Ohio festivals and events

Arnold Sports Festival

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

  • When: March 1 – 4, 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Multiple locations in Columbus, Ohio but most are held at the Columbus Convention Center and the Ohio Expo Center
  • Web: arnoldsportsfestival.com/usa/

The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In Columbus, Ohio, nearly 200,000 fans will watch an estimated 20,000 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.

Ice Wine Festival

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

  • When: March 3, 10, 17 in 2018 (Always the first three Saturdays in March)
  • Location: (Map It)
  • Phone: 440-466-3485
  • Web: Click here

Grand River Valley Ice Wine Festival: 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. 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.


alumapalooza-airstream-factoryAdmission to Alumapalooza is Free.

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

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

Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival

Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival in Grove City

  • When: Starts in late September and always ends on October 31
    Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to dusk (till 11:00 p.m. for bonfire parties)
  • Location: (Map It) is 9015 London Groveport Rd. in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-878-7980 or call the recorded INFOLINE at 614-878-9462
  • Web: Click here

Grove City Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival:  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, sunflower maze, Fun Hay Barn with slides, Scarecrow Cave, Fodder Lane, petting zoo, weekend entertainment and much more. Private hayrides with bonfire parties are available. There is a full service bakery with many tasty treats including freshly made donuts of all kinds. On the weekends the Pumpkin Cafe is open. Group reservations are requested and walk-ins are welcome.www.circlesfarm.com

Fall Foliage Trains

hocking-trainFares vary for Fall Foliage Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

  • Open Fall Foliage Trains are offered  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: 740-249-1452
  • Web: www.hvsry.org

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 1920’s 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 interesting history of the area and the railway are highlighted by the conductor’s narrative 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.

During the trips, passengers have an opportunity to step off the train and back into time at Robbins Crossing. Instantly, cooking from the nearby wood stove floats an inviting aroma passed your nose. Clanking and clamoring rings out from the fully-operational blacksmith shop. Ladies in period-dress are busy candle making and spinning yarn. Folks gather on porches for some good ole Appalachian-style music dancing off instruments of Yesteryear.

The leisurely visit may be commemorated with a unique purchase at the railway’s Gift Shop and Train Store.

Fall Hayrides

clemet-hayFall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation costs $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children 2 and younger (must sit on adult lap). Cost includes hayride and entertainment.

  • When: Saturday nights from 6 – 10 p.m.
  • 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, on Saturday nights enjoy square dancing for all ages and a hay maze. Other activities include balloon twisting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, crafts and coloring stations. This is one hayride where you’re allowed to throw hay!


HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo

  • 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 weekends of fun. 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, pumpkin patch, spooktacular train ride, scare-ousel, strolling characters, face painting, and mini pumpkin decorating activities.

Haunted Hayride & Black Bog

Haunted Hayride & Black Bog in Lebanon

  • When: Fridays and Saturdays from late September through the end of October
  • Location: (Map It) 6070 Springboro Road in Lebanon, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-748-2272
  • Web: Click here

Haunted Hayride & Black Bog in Lebanon, 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 be sure and take in the evening’s entertainment featuring story-telling by the bon fires. Enjoy the harvest at the on-site concession stand. Pick your own pumpkin and if you are really brave, dare to enter the Black Bog.


hauntvilleAdmission to Hauntville in Elyria is $20-35.

  • When: Late September through October on Thursdays and Sundays 7pm-10pm and Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-Midnight
  • Location: (Map It) 1579 West River Rd. Elyria, Ohio
  • Phone: (440) 655-0016
  • Web Site: www.elyriahauntedhouse.com

Elyria Hauntville is one of Ohio’s scariest haunted houses. Wicked Clowns in 4-D, the first 4-D Haunted House in the state of Ohio. The thrilling new way of to get scared using 4 of your senses. Feel the FEAR….3 Haunted Houses for 1 Low Price! This Haunted House uses new interactive technology combining eye-popping 3-D visual effects. The use of 3D glasses combined with physical and special effects that are all synchronized together. The effect creates an intense, thrilling and exciting new way to get scared! They created an experience full of emotions, exploiting as many senses as possible making it an unforgettable visual and sensory experience.

Lake Eerie Fearfest

Admission to Lake Eerie Fearfest is $25. Ghostly Manor is $15 (Add $10 for fast pass).

  • When: Weekends in October – Friday/Saturday – 7:30PM – Midnight. Sunday – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Halloween – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: (Map It) 3319 US Route 250 in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-626-4467
  • Web: http://www.lakeeeriefearfest.com/

Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio and Lake Erie coast:  This October, four legendary haunts unite with 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 together 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 brought in from around the world, including Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine & Eerie Chateau!  Lake Eerie Fearfest consists of six acres of non-stop haunted action.

Lantern Light Wagon Rides

Cost for Lantern Light Wagon Rides at Bonnybrook Farms is $14/person.

  • When: Saturdays in October from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Location: (Map It) 3779 St. Rt. 132 in Clarksville, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-289-2500
  • Web Site: www.BonnybrookFarms.com

Lantern Light Wagon Rides at Bonnybrook Farms: The Lantern Light Wagon Ride is a family friendly, history based ghost tour. Travel the old stone roads of this historical farm, back to a time when only lanterns lit the way. Trappers, Indians, frontiersmen and pioneer settlers portrayed by professional theater actors tell stories of the Civil War in Ohio 150 years ago at stops along the graveyard, old railway, old ruins along the Underground Railroad and others.  There’s also a spooky Lantern Lit Corn Maze. Enjoy a delicious “made from scratch” farm dinner before the wagon ride at the Farm Kitchen Café or hot chocolate, cider, Kettle Corn and other seasonal foods afterwards, then, gather ’round the campfire for a ghost story.

Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres

scream acres hauntedScream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon

  • When: October on Fridays 6pm until 10pm, Saturdays 1pm until 10pm, Sundays 1pm until 9pm. ScreamAcres opens at dark each night.
  • 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: http://screamacres.com/

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 maize. 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 make their way through straw tunnels. For those with young children there’s a special place – Little Farmers Barnyard. It includes a corn box, mini straw jump and inflatables to enjoy. There’s also a wide array of concessions.

For those who are brave of heart and dared 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!!”

Niederman Farm Fall Festival

Admission to Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival is $11/person. Bonfire reservations required. S’more & food packages for groups.

  • Open: September 22 – October 29, 2017 open on weekends (Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 1-6pm). In October it is also open Wed & Thr from 6pm – 9pm. Mon & Tue available by group reservation only.
  • Location: (Map It) Niederman Family Farm at 4972 LeSourdsville-WestChester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio 45011 (between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio)
  • Phone: 513-779-6184
  • Web: http://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com
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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, bring your family, school group, church group, scout troop, Mom’s club, or just yourself.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance FestivalTickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival are $22.50/person age 13+ and $9.50/kids age 5-12 and $20.50/senior.

  • When: Saturdays & Sundays from September 2 – October 29, 2017 plus Labor Day. Hours are from 10:30am – 6:00pm, rain or shine.
  • Location: (Map It) Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio (conveniently located between Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus in Warren County on State Route 73 between I-71 and I-75)
  • Phone: 513-897-7000
  • Web: http://www.renfestival.com/

The Ohio Renaissance Festival is at Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio:  This Ohio premier family event features 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, handmade arts and crafts abound in the authentically recreated 30-acre 16th Century English village.

Old West Pumpkin Fest

old-west-pumpkinfestAdmission to Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch is $11 per person.

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

The Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch in Columbia Station, Ohio:  Toddlers, adolescents, young families and Grandma’s and Grandpa’s 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 own 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 long 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!

Portsmouth River Days

Admission to Portsmouth River Days in Portsmouth, Ohio is free.

  • When: August 31 – September 3, 2017 (Always Thursday – Sunday during Labor Day weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Court Street Landing in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-357-5059
  • Web: http://portsmouthriverdays.org/

Portsmouth River Days in Portsmouth, Ohio is an annual family-oriented event that features a parade, arts and crafts. Free entertainment takes the stage each night. There are also midway rides, an antique car show, great food and lots more. It ends with a fireworks display.

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm

Admission to Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm market area is free. “Fun Center”/ Corn Maze cost $7/person (extra for wagon rides).

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, and interesting display of antiques and observation beehive.  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 shell and decorative gourds.  Young and young-at-heart will have a great time 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 come visit and bring your camera to capture some of those special memories! See website for scheduling school, birthday and group outings.

Dublin Irish Festival

dublin ohio irish festivalAdmission to the Dublin Irish Festival is $15/person but discounts are available online (Free admission for children 12 and younger). 

  • When: August 4 – 6, 2017 (30 year anniversary) Friday from 4pm – Midnight; Saturday from 11am – Midnight; Sunday from 11am – 9pm
  • 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: http://dublinirishfestival.org/

The Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio:  Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. For more than 29 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what 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 http://dublinirishfestival.org/entertainment/.  For more information, visit www.dublinirishfestival.org.

Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch

spooky-ranchAdmission to Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch ranges from $20 – 25 package options.

  • 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 premiere haunted event located 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 absolutely entertained. ” Not your Ordinary boring hayride.” There’s terror and suspense at every turn” A Hollywood theatrical production with scenes, sets and special effects seen nowhere else on the world. There’s a Thirty foot tall fire breathing creatures, 18 foot wingspan animated monsters, monsters that pick up the whole wagon & shakes 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 life like you stepped inside a scary movie or video game. Await the anticipation of crazed, psycho, frightful clowns.

Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts

Admission to Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts is $18 per person.

  • When: By reservation only from September through October at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Location: (Map It) Zoar, OH 44697 – 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.

Come be a part of history this year 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 seeking 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 buildings the Separatists built still line the main street of the historic village. 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.

Amish Labor Day Sale & Cookout

Admission to the Labor Day Sale & Cookout is Free.

  • Millers amish sale and school benefitWhen: September 1, 2 and 4, 2017 (CLOSED THE 3rd)
  • Location: (Map It) 960 Wheat Ridge Road in West Union, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-544-8524
  • Web: www.wheatridgeamish.com 

Welcome to the annual Miller’s Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Foods Amish Labor Day Weekend Sale and Amish School Benefit. The Labor Day sale offers 10 percent off all items in stock at the furniture store only. It is recommended to order early for Christmas.

On Saturday during Labor Day weekend, the annual Amish School Benefit Cookout will have a menu that includes hamburgers, hot dogs, noodles, Chip’s fresh pie,  ice cream, coffee and soft drinks.

A Christmas Story House

christmas story house cleveland ohioAdmission to A Christmas Story House in Cleveland: $11/adult, $9/senior and $7/child ages 7-12.  6 and under are free. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the museum.

  • When: Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5pm
  • Where: (Map It) 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH  44109. Admission tickets to A Christmas Story House can be purchased at the giftshop (3166 W. 11th Street) located directly across the street from the house.
  • Phone: 216-298-4919
  • Web: www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/

A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio:  The house used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” 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. A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood.

Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival

Admission to the Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival in Coshocton is free.

  • When: September 1 – September 2, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Main Street in Coshocton, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-202-1191
  • Web: ourtowncoshocton.org

Appalachian Bacon Nation Festival in Coshocton is a celebration of bacon! As the home of one of Kraft Foods largest bacon producing facilities of Oscar Meyer bacon, Coshocton is proud to host this festival celebrating all things bacon! With Kraft Foods (located in Coshocton) supplying most of the Oscar Meyer Bacon consumed in the Eastern half of the U.S. and the cultural phenomenon that bacon has become, a Bacon Festival in Coshocton was inevitable. Please note that the festival is free but registration fees apply to participate in the Bacon ‘N’ Legs 5K.

Fort Rowdy Gathering

Admission to Fort Rowdy Gathering is free.

  • When: September 2 – 4, 2017 Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. 10 am – 6pm, Mon. 10am – 4pm (Always Labor Day weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Community Park, Covington, West U.S. Route 36, Covington, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-473-5439
  • Web: http://www.fortrowdy.org/

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.

Milan Melon Festival

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

  • When: September 2 – 4, 2017 (Always Labor Day Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Village Square on State Route 113 East in Milan, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-499-3254 or 419-366-0765
  • Web: http://milanmelonfestival.org/

The 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 melon in all shapes, sizes and forms. This three-day event packs in more than 100,000 visitors.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance FestivalOhio Renaissance Festival costs $22.50/person age 13+ and $9.50/kids age 5-12 and $20.50/senior.

  • When: Saturdays & Sundays from September 2 – October 29, 2017 plus Labor Day. Hours are from 10:30am – 6:00pm, rain or shine.
  • Location: (Map It) Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio on State Route 73 between I-71 and I-75 north of Cincinnati
  • Phone: 513-897-7000
  • Web: http://www.renfestival.com/

Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg:  Ohio’s premiere family event features 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, handmade arts and crafts abound in the authentically recreated 30-acre 16th Century English village.

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest

chagrin-falls-documentary-film-festWelcome to the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

  • When: October 4 – 8, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Chagrin Falls, Ohio (see website for various venue locations)
  • Phone: 440-247-1591
  • Web: www.chagrinfilmfest.org/

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio 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 waterfall. This inspiring event has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50” for several years and draws audiences from all over the region, country and world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

YMCA Labor Day Family Getaway

ymca-camp-wilson-1Admission to YMCA Labor Day Family Getaway: Approximately $133/adults, $106/teen, $93/child.

  • When:  September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
  • Phone:  1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

YMCA Labor Day Family Getaway at Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is the perfect place to share time with your family! The weekend is filled with exciting and relaxing activities.  Campfires, boating, great food, wall climbing, hiking, horseback riding, great meals and so much more. To register, call 1-800-423-0427.

Ohio Gourd Show

Admission to Ohio Gourd Show  is approximately $5/person, kids 12 and under free plus free parking.

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

Paul Bunyan Show

Admission to the Paul Bunyan Show is $8.00 and students and seniors w/Golden Buckeye Card $4.00. Children under 6 free.

  • When: October 6 – 8, 2017 – Friday & Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Guernsey County Fairgrounds at 335 Old National Rd in (Old Washington) Cambridge, Ohio (Exit 186 off of I-70).
  • Phone 614-497-9580
  • Web: Click here

The Official 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 as well as 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. For more information, visitwww.ohioforest.org.

Colonial Williamsburg Festival

waynecvb-WilliamsburgAdmission to Colonial Williamsburg Festival is free.

