It’s here.

The National Security Event known as the Republican National Convention kicks off Monday, July 18, and more than 50,000 delegates, activists, artists, journalists, politicians, out-of-town police, open-carry enthusiasts, and just about anyone else you can think of except the Republican establishment are descending on Cleveland this weekend while, by all accounts, Clevelanders make tracks out of town. Case Western has effectively shut down campus for the week; Cleveland State is right behind them. The Cleveland police have purchased 2,000 sets of riot gear and 10,000 flexible handcuffs while they remain governed by a consent decree. Peter Thiel, Melania Trump, Ted Cruz, and Newt Gingrich are slated to speak — but it’s apparently too long of a trip for Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, it remains increasingly unclear who’s going to be able to pay the bill.

Following is our non-comprehensive guide to an incomprehensible moment. To be updated throughout the week, as events dictate.

What’s where, and how to get there

Other guides

Select protests, rallies, and parades

Legal resources


And when it’s all over, and Clevelanders have returned to the roost, they might want to head out to the Happy Dog for to figure out what the hell just happened.

Got an event or resource we should include? Email martha@beltmag.com.