There’s plenty to do, see and enjoy all summer long
• Through Aug. 2: First Lady Style: White House Gowns, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The exhibit brings together 29 original and reproduction gowns worn by American First Ladies plus a collection of miniature copies of inaugural gowns worn by every First Lady through Hillary Clinton. 800-998-7737 or ww.rbhayes.org
• Sculpture In the Village, Williams Park, SR 300 just north of SR 600, Gibsonburg. Ohio; Open daily. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 20 of the Midwest's best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, etc. in an outdoor setting meandering for 1/3 mile on a paved path around a quarry surrounded with trees, flowers, fountains and waterfalls. For further information, contact: Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048 or visit: www.sanduskycounty.org
• Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Sr., Marblehead. Tours offered weekday afternoons from 1 to 4:45 p.m. through Sept. 4, and on the second Saturday of the month from May through Oct. There is be a $2 per person fee for adults and children age 6 and up. Children under 6 will be free.
• Farmer’s Market Wednesdays through Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Lake Township.
• Genoa Farmer’s Market Saturdays through Oct 10, Town Hall parking lot, downtown Genoa.
• June 1-Aug. 25: Grandparents Mondays, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price admission on Mondays for grandparents with grandchildren. www.rbhayes.org.
• Aug. 25-Jan. 10: "White House Pets: Abassadors at Large" & "White House Horses," Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Dillon House, Fremont. A pair of special exhibits on loan from the White House Historical Association that explore the four-footed residents of the White House. 800-998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
May 29-30: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Parade featuring the Ohio State Univesrity marching Band (the 29th at 6:30 p.m.), kids’ activities, Art in the Park, Multigenerational Amateur Arts & Craft Exhibition, Farmers Market, Super Car Show and more.
May 30: Northwest Ohio Woodland & Wildlife Family Festival, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 Portage River Rd., Elmore. Informational gardening sessions and activities, plant sale, art displays, youth activities, and more. 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.
June 4: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville, 5-8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, shopping, `50s and `60’s music. 419-287-3274 or www.sanduskycounty.org.
June 5: Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments available. www.andrewdean.us.
June 5-14: Ohio Bike Week, Historic downtown Sandusky and various locations along Lake Erie. 419-621-1046 or ohiobikeweek.com.
June 5-7: 102nd Annual Mills Trophy Race, Put-in-Bay Harbor, Put-in-Bay. Annual Invitational Sailing Race from Toledo to Put-in-Bay. 419-285-2832 or put-in-bay.com.
June 6-7: Historic Old West End Festival & Home Tours, Robinwood and Bancroft, Toledo’s Old West End district. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Theme “Wander the Woods.” Home tours, vintage car show and parad, juried art show, entertainment, lawn sales, food and more. www.toledooldwestend.com.
June 6-7: 5th Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous, South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay. The premier kayaking event in the Lake Erie Islands. southbassrendezvous.com.
June 6-7: WWII Encampment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sandusky County Historical Society, 514 Birchard Ave. Fremont. Free admission, Authentic WWII Pacific Theater Squad Encampment by living history actors from the Northcoast Veterans Memorial & Museum Society. 419-332-0303.
June 10 & 24: Verandah Concerts, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 6:45-8 p.m. Free outdoor concert from the verandah of the home Rutherford B. Hayes. Bring you own chair. Free ice cream social. www.rbhayes.org.
June 11-14: Phlocking of the Phaithful, noon- 2 a.m., Mr. Ed’s Bar, Put-in-Bay. A pre-registered music event. National acts, raffles, lunches, goody bag. 421-221-5219 or phlocking.com.
June 13: Phantom Fireworks 4th Annual Spark ‘N Shine, “A Blast from the Past” Car Show & Fireworks Extravaganza, Maumee Bay State Park. Car show 6-9 p.m. (Register noon -6 p.m.) Call 419-836-4145 to register. Food and family fun. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Info: www.fireworks.com. (Click “Locations” and “Toledo East.)
June 13: Gibsonburg Fishing Derby, Williams Park Quarry, Gibsonburg. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 admission includes hot dog & soda. All ages welcome. welcome. 419-637-2634.
