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Power Ranking Cleveland's Months

We can all agree that living in Cleveland is a dream come true, every day of the year. But not all days and months are created equal. After going around the sun in this beautiful city for more than a quarter of a century, here are our power rankings of the best months to live in Cleveland.

#12. January

-Weather: January is BRUTAL on all fronts, but especially with the weather. Not only is January the coldest month, with average temperatures reaching highs of only 32.6°F, but it is the cloudiest with cloud cover about 70% of the time. Of course, this is Cleveland, so we are bound for a random 85+ degree day at some point, but probably not The Land's best days. (F)

-Events: Because of the weather, no one wants to leave their house in January. Events are limited. The one bright spot is Winter Beerfest at the Huntington Convention Center. (F)

-Sports: January is a BORING sports month for Clevelanders. The Browns can't figure out how to make the playoffs and the Tribe are out of season. The Cavs are just under midway through the season. At least the Buckeyes sometimes give us an early January playoff game. (F)

-Overall: F


#11. February

-Weather: February puts up a good fight for worst weather, but ultimately comes up short against January. Still cloudy, snowy, and cold (avg. high of 35.8°F), but getting better than January. (D-)

-Events: Like January, not too much going on around town. Brite Winter Fest embraces Cleveland's winter "by celebrating with light, fire, art, music, games and snow." Also, downtown hosts an epic Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown that'll keep you full for weeks and the Metroparks offer tobogganing at Millstream Run Reservation. (C-)

-Sports: Cavs are still midway through their season, but the Indians start spring training. (D)

-Overall: D


#10. March

-Weather: "In like a lion, out like a lamb." That's how the saying goes, and how it probably plays out for most of America. Not Cleveland. March usually comes in like a lion and goes out like a whole pack of hungry lions. Absolute chaos on the weather front. (D)

-Events: Luckily, St. Patty's Day is a month-long affair with an epic parade, shamrock shakes, and corned beef sandwiches from Slyman's. (B+)

-Sports: The Cavs season starts to wrap up and, every couple of years, Cleveland hosts a round of March Madness. (C-)

-Overall: C


#9. November

-Weather: Exact opposite of what March is supposed to be...Comes in like a lamb, but usually goes out like a lion. First snowfalls and freezing temps. (B-)

-Events: No major Cleveland festivals, but Thanksgiving has the Turkey Trot and Winterfest immediately afterward to officially begin Cleveland's holiday season. (C)

-Sports: Nonstop Browns and Cavs. (A-)

-Overall: B-


#8. April

-Weather: All four seasons in one month...You'll get some snow, at least one or two 70+ degree days, enough rain to fill Lake Erie, and a couple nice sweatshirt-weather days. Gotta give April points for the creativity. (C)

-Events: Dyngus Day in Gordon Square celebrates Cleveland's Eastern European roots and the Cleveland International Film Fest entertains thousands of moviegoers. (B+)

-Sports: The Browns Yearly Super Bowl with the NFL Draft Day, the Indians home opener, and (if we're lucky) the NBA playoffs if the Cavs are any good. (B+)

-Overall: B-


#7. December

-Weather: Cold, rainy, and, thanks to global warming, never a white Christmas anymore...but could be worse @January @February. (D+)

-Events: Holiday events around the clock with The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol at Playhouse Square, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, and the Cleveland Orchestra's Holiday Concert at a decked-out Severance Hall. Also, this is the best time of year to visit the Christmas Story House in Tremont and the lights in Public Square. (A-)

-Sports: The Browns finally put us out of our misery by wrapping up their season and the Cavs keep ballin' out. (B+)

-Overall: B


#6. May

-Weather: Spring at long last!!! Despite the trillions of gallons of rain, we finally get some consistent sunshine and warmth. (B+)

-Events: May is the official kickoff of summer...Walnut Wednesdays (weekly food trucks in Perk Plaza at Chester Commons) and Edgewater LIVE (weekly concerts on the beach at Edgewater Park) kick off and Cedar Point opens. May also means Cleveland Asian Fest, Tremont Greek Fest, and Blossom Time Fest in Chagrin Falls. (A+)

-Sports: Constant Indians baseball with Dollar Dog Nights and post-game firework shows kicking off in mid-May and the Cleveland Marathon. Plus, all the kickball, softball, and sand volleyball leagues at Whiskey Island and North Coast Harbor begin. (A-)

-Overall: A-


#5. August

-Weather: Primetime Cleveland weather. Sometimes August even gets too hot and humid, but the thought of January or February quickly erases those complaints. (A)

-Events: THE FEAST in Little Italy, alone, puts August in the A range. It is one of those events you need a 365-day countdown for with its delicious pizzas, pastas, cannolis, and wines. The Flats Festival of the Arts is also a newer Cleveland tradition in August. (A)

-Sports: The Tribe keeps rollin', the Browns start preseason games, and high school football kicks off. (A-)

-Overall: A


#4. July

-Weather: We live for July...Not only is it the warmest month, but the days are long and the sun is always shining. (A+)

-Events: Cleveland's Fourth of July firework show, Light Up the Lake, brings thousands of people downtown and Taste of Tremont offers mouthwatering food at a neighborhood block party you cannot miss. (A-)

-Sports: Baseball, baseball, and more baseball. And VeloSano, the annual bike race raising money for cancer research. (B+)

-Overall: A


#3. October

-Weather: It is officially fall as the temps begin to slide, BUT October is ideal sweatshirt weather. Throw in the beautiful colors as the leaves begin to change and you've actually got a solid month. (A-)

-Events: One of the great things about living in Ohio is that gearing up for Halloween is easy with all the pumpkin farms and corn mazes nearby. And, we've got spooky attractions for everyone with Halloweekends at Cedar Point, Boo at the Zoo, and 7 Floors of Hell for the brave. (B+)

-Sports: The one time of year where it is possible to watch all three of Cleveland's teams: the Browns are midway through their season, the Cavs are just tipping off, and because our Windians are winners, we sometimes get the Tribe as they make a run at the World Series. (A+)

-Overall: A


#2. September

-Weather: Summer might say goodbye halfway through the month, but most Clevelanders treat the entire month as still summer because of how great the weather is. (A)

-Events: September always starts with a boom when sound-barrier-breaking jets cruise the skyline all Labor Day weekend for the Cleveland Air Show. Cleveland's ethnic German heritage comes out during Cleveland Oktoberfest and our quirky side is on display at IngenuityFest. (A+)

-Sports: The Browns season and home opener finally arrive, and the Tribe wraps up their season. (A)

-Overall: A


#1. June

-Weather: Sunshine, highs in the upper 70s, and the longest days of the year. Tough to beat Junes in the Land. (A+)

-Events: Big-time Cleveland staples like Summer Solstice at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Parade the Circle in University Circle, and Tri-C Jazzfest in Playhouse Square. Concerts at Blossom and Nautica really get rockin' and rollin', plus all of the weekly summer events continue. (A+)

-Sports: Primetime Tribe baseball. If you're not at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario at least once during June, you're doing something wrong. (A-)

-Overall: A+

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