Ohio Festivals Exploring Ohio's Festivals one funnel cake at a time. 2018-06-19T19:17:35Z https://ohiofestivals.net/feed/atom/ WordPress ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[9.) Columbus Children’s Festival – Westerville – June 16, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21537 2018-06-19T19:17:35Z 2018-06-19T19:17:35Z

Back behind the Westerville North High School…

…I found myself in the midst of a soccer tournament…

…a foam fun run…

…and a pancake breakfast…

…with characters from Disney’s Descendents.

This was actually all part of the Columbus Children’s Festival

…a festival where vendors came together to help children and parents with all issues related to…

…Preschool/Kindergarten (ATC Academy)…

…reading and research (Westerville Public Library)…

…martial arts training (Perdue’s Taekwondo)…

…soccer registration…

…summer theatre (Otterbein)…

…a profession in kart racing (Grand Prix Karting)…

…and even one’s health (Nationwide Children’s)…

…particularly the back and the teeth (Skaates/Smile Doctors).

But the festival wasn’t all about getting informed and collecting pamphlets (or free candy, for that matter)…

…there were also fun things to do like dunking…

…jumping and climbing…

…pony rides (Horse N Round Fun)…

…face painting…

…various entertainment shows (Mr. Puppet)…

…and even some shopping, whether for your doll (That’s Sew Cute!)…

…your dog (Halee’s Promise Dog Sanctuary)…

…your food-storage obsessed parents (Tupperware)…

…your inner Moana (Aloha Treasures).

…or your appetite.

With ice cream (Handel’s), shaved ice (Kona)…

…hot dogs (Dane’s)…

…and tacos (Taquitos)…

…there was plenty of kid-friendly foods at the festival (Big Mouth).

I, myself, went with a more adult-friendly kraut-covered Knockwurst from Schmidt’s.

]]> ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[8.) Worthington Arts Festival Review – June 16, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21534 2018-06-19T16:44:46Z 2018-06-19T16:45:12Z

It was a beautiful day to head to the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

…for the annual Worthington Arts Festival.

Artists were lined up in rows along the lawn…

…displaying metallic (William Colburn) and glass flowers …

…clothing for the young and old(er) (Dyetology on right)…

…jewelry (Antoni Kozlowski/Martha Ponn)…

…handbags (Varu)…

…and oven mitts too (Mo and Me Designs).

There were colorful giclée prints (Margaret Anne Campbell Kohler)…

…wearable and framed art (Tree of Life)…

…fascinating sculptures (Robert Porreca)…

…inventive lamps from recycled parts (Lamps from the Attic)…

…playful functional art and jewelry (The Art Farm)…

…magical garden pottery (Jaime Iliff)…

…and plush little critters (Little Critter Plush).

It was shortly after 9 when I arrived…

…so, although it was a bit early for the biergarten…

…it was the perfect time for a “kream puff” (A Cut Above) or bagel (Short North Bagel Deli)…

…perhaps with some lemonade to wash it down.

And while there was a children’s activity area…

…the only entertainment I noticed at this festival was some wheel-spinning at the Old Worthington Partnership booth.

Some music would have definitely been nice.

]]> ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[7.) Washboard Music Festival Review – Logan – June 15, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21531 2018-06-19T14:11:29Z 2018-06-19T14:11:29Z

Logan, Ohio is home to the Columbus Washboard Company

…the only manufacturer of handmade washboards in the United States…

…and they really are handmade!

I came here not only to learn how washboards were made…

…but to see how they were used musically…

…through a celebration called the Washboard Music Festival.

As I walked along W. Main Street under lines of clothing…

…and waving washboards…

…I passed vendors selling everything from rugs and dream catchers…

…to trailer treasures…

…and there were wood workings…

…leather belts…

…Amish goodies (Weaver’s)…

…and even henna faeries (The Henna Faerie).

And while the festival info booth offered the opportunity to purchase your own washboard at the festival…

…you could also find yourself a nice harmonica (New Harmonica)…

…or a custom made cigar box guitar (Blues Box Guitar) as an alternative instrument.

Many booths were also hosted by local organizations, such as churches (Ebenezer Baptist/First Baptist)…

…local producers of alcohol (Brewery 33 Hocking Hills/Hocking Hills Moonshine)

…emergency services (Hocking County EMS)…

…and a local riding club (Chrome Angelz) raising money for the Humane Society.

And, of course, there were food trucks and trailers offering hot dogs and drinks on the western edge of the festival…

…while the eastern end had an entire food island…

…making everything from grilled cheese sandwiches (Our Melt Bar) to Mexican food…

…not-to-mention the rather popular Madison’s with their “famous fish sandwiches.”

Finally, it wasn’t hard to find something to do at the festival.

If you didn’t want to take a free shuttle to see the Columbus Washboard Company…

…you could ride a train down W. Main Street…

…jump on some inflatables…

…get envious at the car show…

…learn from the mobile Military Museum…

…or take in some music from three stages (Steel City Rovers)…

…where I was happy to see a washboard taking part (The Sodbusters).

]]> ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[Upcoming Festival Weekend: June 14-17, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21358 2018-06-14T12:23:41Z 2018-06-13T11:26:17Z


Happy Father’s Day Weekend, Festival Fans!

This is always a big festival weekend with some classics like the Duck Tape Festival (Avon) and the Festival of the Fish (Vermilion).

In fact, this weekend, there are over 60 Festivals in Ohio, over 50 in Michigan, 26 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 15 in Western Pennsylvania and 12 in West Virginia.

Before going right into festival recommendations, I do have a few short announcements that you may find important…


On July 7, Crafted – a local food, beer and music festival – will take place in Cleveland’s Lincoln Park (Tremont).  This was previously called the Kale and Ale Festival (in case you saw it on the list before), but they have rebranded.

There will still be tons of food (for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, people with gluten allergies, etc.), 38+ craft beers, great music and more!

If you are interested in attending, I have a $10 off code that should last through Friday.

Simply click on the image below to be transported to the festival’s Cleveland page and enter the code (CLEROCKS10) when purchasing the ticket.


I have been working on the Festival Pages for different parts of Ohio.

So far, I only have June and July completed and I want to look through August’s unconfirmed dates before putting August up – but it all should be done fairly soon.

In any case, you can find the pages here: Columbus Area, Northeast Ohio, Northwest Ohio, Southeast Ohio, Southwest Ohio


There are some weekend festival changes that I would like to note:

  • Simply Slavic Heritage Festival in Youngstown is going on this Friday AND Saturday (originally scheduled for only Saturday)
  • The Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville isn’t occurring at its full capacity.  There is some music entertainment at the Spot Bar but most festival stuff is occurring through Steubenville’s Dean Martin Hometown Celebration, which is a separate festival that takes place really close to the Spot Bar.


And now let’s talk about festivals.  I hope to come around the Columbus and Eastern Ohio areas this weekend.  Maybe I’ll see you at one of the fests!

Here are some festivals I would consider checking out for this weekend:

OHIO: strawberries, firemen, music and wine this weekend, plus special fests about fish, duct tape, porches and more.

Washboard Music Festival (Logan) – Celebrate the washboard as a music instrument in downtown Logan and visit the Columbus Washboard Company, the only washboard manufacturer still operating in the United States.

Simply Slavic Heritage Festival (Youngstown) – Folk dancers, ethnic marketplace, a Slavic beer garden and food that includes pierogi, stuffed cabbage and halušky. Yum!

Festival of the Fish (Vermilion) – A nice small-town festival with plenty of food (St. Mary’s has some great perch!), vendors and stuff for kids.

