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Centennial Festival Weekend

Saturday, June 25 outside activities and museum hours 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 outside activities 11:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m., museum hours 12:00–5:00 p.m.


The premier weekend of the museum’s centennial summer features a two-day celebratory music and arts festival. Inside the museum, visitors will find special programming, tours, music and surprises. Outside, around Wade Lagoon, festival goers can engage with local artists as they create original artworks. Solstice, the museum’s sold-out signature summer celebration and music festival, will take place the evening of Saturday, June 25. The Centennial Festival Weekend’s grand finale includes a Centennial Celebration Concert by The Cleveland Orchestra on Sunday, June 26. Tickets required for Solstice; all other events are free and open to the public.


Jeremy Bible
All weekend, during open hours
East Wing Glass Box Gallery
Sound artist Jeremy Bible presents “Unveiled/Extension,” an 18-channel sound installation extending upon Bible's 2009 installation for CMA built from recordings of the museum's construction. Thousands of meticulously designed sound elements interact across 18 small battery powered speakers to create an ever evolving immersive sonic environment.

Alarm Will Sound
Saturday 6/25
Alarm Will Sound performs John Luther Adams “Ten Thousand Birds,” based on the songs of birds that are native to, or migrate through the American Midwest. It explores the connections between nature and music, a topic that John Luther Adams has pursued over the course of his remarkable career. Adams writes: “ In this music, time is not measured. Each page in the score will be its own self-contained world that occupies its own physical space and its own time.” Alarm Will Sound performs the work in an open space setting, where performers and audience move freely around the space and each other. In that way, the piece is analogous to a walk in which you discover birds and other natural sounds. The connection between nature and music is enhanced by this unconventional, open setting because the experience would be transformative in subtle yet profound ways: as the birdsong sources become music, the open setting becomes an artistic space, blurring the lines between human creativity and natural phenomena.

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Saturday 6/25
Performances by Vicky Chow, Dante Carfagna, Ikonika, Luisa Maita, L’Orchestre Afrisa International, Centavrvs, and Giorgio Moroder. Special guests include video artist Georgie Friedman, hoopers Philo Hagen & Anah Reichenbach, and new balloon artist Addi Somekh.

Alam Khan & Salar Nader
Sunday 6/26
South Terrace Stage
Sarode virtuoso Alam Khan presents early afternoon ragas with tabla master Salar Nader. Son of legendary sarode master Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan continues his family’s legacy of Hindustani classical music in his imaginative way of expressing the ancient ragas passed down from the courts of Emperor Akbar by Mian Tansen in the 16th century.

Sunday 6/26
South Terrace Stage
Miramar performs beautiful boleros, the romantic ballads that originated in Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. Using a somewhat traditional instrumentation that includes piano, guitar, bass, and percussion, the group’s arrangements distill the essence of the golden age of boleros while adding touches that reveal the band’s scope and diversity.

The Cleveland Orchestra
Brett Mitchell, conductor
Sunday 6/26
South Terrace Stage
To help celebrate the museum’s centennial, the Cleveland Orchestra comes across the street to perform a free concert on the South Terrace.


  • HINDEMITH: “Engelkonzert” from Mathis der Maler (Symphony)
  • RESPIGHI: Trittico Botticelliano
  • ADAM SCHOENBERG: Finding Rothko
  • BARTÓK: Hungarian Sketches
  • MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain (original version)


Around Wade Lagoon, visitors to the museum will have a rare opportunity to engage with artists from the area as they create original artworks.  Sculptors, painters, writers, and printmakers working in temporary studio settings will encourage festival goers to interact with them as they create.  Throughout the weekend, large scale art installations, music, and special performances from the Hallucinogenic Pachyderms will add to the festivities. 

East Boulevard—between Euclid Ave and Wade Oval Drive—will be closed to vehicular traffic for the weekend celebration.


Parking is available in the CMA parking garage and in the surrounding garages of University Circle. Please note that the CMA parking garage will fill up quickly for The Cleveland Orchestra performance on Sun, June 26 at 5:30pm. Plan on arriving early, utilizing alternative forms of transportation such as RTA, or a form of rideshare. Please note that East Blvd. will be closed from June 25, 6:00am – June 26, 11:59pm between Euclid Ave. and Wade Oval Dr. Plan your route accordingly using the parking map below. Bicycle parking available all weekend courtesy of Ohio City Bicycle Co-op on the former CIA lawn. 


A limited amount of seating will be provided for the musical performances on Sunday. Additional space is available on museum grounds. Handicapped seating area will be available. Coolers are discouraged.


In addition to Provenance at CMA, various Cleveland food trucks will be on site around the Wade Oval Lagoon. See a full list here. Beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Available exclusively for Centennial Festival Weekend, Great Lakes Brewing Co. will be unveiling CentenniALE, a limited edition beer brewed to honor 100 years of CMA!

The Centennial Festival Weekend is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.