Photo courtesy of David Monseur via the Akron RubberDucksRoot for the home team at this patriotic ball game! The Akron RubberDucks, Akron's beloved baseball team, invites the local community to cheer them on in celebration of our country. After all, baseball is America's national pastime. Military members, veterans and their families will all receive $5 tickets. When: June 29-July 4. Times vary. Where: Lock 3 Park Live music, vendor booths, family-friendly activities and the smell of barbecue in the air — it doesn't get much better than this! Come sample offerings from some of the area's best barbecue vendors — all serving up ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, roasted vegetables and so much more. You'll need as much fuel as possible to dance the night away! Admission is free for all six days. When: June 29, sunset Where: Barberton Speedway It's always a good day at the Speedway! Come witness the excitement of the car race followed by a brilliant fireworks display over the tracks. When: June 30, 7:30 pm Where: Akron Northside Station
Graphic courtesy of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RailroadAll aboard! The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad invites you to join in a special patriotic wine excursion on the weekend before Independence Day. Explore the beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park on a two-hour train ride while sipping on wine. Each passenger will be served five wine tastings and several appetizers, and additional beverages and food will be available for purchase.
Photo courtesy of the Hocking Hills Tourism AssociationHocking Hills State Park is one of central Ohio's most popular wilderness escapes, complete with striking waterfalls, awe-inspiring caves, lush greenery, wildlife and ample trails to explore it all. The park is situated just one hour away and is perfect for a day trip or for camping overnight. Before or after your hike, try one of the other activities offered in the park, including kayaking and zip-lining! The hike we like: Ash Cave is the must-try hike in Hocking Hills. Trek approximately a half-mile across rugged terrain on the high trail to the cave, which is the largest recess cave east of the Mississippi. We also love the trails in the Cedar Falls area, which allow easy access to both the falls and Old Man's Cave. Wildflower aficionados will love exploring Gahanna Woods, which is filled with them during the spring and summer months. The urban getaway is part city park and part state nature preserve, and includes several hiking and walking trails for your enjoyment. It's a popular destination for wildlife photographers and families looking for an easier hike! The hike we like: There are several short loops that are pretty easy to link together here. Since this park's main attribute is its natural scenery and wildlife, we recommend hitting the trails without a plan! You can opt for a quick half-mile walk or a multi-mile trek.
Photo courtesy of Kim Strosnider via Columbus & Franklin County Metro ParksNestled between Franklin and Delaware counties, Highbanks Metro Park offers more than 1,000 acres of space and approximately 10 trails. There's a reason it's the most highly visited park in town! Your journey will lead you past shale bluffs, breathtaking vistas of the Olentangy River, and an 100-foot-tall sandstone bluff. The hike we like: Opt to link up the Coyote Run and Overlook trails for more than 5 miles of hiking! This 218-acre park is situated within the Scioto Trail State Forest — a lush oasis within the Columbus Metro Area. The trails here boast breathtaking views of the Scioto River Valley, plenty of spots for picnicking, and just enough isolation from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hike we like: The DeBroad Vista Trail to the Fire Tower Trail is reserved for hikers only, which means you won't have to look out for mountain bikers along the way! It's a 2.5-mile trek one way and is rated as moderate. Make a quick trip to Granville (just 30 or so minutes outside of town) to explore the Denison Biological Reserve. The area spans 350 acres across forest, orchards, old plantations, ponds and former agricultural fields, and is commonly used by students for field research! It's a great place to go for a leisurely walk or run in nature, and you will probably encounter one or two deer on your trek. The hike we like: Grab a map towards the beginning of your journey! All of the trails here are scenic (and fairly easy), but the Woodcock Trail is one of the most popular. Situated just north of Columbus, Alum Creek State Park is a haven for water sport aficionados. The beach is one of the most well-known in the state, but there is plenty more to do in the park other than enjoying the lake! You'll find three different hiking trails as well as a 7-mile multipurpose trail, all skirting the water. There is also a popular disc golf course on site with rental equipment available! The hike we like: The Rocks to Roots trail is the lengthiest hiking trail in the park, covering just over 4.1 miles. The trail is scenic and rated as moderate!
