Summer weather, fantastic food, family fun, and fabulous fireworks can only mean one thing in Northeast Ohio. It's time to celebrate the 4th of July, and, as always, communities across Northeast Ohio will be pulling out all of the stops to celebrate this special day. You're sure to find a great place to celebrate July 4th close to home, and many local events include so much to see that they're spread across multiple days. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with these eight amazing July 4th events around Northeast Ohio.
The fun starts early in Bay Village, with the Bay Days 2022 Festival kicking off on June 30 and lasting all the way until the big day on July 4. There will be live music from a different band every night at the park gazebo, along with a Classic Car Cruise-In with live DJ, a Vintage Baseball Game featuring two local club teams, and a Children's Bike, Trike & Wagon Parade. Throughout the festival, attendees can also enjoy carnival rides, delicious food from local vendors, and informative booths from community organizations. It's all capped off by the Gala Fireworks Display, which takes place after dark on the 4th of July.
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The Avon Lake Independence Day Celebration, Concert & Fireworks begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, July 1 and lasts until the fireworks light up the sky late in the evening. In between, you'll enjoy an on-stage Independence Day Celebration, along with live performances from Anne E. Dechant, Seeing Scarlet, and a Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Some of your favorite local food trucks will be there all evening to provide outstanding meals, with Jones Bones BBQ, Off the Griddle, Fired Up Tacos, Cathy's Cle & Kona Ice, and Kountry Krunchins among the food trucks set to appear at the celebration.
For a full day of fun on the 4th of July, try a trip to the Valley City 4th of July Parade, Car Show, Music & Fireworks celebration at Mill Stream Park. Begin your day with the 4th of July Parade, which travels down State Route 303, West River, School Street, and Maple Street before ending at Mill Stream Park. Then stick around at the park for the Classic Car Show in the afternoon while enjoying some great concessions for lunch. The evening features a live performance from Soundcheck, followed by a wonderful fireworks display after dusk.
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Held on the large lawn in front of Hoover High School, the North Canton Community Celebration & Fireworks Display is packed with fun for the whole family. It all starts at 5:30 PM when the food vendors, face painting stations, and children's activities open for the evening. The Scenic Route will be taking the stage a bit later in the evening, playing all of the hits from the past five decades in a free outdoor concert. Of course, you won't want to miss the fireworks display, which takes place shortly after the band leaves the stage.
Looking for a healthy, fun way to start your July 4th celebrations? The Aurora July 4th Fun Run, Parade, Festival & Fireworks starts early in the morning with a 5k fun run with awards for the top three finishers in every age bracket from kids to seniors. The July 4th Parade starts after the fun run is complete, followed by the Festival & Grand Marshall Celebration, which lasts all afternoon into the evening, and the fireworks display, which kicks off after dusk.
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One of Northeast Ohio's largest July 4th celebrations takes place in New Philadelphia, where the 45th annual First Town Days Festival, Parade & Fireworks features five days packed with events from morning through evening. Whether you're interested in a Fishing Derby, Frog Jumping Contest, Turtle Races, Wiffleball Tournament, or some more conventional Independence Day fun, you're sure to find it during this festival. Events take place throughout New Philadelphia, with many of the biggest attractions being located at Tuscora Park.
The Orrville Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration is part carnival, part softball tournament, and all family fun. The softball tournament is a major attraction, with three days of games at Orr Park to crown a champion. While the tournament is happening, visitors of all ages can enjoy a free carnival featuring food, carnival games, and rides that the kids are sure to love. It all wraps up on the evening of July 3 with one of the biggest fireworks displays in Northeast Ohio.
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Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Akron, the Rib, White & Blue Festival is a four-day event focused on fantastic food and live music. There will be a free concert during every night of the festival at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with Monica Robbins & The Whiskey Kings, Bruce in the USA, Georgia Players Guild Best of Queen, and Creedence Relived all taking the stage on separate nights. The fireworks in Akron take place after the conclusion of the Rubberducks game on July 4, and Lock 3 offers great views of the display.
Where will you celebrate the red, white, and blue this July?
Trains, both toy and real, conjure up pleasant memories of days gone by. Bring a welcome touch of nostalgia to this year's holidays with a visit to these Christmas train rides and displays around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
You and your family have loved the book and the movie. Now experience the magic in real life on The Polar Express™ Train Ride at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. Storytellers are on board to read the book as elves lead everyone in games, songs, and other activities. Refreshments include beverages and cookies made by Mrs. Claus. The train makes a stop at the North Pole to pick up Santa, who will visit with the kids during the return trip. Trains run Friday through Sunday on the first two weekends in December. Visit the website for times. Tickets range from $45-$80.
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Take in the winter beauty of the Cuyahoga Valley on your own North Pole Adventure™. Everyone can enjoy cookies and cocoa as kids write letters to Santa and take part in singing and dancing with elves. When the train stops at the North Pole to hand-deliver the letters, there's a good chance that a special guest will come on board. The train leaves the station at 7:30 p.m. daily through December 19. Tickets are $45-$92.
Remember the joy you felt watching your new model train circle the Christmas tree? Share that delight with your own kids at Christmas at the Junction. In addition to being the home of the world's largest indoor train display, EnterTRAINment Junction is a family fun center revolving around a railroad theme. Christmas at the Junction features a number of holiday train displays along with dazzling decorations, lively activities, and a visit with Santa. Festivities take place through January 2. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Admission is $15.95 per person when purchased in advance on the website.
During the holidays, the Mt. Perry Scenic Train transforms into the Santa Train. The 40-minute ride follows the historic Glass Rock Spur, named for the days when the line transported silica sand from Central Silica Company in nearby Glenford. Santa, assisted by the conductor, will be handing out gifts and treats along the way. The Santa Train departs each hour between 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the second and third weekends of December. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for ages 3-13. Receive a discount with a donation of food or a new, unwrapped toy.
For the 18th year, Puritas Nursery is treating the West Park community to their delightful holiday train display. Three separate train sets, each in a different size, are fascinating to watch for "kids" of all ages. As if that wasn't reason enough to visit Puritas Nursery, you can shop their great selection of mistletoe, wreaths, and holiday greenery, as well as a wide variety of gift items and stocking stuffers. View the trains during store hours, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through December 31.
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Over three decades, generations of families have made the Santa Christmas Train a part of their holiday tradition. Historic Hocking Valley makes a perfect seasonal backdrop for the two-hour trip to East Logan and back. Santa will be along for the ride to visit with each child and collect their wish lists. At the end of the journey, they will also receive a special candy cane treat. Trains run each weekend through December 19. Visit the website for departure times. Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for ages 3-12.
Members of the Youngstown Model Railroad Association love to share their enthusiasm for their favorite hobby with others. One of their more popular activities is their holiday open house, which they have been conducting for more than 65 years. Held at the group's headquarters, the open house features one layout upstairs and another downstairs, with surrounding "towns" that include carnivals and other life-like details. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the first two weekends of December. A $5 donation is requested from all visitors over the age of 11.
Real trains? Toy trains? No need to choose at North Pole Express. Quarter-scale trains are ready to take you through a glittering wonderland of trees and lights. Meanwhile, toy train displays await in the festively decorated museum and train barn. You never know when Santa and Mrs. Claus may pop in for a visit! Activities take place 5:30 - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Sunday through January 2. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.
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Are your little ones a bit young for an actual train ride? Crocker Park's Express Train provides a healthy dose of excitement for kids who might not be ready for a longer trip. The whole family will enjoy the sight of Crocker Park done up in all its holiday finery. Before or after, kids can visit with Santa and get their picture taken at Santa's Village. The Express Train runs daily through Christmas Eve. Visit the website for hours. Tickets are $4 per person.
In many parts of the world, trains are still a major form of transportation. What exotic location would you travel to by train?
Can you believe that the holiday season is already around the corner? Now is the perfect time to start planning for some holiday family fun, and there are plenty of great events all around Ohio to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit. Catch a fantastic holiday concert in Northeast Ohio, shop for unique, handcrafted gifts in Columbus, or learn to create your own Christmas ornaments in Cincinnati. You'll find all that and more in our list of 9 Ohio events that will get you in the holiday spirit.
Searching for a holiday performance that both kids and adults will love? A Very Electric Christmas from Lightwire Theater is one of the most unique holiday performances that you'll find anywhere, and this year's show takes place on December 19. The story of A Very Electric Christmas follows a bird named Max, who stops at the North Pole with his family and winds up on a grand holiday adventure. After the show, VIP ticket holders can even meet the cast, ask questions, and learn more about how they create their spectacularly distinctive performances.
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The Cleveland Orchestra is renowned for its enchanting holiday performances, and the Holiday Concerts series is sure to be a hit this year. The series is set for December 9 through 19 this year, with one performance each Thursday and Friday, followed by two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Performances take place at the gorgeous Severance Hall performance venue, with conductor Brett Mitchell leading the orchestra as they play all of your holiday favorites. Reserve your tickets online to ensure that you get a seat at one of Cleveland's most popular holiday shows.
Whether you're looking for a great workout before you enjoy your holiday meals or you simply want to support a good cause while seeing the sights, the Frosty Frolic 5k on December 11 offers something for everyone. The course for the 5k will take you through the scenic Stadium Park Holiday Light Display, and you can enjoy some special holiday treats when you cross the finish line. There will also be appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty, so this is a fun event for the whole family.
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Shop for the perfect handcrafted gifts or find one-of-a-kind items to decorate your home at the Columbus Winterfair, which takes place from December 3 through 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. The event brings together artists and artisans from across Ohio who have been working all year to create unique crafts for the holidays. It's a great place to find items for the people on your list who are hard to shop for, and there will also be crafting demonstrations so that you can get tips from the experts on how to create your own holiday crafts.
From December 10 to 26, the BalletMet performance group will be putting on the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Backed by orchestral performances of Tchaikovsky's classic score, the dancers of BalletMet bring the story of The Nutcracker to life on stage. Stop by for a matinee performance on the weekend, or enjoy an evening show any night of the week throughout the show's run this year.
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Looking for a fresh, new spin on the classic holiday performance and something that will appeal to family members of all ages? A Magical Cirque Christmas is just the thing, and this year's show will be taking place on December 11 at the Palace Theatre. The show combines breathtaking acrobatics from Cirque performers with all of your favorite holiday music under the direction of Magical Hostess Lucy Darling. It's a live holiday performance unlike any other, and you can only find it in Columbus.
The Holiday Pops at the Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the city's longest-running and most popular holiday performances, so this is one show that you won't want to miss. This year's performances will take place across two weekends, December 3–5 and 10–12. Performances are led by conductor John Morris Russell, with a talented cast of vocalists, musicians, and dancers. Hear some of your favorite classic holiday tunes, with both traditional and contemporary songs that your family is sure to love.
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Create memories that will last a lifetime as you make your own unique glass Christmas ornament at Brazee Studios in Cincinnati on December 11. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a layered glass ornament with expert instruction and all of the supplies that you'll need provided by the studio. The workshop is hosted by the Taft Museum of Art and is open to everyone age 15+ with special discounts available for museum members.
Get ready for a day filled with family fun at the Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place on December 4 at Anderson Towne Center. The fun starts in the afternoon with free holiday-themed food and drink, followed by a visit from Santa. There will also be some great live performances, with your favorite holiday music ringing out through the air. Top it all off with the tree lighting ceremony, when the beautifully decorated Christmas tree is lit up for the first time. After the ceremony, enjoy some special deals and events from businesses at Anderson Towne Center.
How will you celebrate the season in Ohio this year?
It's almost time to celebrate the Fourth of July in Ohio, and many of your favorite events will be returning for Independence Day in 2021. Whether you're interested in fireworks, music, educational family fun, fantastic food, or all of the above, you're sure to find the perfect celebration in one of Ohio's many vibrant communities. We don't want you to miss any of the action on the biggest holiday of the summer, so we've put together a guide to some of the best Fourth of July events in the Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati areas that offer something for every member of the family to enjoy.
The annual Light Up the Lake fireworks celebration can be viewed from a variety of great destinations throughout downtown Cleveland, including the beautiful Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Boardwalk. This event is always a favorite for Northeast Ohio residents, with plenty of activities to enjoy downtown before the fireworks and festivities begin. As an open-air amphitheater with abundant lawn seating that's perfect for a Fourth of July picnic, Jacobs Pavilion is a great place to take in the sights of the evening. But if you have another favorite location, it's easy to see the fireworks display from anywhere downtown.
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Get ready for a full day of family fun in downtown Wadsworth with the First Friday: Celebrate America event for the Fourth of July. Enjoy specials and activities at more than 30 local businesses in downtown Wadsworth, then be sure to save room for dinner! There will be various great food trucks on-site serving all of your favorite dishes from Ohio and beyond. After dinner, settle in for one of Ohio's best fireworks shows, with fantastic views available from a variety of scenic locations downtown.
Looking for a fun, unique way to keep younger members of the family entertained before the big fireworks shows on the Fourth of July? Kids are sure to love exploring the exciting, educational Red, White, & Blue Flag Avenue at Sippo Lake Park. Walk through the scenic park lined with flags as your kids learn all about the different red, white, and blue species of animals that call Ohio home, then wrap up your trip with a visit to the Wildlife Conservation Center. This event is available to be enjoyed every day during park hours for the two weeks around the Fourth of July holiday.
