From the Ohio River and Appalachian Mountains in the south to Lake Erie in the north, the Midwestern U.S. state of Ohio is the place to feel authentic, rugged Great places to go in America. From the beaches of Lake Erie, to the large urban centers of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, to the world’s largest Amish enclave , the state is also actively bursting with natural beauty, urban attractions and fascinating cultural heritage.
Ohio has a plethora of festivals and fairs each year, many of which celebrate specific social or cultural characteristics of the region. If you’re planning a trip to Ohio before the end of 2019, we’ve picked out the ones that are taking place across the state before the year is out! Best Festivals and Bazaars.
CLEVELAND KURENTOVANJE Winter Festivals
In anticipation of the annual spring season, Cleveland’s large Slovenian community has made its way through the city’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods The venue hosts a multi-day celebration of the event. Established in 2013 to reflect Slovenia’s annual Folk Festival, the event celebrates the Eastern European country’s rich history and culture. Highlights include a sumptuous dinner curated by a Slovenian chef, an interactive exhibition at the city’s Slovenian Museum and Archives, the Slovenian handicraft making as well as a 5km run. The event culminated in a day-long parade and festival that included costumes, ethnic food and drink, live performances and Costumed Kurents – tall, furry creatures that wear carnival masks, sheepskin hats, and cowbells tied around their waists.
LOCATION: St. Clair-Superior, Cleveland Dates: 24 February – 2 March 2019.
Every year, on the first Sunday in March, The Village Idiot Pizza in Maumee, Lucas County, will Something special is happening.Acoustics for Autism is the largest free music event in the country! One of many, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to local families affected by autism. project iAm is an organization entirely focused on The volunteer-based charity began hosting Autism Speaks in 2008, and since then it has moved on from the Seventeen performers on one stage grew to 68 performers on seven stages. All proceeds go directly to families in Northwest Ohio to meet their children’s ASD needs so that they It is possible to find the therapeutic resources they feel are best for their child.
Location In and around the Moomey Village Idiot Pub Date March 3, 2019.
Cincinnati International Wine Festival
If you weren’t tempted by the weekend of wine and food in the name of charity, what can we say? One of the biggest and best wine events in the United States, this festival features wine celebrities from around the world, local restaurants of top chefs, and – crucially – over 700 wines from over 200 wineries. Here, you’ll be able to sample a huge range of wines and have the opportunity to meet the winemakers, hear their stories, learn about the The Art of Wine Making. Guests can enjoy a meal paired with wine and compete in a silent auction for rare and highly sought-after wines. And if that doesn’t convince you, half of the sale price of each ticket will go to support 35 local charities.
LOCATION: Grand Ballroom, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati Dates: 8-9 March 2019.
Ohio Book Fair
Book fan types in Ohio this April should head to the state capital, Columbus, where the annual Ohio Book Festival will take place. Offering literary fans the opportunity to connect and engage with some of the region’s most well-known authors, the event has grown into a cultural Ohio A major milestone on the calendar, as its inaugural edition in 2007. In all, about 100 authors will be in attendance, and admission is free for all, no registration required.
Location Main Library, Metropolitan Public Library, Columbus Date April 27, 2019.
Held along the scenic Ohio River at historic Coney Island, this is one of the most popular family events of the spring. As a Mother’s Day weekend tradition, Coney Island celebrates its 50th year of bringing Appalachian culture to life during the festival , Coney Island transforms into a true mountain life village celebrating the area’s rich Appalachian heritage. There’s traditional Appalachian music, crafts, storytelling, dance, educational exhibits, mouth-watering food and more. Proceeds will benefit organizations and individual artists involved in promoting Appalachian culture.
LOCATION: Cincinnati Coney Island DATE: May 10-12, 2019
Willard High School Revolutionary War Reenactment and Campout Ceremony
Every year, eighth graders at Willard Middle School stage a dramatic reenactment of the Revolutionary War that led to America’s independence . The participants, dressed in period costumes, recreate battle scenes, show the daily lives of migrant workers and colonial citizens, and perform before an audience of Craft demonstrations. In addition, there are activities from that era, including tin making, paper making, land surveying, military drilling, hearth cooking, food preservation, and Knitting, pottery, spinning and more.
