Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019. Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members do not pay an admission fee.
Daily Walking Tours – from 10 – 11 a.m. daily. Enjoy a guided walking tour of some of a portion of The Dawes Arboretum! Daily walking tours are included with the admission fee. Check in at the Visitors Center.
Alternatives to Gravestone Rubbing – from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Krista Horrocks, Archaeologist, State Historic Preservation Office, will explain alternatives to gravestone rubbing, which help preserve the fragile stones and allow for documentation and memorialization. Weather permitting, there will be a demonstration at the Dawes Memorial. Cost: Non-members $10.
Felting Flowers Workshop with Artist Chris Lang – from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Learn to felt wool into flower shapes using both needle and wet felting techniques. All fibers and equipment needed will be provided. Ages 12 and up are welcome. Cost: non-member – $25.
Tranquility Outdoor Yoga- July – from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Join instructors from Granville Yoga for this one-hour session for yogis of all levels. Please bring your own yoga mat and meet in the Japanese Garden for this fun and gentle yoga practice. Guests must register separately for each session. Cost: Non-member – $15.
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan- Summer 2019 – from 1 – 2 p.m. on Sundays, beginning July 21 through August 25. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Cost: Non-members – $65. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. 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 www.dawesarb.org
Baltimore Farmers’ Market – Baltimore. Fresh produce and other goodies are available from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at Ace Hardware on Ohio 158.
Buckeye Lake Farmers’ Market – Buckeye Lake. Fresh produce and other goodies are available from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Harbor Community Center on Ohio 79 opposite the North Shore boat ramps.
Granville Farmers’ Market – Granville. The market is back downtown at North Main and Broadway streets. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October 26. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Yoga in the Park – Infirmary Mound Park (Shelter 3), Granville. This FREE 45-minute yoga class will be accessible to everyone – regardless of age or yoga experience. Join us from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, June 5 thru August 28 (no July 3 session). We will move through various yoga poses at a comfortable pace, giving you time to move your body while appreciating the outdoors. Modifications will be offered for you to tailor the class to your personal needs. You will build strength, flexibility, awareness, and confidence. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel for class.
African Hand Drumming Class – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Licking Park District is hosting Instructor Lawrence Greene to teach monthly West African Drumming classes for ages 16 and up at Infirmary Mound Park! Classes are from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (June 10) unless it is a holiday which pushes it back to the second Monday. Join us for a fun exploration of djembe and other drums, intro, history, technique and rhythm. Beginner friendly; no experience necessary. Instruments are provided if you do not have your own.
For over 13 years, Lawrence has taught West African drumming classes and workshops in Ohio and West Virginia. In his classes, Lawrence hopes to foster a sense of togetherness for the participants and bring people together over a shared activity they might never have imagined themselves doing. Group drumming is a great way to relieve stress and find a sense of balance. This class will focus on traditional West African rhythms. Suggested donation of $10.
‘Behind the Science’ – The Works, Newark. Behind the Science programs are set for 6 – 7 p.m. on every third Thursday monthly at The Works. Cost: Non-members – $10; Members – Free. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call Guest Services at 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.
Paint the Parks – James Bradley Center, Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our $ 25 price includes pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Registration required.
Lilyfest – Bishop Educational Gardens, Rockbridge. Lilyfest is a three-day event in the Hocking Hills that combines gardening education with art and music on three acres of perfectly manicured land that contains thousands of lilies and plants. What started as a backyard pottery sale 28 years ago attracts more than 5,000 visitors who are eager to view the gardens, hike through the woods, talk to Ohio Certified Naturalists and Master Gardeners from OSU Extension, and see the work of 70 artists showcasing Appalachian art from the Hocking Hills region, including clay sculptures, blown glass, jewelry, wood carvings, photography and so much more. Admission is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated! No pets please, but service animals will be allowed. Hours: Friday, July 12 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 14 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gardens are also open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sunday, July 7, through Wednesday, July 10. Visit www.lilyfest.com for the latest information on artists and to download a flyer with directions to the festival. The gardens are located at 13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, Ohio, 43149.
