Ohio festivals and events

Ice Wine Festival

Welcome to the Ice Wine Festival at Grand River Valley Wine Region in Northeast Ohio

  • When: Daily throughout March from 12-5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Wineries of the Grand River Valley Region in Northeast Ohio
  • Phone: 440-466-3485
  • Web: click here

Ice Wine Festival at Grand River Valley Wine Region in Northeast Ohio: Several popular Ohio wineries join together for this unique winter event. Patrons will visit each of the participating wineries and sample their Ice Wine along with a complimentary appetizer. Many of the wineries will also have a featured event including ice carving, jewelry shows, dog sledding & much more. The cost is approximately $6 at each winery, which includes wine samples, an ice wine glass at each winery, appetizer, and special events. Participating wineries include Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards.

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Arnold Sports Festival

A variety of ticket options are available for The Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus.

  • When: February 29 – March 3, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Multiple locations in Columbus, Ohio, but most are held at the Columbus Convention Center and the Ohio Expo Center.
  • Web: click here

The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In Columbus, Ohio, nearly 200,000 fans will watch an estimated 22,000 athletes from 80 nations compete in 70 sports. The Arnold Sports Festival is co-promoted by legendary bodybuilder and film star Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring athletes.

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Maple Madness Driving Tour

The Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour is free.

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.

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Old Town Trade Fair

Admission to the Old Town Trade Fair in Xenia is approx. $4/adult and children younger than 12 are free.

  • When:  March 2 & 3, 2024, (Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday  9:00am – 3:00pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-857-9745 or 937-372-8621 (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 1700s through 1890s, 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.

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Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Admission to the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Free.

  • When: March 9, 2024, from 11am – 1pm
  • Location: (Map It) Through historic downtown Dublin, Ohio.
  • Phone: 614-410-4545
  • Web: Click here  

The Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a regional parade that appeals to Dublin residents and visitors from throughout Ohio.  Dublin, Ohio, has the Greenest, Grandest Parade!  The day starts with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast and continues with the parade stepping off at approximately 11 a.m. After the parade, guests can frequent Dublin establishments featuring Irish entertainment and specials. Approximately 110 units, including marching bands, clowns, floats, and giant balloons, are featured in each parade before an estimated crowd of 20,000 guests.

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Great Steubenville Eggsibition

Admission to the Steubenville Eggsibition & Storywalk is free.

  • When: March 18 to April 14 – during daytime hours.
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Downtown Steubenville, Ohio (Maps available at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse at 159 N. 4th Street and other participating shops)
  • Phone: 740-275-4134
  • Web: click here

It’s time to celebrate spring by attending the annual Steubenville Eggsibition & Storywalk, which features thirty-two 18” to 36” uniquely designed Easter Eggs strategically situated in storefronts in the downtown area.

The Art Eggs are also visible from the outside for folks who want to window shop. Maps for the egg hunt will be available at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse and participating shops. After finding and viewing all the Art Eggs, “egg-hunters” can stop in at headquarters and choose a prize mini-egg. All the Art Eggs were painted by local artists and ranged from traditional Pysanky to depictions of scenes, personalities, or literary images.

As an added attraction, the Public Library of Steubenville & Jefferson County has created an Easter Egg Storywalk to coincide with the Eggsibition. Pages of a story will be placed around town near each of the “hidden” eggs. Participants can collect a map from the Library or Leonardo’s and claim a prize at the downtown library when they have completed the Storywalk!

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Oak Harbor Easter Egg & Candy Hunt

Admission to the Oak Harbor Easter Egg & Candy Hunt is Free.

  • When: March 23, 2024, from 2pm-4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Adolphus Kraemer Park/Oak Harbor Log Cabin at 125 N. Church Street in Oak Harbor, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-898-0479
  • Web: click here

The Oak Harbor Easter Egg & Candy Hunt begins with an Easter Egg Hunt in Adolphus Kraemer Park. A candy hunt downtown follows this. Don’t forget to get pictures with the Easter Bunny!

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Hinckley Buzzard Sunday

Admission to the Hinckley Buzzard Sunday is free.

  • When: Sunday, March 24, 2024, from 9am – 2:30pm (normally the Sunday following March 15, except when it’s St. Patrick Day, then it’s the Sunday after that)
  • Location: (Map It) 1586 Center Rd. in Hinckley, Ohio, at the Hinckley Preparatory Academy
  • Phone: 330-299-9720
  • Web: click here

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 to the township to see the buzzards return from their winter hiatus. The event includes an early bird hike, skits, songs, stories performed in tents or fields, displays, crafts, photos, contests, and other 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.

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Scottish Terrier Show

Annual Specialty Show and Sweepstakes by
The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton

The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton will host their first two-day show weekend! The club will have a Specialty show with regular and non-regular classes in the early afternoon on Friday. Saturday will feature Sweepstakes & Regular Class Judging. The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Dayton Specialty Show is for Scottish Terriers.

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Ohio Memorial Weekend Destinations

Here are 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend destinations that truly symbolize the holiday and our remembrance of those who died in active military service.

Champaign Aviation Museum

Fallen Timbers Battlefield

Fort Jefferson

Fort Meigs

Fort Recovery

Fort Steuben

Mansfield Soldiers & Sailors Memorial

MAPS Air Museum

McCook House Civil War Museum

Motts Military Museum

Ohio Veterans Museum & Hall of Fame

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

Spirit of ’76 Museum

USS Cod Submarine Tour

WACO Museum

These are just 16 Ohio Memorial Weekend places to go or things to do out of many others, with military collections at various historical museums, events, and sites. Visit www.OhioTraveler.com to see these sections of the website for more ideas of where to go on Memorial Day in Ohio or discover other places for long weekend getaways.

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Athens International Street Fair

Admission to the International Street Fair in Athens is free.

  • When: April 6, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) East Union Street between Court St. and University Terrace in uptown Athens, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-593-4330
  • Web:  Click here

Athens International Street Fair in Athens, Ohio, has evolved 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.

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Cabin Fever Arts Festival

Admission to the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is free.

  • When: April 6, 2024, from 9am – 4pm
  • 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 from over 45 artists.

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Brimstone Haunt

Tickets to Brimstone Haunt’s Haunted Hayride & Forgotten Forest in Wilmington approx. $50/person.

  • When: Fridays and Saturdays from late September through the end of October
  • Location: (Map It) 525 Brimstone Rd. in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-409-0644
  • Web: click here

Haunted Hayride & Forgotten Forest in Wilmington, Ohio, is located on over 50 acres of natural woodlands along Bull Run Creek. The 30-minute tractor-drawn haunted hayride brings a new look and feel to the crisp autumn. Hunker down with your friends and family as you tour the spooky trails, the unexpected lurking at every turn.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods…After the hayride is sure to take in the evening’s entertainment featuring story-telling by the bonfires. Enjoy the harvest at the on-site concession stand. Pick your pumpkin, and if you are brave, dare to enter the Forgotten Forest.

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Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm

Admission to Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm is approx. $12/person and $5 for those age 64 and over.

  • When: Starts the weekend after Labor Day and runs weekends in October and early November (every Saturday from 11am – 7pm and Sunday from 12 – 7pm).
  • Location: (Map It) 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road in Arcanum, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-692-8084
  • Website: brumbaughfruitfarm.com

Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm is an extremely affordable, family, fall fun experience.  With more than 25 activities included in the admission price, there’s something for the whole family to do.  Whether you like the thrill of Billy Bee’s Flight of Fun (zip line), Monster Mountain (40-foot tunnel slide), the adventure of Storybook Forest, or just a nice leisurely hayride to the pumpkin patch, Brumbaugh’s is the place for you.  There are also many great things to eat at the bakery, like Brumbaugh’s famous fritters, fresh fruit, and cider slushies in the market.  Bring the whole family to Brumbaugh’s for a fall fun day today!

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Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

Admission to Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 19 – 21, 2024 (Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (State Route 725 between Interstate 675 and U.S. Route 42)
  • 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 (usually on Saturday), a maple syrup food contest, dog show (usually Friday evening) and a beer garden with live entertainment (Friday & Saturday nights).

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Grove City EcoFest

Admission to the Grove City EcoFest is free.

  • When: April 20, 2024 , from 9am- 1pm
  • Location: (Map It) Town Center in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-277-3050

Celebrate green, healthy living at Grove City’s EcoFest. Enjoy live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, information booths, and natural-living products. While at the event, explore Grove City’s “green” park, featuring solar lighting and equipment made from recycled materials. Learn how green businesses and alternative energy production make Grove City more attractive, healthier, and safer through interactive experiences for all ages. Special zones include a kids’ area, an entertainment stage, a healthy eating spot, a sustainability zone, and much more.