LOCATION: Willard High School DATE: May 10-11, 2019
Ohio’s largest international music festival and the Dayton Convention Center’s largest single event is now in its 45th year, maintaining two Full time stage with local and invited dance and music performers. There were 34 stalls from around the world, each with a cultural presentation on the theme of “Best Kept Secret” for 2019 . Most of the stalls sell food, beverages (including alcohol) and merchandise that represent their country or culture. Simply put, this is a wonderful event for the entire family.
LOCATION: Dayton Convention Center, Dayton DATE: May 17-19, 2019
BEREA’S NATIONAL RIB COOK-OFF (National Rib Cook-Off)
Held over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the 21st annual Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off is the only Cleveland summer fun! way. Other Memorial Day festivals have come and gone, but this one is still going strong after more than two decades. Hosted by the Berea City Club, the event is the club’s largest of the year, and most of the money raised goes back to the Community). More than 12 rib teams descended on the Cuyahoga County Fair to compete for awards for best ribs, best sauce and people’s choice. As a family friendly occasion, there is free music all weekend long. Parking is free on site and children 12 and under are free.
LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea DATE: May 24-27, 2019.
OXFORD WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL
Wine and art are like horses and carriages, and every year the town of Oxford in Southwest Ohio welcomes purveyors of both cultural pleasures! . Hosted by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, thousands of wine and art lovers descend on the quaint streets of this charming college town. Browse the wine stalls and art vendors. There will also be plenty of craft beer and food stalls, as well as cooking demonstrations and live music to keep visitors entertained. The revelry continues into the evening, with more music in the local downtown area and a “Cheers to the Town” celebration! . Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship fund.
LOCATION: Oxford, Butler County DATE: June 1, 2019
Bathing Arts Festival
The Bass Art Festival is a day-long festival with a wide variety of vendors, including fine artists, jewelers, potters, woodworkers, glass artists, and soap and lotion makers, and a variety of fine craft artists. Visitors can purchase gifts and souvenirs, listen to live performances, and enjoy lunch or a snack at one of several on-site food and beverage booths. The event offers free admission and free on-site parking, and the show will take place rain or shine.
LOCATION: Akron Bass Community Park DATE: June 2, 2019
Ohio Civil War Show
Dealing with the issues surrounding the American Civil War requires skill and sensitivity, and this annual two-day event – now in its 42nd year – the It was a huge success, finding the right balance between entertainment and education. Held on the expansive grounds of the Richland County Fair, the show featured artillery demonstrations, including artillery firing, military vehicles, historical re-enactments and live music that showcases evocative wartime melodies.
Location Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield Dates May 4-5, 2019
Beja Arts and Music Festival
As a thriving cultural destination, BAYarts has been described as New York’s Chautauqua Institution, the A jewel in Cleveland’s crown. In addition to a diverse selection of gallery exhibitions and classes for children and adults, it hosts many festivals throughout the year. One of the most popular is the BAYarts Art and Music Festival, with over 70 vendors across all mediums and art forms! , including jewelry, ceramics, art, home decor and bath/beauty. There will also be numerous food trucks and live music by Rey Cintron’s Rice & Beans. Attending the event is free.
LOCATION: Bay Village, Cleveland DATE: June 15, 2019
Blue Point Festival
The Blue Tip Festival is a five-day celebration in the community of Wadsworth, Ohio. It begins with a world-class parade and the lighting of a giant, 20-foot tall Blue Tip match that illuminates during the festival Wadsworth Town Centre. The festival then provides attendees with their choice of rides, food and drink, midway games, contests and other entertainment.
LOCATION: Wadsworth Memorial Park DATE: June 18, 2019
Ohio Viking Festival
Held in a bustling trading village, this lively festival offers plenty of activities, events and food for all the family. During the two-day event, there are handmade goods to browse and buy, workshops and re-enactments of Viking days from years gone by! Life. Other highlights include a shield painting class for children and adults.
LOCATION: Trumbull County Fair, Cortland DATE: June 21-23, 2019.
Ohio Wings and Oktoberfest
The Ohio Wings and Oktoberfest is a gathering of the best wings and local craft beers from across the state. Taste craft beer from some of Ohio’s best breweries, including Wolfs’ Ridge and the Rhinegeist. oh, and did we mention chicken wings? They’ve assembled an all-star lineup of wing majors like Pecan Penny’s and Red Door BBQ. eat wings, drink beer and attend a new classic event.
LOCATION: Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, Columbus DATE: June 22, 2019.
