Admission to the New Richmond on the Ohio Cardboard Boat Regatta is Free.
The New Richmond on the Ohio Cardboard Boat Regatta – The Annual New Richmond Race is a wild time. Over 70 wild, wacky and crafty cardboard boats take to the water for racing competitions. Don’t miss the fun along the Ohio River in New Richmond, Ohio. As the creators of the event say, “Cardboard & water…what could possibly go wrong?”
Admission to the Dublin Irish Festival is $15/person but discounts are available online (Free admission for children 12 and younger).
- When: August 4 – 6, 2017 (30 year anniversary) Friday from 4pm – Midnight; Saturday from 11am – Midnight; Sunday from 11am – 9pm
- Location: (Map It) Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio (The free Shuttle service will run continuously from Metro Place North & South to the Festival).
- Phone: 614-410-4545
- Web: http://dublinirishfestival.org/
The Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio: Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. For more than 29 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s second largest Irish celebration. More than 100,000+ guests are expected this year. For a complete listing of entertainment, please visit http://dublinirishfestival.org/entertainment/. For more information, visit www.dublinirishfestival.org.
Admission to Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg is approximately $4/person.
Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio is the world’s largest annual gathering of twins. Officials estimate 2,000 sets of twins appear every year. Now that’s got to be quiet a sight. Twins from around the world participate in a parade appropriately named the Double-take Parade, which has been nationally televised. Other activities include entertainment, fireworks and contests.
Admission to Vintage Ohio Wine Festival: Advanced tickets are $30 for adult wine samplers and $12 for non-drinker / designated drivers. At the gate prices are $35.
- When: August 4 & 5, 2017 from 1-10 pm (always the first full weekend in August
- Where: (Map It) Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio
- Call: 440-466-4417
- Web: http://visitvintageohio.com/
Vintage Ohio Wine Festival: While Vintage Ohio by Ohio Wine Producers Association at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio has truly grown to showcase more than just wine, the winemakers and their vintages draw more than 30,000 wine lovers to Lake County each August. Vintage Ohio is sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association. It was named American Bus Association ‘Top 100 Event in North America’ in 2001 and AGAIN IN 2005 and was named as one of the nation’s top wine and food events by ‘Wine Spectator,’ ‘USA Today’ for the past five years as well as by ‘Bon Appetit,’ Southwest Airlines in flight magazine, and many other national publications. Vintage Ohio is the premier wine, food, and family fun festival between the Appalachians and Rockies. It is the largest event of its kind in Ohio and offers a premier tasting opportunity for people to discover the award winning wines of Ohio. It is at this event that nearly 20 Ohio wineries produce over 150 varieties, and nowhere else are so many Ohio wines available at a single venue. In addition, Vintage Ohio hosts two stages of live jazz, blues, oldies, reggae, and rock music. Dozens of regional restaurants and caterers will be serving their finest cuisine.
Admission to Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville is free.
- When: August 4 & 5, 2017 from 6am-10pm and 11am – 9pm, respectively
- Location: (Map It) Zane’s Landing Park in downtown Zanesville, Ohio
- Phone: 800-743-2303 or 740-455-8282
- Web Site: www.ybridgeartsfestival.com
Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville, Ohio on the Historic Y Bridge: See you on the Bridge…Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 10am – 9pm. The East Main Street span of the historical Y Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio will be closed to traffic over two days while the bridge is transformed into an outdoor gallery of white tents and lights. Zanesville will host over two hundred visual artists, craft demonstrators and performance artists along with thousands of tourists from across the region. The stage area will spotlight performances by singers, dancers, writers and poets. Food concessions will offer fare from local restaurants and the canal area will become a children’s interactive learning center with tons of fun activities. Bring blankets and chairs and come spend the day ON the historic bridge. The First Friday Art Walk is also taking place as well as Lorena Sternwheeler public rides, dinner cruise and twilight cruise.
Admission to Art on the Beach is free.
- When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm)
- Location: (Map It) Oldfield Beach in Lakeview, Ohio
- Phone: 937-842-5616 or 937-602-3032
- Web: www.logancountyartleague.org
Art on the Beach: The annual fine art and craft fair is hosted by the Logan County Art League. It’s a juried art show displaying works of original design, which are for sale. In addition, there are children’s art activities, food and entertainment, all at beautiful Indian Lake. Expected attendance 2,000+. There is also a popcorn and icy slush booth and princess jumper. A band plays on Saturday and there’s a fusion dance group on both days.