A Universe of Stories – Radical Rocket Science with Crystal Clear Science – Buckeye Lake Library. This summer blasts off with hands-on, minds-on presentations of the physics behind rockets with Crystal Clear Science at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Find out why in space no one can hear you scream. Learn fun experiments you can do at home.
Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert – Buckeye Lake Library. Do you have a question about technology? Drop by at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today!
Perry County Fair – New Lexington. The 66th annual Perry County Fair returns July 15 – 20. Admission: $10 with kids under36 inches free and free parking. Monday, July 15 is Veterans’ Day with all Veterans admitted free with ID. Tuesday is Kids’ Day with special activities and free lunch. Thursday is Senior Citizens’ Day with seniors 60 years and older buying one entry get one free after 1 p.m.
Monday: Mad-Dawg Motorsports Demo Derby and Figure 8 Truck Racing at 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Fast Traxx Motocross – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Rough Truck and Car Contest – 8 p.m.
Thursday: Garden Tractor Transfer Pull/ATV Pull – 6 p.m.
Friday: KOI Drag Racing – 7 p.m.
Saturday: Truck and Tractor Transfer Pull – 6 p.m. and Night Prowler – AC/DC Tribute Bank – 6 – 9 p.m.
Daily: Lumberjack Shows at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. and Pleasant Valley Boys Square Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.
For more information visit perrycountyfairgrounds.com
Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The BIG ONE is here! The Goodguys 22nd Annual PPG Nationals Giant Car Show, July 12-14 at the Ohio Expo Center pulls out all the stops! Explore over 6,000 of the country’s finest 1987 & older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics from all over the USA plus see the crowning of the Goodguys 2019 Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year! This jam-packed weekend also features over 400 vendor exhibits showcasing the latest and greatest products and trends, a jaw dropping gathering of 69 of the baddest ’69 Camaros around—the Goodguys Summer of 69, a Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral, the Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition featuring the ultra-intense “Sponsor Shootout”, Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, Burnout Competition, Live Music Stage Shows, a model car show, Saturday Specialty Parking areas, a FREE Kids Zone, Builder’s Choice awards and so much more! And, late model American made, or powered muscle cars, customs and trucks are welcome on July 14th for our Spectre Performance All American Sunday! For complete details and to register your vehicle or purchase tickets, visit good-guys.com. Hours: Friday and Saturday (8 am – 5 pm); Sunday (8 am – 3 pm). Cost: General admission – $25; Youth (ages 7 – 12) – $10; Children (6 and under) – Free; Parking: $7. For more information visit good-guys.com
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1969 – Licking County Historical Society, Newark. The Buckingham Meeting House (5 North 6th Street, Newark) will be decked out in its psychedelic finest from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, to commemorate one of the most eventful summers in history. Enjoy drinks and appetizers of the era, as well as live musical entertainment, and a game of trivia hosted by Spencer Null. Plus, wear your grooviest outfit for a chance at winning the costume contest (costumes are encouraged, but not required). Cost to attend is $30, or $25 for members; this cost covers all food and festivities, plus one complimentary drink ticket.
Do you remember the summer of 1969? If you have special memories from that momentous summer, share them with the Licking County Historical Society and become a part of history! Your memories, stories, and pictures will be used as a collaborative display at the event and saved to the LCHS Archives for future historians to enjoy. Memories and pictures can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or arrange a time for our Office staff to scan your items by calling 740-345-4898.
Vacation Bible School – Hebron Christian Church, Hebon. Children of the Hebron and Buckeye Lake communities are invited to Vacation Bible School, July 14-18, at the Hebron Christian Church, 610 West Main Street in Hebron. This year’s theme is JOSEPH!! and students will learn the story of Joseph who started as a kid with a colorful coat and ended up the ruler of Egypt…all by listening to God. Each evening session runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm with a puppet show, Bible lesson, music, a craft, games and a light snack. Classes are offered to kids in pre-school through grade 5. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Our VBS is open to everyone regardless of church affiliation so come to as many evenings as you can.
