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Things To Do This Weekend In Cleveland: Aug. 30-Sept. 2

The Air Show zooms into town, beer drinkers rejoice at Oktoberfest and more this weekend in Cleveland.

Cleveland National Air Show
Buckle up and get ready for the vroom. Defining roars return to the Lake Erie Shore this weekend for another installment of one of the country’s oldest annual air shows. From vintage World War II plane’s gut wrenching acrobatics to the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful jet, which hits 9G and speeds close to 1,200 mph, the show in the sky, which is highlighted by the USAF Thunderbirds Demonstration Team, is worth craning your neck for. But there’s plenty of fun to be had on the ground, too, with aviation-related exhibits, pilot meet-and-greets and tons of delicious grub. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland, clevelandairshow.com

Cleveland Oktoberfest
Get ready to drink some beer. Cleveland gets a genuine German experience this weekend as the annual festival returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. From beer stein-holding competitions to a massive beer garden with the best local and imported suds on tap, Oktoberfest is a beer lover’s paradise. But it’s not all about the brews. Traditional dancers in German garb dance to a live soundtrack from Grammy-nominated polka performers Alex Meixner Band. And coat that belly for more pints with your fill of bratwurst and schnitzel. Aug. 30 4 p.m.-midnight, Aug. 31 noon-midnight, Sept. 1 noon-midnight, Sept. 2 noon-8 p.m., Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, clevelandoktoberfest.com

The 105th St. Rocco’s Festival
his family-friendly event celebrates the parish’s patron saint with authentic Italian cuisine, casino games, carnival rides and more. Try your hand at climbing the greasy telephone pole, the annual tradition where participants attempt to reach the top for a $1,000 prize. Free, Aug. 29, 5-10 p.m., Aug. 30 5-10 p.m., Aug. 31 3-11 p.m., Sept. 1-11 p.m., Sept. 2 1-10 p.m., 216-961-8331, stroccocleveland.net

The Great Geauga County Fair
Ohio’s oldest continuous county fair is a great way to end your summer. The agricultural festival, which celebrates the annual harvest, features more than 2,000 animals in livestock shows and races, horse pulls and rodeos. Get some thrills with drag racing, a demolition derby or a slew of rides. Live music and your favorite fair food complete a great late-summer day. Aug. 29 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 30 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Aug. 31 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sept. 1 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sept. 2 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 14373 N Cheshire St., Burton, geaugafair.com