Free advice from travelers for a great Cleveland vacation.
Now in its 37th year the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), is positioned to be the best one yet. In fact, travel expert Peter Greenberg recently ranked CIFF one of six standout film festivals in the country beyond Sundance. Come to Cleveland to enjoy hundreds of feature and short subject films from producers all around the world and participate in community film forums, vote on their favorite feature films and hear filmmakers discuss their works.
But, that's not all there is to do in Cleveland. Throughout the city you'll find a thriving hipster culture that features a strong biking community; hangouts with retro bowling machines and a Polka Happy Hour; dozens of independently-owned boutiques, galleries and shops; and one-of-a-kind events that bring together art and technology. So, start planning your trip to discover the indie side of Cleveland today.
From April 3 - 14, more than 85,000 attendees have the opportunity "to be the applause" and enjoy hundreds of feature and short subject films from producers all around the world. +more
Retro bowling machines, "Polka Happy Hour," a contemporary underground wine "cave," artisan cofee selections and endless beer menus all make-up Cleveland's counter-culture hangout scene. +more
The heart and soul of Cleveland can be found in the variety of independent boutiques, galleries and shops. From factories turned gallery space to boutiques selling solely locally-produced goods, Cleveland has your niche. +more
Make memories at one of Cleveland's one-of-a-kind happenings ranging from outdoor music festivals to cutting-edge technology and art events. +more
From "Critical Mass" rides to Downtown bike parking, becoming a part of Cleveland's culture is as easy as riding a bike. +more
Want to spend three authentically Indie days in Cleveland? Start with our suggested itinerary of hipster-like things to do, see and eat. +more