Cleveland Garlic Festival 2017 Guide

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It’s hard to beat the combination of late summer community fun and great food. With top chef grill-offs, garlic fries, garlic ice cream and some of Ohio’s finest craft beers, the Cleveland Garlic Festival is a food lover’s paradise. Better yet, all proceeds go towards supporting a local nonprofit that brings farm fresh food to the communities of northeast Ohio. So while you’re purchasing your garlic fries and ice cream, know that each purchase will bring more great food to your neighborhood.  

(Read: Cleveland Garlic Festival Pro Tips)

Cleveland Garlic Festival Dates and Location

The Cleveland Garlic Festival takes place Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Garlic Festival Lineup


Grass-fed beef and garlic grill competition – Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m.

Free range chicken and garlic grill competition – Saturday, August 26 at 3 pm.

Pasture raised pork and garlic competition – Sunday, August 27 at 1 p.m.

Vegetarian garlic competition – Sunday, August 27 at 3 p.m.

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Vendors and Music

For the full list of participating vendors check out the vendor page on the official website.

For the full list of bands performing check out the music page on the official website.

Cleveland Garlic Festival Tickets

Tickets are sold as one-day passes. To attend both days you must buy two tickets.

Adults: $9

Seniors: $5

Children (4-12 years old): $5

Children under 4: Free

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Getting to and From the Cleveland Garlic Festival

Public Transportation – The Cleveland Metro’s green and blue lines run through Shaker Square as do the 48 and 48a bus lines. The 11 bus line also stops within walking distance of the square. Check out the Cleveland public transportation website to plan your route!

Car – The official page encourages carpooling both for environmental reasons and to help the parking situation. Parking around Shaker Square can be difficult but Shaker Square’s website has a helpful guide to finding parking options in the area.

Where to Stay for the Cleveland Garlic Festival

The neighborhood surrounding the festival is somewhat of a cultural center for the city of Cleveland. Known for dining, shopping, architecture and cultural diversity, the area also happens to offer some great accommodation options. We’ve picked a few that might catch your eye.

Airbnb – This room above a restaurant in the middle of the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood has a five-star review after over seventy reviews. It’s just a few blocks from the festival, too, and would be perfect for a couple looking to get their grub on at the festival.

Hotel If you’re looking for something a little more conventional, the Cleveland Intercontinental offers five-star rooms for $153 per night and is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the festival.

Airbnb – For those watching the wallet, this room in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood is just $39 per night and gets rave reviews from past guests. For the no-frills and convenience-oriented festival goer, this room is a no-brainer.

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