Lighthouse & Maritime Festival
Aug. 17/PORT CLINTON – More than 25 vendors will feature nautical, maritime, lighthouse, and local-themed items at Waterworks Park. Food vendors will offer a variety of festival-food menus. Unique and upbeat musical groups will play throughout the day. Lighthouse tours, demonstrations of seaman slip-knot-tying, ham radio hook-ups, and nonprofit organization displays. Historical lectures will be presented at scheduled times as well as storytelling, featuring Port Clinton’s local Playmakers in period dress. Children’s activities will include a scavenger hunt, face-painting, lighthouse tours, making musical instruments and flags for their parade, and more!
Hopewell Music Festival
Aug. 17/TROY -This first-ever event will take place at Fulton Farms at their new venue next to Lost Creek. The festival will be headlined by the international act, the Allman Betts Band. Also featured will be American Idol star, Alexis Gomez, blues rocker RJ Howson, J Edwards and many more incredible entertainers. Located along the Great Miami River, along Lost Creek, the Hopewell music venue is designed around the same natural land features the Hopewell Indians enjoyed over 1500 years ago. “It’s our vision to preserve what is left of “The Hopewell Tradition” and share it with the local community,” states founder, Joshua David Fulton. Visitors will find a variety of beer and wine sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing Co. Additionally, festival goers can enjoy and array of food options along with an assortment of art vendors. The concert will take place from Noon to 11 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase. VIP ticket holders will be treated to a reserved area in front of the main stage with an elevated view, as well as access to the tent area with a private bar, snacks and facilities. VIPs can skip the lines for food and drinks by utilizing a private walking trail along scenic Lost Creek to the vending area. Parking will be in the hayfield just past the entrance by the Hopewell Music Festival Sign. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.hopewellmusicfestival.com.
Sandusky Shores MusicFest
Aug. 17/SANDUSKY – This second annual event is scheduled to take place at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center. It will include festival fun for the entire family and LIVE country music acts: Wreck’n, Jessica Hannan, Larry Fleet, Colt Ford, and headliner Montgomery Gentry.
Aug. 18/MARBLEHEAD – A celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, hosted annually by the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio.Held at the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church. Foods such as cabbage rolls, pierogies, kolbasi, Old World baked goods, Herman Halupki’s craft fest featuring 35+ vendors, historic church tours, bounce house, live polka bands, and more. Held on the third Sunday each August.
Bash on the Bay
Aug. 29/PUT-IN-BAY – Held at the airport. With hit singles like “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Picture,” and “All Summer Long,” Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums to date. Other featured performers include Uncle Kracker, Davisson Brothers Band, Brent Lowry and the Drifters, and more.
Perch, Peach, Pierogi & Polka Festival
Aug. 20-Sept. 1/PORT CLINTON – Three-day festival over Labor Day weekend with award-winning Polka bands, excellent food and beverage choices in a friendly atmosphere. Music, food, dance, and fun. Held at the Knights of Columbus.
Milan Melon Festival
Aug. 31 – Set. 2/MILAN – This celebration features rides, games, contests, antique car show, and live musical entertainment on the Village Square downtown. The Grand Parade is on Sunday afternoon. The famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats.