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PR - Lock 3 Amphitheatre in Downtown Akron Releases 2019 Summer Concert and Event Schedule


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-16-2019

Akron, Ohio, April 16, 2019Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is proud to announce the 2019 Lock 3 summer concert and event schedule. “This summer will be another fun and dynamic season of entertainment, family friendly programming, and festivals in downtown Akron,” Mayor Horrigan said.  “The 2019 summer schedule is packed with 27 Friday and Saturday night concerts, 7 festivals, more than 40 community fundraising events, and blues and jazz in neighboring Lock 4.  Don’t be discouraged by the ongoing construction – Lock 3 will be fully accessible for our favorite outdoor summer traditions, including food, concerts, fireworks, and cultural celebrations.”

Lock 3 amphitheater, a beacon of downtown Akron, has hosted more than 3 million visitors since opening in 2003. Lock 3 opens its 2019 summer season with the first Rock the Lock concert, presented by WONE, Friday, May 24th on the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage, featuring Crush, A Tribute to Bon Jovi with Victory Hwy.  The 2019 schedule features several brand new events including Akron Kids Fest and Akron Pizza Fest! For a full, up-to-date event and concert schedule, please visit

WONE’s Friday Night Rock the Lock Concerts May 24th – September 6th
National caliber rock and roll tribute bands will continue to be a signature of Lock 3 on Friday nights during the summer.

Lock 3 Live! Summer Saturday Concerts
Saturday night concert highlights include national artist ConFunkShun for $10 admission on June 29th. Tickets for ConFunkShun go on sale through the Civic Theatre Box Office (330-253-2488) April 26th, presale on April 25th.

Lock 3 Wellness Expo – NEW THIS YEAR! June 1st
Join us on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a FREE day of informational interactions and exercise experiences.

Akron Kids Fest – NEW THIS YEAR! June 15th
Join us on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a FREE day of kids’ activities.

The City of Akron’s Rib, White and Blue Festival July 3rd – July 6th
Lock 3 expands its gates to encompass South Main Street for Northeast Ohio’s largest 4th of July Rib Festival, featuring rib vendors from all over the United States competing for cash prizes and bragging rights. For decades, Akron has celebrated Independence Day with food, fireworks, and music. Admission is free. Don’t miss this year’s July 4th Fireworks Display at 9:45 p.m. In addition, Lock 3 will host a bonus fireworks show on July 6th after Turn It Up The Leonard Skynyrd Experience, at approximately 10:15 p.m.

The 71st Annual Italian-American Festival July 11th–13th 
The three-day festival opens for lunch on Thursday and Friday and continues through Saturday night. Dozens of vendors of authentic Italian food will be on hand through the three-day event on South Main Street. Admission is free. 

The Akron African Cultural Association Festival July 20th –21st  
The 38th annual African American Festival & Parade Exhibition has attracted thousands to the Akron area over the years. It is the second oldest cultural festival in Ohio. Individuals have planned family reunions and homecomings around the dates and nationally known speakers and entertainment have participated. Locally, economic entrepreneurship has been facilitated through adults and youth vendors offering food, cultural artifacts, commercial services, and youth activities.

A Taste of Ireland – Saturday, August 16th–17th
Free Admission. Come to Lock 3 for a wee bit of food, drink and a whole lot of Blarney.

Akron Pizza Fest – NEW THIS YEAR! August 30th – Sept. 1st
Come and enjoy your favorite pizza! Admission is $5. (Free admission on Friday night during Rock the Lock.) The Akron PIZZA Fest is a 3-day food and music festival featuring America's #1 food item - PIZZA!  This Labor Day Weekend event will be held at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron and will allow festival goers the unique opportunity to purchase sample sized slices from eight Akron area parlors.  In addition to pizza, attendees will rock out to continuous local bands, taste regional beer favorites from THIRSTY DOG BREWING, enjoy family fun festivities all weekend long!  For more information visit

Lock 4 Blues & Jazz and Gospel
The City of Akron will continue to host local Blues & Jazz concerts outdoor in Lock 4 on Wednesdays, July 17th through August 28th and Gospel Sundays on July 28th, Aug. 11th and Sept. 8th.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show in conjunction with Akron Pride Festival’s DRAG CRAWL KINGS & QUEENS on July 27th.

Theatre Thursday at Lock 3 on August 15th – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE, 6 p.m.  Meet and greet your favorite turtles. Food and activities available. Visit for more information.

Sponsors and Foundation Underwriting Keep Concerts Free or at Deep Discounts
Lock 3 thanks our sponsors: Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Tramonte Distributing, Miller Light, Coca-Cola, Downtown Akron Partnership, Thirsty Dog Brewery, G. Stephens Inc., The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The University of Akron, WAKR, WONE, WQMX, Courtyard Marriot Downtown Akron, and Rubber City Harley-Davidson.


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