April Festivals & Events in Ohio

Enjoy Ohio’s spring fests and events in April, including sugar maple activities and Earth Day celebrations.

Scottish Terrier Show

Annual Specialty Show and Sweepstakes by
The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton

The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton will host a two-day show weekend. On Friday, the club will have a Specialty show with regular and non-regular classes in the early afternoon. Saturday will feature Sweepstakes & Regular Class Judging. The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton Specialty Show is for Scottish Terriers.

Cabin Fever Arts Festival

Admission to the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is free.

  • When: April 1, 2023, from 10am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Southern State Community College Central Campus at 100 Hobart Dr. in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-393-2747

The Cabin Fever Arts Festival in Hillsboro, Ohio:  Got Cabin Fever?  Here’s a cure. This will be the perfect event for the individual or entire family looking for a great excuse to get out of the house!  The festival will feature the presentation and sale of fine arts and crafts from members of the Appalachian Artisans Guild and many juried guest artists.  Stained glass, wood furniture, wooden toys, baskets, ceramics, and lavender gifts are just a few of the creative pieces that will be available from over 45 artists.

Athens International Street Fair

Admission to the International Street Fair in Athens is free.

  • When: International Week is April 3 – 8, 2023, and the Street Fair is the last day on Saturday.
  • Location: (Map It) East Union Street between Court St. and University Terrace in uptown Athens, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-593-4330
  • Web:  Click here

Athens International Street Fair in Athens, Ohio has evolved over time to become a local and regional favorite. The Street Fair, which runs from 11 am to 5 pm, is a collaboration of the university’s international student groups and nonprofit community organizations. Typically, more than 30 organizations have booths at the International Street Fair to sell food, crafts, etc. and there are stage performances throughout the day.

Ohio Valley Frontier Days

Admission to the Ohio Valley Frontier Days: Adults $6; youth $3; under age 6 free.

  • When: April 3 & 4, 2023, from 10-8 and 11-5, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Steubenville, Ohio (120 South Third Street)
  • Phone: 740-283-1787
  • Web: click here

Ohio Valley Frontier Days in Steubenville:  Every year Historic Fort Steuben – a reconstructed 18th-century fort built on its original site overlooking the Ohio River – opens its mighty wooden gates for two special days to reenactors, demonstrators, musicians, dancers, storytellers, artists, crafters, and visitors of all ages for its family-friendly Festival. Within the picket walls, the 1stAmerican Regiment sets up camp and demonstrates the action of the flintlocks as well as the daily life of the enlisted men who inhabited the Fort in 1787. Visitors participate in games and contests, learn about surveying on the frontier, make crafts and join in activities that bring the past to life. Buildings are open for tours; Baron von Steuben teaches a military drill to young volunteers; Chief Logan tells his story while Native American camp outside the walls and provides insight into the culture of their tribes. A Colonial Dance on Saturday night adds to the fun. Meet the blacksmith, bucket maker, candle makers, woodworker, and others who demonstrate 18th & 19th-century skills. Crafts, food, animals, and music – including award-winning Ohio singer-songwriter Steve Free – make this a weekend the whole family will want to experience.

Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Dairy Farm

Admission for the Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Dairy Farm is free for this event only.

  • When: Usually held on Easter Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-325-0629
  • Web: Click here

Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Dairy Farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio:  Young’s Dairy Farm celebrates Easter with its annual Easter Egg Hunt rain, snow or shine. Easter egg hunts are broken down into various age categories: 4 and younger, 5-7 years old, and 8-10 years old. This tradition at Young’s Dairy has been going on for approximately 20 years and boasts having more than 4,000 hard-boiled and dyed eggs for the hunt. It also presents Barnabe the mascot, so bring a camera for pictures to remember.

Young’s Dairy Farm is a working farm that is family-owned and operated. They plan many events and activities for the whole family. Additional points of interest include homemade ice cream, watching cows being milked, goat petting, two restaurants, bakery, gift shop, driving range, batting cages, miniature golf, and more…for a fee.

Great Steubenville Eggsibition

Admission to the Steubenville Eggsibition & Storywalk is free.

  • When: Mid-April thru early May during daytime hours.
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Downtown Steubenville, Ohio (Maps available at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse at 159 N. 4th Street and other participating shops)
  • Phone: 740-275-4134
  • Web: click here

It’s time to celebrate spring by attending the annual Steubenville Eggsibition & Storywalk, which features thirty-two 18” to 36” uniquely designed Easter Eggs strategically situated in storefronts in the downtown area.

The Art Eggs are also visible from the outside for folks who just want to window shop. Maps for the egg hunt will be available at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse and participating shops. After finding and viewing all the Art Eggs, “egg-hunters” will be able to stop in at headquarters and choose a prize mini-egg. All the Art Eggs were painted by local artists and range from traditional Pysanky to depictions of scenes, personalities, or literary images.

As an added attraction, the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County has created an Easter Egg Storywalk to coincide with the Eggsibition. Pages of a story will be placed around town near each of the “hidden” eggs. Participants can collect a map from the Library or Leonardo’s and claim a prize at the downtown library when they have completed the Storywalk!

For more information on this and other events in the area, go to www.visitsteubenville.com.

