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Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Senses Seek and Find – From 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Learn with a group as creative educators bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs, designed for children ages three to eight, keep the body moving and brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music. Senses Seek and Find: Use all of your senses to search throughout the gardens. The program is free. Registration is not required.

Preservation Series: Preserving Your Family Photographs – From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. The Arboretum Archivist will demonstrate techniques that focus on the needs of a typical family’s photograph collections. Participants will learn how to properly store and care for their photograph collections and where they can buy their supplies. They will also get a behind-thescenes look at some of the historic photographs in the Arboretum’s archival collections. Participants are encouraged to bring family photographs (no more than 5) that have specific preservation needs. Participants will take home an archival kit including an information sheet, photo enclosures, archival folders, white gloves, and a pencil.

Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: What Can Water Do? – From 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Learn with a group as creative educators bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs, designed for children ages three to eight, keep the body moving and brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music. What Can Water Do?: We need water for drinking, but see how it can do so much more. The program is free. Registration is not required.

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

Granville Farmers Market – Granville. It’s back!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.

Summer Movie Nights in the Park – Veterans’ Park, Millersport. Bring the family to a free summer movie in Veterans’ Park (next to the village office). Activities start at 7 p.m. with the movies beginning at dusk. Free popcorn with a food truck and Weldon’s Ice Cream available. Activities for kids before the movie. Please no tents, alcohol or pets. Lineup: Friday, July 13: The Greatest Showman; and Friday, August 3: Paddington 2.

Lilyfest – Hocking Hills, Rockbridge. Lilyfest is a familyfriendly festival in the Hocking Hills that combines art, music, and gardening with outdoor education scheduled for July 13 – 15, at Bishop Educational Gardens, where three acres of artistically landscaped gardens are nestled in the woods and filled with thousands of colorful lilies, flowers, plants and ponds. Clay sculptures and water features that are whimsical in nature dot the landscape. Lilyfest started as a backyard pottery sale 27 years ago and has grown to attract 5,000 visitors a year. More than 70 artists now have their work on display. It’s a showcase of local clay sculptures, blown glass, jewelry, wood carvings, photography and everything else that artists from the Hocking Hills region create. Leisurely take a hike or simply meander around the gardens and enjoy the sites and sounds that make Lilyfest beautiful. Stop by the butterfly enclosure and observe every stage of the species’ remarkable life cycle, sit on a bench in the Japanese garden, watch artists carve wood creations, hear musical acts perform, purchase native and exotic plants and colorful artwork, attend workshops about the environment, have gardening questions answered by master gardeners or naturalists, and eat scrumptious, meltin your-mouth food. Musicians will perform Appalachian-style music on two stages. A schedule of performers is available at The gardens are located at 13200 Little Cola Road in Rockbridge, Ohio.

Canoe and Kayak Quickstart Course Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Pick either Quickstart Canoe or Quickstart Kayak from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14. These courses provide basic information on dressing for paddle safety to performing simple rescues. A paddle skill set is presented and practiced. Age 12 years and older with participating adult. Fee: $10. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required. For more information visit

Try It! Canoe and Kayak – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Stop by Mirror Lake from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and test out the water with our canoes and kayaks. Wavier must be completed onsite; all youth must be accompanied by a consenting adult. Must be 12 to be on the water solo. FREE!

Newark Jazz and Ribs Fest – Canal Market District, Newark. Come out from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, for greatjazz and amazing ribs. Music line-up: 12:00-1:30 – NexLevel; 2:00-3:30 – J London & Friends Band; 4:00-5:30 – Full Count Jazz Band; and 6:00- 8:00 – Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band. Food vendors are Moe’s BBQ; Big Pappy’s BBQ; Tennessee Pit BBQ; Harf’s BBQ and More; Zeke’s Barbeque; and Banks Veggies. More vendors coming!Vote for People’s Choice Best Ribs! Soda, beer, wine available!

BLISS Series: Relax, Refresh and Remember – Buckeye Lake Museum. Herbalist and Naturalist Lisa Feldman L.S.W. presents “Relax, Refresh and Remember,” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Buckeye Lake Museum, 4729 Walnut Road (Ohio 79). What is stress and what can you do to manage it? Want to increase your memory function by 70%?

