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Upcoming Weekend Festivals: July 29 – August 1, 2021

County Fairs, Cultural Fests, Summer Celebrations and more, festival fans!

This weekend, Ohio takes a temporarily dip in numbers, going down to 38 festivals and fairs after last week’s 60 celebrations. It is definitely temporary as things will pick back up next week and continue with large numbers through mid-October.

In terms of the what you can be enjoying this weekend, there will be plenty of county fairs (Seneca, Lake Summit, Clark, Knox, Union Counties to name a few), Polish food/celebrations in Toledo and Dayton, Hungarian carry out in Lorain, an Oktoberfest in Eastlake, a Beerfest at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and Summer festivals in Grafton, North Baltimore and Shandon. Also, I should note the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton is taking place, not to mention the popular Northwest Ohio Rib-Off in Maumee.

So some great stuff going on!

Also, just across the Ohio River, Newport (KY) will be celebrating Goettafest for two weekends…in fact, I just heard that the festival has spread to a second city, Covington, to where you can travel back and forth by riverboat! If you’ve never had goetta, or if you’re interested in visiting the festival, you should really check out my review of the event at https://ohiofestivals.net/goettafest/ where you can see some of the decadent Goetta dishes…

…like these goetta and cheese topped potatoes.

Some notable festivals in other states include the Geranium Festival in McDonough, Georgia, the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, the well-known Lollapalooza in Chicago, the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival in Michigan, and Hot Dog festivals in both Frankfort, Indiana and Huntington, West Virginia.

Here are some of my festival suggestions for each of the states this weekend:

Florida (1 Fest): Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Festival (Tampa)

Georgia (4 Fests): Geranium Festival (McDonough)

Illinois (15 Fests): Superman Celebration (Metropolis)

Indiana (17 Fests): Darlington Fish Fry and Festival, Swiss Days (Berne)

Kentucky (9 Fests): Glier’s Goettafest (Newport and Covington), Cruisin’ the Heartland (Elizabethtown)

Michigan (24 Fests): Blueberry Festival (Marquette), Niles Cannabis and Music Festival (Niles)

New York (13 Fests): Springville Fiddlers Green Country and Bluegrass Festival

Pennsylvania (14 Fests): Rain Day Festival (Waynesburg)

Tennessee (6 Fests): Swiss Heritage Festival (Gruetli-Laager), St. Patrick’s Irish Picnic (McEwen)

West Virginia (8 Fests): Grecian Fest (Wheeling), The West Virginia Hot Dog Festival (Huntington)

Wisconsin (32 Fests): Elkhorn Corn and Brat Days, Scandinavia Corn Roast (Scandinavia)

All these festivals and more are listed below with a wonderful map to help you see where the festivals are happening.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Love, Peace and Funnel Cake Grease!

Festival Weekend: July 29 – August 1, 2021

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

If you can’t see the map on your smartphone, click HERE.

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My Experiences of this Weekend’s Festivals

7/31 – Zucchini FestivalChardon My Review

7/29-8/1 – Fairview Park SummerfestFairview ParkMy Review

7/31 – Hungarian DayLorain My Review – CARRY OUT

7/29-8/1 – Glier’s Goettafest INewport, KENTUCKYMy Review

7/31-8/1 – The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace IVRock CreekMy Review

