Great Northern Mall Announces Tax Free Weekend Festivities

For the last seven years, Ohio’s sales tax holiday has ushered in back-to-school season throughout the state. This year, Great Northern Mall is once again adding to the fun with a weekend full of special events and unique experiences for shoppers.

The Tax Free Weekend starts Friday, August 5, and continues through Sunday, August 7. During this weekend only, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • An item of clothing priced at $75 or less
  • An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less
  • An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less

Along with the opportunities to shop and save, Great Northern will also host:

Friday, August 5

  • 11:30 a.m. – Family Storytime with Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • 12 p.m. – Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center nature station
  • 12 p.m. – Dining Court BINGO!
  • 5 p.m. – Kids Magic Show

Saturday, August 6

  • 12 p.m. – Live entertainment and games with RealPopFusion
  • 1pm – Dillard’s Back-to-school fashion show
  • 2 p.m. – Special themed photo op

Sunday, August 7

  • 11 a.m. – Local artists to paint 6 new planters to add to the mall’s public art collection
  • 12 p.m. – Kid’s Magic Show
  • 3 p.m. – Animal Show

Give Back: Greater Cleveland Food Bank

August 5-7

Shoppers are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items in support of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Bins will be located near the dining court. Monetary donations can also be made at DipJars located at Fresh & Healthy and TJ Hibachi.

“Tax Free Weekend has really grown in popularity throughout the years and Great Northern Mall is excited to enhance the back-to-school shopping experience even further with some memorable events and activations for guests of all ages,” said Dan Crandall, marketing and business development manager at Great Northern Mall. “We also encourage people to take in all that is new throughout the mall, including a dozen new retailers and a number of new pieces of public art.”

Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday offers shoppers the chance to stock up and save on all their back-to-school essentials. Given a year of record inflation, it is a welcome opportunity for shoppers hoping to stretch their dollars. The National Retail Federation collaborated with Prosper Insights & Analytics to ask consumers about the back-to-school season and learn more about how higher prices and the state of the U.S. economy are impacting shopper plans.

Eighty-four percent of respondents expect to see higher prices when back-to-school and back-to-college shopping this year, with a vast majority expecting to see those increased prices for clothing, accessories and school supplies. As such, many are implementing savings-focused shopping behaviors, including shopping for sales more often, buying more store brand/generic products and using more coupons. For more details about the survey, visit here.

For more information about Great Northern Mall, including a full directory of retailers and restaurants as well as a calendar of special events, visit

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