Genoa Farmer’s Market Saturdays through Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Genoa Town Hall parking lot. Featuring homegrown local produce, local organically raised beef, baked goods and handcrafted items. Special events planned throughout the summer and fall.
Sundays in July: The tradition of free Sunday evening concerts, Music Under the Stars, returns to the Toledo Zoo's historic amphitheatre Sundays at 7:30 p.m. As always, these inspired performances featuring the Toledo Symphony are filled with fun for the entire family. www.toledozoo.org.
July 3-5: Woodville’s 4th of July Celebration, downtown Woodville. Rides, games, food, entertainment and more. A Grand Parade at noon on Saturday and fireworks July 5 at 10 p.m.
July 4–6: Star Spangled Celebration and Fireworks. Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. A War of 1812 living history encampment, weapons demonstrations, and more take place throughout the weekend. www.fortmeigs.org.
July 4: Fourth of July Celebration, Put-in-Bay, including a naturalization ceremony at the Perry Victory Visitor Center at 11 a.m. and fireworks over the downtown harbor.
July 4-5: Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks with Taste Toledo July 4 and 5, Promenade Park, downtown Toledo. Friday and Saturday from noon to 9.
July 5: Old Tyme I Independence Day Celebration, 4 p.m. Mill Street along the Portage River, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0479.
July 5: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power Tractor Pull & Swap Meet, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.
July 6-Aug. 2: National Rifle & Pistol Trophy Matches, Camp Perry, Port Clinton. Competitors from all around the world come to compete in National Pistol and Rifle Matches. 419-635-2141.
July 9: Summer Fest, 6 to 8 p.m., Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center, Oregon. Celebrate summer with an evening of fun at Pearson. Bring your friends and families to enjoy crafts, walking tours, games, face painting and entertainment. Half price pedal boat rentals. Ice cream and cake available for a nominal charge to benefit Pearson. Rain date July 10.
July 10: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville. 5 to 8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, `50s and `60s music, shopping and more. 419-287-3236.
July 11-13: Lagrange Street Polish Festival. Friday 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7 p.m. The 25th anniversary of Toledo's largest street festival will include a pierogi-eating contest, polka contest, children’s area, craft vendors, a variety of Polish food and delicacies, Polish (Pivo) and American beer, polka bands and more. 419- 255-8406, Ext. 304.
July 11-13: St. Jerome Parish Festival, Walbridge. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 419-666-2857.
July 11: Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friendship Park, 37975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Featuring Just Us Two – Dave Allen. Hot dogs, brats, root beef floats and pop available. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music.
July 12: Pemberville’s Christmas in July, downtown Pemberville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 419-287-3274.
July 12-13: Mill Fest, Providence Metropark, 13827 US Route 24, Grand Rapids, noon to 4 p.m. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodcarving, candle making and more. Take a ride on “The Volunteer,” shop in the General Store, or stroll the banks of the scenic Maumee. www.metroparkstoledo.com.
July 12-13: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 104-year Festival. Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Road, #2, Oregon. Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Island music, fireworks, sand castles, food, boat rides around the lighthouse, nautical arts and crafts, children's activities, lighthouse photo contest, silent auction, and more are part of the weekend fun. www.toledoharborlighthouse.org
July 14-20: Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. Featuring Lake Erie troubadour Pat Dailey, Demolition Derby July 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Faircross Motorcycle Racing July 18 at 7 p.m.; OSTPA Sanctioned Tractor Pull July 19 at 6 p.m. and Auto - Pick-up Demolition Derby July 20 at 4 p.m. Info: www.ottawacountyfair.org.
July 18-20: St. Thomas Aquinas Church Festival, 729 White St., East Toledo. Friday 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday 3 p.m. to midnight; Sunday noon to 7 p.m. 419-698-1519.
July 18-20: Maumee Bay Kite Festival, Maumee Bay Resort, 1750 Park Road, #2, Oregon. 419-836-1466.
July 19: Pemberville’s Community Garage/Sidewalk Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Village-wide garage sale. Sponsored by Pemberville Independent Merchants Association. 419-287-4996.
July 19: Bugfest! , Bird Center at Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2.Oak Harbor. Noon to 4 p.m. Learn about the fascinating world of insects. Wade into the pond or try an edible bug. 419-898-0960 X 31 or visit www.friendsofmageemarsh.org for more details.
July 21-27: Seneca County Fair, Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell, Tiffin. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Something for everyone with livestock exhibits, arts and crafts, antique farm machinery, harness racing, entertainment, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, rides, and more. Featured performer Sammy Kershaw July 26. http://senecacountyfair.org.
July 22-27: Lucas County Fair, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Rides, concessions, entertainment, animals, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more. Kids’ Day Tuesday; Open Boer Goat Show and My Fair Lady Pageant Wednesday; Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m. Friday and Neal McCoy 8 p.m. Saturday. www.lucascountyfair.com.
July 25: Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friendship Park, 37975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Featuring Ragtime Rick and The Chefs of Dixieland. Hot dogs, brats, root beef floats and pop available. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music.
July 25: 18th Annual Thunderfest at Festival Park, Promenade and Festival Parks, downtown Toledo. Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight. Toledo’s waterfront will be the home of the Lake Erie Off-Shore Performance Association’s Thunderfest, which features a Poker Run on the River to benefit Operation Ohio.
July 25-27: Stony Ridge Summer Festival & Flea Market, SR 20, five miles east of I-75. Flea market will be open from 4 p.m. to dark Friday; 9 a.m. to dark Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Featuring more than 200 vendor spaces. Food, rides, musical entertainment. Also watch for yard/garage sales along Route 20 and on streets in Stony Ridge. Info: Karen Nicely: 419-837-9816.
July 25-26: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Guests are encouraged to try weaving, woodworking, pottery, basket making, spinning, sewing, tinsmithing and more. www.saudervillage.org.
July 26-27: Drums along the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. The sounds of fifes and drums fill the air at Fort Meigs. www.fortmeigs.org.
July 26: Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., International Park, downtown Toledo. Paddle, cheer, race and celebrate to benefit Partners in Education. www.partnerstoledo.org.
July 26: Hip Hop Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Promenade Park, downtown Toledo. Activities, food, music and a great way to enjoy the talents of young Toledoans.
July 29-Aug. 4: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Performers include Billy Currington and Jason Michael Carroll. www.woodcounty-fair.com.
July 29: Genoa Super Cruise-In, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Main Street, downtown Genoa. Cash prizes, food and oldies music and trivia games with Cruisin’ Zeake & His Oldies Machine.
July 31, Aug. 1 & 2: Helena Homecoming; Helena Village Park; Helena. Nightly Bingo and games. A variety of food including perch and pork chop dinners as well as perch sandwiches. Entertainment, car show, motorcycle ride, fire truck show and more. Info: 419-638-2011 or www.helenafire.org
Aug. 1: Music in the Park, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friendship Park, 37975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Featuring Wes Linenkugel Quartet (Old Time Music). Hot dogs, brats, root beef floats and pop available. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music.
Aug. 1-3: Ribs on the River 2008 – Smoke on the Water – Ribs for the Red Cross, Promenade and Festival parks, along the west bank of the Maumee River in Downtown Toledo. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 2-3: 25th Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Exhibitors share their antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears, and modern collectibles as well as accessories, supplies, artist reproductions, clothing, doll furniture, books and patterns.www.saudervillage.org.
Aug. 2: City of Toledo Frogtown Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., an event to promote green living, at the Erie Street Market, 237 S. Erie St., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Have a blast celebrating Independence Day by watching one of the area’s many fireworks displays. (Photo by Dean Utendorf – woodmorephotos.com_