Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arbor Day Festival - Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m .– 4 p.m., Free, It’s Arbor Day! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum. This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a spring day enjoying the outside. An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kid’s crafts.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Trout Derby - Heath. The annual Trout Derby at T.J. Evans Park is a sure and certain sign that warmer weather is on the way. On the first Saturday in May, both young and old, gather to try their luck at catching some of the freshly stocked trout.
PaddlePalooza - Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus. With an increasing number of Ohioans enjoying the state’s waterways, trails and campgrounds, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is promoting outdoor recreational opportunities at Paddle- Palooza—Ohio’s Outdoors Expo Friday, April 30 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking and biking enthusiasts from across the state will converge in the Ohio Expo Center’s Lausche Building for PaddlePalooza, which will feature displays from ODNR’s Division of Watercraft and Ohio State Parks. PaddlePalooza features an indoor kayak demonstration pool and certified instructors from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits and a number of ongoing seminars on subjects including car-topping equipment and techniques, rigging kayaks for fishing, selecting the right mountain bike or camping tent, and new product introductions and reviews.Exhibits will feature the latest in canoes, kayaks and paddle gear, mountain bikes, camping equipment from local retailers. Canoe rental liveries and guides will share what they have to offer Ohioans seeking an outdoor water adventure. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children age 16 and younger; kids under age 5 free. Discount coupons are available at select local outdoor retailers. Visit www.paddlepalooza.net for more information.
Hookahville 33 - Thornville. Trickle Productions LLC presents Hookahville XXXIII a three-day music and camping event Memorial Day weekend. Lineup announced so far: Two nights of ekoostik hookah (Friday and Sunday night), two sets Gov’t Mule (Saturday night), two sets Michael Franti, Larry Keel Natural Bridge, Zach Deputy, The Ark Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Boogie Matrix, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk, and more TBA. Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those wishing a quiet camping area. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and the festival is an all ages event. Camping is included in the price of admission. Alcohol is not sold at Hookahville; however you are free to bring your own. Presale tickets are available online. Each Hookahville ticket includes music, camping and parking from Friday at 8 AM through Monday at noon. Children 12 and under are admitted to the festival free with a paid adult. For more information visit www. hookahville.com
6th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival -Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House is hosting its 6th annual Nelsonville Music Festival at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College on May 14-16. This year’s lineup features headliners Loretta Lynn and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings on Saturday night, The Swell Season and Todd Snider & Great American Taxi on Sunday, and Man Man on Friday night. Over 35 national, regional, and local acts will play throughout the weekend. In addition to the music, the festival will feature camping, local art vendors, kids activities, a beer garden, and local food. Weekend passes are on sale now, and more information and tickets can be found on the festival’s new website at www.nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.