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OHIO

7/23-7/30 – Clark County Fair – Springfield
7/24-7/31 – Vinton County Fair – McArthur
7/24-7/31 – Knox County Fair – Mt. Vernon
7/25-7/31 – Union County Fair – Marysville
7/25-7/31 – Clermont County Fair – Owensville
7/25-7/31 – Butler County Fair – Hamilton
7/25-7/31 – Shelby County Fair – Sidney
7/26-7/31 – Lancaster Festival II – Lancaster
7/26-8/1 – Seneca County Fair – Tiffin
7/27-8/1 – Lake County Fair – Painesville
7/27-8/1 – Summit County Fair – Tallmadge
7/28-8/1 – Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Zoo III – Cleveland
7/29-7/31 – 7 Mile Bluegrass Festival – Greenfield
7/29-7/31 – Vanlue Fest – Vanlue
7/29-7/31 – East Sparta Homecoming Festival – East Sparta
7/29-8/1 – Fairview Park Summerfest – Fairview Park – My Review
7/30-7/31 – Orrville Lions Club Rib and Music Fest – Orrville
7/30-8/1 – Balloon Classic (Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival) – Canton
7/30-8/1 – Northwest Ohio Rib-Off – Maumee
7/30-8/7 – Pike County Fair – Piketon
7/31 – Zucchini Festival – Chardon – My Review
7/31 – Pride in the Valley Festival – Warren – USUALLY IN JUNE
7/31 – Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Festival – Whitehall
7/31 – Grafton Sizzlin’ Summer Festival – Grafton
7/31 – Good Ole Summertime Festival – North Baltimore
7/31 – Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Art Festival – Westlake
7/31 – Dog Days of Summer Festival – Wintersville
7/31 – Hungarian Day – Lorain – My Review – CARRY OUT
7/31 – Grand Slam Beerfest at Progressive Field – Cleveland
7/31-8/1 – The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace IV – Rock Creek – My Review
7/31-8/1 – Harmar Days Street Festival – Marietta
7/31-8/1 – Zoar Harvest Festival and Antique Show – Zoar
7/31-8/7 – Preble County Fair – Eaton
8/1 – St. Aloysius Summer Festival – Shandon
8/1 – St. Charles & St. Hyacinth Polka Picnic – Toledo – DRIVE THRU
8/1 – Polish Summer Fest – Dayton
8/1 – Eastlake Oktoberfest – Eastlake
8/1 – St. Louis Parish Festival – Custar
8/1-8/7 – Auglaize County Fair – Wapakoneta
8/1-8/7 – Greene County Fair – Xenia

FLORIDA

8/1 – Florida Vegan Gourmet Food Festival – Tampa – USUALLY IN JANUARY

GEORGIA

7/31 – Bragg Jam – Macon
7/31 – Geranium Festival – McDonough
7/31 – Thomasville Summer Craft Festival – Thomasville
7/31 – Summerville Friendship Festival – Summerville

ILLINOIS

7/29-7/31 – Tailgate n’ Tallboys Festival II – Peoria
7/29-8/1 – Lollapalooza – Chicago
7/29-8/1 – Hampshire Coon Creek Country Days – Hampshire
7/29-8/1* – Little Italy Fest-West Addison – Addison – MOVED TO 9/8-9/12
7/29-8/1 – Fiesta del Sol – Chicago – VIRTUAL
7/30-7/31 – Merchant Street Musicfest – Kankakee
7/30-8/1 – Downhome Music Festival – Springfield
7/30-8/1 – Jeff Fest – Chicago
7/30-8/1 – Festa Italiana – Naperville
7/30-8/1 – Taste of Roselle – Roselle
7/30-8/1 – Superman Celebration – Metropolis – USUALLY IN JUNE
7/31 – Fiesta en el Rio – Peoria
7/31 – Uncorked Festival – Sumner
7/31-8/1 – Chinatown Summer Fair – Chicago
8/1 – German American Central Society Bratfest – Peoria
8/1 – Belize Day in the Park – Chicago – VIRTUAL

INDIANA

7/29-7/31 – Swiss Days – Berne
7/29-731 – Beyond the Void Music and Arts Festival – Greencastle
7/29-7/31 – Owensville Watermelon Festival – Owensville
7/30 – Schererville Corn Roast – Schererville
7/30-7/31 – Frankfort Hot Dog Festival – Frankfort
7/30-7/31 – Darlington Fish Fry and Festival – Darlington
7/30-7/31 – North Manchester Summer Fest – North Manchester
7/30-7/31 – Hippy Hill Dead Fest – Bean Blossom
7/30-7/31 – Fingerstyle Guitar Festival – Nashville
7/30-7/31 – Pierceton Days Festival – Pierceton
7/31 – Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Music Festival – Greenfield
7/31 – Dixie Day Festival – North Webster
7/31 – Cumberland’s Blues, Beer and BBQ II – Cumberland
7/31 – A Taste of Versailles: Legionfest – Versailles
7/31 – River Basin Blues Fest – Newburgh
7/31 – Zanesville Lions Club Homespun Day and Car Show – Zanesville
7/31 – TASTE of Tippecanoe – Lafayette – USUALLY IN JUNE

