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By: ICC Cleveland / 07 Feb 2023

Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay), known locally as "Slovenian Mardi Gras", is a Slovenian festival that takes place in Cleveland's St. Clair Superior neighborhood. It is a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The main characters of the event are the Kurenti, who are Slovenian mythical creatures who scare away winter. While the event technically takes place on Saturday, February 18th, the week previous will be filled with festivities leading up to the special celebration. There will be educational opportunities: a Slovenian cooking demonstration, a wine tasting, a special exhibit at the Slovenian Museum, and dancing. This all leads up to the annual 5K race and Kurentovanje parade and festival. The 5K race will begin at 9am and the parade will begin at 12 noon. The festival will begin at 1pm and will feature Slovenian food and drinks, face painting for kids, musical acts, and cultural performances. The traditional closing ceremony, called Pokop Pusta, will begin at 5pm and conclude at 5:30pm. All info regarding the event is available online at



It seems as though barbeque restaurants in Cleveland have been popping up everywhere in recent years. One restaurant of the genre which has had a good start at setting itself at the top of the list is the newly opened Pioneer. All barbecued items on the menu are cooked over open fire Argentinian wood-burning grill which gives the restaurant a distinct smell reminiscent of a campfire. The restaurant and bar is located in the impressive Intro Cleveland apartment complex, which opened in April of 2022. Pioneer is themed around the outdoors and camping, from a kayak greeting you as you enter, to the thermoses they use to serve water in, the coolers they use to serve drinks in, and even the Airstream camper located on their patio which is converted into a bar.  The space doubles as a sports bar with a plethora of screens to catch your favorite team. Pioneer is open Tues-Thurs, 4:30pm to 11pm, Friday, 4:30pm-12am, Saturday, 10am to 12am, and Sunday, 10am to 10pm with Brunch, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm.

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