June Ohio Festivals & Events in Early Summer


alumapalooza-airstream-factoryAdmission to Alumapalooza is Free.

Welcome to Alumapaloozat the Airstream Factory  in Jackson Center, Ohio.  Alumapa-what you ask?  Alumapalooza is a family-friendly festival for people who love Airstream travel trailers.  For any or all of five days and four nights, participants camp in a field right next to the Airstream manufacturing facility.  Two dozen or so informative seminars and fun presentations are offered throughout the week plus additional things like live music, yoga, trailer open houses, cooking demonstrations, a barbeque, and the not to be missed factory tours.  In fact, the Airstream factory tour has been acclaimed by FoxNews.com as one of the top ten factory tours in the US.

Alumapalooza is open to Airstream owners and non-owners alike.  And, concurrent with Alumapalooza, the Village of Jackson Center which is home to Airstream is hosting Community Days, a local festival featuring live music, beer tent, great food, and amusement rides for the kids.

Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides at Bonnybrook Farms

chuck-wagon-dinner-ridesCost of Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides at Bonnybrook Farms: Adults $30 / Children (4 – 12) $17 / age 3 & younger are free / Group pricing for 15 or more. Price inclusive of dinner, wagon ride and all activities.

  • When: Saturdays, June, July, August and Labor Day Weekend
  • Location: (Map It) 3779 State Route 132 in Clarksville, Ohio – 20 minutes east of Kings Island
  • Phone: 937-289-2500 (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
  • Web: www.BonnybrookFarms.com
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A Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride at Bonnybrook Farms offers a fun evening of great food and camaraderie for families, friends and groups of all sizes. Reservations required.

5:00 pm: Enjoy the outdoors and some ‘Fun on the Farm’ activities, or just relax on the back porch and watch the fun.

6:30 pm: When the dinner bell rings, enjoy a barbecue meal of hickory smoked pulled pork and chicken and farm fresh, locally grown salads and sides. Drinks are included but BYOB if you’d like.

7:30 pm: After dinner, board the wagon for a ride down an abandoned country road to Todd Fork Creek. At the old chuck wagon, choose from fresh baked desserts then gather ’round the campfire. Kids of all ages can roast s’mores.

Lorena Sternwheeler

The Lorena Sternwheeler is moored at Zane’s Landing Park in downtown Zanesville.

  • When: June – October
  • Location: (Map It) Zanes Landing Park in downtown Zanesville, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-743-2303
  • Web Site:  www.visitzanesville.com

Lorena Sternwheeler in Zanesville is available for public rides, lunch cruises, dinner cruises, twilight cruises and private charters.  The season runs June through October.  Call today for a free brochure and the Lorena Sternwheeler Schedule.

YMCA Summer Camp Opportunities

at YMCA Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, Ohio

  • When:  Weekly overnight camps (June-August)
  • Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Phone:  1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

ymca-juneYMCA Summer Camp Opportunities:  Put a little excitement in your child’s summer! YMCA Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, OH offers a wide variety of summer overnight camp opportunities for children 7-17. Traditional camp with archery, canoeing, arts & crafts, nature; and specialty camps with emphasis on horseback riding, fishing, sports, teen trips or leadership programs are several of the camps available. Call 1-800-423-0427 for a brochure or visit www.ymcacampwillson.org. On Family Day your family can have fun together while enjoying fishing & boating on our 40 acre lake, archery, air riflery, climbing our 25 ft. wall, hiking on scenic trails, and limited horseback riding trail rides Put a little excitement in your child’s summer! YMCA Camp Willson in Bellefontaine, OH offers a wide variety of summer overnight camp opportunities for children 7-17. Traditional camp with archery, canoeing, arts & crafts, nature; and specialty camps with emphasis on horseback riding, fishing, sports, teen trips or leadership programs are several of the camps available. Call 1-800-423-0427 for a brochure or visit www.ymcacampwillson.org. On Family Day your family can have fun together while enjoying fishing & boating on our 40 acre lake, archery, air riflery, climbing our 25 ft. wall, hiking on scenic trails, and limited horseback  trail rides ($15)

Milford Frontier Days

Admission to Milford Frontier Days is free.

