Catch Some Colorful Catfish

(And More) In Steubenville

Situated on the Ohio River in eastern Ohio, Steubenville boasts of its history, music, and culture…and now, giant painted catfish can be added to its list of assets.

Created by the Steubenville Cultural Trust (the same people who made the popular Steubenville Nutcracker Village), the Catfish Crawl is a display of ten five-foot-tall fiberglass catfish uniquely painted by local artists and placed around the downtown. Each has a theme and special features with details that people will be asked to find as part of a contest. It is the second year of this river-themed attraction, and it will run from July 1 to September 1, 2024. Maps, information, and tasty treats will be available at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse on N. 4th Street.

The Ohio River is part of Steubenville’s history and appears in one of the City of Murals’ 23 public artworks depicting important American and Ohio events and people. Besides the huge River Reflections mural, you’ll see Fleetwood Walker (the first professional African American baseball player), Edwin Stanton with President Lincoln, and Ohio’s own “Sloopy” as you stroll through town. Many people like to stop at the nearby Antique Warehouse to reminisce through displays of vintage collectibles and possibly purchase a well-crafted treasure.

Steubenville was named for Fort Steuben, an 18th-century American military base that housed the 1st American Regiment as it protected the surveyors of the Northwest Territory at the beginning of the country’s westward expansion. The reconstructed Historic Fort Steuben on its original site welcomes visitors to tour the eight fully furnished buildings, the adjacent First Federal Land Office, and the exhibits and programs that are part of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.

The Fort is participating in the Ohio 4th Grade History Pass program, allowing 4th-grade students to have free admission when visiting their families. It also is a Blue Star Museum inviting active-duty military personnel and their immediate families to tour free of charge. Be sure to visit June 1 and 2 for the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days festival, where people, stories, music, and crafts of the early Ohio frontier come to life.

Another popular Steubenville summer event is the Holy Trinity Greek Fest, a reminder of the many ethnic groups that settled in the area. From June 12-14, the sounds of Greek music and the aromas of traditional foods – spanakopita, domaldes and loukoumades – fill the air. Tours of the magnificent church are an added attraction.

Music lives on through the summer with performances by local and regional artists at the Berkman Amphitheater on Thursday evenings at the Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series. And more melodies fill the downtown on First Friday on Fourth where music, art, food, crafts, and activities take over several streets one evening a month. The season opens on May 3rd with a Roaring 20s theme and continues with a medieval theme on June 7th with fencing, folk dancing, and fun, while July 5th celebrates freedom. New eateries and unique shops on 4th Street offer specials for First Fridays as well.

So, if you’re fishing for family fun, be sure to include Steubenville in your summer plans. For more information on these and other attractions in Steubenville and Jefferson County, go to or call 866-301-1787.

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