12/07/22 - 12/31/23
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wade Oval is one of northeast Ohio's premier public spaces, home to events year-round like WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays, Parade the Circle & Circle Village, and The Rink at Wade Oval. It is also available to the public for private use.
Wade Oval can accomodate events with 10,000+ attendees to small gatherings of a few dozen. Pricing for Wade Oval is dependent upon event size, setup, and duration of time.
The Kulas Community Stage is a concrete semi-circle surface 100' wide by 20' deep perfect for an intimate tented reception with built in floor to withstand inclement weather.
Wade Oval is bordered by the Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and The Cleveland Museum of Art. Each institution offers various paid parking options. Please contact them directly to confirm rates and hours.
Please note that City of Cleveland and CDC COVID guidelines for gatherings & events will be followed throughout 2023.
University Circle Inc. (UCI) requires the following to use Wade Oval for special events. Information below includes rules & regulations as well as requirements for usage.
All events that are expecting over 100 people require onsite security and the plan must be submitted to UCI at least 30 days prior to the event date and approved by the Chief of Police. The University Circle Police Department (UCPD) has off duty police officers for special events.
You will be required to utilize the UCPD for all security needs unless other arrangements are agreed upon with the UCPD ahead of the event. Please note that they are scheduled at a 4-hour minimum at $40 per hour (price as of July 2022. Please confirm pricing for your event date).
If selling or making any food you must obtain all necessary City of Cleveland Health Permits and notify UCI with your food plans one month prior to the event.
If planning to use propane or charcoal, you need to obtain the necessary City of Cleveland Fire Department permits for hazardous materials. No open fires allowed.
Alcohol usage & sales are strictly prohibited without expressed permission from UCI and UCPD. If approved to sell or serve alcohol, you must obtain the necessary permit from the State of Ohio Division of Liquor Control and provide UCI with a copy. UCPD will have to sign off as the Chief Peace Officers. Please plan to submit to UCPD at least 45 days prior to the event so that you can submit to the State 30 days prior to the event. You must also provide UCI with a security plan including how you will section off the area where alcohol will be served.
You are responsible for cleaning and removing all rubbish from the premises immediately after the event. If planning for a large event, please provide a detailed cleanup plan and where dumpsters will be placed.
Upon application submission, vendor/business/individual releases all rights or claims in connection with all photo(s)/videotape collected at Wade Oval. If your event is open to the public, the aforementioned material may be used for promotional purposes and you agree to waive any right to inspection or approval over the finished photos and/or advertising copy. All photographs, negatives and videotapes and other materials will be the sole property of University Circle Inc.
Through submission of this application, you forever discharge any and all rights, and claims for damages, demands, or actions which you may have or may hereafter accrue against University Circle Inc., City of Cleveland, UCI vendors, affiliate organizations and its affiliated owners, volunteers, and all other related entities for any damage to personal belongings or merchandise and for all injuries suffered, even death, in connection with your rental of Wade Oval, including but not limited to marketing, set-up, event attendance, breakdown, and clean-up.
If you would like UCI to help promote your event by listing it on the UCI website calendar or for other paid marketing opportunities contact the Events Team.
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