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August
10

8 Lakes to Go Swimming Near Columbus

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Summer can be sweltering in Central Ohio! Luckily, there are ample opportunities to hit the lake and cool off in the Columbus area. If you're looking for a place to swim and soak up some sun this summer, visit these beaches near Columbus, OH.

Alum Creek Lake

3400 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

Located less than 30 minutes north of Downtown Columbus, Alum Creek Lake is one of the most popular lakes for outdoor recreation. The lake spans 3,387 acres and is known as one of the best fishing lakes in Ohio. Anglers often catch bass and panfish in the area around Alum Creek State Park, which is also the lake's primary swimming destination. The park features a 3,000-foot sandy beach—the longest beach in any Ohio state park—and includes amenities like restrooms and changing areas, outdoor showers, beach vendors, and sand volleyball courts.

Buckeye Lake

2905 Leibs Island Rd. NE, Millersport, OH 43046

Spanning 3,173 acres in Fairfield and Licking counties, Buckeye Lake is a beautiful swimming and boating destination just half an hour east of Columbus. The shoreline of this large reservoir is home to Buckeye Lake State Park, Ohio's oldest state park, which remains a popular day-use area for summer picnics, hikes, and beach trips. The park includes two beaches: Fairfield Beach on the south side of the lake and Crystal Beach on the north side. Both beaches are open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

Madison Lake

4860 E. Park Dr., London, OH 43140

Madison Lake is located in a region west of Columbus known as the Darby Plains, which offers some of the few remaining wild prairies in the state of Ohio. A small 106-acre reservoir that was built in the 1940s, Madison Lake is a highlight of the region. The lake is surrounded by Madison Lake State Park, which includes a 300-foot swimming beach, picnic areas, and boat launch facilities on the east side of the lake. A separate dog swim area, where pets are allowed to swim off-leash, is located on the opposite side of the lake. Boats are restricted to electric motors and non-powered craft only, making this an excellent lake for paddling as well.

Delaware Lake

75 Downing Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

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Delaware Lake is a long, meandering reservoir just north of Columbus in Central Ohio. The lake spans 1,300 acres and offers excellent fishing for bass, crappie, and muskellunge. It's also a great swim spot, and Delaware State Park provides an 800-foot sandy beach where visitors can take a dip and soak up some sun. A picnic pavilion, playground, and modern restrooms are available at the beach, and there are also two designated boat swim areas on the lake. Delaware State Park also has a beautifully wooded campground with over 200 sites for tents and RVs.

Deer Creek Lake

20635 State Park Road 20, Mt Sterling, OH 43143

Just under 40 minutes south of Columbus, Deer Creek Lake is a picturesque 1,277-acre reservoir with a 15-mile shoreline surrounded by farmlands and forests. It's a great place to spend a long summer weekend, with rental cabins and over 200 electric campsites in Deer Creek Lake State Park. The park includes a beautiful 1,700-foot swimming beach, a popular spot to cool off on hot days. There's also a designated boat swim area located in the cove adjacent to the Deer Creek Lodge. Boats are allowed with unlimited horsepower, and Deer Creek Lake is also known for excellent fishing.

Prairie Oaks Dog Beach

2755 Amity Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

Looking for a place where your four-legged friends can cool off? Located just minutes from Downtown Columbus, Prairie Oaks Metro Park is one of the city's best places to take dogs for a dip. The park has a designated dog beach on the shoreline of Lake 1, part of a cluster of small lakes within the park. Pets are also allowed on the park's hiking trails, but they must be leashed outside the immediate area around the dog beach. And while there's no designated "human swimming area" in the park, there's also no rule that says you can't go in with your canine pals!

Lake Hudson

Old River Road, Granville, OH 43023

Lake Hudson is a unique swimming destination in the Columbus area. This privately owned recreation lake offers crystal clear spring-fed waters that stay pleasantly cool even during the dog days of summer. There's a beautiful beach and picnic area on the lakeshore, along with fishing access and a place to launch small boats like canoes and kayaks. Membership grants you access to Lake Hudson any time, but there are also opportunities for some non-members to enjoy the facilities. Former members and residents of Licking, Fairfield, Perry, Muskingum, and Knox counties may visit the lake as guests.

Indian Lake

13156 OH-235, Lakeview, OH 43331

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Originally built as a shallow feeder lake for the Miami & Erie Canal in the 1800s, Indian Lake is now one of Western Ohio's most popular recreation lakes. Located just under an hour northwest of Columbus, Indian Lake offers 5,100 acres of water, making it one of the largest lakes in the state. Its wide-open spaces make it popular for boating, fishing, and jet-skiing, and the area around the lake offers great camping and hiking opportunities. If you're looking for a place to swim, head to Indian Lake State Park, where Old Field and Fox Island beaches offer 1,400 feet of beach access. 

Fun in the Sun

Where's your favorite swimming hole in the Buckeye State?

July
27

7 Places to Sip a Cool Summer Treat in Northern Kentucky

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Summer means warmer temperatures, which are mostly a good thing. But when it gets too hot and you want to cool off, ordering a milkshake or iced coffee can help you chill out. Fortunately, Northern Kentucky has several great locations serving up these cold drinks near Boone County homes for sale. Many also serve food items, so you can enjoy a burger with your milkshake or a pastry with your coffee, and you'll even be able to order a boozy milkshake if you'd like to, although it's also available without the alcohol.

When you're ready to cool off and treat yourself, head to one of the following seven places to order a milkshake or iced coffee in Northern Kentucky.

Fillmore's Dairy Hut

7500 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042

A nostalgic staple of Florence for years, Fillmore's Dairy Hut is the type of place that adults fondly remember going to as kids with their parents or heading to after school or a sporting event, and now they're returning with their own kids. Order a burger, footlong cheese coney topped with homemade Cincinnati-style chili, or other traditional favorite with your milkshake, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the reasonable prices. Milkshakes come in flavors, including strawberry, blueberry, chocolate chip, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

Graeter's Ice Cream

301 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Graeter's Ice Cream traces its roots back to 1870 in Cincinnati when its founder began selling ice cream from two carts. At the time, it was hand-crafted in French pots. Ice cream is the all-important base of any great milkshake, and the fourth-generation family-owned company still makes it in a French pot freezer that leaves very little trapped air. The result is indulgent, delicious ice cream that translates into the same qualities in their milkshakes. Try a refreshing peach shake in the summer, or create your own from one of the shop's many flavors, including black raspberry chocolate chip and brown butter bourbon pecan. You'll have your choice of a 16-ounce small milkshake, a 20-ounce medium, or a 24-ounce large.

Mad Mike's Burgers & Fries

6420 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042

Mad Mike's Burgers & Fries serves up fresh, made-to-order burgers, and you can build your own or order a gourmet burger made with a half-pound of 100% black Angus beef. The Rockefeller burger—served with blue cheese crumbles, mango chutney, beer-battered onion strings, cilantro may, and lettuce—is a customer favorite. Have some hand-cut french fries along with your burger, and treat yourself to a milkshake with your meal. You can choose from flavors including cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie, espresso vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.

Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

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A bar may not be the first destination you think of when you're craving a milkshake, but Nomad serves an impressive list of boozy concoctions made with three ounces of alcohol. If you'd rather not have the alcohol, all shakes are also available in non-boozy versions. Try versions like Dough You Want Me Baby, consisting of ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel sauce, edible cookie dough, and vanilla vodka. The decadent shake is topped with whipped cream, a house-made cookie, chocolate chips, and a cherry. Or order the Oops! I Split It Again, Nomad's take on a banana split. It has ice cream blended with vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Ghirardelli chocolate, and banana split-inspired ingredients like bananas, walnuts, and cherries.

Jet Coffee

8203 U.S. 42, Florence, KY 41042

With its double drive-thru lanes, Jet Coffee quickly lets you cool off and fuel up with an iced coffee before or after work, school, or running errands. Coffee drinks are available hot or iced, including the butterscotch and rum Highlander Grogg brewed coffee. Specialty lattes, which can even be ordered frozen with whipped cream, include interesting flavors such as Flower Power with lavender and honey and Raspberry Truffle with raspberry and dark chocolate. Frappes are also frozen with whipped cream and include caramel and spiced or vanilla chai.

Enlightenment Coffee

11069 Clay Dr., Walton, KY 41094

Enlightenment Cafe is a welcoming community gathering spot that's the perfect place to meet some friends and catch up over coffee. Its coffee beans are equitably sourced and locally roasted by Carabello Coffee for quality and freshness. Cool off with an iced coffee, including a latte, mocha, chocolate Americano with almond and oat milk, bourbon caramel frappe, or white chocolate raspberry frappe. And while you're sipping your coffee, enjoy a house-made baked good, breakfast burrito, or bagel along with it.

Dreamy Whip

3020 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005

At Dreamy Whip, you can have your choice of the best of both worlds: a milkshake or an iced coffee. If you're in the mood for a shake, try a chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, or banana variety. And if you'd rather cool off with an iced coffee, try an affogato, which combines ice cream and espresso, or order a frosted coffee. The shop also has food trucks that are dispatched across the area, so check their Facebook page linked above to see a schedule of their next locations.

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Which is your favorite drink to cool off: a milkshake or an iced coffee? 

July
22

8 Places to Take a Spin on the Carousel Around Ohio

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While modern carousels are a beloved amusement ride, they have their roots in a combat preparation exercise from the Middle Ages. Knights attempted to spear small rings hanging overhead as they galloped in a circle. Commoners eventually adapted the game with the beginnings of our current form.

