August Ohio Festivals, Fairs & Events in Late Summer




Dublin Irish Festival

(Admission: Adults $9, Seniors $7, and Children under 12 are Free)

It’s been named “…one of the biggest and best festivals in the country” by Chicago’s Irish American News and a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the American Bus Association.  It attracts more than 100,000 visitors from across the globe.  Set on 29 rolling acres, the event features more than 60 musical acts from the U.S. and Ireland performing music on 7 stages (from Celtic rock to traditional ballads).  Three cultural stages feature storytelling, folklore, music and hands-on workshops.  Visitors can discover Ireland’s traditional instruments while learning to play the fiddle or tin whistle…or…be transported back into Irish history when they visit a 10th Century Irish village – a time when Irish hero Brian Boru chased the Danes out of the Emerald Isle.  Irish dancers compete in the Columbus Feis – a competition that attracts 1,400 of the nation’s best Ceili dancers.  Visitors can watch sheep herding demonstrations, explore their genealogy, shop the Emerald Isle for imported goods, attend a Gaelic mass, learn to make a proper scone or sample an endless variety of Irish food and drink.

Inland Waterways Festival

(Admission is Free – Donations Appreciated)

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.

The Valley Gem Sternwheeler will be offering special trips for the weekend including a special lock tour on the Muskingum River on Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. A special sightseeing cruise will be offered on Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. For more information about the Valley Gem, log ontowww.valleygemsternwheeler.com or call 740-373-7862.

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale

waynecvb-MENNONITE(Admission is Free)

  • When:  August 2015 dates to be confirmed
  • Hours:  Friday 4 pm, Saturday 7 am
  • Where:  (Map It) Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry Street, Dalton, OH  44618 (off U.S. Route 30)
  • Phone:  330-682-4843
  • Web:  www.ohiomccreliefsale.org

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale 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.

Art on the Beach

Formerly known as Art on the Harbor
(Admission is free)

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. 150 vendor spaces available. $75 for 10X20 space. 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.

Fairborn Jazz Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 1, 2015 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

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.

Zoar Harvest Festival

zoar-harvest-festival(Admission: Adults $8 Children under 12 FREE)

Harvest Festival has something for the whole family! A juried craft show, wagon rides, sheep dog demonstrations, historic demonstrations in historic buildings, and a spectacular antique show and sale with over 60 dealers. Games and crafts for children and an antique car show are highlights of the weekend. Food and beverages are available throughout the village and a brew tent featuring bands and entertainment will be on site. The Zoar Community Association operates Zoar Village State Memorial with the Ohio Historical Society. The site features 12 beautifully restored buildings mixed in with privately owned and restored historic homes. The village features guided tours, shopping for antiques and American folk crafts, as well as bed and breakfasts, and two full service restaurants, The Zoar firehouse Grille, and the Canal Tavern of Zoar.

Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show

(Admission is free)

  • When: August 1, 2015 from 10am – 3pm (Always the first Saturday in August)
  • Location: (Map It) Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-734-5503

The show 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.

Lebanon Blues Festival

(Admission is Free)

The annual Lebanon Blues Festival presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club 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.

Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days

(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 1 – 2, 2015 (Always the first full weekend in August)
  • Location: (Map It) 352 Cherry Street in Gnadenhutten, Ohio Historical Park and Museum
  • Phone: 330-691-1474

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.

Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

canal-winchester-blues(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 7 – 8, 2015 – Friday 5pm-11pm & Saturday 11am-11pm
  • Location: (Map It) 36 South High Street, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 (street closed to vehicles during event)
  • Phone: 614-270-5053 or 614-738-4804
  • Website: www.bluesandribfest.com

Smokin’ blues, sizzlin’ hot ribs and more! This summer street celebration features live blues music, world-class ribs, a variety of quality non-rib food options, locally crafted items/art, and a beer garden for blues and rib-loving fans 21 and over. There is no charge for admission to this popular event so plan early and bring your friends and family to help you celebrate some of your favorite sights, sounds, and tastes of summer!