Introduction to Social Media – Main Library, downtown Newark. Learn about the world of Social Media at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, from an overview of the most popular apps to ethics, etiquette and personal safety.
A Universe of Stories – The Galactic Games – Buckeye Lake Library. Do you have what it takes to complete puzzles, unlock hidden clues, and go on a scavenger hunt that will reveal the secret code and solve the mystery of the great Buckeye Lake Space Race? If so, join us at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 —we need your expertise!
Basics: Google Gmail – Main Library, downtown Newark. Learn parts of a computer, understand the difference between hardware and software, open, close and resize windows on a computer screen, and use a mouse with confidence at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.
A Universe of Stories – Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Party – Hebron Library. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, with related crafts and activities.
Cutting the Cord – Main Library, downtown Newark. Our Techsperts provide information on devices and services you can use in place of cable TV providers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
A Universe of Stories – A Universe of Drawing with Steve Harpster – Main Library, downtown Newark. Kids of all ages are invited at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, to learn how to turn simple shapes into aliens, monster and space traveling animals! Designed for grades K – 5, but all ages are welcome. Make sure to stay for our FREE summer lunch for kids ages 0 – 18 at noon!
A Universe of Stories – Astronaut Training – Main Library, downtown Newark. Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Put your skills to the test at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at our indoor/outdoor space boot camp. Make sure to stick around for our FREE Summer Lunch Club for kids ages 0 – 18 from noon – 1pm!
A Universe of Stories – Slime in Space! – Hebron Library. Edible, magnetic and sparkling—all kinds of slime will be made and played with by the humans that visit the library at noon on Wednesday, July 24, for Slime in Space! Dress for a mess.
Internet Safety and You – Main Library, downtown Newark. LCL’s Techsperts help teach suggested do’s and don’ts for Internet security at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. You’ll be provided with guidelines for using the Internet to best keep personal data personal and private.
Kickin’ Ash Splash Pool Party – Heath Pool, 127 Hebron Road. The Licking County Health Department’s 15th annual Kickin’ Ash Splash Pool Party starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the Heath City Water Park! This family-friendly “night-swim” encourages active and healthy lifestyles free from tobacco and 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 cost of $2 per person. Members of Heath City Water Park can attend this event free. The pool will be fully operational for this evening of family-friendly fun.
Baltimore Festival – Johnson Park, Baltimore. It’s the 29th annual Baltimore Festival August 1 -3. Queen pageant, rides, games, drawings, food and car show. Free entertainment includes Bad Influence at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Phil Dirt & the Dozers at 8 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s lineup is Gayla Smith at 1 p.m., Terry Douglas at 2 p.m., diff Cody at 5 p.m., A J Angelo at 8 p.m. and McGuffey Lane at 9 p.m. Saturday’s Grand Parade heads down Market Street at 10 a.m. with the 122nd Army Band. For more information visit www.baltimorefestival.org
Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes – Buckeye Lake. The 34th annual tour is back on the water from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11! Participants will visit five Buckeye Lake homes via pontoon boats departing from the Buckeye Lake Winery. This year’s homes include a beautiful new build, a 1946 log cabin, a 1946 fishing cottage, a beautiful remodeled home and an original 1927 home with its original knotty pine. Only 750 tickets will be sold! Presale tickets are now on sale for $20 until July 30. After July 30 and at the door tickets are $25. Last tickets are sold at 4 p.m. Free parking. For presale tickets, send checks to BLACA, PO Box 1106, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008. For more information, visit buckeyelakeareacivicassociation.org
Safari Pet Expo and Grooming Competition – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Join us August 16 – 18, on an adventure into the world of animals! We will have a variety of animals and dog competitions for everyone to partake in! A family fun adventure for all, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Dog Meet and Greet, main stage Entertainment and Mermaids! Our premier Grooming Competition is open to everyone to enter from amateur to pro, we have the classes for you. Navigate with us from land to sea, we have all the adventure waiting for you at Safari Pet Expo and Grooming Competition. Bring the whole family!! Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Cost: $10. For more information visit SafariPetExpo
