Weekend Festival Picks: July 22-24, 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

Welcome to my second edition of Weekend Festival Picks (I thought that sounded better than “Kristian’s Quick Festival Picks”).

Although there aren’t as many festivals this weekend, I was able to still select 10 that I thought were either great or interesting.

If there’s a review, be sure to check it out.

Also, on the map at the bottom (you may not see it in your email), I’ve decided to put a STAR icon for county fairs (just something different).

As always, check with the Festival Schedules for all of this weekend’s events.

So let’s get started with…

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Weekend Festival Picks

July 22-24, 2016


05 - Cleveland Irish Heritage Festival

1.) Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival – Berea – July 22-24

With 9 stages (2 outdoor, 7 indoor) of Irish entertainment, over 50 Irish vendors with crafts and food, Irish dogs (Viva la Irish Wolfhound!) and plenty of green, this is a nice festival to check out.  In-between music performances and the occasional fish and chips plate, you can also check out the educational exhibits, enjoy an Irish coffee or get yourself another beer.  This year, check out the new Temple Bar and Museum, a pavilion equipped with a bar, stage and exhibits. Admission is $12 while children under 10 are free.  You can read a review of this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/30-cleveland-irish-cultural-festival-berea-july-21-2012/

2.) Marblehead Summerfest – July 22-24

Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, this festival takes place across the street at James Park with great food (perch sandwiches, brats and kraut, pierogi), rides, vendors, and an entertainment/beer tent.  There’s also a bake sale going on at the information booth on Saturday and Sunday.  Hours are 4-10 Friday, 11 am – 10 pm Saturday and 11:30 am – 6 pm Sunday.

3.) The Last Call Street Festival – Athens – July 23

This festival occurs right at the end of Athen’s Ohio Brew Week, giving you over 25 breweries all at one location – some of them will only be at this event.  There is also music entertainment, art vendors, food and a kids zone.  It looks like a hoppin’ good time (Okay…bad joke/pun).

4.) Ukrainian Village Festival – Parma – July 23

Head to State Road and stop at St. Vladimir’s for lunch or dinner to get your fill of pierogi, stuffed cabbage, and borscht. While you’re there, you can take advantage of church tours, musical entertainment, and arts and crafts.

5.) Alive Christian Music Festival – Mineral City – July 20-23

This music festival takes place at the Atwood Lake Park and Amphitheater, a huge 1,500-acre lake and campgrounds venue.  Festival goers can camp over the weekend and enjoy concerts on a large stage, outdoor recreation activities, a marketplace, food vendors, a family fun zone, and baptism opportunities (remember, it’s a Christian music festival).  Tickets available on their website.



6.) Whispering Sun Music and Arts Festival – Pataskala – July 22-24

Camp at Frontier Ranch for music concerts,  various workshops, Space Hive Disc Golf, and late-night Electronic Dance Music if you can’t sleep (or don’t want to).  Tickets available on their website.

7.) Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest – July 22-24

This free festival has been moved to the beautifully revitalized downtown riverfront with three stages of constant jazz performances, 23 bbq barbecue teams and various family fun activities.  The most difficult thing is selecting what food to eat.  Therefore, ask around once you get there and/or bring some friends!

8.) Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival – Miamisburg – July 23

Located at downtown Miamisburg’s Riverfront Park, this festival offers Rock ‘n’ Roll music, food, vendors and cornhole.  There is a green tomato influence on the festival, as there will be green tomato foods (pizza, salsa, fried green tomatoes, etc.) and a Green Tomato Pie Contest.

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9.) Celina Lake Festival – Celina – July 22-24

The Celina Lake Festival has a bit of everything with rides, music entertainment, vendors, craft shows, food, fireworks, parades, hot air balloons, and car shows.  But some of the cars shown will be amphicars and they will be a “swim in” into Grand Lake St. Marys, which is worth checking out.  You can read a review of this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/33-celina-lake-festival-july-24-2010/

10.) Festival513 – Cincinnati – July 22-23

This merchant festival coincides with the Cincinnati Music Festival and takes place right next to it.  Here, you can find 100 merchandise and food booths, a book fair and a kids zone.  It interests me because it seems like a “complimentary festival” or a “spin-off festival.”  That makes it a little unique.



So where will you go this weekend?

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