Twins Day Festival

(Admission: $3)

  • When: August 7 – 9, 2015 (Usually the first full weekend in August)
  • Location: (Map It) Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-425-3652
  • Web: http://www.twinsdays.org/

If you want to see double – attend the next Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. This is said to be the largest gathering of twins in the world. And it’s right here in Ohio. Officials estimate that more than 2,500 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 is nationally televised. Other activities include entertainment, fireworks and contests.

Vintage Ohio

(Admission: Advanced tickets are $25 for adult wine samplers and $12 for non-drinker / designated drivers.  At the gate prices are $30)

  • When: August 7 – 8, 2015 from 1-10 pm (always the first full weekend in August)

  • Where: (Map It) Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, Ohio

  • Call: 800-227-6972

  • Web: http://visitvintageohio.com/

While Vintage 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.

Y Bridge Arts Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 7 – 8, 2015 from 6am-10pm and 11am – 9pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Main Street, downtown Zanesville on the Historic Y Bridge (43701)
  • Phone: 800-743-2303 or 740-455-8282
  • Web Site: www.ybridgeartsfestival.com

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.

North Ridgeville Corn Festival

(Free Parking, Free Admission, and Free Entertainment)

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.

Festival Latino

(Admission is Free)

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.

Pemberville Free Fair

(Admission is Free)

  • Open: August 12 – 15, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Memorial Park, on the corner of Front and College Streets, Pemberville, Ohio 43450
  • Phone: 419-287-3832
  • Web: http://www.pembervillefair.org/

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.

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival

and Best “Wurst” Bicycle Ride

(Admission is Free)

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. It has more than 100 more delicious foods made from local family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation dating back to “the old country.”
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, showers and massage are available at the finish.  Sponsored by the Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors Bureau.  Contact Barb Glowaski attourism@bucyrus.org for more information, or visit our website at www.bucyrus.org.

Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 13 – 16, 2015 (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

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.

Feast of the Assumption

(Admission is Free)

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.

Ohio Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sale

(Admission is Free)

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.

Tuscarawas Italian-American Festival

(Admission is Free)

Celebrate Italian-American heritage with plenty of food, music, dancing and fun. This festival features Bocce and Morra tournaments, a pizza eating contest, spaghetti sauce contest, amateur wine makers contest and plenty of other activities for the family. An old-time Mass Procession leading to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover.

Doggie Splash and Dash Festival

(Free admission, $5.00 parking donation)

  • When: August 15, 2015 from 10am – 3pm
  • Where: (Map It) Fairground Recreation Center, 210 Fairground Rd. in Xenia, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-562-6440

Doggie Dash ‘N Splash Fest is a one-day festival dedicated to the dogs featuring land and water games. The festival provides free samples, pet product vendors, concessions, seminars and demonstrations. All well-mannered dogs on non-retractable leashes are welcome with their families. Event proceeds benefit the Scout Burnell-Garbrecht Dog Park.

Frog Jump Festival

(Parking & Admission are Free

  • When: August 15 – 16, 2015 from 11am – 5pm
  • Where: (Map It) 1200 Maple St. in Mill Stream Park, Downtown Valley City, Ohio 44280
  • Phone: 330-483-1111 or e-mail frogmaster@valleycity.org

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.

Troy Festival of Nations

(Admission is Free)

  • When: August 15, 2015 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/

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.

Parade of The Hills

The festival is held on Nelsonville’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.

Obetz Zucchini Festival

(Admission is Free)

The Obetz Zucchinifest 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.

Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival

  • When: August 28 – 29, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Clifton town center on Route 343 around the old Union Schoolhouse
  • Phone: 937-342-2175

A fun family three day event in Historic Clifton, Greene county, Ohio. Come see the parade filled with pioneers, scarecrows, floats and music at noon on Saturday. Visit the numerous artists booths, wander with food of all good ole Ohio heritage while listening to non- stop live on-stage music,  bluegrass, country,  rock, we have it all! Try your skills at karaoke, join competing games of Corn Hole, horse shoes, bail toss for fun and prizes and enjoy the historic reenactors. Lots of fun for kids of all ages!  Meet us at the gazebo and don’t forget to vote for your favorite scarecrow! Located down the street from the beautiful Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve along the Little Miami River.

International Sunflower Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When: 2015 dates to be confirmed (It may be moving to July – stay tuned)
  • Where: (Map It) Frankfort, OH (Located on U.S. Rt. 35 between Chillicothe and Washington Court House)
  • Phone: 740-998-4060  or 800-413-4118 or 740-702-7677
  • Web: http://www.sunflowerfestival.net

Located in Ross County, The International Sunflower Festival is held yearly on Labor Day weekend. This event is for people of all ages and includes concessions, a car show, antique tractors, a kiddy tractor pull, games, live music, a parade, an adult Tug of War contest with a purse, sunflower contest (biggest, tallest, etc.), photo contest, corn hole tournament, pie auction, and craft tent. Come join the community church service held Sunday morning in the center of town.

Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala

($80.00 – individual; $520 – table of eight)

  • When: August 2015 date to be confirmed – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) St. Francis Campus – 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, Ohio 44883
  • Phone:  419-448-7485
  • Web: felctiffin.org

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center will host their 6th 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.

Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival

This festival has been discontinued

Navigational Sunday

  • When: Come back in 2016
  • Where: (Map It) downtown Columbus, Battelle Riverfront Park  corner of W. Broad and Marconi Blvd. at 25 Marconi Blvd in Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Phone: 614-645-8760 or 614-645-0351 during regular business hours

The Santa Maria celebrates the beginning of Christopher Columbus’ voyage. A free family event with boat making and coloring books for the kids, all day entertainment, demonstrations and a visit from the Columbus Zoo 2-3 PM.

AUGUST OHIO COUNTY FAIRS

Auglaize County Fair in Wapakoneta
http://www.auglaizecountyfair.org/

Greene County Fair in Xenia
http://www.greenecountyfairgrounds.com/

Medina County Fair in Medina
http://www.medina-fair.com/

Gallia County Fair in Gallipolis
http://galliacountyfair.org/

Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon
http://www.columbianacountyfair.org/

Wood County Fair in Bowling Green
http://www.woodcounty-fair.com/

Champaign County Fair in Urbana
http://www.champaigncountyfair.com/

Athens County Fair in Athens
http://www.athenscofair.org/

Ross County Fair in Chillicothe
http://www.rosscountyfair.com/

Licking County Hartford Fair in Croton
http://www.hartfordfair.com/

Richland County Fair in Mansfield
http://www.richlandcountyfair.com/

Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea
http://www.cuyfair.com/

Scioto County Fair in Lucasville
http://www.sciotocountyfair.com/

Ashtabula County Fair in Jefferson
http://www.ashtabulafair.com/

Erie County Fair in Sandusky
http://www.eriecountyohiofair.com/

Hamilton County Fair in Carthage
http://www.hamiltoncountyfair.com/

Seneca County Fair in Attica
http://www.atticafair.com/

Henry County Fair in Napoleon
http://www.henrycountyfair.org/

Mercer County Fair in Celina
http://www.mercercountyohiofair.com/

Miami County Fair in Troy
http://www.miamicountyohiofair.com/

Muskingum County Fair in Zanesville
http://www.muskingumcofair.com/

Holmes County Fair in Millersburg
http://www.holmescountyfair.com/

Huron County Fair in Norwalk
http://www.huroncountyfair.com/

Meigs County Fair in Pomeroy
http://www.themeigscountyfair.com/

Jefferson County Fair in Smithfield http://thejeffersoncountyfair.com/Home.html

Lake County Fair in Painesville
http://www.lakecountyfair.org/

Allen County Fair in Lima
http://www.allencountyfair.org/

Darke County Fair in Greenville
http://www.darkecountyfair.com/

Defiance County Fair in Hicksville
http://www.defiancefair.com/

Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield
http://www.monroecountyfair.net/

Lorain County Fair in Wellington
http://www.loraincountyfair.com/

Portage County Fair in Randolph
http://www.randolphfair.com/

Sandusky County Fair in Fremont
http://www.sanduskycountyfair.com/

Noble County Fair in Caldwell
http://www.noblecountyfair.net/

Morrow County Fair in Mount Gilead
http://www.mtgilead.com/fair_main.htm

Stark County Fair in Canton
http://www.starkcountyfair.com/