Tour de Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake Winery. Bike Buckeye Lake is offering a 45, 26 or 8-mile bicycle tour on Saturday, August 24, circumventing beautiful Buckeye Lake! The 45 and 26-mile tours this year include a 4.1 mile stretch along the new Buckeye Lake Dam. The 45-mile option includes a ride through picturesque Dawes Arboretum. All rides begin and end at the Buckeye Lake Winery – 13750 Rosewood Drive, Thornville. Be sure to plan for the live band playing at the post-cycling party. There will be two rest stops for the 45 mile and 26.5 mile routes that include water, snacks and restroom facilities. Rest stops will be located at Brooks Park in Fairfield County and at North Shore Boat Ramp in the Village of Buckeye Lake, Licking County. All routes will be well marked with arrows and signage and police cars with flashing lights will be present where traffic needs alerted to riders. A route instruction sheet will be provided at registration for each of the three rides indicating turns and distance between turns. A digital route is also available via the Ride with GPS – Bike Computer app. Registration 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 24th at Buckeye Lake Winery. $35 Pre-Registration is available at www.bikebuckeyelake.org
$40 Same Day Registration; cash and checks accepted. All riders are required to wear a helmet. There is no mass-start, and you can go at your own pace. Registration includes:
• Route instruction sheet, or you can use the Ride with GPS – Bike Computer app
• Coupon for reduced-price first beverage at Buckeye Lake Winery
• One complementary ice cream at PaPa Boos
• Beautiful views, friendly faces, fellowship with locals and other cycling enthusiasts
Free Concerts at the Gazebo – Mathias Miller Park, Millersport. The Village of Millersport is sponsoring a series of free concerts at the gazebo in the village’s new Mathias Miller Park on Lancaster Street. The series continues from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19, with the Lee Gilkerson. Bring a lawn chair, picnic (grills are not available/permitted) or food from a local restaurant. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Lancaster Festival – Lancaster area venues. It’s the 35th annual season July 17 – 27. Headliners include Kansas on Saturday, July 27, Sara Evans on Saturday, July 20 and Jimmy Buffett Tribute Bank on Wednsday, July 24. For more information, a detailed schedule and to purchase tickets, visit lancasterfestival.org
LancasterChorale’s “An American Mosaic: Folk Hymns, Folk Songs, Spirituals, and Contemporary Works” – Lancaster. LancasterChorale, central Ohio’s all-professional chamber choir, will perform a variety of American Folk Hymns, Folk Songs, Spirituals, and Contemporary Works at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, 222 North Broad Street. The concert is an affiliate performance of the Lancaster Festival, which runs July 17-27.
The centerpiece of the performance will be selections from The Sacred Harp, a collection of mountain hymn tunes first published in 1844. Well-known compositions from The Sacred Harp such as Wayfaring Stranger will be performed in both their traditional form and in an updated arrangement by Artistic Director Stephen Caracciolo.
Adult tickets at the door are $30 for LancasterChorale performances, with senior tickets at $25. Tickets for students and active-duty military personnel in uniform are free. For reduced price tickets, order online at LancasterChorale.com/tickets-online/. Phone orders may be made by calling 740-687-5855 or e-mailing Officemanager@LancasterChorale.com.
Summer Concerts on the Green – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The Granville Recreation District’s Concerts on the Green return for the 39th season. Each free concert features an on-site food truck. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. with a 90 minute, no intermission set. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics or grab a bite from the food truck. For more information visit granvillerec.org.
- July 21 – Rock This Town. This band is the only Brian Setzer Orchestra tribute band in the county. The band is at the forefront of the swing revival in popular music. Food truck: Fired Up Pizza.
- August 4 – Moonbats. Just legendary rock performed with energy, humor and top-notch musicianship, playing iconic songs by legendary bands such as The Who, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies and more. Food truck: SteamRoller Bagel.
- August 18 – Nick Netherton Bank. This family friendly band plays awide variety from classic to modern country and rock. Food truck: DayYNoche.
