2018 // Cleveland

Did You Know?

Craigmiles Hall Opera House, located in downtown Cleveland, is believed to have been inspired by Palais Garnier, the famous nineteenth-century opera house in Paris, France. Craigmiles Hall was constructed in the 1870s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Seasonal festivals, a variety of restaurants and shops, and recreation opportunities galore are just a few reasons why Cleveland is great fun for the whole family.


Shopping: Cleveland’s Bradley Square Mall contains popular department and retail stores, restaurants, and an AMC Theatre. Additional shopping centers can be found all over the city, while downtown Cleveland features charming boutiques and antique stores in historic buildings.  Cleveland is also home to several farmers markets offering local produce, including Market at the Mill, held on Thursdays at the Old Woolen Mill.

Restaurants: Dining options range from family-friendly restaurants and popular chains to more formal offerings. Downtown Cleveland features local favorites, including a bar and grill, coffee shop, pizzeria, and several bistros.

Festivals: Community events draw crowds to Cleveland each season. In the fall, the Cleveland area pulls out all the stops with the Cowpea Festival, Cleveland Apple Festival, and Halloween Block Party. Additional events include a Christmas parade in the winter, Blue Springs Valley Gospel Singing and Cherokee Cultural Celebration each summer, and Main Street Cruise-In once a month from April to October.

Outdoors and Parks: The Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway provides walkers and bikers with a 24/7 lighted path, unbroken by roads for over four miles. The greenway can be accessed from public streets as well as designated access points, including Tinsley Park and Greenway Park.  With 263 acres waiting to be explored, Red Clay State Park offers picnic tables and pavilions, a 500-person capacity amphitheater, and the popular Blue Hole Spring—a natural landmark. The Ocoee River, only a 20-minute drive from Cleveland, is a top whitewater rafting destination and the home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Whitewater Games.

Sports: Residents can take advantage of several golf courses in the area, including Cleveland Country Club, which was established in 1924. Cleveland’s parks and recreation department maintains ball parks, tennis courts, and swimming pools.

Arts: Lee University’s School of Music has built a stellar reputation over the past few decades, and its Presidential Concert Series brings top performers to Cleveland each year.  First Friday Festivals, presented by MainStreet Cleveland and the Allied Arts Council, feature live music, art displays, story-telling, food vendors, and more.