  • When: June 2 – 5, 2016
  • Location: (Map It) American Legion Grounds at 111 Race St off SR-50 in downtown Milford, Ohio
  • Call: 513-831-2411
  • Web site: www.frontierdaysmilford.com

frontier-daysFrontier Days in Milford began in 1965 as a way to celebrate the heritage of the Milford Miami Township area. Diverse groups such as church and school organizations, businesses and athletic associations, come together to make Frontier Days one of the area’s biggest annual events, and one of Ohio’s largest parades. Frontier Days has all the earmarks of a traditional hometown festival, including a big kickoff parade, great food and family fun. In past years, thousands of people have lined the streets of Milford to see the floats, bands and marching units. Frontier Days combines the distinct character of southwestern Ohio with the noise and color of a carnival…it’s all there, from balloons to bratwurst, from cotton candy to craft booths. The celebration is distinctively Milford’s, yet it’s meant to be shared. Anyone who has seen Frontier Days knows that sharing is something Milford does very well.

Gold Wings & Ribs Festival

Meigs-Gold-WingsAdmission to the Gold Wings & Ribs Festival in Pomeroy is free.

The annual Gold Wings & Ribs Festival will be held along the river front area of beautiful Pomeroy, Ohio.  Pomeroy is nestled on the bank of the Ohio River in Meigs county.  The festival is an area wide event and will provide tours of several of the area’s great communities and attractions, as well as some of the most beautiful country in the United States.

This year will have the People’s Choice balloting, as well as a panel of judges to determine the winner of the title of “Ohio’s Best Ribs” and “Ohio’s Best Wings.” Be sure to sample and vote for your favorites! Not everyone likes ribs, so if you don’t care for ribs that much, there will still be plenty of other food vendors available to find the food that’s right for your.

Troy Strawberry Festival

Troy Strawberry Festival admission is free.

  • When: June 3 – 5, 2016 (Always held the first full weekend in June)
  • Location: (Map It) Troy, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-339-7714 or 937-339-8769
  • Web Site: http://gostrawberries.com/

Troy Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio:  Although there are other strawberry festivals in Ohio and some that offer free admission, the Troy Strawberry Festival is one of the best. Troy is proclaimed by locals to be the Strawberry Capital of Ohio. The festival attracts more than 250,000 visitors. Its featured attractions include a parade, bed races, car show, arts and crafts, sporting events and children’s events. In addition, there are pie-eating contests, kiddie tractor-pulls, tug-of-war, rubber duck race, Berry Special Olympics, Big Wheel Races and a myriad of other activities.

Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival and Train Meet

Admission to the Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival and Train Meet is   $5.00/adult and free for children younger than 12 with an adult.

  • When: June 4, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: (Map It) 200 N Miami Avenue in Bradford, Ohio  45308 at the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum on the corner of Main & Miami. Historic BF Tower is at 501 E Main
  • Phone: 740-654-0177
  • Web Site: www.bradfordrrmuseum.org

bradford-railroadThe Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Railroad Festival features telegraph school, train layouts, model train & historical train vendors, children’s activities, entertainment,  speakers, workshops, demonstrations & delicious food.  The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum dedicates this festival to the preservation of Bradford & southwestern Ohio railroad heritage.  The railroad was once a significant part of Bradford’s economy, employing many who manned the trains, worked in the switching yards and in the roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept and maintained between runs.

The museum has restored Bradford’s former Pennsylvania Railroad BF interlocking tower and opened a museum in the former bank building. The museum Gift Shoppe will be open and feature a number of train paraphernalia and Cat’s Meow figurines of historical train locations.

GoodSeed Garden Expo

goodseed farm frontAdmission to the GoodSeed Nursery Garden Expo is free.

  • When: June 4, 2016 from 9am – 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) GoodSeed Nursery/Hilltop Event Center at 9736 Tri-County Highway in Winchester, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-695-0350
  • Web: https://goodseedfarm.com/  or on Facebook at Goodseed Nursery & Landscape

GoodSeed Nursery Garden Expo:  Spend the day with experts on gardening, plants, hardscaping and soils! Meet master gardeners, plant experts, representatives from premier nurseries and garden supply manufacturers. Keynote speaker is Jenny Nybro Peterson, cancer survivor and author of “The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion”.Seminars, workshops, exhibits, door prizes, specials, FREE samples. An indoor-outdoor event tailored for home landscapers, vegetable gardeners, lovers of plants & flowers. Delicious food by “Big E BBQ” and ‘Buckeye Confections”. Rain or shine!

International Wine at the Mill Festival

mohican-wine-festAdmission to the International Wine at the Mill Festival is free.

International Wine at the Mill Festival in Loudonville:  This is the highlight event of the year to kick off the summer. Good food, wine, music and more will entertain all of the senses. This wonderful event also helps the Mill’s operations.

Ohio wines to be featured will be D&D Smith Winery, Paper Moon Vineyards, Troutman Vineyards, and The Winery at Wolf Creek. In addition to the four Ohio Wineries, wines from around the world will be available at the festival. All wines can be sampled and bought by the glass or bottle. Paper Moon wines will be highlighted in the popular food pairing session, samples include what wine pairs with various gourmet and casual foods. Over 100 different wines and several beers will be available.

