Cleveland Garlic and Music Festival this weekend

Cleveland Garlic and Music Festival this weekend

The annual Cleveland Garlic Festival returns to Shaker Square this weekend.

Festival hours are 1-9 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 and include all entertainment.

Headliners this year include punk jazz fusion band Skerik's Bandalabra from Seattle, Rubblebucket from Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Shaw High School Marching Band.

"These are bands people are coming to see regardless of the food, or top tier local chefs" said Maggie Malemud, who selected all the music performances for the event at Shaker Square. "The common theme is fun acts that play great festival music."

Rubblebucket played at Bonnaroo this year and appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show in July. Skerik's Bandalabra is making it first trip east of the Rockies, but front man saxophonist Skerik, born Eric Walton, has traveled the world and makes regular appearances in New Orleans as part of a number of bands.

Skerik's plays Saturday night from 6:30 until the festival closes at nine. Rubblebucket plays from 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday.

The music starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and at noon on Sunday when the Shaw High School Marching Band plays kicks the second day off.

Other events include cooking demonstrations, a grill off, wine tastings and a special "Mighty Locavores" area for children.

Proceeds allow North Union Farmers Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland.