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Events

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, in conjunction with the Garfield Alliance, is proud to host private events, corporate meetings, parties and other gatherings inside the visitors center and on the grounds of the Garfield Home. As COVID restrictions fluctuate, indoor availability will vary. If interested in a private event, please contact Garfield Alliance by contacting us or call the Alliance at (440) 368-8030.

Events Calendar

All events are subject to change, pending changing COVID restrictions and weather

Summer Concert Series (June – August 2022)

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (July 2022)

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe (Oct 2022)

Interested in hosting a private meeting or tour? Contact us or call the Alliance at (440) 368-8030.

CONCERTS

Thursday, June 9—7:30 p.m.
University Heights Symphonic Band Performance on the Lawn

Join us for a beautiful summer evening band concert on the lawn behind President and Mrs. Garfield’s home! We welcome the University Heights Symphonic Band to James A. Garfield National Historic Site for the third time. The expansive lawn here at James A. Garfield NHS makes for a perfect venue for an outdoor concert featuring music from different periods of American history.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets! (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) Free.

Saturday, July 23—2 p.m.
Lake Effect Concert Band Performance on the Lawn

Join the Lake Effect Concert Band on the grounds for an hour of music from President Garfield’s era—and a few contemporary tunes for good measure!  The band is familiar with many of the marches and patriotic songs of the last 130 years, and you can enjoy them just as the Garfield family might have: gathered under a beautiful canopy of trees.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets!  (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.)  RAIN DATE: Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m.  Free.

Sunday, July 31—2 p.m.
Lakeland Community College Civic Band Performance on the Lawn

Join us for our third outdoor concert of the summer when the Lakeland Community College Civic Band performs on the lawn behind President and Mrs. Garfield’s home!  Experience live music as it was enjoyed on the Garfield property during the summer of 1880 when Garfield ran his “front porch” presidential campaign from the home.  This will be the Lakeland Civic Band’s fifth time performing here at James A. Garfield NHS!  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets!  (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) Free.

Saturday, August 20—2 p.m.
Great Geauga County Fair Band Performance on the Lawn

Join the Great Geauga County Fair Band for the first live outdoor concert of the summer at James A. Garfield NHS!  They’ll play an hour of music from President Garfield’s era—and a few contemporary tunes, too!  The band plays many of the marches and patriotic songs of the last 130 years, and you can enjoy them just as the Garfield family might have: gathered under a beautiful canopy of trees.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, and picnic baskets!  (Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted.) Free.

SHAKESPEARE

Saturday, July 2—7 p.m.
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Presents Hamlet

Several of Shakespeare’s plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  This evening, enjoy Shakespeare in the great outdoors as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents Hamlet on the expansive lawn behind the Garfield home!  The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the one of the nation’s largest free outdoor Shakespearean companies! No reservations are required, and the performance is FREE.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner!  No alcoholic beverages permitted.  For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org.  Free.

Saturday, July 30—7 p.m.
The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Presents The Learned Ladies

Several of Shakespeare’s plays are found on the shelves of the Memorial Library at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  This evening, enjoy Shakespeare in the great outdoors as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival presents The Learned Ladies on the expansive lawn behind the Garfield home!  The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is the one of the nation’s largest free outdoor Shakespearean companies! No reservations are required, and the performance is FREE.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs and a picnic dinner!  No alcoholic beverages permitted.  For more information about the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, visit www.cleveshakes.org. Free.

OTHER PERFORMANCES

Friday, October 21 – Saturday, October 22 – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was America’s most famous writer of the macabre, and several of his works were among the personal collection of James A. Garfield. Visit for two nights of special performances of several Poe stories and poems by David Keltz, America’s foremost Poe living historian! This event is for those 16 years and older. Check back here as we approach the event for more information, including access to tickets.