April Ohio Festivals & Events in Early Spring

Butterfly Show At Krohn Conservatory

Admission to the Butterfly Show At Krohn Conservatory: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 kids ages 5-17. 

  • Open: April – June from 10am – 5pm daily
    (box office closes at 4:50 pm)

  • Location: (Map It) 1501 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Phone: 513-421-5707

  • Web: Click here

Butterfly Show At Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio:  Join the Cincinnati Park Board in Eden Park for an up close and personal look at a remarkable collection of butterflies. As many as 16,000 butterflies representing more than 100 species fly freely inside the conservatory among the exotic flora. Special activities for children are planned.

Blue Rock Station Earth Day

Admission to Blue Rock Station Earth Day is $10 per person – includes high tea – Blue Rock Station-style.

  • When: Tours on April 2 and 30, 2016
  • Location: (Map It) Philo, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-674-4300
  • Web: Click here

Blue Rock Station Earth Day in Philo, Ohio:  Ever thought about living a greener life or building a house out of tires, or cans or bottles? Blue Rock Station has and they will be offering a tour of the house and some of the other 11 buildings. Tour begins promptly at 1 PM. Reservations are required and can be made at www.bluerockstation.com.


Adena Mansion & Gardens Spring Awakening

Admission to Adena Mansion & Gardens Spring Awakening is $10/adult, $9/senior and $5/child age 6-12.

  • When: April 9, 2016
  • Location: (Map It) 847 Adena Road in Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-772-1500
  • Web: adenamansion.com

Adena Mansion & Gardens Spring Awakening: Welcome spring with a special event celebrating the return of life to the gardens of Adena Mansion. This event features various activities throughout the day. The historic, 19th century mansion will be open for tours during this event. Adena Mansion & Gardens sits on the remaining 300 acres and features five outbuildings in addition to the mansion & gardens. While you’re on the grounds, visit the site that is featured as the background to the Great Seal of Ohio.

Bucyrus Model Railroad Association Train Show

Admission to the Bucyrus Model Railroad Association Train Show is $5.00 for adults and children under 12 are free. 

  • When: April 9, 2016 from 10am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Crawford County Fairgrounds youth building on Whetstone Street in Bucyrus, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-866-562-0720 or 419-462-5035

Bucyrus Model Railroad Association Train Show:  Along with the Swap Meet the Model Railroad Club Room will be open with their model trains operating for all to enjoy. Exhibit tables are available for selling, trading and swapping.

Athens International Street Fair

Admission to International Street Fair in Athens is free.

  • When: April 10 – 16, 2016 from 11am – 5pm

  • Location: (Map It) Court Street in 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.

YMCA Women’s Weekend

Cost of YMCA Women’s Weekend is $150.00. 

  • When:  April 15 – 17, 2016 (7:00pm Friday – 1:00pm Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
  • Phone:  1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

YMCA-Camp-WillsonYMCA Women’s Weekend:  If you are an adult woman looking for a great weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and family this is the program for you! You decide how you spend your time. Enjoy our delicious meals that are prepared for and served by our experienced kitchen staff. Choose from activities such as boating, canoeing, volleyball, tennis, crafts, relaxing walks in the woods, movies, or participate in discussions on all kinds women’s issues. Some activities require additional  fees   to participate ;  like horseback rides, relaxing massages, or a variety of craft projects. A great weekend to bring your sister, mother, daughter, co-workers, and friends for a relaxing getaway! . Call YMCA Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, OH at 1-800-423-0427 for registration information.

Oxford Kinetics Festival

oxford-kinetics-festivalAdmission to Oxford Kinetics Festival is free.

