Barking Spider Tavern

Annual Events in the Circle

Chalk Festival

Heidi's Buddha in process at Chalfest 2012

Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy, in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.

After a hot day spent drawing in the sun, the Spider is a nice place to relax with a refreshing beverage. And no one will give you a strange look if you’ve got a bit of chalk on your face and hands.

Hessler Street Fair

Hessler Dog

The Hessler Street Fair is an annual spring tradition in Cleveland. The Fair raises funds to preserve and maintain the neighborhood and welcomes other local non-profits to participate and raise funds for their causes. The Hessler Street Fair remains a free event and festival of arts, crafts, food and music, welcoming thousands of visitors every year from all over Ohio and beyond to our corner of the world each spring.

The Barking Spider hosts poetry readings and additional daytime music during the Hessler Street Fair. Many visitors go back and forth between the fair and the Spider throughout the course of the weekend.

Parade the Circle

Parade Skeleton

For more than 20 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been bringing this FREE signature summer event to Greater Cleveland. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt-dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats. Circle Village, which includes activities, entertainment, and food, is presented by University Circle Inc.

The Barking Spider joins the celebration with a cookout and musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Stop on by after the Parade.

Wade Oval Wednesdays

Wade Oval Wednesday

June 17th – August 26th, 2015

Cleveland’s Signature Summer Concert Series will be back in June 2015. Enjoy a FREE concert each Wednesday night in Wade Oval from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the heart of University Circle. After the show stop by the Barking Spider for more music.

Winter Lights Lantern Festival / Holiday CircleFest

December 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015

A bright and innovative way to warm up your holiday season. Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval. Holiday CircleFest is a free annual Circle-wide celebration presented by University Circle Inc.