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: 

Ciclovia at the Colonnade

The Colonnade at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building - Saturday, June 25th | 8 am - 12 pm

Grab your bicycle and ride to the Colonnade for a morning of cycling-themed activities brought to you by the Sustainability Committee and the Recreation Department's #ShakerPlays program. Free classes, demonstrations and activities! For more information, visit our #ShakerPlays page.


Fourth of July Pool Party

Thornton Park - Monday, July 4 | 1 pm - 5 pm

Join us on Monday, July 4 from 1 – 5 pm for Shaker Heights' annual Independence Day Pool Party at Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Road). Beat the afternoon heat by the pool with family and friends. Enjoy music from DJs and participate in fun family activities, including rides on the Euclid Beach Rocket Car from 2 – 4 pm. Food and beverages will be available. I.D. required and regular admission fees apply.


Shaker Recreation Concert Series

The Van Aken District - Wednesdays, July 13th - August 17th | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Brighten up your Wednesday evenings this summer with a variety of live musical performances at the Van Aken District, including big band, soul, jazz, and rock music. Free, all ages. Performances are held outdoors on the green space on Tuttle Road near the VAD Market Hall. There is plenty of public seating available and you are welcome to bring your own as well! Music begins at 7pm.

July 13 - Shaker Heights Community Band

July 20 - Townsmen Orchestra

July 27 - Sam Hooper Group

August 3 - The Katy

August 10 - Shaker Heights Community Band

August 17 - Mourning [A] BLKstar


Dive-In Movie at Thornton Park Pool

Thornton Park - Friday, August 12 | 7:30 pm

Enjoy the fun of a 'drive-in movie' at the Thornton Park Pool for this special late-night swim event! More details TBA!

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.