Did you know that the first carousel in the United States was built in the 1840s by Franz Wiesenhoffer in Hessville, OH? Our state is still recognized as the home of many incredible carousels, including those in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870

Everyone knows that carousels are a traditional part of any respectable fair, carnival, and amusement park. Not surprisingly, Cedar Point takes their carousel game to a whole new level, with three carousels that make frequent appearances on top-10 lists. The Kiddy Kingdom Carousel, dating back to 1925 and features 52 animals, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next is the Midway Carousel, built in 1912 and operating at Cedar Point since 1946, making it the park's oldest ride. Finally, challenge family and friends to a spin on the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, one of only two racing carousels in the United States. Visit the website for hours and ticket pricing.

Richland Carrousel Park

75 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902

In honor of the ride's European origins, Richland Carrousel Park uses the French spelling of the word in its name. This delightful park features the first new hand-carved carousel constructed in the United States since the 1930s, built at nearby Carousel Works. Scenery panels on the carousel depict Malabar Farm, Richland County Courthouse, and other iconic locations and notable figures from the local area. Carousel rides are $1, with discounts for purchases of 6 or 50 rides. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Akron Zoo

505 Euclid Ave., Akron, OH 44307

Environmental education and awareness provide the theme for the Conservation Carousel at the Akron Zoo. The hand-carved figurines are likenesses of 33 animals from around the world, ranging from a ladybug and a penguin to a Komodo dragon, a peacock chariot that's wheelchair accessible, and a baby moose that contains a time capsule from 2010. Sustainable wood, repurposed concrete, and other green initiatives were incorporated in the construction of the carousel. Rides are $2 per person. Zoo admission is $14 for adults and $11 for ages 2-14. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through October 31. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Columbus Commons

160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

In 2011, the historic City Center grounds were transformed into Columbus Commons, a 6-acre park in the midst of the beautiful downtown area. The centerpiece attraction is a hand-carved carousel with 18 charming figurines, including the OSU Buckeye horse, a frog prince, and a clown fish. Ohio Stadium and Franklin Park Conservatory are two of the hand-painted scenes decorating the canopy. Carousel rides are also a popular draw for Commons for Kids, held each Friday through August 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rides are free at all times. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Carousels are generally thought of as rides for youngsters. That's not the case at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where their Conservation Carousel is one of the more popular attractions during adults-only events such as Toast of the Wild. Of course, the carousel is a big hit with kids as well. Zoo members often upgrade their memberships at the prompting of their children, who like the unlimited carousel rides that are included. Standard pricing for rides is $3. Mark your calendar for 2023, when the zoo's new carousel will be installed. At twice the size of the current carousel, this version will feature 65 animals in a vintage open-air gazebo perched alongside Swan Lake. Admission ranges from $9.50-$25. The zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 31. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

After viewing real birds and wildlife in person, check out colorful recreations on the Grand Carousel at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The historic 1914 Mangels-Illions carousel revolves to the sounds of a fully restored band organ that plays periodically throughout the day. Rides are $2 per person. If you want the real experience, enjoy a camel ride for $7 or a pony ride for $5. Zoo admission is $16.99 for adults and $11.99 for ages 3-9. Prices are higher for non-Franklin County residents. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. through August. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Travel to the continent of Africa on the carousel at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. The sole African carousel in the world lets you ride atop 42 exotic animals, such as giraffes, zebras, and gorillas. Artwork on the canopy showcases many of the featured animals in their native habitats. Rides are $3 per person, with passes available for multiple rides at discounted rates. Zoo admission is $24 for adults and $21 for ages 2-11, with an additional $2 charge for non-Lucas County residents. Visit the website for hours.

Merry-Go-Round Museum

301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870

Inspiration for the Merry-Go-Round Museum came from a series of carousel stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1988. Appropriately, the museum is housed in a former Sandusky Post Office building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to watching activities in the restoration shop, visitors can ride the museum's vintage 1939 Allan Herschell carousel as the band organ plays the classic "oom-pa-pa" sounds. The original figurines were unavailable, so the carousel is populated with pieces from the museum's collection or on loan from private collectors. Admission, including one ride token, is $6 for adults and $4 for ages 4-14. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day.

Round and Round

When it comes to your preferred carousel mount, do you go old-school with the horses, or do you make a dash for one of the other animals?

July
1

9 Places to Stock Up on Local Produce in Ohio

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Farmers markets are the ideal destinations to buy local produce since what you're purchasing is typically grown nearby, and by the person you're buying it from. Not only will you be getting fresh, healthy food, but you'll also be supporting local farmers and vendors.

Many farmers markets have branched out to also feature live music and activities like cooking demonstrations to further their appeal. In fact, in addition to being local food destinations, they've also become places for the community to gather.

Check out the following nine places to stock up on local produce in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Frostville Farmers' Market

24101 Cedar Point Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070

You'll find plenty of fresh, local food and handmade goods at Frostville Farmers' Market, located on the grounds of the Frostville Museum. All foods and goods come from within 75 miles of the market, so you know you're supporting local farmers and makers when you shop there. The market has become a destination for families, with music, children's activities, games, cooking demonstrations, and fun happenings such as a visit from a local farm's alpacas. Visit the market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through November and then from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. from November through April.

Crocker Park Market

1800 Crocker Rd., Westlake, OH 44145

Crocker Park Market is in a new location—on the corner of Crocker and Detroit Roads in front of Fidelity Investments—but it still provides the fresh items Northeast Ohio residents love to shop for. You'll find fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and more at the market, open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday from April until mid-December. Local musicians are also sometimes featured.

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Market

Cleveland Clinic Campus, across the street from the Crile Building, 2039 E. 100th St., Cleveland, OH 44106

Going into its 14th year, the Cleveland Clinic farmers market offers goods from over 35 local farmers and producers each week. In addition to buying local food and products, you can listen to live music, watch cooking demonstrations, score free samples, and learn more about your health. Unlike many markets, the Cleveland Clinic market is open during the week rather than on the weekend, with hours from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from June until mid-October.

Markets at Pearl

North Pearl and West Gay Streets, Columbus, OH 43215

Located in downtown Columbus, Markets at Pearl combines three separate markets under one umbrella. Pearl Market dates back to 1992 and is open every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30-2 p.m. from May 20-October. Visit the market to shop for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, check out artisanal goods, and get some lunch. Sunlight Market is held every third Sunday until December, drawing visitors downtown to shop from pop-up vendors and enjoy music. Moonlight Market is held every second Saturday from April-October.

Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers' Market

Wells Barn parking lot at Franklin Park Conservatory 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

You'll find plenty you'll want to buy at the Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers' Market, including local produce, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade items, and health and beauty products. Each week brings vendors, live music, food trucks, and special giveaways and activities like a free tote bag or the chance to talk with master gardeners.

Westgate Farmers Market

2925 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

Shop for fresh produce, handcrafted goods, gourmet pet treats, baked goods, and more at Westgate Farmers' Market, where everything sold is produced by the vendor. You can enjoy live music while you browse, and food trucks are also onsite if you'd like to grab a meal to enjoy at the market or take home. Visit the market from 9 a.m.-noon on the first and third Saturdays June-October.

Northside Farmers Market

4222 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

You'll be able to shop year-round at Northside Farmers Market, which provides items produced within 70 miles. In addition to fresh produce, meats, eggs, and bread, you can shop for items like handmade body products and prepared foods at the market. It's become a place for neighbors to gather and kids to learn how to cook. The market is open from 4-7 p.m. April-November and 4-6 p.m. December to March.

Hyde Park Farmers Market

2700 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

You'll find a wide variety of local foods and other items from growers at the Hyde Park Farmers Market, including veggies, fruits, meats, eggs, garden plants, and more. Rare heirloom veggie varieties and heritage breed meats are also sold, and the market's vendors employ regenerative and humane practices. Although the wholesome food is the main attraction, live music helps make the market a popular gathering spot. The market is open Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May-October.

Sayler Park Farmer's Market

6600 Gracely Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45233

You'll find plenty of local vendors selling everything from fresh produce and honey to candles and home and garden decor at the Sayler Park Farmer's Market. Live music will entertain you while you shop from producers including Two Amigos Salsa, PAWsome Puppy Treats, Sayler Park Coffee, Hippie Pop Kettle Corn, and more. The market is open 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday June-August.

Healthy Happens Here

Which local Ohio farmers' markets do you plan to visit, and what are some of your favorite items to buy? 

June
22

8 Places to Cool Off With a Cone Around Cincinnati

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Life may be like a box of chocolates, but when Forrest Gump was wounded, all he wanted was ice cream. Put a smile on your face with a tasty cone, milkshake, or sundae from these wonderful ice cream shops and parlors around Cincinnati.

Aglamesis Bro's

Oakley Square, 3046 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Now in the third and fourth generations of family ownership, Aglamesis Bro's blends classic Old World recipes with modern manufacturing methods. The shop's namesakes, Thomas and Nicholas, opened their first location in 1908 after emigrating from Greece. Tiffany lamps, antique tin ceiling, and genuine Portuguese marble fountain top create a charmingly nostalgic ambiance. In addition to premium ice cream and Italian ices, the shop sells a variety of gourmet chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Simply Rolled Ice Cream

32 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

At Simply Rolled Ice Cream, watching your order being prepared is almost as much fun as eating it. In a method inspired by Thai street vendors, ice cream is made right in front of your eyes using a liquid base flattened onto a frozen pan. Once your chosen mix-ins are added, the ice cream is shaped into a roll and placed in a bowl or waffle taco shell. Choose one of their signature combos, such as Buckeye Madness or Salty Caramel Pretzel, or create your own from more than 20 mix-ins. Simply Rolled is open 4. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, 2 - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

1408 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The ice cream at Buzzed Bull Creamery might be the greatest science experiment ever. Watch as they use liquid nitrogen on fresh, high-quality ingredients to make your order on the spot. Try specialties such as Death by Chocolate and Tiger Stripes, or become a mad scientist and brew up your own combination of mix-ins. If you're really looking for a "buzz," check out the ice cream lattes at the espresso bar or add a shot of liquor. Can't decide? Sample the monthly rotating "flights" that include four servings of special 21-and-over flavors. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 4 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Hello Honey

1530 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Hello Honey's cozy East Walnut Hills storefront has made a big splash in the neighborhood. But for owners Brian and Nitima Nicely, things haven't changed that much from the days when they were turning out small-batch ice cream for family and friends from their kitchen counter. They still make everything from scratch, right down to the vegan marshmallows brûléed with a mini-blowtorch. Creative flavors such as Berry Earl Grey, Honey Lavender, and Brown Butter Caramel rotate to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Hello Honey is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 - 9 p.m. 

