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March (or drive) to these FREE MLK events

Venues throughout Cleveland and Akron will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with many notable free events on MLK Day, Jan. 19 (and MLK Eve).   

The Cleveland Orchestra will, as it has for 35 years now, present a moving musical tribute at Severance Center on the eve of MLK day (January 18). Tickets are free, but they’re gone in a matter of hours.  So, make plans now to get yours on Friday, January 2, beginning at 9:30am at www.clevelandorchestra.com or 216.231.1111 (though you have a much better chance on the Web than you do the phone. Just sayin’.)

Another fan favorite on MLK Day is the free admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Where else can you read the thoughts of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (of Rolling Stone fame) while listening to speakers share memories of the Freedom March? 

Next door, of course, is the Great Lakes Science Center, which also is offering free admission as well as $2 off OMNIMAX movies.

Other free attractions with special MLK exhibits, events, and programs include both the Cleveland Museum of Art always free) and the Akron Art MuseumChildren’s Museum of ClevelandCleveland Botanical GardenCleveland Museum of Natural History, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Special happenings also will be held at Cuyahoga Community College: 38th Annual Birthday Observance; Case Western Reserve University: MLK Celebration; Double Tree Downtown-Lakeside: MLK Holiday Breakfast Celebration; and the Cleveland Public Library: various events at various branches