Ms. Feldman will give you some techniques to learn simple breathing to reduce stress and attack depression. She will introduce you to essential oils that can change your life. The next BLISS Series presentation will be “Birding, A Soaring Trend,” on Saturday, August 4. Free will donations are accepted for admission to benefit the operations of the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and Museum. For more information call the Museum at 740-929-1998 or visit Facebook or

Fire Station Dedication & Open House – Licking Township Fire Company, Jacksontown. Check out the Licking Township Fire Company’s brand new fire station from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m. The Open House follows at 1:45 to 5:00 p.m. with fire station tours, fire prevention demonstrations, free blood pressure checks and fire truck photos. Fun for the kids with Sparky the Fire Dog, face painting, music and refreshments. Rain or shine. Free with plenty of parking behind Jacksontown United Methodist Church.

Dances of India – Hebron Library. Explore the ancient traditions of India-dancing, fine arts and music during this demonstration at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, by two talented sisters. Try some moves yourself and get a temporary Henna tattoo!

Perry County Fair New Lexington. The lake area’s first county fair of the season runs July 16 – 21. Here’s this year’s entertainment schedule: Monday, July 16 (Veterans’ Day) – 8 pm Mad-Dog Motorsports Demo Derby (Arena); Tuesday, July 17 – 7 pm Fast Traxx Motocross (Arena); Wednesday, July 18 – 8 pm Rough Truck and Car Contest (Arena); Thursday, July 19 (Senior Citizens Day) – 9 am Farm & Small Garden Tractor Tug Pull; 11 am Senior Citizens’ Day Luncheon; 6 pm Garden Tractor Transfer Pull, ATV Pull will follow (Arena); and 6 pm David Wayne – The Country Gentleman (Pavilion); Friday, July 20 – 2 pm Barnyard Olympics (hosted by JFB) Horse Arena; 6 pm Crossfire (Pavilion); 6 pm Kiddie & Sr. Calf Scramble (Arena); and 8 pm Mad-Dog Motorsports Demo Derby (Arena); and Saturday, July 21 -9 am Antique Tractor Pull (Arena); 10 am Junior Fair Livestock Sale; 6 pm Truck & Tractor Transfer Pull (Arena); and 6-8 pm Southern Touch (Pavilion). Daily admission is $10. Rides open daily at noon and close from 5 – 6 p.m. for dinner. For more information, visit

Legends Drum Corps rehearsal – Lakewood High School, Hebron. Lakewood High School is hosting Legends Drum & Bugle Corps rehearsals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. FREE and open to the public. Lakewood senior Logan Newhouse is performing as a member of the snare line. This group is an auditioned and highly exclusive professional marching band that tours the country each summer.

P2O – a Casual Porsche Party – Granville. P20 – a Casual Porsche Party – returns to downtown Granville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. FREE! Walk around on Broadway, while Porsche owners get to show off their cars.

Frozen…in July! – Buckeye Lake Library. Warm up your vocal chords at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, and “Let It Go” during a fun afternoon filled with Disney karaoke, snow-themed crafts, ice cream treats and a visit from Anna.

Ohio State Fair – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This year’s fair runs July 25 – August 5. Here’s the major entertainment schedule: The Beach Boys – Wed., July 25, at 7 pm – $30; Reba McEntire – Thurs., July 26, at 7 pm – $55 & $65 with only a few single seats left; TLC / En Vogue – Fri., July 27, at 7 pm – $30 & $25; The Commodores – Saturday, July 28, at 7 pm – $25; Trevor Noah – Sun., July 29, at 7:30 pm – $35; All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert – Sunday, July 29, at 1 pm – FREE (no tickets needed); Casting Crowns – Mon., July 30, at 7 pm – $25; The Rat Pack is Back – Tues. July 31, at 12:30 pm – FREE (no tickets needed); KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018 – Tues., July 31, at 6:30 pm – $15; Brothers Osborne – Wed., August 1, at 7 pm – $25 & $35; Jeff Dunham – Thurs., August 2, at 7 pm – $40; Lee Brice – Friday, Aug. 3, 7 pm – $25 – $50; Styx / Cheap Trick – Saturday, August 4, at 7 pm -$35 & $45; and Sale of Champions Livestock Auction – Sunday, August 5, at 2 pm – FREE (no tickets needed. Concert tickets purchased before arriving at the Fair include Fair admission. Concerts are held in the WCOL Celeste Center. Purchase tickets at or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Hours: 9 am – 10 pm (Except Aug. 5, until 7 pm); Rides: 10 am – 11 pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays). Admission: Adults (13-59) – $10; Seniors (60+) – $8; Children (5-12) – $8; Children under 5 – Free; and $6 advance sale tickets available at Krogers, participating Ohio O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, and participating AAA locations with AAA membership. New this year, get your print-at-home or mobile-delivery $6 admission tickets (through Aug. 5) and your $20 ride-allday wristbands (through July 24 only) with no order processing fees at ohiostatefair.*Parking is $5 per vehicle with free shuttle service. For more information, visit