Sweet Hunter

1028 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Take your taste buds on a trip to Europe with a visit to Sweet Hunter for gelato, Italy's version of ice cream. With half the fat and calories of ice cream plus high protein and calcium content, gelato lets you indulge your sweet tooth without any guilt. Sweet Hunter also offers sorbetto, which is a fruit-based, non-dairy frozen dessert that's comparable to sherbet. Pair your gelato or sorbetto with a French macaron, a light, crispy gluten-free cookie filled with buttercream or fruit. Sweet Hunter is open weekdays from 1 - 10 p.m. and weekends from noon - 10 p.m.

Pendleton Parlor

1218 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Nick Ganim, owner of the Pendleton Parlor, has sugar hard-coded into his DNA. Since the 1920s, Nick's family has been serving up sweet treats around Cincinnati with shops such as the Mount Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and the Old Milford Parlor. Like the other shops, Pendleton Parlor serves luscious soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl, which can be customized with mix-ins and toppings. Edible cookie dough, in four classic flavors, is a recent addition that's been a big hit. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Dipper 

6918 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

Remember those summer days of your childhood when you'd ride your bikes to the local soft-serve stand for a refreshing cone? Share that joy with your own kids when you stop by The Dipper. Eating a chocolate-, butterscotch- or cherry-dipped soft-serve cone is just as much fun as ever. Kids love the blue soft-serve as well as fun flavors like Bubble Gum and Green Apple. Pump up the volume with a Frost Bite, which includes Oreos, Snickers, and your other favorite mix-ins. The Dipper even has pup cups for Fido! Indulge in some people-watching to go with your ice cream while you relax at one of the nearby picnic tables. Hours are 2 - 9 p.m. weekdays and noon - 9 p.m. weekends.

Yagööt

Rookwood Commons, 2737 Edmonson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

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The unusual name isn't the only thing different about Yagööt, which is owned by Cincinnati's iconic Busken Bakery. In a world of self-serve shops offering sweet froyo, Yagöö is a full-service shop where the frozen yogurt has an invigorating tartness. Try one of their signature bowls, including options such as peanut butter and berry, or mix and match toppings to create your own. Yagööt's ice-free smoothies are equally popular, especially with a shot of immunity-boost powder. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9 p.m.

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June
8

On Your Marks: 8 Summer Road Races Around Northeast Ohio

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It's finally summer in Northeast Ohio. At least it feels like summer, and that's good enough for us! Time to get outside and get moving. 

Luckily, we'll have plenty of opportunities to do just that in the Cleveland, Akron, and Canton areas over the coming months. Lace up your running shoes and get ready for these exciting summer races in Northeast Ohio this season!

Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation Parkrun

4524 E. 49th St., Cleveland, OH 44125

You'll have multiple opportunities to participate in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation Parkrun throughout the summer. This weekly 5k takes place every Saturday at 9 am in Cleveland's Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation. It's a fun, family-friendly event that's always free to participants. Whether you want to run, walk, jog, volunteer, or simply cheer on the participants, it's a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Stick around afterward for post-Parkrun coffee at the Canalway Center Café.

Sippo Lake Parkrun

5712 12th St. NW, Canton, OH 44708

The Sippo Lake Parkrun is another event that takes place weekly throughout the summer months, giving you numerous chances to participate. Starting every Saturday at 8 am, the Sippo Lake Parkrun follows a picturesque route through Sippo Lake Park in Canton. The course utilizes a combination of paved roads, crushed limestone paths, and hiking trails and offers some beautiful scenery. This weekly run is entirely volunteer-organized, and anyone is welcome to participate free of charge. 

National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile

288 Spicer St., Akron, OH 44304

Summa Health's Akron Marathon Race Series includes several much-anticipated races and runs throughout the summer months in Akron. First on the schedule this year is the National Interstate 8k and 1 Mile race. The event spans two days, with the 1-mile race kicking off at 7 pm on June 24, followed by the 8k run at 7:30 am on June 25. Both races begin on The University of Akron college campus and follow a course that provides a scenic tour of Downtown Akron. Registration is still open, and awards will be given to top finishers in various categories. 

Will Run for Tacos

2425 W. 11th St. #2, Cleveland, OH 44113

Would you run a 5k for a taco? On Saturday, July 16, you can do just that and help fight hunger in Cleveland while you're at it. Will Run For Tacos is a 5k run/walk that helps raise money for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Participants will be rewarded at the end of the race with a finisher medal, t-shirt, and free taco courtesy of The South Side (additional prizes will be given to top finishers). Race day registration and packet pickup is at 7:30 on the morning of the 16th, and the walk/run gets underway at 8:30, beginning at Hermes Sports & Events.

Akron Trail Marathon

499 Memorial Pkwy., Akron, OH 44310

Also taking place on July 16, the Akron Trail Marathon is a challenging race that takes participants through some of the most beautiful parklands in the Akron area. Whether you choose to run the course as a marathon, half marathon, or 10k—the event includes all three—you'll be treated to scenery including woodlands, waterfalls, historic canal locks, and sweeping meadows. The Akron Trail Marathon helps support the Summit Metro Parks Foundation trail fund and follows a portion of the (mostly paved) Towpath Trail over varied terrain, with plenty of hills to keep things interesting!

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland Half Marathon

1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is an amazing local German microbrewery and beer garden in Downtown Cleveland, and every year they host the Hofbräuhaus Cleveland Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk. The festivities begin bright and early on Sunday, August 7, with registration and packet pickup beginning at 6 am, followed by the half marathon at 7, and then the 10k and 5k at 8. The races begin and end at the brewery, and all participants will receive a complimentary beer and bratwurst, in addition to t-shirts and finisher medals. 

Burning River Endurance Run & Relay

Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Returning for its 16th year in 2022, the Burning River Endurance Run & Relay is not for the faint of heart. This grueling run and relay race follows a wide range of roads and trails from Cuyahoga Falls through some of Northeast Ohio's most beautiful and rugged landscapes, including Summit Metro Parks and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Stretching from Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31, the event includes 100-mile and 50-mile solo runs, as well as a 100-mile relay.

Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k

200 Innovation Way, Akron, OH 44316

Akron has long been known as the "Rubber Capital of the World," in large part because the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been headquartered here since 1898. This year, August 13 will bring about the return of the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, one of several summer events that are part of the Akron Marathon Race Series. The race starts at 6:30 am, with the starting line at the Goodyear Proving Grounds and the finish line at Goodyear World Headquarters. 

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May
25

9 Places for a Summer Day Trip in Ohio

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No time for an extended getaway? Ohio is full of schedule- and budget-friendly places you can visit in a day. Whether you're in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati, hop in the car with the family and head out to these wonderful attractions. 

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870

The "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" is right here in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. But even if you're not a thrill-seeker, there's plenty to enjoy at Cedar Point, voted "Best Amusement Park in America" by readers of USA Today. In addition to more than 70 rides, the park features live entertainment, games, shops and restaurants, a water park, and a mile-long beach. It's a lot to cover in one day, so Hotel Breakers was also voted "Best Amusement Park Hotel." Get unlimited visits and free parking for only $99. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303

Unlike many historic homes, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens isn't named after a former owner. The estate was built in the early 1910s for Goodyear co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his family. "Stan Hywet" is actually an Old English term for "stone quarry," which was the most prominent natural feature of the grounds. Today, visitors can tour the stunning 65-room Tudor Revival Manor House along with the Gate Lodge, Corbin Conservatory, and the series of colorful gardens on the property. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for pricing.

Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

Put-in-Bay measures a scant 12.5 square miles in size, but it packs in more to do than many cities more than twice its size. The crown jewel of Lake Erie's Bass Islands is often referred to as the "Key West of the North." With a great mix of historic, cultural, and entertainment attractions, Put-in-Bay offers something for everyone. The island's most popular site is Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, with its towering observation deck providing views of Lake Erie, Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit. Put-in-Bay is accessible by ferry for vehicles and pedestrians.

The Wilds

14000 International Rd., Cumberland, OH 43732

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Have you ever dreamed of taking an African safari? You won't need a passport to enjoy the experience at The Wilds. Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo who gained fame from multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, was the guiding force behind development of this incredible attraction. View Bactrian camels and deer, cheetahs, giraffes, Southern white rhinos, and other exotic wildlife in natural surroundings. Get a different perspective from ziplines that soar above the park, or take a behind-the-scenes tour with Animal Management specialists. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily through October, and reservations are required. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

980 Woodburn Rd., Urbana, OH 43078

Thousands of years went into the creation of Cedar Bog Nature Preserve. The 45 acres formed by retreating glaciers actually constitute a fen, which is a wetland that drains water, as opposed to a bog, which retains water. In addition to being designated as a National Natural Landmark, Cedar Bog has the highest ranking of any site in Ohio on the Floristic Diversity Index for its wide range of plants. Cedar Bog is also home to more than 40 endangered, threatened, and rare plants and animals. Nature Center hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until October 31, but the boardwalk is open daily during daylight hours. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for ages 6-17.

Malabar Farm State Park

4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44843

Louis Bromfield was the classic local-boy-makes-good, becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning author moving in the same circles as Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. When Bromfield decided to reinvent himself as a farmer, he came home to create the eponymous estate that is now Malabar Farm State Park, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Tour the "Big House," which once hosted the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and visit the adorable animals that live in the Main Barn. Other activities include hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily and admission is free.