  • When:  October 7 & 8, 2017 from 9 am-5 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Pine Tree Barn & farm, 4374 Shreve Road, Wooster, Ohio
  • Phone:   330-264-1014
  • Web:  www.PineTreeBarn.com

Colonial Williamsburg Festival in Wooster, Ohio:  Step back 200 years in time to 18th century Williamsburg. For two days the Pine Tree Barn is transformed into a bustling colonial village with a colonial militia encampment and period cuisine.  Explore the market place with unique wares that surround the village square. Find special treasurers inside Pine Tree and meet the makers of the hand-made furniture carried year round in the Heritage Loft.  Meet over 40 carefully selected artisans, many of national recognition, who will demonstrate techniques of traditional craftsmanship.  Throughout the weekend, enjoy entertainment and historical presentations from a variety of special guests, re-enactors and more.  For the kids, there will also be face painting, a petting zoo & games.

Holmes County Antique Festival

Admission to Holmes County Antique Festival is free.

  • When: October 7 & 8, 2017
  • 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, 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 and then tour the Victorian House and enjoy the beautiful Fall season in Holmes County.

Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival

Admission to the Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival is $10/adult (ages 13-64) and free for everyone else.

The Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival is dedicated to presenting music & fine arts for all to enjoy. An incredible and eclectic line up of musicians is scheduled to perform on one of two large stages. Bagpipes, Dulcimers, Bluegrass, Rock ‘n Roll, Gospel, Southern Rock, Rockabilly, Broadway, Country, Blues and more will be featured. In addition, many talented regional artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting and offering their original works for sale.

Algonquin Mill Fall Festival

algonquin mill fall festivalAdmission to Algonquin Mill Fall Festival is $8/vehicle.

  • When: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 9am – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 234 Autumn Road S.W., Carrollton, Ohio, five miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.
  • Phone: 877-727-0103
  • Web: Click here
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Visitors to the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival can step back in time as they explore Algonquin Mill’s log cabins, an antique print shop, one-room schoolhouse, bookstore and stageco ach inn. Steam-driven flouring, saw and shingle mills give visitors a chance 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 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, a 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 8 a.m. The Algonquin Mill Fall Festival provides a beautiful outing for everyone.

Bob Evans Farm Festival

Admission to Bob Evans Farm Festival is$6/adult, $4/child ages 6-18 and children under 5 free.

  • When: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 9am-5pm (Usually held the second full weekend of October every year)
  • Location: (Map It) Rio Grande, Ohio at the Bob Evans Farm
  • Phone: 740-245-5304
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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.

Olde Thyme Herb Fair

Admission to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival is Free ($5 for parking).

  • olde-thyme-herb-fair-adams-county-ohioWhen: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 10am – 5pm
  • 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 that features 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.

Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival

Admission to Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is free.

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival:  Take a fall color tour of 18 covered bridges throughout Ashtabula County. Upon request, free tour maps are available. This annual event is family-oriented and includes children’s activities, contests, crafts, a parade, queen’s pageant, quilt show, entertainment, great food and antique engines, tractors and automobiles.

Fall Farm Fest

Fall Farm Fest Miami County ParksAdmission to the Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve is Free.

  • When: October 14 & 15, 2017 from Noon to 7pm and Noon to 5pm, respectively.
  • Location: (Map It) Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center at 2385 OH SR 41 in Troy, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-335-6273
  • Web: Click here

Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve in Troy, Ohio at the historic Knoop Homestead will be transformed into a hub of activity for the thousands of people who attend. The festival offers a six acre corn maze, corn cannon, music, food, wagon rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, Kiddie Tractor Pull, a pumpkin patch, face painting and more. A highlight of the festival each year is the wagon ride down a charming farm lane lined with scarecrows that are part of an annual contest.

Make sure to stop by the corn maze where you are able to experience the adventure of finding your way through its twists and turns. Traditional children’s activities will also be available. A must see at the festival is the farm animal petting zoo located in the bottom of 1832 historic bank barn. See firsthand how teams of oxen were used in daily farm life.  Head out to the “Back Forty” and watch the Miami County Equine Initiative Task Force’s cowboy demonstrations.  Guests can also learn about the organic farming methods currently in practice at Lost Creek Reserve. Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers appearing on two stages.  There are also a handful of vendors selling everything from food to artwork.

Castle Noel

Admission to Castle Noel in Medina is approx. $18/person.

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

castle-noelCastle Noel in Medina, Ohio:  Hollywood meets Christmas …in an old church in a quaint town. In 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 which is 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 Christmas’ past. And there’s $2 million worth of stunning Christmas displays from New York City stores.  All this and much more wait your Xmas celebration any time of year.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival

Admission to the Oak Harbor Apple Festival is free.

  • When: October 13 & 14, 2018  (Always the second full weekend in October) Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday10am-6pm
  • Location: (Map It) 161 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor
  • Phone: 419-898-0479
  • Web: www.oakharborohio.net

The Oak Harbor Apple Festival has something for everyone! The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this family oriented festival with over 30,000 visitors attending annually. The festival is held in downtown Oak Harbor with all activities located within a one block walking area. Come and see the crowning of the Royalty Court at opening the ceremonies Saturday at 9:30am, followed by the cutest baby contest. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Grand Parade at 2:00pm, with the kiddie tractor pulling contest, chainsaw carving demonstrations, bingo at the fire station, cornhole tournament and the talent show to round out the day’s entertainment. Saturday night be sure to come out to the beer garden which will features live bands and a beer tent. Sunday is chock full of fun as well, with a Classic Car Show, 5K Apple Run, 1 Mile Kid’s Run, and local performers to make for a day of pure enjoyment! No admission fees for the festival and there is a shuttle from the high school parking lot. For a complete schedule of events, or to enter any of our contests, see the website and phone number above.

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Sauerkraut Festival Admission to Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is free.

  • When: October 14 & 15, 2017 from 9am – 8pm and 9am – 6pm respectively (Second full weekend in October)
  • Location: (Map It) Waynesville, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-897-8855
  • Web: sauerkrautfestival.com/

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Ohio:  The people of Waynesville may debate whether they are the Antiques Capital of the Midwest or the Home of the Sauerkraut Festival but make no mistake they have lots of both. And some say antiques and sauerkraut saved this little town. Either way, more than 14,000 pounds of sauerkraut are cooked up for the annual festival. Some of the more unique recipes for visitors’ indulgence include cabbage rolls, German sundae, brownies, doughnuts and pizza. The local folks urge that just because it’s made with sauerkraut doesn’t mean it tastes like it.

Fredericktown Tomato Show

Admission to Fredericktown Tomato Show is free.

  • When: September 6 – 9, 2017 (Held the Wed – Sat after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Fredericktown, Ohio
  • Web: http://tomatoshow.com

The Fredericktown Tomato Show in Fredericktown, Ohio is a community wide street fair. 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 of course, a tomato toss.

Marion Popcorn Festival

Admission to Marion Popcorn Festival n Marion, Ohio is free.

  • When: September 7 – 9, 2017 from 11am – Midnight (Always the Thrs – Sat after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) Marion, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-387-FEST or 740-387-3378
  • Web: http://www.popcornfestival.com

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

Christmas Ranch

Admission to Christmas Ranch: $15 – 20 per vehicle, Buses – approx. $1 per person ($12 minimum) cash and credit cards accepted. Special admission discount: Usually $2 off for visitors who donate a bag of “gently used items” which will be donated to Goodwill of Cincinnati. Usually $2 off general admission for visitors who donate a new toy to Toys for Tots. Half off admission is available for members of the armed forces on Tuesdays.