Dean Martin Hometown Celebration/Dean Martin Festival (Steubenville) – I put the two together since you could easily experience them both in the same visit this year.  The Dean Martin Festival will involve music entertainment at the Spot Bar while the Hometown Celebration will offer a Dean Martin traveling museum, kids’ stuff, entertainment, food vendors, crafts, a beer garden and more.

Avon Heritage Duck (Duct) Tape Festival (Avon) – Duct tape sculptures, outfits, decor and more – not-to-mention food, entertainment and rides at this rather unique festival (perfect for Father’s Day weekend!).

Clifton Arts and Music Fest (Cleveland) – Head to Clifton Blvd. for a street festival offering plenty of art vendors, music entertainment, food and more.  The local businesses are also worth checking out.

Pride Festival (Columbus) – Head to Gooddale Park for a very Happy Pride filled with plenty of food, entertainment and vendor options.

Tri-State Pottery Festival (East Liverpool) – The festival celebrates 50 years this year, offering music, rides, competitions, vendors and more.  I’ve been having difficulty finding a lot of info about this festival in regards to the size but I feel it’s a really big deal.  I’ll have to go and see for myself!

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival (Gahanna) – 4 music stages, a family fun zone, rides, food and vendors galore!

St. Mary Parish Festival (Delaware) – One word: Marygritas! Plus special brats made for the festival, carnival rides, casino, baked goods and more!

Cincinnati Juneteenth (Cincinnati) – This Juneteenth festival has two entertainment stages, folk crafts, great-looking food and a sweet potato pie bake-off.


And here are some festivals I would check out in the surrounding states:

INDIANA: Leeper Park Art Fair (South Bend), Ferdinand Heimatfest (Ferdinand), BBQ RibFest (Fort Wayne)

KENTUCKY: Mayberry Days (Owenton), Highland Renaissance Festival (Eminence), Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival (Gray Hawk)

MICHIGAN: Motor City Irish Fest (Livonia), Hell-O Summer Fest (Hell), Made in Michigan Festival (Troy), Alpena Blues Festival (Alpena)

PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival (Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh Greek Festival at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church (Pittsburgh), Smoked Country Jam (Cross Fork)

WEST VIRGINIA: Yak Fest (St. Albans), FestivAll (Charleston), Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival (Ansted)


Below you will find my festival reviews, all the weekend schedules and a map to see all the festival cities.

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!


PS – Did you know you could suggest a state to be listed? Go here —-> https://ohiofestivals.net/request-your-state/



Festivals and Shows

June 14-17, 2018


Festival Reviews – Listed by City

Here are the reviews for some upcoming festivals that I have visited.

6/14-6/16 – Avon Heritage Duck (Duct) Tape FestivalAvonMy Review

6/16 – BAYarts Art and Music FestivalBay VillageMy Review

6/14-6/16 – Bolivar Strawberry FestivalBolivarMy Review

6/16 – Clifton Arts and Music FestClevelandMy Review

6/16 – Larchmere Porchfest ClevelandMy Review

6/15-6/16 – Pride FestivalColumbusMy Review

6/15-6/17 – Coshocton Dulcimer DaysCoshoctonMy Review

6/15-6/16 – Wine and Arts FestivalGrove CityMy Review

6/16 – Juneteenth Festival OberlinMy Review

6/15-6/16 – St. Mary of the Woods Church FestivalRussells PointMy Review

6/14-6/16 – Dean Martin FestivalSteubenvilleMy Review – SOME MUSIC BUT NO OFFICIAL FESTIVAL

6/12-6/15 – Holy Trinity Grecian Food FestivalSteubenvilleMy Review

6/15-6/17 – Festival of the FishVermilionMy Review


Ohio Festivals

6/11-6/16 – North Canton Jaycee Fair – North Canton
6/12-6/15 – Holy Trinity Grecian Food Festival – Steubenville – My Review
6/12-6/16 – Bryan Jubilee – Bryan
6/12-6/16 – Ohio Chautauqua – Gallipolis
6/13-6/16 – Minerva Homecoming – Minerva
6/13-6/16 – St. Joseph Parish Carnival – Avon Lake
6/13-6/16* –Danville Howard Turkey Festival – Danville – DISCONTINUED
6/13-6/17 – Holland Strawberry Festival – Holland
6/14-6/16 – Avon Heritage Duck (Duct) Tape Festival – Avon – My Review
6/14-6/16 – Bolivar Strawberry Festival – Bolivar – My Review
6/14-6/16 – Tri-State Pottery Festival – East Liverpool
6/14-6/16 – The Country Fest – Canal Fulton
6/14-6/16 – Tusky Days Festival – Tuscarawas
6/14-6/16 – Washboard Music Festival – Logan
6/14-6/16 – Dean Martin Festival – Steubenville – My Review – SOME MUSIC BUT NO OFFICIAL FESTIVAL
6/14-6/17 – Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee – Fort Recovery
6/14-6/17 – Kirtland Kiwanis Strawberry Festival – Kirtland
6/15 – CTA Street Food Festival – Cincinnati
6/15-6/16 – Black Swamp Benefit: A Family Festival – Wauseon
6/15-6/16 – Moorefield Township VFD Firemen’s Fair – Piedmont
6/15-6/16 – Shadyside Loop Festival – Shadyside
6/15-6/16* – Rhythm and Foods Festival – Urbana – DISCONTINUED
6/15-6/16 – Wine and Arts Festival – Grove City – My Review
6/15-6/16 – St. Mary Parish Festival – Delaware
6/15-6/16 – St. Mary of the Woods Church Festival – Russells Point – My Review
6/15-6/16 – Anna Homecoming Festival – Anna
6/15-6/16 – Rockford Community Days – Rockford
6/15-6/16 – Simply Slavic Heritage Festival – Youngstown
6/15-6/16 – Summerfest at Firestone Farms – Columbiana
6/15-6/16 – Pride Festival – Columbus – My Review
6/15-6/17 – Coshocton Dulcimer Days – Coshocton – My Review
6/15-6/17 – Duck Creek Log Jam – Logan
6/15-6/17 – Celtic Festival at The Ohio Renaissance Festival – Waynesville
6/15-6/17 – Festival of the Fish – Vermilion – My Review
6/15-6/17 – St. Barnabas Parish Festival – Northfield
6/15-6/17* – St. Vivian Parish Festival – Cincinnati – CANCELED
6/15-6/17 – Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival – Gahanna
6/16 – Georgesville Fish Fry and Homecoming – Grove City
6/16 – Cincinnati Wine and Food Experience – Cincinnati
6/16 – Juneteenth Celebration – Cleveland
6/16 – Woofstock – St. Clairsville
6/16 – Euclid Wind Festival – Euclid
6/16 – Buckland Firemens Festival – Buckland
6/16 – Digfest – Grandview Heights
6/16 – Juneteenth Festival – Oberlin – My Review
6/16 – Wildwood Fine Arts and Wine Festival – Mentor
6/16 – Founder’s Day – Put-In-Bay
6/16 – Bauman Orchards Strawberry Festival – Rittman
6/16 – Sharon Showcase – Sharon Township
6/16 – Dean Martin Hometown Celebration – Steubenville
6/16 – Taste of Twinsburg – Twinsburg
6/16 – BAYarts Art and Music Festival – Bay Village – My Review
6/16 – National Road Bike Show & Ribfest – Cambridge
6/16 – Bridges, Bikes and Blues – Eaton
6/16 – ARTfest on Main – Springsboro
6/16 – Berlin MooFest – Berlin
6/16 – Columbus Children’s Festival – Westerville
6/16 – Take Me to the Rivers Jazz Festival – Defiance
6/16 – Summer Celebration – Cincinnati
6/16 – Clifton Arts and Music Fest – Cleveland – My Review
6/16 – Middlefield Community Days – Middlefield
6/16 – Cleveland Summer Beerfest – Cleveland
6/16 – Tusculum Street Fest – Cincinnati
6/16* – Antique & Artisan Show – Tipp City – CANCELED and DISCONTINUED
6/16 – Larchmere Porchfest – Cleveland – My Review
6/16-6/17 – Fayetteville Fireman’s Festival – Fayetteville
6/16-6/17* – Juneteenth Celebration – Columbus – My Review – LIKELY CANCELED
6/16-6/17 – Baby Bison Days Charity Pow Wow – Cadiz
6/16-6/17 – Worthington Art Festival – Worthington
6/16-6/17* – Mid-Summer Knights Medieval Faire – Warren – DISCONTINUED
6/16-6/17 – Strawberry Festival – Jefferson
6/16-6/17 – Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival – Cincinnati
6/16-6/17 – Summer Solstice Lavender Festival – Martinsville

