. Come learn to fly a kite, paddle a kayak, make a sandcastle, search for buried treasure, play a game or make a sand art project. Watch three World Champion sand sculptors create amazing works of art as we present Ohio’s first Master Sand Sculpture Competition. Nonstop live music, dozens of arts & craft vendors and a variety of food. It’s a family celebration of wind, water and sand. The event will be held rain or shine. Free admission and parking.  Call (440) 974-5794 or visit www.headlandsbeachfest.com for complete information.

Children’s Pet Show
Tuesday, July 29, 10 a.m., Civic Center Amphitheater
From big to small, we love them all. Bring your pet and be a part of the show! Free.


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