March Ohio Festivals & Events




Arnold Sports Festival

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

  • When: March 2 – 5, 2017
  • 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 4, 11 and 18 in 2017 (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.

Maple Madness Driving Tour

maple-madness-driving-tourThe Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour is free.

The Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour:  Maple syrup is Ohio’s first harvest of the year and the sweetest. Sugarhouses across Ohio open their doors and invite visitors to see firsthand how pure maple syrup is made.  The March Maple Madness Driving Tour is a statewide event sponsored by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and Ohio’s syrup makers.

Experienced syrup makers are on hand to answer questions during the free, drive-it-yourself tour.  Some stops are small, backyard ventures, while others are large, commercial operations. SATURDAY ONLY – A few select Amish sugarhouses are welcoming guests. Maple syrup is made in only a small part of the entire world and Ohio sits in the heart of that area.  Bring the entire family, dress for the weather with boots and coats, spend a day in Ohio’s beautiful countryside and see how clear, sweet sap from the maple tree becomes golden, delicious maple syrup.

Old Town Trade Fair

old town trade fairAdmission to the Old Town Trade Fair is $4/adult and children younger than 12 are free. Discount of $1 off for those in period clothing.

  • When:  March 4 & 5, 2017 (Saturday 9:00am, 5:00pm and Sunday  9:00am-3:00pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-857-9745 or 937-372-8621 (On the days of the show, please call 937-216-0274 instead)

Old Town Trade Fair in Xenia:  Enjoy the living history event with dealers and demonstrators, all in period clothing from the 1700’s through 1890’s, making and selling their wares. This two day event will demonstrate early American crafts such as blacksmithing, pottery, patterns, fabrics, finished clothing, silversmith, wooden products and leather. Some of the items the demonstrators will be making are baskets, brooms, soap and early flintlock engraving. Door prizes will be given away each hour with one grand prize awarded on Saturday and one on Sunday. Come see how our founding fathers lived.

Cabin Fever Arts Festival

Admission to the Cabin Fever Arts Festival is free.

  • When: March 18, 2017 from 10am – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Southern State Community College Central Campus at 100 Hobart Dr. in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-393-2747
  • Web: appartguild.com/main.html

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

Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade

dublin-irish-parade-ohioAdmission to the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Free.

  • When: March 18, 2017 from 11am – 1pm
  • Location: (Map It) The downtown Dublin, Ohio parade route is from the Metro Center through Historic Dublin.
  • Phone: 614-410-4545
  • Web: irishisanattitude.com

The Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade:  City of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a regional parade that appeals to Dublin residents as well as visitors from throughout Ohio.  Dublin, OH has the Greenest, Grandest Parade!  The day starts with the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast and continues with the parade stepping off at approximately 11 a.m. After the parade, guests can frequent Dublin establishments where Irish entertainment and specials are featured.

Approximately 110 units including marching bands, clowns, floats and giant balloons are featured in each parade before an estimated crowd of 20,000 guests.

Hinckley Buzzard Sunday

hinckley-buzzard-sundayAdmission to the Hinckley Buzzard Sunday is free.

  • When: March 19, 2017 (Always the first Sunday after March 15) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: (Map It) Hinckley Reservation in Hinckley, Ohio near Hinckley Lake off of Bellus and State Roads
  • Phone: 330-278-2066

Hinckley Buzzard Sunday in Hinckley, Ohio:  See buzzards (turkey vultures) come home to roost in the rock cliffs and ledges in Hinckley. This annual celebration dates back to 1957 when 9,000 visitors flocked the township to see the return of the buzzards from their winter hiatus. The event includes an early bird hike; skits, songs and stories performed in tents or in fields, displays, crafts, photos, contests and additional hikes. Don’t miss this rite of Spring. Learn about the legend that surrounds Buzzard Day and why so many buzzards and people come out in March.

“A Night at Heritage Hall”

Tickets to “A Night at Heritage Hall” in Marion is $7/person (advance sales) and $8/person at the door.

  • When: March 24 & 25, 2017 from 7pm to 9:30pm (Registration deadline)

  • Location: (Map It) Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion Ohio

  • Phone: 740-387-4255

The Marion County Historical Society will host “A Night at Heritage Hall”; two fun-filled evenings of self-guided flashlight tours throughout the museum, a historic 1910 Federal Post Office. For hardy adventurers who take the opportunity to experience Marion County and Ohio history, it will be an exciting night with surprises around every corner!  Intrepid explorers will find over 50 characters each night ranging from Native Americans and pioneers to Presidents and even a Vietnam soldier on patrol.  Only at “A Night At Heritage Hall” can visitors meet Civil War soldiers who regale them with tales of war and glory, converse with a president or two, join a Temperance march,  and meet Quaker conductors on the Underground Railroad. The event was inspired by the movie “Night At the Museum” where good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is hired as night watchman at the Museum of Natural History and discovers that all the exhibits come to life after the sun sets. To register your family or group for one of the flashlight tours, send your check or money order to NAHH Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion OH 43302  (be sure to specify which night) or purchase tickets online. More information can be obtained by calling the Marion County Historical Society at 740-387-4255. The pre-registration deadline is March 21. Registration is limited so don’t delay call today!

I-X Indoor Amusement Park

IX Indoor Amusement ParkAdmission to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland ranges from approx. $20 per person (Parking is approx. $10). Pay one price and ride all day.

I-X Indoor Amusement Park:  A day of fun. . . a lifetime of memories! Enjoy amusement park rides for the whole family indoors, plus great entertainment. Tons of fun for the whole family! Lots of rides for all age levels. There’s even a giant Ferris wheel. Purchase discount tickets. Hotel packages available with shuttle service.

Memories Expo

Admission to the  Memories Expo is $12 (cash only) plus $5 parking.

  • When: March 24 & 25, 2017 from 10am – 5pm (Always the last full weekend in March)
  • Location: (Map It) Ohio Expo Center (Lausche Building) at 717 East 17th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-452-4541
  • Web: memoriesexpo.com/

The Memories Scrapbooking Expo in Columbus:  Join thousands of scrapbooking, rubber stamping, card-making and paper-crafting enthusiasts for this public event.  Shopping, classes, crop parties, cropping, prizes and more!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival

southern ohio music festivalAdmission to the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is $35-75 for adults. Children under 16 are free with adult ticket purchase.

  • When: March 24 & 25, 2017
  • Location: (Map It) Roberts Convention Centre, 123 Gano Rd. in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-372-5804
  • Web: www.somusicfest.com

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival:  Bluegrass and acoustic music have outsold and outgrown all other American music forms in the past decade and Ohio has always been home to many great outdoor music events.  However, this event is the area’s only indoor Bluegrass festival.  For a list of performing acts and schedule of events, visit www.somusicfest.com.

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