While Worthington's annual Rotary Family Picnic is delayed until Labor Day this year, you can still enjoy a festive fireworks display. The Thomas Worthington High School grounds will give viewers plenty of room to watch the annual celebration of the nation's independence. In addition to the stadium, the front lawn and other areas surrounding the venue will be available to attendees. In case of severe weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled with a rain date of Sept. 5th.
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The New Albany Independence Day Parade & Festival has a special theme this year, with frontline healthcare workers and first responders being honored throughout the day. After the parade, head to New Albany Middle School for a family-friendly festival that includes games for kids, costumed characters, live music, and food from some of Ohio's best food trucks.
The City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration features a full day of fun and special events around the city. Whether you're watching or participating, the annual Shem Sheldon Fishing Derby is the perfect way to spend your morning. The Fourth of July Parade is up next, with a parade route that runs throughout downtown Dublin. After the parade, there will be more than five hours of live music from a diverse selection of bands before the evening wraps up with Dublin's annual fireworks display.
If you love live music, you won't want to miss the Sawyer Point Summer Concert Series Fourth of July Celebration this year. The fun starts in the afternoon, with live performances from four different bands that will last well into the evening. There will be plenty of delicious food and drink to enjoy throughout, with a fantastic fireworks display set to follow all of the live music.
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Enjoy a family evening out at the amusement park on July 3 and experience one of the more unique Cincinnati Fourth of July celebrations at the Coney Island Park Balloon Glow. The show starts with over a dozen colorful, well-lit hot air balloons taking to the sky above the amusement park, which you can enjoy while experiencing all of the attractions that the park has to offer. After the balloons, there will be a spectacular fireworks finale to cap off an evening of family fun at the amusement park.
Get ready for a night of amazing live music and a fantastic fireworks display at the Colerain Township Fourth of July Spectacular. This event is free for everyone to enjoy, and the fun starts with an evening of music from the Classic Rock Experience. They'll be playing all of the hits from the '70s and '80s in an outdoor concert, providing the perfect way to get warmed up for the grand finale. After the concert, the skies will light up with a dazzling display of fireworks to close out the evening.
Independence Day celebrations are back with a bang for 2021! Which one will you attend?
Whether you're Irish or just Irish for a day, St. Patrick's Day is a huge holiday in Northeast Ohio. You'll find one of the country's largest St. Paddy's Day parades here, as well as pub crawls and even a sober gathering.
If you're planning to celebrate the holiday with some green beer or other adult beverages, make sure you've planned ahead for a safe ride home. Install Lyft and Uber apps on your phone in advance, and also consider public transportation. Cleveland's RTA, for example, typically offers all-day passes for St. Patrick's Day that you can buy on your smartphone.
Get in on the fun and celebrate the luck o' the Irish around Northeast Ohio. Check out the following events.
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Cleveland has hosted a St. Patrick's Day Parade for 175 years, and the tradition continues in 2020. This year's theme is Ireland's Scenic Coastlines, so you'll see that some of the floats have incorporated this theme. Line up early so you can get a good view of the bands, floats, dancing groups, and much more as they wind their way through downtown Cleveland in one of the country's largest parades.
Brennan's Party Center, 1300 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH
March 17, shuttle leaves Brennan's at noon
Make transportation to the parade easy on yourself by taking a shuttle from Brennan's and then keep the fun going by returning on the shuttle at 3:30. You'll be able to enjoy Irish dancers, DJ, and an open bar while you treat yourself to a corned beef buffet — a perfect way to celebrate the day! A children's buffet is also available at a reduced price for kids under age 12.
Check in at Dive Bar, 1214 W. 6th St., Cleveland, OH
March 14, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Pub crawls are a popular St. Patrick's Day activity, so gather some friends and try the Crawl with Us Public Crawl. You'll be able to visit eight popular venues, enjoy exclusive drink specials and two complimentary drinks/items, and try some food deals along the way. Save some energy for the after-party starting at 10 p.m. and make sure you're dressed up for St. Paddy's Day to compete in a costume contest with a $500 prize.
Starts on W. 6 th St., Cleveland, OH
March 7, 5 p.m.
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Get your Irish on early and get some exercise by running a 5K. You'll head through some of Cleveland's trendiest areas, including the Historic Warehouse District and over the Detroit-Superior Bridge. And since it's a St. Patrick's Day race, you'll also have some special perks! You'll get one Jameson shot or one Coors Light, drink specials at designated West 6th Street bars and be able to participate in a costume content throughout the event. Post-race food and refreshments are also offered.
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, OH
March 17, 5 p.m.
Many St. Patrick's Day events feature opportunities to drink alcohol, but some are alcohol-free if you'd like to celebrate while enjoying a sober environment. Sober Seventeenth features Irish music, dance, and heritage in a family-friendly, alcohol-free setting.
Ancient Order of Hibernians, 2000 Brown St., Akron, OH
March 8, starting at noon
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The AOH hosts a day of Irish-themed fun, complete with dancers and other entertainment. And if you think you may have some talent of your own, two open mic sessions are open during the day if you'd like to try to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" or another favorite.
Flats East Bank & Warehouse District, Cleveland, OH
Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
Get your green on, grab some friends, and enjoy some special perks throughout your pub crawl. A ticket gets you a free color-changing cup, entry to 5+ top venues, up to 50% off drink specials, and up to 25% off food specials. You'll also be able to party the day away with a kick-off, half-time, and after-party.
Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, OH
March 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Treat the kids to an afternoon at the zoo, where you'll also be able to enjoy a St. Patrick's Day-themed event. The zoo will feature food, music, crafts, and more fun that's related to the holiday.
Where will you be having fun in Northeast Ohio for St. Patrick's Day this year?
Halloween is nearly upon us, which means that Akron and Canton's most prepared ghouls, goblins, princes and princesses are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating.
While we love a night full of traditional trick-or-treating complete with knocking on doors and begging our neighbors for sweets—there may be a more fail-safe way to get a good candy haul this year: special trick-or-treating events! All throughout the month of October, locals will be hosting family-friendly trick-or-treating events where your children can get candy in a safe, friendly environment.
We rounded up 11 trick-or-treating events happening in the area this year. From trunk-or-treats to Halloween spooktaculars, you'll find a sweet spot on this list. Happy Halloween!
Where: The Canton Museum of Art
When: October 4 | 5:30-7:30
Calling all witches and wizards, ghouls and ghosts! You're invited to a very special Halloween event at the Canton Museum of Art. Kick off the season by trick-or-treating in your favorite costume throughout the museum. Kids will also have the chance to tackle make-and-take art projects, a scavenger hunt, art demonstrations and more!
Where: The Akron Zoo
When: October 12-27 | Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo
Dress up your little superheroes and princesses for this scare-free event at the Akron Zoo. Grab your candy passport and use it to hunt for treats around the zoo after hours. Between bites, make sure to give a Halloween greeting to your favorite animals!