June 13-14: Wood County Days, Wood County Historical Center & Museum.
June 13 & 14: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson, Fremont. Free admission and parking. Over 200 vendors. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
June 16-21: Holland-Springfield Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, Holland. Food, crafts, rides, parad, entertainment and more. www.hollandstrawberryfestival.com.
June 18-20: Gibsonburg Garage Sale Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Community-wide garage sale. ww.sanduskycounty.org.
June 19: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Deutschmeister Band performs.
June 19-20: Whitehouse Cherry Fest, Village of Whitehouse Park. 419-877-2747.
June 20: Chautauqua Season Opening Night, Lakeside. 866-952-5374 or lakesideohio.com.
June 20: Bustin’ Out Berries Fest, Toledo Farmers Market, downtown Toledo. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 419-255-6765.
June 20: Car Show, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon. Classic cars at the monthly Farmers Market. www.fremontohio.org.
June 25-28: 3rd Annual NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 or summitmotorsportspark.com.
June 26: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Genoa Legion Band performs.
June 26: Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest, Put-in-Bay Harbor, Put-in-Bay. Come learn the local history of pirates on the Great Lakes and one who even lived on South Bass Island. 419-285-2832 or put-in-bay.com.
June 27: 44th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Dr., Toledo. Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 250 artists from across the country displaying works in 10 mediums. www.toledogarden.org.s
June 27: Return of the Mayfly, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay. Discover the wonderful world of mayflies through song, craft, and lectures. nps.gov/pevi.
June 28: Elmore/Portage River Festival, Depot Park, Elmore. Celebrate the 30th Portage River Festival with live entertainment including a talent show (no entry fee) with various acts in between The Redneck Garden Tractor Pull. Community garage sales, arts crafts/flea market, great home cooked food including roast beef, sausage & kraut, French fries and onion rings. Portage River Bicycle Tour sponsored by Hostelling International of Toledo, antique cars, truck & tractor show. 419-260-1282 or elmorehs.tripod.com.
June 30: Super Cruise-In, downtown Genoa. Info: Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-855-3225.
July 1: Canada Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay. Come eat cake and learn about our neighbor to the north. 419-285-2184 or nps.gov/pevi.
July 2–4: Woodville’s Annual 4th of July Homecoming, Trailmarker Park, Woodville. Thursday 4-11 p.m.; Friday 1 p.m.-midnight; Saturday noon-midnight. Free fun event with rides, amusements, food vendors, stage shows, a big parade. Fireworks on July 5 at 10 p.m. 419-849-3080.
July 3: Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. 7 p.m. Free. Andrew Dean entertains with country, patriotic and gospel music. Bring lawn chair or blanket. 419-637-7746 or visit www.andrewdean.us.
July 3-4: Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks with a Taste of Toledo, Promenade & Festival parks, downtown Toledo. Noon-9 p.m. Food, music – including a Battle of the Bands - and fireworks. www.dotoledo.org.
July 4: Independence Day Concert, 2-3:30 p.m., Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Be part of a red, white and BOOM celebration at the home of the nation's first presidential center. Civil War re-enactors join the musicians of the Toledo Symphony Concert Band to perform a rousing concert of patriotic tunes and foot-tapping favorites. 419-332-2081 or 800-998-7737 or rbhayes.org.
July 8 & 22: Verandah Concerts, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 6:45-8 p.m. Free outdoor concert from the verandah of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford. B. Hayes. Bring you own chair. Free ice cream social. www.rbhayes.org.
July 10: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Glass City Dixieland performs.
July 10-12: Lagrange Street Polish Festival, Polish Village, Toledo. Fri. 5-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-7 p.m. Polka bands, Polis food and delicacies, pierogi-eating contest, kids’ rides and games and more. 419-255-8406, ext. 304.
July 10-12: Civil War Encampment, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. 419-734-4424 ext. 2 or ohiostateparks.org.
July 10: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville. 5-8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, shopping, `50’s and `60’s music. www.sanduskycounty.org.
