Admission to the Old Town Trade Fair is $4/adult and children younger than 12 are free. Discount of $1 off for those in costume.
When: March 5 & 6, 2016 (Saturday 9:00am, 5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm)
Location: (Map It) Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio
Phone: 937-857-9745 (On the days of the show, please call 937-216-0274 instead)
Old Town Trade Fair in Xenia: Enjoy the living history event with dealers and demonstrators, all in period clothing from the 1700’s through 1890’s, making and selling their wares. This two day event will demonstrate early American crafts such as blacksmithing, pottery, patterns, fabrics, finished clothing, silversmith, wooden products and leather. Some of the items the demonstrators will be making are baskets, brooms, soap and early flintlock engraving. Door prizes will be given away each hour with one grand prize awarded on Saturday and one on Sunday. Come see how our founding fathers lived.
The Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour is free.
When: March 5 & 6, 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 2016 (Please note Amish farms are NOT open on Sunday)
Location: (Map It) Throughout Ohio
The Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour: Maple syrup is Ohio’s first harvest of the year and the sweetest. Sugarhouses across Ohio open their doors and invite visitors to see firsthand how pure maple syrup is made. The March Maple Madness Driving Tour is a statewide event sponsored by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and Ohio’s syrup makers.
Experienced syrup makers are on hand to answer questions during the free, drive-it-yourself tour. Some stops are small, backyard ventures, while others are large, commercial operations. SATURDAY ONLY – A few select Amish sugarhouses are welcoming guests. Maple syrup is made in only a small part of the entire world and Ohio sits in the heart of that area. Bring the entire family, dress for the weather with boots and coats, spend a day in Ohio’s beautiful countryside and see how clear, sweet sap from the maple tree becomes golden, delicious maple syrup.
Admission to the Memories Expo is $12 (cash only) plus $5 parking.
When: March 11 & 12, 2016 from 10am – 5pm (Always the last full weekend in March)
Location: (Map It) Celeste Building – 717 East 17th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio
The Memories Scrapbooking Expo in Columbus: Join thousands of scrapbooking, rubber stamping, card-making and paper-crafting enthusiasts for this public event. Shopping, classes, crop parties, cropping, prizes and more!
Most of the events at the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration are free.
The Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration: Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a city where Irish is an attitude! Bring your clan for festivities that include a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at Sells Middle School and enjoy the City of Dublin’s greenest and grandest St. Patrick’s Day parade at 11 a.m. See and hear marching bands, bagpipers, shamrock balloons, leprechauns and much more! After the parade, join your friends and family for more Irish entertainment at Dublin’s restaurant and pubs.
After the parade, join in the Blarney Bash. The Bash is Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day party that starts right after the parade in Metro Center (walking distance from Historic Dublin) where you’ll find Irish bands, dancers, food trucks and of course, green beer. The event is free until 5 p.m. and then $5 after that. From around Noon-5 p.m. it is very family friendly with kids activities, Irish dancers, etc. It becomes more of a “party” after that time.
Admission to the Southern Ohio Music Festival is $30-65 for adults. Children under 16 are free with adult ticket purchase.
When: March 18 & 19, 2016
Location: (Map It) Roberts Convention Centre, 123 Gano Rd. in Wilmington, Ohio
The Southern Ohio Music Festival: Bluegrass and acoustic music have outsold and outgrown all other American music forms in the past decade and Ohio has always been home to many great outdoor music events. However, this event is the area’s only indoor Bluegrass festival. For a list of performing acts and schedule of events, visit www.somusicfest.com.
Admission to the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is free.
- When: March 19, 2016 from 10am – 5pm
- Location: (Map It) Southern State Community College Central Campus at 100 Hobart Dr. in Hillsboro, Ohio
- Phone: 937-393-2747
The Cabin Fever Arts Festival in Hillsboro, Ohio: Got Cabin Fever? Here’s a cure. This will be the perfect event for the individual or entire family looking for a great excuse to get out of the house! The festival will feature the presentation and sale of fine arts and crafts from members of the Appalachian Artisans Guild and many juried guest artists. Stained glass, wood furniture, wooden toys, baskets, ceramics and lavender gifts are just a few of the creative pieces that will be available from over 45 artists.
Admission to the Olander Park Maple Sugaring Festival is free.