Ohio Fairs and Shows

6/11-6/16 – Paulding County Fair – Paulding
6/13-6/17 – Origins Game Fair – Columbus
6/15-6/17 – Country Living Spring Fair – Columbus
6/16-6/23 – Pickway County Fair – Circleville
6/16-6/17 – Ohio Vintage Truck Jamboree – Ashland
6/17 – Stan Hywet Father’s Day Car Show – Akron

Indiana Festivals

6/9-6/16 – Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Bean Blossom
6/13-6/16 – Turtle Days – Churubusco
6/13-6/16 – Knightstown Jubilee Days – Knightstown
6/13-6/17 – Celebrate Schererville Festival – Schererville
6/14 – Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival – Indianapolis
6/14-6/16 – Haubstadt Sommerfest – Haubstadt
6/14-6/16 – St. Susanna Summer Festival – Plainfield
6/14-6/16 – Loogootee Summer Fest – Loogootee
6/14-6/17 – BBQ RibFest – Fort Wayne
6/15-6/16 – Food and Arts Festival – Crown Point
6/15-6/16 – Pioneer Days – Royal Center
6/15-6/16 – Ferdinand Heimatfest – Ferdinand
6/15-6/16 – Lexington Old Settlers Days – Scottsburg
6/15-6/16 – Springville Heritage Festival – Springville
6/15-6/17 – North Judson Mint Festival – North Judson
6/16 – TASTE of Tippecanoe – Lafayette
6/16 – Crown Beer Fest – Crown Point
6/16 – Derby Riverfest – Derby
6/16 – Sheridan Summerfest – Sheridan
6/16 – North Street Fitness Festival – Greenfield
6/16 – Riverfront Wine, Stein and Barrel – Madison
6/16 – Silver Lake Days – Silver Lake
6/16 – Brew-Ha-Ha – Indianapolis
6/16-6/17 – Flintknapping and Primitive Art Fest – Leavenworth
6/16-6/17 – Talbot Street Art Fair – Indianapolis
6/16-6/17 – Leeper Park Art Fair – South Bend

Kentucky Festivals

6/13-6/16 – W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival – Henderson
6/13-6/17 – PlayThink Movement and Flow Arts Festival – Berea
6/14-6/16 – Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion – Bowling Green
6/14-6/16 – Cow Bell Days – Stanford
6/14-6/16 – Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival – Gray Hawk
6/15-6/16 – Lyndon Summer Festival – Lyndon
6/15-6/16 – PigFest – Walton
6/15-6/16* – Red River Gorge/Nada Tunnel Festival – Stanton – DISCONTINUED
6/15-6/17 – MainStrasse Village Original Goettafest – Covington
6/16 – Mayberry Day – Owenton
6/16 – Firkin Fest – Ashland
6/16 – PA*BREW*CAH Beer Fest – Paducah
6/16 – Ekron Volunteer Fire Department Fire Fest – Ekron
6/16 – Bridge Folk Music and Arts Festival – Covington
6/16 – Well Crafted – Harrodsburg
6/16 – Kentucky Craft Beer Festival – Elizabethtown
6/16 – Berry Trail and Blueberry Pancake Days – Paris
6/16 – Munfordville Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Cruise In – Munfordville
6/16 – Lake Cumberland Blues Harbor Festival – Jamestown
6/16-6/17 – Highland Renaissance Festival – Eminence

Michigan Festivals

6/8-6/17 – Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – Mackinac Island
6/8-7/1 – Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor
6/11-6/16 – Spring Lake Heritage Festival – Spring Lake
6/13-6/16 – Hamburg Family Fun Fest – Hamburg
6/14-6/16 – Celebrate Charlotte – Charlotte
6/14-6/16 – Liberty Fest – Canton
6/14-6/16* – Ann Arbor Book Festival – Ann Arbor – DISCONTINUED
6/14-6/16 – Morenci Town and Country Festival – Morenci
6/14-6/16 – Three Rivers Water Festival – Three Rivers
6/14-6/16 – Juneteenth Freedom Festival and African American Parade – Lansing
6/14-6/16 – Bluegill Festival – St. Helen
6/14-6/16 – CheeseTown Festival – Pinconning
6/14-6/17 – Summerfest – Marysville
6/14-6/17 – Detroit Music Weekend – Detroit
6/14-6/17 – Michigan Sugar Festival – Sebewaing
6/14-6/17 – Bridge Fest – Bridgeport
6/15-6/16 – Ellsworth Pig Roast – Ellsworth
6/15-6/16 – Harborfest – South Haven
6/15-6/16 – Bark on Biddle – Wyandotte
6/15-6/16 – Taste of Muskegon – Muskegon
6/15-6/16 – Michigan Busker Festival (formerly Imlay City Blueberry Festival) – Imlay City
6/15-6/16 – Hoodilidoo Music Festival – Bangor
6/15-6/17 – Rez Fest – Mancelona
6/15-6/17 – Motor City Irish Fest – Livonia
6/15-6/17* – Greek Festival of Grand Blanc – CANCELED and DISCONTINUED
6/15-6/17 – St. Demetrios Greek Festival – Saginaw
6/15-6/17 – Our Lady of the Angels Festival – Taylor
6/15-6/17 – Germanfest and Father’s Day Picnic – Sterling Heights
6/15-6/17 – Buttermilk Jamboree – Delton
6/15-6/17 – Belleville National Strawberry Festival
6/16 – Devils Lake Festival of the Arts – Manitou Beach
6/16 – Alpena Blues Festival – Alpena
6/16 – Art on the River – Commerce Township
6/16 – Festival in the Park – Muskegon Heights
6/16 – Olds Homecoming – Lansing
6/16 – Oak Park Summerfest – Oak Park
6/16 – Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival – Sawyer
6/16 – Family and Veterans Fun Festival – Midland
6/16 – Michigan Pride Festival – Lansing
6/16 – Tapped Craft Beer Festival – Midland
6/16 – Lansing Beer Fest – Lansing
6/16 – Strawberryfest and Craft Show – Coldwater
6/16 – Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival – Brethren
6/16 – Reeds Lake Art Festival – Grand Rapids
6/16-6/17 – Hell-O Summer Fest – Hell
6/16-6/17 – Art in the Park (at Three Oaks Flag Day) – Three Oaks
6/16-6/17 – Made in Michigan Festival – Troy
6/16-6/17 – Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival – Vassar
6/16-6/17 – Heritage Days – Southgate
6/16-6/17 – White Lake Area Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Festival – Whitehall
6/16-6/17 – Spring Fest Arts & Crafts Fair – Pentwater
6/17 – EyesOn Design Car Show – Grosse Pointe Shores
6/17 – Cutlerville Days – Cutlerville
6/17 – Father’s Day Festival and Classic Corvette Car Show – Berrien Springs
6/17-6/23 – Red Cedar Jubilee – Williamston