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Ohioana Book Festival

Admission to the Ohioana Book Festival is free and open to the public.

  • When: April 20, 2024
  • Where: (Map It) main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Public Library at 96 S. Grant Avenue
    in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone:  614-466-3831
  • Web: Click here

The Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, Ohio, is “Celebrating Ohio’s Authors.” It brings over 100 authors together with readers of all ages for a day of panel discussions, readings, a book fair, children’s activities, prizes, entertainment, and food.

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Geauga County Maple Festival

Admission to Geauga County Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 25 – 28, 2024 (Always the last full weekend in April, ending on Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Chardon Square (Rt. 6 & Rt. 44) in Chardon, Ohio (Geauga County)
  • Phone: 440-332-7055
  • Web: maplefestival.com/

Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon, Ohio:  Join in the fun as Geauga County celebrates the coming of spring and the year’s maple syrup crop. This festival occurs 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 Saturday and Sunday and showcase many community businesses and events. Check back to the website at www.maplefestival.com, as schedules are constantly updated as the big event approaches. Don’t miss the fun!

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Mohican Wildlife Weekend

Admission to Mohican Wildlife Weekend is Free.

  • When: April 26 – 28, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Mohican State Park, Malabar Farm State Park, and the Loudonville Public Library
  • Phone:  1-800-642-8282
  • Web: mohicanwildlifeweekend.com/

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 will 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 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.

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Arbor Day Festival

Admission to Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum is approx. $10/adult and $5/child age 5-15.

  • When: April 27, 2024, from 11am – 3pm
  • 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.

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House from A Christmas Story

Admission to House From A Christmas Story in Cleveland is approx. $15-20/person.

  • When: Open Thursday through Monday from 10am – 5pm.
  • Where: (Map It) 3159 W. 11th Street in Cleveland.
  • Phone: 216-298-4919
  • Web: click here

House From A Christmas Story in Cleveland, Ohio, is the house used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” which has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. Purchased and renovated by Brian Jones, a true fan of the movie who sells leg lamps for a living, the house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured, and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.

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Coshocton Sunflower Festival

Admission to the Coshocton Sunflower Festival is approx. $12-20/person.

  • When: Various dates in August (click link below)
  • Location: (Map It) 24688 County Road 10 in Coshocton, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-502-9245
  • Web: click here

The Coshocton Sunflower Festival is all about experiencing the joy of spending time with your friends, family, and loved ones in a 4-acre field of the happiest flowers on Earth – sunflowers! This festival features more than 30 varieties of sunflowers. Explore the field, enjoy photo ops, and choose your favorite flowers. Wagon rides are available to and from the sunflower fields. In addition, enjoy live music, food truck, beer garden, craft vendors, and activities.

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Fall Foliage Trains

Fares vary for Fall Foliage Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

  • Open Fall Foliage Trains are offered on Thursdays and Fridays in October in addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday Schedule at 1:00 p.m. and last about 2 ¼ hours, including a 30-minute stop at a reconstructed 1840’s era village.
  • Location: (Map It) The Depot in Nelsonville contains the ticket office, and it is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Hocking Parkway (Fulton Street), behind the Rocky Boots Outlet
  • Phone: 855-323-3768 or 740-753-9531
  • Web: click here
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Fall foliage train rides at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway: The 22-mile round trip to Logan, Ohio, and back are leisurely rides along the Hocking River and Appalachian foothills, providing great family-friendly entertainment. Choose to ride in either the 1920s commuter coaches or open-air cars. There’s even first-class service in a restored B&O coach, complete with air-conditioning. The most used engine is a diesel locomotive built in 1952. The conductor’s narrative highlights the interesting history of the area and the railway as the train passes by a canal lock, historic old company towns, and other landmarks while following the Hocking River through rolling hills filled with natural fall splendor. The leisurely visit may be commemorated with a unique purchase at the railway’s Gift Shop and Train Store.

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Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm

Admission to Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm is approx. $12/person.

  • When: Starts in late September and always ends on October 31
    Hours are from 9am – 7pm, daily
  • Location: (Map It) is 9015 London Groveport Rd. in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-878-7980
  • Web: click here

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm:  Celebrated annually, many families, schools, churches, companies, and many other groups and individuals annually visit the Fall Fun Days Festival at Circle S Farms, located in scenic southwest Franklin County. Our festival features hayrides to pick a pumpkin, a six-acre corn maze, a sunflower maze, a Fun Hay Barn with slides, a Scarecrow Cave, Fodder Lane, a petting zoo, weekend entertainment, and much more. Private hayrides with bonfire parties are available. A full-service bakery has many tasty treats, including freshly made donuts. On the weekends, the Pumpkin Cafe is open. Group reservations are requested, and walk-ins are welcome.www.circlesfarm.com

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Fall Hayrides at Mill Stream Run

Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation costs vary. See the link below.

  • When: Saturday nights in October from 6 – 10 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Chalet Recreation Area • Mill Stream Run Reservation. Chalet Recreation Area is located on Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 & 82 in Strongsville – just off I-71 & the Ohio Turnpike.
  • Phone: 440-572-9990
  • Web Site: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation:  The tractor-drawn hayrides leave every half hour and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, enjoy square dancing for all ages and a hay maze on Saturday nights. Activities include balloon twisting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, crafts, and coloring stations. This is one hayride where you’re allowed to throw hay!

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HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo

Admission to HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo is normal rates ranging from approx. $5-25.

  • When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
  • Location: (Map It) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Phone: 513-475-6124 or 1-800-94-HIPPO
  • Web: click here

Cincinnati Zoo HallZOOween:  Little ghouls, boys, and animals can enjoy three spooktacular fun weekends. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during HallZOOween, young Frankensteins (12 and under) can trick-or-treat their way around the Zoo.  Along the way, guests may encounter Pumpkin Pandemonium – the Zoo animal’s version of trick-or-treating, including Gorilla Pumpkin Hunt, Snow Monkey Pumpkin Hide & Seek, Elephant Pumpkin Smash, Indian Rhino Apple Bob, and Polar Bear Pumpkin Bob. Other activities include a Little Creatures Carnival, a scavenger hunt, a pumpkin patch, a spooktacular train ride, a scare-ousel, strolling characters, face painting, and mini pumpkin decorating activities.

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Dublin Irish Festival

Admission to Dublin Irish Festival is approx. $30/person but discounts are available online (Free admission for children 12 and younger).

  • When: August 2 – 4, 2024 (Friday from 4pm – Midnight; Saturday from 11am – Midnight; Sunday from 11am – 8pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio (The free Shuttle service will run continuously from Metro Place North & South to the Festival).
  • Phone: 614-410-4545
  • Web: https://dublinirishfestival.org/

Dublin Irish Festival is now the world’s second-largest Irish celebration. More than 100,000+ guests are expected this year.  For a complete listing of entertainment, please visit the website above.

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Lake Eerie Fearfest

Admission to Lake Eerie Fearfest is approx. $25.  (Additional for fast pass)

Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio, and Lake Erie coast: This October, four legendary haunts unite with the newly renovated Ghostly Manor, as seen on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.”  Lake Eerie Fearfest bands the mysterious legends of Lake Erie under one roof to create the area’s newest, unique, and feared haunted destination.  You don’t want to miss the nationally recognized Ghostly Manor and all-new haunted encounters from around the world, including Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine & Eerie Chateau!  Lake Eerie Fearfest consists of six acres of non-stop haunted action.

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Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres

Tickets to Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon are approx. $15-30/person.

  • When: October on Fridays & Saturdays from dark until 10pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Leaders Family Farms located a mile west of Napoleon, Ohio just off of state route 24 on county road 16
  • Phone: 419-599-1570
  • Web: click here

Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon, Ohio:  Fun for all ages at Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres. You can “get lost” in the twists and turns of a seven-acre jack-o-lantern corn maze. Win prizes at Northwest Ohio’s only corn cannon range. Sing and dance on the karaoke stage. Take a scenic and peaceful hayride around the farm. Take your pick of thousands of pumpkins in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Kids can get “moo-ving” in a cow train, play on the slides, or go through straw tunnels. There’s a special place for those with young children – Little Farmers Barnyard. It includes a corn box, a mini straw jump, and inflatables to enjoy. There’s also a wide array of concessions.

For those who are brave of heart and dare to be scared, explore Scream Acres Haunted Cornfield, Northwest Ohio’s most terrifying field of corn! This separate field of corn has many turns and twists with the added fear of the unknown. With creatures lurking behind the walls of corn, you never know who… or what may be “stalking” you! At ScreamAcres Haunted Cornfield, “you pay to get in…. but pray to get out!!”

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Niederman Farm Fall Festival

Admission to the Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival is approx. $15-20/person. Bonfire reservations are required. S’ more & food packages for groups.