July 10-12: 5th Annual African American Festival, University of Toledo Scott Park Campus, Nebraska at Parkside. Live entertainment, vendors, rides and more. 419-255-8876.
July 11: Pemberville’s Christmas in July, downtown Pemberville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participating merchants, Christmas artisans and more. 419-287-3274 or www.sanduskycounty.org.
July 11-12: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 105-Year Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Island music, fireworks, sandcastles, food, boat rides around the lighthouse and more. www.toledoharborlighthouse.org.
July 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson, Fremont. Free admission. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
July 13-31: 2009 National Trophy Pistol & Rifle Matches, Camp Perry, Port Clinton. The National Matches offer competitive shooting in pistol, smallbore and rifle matches. Programs for beginners also available. 419-635-2141 ext. 1101 or odcmp.com.
July 17: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Glass City Dixieland performs.
July 18: Pemberville’s Community Wide Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 419-287-4996.
July 20-26: Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. A good old fashioned agricultural fair featuring, entertainment, harness racing, food, demolition derby, tractor pulls and more. www.ottawacountyfair.org.
July 24: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Just Us Two performs.
July 24-26: Stony Ridge Festival & Flea Market, Route 20, five miles east of I-75. Stony Ridge. Giant flea market, kids’ rides, games, food, music and more. Fri. 4 p.m.-dark; Sat. 9 a.m.-dark; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 24-26: 1st Annual Fords at the Summit, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 or summitmotorsportspark.com.
July 24-26: Islandfest 09, Memorial Park, Kelleys Island. Music, a parade, waterfront craft fair, fireworks and more. Kelleysislandchamber.com.
July 24-26: Christmas in July, various Locations, Put-in-Bay. Island businesses decorate for the holiday season. Best Decorated Boat Contest Friday at 10 p.m. in the downtown harbor. Land parade at 9 p.m. put-in-bay.com
July 24-26: Christmas in July, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. Campsite decorating contest, visits from Santa and the Grinch, and more. 419.734.4424 ext. 2
July 25: Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival, International Park, (across the river from downtown Toledo). 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Paddle, cheer, race and celebrate to fund learning opportunities for local students. 419-242-2122.
July 26: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo, Centennial Mall, Toledo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring the area’s best artists. Free. www.dotoledo.org.
July 28-Aug. 2: Lucas County Fair, Lucas County Fairgrounds, Key Street, Maumee. Rides, concessions, entertainment, animals, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more. www.lucascountyfair.com.
July 28: Super Cruise-In, downtown Genoa. Info: Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-855-3225.
July 31: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Sneakers Band performs.
July 31-Aug. 2: Ribs on the River 2009 – Smoke on the Water – Ribs for the Red Cross, Promenade and Festival parks, downtown Toledo. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 1-19: 2009 National Trophy Pistol & Rifle Matches, Camp Perry, Port Clinton. The National Matches offer competitive shooting in pistol, smallbore and rifle matches. Programs for beginners are also available. 419-635-2141 ext. 1101 or odcmp.com.
Aug. 1: 32nd Annual Night Under Fire, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 summitmotorsportspark.com.
Aug. 1: Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Madison St., Port Clinton. Over 150 vehicles line the streets of downtown Port Clinton, plus food, music, and fun. 419-734-5503. portclintonchamber.com.
Aug. 1: Art Show, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., the Old Stone Church & Museum, Kelleys Island. Art paintings, crafts and more. 419-746-2399.
Aug. 4-10: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Agricultural displays, grandstand entertainment featuring Little Big Town, harness racing, tractor truck pulls, midway rides, food and more. www.woodcounty-fair.com.
Aug. 5 & 19: Verandah Concerts, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 6:45-8 p.m. Free outdoor concert from the verandah of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Bring you own chair. Free ice cream social www.rbhayes.org.
Aug. 7: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland perform.
Aug. 7-9: 18th Annual Ames Performance Tri Power Pontiac Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. summitmotorsportspark.com or pontiacnationals.com
Aug. 7: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville. 5-8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, `50s and `60s music. 419-287-3274.