  • Open: Begins after Thanksgiving through January 1st.  Operating Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Holidays, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 3205 South Waynesville Road, Morrow, Ohio  45152
  • Phone: 513-697-2640
  • Web Site: www.thechristmasranch.com

Christmas Ranch:  With over 350,000 lights, synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology, The Christmas Ranch “The Gift of Lights” display is a spectacular experience.  The Christmas Ranch sprawls over five acres and includes a scenic drive-thru route which leads you to a magical Christmas Village.  Meander through the twinkling town and stop in the barn for some 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.

Lithopolis Honeyfest

Honey festival admission, parking and shuttle for the Lithopolis Honeyfest is free.

  • When: September 8 & 9, 2017 (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

Lithopolis Honeyfest is a honey festival in Lithopolis Ohio:  Celebrate 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.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

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

  • When: September 8 – 10, 2017 (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: ohioriversternwheelfestival.org

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 care show, 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.

Twins Days Festival

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

  • When: August 4 – 6, 2017 (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 2,000 sets of twins appear every year. Now that’s got to be quiet 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.

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Admission to Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is free.

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

Old West Festival

Old-West-Fest-Alysia-Palmer-PhotoAdmission to Ohio’s Old West Festival ranges from $12-25/person. Parking is free.

  • When: September 9 – October 15, 2017 Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 6pm.
  • Location: (Map It) 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd. in Williamsburg, Ohio just off SR 32.
  • Phone: 513-304-0444
  • Web: Click here

The Old West Festival in Williamsburg, Ohio: It’s the only event of its kind in Ohio, taking patrons back to Dodge City circa 1878. The permanent Old West town is fun and educational for the whole family. Period interpreters walk around the town greeting patrons and posing for photos. Kids can pan for gold, watch puppet shows and take a covered wagon ride. They can even get sworn in as deputies for the day. There’s plenty for the “big kids” too in the form of saloon shows, period music, and even gun fight reenactments starting at High Noon!

Christmas Train Displays

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

xmas-entertrainmentEnterTRAINment Junction, 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, some free Christmas train layouts, a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and a memorable journey to the North Pole to see Santa and his workshop. The best part – it’s all inside!…so no cold or miserable winter weather for families to endure. 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, although the main train display requires admission.

There is so 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 originally exhibited at the popular Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. There is also a G-scale (large-scale) train display featuring 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 members of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society.

Also off Main Street is the brand 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 actually two holiday “journeys” or “walk- through” experiences for families sharing 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, featuring period holiday music, theatrical lighting and decor of the season.  Authentic period costumes, memorable characters, and beautiful decorations all greet visitors as they experience the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a way not seen before.

Visitors are immersed into 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 multi-parts 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 London of the early 1800s, with alleyways, wrought iron fencing and flickering gas lights. During the journey guests are visited by Jacob Marley, as well as 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 as visitors become wrapped in an amazing winter wonderland as they 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. Inside 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, who is 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 the Tylersville Rd. exit (#22). For more information, call (513) 898-8000, or (877) 898-4656 or visit  www.entertrainmentjunction.com for hours and costs.

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Admission to Vintage Ohio Wine Festival: Advanced tickets are $30 for adult wine samplers and $12 for non-drinker / designated drivers.  At the gate prices are $35.

  • When: August 4 & 5, 2017 from 1-10 pm (always the first full weekend in August
  • Where: (Map It) Lake Metroparks Farmpark at 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Call: 440-466-4417
  • Web: http://visitvintageohio.com/

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 sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association. It was named American Bus Association ‘Top 100 Event in North America’ in 2001 and AGAIN IN 2005 and was named as one of the nation’s top wine and food events by ‘Wine Spectator,’ ‘USA Today’ for the past five years as well as by ‘Bon Appetit,’ Southwest Airlines in flight magazine, and many other national publications. 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. It is at this event that nearly 20 Ohio wineries produce over 150 varieties, 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.

Wood Carver Show

Admission to the Wood Carver Show is free but carousel rides are $1 inside the Merry-Go-Round Museum.

  • When: September 9, 2017 from 10am – 4pm (Always the first Saturday after Labor Day)
  • Location: (Map It) The Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St. in Sandusky, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-626-6111

Wood Carver Show at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky: More than 20 talented woodcarvers exhibit, demonstrate and discuss their carving skills and techniques. Kids can ride on the historic indoor carousel.

All Horse Parade

Admission to the Delaware All Horse Parade is free.

  • When: September 10, 2017 – 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 and colors and breeds.

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm

Admission to Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm market area is free. “Fun Center”/ Corn Maze cost $7 per person.

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

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm:  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, and interesting display of antiques and observation beehive. Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, colorful and unique heritage squash, several sizes of Indian corn, straw bales, hard shell and decorative gourds. Enjoy the “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” with a goat walk and giant gerbil wheels, corn maze and enchanted forest. The kids favorites tend to be the hillside slide, spooky straw tunnel and Conestoga corn box. Five shops have handmade crafts and a large selection of fall decorations. And children have their own Kids Korner. On weekends there are wagon rides, face painting, food concessions, crafters and demonstrations.

Delaware Fantasy of Lights

Admission to Delaware Fantasy of Lights begins at $20/carload.

  • When: Daily in December Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Where: (Map It) Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-369-2900
  • Web: www.alumcreek.com/fol/

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware Ohio:  See 132 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.

Ashville 4th Of July Celebration

Admission to 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 their 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.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville-Pumpkin-ShowAdmission to Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville is free.

  • When: October 18 – 21, 2017 (always 3rd Wednesday through Saturday of October)
  • Location: (Map It) Circleville, Ohio
  • Web: www.pumpkinshow.com

Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio:  Great pumpkins Charlie Brown, this is said to be Ohio’s oldest and largest pumpkin celebration. It hosts seven different parades in half as many days. This includes the Pumpkin Parade, Pet Parade and Baby Parade to name a few. The events also include a Big Wheel Race, world’s largest pumpkin pie, a pumpkin toss, pie eating competition and Fun Show. Additional contests of interest include hog calling, egg toss and pumpkin carving. Many displays, arts, crafts and live entertainment also accompany the festivities as well as plenty of pumpkins, squash and gourds.

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler


It’s the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.” That’s what the promoters of Circleville’s festivities contend, and no one argues the point. Furthermore it’s the sixth largest festival of any kind in the whole country with attendance over four days soaring to 400,000 fun-loving people.

If Charley Brown is still looking for the “Great Pumpkin” this fall, he need only to extricate himself from the comic strip and come to the Pickaway county seat, because that’s what all the clamor is about—pumpkins—really great pumpkins.

Since this event was started in 1903 by the city mayor with a single display of corn stalks and pumpkins, it has grown to a street fair that covers eight city blocks filled with twenty-five or more amusement rides and over three hundred food booths, games and craft vendors. There are daily parades, the obligatory beauty contest, and constant entertainment performed on three different stages from early morning until threatened by the midnight hour.

Regardless of the many activities vying for your attention, the main theme of pumpkins never wanders far from awareness.  The emphasis begins early the first day with the Giant Pumpkin Weigh In on Main Street. If you’re thinking of bringing that nicely matured 80 lb. orange globe from your garden to enter in the competition, forget about it. These pumpkins are trucked in, usually one at a time, and off-loaded with heavy equipment. Behemoths weighing 400 to 500 pounds are as common as Thanksgiving pies, and Dr. Robert Liggett, who has won several times, set the record in 2004 with a prodigious contribution from his special patch tipping the scales at 1353 pounds. Holy jumpin Jehoshaphat!