Admission to Fairborn Jazz Festival is free.
- When: August 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) 300 S. Central Ave at Fairborn Central Park in Fairborn Ohio
- Phone: 937-754-3090
Fairborn Jazz Festival: The Fairborn Performing Arts & Cultural Association in partnership with the City of Fairborn is co-sponsoring a Jazz Festival at Central Park next to Fairborn YMCA. Seating is limited so bring a portable chair or blanket for your family’s entertainment. There will be food vendors on site and there is no entry or parking fee.
Admission to Inland Waterways Festival is free and donations Appreciated
- When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Scheduled every other year)
- Location: (Map It) Ohio River Museum at 601 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio
- Phone: 740-373-3750
- Web: Click here
Inland Waterways Festival in Marietta: A weekend filled with fun, family activities that will also educate on the history, industry and environmental aspects of our inland waterways. There will be demonstrations, displays, children’s activities and living history performances.
Model Sternwheel boats will be on display under the Museum and “Life Below the Waterline,” a traveling freshwater aquarium will be set up to demonstrate the diversity of life sustained by the Ohio River. River Works Discovery for children will be offered to encourage education about the rivers. A steam powered launch will be on display. There will be demonstrations of lock and dam systems, steam power engines, and knot tying. A deckhand line throwing competition will take place for adults and children and on Saturday evening the Marietta Boat Club will feature a parade of boats on the Muskingum River.
Admission to the Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in Port Clinton is free.
- When: August 5, 2017 from 10am – 3pm (Always the first Saturday in August)
- Location: (Map It) Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton, Ohio
- Phone: 419-734-5503
- Web: Click here
The Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in Port Clinton, Ohio is very popular and attracts great crowds to view the classics on display. There will be a parade of cars at 9:00am to the downtown area. The Port Clinton rotary will be hosting a fish fry for all hungry visitors, and the Port Clinton artists club will be holding their annual “arts in the park” on the same day. Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on the town’s main north/south drag: Madison Street. Proud owners will be polishing and waxing their vehicles and talking about the history and renovations.
Admission to the Lebanon Blues Festival in Lebanon, Ohio is free.
The Lebanon Blues Festival in Lebanon, Ohio is presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club. It will take place in historic downtown Lebanon along Broadway & Mulberry Streets. Listen to the sultry sounds of seven blues bands while enjoying your favorite foods. Sit and sip a cool drink in our deluxe beer garden. Gaze at more than150 classic automobiles. Browse the downtown specialty shops for gifts and antique treasures during “Old Fashioned Bargin Days”. Come out and enjoy the “Blues, BBQ & Bumpers.” In addition, there will be a 5K Blues Run along the new bike trail.
Admission to Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days is free.
- When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Always the first full weekend in August)
- Location: (Map It) 352 Cherry Street in Gnadenhutten, Ohio Historical Park and Museum
- Phone: 330-691-1474
- Web: Click here
Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days: Celebrate pioneer-style at Gnadenhutten Historical Park & Museum. Visitors will see a parade and a mixture of other entertainment. Also, there is an 1840s pioneer encampment sure to make children and adults alike appreciate their modern amenities. In addition, there are plenty of arts, crafts and more to see at this traditional annual event.
Admission to Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction in Wooster is free.
- When: August 5, 2017 (Always the first Saturday in August)
- Where: (Map It) Wayne County Fairgrounds at 199 Vanover St. in Wooster, Ohio
- Phone: 330-682-4843 or 330-473-2253
- Web: www.ohiomccreliefsale.org
The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction in Wooster, Ohio is a festival atmosphere where people come from communities far and wide to eat, visit, and buy. The main events are the three auctions: The Art and Collectible Auction featuring art and collectibles from local and well-known artists, the Quilt Auction featuring quilts of all sizes and colors, and the Wood Auction featuring items from local businesses and craftsmen. There are quilting demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment. There are also booths with needlework, crafts, plants and thousands of used books, as well as the special MCC display of items shipped in from 10,000 Villages. Enjoy baked goods, sandwiches, homemade ice cream and lots of other wonderful specialty foods. The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale raises money for world-wide relief through the Mennonite Central Committee.
Admission to Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is free.
