Cleveland is not only the home of Rock and Roll; it is also a melting pot of musical influences from around the world. Over time, various ethnic groups have traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and called it home. In recognition of this, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Ohio Natural Gas sponsor various free music festivals over the year that feature local, national and international artists.
No matter what your musical taste, you will find something on the list of festivals that will appeal to you. This is also a good time to become familiar with other music from around the world. Who knows? You may find yourself a fan of this world music and discover something new to love. These festivals are among the Museum’s most successful events, often with record-setting crowds. The community festivals are organized around specific dates and themes.
All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Rock Hall Community Festival Calendar
Last Sunday in August
LATINO HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Come move to the Latin groove. Learn some basic dance steps to go along with the music or just have a fun time listening.
Second Sunday in October
If you want to experience the most diverse mixture of world music in the shortest period of time then this is the festival for you. The festival features participants in native costumes celebrating their country’s culture with song and dance.
Third Monday in January
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FESTIVAL
Free admission day
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates this National Holiday with free admission to the general public. A celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the focus of this glorious day of song and dance by outstanding national and local artists.
Third Saturday in May
ROCK YOUR WORLD
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum partners with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Arts Education Department in the presentation of its All City Arts Festival. This event is designed to feature the best work in all the arts disciplines of the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, from grades K-12.
Last Sunday in June
ROCK AND SOUL FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the growth and development of rock and roll music. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its national educational activities.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (60+), $13 for children (9-12) and children under 8 and Museum members are free. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.
Rock Hall Latin Jazz Fest
Dancers take the floor at the Latin Jazz Festival put on in August by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where the music moves you to the beat.
Rock Hall Latin Jazz Fest in Cleveland
Bobbie cuts loose a vocal during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Latin Jazz Fest. Bobbie is also the instuctor for the Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Camp held each year.
A large crowd came to swing and dance to the latin beat at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Latin Jazz Festival held in August at the Hall of Fame Main Stage.
Dancers at Latin Jazz Festival
Salsa, Tango, Rumba are just a few of the dance styles that youe will see during the various performances during the day at the Roack and Roll Hall of Fame Latin Jazz Festival.
The crowd gets to rocking as the guitar solo swings to the Latin beat at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Latin Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cool riffs and strong latin beats get the crowd off their seats and onto the dance floor during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Latin Jazz Festival.
Bobbie gives an improptue Latin dance lesson to a young lady picked out of the crowd at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Latin Dance Festival.