Celina Lake Festival – Grand Lake St. Marys, Celina. The top attraction for this year’s Celina Lake Festival is the 50th anniversary of the last Amphicar to roll off the assembly line. A total of 3,878 Amphicars were built in Germany from 1961 to 1968, with 3,046 imported into the United States. It is believed that there are less than 600 seaworthy still in existence today. Originally offered in just four colors, many today have been customized with paint and accessories. Their official festival appearances include a Swim- In on Friday evening and you can see the entire contingent of Amphicars as they take part in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. For the special anniversary they will be offering rides for the public throughout the weekend in exchange for a small donation to a local charity.

The festival runs July 27 – 29, offering plenty of summer fun for the entire family, including a huge collector car show, a fun car/boat poker run, a large craft show, free boat rides, a 5K run and music by the Decades Band on Friday night followed by the Fabulous Fireworks over the lake, Saturday evening’s Grand Parade and Saturday night entertainment with The Lynyrd Skynyrd Experience. Sunday is a special treat for the kids with lots of free fun including a kids fishing derby, pontoon rides, kiddie tractor pull, archery and canoeing. Admission and parking are free. More information is available at

The Original Super Chevy Show – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 32nd Annual Super Chevy Show is back and bigger than ever July 27 – 28. This series is the premier destination for all things Chevrolet, featuring multiple classes of drag racing with cash prizes, a swap meet where auto enthusiasts can find that elusive part they’ve been missing, a Chevrolet-focused performance marketplace, and the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles in one place from classics to modern, all looking to take home the Best in Class award and a coveted Super Chevy Show jacket. This exciting event is returning to National Trail Raceway for the third year in a row, with several ways to enjoy the show, including drag racing, entering a vehicle in the professionally judged car show, displaying a vehicle without being judged, or simply taking in the excitement as a spectator. From Friday’s open test ’n’ tune to the weekend show, there’s something for every auto enthusiast to experience at these events. For complete details on pricing, event schedule, special features, and more visit

Kickin’ Ash Splash Pool Party – Heath City Water Park. Licking County Health Department’s 14th annual Kickin’ Ash Splash Pool Party starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Heath City Water Park! This family-friendly event encourages active and healthy lifestyles free from tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. The Kickin’ Ash Splash event aims to teach families of Licking County how to incorporate healthy foods and physical activities into their lifestyles by providing healthy snacks, games and giveaways. Admission after 5:30 p.m. is at a reduced rate of $2; Free to 2018 water park members. The Heath City Water Park is located at 1287 Hebron Road in Heath and will be fully operational for this evening of family-friendly fun.

Baltimore Festival – Johnson Park, Baltimore. With a new board, the revitalized Baltimore Festival returns August 2-4.Festivalopensa5p.m.on Thursday, Aug 2. Jeremy Shank performs at 7:15 a.m. Hours on Friday are noon to 11 p.m. The cruise-in ($10 registration) fruns from 4 – 8 p.m. with DJ Kurt Kauffman. Six Foot Blonde performs at 9 p.m. The Grande Park down Ohio 256 (Market Street) starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 4. The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band plays at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. Wayfarers perform at 12:30 p.m. with Common Thread at 4 p.m. and Hillbilly Deluxe at 8 p.m.