When: October 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Color Our Rainbow Academy offers a fun alternative to trick-or-treating with Trunk-or-Treat, where community members decorate their vehicles and pass out candy to children. This event is completely free to attend!
Where: Central Park, Green
When: October 19 | 2:15 p.m.
Join the City of Green for their 23rd Annual Trick or Treat Trail & Costume Contest! Children ages 0-12 years old are encouraged to come in their best Halloween costume and compete for first place against other Green locals. There will also be plenty of candy up for grabs during trick-or-treating. Admission is one non-perishable food item or personal care item.
Where: Akron Art Museum
When: October 24 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Break out your costume and get ready for this special event at the Akron Art Museum! Meet enchanting new friends and creatures while you creep through the galleries; collect art trinkets; mix up unique concoctions in their idea laboratory; and show off your monster moves on the dance floor. The cost per nonmember child is $12 and free for members of the museum.
Where: Arbors at Minerva, Minerva
When: October 24 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Candy, costumes and dancing—this Halloween bash has it all, and you're invited! Head out to Minerva and enjoy trick-or-treating, a dance, and a costume contest hosted by Doug Dominick. For more information and updates on the event, click here.
When: October 25 | 6-8:30 p.m.
The McKinley Museum invites you and your family to go trick-or-treating in the Street of Shops and Discover World! You'll also get to enjoy hayrides, a scavenger hunt, science shows, Planetarium shorts, games, stories and more. Admission is $5 and attendees are encouraged to call (330) 455-7043 to reserve a spot.
Where: Old Colony Farm, Medina
When: October 26 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
This family-friendly Halloween event is open to everyone—and they mean everyone! Not only will you and your kids have a blast exploring the Old Colony Farm and trick-or-treating throughout the property, but your dog is welcome too. If you don't have a furry friend to bring along, don't worry! They'll be providing balloon animals and a special wild animal show so you can still join in on the animal kingdom fun. Tickets will be available both online and on-site.
Where: Cuyahoga Falls City Hall
When: October 31 | 3-4:30 p.m.
For the first time ever, Cuyahoga Falls will be hosting a special trick-or-treating event! Head to Cuyahoga Falls City Hall and take your children trick-or-treating throughout the building. Because the entire event takes place indoors, there's no need to worry about the weather. So don your favorite costume and enjoy a free Halloween event the whole family will enjoy!
Where: The City of Tallmadge
When: October 31 | 5:30-7 p.m.
The city of Tallmadge does things a little differently on Halloween. Instead of a traditional trick-or-treating night, they host a Beggar's Night, where kids can go up to homes throughout the city and, quite literally, beg for candy! The celebration will be followed by the annual Halloween Street Dance in the Recreation Center's parking lot.
Where: Weis Park, Canton
When: October 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Head out to Weis Park on Halloween for this not-so-scary Halloween event! Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and go "trunk-or-treating" for candy. This family-oriented event is completely free to attend so grab your bucket or pillowcase and get to it!
Have a safe and sweet holiday!
Fall is finally upon us! Crisp morning walks through crunchy leaves, homemade apple pie, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—there are so many things we love about this season in Ohio. Don't miss out on these important rituals by attending one of the fall festivals and events happening in and around Cleveland this year!
And because we can't wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in September! From art shows to pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Cleveland events you can't miss this fall.
When: September 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival
Rocky River Falls Arts Festival was first established in 2009 to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area. After 11 years, the only thing that has changed is the sheer size of the event. This year, 57 vendors are planning to participate! You'll also get to enjoy plenty of local food trucks and live music all throughout the day.
When: September 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Village Peddler Festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is back for its 38th year! The 2019 event will feature live music, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, a corn maze and many activities for children! The event will also showcase a massive farmers' market filled with gourmet and harvest-time specialties that you can spend the entire afternoon exploring.
Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden
When: September 20, 6 p.m.
This fall, experience the Cleveland Botanical Garden under the stars at their annual Harvest Moon dinner! Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Cleveland's top chefs while surrounded by elegant, natural beauty at the gardens. The dinner will take place outside, under the harvest moon, around the Conway Family Reflecting Pool on the Geis Terrace. In addition to delicious food and beautiful sights, guests will also be treated to live music and locally brewed beers from the Boss Dog Brewing Company, the Butcher and the Brewer, the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Platform Beer Company.
Where: Ely Square, Elyria
When: September 20-22, Times TBA
The Elyria Apple Festival began in 1980 after locals Bill Fitch and Al Murphy witnessed the success of the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and decided to hold a fall festival to Elyria—with one major change. Instead of pumpkins, they wanted to prominently feature the numerous apple growers in the area, and thus, the Elyria Apple Festival was born! This year, you can expect a variety of apple-themed fun, including an apple pie baking contest, an Apple Festival Princess Pageant, an apple art show and so much more.
When: September 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark is all about apples! Bring the whole family to taste some delicious, locally made apple cider—and even make your own. Visitors will also be able to peruse the Showman's Circle area, which will feature a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations. Plus, you won't want to miss the hay maze, corn maze, harvest-themed crafts and much more!
Where: Lincoln Park
When: September 28 & 29, Saturday 12-7 p.m. & Sunday 12-5 p.m.
The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is one of Cleveland's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every fall for over 21 years. This year, the festival will feature over 130 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music and dance performances; the beer and wine garden; the children's village and much more!
When: Every Weekend, September 28-October 27, 12-5 p.m.
Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest is one of Ohio's largest fall festivals, packed full of fun events for the whole family. Head to Columbia Station any weekend, September 28-October 27, and enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin slide, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an animal petting farm, face painting and a Zombie Hunt 3D paintball experience! You can purchase tickets, which cost $11, online and at the ticket window on site.
Where: West Side Market
When: September 29, 12-8 p.m.
Head to West Side Market on the last weekend of September for a day-long fall celebration! West 25th Street will be full of the best food, drink, retail and arts entertainment Ohio City has to offer. Music and arts programming will take place throughout the day and the Kid Zone will offer fun for the whole family—including face painting, a balloon animal artist, inflatables and more.
When: October 4, 6-10 p.m.
Pumpkin beer lovers rejoice! The Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and food makers along with some spectacular entertainment. Visit their website to check out the full, impressive lineup!
When: October 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones (and costumed dogs!) in a festive garden setting.
When: October 5-6 & 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark this year with the Corn & Pumpkin Festival! There, you'll be able to help husk, shell and grind the corn; make corn husk dolls; explore a 3-acre corn maze; and paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 10, 6-10 p.m.