Pennsylvania Festivals

6/12-6/15 – Pittsburgh Greek Festival at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church – Pittsburgh
6/12-6/16 – School’s Out Family Funfest – Ford City
6/13-6/16 – Smoked Country Jam – Cross Fork
6/14-6/16 – Lake City Fire Company Carnival – Lake City
6/14-6/16 – National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival – Addison
6/14-6/17 – Miner’s Memorial Day Festival – Windber
6/15-6/16 – Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival – Ligonier
6/15-6/17 – Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival – Pittsburgh
6/15-6/17 – St. Therese Church Festival – Johnstown
6/15-6/17 – St. Bruno Parish Festival – South Greensburg
6/16 – Fireworks and Food Trucks Festival – Seven Springs
6/16 – Wine Time at the Colony – Saxonburg
6/16-6/17 – Franklin Blues and Barbecue Festival – Franklin
6/16-6/17 – Whispering Pines Summer Festival in the Woods – Cabot
6/16-6/24 – Brookville Laurel Festival – Brookville

West Virginia Festivals

6/14-6/17 – Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival – Ansted
6/15-6/16 – Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – Weston
6/15-6/16 – Yak Fest – St. Albans
6/15-6/16 – Wheeling Arts and Culture Fest – Wheeling
6/15-6/17 – Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival – Parkersburg
6/15-6/17 – Faerie Gathering – Paw Paw
6/15-6/17 – Cass Homecoming – Cass
6/15-6/26 – FestivAll – Charleston
6/16* – WV Day – Sutton – CANCELED
6/16 – Charles Town’s WV Fest – Charles Town
6/16 – West Virginia Spring Wine Festival – Crab Orchard
6/16-6/17 – The West Virginia Renaissance Festival – Lewisburg


Where to find the festivals this weekend.

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


Festival Schedule Pages





Cols/NE/NW/SE/SW OHIO Schedules

Ohio Fairs and Shows


West Virginia


ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[My Trip to Italy – Conclusion]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21282 2018-06-08T14:13:26Z 2018-06-08T14:13:26Z

Perhaps I am only posting a “Conclusion” because I posted an “Introduction.”

There’s no real purpose from this post…

…except to show you some pics I took.

Apart from letting you know that this rock is the result of an avalanche that close the road to traffic two years ago…

…explaining that these are pizzelle makers…

…or showing you a Little Free Library in Pescara…

…I’m just going to put a bunch of photos out there…

…and let you enjoy them.

So scroll through…

…and enjoy…

]]> ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[6.) St. Anthony of Padua Carnival Review – Parma – June 7, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21289 2018-06-08T15:36:59Z 2018-06-08T13:46:58Z

It was a beautiful day at the St. Anthony of Padua Carnival

…perfect for taking advantage of the rides galore…

…playing some prize games…

…and eating fried food a-plenty.

It was also the perfect night for some friendly gambling.

As you turned the corner from the children’s area…

…where kids could get their face painted…

…or participate in various levels of skilled games…

…you came face to face with an avenue filled with opportunities…

…where you could win all sorts of prizes, including stuffed animals…


…and cold hard cash.

Games involved dice…

…ball tosses…

…spinning wheels…



…and even racing mechanical pigs!

But, if games weren’t your thing, you could head to the entertainment tent…

…for some relaxing Irish music (The New Barleycorn)…

…or you could get yourself an adult beverage…

…some Italian food…

…or a dessert…

…among the various vendors.

Just note that, to pay for any food, you needed to first purchase tickets at the booth near the main Carnival Menu.

These food tickets were used as currency at all food vendors and any change by the food vendors was also given in food tickets.

Fortunately, if you didn’t use all your food tickets, you could return to this booth and sell them back for cash.

That’s how I purchased this tasty plate of penne pasta (with meatball) and meatball sub.

I also had to buy tickets (at the ride window) to ride this carousel…

…and it was definitely worth it.

ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[5.) Music and Ribfest Review – Wooster – June 2, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21247 2018-06-06T17:33:57Z 2018-06-06T17:33:16Z

I took my younger child to the Music and Ribfest at the Wayne County Fairgrounds…

…where festival fans came together to sample BBQ (BG’S Main Event/After Hours/Pigtails/Off the Bone)…

…and vote for their favorite…

…all while enjoying some musical entertainment.

Along with BBQ, the festival also offered basic fair food…

Lerch’s donuts

…frozen yogurt…

…and a decent quantity of beer.

Before deciding on where to eat, my son was wandering around the Hog Wild Fun Zone…

…set up with inflatables…

…and a mini racetrack for kids more his age.

Meanwhile, I was showing interest in the Big Quota Raffle, where you could win a John Deere Gator…

…a Ford Focus…

…or $15,000…

…and I admit that I was pulled in for at least one ticket.  🙂

After my gambling purchase, we decided to stop at Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbeque

…for some ribs and cornbread…

…which we enjoyed in a comfortable dining hall.

On the way out, we checked out the meats and sauces sold by Canaan Meats (who was actually offering free sliders)…

…and we got some rather delicious bacon to take home.

]]> ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[My Trip to Italy – Part 7 – Casadonna Reale – Castel di Sangro]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21226 2018-06-06T14:07:23Z 2018-06-06T14:01:35Z

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the third of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy.  In this particular post, I also talk about the hotel and breakfast the following morning.


Just across the way from downtown Castel di Sangro…

…sits a former 16th-century monastery called Casadonna

…home of Niko Romito’s 3 Michelin star restaurant Reale, a boutique hotel of nine rooms, a culinary laboratory and a higher education cookery school.

I had come in from Pescara in the morning…

…and, fortunately for me, I only needed to wait a short while…

…before my room was ready.

It was clean and bright…

…with an awesome shower…

…and a fantastic view.

But I wasn’t planning on lounging in the hotel the entire day.

I had decided to walk to Castel di Sangro…

…and explore the town while I was there…

…being sure to stop at some churches…

…climb every narrow passage I came across…

…take part in a Giro d’Italia celebration…

…not to mention watch the bikes ride by…

…check out the Castel di Sangro soccer stadium…

…and possibly come across a surprising discovery…

…like this artistic masterpiece on Via Leone…

…which seemed to be a reflection of everything Castel di Sangro…

…and it was just absolutely amazing.

I even found a walking trail, helping me accumulate 8 miles of walking…

…so that I could return to Reale that evening with an appetite.

I ordered a Campari spritz and selected the Ideale tasting menu (I switched a dish from the menu for the sweetbreads I had heard so much about).

The meal began with a series of “Welcome” tastings…

…a salted pistachio “soffice” or fluffy bread…

…a marinated radish…

…a raviolo made of breadcrumbs and filled with ragu…

…and peeled roasted tomato with a honey glaze next to a potato under “ashes” (a nicely cooked potato with truffle powder).

And the welcome dishes continued with an intense vegetable reduction and fresh sage to give it a nice punch.

Then came a black olive tart for a nice salty bite.

Finally, there were three types of bread: a sort of breadstick, a small loaf with a crunchy outside and soft inside and chick pea crackers.

Next came the dishes from the Ideale tasting menu:

Alcoholic mixed wild greens (they’re flavored with Gin) and almonds.

Smoked yellowtail and tomato sauce (really incredible!).

Roasted squid, grapefruit and black olives.

Bread – crunchy outside, soft inside.

Roasted cardoncello mushroom with parsley and pepper sauce.