Food, games and rides all three days. For more information visit

Hartford Fair – Croton. “The Biggest Little Fair in the World” returns for the 160th year August 4 -11. Featured entertainment: Saturday, Aug. 4 – KOI Drag Racing at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 5 – OSTPA Truck & Tractor Pull- 6 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 6 – Rodeo – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Demolition Derby – 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Monster Trucks – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 9 – Harness Racing – Noon & Fast Traxx Motocross Racing – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 10 – Harness Racing – Noon & Rough Truck Contest – 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 11 – Harness Racing – Noon & Championship Horse Pull at 7 p.m. Admission: General (age 8 and over) – $7; $3 Senior Citizens and Veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. Ride tickets are additional. FREE parking. For a detailed schedule, visit

38th Annual Mopar Nationals – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. Mopar Heaven returns August 10 – 12. Everything MOPAR 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. This year’s tribute is to the Plymouth Road Runner & 1968! 1968 was the introduction of the all New Plymouth Road Runner. It was offered with only two engines, 383 & 426 Hemi. The Nats will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary with a special display of all the years of the Road Runner starting with 1968- 1974, 1975, and 1976-1980.

Admission: One day pass is $25, Two Day is $40 and a Three Day is $45. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Gates open at 8 am and close at approximately 8 pm. For more information visit

Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes – Buckeye Lake Winery, Fairfield Beach. The 33rd annual Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes is set for Sunday, August 12. Water and weather permitting, the tour will be via pontoon boats departing from the Buckeye Lake Winery to tour six Buckeye Lake homes – two island homes, the classic lighthouse home, two newly remodeled cottages and one original remodeled home. Tours start from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advance tickets at $20 are available for purchase prior to July 24. Day of tour tickets are very limited and cost $25. Ticket requests must be received no later than July 30, 2018. Mail checks to: BLACA, PO Box 1106, Buckeye Lake, OH. 43008

Tour de Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake Winery. The second annual Tour de Buckeye Lake is set for Saturday, August 25. The Bike Buckeye Lake event offers three distinct bicycling courses (12, 25 or 38 miles) around beautiful Buckeye Lake. Ride begins and ends at the Buckeye Lake Winery (13750 Rosewood Dr., Thornville 43076). Pre-registration is $35 per rider via First 200 riders registered receive a goodie bag from local businesses. Ride day registration is $40 per rider and begins at 9 a.m. at The Winery. Post-ride party at the winery with live music, excellent lunch cuisine and fine beverages.


Dion Pride – Ohio Valley Opry, Twin City Opera House, McConnelsville. Dion Pride, the son of legendary Charlie Pride, is the special guest for the July 21st Ohio Valley Opry show.

A crowd favorite, Dion always pleases the audience with classic country tunes of his father’s in addition to songs he penned himself. Dion entertains folks of all ages, and no one goes away disappointed. In addition to Dion Pride, Ohio Valley Opry regulars – The Clark Family, Matt Coleman, Beth Sigler-Bigham, Mike Morrison, and comedian Uncle Doofus will be appearing. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the one show starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available on line at or by calling the ticket office at 740.525.9218.

Concerts on the Green – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The FREE summer concert series returns for its 37th Season. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on the back lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion, 573 Jones Road, Granville. A food truck will be available at each concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Visit for more information and alternate locations for inclement weather.

• July 22: NU-Blu (bluegrass). This husband and wife duo deliver up-beat, blazing-fingers pick work as well as gentle heartwarning ballads.

• August 5: Adelle&Gentry (alternative pop). These sisters of harmony have gone from being “just” small town girls to rising stars on the Nashville scene.

• August 19: Reaganomics (80s rock). The Columbus-based Reaganomics are the area’s most electrifying eighties show.

Gathering of the Juggalos 2018 – Legend Valley, Thornville. After a one-year absence, the Juggalos return to Legend Valley for their 19th annual gathering July 18 -21. This year’s Gathering is called “Whoopstock.” For more information, visit

The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. The August 2 -4 weekend features The Werks, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Papadosio, Ekoostik Hookah and more. For more information, visit

The Bellwether Music Festival Renaissance Park, Waynesville, OH. The Bellwether Music Festival is a two-day, two-stage alternative music festival with available camping August 10-11, at Renaissance Park in southwestern Ohio, just outside of Waynesville. The festival will feature music by sixteen acts on two stages including MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Echo & The Bunnymen, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, The Psychedelic Furs, Whitney, Japanese Breakfast, Allah-Las, Bob Schneider (with band), Erika Wennerstrom, Alex Lahey, Dawg Yawp, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins and Carriers. None of the performances will overlap, so attendees can see each set in full! Music starts daily at 2 p.m. and ends by 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at

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