Take a tour of the mill and marvel at the creations of the Mohican Valley Artists. This fairly new artists group has come together with the intent of showcasing the beautiful scenery and talents available in the area. Other entertainment includes live music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Kids Play Day on the Square

Admission to Kids Play Day on the Square is free.

  • When: June 4, 2016 from 9am – 2pm
  • Location: (Map It) Medina, Ohio at the town square
  • Phone: 330-952-0910

Kids Play Day on the Square in Medina:  Enjoy a day of play on the Square, including games of skill and chance, explore Big Toys on Broadway (fire engines, Hummers, police cars, horses, big trucks), a petting zoo and inflatables. Take a scavenger hunt throughout the district for prizes and treasures.

Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Swap Meet

Admission to the Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Swap Meet is free. Parking on grounds is $5.00. Cruise-in cars $8 – 10.

  • When: June 4 & 5, 2016 (usually the first full weekend in June)
  • Location: (Map It) On the grounds of the Historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds at 157 East Fair Avenue in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-862-0565
  • Web Site: www.lancasteroldcarclub.org

lancaster-old-car-showLancaster Old Car Club Spring Swap Meet:  The show is open to all makes and models including antiques, muscle cars, rat rods, motorcycles, trucks, fire trucks, and many more. Cruise-in is Saturday 1-4pm, Car Show is Sunday, judging starts at noon w/awards given at 4pm. There are 25 classes with 3 Awards per class (top three). Plus special awards, including club participation cash award for most member participants. Swap Meet and Car Corral are all day Saturday and Sunday with notary on site. Enjoy good food and refreshments with our many food vendors located throughout the grounds, as well as women’s world with their many crafts, antiques for sale, 50/50 drawings both Sat/Sun. Sunday worship services.

Ohio Valley Frontier Days

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

  • When: June 4-5, 2016 from 10-8 and 11-5 respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Steubenville, Ohio (120 South Third Street)
  • Phone: 740-283-1787

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 military drill to young volunteers; Chief Logan tells his story while Native American camp outside the walls and provide insight into the culture of their tribes. Pony rides during the day and a Colonial Dance on Saturday night add 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 singer-songwriter Steve Free – make this a weekend the whole family will want to experience.​

Bexley House & Garden Tour

Tickets to the Bexley House & Garden Tour are $20 pre-purchased at www.bexleywomen.org and $25 day of tour.

  • When: June 5, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave. in Bexley, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-253-3307 or visit www.bexleywomen.org

The annual Bexley House & Garden Tour sponsored by Bexley Women’s Club showcases homes in the gracious eastside suburb of Columbus. As you tour these beautiful homes and gardens, you will agree with the tour’s theme, “There’s no place like home.” Bexley BEAT shuttle buses will provide free transportation between homes. Biking is encouraged; bike racks will be provided at the various homes on the tour. There will also be ample, well-marked parking along the streets of each Tour home.

Dennison Railroad Festival

Admission to the Dennison Railroad Festival is free.

The Dennison Railroad Festival:  One hundred miles from Columbus and Pittsburg, the small town of Dennison holds its annual railroad festival in the Historic Depot Museum. The Dennison Railroad was once one of the largest railroad shops and yards in the country. All trains between St, Louis and New York stopped there. Today the town  of Dennison no longer sees train activity but the six day Dennison Railroad Festival is held every year to celebrate the town’s industrial history. Held around the Historic Railroad Depot Museum and the Historic Street District, you can enjoy tasty food, exciting games and rides, a train exhibit, tours and performances. Visitors can also enjoy the annual parade and car show.

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon FestivalAdmission to the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival is free.

  • When: June 9 – 11, 2016
  • Location: (Map It) Coshocton County Fairgrounds at 707 Kenilworth Avenue in Coshocton, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-622-4877 or 1-800-338-4724
  • Web: Click here

Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival in Coshocton, Ohio:  Originally called the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Race, it changed its name to reflect the more encompassing events that occur at this festival. Balloonists from all over Ohio and Michigan come to show off their colorful aircrafts. Balloon launches are held at dawn and dusk. And a “night glow” of balloons occurs after dark. Balloonists take part in various events such as dropping markers while in flight in attempt to hit a target on the ground. A traditional hot air balloon race sanctioned by the North American Balloon Association is also held during the festivities. Other activities include 5k run, crafters, live music, carnival rides and more. Free Admission.