And here are the sweetbreads with cream, lemon and salt…

…I could have eaten a bowl of these bad boys!

Cold linguine pasta topped with a raw oyster.

Onion reduction with parmigiano cheese and toasted saffron.

Roasted savoy cabbage that was seared, aged for 40 days in a white wine/sugar/vinegar marinade, steam-cooked, sliced and roasted…really something with the cabbage and the cream that results from the process.

Fresh chicken tortelli.

Cold duck, broth pulled from the duck and spinach.

And then a series of dessert plates, including licorice granita, white vinegar, white chocolate and balsamic vinegar…

…fruit marinated in rum and cinnamon…

…chocolate caramel…

…a type of brittle…

…and some chocolate ice cream.

Dinner summary:  Overall, it was an incredible experience.  The food was all delicious and interesting and I never got bored with the flavors.  Also, the waitstaff was fantastic, helpful and even theatrical as they had a certain way they walked into the room with a platter carrying your next dish, only to rest the platter onto a small table near your table, remove your dish from that platter and place it carefully in front of you before coming around across from you to explain what you are about to eat.

Even though I sat alone, I didn’t necessarily eat alone.  I felt a part of the performance.

Needless to say, after all that food, I got a good night’s sleep…

…and I wasn’t sure how hungry I would be at breakfast.

But when I sat down…

…I ordered a cappuccino…

…and started with a nice ricotta cream dish with (I believe) raspberry and chocolate.

I was presented with a tray consisting of a slice of twice backed bread (like a cookie bread), a pizzelle, and three types of rolls: one topped with sugar and cream, one with chocolate bits throughout…

…and one covered in sugar and filled with pieces of apple.

I also ordered a cheese omelet for something savory.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t eat the freshly baked loaf that was also placed on the table.

But, upon checkout, the hotel did give me a loaf of the same bread to take with me as a gift.

And I did take it, along with some wonderful memories of my time in Castel di Sangro and at Casadonna.


ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[Upcoming Festival Weekend: June 7-10, 2018]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21209 2018-06-11T11:36:52Z 2018-06-06T10:30:39Z  

Good morning, Festival Fans!

I am almost finished with my Italy Trip postings (thanks for being so patient).  Once they are done, I’ll create a series of Festival Schedule Pages for different regions of Ohio so that it’s a little easier to find what’s going on around you.

I may have the new Festival Schedules by the end of the week.  They’ll definitely be up by early next week.

This is a big festival weekend, as there are over 60 Festivals in Ohio, nearly 40 in Indiana and Michigan, and over 10 in Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


Here are some festivals I would consider checking out for this weekend:

OHIO: tons of church festivals, many food-themed festivals and some festivals with rather interesting themes!

Columbus Arts Festival (Columbus) – Over 270 artists, many entertainment stages, an art activities village, food, local craft beer garden, vendor market place and more!

Pork Rind Festival (Harrod) – Apart from the deliciously fresh pork rinds and cracklings (so good!), you have all the food, music and games that make festival goers happy.

Taste of Lakewood (Lakewood) – Lakewood has so many great restaurants that it can be hard to choose where to go.  That’s why this festival makes sense – get a taste here and there to help you plan your next few dinner dates.

Banana Split Festival (Wilmington) – Along with plenty of kids’ games, crafts, great food options and musical entertainment, there’s a “make your own” banana split booth!

Yellow Springs Street Fair (Yellow Springs) – a popular event with some great vendors, food options and musical entertainment (stage and buskers).  It’s always nice just to walk through downtown Yellow Springs and all the shops.

Ohio Chautauqua (Piqua) – This year’s first stop of this touring history festival, offering living history performances, music, food and more.

Fabulous 50’s Fling (Sugarcreek) – If you love classic cars, live music and great grub in Amish country, here’s a fest for you.

Versailles Poultry Days (Versailles) – This festival is known for their chicken dinners where they typically sell 25,000 dinners per festival.  This year, they are expected to sell their MILLIONTH since the festival’s beginning.

Parade the Circle (Cleveland) – The Cleveland Museum of Art’s event filled with “a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats” along with all your food, entertainment and activities.


And here are some festivals I would check out in the surrounding states:

INDIANA: Germanfest (Fort Wayne), RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival (Madison), Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival (Indianapolis)

KENTUCKY: Fort Harrod Beef Festival (Harrodsburg), Beer Cheese Festival (Winchester), Festival of the Bluegrass (Lexington)

MICHIGAN: Battle Creek Cereal Festival (Battle Creek), Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival (Frankenmuth), Mackinac Island Lilac Festival (Mackinac Island), Motor City Pride (Detroit)

PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh Pridefest (Pittsburgh), Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh), Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival (Butler)

WEST VIRGINIA: Celebrate Princeton Street Fair (Princeton), Hatfield and McCoy Family Reunion (Matewan), Capitol City Biker Bash (Charleston)


Below you will find my festival reviews, all the weekend schedules and a map to see all the festival cities.

Have a great and safe weekend, everyone!

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!


PS – Did you know you could suggest a state to be listed? Go here —-> https://ohiofestivals.net/request-your-state/



Festivals and Shows

June 7-10, 2018


Festival Reviews – Listed by City

Here are the reviews for some upcoming festivals that I have visited.

