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Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018

July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Register Now for the Meltdown 5K, a fundraiser to support LakewoodAlive

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is poised to heat up Lakewood this summer once again!  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to exercise demonstrations to a skateboard park.

The “Water Moose” sprinkler park

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This staple of the Summer Meltdown draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers. Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks. Live music by crowd-pleasing alternative rock band Front Porch Lights will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.


Summer Meltdown 2018 Schedule of Events:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden presented by First Federal Lakewood
6 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
7 p.m. – Meltdown 5K begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
7 p.m. – Live music on stage by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights


          1 Mile Kids Fun Run


Meltdown 5K Registration & Packet Pickup:

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K

Register now for the Meltdown 5K, a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive (Alex Belisle Photography)

Pre-registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on July 12
Buy early and save!
$23 pre-sale
$28 race day

Early packet pickup is Friday, July 13, from 5 to 7 pm at 2nd Sole Lakewood (last chance for pre-sale rate)
Race-day registration on July 14 opens at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Belle and Detroit avenues
1 Mile Kids Fun Run ($12) – 6 p.m. start
Meltdown 5K – 7 p.m. start
View the Meltdown 5K route map


Interested in sponsoring the Summer Meltdown?  View sponsorship opportunities or call 216-521-0655.

Want to serve as vendor during the street festival?  Click here for the vendor application.

Interested in being a food vendor?  Contact Ian Andrews at iandrews@lakewoodalive.org.


Lakewood Summer Meltdown News:
March 15, 2018 – Mark Your Calendar: LakewoodAlive Unveils 2018 Schedule of Community Events
July 12, 2017 – Lakewood Summer Meltdown Celebrates City’s Vibrancy





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Gold Medal Sponsors

Beat Cycles Logo       City of Lakewood Logo      First Federal Lakewood

Silver Medal Sponsors

Jen Hearn Photography LogoLakewood Recreation Logo      Peace Racing


July 14
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Downtown Lakewood
14701 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107 United States
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