• 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-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.
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• 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-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.
• May 15-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.
• May 31-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.
• 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.
• Sept. 11-Jan 27, 2013: Tales of Travel from the President's Attic, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. An exhibit chronicling the world travels of descendants of President Rutherford B. Hayes as evidenced by steamer trunks and other artifacts left in the Hayes Home attic.rbhayes.org
• Sept. 14-16 to Oct. 26-28: HalloWeekends, Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky. Creatures of the night come alive at Cedar Point's annual celebration of spooks and screams. www.cedarpoint.com.
• Oct. 7-Jan. 20, 2013: “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the Kobal Foundation,” Galleries 4, 5, 9, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.
• Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, May 5, 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.
• Jazz in the Garden, Thursday evenings July 5-Sept. 6, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your chairs, blankets, cocktails, food, etc.! Enjoy some cool jazz during those hot summer nights. www.toledo-garden.org.
• Pemberville Cruisin’ Nights, First Thursday of June, July, August and September, downtown Pemberville.
• Saturdays and Sundays through-Sept. 23: Live Harness Racing Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
May 5: National Train Day Toledo, Amtrak Station, 415 Emerald Ave., Toledo, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 419-244-2730.
May 6: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate the Mexican culture with activities and live performances. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 4-13: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Magee Marsh/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, SR 2, Oak Harbor. Visit the Warbler Capital of the World during the peak of spring migration. Activities include viewing warblers and other migrants, guided bird walks and bus tours, bird identification workshops, and more. 419-898-4070 or http://biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.
May 12: International Migratory Bird Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. A fun-filled day of activities related to songbird migration, including bird-banding, guided walks, food and optics tents, carvers and live raptors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
May 12: Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. A competitive 5K run, non-competitive 5K walk and a fun 1K run for kids. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 12-13: Spring Plant Sale, Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Dr., Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring local plants, live entertainment, refreshments and more.
May 12: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience
May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch and Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 18: Opening of the new Tembo Trail elephant facility, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 18-19: Rally by the Rails, Loop Park, village of Walbridge. Carnival rides, games, food, live music, a beer tent. Saturday has a parade in downtown Walbridge, followed by a car, truck and motorcycle show, Power of Yesteryear Tractor show, a kiddie tractor pull, and an arts and craft show. www.walbridge-fest.com.
May 18-19: Drums at the Rapids, Miniature War Gaming Conference, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 19: Around the World in a Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate cultures from around the world with live entertainment and several activities. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 20: 18th Annual Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m. Dustin Road, Oregon, O. This year’s theme “Plant, Nurture, Enjoy.” Parade (4 p.m.), living history exhibit, entertainment, music and more. www.oregonfest.net.
May 20: Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. lymevillage.com.
May 23: Container Gardening with Cindy Bench, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., 6:30 p.m. Create showstopping containers with both annuals and perennials. Also, learn creative ways to "contain" your herbs and vegetables. www.schedel-gardens.org.
May 26-27: First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 26-28: Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. A Toledo Memorial Day Weekend tradition and a kickoff to the 178th Farmer’s Market season, farmers will be on hand Saturday and Monday for “Market Days,” selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts and, of course, flowers. On Sunday, “Flower Day,” more than 60 vendors will be selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts. 419-936-ERIE or www.toledofarmersmarket.com.
May 28: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Join the staff and volunteers of Fort Meigs in honoring our nation's fallen heroes. www.fortmeigs.org.
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 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 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
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 the time period of 1861 to 1865. 419-3354-5055.
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 13-17: 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 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 16-17: 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 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 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 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 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.
July 6-8: Marblehead Summerfest 2012, James Park, Main & Francis streets, Marblehead. Free. Carnival rides and games, vendors, bake sale, live entertainment and more. 419-798-4177,
July 7: Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A fun-filled event that allows guests to experience life on a farm more than 100 year ago. Activities include ice cream-, butter- and rope-making demonstrations, a spelling bee, washing clothes on a scrub board and more. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
July 7: Fiddle Contest, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 1 p.m. Fiddlers from throughout the tri-state region gather to compete. www.saudervillage.org.
July 7-8: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 107-Year Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd. #2, Oregon. Island music, fireworks, sandcastle-making contest, food, boat rides around the lighthouse, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, lighthouse photo contest and more. 419-691-3788 or www.toledoharborlighthouse.org.
July 10-15: Lucas Co. Fair, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee. www.lucascountyfair.com.