  • Open: Late September through October on weekends (Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 1-6pm).
  • Location: (Map It) Niederman Family Farm at 5110 LeSourdsville-West Chester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio (between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio)
  • Phone: 513-779-6184
  • Web: click here

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: This Southwest Ohio working farm provides the ultimate fall experience! Niederman Family Farm invites you to experience a 22-acre corn maze, pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, take a hayride, visit and feed the barnyard animals and have a picnic. Spend the day with your family, school group, church group, scout troop, Mom’s club, or just yourself.

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Old West Pumpkin Fest

old-west-pumpkinfestAdmission to Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch is approx. $15/person.

  • When: Weekends in October – every Saturday & Sunday from 12-5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch at 19066 E. River Rd. (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-236-5454
  • Web: www.clevelandhayride.com

The Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch in Columbia Station, Ohio:  Toddlers, adolescents, young families, and grandmas and grandpas can’t wait to see the fabulous “Country Kids’ Show” performed live on stage featuring costume characters that your child would love and recognize. The Live musical show is performed five times a day. This is an interactive show for the kids where they can dance and play instruments. Take as many rides as you want on the Pumpkin Patch Hayride that takes you to the Pumpkin Patch and pick and paint your pumpkins. The whole family can walk through the Funny Fun House, pet the animals at the Petting Farm, get your face painted, and much more. Where can you go and ride ponies all day at no extra charge? There is a farm market, souvenir shop, and concession stands for your favorite food and drinks. There’s even a pumpkin slide!

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Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm

Admission to Pumpkin Fest at the Pigeon Roost Farm is approx.  $12/person.

  • When: Mid-September through October, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am – 7pm
  • Location: (Map It) Hebron, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-928-4925
  • Web: click here

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm:  Come Celebrate Fall in the Country.  Enjoy a nostalgic family trip back to a working farm.  After more than 30 years, it’s still growing!  See the old barns, friendly barnyard animals, interesting antique displays, and observation beehives.  Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, colorful and unique heritage squash, several sizes of Indian corn, corn shocks, straw bales, hard shells, and decorative gourds.  Young and young-at-heart will enjoy exploring the “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” with new Fort Pigeon Roost, giant gerbil wheels, a “goat walk”,  Corn Maze,  and the Enchanted Forest.  The kids’ favorites—hillside slide, spooky straw tunnel, and Conestoga corn box are still included.  Five shops have handmade crafts and a large selection of fall decorations, and the children have their own “Kids Korner”.  On weekends, there are wagon rides, face painting, food concessions, crafters, and demonstrations.  So visit and bring your camera to capture some of those special memories! See the website for scheduling school, birthday, and group outings.

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Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch

spooky-ranchAdmission to Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch is approx.  $25/person.

  • When: Weekends in October – Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-11:30 pm and Thursdays & Sundays 7 pm-9:30 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch is at 19066 East River Rd (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-236-5454
  • Web Site: www.spookyranch.com

Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch, Cleveland’s premier haunted event in Columbia Station, Ohio, has recently been awarded the 25th top haunted house in the country! Over 20 plus years of screams and appealing to the masses. The Disney of haunted attractions in Cleveland. Spooky Ranch is most known for its Famous Haunted Hayride. “You will scream, laugh, and be amazed, leaving you entertained. ” Not your Ordinary boring hayride.” There is terror and suspense at every turn.” A Hollywood theatrical production with scenes, sets, and special effects seen nowhere else in the world. There’s a Thirty-foot tall fire-breathing creature, 18-foot wingspan animated monsters, monsters that pick up the whole wagon & shake it!!  Extreme Nightmares Haunted House is Ohio’s most extreme haunted house and takes haunt seekers to another level of terror and screams. Crazy Clowns in 3D Haunted House -Experience the psychedelic, haunted, crazy adventure wearing 3D glasses. 3D is the new generation of entertainment with crisp, bright, ultra-realistic images. Imagine monsters and clowns so lifelike you stepped inside a scary movie or video game. Await the anticipation of crazed, psycho, frightful clowns.

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Zoar Village Lantern Tours of Ghosts

Admission to Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts is approx. $20/person.

  • When: By reservation only from September through October on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 6:30pm to 8:45pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Zoar, Ohio, located 2.5 miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on St. Rte. 212
  • Phone: 330-874-2002
  • Web: Click here

Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts:  Visitors are invited to take a haunted stroll through the village with history and ghost stories told by costumed guides. Overnight accommodations are available at the bed and breakfasts in the village.

This year, be a part of history at the historic village of Zoar, Ohio. German Separatists founded the Village of Zoar in the Tuscarawas River Valley of Ohio.  In 1817, they left Germany and came to the United States for religious freedom.  Later, they formed a communal society that lasted for 79 years and was one of the most successful communal societies in the United States. Today, many of the Separatists-built buildings still line the historic village’s main street. Ten of these buildings are operated as museums by the Zoar Community Association. For information about daytime tours, please call 330-874-2646 or visit the Zoar Store at 198 Main St., Zoar, OH 44697.

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Fort Rowdy Gathering

Admission to Fort Rowdy Gathering is free.

  • When: August 31 – September 2, 2024 (Always Sat – Mon on Labor Day weekend) Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. 10 am – 6pm, Mon. 10am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Community Park, Covington, West U.S. Route 36, Covington, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-473-5439

Fort Rowdy Gathering:  From the hovering lights of campfires, frontier enthusiasts gather in groups playing guitars, drums, and washboards, much like small trading villages once participated in the 1800s. The weekend begins with an old-fashioned hometown parade on Saturday, but the highlight of this festival is the mountain man encampment located next to the Stillwater River.  The event and parking are free to the public.

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Hocking Hills Bigfoot Festival

Admission to the Hocking Hills Bigfoot Festival is Free.

Hocking Hills Bigfoot Festival in Logan, Ohio, will be filled with Sasquatch enthusiasts, speakers, and vendors.  There will be plenty of fun with live music, a Squatch Walk, Squatch & Find, and a Howling Contest.  Be sure to allow some time to look for Bigfoot in the Hills.

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Milan Melon Festival

Admission to Milan Melon Festival in Milan, Ohio, is free.

  • When: August 31 – September 2, 2024 (Always Sat – Mon on Labor Day weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Village Square on State Route 113 East in Milan, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-499-3254 or 419-366-0765

Milan Melon Festival in Milan, Ohio:  Where else can you see things like the Big Wheelie Race, Melon Eating Contest, kiddie pedal-tractor pulls, and a two-hour grand parade? The Melon Festival in Milan provides that and bands, a fireman’s chicken barbecue, arts and crafts, antique car show, and Queen’s Contest.  Oh, and plenty of melons in all shapes, sizes, and forms. This three-day event packs in more than 100,000 visitors.

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Akron Sugar Plum Tour

Tickets to Akron Sugar Plum Tour of Holiday Houses are approx. $35/person.

  • When: Usually the first Sunday in December from 1-5pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Five exquisitely decorated homes in the Akron area.
  • Phone: 330-376-8522
  • Web: click here

The Akron Sugar Plum Tour in Akron, Ohio: This seasonal tour of Gracious Holiday Homes in Akron is just around the corner! This year’s tour-goers will again enjoy a day touring five great Akron area homes decked out in holiday finery! The Sugar Plum Tour is an annual fundraising event benefiting the Gay Community Endowment Fund. Please visit the fund’s website to learn more about the fund and its mission.

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

The Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg costs approx. $35/person age 13+ and $10/child age 5-12.

The Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg is a premier family event with 11 stages of continuous entertainment, seven food and beverage buildings, and more than 130 arts and crafts shops. Knights, comedy, daring stunt shows, giant roasted turkey legs, bread bowl stews, and handmade arts and crafts abound in the authentically recreated 30-acre 16th-century English village.

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Admission to Alumapalooza at the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, is approx. $545 for two people and a trailer.

Welcome to Alumapalooz at the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, Ohio.  Alumapa-what you ask?  Alumapalooza is a family-friendly festival for people who love Airstream travel trailers.  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 much more.  Alumapalooza is open to Airstream owners and non-owners alike.

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Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Admission to Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights in Delaware, Ohio, begins at approx. $20/carload on weekdays and $30 on weekends. More for larger vehicles.

  • When: Daily in December, Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where: (Map It) Alum Creek State Park at 3311 South Old State Road in Delaware, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-412-3499
  • Web: click here

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights in Delaware, Ohio, located at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds:  See more than 130 light displays with a total light count of more than one million. After gazing at the lights, come in and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies and spend some time with Santa.

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Castle Noel

Admission to Castle Noel in Medina is approx. $30/person.