Photo courtesy of Mac Albin via Columbus & Franklin County Metro ParksLocated on the far west side of Columbus, this natural oasis offers more than 20 hiking trails meandering through 7,000 acres of prairies, forests and wetlands. It's an ideal place to seek out birds and wildlife — in fact, bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within their spacious enclosed pastures. The hike we like: The Dyer Mill trail is a moderate to difficult hike that winds for 3.2 miles through tall grass meadows and secluded woodlands. You'll pass by the scenic Little Darby Creek, as well! We are also fond of the Fort Ancient Mound Loop.
Photo courtesy of the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and PreservesLocated just over 30 miles from Columbus in Lancaster, this spectacular nature preserve features two loop trails that can be linked for a scenic hike that totals nearly 5 miles. The hike starts with an old covered bridge and winds through colorful flora and wildlife to eventually end up on a clifftop. The short climb will reward you with picturesque views of the valley below! The hike we like: Link the loops together for the full Christmas Rocks experience. You can find a map to the loop trails here! An hour drive will reward you with a scenic getaway spanning thousands of acres. Mohican State Park is a 1,110-acre preserve situated right next to a 4,525-acre state forest. Both are full of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders alike. The hike we like: There are seven hiking trails that traverse the park. The 2-mile Lyons Fall Trail is our favorite, as it follows the Clear Fork Gorge and features two scenic waterfalls. The trail is ranked as moderate to difficult.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Sagar via Columbus & Franklin County Metro ParksThis spot might be most well-known for the Slate Run Living Historical Farm, but the scenery here is equally as breathtaking! Come explore the abundance of tree species, the picturesque fields, the shaded forests and the wetlands! Wildlife viewing opportunities abound, and sandhill cranes have been known to nest in the wetland areas. The park is located in Canal Winchester, just a short trek southwest of Columbus. The hike we like: To get a little sampling of everything the park has to offer, we recommend linking the Bobolink, Kokomo and Sugar Maple trails — which totals nearly 5 miles.
Photo courtesy of Connie Mastenbrook via Columbus & Franklin County Metro ParksThis popular 643-acre park is located just east of town and features an abundance of forested trails and picnic trails for a convenient escape. You will likely encounter several species of wildlife, including a few varieties of colorful birds! The hike we like: The trails here are short and fairly easy — so they are perfect for families. The Beech, Maple and Buttonbush trails are all just under a mile, so try them each in turn and stop when you're tired!
Photo courtesy of the Westerville Sunrise RotaryTo celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen heroes, the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise will create a display of more than 3,000 American flags across the street from the Westerville Community Center. The fields will open on May 25, and there will be an opening ceremony and concert on Saturday, May 26. It's truly a must-see display for anyone in the area.
Photo courtesy of CSAA Photography via the Columbus Asian FestivalThis annual event draws more than 100,000 visitors each year, and is only expected to keep growing! It has been a tremendous success since its inception in 1995, and aims to promote the importance of cultural diversity through games, demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, live music, an Asian marketplace and more! The event is completely free, so make sure to stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
The City of Dublin, in partnership with the Wesley G. Davids Dublin Post 800 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dublin Post 10691, will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies & Observance on Monday, May 28. The day's events honor veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. Come witness the Bridge Street Bridge wreath throwing ceremony and processional (which will begin at the Shoppes at River Bridge and conclude at the Dublin Cemetery), followed by a commemoration in the cemetery. The ceremony will feature veterans, local students and guest speaker Major General Gregory L. Wayt. Stay afterward for a community picnic in the park hosted by the City of Dublin.
This post was updated on April 9, 2019 to include up-to-date information.Farmers' market season is finally upon us! We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce, but our state is also filled with a high number of talented artisans producing cured meat, freshly baked breads, crafts and more for our enjoyment. There's nothing we love more than perusing their fantastic products at the local market, because somehow, locally made goods just taste better. Support local and hit up your local farmers' market this summer! We rounded up the best picks near Akron and Canton, and lucky for you, there are options on almost every day of the week. Pick a day that works for you, and then use the map to locate the nearest market. Happy shopping!
