Upcoming Events

Events for July 12, 2018

Free Thursday

July 12, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

July 12, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Get ready for originals and classic surf rock covers on vintage instruments, from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF. 

Downtown@Dusk: Purple k'niF

July 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free & Open to All

Join us in the garden for surf rock from Akron Sound pioneers Purple k’niF (featuring Chris Butler from the Waitresses, Bob Basone from the Walking Clampetts and Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites, and Johnny Teagle and Ted Lawrence of the Walking Clampetts).

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About the band

Purple k'niF plays maximum surf and twang, all-instrumental surf / hot-rod / juvenile delinquent rock n roll. Imagine The Ventures with Keith Moon on drums! 

Purple k'niF collects and plays only vintage instruments, so there will be nothing on stage made after 1965…including the band members.

Their name comes from a catch phrase used by our 1960’s local horror movie host (Ernie Anderson a/k/a “Ghoulardi”) who successfully polluted the band's minds at an early age. (The “K” is hard and k’niF is Fink spelled backwards). They play a mix of originals, and cover tunes ranging from obscure Australian beach music to chart-topping British and American guitar-based hits. And the band proudly has no CD’s, merch or web pages—if you want to hear Purple k'niF, you’ll just have to come to a show!


Downtown@Dusk concerts are held in the Akron Art Museum's Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held on the terrace, or moved to the museum lobby.

Spend a relaxing summer evening with friends and family in our beautiful downtown garden, the perfect venue for outdoor music and a cool drink. Throughout the summer, the museum café will offer delicious food options, including ice cream novelties and ice-cold beverages.

Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum, with additional support Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Summit FM.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 12, 2018, 11:30 am

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families.

Family Summer Adventure Tours

July 12, 2018, 11:30 am

Every Thursday • 11:30 am
Through August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space.

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below. 

Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Photo: Shane Wynn

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