KENTUCKY

7/28-7/31 – Sandy Lee Songwriters Festival – Henderson
7/29-8/1 – Glier’s Goettafest I – Newport and Covington – My Review
7/30 – Grateville Dead Fest – Louisville
7/30-7/31 – Cruisin’ the Heartland – Elizabethtown
7/30-7/31 – BKMC Burn Run Weekend – Prestonsburg
7/31 – Cynthiana Bike Night – Cynthiana
7/31 – St. Thomas Church Picnic – Bardstown – DRIVE THRU
7/31 – Henry County Harvest Showcase – New Castle
7/31 – Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival – Frankfort

MICHIGAN

7/29-7/31 – Burr Oak Heritage Festival – Burr Oak
7/29-7/31 – Leilapalooza Music Festival – Battle Creek
7/29-8/1 – Woodtick Music Festival – Hermansville –
7/29-8/1 – Munger Potato Festival – Munger
7/29-8/1 – YogaFest – Vanderbilt
7/30 – Blueberry Festival – Marquette
7/30 – Saugatuck Venetian Fest – Saugatuck – LITE VERSION
7/30-7/31 – Art in the Park – Lincoln Park
7/30-8/1 – Brighton Main Street – Wine Art Music Festival – Brighton
7/30-8/1 – Tommystock Music Festival – Lake Orion
7/30-8/8 – Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival – Grand Haven
7/31 – Peace, Love and Hippies Festival – Port Huron
7/31 – Mackinaw City Heritage Village Festival – Mackinaw City
7/31 – Carleton’s Cruisin’ For A Cause – Carleton
7/31 – Day on the Town – Birmingham
7/31 – Holton Days – Holton
7/31 – Island Art Fair – Grand Ledge
7/31 – Devils Lake Festival of the Arts – Manitou Beach – USUALLY IN JUNE
7/31 – Niles Cannabis and Music Festival – Niles
7/31 – Depot Music Fest – Cadillac
7/31-8/1 – Grand Blanc Summer Art Fair – Grand Blanc
7/31-8/1 – Hippies at the Village Festival – Burton
7/31-8/1 – Le Rendez-vous du Detroit – Detroit
7/31-8/1 – Tamarack Music Festival – Morley

NEW YORK

7/28 – Taste of Orchard Park (Quaker Days) – Orchard Park
7/28-8/1 – Brantling Bluegrass Festival – Sodus
7/29-8/1 – Lima Crossroads Festival – Lima
7/29-8/1 – Jamboree in the Woods – Springville
7/30-7/31 – YWCA Arts and Crafts Festival – Westfield
7/30-7/31 – Pilgrim Family Fest – Buffalo
7/30-8/1* – Spiediefest and Balloon Rally Expo– Birmingham – MOVED TO 10/8-10/10
7/31 – Original People POPUP III (formerly Indigenous Music and Arts Festival) – Victor
7/31 – Springville Fiddlers Green Country and Bluegrass Festival – Springville
7/31 – Smoke in the Valley – Canisteo
7/31 – Newark Valley Summerfest – Newark Valley
7/31-8/1 – Arts at the Garden – Canandaigua
7/31-8/1 – Sterling Renaissance Festival IV – Sterling
8/1 – Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic – Preble

PENNSYLVANIA

7/27-8/3 – Big Dub Festival – Artemas
7/28-7/31 – Triumph of the Holy Cross Summer Fest – Jefferson Hills
7/29 – Rain Day Festival – Waynesburg
7/29-7/31 – Michaelmas Festival – Pittsburgh
7/29-8/1 – Antique Tractor Festival – Stoystown
7/30-7/31 – Kecksburg VFD Old Fashioned Days – Kecksburg
7/30-8/1 – Rib and Wing Festival – Seven Springs
7/30-8/1 – Grass in the Glades – Bluegrass Festival and Campout – Gibbon Glade
7/31 – Festa Italiana at Mt. St. Peter – New Kensington – TAKE OUT
7/31 – Lake City Brews and Hoses Brewfest – Lake City
7/31 – Ebensburg Homecoming – Ebensburg
7/31-8/1 – Hermitage Arts Festival – Hermitage
7/31-8/1 – Epiphany of Our Lord Parish Festival – Monessen
8/1 – Holy Sepulcher Summerfest – Butler

