There are a LOT of Ohio festivals in August.
300 of them, in fact!
So, once again, I’ve decided to give you some of the Best Ohio Festivals out there – based on my personal experience, of course.
Here is a listing of my favorite festivals going on this month so that you can make sure you don’t miss them.
At the end of the post, I’ll list some festivals that also look great which I haven’t had the chance to check out.
Listings will be done chronologically as they go down the Ohio Festival Guide.
Dublin Irish Festival
Official Website: https://dublinirishfestival.org/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/38-dublin-irish-festival-august-6-2011
Notes: The largest three day Irish Festival on the planet. And it is big. So much entertainment, vendor selection, kids’ activities, food, drink, etc. It’s just a lot, so give yourself time to really enjoy it.
Lakewood Arts Festival
Official Website: http://lakewoodartsfest.org/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/31-lakewood-arts-festival-august-4-2012/
Notes: Walk along the closed section of Detroit Avenue while shopping among some wonderful artists. Food and entertainment as well.
Hippie Fest – Logan
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/HippieFestOfficial/
My Review: https://festivalguidesandreviews.com/hippie-fest/
Notes: All sorts of vendors, entertainment, vintage vehicles, great food. Hippie dress is definitely encouraged. This is a national festival, so my review above it an experience in Michigan.
Warren Italian-American Festival
Official Website: http://www.warrenitalianfestival.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/italian-american-heritage-festival/
Notes: I’m a sucker for an Italian festival, especially when there’s so much pasta, sausage, wine and entertainment involved. There’s also a tent area with history and genealogy, some rides, and more.
Germanfest Picnic – Dayton
Official Website: germanfestdayton.com
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/germanfest-picnic-dayton/
Notes: The location has changed to St. Anne’s Hill since my experience but there is all the same great entertainment, German food and beer and vendors.
Feast of the Assumption – Cleveland
Official Website: https://holy-rosary.org/schedule-of-events
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/feast-of-the-assumption-revisited-cleveland/
Notes: What did I tell you above about loving an Italian festival? This is classic Italian festival with two festivals (Holy Rosary and the Little Italy Neighborhood) colliding into beautiful melody of music, meatballs and wine. Wonderful food, great people watching and an event where everyone can be a little Italian.
Swanton Corn Festival
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/Swanton-Corn-Festival-376115924549/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/37-swanton-corn-festival-august-18-2012/
Notes: There is really a lot packed into this one day festival. Along with vendors and food, there is great entertainment, various activities, inflatables, games and more. I also like the woodsy setting.
Last Stop Willoughby (Train) Festival
Official Website: https://heartofwilloughby.com/last-stop-willoughby-1/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/45-last-stop-willoughby-festival-august-20-2011/
Notes: The only festival I know with a Twilight Zone episode reference. Some of the festival perks include the Outdoor Market, the kids zone, a parade, a chalk fest, and the repeated viewing of the Twilight Zone episode in the library.
Shaker Woods Festival – Columbiana
Dates: 8/13-8/14, 8/20-8/21, 8/27-8/28
Official Website: https://shakerwoods.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/shaker-woods-festival/
Notes: Three weekends to shop among 200 crafters and artisans. This beautiful wooded setting allows you to take your time while occasionally enjoying a musical number or getting something delicious to eat.
Columbus Food Truck Festival – Hilliard
Official Website: https://columbusfoodtruckfest.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/columbus-food-truck-fest-revisited/
Notes: If you really want to familiarize yourself with area food trucks (even food trucks who aren’t from the area), this is the festival to check out. Vendors and entertainment make the festival complete. I have not been to the festival since they moved to Hilliard but I’m curious to check it out.
Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/sunburysizzleandsounds/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/sunbury-sizzle-and-sounds/
Notes: This is a really cool community festival with local vendors, great food trucks/booths, music that brings in large crowds and plenty of stuff for the kids (free rides and games). I just went returned to the festival last year and it was great!
Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival
Official Website: https://www.fairbornsweetcornfestival.org/index.html
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/fairborn-sweet-corn-festival/
Notes: This festival was a lot bigger than I had expected with so many vendors, food and fun. Check out the Lions Club for melted butter dipped cobs of corn with corn fritters.
German-American Festival – Oregon
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/GAFSociety
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/51-german-american-festival-oregon-august-27-2010/
Notes: One of the best German festivals in the state with a wide selection of German food, plenty of entertainment (music, folk dancing, competitions), rides for the kids, a glockenspiel and plenty of beer. There’s even a M.I. Hummel Look-A-Like Contest.
Cleveland Garlic Festival
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandGarlicFestival/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/cleveland-garlic-festival/
Notes: If you love garlic, this is the festival for you with plenty of opportunities to purchase fresh and locally grown garlic of all types. There are also fun garlic foods, a garlic food cook-off, and garlic photo ops. Kids’ activities, live music, vendors and non-garlic foods make the festival accessible to all.
Millersport Sweet Corn Festival
Official Website: https://www.sweetcornfest.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/sweet-corn-festival-millersport/
Notes: Maybe this festival should be considered for September, but it does start right before, so let’s talk about it now. It’s a very big festival with rides, a game area, all sorts of vendors and a great selection of food booths typically run by local organizations.
Festivals I have NOT been to…
Here are some festivals that I would love to go to but have not had the chance to visit.
I will also list them chronologically.
8/5-8/6 – Carey Fest – Carey
8/5-8/6 – Hocking Hills Bigfoot Festival – Logan
8/5-8/7 – Greater Youngstown Italian Fest – Youngstown
8/6 – Dresden Melon Festival – Dresden
8/7 – Polish Summer Fest – Dayton
8/12-8/14 – Flag City BalloonFest – Findlay
8/13 – Oliver Hazard Day – Waterville
8/14 – Akron Pickle Fest – Akron
8/17-8/20 – Pataskala Street Fair – Pataskala
8/17-8/20 – The Parade of the Hills – Nelsonville
8/20 – Highland Square PorchRokr Festival – Akron
8/20 – Hebron Pie Festival – Hebron
What are your favorite festivals in August?
To find the full listing of Ohio festivals, go to the Ohio Festival Guide at https://ohiofestivals.net/ohio-festivals/