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.
Foraging for Wild Edibles: Weed ’em & Eat! – From 10:30 to noon on Saturday, May 25. Learn how to forage, sample spring wild edibles and take a 45-minute hike to identify, collect and taste nature’s garden. Make sure to bring your camera and note-taking material. Foraging is prohibited at The Dawes Arboretum unless part of an Arboretum sanctioned program. Cost: $15; Member’s discount is automatically applied when you register.
Mighty Oak Days – From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Come to The Arboretum for a day of fun including special programs, live music and wagon tours! Seniors receive discounted admission of $8 on Mighty Oak Days. Join a social stroll of the Parkwoods Trail at 9am, learn about trees at 11am, enjoy music in the garden at 12pm, explore the Daweswood House at 2pm and experience a wagon tour at 3pm! Programs and tours are included with admission. Admission is always free for Arboretum members!
Asian Longhorned Beetle First Detector Training – From 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. Invasive insects can have a tremendous impact on our forests. Similar to the Emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle presents a new threat. Early detection is key in containing the pest and treating impacted trees. This program will help arborists, natural resource professionals and homeowners spot the signs of these insects. Cost: $25; Member’s discount is automatically applied when you register.
Mighty Oak Days – From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Come to The Arboretum for a day of fun including special programs, live music and wagon tours! Seniors receive discounted admission of $8 on Mighty Oak Days. Join a social stroll of the Japanese Garden at 9 am, learn about Dawes family history at 11 am, enjoy live music in the Learning Garden at 12 pm, explore the Daweswood House at 2pm and experience a wagon tour at 3 pm! Programs and tours are included with admission. Admission is always free for Arboretum members!
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
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.
MILLERSPORT TWIG 13 PIE SALE – Millersport. Homemade pies start flying out the door at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Circle K Station in Millersport. Come early for the best selection as they go quickly. Pies are $10 each. Proceeds benefit the patients of Fairfield Medical Center.
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 3) 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.
Free Gardening Classes – Harbor Community Center, Buckeye Lake. Licking County Master Gardeners are holding FREE monthly gardening classes from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays at the Harbor Community Center on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village.
• June 15 – Harvesting Crops + Planting for Fall Crops
When is the best time to harvest vegetables and herbs? Well, it depends. Learn some tricks of the trade. Also, plan for a Fall garden and learn what is best grown for a second round of fresh vegetables in September. KEY CONCEPTS that will be covered: know what to grow and when for Fall crops – reading/using info on seed packets – harvesting veggies – harvesting herbs – saving seeds for next year.
‘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.
Buckeye Sweepstakes Horse Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. One of the largest Arabian horse shows in the country returns May 23 – 26. Hours: 8 am – 10 pm daily. FREE! For more information visit buckeyesweepstakes.com
BrickUniverse Lego Fan Convention – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Attendees can see incredible exhibits, meet renown professional artists from around the world, and even put their newfound inspiration to work at one of the numerous building stations May 25 -26. From massive skyscrapers and world landmarks to intricate city layouts – BrickUniverse has it all. BrickUniverse provides the space for fans of all ages to channel their creativity through incredible inspiration. Since our first event, BrickUniverse has been to over a dozen cities all around the United States. We’ve been featured in countless newspapers, magazines, and TV News and have entertained thousands of attendees. Our mission is simple: to inspire as many people as possible – one brick at a time. Each General Admission Ticket is valid for your chosen ticket day only. Children 2 and younger are free. Cost: Tickets are $15 online, $18 at the door if they have not been sold out beforehand. Tickets are non-refundable. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm daily. For more information visit BrickUniverse.com
Midwest Holiday Antique Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Old vintage holiday decorations. You can find Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, Halloween, and of course Christmas. The May 26, show is a wonderful chance to find a special piece to love during the holiday season. Cost: $7. Hours: 9 am – 3 pm. For more information visit cravenfarm.com
Paint the Parks – James Bradley Senior Center, Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 30! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our $25 (cash or check) price includes pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Registration is required.
Change Gears: Ride a Bike – Licking County. The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) invites Licking County residents to its Change Gears | Ride a Bike event on Saturday, June 1. LCHD staff will be on-site at three check-in locations in Licking County from 8:00 am until 12 Noon. This free community bike ride welcomes families, individuals and children to ride on Licking County bike trails. The event is an open ride, so you may choose your own distance and pace. Free helmets and healthy snacks will be available at all three locations.