In 1946, seeing that their fair was growing by leaps and bounds, the citizens of Circleville formed a non-profit corporation exclusively for the operation of the pumpkin show. The show is self-supporting, with all profits turned over to the city for community projects. Their mission statement—pointing proudly to the “no gate, no ticket” policy—can be summed up with intent to promote goodwill among Pickaway county residents and all who visit—of which the perennial success seems self evident.

Every year the fair starts on the third Wednesday of October and runs through Saturday night. There are both afternoon and evening parades with more than forty floats, and fifty bands participating. Stage performing music groups range from country pop to gospel, jazz, rock and youth bands.  There are cooking demos, dance extravaganzas, an egg toss, a pumpkin toss, and a demonstration by a gentleman who bills himself as Gus the Squashcarver who has elevated pumpkin sculpture to an art form.

Adding to the colossal feats of nature, consider the effort taken by Lindsey’s Bakery each year in throwing together and displaying their gigantic 6-foot diameter, 400-pound pumpkin pie. Supplemental to the 100 pounds of pumpkin are ingredients of 26 gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs and 42 pounds of dough baked for six hours.

Events fill every hour of every day—far too many to mention here—but among them, annual favorites are the pumpkin pie eating contest, and hog calling.  As you may surmise, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is all about old-fashioned, unpretentious fun.

There will be more than 20,000 pumpkin pies for sale and in excess of 100,000 pounds of pumpkins on display.  By the time you leave you’ll be fed up with pumpkins—that doesn’t mean melancholy—it’s just that everything you’re fed is pumpkin flavored—donuts, pancakes, cookies, ice cream, cake, fudge, cream puffs, even burgers. If you want to burn off some of those calories, bring your running shoes. There is a five-mile run usually scheduled for Saturday morning—you may need it.

To schedule your visit to the day or days of favorite activities call 740-474-7000 or check the websitewww.pumpkinshow.com for a full calendar of events.

Getting to Circleville is easy. It’s just off of Route 23 about twenty miles south of Columbus. Before you see the signs you’ll recognize the water tower painted like a pumpkin—stem and all. Don’t want to drive? There are more than thirty bus tours that stop at the show. Information on the tours is also available through the above phone listing.

Oh, and if your thinking of waiting around for a piece of that 400-pound pie, forget about that too.  They feed that to the hogs they call in.

By Robert Carpenter

Y Bridge Arts Festival

Admission to Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville is free.

  • When: August 4 & 5, 2017 from 6am-10pm and 11am – 9pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Zane’s Landing Park in downtown Zanesville, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-743-2303 or 740-455-8282
  • Web Site: www.ybridgeartsfestival.com

Y Bridge Arts Festival in Zanesville, Ohio on the Historic Y Bridge:  See you on the Bridge…Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 10am – 9pm.  The East Main Street span of the historical Y Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio will be closed to traffic over two days while the bridge is transformed into an outdoor gallery of white tents and lights.  Zanesville will host over two hundred visual artists, craft demonstrators and performance artists along with thousands of tourists from across the region. The stage area will spotlight performances by singers, dancers, writers and poets.  Food concessions will offer fare from local restaurants and the canal area will become a children’s interactive learning center with tons of fun activities.  Bring blankets and chairs and come spend the day ON the historic bridge. The First Friday Art Walk is also taking place as well as Lorena Sternwheeler public rides, dinner cruise and twilight cruise.

Brunswick Summer Celebration

Admission to Brunswick Summer Celebration is $3/person plus tickets to rides ($17 all-day wrist band).  

  • When: June 30 – July 4, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Brunswick High School at 3553 Center Rd. in Brunswick, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-220-1111
  • Web: Summer-Celebration.com

Brunswick Summer Celebration is one of the leading festivals in the area. From contests and giveaways, to amusement park rides and games, there’s something for everyone at this six day festival. Events include: all genres of live musical acts and entertainment, rides for all ages (Bates Bros. Amusements), food, games, commercial vendors, beer grotto, give-a-ways, committee sponsored contests for all ages and fireworks (Saturday). No matter what you do, there’s always something for you at this Brunswick summer tradition.

Art on the Beach

Admission to Art on the Beach is free.

  • When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Oldfield Beach in Lakeview, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-842-5616 or 937-602-3032
  • Web: www.logancountyartleague.org

Art on the Beach:  The annual fine art and craft fair is hosted by the Logan County Art League. It’s a juried art show displaying works of original design, which are for sale. In addition, there are children’s art activities, food and entertainment, all at beautiful Indian Lake. Expected attendance 2,000+. There is also a popcorn and icy slush booth and princess jumper. A band plays on Saturday and there’s a fusion dance group on both days.

Dickens Victorian Village

Cambridge-CarolersThe Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio

Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio:  Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtownCambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 89 scenes of 180 lifelike figures 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 of Cambridge.

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 Dickens Victorian Village vignettes are comprised of life-sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces for 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.

Apple Butter Stirrin Festival

Admission to Apple Butter Stirrin Festival at Roscoe Village is $5.00 for guests 12 and older and includes admission to the living history buildings for tour. Parking is free.

  • When: October 20 – 22, 2017 – Friday, 10am to 6pm. Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 600 North Whitewoman St. in Coshocton, Ohio at Historic Roscoe Village
  • Phone:  800-877-1830
  • Web: www.roscoevillage.com

The Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Historic Roscoe Village celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn and is host to nearly 100 craft and food vendors.  Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll down the street.  Listen to a variety of free musical entertainment or tour the Living History buildings staffed with costumed interpreters and crafters.  Don’t miss the educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations throughout the weekend.  Make your reservation for the Spirit of Roscoe lantern tour offered at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

Fall Festival of Leaves

Admission to Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge is free.

Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge, Ohio:  See the autumn colors in the hills and valleys of the village of Bainbridge. The community is open to all visitors for their annual festival to celebrate the season. It hosts parades, pageants, flea markets and a midway with entertainment for all. In addition, there is a pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, 5K run, log sawing contest, and antique tractor show plus several self-guided scenic tours of the beautiful colorful landscape. Located in South Central Ohio on U.S. Rt. 50.

Fairborn Jazz Festival

Admission to Fairborn Jazz Festival is free.

  • When: August 5, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) 300 S. Central Ave at Fairborn Central Park in Fairborn Ohio
  • Phone: 937-754-3090

Fairborn Jazz Festival:  The Fairborn Performing Arts & Cultural Association in partnership with the City of Fairborn is co-sponsoring a Jazz Festival at Central Park next to Fairborn YMCA. Seating is limited so bring a portable chair or blanket for your family’s entertainment. There will be food vendors on site and there is no entry or parking fee.

First Town Days Festival

Admission to First Town Days Festival in New Philadelphia is free.

First Town Days Festival in New Philadelphia:  A decades old tradition that started as a small festival to raise money to restore the aging 1928 Hershel-Spillman Carousel has now become an event that the city of New Philadelphia cherishes and enjoys every year. First Town Days offers plenty to do for any festival goer. They start the party with a pageant, and continue the excitement throughout the afternoon with parades, a 5k run, shows, contests (including the odd contest of “men’s legs”), live concerts and so much more. There are different themes each day- a day for seniors, families, etc.

Loudonville Classic Car Show

Admission to Downtown Loudonville Classic Car Show is free.

  • When: July 1, 2017 from 8am – 4pm
  • Where: (Map It) Historic downtown Loudonville, Ohio
  • Call: 1-877-2-MOHICAN or 877-266-4422 or 419-994-4789

Downtown Loudonville Classic Car Show:  Rated #1 in the best downtown events in 2008 by Cruisin’ Times Magazine. Enjoy more than 500 cars that will come rolling into town for the day. Listen to live music! Taste great food. It’s a wonderful event for the whole family! Visit the downtown shops and restaurants too.

Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days

Admission to Gnadenhutten Pioneer Days is free.

  • When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Always the first full weekend in August)
  • Location: (Map It) 352 Cherry Street in Gnadenhutten, Ohio Historical Park and Museum
  • Phone: 330-691-1474
  • Web: Click here

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.

Inland Waterways Festival

Admission to Inland Waterways Festival is free and donations Appreciated

  • When: August 5 & 6, 2017 (Scheduled every other year)
  • Location: (Map It) Ohio River Museum at 601 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-373-3750
  • Web: Click here

Inland Waterways Festival in Marietta:  A weekend filled with fun, family activities that will also educate on the history, industry and environmental aspects of our inland waterways. There will be demonstrations, displays, children’s activities and living history performances.

Model Sternwheel boats will be on display under the Museum and “Life Below the Waterline,” a traveling freshwater aquarium will be set up to demonstrate the diversity of life sustained by the Ohio River. River Works Discovery for children will be offered to encourage education about the rivers. A steam powered launch will be on display. There will be demonstrations of lock and dam systems, steam power engines, and knot tying. A deckhand line throwing competition will take place for adults and children and on Saturday evening the Marietta Boat Club will feature a parade of boats on the Muskingum River.

Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit

Admission to Kirtland Nativity Exhibit is free.

  • When: December Mondays-Saturdays 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Sundays 11:30 am- 9:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day).
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Kirtland Village at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-256-9805
  • Web: www.kirtlandchristmas.com

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 Croation nativity originally 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 Historic Kirtland Nativity 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 school house 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.

Marietta Zombie Festival

The Marietta Zombie Festival & Walk is free.

  • When: October 21, 2017 from Noon – 8pm
  • Location: (Map It) Harmar Village and Downtown Marietta, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-373-5178
  • Web: www.mariettaohio.org 

The Marietta Zombie Festival & Walk will begin in Harmar Village from 1-4 p.m. with children’s activities including games, inflatables and a costume contest. After the little zombies head home, adult events will be held from 5-10 p.m. across the Muskingum River in the Armory Square. Music, entertainment, thriller dance and a zombie bar crawl are a few the activities in store for the evening.

Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show

Admission to the Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in Port Clinton is free.

  • When: August 5, 2017 from 10am – 3pm (Always the first Saturday in August)
  • Location: (Map It) Madison Street in downtown Port Clinton, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-734-5503
  • Web: Click here

The Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car Show in Port Clinton, Ohio is very popular and attracts great crowds to view the classics on display.  There will be a parade of cars at 9:00am to the downtown area.  The Port Clinton rotary will be hosting a fish fry for all hungry visitors, and the Port Clinton artists club will be holding their annual “arts in the park” on the same day. Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on the town’s main north/south drag:  Madison Street.  Proud owners will be polishing and waxing their vehicles and talking about the history and renovations.

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
  • Web: www.pomeroyblues.org

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.

Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow

Admission to Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow is $8/adult, $4/child, pre-schoolers are free.

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds at 23270 Wally Road in Loudonville, Ohio
  • Phone: 800-766-2267
  • Web: www.mohicanpowwow.com
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Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow:  A past top-100 event in the USA by the American Bus Association. Learn Native American cultures and lifestyle through live music, dancing, and drum competitions plus storytelling and tomahawk throwing and fire starting demonstrations. In addition, there’s artisans, craftsmen and traders plus plenty of food. It is held rain or shine.

Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience

Admission to the Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in Cleveland: Adults $18-$36, Children (2-12 Years) $22-$48, Infants (0-23 Months) Free. Group rates available. Reservations Required.Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience Cleveland Ohio

  • When: Late November until late Christmas
  • Where: (Map It) Tower City Center at 230 W. Huron Rd in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-855-MRKRINGLE or 1-855-675-7464
  • Web: www.inventionasium.com

Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in downtown Cleveland:  Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Time to let your imagination run wild and turn your most brilliant ideas into reality. Kringle’s Inventionasium is an interactive theatrical experience that will take your family tradition to an entirely new level! Only the most exceptional dreamers have what it takes to become an Inventioneer and work with Kringle, his family and kooky inventing team as they prepare for the holiday season. Explore numerous testing rooms and engage in various activities. Meet with Mr. Kringle himself, for a private visit and photo opportunity. This Christmas… it’s time to twist your tradition!

Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in downtown Cleveland entertains diverse families from all over the world and boasts one of the “Best Santas in the U.S.” according to TIME.com.

Mr. Kringle encourages guests to wear pajamas or festive outfits for the most memorable experience.

Accolades: “The best day of my life” that’s what my six-year-old daughter called it. The experience for her was awesome. Everyone was very cheerful and kid friendly.”

“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.”

“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 that 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.”

Lorain Firefish Festival

Admission to Firefish: A Festival Of Arts, Water And Fire is Free.

Experience Lorain’s Broadway Avenue as it ignites with HOT arts and fire performances orchestrated in unexpected places! Re-imagine downtown Lorain during this free arts festival as it becomes a stage for a scorching array of art, dance, music, and FIRE!

Opera on a fire truck, art installations lighting up storefronts, fire dancing on rooftops, ballet in an alley, or cabaret in an abandoned building – anything is possible at FireFish!

Local food and beverage vendors, regional artists and artisans, and interactive activities round out the festivities. The pulse of live music, dance, and a larger than life “FireFish” leads  to the dusk performance, where drums,  fire dancers  and fire jugglers light the way to a blaze of art and performances-  sizzling against the stunning backdrop of a  historic cityscape and the Black River Landing waterfront.

Morgan County Heritage Day

Admission to Morgan County Heritage Day is free.

  • When: October 21, 2017 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Location: (Map It) McConnelsville Square at 35 W Main Street in McConnelsville, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-962-4909
  • Web:  www.visitmorgancountyohio.com

morgan county heritage dayMorgan County Heritage Day celebrates its Appalachian roots. It features live music, local food, and fun for the whole family. Children’s activities include: Seed Bombs, Amazing Animal Adaptations, Giant Jenga, and Make Your Own Quilt Block. Other events include: Craft Show, Sasparilla, Historical Photo Exhibit, Demonstrations, Museum Tours, Quilt Show, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Genealogy with Kate Love Simpson Library, Scavenger Hunt, and Beer & Wine Tasting. Live music will be provided by a variety of bands and performers. Celebrate Appalachia Ohio’s and Morgan County’s roots at Morgan County Heritage Day.

Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival

freshwater-farm-fish-shrimp-festAdmission to Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms is $5/adult, $2 for ages 3-12.

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017 from 4pm-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 11-5pm on Sunday (Always the third Fri – Sun in September)
  • 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: http://fwfarms.com/festival/

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 for a taste of gourmet smokes 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.

Ohio Pawpaw Festival

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

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017 from 4pm – Midnight on Friday, 10am – Midnight on Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.
  • Location: (Map It) Lake Snowden 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 is a three day festival of music, food, art, history, education, contests and sustainable living workshops. There’s also plenty of kids’ activities. This fest is to celebrate the Pawpaw, which is a large native tree fruit (Asimina triloba).  The fun features contests for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, a pawpaw cook-off, and then of course the pawpaw-eating contest.

Oktober Zincinnati

Admission to Oktober Zincinnati is free.

