2018 Wade Oval Wednesday Schedule!

Make your weekend start on Wednesdays!

Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle. Food trucks, vendors, theme nights, and activities vary each week and are all family-friendly. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious treats from vendors on site*. Select museums are open late on Wednesdays.

*No tents or umbrellas allowed. No open flames allowed.


Live Music Lineup:

June 13 – Wesley Bright & The Honeytones (Soul)

June 20 – Hubb’s Groove (R&B, Blues, Jazz)

June 27 – Carlos Jones & The P.L.U.S. Band (Reggae); Fireworks at 9 p.m.

July 11 – Lost State of Franklin (Rockabilly)

July 18 – Son Gitano (Latin, Salsa)

July 25 – Otis & The Shoreway Saints (Rock); “Coco” screening at 9 p.m.; 5th Annual Healthy WOW Night with free health screenings by University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.

August 1 – Ruby’s Fun House (Motown, Rock, R&B)

August 8 – Tricky Dick & The Cover-Up (Dance); “Hidden Figures” screening at 9 p.m.; PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure on site, including “When I Grow Up” photo station

August 15 – The Benjaminz (Old School Funk, Soul, R&B); Uptown Business Association’s WOW Market Night featuring local vendors; PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure on site

August 22 – Red Light Roxy (Jazz, Blues, Swing)

*Please note that professional photographs and video may be taken during the concerts and used for promotional purposes in both online and in print formats.


See University Circle for more details.

2016 Wade Oval Wednesday Schedule!


From a few hundred people the first year, WOW has gone on to attract more than 5,000 people on popular band nights.

2016’s WOW series will include food trucks, and you can also bring a picnic and enjoy a night on the lawn at no cost.

There are three movie nights this year, including “Tomorrowland,” “Zootopia” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” and with the museums also open late, it’s safe to say Wednesdays are the new unofficial start of the weekend in Cleveland. WOW!
2016 WOW schedule:

  • June 15: Justo Saborit – Latin Jazz

Theme: Donate Life / Transplant Games; recognition for Transplant House

  • June 22: Seafair – Indie Rock

Theme: Buy Local / WOW! Neighborhood Connections & Uptown Business Association Night

Plus Bubblepalooza, a tribute to Dr. UR Awesome and his Guinness World Record last June at Cleveland Botanical Garden

  • June 29: Carlos Jones & The PLUS Band – Reggae

Theme: Wear Your Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Night

Nehemiah Project’s dance performance at intermission

  • July 6: Forecast – Jazz, Funk, Rock

Theme: Family Picnic Night 

NuLife Fitness will get the crowd moving at Iitermission

  • July 13: Spazmatics – Dance Party 

Theme: Thank You Night for UCI Donor/Sponsor Night

NudgeFitness and Masala Bhangra Dance will continue the dance party through intermission

  • July 20: Rock (Special Act To Be Announced)

Theme: All American City — Red, White & Blue Night

Motorcars Solar Car Day for kids, chalk art, ice cream and hot dogs

  • July 27: Mo Mojo – Zydeco

Theme: Healthy WOW! Night; enjoy activities from University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic and ADA Cleveland

Huge zumba party at intermission

Movie Night: “Tomorrowland,” 9 p.m.

  • Aug. 3: Son Gitano – Latin/ Salsa

Theme: Summer Olympics and the vibe of Rio de Janiero

Intermission features salsa dancing

  • Aug. 10: Councilman Conwell & The Footprints – Motown Jazz/Blues

Catch up with the Cleveland Indians’ Hot Dog mascots

The PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure returns

  • Aug. 17: SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie & Hot Djang – Roots Rock

Theme: Roots Of American Music Night

  • Aug. 24: Honey Bucket – NewGrass Pop

Theme: Welcome Back Students Night!

Enjoy the Cleveland Zoo Street Team and stay for 

Movie Night: “Zootopia,” 9 p.m.

  • Aug. 31: Brent Kirby & His Luck – Rock/Pop/Jazz 

Theme: Bike Cleveland Night/NeoCycle 
Wear your “Star Wars” costume and stay for the movie!
Movie Night: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” 9 p.m.

See http://www.universitycircle.org/ for more details.

2015 WOW! Wade Oval Wednesday Lineup

WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays

Presented by PNC

June 17th – August 26th, 2015

Make your weekend start on Wednesdays!

Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle.

Movies start at 9:00 p.m. on select nights.

2015 WOW! Schedule

June 17: Councilman Kevin Conwell & The Footprints
Motown Jazz & Blues

June 24: Welshly Arms

July 1: Carlos Jones & The Plus Band

July 8: Brent Kirby & His Luck

July 15: Karizma
Movie Night: “Paddington”

July 22:   Flame
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ADA

July 29: The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra (featuring Cleveland Orchestra members) with special appearance by the Great Lakes Light Opera
Light Classical Music

August 5: Son Gitano

August 12:  The Blues Brothers
Movie Night: “Big Hero 6”

 August 19: That 80’s Band
80’s Music

 August 26:  Ohio Weather Band
Roots Rock Band

Getting Here
Beat the traffic and forget about parking! We encourage all visitors to take public transportation to University Circle. The neighborhood is accessible by GCRTA’s HealthLine, Red line, and eight (8) bus lines. For more information, click here.

Free WOW parking available at the VA Hospital Patient Parking garage on Magnolia Drive.

For a map of available parking in University Circle, click here. 

Please note that professional photographs and video may be taken during the concerts and used for promotional purposes in both online and in print formats.