6/8-6/10 – Bedford Strawberry Festival – Bedford – My Review

6/7-6/9 – Canton Greek Fest – Canton – My Review

6/8-6/9 – Downtown Canton Blues Festival – Canton – My Review

6/8-6/10 – Columbus Arts Festival – Columbus – My Review

6/8-6/10 – Riverfront Irish Festival – Cuyahoga Falls – My Review

6/8-6/9 – Pork Rind Festival – Harrod – My Review

6/10 – Taste of Lakewood – Lakewood – My Review

6/7-6/10 – Rib N Rock Cook Off – Parma – My Review

6/9 – Port Clinton Arts and Crafts Festival My Review

6/7-6/9 – Whitehouse Cherry Fest – Whitehouse – My Review

6/8-6/9 – Banana Split Festival – Wilmington – My Review

6/9 – Yellow Springs Street Fair – Yellow Springs – My Review


Ohio Festivals

5/29-6/10 – Cincinnati Fringe Festival – Cincinnati
6/5-6/9 – Ohio Chautauqua – Piqua
6/6-6/9 – Commercial Point Homecoming – Commercial Point
6/6-6/10 – St. Anthony of Padua Carnival – Parma
6/7-6/9 – Canton Greek Fest – Canton – My Review
6/7-6/9 – Frazeysburg Homecoming – Frazeysburg
6/7-6/9 – Whitehouse Cherry Fest – Whitehouse – My Review
6/7-6/9 – Frontier Power Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival – Coshocton
6/7-6/10 – Holy Family Parish Festival – Navarre
6/7-6/10 – Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival – Athens
6/7-6/10 – St. Gabriel Summer Festival – Concord Township
6/7-6/10 – Spirit of Macedonia Community Festival – Macedonia
6/7-6/10 – Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival – Toledo
6/7-6/10 – St. Francis of Assisi Parish Festival – Gates Mills
6/7-6/10 – Rib N Rock Cook Off – Parma – My Review
6/8 – Waverly Street Fest – Waverly
6/8 – Sommerfest – Columbus
6/8-6/9 – Banana Split Festival – Wilmington – My Review
6/8 – Elm Grove Days – Elm Grove
6/8-6/9 – Pork Rind Festival – Harrod – My Review
6/8-6/9 – Schwabenfest – Colerain Township
6/8-6/9 – St. Wendelin Festival – Fostoria
6/8-6/9 – Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival – Miamisburg
6/8-6/9 – Fabulous 50’s Fling – Sugarcreek
6/8-6/9 – Downtown Canton Blues Festival – Canton – My Review
6/8-6/10 – Columbus Arts Festival – Columbus – My Review
6/8-6/10 – Church of the Assumption Parish Festival – Mt. Healthy
6/8-6/10 – St. James Mediterranean Food Fest – Loveland
6/8-6/10 – Burkettsville Community Picnic – Burkettsville
6/8-6/10 – St. Michael Summer Festival – Cincinnati
6/8-6/10 – St. John Church Parish Festival – Deer Park
6/8-6/10 – St. Mary Parish Festival – Piqua
6/8-6/10 – Kelley’s Island Wine Company Bacon Fest – Kelleys Island
6/8-6/10 – St. Helen’s Spring Festival – Dayton
6/8-6/10 – AngelsFest – Cincinnati
6/8-6/10 – Geek Out – College Corner
6/8-6/10 – St. Bernard Festival – Cincinnati
6/8-6/10 – Bedford Strawberry Festival – Bedford – My Review
6/8-6/10 – Poultry Days – Versailles
6/8-6/10 – Holy Rosary Parish Festival – St. Marys
6/8-6/10 – St. Max Festival – Liberty Township
6/8-6/10 – Riverfront Irish Festival – Cuyahoga Falls – My Review
6/8-6/10 – St. Christopher Parish Festival – Vandalia
6/8-6/10 – St. Gertrude Parish Festival – Cincinnati
6/8-6/10 – The Botkins Carousel – Botkins
6/9 – Dalton Community Historical Society Strawberry Festival – Dalton
6/9 – Grill for Good – Kent
6/9 – Local Fest – Sylvania
6/9 – Put-in-Bay Music Festival – Put-in-Bay
6/9 – Parade the Circle – Cleveland
6/9 – Shriner’s Chili & Wing Cook Off – Mansfield
6/9 – Sayler Park Sustains – Cincinnati
6/9 – SummitFest Country Music Festival – Blue Ash
6/9 – Ohio Fairy Gardening Festival – Perry
6/9 – Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival – Shandon
6/9 – Lebanon Country Music Festival – Lebanon
6/9 – Port Clinton Arts and Crafts Festival My Review
6/9 – Yellow Springs Street Fair – Yellow Springs – My Review
6/9-6/10 – LaureLive Contemporary Music Festival – Novelty
6/9-6/10 – Art by the Falls – Chagrin Falls
6/10 – Dayton Jazz Festival – Dayton
6/10 – Taste of Lakewood – Lakewood – My Review
6/10 – Jewish Cultural Festival – Dayton
6/10 – Strawberry Festival – Napoleon

Ohio Fairs and Shows

6/8-6/10 – World Wizard Comic Con – Columbus
6/9-6/10 – Quailcrest Farm Spring Garden Fair – Wooster
6/9-6/10 – Ohio Prepper, Survivalist and Firearms Expo – Bowling Green
6/9-6/10 – Lucasville Trade Days – Lucasville
6/10 – Columbus Summer Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show – Hilliard
6/10 – Cin City Reptile Show – Fairfield

Indiana Festivals

6/3-6/10 – Germanfest – Fort Wayne
6/4-6/9 – Middletown Lions Club Fair – Middletown
6/5-6/9 – New Haven Canal Days – New Haven
6/7-6/9 – St. Simon Festival – Indianapolis
6/7-6/9 – Parker City Homecoming Fair – Parker City
6/7-6/9 – Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival – Crothersville
6/7-6/10 – Queen of All Saints Parish Festival – Michigan City
6/7-6/10 – Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish Festival – Greenwood
6/7-6/10 – Cole Porter Festival – Peru
6/7-6/10 – Dyer Summer Fest – Dyer
6/8-6/9 – Corn Roast – Crown Point
6/8-6/9 – Heinrichsdorf Fest – St. Henry
6/8-6/9 – Sunman Firemen’s Festival – Sunman
6/8-6/9 – Wilbur Wright Birthplace Festival – Hagerstown
6/8-6/9 – RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival – Madison
6/8-6/9 – Potato Creek and Lions Strawberry Festival – North Liberty
6/8-6/9 – Smoke on the Square – Hope
6/8-6/9 – Clay City Pottery Festival – Clay City
6/8-6/9 – Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival – Indianapolis
6/8-6/10 – St. Demetrios Greekfest – Hammond
6/8-6/10 – Strawberry Festival – Crawfordsville
6/8-6/10 – La Fontaine Ashland Days Festival – La Fontaine
6/8-6/10 – St. Andrew’s Greek Festival – South Bend
6/8-6/10 – Rhapsody Arts and Music Festival – Elkhart
6/8-6/10 – Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival – Wakarusa
6/9 – Dog-A-Palooza – Fair Oaks
6/9 – Blooms and Berries Festival – Upland
6/9 – Water Tower Days Festival – Remington
6/9 – Arts in the Park Festival – Spencer
6/9 – Two Rivers Music Festival – Logansport
6/9 – Rising Sun’s Blues and BBQ – Rising Sun
6/9 – NWI Food Truck Fest – Portage
6/9 – Buffalo Community Daze – Buffalo
6/9 – Circle City IN Pride – Indianapolis
6/9-6/10 – Slamology Automotive and Music Festival – Indianapolis
6/9-6/10 – Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow – Portland
6/9-6/10 – Eagle Creek Folk Music Festival – Indianapolis
6/9-6/16 – Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Bean Blossom
6/10 – Family Arts Festival – Munster

Kentucky Festivals

6/7 – A Sample of Somerset – Somerset
6/7-6/10 – Newport ItalianFest – Newport
6/7-6/10 – Festival of the Bluegrass – Lexington
6/8-6/9 – Fort Harrod Beef Festival – Harrodsburg
6/9 – Maysville Uncorked! Wine and Art Festival – Maysville
6/9 – Beer Cheese Festival – Winchester
6/9 – Cruzin for Cancer – Louisville
6/9 – Kentucky Hemp Days – Cynthiana
6/9 – Mortons Gap Coalfield Festival – Mortons Gap
6/9 – Vet Jam – Glasgow
6/9-6/10 – Highland Renaissance Festival – Eminence
6/9-6/10 – Jane’s Saddlebag Wine Festival and Art/Craft Show – Union
6/10 – St. Francis of Assisi Neighborhood Music and Craft Festival – Louisville
6/10 – Northern Kentucky Pride Festival – Covington