Adults 21 and over are invited to enjoy a variety of Cleveland's best craft beers, live music, animal encounters and more during this after-hours Halloween event at the Cleveland Zoo! General admission tickets include unlimited samplings and small bites of pub fare.
Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
When: October 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 5-9 p.m.
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Boo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party and much more!
When: October 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since its inception in 1949, the Apple Butter Festival has been drawing in thousands of people from all around the country to Century Village in Burton—and the moment you get within a mile of the festival you'll smell why! This old-fashioned autumn event features freshly made apple butter slathered on everything. Take a moment to watch the famous butter being made in copper kettles before going to get some for yourself. You'll also get to taste delicious apple fritters, tour historic buildings, visit with artisans and more!
When: October 18-19 & 25-27, 6-9 p.m.
Hunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-pass holders (both adults and children) or $10 for pass holders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years old are free.
Where: Kauffman Park, Lakewood
When: October 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
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We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for several categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show.
Where: I-X Center
When: October 19-20 & 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Don't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of!
Where: Lago Custom Events
When: November 16, 5-9 p.m.
Do you love cheese? Then you're in for a treat this November! Back for its third year, the Cheese and Wine Fest will once again feature cheeses from around the world along with various wines that pair perfectly with them. This event will be held at Lago Custom Events on the east bank of the Flats. You can purchase a ticket to this cheesy event here.
Where: Downtown Cleveland
When: November 30, 10 a.m.-8p.m.
To end the fall season and officially welcome in the holidays, join Downtown Cleveland at the annual Winterfest! All day long, you and your family can experience the magic of the holidays, with lights, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. In the evening, don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting ceremony, the fireworks show and more!
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Photo courtesy of the T. So-Asian FestivalThis free festival welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually and continues to grow in popularity. Boasting sports, games, cultural exhibits, delicious food, shopping, martial arts and stunning performances — the festival showcases the best of Asian culture and promotes the importance of diversity. Don't miss it! The Memorial Tournament is a premier event on the PGA Tour held annually at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. The tournament was founded with three goals in mind: to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging courses in the world; and to benefit many greater Columbus charities. Proceeds from this popular event go to the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations. The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top festivals in the nation by several national publications and includes interactive activities, performances, food & beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile. With approximately 500,000 visitors each year, the Columbus PRIDE Festival is one of the largest pride events in the Midwest. The event usually includes a massive downtown parade along with 150+ vendors, two live music stages and a family area! Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest! Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held annually along the Scioto Mile, a revitalized downtown riverfront that provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. Agricultural exhibitions, a massive midway full of rides, and an incredible lineup of musical performances are just some of the fun festivities in store for you at the Ohio State Fair. The cherry on top is the gigantic helping of mouthwatering fair food — which will have you looking forward to this event every year!
Photo courtesy of the Dublin Irish FestivalThe Dublin Irish Festival is the largest-three day Irish festival on the planet, offering a plethora of acts and performers each year. The event has been held on the first weekend in August for over 30 years and more than 100,000 guests attend each year! Every summer on the Columbus riverfront, you can sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks all on one extraordinary day! In addition to the massive amounts of food, there's also always plenty of live music and arts & crafts for all ages. Celebrate everything you love about Greek culture at this colorful annual festival! Featuring Greek song and dance, cathedral tours, traditional costumes, and delicious food and drink, this event truly provides an opportunity to experience Greek culture without the expensive plane ticket. Every summer, explore the shops, dance to live music, and enjoy a unique Greek tasting experience that whisks you away to another time and place. This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered Upper Arlington's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working with a variety of media. Additionally, there is always live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.
Photo courtesy of Spirit Photography via the Columbus OktoberfestPut on your lederhosen and raise your beer stein for Columbus Oktoberfest! This fun, annual celebration puts Columbus' German heritage on display with plenty of beer, polka and delicious food. Even the kiddos are invited to hang out in the Kinderplatz while you enjoy beer-hall style dining with the adults. PROST! This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor! Unbeknownst to many, Columbus is a fashion capital of the world. Don't believe us? Attend the annual Fashion Week Columbus, which showcases couture from our best local designers, fashion icons and spots to shop for your next head-turning fashion look! This annual Halloween festival is one you don't want to miss! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Every year during Halloween time, head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity.
Photo courtesy of Vintage CantonThis fun annual festival takes place in the heart of downtown Canton and features live music, art exhibits, and top-notch wine from all over the world. Taste samples from your favorite wineries, selections from local breweries in the beer garden, and bites from the best Stark County restaurants — all in one convenient location! Where: Chagrin Valley Jaycees Page When: May 23-25, Thursday 8-10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6-11 p.m. Every year, the Chagrin Valley Jaycees throw a spectacular festival over Memorial Day weekend. The festivities will include a carnival, food and drink vendors, along with plenty of family-friendly activities. You won't want to miss the grand parade downtown, which is a highlight of the festival and one of the most popular parades in the area! Where: Buzzbin Art & Music Shop When: May 23-26, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Music lovers rejoice! This Memorial Day weekend, one of the biggest musical events in Ohio is coming to Akron. Rabid Fest will feature over 20 metal, punk and rock bands from all over the country — and you can see them all for just $10. Tickets are available exclusively at Buzzbin Art and Music Shop. Where: Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market When: May 23-27
Photo courtesy of Hartville Marketplace & FleamarketHartville's Memorial Day Flea Market is one of the largest markets in Ohio, featuring more than 1,000 vendors! Peruse locally made art, baked goods, and fresh produce. There will also be food and beverages to refuel when you need a break from all your wandering! Where: Barley's Event Center, Louisville When: May 24, 4-8 p.m. Every fourth Friday this summer, Barley's Event Center in Louisville will be hosting a "cruise-in"! All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to cruise into the front lawn and enjoy great music, food and door prizes. Plus, inside and outside of the barn, vendors and crafters will be set up selling fresh produce, baked goods, art creations and crafts! Where: Lock 3, Akron When: May 24, 6-11 p.m. Join Lock 3 and 97.5 WONE every Friday night this summer and enjoy seeing some of your favorite tribute bands! During Memorial Day weekend, the concert will be a tribute to Bon Jovi, featuring Victory Highway and Crush. Gates open at 6 p.m. so grab a blanket and find a comfy spot! Where: Clay's Park Resort, Lawrence When: May 24-27, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday 12-7 p.m. The unofficial start of summer kicks off at Clay's Park and Resort! Clay's is one of Ohio's top outdoor camping, water park and event destinations, and during Memorial Day weekend, stop by and enjoy a military parade, a classic car show and the seasonal opening of their Adventure Waterpark! Where: Sippo Lake, Canton When: May 25, 7:45-9 a.m. This holiday weekend, enjoy the fresh air at Sippo Lake in Canton! Every Saturday, this beautiful park offers a free, timed 5K perfect for runners, walkers, dog owners and families. The course follows the beautiful trails of Sippo Lake Park and includes sights like the new Wildlife Conservation Center, wetlands and a limestone trail. Afterward, make sure to stick around for the coffee social! You only have to register once, and participants are required to show their registration barcode before each 5K. You can register here. Where: The Akron Zoo When: May 25, 8-10 a.m. One of our favorite holidays is coming up — World Otter Day! To celebrate this important day, the Akron Zoo will be hosting a special breakfast complete with crafts, cookie decorating, keeper talks and, of course, otter appearances! Where: First Congregational Church of Akron When: May 25-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It's the gardening season! Purchase vegetable, herb and flower seedlings at the Let's Grow Akron and First Congregational Church of Akron's fundraiser this Memorial Day weekend. While you're there, you can enjoy live music, tours of the Feed My Sheep market garden and plenty of family-friendly activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Let's Grow Akron Community Farm and the Feed My Sheep Garden. Where: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Peninsula Depot When: May 26, 1:55 p.m. Climb aboard this half-loop excursion for an afternoon stuffed with family fun! Children will have the chance to create their own stuffed animals all while taking in the beautiful sights of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Departure is from the Peninsula Depot and will loop back over the course of two hours. Where: Green High School and Veterans Park, Uniontown When: May 27, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Head over to the City of Green this Memorial Day for a plethora of fun events to celebrate the holiday! The popular parade will begin and end at the Green High School parking lot, winding its way through town with colorful floats and American flags. Afterward, visit the Veterans Memorial Park for a memorial ceremony honoring fallen soldiers and veterans. Plus, don't miss the free community picnic and antique car show that will follow the ceremony! Where: Springwood Lake Camp Club, East Sparta When: May 27, 9:30 a.m. This annual Memorial Day event is a local favorite, giving you the chance to decorate a golf cart or ATV and be a part of the Memorial Day parade! The festivities will begin after the flag raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at the front gate parking lot.
