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Kenmore First Friday brings thousands of residents and visitors together for the region’s best live music, food, craft brewers, vendors and family fun from 6 to 9 p.m. every first Friday of the month on Kenmore Boulevard (13th to 16th St.). See what’s happening this month.
 
 
June 3, 2022 First Friday: The Shootouts, Oddmall & More!

The inaugural Kenmore First Friday of 2022 will feature live music from The Shootouts, vendors from Oddmall, beer and food from HiHo Brewing, Dee’s Dogs & More, The Funky Truckeria and Kona Ice, plus the First Glance Kid Zone!

Music Lineup
Main Stage (15th St.)

6:45- 7:30 pm Akronauts

8-9 pm The Shootouts

 

Akron Recording Company Stage (McCutchan Courtyard)

6-6:45 pm Rent For Cheryl

7-7:30 pm Wesley Who

 

First Glance Stage (Live Music Now Courtyard)

6-6:45 pm DaLomonze
7:30-8 pm Plant Kidd

 

Kenmore Branch Library
6-7 pm Yankee Bravo

The Rialto Living Room

5-7 pm Akorn Jammers Open Mic

 

The Rialto Theatre
8:30-11 pm Jim Ballard & the Strangs 

 

Food & Beer Lineup

HiHO Brewing Company
Dee’s Dogs & More
The Funky Truckeria
Kenmore Eastern Sports Bar

Kona Ice
The Nite Owl
Pierre's Brooklyn Pizza & Deli

Vendor Lineup

Oddmall’s Great Grassman Gathering featuring 40+ purveyors of all things odd

 
July 1, 2022 First Friday: Virgil Lay Day ft. Big Pop, Purple kniF, Beyonderers & More!

Join us as we honor the life and legacy of guitar repairman to the rock stars Virgil Lay, who opened Lay’s Guitar Shop on Kenmore Blvd in the 1960s and founded SIT Strings in the basement of his guitar shop in 1980. The event will feature all-day live music, a street dedication, guitar demos and more!

Music Lineup
SIT Strings & Lay's Guitar Shop Main Stage (15th St.)

Noon-1:30 p.m. - Lay's Friends & Family Open Mic
1:30-2 p.m. - War Pigs (Fred Karm of Hoppin Frog Brewery)
2-3 p.m. - Wes McCraw and Jim Ballard 
3-4 p.m. - Bedell Guitar Workshop

4-5 p.m. - Northcoast Shakedown
5:30-6 p.m. – Virgil Lay Way street dedication w/ Mayor Dan Horrigan
6:45-7:30 p.m. – The Buffalo Ryders
8-9 p.m. – Big Pop

The Electric Company Stage (McCutchan Courtyard)

6-6:45 pm Drive by Blessing of the Moms

7-7:30 pm Robert Keith

 

First Glance Stage (Live Music Now Courtyard)

6-6:45 p.m. – King Locust
7:30-8 p.m. – FG Hip Hop Night

The Rialto Living Room

5-7 pm Akorn Jammers Open Mic

 

The Rialto Theatre

9 p.m.-midnight – Kenmore First Friday Nightcap Featuring Purple k'niF and The Beyonderers (ticketed show)

 

Food & Beer Lineup

Lock 15 Brewing Company
Dee’s Dogs & More
Macho Nacho

Johnny Lóte’s Latin Street Corn
Kenmore Eastern Sports Bar

Kona Ice
The Nite Owl
Pierre's Brooklyn Pizza & Deli

Vendor Lineup

Custom Audio Mutation

EarthQuaker Devices

SIT Strings
Staff Music
Torchbearers Summit County Volunteer Fair

 
August 5, 2022 First Friday: Free Black!, Summer Impressions Community Art Project & More!

Music Lineup
Main Stage (15th St.)

6:45- 7:30 pm Shelby Olive
8-9 pm Free Black!

 

Hidden Tr3sures Stage (McCutchan Courtyard)

6-6:45 p.m. – Live Poetry
7-7:30 p.m. – Live Poetry

 

First Glance Stage (Live Music Now Courtyard)

6-6:45 p.m. – DJ Vinnie G
7:30-8 p.m. – FG Hip Hop Night 


The Rialto Living Room

5-7 pm Akorn Jammers Open Mic

 

The Rialto Theatre

9 p.m.-midnight Kenmore First Friday Nightcap 

 

Food & Beer Lineup

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Cookie’s BBQ
International Jerk
Kinetic Vegan
Ogarth’s Kitchen
Kenmore Eastern Sports Bar

Kona Ice
The Nite Owl
Pierre's Brooklyn Pizza & Deli

Vendor Lineup

East Ave Market will be bringing its talented lineup of Black- and female-owned entrepreneurs and makers for a unique shopping experience! 

 
 
September 2, 2022 First Friday: Marc Lee Shannon, Crafty Mart & More!

 

Music Lineup
Main Stage (15th St.)

6:45- 7:30 pm Indré

8-9 pm Marc Lee Shannon

 

McCutchan Courtyard Blues Stage

6-6:45 p.m. – The Legendary Porch Sheiks
7-7:30 p.m. – Deep South Akron All Stars

 

First Glance Stage (Live Music Now Courtyard)

6-6:45 p.m. – A-Minus
7:30-8 p.m. – FG Hip Hop Night 


The Rialto Living Room

5-7 pm Akorn Jammers Open Mic

 

The Rialto Theatre

9 p.m.-midnight Kenmore First Friday Nightcap Featuring Glenn Lazear (ticketed show)

 

Food & Beer Lineup

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Dee's Dogs & More
International Jerk
Southern Thangs
Kenmore Eastern Sports Bar

Kona Ice
The Nite Owl
Pierre's Brooklyn Pizza & Deli

Vendor Lineup

Crafty Mart will bring its stable of local artists, makers and artisans to the Kenmore First Friday vendor market on September 2!

Kenmore First Fridays are FREE and presented by Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, Akron Civic Commons and Rotary Club of Akron, with additional support from Cargill, City of Akron, Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, Kenmore Komics & Games, Pedal Stomper Productions, The Summit FM, AkronBuzzAkron Promise, Evolve Marketing, Fastenal, KeyBank, Lowry Heating & CoolingPierre's Brooklyn Pizza & Deli, Primo's Deli, Portage Path Behavioral Health, Prentice Funeral Home, Regina's Pizza, Rocco's PizzaShowcase Meats, Thomas C. Loepp Law Offices, and Torchbearers.