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Festivals, fairs, fine art, fishing derbies and other family fun


Ongoing:
• Through-July 24: “Student Curators Present: African Art,” Hitchcock Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Art history students at the University of Toledo select and curate this exhibition featuring African art in a variety of media from the TMA collection. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.

• Through-Aug. 5: “Refraction/Reflection,” Works on Paper Galleries, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo. This exhibition of 125 photographs from the TMA collection focuses on themes of light, shadow, and reflection. Photographic images from the beginnings of the medium in the 19th century through contemporary times will be displayed. www.toledomuseum.org.

• Through Aug. 14: “The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Ohio native Robert Hines (1912-1994) holds the distinction of being the only U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee hired as a full-time artist. His official title was “National Wildlife Artist.” Despite almost no formal training, his artistic talent was recognized worldwide. Hines also was key in developing the federal Duck Stamp program and had one of his works accepted. This exclusive exhibit showcases his life and his work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. www.rbhayes.org.

• Through Aug. 26: “Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Russian-born Jules Olitski (1922–2007) first gained international acclaim as a Color Field painter, one of a group of highly regarded artists employing intense color in abstract form as the carrier of emotional meaning. www.toledomuseum.org.

• Through-Sept. 2: “For the Birds,” Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 18, 2445 Monroe St. An exhibit celebrating the rich diversity of avian art in the TMA permanent collection, delighting both art- and nature-lovers alike. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.

• Through Sept. 16 – The Gilded Age of Haviland China exhibit, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. American ingenuity challenged the European bastions of fine china production during the 19th Century as evidenced by this exhibit of some of Haviland's earliest pieces (1850-1890). www.rbhayes.org.

• June 14-Sept. 9: “Color Ignited,” Wolfe Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. An exhibition showcasing studio glass created during the past half-century, spotlighting pivotal work by Toledo Workshop participants as well as by major artists working in the medium since then. www.toledomuseum.org.

• Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor,   June 16, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13. Meet at the Migratory Bird Center for the approximately 90-minute walks. Attend three hikes and earn a hickory walking stick. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.

• Pemberville Cruisin’ Nights, June 7, July 12, Aug. 2, Sept. 6. 5-8 p.m. with door prizes, 50/50 and Dr. Moose with the music Info: 419-287-3274 or 419-666-2583, www.pemberville.org/calendar.htm.

• Saturdays and Sundays through-Sept. 23: Live Harness Racing Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.

• Genoa's Super Cruise-ins, the last Tuesday of the month – June 26, July 31 & Aug. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the main drag in downtown Genoa Free registration, 50/50, food and ice cream available, door prizes, gas card giveaways, music with Cruisin Zeake. Info: 419-509-5066 or www.cruisinzeake.com


June
June 1-2: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade, carnival rides, musical entertainment, beer tent, 5K run/walk, fireworks and much more. The theme of this year’s homecoming celebration is “Classic Movies & TV.” www.genoaohio.org.

June 1-2: Annual Village-Wide Garage Sale, downtown Oak Harbor, www.oakharborohio.net.

June 2: 1st Birthday Celebration for Lucas the Elephant, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Come celebrate the birthday of the zoo’s newest young resident, Lucas the Elephant. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.

June 2: Nature at Night Hike, Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 p.m. Free. Discover the sounds of the marsh at night. friendsofmageemarsh.org.

June 2: National Trails Day Guided Hike on the new Crane Creek Estuary Trail. Meet park ranger at 9 a.m. on the west end of the Magee Marsh parking lot. Hike will be a half-mile loop on a natural surface with several stops to discuss interesting flora, fauna and history along the way. Free. 419-898-0014.

June 2: Nature Tots and Swampers, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Bring the family to the refuge for hands-on activities that help children connect to the natural world. Nature Tots (ages 3-5) meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Swampers (ages 6-10) meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations recommended, call 419-898-0014.

June 2: Craft Fair, Motorcycle Ride & Cruise-In, Walgreens Distribution Center, Perrysburg. Ride registration at 8 a.m. Craft fair and cruise-in at 10 a.m. Live entertainment by Measure of Time from 1-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

June 2-3: Fiber577, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and noon to 5 p.m. Sun. A non-profit, art-for-arts-sake exhibition featuring more than 60 works. Free and open to the public. www.fiber577.com.

