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Event brings together Pokémon GO, holiday shopping, live music, and Kenmore neighborhood history.


This event is the last of three events created by Roger Riddle as part of the Niantic/Knight Fellowship.

On December 1, Pokémon GO Trainers can pursue Pokémon while experiencing the unique shops of Kenmore Boulevard. The event runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will include holiday treats, live music from talented local musicians, and opportunities to learn about the rich history of the Kenmore neighborhood.

Players will meet in the courtyard at Live Music Now, 952 Kenmore Blvd., and will proceed up and down Kenmore Boulevard. Attendees will have the potential to win prizes by exploring the neighborhood and collecting historical information provided at new PokéStops. Following the neighborhood exploration, , everyone can enjoy a free concert at the Rialto Theatre featuring Missile Toe and the Rubber City Ukes.


The Kenmore Holiday Hunt is a collaboration between Niantic/Knight Fellow Roger Riddle and Tina Boyes of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance. The event is being held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Kenmore Holiday Celebration, which will feature retailer specials, adult and kids’ scavenger hunt, plus food, crafts and free trolley rides up and down Kenmore Boulevard from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Niantic/Knight Fellows Program—a partnership of Pokémon GO creator Niantic, Inc., and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—was launched in August 2018. Riddle is in the first class of five fellows who will use Niantic technologies, such as those found in Pokémon GO, to create a positive impact in their communities. The fellowship was created to help develop and enhance community programs that look to create a positive impact, promote social learning, and foster civic engagement. The fellowship includes a stipend to execute community events, such as this one on Kenmore Blvd.

“I am grateful that Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance invited me to participate in this annual neighborhood event. By welcoming Pokémon GO players into Kenmore's charming, unique shops, this project will expose even more people to one of Akron's up and coming neighborhoods,” said Riddle.

“There’s a cool blend of creativity and history in Kenmore, and this event gives folks an opportunity to explore both,” Boyes said. “We’re thankful to Roger and Niantic for highlighting the Boulevard in a way that’s fun and includes the entrepreneurs, craftsmen and musicians who make us who we are.”


The Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance was founded in 2016 to improve the quality of life in the Kenmore community through cultural, artistic, recreational and business revitalization. To learn more about the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, visit www.betterkenmore.org.

Established in 1973 to promote Akron/Summit County as an ideal destination for business and leisure travel, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is the clearinghouse for area travel and tourism information. To learn more about the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau please visit here.

To learn more about the Niantic/Knight Fellows Program, please visit here.