Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Fish Grow on Trees – from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, at the Red Barn area. Cost: Non-members – $7; Members – $5. It is true – fish really do grow on trees! Learn about the links between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through the exploration of native Ohio fishes and their habitats. Participants will wade in a stream to see where fish live, collect and identify macroinvertebrates (fish food), and capture and observe fish species commonly found in central Ohio. Waders will be available, but participants are welcome to use their own tennis shoes or closed-toe sandals. Online registration closes at 12pm the day of event. Walk-ins with exact cash, check, debit or credit card accepted up until start of program.
Second Saturday Speaker Series – Previewing the Solar Eclipse – from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12. Recommended $2 donation; registration is not required. Learn about the significance of the 2017 solar eclipse that will occur on August 21 with guest presenter, Tim Winship. Leave prepared to safely experience this astronomical event.
Night Hike: Holy Moly Batman, Bats Galore! – from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Cost: Non-members – $6; Members – $3. Learn about the dozen species of bats that live in Ohio and the six that call The Arboretum “home.” Discover interesting bat information and learn to separate the bat facts from myths. The program concludes with a hike to look and listen for bats throughout the grounds, using The Arboretum’s electronic bat detector.
Hike The Arboretum’s West Side – from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. FREE; registration is not required. Join a hike through The Arboretum’s west side collections including beech, Oaks, sweetgum, flowering shrubs and hollies. Includes moderate walking on uneven terrain.
Solar Eclipse Viewing – from 2 – 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21. FREE; no registration required. Join the Central Ohio Astronomical Society (COAS) to safely watch this rare, astronomical event! An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, obstructing the Sun to a viewer on Earth. From start-to-finish, the eclipse will last for nearly an hour, with the peak occurring at 2:30pm. COAS will provide telescopes and viewing glasses.
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. For more information visit www.dawesarb.org
Baltimore Farmers Market – Baltimore. The market moves to the Baltimore Ace Hardware parking lot on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 6. Market runs through September 26.
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Granville Art Walk – downtown
Granville. Come to downtown Granville on the first Saturday of the month from 5 – 8 p.m. for the Art Walk.
Ohio State Fair – Columbus. Now through August 6. Featured entertainment is:
• Thursday, Aug. 3: Rascal Flatts: Rhythm & Roots Tour, $45-$85 at 7 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 4: Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross, $25 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 5: Pentatonix, SOLD OUT
Tickets: $10 – Adults 13-59; $8 – Seniors 60+; $8 – Children 5-12; and Children under 5 are FREE. Hours: Admission gates: 9 am – 10 pm (Except Aug. 6, until 7 pm); Commercial exhibit buildings: 10 am – 9 pm with some buildings closing earlier on August 6; Youth Center: 9 am – 8 pm; Janis Center: 8 am – 6 pm and Rides: 10 am – 11 pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays).
For more information visit ohiostatefair.com
Hartford Fair – Croton. The 159th edition of “The BIGGEST Little Fair in the World” returns August 5 – 12. Featured entertainment includes:
• Saturday, Aug. 5: Phil Dirt & the Dozers – 8 p.m. and Fireworks – 10 p.m
• Sunday, Aug. 6: UTV Razor Races – 6 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 7: OSTPA Truck/Tractor Pull – 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 8: Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Racing – 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 9: Monster Trucks – 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 10: Fast Traxx Motocross Racing – 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 11: Rough Truck Contest – 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 12: Free admission day with Championship Horse Pull – 7 p.m.
Gate admission is $7 for age 8 and over. $3 Senior Citizens and Veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7. FREE parking. For more details visit www.hartfordfair.com
Paddlesports – Hartford Fair, Croton. Join the Licking Park District at the Natural Resources area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 10, for paddlesports classes.
“Just Can It” – Buckeye Lake Library. Did you grow a Victory Garden this year and have extra produce to preserve? Shari Gallup from the OSU Extension Office presents how to safely can and preserve your homegrown produce at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 3.