Banana Split Festival

Admission to the Banana Split Festival is free.

  • When: June 10 & 11, 2016 from 4-10pm and 12-10 pm respectively
  • Where: (Map It) JW Denver Williams Memorial Park, Rombach Ave. in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Phone: 877-428-4748
  • Web Site: www.bananasplitfestival.com

Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio:  The fabulous 50’s & 60’s are celebrated at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio. Enjoy free rock ‘n’ roll concerts, continuous entertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and of course Banana Splits!

Columbus Arts Festival

Admission to the Columbus Arts Festival is free.

  • When: June 10 – 12, 2016 – Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Columbus, Ohio (downtown riverfront)
  • Phone: 614-224-2606
  • Web: http://columbusartsfestival.org/

Columbus Arts Festival:  American Style magazine had named this an “essential festival.” The Columbus Arts Festival remains the welcome-to-summer event in Columbus, pairing the finest artists and craftspeople with a medley of continuous entertainment including performances on three stages, food from Columbus’ finest restaurants, and interactive art activities. Families will enjoy the Hands On Activity area, where there are numerous fun-filled projects for kids and grown-ups alike.

Columbus Park Street Festival

Admission to the Columbus Park Street Festival is free.

parkstreetfestPark Street Festival in Columbus:  The start of summer is right around the corner, so kick off the summer festival season with the annual Park Street Festival on Park Street in the Arena District.  Park Street Festival is a two-day event featuring entertainment, arts & crafts, family fun, delicious food and great music for all ages.

The festivities will begin on Friday at 5pm and continue through Saturday evening with live music and special events.  Whether you’re a parent looking for a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids, a food lover eager to taste an eclectic mix of the best food trucks & carts in Columbus, or a music fan looking to hear great live music and enjoy camaraderie among 20,000 friends, Park Street Festival is one event that offers something for everyone.

Park Street Festival is proud to announce this year’s collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House, and is honored to have Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) as a charitable partner. For over three decades, RMHC has provided a home-away-from-home to families with seriously ill children, and are happy to contribute to this meaningful cause.

“Park Street Festival is unlike any other summer event in Columbus,” says event organizer Michael Gallicchio.  “No matter their ages or interests, Park Street Festival has something exciting for all audiences, and it benefits a great cause.  It’s the festival to be at this summer.”

Park Street Festival is fun for the whole family, and the perfect way to enjoy the start of summer.  For more information, visit www.parkstreetfest.com or www.twitter.com/ParkStreetFest, or search Park StreetFest on Facebook.

Fabulous 50s Fling & Car Show

sugarcreek-car-showAdmission to the Fabulous 50s Fling & Car Show is free.

  • When: June 10 & 11, 2016
  • Location: (Map It) Main Street and Broadway St, Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681
  • Phone: 888-609-7592
  • Web: www.fab50sfling.com

Fabulous 50s Fling & Car Show in Sugarcreek, Ohio:  Fifties’ era music and polished chrome grills take on a life of their own the second weekend in June in Sugarcreek at the Fabulous Fifties Fling & Car Show. Successful from its start in 1991, the Fabulous Fifties Fling is now the largest Fifties festival in Ohio and is annually selected among the Top Ten cruise-in downtown car shows in the Midwest by a readers’ poll conducted by Cruisin’ Times Magazine. The Fabulous Fifties Fling & Car Show continues to grow each year increasing in the number of visitors and cars showing and competing for top honors.  The professional judging attracts some of the best custom cars and hot rods in a five-state area–Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia. The show can accommodate more than 500 cars with cars on display overflowing into the downtown streets and lots.

The weekend kicks off with the Friday Night Cruise-In, which features an Open Class Show, the Cruisin’ 5K Run/Walk, and entertainment from popular Car Show DJ The Spikeman. The main event on Saturday features homemade food at bargain prices, continuous entertainment with multiple crowd-pleasing oldies bands, and hundreds of car entries, 1980 or older. Car show participants are attracted by the quality of awards and generous cash prizes. Best of Show wins $500 and a custom-cut scroll award. The Top 50 vehicles will also receive a special award. As always, the first 300 car registrants get a souvenir as well. Make sure to cruise on over to Sugarcreek to join in the old-fashioned fun!

Kickin Summer Bash

Admission to the Kickin Summer Bash is free.