TENNESSEE

7/29-7/31 – Lifest Music City – Bon Aqua
7/29-8/2 – Sound Haven Festival – Gruetli-Laager – USUALLY IN MAY
7/30-7/31 – St. Patrick’s Irish Picnic – McEwen
7/31 – Swiss Heritage Festival – Gruetli-Laager
7/31 – Ocoee River Jam – Ocoee
7/31 – Music City Brewer’s Festival – Nashville

WEST VIRGINIA

7/28-7/31 – Grecian Fest – Wheeling
7/30-7/31 – WV State Water Festival – Hinton
7/30-8/1 – WV Homegrown Harvest Fest – Eglon
7/31 – The West Virginia Hot Dog Festival – Huntington
7/31 – Wheeling Wine Festival – Wheeling
7/31-8/1 – Blues, Brews and BBQ – Snowshoe
8/1 – Sacred Heart of Mary Church Polish Fest – Weirton
8/1-8/7 – Cherry River Festival – Richwood

WISCONSIN

7/29-8/1 – New Glarus 175th Anniversary Celebration Weekend – New Glarus
7/29-8/1 – The Midsummer Bluegrass Music Festival – Manitowish Waters
7/30-7/31 – Parkfest – Lyndon Station
7/30-7/31 – St. Mary’s Summer Festival – Tomahawk
7/30-7/31 – Maxwell Street Day and Vintage Square – Burlington
7/30-7/31 – Prairie Dog Blues Festival – Prairie du Chien
7/30-7/31 – Alma Swiss Heritage Days – Alma
7/30-7/31 – Elkhorn Corn and Brat Days – Elkhorn
7/30-7/31 – Hub City Days – Marshfield
7/30-7/31 – Taste of Lake Country – Pewaukee
7/30-8/1 – Flambeau Rama – Park Falls
7/30-8/1 – Scandinavia Corn Roast – Scandinavia
7/30-8/1 – Tribute Island Music Festival – Kenosha
7/30-8/1 – Port Washington LionFest – Port Washington
7/30-8/1 – Iron County Heritage Days I – Hurley
7/30-8/1 – Cheech’s Deecefest Family Music Festival – La Crosse
7/31 – Milwaukee Brewfest – Milwaukee
7/31 – Deerbrook Rumble – Gleason
7/31 – Celebrate Plover – Plover
7/31 – Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil and Steak Fry – Fontana-On-Geneva Lake
7/31 – Fire Fest – New Glarus
7/31 – Wienerfest North – Lakewood
7/31-8/1 – Bristol Renaissance Faire IV – Kenosha
7/31-8/1 – Hmong Wausau Festival – Wausau
8/1 – Fireman’s Picnic – Three Lakes
8/1 – Tallman Arts Festival – Janesville
8/1 – Jewish Food Festival – Mequon
8/1 – Starving Artist Fair – Racine
8/1 – Puerto Rican Festival – Milwaukee
8/1 – Milwaukee Taco Fest – Milwaukee
8/1 – St. John-Sacred Heart Parish Car Show and Picnic – Sherwood
8/1 – St. Mesrob Armenian Fest – Racine

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Festival Schedule Pages

Florida

Miami | Tallahassee/Florida Panhandle | Tampa

Georgia

Atlanta

Illinois

Chicago

Indiana

Indianapolis

Kentucky

Lexington | Louisville

Michigan

Detroit | Upper Peninsula

New York

Buffalo | Rochester-Syracuse

Ohio

Akron/Canton | Cincinnati | Cleveland | Columbus | Dayton | Toledo

Ohio Fairs and Shows

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Knoxville | Memphis | Nashville

West Virginia

Charleston

Wisconsin

Eau Claire | Madison | Milwaukee

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