North by Northside is a brand new music and arts festival that will be held in the heart of Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. Come out and see nearly 50 acts between six venues! You can find the full impressive lineup here. Where: Washington Park When: May 24-25, Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m. Your furry pal deserves to have a fun summer weekend too! Head out to Washington Park for a festival full of live bluegrass music, delicious food and more. Plus, there will be a ton of vendors catering to your favorite canine's needs, selling everything from dog food and toys to accessories and photography services! Where: Nowhere Else Farm, Martinsville When: May 24-26, Gates open at 9 a.m. The Nowhere Else Festival is back and better than ever for its fourth year! This boutique music and arts festival takes place on a hideaway farm in Clinton County and will feature an amazing group of artists and musicians including Over the Rhine and the Band of Sweethearts. All proceeds from the festival will go to help restore Nowhere Else's 140-year-old barn into a performing arts center. Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum When: May 24-27, Times Vary The Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum will host a number of ceremonial events throughout the weekend. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the local Cub Scouts' flag planting ceremony. Monday will be the busiest day of the weekend, packed full of patriotic events you won't want to miss! You can find the full itinerary here. Where: 5th Street When: May 25-27 Cincinnati's favorite food festival is back for its 41st year! Meander through downtown Cincinnati while enjoying more than 100 delectable treats from incredible local chefs. While you're digesting all that great food, don't miss the live performances all along Fifth Street, and when you're ready for more, make sure to check out the West Sixth Food Truck Alley on Broadway. Where: 705 East Pete Rose Way When: May 25, 8:30-10 a.m. Looking for a sweet way to spend your weekend? Take part in the most deliciously fun 5K around — the Candy Race! This fun race is open to all ages and skill levels and features a Candy Land-inspired course throughout downtown Cincinnati. The Little Jelly Tot Dash will be held after the 5K and is the perfect short race for your little ones! A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients and their families. Where: Coney Island When: May 25, 9 a.m.View this post on Instagram
Photo courtesy of Coney IslandKick off the summer at Coney Island with a day full of family fun, cannonballs, laughs and festivities. Relax at the full-service tiki bar and get splashed on at Typhoon Tower, the largest erupting hydro-storm in the world. With incredible waterslides, a pool slide, delicious Cincinnati foods and tons of water to cool off in — you're bound to have a great time! Where: Maggiano's When: May 25, 11:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. While we might be known for our breweries here in Cincy, that doesn't mean we're short on spots for wine lovers! Take the Cincinnati Winery Tour this holiday weekend and venture out to three local wineries; Valley Vineyards, Henke Winery and Holtkamp Winery Tasting Room. Bring your family and friends and settle in for a unique and relaxing afternoon! Where: Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden When: May 25, 7-10 p.m. Spend an incredible night under the stars at the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden! This special event will feature delicious food from local restaurants, custom garden cocktails, music in the garden and so much more. Get a chance to see the Cincinnati skyline in a whole new light and make sure to stay for the breathtaking light-up moment at 9:40. All proceeds from the event will support the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden to help them provide enhanced education to students in an outdoor classroom. Where: Cincinnati Dinner Trail, Bond Hill When: May 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hop aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train this Memorial Day weekend for a unique opportunity to see their popular route in the daylight! This excursion will depart from Bond Hill and will travel the entire length of the Oasis subdivision between Evendale and downtown Cincinnati. Delicious food will be available during the trip along with some spectacular views. Get your tickets today! Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: May 26, 1-2:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Cincinnati and is even a National Historic Landmark. This weekend, the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall's knowledgeable guides will take you "Beyond the Bricks" for a 360-degree walking tour of the glorious architecture, all while teaching you the rich history of the building. Learn about the Music Hall's design, construction, architectural styles, the diverse neighborhood of 1878 and so much more on this unique tour. You can grab your ticket here. Where: McDonald Commons Veteran's Memorial, Madeira When: May 27, 10 a.m. The city of Madeira invites you to join them on their annual silent Memorial Day March. The march will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at McDonald Commons. Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash When: May 27, 10:15 a.m. Don't miss one of Cincinnati's longest standing traditions: the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade. This annual parade will celebrate its 67th year in 2019, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road. You can watch it go around a 1.6-mile loop, ending at the Veterans' Memorial on Towne Square, where the festivities will conclude with a special ceremony. Where: Green Township Veterans Park When: May 27, 2-3 p.m. Head over to Green Township for a beautiful, annual Memorial Day ceremony run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380. The family-friendly ceremony will take place in the area's patriotic plaza, Veterans Park, in the shadow of the township's Veterans Tribute Bell and is a great way to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Photo courtesy of Lebanon Mason Monroe RailroadHop aboard the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad's Easter Bunny Express for an unforgettable Easter experience! Before traveling to the Lebanon Sports Complex for a special visit with the Easter Bunny, children will have the opportunity to take part in an Easter egg hunt. Plus, fun spring concessions will be available during the journey! You can get your tickets here. Where: Lohrey Recreation Center When: April 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Get a little Easter basket shopping in at the Lohrey Recreation Center this season. Peruse goods from over 40 crafters, food vendors and local companies while your children hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. There's a little something for everyone at this free, family-friendly event! Where: Fairfield Community Art Center When: April 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Follow the bunny trail into the Fairfield Community Arts Center this Saturday for a Candyland paradise! Visit with Peter Cottontail, enjoy a delicious sweet tooth breakfast, and find some hidden gems at the craft fair while surrounded by sugary decorations. You can get your tickets for the breakfast here. Where: The River Church, Middleton When: April 13, 9-11 a.m. Children sixth grade and under will be able to experience thousands of eggs falling out of a helicopter during the annual Helicopter Egg Drop at the River Church in Middleton.! After the egg drop, you can get your photo taken with the Cottontail Brothers, participate in a cupcake walk, get your face painted and more. This event is limited to 550 children, so make sure to register here and reserve your spot. Where: Washington Park When: April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over-the-Rhine's biggest egg hunt is back and better than ever, featuring over 10,000 candy-filled eggs, Mr. Bunny himself, a petting zoo with animals from Sunrock Farm, and many more fun activities. Children ages 10 and under are welcome to participate, but don't forget your basket! Where: Beachler Field When: April 13, 11 a.m. The Easter Egg