Aug. 7: Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. 7 p.m. Free. Dana Dorsey and The Blue Notes entertain with Big Band Music. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments available. 419-637-7746 or www.sanduskycounty.org.
Aug. 7-8: Ohio’s South of the Border Festival, Perrysburg Heights Community Park, Perrysburg. Food, dancing, rides, games and more. 419-874-4529.
Aug. 12-15: Pemberville Free Fair, Memorial Park, Pemberville. Wednesday thru Friday 1-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Amusements, contests, nightly entertainment and more. Quilt show on the 14th. Grand Parade on the 16th at 1 p.m. 419-287-3832 or www.pembervillefair.org.
Aug. 14: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 14: Maumee Summer Fair/Taste of Maumee, Uptown Maumee. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Arts & crafts, entertainment, food and a classic car show. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 15: Conservation Day, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. Fun and educational “hands on” activities. ohiostateparks.org.
Aug. 15-24: Downtown Fremont Creative Construction. See creative structures built by local businesses and industry, using the packaging of their products, the actual products, or items related to their business. 419-332-8696 or www.fremontohio.org.
Aug. 16: 35th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Noon-9 p.m. A celebration of the community’s ethnic heritage. Hungarian and ethnic foods, entertainment, cultural displays, crafts and more. www.birminghamethnicfestival.org.
Aug. 16: 53rd Annual Halupki Festival, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 E. Main St., Marblehead.
Aug. 21-23: National Tractor Pulling Championships, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. The world’s largest outdoor pulling event featuring five sessions of premier truck and tractor pulling on two tracks. www.pulltown.com.
Aug. 22: Pollyball and Polly-Palooza, International Park beach volleyball complex. Volleyball by day, live music by night. www.toledobeachvolleyball.com.
Aug. 22-23: 5th Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, The Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 135 juried artist booths. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 22: Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show, between the S.S. Willis B. Boyer museum ship and the restaurants at The Docks. International Park, Toledo. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 419-255-BOAT.
Aug. 24-28: Civil War Week, various locations, Lakeside. 866-952-5374 or lakesideohio.com.
Aug. 25: Super Cruise-In, downtown Genoa. Info: Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-855-3225.
Aug. 25-30: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. One of Ohio’s largest county fairs with amusement rides, cheerleading competition, circus and free entertainment in the afternoons. Also a tractor pull, truck races, demo derbies and more. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Aug. 28-30: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon, Oh. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring non-stop music & entertainment. Shop the Import Haus, dance or watch the stone-throwing contest. Traditional and modern German music, German-American foods and baked goods, continuous entertainment, Hummel look-alike contest, soccer games and more. www.gafsociety.org.
Aug. 28-30: 8th Annual Goodguys DuPont Blue Suede Cruise, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk.
summitmotorsportspark.com or good-guys.com.
Aug. 29: Key West Days at Put-in-Bay, various locations, Put-in-Bay. Island entertainers who perform on Put-in-Bay in the summer and at Key West in the winter will participate in the first "Key West Days at Put-in-Bay." put-in-bay.com.
Aug. 30: AMC Glass City Car Show, Veterans Park, Genoa. Noon-4 p.m.
Sept. 4-6: 17th Annual Probell Ten Grand Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. summitmotorsportspark.com.
Sept. 4-5: Labor Day Weekend Activities, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead.
Sept. 4: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville, 5-8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, `50s and `60s music. 419-287-3274.
Sept. 4: Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments available. 419-637-7746 or www.andrewdean.us.
Sept. 5-7: Milan Melon Festival, on the Village Square (SR 113), Milan. Rides, games, contests, antique car show and live musical entertainment. 419-499-.4909 or milanmelonfestival.org.
Sept. 5: Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall Parking Lot, 109 Perry St, Port Clinton.
Sept. 5-7: SCRAP Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. Sat.& Sun. 8 a.m. to dusk; Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment. Demonstrations of catsup- making, homemade ice cream, basket-weaving, quilting, shingle-making, rock-crushing, blacksmithing and more. Live entertainment, food and a large flea market. 419-862-3750 or www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.