May Ohio Festivals & Events in Spring

Wild Turkey Festival

Admission to the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival is free.

  • When: May 3 – 6, 2018 (Always the first full Thursday through Sunday in May)
  • Location: (Map It) 100 East Main Street in McArthur, Ohio
  • Phone:  1-800-596-4459 or 740-596-5033
  • Web: Click here

Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival: Some festivals have the expected contests, some have a few that are interesting and only a hand-full have the truly unique. At the Wild Turkey Festival in Vinton County, you will hear people making the strangest noises while they compete in the Turkey Calling Contest. This street fair features a parade, car show, quilt show, rides, games, arts and crafts, and plenty of entertainment.

Biggest Week in American Birding

Admission to the Biggest Week in American Birding in Northwest Ohio is free.

  • When: May 4 – 13, 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio. Festival Headquarters: Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center at 1750 State Park Road in Oregon, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-898-4070
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  • Web: Click here

Biggest Week in American Birding: This 10-day event is planned at the peak of spring warbler migration in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of Northwest Ohio.  The “Biggest Week” will be jam-packed with workshops, warblers, free guided walks, warblers, half-day trips, keynote speakers, island birding trips, and more warblers.

“The Warbler Capital of the World” features incredible views of warblers and other many other migrating songbirds, guided trips to area birding hotspots and private lands, Lake Erie Island birding trips, bird identification workshops, evening keynotes and socials featuring some of the regions wonderful food, wine, and music, and much more!

The festival is headquartered at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center on the shores of Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio.  The Lodge is approximately ten miles east of downtown Toledo, Ohio and fifteen miles west of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, in Oak Harbor, Ohio. The Biggest Week is hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, Destination Toledo, and Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird

oddmallAdmission to Oddmall Emporium of the Weird is free.

  • When: May 5 & 6, 2018 from 12-10pm
  • Location: (Map It) John S. Knight Center at 77 East Mill St. in Akron, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-374-7560
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Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Oddmall is more than just an ordinary craft show. It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity. …umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me.

Blessing of the Fleet

Admission to the Blessing of the Fleet is free.

  • When: May 8, 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Put-in-Bay, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-285-2832

The Blessing of the Fleet in Put-In-Bay:  Get ready for some fun on one of the Great Lakes as Lake Erie’s summer hot spot kicks off another season with its Blessing of the Fleet. This annual celebration of the new fishing season includes a boat parade, music and entertainment.

Blessing of the Fleet celebrations also occurs in Ashtabula, Ohio and other locations throughout the states north coast and Ohio River communities.

Camera Collectors Auction, Show & Sale

old cameraDonations accepted for admittance to Ohio Camera Collectors Society Auction, Show & Sale.

  • When: May 18 & 19, 2018
  • Location: (Map It) University Lodge No. 631 F&AM at 2436 W. Dublin Granville Rd. in Columbus, Ohio
  • Call: 740-358-6390
  • Web: Click here

The Ohio Camera Collectors Society Auction, Show & Sale is America’s Oldest Camera Collector’s Club annual show, auction and swap meet.

Food Truck Competition & Rally

miami-food-trucksAdmission to the Food Truck Competition & Rally by the the Miami County Agricultural Society is free.

Food Truck Competition & Rally: Join over 10,000 people for the Miami County Agricultural Society’s Food Truck Competition & Rally at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio.

This unique event promises to have something for nearly every culinary delight. Whether your passion is for the main course, a sweet treat or a specialty beverage, you will find the right truck for you! Entertainment is provided throughout the day as well as plenty of dining areas for your group to gather.

Feast of the Flowering Moon

Admission to the Feast of the Flowering Moon in Chillicothe is free.

  • When: May 24 – 27, 2018 (Always Memorial Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Chillicothe, Ohio (downtown at Yoctangee Park)
  • Phone: 740-702-7677
  • Web: Click here

Feast of the Flowering Moon in Chillicothe: This annual three-day themed event features native-American music and dancing, traders and exhibits and mountain-men encampments depicting pioneer life in the 19th century and daily entertainment. In addition, it displays arts and crafts and traditional entertainment and food.  All events are FREE to the public. These events include: Main Stage Entertainment, Kid’s Fun Run (Saturday), Senior Citizens Day & Bingo (Friday), Gospel Day (Sunday), Memorial Day Parade and more.

Moonshine Festival

moonshine stillAdmission to the New Straitsville Ohio Moonshine Festival is free.

  • When: May 2018 dates to be confirmed
  • Location: (Map It) Main Street, New Straitsville, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-394-2425 or 740-394-2239 or 740-394-2727
  • Web: Click here
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New Straitsville Moonshine Festival:  An Ohio festival for the rebel inside you. Once the moonshine capital of the world, New Straitsville hosts an annual festival devoted to celebrating the history and making of moonshine. During the days of Prohibition, the town of New Straitsville churned out more moonshine than anywhere else in the country. The festival has been held every May since 1971. The five-day Moonshine Festival features free live entertainment, amusement rides, carnival style food and drinks, and the Moonshine Festival parade along New Straitville’s Main Street. The city gets a five day license to brew old fashion moonshine to demonstrate to the complicated process to festival goers. Visitors can also visit the history museum and see a working moonshine still display. Visitors are welcome to experience everything this unique festival has to offer. ; )


Port Clinton Walleye Festival

walleye-festivalAdmission to the Port Clinton Walleye Festival is free.