  • When: June 10 & 11, 2016 from 4-11pm and 11am-11pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Pomeroy, Ohio at the Riverfront Amphitheater & parking lot
  • Phone: 740-992-3034
  • Web: meigscountytourism.com

Pomeroy Kickin Summer Bash:  Come to downtown Pomeroy for a gathering on the mighty Ohio River to kick in the summer season.  Friday night’s Cruise-in on Court Street promises much activity when the classic cars and trucks roll in to allow the owners to showcase their collection of all types of vehicles.  Entertainment, crafters and activities for the kids will continue during the festival.   Be sure and practice your river games for Saturday’s contests.  The day will start with kayak races along with the “Anything that Floats” race.  And they mean “Anything”.  There’s even a pet talent contest for kids. All prizes are cold cash so come join the fun in downtown Pomeroy.  For additional info email chairperson Brenda Roush brendar@meigscountyohio.com.

Pork Rind Heritage Fest

Admission to the Pork Rind Heritage Festival is free.

  • When: June 10 & 11, 2016 (Always the second Friday & Saturday in June)
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Harrod, Ohio
  • Web: www.porkrindfest.com/

Pork Rind Heritage Festival in Harrod, Ohio:  Rudolph Foods Company and Harrod, Ohio offer the Pork Rind Heritage Festival annually. Yes, Pork Rind Festival! If you want to see how many tasty ways you can prepare a pork rind, eat fresh popped pork rinds or enjoy a hog roast, this festival is for you. It also features a parade, live entertainment and crafts.

Robbery Trains

Cost of Robbery Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway: Adults (13-59) $21, Seniors (60+) $19, Children (3-12) $17, Under Age 3 free (must sit on a lap).

  • When: June 11, July 9 and August 6, 2016 at 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) 33 W. Canal Street (Business US 33), Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
  • Phone: 740-249-1452
  • Web: www.hvsry.org

Robbery Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway:  There’s a group of train robbers rumored to be camping near Nelsonville and the tracks of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Will these bandits on horseback stop the train and strike again? Join the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway for a ride on the popular Robbery Train! Departs Nelsonville round trip at 6:00 p.m. and is about two hours long. Play money is given out to everyone aboard for the Old West-like bandits to loot. Great fun for kids of all ages! Tickets go quick so get yours today!

Dean Martin Festival

Dean Martin Festival has various different admissions that may apply.

  • When: June 16 – 18, 2016 from 7pm – 11pm
  • Location: (Map It) South 4th St. in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-283-4935 or 866-301-1787
  • Web: deanmartinsteubenville.com/

Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, Ohio:  Join hundreds of Dean Martin enthusiasts in his hometown at the annual celebration of his life and achievements.  Fans gather in Steubenville, Ohio, to enjoy performances by Dean Martin impersonators, see Dino’s hometown, and share memories.

Washboard Music Festival

washboard-music-festivalAdmission and kids rides at the Washboard Music Festival are free.

  • When: June 16 – 18, 2016 – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday – Saturday Noon – 11:00pm (Always the Thrs – Sat of Father’s Day weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Logan, Ohio (Hocking Hills region)
  • Phone: 740-380-3828 or 740-380-2752
  • Web: Click here

The Washboard Music Festival in Logan, Ohio is an annual extravaganza held in the streets of small town America.  The festival’s focus is on celebrating the enduring role the washboard has had on American music styles.  This annual event provides wholesome family entertainment.  You can enjoy the foot-tappin’ styles of Dixieland Jazz, Jug Music, Celtic, Blues and Cagun Zydeco played by bands from all around the country. In addition, you may enjoy great food, browse the streets filled with quality craft vendors and enjoy the many special events, including the festive Saturday evening parade. There’s also a handmade quilt show, washboard factory tours and street entertainers.  For the kids, there’s a large area of FREE rides, games and live entertainment.  ALL entertainment is FREE and FUN! So, kick off the Ohio summer festival season by visiting Ohio’s Most Unique Music Festival.  See ya there!

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival admission and parking are free.

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival:  Coshocton County has been the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—Dulcimer Days.  It is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States.  As part of this nationally significant Appalachian musical event, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships are held and winning competitors at Coshocton’s festival go on to compete in the national competition. Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, artists’ booths and listening to traditional Appalachian music. Several music workshops will be held throughout the weekend with a nominal charge of $15 each. Coshocton was again named by Midwest Living magazine as ‘One of the 100 top towns to visit. All events take place within Roscoe Village, located just off US 36 in Coshocton. Workshops are held in the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, and in classrooms at COTC (Central Ohio Technical College).

Duck (Duct) Tape Festival

The Avon Duck (Duct) Tape Festival in Avon has free admission and parking.

