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Kristian’s Quick Festival Picks: July 15-17, 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

I’ve decided to try something different.

Instead of simply relisting all of this weekend’s festivals (something you can easily find on the Schedule Pages)…

…why don’t I list my top picks for you?

Some of these festivals I have been to and others I want to attend.  The former will include links to my reviews, the latter will not.

You get the idea.

AND I’ll still include a map at the end.  It is helpful, after all.

So let’s get started with…

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Kristian’s Quick Festival Picks

July 15-17, 2016


Summer Moon Festival

1.) Summer Moon Festival – Wapakoneta

Birthplace of Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta celebrates this festival both in its downtown area and at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum.  Among the festival offerings are weiner dog races, car show, a street market, carnival food, and music entertainment.  Festival runs from Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17.  A review of the festival can be found at http://ohiofestivals.net/summer-moon-festival-wapakoneta/

2.) Headlands BeachFest – Mentor

Located at Headlands Beach State Park (9601 Headlands Road), the festival is advertised as the “Ultimate Beach Party” with all-day entertainment, food trucks, vendors and Master Sand Sculptors.  There were about 30,000 people who attended last year, so try to get there early.  The Headlands BeachFest runs from 11 AM through 7 PM on Saturday, July 16.

3.) PromoWest Fest – Columbus

This music festival in McFerson Commons has some impressive bands performing this year, including Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, the Flaming Lips, Garbage, Ryan Adams, LL Cool J, and The Decemberists.  And to help feed the nearly 40,000 music lovers, there will be 20 food trucks and a beer garden.  The festival goes from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 with tickets costing $79 per day.

Ox Roast

4.) St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair – Mantua

This parish festival is a big deal with plenty of rides, entertainment, kids’ activities and various food options.  But, if you’re like me, you’re going to attend for the delicious deep-pit roasted beef that’s juicy and tender.  You can either purchase an ox dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit, salad bar, beverage and dessert, or you can go more simpler (and still delicious) ox sandwiches and sundaes (beef with mashed potatoes and gravy in a cup).  The Ox Roast Fair runs from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and you can read my review of it at http://ohiofestivals.net/st-josephs-ox-roast-fair-mantua/

5.) Starwood Festival – Pomeroy

So you’ve been looking for a pagan festival with plenty of dancing, drumming, poetry, film, magic and guidance?  Starwood may your cup of herbal tea.  Along with eclectic musical performances and New Age presenters, there are a children’s village for babysitting and kids’ activities, a huge Pufferdome housing various entertainment, camping, workshops, food vendors and more.  Also, just so you know, I’ve read that it may be a clothing-optional event (that just means pack lightly).  This festival has already started and it continues through Monday, July 18.



 Oak Ridge Festival

6.) Oak Ridge Festival – Attica

This festival has a bit of everything with live entertainment, over 100 craft vendors, a living history camp, farm-related attractions and education, a car show, a tractor pull, and more.  The Oak Ridge Festival definitely has an old-fashioned country feel and there’s a good chance you’ll be sharing a table with someone dressed as Abraham Lincoln as you eat beef stew in a bread bowl.  Open Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, there is an entrance fee for most ages.  To read a review of this festival, please check out http://ohiofestivals.net/88-oak-ridge-festival-attica-october-17-2010/

7.) Crazy Cardboard Regatta – West Chester

Watch teams use homemade cardboard boats to race around the lake (or bring your own in to compete).  Along with the race, there will be vendors, entertainment and more.  The regatta takes place at Voice of America Park on Saturday, July 16 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

8.) Painesville Party in the Park

Advertised as “Ohio’s Largest Free Music Festival,” this downtown Painesville fest offers more than 30 bands on three stages playing everything from Bluegrass to Reggae.  There are also more than 100 crafters, 30 food vendors, a beer garden, and a kids zone with inflatables.  A party indeed!  This festival runs from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17.

Sacred Heart Summer Fest

9.) Sacred Heart Summer Fest – Fremont

This parish festival is rather impressive with rides, live entertainment, BINGO!, and a plethora of games and food.  A specialty of the festival is the perch – whether in a sandwich or as a platter.  So make sure to get that!  This festival is from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and you can read my review at http://ohiofestivals.net/19-sacred-heart-summer-fest-fremont-july-19-2013/

10.) Ink in the Clink – Mansfield

A tattoo and music festival at the Ohio State Reformatory (site of the Shawshank Redemption)?  Yes, please!  Two stages with music entertainment, freak shows, custom bikes, vintage cars, food, merchandise vendors and over 75 tattoo artists tattooing onsite! But don’t worry, moms, your son/daughter MUST be 18 for any tattoo or piercing services.  This festival runs from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and admission is $30 per day or $75 for the weekend.


So where will you go this weekend?