Mayor Horrigan And Lock 3 Announce 2022 Summer Event Schedule



Akron, Ohio, April 25, 2022 — The City of Akron’s Lock 3, Akron’s “Central Park,” is thrilled to announce the beginning of its 2022 spring and summer season on the iconic Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage. Returning favorites include the Rib, White, and Blue Festival on 4th of July weekend, the 73rd Annual Italian American Festival, and Akron Pizza Fest.

“I can’t wait for some of Akron’s favorites to return to Lock 3 this summer,” said Mayor Horrigan. “From our festivals to additional concerts to a variety of community events, and more, we’re excited to offer fun options for all Akronites to enjoy. Make sure to mark your calendars now and we’ll see you down at Lock 3.”

This year offers evening concerts, festivals, and more than 40 community events. Lock 3’s summer schedule has something for the entire family! Check out the calendar at lock3live.com/calendar.

Since opening in 2003, Lock 3 has hosted more than four million visitors. On April 15, the City and Lock 3 announced the Rock the Lock concert series which is set to open its season on Friday, May 27 with Into the Blue ELO Tribute with Sunflurry. To view the full Rock the Lock concert series featuring over 35 bands throughout the summer, click here.

Save The Date! Downtown Summer Season Kickoff May 19th

Watch for special events including downtown activities, giveaways, happy hour specials and local music! More info to come!

Saturday Events and Concerts: Gates open at 6pm concerts begin at 7pm.

  • June 25: OLD SCHOOL SOUL Part 1 featuring Average White Band with SLAVE Stay tuned for ticket info.

  • July 9: Night of Blues featuring Black Cat Roberts

  • July 16: Who’s Bad- The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with UMOJAH NATION. Free Admission

  • August 13: We ARE The Weirdos presents Punk Rock Flea Market. This summer event will be stacked with 60+ alternative artists/ vendors, crafters, unique makers and small local independent businesses from all over Akron and the surrounding cities and communities. Free Admission

  • August 20: OLD SCHOOL SOUL Part 2. Stay tuned for band and ticket info.

Gospel Sundays

Enjoy local gospel sounds on the banks of Lock 4. Located next to Lock 3 and behind the Akron Civic Theatre. Free Admission. 4-6pm

  • July 10: Truth Mime Ministry and Friends - New Hope Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church

  • July 31: Donell Phipps & Delivered

  • August 14: Exalting Him Gospel Choir and Akron Freedom Recovery Worship

  • August 31: Mt. Haven Baptist Church

Sunday Cinema

Join Lock 3 on Sunday evenings this summer (beginning June 5 and ending August 28) and enjoy a special theme and movie for the entire family. Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Check www.lock3live.com for upcoming schedule.

Festivals (Concerts begin at 7pm)

July 1-4: Rib White and Blue Festival, 11am-11pm, Free Admission. Concerts begin at 7pm

  • July 1: E5C4P3 Journey Tribute with Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings

  • July 2: Bruce in The USA World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Sinners and Saints

  • July 3: GPG Best of Queen the Georgia Players Guild Presents The Best of Queen with Xcess featuring Andrea

July 23-24: African American Cultural Festival, 11am-10:45pm. Music TBA

August 4-6: 73rd Annual Italian American Festival, 11am-11pm, Free Admission

  • August 4: Lights Out America’s #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

  • August 5: Abba Mania Abba Tribute with Dance Fever

  • August 6: Wanted A Bon Jovi Tribute

August 27: Akron Pride Festival

September 2-4: Akron PizzaFest Admission $5 | Opens daily at 11 am. Concerts begin at 7pm

  • Friday, Sept. 2, ZOSO The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute with RAVENWOOD

  • Saturday, Sept. 3, Stevie Ray Visited A Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan with Anya Van Rose

Live & Local at Lock 3: Wednesday nights at Lock 3 are dedicated to the best local music Akron has to offer! Join the FREE concert series from 7-9 pm on Wednesdays July 6 through September 7. Follow Lock 3’s Facebook page for details when bands are announced.

City of Akron Lock 3 Partnered Events:

  • Sat. May 7: Color Vibe 5K

  • Sat. May 21: Bark in the Park

  • Sat. June 18: Step into Autism

  • Thurs. July 14: Elevate Akron

  • Sat. July 16: Andrea Rose Teodosio 5k

  • Mon. July 18: Soap Box Derby Welcome Ceremony

  • Sun. August 14: Towpath 50 Bike Ride

  • Sat. August 20: New Roo Weekend –University of Akron Welcome

There are plenty of places to park downtown including several nearby parking garages and it's also easily accessible via public transportation. Visitors to Lock 3 can download the Moovit App or visit akronmetro.org to plan a trip to Lock 3.

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