Summer fun heats up with county fairs, festivals, concerts & more
With the 4th of July coming up quickly maybe you’re lamenting that you haven’t had time (or money) to plan a real vacation this year. Or perhaps you have relatives coming into town and you’re looking for something fun to do. The Press’ annual Summer Fun guide highlights a full slate of entertaining, educational and unique things to enjoy.
• 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, www.toledomuseum.org.
The “Sculpture in the Village” exhibit
in Gibsonburg’s Williams Park,
features a number of works, including
a butterfly sculpture by artist Jim
Havens. (Photo courtesy of the
Sandusky County Convention and
The 2012 Ottawa County Fair – billed
as Ottawa County’s “Action” Fair – is
set for July 16-22, at the fairgrounds,
7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. (Press
photo by Ken Grosjean)
Spend a weekend in the “Old Country”
at the Annual Birmingham Ethnic
Festival, a celebration of the com-
munity's ethnic heritage, Aug. 20-21
from noon to 10 p.m. on Consaul
Street in East Toledo's Birmingham
neighborhood. The family event
features Hungarian and ethnic foods,
arts and crafts exhibits, cultural dis-
plays, and a wide variety of music,
dance and continuous entertainment.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
• 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. 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. 1-800-998-PRES,www.rbhayes.org.
• Through-Aug. 5: “Refraction/Reflection,” Works on Paper Galleries, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo. The 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. 419-255-8000, www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Aug. 26: “Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski,” Canaday Gallery, 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. 419-255-8000, 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, www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through 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. 419-255-8000, 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). 800-998-PRES, www.rbhayes.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. www.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.
• 2012 Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. The sculptures in the park represent many of the most prominent sculptors from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont and will be on display for one year for all to enjoy. Admission is free, but the experience is priceless.
• Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13. Meet at the Migratory Bird Center for the approximately 90-minute walks. 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. www.toledo-garden.org.
• Pemberville Cruisin’ Nights, First Thursday of June, July, August and September, downtown Pemberville.
• Woodville Mall Cruise-In Gang, every Monday through Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m. in front of The Andersons, Woodville Road, Northwood. Info: Cruisin Zeake at 419-509-5066 or www.cruisinzeake.com.
• Cous Cruz-In, first and third Tuesdays through Oct. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., Cousino’s Steak House, 1824 Woodville Rd., Oregon. www.curisinzeake.com.
• Genoa Super Cruise-Ins, last Tuesday of the month through Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., Main Street, downtown Genoa. www.cruisinzeake.com.
• Saturdays and Sundays through-Sept. 23: Live Harness Racing Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
• Oct. 7-Jan. 1, 2013, “Manet: Portraying Life,” Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. The exhibition, sponsored by BP America and Block Communications, Inc., represents the first in-depth display of nearly 40 portraits by Manet (1832-1883) of family, friends, and political, literary and artistic celebrities of Parisian life. Many of the portraits were painted in casual settings and come to Toledo from museums in Europe, Japan and North America at a packing and shipping cost of nearly $50,000 each. 419-255-8000, www.toledomuseum.org.
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. Experience life on a farm as it was 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, 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. 800-590-9755, 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, 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 portclintonarts.org for locations and times..
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. 419-898-1971, www.ottawacountyfair.org.
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. 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. 1-800-998-PRES, 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. 6-12: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania. www.jamiefarrtoledoclassic.com.
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. www.dotoledo.org.
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. 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. 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.
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