Get itinerary inspiration with these music and performing arts stops in Cleveland, Ohio.

“From exploring the world’s only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to performing on a historic stage, groups experience a one-of-a-kind musical adventure when visiting Cleveland. Plus, Cleveland offers big ticket experiences that are more affordable than in other cities.” –Denise Krauss, senior manager, group tour, Destination Cleveland


Head to Playhouse Square, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States with its collection of 11 performance spaces, including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance. Learn about KeyBank’s Broadway Series with a “Broadway Buzz” talk scheduled one hour before curtain time for select shows. Other trip options: matinees with accompanying workshops and programs illuminating the performing arts.


The Cleveland Orchestra presents matinee concerts featuring the works of Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers at Severance Music Center. In addition to the music, take in the grand spaces and ornamentation of historic Mandel Concert Hall. Classroom resources, online teacher guides and Spotify playlists are available.

Mandel Concert Hall
Credit: Roger Mastroianni


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tells the story of the genre, from rock’s earliest artists to the emerging musicians of today. Memorabilia, costumes, video, interactive kiosks and music are used. Rock Hall EDU, the online portal for educators, offers free lesson plans, videos, playlists and writing prompts.

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Credit: © Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Great Lakes Science Center, next to the Rock Hall, lets young people blast into space inside the Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module with the “Mission to STEM” app at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

At the Cleveland Museum of Art, trained guides spark critical thinking and offer hands-on activities during gallery explorations such as Design Your Own Exhibition or American Art and History. Have some fun with the digital interactives in the ArtLens gallery.

Don’t Miss

Sure, Cedar Point is full of thrilling rides and roller coasters. But for instrumental and choral groups, the amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, becomes a stage during the annual Festival of Music.


Destination Cleveland

Main image: Playhouse Square; credit: Destination Cleveland