Historic Loveland Castle & Museum

12075 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

Travel back in time to medieval Europe with a visit to Historic Loveland Castle & Museum. This faithful replica of a 10th-century castle was intended to be the base of a group of Sunday school students taught by WWI vet Harry Delos Andrews. As a medieval warrior buff, Andrews dubbed the group, "Knights of the Golden Trail," and began construction on the castle for its 100+ members. After touring Loveland Castle and its display of medieval weapons, stroll the surrounding gardens and have a picnic lunch overlooking the Little Miami River. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through October 31. Admission is $5 with no charge for ages 5 and under.

Rabbit Hash General Store

10021 Lower River Rd., Rabbit Hash, KY 41005

Rabbit Hash is one of those classic slices of Americana where you might expect to see Sheriff Andy Taylor and his son Opie heading to the local fishing hole. The unincorporated community, which takes its name from a beloved local dish, has a population of just over 300 and the mayor is a French bulldog named Wilbur Beast. Visitors are drawn by Rabbit Hash's quirky charm and quaint downtown, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rabbit Hash General Store, with its eclectic mix of merchandise and nostalgic feel, is the heart and soul of the community. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Caesar Creek State Park

8570 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068

With its scenic setting, numerous amenities, and variety of activities, Caesar Creek State Park is like a giant summer camp for all ages. The main attraction is a large lake that features a marina, launch ramps, and dock rentals for boating, along with opportunities for swimming and fishing. Other outdoor activities include hiking, horseback riding, and archery. Pioneer Village is a unique living history museum consisting of a blacksmith shop, pioneer schoolhouse, and other buildings depicting life in the early 1800s. Caesar Creek State Park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. and admission is free.

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July
28

Plan a Visit to These 9 County Fairs and Festivals Around Ohio

2021 County Fairs in Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

With a charming mix of carnival rides, farm animals, and tasty food treats, county fairs are an iconic part of Midwest summers. In Ohio, these lively events date back literally hundreds of years. Mark your calendar for these must-see county fairs in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Medina County Fair

735 W. Smith Rd., Medina, OH 44256

Better late than never! After a year off, the Medina County Fair is celebrating its 175th anniversary during its 176th year. Traditional events, such as the popular livestock shows and bull riding contest, pay tribute to the fair's past. Live concerts, drag racing, and motocross are some of the entertainment options that highlight Medina's present. Kids can show off their creativity in coloring, art, writing, and hay bale decorating contests. The Medina County Fair runs from Monday, August 2 through Sunday, August 8. Admission is $7 for everyone 12 and over and $3 for kids aged 2-11.

Lorain County Fair

23000 Fairgrounds Rd., Wellington, OH 44090

Another Northeast Ohio tradition observes a milestone as the Lorain County Fair, second largest in the state, reaches its 175th year. Each summer, people head to the fair for one last celebration before Labor Day leads into fall. One of the event's goals is to educate the public about animals with showings of horses, sheep, and poultry, along with auctions and skill demonstrations. Evening entertainment includes live music, derbies, and a rodeo. Enjoy thrilling midway rides for only $1 each or $20 for unlimited rides. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day from Sunday, August 22 to Sunday, August 29. Admission is $6, with no charge for kids aged 8 and under. A $30 season pass is good for seven admissions.

Great Geauga County Fair

14373 N. Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021

The Great Geauga County Fair is just shy of two centuries, but it's twice as much fun as fairs half its age. Founded in 1823, the Great Geauga is the oldest continuous county fair in the state as well as one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the United States. There's fun for the whole family at the Natural Resource Area, which features demonstrations and activities centered around wildlife and environmental awareness. And what's a fair without an apple pie-eating contest? If you're feeling lucky, try your hand at the other family-friendly competitions, including Diaper Dash, Kiddie Tractor Pull, and 4-H 5K. The fair takes place Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6. Admission is $10 for ages 7 and above. Buy advance tickets online to save $2 and avoid the lines.

Hartford Fair

14028 Fairgrounds Rd., Croton, OH 43013

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Billed as the "Biggest Little Fair in the World," the Hartford Fair encompasses Licking County along with portions of Delaware and Knox counties. The fair also has a reputation as a reunion spot, as families use the occasion for annual gatherings of relatives from across the distance. Fans of motorsports are in seventh heaven with truck and tractor pulls, autocross, demolition derbies, and monster truck rallies. Even during the fair's earlier days, racing was the main attraction, including a foot race when Maggie McComb beat out William Lane. Fair days run from Sunday, August 8 through Saturday, August 14. Admission is $8 for ages 8 and above.

Delaware County Fair

236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH 43015

Who says the outdoor fun has to end with summer? Enjoy some post-Labor Day delights at the Delaware County Fair. Horses are the main event here, starting with the parade that kicks off the festivities and right up to the Little Brown Jug, the fair's signature harness race. The impressive motorsports complex is the site of demolition derbies, truck pulls, and even school bus races. With a wide range of activities from eating contests and putt-putt golf to scavenger hunts and kids' crafts, there's something for everyone. This year's fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 through Saturday, September 25. 

Hardin County Fair

14134 Letson Ave., Kenton, OH 43326

September means back to school, and kids won't need any encouragement to attend the "classroom" at the Hardin County Fair. One of the top activities is COSI on Wheels, a traveling outreach program that offers a variety of dynamic interactive experiments. A petting zoo and Columbus Zoo exhibit provide opportunities to get up close and personal with some fascinating animals and birds. Eli the Magician stars in two shows a day and strolls the grounds, delighting fairgoers with amazing tricks. These activities are all included in fair admission, which is $10 for everyone aged 9 and older. Fair dates are Tuesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 12. 

Hamilton County Fair

7700 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45216

Situated on 30 acres just north of Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Fair creates an interesting juxtaposition of agricultural and urban landscapes. City slickers get to learn about life on the farm, including a chance to try their hand at milking a cow. This year's grandstand events include go-kart racing and a soccer mom derby. Fire up your oven and prepare your best pies, cookies, breads, and cakes for the baking competitions. The Hamilton County Fair runs from Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15. Admission is $10 per person, which includes all rides.

Allen County Fair

2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, OH 45804

On October 21, 1851, it was reported that a "vast throng" attended the first Allen County Fair at Faurot Farm. Today, more than 200,000 visitors attend the annual event, making it one of the top fairs in the state. One of the biggest draws is the top-name entertainment that takes the main stage each year. Vince Gill, Def Leppard, Alabama, and Reba McEntire are just a few of the stars who have appeared at the Allen County Fair. 2021 is no exception, with Brad Paisley as the headliner. Fair days are Friday, August 20 through Saturday, August 28. Admission is $7 for ages 7 and up.

Champaign County Fair

384 Park Ave., Urbana, OH 43078

The Champaign County Fair includes livestock shows, craft exhibits, and other traditional fair activities, but this year's event will also be a classic rock lover's dream. Opening night features a three-hour extravaganza with Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute bands. Fair dates are Friday, August 6 through Friday, August 13. Admission of $8 includes rides, while tickets for Rock the Fair are an additional $10.

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August
14

Columbus: Visit These 10 Places on a Road Trip to Marietta

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Wanderlust is part of our American heritage. Fortunately, there are a number of intriguing road trips from Columbus, OH that are short on distance, but long on culture and entertainment.

Picturesque Marietta, just under a two-hour drive from Columbus, bills itself as "Ohio's First Adventure," but they're not just bragging. No less an authority than National Geographic calls Marietta one of the best "adventure towns" in the United States. Use this helpful guide to plan your own adventure in Marietta.

ATTRACTIONS

The Castle Historic House Museum

418 4th St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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You'll feel like a member of royalty for a day when you visit The Castle, a stunning Gothic Revival home dating back to 1855. Built for the then-princely sum of $10,000, The Castle has housed lawyers, bankers, and even a member of the Ohio Senate. In addition to antiques and historical furniture, museum displays include many items related to various owners of the home. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. Hours vary by season and advance reservations are required, so visit the website for more information.

Trolley Tours

241 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Enjoy the charm and history of Marietta from a comfortable seat on the Trolley Tours. You'll get a unique perspective of the town thanks to entertaining stories from the knowledgeable tour guides. The 90-minute trip covers all noteworthy areas of Marietta, including beautiful residential streets, so you can decide which places you want to explore in depth. Trips depart from the Armory parking lot at 10 a.m. Call or visit their Facebook page for more information.

Marietta River Trail

Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Marietta is nestled in the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. The latter provides a scenic backdrop for a pleasant walk along the Marietta River Trail. Construction is occurring in phases, but the current configuration runs 3.28 miles, just long enough for a family-friendly outing. Leashed four-legged family members are welcome, so bring your precious pooch along. The trail begins at the Indian Acres Boat Ramp, extending to E. 8th and Jefferson streets.

Children's Toy and Doll Museum

206 Gilman Ave., Marietta, OH 45750

Do your kids think history is boring? They'll love the "education" at the Children's Toy and Doll Museum. Founded in 1976, the museum outgrew two other locations before settling into its current home in a Queen Anne-style house. Nine separate rooms contain themed collections featuring dolls and dollhouses along with a wide selection of antique toys and games. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for kids. Hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. weekends.

SHOPPING

Wit & Whimzy

152 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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When you visit Wit & Whimzy, the name alone lets you know you're in for a unique experience. The shop is filled with a carefully curated collection of artisan-crafted items from local and regional artists and small business owners. On any given day, you can find unique jewelry, home decor, bath and body products, apparel, and accessories that are perfect for yourself or gift-giving. Many items have a Marietta, Ohio, or West Virginia theme. Wit & Whimzy is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Teri Ann's

290 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Tired of shopping at national chain stores with mass-produced clothes and no customer service? Teri Ann's features women's designer clothes and accessories so you can put together your own stylish look. Cheerful and knowledgeable service is a hallmark of the family-owned store, founded in 1961 by George and Virginia Zide and named after their eldest child. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

DINING

Marietta Brewing Co.