Photo courtesy of 101 Beer KitchenEstablished in 2012, this local gastropub boasts the kind of laid-back neighborhood vibe that you could only find in Dublin. The menu is comprised of inventive, comforting dishes crafted with seasonal ingredients. The happy hour (offered Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm) features half-price beer, and $6 pours of wine, mead and sangria. What to Order: Muck of the Irish 6012 Glick Road, Powell Featuring comforting pub fare alongside a full bar selection, The Bogey Bar & Grill is a golf-themed hangout and a neighborhood mainstay. It's the perfect lunch destination after a round of 18, but also perfect for catching up with loved ones over a pint. What to Order: The Irish Mule 27 South High Street, Dublin The Dublin Village Tavern isn't just a fun spot to hit up on a weekend — it's also a Dublin institution. The local watering hole has been open since 2000, and has established itself as a favorite in the area. People come here for the delicious Irish-inspired food and, of course, the creative cocktails! When you order your Celtic Cosmo, make sure to accompany it with an order of Irish egg rolls. They're legendary. What to Order: Celtic Cosmo 4515 Bankers Drive, Dublin
Photo courtesy of Vaso Rooftop LoungeLocated in the new AC Hotel, Vaso Rooftop Lounge is the place to be this summer. The rooftop eatery features panoramic views and Spanish-style tapas alongside an impressive lineup of craft beer, wine and cocktails. What to Order: Liffey's Cooler 6725 Avery-Muirfield Drive, Dublin This neighborhood tavern prides itself on its soul-satisfying fare, its upscale atmosphere, and its friendly personality. The chef-driven menu rotates to reflect the seasons and everything is crafted with an inventive twist! What to Order: Dublin Iced Coffee 50 West Bridge Street, Dublin Liu offers a modern, fusion-style dining experience in chic digs. The eclectic menu ranges from Mongolian beef to fish 'n' chips, and you'll also find seafood, pasta, fried brie and other globally-inspired selections. There is truly something for everyone. What to Order: Devil's Apple Manhattan 6558 Riverside Drive, Dublin
Photo courtesy of Rise BrandsPins Mechanical Company is actually the sister bar to popular 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, so you can expect the same eclectic personality and lively atmosphere! It's the perfect destination for a fun night out, featuring bowling, specialty cocktails, arcade games and featured food trucks. What to Order: Leatherlip's Revenge 12 West Bridge Street, Dublin Mezzo offers classic Italian dishes crafted with care, a bustling bar scene, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The modern eatery is set in the heart of downtown Dublin in a historic building, and it's the perfect place to linger with friends over a glass of wine (or, in this case, the Irish Attitude Mule). What to Order: The Irish Attitude Mule 6631 Longshore Drive, Dublin With 25 locations spanning the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, RAM Restaurant & Brewery has established a reputation for providing hearty fare, craft brews and cocktails to hungry customers. Order the fish and chips alongside your Irish Mule to complete the Dublin experience! What to Order: The Copperless Irish Mule 35 North High Street, Dublin
Photo courtesy of Tucci'sTucci's has been serving the Dublin area for more than 20 years, and its chosen cocktail for the trail is a reboot of a drink that was popular back in the day! Once you've ordered the Celtic Twilight, make sure to check out the food menu, which includes fresh seafood, hearty pasta dishes and steak. What to Order: Celtic Twilight 4415 West Dublin-Granville Road, Dublin Featuring 101 taps, The Pint Room takes the cake (or rather, the keg) when it comes to craft beer. The impressive list of Ohio-based breweries showcased is bound to impress any local beer aficionado, but you'll also find selections from renowned spots around the country. What to Order: Dublin Irish Red, Buckeye Lake Brewery
Photo courtesy of Karen Lynch via Basi ItaliaNestled in Columbus' Victorian Village, Basi Italia serves up market-driven and flavorful Italian dishes in a cozy dining room. The restaurant is definitely one of the highlights of the neighborhood and is a perfect setting for date night! When the weather is cooperating, opt to enjoy your meal outside on the patio — a fenced-in paradise with plenty of lush greenery and twinkle lights. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1044 North High Street, Columbus
47 taps, 150 beers total, a full lineup of craft cocktails, mouthwatering grilled cheeses and juicy burgers — need we say more? The delicious American pub fare and drinks menu are great year round, but everything just seems to taste better on the patio. The outdoor space spans the length of the restaurant and is the perfect happy hour gathering spot. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 520 North Park Street, Columbus