  • Open: Year-round (except Jan 15 – Feb 15). Hours vary per season and days of the week. See the website below for the current schedule.
  • Location: (Map It) 260 S. Court St. in Medina, Ohio
  • Phone:  330-721-NOEL (6635) or 440-453-5889
  • Web: Castle Noel

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Miracle in Medina

Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio:  Hollywood meets Christmas …in an old church in a quaint town. It is America’s largest year-round indoor Christmas entertainment attraction.  Mark Klaus (It’s all in the name) and his wife, Dana, have created a wonderland. It features authentic props from Hollywood Christmas movies, including Elf, Grinch, Christmas Vacation, and many other holiday classics. It even has Eddy’s infamous RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Other delights are unique structures like Santa’s Squeeze simulating the feeling of going down a chimney.  There’s even a two-story slide coming down Santa Clause Mountain, a replica of the slide from the movie A Christmas Story.  There is also Toy Land, which allows people to relive childhood by revisiting favorite toys from the Christmas past. And there’s multi-millions of dollars worth of stunning Christmas displays from New York City stores.  All this and much more wait for your Xmas celebration anytime.

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Lorena Sternwheeler

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

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

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Christmas Candlelighting at Roscoe Village

Admission to Christmas Candlelighting at Roscoe Village is free.

Christmas Candlelighting at Roscoe Village:  Historic Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony.  Share in the Christmas tree tradition and participate in lighting your candle as “Silent Night” is heard throughout the crowd.  Throughout the day, guests can enjoy art with Santa, strolling carolers, candlelight tours, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies, and many other holiday festivities.

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Christmas Lights at Clifton Mill

Admission to the Christmas Lights at Clifton Mill is approx. $15/person.

  • When: Day after Thanksgiving through December
  • Location: (Map It) 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-767-5501
  • Web: click here

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

Christmas Lights at Clifton Mill features a winter wonderland with over 3.6 million Christmas lights!  The tranquil setting along the Little Miami River is, with the flip of a switch, transformed into a brilliant, dazzling display of lights, sights, and sounds from every direction to create the Annual Clifton Mill Outdoor Lighting Display.  The extraordinary extravaganza runs nightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. until January 1. The mill is the largest remaining water-powered gristmill in the United States and stands five stories tall. Step into the Millrace Restaurant to rest, have a steaming cup of delicious hot chocolate, and snack.

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Lebanon Blues Festival

Admission to the Lebanon Blues Festival in Lebanon, Ohio, is free.

  • When: August 2 & 3, 2024 (always the first Saturday in August and the Friday night before)
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Lebanon, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-228-3103
  • Web: click here

The Lebanon Blues Festival is presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club. It 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 than 150 classic automobiles. Browse the downtown specialty shops for gifts and antique treasures during “Old Fashioned Bargain Days.”  Come out and enjoy the “Blues, BBQ & Bumpers.” there will also be a 5K Blues Run along the new bike trail.

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Christmas in the Village Home Tour

tipp-homes-tourTipp City’s Christmas in the Village Home Tour costs $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour.

  • When:  Usually the first Saturday in December from 12 – 5pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Tipp City, Ohio
  • Web: click here

Welcome to The Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour. Nestled in Southwest Ohio, Tipp City is a jewel of a town in rural Miami County.  At the Holidays they throw their doors wide open and encourage guests to visit their historic downtown and tour the fancifully decorated homes on the Christmas in the Village Home Tour. The tour is held on the first Saturday of each December.

Whether you are a couple looking for design ideas or a group of pals kicking off to the Season, you are welcome to come to explore. Each home will reveal the charm and traditions of the homeowners’ own Holiday displays, as well as stunning tabletops designed by members of DSID, the Dayton region’s professional design organization. Entertainers will stroll the streets, keeping toes tapping as you visit homes at your own pace. All profits benefit local charities. Buy tickets online through the link above.

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Christmas in Zoar Village

Admission to Christmas in Zoar Village is approx. $10/person.

  • When: December 7, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) 198 Main St. in Zoar, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-874-3011, Toll Free 1-800-262-6195
  • Web: click here

Christmas in Zoar Village showcases an old-fashioned Christmas with naturally decorated historic house museums and visits from the traditional German Belsnickle and Krist Kind. Snacks and meals are available throughout the village, from craftspersons making delicious treats to church groups offering full meals or the local restaurant providing a buffet.

American Folk and Craft Artists fill the historic schoolhouse, the number one house offering unique Christmas gifts and décor. The historic blacksmith and tinsmith shops feature local artisans producing wares the old-fashioned way. The dairy and kitchen operate as they did 200 years ago and offer a sample of the foods they made in Zoar. The meeting house is filled with music from local high school, amateur, and professional music groups all day.

The main attraction at the event is the tree lighting in the garden. This event starts at the meeting house with a candlelight service, continues with a procession to the garden, and culminates with the tree lighting.

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Fredericktown Tomato Show

Admission to the Fredericktown Tomato Show is free.

  • When: September 4 – 7, 2024 (Held the Wed-Sat after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Web: click here

The Fredericktown Tomato Show is a community-wide street fair in Fredericktown, Ohio. The event features exhibits of various items such as tomato products, needlework, flower arrangements, and photography. The fest also has two parades, rides, and a craft show. A plate auction is also held. Other featured events are the big wheel race, Little Miss Tomato contest, bathtub races, stage entertainment, and a tomato toss.

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Christmas of Yesteryear

Admission to the Christmas of Yesteryear is free.

  • When: December 7, 2024, from 11am – 4pm
  • Where: (Map It) The Ross Center at 201 North Main Street in Sidney, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-498-1653
  • Web: click here

Children will decorate gingerbread houses, make ornaments, and enjoy popcorn and chestnuts roasted over an open fire. There will also be wooding demonstrations, a toy train display, and more! San will also be on hand, and a will be on hand for photos.

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Marion Popcorn Festival

Admission to the Marion Popcorn Festival in Marion, Ohio, is free.

  • When: September 5 – 7, 2024, from 11am – Midnight (Always the Thrs – Sat after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Marion, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-387-FEST or 740-387-3378
  • Web: click here

The Marion Popcorn Festival has a lot poppin’. For starters, it’s claimed to be the largest popcorn festival in the world and attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually. It’s no wonder the American Bus Association named it one of the top 100 events in North America. The free entertainment has included headlining bands, a parade, a bike tour, a 5k run, fine arts and crafts, Kiddie Korner, and an over-50 softball tournament. There are numerous rides and activities for the whole family.

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Black Swamp Arts Festival

Admission to the Black Swamp Arts Festival is free.

  • When: September 6 – 8, 2024 (always the first weekend after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) 100 S Main St. in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Phone: 877-865-6082
  • Web: click here

Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green is a three-day experience featuring free concerts and fine art shows at Ohio’s largest free music festival. The Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) connects art and the community.

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Clinton County Corn Festival

Admission to the Clinton County Corn Festival is free.

  • When: September 6 – 8, 2024 (Always the weekend after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Clinton County Fairgrounds at 958 W. Main St. in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-383-Korn
  • Web: click here

Clinton County Corn Festival is a bushel of fun for everyone. This family-fun event was started over 40 years ago by the Antique Power Club. Enjoy seeing the steam bellow from antique tractors, partake in the skillet and rolling pin toss, or pie-eating and tug-of-war competitions. Watch the crosscut saw competition. The big events you won’t want to miss are the Corn Olympics complete with outhouse races, the tractor pulls, and the evening concert. There is plenty of antiques, crafts, a flea market, and food booths offering corn on the cob or course as well as delicious pork and steak sandwiches, ice cream, and all your fair favorite foods and drinks.

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Christmas Ranch

Admission to Christmas Ranch is approx. $30 – 50/vehicle.

  • Open: It is open from after Thanksgiving – January 1st on Thursday – Sunday from 6 – 10pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 3205 South Waynesville Road in Morrow, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-697-2640
  • Web: www.thechristmasranch.com

The Christmas Ranch:  With over 350,000 lights synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology, The Christmas Ranch’s “The Gift of Lights” display is a spectacular experience.  The Christmas Ranch sprawls over five acres and includes a scenic drive-thru route that leads you to a magical Christmas Village.  Meander through the twinkling town and stop in the barn for hot chocolate before heading out to watch the Jingle Bell Show.  Take a stroll through a forest of giant animated Christmas trees that twirl with 15,000 synchronized lights, or dance along with dozens of Santa’s and Snowmen that bop and spin to the sounds of Bing Crosby, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and traditional holiday tunes.  A portion of the entrance fee to “The Gift of Lights” will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati.

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Columbus Oktoberfest

Admission to Columbus Oktoberfest is free, but parking is approx $10.

