Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Blackhand Gorge Tour – from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3. Cost: Non-members – $10; Members – $8. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is one of the treasures of Licking County. Boasting nearly 1,000 acres, it is home to numerous wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. Join Arboretum Botanist Dr. David Brandenburg on hike in search of interesting wild plant species, while pointing out significant non-natives along the way. Attendees will meet at The Dawes Arboretum’s Visitors Center.
Spring Valley Nature Preserve Tour – from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 3. Cost: Nonmembers – $10; Members – $8. Spring Valley Nature Preserve is a 45 acre wooded property with a unique history and role in conserving greenspace in the watershed of Raccoon Creek. The former site of the Spring Valley pool, the land was restored and permanently protected from future development by the Licking Land Trust in 2007 with the support of many community partners. Today, the property is managed by the Granville Recreation District. Nature lovers will enjoy this guided hike with Doug Spieles, President of the Licking Land Trust, and Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum, exploring the peaceful wooded trails and open meadows while learning about the collaboration that made conservation of this site possible.. Attendees will meet members of the Licking Land Trust at the preserve entrance, located at 1539 Columbus Road Granville, OH 43023.
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
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.
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, August 3: Paddington 2.
Try It! Canoe and Kayak – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Stop by Mirror Lake from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 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!
Ohio State Fair – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This year’s fair runs July 25 – August 5. Here’s the major entertainment schedule: TThe 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 ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair 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 mobiledelivery $6 admission tickets (through Aug. 5) and your $20 ride-all-day wristbands (through July 24 only) with no order processing fees at ticketmaster.com/ohiostatefair.*Parking is $5 per vehicle with free shuttle service. For more information, visit www.ohiostatefair.com
Paint the Parks – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come and explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the James Bradley Senior Center! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. The $25 fee includes pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Registration required.
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 lakefestival.com.
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 www.superchevy.com/show.
Free School Supplies – Buckeye Lake & Hebron. First Community Church in Buckeye Lake (across from the KOA Kampground on Ohio 79) and Hebron New Life UMC (across from the Hebron Municipal Complex on West Main Street (US 40))are distributing free school supplies from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 28.
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.
Full Moon Gathering – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join us at Infirmary Mound Park at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, as we gather by the light of the moon this month for a guided hike and a guided horseback ride. You must bring your own horse; minimum rider age is 9 years. Helmet required for riders under 18. Followed by a bonfire and s’mores! Riders ride out at 8 PM, hikers at 8:30 PM.
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 baltimorefestival.org
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 www.hartfordfair.com
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 highperformance 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 http://www.moparnats.org
Ice Cream Social – Glenford. The Hopewell Methodist Church’s annual ice cream social is set for 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, at the Gower Road, Glenford church. Homemade chicken noodles, baked beans , sloppy joes, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, pie, cake, and ice cream.
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 www.bikebuckeyelake.org. 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.
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 granvillerec.org for more information and alternate locations for inclement weather.
• 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 https://www.juggalogathering.com
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 thewerkoutfestival.com
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 www.bellwetherfest.com. Two-day tickets are $94 with in & out privileges, single day are $55 and camping starts at $120.
Lost Lands Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. Lost Lands returns for its second year September 14 – 16, featuring 1,000,000 watts of bass, two full-size main stages and three times more “giant f#%king dinosaurs.” Performances by Excision all weekend long plus Flux Pavilion, Ganja White Night, Illenium, Jauz, Nero, Nghtmre, Rezz, Ruski, Slander, Snails, Zomboy and many more. For more information, visit http:// www.lostlandsfestival.com/
“Merrily We Roll Along” – Weathervane Playhouse, Newark. Weathervane Playhouse present Stephen Sondheim’s spirited and cautionary musical tale, “Merrily We Roll Along,” Thursday, July 19; Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; Wednesday, July 25; Thursday, July 26; Friday, July 27; and Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. This moving musical follows the story of three friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives. “Merrily We Roll Along” begins in the present and moves backwards in time, tracing the lives of Frank, a rich philandering song writer and film producer; Charley, a self-righteous musical theatre lyricist; and Mary, a bitter and alcoholic musical theatre writer and critic.Individual tickets are available online or at the Box Office. Individual ticket rates are $37 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $26 for students with ID and $15 for children (12 and younger). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org or call 740-366-4616. Weathervane Playhouse is located at 100 Price Road in Newark, Ohio 43055.