July Ohio Festivals & Events in Mid Summer

Ashville 4th Of July Celebration

(Admission is Free)  

  • When: June 30 – July 4, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Ashville, OH
  • Phone: 740-207-7408

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.

Brunswick Summer Celebration

(Admission is $3)  

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.

Chagrin Valley Jumper Classic

General Admission Ticket

One of Northern Ohio’s summer highlights is the popular Hunter Jumper Classic, held every July at the Chagrin Valley’s picturesque Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. In past years, the show has hosted more than 500 competitors from over 30 states and several foreign countries. The event is organized by the volunteers of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Chagrin Valley PHA (Professional Horsemen’s Association) Horse Show, Inc.

The highlight of the show is the Cleveland Grand Prix. The Cleveland Grand Prix has historic significance in the equestrian world because it was the first show jumping grand prix held in this nation, debuting in 1965. In addition to the two weeks of exciting horse show jumping competition, the show also features the following: Opening weekend competition highlighting riders from Northeast Ohio and the surrounding areas. Family activities, canine events, great food and great shopping. More information about the horse show is at www.clevelandhorseshow.com.

First Town Days Festival

(Admission is Free)  

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.

Gallipolis River Recreational Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When:  July 2 – 4, 2015 – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Gallipolis City Park (You can google or map quest 16 State Street, Gallipolis, OH 45631)
  • Phone:  740-446-0596 or 740-446-6882

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 highpoint of community celebration, attracting thousands of residents and travelers from across the country.

Fairborn’s Heritage Days

(Admission is Free)

  • When: July 3, 2015 from 3pm – 8pm
  • Location: (Map It) Fairborn, Ohio at the Mercer-Smith Log Cabin and other historical locations
  • Phone: 937-609-8112

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.

Rhythm On The River

Meigs-Rhythm-on-the-River(Admission is Free)

  • When: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 in 2015 (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 Site: www.pomeroyblues.org

“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.

Americana Festival

(Admission is Free)

When:  July 4, 2015
Location: (Map It) 27 North Main Street in Centerville, Ohio 45459
Phone: 937-433-5898
Website: www.americanafestival.org

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.

An Old-fashioned 4th of July

(Admission is free)

  • When: July 4th from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Parade is at 2pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Hamilton, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-844-8515

“A Slice of Hometown America” begins with one of Ohio’s most impressive Fourth of July parades featuring over a hundred floats, marching bands, organization representatives and prominent citizens. Meanwhile, “A Taste of Hamilton” offers delicious food samplings from area restaurants. Afterward, live vocal and band concerts are staged throughout the day on the Courthouse Green, along with face-painting and clowns for the kids. And at dusk, a rousing Rozzi fireworks display takes place over the Great Miami River, thus presenting a glorious patriotic finish to a full day of fun. Visitors are welcome.

Downtown Loudonville Classic Car Show

(Admission is Free)

  • When: July 4, 2015
  • Where: (Map It) Historic downtown Loudonville, Ohio
  • Call: 1-877-2-MOHICAN or 877-266-4422 or 419-994-4789

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.

Ohio Hills Folk Festival

(Admission is Free)  

Just northeast of Seneca Lake, the small town of Quaker City hosts its annual after-the-fourth celebration. Celebrate over 100 years of festivity with parades, concessions, and crafts. A Fireman’s Queen, Princess and Prince are crowned to start of the four days of festivities. The annual 5k, car show, and several different parades and tractor cruises are held throughout the celebration. Plenty of BBQ, constant live entertainment and shows will give everyone a chance to enjoy.

Country Concert

This nationally known three day music festival attracts thousands and hosts some of the biggest names in country music.  Come enjoy the world’s best country artists in a wonderful outdoor setting.  Headlining this year’s concert are Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Brantley Gilbert.  Check out their web site for the complete line up of performers and ticket prices for this year’s show.

FCII Festival

(Admission is Free)

  • When: July 9 – 12, 2015 (Always the second weekend in July)
  • Location; (Map It) Elyria, OH Lorain County Community College and Kanisa House (Underground Railroad)
  • Phone: 440-366-3244

The annual festival is one of the biggest festivals in Ohio. The festival promotes diversity and family unity. It’s an interpersonal tool that provides an opportunity to help each culture celebrate its beauty, uniqueness, and contributions to today’s society and bring them all into the Iron Castle. The festival features an Underground Railroad tour, recreational activities and performances, guest speakers and workshops.

Rock N Ribs

  • When: Tentatively scheduled for July 9 – 11, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-755-4761 or 419-525-1300

The event will showcase musical acts. Gates open at 5pm.  Teams of rib cookers from across the Unites States will be cooking ribs in an effort to win “Best Ribs”, “Best Sauce” and “People’s Choice” awards.

