NORTH ROYALTON – A parent and child taking in the sights from atop the Ferris wheel, a live band belting out the classics at the gazebo stage, hungry neighbors in line for tasty festival fare.

Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun. The 135th North Royalton Community Festival, or home days as most of us call it, is Aug. 23-25 at the City Green.

Fun, food and fellowship are on the menu.

As always, admission is free. Rides open at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and noon Aug. 24-25. The ride special Saturday and Sunday is $16 from noon to 5 p.m., and individual ride tickets are available.

Festivities kick off at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, with a formal opening ceremony conducted by Mayor Bob Stefanik. Once the formalities are over, the fun begins.

Dance Arts by Regina will entertain from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by singer and songwriter Alexis Marrero from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and then Shady Drive, a blues and rock band trio, will close out the night from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Quite the line-up is planned Saturday, Aug. 24. Rides, food, games and exhibitors open for business at noon.

Muka Creations will be doing face paintings from 12:30-2 p.m.; Hooked on Fencing will do a fencing demo from 1:30-2 p.m.; Caliber Dance Group shows off their moves from 2-3 p.m.; there will be karate demonstrations from 3-4 p.m.; Midwest Cheer will rally the crowd from 4-5 p.m.; Academy Irish Dance Co. will take the stage and get the crowd’s toes tappin’ from 5-6 p.m.; Half Seas Over will play to crowds original songs as well as a mix of classic rock from 6-7:30 p.m.; Valerie Paige will perform contemporary country and pop from 7:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Main Event Band, Cleveland’s ultimate dance party band, will perform from 8:30 p.m. to close.

Sunday is always the main event. Again, rides, food, games and exhibitors open at noon.

Plans for Aug. 25 include karate demonstrations from noon to 12:30 p.m.; fencing demos from Hooked on Fencing from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and DJ music from 2-3 p.m.

The North Royalton Community Festival Parade steps off at 3 p.m. from Saint Albert the Great Church at 6667 Wallings Road. The route continues west along Wallings Road, turns south onto Ridge Road and continues past the City Green before ending at the North Royalton Middle School parking lot.

Ridge between Bennett and Royalton roads will close to traffic just before the parade and remain closed until after the fireworks display at the end of the night.

From 4-5:30 p.m., Something Worth Saying, a pop punk/alternative rock project out of Cleveland, will perform, followed by Eddie and the Edsels from 6-9 p.m. performing oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

The festival will be capped with the fireworks display at dusk. Residents are encouraged to brings their chairs.