Ride in and visit us at three check-in locations!
• Newark: at the Newark campus of Central Ohio Technical College and the Ohio State University at Newark – near Warner Center parking lot.
• Johnstown: at the west end of the T.J. Evans Trail, on Jersey Street.
• Hanover: at Marne United Methodist Church. (Most family friendly location with less traffic and level terrain.)
Youth can practice their bike skills in a bike rodeo at the Newark and Hanover locations. All bike riders are asked to wear a helmet during the rodeo and the ride. Bike repair services will not be available.
It’s FREE, so join in on the fun! Riders are asked to register online at www.phplc.org. On-site registration will also be available the morning of the event.
2019 KIDS CREATIVITY CAMP – Somerset. The Somerset Artists’ Co-op’s Kids Creativity Camp runs June 10 – 13. Ages 5 to 10 runs from 10 a.m. to noon with a limit of 20. Ages 11 and up runs from 1 – 4 p.m. with a limit of 20. Ages 5-10 will work with artists Sue McKenzie, Phyllis Shoemaker, and Katrina Carpenter on projects involving painting, iris fold and paper arts including molding art from recycled paper.
Ages 11 and Up will work with artists Jane and Dave Kunkler, Dale Hague, Sue McKenzie, Phyllis Shoemaker and Steve Hane on projects involving silversmithing, clay, photography, painting and iris fold paper art. All materials provided. Registration closes May 31. E-mail email@example.com for more information and a registration form.
Clay Academy – Somerset. Ages 5 and up with classes from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, June 22, June 29 and July 13, with a limit of 10. Saturday, July 6 class runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dedicated just to clay! Students will work with Dale Hague, Jerrod Nash and Cindy Cooperrider on forming, pinching, rolling and glazing techniques. All materials provided. Registration closes June 8. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a registration form.
Women’s Outdoor and Wellness Workshop – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Licking Park District is hosting its 3rd biennial Women’s Outdoor and Wellness Skills Workshop, designed for women to experience nature and outdoor recreational activities in a fun and non-competitive environment. The workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, will feature four sessions from which participants can choose topics such as archery, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, sensory awareness, fire making, drumming, yoga, beekeeping, birding, eco-printing, nature photography and more. Come learn the outdoor skills that are necessary to enjoy these activities! Classes are taught by expert instructors, but designed for a beginner! All equipment provided, with the exception of nature photography, where you are urged to bring your own camera or phone, and birding, where you are urged to bring binoculars if you have them. We will have some on hand. Sign up for the workshop online or call 740-587-2535. Registration is open and closes on May 10, 2019. Ages 16 and up; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $50 with lunch provided.
16th Annual International Wine at the Mill Festival – Loudonville. The Festival returns from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Good food, wine, music and more will entertain all of the senses. This wonderful event also helps the Mill’s operations. Ohio wines to be featured will be D&D Smith Winery, Paper Moon Vineyards, local wineries Ugly Bunny and Sunny Slope and many more. All wines can be sampled and bought by the glass or bottle. The Festival will have 100 varieties of International & Ohio wine, domestic beer, live music, food vendors, all beautifully situated on the banks of Pine Run Creek, with large tents, raffles, prizes, and free shuttle transportation. Shuttle and overnight sponsors include Arrow Point Campground, Mohican Adventures, Mohican Little Brown Inn, Mohican State Park Campground, Wally World Resort and Central Park-Loudonville. The shuttle will take attendees back and forth from the event beginning at 2pm. Discounted pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $8 at Lingenfelter Jewelers in downtown Loudonville or on-line at WolfCreekMill.org. All pre-sale tickets purchased online are claimed at the admission gate with valid ID. Tickets at the gate will be $10. Each adult ticket includes a logo wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Wolf Creek Grist Mill, a non-profit organization, to be used to continue the preservation efforts. Wolf Creek Grist Mill now has more than five cabins and a working mill available for all visitors to enjoy. For more information visit WolfCreekMill.org.