  • When: May 24 – 28, 2018 (Memorial Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) Waterworks Park on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-734-5503
  • Web: Click here

Port Clinton Walleye Festival:  With a beautiful view of Lake Erie from the Waterworks Park in Port Clinton, the Walleye Festival is five days of great outdoor celebration to kick of the beginning of summer. Port Clinton is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World” and brings in those from all over seeking walleye. With live entertainment including a kid’s fishing derby, carnival rides, Walleye Beer Fest, a Grand Parade, live concerts, a 5-k race and hundreds of food and merchandise venders from around the nation, the Walleye Festival is one the Ohio’s largest outdoor celebrations. The free annual festival is five days of fun on the picturesque Lake Erie shore.

Oak Hill Festival of Flags

Admission to the Oak Hill Festival of Flags is free.

  • When: May 25 – 28, 2018 (Memorial Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) 316 W. Main Street in Oak Hill, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-682-9956
  • Web: Click here

The Oak Hill Festival of Flags is an annual tradition that has commemorated Memorial Day and has become a fun filled way to celebrate the holiday weekend. The Festival of Flags was first created by the town to celebrate patriotism around Memorial Day weekend. There are more than 2000 flags on display and festive decoration around the town each year for the event. The festival is held at Aetna Park and includes continuous, fun and free entertainment for people of all ages. Features  like rides, crafts, food booths, an old car show, a baby contest, dog show, several historic exhibitions like Oak Hill’s one-room school, a quilt show, a karaoke contest, a corn hole tournament, children’s activities and an annual 5-k run. The festival highlights the history of the town with five days of endless activities.

Columbus Asian Festival

asian-festivalAdmission to the Columbus Asian Festival is free.

  • When: May 26 & 27, 2018 (Memorial Weekend) from 10am – 8pm and 10am – 6pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Franklin Park at 1755 E Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus Asian Festival in Columbus, Ohio:  This festival is a major draw in central Ohio and attracts approximately 50,000 or more visitors of all backgrounds annually. Not only will guests learn about the cultures and traditions of the people from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Laos and Pakistan – to name about a dozen – it presents a very rich and fun experience. Activities are abundant. They include performing and visual arts shows, children’s activities, cultural displays, martial arts demonstrations, and educational exhibitions.

Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

velvet-ice-cream-ye-ole-mill-utica-sertoma-ice-cream-festivalParking for the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Company is $5 per vehicle. 

  • When: May 26 – 28, 2018(Memorial Weekend)
  • Location: (Map It) 11324 Mt. Vernon Rd in Utica, Ohio at Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Company
  • Phone: 740-892-3921
  • Web: Click here

Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Ye Olde Mill and Velvet Ice Cream Company:  What’s summer without ice cream. If you like ice cream, you will love this festival, which has plenty of that and more. A mile south of Utica, Ohio, the Utica Old Fashion Ice Cream Festival on the grounds of Velvet Ice Cream Co. is held every year on Memorial Day Weekend. This festival starts with the grand parade to kick off the celebration. Over 90 artisans and food vendors come to the event every year. The festival starts out with an ice cream parade. Anyone can participate in the Velvet Ice Cream ice cream eating contest. Other events include live musical performances, egg tosses, pony rides, a car show, motorcycle show and a magic show. The decades old tradition brings about 40,000 people to Utica, and they gulp down more than 75,000 scoops of ice cream. Ice cream and family fun is a perfect way to kick off the summer.

YMCA Memorial Day Family Getaway Camp

The cost to the YMCA Memorial Day Family Getaway Camp is approximately $133/adults, $106/teen, $93/child.

  • When:  May 26 – 28, 2018
  • Location:  (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-800-423-0427
  • Web: Click here

ymca-mayYMCA Memorial Day Family Getaway Camp:  YMCA Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, 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. Call 1-800-423-0427 for registration information.

Bears Mill Spring Open House

Admission to the Bear’s Mill Spring Open House is free.

  • When: May 2018 dates to be confirmed – on Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331
  • Phone: 937-548-5112
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Bear’s Mill Spring Open House: Celebrate National Preservation Month at Bear’s Mill! Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, Bear’s Mill is one of the few operating water-powered mills in Ohio today. The Friends of Bear’s Mill non-profit organization is holding a special Spring Open House the first weekend of May. Tour the four-story working antique, shop in the Mill Store & Gallery and make a donation to help keep the doors open and the wheels turning.

The Friends are dedicated to keeping the Bear’s Mill property open to the public by offering community oriented events including educational tours, nature walks, regional art exhibitions and unique shopping. May, National Preservation Month, is a wonderful time to support the unique historic landmark.

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