167 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Marietta has a rich past, but the city has also embraced the best features of modern-day life. Head to Marietta Brewing Co. for locally-made craft beer and "guest" beverages from top Ohio breweries. The food menu includes eight types of burgers along with other brewpub classics such as pizza, chicken wings, and nachos. Dine in or order online for carry-out. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Buckley House Restaurant

332 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

Dining out is truly a special event at The Buckley House Restaurant. Located in an elegant Victorian-style home listed on the Ohio Historic Register, The Buckley House was built in 1879 as a private residence. The seasonal menu is influenced by the delicious flavors and healthy ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy the impeccably landscaped grounds from the outdoor dining areas on the front porch and back deck. The Buckley House serves dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every evening but Sunday and reservations are recommended.

LODGING

The Lafayette Hotel

101 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750

 
 
 
 
 
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Legend has it that American Revolution hero Marquis de Lafayette was the first tourist to visit Marietta during its fledgling days. The occasion is memorialized in the name of The Lafayette, one of the last remaining riverboat-area hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Marietta, The Lafayette has a distinctive triangular shape that allows guests a view of either the Ohio or Muskingum rivers. Amenities include a private fitness center, dry cleaning service, onsite laundry facilities, two restaurants, and a coffee shop. Visit the website for a list of specials and themed packages.

The Hackett Hotel

203 Second St., Marietta, OH 45750

Marietta's past meets the 21st century at The Hackett Hotel, a "casually chic" boutique hotel located on the second floor of a fully renovated 1899 building. The hotel's five rooms have their own individual decor and each one is named after an influential figure from Marietta's history. Modern amenities include free WiFi and HD TVs. Conveniently located on the first floor, The Galley is a lively gastropub with 24 beers on tap along with a menu that combines gourmet dishes and bar food classics. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Saturday.

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August
12

10 Places for a Family Weekend Getaway Around Ohio

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Who's ready to get out of the house and get away for a weekend? These last few months have brought our families together closer than ever. Unfortunately, that also meant pretty close quarters at home. While many of our summer vacation plans may be postponed until next year, there's still plenty of time to make the most of a quick trip around the state. Load up the kids, pack a handful of snacks, and head to one of these destinations that are perfect for a family weekend getaway.

Put-in-Bay

Distance From: Cleveland (85 miles) | Columbus (130 miles) | Cincinnati (235 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking to get away only to kick back and relax? Then stay put in Put-in-Bay! This island in Lake Erie is a fantastic play to have an enjoyable yet relaxed family vaca. You can either stay on the island itself or take the ferry back and forth to the mainland. Perry's Cave Family Fun Center is a must-do as it has everything imaginable: mini golf, rock climbing, a maze, and even gemstone mining. There are also tons of hiking trails, nature walks, and on-water activities to fill your getaway!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Distance from: Cleveland (20 miles) | Columbus (129 miles) | Cincinnati (235 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Super close to Akron, your visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Park will make you feel worlds away from the city. This wonderful natural space is a great place to camp and get your family in touch with nature. Hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, and stargazing are just the tip of the iceberg! Bring a few coolers of food for unforgettable picnics or eat one of the restaurants just outside of the park. You can stay in lodging within the park or camp at a nearby campground just outside of the park's limits.

Geneva-on-the-Lake

Distance From: Cleveland (53 miles) | Columbus (190 miles) | Cincinnati (296 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor family fun, Geneva-on-the-Lake is the place to be! Charter a fishing boat or play mini-golf. Take a zipline canopy tour or go canoeing down the Grand River. If the weather isn't cooperating, a roller rink and multiple arcades will deliver indoor fun. Just be sure to hit the beach when you can as no trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake is complete without actually being on the Lake.

Hocking Hills

Distance From: Cleveland (197 miles) | Columbus (57 miles) | Cincinnati (135 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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If your family can't spend enough time outdoors then set a course for Hocking Hills! Southeastern Ohio's scenic wonderland has two nature preserves, five state parks/forests, and six natural attractions. Hike to the Old Man's Cave or Cedar Falls. Camp in a tent or stay in a cabin. Plus, there are plenty of other family-friendly attractions like High Rock Adventures, Skyview Drive-In, Rollerball Lanes, and R Adventure Park.

Sandusky

Distance From: Cleveland (63 miles)Columbus (112 miles) | | Cincinnati (225 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Have an adventure on the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky. This town is home to adrenaline-pumping action including Cedar Point amusement park, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark, Castaway Bay Waterpark, and Kalahari Resort. Add a new interesting museums and lovely state parks into the mix, and you've got an active weekend that your kids will love!

Mason

Distance From: Cleveland (227 miles) | Columbus (85 miles) | Cincinnati (24 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Travelers to the Cincinnati area know that there are hours of fun to be had just a few miles north in Mason. Home to King's Island, the largest amusement park and waterpark in the Midwest. In fact, there are so many great family-friendly attractions around Warren County that Mason is a great home base. Jump & Jack's playground, the WEB Extreme Entertainment, and EnterTRAINment Junction are a few miles east.

Cumberland

Distance From: Cleveland (136 miles) | Columbus (77 miles) | Cincinnati (185 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking to get a little wild on your family getaway? Then head to Cumberland and visit The Wilds. This unique zoo features animals from around the world and you can go on your own safari through the park. You can take a zipline tour, learn about animals in the nature center, and even spend the night on the property and let the sounds of wildlife rock you to sleep.

Yellow Springs

Distance From: Cleveland (195 miles) | Columbus (56 miles) | Cincinnati (70 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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There's a reason Yellow Springs is known as "Everyone's Favorite Place." Arts, culture, local cuisine, and outdoor recreation all combine to give you an awesome weekend trip. Take a family bike ride through the trails within John Bryan State Park or hike around Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve. Grab fresh food from Flying Mouse Farms then dust off your new favorite book at one of the two Yellow Springs independent bookstores. With events nearly every weekend in downtown, there's always something fun to see and do for the whole family in Yellow Springs.

Amish Country

Distance From: Cleveland (78 miles) | Columbus (84 miles) | Cincinnati (200 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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If you've never visited Ohio's Amish Country, then you're in for a yesteryear treat! Amish Country is full of unique little towns that give you a sample of true Amish life. Take an Amish Heartland Tour in Millersburg, eat at the Amish Door Restaurant in Wilmot, and visit the "Little Switzerland of Ohio" in Sugarcreek. Whichever towns you stop in, be sure to sample the fresh cheese and pick up a few handcrafted souvenirs around Berlin.

Toledo

Distance From: Cleveland (114 miles) | Columbus (146 miles) | Cincinnati (202 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Instead of heading to the three Big C cities, head to Toledo and experience a different side of Ohio. The Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station, National Museum of the Great Lakes, and Wildwood Park are just a few of the great destinations inside Toledo. With dozens upon dozens of indoor and outdoor attractions that are ideal for all ages, Toldeo may just become your new favorite urban getaway in Ohio!

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July
29

Love a Beach Vacation? Visit These 7 Places Around Northeast Ohio

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Who needs an expensive trip to the East or West Coast for a beach vacation? Northeast Ohio is home to a number of scenic beaches that rival those in any other state. Thanks to their convenient location, you can even head out for a day-long getaway.

Get your summertime sand-and-water fix at these fun-filled beaches near Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and other Northeast Ohio cities.

Baylor Beach Park

8777 Manchester Ave. SW, Navarre, OH 44662

 
 
 
 
 
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Ohio's beautiful countryside is the setting for Baylor Beach Park, just 30 minutes from Akron and an hour's drive from Cleveland. Named after its founding family, Baylor Beach Park has been a popular Northeast Ohio getaway since 1955. The two-acre lake includes diving boards and water slides, while a nearby one-acre lake is available for paddleboats, aquabikes, and "funyaks." If you want to stay on dry land, enjoy a friendly game of miniature golf, volleyball, basketball, or cornhole. Admission is $8-$10 for guests aged 3 and up. Park hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Baylor Beach Park is maintaining social distancing rules by limiting daily guests, so arrive early.

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

12001 Route 282, Garrettsville, OH 44231

 
 
 
 
 
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Have you ever marveled at pictures of daring swimmers leaping off a cliff into the water below? Indulge your adventurous spirit at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Grown-ups can get the thrill of jumping off centuries-old 50- to 60-foot cliffs, while kiddies splash around in their own shallow roped-off area in the clear, spring-fed water. With other activities such as scuba and snorkeling, fishing, and hiking, the whole family will find endless entertainment. Admission is $10-$12, with reduced rates for kids aged 4-14. Nelson Ledges is open daily, with day passes good until 8 p.m. Swimming is allowed 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. while lifeguards are on duty. 

Lakeview Park

1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44052

 
 
 
 
 
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Ironically, although Lorain is situated on Lake Erie, there was originally no lakefront recreation available to city residents. That changed in 1917 when city officials purchased 42 acres of land that later became Lakeview Park. The spacious beach provides opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Take a break for a stroll through the historic Rose Garden, shaped like a wheel with eight spokes to honor the local Rotary Club. Lunch is served with a lakeside view at the Sunset Café, which also offers a limited concession menu throughout the afternoon. Lakeview Park is open seven days a week from sunrise - 11 p.m., with lifeguards on duty between noon - 6 p.m.

Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666

 
 
 
 
 
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2020 marks the 72nd year Clay's Park Resort has been serving as a favorite summer retreat in Northeast Ohio. Founder Otis Clay's descendants carry on his tradition at the 10-acre, sandy-bottom lake that features dueling water slides and zip lines along with a barrel roll, inflatables, and a kids' splash pad. Unlimited use of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards is included with park admission. There's plenty of fun to be had on the ground with miniature golf, sand volleyball, basketball, and life-sized foosball. Admission fees are $20-$30 and $6 for kids ages 3-5. Park hours are noon - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Clay's Park is adhering to a specific number of guests daily, so follow their Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. 

