[Image above] Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, host of Ceramics Expo 2016. Credit: Jasonrene, CC BY-SA 3.0. 

It’s almost time for the ceramic and glass manufacturing industry’s best and brightest to come together in one place to share the latest ideas, technology, and advancements.

For the second year in a row, Cleveland, Ohio, will host Ceramics Expo, the dedicated marketplace for all-things within the ceramic manufacturing supply chain. Held April 26–28, the Expo also features a unique conference—the industry’s only free-to-attend, twin track, commercial and manufacturing conference that runs parallel to the Expo.

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While there are many reasons why you need to be at this event, getting the most out of your visit to this lakefront city beyond the Expo is important, too.

Check out three things to explore in Cleveland during your off time at the Expo!

Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art collections.

Founded in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art is home to some of the oldest and most eclectic collections of artwork. Collections include pieces from ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman art, photography, prints, textiles, and so much more.

The Cleveland Museum of Art also boasts an extensive decorative art and design collection, including many ceramic and glass pieces from ancient to modern time periods.

Get some of the best grub in town.

The West Side Market is Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market, and began as an open-air marketplace in the 1840s. Now, the market is home to more than 100 vendors of fine meats and fresh vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, and fresh flowers. There are also booths that sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy, and nuts.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the centerpiece of the market—a yellow brick market house with an interior concourse designed by architects Benjamin Hubbel and W. Dominick Benes. The architects also designed the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wade Memorial Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery in downtown Cleveland.

Engage your scientific side.

A great destination for groups or families, the Great Lakes Science Center is more than just a collection of static science exhibits—it features hundreds of hands-on exhibits that explore the science of light, optics, sound, resonance, motion, mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and weather.

The Great Lakes Science Center is also the official site of NASA Glenn Visitor Center, where visitors can check out exhibits and artifacts about aeronautics and space exploration.

Ceramics Expo attendees, in particular, may also be interested in checking out the Advanced Energy Exhibits. See advanced energy in action with Great Lakes Science Center’s wind turbine and solar array exhibits, including a 150-foot wind turbine that provides almost seven percent of the Science Center’s annual electrical needs.

Will we see you at Ceramics Expo? Share what you’re most excited to experience at this year’s event in the comments and, if you’ll be there, visit ACerS at Booth #308!