Now in its second year, AHA! Festival will fill the Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square neighborhood with words, music dance and art on June 7, 8 and 9. AHA! kicks off with a daylong Book Festival in the KeyBank State Theatre lobby and features headliners Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Derek Hough, Hill Harper, Robert Mankoff, Maureen Dowd and Dr. Janna Levin. Former National Endowment for the Arts Chair John Frohnmayer is the Festival's curator, acting as host and discussion leader, while Cleveland State University President Dr. Ronald Berkman and Tricia Berkman are co-honorary chairs of AHA!
Become a Festival insider. For $500 per person, you'll get access to all AHA! events and personal interaction with Festival artists, as well as concierge ticket service, priority seating and copies of AHA! Festival author books. Patron tickets also include private meet-and-greets for selected artistists and a program listing. Contact Gayle Kish at 216.523.7516 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Advance registration required for certain events.
Free parking is available on Thursday, June 7, 2018 ONLY in Cleveland State’s West Garage on E. 17th between Euclid Avenue and Chester Avenue beginning at 9:00 a.m. For the remaining days, Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, parking will be available in all Cleveland State garages beginning at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $10.00. Please see map for CSU parking locations. Public parking is also available around the Cleveland State campus.
From the South (I-77): Follow I-77 north to the East 22nd/East 14th Street exit (#162B) to East 22nd Street. Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
From the South (I-71): Follow I-71 north to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B). Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
From the East (I-90): Follow I-90 west to the Chester Avenue/CSU exit (#173B). Turn left onto East 24th Street; drive a half block to Chester Avenue.
From the West (I-90): Follow I-90 east to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B). Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
From the West (Shoreway): Follow the Shoreway (Route 2) east to I-77/I-71 South. Exit at the Chester Avenue/CSU exit (#173B). Turn left onto East 24th Street; drive a half block to Chester Avenue.
Come relax in air-conditioned comfort, have a cold drink and compare your AHA! experience notes with fellow Festival goers. AHA! is all about community, so this year we're excited to introduce the Festival Lounge, where you can write your opinions about Festival events in our guest book and relax between events. Park once and spend the day into the evening — attending the wide array of AHA programs, exploring the CSU/Playhouse Square neighborhood and meeting new and old friends.
A broad range of food and dining options are available to you, including a number of local restaurants. Click here to view the full list of nearby restaraunts. Information tables will provide restaurant listings with hours of operation, addresses and phone numbers. Restaurants marked ** are offering special discounts during the Festival — check with individual restaurants for exact offerings.
View our map for AHA! Festival event locations and parking options.