The Olander Park Maple Sugaring Festival: It’s delicious on pancakes, sweet in candy and fabulous as fudge, but where does maple syrup come from? Let’s start at the source. We will begin our journey at a sugar maple tree and take a stroll through the past. Discover how important maple sugaring was to natives, pioneers and even soldiers. Help out with boiling off the sap and take a wagon ride back to the Maple Market to indulge your sweet tooth.
Admission to the Hinckley Buzzard Sunday is free.
- When: March 20, 2016 (The first Sunday after March 15) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley, Ohio near Hinckley Lake off of Bellus and State Roads
- Phone: 330-278-2066
Hinckley Buzzard Sunday in Hinckley, Ohio: See buzzards (turkey vultures) come home to roost in the rock cliffs and ledges in Hinckley. This annual celebration dates back to 1957 when 9,000 visitors flocked the township to see the return of the buzzards from their winter hiatus. The event includes an early bird hike; skits, songs and stories performed in tents or in fields, displays, crafts, photos, contests and additional hikes. Don’t miss this rite of Spring. Learn about the legend that surrounds Buzzard Day and why so many buzzards and people come out in March.
Admission to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland is $17.99 – 21.99 per person.
Cleveland I-X Indoor Amusement Park: A day of fun. . . a lifetime of memories! Enjoy amusement park rides for the whole family indoors, plus great entertainment. Tons of fun for the whole family! Purchase discount tickets. Hotel packages available with shuttle service. Check the calendar of events at www.ixamusementpark.com for open dates and times.
Tickets to “A Night at Heritage Hall” in Marion is $7/person (advance sales) and $8/person at the door.
When: March 25 & 26, 2016 from 7pm to 9:30pm (Registration deadline is the 24th)
Location: (Map It) Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion Ohio
- Web: Click here
The Marion County Historical Society will host “A Night at Heritage Hall”; two fun-filled evenings of self-guided flashlight tours throughout the museum, a historic 1910 Federal Post Office. For hardy adventurers who take the opportunity to experience Marion County and Ohio history, it will be an exciting night with surprises around every corner! Intrepid explorers will find over 50 characters each night ranging from Native Americans and pioneers to Presidents and even a Vietnam soldier on patrol. Only at “A Night At Heritage Hall” can visitors meet Civil War soldiers who regale them with tales of war and glory, converse with a president or two, join a Temperance march, and meet Quaker conductors on the Underground Railroad. The event was inspired by the movie “Night At the Museum” where good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is hired as night watchman at the Museum of Natural History and discovers that all the exhibits come to life after the sun sets. To register your family or group for one of the flashlight tours, send your check or money order to NAHH Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion OH 43302 (be sure to specify which night) or purchase tickets online. More information can be obtained by calling the Marion County Historical Society at 740-387-4255. The pre-registration deadline is March 21. Registration is limited so don’t delay call today!
Fares for Easter Bunny Trains at Hocking Valley Railway are posted below.
- When: March 26, 2016 – Train departs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) Hocking Valley Scenic Railway in Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
- Phone: 740-249-1452
- Web: Click here
Easter Bunny Trains at Hocking Valley Railway: The popular Easter Bunny Train is a sell out every year! Each train travels past Haydenville before returning to Nelsonville. Along the way back, the train will stop at the Easter Bunny’s secret hiding place where the egg hunt will take place! Areas for different age groups will be set up, and at the announcement to go, all of the kids will take off through their assigned areas and collect Easter eggs. Inside the eggs will be prizes and candy to be picked up at the prize tent. Once all of the activities are completed, everyone will re-board the train for the remainder of the trip back to the Nelsonville Depot. Tickets are $17/adult and $10/child. Tickets for children are the same price across each category. But they are broken up into age groups to help us properly place everyone in the appropriate egg hunt location. If you have questions, feel free to contact our call center at 800-967-7834.
Admission for the Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Dairy Farm is free for this event only.
Easter Egg Hunt at Young’s Dairy Farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio: Young’s Dairy Farm celebrates Easter with its annual Easter Egg Hunt rain, snow or shine. Easter egg hunts are broken down into various age categories: 4 and younger, 5-7 years old and 8-10 years old. This tradition at Young’s Dairy has been going on for approximately 20 years and boasts having more than 4,000 hard-boiled and dyed eggs for the hunt. It also presents Barnabe, the mascot so bring a camera for pictures to remember.
Young’s Dairy Farm is a working farm that is family owned and operated. They plan many events and activities for the whole family. Additional point of interest include; homemade ice cream, watching cows being milked, goat petting, two restaurants, bakery, gift shop, driving range, batting cages, miniature golf and more…for a fee.