July 13-15: Lagrange Street Polish Festival, Polish Village (Lagrange Street between Central and Mettler), Toledo. Featuring polka bands from across the Midwest, a variety of Polish food and delicacies, Polish (Pivo) and American beer, soft drinks and bottled water, a polka dance contest, a pierogi-eating contest, a children’s area with rides and games, and arts and craft vendors from across the region. 419-255-8406, ext. 304 or www.polishfestival.org.
July 13-15: 8th Annual African American Festival, Scott Park Campus, University of Toledo. Gospel, live entertainment, vendors, rides, parade and commences with a citywide praise and worship gospel celebration. www.toledourban.com/TUFCU/AAF.aspx.
July 14: Hayes Homes Restoration Open House, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The public is invited to view results of the four-year historically accurate restoration of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Abbreviated tours of the downstairs rooms will be offered. rbhayes.org.
July 14: Ottawa County ArtCrawl, Ottawa County galleries. Experience the arts and talents that Ottawa County has to offer. Visit website for locations and times. portclintonarts.org.
July 16-22: Ottawa Co. Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. King and Queen crowning, livestock exhibits, live entertainment, corn hole tournament, demolition derby, tractor pulls, rides, games, food, and more. www.ottawacountyfair.org/419-898-1971.
June 18: 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.
July 21: Bugfest! Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-4 p.m. Visit fun stations to learn about the fascinating world of insects. Earn a degree in bugology. Fun for the whole family and it's free. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
July 21: Explore the Crafts, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Try your hand at pottery, woodworking, blacksmithing, tinsmithing and more. www.saudervillage.org.
July 21: Dragon Boat Festival, International Park (east bank of the Maumee River), Toledo. Children's activities, live entertainment, festival food and competitive Hong Kong-style dragon boat races to benefit Partners in Education. www.partnerstoledo.org.
July 23: ADA Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Ability Center of Greater Toledo will be on hand with information about services available for people with disabilities. Info: 419-885-5733.
July 28-29: Fisher-Price PlayDate, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Check out the hottest new toys, meet friendly characters and have a blast.
July 28: GroveFest, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes & Buckland, Fremont. Croquet play, entertainment, car show, fundraising auction and more. www.rbhayes.org.
July 30-Aug. 6: Wood Co. Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Featuring agricultural displays, entertainment, food, demonstrations and more. www.woodcounty-fair.com.
Aug. 1: 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.
Aug. 3: Rock `N Roar, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The summer’s hottest dance party for the 21-and-over crowd, featuring live bands and a DJ. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Aug. 4-5: Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears and modern collectibles and accessories, along with workshops and other activities. www.saudervillage.org.
Aug. 5: Arts in the Garden, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Art for sale, live entertainment, arts & crafts for all ages. Free and open to the public. www.toledogarden.org.
Aug. 9-12: 29th Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Four days of the best national and local BBQ ribbers vying for your taste buds, national entertainment acts, amusement rides, vendors and more.
Aug. 9-13: “The Moving Wall,” half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will visit Depot Park in Elmore. www.themovingwall.org.
Aug. 10-11: Ohio’s South of the Border Festival, Perrysburg Heights Community Park, 12282 Jefferson St., Perrysburg. Food, dancing, rides, games, raffles and more to benefit Perrysburg Heights Community Center's free programming.419-450-3358.
Aug. 12: AAA Classic Car & Truck Show, AAA Northwest Ohio, 7150 W. Central Ave., Toledo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cruisin’ Zeake and his Oldies Machine, Miniature Car Show, door prizes and more. 419-843-1287.
Aug. 15-18: Pemberville Free Fair, downtown Pemberville, O. Entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, parade, exhibitions and more. www.pembervillefair.org.
Aug. 15: 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.
Aug. 15-18: Rug Hooking Exhibit, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Rug hooking demonstrations, workshops and vendor booths. www.saudervillage.org.
Aug. 17-19: National Tractor-Pulling Championships, Wood Co. Fairgrounds, 13800 Poe Rd., Bowling Green. www.pulltown.com.
Aug. 18: Maumee Summer Fair, Uptown Maumee, Conant St., Maumee. Parade, arts & crafts, entertainment, kids’ area, Bow Wow Bash and more. www.maumeeuptown.com.
Aug. 18-19: 8th Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. More than 125 artists and artisans will take part in this juried fair that will feature jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography, fiber and more. Free admission and parking. www.theguild.org.