- When: August 10 – 13, 2017 (Always Thursday through Sunday of the second week of August)
- Where: (Map It) downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Phone: 800-837-5282 or 740-392-FEST (3378)
- Web: www.DanEmmettFestival.org
Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival: Music, crafts, cars, competitions, shows, historical tours, and family fun abound at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. Held to celebrate the legacy of Daniel Decatur Emmett, author of such songs as “Dixie” and “Turkey in the Straw,” the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival showcases artists and musicians performing such styles as bluegrass, country, folk, oldies, rock-n-roll, Christian and big band. The festival’s trademark is its outstanding music and entertainment format and an artisan and handmade crafts exhibition.
Admission to Ohio Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale is free.
- When: August 10 – 12, 2017
- Location: (Map It) Along the LH Historic Byway in Ohio; parts of other states
- Phone: 419-468-6773
- Web: Click here
Ohio Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale: Shop ’til you drop, and reserve your lodging early, along America’s first coast-to-coast road in America! The LH follows generally the older alignments of US Rt 30 through the state. From East Liverpool to Convoy, and every Lincoln Highway community in between (there were over 1,000 yard sale events last year), if you are looking for it, chances are you’ll find it…at yard sale prices! Pick up a free Travelers Guide along the way, too.
Admission to The Rivers Trails & Ales Festival is free.
- When: August 10 – 13, 2017 (All day long with events at various times)
- Location: (Map It) Front Street, Marietta, Ohio
- Phone: 740-373-5178
- Web: www.rtafest.org
The Rivers Trails & Ales Festival is a down-home celebration of paddling, road & mountain biking, and fine local ales in one of the state’s top destinations for outdoor adventure: Marietta, Ohio!
Enjoy bike friendly events that include family fun rides, a bike parade, the tortoise & hare race, a town scavenger hunt and both longer and trail rides. Next paddle down the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers and the through the hand operated locks during one of the casual trips or races. Don’t forget to build your raft for the Mighty Muskingum River Raft Race!
After a long day of outdoor adventure kick back and enjoy live music and locally crafted brews around historic downtown Marietta.
Admission to the North Ridgeville Corn Festival is free and parking is free.
North Ridgeville Corn Festival in North Ridgeville, Ohio: Living in Ohio, everyone needs to go to at least one corn festival. Join the North Ridgeville community for three fun summer days and experience Amish-style corn. The festivities include a parade, live bands nightly, corn eating contest, car show, horseshoe tournament, rides, kids games, bed races, crafts and a midway.
Cost of Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala: Approximately $80.00 per individual or $520 per table of eight.
- When: August 11, 2017 from 6pm – 9pm.
- Location: (Map It) St. Francis Campus – 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio
- Phone: 419-448-7485
- Web: felctiffin.org
Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala: The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center will host their annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala on the St. Francis Community Campus. This premiere event showcases the culinary talents of regional chefs and features local wines. The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is designed to offer guests a unique culinary opportunity to taste gourmet fare featuring locally grown, chemical-free produce and to meet the chefs who prepare the dishes. The evening will include festive entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, local wines and micro brew beers followed by a gourmet chef prepared dinner served under a large tent while guests enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of St. Francis.
Admission to Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland Little Italy is free.
Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland Little Italy on Murray Hill is a major annual event that has been celebrated for well over 100 years in this historic neighborhood of Cleveland. Whether you’re Italian or not, this festival is popular for all walks of life. There is a traditional religious processional through the ethnic neighborhood streets following a mass at the church. Crowds are enormous as it seems all of northeast Ohio ascends on this little Italian-American community making it “Big Italy” if only for a few days. There is plenty of music, dancing, artwork, rides, and yes, great food. The area definitely is filled with an “old-world” atmosphere. The four-day celebration draws crowds of more than 100,000 annually. How can that many people be wrong? If you’re looking for old-world charm, culinary delight and beautiful cityscape, this is the place to see.
Admission to Festival Latino in Columbus is free.
- When: August 12 & 13, 2017 from 11am – 8pm
- Location: (Map It) Columbus, Ohio (Genoa Park by COSI)
- Phone: 614-469-1045
- Web: www.festivallatino.net/
Festival Latino in Columbus, Ohio: This celebration of Latin American culture is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio! Celebrate Latin culture to the music of Salsa, Mambo, Flamenco, Merengue and Conjunto by some of the finest national and international Latino artists. Presentations also include traditional ballroom dancing and those brave enough can partake in a dance class to learn to Tango. Traditional Latin cuisines and festival fare are served and a marketplace provides cultural pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts. In addition, hands-on children’s workshops are offered.
Grove City Bourbon Tasting is approximately $20 for six tastings.