Summit County Italian American Festival

(Admission and Parking are Free) 

  • When: July 9 – 11, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Akron at Lock 3
  • Phone: 330-699-9911 or 330-922-4846
  • Web: http://www.it-am.org/

The annual Summit County Italian America Festival has been celebrated for more than 60 years. The festival is held by The Council of Italian-American Society every year to enjoy anything and everything Italian. From wine tasting to a pizza eating contest to fireworks, the Italian celebrations are three days of enjoyment for the whole family. Great traditional food and entertainment are something that everyone can enjoy. There is a homemade wine contest, Italian classics like bocce, morra and more. A mass is held on Sunday and after a spaghetti dinner.

Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow

(Admission: $8 adults, $4 Children, Pre School Free)

  • When: July 10 – 12, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds at 23270 Wally Road in Loudonville,Ohio 44842
  • Phone: 800-766-2267
  • Web: www.mohicanpowwow.com
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mohican-indian-pow-wowA 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.

Lagrange Street Polish Festival

(Admission: $4/person, $3 Seniors, $2 Sunday, Children 8 and under FREE)

  • When: July 10 – 12, 2015 – Friday 5 pm to 11pm, Saturday noon to 11pm, Sunday noon to 7pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Lagrange Street between Central and Mettler Streets in Toledo
  • Phone: 419-255-8406 Ext. 304
  • Web: http://www.polishfestival.org/

Toledo’s Polish Village celebrates its heritage and showcases its central business district with the city’s largest street festival – attracting over 25,000 visitors last year. The festival features the finest polka bands from across the Midwest, a variety of Polish food and delicacies, plenty of Polish (Pivo) and American beer, soft drinks and bottled water, a polka dance contest on Sunday at 5 pm, a pierogi-eating contest on Saturday at 6 pm, a children’s area with rides and games, and arts and craft vendors from across the region.


(Admission is Free) 

  • Open: July 10 – 12, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Hocking Hills, Ohio
  • Phone: 1-800-Hocking or 740-969-2873 or 740-385-9706
  • Web: www.lilyfest.com

Master gardeners and Ohio Certified Naturalists will be available to answer questions.  Music features local musicians performing in a variety of Appalachian styles – instrumental and vocal.

The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

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  • When: July 10-13, 2015 – Friday (4pm – 10pm) Saturday (7am – 11am) and (4pm – 10pm),  Sunday (7am – 11am)
  • Location: (Map It) Smith Park at 500 Tytus Avenue in Middletown, OH
  • Phone: 513-705-1770
  • Web Site: http://www.ohiochallenge.com/

The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival features a hot air balloon competition with over 40 hot air balloons, sky divers, food and craft vendors and more! Come out to see special shape balloons, the Friday Night Fireworks, or to enjoy the beautiful balloon glows.

Early America Live, An 1890 Reenactment Festival

jefferson-depot-village(Admission:  Adults: $6.00 donation, under 6 free)

  • When: July 11 – 12, 2015 (annually, 2nd weekend in July) Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5.
  • Location: (Map It) Jefferson Depot Village, 147 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, OH 44047
  • Phone: 614-507-5246
  • Web: http://www.jeffersondepotvillage.org/

1890 becomes “alive” as you enter the gates into the historic 19th century village. Costumed kinfolk recreate the “period” as you peek into the past in each restored building and on the grounds.   Attend school in the 1838 One-Room Schoolhouse, early recess games, make & take crafts. Candle-making, basketry, dying & spinning wool, pottery. Herb garden tours, tussie-mussies, pump-organ concert,  Pastor on horseback Saturday at 11 a.m.,  Fashion Show.  1816 Jonathan Warner Tavern dedication Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Dixieland Band at 2:00 p.m. in the 1864 Lenox Bandwagon.  1890 Food Menu.  Fun for All! 1890 Guided Tours available June to October, Saturday & Sunday 1-4 p.m., Monday & Thursday 10-4p.m.  Group tours any time by appointment.

Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival

toledo-lighthouse-society(Admission: Free Parking – $3 Lighthouse Donation requested)

  • When: July 11 – 12, 2015 from 10am – 8pm and 11am-5 pm, respectively
  • Location: (Map It) Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd. #2 in Oregon, Ohio 43616
  • Phone: 419-691-3788
  • Web Site: www.toledolighthouse.org

The Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival is located on an inland lake near the shores of Lake Erie. The waterfront festival offers summer music in the amphitheater throughout the festival.  There is a sand castle contest at 11 am on Saturday.  There are over 50 nautically themed arts and crafts in the nautical village. There are over 200 silent auction items and many gift cards and unique items. There are boat rides to go into the lighthouse (weather permitting and ability to climb rung ladder) and boat rides around the lighthouse.  There are children’s activities, face painting, hands on art and more.  There is a magician and pupateer in the amphitheater Sunday afternoon.  Fest food vendors offer perch, brats, wraps, Toft’s ice cream and more. There is a Saturday evening concert at 7 pm. – free.

