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Weekend Festival Picks: August 18-21, 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

There are over 60 festivals in Ohio this weekend (not including fairs and shows)!

Tons of food-related festival in the Top 10 this week.  If you gain weight as a result of my suggestions, allow me to apologize in advance.


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Weekend Festival Picks

August 18-21, 2016


bucyrus bratwurst

1.) Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival – August 18-20 – FREE

If you like bratwurst, you’ll love this festival is beautiful downtown Bucyrus (check out all the murals here).  You can find a ton of bratwurst vendors served in a few different styles – I really liked the Pitabust.  Plus, there’s a nice amount of entertainment, vendors, rides and more.  Check out my 2010 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/48-bucyrus-bratwurst-festival-august-21-2010/

2.) Old Timer’s Festival – Carroll- August 18-20 – FREE

This is a small, yet cute, festival in downtown Carroll.  Last year, there was a main stage and a smaller stage, both with great performances.  They also had interesting gift vendors, inflatables and better food vendors than many big festivals.  Read last year’s Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/old-timers-festival-carroll/

60 - russian food festival lorain Saints Peter and Paul father basil bread

3.) Russian Food Festival – Lorain – August 19-20 – FREE

This church festival offers such local delights as pierogi, stuffed cabbage, and kielbasa and kraut.  But, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a loaf of Father Basil’s bread seen in the pic above.  I know he retired, but he may still be making it, so call ahead if you’re going just for that.  Still, there’s plenty of good grub as well as entertainment and raffles.  Read my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/44-russian-food-festival-lorain-august-19-2011/

4.) The Flats Festival of the Arts – Cleveland – August 19-21 – $12 at the door (12 and under are free)/$10 weekend pass online

This new festival continues to bring life to the new incarnation of the Flats.  Located on the Flats East Bank, there will be music, food and plenty of artists, as well as dance and musical performances.  Even with the admission costs (not to mention any parking costs you are bound to pay), this may be a festival worth checking out as the Flats are pretty hot right now.

Romanian Festival – Cleveland

5.) Romanian Festival – Cleveland – August 19-21 – FREE

Come to the oldest Romanian parish in the country to feast on such Romanian delights as the rather tasty mititei (grilled minced meat rolls), stuffed cabbage and the decadent mamaliga (polenta and cheese).  Afterwards, shop through some Romanian merchandise booths, take advantage of the inflatables to burn off some calories and then either get yourself a Romanian elephant ear of many of many Romanian desserts.  Also don’t miss the entertainment and church tours – it’s really beautiful!  Read my 2010 Review for more at http://ohiofestivals.net/47-romanian-festival-cleveland-august-20-2010/




Birmingham Ethnic Festival – Toledo

6.) Birmingham Ethnic Festival – Toledo – August 20 – FREE

If you are familiar with Hungarian bacon roasts, you will particularly love this festival.  Just look for signs for the “hunky turkey” and you can get yourself a slice a greasy bread topped with roasted bacon chunks, onion and tomato (delicious!).  If bacon isn’t your thing, there are Hungarian sausages, goulash, stuffed cabbage, paprikas, and plenty of pastries.  Of course, there are also vendors, music entertainment and the ORIGINAL Tony Packo’s on the corner of Consaul Street.  Just writing that makes me want pickles.  Read my 2012 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/38-birmingham-ethnic-festival-toledo-august-18-2012/

last stop willoughby festival

7.) Last Stop Willoughby Festival – August 20 – FREE

This town festival has a bit of everything with a Farmer’s Market earlier on, a Taste of Willoughby, historic Trolley Tours, a vendor village, KidZone, music entertainment and more.  Willoughby is a really cute town and worth checking out during the festival.  Also, if you don’t get the Twilight Zone reference in the festival name, there will be continuous playing of the popular episode in the lower level of the library during the festival.  Please read my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/45-last-stop-willoughby-festival-august-20-2011/

Swanton Corn Festival

8.) Swanton Corn Festival – August 20 – FREE

This is a pretty sizable festival with 2 stages of music entertainment, crafters, kids games and rides, a huge car show, and so much more.  Really, this is a pretty big festival and rather impressive.  Just don’t expect a ton of corn, as I’ve only found one corn vendor in the past.  Read my 2012 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/37-swanton-corn-festival-august-18-2012/

Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival

9.) Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival – August 20-21 – FREE

This festival is enormous with 180 handmade arts and crafts booths and food vendors offering pork chop sandwiches, ribs and freshly cooked and buttered corn with corn fritters (find the Lions Club building).  There is also entertainment, a Pioneer Village and so much more.  To get a better idea of what you can expect, please read my 2015 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/fairborn-sweet-corn-festival/

halupki festival marblehead

10.) Halupki Festival – Marblehead – August 21 – FREE

Located at the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio, the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, this festival celebrates the Halupki, or cabbage roll.  There will be polka music a craft show, raffles, a bounce house, face painting and more.  But, if you really want to eat well, you should be there by 2:30 when the Carpatho-Russian ala carte begins service with such foods as pierogi, cabbage and potato pizzas, sausage and stuffed cabbage – because there are long lines and you don’t want to miss out on your favorite grub!  Read my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/46-halupki-festival-marblehead-august-21-2011/



Festival Reviews – Alphabetized by CITY

Here are all the reviews for festivals that go on this weekend.

Greek Festival – Cleveland

Hispanic Heritage Festival – Dayton

Lexington Blueberry Festival

Medina International Fest

North Royalton Community Festival

Pierogi Fest – North Royalton

Cleveland Donauschwaben Sommer Oktoberfest – Olmsted Township

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival



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Ohio (NE/NW/Columbus/SE/SW)

Ohio Fairs and Shows


West Virginia


So where will you go this weekend?

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