This laid-back Irish Pub is located in the heart of Columbus' Arena District, so it's a popular place to gather with friends before or after the big game. The venue offers good pub food, a friendly atmosphere and also one of the most iconic rooftop patios in the city. Sit upstairs with a beer, cocktail or glass of wine to take in the skyline views, or dance the night away after the sun sets! Bonus: Every Wednesday evening, the bar features $5 margaritas and free chips and salsa! Facebook | Instagram | Menu 987 North 4th Street, Columbus
Set in an old brick building in the heart of Italian Village, Cosecha Cocina opened its doors in March 2017 to instant success, and the buzz still hasn't died down. Locals flock here for refreshing margaritas and Mexican-inspired street food. The menu includes traditional bites like tamales, tostadas, tacos, rellenos and enchiladas. And although the cuisine is familiar, each dish is prepared with an innovative twist. Enjoy your choice on the patio, which is laden with picnic tables on warm-weather days. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 2855 Indianola Avenue, Columbus AND 621 Parsons Avenue, Columbus
There are so many reasons to love the Crest Gastropub, including the impressive selection of craft beer, the inventive cocktails and the locally sourced menu. But perhaps our favorite feature of this beloved Clintonville hotspot is the fantastic rooftop patio. The outdoor space is scattered with comfortable chairs and tables for a leisurely meal under the sun, and provides excellent views of the surrounding urban scenery. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1455 West 3rd Avenue, Columbus
It's no secret that the Grandview Cafe is a preferred gathering place among locals. The institution has been serving Columbus since 1925! The cuisine and vibe have changed over the years but the sense of community has always remained the same. In fact, the Grandview Cafe underwent a complete renovation and overhaul of the menu early last year, but fear not — the iconic, two-story patio remains. Come enjoy comforting bites, a craft cocktail and camaraderie on 3rd Avenue! Facebook | Instagram | Menu 169 East Beck Street, Columbus
This family-owned establishment is a staple in the Columbus community. The restaurant has been so successful in part due to its friendly service and welcoming atmosphere, but also because of the delicious menu designed by Brett Fife and the spectacular outdoor patio. Come by during the summer months to enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch or happy hour al fresco. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 229 Civic Center Drive, Columbus
For top-notch views of the Scioto Mile (and excellent food), look no further than Milestone 229. This bustling spot serves up comforting, new American fare in spectacular modern digs. The large windows open up to views of the spectacular Scioto Mile fountain, but on a beautiful day, we recommend sitting outside to get the full experience. The patio is shaded and provides the perfect spot for sipping on a craft cocktail and sharing a flatbread. Facebook | Instagram | Tap List 1101 North 4th Street, Columbus
Seventh Son Brewing has served the Italian Village neighborhood since April 2013, providing incredible craft beer and bites from local food trucks in a fun and airy space. Additionally, the brewery is home to one of the most iconic patios in Columbus! On weekends, the outdoor space is bustling with locals and visitors alike catching up and sipping on one of the refreshing beers on tap — which is one of the reasons it landed on our list of the top breweries in Columbus. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 2333 North High Street, Columbus
Trillium Kitchen and Patio prides itself on its community atmosphere. In fact, it's one of the most popular gathering places in the Tuttle Park area! Executive Chef Bradley Balch whips up delicious, globally inspired plates with an emphasis on seafood and local ingredients, and it seems that each dish is even better than the last. Enjoy the experience on the patio, which boasts a romantic atmosphere and great opportunities for people watching. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1636 North High Street, Columbus
Trism is Columbus' hottest new space — and it's tough for us to decide what we love most about it. By day, it's a sunny and healthy eatery serving house-made pastries, smoothie bowls, juices and more. And by night, it's a bar and event space hosting some of the areas most renowned DJs and performers! There are even free yoga classes on the weekends. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy Trism, make sure to take advantage of the patio on summer days. Facebook | Instagram | Menu 1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Suite D, Columbus
Watershed Kitchen & Bar's philosophy of honest food, honest drinks, respect for ingredients, and respect for people is what landed it on our list of Columbus' best new restaurants in 2017. The new eatery is located in the heart of the distillery and production facility and offers creative, New American fare alongside craft cocktails made with house-distilled spirits — plus the ability to enjoy your meal outside.