Bears Mill Spring Open House

Admission to the Bear’s Mill Spring Open House is free.

  • When: April 15, 2023, from 11am to 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331
  • Phone: 937-548-5112
  • Web: click here

Bear’s Mill Spring Open House: Celebrate National Preservation Month at Bear’s Mill! It was built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, Bear’s Mill is one of the few operating water-powered mills in Ohio today. The Friends of Bear’s Mill non-profit organization is holding a special Spring Open House the first weekend of May. Tour the four-story working antique, shop in the Mill Store & Gallery, and make a donation to help keep the doors open and the wheels turning.

The Friends are dedicated to keeping the Bear’s Mill property open to the public by offering community-oriented events including educational tours, nature walks, regional art exhibitions, and unique shopping. May, National Preservation Month, is a wonderful time to support the unique historic landmark.

Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

Admission to Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 21 – 23, 2023 (Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (State Route 725 between Interstate 675 and U.S. Route 42)
  • Web: click here

The Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is one of the first outdoor festivals of the year in southern Ohio. Nestled in the Little Miami River valley, historic Bellbrook is small-town America at its most patriotic and picturesque. In addition to all of the expected arts, crafts, concessions, children’s activities, and entertainment (this is serious bluegrass country), the Sugar Maple Festival includes a 5K run (usually on Saturday), a maple syrup food contest, dog show (usually Friday evening) and a beer garden with live entertainment (Friday & Saturday nights).

Mohican Wildlife Weekend

Admission to Mohican Wildlife Weekend is Free.

  • When: April 21 – 23, 2023
  • Location: (Map It) Mohican State Park, Malabar Farm State Park, and the Loudonville Public Library
  • Phone:  1-800-642-8282
  • Web: mohicanwildlifeweekend.com/

Mohican Wildlife Weekend:  Want to experience the habitats of birds and bats, learn about fly fishing, and more in the great outdoors? Then come out to enjoy the Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend. It’s a celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage, and natural history. Choose from eight program sites in Ashland & Richland Counties that will offer workshops and demonstrations to interest beginners and experienced naturalists alike. It’s sure to be a fun and educational weekend for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family!

Site offerings often feature birding boat tours, photographing birds, nature crafts, wagon tours, bat & owl demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, and much more. Mohican will host several programs & activities. These activities have included “The Hidden Gems of Mohican.” Hosted by the Mohican Trails Club and Mohican State Park, explore the park and forest that few only get to see. You may even have an opportunity to try a new protein with a Mohican State Park Naturalist – edible bugs! Download the Trails 2 Go app at www.mohicanwildlifeweekend.com.

Grove City EcoFest

Admission to the Grove City EcoFest is Free.

  • When: April 22, 2023, from 9am- 2pm
  • Location: (Map It) Town Center in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-277-3050

Celebrate green, healthy living at Grove City’s EcoFest. Enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, information booths, and natural-living products. While you’re at the event, explore Grove City’s “green” park, featuring solar lighting and equipment made from recycled materials. Learn how green businesses and alternative energy production make Grove City more attractive, healthier, and safer through interactive experiences for all ages. Special zones include a kids’ area, an entertainment stage, a healthy eating spot, a sustainability zone, and much more.

Geauga County Maple Festival

Admission to Geauga County Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 27 – 30, 2023 (Always the last full weekend in April ending on Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Chardon Square (Rt. 6 & Rt. 44) in Chardon, Ohio (Geauga County)
  • Phone: 440-332-7055
  • Web: maplefestival.com/

Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon, Ohio:  Join in the fun as Geauga County celebrates the coming of spring and the years’ maple syrup crop. This festival takes place on Historic Chardon Square in the heart of Geauga County. For visitors looking for fun there are all the traditional things a festival offers, rides, games, food & great entertainment. What sets this event aside is all of the Maple related activities that take place over the weekend like the crowning of the Maple Queen, the “sap” run, bucket painting, Maple candy carving, Pancake Breakfasts (with pure maple Syrup), and pancake eating competitions.

Area sugar bushes also put their syrup to the test with syrup & maple candy judging. Winning syrups are also auctioned off as part of the weekend entertainment. Food choices include Maple candy, Maple corn, and the popular Maple stirs available at the Log cabin on the square. Grand parades take place on Saturday and Sunday and showcase a lot of the community businesses and events. Check back to the website at www.maplefestival.com as schedules are constantly being updated as the big event approaches. Don’t miss the fun!

Ohioana Book Festival

Admission to the Ohioana Book Festival is free and open to the public.

  • When: April 28 – 30, 2023
  • Where: (Map It) main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Public Library at 96 S. Grant Avenue
    in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone:  614-466-3831
  • Web: Click here

The Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, Ohio is “Celebrating Ohio’s Authors.” It brings more than 100 authors together with readers of all ages for a day of panel discussions, readings, a book fair, children’s activities, prizes, entertainment, and food.

Arbor Day Festival

Admission to Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum is approx. $5+/car.

  • When: April 29, 2023, from 11am – 3pm
  • Location: (Map It) Dawes Arboretum at 7770 Jacksontown Road SE in Newark, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-323-2355 or 800-443-2937
  • Web: click here

Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio:  It’s Arbor Day at last! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum, our busiest times.  This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a spring day enjoying the outside.  An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kids’ crafts.

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