Scramble at LifePoint Community Church has quickly become a Miamisburg favorite over the past six years. The Beachler football field will be split into three age categories, and over 15,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes will be spread out throughout the grass. You can register for the event here. Getting to the field early is recommended as the eggs go quickly! Where: Memorial Park, Independence When: April 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the city of Independence this Easter for one of their most popular events of the year: their annual Easter egg hunt! This family event is free and will give you the opportunity to win various prizes, family passes to Cincinnati destinations and so much more. Registration is recommended. Where: The Estate at Sunset Farm When: April 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the entire family out to the Estate at Sunset Farm for an unforgettable Easter experience! Spend this spring day visiting the stunning estate and visiting with the gorgeous Shire Horses. The egg hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. While this is a free event, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to benefit their beloved horses. Where: Mercy McAuley High School When: April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Mercy McAuley High School invites you and your children to join them in an Easter egg hunt celebration full of prizes, activities and other games. This hunt is free and open to children nine-years-old and under. Registration is recommended. Where: Union Presbyterian Church When: April 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Residents in and around the beautiful city of Union are welcome to visit the Union Presbyterian Church for an egg hunt the day before Easter! There will be two hunts for different age ranges and light refreshments will be provided. Plus, a certain festive bunny will be making an appearance so make sure to bring your camera! Where: Spencer Shank Memorial Park When: April 20, 11 a.m. Celebrate spring and Easter with a festive egg hunt at Spence Shank Memorial Park. Scour the landscape for eggs, get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny and so much more! This event is free and open to children ages 10 and under. Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden When: April 20, 12-5 p.m. This year, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will once again hold one of the most popular Easter events in the area. This exciting event will include treat stations throughout the park, special animal enrichments and visits with the Easter Bunny. While you explore the zoo, be sure to keep an eye out for the golden eggs. If you find one, turn it into the Welcome Center for an incredible prize!
Photo courtesy of Tony Bailey via Cyclones HockeyThe Cincinnati Cyclones will be playing the Toledo Walleye this New Year's Eve and will be making it a fun event for both you and your little ones. With the special start time of 6:05 p.m., you can make sure the kids can experience the game and a spectacular indoor fireworks display all before bedtime! Kings Island When: December 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. This year, Kings Island will be offering a brand new way to celebrate New Year's Eve. This family-friendly event will feature Snoopy's Rockin' Countdown Party, Charlie Brown's New Year's Eve Celebration and midnight fireworks show to finish off the evening. Fountain Square When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Start off 2019 with a bang by celebrating New Year's Eve at Fountain Square! Alongside hundreds of fellow Cincinnatians, you can dance the night away, grab some grub and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and ice rink.
Photo courtesy of The StretchThe third annual "Clink and Drink" NYE Party at The Stretch is sure to be a party to remember! Enjoy party favors, access to the donut bar, large screens to watch the ball drop, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. There are a limited number of tickets available so make sure to get yours here. Glam Lounge 513 When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. If you're looking for fun, fashion and local entertainment this New Year's Eve — you're in the right place! There will be plenty of drink specials, a live band, live DJ, a flash mob fashion show, a surprise giveaway, light snacks and a champagne toast at midnight! Igby's When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 p.m. When the countdown to 2019 stars, you won't want to be anywhere other than Igby's! This exclusive party is the perfect place to spend your evening all dressed up and among friends. Party favors will be provided and DJ Ice Cold Tony will be spinning! Bottle service tables are now available so you can ring in the new year in style. Mt. Adams Pavilion When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Come out and ring in the new year at Mt. Adams Pavilion! You'll receive a free party favor, champagne toast, complimentary hors-d'oeuvres buffet and so much more! Plus, there will be two DJs on two levels so you can dance the night away. JACK Cincinnati Casino When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out and celebrate the new year in style at the JACK Cincinnati Casino Event Center, where there will be live music, drinks, dancing and more. If you're looking to get a little fancy this year, try their VIP Cabana Package, which includes exclusive Cabana seating for eight and 24 drink tickets! Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, Continental Ballroom When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Inspired by the Carnivals of South America and the Caribbean, this will definitely be one of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in Cincinnati this year. Doors open at 10 p.m. to open lounge seating, a cash bar with specialty drinks, a DJ spinning Latin and Pop dance hits, heavy hors-d'oeuvres and a midnight toast. Carnival attire and costumes are encouraged. The best-dressed carnival themed couple will win a grand tasting for two with wine pairing at Orchids!
Photo courtesy of Kringle's InventionasiumYour family has been invited to assist Mr. Kringle in the evaluation and creation of toys. Visit Kringle's Inventionasium and explore all of the departments of Mr. Kringle's top secret toy lab while participating in hands-on activities and games. At the end, you'll get to spend some time with Mr. Kringle himself and even take a photo with him! Don't miss this incredible and unique holiday experience — get your tickets today. Lake Metroparks Farmpark When: November 23-December 2, 5-9, 11-23, Times Vary Celebrate the holidays farm-style at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark! Follow a line of lighted trees to Santa's workshop and help him build some toys before taking a wagon ride through the incredible light displays. At the Equine Center, you'll see operating model trains, meet farm animals and enjoy presentations in the arena. Dinner and snacks will be available in J&J's Cafe! Tickets are required for the toy workshop. Legacy Village When: November 24-December 23, Every Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Santa will also be settling at Legacy Village this season! Hang out with the big guy and give him your Christmas list while having your photo taken by his helpful elves. Photos are complementary and for every photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children's. Cleveland Botanical Garden When: December 9 and 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, crafts, cookie decorating and a ride on the Garden Express before sitting down with Santa himself. Make sure you bring your camera — this is a fun holiday event you won't want to forget! Reservations are required. Spice Kitchen+Bar When: December 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There's nothing quite like the smell of waffles in the morning — gingerbread waffles that is! For a festive meal with Santa, check out Spice Kitchen+Bar's 6th annual Santa brunch. There will be gingerbread waffles, house-made hot chocolate and many more holiday specials along with their full brunch menu. Visit with Santa and then head over to the fully stocked cookie decorating station. Call (216) 961-9637 to secure your spot today!