June 3: Vintage Base Ball, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 3 p.m. Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Northville Eclipse in a match of 1860s-style base ball. Free admission. Bring your own seating. Info: 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.

June 3-4: Historic Old West End Festival and Home Tours, Toledo’s Historic Old West End, (Robinwood/Bancroft/Collingwood/Monroe), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home tours, art show, antique car show, entertainment, kids’ activities, garage and antique sales, food court and more. www.toledooldwestend.com.

June 3: 14th Annual British Return to Fort Meigs, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. View and vote on your favorite British vehicles, tour the fort, sample food and shop from various vendors. www.lebcc.org.

June 6: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m., Followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes.org.

June 7-10: Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival, 2240 Castlewood Dr., Toledo. Midway rides, entertainment, food, games of skill, raffles and more. www.blessedsacramentfestival.com.

June 8: Glass City Single Dance Party, Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland, 8 p.m.-midnight. 734-856-8963 or www.ToledoSingles.com.

June 9: MetroBarks Festival, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Toledo, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your dog and celebrate the 9th annual canine festival with the National Weiner Races, entertainment, food, rescue/adoption groups and vendor booths. www.metroparkstoledo.com.

June 9: A Fine Pairing of Wine & Alpacas, Chateau Tebeau Winery, 525 SR 635, Helena, 2-8 p.m. Taste the marvelous wines produced at the winery, have a casual meal, and interact with some amazing alpacas. 419-680-0386

chateautebeauwinery.com.

June 9: Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, 3 p.m. A sculpture exhibit by a number of Midwest Juried Artists, along with an exhibit by Hilfiker Elementary fifth-graders. Info: 419 637-2634 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

June 9-10: East Harbor Civil War Encampment, East Harbor State Park, 1169 N. Buck Rd., Marblehead, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Re-enactments of the time period of 1861 to 1865.

June 9: Vision Quest Race, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-333-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.

June 9: Gibsonburg Passport to Fishing, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, noon. Training provided on various aspects of fishing, knot-tying, casting, environment and habitat. 419-637-2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

June 9: S.C.R.A.P. Tractor Pull & Fun Day, White Star Park, south of Gibsonburg on SR 300, 9 a.m. Come and be part of one of Ohio’s fastest growing events; tractor pulling. Free admission & parking. Bring your own chairs. 419-307-4265 or www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.

June 9: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont, More than 200 vendors. Free admission & parking. Concessions available. 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.

June 9-10: Naturally Speaking, a free speaker series, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. Debbie Nofzinger will discuss the Amazing Lives of Bats at 2 p.m. www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or 419-898-0014. 

June 12-17: Dairy Days, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guests can help make butter, ice cream, biscuits and watch cream-separating demonstrations. There will also be historic recipes to pick up and try at home. www.saudervillage.org.

June 13: Basic Bonsai Care Workshop, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, 10 a.m. Learn the basics of bonsai history, tools to trim and prune, shaping tips and more. $12. Space is limited. Reservations required. 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.

June 13-17: Holland-Springfield Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Rd., Holland. Food, crafts, rides, games, parade, contests, entertainment, bingo and more. www.hollandstrawberryfestival.org.

June 15: Gardens, Wine & Food Festival, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, 6-9 p.m. $50. Food, music and good wines. 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.

June 16: Kids Fishing Day at Magee Marsh, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fish the pond for catfish, bass and bluegill. Poles, bait and fish ID booklets provided.

June 16: Gibsonburg Fishing Derby, Williams Park,, Gibsonburg, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Morning and afternoon sessions offered. Awards for under and over 13. Info: 419-637-2634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

June 16: Crown Battery Race, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-334-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.

June 16: Fremont Farmer’s Market, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Vendors will offer fruits and veggies, baked goods, jams, perennials and herbs, pet food items, car show & cruise at 419-332-8696 or www.downtownfremontohio.org.

June 16: How to Copy and Preserve Your Family Photographs, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sponsored by RootsMagic. $10 for adults, $5 for students through high school age. Please pre-register. Info: Nancy Kleinhenz at 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.