- When: August 12, 2017 from 4 – 10pm.
- Location: (Map It) Corner of Broadway and Columbus Street at the town center in Grove City, Ohio
- Phone: 614-539-8747
- Web: Click here
Grove City Bourbon Tasting has a rich history and countless stories about told about it. Learn, Sample, Enjoy, in Grove City. Come to the Annual Grove City Bourbon Tasting from 4-9! Not only will local talent Joey and Jessica be performing at Plum Run Winery, Pompeii’s Inferno will also have their famous wood fired pizza made on the spot. Looking for something unique? The talented chefs of Venue 62 will be creating their own bourbon infused creations to tempt your taste buds. There will also be a variety of cigars that will blend perfectly when paired with bourbon. As the saying goes, “Keep calm and drink bourbon”.
Admission to the Nelsonville Parade of The Hills is free.
Nelsonville Parade of The Hills festival is held on Nelsonville, Ohio’s historic Public Square. Come enjoy great family entertainment, regional art, home cooking, concessions, midway, carnival, pie contest & auction, 5K run, kids street games, Kids Athletic Day, The Ohio State Fiddling Contest and free nightly entertainment on three stages. It features three separate parades each beginning at 6 p.m.; Wednesday’s Welcome Home Parade, Thursday’s Bicycle Parade and Saturday’s Grande Parade.
Admission to Pemberville Free Fair is free.
- Open: August 16 – 19, 2017
- Location: (Map It) Memorial Park, on the corner of Front and College Streets, Pemberville, Ohio
- Phone: 419-287-3832
- Web: www.pembervillefair.org/
Pemberville Free Fair in Pemberville, Ohio: This is one of the last free fairs in Ohio, includes two parades and offers the usual mix of animals, flowers, produce, quilts, needlework, bingo, hobbies, and yummy food, along with a horse pull, a kiddie tractor pull, a youth talent show, and a fun run. Each year, closely-guarded plans for kiddie costumes and floats (which get more and more creative) start far in advance of the parade date and winners not only get a small purse, they get bragging rights until the next year’s parade.
Admission to Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus is free.
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus, Ohio: This festival packs in three days of family-fun and more than 27 tons of the finest sausage cooking over open pits. The festival celebrates this small Ohio town’s German heritage with more than just bratwurst. There are daily parades, contests, auction and the FOOD – local family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation dating back to “the old country.” And, thanks to our sponsors, there is plenty of FREE live entertainment.
Don’t miss the Best “Wurst” Bicycle Ride on Saturday. This flat to rolling tour of 12, 32, 65 and 100 miles is in association with the annual Bratwurst Festival. Included with registration fee is the full-service tour, pancake breakfast at registration and more. Several awards go to riders. The tour passes historical sites, a nature center, parkland and beautiful countryside! Homemade ice cream and showers are available at the finish. Sponsored by the Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau. Contact the tourism office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit our website at www.visitbucyrus.com
Day Out With Thomas is a Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Presentation. Train rides are approximately $19 per rider age 2 and up.
- When: August 19 & 20 and 25 – 27, 2017 – Train rides run hourly from 10am – 3pm.
- Location: (Map It) Lebanon Station at 127 South Mechanic St. in Lebanon, Ohio
- Phone: 513-933-8022
- Web: Click here
Day Out With Thomas at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio: Join the LM&M train crew for a celebration of Thomas and Friends. It includes a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. This fun-filled family event is sure to engineer miles of smiles for every guest. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in sharing a Day Out With Thomas experience. The event features a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment for the entire family.
- When: August 19, 2017 from 10 am – 7pm
- Location: (Map It) Henceroth Park at 2075 Mallow Lane in Grove City, Ohio
- Phone: 614-277-3050
- Web: Click here
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.
Admission & parking to the Valley City Frog Jump Festival are free.
Valley City Frog Jump Festival in Valley City, Ohio: For more than 50 years, Valley City, Ohio has been jumping for joy when frogs take to the ring to test their leg strength in a peculiar festival that celebrates their leaping abilities. An estimated three thousand people, plus or minus a thousand, gather annually to partake in the fun. These frog-natics bring their amphibious competitors along with friends and relatives to enjoy the old fashioned day. More than 700 frogs are entered into the contest by toddlers, retirees and everyone in-between. Trophies are awarded to the winners. Food, beverage and souvenirs are available as well as music and games. Admission and parking are free, cost involved to jump a frog.