Photo courtesy of Holiday in LightsSanta and his elves are once again taking over the Sharon Woods as the Holiday in Lights drive-through display returns. Constructed on over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday-themed displays will depict all of your favorite holiday characters. There's no need to even get out of your car to enjoy this special sight! The Christmas Ranch When: November 16-December 23, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving No matter how you decide to spend your holiday — The Christmas Ranch is a must-see Christmas destination! Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV, the light display at The Christmas Ranch is one of the most famous in the country. Come out and experience this magical sight! Then, stop by one of the Christmas shops, Santa's Bakery and Cafe, get a picture with Santa and take a ride on a train or wagon. You do not want to miss this Ohio holiday tradition! Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad When: November 16-December 29, Times Vary Take a ride with Santa Claus to the North Pole! During an hour-long journey, Santa and his elves will make their way through the train and visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa's sleigh along with a cookie and hot chocolate. You don't want to miss this magical holiday experience! Reservations are required. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park When: November 16-January 1, Monday-Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 6-10 p.m. Experience over 2 miles of incredible light displays from the comfort of your own car! This year, the creative directors behind Luminosity and Blink will be partnering with Pyramid Hill to bring you something new and exciting. You won't want to miss it! EnterTRAINment Junction When: November 17-January 1, Sundays 12-6 p.m. This year, create a new holiday tradition for your family at EnterTRAINment Junction. During Christmas at the Junction, you can see the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Afterward, journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa! The Cincinnati Zoo When: November 17-January 1, Sunday-Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4-10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The Cincinnati ZooVoted #1 Zoo Lights in the Country by USA Today, the PNC Festival of Lights is back again for a magical night of festive fun. In addition to admiring over 3 million lights, visitors can also watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, experience the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake and even visit with Santa himself! Smith Park When: November 22-December 31, Daily 6-10 p.m. While this is a free event, donations are welcome at Light Up Middletown this year. This driving tour spans through a 100-acre park, completely adorned in sparkling LED lights. Several themed displays will be featured, including a floating sea serpent, Santa's workshop, helicopters, Penguin Village and so much more! Marx Theatre When: November 21-December 29, Times Vary A Christmas tradition for the whole family, "A Christmas Carol" is a perfect way to spend a night this holiday season. The faithful storytelling along with spellbinding stage magic makes this show one of the Playhouse's most popular productions every year! Cincinnati Museum Center When: November 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Experience Santa's grand Cincinnati entrance at the Cincinnati Museum Center this season. Before he settles in to visit with children, he'll be arriving by helicopter while visitors enjoy music from Chris Comer Trio. Afterward, there will be a Santa welcome celebration in the Rotunda! Carol Ann's Carousel When: November 23-24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Have fun while learning at Carol Ann's Carousel this holiday season! At this family event, learn the basics of ornithology (the study of birds) and all about penguins and their habitats. There will also be crafts, giveaways and so much more! Fountain Square When: November 23-25 and November 30-December 1, 12-5 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Cincideutsch ChristkindlmarktCome out and experience the seventh annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German Christmas market in downtown Cincinnati. Peruse local artisans selling traditional German fare, hot spiced wine and more, all while surrounded by gorgeous Christmas lights! Newport Aquarium When: November 23-December 31, Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the Newport AquariumIn this unique holiday event, you can watch Santa as he swims with sharks at the Newport Aquarium! While you're there, don't forget to check out all of the other incredible attractions like Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus, the Amazon Tunnel, The Stingray Hideaway and more. General admission ticket required. Kings Island Park & Ride When: November 23-December 31, Times Vary This holiday season, Kings Island will transform into an enchanting wonderland! With more than 5 million beautiful lights hung throughout the park, as well as festive features such as an ice skating rink, 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and even guest appearances from all of your favorite holiday characters. The Carnegie When: November 24, Doors open at 12 p.m. Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market. Shop handcrafted gifts and unique finds from local artists! Come out and support independent artmakers and purchase goods you can feel good about giving. Fountain Square When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays starting at 5:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Downtown CincinnatiSee Santa and his friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Bank Center to the Fountain Place rooftop, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Each week, they'll host a different musical guest or ensemble including the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Macy's Choral Ensemble and more! While you're there, don't forget to stop by and visit Mrs. Claus for storytime at Carew Tower, get a picture with Santa and enjoy a free ride on the Cincinnati Bell Connector. Fountain Square Ice Rink When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays and Sundays 12-1 p.m. We bet you didn't know that in addition to being great at gift giving, Santa is also an accomplished ice skater. So, strap on your skates and come out and see Santa as he takes his turn on the ice this holiday season at the Fountain Square Ice Rink! Taft Museum of Art When: November 25, 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Season Kickoff there will be free activities for the whole family! Enjoy gorgeous decorations, fun take-home crafts, photos with Santa, holiday stories, lunch in the Linder Family Cafe and even meet a penguin from the Newport Aquarium! Reservations are strongly encouraged. Ohio National Financial Services When: November 30-December 1 and December 6-7, Times Vary The Jewish Discovery Center When: December 2-10, 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Chanukah with the Jewish Discovery Center this year. Enjoy watching the grand Menorah lighting, participating in a Kahoot game night, playing laser tag and so much more! For a full itinerary of events, check out the Jewish Discovery website. Memorial Hall OTR When: December 8, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone's favorite first grader is back again in a live performance adapted from the extremely popular series by Barbara Park. All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except, how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, as her Secret Santa gift recipient? But wait — this is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves… or is it? This fun play will be fun for your whole family! Cincinnati Music Hall When: December 13-24, Times Vary Cincinnati Ballet's holiday triumph returns once again to the Cincinnati Music Hall, complete with gorgeous sets and costumes and set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score. Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during a family tradition that can't be missed! The Otto M. Budig Theater When: December 14-30, Times Vary The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is back again with tons of festive cheer and a little bit of cynicism. What begins as another annual production of "A Christmas Carol' soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite holiday classics including "It's a Wonderful Life", "Frosty and Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and more! Get your tickets now!