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Fridays June 20-Aug. 15: Music in the Park, Lake Township’s Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Featuring hot dogs, brats, root beer floats and more. Bring a lawn chair.

Sundays June 1-Aug. 31: Music in the Park concerts in Oak Harbor; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and community spirit.
Sundays in June and 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.


April 29-May 4: 32nd Annual Quilt Fair & Workshops, Sauder Village Inn, Archbold. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


May 3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31:
Fremont Speedway Races, Sandusky County Fairgrounds; corner Rawson & North, Fremont. Gates open 4:30 p.m.; racing at 7:30 p.m. Info: 419-333-0478 or
May 10-11: Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairground, corner North and Rawson Ave., Fremont. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 am. To 3 p.m. Sunday. Over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking.
May 15-17: Rally by the Rails, Walbridge.
May 17: Gibsonburg Veteran’s Memorial Service & Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. Noon to 6 p.m. Annual celebration to honor the men and women who have served our country in peace and war. Dedication of the military display of tank and plane in flight, 180th Air National Guard. Free.
May 18: OregonFest 2008, noon to 6 p.m., Dustin Road. Fun under the tents, rain or shine! Continuous free stage entertainment. Grand Parade at 3:00, fest foods, chicken dinners, children's rides, classic cars, arts & crafts, Quality of life exhibits, expanded Living History encampment, free hands-on kids art area and much more!
May 24-25: Native American Heritage Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, Ohio.
May 24-26: Flower Day Weekend, Erie Street Market. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A kickoff to the 176th Farmers Market season. On Saturday and Monday, farmers will be on hand for "Market Days" selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts and, of course, flowers. On Sunday, “Flower Day,” the Toledo growers pack the market with the best locally grown flowers and plants. Also great fair food, musical entertainment and more. Rain or shine. Directions: 419- 936-ERIE
May 24-26: First Siege 1813 & Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. The British are coming! United States and British soldiers and Woodland Indians re-create historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs.


June 1: The British Return to Fort Meigs British Car Show, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The largest British Car Show in Northwest Ohio.
June 5: 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.
June 7-8: Historic Old West End Festival and Home Tours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Collingwood near Monroe Street. Welcome home to the Museum neighborhood is the theme of this year's event. Featuring historic home tours, juried art show, entertainment, art car parade and vintage car show on Saturday, lawn and garage sales, food and beverages.
June 11-15: Holland Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Rd. Wednesday-Friday 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to midnight. Food, crafts, rides, games, parade on Sunday. Rib eating contest, entertainment, baseball tournament (13-14 year olds). Men's softball tournament, bingo, queen pageant, toddlers' pageant, strawberry bakeoff.
June 13-14: Whitehouse Cherry Fest, Village Park, Village of Whitehouse. Friday 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday 9 a.m. to midnight. Parade, chicken BBQ, cherry pie dessert contest; cherry pit spitting contest; fireworks; car show, Whitehouse Historical Society Log Cabin Tours, entertainment and more.
June 13-14: Miller Lite Pizza Challenge, location TBA. Info:
June 14-15: 2008 Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival, Promenade Park, downtown Toledo. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.
June 21: Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate freedom at the free day-long family festival, which features live music, hands-on activities, storytelling, food, and more. 419-255-8000 or visit
June 22: Portage River Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., downtown Elmore. Entertainment, fun-filled events, re-enactments, a giant car show help Elmore celebrate 157 years of history.
June 28-29: 43rd annual Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden. Saturday 10 am. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Northwest Ohio's premiere fine arts festival, Crosby Festival of the Arts features 250 artists from across the country displaying stunning works in 10 different mediums. Also enjoy food, musical entertainment and demonstrations.
June 28: Focus on Fiber Arts, 10 am. to 5 p.m., Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Join artisans as they gather to demonstrate and share their love of fiber arts, including weaving, spinning, natural dying of fibers and other similar activities. 1-800-590-9755/
June 28-29: 2008 MS Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike to the Bay, the premiere cycling event in the region, taking riders along some of the most scenic back roads in Northwest Ohio. Info: National MS Society’s Northwestern Ohio Chapter at 419-897-9533.


