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University Circle Celebrates MLK Day

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with University Circle. Enjoy special programs and activities in honor of Dr. King throughout the week.

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"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Words, Dance, and Song

Cleveland Public Library MLK Branch

Students from Tri-C’s Vocal Arts and Dance Mastery Programs present a free community performance of music, dance, and spoken word reflecting on Dr. King’s teachings of peace and social justice for all.

Saturday, January 13
3:00 p.m.

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Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Concert

The Music Settlement

Faculty, students, and guest artists will present a concert honoring MLK in their Glick Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Sunday, January 14
3:00 p.m.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert

The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Music Center

Join The Cleveland Orchestra for a free concert commemorating the 60 years since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the concert, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2024 Service in the Arts Awards will also be presented during the celebration.

Sunday, January 14
7:00 p.m.

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MLK Day Community Open House & Day of Music

The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Music Center

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with free community performances and activities! This family-friendly event features a wide variety of community ensembles live from Severance’s Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. Come as you are; you are welcome at Severance!

Monday, January 15
12:00-5:00 p.m.

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The Rink at Wade Oval

University Circle Inc.

The Rink will host free ice skating on MLK Day with reduced pricing and student discounts leading up to Monday. The Rink will be open daily, Friday through Monday, from 1-8 p.m.

  • Friday, January 12: $5 all day | Skate With a Cop (free admission from 2:00-4:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, January 13: $5 all day | Movie: 42
  • Sunday, January 14: $5 all day | Movie: Remember the Titans
  • Monday, January 15: Free admission | Movie: Selma

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Cozad-Bates House

University Circle Inc. & Restore Cleveland Hope

The Cozad-Bates House is the only pre-Civil War home remaining in University Circle. A new interpretive center highlights this area’s history as a center of anti-slavery activism and honors those seeking freedom through indoor exhibits and outdoor installations.

Monday, January 15 & Saturday, January 20
12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Discovery Day

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Enjoy free admission at the museum all day long! Connect with their scientists, watch wildlife presentations and 3D movies, and enjoy hands-on activities. 

Monday, January 15
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Enjoy all day activities and music at the museum for free in the Ames Family Atrium!

Monday, January 15
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Free Admission for MLK Day

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Explore their glasshouse or wander around outside in the gardens.

Monday, January 14
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Free Admission

Cleveland History Center

The Cleveland History Center will be open on MLK Day with free admission for all. $3 per ticket for carousel rides and $3 per person for tours of the Hay House.

Monday, January 15
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Case Western Reserve University

Each year, Case Western Reserve University honors Martin Luther King Jr.—the holiday, the man and the legacy—with a celebration that includes a range of activities including workshops, films, panel discussions and acclaimed speakers. All members of the university and the community at large are invited to observe King's holiday and recognize his commitment to social justice and global peace. This year's keynote address will be given by media personality and political analyst, Tiffany Cross, in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom in the Tinkham-Veale University Center.  This event is free and open to the campus community and the general public, but registration is strongly encouraged.

Friday, January 19
12:45 p.m.

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