Admission to Troy Festival of Nations is free.
- When: August 2017 date to be confirmed – from 2pm – 8pm
- Where: (Map It) Between the Miami River Levee and back of visitor seating of THS Memorial Stadium in Troy in Troy, Ohio
- Phone: 937-216-6330
- Web: http://troyfestivalofnations.com/
Troy Festival of Nations in Troy, Ohio: There’s no need to travel the world this summer because the world is traveling to Troy, Ohio’s Festival of Nations. Experience the fascinating cultures from around the globe through Food – Dance – Music – Storytelling – Interactive Displays – Arts & Crafts. This international melting pot of fun and intrigue is a celebration for all ages and offered for FREE! For the kids, there’s face painting, games and activities. And everyone will enjoy getting back to their roots by visiting a display from their native countries, browsing the cultural souvenirs, and a food court offering local restaurants the opportunity to serve cuisine generic to their native countries, including mouthwatering Italian, yummy Japanese, tantalizing German and much, much more.
Admission to Obetz Zucchini Festival is free.
- When: August 2017 dates to be confirmed
- Location: (Map It) Memorial Park at 4175 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio
- Phone: 614-491-1080
- Web: www.obetzzucchinifest.com
The Obetz Zucchinifest in Obetz, Ohio is a four day, family festival celebrating the zucchini. The event includes entertainment including a national touring act on Saturday, rides, games, pageants, a Friday night cruise-in, a parade, food, and of course lots of zucchini. Sunday is Kids Day with free activities all day.
Admission to Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival is free.
- When: August 25 & 26, 2017 from 4pm – 11pm on Friday and 10am – 11pm on Saturday
- Location: (Map It) Clifton, Ohio town center on Route 343 around the old Union Schoolhouse
- Phone: 937-342-2175
- Web: Click here
Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival will be held in the Village of Clifton alongside the beautiful Clifton Gorge in Greene County, Ohio. The event will feature back to back live music, displays of arts and crafts as well as vendors for shopping and eating, activities for the kids, plus a beer tent. On Friday there will also be a Cruise-In.
Admission to Cleveland Garlic Festival is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children 4 to 12 years old. Children under 4 are free.
- When: August 26 & 27, 2017 from Noon – 9pm and Noon – 6pm, respectively
- Location: (Map It) Historic Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 216-751-7656
- Web: www.clevelandgarlicfestival.org
The Cleveland Garlic Festival in Cleveland, Ohio features annual favorites, “Top Chef” Garlic Grill-Offs, craft beer, garlic fries, and Mitchell’s Garlic Ice Cream. Try some locally produced brews, and yes, garlic beer!
Inspired by the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, this event is the Midwest’s ground zero “for all things garlic” combined with great live music. Attendees enjoy garlic-themed food prepared by Cleveland celebrity chefs, a parade with Miss Garlic and her fairy princess court, cooking demonstrations on how to prepare garlic, local artists, and a stage area featuring live music from funk to jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock and a belly dancing troupe.
A children’s “Mighty Locavores” area features activities for kids with a tractor maze, cooking classes, rock climbing wall, Flower Clown, “Taste the Season”, “Get Growin’ with Garlic” and more.
Ohio county fairs in August:
Auglaize County Fair in Wapakoneta
Greene County Fair in Xenia
Medina County Fair in Medina
Gallia County Fair in Gallipolis
Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon
Wood County Fair in Bowling Green
Champaign County Fair in Urbana
Athens County Fair in Athens
Ross County Fair in Chillicothe
Licking County Hartford Fair in Croton
Richland County Fair in Mansfield
Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea
Scioto County Fair in Lucasville
Ashtabula County Fair in Jefferson
Erie County Fair in Sandusky
Hamilton County Fair in Carthage
Seneca County Fair in Attica
Henry County Fair in Napoleon
Mercer County Fair in Celina
Miami County Fair in Troy
Muskingum County Fair in Zanesville
Holmes County Fair in Millersburg
Huron County Fair in Norwalk
Meigs County Fair in Pomeroy
Jefferson County Fair in Smithfield
Lake County Fair in Painesville
Allen County Fair in Lima
Darke County Fair in Greenville
Defiance County Fair in Hicksville
Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield
Lorain County Fair in Wellington
Portage County Fair in Randolph
Sandusky County Fair in Fremont
Noble County Fair in Caldwell
Morrow County Fair in Mount Gilead
Stark County Fair in Canton
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