Huron Steamship Company Arts and Food Festival
Art, food and music take centre stage at this popular annual festival by Huron Rotary Club hosts. A variety of artists will be displaying their work and many have donated beautiful artwork to be raffled off on Sunday to a lucky Ticket Holders. On the food front, a variety of food trucks welcome hungry visitors, each offering their own specialties. Meanwhile, the music is centered around the Boat Basin Amphitheater, which is home to talented local musicians. The event also has a strong philanthropic focus, with every dollar raised going to support local college scholarships and other Rotary Project.
LOCATION: Huron Boat Basin, Huron Dates: 28-29 June 2019.
Waterloo Arts Festival
The 17th annual Waterloo Arts Festival is a day-long festival featuring more than 40 eclectic local bands from 12 noon to 7 p.m. , local artisan art vendors, mouth-watering food trucks, and innovative and interactive art experiences for all ages. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and try your hand at art at the Waterloo Arts Festival. For more information, visit www.waterlooarts.org/fest.
LOCATION: Cleveland Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District DATE: June 29, 2019.
Cincinnati Music Festival
Started back in 1962, the festival has grown into a two-day spectacular on the banks of the Cincinnati River! and attracts more than 50,000 people each year from all over the United States. What started as an all-jazz concert has grown to include big names in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop, as well as up-and-coming Diverse music by artists. Past performers include Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis ( (Miles Davis), Luther Vandross (Luther), Whitney Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, etc. Celebrity.
LOCATION: Cincinnati Riverside Dates: 25-27 July 2019.
Cleveland’s contribution to the global German phenomenon, Oktoberfest, which takes place every year over Labor Day weekend, features the best of Bavaria Culture and traditions. There’s polka dancing, live music, arts and crafts, beer, wine and spirits, traditional German sausage and A demonstration of historic beer brewing. Proceeds from the festival will benefit local causes.
LOCATION: Cuyahoga County Fair, Middleburg Heights DATE: August 30 – September 2, 2019.
Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festivals
Ohio’s freshwater shrimp harvest has never failed to produce impressive yields, and this holiday celebrates the annual Feast, offering an array of delicious seafood options, as well as live music, multiple vendors, games and activities for all the family. There will also be an exciting display of fish, frogs, turtles and other local critters, and the Fish Farm Market gives you the opportunity to bring dinner! Take home. Other highlights include a trout feeding demonstration and a sturgeon pond.
LOCATION: Freshwater Farm, Urbana, Ohio DATE: September 20-22, 2019.
CHAMPAIGN County Balloon Festival
Join friends, family and neighbors for the 2019 Champaign County Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held over two full days, guests will enjoy food, family entertainment, music and a hot air balloon release. Depending on the weather, the hot air balloons will “glow” at dusk each day, creating spectacular lights and colors for miles around! Can be seen.
LOCATION: Urbana’s Historic Grimes Field Dates: 4-5 October 2019.
Art and Jewish Food Festival.
The centerpiece of Akron’s large Jewish community is Temple Israel, and each year this vibrant Reform temple hosts a festival that showcases the Authentic Jewish cuisine at its finest. Among the traditional dishes offered are brisket, kugel, latkes, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, hummus, kuchin, mandel Bread and Ruglach. Visitors can also enjoy the products of 30 talented local artisans, as well as a variety of children’s activities.
LOCATION: Temple Israel, Akron DATE: November 3, 2019
Cincinnati Coffee Festival
Home brewers, coffee lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good cup of coffee will gather to celebrate this sacred Coffee Bean. As a true regional event, visitors come from far and wide for free coffee, as well as mouth-watering pastries and other delights! The food. Among the exhibitors will be world-class roasters, coffee shops, fine food vendors and specialty baristas, while interactive demonstrations will be Showcasing the latest in coffee equipment and coffee making technology.
LOCATION: Cincinnati Duke Energy Convention Center Ballroom Dates: 8-10 November 2019.
To celebrate the relationship between Hudson and its German sister city, Landsberg en Lech, this festival The market held its first edition in 2018 and has proven to be a popular choice for locals and visitors alike. It has an old world atmosphere with live musical entertainment, craft and Christmas vendors, a melodic choir and a variety of Germanic themes! The food, and the vendors from Landsberg en Lech are worth the trip. Plus, there will be a big man in red.
LOCATION: Hudson Greens, Hudson Dates: 13-15 December 2019.