Special Events

The Recreation Department is pleased to host a variety of special events each year, including the Memorial Day Parade, the 4th of July Pool Party, and the Doggie Dip. In addition, the Department offers other seasonal special events for the community. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or sign up for Rec ENews to keep up with recreation events.  

Upcoming Events: 

Touch A Truck

Van Aken District – Saturday, September 25th, 10 am - 2 pm (9 am - 10 am Sensory Hour – no horns, alarms, or flashing lights)

Gear up for our Touch a Truck event! Come see all kinds of trucks and vehicles, including fire, garbage, front-end loader, scooter, ambulance and more. Touch, climb and explore! Free admission. Children of all ages welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Chuck Rossbach Learn to Skate Competition

Thornton Park Ice Arena - Saturday, December 4th, 2:30 pm start time

All Learn to Skate participants are eligible. Skaters will be evaluated in small groups and medals will be awarded. 

$5 if enrolled in Fall LTS classes, $20 if not enrolled in Fall LTS classes


Holding a Special Event

Are you planning a special event (5k/fun run, march/rally, or other gathering) in Shaker Heights? View our Special Events Permits for information on how to get a permit for your event.