2014 Wade Oval Wednesdays Schedule

WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays

Presented by PNC

June 11th – August 27th, 2014


Make your weekend start on Wednesdays!

Cleveland’s Signature Summer Concert Series is back. Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle.  Movies start at 9:00 p.m. on select nights.

2014 WOW! Schedule

June 11

Coast to Coast – Motown/R&B/Dance Music

June 18

No Name Band – Music from the 60’s, 70’s and Beyond 

June 25

Mary’s Lane – Irish Americana

July 2

Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band – Reggae

July 9

Nick Tolford & Company – Rock & Roll Soul Band Movie Night:  Frozen

July 16

After Thought & The Nu Soul Band – Dance/Party Music

July 23        

Jah Messenger Reggae Band – Reggae

July 30

Son Gitano – Latin/Salsa/Rumba

August 6

Red Light Roxy – Swing/ Big Band

August 13

The Cleveland Bluegrass Orchestra – Classical Blue Grass and fun Classical Music Performed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra Movie Night: Draft Day (Subject to change) 

August 20

Wild Horses – Rock & Roll Dance Music

August 27

Hey Mavis – Appalachian Americana

Getting There

Beat the traffic and forget about parking! Cleveland Over Everything encourages all visitors to take public transportation to University Circle.

The neighborhood is accessible by GCRTA’s HealthLine, Red line, and eight (8) bus lines. For more information, click here.

The Party in the Square-Parade the Circle shuttle will operate between Detroit Shoreway and University Circle. Check back for more information! For driving directions to University Circle, click here.

For a map of available parking in University Circle, click here. 

May Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval


Following record-breaking attendance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as part of its April centennial gift, the Cleveland Foundation has a May gift just as special to give to the community – Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval – will celebrate the longtime support the foundation has provided to four cultural institutions in University Circle: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society. May 24 will be the first free Saturday ever for all four Wade Oval institutions, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“We are pleased that our May centennial gift to the community will make the first-class institutions on Wade Oval available to all Greater Clevelanders,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. “This concentration of cultural institutions is unmatched anywhere in the world. As part of Memorial Day weekend festivities, we invite the community to take advantage of this cultural heart of our city.”

Each institution is offering something unique to visitors on Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval, in recognition of the nearly $50 million in collective support the foundation has provided them throughout the past 100 years.

Because the Cleveland Museum of Art always offers free admission, the Cleveland Foundation has made it possible for the museum to offer a special gift on May 24: all available public tickets to the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition will be free for the first 500 visitors. The special exhibition is scheduled to close on May 25.

“The Cleveland Museum of Art is delighted to be among the great institutions included in Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval,” said Fred Bidwell, interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Foundation have a long and rich history of collaboration, working to give back to the community. The museum is committed to meaningful community engagement, and we are grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for its significant support of our efforts.”

Cleveland Botanical Garden will debut its highly anticipated Nature Connects exhibit, which will feature 14 LEGO brick sculptures depicting plants and animals.

“This will be the first time the Botanical Garden is able to offer free admission on the opening day of a major attraction, and it’s thanks to our longtime partner, the Cleveland Foundation,” said President Natalie Ronayne. “We celebrate the foundation’s generosity to the Garden and the impact its support enables us to achieve in our community.”

As part of the Cleveland Foundation gift, free admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will include free entry to Shafran Planetarium for the first time ever.

“The Cleveland Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Museum, especially our education and science initiatives, and we are honored and delighted to be part of this historic celebration of Cleveland’s legendary cultural district on Wade Oval,” said Dr. Evalyn Gates, executive director and CEO. “The Cleveland Foundation’s gift to the community has allowed us to open a window into the universe through free admission to the Shafran Planetarium, and to invite the community to explore science and nature – past, present and future!”

For Cleveland Foundation Day, the Western Reserve Historical Society has extended its popular Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion exhibit through May 25. WRHS will have curators and experts available in the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, as well as in other exhibits. Tour guides in the Hay-McKinney House and the Research Library will answer questions from visitors.

“Our mission includes sharing the history of Northeast Ohio with the public. This wonderful opportunity provided by the Cleveland Foundation means we will be sharing with many more people than we normally see in a day,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, interim CEO. “We hold in our archives the papers of the Cleveland Foundation, so we will select a number of beautiful examples from the early days of the foundation for the public to view in our Research Library.”

On May 24, University Circle Inc. will offer free shuttle service between the Wade Oval institutions and to/from both Louis Stokes VA Medical Center garages (the patient garage on Magnolia Drive and the employee garage on E. 105th Street), which will be free to Cleveland Foundation Day visitors. Visitors are being encouraged to carpool or take the RTA’s HealthLine to the Adelbert Road or Ford Road station. For more information, go to www.rideRTA.com

Many Greater Clevelanders have taken advantage of the foundation’s previous “Cleveland Foundation Day” gifts to the community. Cleveland Foundation Day on the RTA on Jan. 16 led to a 25 percent increase overall on RTA buses and trains. Cleveland Foundation Weekend on NorthCoastHarbor on Feb. 22 and 23 brought a record 16,450 visitors to Great Lakes Science Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 8,000 visitors represented a 500 percent increase over a typical Sunday. March’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland International Film Festival drew the biggest Monday audience in the Festival’s 37-year history, with nearly 8,000 attendees. April’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo drew a record-breaking 35,700 visitors.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.ClevelandFoundation.org/Purpose and follow at www.Facebook.com/ClevelandFoundation or @CleveFoundation on Twitter.