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.
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 5: Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0479.
July 5: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power Tractor Pull & Swap Meet, White Star Park, Gibsonburg.
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 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: 4th Annual African American Festival, Nelson Grace Park, Toledo. The Festival begins Fri., July 11 with gospel, live entertainment, vendors, rides. Sat., July 12 the parade commences at 10:00 a.m. Sun., July 13 is a city-wide praise and worship gospel celebration.
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 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.
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.
July 14-20: Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
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 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.
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.
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.
July 26-27: Drums along the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. The sounds of fifes and drums fill the air at Fort Meigs.
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.
July 27: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo Centennial Mall. 10 am. to 5 p.m. Showcasing works from the area's best artists. Free. Info: Presented by the UT Alumni Assn.
July 29-Aug. 4: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Performers include Billy Currington and Jason Michael Carroll.


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.
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
Aug. 7-10: 25th Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Thursday 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 am. to 6 p.m. A taste of Hog Heaven prepared by the best local and national grill masters. Entertainment by a number of the area’s best bands, plus kids’ activities, and more.
Aug. 7: 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.
Aug. 8-9: Ohio’s South of the Border Festival, Perrysburg Heights Community Park, Perrysburg. Friday 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday 2 p.m. to midnight... Music, food, dancing, rides and games, raffles, kids’ games, free parking and shuttle from Perrysburg High School. 419-874-4529.
Aug. 8-9: Lake Township Friendship Day, Friendship Park, Lake Township.
Aug. 13-16: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville. Contests, rides, a parade, entertainment food and good old-fashioned family fun.
Aug. 13-16: 12th Annual Traditional Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Aug. 15-16: Maumee Summer Fair/Taste of Maumee. Live bands and area restaurants serving tantalizing foods Friday; Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. Saturday from 100 arts and craft booths, we feature a variety of entertainment on various stages, a new kid's fun zone & classic car show.
Aug. 15-17: National Tractor Pulling Championships, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 Poe Rd. Bowling Green. This is the world’s largest outdoor pulling event. Five sessions of premier truck and tractor pulling on two tracks featuring over 250 pullers competing in 11 different classes.
Aug. 17: 34th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Noon to 9 p.m. A celebration of the community's ethnic heritage, featuring Hungarian and ethnic foods, arts and crafts, exhibits, cultural displays, music, dance and entertainment. St.
Aug. 19-24: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Featuring Craig Morgan in concert, Fremont Speedway Truck races, Brews Brothers Demo Derby and more.
Aug. 19: St. Stephen’s Church Festival, noon to 10 p.m., St. Stephen’s Church, 1880 Genesee St.
Aug. 22-24: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring non-stop music & entertainment. Shop at the Import Haus, dance or watch the stone-throwing contest. Enjoy traditional and modern German music, German-American foods and baked goods, continuous entertainment, children's look alike Hummel contest, and more.
Aug. 23: Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show, International Park, Toledo. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 35 wooden and vintage boats from the 1920s to the 1960s will be on display, both in the water and on land. 419-255-BOAT.
Aug. 23: Barbershop Sing & Vintage Baseball Game, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Aug. 30-31: Perch, Peach, Polka and Pierogi Festival, Madison Street, Port Clinton. Peach treats, polka lessons and pierogi-eating contest.
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (S.C.R.A.P.) Festival, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, two miles off Route 6. Crafts, music, displays and demonstrations, tractor-pulling, flea market and more. Get more details at
Sept. 4: 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.
Sept. 5-7: Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Toledo. Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration of Greek music, food and heritage.
Sept. 5: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. Running the length of Main Street, the festival includes 100 juried fine art displays from artists across the country, music, food and more.
Sept. 6: Grub & Suds Motorcycle Event, Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Live bands, a polka run, bike games and contests, over 1,000 motorcycles and more.
Sept. 7: 51st Annual Sylvania Arts & Crafts Festival, Lourdes College, Sylvania. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 12: Toledo Irish-American Festival, International Park, Toledo. Annual festival featuring Irish music, entertainment, food and Irish wares.
Sept. 20: 19th Annual Harrison Rally Day, downtown Perrysburg. A Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Featuring music, children's art, youth bands, a parade, prize-winning fine arts and more
Sept. 20-21: Millbury Ox Roast, Main Street, Millbury. Live music, car show and more. Sponsored by the Millbury Firemen’s Association.
Sept. 23-27: 32nd Annual Apple Butter Making, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Sept. 26-28: Luckey Fall Festival, Krotzer Ave. (St. Rt. 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams St., Luckey. Enjoy an old time fall festival weekend.
Sept. 27: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, music, a parade, crafters and vendors and more.


