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What to do this week(end) (9/1/23)

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The Cleveland Guardians have six home games from this weekend through the middle of next week, with many seats still available for purchase.

Now that classes have officially started and homework is beginning to pile up, it can be hard for Case Western Reserve University students to tear themselves away from academics—even if it’s a long weekend. But as we all tend to forget, studying for hours on end won’t do any good unless you take a break—or a couple, hopefully—and reset. Here are five events that will let you blow off some steam, and leave you refreshed and ready to face the week ahead.

UPBack to School Bash

When: Friday, Sept. 1 from 5:30-10 p.m.

Where: East Bell Commons

Enjoy local food, fun activities and performances by DJ Shaughn Gillihan and Nicky Youre all right here on campus. What could be a better way to kick off the start of the fall semester? Plus, admission is free!


Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival

When: Sept. 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Hale Farm & Village

If you’re willing to make the 45-minute drive, you’ll be able to shop around for jewelry, woodwork, pottery, lotion, soap, glassware, quilts and more all made by Ohio-based artisans. There will also be entertainment and local food including baked goods, kettle corn, sandwiches, salads and ice cream. Keep in mind that some vendors are cash only!

Admission is $12 for adults.


Cleveland Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 1 and 8 from 4 p.m. to midnight

Sept. 2, 3 and 9 from noon to midnight

Sept. 4 from noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds & Event Center

Even if you are unable to drink or beer isn’t really your thing, you can still pig out on goulash, pierogies, wienerschnitzel and all kinds of wursts at the Cleveland Oktoberfest. Be sure to watch the wiener dog races and beer stein-holding competitions while you do.

One-day general admission is $16.


Cleveland National Air Show

When: Sept. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Burke Lakefront Airport

This air show, which is one of the oldest in the country, draws in over 100,000 spectators annually. Watch a 50-minute choreographed aerial showcase by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, which fly at speeds of up to 500 miles per hour. At times the planes are no more than three feet apart. Other demonstrations include the F-22 Raptors from the Air Force, the Harrier from the U.S. Marine Corps, the super Hornets from the U.S. Navy, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and Tom Larkin’s Mini Jet. When you’re not too busy looking up, you can also peruse aircraft demonstrations and aviation exhibits, and even meet some of the pilots.

Admission starts at $35 for adults.


Guardians Games

When: Sept. 1-3 vs. Rays (7:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. respectively)

Sept. 4-6 vs. Twins (6:10 p.m. on Sept. 4-5 and 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 6)

Where: Progressive Field

As someone with no patience for sports, it might surprise you that I believe there is nothing more fun than going to a baseball game with your friends. Everything from the evening weather—warm but not hot—to the music, the mascots, the interactive games on the Jumbotron and the overpriced ballpark food is kitschy and perfect and entertainment at its finest. While you might have missed the chance to go with the University Program Board (UPB) to the Guardians game this Saturday, I encourage you to buy tickets to any of the six home games happening this week. The Guardians’ season is almost coming to a close, so go see them while you still can!

Tickets start at $10.

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Kate Gordon, Life Editor
Kate Gordon (she/her) is a third-year student double majoring in communication sciences and disorders and cognitive science, and minoring in Spanish. Her favorite part of The Observer is being able to share her passion for movies, television, music and pop culture as a whole. When she isn’t writing or editing she likes to spend her time reading, thrifting, sipping boba and bothering her roommates.

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