April Ohio Festivals & Events in Early Spring




Athens International Street Fair

Admission to the International Street Fair in Athens is free.

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

Athens International Street Fair in Athens, Ohio, has evolved to become a local and regional favorite. The Street Fair, which runs from 11 am to 5 pm, is a collaboration of the university’s international student groups and nonprofit community organizations. Typically, more than 30 organizations have booths at the International Street Fair to sell food, crafts, etc., and there are stage performances throughout the day.

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Cabin Fever Arts Festival

Admission to the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is free.

  • When: April 6, 2024, from 9am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Southern State Community College Central Campus at 100 Hobart Dr. in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-393-2747

The Cabin Fever Arts Festival in Hillsboro, Ohio:  Got Cabin Fever?  Here’s a cure. This will be the perfect event for the individual or entire family looking for a great excuse to get out of the house!  The festival will feature the presentation and sale of fine arts and crafts from members of the Appalachian Artisans Guild and many juried guest artists.  Stained glass, wood furniture, wooden toys, baskets, ceramics, and lavender gifts are just a few of the creative pieces from over 45 artists.

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Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

Admission to Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is free.

  • When: April 19 – 21, 2024 (Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (State Route 725 between Interstate 675 and U.S. Route 42)
  • Web: click here

The Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival is one of the first outdoor festivals of the year in southern Ohio. Nestled in the Little Miami River valley, historic Bellbrook is small-town America at its most patriotic and picturesque. In addition to all of the expected arts, crafts, concessions, children’s activities, and entertainment (this is serious bluegrass country), the Sugar Maple Festival includes a 5K run (usually on Saturday), a maple syrup food contest, dog show (usually Friday evening) and a beer garden with live entertainment (Friday & Saturday nights).

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Grove City EcoFest

Admission to the Grove City EcoFest is free.

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

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

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Ohioana Book Festival

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

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

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

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Geauga County Maple Festival

Admission to Geauga County Maple Festival is free.

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

Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon, Ohio:  Join in the fun as Geauga County celebrates the coming of spring and the year’s maple syrup crop. This festival occurs on Historic Chardon Square in the heart of Geauga County. For visitors looking for fun, there are all the traditional things a festival offers: rides, games, food & great entertainment. What sets this event aside is all of the Maple related activities that take place over the weekend, like the crowning of the Maple Queen, the “sap” run, bucket painting, Maple candy carving, Pancake Breakfasts (with pure maple Syrup), and pancake eating competitions.

Area sugar bushes also put their syrup to the test with syrup & maple candy judging. Winning syrups are also auctioned off as part of the weekend entertainment. Food choices include Maple candy, Maple corn, and the popular Maple stirs available at the Log cabin on the square. Grand parades take place Saturday and Sunday and showcase many community businesses and events. Check back to the website at www.maplefestival.com, as schedules are constantly updated as the big event approaches. Don’t miss the fun!

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Mohican Wildlife Weekend

Admission to Mohican Wildlife Weekend is Free.

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

Mohican Wildlife Weekend:  Want to experience the habitats of birds and bats, learn about fly fishing, and more in the great outdoors? Then, come out to enjoy the Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend. It’s a celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage, and natural history. Choose from eight program sites in Ashland & Richland Counties that will offer workshops and demonstrations to interest beginners and experienced naturalists alike. It will be a fun and educational weekend for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family!

Site offerings often feature birding boat tours, photographing birds, nature crafts, wagon tours, bat & owl demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations, and more. Mohican will host several programs & activities. These activities have included “The Hidden Gems of Mohican.” Hosted by the Mohican Trails Club and Mohican State Park, explore the park and forest that few only get to see. You may even have an opportunity to try a new protein with a Mohican State Park Naturalist – edible bugs! Download the Trails 2 Go app at www.mohicanwildlifeweekend.com.

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Arbor Day Festival

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

  • When: April 27, 2024, from 11am – 3pm
  • Location: (Map It) Dawes Arboretum at 7770 Jacksontown Road SE in Newark, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-323-2355 or 800-443-2937
  • Web: click here

Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio:  It’s Arbor Day at last! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum, our busiest times.  This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a spring day enjoying the outside.  An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kids’ crafts.

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