Aug. 21-26: Sandusky Co. Fair. Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Aug. 18-19: 38th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Take a trip to the Old Country and enjoy food, entertainment, crafts and more. www.birminghamethnicfestival.org.
Aug. 18: Lake Erie Waterfowlers Festival, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Duck calling, retriever trials, decoy contest, fishing pond and vendors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Aug. 26-28: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., 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, a children’s Hummel look-alike contest, live glockenspiel, soccer games, free parking, children’s rides, Volkswagen raffle. http://www.gafsociety.org.
Aug. 24-26: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., 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, a children’s Hummel look-alike contest, live glockenspiel, soccer games, free parking, children’s rides and more. www.gafsociety.org.
Aug. 25: Barbershop Sing, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring the Men of Independence, from Independence, O. www.saudervillage.org.
Aug. 25-16: Life in Early Ohio, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Watch “lost” historic skills including blacksmithing, coopering and tinsmithing are just a few historic skills. www.fortmeigs.org.
Sept. 1-3: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power, Inc. (S.C.R.A.P.) 23rd Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more. s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.
Sept. 1: Butterfly and Bug Festival, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Visit Nature’s Neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of fun dedicated to the creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter. Also, live spider feeding, crafts and activities inspired by the zoo’s buggy buddies. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 1-3: Milan Melon Festival, Village Square, Milan, O. www.milanmelonfestival.org.
Sept. 2: Glacial Glimpses, Glacial Grooves, Kelleys Island. Discover on of Ohio’s greatest geological marvels. Kelleysislandchamber.com.
Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and great discounts during the rest of the week. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 7-9: 41st Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. A celebration of the Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality. www.toledogreekfest.com.
Sept. 7-9: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. More than 100 juried art displays from artists from around the country, plus food, music, kids’ activities and more. www.blackswamparts.org.
Sept. 8: Grub N` Suds Motorcycle Festival, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Depot Park, Elmore. Sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Region 7, the festival will feature more than 1,000 motorcycles, a poker run, live bands, bike games and contests with lots of food and beer. www.elmorehs.tripod.com.
Sept. 8: Butterfly Festival, Kelleys Island Historical Museum, 222-224 Division St. Free kelleysislandhistorical.org.
Sept. 8-9: Pioneer Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue. Travel back in time as history comes alive. Experience various aspects of life in the 1700s and 1800s. www.lymevillage.org.
Sept. 9: Grandparents Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Grandparents are admitted free when they bring their grandchildren to the zoo.
Sept. 9: 55th Annual Sylvania Arts and Crafts Festival, Lourdes College – Franciscan Theater and Conference Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring more than 300 juried arts and crafts artisans from throughout the country, plus entertainment, an expanded children’s area and more. www.sylvaniachamber.org.
Sept. 9: Peter Navarre Day, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, noon-4 p.m. Visit the Pioneer Garden to celebrate the life of Peter Navarre, a skilled and courageous Indian Scout during the Battle of Lake Erie in the war of 1812. Light refreshment, Kids’ activities, re-enactments and more. www.toledogarden.org.
Sept. 11-16: Celebrate Our Artisans, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Special demonstrations, daily drawings and more. www.saudervillage.org.
Sept. 14-16: Grugelfest, Park Inn Hotel, 101 N. Summit St., Toledo. Featuring five bands in two venues with four sessions over three days. www.grugelfest.com.
Sept. 15: Annual Brewery Festival: Milan Brew Haha, Milan Historical Museum, 10 N. Edison Dr., Milan, O. Tastings, appetizers, raffles, merchandise, and music. milanhistory.org.
Sept. 18: Senior Safari, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Join the Toledo Zoo and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 22: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. www.watervillechamber.com.
Sept. 22-23: Lake Erie Wing Watch Family Weekend, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Lots of free family fun. www.lakeeriewingwatch.com.
Sept. 26-29: 35th Annual Apple Butter Making, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, O. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed activities as well as homemade apple dumplings, pies and other treats to enjoy. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Sept. 28-30: Luckey Fall Festival, Luckey, O. between Krotzer Ave. (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street. An old-time fall festival weekend with entertainment, craft and flea markets, antique tractor pulls and displays, steam engine hobo dinner, apple-butter festival and more. www.luckeyfallfestival.com.