  • When: June 17 – 19, 2016 (Friday – Sunday of  Fathers’ Day Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway (off Detroit rd) Avon Ohio
  • Phone: 1-866-818-1116
  • Web: www.ducktapefestival.com

duct tape festivalThe Avon Heritage Duck (Duct) Tape Festival returns showcasing duct tape in all forms including art, sculptures, fashion and more.  It will be a celebration of duct tape, its enthusiasts, and its wacky and fun uses.  The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the “Duct Tape Capital” of the world, home of Duck® brand duct tape, in Avon, Ohio.  Rides, games and food will be part of the celebration, along with a Saturday morning duct tape parade! The festival, perfect for Father’s Day, features most dads’ favorite tool, but it’s fun for the whole family.

Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest

pib-pyrate-festAdmission to the Put-In-Bay Pyrate Festival is free.

  • When: June 17 – 20, 2016 (Always the third weekend in June)
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Put-In-Bay, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-285-3101
  • Web: http://pyratefest.org/

Welcome to the Put-In-Bay Pyrate Festival. The Pyrate King returns to find his stolen treasure. The fest opens Friday with “Booms over the Bay.” Don’t miss the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta where participants paddle their vessels around the downtown harbor. There’s also a kids costume contest and an adult costume contest. Saturday and Sunday offers Pyrate Marketplace, Faire Wynds Circus, historic displays on cooking, medicine, weapons, and navigation. More than 50 re-enactors in pyrate gear will be downtown for photo ops, discussing tactics, and helping you choose a “pyrate name”.

Vermilion Festival of Fish

Admission to the Vermilion Festival of Fish is free.

  • When: June 17 – 19, 2016 (Always Father’s Day Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park
  • Phone: 440-967-4477
  • Web: Click here

Vermilion Festival of Fish in Vermilion, Ohio:  This festive event features a lighted boat parade on the river and a “Crazy Craft” boat race. Pull up a lawn chair and make a day of it riverside and take in the sun and “crazy crafts.” And if you get hungry, treat yourself to a Walleye or Perch sandwich. Now doesn’t that sound yummy? Oh, and there’s plenty of activities, entertainment and crafts too such as sand castle building contests and pageants. This is a fun Father’s Day weekend event featuring a fishing contest, games, vendors and Lake Erie perch. An outdoor marketplace with unique items for sale is also available.

Country Fair at Bonnybrook Farms

bonnybrook-farms-stagecoachAdmission to the Bonnybrook Farms Country Fair is $10/adult, $5/child (5 – 12), and free for kids 4 & younger

  • When: June 18, 2016  from 9 am – 9 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Bonnybrook Farms at 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-289-2500
  • Web: Click here

The Country Fair at Bonnybrook Farms features bands, bike race, BBQ & brew. Kick-off your summer with a “Yee Haw!” Early morning starts with a mountain bike race winding throughout 370 acres of scenic farmland, back roads, trails, hills and streams. Participants receive a t-shirt and entry to the fair.

Kicking off Country Fair festivities in 2016 is everyone’s favorite American Idol discovery Alexis Gomez, who will also judge an amateur singing competition following her performance. For those who can’t sing there is an ice cream eating contest and fishing derby. The Farm Kitchen will be serving smokin’ good BBQ and fun fair foods all day. Enjoy an ice cold beer, soft drink or ice cream as you take in the day’s events. Country Fair activities include giant slingshots, clodhopper golf, archery, 80’ underground slide, farm characters and friendly farm animals. Winding up the day is 90 Proof Twang, the 2015 award winner of City Beat Magazine’s Best Country Music Band in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana tri-state area.

Bonnybrook Farms, located just 20 minutes east of Kings Island in Warren County is a beautiful 370 acre working farm with gathering barn, stable, fishing pond and room to run.

Earth Angel Super Cruise In

Admission to the Lancaster Earth Angel Super Cruise In is $5 per person and $5 parking. Evening concert is extra. 

  • When: June 18, 2016 from 10am – 9pm (Always the 3rd Saturday in June)
  • Location: (Map It) Fairfield Fairgrounds at 157 East Fair Ave in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Phone: 866-611-2645 or 740-654-5929
  • Web: Click here

Lancaster Earth Angel Super Cruise In:  When you visit this festival you won’t just be having a good time, but you’ll be helping a good cause. Earth Angel Foundation of Ohio holds an annual fair to help send fatally ill children and their families on a dream vacation and giving these kids a chance to have fun. The fairgrounds put on car, motorcycle, and tractor shows. It even has concerts from different bands each year along with raffles and food.  All the proceeds from the festival help the Earth Angel Foundation of Ohio. Join these kids and their families, by supporting a noble cause while having an exciting time.

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure

great-ohio-bicycle-adventureFees vary for the annual week-long Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is an annual week-long bicycle-camping tour held in June. The route differs each year so a new part of the state is explored. Enjoy biking through serene countryside to various destinations of interest.