  • When: April 17, 2016 from Noon – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Millett Hall at 500 East Sycamore Street in Oxford, Ohio
  • Phone: 513- 523-8687 or 513-461-3096
  • Web: oxfordkineticsfestival.org

The Oxford Kinetics Festival in Oxford, Ohio is a day where art gets mechanical and science gets creative. This participatory festival for all ages is filled with unexpected activities and competitions. It’s a celebration of art, science, community and personal expression that allows you to fly your freak flag high for a day.  There are lots of events, including the Scramble, a 30-minute race/parade/obstacle course of kinetic sculptures for kids 16 and younger and “The Dog’s Breakfast,” an outlandish alley-cat style bike race/scavenger hunt throughout Oxford. Show what you’re made of! Bring your bikes, flying machines, wings, and propeller hats.  Bring the kids, bring your game face and join in the mayhem.

Geauga County Maple Festival

Admission to Geauga County Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 21 – 24, 2016 (Always the last full weekend in April)

  • Location: (Map It) Historic Chardon Square (Rt. 6 & Rt. 44) in Chardon, Ohio (Geauga County)

  • 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!

Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

Admission to Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 22 – 24, 2016
    Friday: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. food vendors can be open
    Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (everything…food, vendors, entertainment, etc.)
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (everything…food, vendors, entertainment, etc.)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (State Route 725 between Interstate 675 and U.S. Route 42)

  • Phone: 1-877-522-5995 or 937-862-9305

  • 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 (9am Saturday), 10-mile bicycle time trial (8:30am Sunday), maple syrup cooking contest, dog show (6:30pm Friday) and a pie auction.

Mohican Wildlife Weekend

Admission to Mohican Wildlife Weekend is Free.

  • When: April 22 – 24, 2016

  • Location: (Map It) Mohican State Park, Malabar Farm State Park, and the Loudonville Public Library

  • Phone:  1-800-642-8282

  • Web: http://discovermohican.com/ mohican-wildlife

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.

Ohioana Book Festival

“Celebrating Ohio’s Authors” at Ohioana Book Festival.
Admission and parking are free and open to the public.

  • When:  April 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 4:30pm
  • Where:  (Map It) Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square at 75 E. State St. in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone:  614-466-3831 
  • Website:  www.ohioanabookfestival.org

The Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, Ohio will bring more than 70 authors together with readers of all ages for a day of panel discussions, readings, a book fair, children’s activities, prizes, entertainment, and food.

Vermilion Herb Fair

Admission to the Vermilion Herb Fair is free.

  • When: April 23 & 24, 2016 from 10am – 4pm and 12-4 respectively
  • Location:  (Map It) Vermilion River Reservation, Lorain County Metroparks at 51211 North Ridge Rd. in Vermilion, Ohio 

  • Phone: 440-967-7310

  • Web: Click here

Vermilion Herb Fair in Vermilion, Ohio at the Vermilion River Reservation:  Start your planting season out right, and join the annual Mill Hollow Herb Fair.  The Carriage Barn will be full of local vendors selling potted herbs and various herbal products.  Many food vendors will also be selling an array of appetizing treats.  There will be a variety of exciting activities for kids and adults; this event is fit for the whole family.  The children’s activity corner will be full of fun herb crafts as well as other kid-friendly garden ideas.  Adults can learn more about useful wild plants found in this area by joining a naturalist on a medicinal plant hike through Bacon Woods.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to buy some nice herbs and products while also learning more about gardening and herbal use. 

Arbor Day Festival

Admission to Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum is free.

  • When: April 30, 2016 from 10am – 4pm

  • 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.

Bears Mill Spring Open House

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

  • When: April 30 & May 1, 2016 on Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331
  • Phone: 937-548-5112
  • Web: www.bearsmill.com

Bear’s Mill Spring Open House: Celebrate National Preservation Month at Bear’s Mill! 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.

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird

Admission to Oddmall Emporium of the Weird is free.

  • When: April 30 – May 1, 2016 from 12-10pm
  • Location: (Map It) John S. Knight Center at 77 East Mill St. in Akron, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-374-7560
  • Web: http://oddmall.info/ohio/

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Oddmall is more than just an ordinary craft show. It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity. …umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me.

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