Ohio. Find It Here.: July-August festivals
COLUMBUS, Ohio – From hot air balloon races and prestigious artwork to exploring Native American heritage, Ohio offers experiences that are sure to captivate the whole family! Connect with those who mean the most to you while enjoying delicious food, learning a new dance, or listening to award-winning music. For more opportunities to Find It Here. in Ohio, visit ohio.org and the Calendar of Events.
Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta, July 14 (West Chester)
Cheer on teams as they attempt to keep handmade cardboard boats (made of only cardboard, tape, and glue) afloat on the lake at Voice of America MetroPark! See who stays afloat the longest, and enjoy additional onshore activities including music, entertainment, and activities for the whole family.
The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival, July 20-21 (Middletown)
A sanctioned hot air balloon competition, The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival features thirty participants in a race to win the coveted “Ohio Challenge Trophy.” Take a balloon ride, visit the car show, and catch the ever-favorite night balloon glow. The weekend will also showcase food, music, and carnival rides.
Cincinnati Music Festival, July 26-28 (Cincinnati)
This major annual event brings top R&B, jazz, and blues performers to Paul Brown Stadium for music fun and plenty of memories. Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, and MC Lyte are set to headline this year with additional guests Common, The Roots, and Cincinnati native, Bootsy Collins. Spend the weekend in Cincinnati and experience remarkable live music, delicious local food, shopping, friends and family.
Lilyfest, July 13-15 (Rockbridge)
This festival, held annually at the Bishop Educational Gardens, features flower gardens cared for by local experts. A juried art show featuring artwork by more than 70 artists will be displayed, and live music will be performed on multiple stages throughout the three-acre grounds. Take a stroll through the Butterfly House and enjoy beautiful sculptures and gardens at this truly scenic event.
Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, Showing through September 2 (Chillicothe)
Since 1973, the story of renowned Shawnee leader Tecumseh! has attracted more than 2.5 million viewers nationwide. Outdoor stages at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater allow attendees to feel a part of the action as horses thunder past and canons reverberate. More than 100 people are involved in the show along with horses, cannons, and battle sequences that bring the entire experience to life.
Jazz & Rib Fest, July 20-22 (Columbus)
This annual event on the downtown Columbus Scioto riverfront features two stages with local, regional, and international jazz artists. Relax and enjoy barbecue ribs and chicken while listening to headlining artists Arturo Sandoval and special guest Jane Monheit, the JuJu Exchange, Euge Groove, Peter White, and more at this free admission event.
Dublin Irish Festival, August 3-5 (Dublin)
One of the largest of its kind, this three-day Irish festival expects to bring thousands of guests this year. Seven stages, sixty-five acts, and over five hundred performers promise hours of entertainment. Headliners this year include Sharon Shannon, Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, and the Willis Clan, among others. Learn an Irish dance, or watch traditional Celtic sports and get a taste of Irish culture and food from forty plus vendors.
Festival of Sail, July 12-15 (Sandusky)
Help celebrate Sandusky’s bicentennial on the shores of Lake Erie at the Festival of Sail featuring tall ships including the U.S. Brig Niagra and Schooner Madeline. Climb aboard and sail on many “ships of yore,” or check out this year’s guest of honor – the World’s Largest Rubber Duck! Experience all the festival has to offer including live music from The Wailers, Robert Randolph, and Mel Burns as well as food, drink, and a variety of vendors.
Celina Lake Festival, July 27-29 (Celina)
Dive into this weekend-long festival featuring crafts, rides, food, and more. Memorable attractions include the Amphicar “Splash In” (which is slated to bring the largest amount of these amphibious cars to-date, marking fifty years since the last cars rolled off the assembly line) a fireworks show, and a Beatles’ tribute band. Don’t miss out on dozens of lakefront activities for the whole family.
National Tractor Pulling Championships, August 16-18 (Bowling Green)
One of the most prestigious Truck and Tractor Pulls on earth, the National Tractor Pulling Championships features dozens of machines and competitions. Feel the vibrations of pure pulling machine engines in “Pull Town USA” and enjoy live music performances, food, and drinks while cheering on your favorite truck and tractor pull contestants!
Medina County Arts Week Festival, July 9-13 (Medina)
Enjoy dancing, arts activities, and several musical acts during this week-long event. Register for a drawing, dancing, or steel drum lesson, and stay for musical performances throughout the evenings from a variety of artists including Grady Miller, Jim Gill, and Helen Welch. Celebrate and participate in the arts at this free admission event!
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic, July 27-29 (Canton)
Watch in awe as 65 hot air balloons from across the United States take flight to celebrate this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. The weekend will feature five hot air balloon flights, including a magical “Night Glow” Friday night. Listen to live music, enjoy dozens of food vendors, and watch the night sky light up Saturday evening at the annual fireworks show. Stick around or come back Aug. 3-5 for the Fashion Show, Induction, Gold Jackets autograph session, Maroon 5 concert and more!
Swiss National Day Celebration, August 4 (Sugarcreek)
Celebrate Switzerland’s Independence Day in Ohio! Join the Village of Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, as they offer a full day of fun with the “Run for Gnome,” fun-run, music, food, bouncy houses, and face painting. Finish off this fun-filled, free admission day with a fireworks show!
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