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On Sept 1-2, 2017, more than 3,000 people gathered on Kenmore Boulevard for live music, food, vendors and family fun during the Kenmore Better Block. To mark the fifth anniversary of this significant event, we're making Kenmore First Fridays bigger and better than ever! Check out the full lineup
June 3, 2022 First Friday

The inaugural Kenmore First Friday of 2022 will run from 6-9 p.m. in the Kenmore Boulevard Historic District between 13th and 16th Street and will feature live music from The Shootouts and Akronauts on the new 15th Street  Main Stage.

Additional live music will be programmed by Akron Recording Company in the McCutcheon Courtyard and the youth-based nonprofit First Glance’s hip-hop program in the Live Music Now Courtyard.

This month’s installment of Kenmore First Friday also includes Oddmall's "The Great Grassman Gathering," which will feature over 40 purveyors of art, games, toys, comics, collectables, and all things odd, geeky, bizarre, imaginative, and wonderful. Oddmall’s presence in June marks the first in a series of market partners scheduled to appear each month.


The June Kenmore First Friday also features family activities, The Funky Truckeria, Dee’s Dogs, and Kona Ice food trucks and the HiHo Brewing Company outdoor beer garden.

2022 Kenmore First Friday Lineup
  • June 3: The Shootouts with Akronauts, plus Oddmall: The Great Grassman Gathering

  • July 1: Big Pop with The Buffalo Ryders, plus SIT Strings presents Virgil Lay Day and Torchbearers’ Inaugural Community Volunteer Fair

  • August 5: Free Black! with Shelby Olive, plus East Ave. Market presents “Summer Impressions” community art project 

  • September 2: Marc Lee Shannon with Indré, plus Crafty Mart

Kenmore First Fridays are FREE and presented by Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, Akron Civic Commons and Rotary Club of Akron, with additional support from Cargill, Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, Kenmore Komics & Games, The City of Akron, The Summit FM, Akron Promise, Evolve Marketing, Fastenal, KeyBank, Portage Path Behavioral Health, Prentice Funeral Homes, Lowry Heating & CoolingThomas C. Loepp Law Offices, Pedal Stomper Productions, and AkronBuzz.