Grove City Wine And Art Festival

grove city wine artsGrove City Wine and Art Festival admission is free.

  • When: June 18, 2016  from 11:00am to 10:00pm
  • Location: (Map It) Grove City Town Center at the intersection of Broadway & Park Street in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-539-8762
  • Web: Click here

Grove City Wine and Art Festival: Enjoy the warmth and ease of summer with friends and family at the Grove City Wine and Arts Festival. This popular annual event features twenty Ohio wineries, including Grove City’s own Plum Run Winery. Guests can purchase tickets at the event, which can be used for tastings or a full glass. The event also features visual arts, delicious food, local vendors, and live entertainment. Make it a weekend getaway by attending the Wine and Arts Festival VIP Dinner the night before from 6:30pm to 8pm at the picturesque Venue 62. The VIP Dinner will feature exclusive wines that you can’t get at the festival and a catered meal. Stay at one of Grove City’s fourteen comfortable lodging properties to make it a weekend you won’t forget!

Lavender Earthship Festival

Admission and parking to the Lavender Earthship Festival are free. Fees apply for Adult workshops and U~PICK)         

  • When:  June 18 – 19, 2016 from 10 am – 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Rd in Martinsville, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-322-2415
  •  Web: Click here

Lavender Earthship Festival:  Experience the overwhelming beauty of two acres of Organic lavender. Pick your own lavender bundles from 11 different varieties, and wander over to the educational Earthship and Lavender tours to see what’s new for the farm. There will be plenty of lavender food, lavender lemonade, unique vendors, and handmade creations. RSVP to attend the Lavender Wreath and dream-catcher workshops. Ready to relax? Imagine purple lavender buds at eye shot during a pose at “Yoga in the field” class. Interested in the most relaxing part of the day? Stop over for a chair massage in the shaded lavender field. Don’t forget to bring the children for some awesome activities including custom face painting, petting zoo, hula hooping, live music and more!

Ohio Earthship Project tours will be held year round. Learn the concepts of the Earthship and how recycled materials can be used to build an efficient, self sustaining home. Tire foundation, bottled walls, can walls and a whole lot of dirt go a long way towards building a durable structure. Have you visited an Earthship? Well now is your chance to see for yourself how this farm family turns this into reality.

Simply Slavic Festival

Admission to Simply Slavic Festival in Youngstown is $3 per person.

  • When: June 18, 2016 (Always the third Saturday in June) from Noon- 11pm
  • Location: (Map It) Federal Plaza East, Downtown Youngstown
  • Phone: 330-503-9874
  • Web: www.simplyslavic.org

Simply Slavic is a downtown Youngstown festival created specifically to celebrate the rich traditions of Youngstown’s diverse Eastern European community. It will include live music, Polish, Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn and Ukrainian folk dance performances, home-made food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and an ethnic marketplace with crafts and folk art. Especially unique to the event will be an Ecumenical Prayer Blessing and Parade of Flags with representatives from a variety of faiths and parishes; a Slavic Beer Garden featuring a tasting “flight” of unique imports; a Baking Contest where amateurs and professionals alike can compete to be the Kolachi Queen/King, and; a Euro Disco showcasing modern Eastern European dance music.

Steubenville Hometown Celebration

steubenville-ohioAdmission to most of the event activities at Steubenville Hometown Celebration are free; others are noted.

  • When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am to 9pm
  • Location: (Map it) S. 3rd and S. 4th Streets, Steubenville, Ohio
  • Phone: 866-301-1787
  • Web Site: www.visitsteubenville.com

Steubenville Hometown Celebration:  The streets of Downtown Steubenville take on a party atmosphere for the annual Hometown Celebration, an event for the whole family. The day includes a street fair, a Classic Car Cruise In, the Dean Martin Festival at the Spot Bar, entertainment at the Grand Theater, a safety rodeo, Trolley Rides down Historic North Fourth Street, tours of the beautiful historic churches and open house at the Mansion Museum and Means House. At Fort Steuben Park there are rides and games, Ohio Valley Talent Show, balloons, mini-train rides, and lots of fun foods. Reenactors will demonstrate 18th century weaponry in Historic Fort Steuben (admission: $5/$3) while film clips from Dean Martin movies will be shown in the Visitor Center. Local restaurants and shops will offer Hometown Celebration specials. That evening there will be a Rat Pack Show at the Spot Bar ($15), a dance and Dean Martin Movie Night at Froehlich’s Classic Corner (cover charge) and an Oldies Concert by the Avalons at the Berkman Amphitheater ($10/$5). For more information contact the Visitor Center at 866-301-1787 or email info@visitsteubenville.com.