Edgewater Park Beach

6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102

 
 
 
 
 
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In 2013, Cleveland Metroparks assumed operational control of six lakefront parks formerly run by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A subsequent multi-million dollar upgrade included formation of Lakefront Reservation, an outdoor oasis in the heart of downtown Cleveland and site of Edgewater Park Beach. With 9,000 feet of shoreline, there's lots of room for swimming, sunbathing, and yes, surfing when the wind is right. Bring Fido along to play and swim in the roped-off, leash-free area at the western end of the beach. Landlubbers can hang out at the pier and fish or just take in the views. Adjacent Perkins Beach isn't open for swimming, but it's a great spot to look for beach glass, shells, or driftwood. Park hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily, with lifeguards on duty from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Kelleys Island State Park Beach

920 Division St., Kelleys Island, OH 43438

 
 
 
 
 
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The short ferry ride to Kelleys Island State Park enhances the sense of "getting away from it all." Along the north side of the island, you'll find a pristine 100-foot beach with stunning views. Water depth changes gradually, so there's a generous shallow area for kids. If you'd rather be on water than in it, a public boat launch and kayak rentals are available. Explore the six miles of hiking trails that include scenic vistas and historic sites. Leashed dogs are welcome in specific beach areas, so bring the whole family along. Kelleys Island State Park is open 24/7.

East Harbor State Park Beach

1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead, OH 43440

 
 
 
 
 
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Situated on a peninsula that extends into Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park Beach is surrounded by wetlands that offer sightings of Ohio birds and wildlife. The two-mile lakefront stretch includes a 1,500-foot beach with plentiful shade trees. While pets are not allowed on the beach, leashed dogs are permitted in other areas of the park such as the picnic area, where you and Fido can enjoy views of the shoreline. East Harbor State Park is open around the clock, year-round.

Just Another Day at the Beach

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August
6

What to Do With Your Kids in the Akron + Canton Area Before School Starts

We can't believe it—summer is almost over. The Fourth of July has come and gone and your family will be shopping for back-to-school bargains before you know it.

But don't pack up your pool floaties and sunscreen yet! We still have a few weeks before the season is officially finished, which gives us plenty of time to squeeze in a little more summer fun. From splashing around at local water parks to meandering through local museums, here are some of our must-do end-of-summer activities for you and your kids in the Akron and Canton area!

 

Visit a Local Farmers' Market

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We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce and locally produced meats—and you can find an unbeatable selection at your local farmers' market! Bring the kiddos with you and let them pick a few ingredients to use in your meals for the week and buy a few treats to enjoy on the way home! Many local markets also have live music, games and face painting to entertain the whole family. Here are the best farmers' markets near Akron and Canton.

 

Have a Blast at the Akron Canton Jellystone Park

The Akron Canton Jellystone Park is a family-oriented camp and theme park that features a water park, miniature golf and gem mining! Join Yogi Bear as you swim in the 500,000-gallon pool or eat homemade ice cream from the Pick-a-Nic Basket food stand. Plus, you can make it a weekend affair by staying in one of their adorable cabins or by setting up a tent and enjoying the great outdoors!

 

Learn Something New at MAPS Air Museum

Do you have an aspiring pilot in your family? This internationally known museum focused on aviation will teach you and your kiddos all about the history of flight. Their interesting displays, interactive exhibits and historical archives will keep you entertained for hours. You're welcome to explore the museum on your own or you can take one of the free guided tours!

 

Hop Aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

While trains might not be the most convenient way to travel anymore, they are certainly one of the most fun! Kids will love taking a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features spectacular views of Ohio's landscape. While each of their routes comes with its fair share of adventure, the CVSR hosts kid-centered events throughout the year. You can find their full event schedule here.

 

Visit the Gardens at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

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Located in one of our favorite Akron neighborhoods, Merriman Valley, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a fantastic place to spend a summer afternoon! Take a day and explore their stunning gardens along with the magnificent castle-like residence that once served as the home for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's founder, Frank A. Seiberling. They also host a variety of fun kid-centered events and workshops throughout the summer, so make sure to check out their calendar before you go.

 

Monkey Around at the Akron Zoo

Say goodbye to summer with the help of some furry (and some not-so-furry) friends at the Akron Zoo! With 25 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, your kids will have a hard time running out of things to do. See animals from all over the world up close, ride the train, spin around on the carousel, and marvel at the Wild World Animal Show. Admission is just $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 2 to 14, and free for kids 2 and under. And don't forget to stop by the Komodo Kingdom Café to fuel up during your adventure!

 

Indulge in Some Ice Cream

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While we love to enjoy ice cream year-round, for some reason, it just tastes better in the summer. Good thing the Akron and Canton area is bursting with delicious ice cream spots where you can say a sweet goodbye to the season—some of which have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Here are some of our favorites in the area.

 

Battle it Out at Laser Quest Akron

Located in Akron, Laser Quest is the perfect spot to escape the heat for a few hours. Bring the whole family and navigate the expertly designed course, ducking behind obstacles to hide from the other team, but make sure to watch your back. We're sure your kids will love this heart-pounding adventure—and the chance to tag you out!

 

Explore the Akron Art Museum

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

The Akron Art Museum is a work of art itself. With gorgeous architecture and dramatic steel and glass walls, you can peruse incredible art while looking out over the warm, summer day. They display stunning pieces of modern art, photographs and sculptures, which will take you all day to explore. Plus, this season, they are hosting several fun children-centered events that will help your child unleash a bit of their creative side; check out the museum's calendar for a full list!

 

Bounce Around at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a dream come true for little adventurers, filled with trampolines that span from wall to wall. Enjoy freestyle jumping on the massive trampolines, engage in a game of dodgeball on a bouncy court, or dive headfirst into the foam zone! People of all ages are guaranteed to have fun here.

 

Climb the Steps of the McKinley Monument

Kid's Summer Activities in Akron and Canton

Photo courtesy of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Before summer ends, take time to visit the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum—where kids can enjoy the hands-on activities at Discover World and take a step back in time in the Street of Shops. Pay your respects to former President William McKinley, and enjoy the incredible view of Canton, by hiking up the 108 steps to the top of the Monument, where the president and his wife, Ida, are buried.

 

We hope you've had a great summer!

What fun activities will you do to say goodbye to the season? Let us know in the comments below!

June
27

11 of Our Favorite Food Trucks in Cleveland

It's no secret that Cleveland loves its food trucks. From Cajun and pizza to Korean and brunch, we have a little bit of everything for when your next craving strikes! In fact, Walnut Wednesday, Cleveland's biggest food truck event, has made them even more popular — bringing together almost 20 food trucks in one place every Wednesday from May through September. Whether you're in the mood for gourmet burgers, Texas BBQ, or anything in between, there are so many amazing food trucks to choose from in Cleveland. But, out of the hundreds in the area, there are some that stand apart from the rest. We parked some of our favorite mobile eateries in Cleveland on this list. But because these trucks move around frequently, make sure to visit their schedules before heading out the door. Bon Appétit!

Krav Food Truck

Schedule Krav's menu is a melting pot of flavor, featuring Mediterranean-inspired fare with hints of Korean and Latin influences throughout. And if that wasn't enough — these Northeast Ohio locals love putting a Cleveland twist on dishes like their Korean Polish boy with kimchi slaw. Or if you're looking to go classic, grab their traditional Cleveland Cheesesteak (we recommend a scoop of Asian slaw on top, but that's just us).  

Fire Truck Pizza Company

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Housed in old fire trucks, Fire Truck Pizza Company is serving up some of the best pizza in Cleveland. Their refurbished trucks are equipped with a wood-burning oven, directly imported from Italy, that cook at temperatures over 800 degrees. Grab a piece of their signature pizza, the Bacon Honey, made with house-made garlic white sauce topped with bacon, mozzarella, and a blend of secret spices, drizzled with honey. Add a scoop of their homemade ice cream to your order and you'll have yourself a perfect summer afternoon!  

Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers

Schedule This female-owned and -operated food truck is a Cleveland favorite, serving gourmet burgers and homemade cheesy tots to hungry locals. They also cater, so you can hire them for your dream wedding, a corporate event, or even just an intimate anniversary dinner for two. But when you do pay them a visit, or have them come to you, make sure to place an order for Betty's Poutine, cheesy tots topped with braised beef, cheese curds and homemade gravy!  

Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck

Schedule Smokin' Rock N' Roll Truck was the dream of two music career professionals, Billy Morris and Todd Chaisson, who started writing recipes instead of learning songs. They partnered up and decided to give the food truck scene a good college try and we're so glad they did. Today, they serve up some tasty smoked meats and vegetables daily — with a heaping side of Rock and Roll of course!  

Proper Pig Smokehouse

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Texas BBQ, home-smoked meats and bacon on a stick — need we say more? The Proper Pig Smokehouse started out with just two friends and a utility truck they purchased off of Craigslist. Today, it's one of the most popular food trucks in the area and an extremely successful restaurant in Lakewood. Don't miss their tantalizing selections like the Lake Erie Crusher, a hot sausage sandwich with slaw, or any of their juicy smoked meats that you can buy by the pound.  

Manna

Schedule Not only does Manna donate a portion of their proceeds to hunger efforts, but they also serve one of the most diverse menus in the area. Dive into a plate of slow-roasted beef brisket with cherry cola BBQ sauce, an Asian chicken sandwich, duck confit or their famous lobster roll (or all of the above — we won't judge).  

Zydeco

Schedule Zydeco is a unique, Cajun and Creole-influenced mobile restaurant providing delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes to the greater Cleveland area. The booming business is owned and operated by Chef Johnny Schulze from Baton Rouge, so you can rest assured that he knows how to create fantastic and authentic Cajun dishes. They move around a lot, so make sure to take a look at their weekly schedule so you can find them during your next lunch break!  