June 16: Maumee Valley Historical Society Annual Lawn Sale, Wolcott House Museum Grounds, 1031 River Rd., Maumee, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring antiques, collectibles, a bake sale, concessions and free admission to the 1870s-era Box Schoolhouse. 419-893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.

June 16-17: Plane Fun, Toledo Executive Airport, 28329 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Antique, classic and Warbird aircraft. Young Eagles, raffles and prizes. Breakfast and lunch served. www.eaa582.org.

June 16-17: Muster on the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. See the evolution of the common soldier from the Roman Legionnaire through the 20th Century. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demonstrations throughout the weekend. Period military camps are open for visiting. Weapon demonstrations take place each day. See medieval knights on horseback or try your hand at the "pike college.” 800-283-8916 or www.fortmeigs.org.

June 16-17: Auto Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. New entrance from the Visitor Center parking lot is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 419-898-0014.

June 17: Father’s Day Celebration & BBQ, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Treat Dad to a fun day with the family. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.

June 18: The British are Coming! to Flag Park, Park Street, Fremont, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. To kick-off activities for the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Fort Stephenson, the 15-Star American Flag will be raised and the Declaration of War will be read. 419-332-4470 or www.sanduskycounty.org.

June 20: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m., Followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn. www.rbhayes.org.

June 22: Glass City Single Dance Party, Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland, 8 p.m.-midnight. 734-856-8963 or www.ToledoSingles.com.

June 23: Pirolli Park Charity Car Show June 23, Pirolli Park RV Resort, 6030 Petersburg-Sylvania Rd., Petersburg, Mich. Fun activities throughout the day. Participation fee $10. Proceeds donated to a local family in need. 734-279-1487 or www.pirollipark.com.

June 20-23: All Star Speed Week sponsored by JLH Construction and Fort Ball Pizza, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-333-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.

June 21-23: Gibsonburg Community Garage Sales. Village-wide garage sales. Info: Charlie Gerwin at 419-637-2107 or www.sanduskycounty.org.

June 22-23: Elmore Area Garage Sales. Village-wide sales run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sun. Residents may call 419-862-3029 to be put on the map. No permits needed.

June 23-24: 47th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. In addition to the artwork from over 230 artists, visitors will enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend, a selection of edibles, children’s activities, beer and wine available for purchase and more. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.

June 23: Butterfly Identification Workshop, Ottawa National Wildlife Visitors Center, 1-3 p.m. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.

June 23: Focus on Fiber Arts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Fiber exhibits, looms and spinning wheels on display, hands-on activities and wool-felting and dying demonstrations. www.saudervillage.org.

June 23: Lakeside Chautauqua Season Opening Day, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside. Lakesideohio.com.

June 24: Portage River Festival, downtown Elmore (all day). Entertainment, flea & craft market, contests, Kiddy delicious food, antique cars, trucks, tractors and two-cycle engines on display and much more. The Elmore Depot will be open with model railroad displays, and historical memorabilia. The festival will welcome cyclists from Hostelling International riding on 10-, 31-, 62- or 100-mile excursions. www.elmorehs.tripod.com/419-862-3552.

June 28-30: Woodville’s 4th of July Celebration, Trailmarker Park, Woodville. Parade, 5K race, car show, amusements, and fireworks. http://homes.amplex.net/fourth/index.htm.

 

July
July 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun. Gates open at 5 p.m. Food, entertainment, giant inflatables, a corn hole tournament, a duck race, kid’s games, 50/50 drawings, a beer garden and spectacular fireworks. Admission and parking are free. www.oakharborohio.net 419-898-0479.

July 4: The Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks, noon-11 p.m., Promenade and Festival Parks, Toledo. www.redwhitekaboom.com.

July 4: Independence Day Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 2-3:30 p.m., Free and open to the public. Featuring music by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, along with costumed Civil War re-enactors www.rbhayes.org.

July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A day filled with special activities from hand-cranked ice cream and old-fashioned games, patriotic songs and more. www.saudervillage.org.

July 4: Independence Day 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will recreate this day through cannon firings, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for children. The highlight of the day is the 18-gun National Salute accompanied by toasts and fife and drum music starting at 2 p.m. A War of 1812 living history encampment, weapons demonstrations, and more take place throughout the weekend. www.fortmeigs.org.

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