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.
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
Final Fridays at Civic Center
Friday, June 27, 3-7 p.m., Civic Center Park
This is the original market with a festival atmosphere!! Farm fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs, PLUS, dozens of artisans, live music, and activities for the kids. Free admission and free parking. Call Marcey Bryant at (440) 974-5735.
34th Wildwood Fine Arts 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
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.
Send us your photos or videos (10 second max) before July 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
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 – Friday, July 11, Civic Center, Garfield and Walsh Parks
Get a team together and participate in Mentor’s first 3 x 3 basketball tournament for boys and girls ages 8 – 15. All teams are guaranteed 2 games. Tournament is limited to 16 teams per age group / division and is open to children in the Mentor School district only (parochial schools are included). Cost per team is $45 and the registration deadline is July 2. To enter, download, complete and turn in this Team Registration and Rules/Waiver forms or get a flyer to share here.
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: $10 pp / Nonresident: $12 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 12-13, 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 email@example.com.
Final Fridays at Civic Center
Friday, July 25, 3-7 p.m., Civic Center Park
This is the original market with a festival atmosphere!! Farm fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs, cheese, oils, and baked goods, PLUS, dozens of artisans, live music, food and activities for the kids. Free admission and free parking.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jill Korsok at email@example.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.