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: Non-members – $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.
Night Hike: Bats, Owls and Squirrels, Oh My! – from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17. Cost: Non-members – $7; Members – $5. Come explore The Arboretum at night and learn about the many nocturnal creatures that call it home. Discover interesting information about bats, owls and flying squirrels and learn to separate the facts from myths. The program concludes with a hike to look and listen for these night-loving critters throughout the Deep Woods, using specialized equipment, such as The Arboretum’s electronic bat detector.
Preservation Series: Preserving Your Family Textiles – from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. The Arboretum Archivist will demonstrate techniques that focus on the needs of a typical family’s historic textile collections. Such items include quilts, flags, wedding dresses, baby clothes, hats, shoes, and purses. Participants will learn how to properly store and care for their textile collections, as well as have a behind-the-scenes look at some of the historic textiles in the Arboretum’s archival collections. Participants are encouraged to bring small items (no more than 2, no larger than 2_2_ folded) that have specific preservation needs. Participants will take home an archival kit including an information sheet, muslin, archival tissue, artifact tags, white gloves, and a pencil.
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.
Ohio State Fair – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This year’s fair runs July 25 – August 5. Here’s the major entertainment schedule: 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 mobile-delivery $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
Baltimore Festival – Johnson Park, Baltimore. With a new board, the revitalized Baltimore Festival returns August 2 – 4. Festival opens a 5 p.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
Bird Banding Demonstration – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Check in from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, to see our bird banding crew in action and learn about the birds of Ohio. Meet at Shelter 6 and we will walk to the banding station. Weather Dependent. Please check our website calendar or facebook the day of for weather updates.
Harbor Community Center benefit – Buckeye Lake Fire Department. The Buckeye Lake Firefighters Association is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner from 4 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, at the Buckeye Lake Fire Department, to benefit the new community center. The dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread or roll, salad, dessert and a drink. Cost is $8. Eat in, carry out or request delivery. Drawings every 15 minutes.
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 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 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.
Licking County River Round Up – Licking County streams. Save the date – Saturday, September 8 – for Licking County River Round Up. The Park District and the River Round Up Committee welcome all willing volunteers and sponsors to help with this river trash clean-up. The goal is to clean litter from as many waterways throughout Licking County as possible. There are clean-up locations across Licking County both on land and water. Please visit and register at lickingswcd.com.
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.
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/
“Pippin” – Weathervane Playhouse, Newark. “Pippin” closes the 2018 season. Performances: Thursday, August 2; Friday, August 3; Saturday, August 4; Tuesday, August 7; Wednesday, August 8; Thursday, August 9; Friday, August 10; and Saturday, August 11, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. With a beautifully theatrical and emotional score by Grammy and Oscar winner, Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell,” “Children of Eden”), “Pippin” is the story of a young prince, who is in search of his own meaning and truth. Heir to the throne, Pippin seeks meaning in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power only to find these excursions and triumphs to be unfulfilling. Throughout the show, the Leading Player, much like a puppeteer, manipulates Pippin’s experiences, and Pippin must decide whether or not to become what society believes is extraordinary. In the end, Pippin discovers that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. 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). All Tuesday evening performances are General Admission and cost $19.
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.