This four-acre retreat represents peaceful living at its finest! Enjoy more than 2,800 square feet of indoor living space with everything you need for a comfortable life, and fantastic views of the lush scenery from every window. The home is also located in the covetable Louisville school system! 5 Beds | 3.1 Baths | 3,344 Square Feet | 31 Acres Calling all equestrians! This is one property that might grab your attention. This picturesque 31-acre lot in Medina comes with an indoor AND outdoor riding arena as well as two barns with 42 stalls total. The home itself features an all-brick exterior, five spacious bedrooms, two fireplaces and two kitchens! 3 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,348 Square Feet | 8.55 Acres This well-kept ranch home sits on more than eight acres in Carrollton, Ohio. Owners will enjoy an open floor plan, a spacious great room with cathedral ceilings, a cozy electric fireplace and a spacious eat-in kitchen. To top it all off, the outdoor entertaining spaces are perfect for hosting family gatherings! 2 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,138 Square Feet | 7.5 Acres This stunning home in Sherrodsville looks good as new, and is tucked away on a tranquil 7.5-acre lot. The open concept features excellent craftsmanship, high ceilings, elegant light fixtures, plush carpeting and more, but our favorite thing about the property is the picturesque views of the surrounding landscape from every window. 3 Beds | 1 Bath | 2,054 Square Feet | 15.03 Acres This charming, updated home sits on more than 15 peaceful acres in Carrollton, Ohio. Inside, enjoy a fabulous kitchen with hickory cabinets, large and brightly lit living spaces and a stunning staircase leading to the three upstairs bedrooms. Enjoy the views of your land (including a barn and detached garage) from the enclosed front porch.
A far cry from a traditional flea market, the Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio's most respected and popular markets. Come experience local creativity at its finest by shopping from talented artists and vendors, sampling delicious eats from local purveyors and sipping a refreshing craft beer. When: June 22-August 31 Where: The Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood
Photo courtesy of Alex Belisle Photography via LakewoodAliveLakewoodAlive's Front Porch Concert Series will return to the steps of the Lakewood Public Library this summer! Enjoy free, live music every Friday evening in the heart of downtown, with genres ranging from folk to rock to jazz. When: June 1-2 Where: Playhouse Square, Cleveland Calling all foodies and wine aficionados! This fantastic, educational event will feature tastings, seminars, a silent auction and plenty of wine. The event will kick off with a grand tasting on Friday evening. During the Saturday sessions, learn about proper wine pairings, the intricacies of sparkling wine, and more from the experts — including legendary Chef Jacques Pépin. When: June 15-16 Where: 3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon Live music, a parade and… giant duct tape creations? This wacky, free festival presented by Duck® brand is definitely one you have to attend at least once. Strut your stuff in the Duck® Tape Fashion Show, build a Duck® Tape float for the parade, build a craft, shop from local vendors, or simply enjoy the show! When: June 16 (two sessions) Where: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland Come see what's brewing at the Cleveland Beerfest! Thousands of craft beer fans will converge on Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica to enjoy creations from Cleveland's best local breweries. While you're sipping, munch on bites from local food trucks and dance along to live music. When: June 22 Where: Rivergate Park, Cleveland Come enjoy this free run/walk along the Cuyahoga River riverfront! The 2.5 or 5-mile routes will connect participants to segments that have recently been changed into a park or bike path. After the race, enjoy a party at the finish line with music, craft beer and more at Rivergate Park. When: June 30 Where: Waterloo Road Between East 161st Street and Calcutta Avenue, Cleveland The Waterloo Arts Fest will welcome more than 40 local bands, a mix of talented vendors, incredible food trucks and exciting, interactive art experiences for all ages. Need we say more? When: July 4 Where: The Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Celebrate America's birthday by exploring the exhibits at the Great Lakes Science Center. When the sun goes down, venture out to the Steamship Mather to enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks from the deck! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. When: July 7 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland Beer and food lovers, take note! The Kale and Ale Festival will host seven of your favorite Cleveland restaurants and an impressive lineup of breweries for this fabulous (and delicious) event. Discover inspiring dishes from the farm-to-fork movement, sip a refreshing bevvie, dance along to live music, and shop from local vendors! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, so grab your tickets today. When: July 13-15 Where: Victory Park, North Ridgeville As long as you are a child at heart, you are bound to enjoy this larger-than-life bounce house experience. The Big Bounce is the world's largest family-friendly bounce house, and will be open to adults and children in Cleveland for one weekend this summer! Take your fun to new heights and come experience more than 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter. When: July 14 Where: Downtown Lakewood