London Strawberry Festival

Admission to the London Strawberry Festival is free. 

London Strawberry Festival in London, Ohio:  Looking to have a “berry” good time? The London Strawberry Festival located in the historical city of downtown London has plenty of special activities for all visitors. There are games, rides, contests, and crafts for kids. Free nightly entertainment, contests, and a parade are sure to be fun had by all. The festival even has a kiddie tractor pull and pageants. Or try some strawberry flavored sweets and treats that give this festival its unique twist. Explore all that the London Strawberry Festival has to offer at this yummy celebration.

Cy Young Days

Admission to Cy Young Days is free. 

The Cy Young Days in Newcomerstown, Ohio celebrates the exhilarating, enjoyable game of baseball and an Ohioan named Cy Young — perhaps the greatest pitcher of all-time. He lived over 100 years ago. Today, the greatest professional pitching honor is to win the Cy Young Award. This festival honors him and his love for his game. A special guest, usually a retired ballplayer or past Cy Young award winner such as Gaylord Perry and Vida Blue signs autographs and is honored as the Grand Parade Marshall. Some of the proceeds from Cy Young Days will benefit the Cy Young Youth League, a baseball and softball league for hundreds of kids.

Garrettsville Summerfest

Admission to Garrettsville Summerfest is free. 

Garrettsville Summerfest:  Home to the largest summer festival in Portage County, the Garrettsville Summerfest is jam-packed with fun activities for you and your family. Relax and enjoy some live entertainment, celebrate summer with Ohio’s largest tractor parade, or check out some of Summerfest’s exciting car and bike shows. New this year is a Flower and Garden show and a 5k run/ 1 Mile Fun Walk. From a the Cornhole Tournament to the Hamburger Eating Contest to the Adult Canoe Race, this three day extravaganza at Garrettsville Summerfest has something for everyone.

Lorain International Festival

Admission to Lorain International Festival is free.

  • When: June 24 – 26, 2016 (Usually the last full weekend in June)
  • Location: (Map It) Black River Landing in Lorain, Ohio
  • Phone 440-984-5282
  • Web: www.loraininternational.com

Lorain International Festival in Lorain, Ohio:  A celebration of the ethnic diversity, and the religious and cultural heritage of the “International City.”  The spotlight Nationality is different each year. The festival and bazaar runs Friday thru Sunday where more than 40 nationalities are represented  with ethnic foods, pastries, crafts, and non-stop entertainment. The festival also features a kids area full of rides and educational fun. The International Queen will be chosen during Thursday nights pageant which features our princesses representing their nationalities. The International parade takes place on Sunday.

Maria Stein Country Fest

Admission and parking to the Maria Stein Country Fest are free.

countryfest_smallMaria Stein Country Fest in Maria Stein, Ohio:  This is a family festival with all free entertainment featuring. For this year’s schedule, entertainment and headlining acts, click http://mscountryfest.com/. There are several competitive events for all ages, a craft show, chainsaw carving and auction, a sand artist, tractor pulls, go-kart and  a wide variety of foods, and much, much more.  The festival has free admission, free parking, and all entertainment is free.

Historic Home & Garden Tour

urbana-homes-tourAdmission to the Urbana Historic Home & Garden Tour is $15.

  • When: June 25 & 26, 2016 from 11-5 (Always the last weekend in June)
  • Location: (Map It) Urbana and Champaign County, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-800-791-6010

Urbana Historic Home & Garden Tour:  The Champaign County Preservation Alliance presents the Annual Historic Home and Garden tour.  Enjoy a summertime tour of fascinating historic homes and beautiful gardens.  Entertainment, food and craft sales and demonstrations along with a free shuttle are all part of the package!

Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow

pic-fayette-wine-aAdmission to the Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow is free ($5 parking).

  • When: Saturday June 25, 2016 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Fayette County Airport, 2770 St. Rt. 38, Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-335-0761
  • Web:  Click here

Toast to Summer & Hot Air Balloon Glow in Washington Court House, Ohio:  Fayette County’s Toast to Summer is a wine tasting event and art show with local food vendors and musicians.  10 Ohio wineries offering wine tastings and wine for purchase.  Wine tastings are $3 each/8 for $20.  View over 40 artisans’ unique creations and enjoy food from local restaurants.  The event will coincide with the Fayette County Airport Hot Air Balloon Glow starting from 7pm-11pm.  Ten Hot Air Balloons will take off at dusk for an evening glow in the sky.  Pre-sale Hot Air Balloon Rides are available for purchase.

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