History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Rock The Lock, Movies, And More

16 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, City of Akron Press Office

This summer, 1812Blockhouse is back to share with our readers suggestions for summer visits to unique attractions and events that are within a reasonably short drive of Richland County. We call this series, “Summer Road Trips.” Last year, we changed these regular posts to bring you details of outdoor and virtual experiences that could be enjoyed in times of pandemic. This year, we’re seeing many venues and events re-open, albeit with health and safety guidelines in place.

We have to emphasize that Richland County has a wealth of interesting places to visit, and we encourage our readers to do so. We bring you posts on those happenings and venues often.

Today, we’re looking just an hour or so to the east.

The City of Akron’s Lock 3, a downtown beacon of fun and entertainment, is thrilled to announce the beginning of its 2021 spring and summer season on the iconic Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage.

Filled with evening concerts, festivals, and more than 40 community events, Lock 3’s summer schedule was crafted to bring back safe community entertainment, following all directives currently in place to provide top-notch experiences for the entire family. Lock 3 has been in communication with Summit County Public Health regarding current health orders, recommendations, and directives, and all events will be in line with that guidance. Currently, attendance will be limited, masks will be mandatory when not eating or drinking or able to socially distance, individuals will be asked to not gather in groups larger than 10 and to stay at least 6 feet from other groups. Additionally, anyone planning on attending an event at Lock 3 is asked to perform a self-health assessment and stay home if you have a fever, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms.

Since opening in 2003, Lock 3 has hosted more than four million visitors and is set to open its season with the first Rock the Lock concert, presented by WONE on Friday, May 28, 2021, with the endorsed Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line.

Additional events include:

Alternative Nights with the jenY 107.3 every Thursday in June through August with radio station jenY, 107.3 FM, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM with yard games, drink specials, music and more.

Rock the Lock every Friday in June through August featuring your favorite tribute bands. Gates open at 6:00 PM, and concerts begin at 7:00 PM. Bands include:

  • May 28, 2021: Draw the Line, the endorsed Aerosmith Tribute Band
  • June 4, 2021: Dirty Deeds, Extreme AC/DC Tribute
  • June 11, 2021: Fleetwood Macked, Fleetwood Mac Tribute
  • June 18, 2021: Crush, a Bon Jovi Tribute
  • June 25, 2021: Satisfaction International Rolling Stones Show
  • Please continue to check Lock3Live.com for shows as they are confirmed.

Saturday Night Music

  • June 12, 2021: Michael Austin Project, Russel Thompson with DJ Mo Lee
  • June 26, 2021: Old School Soul presents Midnight Star
  • August 7, 2021: The Real Deal and Funkyard-X
  • September 11, 2021: Naughty by Nature and Floco Torres
  • Please continue to check Lock3Live.com for shows as they are confirmed.

Family Movie Night

Join us on Sunday evenings this summer and enjoy a special theme starting at 8:00 PM, followed by a movie. Bring a blanket, learn fire safety, healthy eating and more, and then enjoy a movie under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

  • June 6, 2021: Nutrition | Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • June 13, 2021: Fire Safety | Movie: Playing with Fire
  • June 20, 2021: Father’s Day | Movie: The Lion King
  • June 27, 2021: Bike Safety | Movie: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Please continue to check Lock3Live.com for additional movies as they are confirmed.

Coming soon to a Great Street near you!

Lock 3 is teaming up with the Great Streets Akron team to bring movies to Akron neighborhoods so families across the city can join us this summer and enjoy a movie under the stars. Visit Lock3Live.com, or follow us on social media to see movie times and locations when they become available.

Sponsors and foundation underwriting keep all 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, Glen Stephens Inc., The Knight Foundation, The University of Akron, WAKR, WONE, WQMX, jenY, and Courtyard Marriot Downtown Akron.

The Lock 3 team is working diligently to ensure festivals can come back in 2021 while complying with the safety standards of the Summit County Public Health Department. Details on those larger scale events, and event information will be posted as they become available at Lock3Live.com.

Concert and event information will be posted as it becomes available at Lock3Live.com.

For further information, contact:

City of Akron Press Office
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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