Michigan Festivals

6/6 – Jazz on Jefferson Festival – Saginaw
6/6-6/10 – Festival of Flags – Davison
6/7-6/9 – Center Line Independence Festival – Center Line
6/7-6/10 – Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – Frankenmuth
6/7-6/10 – Melvindale Days Festival – Melvindale
6/7-6/10 – Brown City Days Festival – Brown City
6/7-6/10 – RoseFest – Roseville
6/7-6/10 – Curwood Festival – Owosso
6/8-6/9 – Battle Creek Cereal Festival
6/8-6/9 – Corpus Christi Parish Picnic – Bay City
6/8-6/9 – Wizard of Oz Festival – Ionia
6/8-6/10 – Gridlife Festival – South Haven
6/8-6/10 – Ya’ssoo Greek Festival – Ann Arbor
6/8-6/10 – Flat Rock Summer Blast – Flat Rock
6/8-6/10 – Newport Firefighter’s Association Homecoming Festival – Newport
6/8-6/10 – Start of Summer Celebration – Rockford
6/8-6/10 – National Asparagus Festival – Hart
6/8-6/10 – St. Frances Cabrini Festival – Allen Park
6/8-6/10 – Nor-East’r Music and Art Festival – Mio
6/8-6/17 – Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – Mackinac Island
6/8-7/1 – Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor
6/9 – Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival – Mt. Pleasant
6/9 – Romanian American Heritage Festival – Dearborn Heights
6/9 – Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival – Grand Rapids
6/9 – Vicksburg Old Car Festival – Vicksburg
6/9 – Homecoming of the Three Fires – Grand Rapids
6/9 – ShrineFest – Clio
6/9 – Makers Trail Festival – Bridgman
6/9 – Leland Wine and Food Festival – Leland
6/9 – Shagway Arts Barn Art and Craft Show – Ludington
6/9 – HUB Fest – Adrian
6/9 – St. Clair Beer and Wine Festival – St. Clair
6/9-6/10 – Riverside Art Festival – Bay City
6/9-6/10 – Feast of the Strawberry Moon – Grand Haven
6/9-6/10 – Peacefest Art and Music Festival – Waterford
6/9-6/10 – Pictured Rocks Days – Munising
6/9-6/10 – Motor City Pride – Detroit
6/9-6/10 – Art on the River – Port Huron
6/9-6/10 – Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival – Vassar
6/10 – “Good Times” Festival – Detroit
6/10 – The Vintage Market’s “Gypsy Jamboree” – Monroe

Pennsylvania Festivals

6/1-6/10 – Three Rivers Arts Festival – Pittsburgh
6/4-6/10 – All Saints Greek Food Festival – Canonsburg
6/6-6/9 – New Galilee Carnival (former Potato Festival) – New Galilee
6/7-6/9 – Seven Fields Community Carnival
6/8-6/9 – Riverfest – Rices Landing
6/8-6/9 – Strawberry Festival – McConnellsburg
6/8-6/9 – Oil Region Indie Music Festival – Oil City
6/8-6/10 – Italian Festival at Cascade Park – New Castle
6/8-6/10 – Strawberry Days – Grove City
6/8-6/10 – Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival – Butler
6/9 – BBQ and Music Festival – Meadville
6/9 – Lemont Village Association Strawberry Festival – Lemont
6/9 – Garrison Day Show and Sale – Beaver
6/9-6/10 – Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival – Indiana
6/9-6/10 – Pittsburgh PrideFest – Pittsburgh

West Virginia Festivals

6/7-6/9 – Capitol City Biker Bash – Charleston
6/7-6/10 – Circa Blue Fest – Martinsburg
6/7-6/10 – The Ronceverte River Festival – Ronceverte
6/8-6/9 – St. Spyridon Greek Festival – Clarksburg
6/8-6/10 – One Man Jam Festival – Eglon
6/8-6/10 – Wanderlust Yoga Festival – Snowshoe
6/9 – Celebrate Princeton Street Fair – Princeton
6/9-6/10 – Old Central City Days – Huntington
6/9-6/10 – The West Virginia Renaissance Festival – Lewisburg
6/10 – Hatfield and McCoy Family Reunion – Matewan
6/10 – June Jubilee – Martinsburg


Where to find the festivals this weekend.

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


Festival Schedule Pages





Cols/NE/NW/SE/SW Schedules

Ohio Fairs and Shows


West Virginia


ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[My Trip to Italy – Part 6 – Lunch at Carlo Ferraioli – Pescara]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21219 2018-06-06T14:12:50Z 2018-06-05T16:45:17Z

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy.


I took a morning bus from Sulmona to Pescara…

…and had only a 5 minute walk to my stylish hotel, the Victoria Hotel

I mean, check out my room door!

Once checked in, I realized I only had an hour to see the Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo (Museum of the People of Abruzzo)…

…so I raced there to go through the various room exhibits…

…to learn from history…

…and culture.

A great museum!

When the museum closed, it was lunchtime and, fortunately, I had previously researched and written down a few restaurants in Pescara that looked appealing.

One such restaurant was Ristorante Carlo Ferraioli

…where I was instantly intrigued with I Grandi Crudi (or the Great Raw Dishes).

I didn’t know what to expect but I felt adventurous.

Keep in mind that all the following dishes are raw.

My first plate consisted of branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) with raspberry, sole fillet and marinated mullet.

Already, I was enjoying the variety and the flavors!

Then came a collection of plates with (bottom left circle) shrimp with pineapple and soy and hand beaten tuna with almond, (top circle) shrimp with lime and scampi with orange, and (bottom right) mackerel…

…followed by sea urchin with sorbet to be eaten immediately…

…and then a plate of clams, oysters…

…and even this “tartufo di mare” which translates to “sea truffle” (but I don’t think that’s the English equivalent)…

…where you pulled out the muscle to eat (slightly lemony in flavor).

Still there was more…

…like this dish of cuttlefish, red onion and champagne…

…and this dish of both salmon tartare and spigola (European sea bass) tartare with pear, honey and vinegar.

And it finished perfectly with this incredible glass of shrimp, tomato puree, lime and ginger.

It was all completely worth it and, while I decided any other courses would be too much…

…I couldn’t resist a chocolate flan dessert consisting of freshly baked chocolate cake filled with molten chocolate and pear, topped with chocolate sauce and served with fruit, a side of chocolate and mint ice cream.

La fine del mondo (Out of this world)!


ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[My Trip to Italy – Part 5 – Dinner at Tre Bocche – Catania]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21195 2018-06-04T17:39:38Z 2018-06-04T17:39:38Z

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the first of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy.


On my last night in Catania, seven of us went out to eat…

…at Ristorante Tre Bocche.

Here, the fish greeted you at the door as you walked in…

…and you could order it by the kilogram.

Many of us were overwhelmed by the possibilities, so Francesco asked the waiter to bring a selection of plates for the table.

At first, it started slow with some tuna and salmon tartare…

…and some silver scabbardfish with peppers and zucchini…

…but then the waiters brought caponata (with some fish included)…

…raw scampies…

…and an assortment of plates that included cooked and marinated sardines…

…raw swordfish salad with corn and fennel (up front)…

…mussels and potato croquettes (left), cuttlefish with mushrooms (center), and couscous (right).

I spent a good meal of time passing plate after plate, getting a sample of everything…

…only to need to shift things around because there were still more plates to pass and I needed more plate space (notice the raw shrimp at 12 o’clock and the octopus at 2 o’clock).

Finally, the waited filled the last of the table space with two plates of fried shrimp, calamari rings and baby squid…

…and the eating began!

As we ate, the plates continued to circulate.

Maybe you ate your shrimp, only to find the shrimp plate coming right back to you.

Or maybe you noticed a dish for the first time halfway into the meal (marinated anchovies) because there were just so many plates moving about that one or two didn’t move at all.

Still, in the end, I feel I’ve tasted everything and it was all so good.

It was definitely my type of meal!

Once the eating had slowed and most of the plates were either consumed or taken away, the waiter returned to ask if anyone wanted a first or second course.

Most of the table had decided against it, but Francesco was looking at me to see if I was willing to have some pasta.

I told him I would be happy to split whatever he chose and, fortunately, he chose the one pasta dish that looked really appealing to me…

…spaghetti with sea urchin sauce.

Although rich in flavor, I thought the pasta was refreshing and light…

…allowing just the tiniest bit of room for dessert.


ohiofestivals https://ohiofestivals.net/ <![CDATA[My Trip to Italy – Part 4 – Some Memorable Food]]> https://ohiofestivals.net/?p=21148 2018-06-01T14:57:25Z 2018-06-01T14:57:25Z

In this post, I will give you a glimpse of some of the more memorable food that I ate during my trip.  Since I can’t decide whether to list the photos chronologically or by course (appetizer, first course, etc.),  I’ll divide them into general categories (ie breakfast, snack, dessert, etc.).