Youngstown Festival of the Arts

Summer Festival of the Arts
ysu-arts-fest(Admission is Free)

When: July 11 – 12, 2015
Location: (Map It) Youngstown Ohio at Youngstown State University
Phone: 330-941-2307
Web: www.ysu.edu/sfa

The Summer Festival of the Arts at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio is a true celebration of the visual and performing arts. Welcoming over 80 local, regional and national artists, the event draws over 15,000 people to the park-like campus. In addition to the artists’ marketplace, dozens of music, theater and dance performances occur and activities are planned by local museums and churches. An ethnic fair, 5K run and children’s activities add to the excitement of this two-day event. Admission and parking are free to the Summer Festival of the Arts.

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

(Admission is Free)

  • When:  July 17 – 19, 2015 from 11am – 11pm on Friday and Saturday and until 8:30pm on Sunday
  • Location: (Map It) Columbus, Ohio ( The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus)
  • Phone: 614-645-7995
  • Web: http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz.  Featuring the finest local, regional, and international jazz artists on three stages, the annual Jazz & Rib Fest will offer a diverse lineup of artists guaranteed to satisfy the cravings of any jazz connoisseur while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken, and more.  Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.  Jazz & Rib Fest is also proud to partner with “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” – The Color Run – for the annual Columbus fun run on Saturday.  Sizzling hot BBQ ribs, cool jazz and refreshing beverages are just a step away as runners cross the finish line.  To register for The Color Run, visit www.TheColorRun.com.

Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta

(Admission is Free. Parking fee may apply)

  • When: July 18, 2015 from 10am – 3pm
  • Location: (Map It) Voice of America Park at 7850 VOA Park Drive in West Chester, OH 45069
  • Phone: 513-867-5835
  • Web Site: www.yourmetroparks.net

The Crazy Cardboard Regatta is back for a third season! This wildly popular event features handcrafted boats made entirely out of cardboard. Winners of each category are awarded plaques to commemorate their cardboard victory. Come out to the Crazy Cardboard Regatta and enjoy the fun!

All American Soap Box Derby

(Admission: Free)

The All American Soap Box Derby, held every July in Akron, has run nationally since 1934. With free admission, the World Championship finals are comprised of more than 550 qualifiers from forty states around the U.S. and five foreign countries. The race has more than 15,000 spectators who attend annually and over 1,000 volunteers every year. The race features boy and girl drivers from ages 8-20, who compete in one of three different divisions in these “gravity” races for scholarships and other prizes. Race week at Derby Downs racetrack is filled with activities including a parade, a rally, and celebrity appearances. The race encourages young people to take in the true spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship of the derby’s history. With over 75 years of race history, every year at the All American Soup Box Derby World Championship is a new, exciting all-day event that has been enjoyed by thousands for generations.

Annie Oakley Festival

(Admission and parking is Free)

  • When: July 24 – 26, 2015 (always the last full weekend in July)
  • Location: (Map It) York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd, Versailles, Ohio (7 miles north of Greenville along St Rt 127)
  • Phone:   937-623-9235
  • Web Site:  www.annieoakleyfestival.org and Facebook

The Annie Oakley Festival is a three day celebration held annually in Darke County, Ohio during the last full weekend in July. It celebrates Annie Oakley’s humble beginnings and worldwide fame. The festival includes a shooting contest for young women and recognizes a new Miss Annie Oakley who reigns throughout the year. There will be a fast draw contest, car show, old time melodrama, bus tours of the historically-rich county, talent show, competitive family fun games, and a fabulous western arts show including knife throwing, whip cracking, and variety entertainment.

There will also be a petting zoo, live musical entertainment, a Buffalo Bill impersonator and historian, daily Annie’s story time for children, and food, flea market, antique, and craft vendors. This year the festival will welcome a certified Parelli Horsemanship instructor who will be giving two demonstrations each day, which will include cowboy shooting from horseback. Finally the festival is thrilled to announce the return of the parade to downtown Greenville on Saturday morning at 10am. Come out and enjoy some old time fun and food with friends and family!