  • When: September 6 – 8, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Ohio Expo Center and Ohio State Fairgrounds (Natural Resource, Commercial Pavilion area) in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-444-5908
  • Web: click here

Columbus Oktoberfest in Columbus, Ohio, celebrates decades of fabulous food, frothy beverages, lively polkas, and much more. Two entertainment halls, an arts and crafts area, a children’s area, COSI on Wheels, polka contests, a cream puff eating contest, and a display of the Columbus Historical Society are just some of the festivities to expect.

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Lithopolis Honeyfest

Lithopolis Honeyfest admission, parking, and shuttle are free.

  • When: September 6 & 7, 2024 (Fri & Sat after Labor Day) from 3-7pm and 10am-7pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Along Columbus Street in the village center of Lithopolis, Ohio (20 minutes southeast of Columbus)
  • Phone: 614-829-7355
  • Web: www.lithopolishoneyfest.com

The Lithopolis Honeyfest celebrates National Honey Month at Ohio’s only honey festival. Experience the science and art of apiculture (beekeeping) in a robust atmosphere of art, music, food, fun, and people. With the involvement of honeybee associations, this event is seen as a component in preserving apiculture. Learn about beekeeping and honey. Don’t miss the bee beard and honey extracting, observation hives, and the opportunity to sample different types of honey. Come hungry for delicious honey-made food and treat yourself to tasting in the Meade and Wine Garden. Browse the works of fine-quality artisans and crafters while listening to the sounds of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Swing, Folk, and Gospel music. Create kids’ crafts in the Busy Beehive, buy an entry to the Honey Cook-off Sale, and meet the American Honey Princess. There’s also free parking and shuttle service.

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Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Various event tickets to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, start at approx. $50.

  • When: October 1 – 6, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Chagrin Falls, Ohio (see website for various venue locations)
  • Phone: 440-247-1591
  • Web: click here

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories.  The Festival is a five-day celebration of the art of documentary film at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls and its picturesque downtown, complete with a waterfall. This inspiring event has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50” for several years. It draws audiences from all over the region, country, and world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

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Milford Frontier Days

Admission to Milford Frontier Days is free (rides and some activities require tickets).

  • When: May 30 – June 1, 2024 (usually the first weekend in June that includes Saturday)
  • Location: (Map It) American Legion grounds at 450 Victor Stier Dr. in downtown Milford, Ohio
  • Call: 513-831-2411
  • Web: click here

Frontier 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 the cotton candy to craft booths.

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Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Admission to the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta, Ohio, is free.

  • When: September 6 – 8, 2024 (Always the Fri – Sun after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Ohio River Levee at Front and Greene Streets in Marietta, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-288-2577
  • Web: click here

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta, Ohio:  Enjoy a weekend of family fun. Entertainment, fireworks, and more than 30 Sternwheelers docked along the levee in historic downtown Marietta. Three days of music with national entertainers, a car show, a Sternwheel pageant, fantastic food, children’s activities, and Sternwheeler races. Visitors can walk to dozens of shops, cafes, restaurants, and world-class museums throughout downtown and Historic Harmar Village.

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Ohio Gourd Show

Admission to the Ohio Gourd Show starts at approximately $5/person.

The Ohio Gourd Show in Delaware, Ohio:  This unique event brings together many of the most outstanding gourd artists and craftspersons from across the nation, exhibiting their finest work in competition and for sale. The show also features workshops in gourd crafting, trade shows, children’s activities, demonstrations, music, and thousands of dry gourds for sale.

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Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Admission to Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is free.

  • When: September 7 & 8, 2024 (Usually the Sat & Sun after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-602-CORN
  • Web: click here

The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival in Beavercreek, Ohio:  Hop over to Beavercreek and see what’s poppin’. According to the American Bus Association, this event was one of the top 100 events in North America. With it comes popcorn sculpture, popcorn showers, and other popcorn specialties. It also features a 300+ unit parade, balloon rally, and nationally recognized entertainment.

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Paul Bunyan Show

Admission to the Paul Bunyan Show is approx. $10-15/person.

  • When: October 4 – 6, 2024, on Friday & Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Always the first Fri-Sun in Oct).
  • Location: (Map It) Guernsey County Fairgrounds at 335 Old National Rd in (Old Washington) Cambridge, Ohio (Exit 186 off of I-70).
  • Phone: 888-388-7337
  • Web: click here

The Paul Bunyan Show in Cambridge, Ohio, is one of the nation’s largest and oldest forest industry shows. Show attendees will see more than 130 exhibits representing all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. Representatives will be on-site to showcase equipment, manpower, and the dedication that has made the industry what it is today. Lumberjack entertainment and competitions will take place throughout the weekend and numerous educational sessions on topics ranging from logging equipment safety and maintenance to the history and restoration of the bald eagle in Ohio to Ohio’s edible mushrooms. Visitors to the show will not want to leave without trying an official Bunyan Burger, a 14 oz Angus burger with all the trimmings.

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Christmas Train Displays

Ohio Christmas Train Displays – Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

xmas-entertrainmentEnterTRAINment Junction, the location of the world’s largest indoor train display, offers a separate, FREE holiday train display throughout December just inside its doors.

The seasonal celebration creates a holiday glow families will never forget with, among other things, lights and decorations, holiday music, free Christmas train layouts, a re-telling of Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol, and a memorable journey to the North Pole to see Santa and his workshop. The best part is that it’s all inside!…so families cannot endure cold or miserable winter weather. It’s all part of the total entertainment experience awaiting children, teens, parents, and grandparents at the ONLY train-themed entertainment center on the planet, with 80,000 square feet of holiday fun all under one roof. However, the main train display requires admission.

There is much to see and do at the Christmas At EnterTRAINment Junction. First, visitors enter EnterTRAINment Junction’s beautiful 1930s-era Main Street cityscape, all decked out in a warm ambiance of holiday lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, gift packages, colorful bunting, and more. Carolers will perform periodically. Main Street also has a sidewalk café, gift shop, and several party rooms for special events.

Just off Main Street is the FREE Holiday Trains display in the Expo Center. Here, visitors will find three unique train layouts, including a Lionel train display initially exhibited at the popular Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. A G-scale (large-scale) train display also features the ever-popular Dept. 56 buildings and villages. Plus, a third train display (also G-scale) is set against a beautiful winter wonderland backdrop and was created by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society members.

Also off Main Street is the new Junction Hobbies just in time for great holiday shopping! Trains, Thomas, and Toys greet visitors to this large (5,000 square feet) retail store, offering thousands of top-of-the-line products and supplies from the biggest names in the hobby industry. Shoppers will find, among other things, G-scale and HO-scale trains and accessories along with the Midwest’s largest selection of doll houses and miniatures, a huge selection of the ever-popular Thomas The Train merchandise, PLAYMOBIL products, and much more.

Main Street, the Expo Center Holiday Trains, and the new Junction Hobbies store are all FREE to the public.

entertrainment-entryDon’t miss the Christmas Journey.

Christmas Journey is two holiday “journeys” or “walk-through” experiences for families that share the good times of Christmas past.

A Christmas Carol transports visitors to the time of Charles Dickens, where they become part of his classic holiday story in this interactive journey. It features period holiday music, theatrical lighting, and the decor of the season. Authentic period costumes, memorable characters, and beautiful decorations greet visitors as they experience the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a way not seen before.

Visitors are immersed in the heart of Victorian England as they enter Scrooge’s musty manor house. Here, they are met by period-costumed guides who act as storytellers on an adventure through Dickens’ tale. The guides play multiple roles in this updated version of the story and, at times, even get the guests involved in the action.

Along the journey, which takes 8-10 minutes, visitors experience the London of the early 1800s, with alleyways, wrought iron fencing, and flickering gas lights. During the journey, guests are visited by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future (presented in a unique, fun, and unexpected fashion) as they wind their way through Scrooge’s counting house, Bob Cratchit’s home, and a cemetery with weeping willows.

entertrainment-hotelThen, it’s off to Journey To The North Pole, where visitors become wrapped in an amazing winter wonderland and embark on a memorable family voyage through snowy landscapes and frosted ice caves on the way to the North Pole and Santa’s Village. Along the way, they encounter a vortex of snow and an Evergreen forest with animated animals. Finally, visitors arrive at an imaginative North Pole village with a post office, a sleigh house, a reindeer barn, and an elves’ workshop where Santa’s helpers are busy making toys. At last visitors discover Santa’s House, all trimmed in holiday colors and lights. They meet Mrs. Claus, who has been baking all day and offers children a fresh cookie. Then, down the hall and into a study, there he is – jolly ol’ Santa himself, awaiting children to listen to what they want for Christmas.