Oct. 4-5: All Aboard Trains at Sauder Village, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Oct. 4-5: Hayes Civil War Encampment, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. step back in time to the days of America's Civil War. Hundreds of re-enactors camp on the grounds of a presidential estate for this two-day event featuring three re-enactments of the Battle of Opequon Creek, period entertainment, demonstrations, food and wares.
Oct. 5: Black Swamp Festival, Oct. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m., Pearson Metropark’s Packer-Hammersmith Center, Oregon. 1 to 5 p.m. Spend a day celebrating the Great Black Swamp at a free family festival with crafts, wigwam demonstrations, artisans, woodcarvers, spinners, basket weavers, and entertainment. Autumn Adventure walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Seasonal refreshments available for a nominal charge.
Oct. 11-12: 30th Annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. Grand parade, entertainment, 5K Apple Run, youth football game, and apple treats in may delicious forms.
Oct. 11: Fall on the Farm, All Aboard Trains at Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Oct. 12: Grand Rapids Applebutter Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Grand Rapids.
Oct. 17-18, 24-25: Garrison Ghostwalk, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. Come to Fort Meigs for a “spirited” stroll. Tour the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. Reservations: 419-874-4121.
Oct. 25: Tombstone Derby Motorized Casket Racing, Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore. 4 to 11 p.m. Live bands, a hearse and car show, magic show, Halloween games and activities and more.
Oct. 25: Pemberville’s Autumn Fest on the River, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Pemberville. Historical re-enactments, living historians, specialty foods, demonstrating artisans, a craft show at the American Legion Post and more. Sponsored by the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society. 419-287-4305.


Nov. 21-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, The Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway Ave., Toledo. The family holiday tradition of over one million lights, over 200 lights, animal images and the dancing lights.
Nov. 28-Dec. 31: Children’s Wonderland, Lucas County Recreation Center, Key Street, Maumee. The longest running animated children's display of its kind.
Nov. 29: Olde Fashioned Christmas, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0479.
Nov. 29: Pemberville’s Christmas in The Village, downtown Pemberville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horse and wagon rides, holiday open houses, strolling musicians and more. 419-287-3274.
Nov. 29: Pemberville’s Festival of Trees featuring 14 decorated trees in Pemberville’s historic Opera House. Holiday music, refreshments and more. 419-287-3274.
Nov. 30-Jan. 4, 2009: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The spirit of holidays past is revived in this operating model train display.


Dec. 7-Dec. 14: Holidays in the Manor House, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. Hundreds of volunteers continue the 30-year tradition of decorating the Manor House with dozens of new holiday displays.
Dec. 14: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life.
Dec. 31: The Great Sausage Drop, Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live bands, food, drinks, sausage-eating and sausage-throwing contest.
Dec. 31: Walleye Drop, Madison Street, downtown Port Clinton. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy activities in heated tents, food, kids’ games, a full stage show and fireworks. Visit




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