Papa Boo’s Benefit Concert for Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Buckeye Lake. For the 5th year, Papa Boo’s and local musicians are presenting a day long concert to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year’s event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday August 7. More than a dozen local artists will donate their time, talents and tips, including local entertainer, A.J. Angelo as master of ceremonies and headline artists such as John Schwab (of McGuffey Lane), Cliff Cody (of Rising Star) and musician John Andrews, who will be flying in from Key West Florida. This day includes many other local artists such as Danny Lang, Brad Moore, Kyle Lewis, Terry Douglas, Steven Brunton, Holes in My Soles, Annie Hawe, Lee Gantt, Nate McDonough and Dan n Randy. This single day event has raised as much as $19,000 for the hospital. Raffles and silent auctions will be part of fun thanks to donations from local businesses. General manager Jeff Craiglow started the event in 2012 to assist his nephew, Isaac, who needed treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Since then, the event has raised approximately $50.000 for the hospital. . Isaac will once again be the Grand Marshal for the event and will be celebrating his 8th birthday!
Full Moon Hike – Kraner Nature Center, 10382 Fairview Road, Heath. Join us at the Kraner Nature Center from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Monday, August 7, Taft South Park for a guided full moon hike. Afterwards we will have a bonfire, so come on out, make a s’more and meet some new friends.
Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival – downtown Mount Vernon. The annual festival returns to Mount Vernon August 10 -13. Highlights include performances by Lee Greenwood, Phil Dirt & The Dozers, a wide variety of local musicians and performers (such as Kokosing River Surf Club, Derek Posey Band, Elvis’ Long Lost Brother, King Darwin), the Knox Idol competition, fiddle, banjo, and flat-pick guitar contests, a cheer competition, a flower show, a quilt show, arts, crafts, homemades, a motorcycle show, and the annual antique & classic car show, all with a wide variety of delicious foods. For more information visit http://www.danemmettfestival.org
Ice Cream Social – Hopewell United Methodist Church, Glenford. Enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, at 11742 Gower Road NW, Glenford. Homemade chicken noodles, shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, sloppy joes, baked beans, assorted homemade pies and desserts and ice cream. Donation only.
Mopar Nationals – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 37th annual Nationals return August 11 -13. It’s Mopar heaven with 3000 cars that represent all eras of the Chrysler brands, featuring classics, muscle cars, the high-performance new models and AMC’s for a one of a kind everything Mopar weekend. It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1967 model year including the all new Plymouth GTX which was offered with only two engines, 440 & 426 Hemi. Plus three types of car shows, drag racing, swap meet, manufacturers’ midway and car corral. Dodge’s Thrill Ride is returning. At this year’s Dodge Tour, you’ll experience the adrenaline rush that can only come from Dodge Thrill Rides. Climb in with a professional driver and feel the pulse-pounding 645 horsepower of Dodge Viper or kick it up a notch and tear up the track with all 707 horses in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat or a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
View the 2017 display vehicles including: Dodge Durango R/T, Dodge Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack Shaker, Dodge Charger R/T 392 Scat Pack, Dodge Charger Hellcat and Dodge Viper GTC TA 1.0.
One day pass is $20, Two Day is $35 and a Three Day is $40. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Gates open at 8 am and close at 8 pm. For more information visit http:// www.moparnats.org
Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s 32nd annual Tour of Homes begins at noon on Sunday, August 13, at the North Shore State Park off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. The tour ends at 4 p.m. This year’s tour is a walking tour of five Crane Lake and Cranberry Bay homes. If weather and the lake level permit, boat tours will be offered down the center of the lake to view the dam reconstruction project. Tour & Boat Ride tickets are $25 each. Boat Ride only tickets are $10 each.
Advance tour tickets are available for purchase prior to July 24 – $16 and $18 day of tour. Ticket requests must be received no later than July 30, 2017. Please purchase tickets in advance as there are a limited number of tickets available the day of the tour (tour only). Please mail checks to: BLACA, PO Box 1106, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008. For more information visit www.buckeyelakecivicassociation.org
First Annual Antique Lure & Vintage Tackle Show – Millersport. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association presents it newest event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at the Lions Clubhouse, Millersport. Show off your collection or start a collection. Bring your collectables to trade, sell or get an appraisal of your antique fishing gear. Food available. Admission: $5; $3 veterans; and children under 12 FREE. Rent a table for $20.
