Noble weekend festival begins May 17

A lemonade-stand entrepreneur during a previous We Are Noble festival.

We Are Noble, the annual celebration of the neighborhoods along Noble Road, will take place Friday through Sunday, May 17–19.

Festivities will begin on Friday, May 17, with NobleFest, a family fun night hosted by the PTAs of Noble and Oxford elementary schools, 6–8 p.m. at Noble school. Turns in the bounce house, games, face-painting, Tiger Nation gear and food will be available for purchase. It will be a good place for patrons to buy their first funnel cake of the summer carnival season. Free bicycle registration, a helmet giveaway and free photos will also be on offer.

Nearby, at 7 p.m., Noble Road Presbyterian Church will offer a free viewing of the movie, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The film is about Fred Rogers’ impact on generations of young people, and a perfect theme for the weekend.

Noble Neighborhood Library will host a variety of events. It will conduct a book giveaway at NobleFest, which will be supplemented throughout the weekend with the library's "book bike;" the Heights Libraries' outreach van, which will circulate around the neighborhood; and more free books at the library. Family games will take place on the library’s lower level, and a special Bhutanese community showcase will be on display.

On Saturday, May 18, Denison Park will buzz with “let’s-play-in-the-park” activities for both budding athletes and creative folk, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Supervised sporting activities will include soccer, basketball and baseball hosted by Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation staff, and families will have the opportunity to sign their kids up for summer activities. The Cleveland Heights Pickleball Club will demonstrate this fast-growing, intergenerational sport and will give visitors a chance to try it out. There will be sidewalk chalk art, a build-decorate-and-fly-your-own-kite event, and  music and food.

Businesses, including Christopher’s Pub, will offer specials on food and merchandise, and neighborhood churches will host activities. Noble Road Presbyterian Church will host rummage, plant and bake sales, and the Home Repair Resource Center will put on its annual tool sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the center's facilities and learn about its programs.

The Cleveland Heights Police Department will open the doors of the Martin G. Lentz Police Academy, where visitors will be able to see the bomb squad, robots, and various kinds of safety equipment. The historic building, a former fire station, also houses a history museum. Citizens Police Academy graduates will be on hand to talk about their role in the city.

All Noble residents are invited to host a yard sale over the weekend. Those interested in being included on the event map should send a message to, with their address, by May 10. Instructions on how to list high-demand items on free websites will be provided.

Real estate professionals will host open houses for Noble-area homes on Sunday, May 19. Potential buyers can walk through a variety of houses, including colonials, bungalows, ranches, and grand homes developed by the Van Sweringen brothers. Housing in Noble fits every need, from that of growing families to one- or two-person households, and those seeking homes where they can age in place. Home values have risen significantly since the first real estate fair in 2014.

For details about 2019 We Are Noble events, and interactive and printable maps, visit

Brenda H. May

Brenda H. May is one of the leaders of Noble Neighbors.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.02.2019