Big Bend Blues Bash

  • When: Tentatively July 24 – 25, 2015
  • Location: (Map It) Riverside Amphitheatre in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-992-6524
  • Web Site: www.pomeroyblues.org

Meigs-Blues-BashOver the past few years, the “Big Bend Blues Bash” has become the premiere festival of Southeast Ohio. This year, three big days including an Acoustic Night, Blues Competition, Main Event and Kids Activities.  Held on the banks of the mighty Ohio River, there is no better place to be for a little Blues, Brews, and BBQ!

Celina Lake Festival

(Admission is Free)  

With more than 50 years of fun, the Celina Lake Festival held on the shores of Grand Lake St. Mary’s in downtown Celina is a three-day event full of family fun. The festival begins Friday night with a brilliant fireworks show, live entertainment and the Amphicar Swim-In and a Cruise-In with over 250 cars. Throughout the weekend there will be a parade, a car show, boat Poker Run, a cardboard Duct Tape boat race, a kiddie fishing derby, and kiddie and adult tractor pulls. A volleyball tournament, a 5-k, a Women’s Walk for Wellness and the pageant to win Miss Lake Festival are also held during this festival all centered around the beautiful shores of Celina Lake.

The Summer Market

  • When: July 24 – 25, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm and 9:00 am-4:00 pm respectively
  • Location: (Map It) The Summer Market is located at Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake, Ohio at Route 83 and Lake Road.
  • Contact: www.thesummermarket.com

avon-lake-summer-marketThe annual Summer Market is held on the shores of Lake Erie. It includes delicious food, great music and more than 40 vendors and shops. A little vintage and a littlebeachy, this unique event draws thousands of guests each year.

Howard Chandler Christy Art Show

(Admission is Free) 

All art mediums welcome. Amateur and Prof. (Non-juried.) $ entry fee.  Food, music, parking, free to the public. Saturday registration is 7:30-10:30. Judging begins 11am Saturday. Art auction 2pm Sunday, and awards ceremony at 4 pm (Cash and ribbon awards given). Howard Chandler Christy was a world famous illustrator of the early 1900’s born in Morgan County near McConnelsville, Ohio. Christy ‘s well known works include the painting of the “Greenville Treaty”, “Signing of US. Constitution,” Naval recruitment posters, and the “Christy Girls.” Join us under the trees.

Shelby County Fair

Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes, and excitement of the Shelby County Fair.  This fair has been going strong for more than 150 years! It features a variety of activities and attractions sure to entertain both the young and old of heart!  Featured activities include live concerts, 4H and livestock shows, a demolition derby, games, Midway games, a tractor pull, harness racing, and much more.  In addition, fair goers enjoy a wide variety of food and deserts sure to satisfy their every taste bud! Check out their web site for show times and ticket prices.


Harrison County Fair in Cadiz – http://www.harrisoncountyfair.org/Home.html

Clinton County Fair in Wilmington – http://www.clintoncountyfair.org/

Lawrence County Fair in Proctorville – www.lawrencecountyohiofair.com/

Madison County Fair in London – http://www.madisoncountyfairoh.com/

Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine – http://www.logancountyfair.org/

Franklin County Fair in Hilliard – http://www.fcfair.org/fair-event

Adams County Fair in West Union – http://www.adamscountyfairground.com/

Crawford County Fair in Bucyrus – http://www.crawfordcofair.com/

Jackson County Fair in Wellston - http://www.jacksoncofair.org/

Perry County Fair in New Lexington – http://perrycountyfair.com/

Warren County Fair in Lebanon – http://www.warrencountyfair.org/

Fayette County Fair in Washington Court House – http://www.fayettecoagsociety.com/

Ottawa County Fair in Oak Harbor – http://www.ottawacountyfair.org/

Carroll County Fair in Carrollton – http://www.carrollcountyohio.com/fair/

Clark County Fair in Springfield – http://www.clarkcountyfair.org/

Knox County Fair in Mount Vernon – http://www.knoxcountyfair.org/

Butler County Fair in Hamilton – http://www.butlercofair.com/

Clermont County Fair in Owensville – http://www.clermontcountyfair.org/

Shelby County Fair in Sidney – http://www.shelbycountyfair.com/

Summit County Fair in Tallmadge – http://www.summitfair.com/fair.html

Union County Fair in Marysville – http://www.ohiounioncountyfair.org/

Seneca County Fair in Tiffin – http://www.senecacountyfair.org/

Lucas County Fair in Maumee – http://www.lucascountyfair.com/

Pike County Fair in Piketon – http://www.pikecofair.com/

OHIO STATE FAIR in Columbus – http://www.ohiostatefair.com/

Preble County Fair in Eaton – http://www.preblecountyfair.org/