Slyman's Tavern

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If you've ever looked up the hashtag #CleFoodie on Instagram, then you've probably seen hundreds of drool-inducing photos of Slyman's famous corned beef sandwich. The hefty dish is several inches thick, layered with 12-14 ounces of corned beef. So clear your day and head to Slyman's food truck, which you can usually find tucked away in a Cleveland suburb or feeding crowds at a local festival, and indulge in the best sandwich you'll ever have — we promise.    

Beachcombers

Schedule Founded by Culinary Institute of America graduates, chefs and brothers, J.J and Kevin Altomare, the Beachcomber Truck offers a diverse menu full of coastal-inspired dishes. You'll find everything from buffalo chicken pierogies to Caribbean chicken over coconut rice — all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  

DonutLab

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Cleveland's first and only mobile mini donut kitchen, the DonutLab is a dessert food truck where you can get a bag of hot, fresh donuts or even a donut parfait. We recommend ordering a bag of their simple, yet amazing, powdered sugar mini donuts and a side of their raspberry sauce for dipping!  

The Brunch Box

Schedule We firmly believe that you shouldn't have to wait until the weekend to enjoy our favorite meal of the day: brunch. That's why we love stopping by the Brunch Box whenever we can. Enjoy fresh eggs, bacon and croissants all week long along with other delicious staples like salads and sandwiches. You can usually find them at the VA Medical Center, but make sure to check out their schedule on their Facebook Page.  

Hungry yet?

Did we miss your favorite Cleveland food truck? Let us know in the comments and make sure to tag us on Instagram using #CutlerExplores the next time you head out to Walnut Wednesday!
June
20

11 Spectacular Fourth of July Happenings in Cleveland This Year

The Fourth of July is on the horizon! We can hardly wait for the many community events happening throughout the Cleveland area, from patriotic cruises to fireworks shows, and everything in between. Mark your calendars for the Independence Day event nearest you for an unforgettable celebration of our nation's birthday!

Ashland Ohio Balloonfest

When: June 27-29, Times Vary Where: Freer Field, Ashland  

While the Ashland Ohio Balloonfest isn't technically a Fourth of July-centered event, it's still a fantastic way to kick off the patriotic week! This famous festival has been going strong for over 29 years, featuring a splendor of colorful hot air balloons rising high above you and decorating the Ashland sky throughout the weekend. There are also plenty of other fun activities, including a balloon glow, balloon races, stage performances, sports tournaments, food and so much more!  

Bay Days

When: July 3-6, Times Vary Where: Cahoon Park, Bay Village Live music, a classic car cruise-in, magic shows, carnival rides and a children's bike/trike/wagon parade are only some of the fun activities Bay Village has in store for you this Fourth of July! Plus, their festive fireworks display will begin at dusk, so settle in with a funnel cake and a freshly squeezed lemonade and enjoy the show!  

City of Independence Independence Day Celebration Fireworks

When: July 3, 7-10 p.m. Where: Elmwood Park, Independence 4th of July in Cleveland Is there a better way to celebrate Independence Day than in Independence, Ohio? This town goes all out for the holiday, setting up a fabulous fireworks display along with booths for food, beverages and games for you to enjoy! Bring your family, friends and neighbors because you're sure to have a fantastic time.  

Cleveland Pops Orchestra & Fireworks

When: July 3, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Where: Perici Amphitheater, Twinsburg Head down to Twinsburg this holiday and celebrate Independence Day with some great music! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a variety of patriotic songs to get you in the spirit before the annual fireworks extravaganza. The entire family is welcome — grab your tickets here.  

Light Up the Point

When: July 4-6, Times Vary Where: Cedar Point, Sandusky Celebrate Independence Day with a bigger bang than ever before! Every night, Cedar Point will feature a spectacular fireworks show, pie eating contests and so much more. Plus, during this three-day event, Cedar Point will be offering free admission to active, retired or honorably discharged military members and active first responders.  

Lakewood Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Where: Lakewood Park, Lakewood 4th of July in Cleveland Spend the entire day celebrating in Lakewood! The city's parade will kick off the day at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue and will end at Lakewood Park, where games and activities will run all afternoon long. A featured concert from the Lakewood High School Youth Orchestra will provide some entertainment in the evening before the fireworks extravaganza concludes the day at 9:45 p.m.  

Grindstone Festival

When: July 4-6, 4-10 p.m. Where: Coe Lake Park, Berea This three-day free, family-friendly festival will feature paddleboat rides, an outdoor movie showing, live bands, carnival rides and local vendors from all over Berea! There will even be a parade featuring veterans and community groups marching through downtown past the Triangle. A breathtaking fireworks display over Coe Lake will conclude the evening.  

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

When: July 4, 6-11:30 p.m. Where: Goodtime III Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, live music and fireworks while sailing along Lake Erie! Tickets to this unique Fourth of July celebration start at $35 and depend on your viewing level and dinner order. Boarding starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are required.  

Rock n' Boom

When: July 4, 8-11 p.m. Where: The Great Lakes Science Center 4th of July in Cleveland

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Celebrate Independence Day from the most patriotic vantage point in Cleveland: aboard the William G. Mather steamship! Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the Great Lakes Science Center café. Tickets start at $16, and are just $13 if you're a museum member. Guests are welcome (and encouraged!) to bring blankets and chairs aboard to watch the show.  

Strongsville Fourth of July Fireworks

When: July 4, 10 p.m. Where: Strongsville Athletic Field We can't think of a better place to celebrate America's birthday than the picturesque city of Strongsville. This year, their annual fireworks display will commence at dusk, around 10 p.m., at the Strongsville Athletic Field. So pack up your blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to watch the show!  

Homedays on the Green

When: July 11-14, Times Vary Where: Broadview Heights Community and Recreation Center 4th of July in Cleveland

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Make your Independence Day celebration last an extra week or so by heading out to Broadview Heights for one of the region's biggest Fourth of July festivals. Enjoy carnival games, delicious food, local vendor booths, live music and, of course, fireworks!  

Happy Fourth of July!

How are you planning on celebrating this year? Let us know in the comments!
May
21

12 Outdoor Concerts in the Columbus Area This Summer

Summer in Columbus is a magical time. Restaurant patios are opening their doors, farmers' markets are setting up shop and plenty of outdoor experiences are finally ready to be explored! There are hundreds of ways you can spend your summer in the Columbus area, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible outdoor musical events around town! To help get you started on planning your summer itinerary, we rounded up 12 of our most anticipated outdoor concerts in the Columbus area this season. From kid-centered performances to jazz festivals — there's a little something for everyone on this list!

Park of Roses Summer Concerts

When: May 26-September 1 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: Whetstone Park of Rose's Gazebo, Clintonville Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

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For over 62 years, the Civitan Club of North Columbus has been providing opportunities for local musical groups to showcase their talents in the park. This season, head out to the picturesque gazebo in Whetstone Park of Rose every Sunday to enjoy the best live performances the north Columbus area has to offer. The event is completely free each week and promises a fun-filled evening complete with free snow cones!

3rd Annual SUMMER614

When: June 1, 3-11 p.m. Where: Columbus Commons Come out to the Columbus Commons and watch some of your favorite R&B and hip hop artists perform live on the amphitheater stage! Before you settle in to listen to some great music, make sure to visit some of the food trucks located throughout the park that will be serving mouth-watering dishes. Proceeds will go to support the 22nd Foundation, a charity organization that exposes and educates low-opportunity youth to diverse sports options as well as a healthy lifestyle. Get your ticket before they're gone!

The City of Pickerington Summer Concert Series

When: June 2, July 7 and August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater, Pickerington Join the City of Pickerington during their popular summer concert series this season! They'll be hosting this special event on three Sundays throughout the summer featuring fantastic musical acts like Chris Logsdon, the British Invasion and Motown Sounds of Touch. So grab your blanket and chairs and enjoy a warm summer evening at the beautiful Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater!

Music in the Park 2019

When: June 2-July 28 | Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Where: John F. LaCorte Amphitheater, Whitehall Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts This summer, visit the John F. LaCorte Amphitheater in Whitehall every Sunday for a fun, festive live music event! Enjoy fantastic bands like the John Schwab Band, Reaganomics and Mojoflow, just to name a few. No matter what type of music you enjoy — punk, jazz, rock or R&B — there's a performance just for you happening in Whitehall this season!

PBJ & Jazz

When: June 8, July 13, August 10 & September 14, 11 a.m. Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Introduce your little ones to jazz and American music at this special family-friendly concert series! Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles and a complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the door — downtown Columbus' PBJ & Jazz events are the perfect way to spend a summer morning with your family!

Sundays at Scioto

When: June 9-July 28 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: The Scioto Park Amphitheater, Dublin Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

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Sundays at Scioto concerts are a popular Dublin event that has been around since 1983 when Scioto Park opened to the public. This annual event showcases local and regional performing artists from all walks of music — from pop, country and rock to traditional Celtic music. Make sure to get there ahead of time to find your perfect spot and to get a good look at Leatherlips, the breathtaking sculpture in the heart of the park.

Evenings on the Green

When: June 20, July 18 and August 15, 6 p.m. Where: Ohio Village, Columbus Get a taste of Ohio history this summer at Ohio Village! This recreated 19th-century community is hosting three special musical events this season, all featuring fantastic local performers, food trucks and more. Explore Ohio Village, play old-fashioned games on the village green and try out some crafts — the possibilities are endless!

