2015 Calendar of Major Events

Throughout the year, Ohio hosts an amazing variety of fun, high-profile and quirky events.

January

1/24–1/25
NHL All-Star Game

Columbus  •  Cheer on the best National Hockey League players as they compete in the All-Star Game and All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena. 800/645-2657, www.nhl.com/allstar

February

2/14
Hocking Hills State Park Sweethearts Hike

Logan  •  Take a Valentine’s Day stroll with a loved one at Hocking Hills State Park. Let nature set the mood during a romantic walk through the woods at dusk. 740/385-6842, thehockinghills.org/SweetHeartsHike

April

4/18
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Public Events Week

Cleveland  •  Honor the new 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the Induction Ceremony, and rock out at various events throughout the week. 216/781-7625, www.rockhall.com

4/23–4/26
Geauga County Maple Festival

Chardon  •  Sample the finest maple syrup from Geauga County at this spring festival, where a maple syrup auction, lumberjack competition and parade commemorate the importance (and yumminess) of maple syrup to the region. 440/286-3007, www.maplefestival.com

May

5/8–5/17
Biggest Week in American Birding

Oak Harbor and Oregon  •  See why Northwest Ohio is called the “The Warbler Capital of the World” as warblers and other songbirds migrate through the region. Festivities will be held at Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor and Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center in Oregon. www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com

June

6/13
Parade the Circle

Cleveland  •  Watch University Circle come alive with music and art for all ages. International, national and Greater Cleveland artists come together to create an awe-inspiring display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt-dancers, handmade masks and colorful floats. 216/707-2483, www.clevelandart.org/parade

6/20–6/21
Vectren Dayton Air Show

Dayton  •  Gaze in amazement as remarkable pilots and aerobatic champions take to the sky to showcase their skills at this popular annual air show. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will conduct military jet demonstrations and performances. 937/898-5901, www.daytonairshow.com

6/27–6/28
Crosby Festival of the Arts

Toledo  •  Support the arts community at Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival featuring the work
of more than 200 artists from across the country. 419/536-5566, www.toledogarden.org

July

7/14
MLB All-Star Game

Cincinnati  •  Major League Baseball is bringing the 86th All-Star Game and surrounding events to Cincinnati this July with the Cincinnati Reds hosting the festivities. mlb.com/allstargame

7/24–7/25
Cincinnati Music Festival

Cincinnati  •  Gather on the Queen City riverfront for a celebration of music showcasing the best artists in R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop, as well as up-and-coming artists. 800/452-3132, www.cincymusicfestival.com

7/31–8/2
Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin  •  Celebrate the greenest time of the year in a city with an Irish attitude all year long! Enjoy Celtic rock and traditional bands, along with Irish step dancing competitions. 800/245-8387, www.dublinirishfestival.org

7/29–8/9
Ohio State Fair

Columbus  •  Find out why SmarterTravel.com, the Travel Channel and Yahoo tout this fun event as one of America’s best state fairs. Enjoy agricultural exhibits, fairground rides, live performances by nationally recognized musicians, arts and crafts vendors, fair food and plenty of family-friendly events. 888/646-3976, www.ohiostatefair.com

August

8/7–8/8
Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Kirtland  •  Sip and savor wines from Ohio’s best wineries, sample scrumptious food, listen to live music, and browse and buy from artisan vendors at this annual food and wine event. 800/227-6972, www.visitvintageohio.com

8/7–8/9
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

Canton  •  Welcome the Hall of Fame inductees and remember the legends of American football at a variety of events, including the NFL Hall of Fame football game and GameDay Roundtable, when the Class of 2015 shares memories of their playing careers. 800/533-4302, profootballhoffestival.com

8/8–8/9
Festival Latino

Columbus  •  Honor family, community and Latin American culture during a weekend celebration full of delicious food, lively music and dance at the largest, free Latino event in Ohio. 614/469-1045, www.festivallatino.net

8/13–8/15
All Ohio Balloon Fest

Marysville  •  Live music, a plethora of food, kids’ activities and, of course, hot air balloons await at the 40th annual event. 937/243-5833, www.allohioballoonfest.com

September

9/5–10/25
Ohio Renaissance Festival

Harveysburg  •  Travel back in time to 16th-century England, and choose from more than 100 daily shows and contests, ranging from fire juggling to jousting matches, archery and paint cannons. Enjoy special themed days like Pirates Weekend and Barbarian Invasion Weekend. 513/897-7000, www.renfestival.com

9/11–9/13
Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Albany  •  Celebrate one of America’s largest native tree fruits at this fun-filled, community event showcasing the rich history of the pawpaw with a bounty of flavorful foods, exciting entertainment and unique art and crafts vendors. 740/698-6060, www.ohiopawpawfest.com

9/11–9/13
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Marietta  •  See an array of riverboat sternwheelers when they congregate in the Riverboat Town for a weekend of boat races, a car show, live entertainment and fireworks. 800/288-2577, www.ohioriversternwheelfestival.org

9/12–9/27
Yankee Peddler Festival

North Lawrence  •  Get a taste for colonial days at this 43rd annual celebration, held Saturdays and Sundays at Clay’s Park Resort. Enjoy 75 acres worth of entertainment and meet with crafters and artists excited to demonstrate their talents to festival-goers. 330/854-6691, yankeepeddlerfestival.com

October

10/9–10/11
Bob Evans Farm Festival

Rio Grande  •  Enjoy a wide range of entertainment, unique arts and crafts, farm contests, children’s activities and delicious local food, including bean soup and cornbread. www.bobevans.com

10/21–10/24
Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville  •  Come see pumpkins in all shapes and sizes at “The Greatest Free Show on Earth!” Choose from a wide assortment of pumpkin foods, thrilling carnival rides, parades, pageants, carving contests and live entertainment. 740/474-7000, www.pumpkinshow.com

November

11/1–1/2
Dickens Victorian Village

Cambridge  •  Experience the holidays in a 19th-century English village when historic downtown Cambridge transforms into a Charles Dickens dream world. Stroll through the town to see beautiful, intricately designed displays and carolers. Don’t miss the Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show. 866/334-6446, dickensvictorianvillage.com

December

12/4–12/12
Sauder Village Holiday Lantern Tours

Archbold  •  Follow the flicker of lantern light every Friday and Saturday. A costumed guide leads you on a journey through turn-of-the-century Christmas at this historic village that re-creates daily rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 800/590-9755, www.saudervillage.org

12/31
Walleye Madness at Midnight

Port Clinton  •  Ring in the new year at the “Walleye Capital of the World” as Wylie the Walleye Jr., a 20-foot, 600-pound walleye, drops 20 feet from the sky at the stroke of midnight. 800/441-1271, www.walleyemadness.com