College ASPIRE 2019 summer workshops– Central Ohio Technical College, Newark. Workshops are filling quickly, but there’s still time to register for Central Ohio Technical College’s (COTC) College ASPIRE 2019 summer workshops. This free program for youth 10-18 offers hands-on, technology-based activities taught by college faculty and industry experts on a college campus. Workshops will be held Monday through Friday, June 10-14, at all four COTC campuses: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala. Free transportation is available within 10 miles of workshops at the Knox, Coshocton and Pataskala campuses. Parents and families are invited to the College ASPIRE Showcase on Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the COTC Newark campus, where all participants’ work will be featured. To register online visit cotc.edu/collegeaspire. For more information or to receive a paper application contact Tonia Osborn at email@example.com or 740.755.7122.
One student in each workshop will be selected as the Shooting Star and awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward his or her future education at COTC. Parents and guardians can learn more about college preparation, admission, financial aid and how students may earn free college credit in high school by attending The Next Step Session during College ASPIRE week.
COTC CollegeASPIRE 2019 Workshops
Morning sessions, 9 a.m. to noon (Ages 10-13)
Afternoon sessions, 1 to 4 p.m. (Ages 14-18)
• Newark campus, 1179 University Dr., Newark:
Brace Yourself While Bracing that Bridge!, ages 14-18
Crime Scene Investigation, ages 14-18
Now We’re Cooking!, ages 10-13 and 14-18
PhotoBOMB, PhotoShop, and Pure PhotoFUN, ages 10-13 and 14-18
What’s Up with Worms?, ages 10-13
Morgan Gold Cup Horse Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The 59th annual Morgan Gold Cup Horse Show presents the American Morgan Horse Association Region 3 Championship horse show June 12 -15 at the Ohio Expo Center. Hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily. FREE! For more information visit morgangoldcuphs.com/
LEGENDARY HOT ROD POWER TOUR – Summit Motorsports Park – Norwalk, Ohio. The legendary traveling car show celebrates its 25th anniversary with stops at seven venues and a special finale on Friday, June 14, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, where the inaugural HOT ROD Power Tour concluded in 1995. The highly anticipated seven-day, seven-city journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators, June 8-14, 2019. At each stop, the tour will feature a colorful midway of mobile display rigs from more than 50 performance manufacturers and aftermarket specialists with opportunities to view the latest innovations and get expert advice. The main stage will feature entertainment, live music, celebrities, games, and dozens of giveaways. Select locations will also feature dragstrip fun runs and autocross action. All makes and models of hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and performance machines of every vintage and nameplate are welcome. Registration is now open. For more information, visit hotrod.com/events.
Half Price Books Clearance Sale – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Hundreds of thousands of books, music and movies – all $2 or less – will be under one roof June 21 -23.. Come early – the first 200 customers on Friday and the first 100 on Saturday and Sunday will receive a free Half Price Books tote bag! Hours: Friday and Saturday (9 am – 7 pm); Sunday (10 am – 6 pm). FREE! For more information visit hpb.com
2019 Ohio Wings & Beer Festival – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. We’re bringing together the best wings & beer from across the state for the Ohio Wings & Beer Festival Saturday, June 22! Come sample excellent craft beer from the best local Ohio breweries including Wolfs’ Ridge, Rhinegeist, and Fatheads. We’ve assembled an all-star roster of wing pros like Pecan Penny’s and Red Door BBQ. Come out to help us determine who has the best wings and beer in Ohio as decided by you, and a panel of “experts” in our “official” competition. Kick back with a wing and beer, and take part in a new classic. Cost: $35 Early Bird Regular – $45 Early Bird VIP (tickets increase to $45 & $55 on May 22nd). Hours: noon- 6 pm. For more information visit ohiowingsandbeer.com
Rustic Willow Furniture “Anything”- Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Two sessions will be held Saturday, June 29. Start with an introduction of the history behind rustic willow furniture and end with a piece you have made yourself! EVERYONE will successfully complete their projects. You will be guided through the process by Bim Willow. He is a Bent Willow Furniture builder who teaches classes in making rustic and bent willow furniture. Bim has been featured on HGTV and has been building furniture and teaching for about 30 years. He’s a very entertaining and nurturing teacher! Everyone works at their own pace, so students can leave as they finish their pieces. Choose from six projects. You can sign up for either a morning or afternoon project or sign up for both. No prior experience necessary; just bring a hammer, pruners and your imagination. Register for the morning session, or the afternoon session. Payment must be received by June 15th, 2019. Payment information will be emailed after registration.