Canal Winchester's Music in the Park

When: June 21 & July 19, 6:30 p.m. Where: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

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This free summer concert is held on the third Friday of June and July and features live music and plenty of family-friendly activities! This year, head out to Stradley Place in downtown Canal Winchester for a spectacular lineup of local musicians. On June 21, enjoy watching Jack Fox & The County Line Band and let the kids explore tractors and other professional vehicles at the Touch-A-Tractor activity. On July 19, listen to the sounds of the Gas Pump Jockeys while perusing cars at the Cruise-In Car Show!

2019 Westerville Jazz Series

When: June 22- July 27 (Excluding July 20) | Saturdays, 6 p.m. Where: Alum Creek Amphitheater, Westerville   Jazz in Westerville is back once again and bringing with it the same great music and entertainment. Visit the Alum Creek Amphitheater on Saturdays this season and enjoy free shows, food trucks and plenty of fun!

Jazz & Rib Fest

When: July 19-22, 11 p.m. Where: Bicentennial Park & Genoa Park, Columbus Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

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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 along the Scioto Mile; this revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz.

Sad Summer Festival

When: July 20, 12 p.m. Where: Express Live!, Columbus See all of your favorite alternative bands in one place! Come see bands like Mayday Parade and the Main at Express Live! in the Arena District of Columbus. If you're interested in attending this "sad" festival — click here to get your tickets!

Jazzoo Summer Concerts

When: July 12, July 26, August 2 and August 9, 8 p.m. Where: Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to bring you a unique summer event this season! Head out to Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo and enjoy some fantastic jazz, delicious dishes from local food trucks, and a cash bar. You can find this full, impressive lineup here!  

Have a Great Summer!

Did we miss your favorite summer concert event? Let us know in the comments!
May
7

15 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in the Cincinnati Area

Although our fallen soldiers and veterans deserve the utmost respect every day of the year, Memorial Day allows us to set aside a specific day to honor them. The three-day weekend also happens to mark the first unofficial day of summer, with many taking the time to go camping with their families, host a barbeque, or splash around at a local water park. This upcoming Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of fun festivals, heartfelt ceremonies and exciting parades. We rounded up some of the best local events in the Cincinnati area that you won't want to miss this weekend. Have a great holiday!

Free Findlay Market Scavenger Hunt

Where: Findlay Market When: May 23-26, Thursday & Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience Findlay Market like never before! Visit during Memorial Day weekend and participate in a unique scavenger hunt using augmented reality. You and your children will have a blast tracking down crazy critters that are hiding all over the market — using just your smartphone!

North by Northside

Where: Urban Artifact When: May 24-25, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
 
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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.

Furry Friends Festival

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!

Nowhere Else Festival

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.

Spring Grove Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Where: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum When: May 24-27, Times Vary Akron Canton Memorial Day Ohio 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.

Taste of Cincinnati

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.

The Candy Race and Little Jelly Tot Dash

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.

Coney Island Opening Day

Where: Coney Island When: May 25, 9 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day

Photo courtesy of Coney Island

Kick 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!

Cincinnati Winery Tour

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!

Light Up Rothenberg

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.

Oasis by Daylight

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!

Beyond the Bricks: Outdoor Building Tour of Cincinnati Music Hall

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.

City of Madeira Memorial Day March

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.

City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Where: Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash When: May 27, 10:15 a.m. Cincinnati Memorial Day 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.

VFW Post 10380 Memorial Day 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.  

Happy Memorial Day!

We are so grateful to our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Thank you for your service!
April
11

17 Must-Attend Summer Festivals in the Cleveland Area This Year

Summer in Cleveland is a magical thing — what with the booming sports season (go Indians!), shaded patios where you can enjoy the best of the diverse food scene, and plenty of fun lakefront activities on the shores of Lake Erie. There are hundreds of ways you could spend your Cleveland summer, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible festivals around town! To help you get started on planning your itinerary, we rounded up 17 of our most anticipated festivals this season. No matter what you're into — art, music and even garlic — there's a summer event just for you on this list!
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June

Crafted Fest

When: June 1 Where: Lincoln Park Cleveland offers some of the best food, beer and music around so why not enjoy them all at once at Crafted Fest this summer? At this Ohio festival, you can savor artisanal dishes from creative Cleveland restaurants; explore the craft beer community by sampling brews from local breweries; and rock out to some amazing music from local bands!

Parade the Circle

When: June 8 Where: Circle Village For over 30 years, the Cleveland Museum has been bringing this free summer event to the Greater Cleveland area. During this festival, guests from all over the world will join local artists, families, schools and community groups in an incredible parade of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, colorful floats and more!

Duck Tape Festival

When: June 13-15 Where: Veterans Memorial Park Get creative at this annual free festival presented by the Duck brand. Strut a Duck tape masterpiece down the runway at the Duck Tape Fashion Show, build a float for the parade, or simply spend the day enjoying food and goods from local vendors. No matter what you decide to do, you're definitely in for a wacky show!

Larchmere PorchFest

When: June 15 Where: Larchmere Boulevard Come out to Larchmere Boulevard this summer for a unique festival featuring 30 local bands performing on 30 porches throughout the neighborhood! This family-friendly event will feature bands from all different genres so there's a little something for everyone. Don't forget to pick up a map from the information tent and bring some sunscreen and a chair with you when you go!

Great Lakes Burning River Fest

When: June 21-22 Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station  

Returning for its 18th year, the Great Lakes Burning River Fest is here once again to bring incredible live music, great craft beer and delicious food to the Cleveland waterfront. This year, the event will feature an impressive selection of craft brews from Great Lakes Brewery along with some live performances from plenty of remarkable bands.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

When: June 27-29 Where: Playhouse Square Cleveland might be known as the rock and roll capital, but we also happen to have some of the best jazz in the nation! The Tri-C JazzFest is even recognized as one of the most diverse jazz festivals in the country — and it's right here in Cleveland. Visit to watch the best jazz vocalists and instrumentalists around (past performances include Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra and Miles Davis!) along with some up-and-coming and established R&B, soul, blues and gospel acts.

Waterloo Arts Fest

When: June 29 Where: Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival will welcome over 40 local bands to the stage this year, along with plenty of local art vendors and some of Cleveland's best food trucks for you to enjoy. There will also be several interactive art experiences for all ages, so roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, all while supporting this creative and unique community!  

July

Tall Ships Festival

When: July 11-14 Where: Downtown Cleveland's Lakefront Cleveland Summer Festivals This four-day waterfront festival offers plenty of opportunities to experience live entertainment, historical exhibits, food, beverages and explore the Tall Ships themselves! The event kicks off with a Parade of Sail on Thursday evening, featuring a display of ten sailing vessels. So, "seas" the day and get your tickets to this family-friendly event today!

Cain Park Arts Festival

When: July 12-14 Where: Cain Park Spend a beautiful summer day perusing some fantastic art from local and national creators! At the Cain Park Arts Festival, explore arts and fine crafts and supporting small businesses from all over the country. This three-day festival held in the beautiful and artistic Cain Park is one you don't want to miss, so get your tickets here!

The Cleveland Flea

When: July 13-14 Where: 3615 Superior Avenue Cleveland Summer Festivals

Photo courtesy of Julianna Arendash Photography via the Cleveland Flea

This isn't your traditional flea market! The Cleveland Flea is one of Ohio's most popular markets where you can experience creativity at its finest. Shop from talented artists and vendors, sample delicious treats from local makers, or settle in with a cold, refreshing craft beer — it's entirely up to you!

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace

When: Saturdays and Sundays, July 13-August 18 Where: 3033 Ohio 534, Rock Creek Travel back in time to a different age at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace! At this unique festival, you can enjoy countless activities in the Shire of Avaloch, including shopping for treasures, watching crafter demonstrations and trying your hand at activities like archery and axe-throwing. Get your tickets here!

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

When: July 19-21 Where: Berea Fairgrounds Celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Irish at this family-friendly, non-profit festival this summer! With live music, Celtic dancers, delicious food, Irish exhibits, workshops and even a coffee house, you won't run out of things to do all weekend. Plus, proceeds from the event go to local and national charities so you can have fun all while supporting those in need!  

August

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

When: August 2-3 Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark Cleveland Summer Festivals Celebrating its 25th year in 2019, the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is the premier food and wine event of the entire year! Stroll through colorful tents, picnic tables and groves of tall oak trees while sampling wines from Ohio wineries. There will also be a great deal of delicious food, cooking demonstrations, live music, shopping opportunities and spectacular Friday night fireworks!

Feast of the Assumption

When: August 15-18 Where: Little Italy "The Feast" is one of our favorite events of the year and one of the most popular festivals in Cleveland! This four-day Catholic street festival originated in 1898 and surrounds the famed Holy Rosary Church on Mayfield Road, but you definitely don't have to be Catholic to enjoy the festivities. This event also celebrates Cleveland's Italian heritage with live musical performances, interactive exhibits, carnival rides and plenty of food from local restaurants!

The Flats Festival of the Arts

When: August 17-18 Where: 1055 Old River Road The Flats Festival of the Arts is back again for its 4th year! Enjoy a weekend full of unique art and craftsmanship from local and national creators all featured throughout the Flats East Bank. Not only will you get to experience some incredible art, but you can also settle in and watch performances from many of the regions most talented musicians and dancers.

The Cleveland Garlic Festival

When: August 24-25 Where: Shaker Square Cleveland Summer Festivals

Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Garlic Festival

There won't be a lack of flavor or smells at this unique festival in the heart of Cleveland! At the Cleveland Garlic Festival, enjoy delicious garlic-laden food along with Top Chef Grill Offs, the crowning of Miss Garlic 2019, live music, a bungee trampoline, garlic ice cream and so much more (including Garlic Man himself!).

Cleveland Oktoberfest 2019

When: August 30-September 2 Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Head out to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this summer for one of the country's fastest growing and most authentic German festivals! At Cleveland Oktoberfest, enjoy live entertainment, plenty of German cuisine, fun costumes, and, of course, beer!  

Have a great summer!

Did we miss your favorite CLE summer festival? Let us know in the comments!  

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