The award-winning EnterTRAINment Junction is home to the world’s largest indoor model train display (25,000 square feet, 90 trains, two miles of track), a giant kids’ interactive play area, the American Railroading Museum, an expo center, and seasonal walk-throughs decorated for the holidays.

EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio, off I-75 at Tylersville Rd. exit (#22). For more information, call (513) 898-8000 or (877) 898-4656, or visit www.entertrainmentjunction.com for hours and costs.

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Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival

Admission to the Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms is approx. $5/adult, $2 for ages 3-12.

  • When: September 7, 14, 21 in 2024 (3 Saturdays in a row) from 10am – 10pm
  • Location: (Map It) Freshwater Farms of Ohio at 2624 N US Hwy 68 in Urbana, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-652-3701 or 800-634-7434
  • Web: click here

Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms in Urbana:  Celebrate Ohio’s freshwater shrimp harvest. Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, games, and activities for the whole family. Explore live displays of fish, frogs, turtles, and other native critters. Swing by the fish farm market to taste gourmet smokes and trout products. Participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone, and their famous sturgeon pool, where guests can pet Ohio’s largest native fish. Stuff yourself in the Shrimp Peeling & Eating Contest, take home a souvenir t-shirt, and enjoy the country atmosphere at the farm. Freshly harvested shrimp will be for sale beginning Saturday morning at 10am.

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Toledo Jeep Fest

Admission to the Toledo Jeep Fest is free.

The Toledo Jeep Fest attracts Jeep enthusiasts from near and far to downtown Toledo, Ohio. Visitors celebrate the Jeep life and vehicles in the city where the Jeep was invented. Enjoy a grand parade of Jeeps and large-scale vendor Midway.

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Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival and Train Meet

bradford-railroadAdmission to the Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival and Train Meet is approx $5/adult and $3/child age three and older.

  • When: June 1, 2024 (Always the first Saturday in June) from 10am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) 200 N Miami Avenue in Bradford, Ohio, at the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum on the corner of Main & Miami. Historic BF Tower is at 501 E Main
  • Phone: 937-552-2196
  • Web: www.bradfordrrmuseum.org

The Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival and Train Meet feature Garden Guage and N Scale suitcase train layouts, a Thomas the Train children’s ride, and the Carillon Park portable train ride. There are also Ohio motor pool vintage military vehicles, including a D-Day remembrance with vehicles from WWII through the Gulf War, plus 101st Airborne Re-enactors. In addition, there’s a drone race, Thomas The Train Play Area, hobo signs and crafts, railroad and historical displays.

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.

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Holmes County Antique Festival

Admission to Holmes County Antique Festival is free.

  • When: October 5 & 6, 2024 (held the 5th weekend after Labor Day) from 9am – 9pm and 10am – 6pm, respectively.
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Downtown Millersburg, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-674-6781
  • Web: click here

Holmes County Antique Festival in Millersburg, Ohio:  The festival features a Classic Car Parade, Firemen’s Parade, and Grand Parade. In addition, there are 25-30 Antique Dealers, Arts and Crafts, a 5-K Run, Antiques, continuous entertainment, and great food. Take a walking trip through the village and view the Downtown Window Museum, shop in unique stores, then tour the Victorian House and enjoy the beautiful Fall season in Holmes County.

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Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival

Admission to the Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, is a nominal fee.

  • When: October 5 & 6, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) 333 Lafayette Dr. NW in Canal Fulton, Ohio
  • Web:  click here

The Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival is a walk down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz for fans to celebrate the iconic film. There are many activities for all ages and plenty of artisans and food trucks.  Enjoy the fantasy before you click your heels to go home.

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Portsmouth Oktoberfest

Admission info for the Portsmouth Oktoberfest is provided through the website below.

The Portsmouth Oktoberfest provides plenty of frothy fall fun. The beer flows, the food delights and the live music is ever-present. More than 20 breweries offer their best brews. Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the night away.

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Woollybear Festival

Admission to Woollybear Festival in Vermilion is free.

  • When: October 2024 date to be confirmed, from 9am-5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Vermilion, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-967-4477
  • Web: click here

Woollybear Festival in Vermilion, Ohio:  Everyone knows about Ground Hog Day, but a fuzzy little critter in Vermilion will forecast how severe of a winter Ohio can expect before it even starts – or so they say. The Woollybear is a fuzzy caterpillar. If the black band on the critter’s brown back is wide, get ready for lots of white stuff to fall from the sky. Well, this festival pays tribute to the Woollybear with its annual weather forecast, parade, wooly bear races and many contests, arts and crafts, and additional entertainment for the whole family.

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Twins Days Festival

Admission to Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg is approximately $4/person.

  • When: August 2 – 4, 2024 (usually the first full weekend in August)
  • Location: (Map It) Twinsburg, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-425-3652
  • Web: http://www.twinsdays.org/

Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, is the world’s largest annual gathering of twins. Officials estimate that 2,000 sets of twins appear every year. Now, that’s got to be quite a sight. Twins from around the world participate in a parade appropriately named the Double-Take Parade, which has been nationally televised. Other activities include entertainment, fireworks, and contests.

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Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Admission to the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is approx. $45/adult.

  • When: August 2 & 3, 2024, from Noon – 9pm each day (always the first Friday and Saturday in August)
  • Where: (Map It) Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Call: 440-466-4417
  • Web: click here

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival: While Vintage Ohio by Ohio Wine Producers Association at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland, 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 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. Ohio wineries produce over 150 varieties at this event, 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.

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Algonquin Mill Fall Festival

Admission to the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival is approx. $10/vehicle.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024, from 9am – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 234 Autumn Road S.W., Carrollton, Ohio, five miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.
  • Phone: 330-627-5910
  • Web: click here
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Algonquin Mill Fall Festival visitors can step back in time as they explore Algonquin Mill’s log cabins, an antique print shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a bookstore, and a stagecoach inn. Steam-driven flouring saws and shingle mills allow visitors to learn about life in the pioneer era. In addition, there are demonstrations in chair caning, wood carving, broom making, chain-saw carving, candle dipping, rug making, and weaving.

Enjoy a pork-and-sauerkraut dinner, bean soup, chili, and more. The Carroll County Historical Society sells 9,000 pounds of sauerkraut each year. The historical society also sells apple butter, maple syrup, stone-ground cornmeal, and buckwheat flour. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, visitors can listen to country, bluegrass, and gospel music. On Friday, high-school bands and choirs will perform. Children will enjoy miniature train rides, miniature barn raising, pony rides, and farm animals. Carroll County artifacts and genealogical information will be on display, as well as antique farm tools.

Train enthusiasts will love the New York Central railroad station, complete with an HO model train. An art and photography show features the work of local artists and photographers. A church service will be held in the schoolhouse on Sunday at 8 a.m. The Algonquin Mill Fall Festival provides a beautiful outing for everyone.

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Ashville 4th Of July Celebration

Admission to the Ashville 4th Of July Celebration is free.

Ashville 4th of July Celebration:  For more than 80 years, families have gathered to celebrate a day of freedom at this festival. For the first couple of days, the party begins with some good old fashioned food, fun, and entertainment. Ashville’s 4th of July Celebration is famous for its colossal fish sandwiches and Triple Treat Shows. But the real show is on the 4th. To kick off the big day, the festival starts with a Grand Parade. Throughout the afternoon there’s entertainment, food, and contests. And of course, as for a grand finale, there is a firework show.

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Y Bridge Arts Festival

Admission to the Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville is free.

  • When: August 2 & 3, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Zanesville, Ohio, at the Secrest Auditorium Complex.
  • Web: click here

Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville, Ohio, hosts approximately 75 visual artists, 25 performing artists/dance troupes, and two primetime bands on Friday and Saturday. Artists are found in outdoor tents and indoor booths at the Secrest Welcome Center Heritage Room.

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Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Car Show

lancaster-old-car-showAdmission to the Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Car Show & Swap Meet is Free (Parking on grounds approx. $5.00).

  • When: June 1 & 2, 2024   
  • Location: (Map It) On the grounds of the Historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds at 157 East Fair Avenue in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Web: click here

Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Car Show & Swap Meet: The show is open to all makes and models, including muscle cars, old motorcycles, trucks, and fire trucks. Saturday is the Swap Meet and Cruise-in. Sunday is the Swap Meet, Car Show, and judging w/ trophies awarded at 4:00 pm.  Fourteen classes will be judged on Sunday, with three trophies per class (top three / no order). There are also special awards, including a club participation cash award for most participating members. Enjoy good food, refreshments, swap meet, Car Corral, 50/50 drawing both days, flea market, and Women’s World (flea market area with jewelry, crafts, and miscellaneous items). Sunday Worship Services, (non-denominational).

