Special Events

The Recreation Department is pleased to host a variety of special events each year, including the Memorial Day Parade, the 4th of July Pool Party, and the Doggie Dip. In addition, the Department offers other seasonal special events for the community. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or sign up for Rec ENews to keep up with recreation events.  

Upcoming Events: 

Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade

Monday, May 30th starting at 9 am

Take part in Shaker's Annual Memorial Day Ceremony near the flagpole in front of City Hall. Join friends and neighbors to watch the Parade immediately following the Ceremony. Parade will head east on Van Aken Boulevard (in the westbound lane), finishing at the Van Aken District. Interested in participating? Register Here.


The Colonnade at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building - Saturday, June 25th | 8 am - 12 pm

Grab your bicycle and ride to the Colonnade for a morning of cycling-themed activities brought to you by the Sustainability Committee and the Recreation Department's #ShakerPlays program. Free classes, demonstrations and activities! More details TBA.

Fourth of July Pool Party

Thornton Park - Monday, July 4 | 2 pm - 6 pm

Join us for Shaker Heights' annual Independence Day Pool Party at Thornton Park. Beat the afternoon heat by the pool with family and friends. Enjoy music from DJs, take a ride on the Euclid Beach Rocket Car, and participate in fun family activities. Food and beverages will be available. I.D. required and regular admission fees apply.

Shaker Recreation Concert Series

The Van Aken District - Wednesdays, July 13th - August 17th | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us at the Van Aken District for a series of free live musical performances! Genres include soul, big band, jazz and more - fantastic musical programming for all ages and all tastes. More details TBA!

Dive-In Movie at Thornton Park Pool

Thornton Park - Friday, August 12 | 8 pm

Enjoy the fun of a 'drive-in movie' at the Thornton Park Pool for this special late-night swim event! More details TBA!

Holding a Special Event

Are you planning a special event (5k/fun run, march/rally, or other gathering) in Shaker Heights? View our Special Events Permits for information on how to get a permit for your event.