Hope this post doesn’t make you too hungry.  If so, get a snack because the next three posts will be my most memorable meals!




A Savory Breakfast at Hotel Rojan (Sulmona)

A maritozzo con la panna (whipped cream) from La Bresciana (Pescara)

Some eggs I made with bresaola (Catania)

A boatload of pizza for breakfast…

…some with potatoes and roasted peppers (Barrea).

Almond granita and a warm brioche (Catania)

Appetizers and breads

That fried bit of deliciousness on the right from Ristorante Clemente (Sulmona)

More fried bread but with a creamy cheese on top from Ristorante La Mugnaia (Citta’ Sant’Angelo)

Fried lamb pieces over pureed potato and topped with marinated cooked veggies from Taverna de li Caldora (Pacentro)


Homemade paccheri pasta with meat, pumpkin and mushrooms from Trattoria Don Ciccio (Sulmona)

Homemade pappardelle with artichokes and mushroom (and added chili peppers) from Taverna de li Caldora (Pacentro)

Chitarra pasta with tomato sauce and sausage from Il Vecchio Mulino (Scanno)

Homemade fettuccine from cousin Annina (Barrea)

Homemade mugnaia pasta from Ristorante La Mugnaia (Citta’ Sant’Angelo)

Homemade strozzapreti pasta with zucchini flowers, crispy pork cheek and pecorino cheese  from Osteria da Fortunata (Rome)


Rice salad with hot dog, turkey, lettuce, pickled veggies, diced red pepper, tuna fish in oil, olive oil, vinegar made by Rosa (Catania)

Octopus potato salad made by Rosa (Catania)

Meats and Cheeses

Lamb from Taverna de li Caldora (Pacentro)

Mixed grilled meat plate from La Locanda del Buongustaio (Castel di Sangro)

Another grilled meat plate from Ristorante Clemente (Sulmona)

Some baked cheese and prosciutto from Trattoria Don Ciccio (Sulmona)

Some delicious tripe in Rome

A porchetta snack while walking in Rome

Sweet Treats

A snail cookie with a jelly swirl from Pan dell’Orso (Scanno)

Mostaccioli cookie (grape must syrup, chocolate, almond) from Biscotteria Artigianale di Liliana Rosati (Scanno)

A cassatella from I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza (Catania)

Salted peanut and chocolate ice cream from La Rotonda (Sulmona)

Wasabi chocolate and basil, walnut honey ice cream from Fatamorgana (Roma)

And to wash it all down…

Some licorice liquor (Atri)


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In this post, I just want to give you an idea of my trip by showing your bits of each city visited in chronological order.

If I feel there is a need for more information, I’ll write it under the picture.

I hope you enjoy…


Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11

Pelino Museum (they make confetti similar to Jordan almonds)



Wednesday, May 9


Thursday, May 10


Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

Civitella del Tronto

Saturday, May 12


Saturday, May 12

There is more about Campli in Part 1 of My Trip.


Saturday, May 12

A musical presentation in the town theater.

Castel di Sangro

Sunday, May 13

Found during my walk.

The bikes pass through town.


Monday, May 14 – Thursday, May 17


Monday, May 14

Just Outside Barrea

Hike to Find the Source of a River

Tuesday, May 15

Montenero Val Cocchiara

Tuesday, May 15

Civitella Alfedena

Wednesday, May 16


Thursday, May 17 – Monday, May 21

Saint Agatha

Catania’s Elephant.

Story of the Sicilian ceramic heads.

Story of the Horse without a Head.

Aci Castello

Saturday, May 19


Monday, May 21 – Wednesday, May 23

Musical performance on one of the bridges.

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My cousin in Catania had kept an eye out for festivals…

…and he was sure to let me know about the Catania Street Food Fest.

That morning, after a cappuccino…

…and a cream-filled brioche…

…we walked along Via Etnea to understand the festival set-up (it wouldn’t start until later that evening)…

…referring to a festival map for a plan of attack.

I downloaded the app, which explained what each dish was, the restaurant that made it and how much it cost…

…and there were a few I was excited to try!

We took a nice, long walk that morning…

…climbing high above the city…

…and taking in the view of Etna and the city above…

…while occasionally checking out the goings-on of the city below.

That evening, the streets were filled with people.

As street vendors sold balloons and illuminated swords…

…a local winery sold wine tastings to start the evening (Vivera)…

…nut/candy vendors sold sweets to finish the evening…

…and the Spazio Gourmet tent was in full swing with demonstrations and tastings.

We headed first to one of the stands where you could purchase a payment card, but the line was really long.

I tried to purchase my card through the app, but you needed a codice fiscale (I actually have one but left it in the States).

Eventually, we waited in line – only for a short time, thanks to a side window that opened up…

…and I went off for my first purchase…the Panino con la Milza…

…prepared by the very talented and super-fast Antonino Buffa.

The panino con la milza is a sandwich with slices of boiled veal, pieces of lung and trachea, caciocavallo cheese, some juice from the meat and some lemon juice I added…

…and while it may sound a little disgusting to some, I swear to you that this sandwich is absolutely delicious!

Once I finished the sandwich, the energy of the music pushed me to search out more…

…nabbing a quick bite of my cousin’s Sfincione Bagherese (like a white pizza with melted sardines, cheese, onions, and breadcrumbs) (Antica Focacceria dal 1856)…

…and then checking out booths selling arepas (Pica)…

…arrostoncini (meat kebabs) (Assaggeria Km431)…

…curry and basmati rice (Indian Curry Restaurant)…

…arancine (they’re feminine in Palermo…in Catania, they’re arancini)…

…horse meat (Macelleria Longo)…

…and pulled pork (Nero Maialino).

I decided my second dish would be sarde a beccafico (Siamo Fritti)…

…which consisted of one fried sardine…

…that had been stuffed with a mixture of breadcrumbs, nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachio), cheese, raisins, and olive oil…

…and even this one was delicious with a blend of textures along with a sweet and salty goodness.

The music pushed me again to get one last dish…

…and, with 30 credits (3 euro) left, I decided to finish off with the Tigelle from Modena (La Tigellona in Lapa)…

…small sandwiches stuffed with either prosciutto and a creamy cheese (squaquerone)…

…or a with a lard cream (think prosciutto bits with fat).

I went with the latter after waiting an hour in line…

…and while I wouldn’t say these bad boys were worth an hour wait…

…my night at the Catania Street Food Fest was definitely an unforgettable experience!

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During my trip, I searched the walls for news of Italian festivals…

…only to find that I had either arrived a month late…

…or a few months early.

I was just a week early for these festivals in Atri and Catania…

…and just a day late for the festival in Pacentro.

And there was even a festival scheduled for the weekend I was going to be in Pescara…

…but, only days before I left Italy, they decided to move it two weeks later.

Then the most surprising and, still, disappointing moment occurred in Campli…

…where Ivo and I came upon a festival…

…only to find it in ruins, thanks to the heavy rains that came moments before…

…with the vendors already starting to pack up early.

We had actually come to Campli to visit…

…the Scala Santa…

…a holy staircase where you were required…

…to climb the stairs on your knees (with the help of pillows).

I performed the task without complaint…

…and paid my respects to the Virgin Mary.

As we returned to the streets, the festival’s future still seemed dim…

…even while Jeffrey Smith Band did their best to lift everyone’s spirit through Rock and Roll.

As we headed back to the car, we stopped at this booth…

…and chose a treat for the road among these Abruzzese delicacies.

The pistachio cookie with jelly seemed almost magical…

…bringing me a sign from the King just further down the street…

…as if to tell me my quest for a festival in Italy was not yet over.