Weekend Festival Picks: July 28-31, 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

Well, this weekend I’ll be off to Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay and enjoy some festivals right here in Ohio (if you are traveling out of state, there’s a map below of where to find the festivals closest to where you’ll be).

Once again, I’m listing 10 festivals that I find appealing either thanks to personal experience or what I’ve read about the festival.

Please let me know what festivals you recommend for this weekend.

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Weekend Festival Picks

July 29-31, 2016


The Summer Market - Avon Lake

1.) The Summer Market – Avon Lake – July 29-30

This takes place at Veterans Memorial Park right up against Lake Erie, so it’s the perfect place to shop as the sun comes down (nothing accents a festival experience like a Lake Erie sunset).  This year, there are over 65 vendors ranging from fresh produce to furniture and there are also food trucks and live music.  To read about my experience at this festival, you can go to http://ohiofestivals.net/the-summer-market-avon-lake/

2.) International Sunflower Festival – Frankfort – July 29-31

This downtown Frankfort festival has your typical festival offerings, including food, rides, live music and various competitions.  But the thing that attracts me the most is the Sunflower Show, where people can enter their home-grown sunflowers in such categories as Tallest Sunflower, Largest Head, and Most Unreal.  I’m also curious to know if the sunflower theme is prominent in the festival decor, the car show decor and the grub.  Someday I’ll make it here.

3.) Greater Youngstown Italian Fest – July 29-31

Being that Youngstown has a solid Italian American connection, I’ve been wanting to come to this fest for some time.  There are 6 city blocks of entertainment, 2 blocks of rides, over 40 Italian restaurants and food vendors, and a Morra Tournament.  Admission is $4 at the gate and kids under 12 are free (although no one under 18 will be admitted without a parent).

4.) Ohio River Ferryboat Festival – Fly, Ohio AND Sistersville, WV – July 30

Between Fly, Ohio and Sistersville, West Virginia, there is a ferryboat service that has lasted for over 200 years.  This festival celebrates that service and connection by celebrating in BOTH cities.  Both cities will have food, vendors, crafts and entertainment and visitors can travel back and forth between the cities for a small fee.  So you’re basically going to two festivals in one that stretch out among two states.  I love this idea and really wish I could go this year!

Gathering at Garst - Greenville

5.) The Gathering at Garst – Greenville – July 30-31

If you’ve never been to Greenville, this “gathering” takes place at the Garst Museum, where you will learn all about the area’s own Annie Oakley.  This festival offers Living History, live entertainment, food vendors, gift vendors and more.  You can check out the museum for normal admission price and Maid-Rite is only a stone’s throw away for some great sandwiches, burgers and milk shakes. For my experience, please check out  http://ohiofestivals.net/gathering-at-garst-greenville/




6.) Annie Oakley Festival – Ansonia – July 29-31

Okay, so here’s a second Annie Oakley-inspired festival and location isn’t all that far away.  Here, you have vendors and food trucks along paths in the woods, with fast draw competitions, whip cracking and knife throwing demonstrations and workshops, historical bus tours, melodramas, games and a talent show.  For my experience of this festival, please read http://ohiofestivals.net/annie-oakley-festival/

7.) Dayton Celtic Festival – July 29-31

I’ve heard good things about this festival and I tend to believe that it’s proximity to Dublin, Ohio means similar vendors, artists and musicians with that festival (which would be a good thing).  I do know there are 4 stages, Irish food and drink and merchandise galore, so what’s not to like?

8.) Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest &
– Canton – July 29-31

In the past, I’ve avoided Hall of Fame events because the schedules on the website have confused me.  But if I went to any, it would be this one with food vendors, music entertainment, and hot air balloons.

Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest

9.) Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest – July 29-30

This is a cute downtown location for some laid back blues music and some tasty ribs.  There are two stages and a handful of rib vendors for you to enjoy.  And although it seems like a quaint little festival setting, attendance has exceeded 30,000 over the two days, so that’s saying something.  Check out my review at http://ohiofestivals.net/41-canal-winchester-blues-and-ribfest-august-6-2011/

10.) TABS Festival – Ashtabula – July 30-31

TABS stands for “The Arts on Bridge Street” and it’s bringing plenty of bands, food and artists for you to enjoy!  There will be hands-on art activities for children, live demonstrations of art techniques, poetry, book signings and more.


So where will you go this weekend?

Can’t see map? Go to the main post by clicking HERE.