Celebrate July 4
Head to Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron for the annual Rib, White & Blue Food Festival.
Grill masters from Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas will be pulling into town to serve up plenty of barbecued ribs.
The festival runs Wednesday through Saturday, and opens at 11 a.m. each day.
There will be plenty of musical entertainment, including an 8 p.m. performance by the Akron Symphony Orchestra on July 4, followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Admission is free.
Step back in time
Learn the back stories of the houses and gardens at Hale Farm & Village during its first Home & Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
During the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and restoration of the houses and walk through the gardens. They’ll also get a chance to talk to the people who maintains those buildings and garden plots.
Admission is $10, or $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Western Reserve Historical Society members and younger children are admitted free.
Hale Farm & Village is at 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. Information is at www.wrhs.org or 330-666-3711.
Festival in Kent
The 18th annual Kent Heritage Festival livens up downtown Kent starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with a full day of activities and stuff you can buy from more than 100 vendors.
There will also be a gaggle of live local bands and artists performing throughout the day, including area favorites 15-60-75 The Numbers Band and Kent native Patrick Sweany, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. Parking and entry are free. Just show up in downtown Kent and you’re there.
Fireworks over lakes
There’s really nothing like seeing fireworks reflecting off of the water. This year, the Portage Lakes annual fireworks display will be at 10 p.m. on Saturday. The rain date is Sunday. If you would rather not watch from the shoreline, the display can be seen throughout the area.
Between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday is a boat parade that will conclude at the Portage Lakes State Park beach, 5031 Manchester Road. A sand castle contest with cash prizes will also be held at the park between 2 and 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.portagelakes.com.
Today is the final day to see the Akron Art Museum’s exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats. You can see the original artwork for that beloved children’s book and others created by Keats.
The museum at 1 S. High St., Akron, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and students. See www.akronartmuseum for information.