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From banana splits and a duct tape fashion show to WWII aircrafts and live music, Ohio has plenty of warm weather fun to entertain the whole family. Connect with those who mean the most to you while tasting local foods, exploring art in urban gardens, celebrating Native American history or tapping along to live music. For more opportunities to Find It Here. in Ohio, visit ohio.org to view the Calendar of Events.
Fun Family Road Trips
Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden Opening, May 19 (Columbus)
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrates the grand opening of their Children’s Garden this spring. Featuring sixteen different interactive experiences celebrating Ohio’s landscape, the garden will introduce and connect children to the natural world. Highlights include a canopy walk; a larger-than-life cardinal’s nest; pocket gardens for the senses, pollen makers and a place to jam on drums; a 15-foot tall sandstone bluff with moss, ferns, fossils; and plenty more.
Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, June 7-9 (Coshocton)
Fly up, up and away in a beautiful hot air balloon this year during the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival. The festival features an array of flying hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, night balloon glow, antique fair, rides, food vendors, crafts and games at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Concerts will take place on Friday and Saturday nights along with a firework show. Bring the whole family or get a group of friends together – admission and parking are free!
Banana Split Festival, June 8-9 (Wilmington)
Created to defend Wilmington’s debated claim as birthplace of the banana split, the nation’s only Banana Split Festival provides a weekend of family fun with 1950s and 60s flair. Enjoy free concerts, a classic car cruise-in, baseball tournament, Lickety-Split 5K, crafts, rides, a banana split eating contest and more. Be sure to show off your creative talents at the build-your-own banana split booth.
Honoring the Past
Memphis Belle Exhibit Opening, May 17-19 (Dayton)
Exactly 75 years after completing its final WWII mission, the restored B-17F Memphis Belle™ will be unveiled at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the U.S. will receive a celebratory opening featuring three B-17 Flying Fortresses, six P-51 Mustangs and three WWII-era trainer aircraft in addition to more than 160 WWII military and home front reenactors, a big band concert, 30 vintage military and civilian vehicles, Memphis Belle films and more.
Feast of the Flowering Moon, May 24-27 (Chillicothe)
The 35th anniversary of this historic festival celebrates the rich Native American heritage of Chillicothe, Ohio’s first capital city. Yoctangee Park hosts this diverse festival featuring dancers, drummers, a mountain men encampment, working craftsmen, an extensive arts and crafts show, live entertainment, rides, games and more. Don’t miss the crowning of the Feast of the Flowering Moon Queen.
Appreciation for Arts and Cultures
Crosby Festival of the Arts, June 23-24 (Toledo)
Enjoy artwork by more than 200 artists in the gorgeous Toledo Botanical Garden. Taste cuisine from local chefs and listen to live musical entertainment throughout the weekend. Four full bars along with adult ice cream and shakes will tempt attendees. Children’s activities will take place in the Children’s Artistic Playhouse. To be among the first to see and purchase art, plan to attend the preview party on Friday evening, June 22.
Parade the Circle, June 9 (Cleveland)
For 29 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted a lively, free summer celebration on Wade Oval in University Circle. Watch as University Circle lights up with color, music and eclectic art from artists all over the world displaying bright costumes, handmade masks, giant puppets, stilt dancers and floats. Head to Circle Village for activities, entertainment and delicious food.
Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival, June 14-16 (Avon)
What better way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend than with his favorite fix-all — duct tape? Better yet, work with dad to enter one of the many duct tape competitions. Highlights of the festival include a morning Duck Tape parade with floats and characters, a Duck Tape fashion show and Duck Tape sculptures throughout the festival grounds. Free admission and parking.
Adventurous Outdoor Excursions
Biggest Week in American Birding, May 4-13 (Oregon)
Bird is the word! The 10-day Biggest Week in American Birding features workshops, guided birding activities, half-day birding tours, keynote speakers, vendors, evening socials, a bird tattoo contest, songbird banding demonstrations and more. The festival headquarters is at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge & Conference Center, with additional vendors and activities at Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
Polo at Bryn Du, May 27 – September 20 (Granville)
Head to Granville on the first and third Sunday afternoon of each month to enjoy the fast-paced play and athleticism in the sport of polo. Matches are played on the beautiful Great Lawn of Bryn Du Mansion. Drive in to tailgate, rub elbows with the players, get to know the horses and even stomp the divots at halftime.
Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), June 16-23 (Delaware)
For 30 years GOBA has enticed visitors from across the country and beyond to experience a bicycle-camping tour through some of Ohio’s most scenic areas and small towns. Riding 50 miles each day, participants have opportunities to stop and enjoy the sights and camaraderie of new and old friends. This year, the statewide bicycle adventure takes place in Central Ohio starting in Delaware and weaving through Newark, Lancaster, Circleville and London.
Nelsonville Music Festival, May 31 – June 3 (Nelsonville)
The hills of Nelsonville will be alive with the sound of music for four days of rock n’ roll from over 60 musical acts. Join the crowd in Ohio’s beautiful Hocking Hills area and rock out to this year’s lineup that includes Twain, Earthless, The Decemberists, Ani Difranco, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Multiple stages, on-site camping, kid’s activities and artisan vendors round out the fun.
Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, June 15-17 (Gahanna)
2018 marks 20 years of the best blues and jazz music in Ohio with five stages and more than 90 hours of live music. Highlights of the 2018 line-up include: David Sanborn Electric Band, Urban Jazz Coalition, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, McGuffey Lane and Soul Kitch’n. More than 35,000 people from across the country travel to Creekside to hear the hottest bands, paddleboat down the creek, interact with regional artisans, enjoy the Herbal Cocktail Trail, make crafts with their kids and experience creative cuisine at several local restaurants.
TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding, Ohio. Find It Here., supports Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry. For more, visit Ohio.org.