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Cardboard Boat Regatta

Admission to the New Richmond on the Ohio Cardboard Boat Regatta is Free.

  • When: August 3, 2024 (race is Saturday at 1pm)
  • Location: (Map It) New Richmond, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-403-1675
  • Web: click here

The New Richmond on the Ohio Cardboard Boat Regatta – The Annual New Richmond Race is a wild time. Over 70 wild, wacky, and crafty cardboard boats take to the water for racing competitions. Don’t miss the fun along the Ohio River in New Richmond, Ohio. As the event creators say, “Cardboard & water…what could possibly go wrong?” Also, check out the Cardboard Boat Museum.

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All Horse Parade

Admission to Delaware All Horse Parade is free.

  • When: September 8, 2024, starting at 3pm
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Delaware, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-272-7636
  • Web: click here

The All Horse Parade in Delaware, Ohio:  Okay, no horsing around; this special parade kicks off the annual Delaware County Fair. Hundreds of horses participate, and many pull vintage memorabilia from Yesteryear, including a horse-drawn milk wagon, sleigh, carriage, fire engine, mail coach, and even a Hearse. The horses come in all sizes, shapes colors, and breeds.

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Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days

Admission to Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days is free.

  • When: August 3 & 4, 2024 (Always the first Saturday & Sunday in August)
  • Location: (Map It) 352 Cherry Street in Gnadenhutten, Ohio Historical Park and Museum
  • Phone: 330-691-1474

Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days:  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.

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Bob Evans Farm Festival

Admission to the Bob Evans Farm Festival is approx. $5-10/person.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024 (Always starts on the second Friday in October) from 9am-5pm.
  • Location: (Map It)  10854 State Route 588 in Rio Grande, Ohio, at the Bob Evans Farm
  • Phone: 740-245-5305

Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio, at the original Bob Evans Farm:  This celebration of the harvest season attracts thousands with its entertainment, traditional crafts, farm contests, food, children’s activities, and demonstrations.  A weekend of fun for friends and family of all ages, the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers a taste of yesteryear.

During the festival is the only opportunity to see the original farmhouse where it all started. See the original Bob Evans Farm, Restaurant, Homestead, and Museum “down on the farm.” Yes, the original 1,000-acre Bob Evans farm.  Begin your tour with Bob’s first restaurant, The Sausage Shop, and continue to the Homestead Museum, log cabin village, small animal barnyard, quilt barn, and much more. The “Homestead” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where Bob and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children. It used to be a stagecoach stop and inn.

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Dickens Victorian Village

The Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio

Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio, provides a trip back to experience old-world England. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 89 scenes of 180 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society. This innovative public art exhibition can be enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that will engage the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries.

The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench between 6th and 11th Streets. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/Route 40 and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s.

The vignettes are comprised of life-sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces of each character are individually sculpted and painted by local artists. The displays include engaging depictions of classic Dickens-era scenes and figures such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers, and Father Christmas, all posed in active scenes that appear frozen in time.

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Chillicothe Halloween Festival

Admission to the Chillicothe Halloween Festival is free.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024 (Always the second weekend in October)
  • Location: (Map It) Yoctangee Park at Enderlin Circle in Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-702-7677
  • Web: ChillicotheHalloweenFestival.com

The Chillicothe Halloween Festival showcases the fun of the Fall and Halloween season. The festival takes place annually on the second weekend of October. It allows patrons to enjoy a haunted attraction, inflatables for kids, unique items from vendors, and their favorite festival foods. Entertainment continues throughout the weekend with live bands on the stage. The festival’s signature contest is the soapbox derby-style “Coffin Races,” where participants race their homemade coffins to win cash prizes. The festival is centered around enjoying the season in a family-friendly atmosphere, and every year features new activities for families.

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Medina Kids Day of Safety & Play

Admission to Medina Kids Day of Safety & Play on the Square is free.

Medina Kids Day of Safety & Play on the Square:  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.

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Ohio Valley Frontier Days

Admission to the Ohio Valley Frontier Days: $6/person age 13 and over; $3/person age 6-12; under age six free.

  • When: June 1 & 2, 2024, from 10-6 and 11-4, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Steubenville, Ohio (120 South Third Street)
  • Phone: 740-283-1787
  • Web: click here

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, storytellers, artists, crafters, and visitors of all ages for its family-friendly Festival. Within the picket walls, the 1st American Regiment set up camp and demonstrated 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 activities that bring the past to life. All buildings, including the First Federal Land Office, are open for tours. Meet the blacksmith, bucket maker, candle makers, and others who demonstrate 18th & 19th-century skills. Crafts, food, and music – including award-winning Ohio singer-songwriter Steve Free – make this a weekend the whole family will want to experience.

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Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow

Admission to the Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow: $10/adult, $6/child, Pre-school age Free

  • When: September 13 – 15, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds at 23270 Wally Road in Loudonville, Ohio 44842
  • Phone: 800-766-2267
  • Web: www.mohicanpowwow.com

The Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow:  A past top-100 event in the USA by the American Bus Association. Learn Native American cultures and lifestyles through live music, dancing, drum competitions, storytelling, tomahawk throwing, and fire-starting demonstrations. In addition, there are artisans, craftsmen, traders, and plenty of food. It is held rain or shine.

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Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit

Admission to the Kirtland Nativity Exhibit is free.

  • When: December Monday – Saturday.
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Kirtland Village at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-256-9805
  • Web: click here

The Historic Kirtland Nativity exhibit in Kirtland, Ohio, features 620 loaned nativity crèches, thousands of lights, and sacred Christmas music. Among hundreds of nativities loaned by area, residents are representations from about 30 countries depicting how cultures around the globe celebrate Christmas. For instance, the exhibit features a Croatian nativity initially created by a refugee in an Australian camp at the end of World War II. A miniature nativity exhibit features examples of primitive art and very detailed paintings and carvings.

The exhibit is a past American Bus Association “Top 100 Events in North America” selection. The collection occupies the entire Visitor’s Center of the restored Western Reserve-era village and a one-room schoolhouse next door. Of special interest to families and young children is The Children’s Room, where younger visitors can enjoy child-friendly nativities, dress up in costume, and join a child-size nativity scene for a photo opportunity and an “I spy” seek-and-find activity.

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Pomeroy Rhythm On The River

Meigs-Rhythm-on-the-RiverAdmission to Rhythm On The River is free.

  • When: Fridays in July beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-992-6524 or 1-877-MEIGS-CO

Pomeroy, Ohio’s “Rhythm on the River” is a series of free concerts held on Friday evenings throughout the Summer. Well attended by families and individuals alike, the Rhythm on the River shows are a wonderful way to spend a nice summer eve congregating with friends and neighbors.

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BG Community Fireworks

Admission to the BG Community Fireworks is free.

  • When: Always held on July 3 at about 9:45pm
  • Location: (Map It) Viewing area is at Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd. in Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-353-7945
  • Web: click here

BG Community Fireworks, hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, is an annual celebration of Independence Day featuring fireworks.

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Log Cabin Days

Admission to Log Cabin Days is $5/person (free for kids 12 and younger).

  • When: September 13 & 14, 2024, from 10am – 6pm on Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday, with an early bird breakfast from 1-10am
  • Location: (Map It) 552 State Route 95 in Loudonville, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-368-1015
  • Web: www.hochstetlerloghomes.com

Log Cabin Days is a 2-day family-friendly fun event that all ages will enjoy! Support the American Cancer Society and go on the self-driving Log Home Tour. Visit the exhibit floor and talk with suppliers for all your home needs. Test your skills at axe throwing in the lumberjack demo area. The food tent will be filled with mouth-watering Amish-cooked food. Step back to the time of the steam engines powering a sawmill. Children will enjoy the petting zoo, covered wagon rides, and many other activities that are set up in the Kids Zone.

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Fairborn Heritage Days

Admission to Fairborn Heritage Days is free.

  • When: Always July 3rd from 4pm – 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) Fairborn, Ohio at the Mercer-Smith Log Cabin and other historical locations
  • Phone: 937-609-8112
  • Web: click here

Fairborn Heritage Days in Fairborn, Ohio:  Enjoy a quilt show, garden tours, historical re-enactments, and photo displays, Wright B Flyer simulators, special family activities from Carriage Hill Farm, Carillon Historical Park, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, and the National Park Service. Step back in time with the special events at the Mercer-Smith Log Home. Enjoy the Heritage Picnic Lunch and Ice Cream Social from 3:30 – 7pm at the Fairborn Senior Center. Enjoy Young’s ice cream, explore the rain gardens, take a carriage ride, play yard games, relax to great music. Stroll down Main Street to view more than 100 antique and new quilts on display in the storefronts of 22 participating businesses.

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Marietta Rivers, Trails & Ales Fest

Marietta Rivers Trails Ales FestivalAdmission to the Marietta Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival is free.

  • When: August 8 – 11, 2024 (All day long with events at various times)
  • Location: (Map It) Front Street, Marietta, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-373-5178
  • Web: Click here

The Marietta Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival (RTA Fest) is a down-home celebration of paddling, road & mountain biking, and fine local ales in one of the state’s top destinations for outdoor adventure: Marietta, Ohio!

Enjoy bike-friendly events, including family fun rides, a bike parade, the tortoise & hare race, a town scavenger hunt, and trail rides. Next, paddle down the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers and through the hand-operated locks during one of the casual trips or races. Don’t forget to build your raft for the Mighty Muskingum River Raft Race!

After a long day of outdoor adventure, kick back and enjoy live music and locally crafted brews around historic downtown Marietta.

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Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience

Admission to Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience starts at approx. $40/person (reservations required).

  • When: The week before Thanksgiving – Christmas Eve
  • Where: (Map It) Tower City Center at 230 W. Huron Rd in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-855-MRKRINGLE (675-7464)
  • Web:  click here

Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in downtown Cleveland:  Discover how holiday memories are made with an immersive adventure through Mr. Kringle’s top-secret laboratory! Become an elf-in-training and help Kringle’s elite team as they prepare for the holiday season. Learn about the engineering design process as you invent your toy to show Mr. Kringle. This STEM-accredited experience will spark the imaginations of children and adults alike! Guests are encouraged to wear pajamas or festive outfits for the most memorable experience.

Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience entertains diverse families worldwide and boasts one of the “Best Santas in the U.S.,” according to TIME.com.

Accolades: “This was the best Santa experience ever. Looking at the sparkle in my kids’ eyes (especially my six-year-old son) as they listened intently to the characters made my husband lean over and say in my ear, “Totally worth it.”

“The best day of my life,” my six-year-old daughter called it. The experience was awesome for her. Everyone was very cheerful and kid-friendly.

“It just gets better every year!! We traveled from Chicago again this year and weren’t disappointed! The Characters are outstanding and make the whole experience truly memorable and believable. We had an eight-year-old with us this year who was on the brink of not believing anymore, but after going through the Inventionasium, he spent the remainder of our trip making wishes and trying to invent new toys for Mr. Kringle.”

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Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade

lebanon-horse-paradeAdmission to the Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival is free.

  • When: December 7, 2024 (always the first Saturday in December). The Christmas Festival is from 10am – 8pm and the Horse-Drawn Carriage Parades are held at 1pm and 7pm (candlelit).
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-932-1100
  • Web: click here

Known as the Lebanon Horse Parade, the Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival in Lebanon, Ohio, is hosted by The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce. The Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival is always held on the first Saturday in December. There will be two horse-drawn carriage parades: a daylight parade at 1 pm and the traditional candlelight parade at 7 pm.  Festivities continue to grow and are sure to include gift and food vendors stationed along E. Mulberry Street, Christmas carolers, traveling bell choir, storytelling, Paso Fino Horse Demonstrations, musical entertainment, train ride to the North Pole on the North Pole Express visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, street characters, and extended business hours for our 80-plus antique and specialty stores.  This is a free family event!

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Ohio Pawpaw Festival

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Admission to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival is $15 for a one-day pass or $30 for a weekend pass (senior/military rate is $10 and $20, respectively). Kids 12 and younger get in free.

  • When: September 13 – 15, 2024, from 4pm – Midnight on Friday, 10am – Midnight on Saturday, and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.
  • Location: (Map It) Lake Snowden (5900 US 50) in Albany, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-878-9767 or email pawpawfest@gmail.com
  • Web: www.ohiopawpawfest.com/

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio, features pawpaw food, craft beer, education, history, art, competitions, sustainable living workshops, live music, and kids’ activities. The fest celebrates the pawpaw (Asimina triloba), North America’s largest native tree fruit.  The fun includes contests for the best pawpaw, the best pawpaw-related work of art, a pawpaw cook-off, and the pawpaw-eating contest.

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Olde Thyme Herb Fair

Admission to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival is free (fee for parking).

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024, from 10am – 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) 817 Tater Ridge Rd in West Union, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-544-8252 or 877-232-6764
  • Web: Click here

The Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Festival in West Union and Adams County, Ohio, is a fall harvest festival featuring herbs and herbal products. There are usually about 150 crafters and artisans and plenty of classes, entertainment, and fresh foods. Don’t forget to launch a pumpkin from the pumpkin cannon while you’re there.

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Oxford Wine Festival

Purchase tickets in advance to the Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival for $20.00 – Includes five tasting tickets and a tasting glass. Tickets on the day of the event are $25.00 at the door. The cost is subject to change.

  • When: June 1, 2024, from 2pm to 10pm
  • Location: (Map It) Uptown Parks, Oxford, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-523-5200

Oxford Wine & Craft Beer Festival in Oxford, Ohio:  Enjoy charming Uptown Oxford for a full day of international wine tastings, a beer garden, artisans, live music, and a taste of Oxford cuisine.  Oxford is home to Miami University.

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Lights Before Christmas


Admission to the Lights Before Christmas is approx. more than $30/person plus parking.

  • When: Late November thru December, from 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Location: (Map It) at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-385-4040
  • Web: www.toledozoo.org/lights

Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas annual celebration has become “THE” holiday tradition in Toledo and northwest Ohio. The “Big Tree” is an 85-foot spruce decorated with more than 35,000 energy-saving LED bulbs illuminating the night sky.

The Lights Before Christmas display features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images. Other traditions continuing at Lights this year include the Ice Slide with Winter Village, ice carvings, live animal encounters, and, of course, Santa. New this year is the Talking Tree, which leads a short holiday sing-along and features more cold-weather animals than ever before. Lights would not be without the Zoo’s famous hot chocolate, homemade fudge, and baked goods.

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Short North Tour of Homes

Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens in Columbus Early Bird Tickets are approx. $20, and day of tour tickets are $25.

  • When: September 15, 2024 (Always the third Sunday in September) from 10am – 4pm (Click web link below to confirm the date, time, and rates)
  • Location: (Map It) Columbus, Ohio’s Short North area
  • Phone: 614-228-2912
  • Web: click here

Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens in Columbus, Ohio:  Victorian Village residents welcome thousands of visitors from across the Midwest to their annual tour of homes and gardens.

Tour and Preview Party proceeds go to fund community activities such as Screen on the Green, Music in the Park, Neil Ave planters, local grants, and more.  This beautiful area was developed in the late 1800s but fell on hard times in the 1900s as people moved to the suburbs. In 1974, the area was named Victorian Village due to the architectural styles of the century-old homes, and an architectural review commission and neighborhood society were formed. Thus a renaissance began and today this is one of the most desirable communities in Columbus.

It is located between the downtown skyscrapers and the sprawling OSU campus. The eastern boundary of the Victorian Village is the Short North Arts District – reputedly the largest gathering of art galleries between New York and Chicago. There are also many wonderful restaurants and B&Bs in the area.

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Light Up Middletown

Admission to Light Up Middletown is normally free (donations encouraged).

  • When: Thanksgiving thru December. Call to confirm the date of the Balloon Glow (it’s usually the first Tuesday in December from 6-8pm).
  • Location: (Map It) Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue – Art Central District in downtown Middletown, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-422-3030
  • Web: lightupmiddletown.org/

Light Up Middletown in Middletown, Ohio:  About a dozen hot air balloons will illuminate the winter night sky while Light Up Middletown kicks off for the holiday season. Light Up Middletown is a drive-through fantasy light display. Enter via Christmas Tree Lane, through a 40-foot tunnel of lights, around the reflecting pool with floating swans, under the leaping deer, and visit the penguin village and butterfly forest. Special events throughout the season include the Hot Air Balloon Glow and weekend visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus in the historic Lock Tender’s House Museum inside the park. The display expands each year to include new and unusual animated groups. Proceeds from the donations go to improve Middletown Parks.

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A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering

Admission to A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering in Tipp City is free.

  • When: November 9 & 10, 2024 (Always the second Sat & Sun in November) from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and Noon to 6pm on Sunday)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Tipp City, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-667-0883 or 8631
  • Web: click here

A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering in Tipp City, Ohio:  Holiday shopping begins early in downtown Tipp City with the annual Winter’s Gathering. Dozens of shopkeepers introduce new merchandise, and costumed carolers and horse-drawn carriages fill the streets to create an early holiday feel. Downtown Tipp City has many shopping opportunities, including arts and crafts, clothing and antiques, and collectibles.

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