Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

All around Cleveland: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Saugatuck, Great Smoky Mountains, St Louis

Each week, we'll be featuring a place of interest around Cleveland, site of Gay Games IX in 2014. Cleveland, Akron, and Northeast Ohio are great places to visit, and are also great places from which to experience some of the finest destinations in the USA and Canada.

Within 50 km from Cleveland:
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Canton, Ohio

Each year a festival is organized in late July/early August to celebrate the new members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame honors the finest players of American football in Canton, the city where the National Football League was founded in 1920.

The festival includes the first exhibition match of the pre-season of the NFL, as well as parades, music, parties and special tours to places such as Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

More info HERE.

Within 250 km from Cleveland:
Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival is an internationally recognized annual celebration of theatre running from April to November in the Canadian city of Stratford, Ontario. Theatre-goers, actors, and playwrights flock to Stratford to take part. Many of the greatest Canadian, British, and American actors play roles at the Stratford festival. It was one of the first and is still one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada and is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays.

The Festival's primary mandate is to present productions of William Shakespeare's plays, but it also produces a wide variety of theatre from Greek tragedy to contemporary works. Shakepeare's work typically represents about a third of the Festival's offerings.

More info HERE .

Within 500 km from Cleveland:
Saugatuck, Michigan

On the eastern shore of magnificent Lake Michigan, Saugatuck and neighboring Douglas are the gay beach resorts for Chicago (and other Midwestern cities) on the “Art Coast” of Michigan.

In town, attractions include the many art galleries, charming shops, and high-quality restaurants. The Saugatuck Chain Ferry operates only in the summer and is takes visitors across the Kalamazoo River by an operator hand-cranking it along a chain that stretches across the river.

The Star of Saugatuck is an old fashioned stern wheeler that shuttles passengers on tours of the river and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Passengers can see cottages, extravagant homes, forests, wetlands and a panorama of dunes.

Saugatuck's Oval Beach has been rated by Conde Naste's Traveler Magazine as one of the 25 best shorelines in the world. MTV has ranked Oval Beach as one of the top five beaches in the country.

You can enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan by the lakeside, or from the top of the imposing sand dunes overlooking the beaches.

More info HERE.

Within 750 km from Cleveland:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Appalachian Mountains, Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

The park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks that may require backcountry camping. But hiking is not the only reason for visiting the Smokies. Car camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and auto touring are popular activities.

Most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to see a bear. Some 1,500 bears live in the park. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.

Over 1,600 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. From dainty hepaticas and spring-beauties in the late winter to showy rhododendron and azalea shrubs in summer, to the last asters of late fall, blooming wildflowers, shrubs, and trees can be found nearly year-round in the park.

More info HERE.

Within 1000 km from Cleveland:
Anheiser-Busch Brewery Tour, St Louis, Missouri

St Louis is the Gateway City, the start of the American West, where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi, and where route 66 heads toward the sunset. Among the attractions in St Louis, in addition to the Gateway Arch, blues music, and some of the best barbecue in the world, is the number 1 brewery tour in the US, offered by Anheiser-Busch.

The brewery, opened in 1852, is a National Historic Landmark District, and includes three buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. Free public tours of the brewery are given. The tour takes visitors through the complex, and those of the legal age can enjoy two free glasses of any Anheuser-Busch product in the Hospitality Room after the tour. Tourists can see beer being made in a working part of the brewery (from behind plexiglas shields).

The company keeps a rotation of its famous Budweiser Clydesdales at its headquarters, and visitors to the brewery can observe the Clydesdales in their exercise field and see their places in the carriage house. Some of the herd is kept at the company farm in St. Louis County. The farm, known as Grant's Farm (having been owned by former President Ulysses S. Grant at one time), is home to a menagerie of animals.

More info HERE.

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