Oktober Zincinnati is Cincinnati Oktoberfest:  Since its humble beginning as a block part in 1976 celebrating Cincinnati’s deep German heritage, the event has grown to be recognized as North America’s largest Oktoberfest attracting half a million people annually and is second only to the original in Munich as annually decreed by the mayor of Munich. Approximately 80 booths serve authentic German food, beer, wine, soft drinks and souvenirs. Vendors serve up tasty delicacies from the homeland at appetizing prices. Major stages and large tents feature live entertainment from big bands to accordion players to German folk dancers performing throughout the weekend. For the kids, there are amusement rides and interactive games.

Where else can you get 87,542 metts; 80,500 bratwurst; 64,000 sauerkraut balls; 56,250 sausages; 24,640 potato pancakes; 23,004 soft pretzels; 16,002 strudel; 3,600 pounds of sauerkraut; 1,875 pounds of German potato salad; 702 pounds of Limburger cheese; 700 pounds of pigtails and 400 pounds of pickled pigs feet? In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended the event and helped set a world record for the world’s largest chicken dance with more than 48,000 people participating. The record was published in the Guinness Book of World Records, 1995-97 editions.

Piqua BikeFest

Welcome to the Piqua BikeFest for motorcycle enthusiasts.

  • When: September 15 & 16, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Main St. in downtown Piqua, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-773-8733 or 937-381-9389
  • Web: Click here

pic-bikefest-webPiqua BikeFest is full of energy and entertainment and offers something for people of all ages, not just motorcycle riders. Attendees can expect to see many motorcycles on display from bike builders and dealers as well as more gear and accessories. There will be a great selection of food vendors, artisans, face painting for the kids on Saturday afternoon and much more! The primary venue for this event will be historic downtown Piqua. Piqua Harley-Davidson, located on U.S. Route 36 just east of I-75, will also have a variety of entertainment and other activities. Both locations will have a beer garden. Piqua Harley-Davidson (formerly Gover Harley-Davidson) will have local bands on site throughout the event, motorcycle stunt shows, a Pin-Up girl contest, food vendors and more!

The event will kick off Friday morning and will continue through Saturday night.  Downtown will be rockin’ on Friday night with a live band. Saturday night is a powerhouse of entertainment acts. A custom and vintage bike show will take place on Saturday. Visitors who wish to secure lodging in the area are encouraged to contact Comfort Inn, which is the host hotel and has a block of rooms reserved for Piqua BikeFest. Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC are the official promotional partners of Piqua BikeFest, Inc.

Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals

flame throwing truckAdmission to Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals is $5/adult.

  • When: September 15 & 16, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Allen County Fairgrounds at 2750 Harding Hwy. in Lima, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-225-8545
  • Web: http://rebelrunlima.com/

Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals in Lima, Ohio:  This annual event is for car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts. It offers a little bit of everything: Live music, parts vendors, muffler rapping, burnout, and flame throwing contests, and much, much more. There will be plenty of great food too.

Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill

clifton-mill-christmas-lightsAdmission to the Lights at Clifton Mill is $10 and kids under 6 free.

  • When: Day after Thanksgiving through January 1st
  • Location: (Map It) 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio on State Route 72 in Greene County
  • Phone: 937-767-5501
  • Web: cliftonmill.com/christmas.htm

Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio:  A winter wonderland with more than 3.6 million 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 a bit, have a steaming cup of delicious hot chocolate and snack.

Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival

Admission to Tiffin Seneca County Heritage Festival is free with the exception of the Living History Village, which is approximately $3.

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017 (Always the third Fri – Sun in September)
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Tiffin, Ohio and Hedges-Boyer Park between Summit and Coe Street
  • Phone: 419-447-4141
  • Web: www.tiffinfestival.com

Tiffin Seneca County Heritage Festival:  One of Ohio’s premiere festivals draws thousands of people to Tiffin. History is brought to life at Heritage Village. Working craftspeople in authentic period dress demonstrate early American crafts. Civil War units re-enact the skills of the time. In the children’s area, youngsters are encouraged to experience hands-on activities related to the heritage of our country. Downtown, unique arts and crafts will be for sale , along with ethnic food wagons. There are also amusement rides and musical groups perform continuously throughout the weekend.

YMCA Camp Willson Mother/Daughter Weekend

ymca-mother-daughterCost to YMCA Camp Willson Mother/Daughter Weekend is approximately $165/pair, $50 for each daughter beyond pair.

  • When: October 27 – 29, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
  • Phone: 1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

YMCA Camp Willson Mother/Daughter Weekend:  Enjoy a fun-filled relaxing weekend and connect with your daughter.  Activities include rock wall climbing, nature hikes, outdoor cooking, fishing, horseback riding, crafts, campfire, giant swing and much more. Stay in heated winterized cabins with shower/restrooms accommodations.  Call YMCA Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, Ohio at 800-423-0427 for registration information.

Fabulous Food Show Cleveland

Cleveland’s I-X Center Fabulous Food Show

  • When: This event will return in 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Cleveland’s I-X Center at 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Web: www.fabulousfoodshow.com

Fabulous Food Show at Cleveland I-X Center:  Your premier grilling and outdoor entertaining event! Top-rated celebrity chefs will be firing up fresh menu ideas and sharing their expertise in summer grilling techniques, while experts help you discover how to enhance your outdoor living and entertainment space!

Hundreds of exhibitors will be selling and sampling products just in time for the summer grilling season, and a whole pavilion of delectable wines, beers and spirits are there for tasting. Don’t forget to plan ahead so you can join in the meet and greet autograph sessions available with your favorite chefs!  Hotel packages available with shuttle service.


WACO-fly-in-WACO-AirfieldAdmission to WACO Fly-In at WACO Airfield in Troy, Ohio is $6/person. Parking is free.

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017 from 8am – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Historic WACO Field at 1865 S. County Rd. 25-A in Troy, Ohio (Exit #69 from I-75, two miles North)
  • Phone: 937-335-9226
  • Web: http://wacoairmuseum.org

WACO Fly-In at WACO Airfield in Troy, Ohio is held by the WACO Historical Society. It’s always a special experience for those who attend and enjoy the WACOs and other vintage airplanes which fly in from all parts of the country. Pilots will be available to provide rides in their beautiful open cockpit biplanes. Interested persons should register with the WACO ride scheduler when they arrive. If you prefer to view the activities from the ground, bring your lawn chair and enjoy the air show. Afterward, browse the field to see close up.

Lebanon Blues Festival

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

The Lebanon Blues Festival in Lebanon, Ohio 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 than150 classic automobiles. Browse the downtown specialty shops for gifts and antique treasures during “Old Fashioned Bargin Days”.  Come out and enjoy the “Blues, BBQ & Bumpers.”  In addition, there will be a 5K Blues Run along the new bike trail.

Fairborn Heritage Days

Admission to Fairborn’s Heritage Days is free.

  • When: Always July 3rd from 3pm – 8pm
  • Location: (Map It) Fairborn, Ohio at the Mercer-Smith Log Cabin and other historical locations
  • Phone: 937-609-8112

Fairborn’s 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.

YMCA Fall Women’s Weekend

Cost for YMCA Fall Women’s Weekend is approximately $154.