- TourismOhio’s 14 Summer Weekends of Can’t-Miss Festivals
With just 14 fleeting weekends comprising summer, now is the time to plan your next Ohio road trip! This summer, Ohio offers a packed schedule of delicious food and historic commemorations, all within an easy drive so you can spend less time traveling and more time experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events. Pilot a space ship, see gridiron greats, hang out with movie stars, savor cinnamoon pancakes and everything strawberry, craft an epic duct tape creation and dance to the music with family and friends.
Here are the remaining summer’s must-do festivals. Plenty more can be found at Ohio.org.
Summer Moon Festival, Wapakoneta (July 18 – 21)
50 years ago, Neil Armstrong, a Wapakoneta native, made history by taking humankind’s first steps on the moon. The year-long festivities will reach a peak at the Summer Moon Festival with family-friendly activities from bed races to a moon pie eating contest taking place in downtown Wapakoneta, the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and the Armstrong Airport. Visitors can expect a celebration to remember, with ’60s-themed events, rocket launches, a new Moon Menu Trail and more.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Canton (July 26 – 28)
Celebrating the induction of new Enshrinees including Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson, this incredible football celebration features more than 18 events attracting nearly 700,000 people to Canton. In addition to football legends, visitors will find hot air balloons, the Fashion Show Luncheon, Grand Parade, photo contest, drum corps contest, concerts and more. This year kicks off the 100th anniversary of Pro Football, so you don’t want to miss it!
The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary Celebration, Mansfield (August 16 – 28)
Get busy living with a screening of The Shawshank Redemption in the Renaissance Theatre, where Shawshank originally premiered in 1994. As part of this special anniversary event, attendees will be able to meet some of the film’s celebrities at the Ohio State Reformatory, and the annual Shawshank Hustle 7K route will take runners past several of the film’s locations. This celebration is the perfect excuse to try out the Shawshank Trail and visit 16 famous filming sites on your own. Most anniversary events will be ticketed so make plans to attend today!
Cincinnati Music Festival Presented by P&G,Cincinnati (July 25 – 27)
Held on Cincinnati’s scenic riverfront in Paul Brown Stadium, this 58-year-old fest will have visitors dancing to R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Performers include Mary J Blige; Maxwell; Earth, Wind & Fire; Slick Rick and many more. The festival draws tens of thousands of fans from all over the Midwest and South for good reason.
Festival Latino, Columbus (August 10 – 11)
The streets surrounding Genoa Park in downtown Columbus will be closed so festival goers can dance and listen to the lively music of national and international artists, along with Ohio-based Latino musicians. The free celebration also offers cultural workshops, a visual artists’ showcase, children’s area and delicious Latin-American cuisine.
Marietta Sweet Corn Festival, Marietta (July 19 – 20)
The Marietta area, and visitors who love sweet corn, come together to celebrate the rich agricultural history of this historic Ohio city. Try your hand at corn hole, challenge a friend to the corn-eating contest, take the kids on the merry-go-round before getting their face painted, stroll through the antique tractors and gas engines, enjoy interacting with animals at the petting farm and so much more. Free live music will be part of the entertainment throughout the festival.
Y-Bridge Arts Festival,Zanesville (August 2 – 3)
Entering its 11th year, the Y-Bridge Arts Festival in historic downtown Zanesville welcomes a variety of contemporary artists and craft vendors along with an array of live entertainment, food, beverages and hands-on activities. Visitors of all ages will be able to meet more than 75 artists at this premiere southeastern Ohio cultural event. Where else can you cross a bridge and stay on the same side of the river?
Cleveland Tall Ships Festival, Cleveland (July 11 – 14)
Step aboard, or stare from the shore, at some of the grandest ships of yore. Festivities begin Thursday with a dramatic Parade of Sail, displaying 10 traditionally rigged sailing vessels. Visitors can board and tour the amazing ships; attend educational and sail training programs; enjoy live entertainment, historical exhibits, food and drinks. This year’s fleet includes vessels homeported as far away as Maryland, with crews from the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
For more travel ideas and inspiration, visit Ohio.org and follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find the full list of summer events and festivals at Ohio.org/Order-Guide.