BLASST – Buckeye Lake. The annual community fireworks show returns after a three-year hiatus due to dam construction at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. The spectacular fireworks show over beautiful Buckeye Lake will be shoot from Fairfield Beach. Your tax-deductible contributions are needed to keep this Buckeye Lake tradition alive. Please send checks made payable to BLASST to P. O. Box 1524, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
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
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
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, May 31, with the Millersport Community Theater presenting a patriotic program. Bring a lawn chair, picnic (grills are not available/permitted) or food from a local restaurant. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
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.
- May 27 – The McCartney Project. America’s #1 tribute to Sir Paul performing the best of The Beatles and the epic hits of Wings! Food truck: Poppy’s Roadside Diner.
- June 9 – A Cappella. Four harmonious voices contain all the richness of a full band. Food truck: Mai Chau.
- June 23 – The Big Badd. This Columbus based bank sport a full horn section, playing anything from Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder to the Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy and Justin Bieber. Food truck: Hogg Head’s BBQ.
- July 7 – Rock This Way. High energy classic rock. Food truck: Dashing Diner.
- 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 a wide variety from classic to modern country and rock. Food truck: Day Y Noche. Nelsonville Music Festival – Hocking College, Nelsonville. It’s the 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival June 6 – 9, at Robbins Crossing historic village on the campus of Hocking College. Four days of music. Artists include Death Cab for Cutie, Mavis Staples, Tyler Childers, Thee Oh Sees, The Breeders, Mandolin Orange, Allah-Las, The Wood Brothers, Todd Snider, Flor De Toloache, Bully, The War and Treaty and many more. Weekend passes are now $165 ($180 at the gate), $80 for a 13-17 teen accompanied by a paid adult and $350 for Weekend VIP. Single day passes range from $55 to $90, depending on the day. Single day VIP passes range from $100 to $125. Passes do not including camping. For more information visit www.nelsonvillefest.org
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 14 of 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!
Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville (June 6 – 9)
A Billboard-proclaimed “best kept secret of the U.S. music festival circuit,” NMF will be celebrating its 15th year in 2019 with more than 60 musical acts across genres on multiple stages. Death Cab For Cutie, Marvis Staples, Tyler Childers, The Breeders and Mandolin Orange are just a sampling of the talent that will be heard throughout the hills of southeast Ohio, and there are still many more acts to be announced. For those with kids, the festival features a large kids’ area with fun activities for the whole family all weekend long. Plus, children 12 and under can enjoy the fun for free!
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.
Port Clinton Walleye Festival, Port Clinton (May 23 – 27)
What could be better than Memorial Day weekend on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” More than 130 food vendors come together to feed walleye-loving festival goers as they enjoy free live concerts, the Kids’ Fishing Derby, Grande Parade, carnival rides and the Walleye 5K Run & Walk.
Troy Strawberry Festival,Troy (June 1 – 2)
The mouthwatering aroma of strawberries fills the air and Troy turns red as residents and businesses paint strawberries on their driveways. Strawberry doughnuts, cookies, pie, jam and pretty much any berry-infused food you can imagine is available for festival goers. There will be plenty to do as well with the queens pageant, talent competition, junior golf tournament, Strawberry Classic Run and Berry Bike Tour, a pie-eating contest and more.
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.
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus (June 7 – 9)
The riverfront park on Columbus’ Scioto Mile is transformed as more than 260 artists come together for one of the state’s best arts festivals. Find one-of-a-kind works including drawings, ceramics, digital art, jewelry, glass, fiber, metal, leather and more. The event is family friendly with activities including a meet-and-greet with the Art Shark, Hands on Art, a children’s gallery and the Grass Patch Theatre. Performance headliners include Anderson East, BalletMet and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus.
Duck Tape Festival, Avon (June 13 – 15)
What better way to celebrate Fathers’ Day weekend than with his favorite fix-all? Better yet, work with dad to enter one of the many Duck Tape competitions. Highlights of the festival include a Duck Tape parade with floats and characters made of colorful duct tape, a silent dance party and Duck Tape sculptures placed throughout the festival grounds. Attendees can also enjoy making a craft, live entertainment, rides, food and a kids’ play area.
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.
Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival, Toledo (July 6 – 7)
More than 50 of the area’s finest nautical artists and crafters come together for this annual festival. Take a boat ride to see the lighthouse from the water; enjoy live entertainment and lighthouse story telling for the kids; or explore craft areas with everything from lawn décor to sea glass art and baked goods. Visitors can also kayak, paddle board and canoe around the festival area.
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.