Oct. 2-9, 16, 23 and 30: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and activities every Tuesday during Senior Discovery Days and great discounts during the rest of the week. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 5-6: Nightfall Festival, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Some extra “BOO” has been added to the BOOtanical Garden. Enjoy haunted tours, a spooky pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, crazy performers, food, and more, but don’t worry – there are plenty of fun, non-spooky activities for the little ones too. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.
Oct. 6-7: Hayes Civil War Re-enactment, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mark the birthday of Ohio Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes by experiencing life during the Civil War. More than 500 re-enactors camp on the grounds of the Hayes estate for this two-day living-history event. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Oct. 6-7: All Aboard Train Event, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. See model trains, garden scale trains and more. www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 6: 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.
Oct. 6: Storybook Halloween, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 2-5 p.m. Visit storybook characters in each building with many activities for children. Children are invited to come in their favorite costume. lymevillage.com.
Oct. 13-14: 34th Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. www.oakharborohio.net.
Oct. 13: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Family fun awaits visitors young and old will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 18-19: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of other Halloween fun that’s just for them. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 20-21: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating, games and activities and lots of Halloween fun. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 26-27: Garrison Ghostwalk, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 7-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a “spirited” stroll at the fort with an 1812 guide and encounter the spookier side of this historic place. Proceeds benefit the Old Northwest Military History Association. Reservations required. www.fortmeigs.org.
Oct. 27: Pemberville Autumn Fest on the River, downtown Pemberville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: Todd Sheets at 419-287-3274.
Oct. 27-28: Jumping Pumpkins, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Visitors are invited to watch as zoo animals enjoy pumpkins as treats. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 27: 8th Annual Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore. Pumpkin-carving contests, Ghoulish food, Haunted Historical Cabin, Parade of Fools, Cadaver Toss Contest and more. www.elmorehs.tripod.com.
Oct. 27: Boo! At the Boardwalk, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 6-8 p.m. Meet at the west end of the boardwalk. Costume parade at 7 p.m. Visit stations along the boardwalk to learn about wildlife. Treats, surprises and fun. 419-898-0960, ext. 31 or www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Oct. 27-28: Woodcarver’s Show & Sale & Butchering Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. A special weekend filled with unique artistry and family fun. www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 28: Pumpkin Palooza, Milan Historical Museum, 10 Edison Dr., Milan. Enjoy a free afternoon of harvest fun. Pumpkin painting, games, costume contest, and more. milanhistory.org.
Nov. 3: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help you play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby. www.fortmeigs.org.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org,
Nov. 17: 2012 Downtown Holiday Parade, downtown Toledo. Giant helium balloons, marching bands, 80+ Distinguished Clowns, Shriner Units, floats, equestrian units, mascots and of course Santa Claus. After the parade, visit the Kris Kringle Village at the Imagination Station. www.dotoledo.org.
Nov. 24: Christmas in the Village/Festival of Trees, downtown Pemberville. www.beekersgeneralstore.com.
Nov. 25: Wooden Feather Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Maumee Bay Carvers and the Friends of Magee Marsh. Enjoy a warm fire, marsh walk and refreshments. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Nov. 25-Jan. 6, 2013: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Watch eight different model trains in styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family traverse a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 1: Olde Fashion Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, O. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kraemer Park to light the Village Christmas Tree and kick off the Holiday Season. Visit him at Portage Fire Station and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate at the Portage Fire District Fire Station. Shop in Santa's Secrete Shop. www.oakharborohio.net.
Dec. 2: Holiday Open House at the Bird Center, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-5 p.m. Kids’ activities, local vendors offering unique items for sale, refreshments, live music and more. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Ice-carving Demonstrations, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cool way to increase the fun on your visit to Lights Before Christmas visit. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 8-9: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique selection of arts and crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, photography, jewelry and more), all hand-made by local artists. Live entertainment, food, children’s activities and a visit from Santa offers fun for the whole family. Free horse-drawn wagon rides Friday night only. www.toledo-garden.org.
Dec. 9: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. www.fortmeigs.org.
Dec. 16: Christmas Tour, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 1-5 p.m. www.lymevillage.com.
Dec. 26-30: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Ring in the new year at the stroke of…noon! Kids and families can start their New Year’s a little early by building party hats and noise makers, choosing a reZOOlution, and gathering for the big countdown at noon. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Dec 31: 16th Walleye Madness at Midnight, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free. Fun and excitement for the whole family. www.walleyemadness.com.