Solar Eclipse Viewing – The Works, Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology invites everyone to view the solar eclipse with expert guidance from The Ohio State University at Newark faculty member Dr. Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics. All ages are welcome. The event will take place on Monday, August 21, 1-4 p.m., in The Works’ LeFevre Courtyard, 55 S. 1st Street, Newark. This event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather the event will be cancelled.Due to the path of the solar eclipse, Ohio and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse. To safely view the eclipse, The Works will be selling solar eclipse glasses during the event for $1 each. The Works Museum will be closed during the event.
Amvets Auxiliary Blood Drive – Thornport. The Buckeye Lake Amvets Post #51 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, at the Amvets Post, 9293 Township Rd 79, Thornville, Oh 43076. Appointments are in 15-minute intervals. Call Debbie Pittock at 740-975-8907, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Each donor will receive a buy one, get one free pass to the Columbus Zoo and a local goodies bag from the Ladies Auxiliary.
Tour de Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake. A cycling event circumnavigating beautiful Buckeye Lake starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 26. Three tour options: 8 mile, 25 mile and 38 mile option. Bicycle ride begins and ends at the Buckeye Lake Winery, 13750 Rosewood Drive, Thornville. Sign up at BikeBuckeyeLake.org. $25 per person. Proceeds benefit purchase of bicycles and helmets for children.
Honor the Service – Newark- Heath Airport, Heath. Come out to the Newark-Heath Airport from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. World War II planes including a Douglas C-47, B-25 Mitchell and P-51D Mustang and other military aircraft fly-in at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. Visit the World War II traveling memorial portraying the price of freedom. Plus tributes to veterans and fallen soldiers, speakers & war stories, WWII movies & music, military vehicles and equipment displays and food vendors. FREE! Closing ceremony at 6 p.m.
Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport. The 71st Millersport Lions Club Sweet Corn Festival is August 30 – Sept. 2. The Grand Parade down Lancaster Street and Chautauqua Boulevard to the festival grounds starts at 6 p.m.on Wednesday, August 30. Rides, corn eating contests, entertainment and tug pulls. Headline entertainment is Restless Heart at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 and Pam Tillis & Collin Raye at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Enjoy delicious food and drinks prepared by area non-profit organizations. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. FREE admission. Parking $10 per vehicle. Visit ww.sweetcornfest.com for a complete event listing.
Concerts on the Green – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The Concerts on the Green have moved to Bry Du Mansion, 573 Jones Road, Granville. Bring a picnic or grab something from a food truck. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes without an intermission.
• Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks on Sunday, August 6. Blues/Classic Rock.
• Hotel California on Sunday, August 20. Eagles tribute.
For more information visit www.granvillerec.org
Country Jam 2017 – Legend Valley, Thornville. WCOL’s annual country festival, WCOL’s Country Jam 2017, takes place September 1 – 2, at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground. The biggest Country Jam lineup yet includes Brantley Gilbert, Travis Tritt, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Drake White and The Big Fire, Canaan Smith, Midland, Ashley McBryde, A Thousand Horses, Russell Dickerson and Walker McGuire. Two day tickets are $119.50; single day pit tickets are $100 for Friday and $150 for Saturday. VIP packages are available. Camping is available starting Thursday, August 31, through Sunday, September 3. For more information visit www.countryjamohio.com
HotLicks Bluesfest – downtown Granville. The free Bluesfest returns Saturday, September 2. Here’s the lineup:
1 p.m. – The Guitar Company: Mike McGannon, John Boerstler, Ricl Callura, Patrick McLaughlin, Aaron Scott, Phil Clark and Phil Manieri.
3 p.m. – Organic Chemistry with Tom Carroll. Special guests: Bobby Floyd, Joe Crump, Louis Tsamous and Ian Carroll.
4:30 p.m. – Sean Carney with special guest, Sadie Thompson.
6:00 p.m. – Duke Robillard Band
7:30 p.m. – The Kinsey Report
9:00 p.m. – Lurrie Bell
Bring your lawn chairs. Food and alcohol (in special section) available. No coolers permitted.