The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is known the world over as the place to celebrate the art form known as rock and roll. While we welcome visitors from all 50 states and 100 countries annually, we are equally proud of and committed to honoring our Cleveland community roots. The Rock Hall celebrates Northeast Ohio with festivals and programs to highlight and celebrate our community’s cultural strengths.
Commitment to the greater Cleveland community is essential to the Museum. The Museum’s Community Festivals are designed to offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become acquainted with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates. Each festival offers free entertainment from national and local artists, and activities for the entire family. These festival days are among the Museum’s most successful events, often with record-setting crowds. The community festivals are organized around the specific themes and dates listed below.
All festivals are FREE and open to the public. Paid admission is necessary to tour the Museum unless otherwise noted.
Third Monday in January
JANUARY 21, 2013
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
MAY 18, 2013
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
JUNE 30, 2013
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.
Last Sunday in August
AUGUST 25, 2013
LATINO HERITAGE FESTIVAL
This festival celebrates the rich Hispanic culture and musical traditions. Both national and local artists participate in this festival.
Second Sunday in October annually
OCTOBER 13, 2013
The greater Cleveland area is a rich mosaic of ethnic groups, each with their own traditions and musical legacies. This colorful festival with participants in their native costumes celebrates each culture through song and dance.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is itself a non-profit organization, but we provide generous in-kind support to the hundreds of worthwhile organizations located throughout Northeast Ohio. In 2008 we donated more than $80,000 to support local events and charitable causes.
More than 3,000 at-risk toddlers have participated in our nationally acclaimed Toddler Rock program, a partnership with University Hospitals, the Beck Center for the Arts and Head Start.
Nearly 30,000 Northeast Ohio students and teachers participate in the Rockin’ the Schools program each year. This program is free for Cleveland area students.
In 2012, the Rock Hall was recognized for its significant accomplishments regarding diversity and inclusion as part of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's “Commission 50," a select group that includes 25 non-profits and 25 for profits. The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).