  • When: September 15 – 17, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) 2732 County Road 11 in Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

YMCA Fall Women’s Weekend:  If you are an adult woman looking for a great weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and family this may be a program you’ll enjoy. You decide how you’ll spend your time. Enjoy delicious meals that are prepared by experienced kitchen staff. Choose from activities such as boating, canoeing, volleyball, tennis, crafts, relaxing walks, in the woods, movies, or participation in discussions about all kinds of women’s issues. Some activities require additional fees to participate such as horseback riding, massages, and a variety of craft projects. Its a great weekend to bring your sister, mother, daughter, coworker, and friends for a relaxing getaway.

Lights Before Christmas


Admission to the Lights Before Christmas is $17/adults and $14/kids and seniors.

  • When: Late November thru December 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.

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 that leads a short holiday sing-along and more cold weather animals than ever before. It would not be Lights without the Zoo’s famous hot chocolate, homemade fudge and baked goods.

Arts in the Alley

Arts-in-the-AlleyAdmission to the Grove City Arts in the Alley is free.

  • When: September 16 & 17, 2017 from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday
  • Location: (Map It) Grove City Town Center at the intersection of Broadway & Park Street in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-875-9762
  • Web: Click here

Hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Arts in the Alley features more than 100 juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. A variety of musical entertainment is also featured throughout the weekend. The festival begins with the Arts in the Alley Parade at 9:30am on Saturday. Children can use their imaginations to create free take-home arts and crafts at the Kids Fun Street. Festival favorites will be available, such as chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, curly fries, funnel cakes, and much more.

Light Up Middletown

Admission to Light Up Middletown: Free for Balloon Glow and cash donation for Light Up Middletown drive-through light display.

  • When: Usually begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through December. The Balloon Glow is 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/home.aspx

Light Up Middletown in Middletown, Ohio:  About a dozen hot air balloons will illuminate the winter night sky at the same time 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.

A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering

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

  • When: November 11 & 12, 2017 (Always the second weekend 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
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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 a wide selection of shopping opportunities including art, crafts, clothing and antiques and collectibles.

Gallipolis River Recreational Festival

Admission to Gallipolis River Recreational Festival is free.

  • When:  July 3 & 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Location:  (Map It) Gallipolis City Park (You can google or map quest 16 State Street, Gallipolis, Ohio
  • Phone:  740-446-0596 or 740-446-6882
  • Web: gallipolisriverrec.com/

Gallipolis River Recreational Festival:  For almost fifty years, the Annual Gallipolis River Recreation Festival, sponsored by the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, has been held over the 4th of July, with the magnificent Ohio River as a backdrop.  The City Park, occupying one full block in the center of the historic downtown, and First Avenue along the River, provide the ideal venue.

The three day celebration features daily entertainment, including national and local musical talent, a special Kids Day with multiple activities and prizes throughout the day, outstanding food vendors, crafters, a live auction, Queen contests, baby contests, amusement rides, an art exhibit (both for youth and adult), an impressive Parade and as a grand finale, a fireworks extravaganza!  Each year, the River Recreation Festival grows, and has become the high point of community celebration, attracting thousands of residents and travelers from across the country.

Johnny Appleseed Festival

Admission to Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon, Ohio is free.

  • When: September 16 & 17, 2017 from 10am – 6pm and 10am – 5pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) downtown Lisbon, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-424-1803
  • Web: Click here

Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon, Ohio:  Tinsmiths, apple pressers and blacksmiths galore plus apples, apples, apples galore! There is old-fashioned apple butter, apple fritters, apple dumplings, apple ice cream, apple everything – from apple pie baking contests to more than 30 concessionaires all set in the historic downtown of Lisbon, Ohio. Festivities kickoff with a parade and are followed by dancing, music and theater. Arts and crafts feature yarn spinning, goat milk soap, and chain saw wood crafts. The fun continues with games, a dunk tank and more. There’s even a 1950’s auto and motorcycle show.

Ma & Pa’s Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides

Cost for Ma & Pa’s Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides: Family rates start at $20/adult and $5-10 per child. Couples rate ranges from $50-65.

  • When: Annually from December 1 through the end of February
  • Where: (Map It) Main Market Road, (State Route 422), Troy Township, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-548-5521
  • Web: http://www.maandpas.com/

Ma & Pa’s Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides:  How does “Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh” sound?  The excursion begins at Ma and Pa’s 1820’s log cabin where you will find various rustic items such as chainsaw carved bears, log furniture, hunting, fishing, and everything for the rustic home. Then out into the woods one of their draft horses will pull one of two old fashioned sleighs, wandering out into an open field where, during the evening rides, the horses often stop so that guests can gaze up into the star filled sky. When the trip has ended, visitors are welcomed back to the cabin for hot chocolate or maple coffee and cookies baked by Ma herself!

Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival

Admission to Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival is $5 per person.

  • When: November 11 – 19, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Warther Museum 331 Karl Ave in Dover, Ohio
  • Phone: (330) 343-7513

Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival in Dover, Ohio:  A forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be set amid Warther’s famous train carvings, handmade of ebony, ivory, and walnut.  Each tree, with its own unique theme, will be for sale.  Proceeds from the festival benefit the Union Hospital Auxiliary.

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction

waynecvb-MENNONITEAdmission to Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction in Wooster is free.

  • When:  August 5, 2017 (Always the first Saturday in August)
  • Where:  (Map It) Wayne County Fairgrounds at 199 Vanover St. in Wooster, Ohio
  • Phone:  330-682-4843 or 330-473-2253
  • Web:  www.ohiomccreliefsale.org

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Auction in Wooster, Ohio is a festival atmosphere where people come from communities far and wide to eat, visit, and buy. The main events are the three auctions:  The Art and Collectible Auction featuring art and collectibles from local  and well-known artists, the Quilt Auction featuring quilts of all sizes and colors, and the Wood Auction featuring items from local businesses and craftsmen.  There are quilting demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment.  There are also booths with needlework, crafts, plants and thousands of used books, as well as the special MCC display of items shipped in from 10,000 Villages. Enjoy baked goods, sandwiches, homemade ice cream and lots of other wonderful specialty foods. The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale raises money for world-wide relief through the Mennonite Central Committee.

Centerville Americana Festival

Admission to Americana Festival is free.

Americana Festival in Centerville, Ohio:  This is an old fashioned celebration of our nation’s birthday. Over 70,000 people annually attend this one-day event. The festival features a 5K family run a street fair with over 300 arts & crafts exhibitors and food vendors and live entertainment all day. A 21 acre off-street park area is devoted to entertaining children and includes everything from pony rides and a water feature to a petting zoo and games. There is a 100+ unit street parade and a large classic & antique car and truck show. The day culminates with a spectacular fireworks display. Admission to all festival events is free and there is ample free parking both for the public and for vendors.

Holiday Welcome Weekend

Admission to the Holiday Welcome Weekend is free.

  • When: November 17 – 19, 2017 on Friday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm & Sunday from Noon – 5pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Miami County, Ohio historic downtown communities of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy & West Milton
  • Phone: 800-348-8993
  • Web: Click here

Miami County, Ohio’s Holiday Welcome Weekend spans three days, five towns, and over 100 unique shops and restaurants. The shops and restaurants of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton welcome visitors to browse and dine while enjoying the best they have to offer this holiday season. The towns of Miami County have come together to create this first annual Holiday Welcome Weekend.

Why shop the Big Box stores? Instead, you are invited to explore Miami County’s historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list. Grab your best friend, sweetheart, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. Then treat yourself to something savory at any of our local restaurants.

There is so much going on during this weekend that you may want to spend a night or two. Area hotels offer holiday packages and special discounts. For more information visit the link above.