Cain Park launches winter festival

Cain Park has always been more than Cleveland Heights’ Summer Arts Park. For decades, its sled hill has been a source of winter fun for Cleveland Heights families. Now, residents and visitors are encouraged to embrace the chill, indulge in delicious treats, and be part of a new winter tradition.

This month, Cain Park will embrace its winter role and take the first step toward becoming a year-round hub for community events and activities with the launch of the first annual Cain Park Freeze Fest, a free winter festival planned for Saturday, Feb. 24, 4–9 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 25, noon to 4 p.m.

Cain Park will transform the top of its sledding hill (on Taylor Road near Superior Road) into a winter wonderland. Heated tents will house local vendors, including The Wine Spot, CLE Urban Winery, and Marchant Manor Cheese, and special guest DJ Marcus Alan Ward will spin crowd favorites. Food trucks, a fire pit, and many “s’more” surprises await participants at this family-friendly event. And, of course, there will be sledding—weather willing.

“In a recent survey, the Cleveland Heights community overwhelmingly called for activities at Cain Park throughout the entire year,” said Ian Hinz, Cain Park’s new general manager. “Cain Park is a one-of-a-kind historic venue that continues to evolve, offering diverse experiences for residents and visitors alike.”

Cain Park Freeze Fest attendees will also get a sneak peek at the 2024 Cain Park concert and theater season.

Freeze Fest’s inaugural sponsors are the city of Cleveland Heights, WXZ Development Inc., City Architecture, CrossCountry Mortgage, Rebuild CLE, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, Task Team Realtors, The Wine Spot, CLE Urban Winery, and Marchant Manor Cheese.

For more information and updates about Freeze Fest, visit or follow Cain Park on social media.

Cain Park provides experiences in the performing arts and arts education. Comprised of multiple venues located in a one-of-a-kind historic outdoor setting, Cain Park has been owned and operated by the city of Cleveland Heights since 1939. 

Jessica Rosenblatt

Jessica Rosenblatt, marketing specialist for Cain Park, has worked with the city of Cleveland Heights since 2015. She loves vegan foods, Labrador retrievers, and her wife, Diana Chittester.

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