Photo courtesy of The Lakewood Citizen via LakewoodAlivePresented by everyone's favorite grilled cheese shop, Melt Bar & Grilled, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown is one of the region's most highly anticipated street parties. In fact, it welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees last year! Enjoy a 5K race (or a 1-mile kids' fun run), outdoor activities, games, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and so much more. And the best part? Admission is completely free. When: Weekends, July 14 through August 19 Where: 3033 Ohio 534, Rock Creek Step back in time at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace. Guests will be able to enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for covetable treasures, cheering on the jousters, and tasting food fit for a king! Make sure to try your hand at archery or ax-throwing, and get a thrill on one of the rides. When: July 15 Where: Professor Avenue, Tremont It's no secret that the Tremont neighborhood is a mecca for foodies, and this festival allows you to experience the best of the best. Taste food from Tremont's best chefs, peruse spectacular art displays, sip on craft cocktails, mead, wine or beer, shop from local vendors and dance along to live music. When: July 27 & 28 Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Avon Lake This unique outdoor festival takes place on the shore of Lake Erie and hosts thousands of guests each year. Come shop for unique furniture, gorgeous jewelry, statement-making art and other handmade wares, along with fresh produce and baked goods! After shopping, you can grab a bite from the surrounding food trucks, dance along to live music or simply enjoy the stunning lake views. When: July 28 Where: Lincoln Park, Cleveland
Photo courtesy of Emanuel Wallace via the Scene Ale FestivalCelebrate Cleveland's incredible craft beer scene at this local festival in Lincoln Park. Tickets start at $40, and the price of admission will earn you 15 drink tickets, access to more than 80 craft beers from the region's best breweries, live music, food booths and more. And don't leave man's best friend behind — this festival is dog-friendly! When: August 15-18 Where: Little Italy, Cleveland The annual Feast of the Assumption Festival (locally referred to as "The Feast") is an event that Clevelanders look forward to each year. The four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road. You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities, as is also serves as a general celebration of Cleveland's storied Italian heritage. Enjoy live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides, games, fireworks and more! Come hungry, because there will also be booths from local restaurants lining the street. When: August 17-18 Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station, Cleveland The Great Lakes Burning River Fest will return for its 17th year, bringing danceable live music, refreshing craft beer and delicious bites to the Cleveland waterfront. Enjoy an impressive lineup of cold craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery and spectacular performances from the likes of Wesley Bright & the Honeytones and Robert DeLong. Plus, dance along to a silent disco inside the boathouse from DJ Red-I! When: August 17-19 Where: 7370 Columbia Road, Olmsted Township You don't have to wait until fall to experience Oktoberfest! Don your best lederhosen and head down to Olmsted Township for live entertainment, folk dancing, German food, pastries and German-style brews! When: August 25-26 Where: Shaker Square, Cleveland You won't find any bland food at this unique culinary festival — garlic-centric dishes are the name of the game! This year's festival will feature an impressive lineup of garlic-laden food from the area's top chefs, plus fun additions like chef grill-offs, the Miss Garlic 2018 competition, Mitchell's garlic ice cream, the Ohio Cheese Guild Tent, live music, a kids area, a bungee trampoline and so much more! When: August 31-September 3 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Middleburg Heights Come experience German culture at Cleveland's Oktoberfest festival! Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, a full lineup of mouthwatering German cuisine, several chicken dances, fun costumes, German beer and so much more.