Starting Thursday April 29, the NFL Draft will be here in Cleveland! The excitement and energy will be absolutely unmatched — Cleveland is a football town through and through. While the events this year will continue to look a little different than usual, some sense of normalcy is returning with such an exciting event coming to town. The NFL Draft being in Cleveland is a fantastic indicator of how well the city is doing - CLE is the place to be! There will be plenty to do around town this weekend, check out the events below.
The Draft Experience will be taking place from April 29 - May 1. This will be the epicenter of excitement this weekend. The Draft Experience is an interactive football experience that is free to all fans and guests. Take your shot at kicking a field goal at FirstEnergy Stadium or enjoy a beer at the Bud Light Legends bar. Have your kids along? Be sure to check out the NFL Play 60 Zone!
Now, it’s time to watch the Draft. Enjoy the great springtime weather by watching it outside with other NFL fans! Numerous venues on East 4th Street will be offering outdoor, socially distanced viewings of the Draft. If you work up an appetite, Mall C will have a variety of food trucks to choose from. Wear your favorite Browns gear, bring a blanket or a comfortable chair and sit back and relax and enjoy the show.
While enjoying your time downtown for the Draft, be sure to checkout and support our local small businesses and restaurants! If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a burger and watch the Draft check out The Corner Alley on E. 4th Street. If you’re not in the mood for typical bar food but still want to catch all the action, stop by Zocolo ir Barrio on Prospect Ave. to grab a few tacos and a margarita. After you grab a bite to eat, stop in at CLE Clothing on Euclid Ave. and grab some unique new Browns merch.
The NFL Draft also brings along three music performances. Grammy-winners Kings of Leon will perform Thursday evening followed by the psychedelic soul group Black Pumas on Friday. Cleveland’s own Machine Gun Kelly will wrap up the festival Saturday after the final pick is made.
Cleveland’s rebirth has been happening for years - and the spotlight continues to shine on our city. With a plethora of restaurants and shops coupled with a unique and vibrant urban living experience Cleveland is truly the place to be.