RIPE! Fest No. 5 Information
Saturday, September 20 · 11 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 21 · 11 am - 7:30 pm
What is RIPE! Fest?
Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest is a feast for the senses! A weekend-long celebration of our region’s thriving local food scene and the edible gardening revolution with live, home-grown, foot-stomping music, unique shopping and an onsite farmers market, all taking place amidst Cleveland Botanical Garden’s 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens in their full fall glory.
Who Should Attend?
Foodies, families and outdoor festival-goers alike. Anyone with local pride, a green thumb or a rumble in their belly will not want to miss this year’s festival.
Why Should I Attend?
No other festival will get you closer to our region’s star chefs and the local farmers who source their world-class cuisine, all in a beautiful indoor-outdoor setting filled with the sounds of music and laughter, the smells of open grills and the sight of brilliant reds, yellows and oranges of fall foliage.
What Can I Do?
Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest offers
Delicious food presented by local chefs and farmers
Live cooking demonstrations using harvest ingredients
The region’s best food, beer and wine tastings
Edible gardening tips
Abundance of food and garden vendors
Live bands and dancing
Onsite farmers market
A ticket to RIPE! is also an admission ticket to Cleveland Botanical Garden and its 10 acres of distinctive and award-winning outdoor gardens. What better place for a stunning fall stroll?
Should I Bring my Kids?
Absolutely! Each day has a full slate of children’s activities and programs that immerse kids in the worlds of local food, edible gardening and, of course, fun! The festival also features an open picnic area where kids can roam freely and dance to the music.
Should I Bring my Appetite?
Of course! Both days of the festival are packed with excellent culinary programming, including live cooking demos and chef Q&As, chef and farm pairings and food, beer and wine tastings. The festival also features a bustling marketplace full of local food vendors, farm-fresh eats, and a farmers market.
What if it Rains?
All culinary, gardening and children’s programs are conducted in the Garden's visitor center or under the cover of tents. Other indoor attractions include the Garden Café, which offers a seasonal, locally-sourced menu and the 18,000 square foot Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse, where guests are transported from Cleveland’s fall to the warmth of the Madagascar desert and the butterfly-filled tropical rainforest of Costa Rica.
Where Should I Park?
The Garden and RIPE! Fest is located in the heart of University Circle, which offers extensive street and surface lot parking. RIPE! guests can park on-site in the Garden’s parking garage, or the nearby parking garages at the Cleveland Museum of Art or the VA Hospital.
Where Can I Spend the Night?
The surrounding neighborhood offers a wide range of accommodations. The Garden’s preferred hotels are InterContinental Cleveland and The Glidden House.