“Let’s Luau” Theme Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. includes Hawaiian Shirt Contest,

New Art Openings, Inlet Dance Theater, Street Performers & More

Walkabout Tremont goes tropical this Friday, August 9, from 5 to 10 p.m. with a “let’s luau” theme and extended hours at art galleries and retail shops, and a variety of tropical-themed food & drink specials at Tremont’s restaurants and bars, multiple art openings, Hawaiian shirt contest, stilt walkers, Tribe Ostara belly dancers, Cleveland Kiltie Band (bagpipes), Alex Henry jazz trio and the Inlet Dance Theater in Lincoln Park as part of Arts in August. Plus, Visible Voice Books is hosting a book signing for a new book about Cleveland’s burlesque scene from author Erin O’Brien.

There will be more than a dozen pop-up tents with artists from within and outside Tremont. And, visitors can enjoy locally produced art in many shops, restaurants and bars, view a local history display at the corner of Professor and College Avenues, and take a tour of two of Tremont’s iconic churches.

Hawaiian Shirt Contest

Calling all owners of really bright, tropical shirts (or other Hawaiian garments) that border on the obnoxious. It’s time to show them off while the weather is still warm. Wear it to Walkabout Tremont Let’s Luau for a chance to win great prizes. Come to the steps of St. John Cantius church (906 College Ave.) at 7:15 p.m. for judging.

  • The LOUDEST Hawaiian shirt
  • The most festive tropical ensemble



DOUBTING THOMAS – 856 Jefferson

Up in Flames—art exhibit

Fire is an element that is powerful, symbolic and destructive. This art exhibit focuses on all aspects of fire, such as the deadly wildfires in California, fire goddesses, Greek mythology, zodiac symbolism, and fire in its own element. Other than its natural state, fire is a subject associated with strength, vitality, and passion, yet is shown in many different ways and cultures over time. The inspiration behind the show is a book called “Ayla on fire” by local author, Ayla Atash. Up In Flames features the work of Tessa Lebaron, Paige K., Manda Specht, Ayla Atash, Shawn Mishak, Doug Meyer and Tim Joyce.

LOOP – 2180 W 11th

Emily Porter—photography

Emily is a traveling photographer who was born and raised in Milwaukee. Her work has been printed in multiple publications, including Harper’s Magazine, Esquire Russia, This Very Instant, Float Photo as well as exhibited in Australia, London, New York among others.

TREEHOUSE – 820 College Ave.

Dominic Lanzara—celebrity pop-art portraits

GRAIN – 2379 Professor Ave.

James Hamilton – furniture and art

Witness an all new layout for the Grain “look.” New pieces created daily by James Hamilton and featuring a black walnut burl wall installation.

PAUL DUDA GALLERY – 2342 Professor Ave.

Introducing new paintings by Paul Duda and an expanded gallery full of iconic Cleveland photography.

LAVA LOUNGE – 1307 Auburn Ave.

Daniela Svet—paintings and drawings

FAT CATS – 2061 W. 10th St.

Nancy Spotts—paintings

Nancy finds the heart and soul of each painting she creates, with each subject she paints expressed uniquely. Nancy paints the embodiment and essence of her subjects through the eyes of her soul.


  • CLIMB CLEVELAND – works by Cade Buckus, Lindsey Bryan, Oscar Hammers Mendez Barillas, Gina Santora and Michelle Janosky
  • CRUST – Mike Sobek, painter of food and other cool things
  • FLYING MONKEY – magic by Paul Gallagher
  • GRUMPY’S – Nancy Gregg, Jordon Satterfield, Glenn Murray, Sandi Valois (stained glass)
  • ROOK MODERN – Rook Modern is a gallery that curates vintage modernist designs. They buy, sell and broker Bauhaus to contemporary designs.
  • TY FUN – Tim Herron, portrait/landscape artist
  • VISIBLE VOICE BOOKS – multiple artists provided by Hedge Gallery


Come see the beauty and art inside two of Tremont’s historic churches:

  • JOHN CANTIUS – corner of Professor Ave. & College Ave.
  • PETER & PAUL UKRAINIAN CHURCH – 2280 W. 7th St. (just down from the Treehouse)

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About Walkabout Tremont

Walkabout Tremont honors the artistic vision of Jean Brandt, who started the Tremont ArtWalk in 1993, with open galleries on the second Friday of each month. Walkabout Tremont expands the event’s focus with music, street entertainment, local history, restaurant and bar specials, and pop-up tents featuring art and artists from within and outside Tremont the second Friday of every month. Find more information at: https://experiencetremont.com/featured-events/walkabout-tremont/