What’s Happening on Main Street – October 2017

Recurring Events

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

October 2

  • Make Monday Awesome Food Truck Rally – Piqua

    Monday got you down? Join Awesome Piqua for a Food Truck Rally and make your Monday awesome! Come to downtown Piqua and grab a bite to eat from area food trucks and hang out with the Awesome Piqua group. Find out more about what Awesome Piqua does and tell us your ideas for making Piqua more Awesome!

October 6

  • First Friday: Fire Prevention! – Delaware

    October’s First Friday will feature fire trucks throughout the downtown, live burn and rescue demonstrations by the Delaware Fire Department, and fire safety training. See the work our firefighters do every day. Explore the downtown and view the historic buildings that our firefighters work to keep safe.

  • First Friday: Live Music – Greenville

    Come to downtown Greenville for an evening of live music and fun.

  • First Friday: MCS Tigers Night – Marietta

    Marietta’s shops are open late for you to explore during the downtown scavenger hunt. PLUS the grand reveal of brand new MCS Tigers flags flying brightly throughout all of downtown!

  • First Friday: Made in Middletown – Middletown

    A night celebrating our regions most talented makers & shakers! Local artists, authors, and creators will be set up on the lawn of Governor’s Square. Downtown Middletown businesses will be featuring their handmade goods and Middletown proud products too, making this the ultimate Middletown Love FEST! Come celebrate your Middie pride at Made in Middletown!

  • First Friday: Live Music & Classic Car Cruise-In – Mount Vernon

    Enjoy a wonderful evening in downtown Mount Vernon with dozens of classic cars from yesteryear.

  • First Friday: Progressive Dinner – Tipp City

    October’s First Friday event will feature our downtown eateries with samples of their delicious favorites! You’ll receive a guide book of the stops with their samples ranging the courses of a meal. Decide whether you’ll finish traditionally with dessert or eat dessert first! Some locations will have drinks to quench your thirst along the way.

October 7

  • Fall Fest – Chardon

    Head to downtown Chardon for this year’s Fall Fest! Free snacks, scarecrow decorating, balloon artist and live music!

  • A Day of Harvest – Greenville

    Fall has arrived in downtown Greenville with the annual A Day of Harvest event! Overflow your senses with fall favorites found in downtown Greenville! Be sure to check out all of the fall inspired items in the quaint shops and restaurants; including unique home decor, cozy fall fashions, and delicious autumn flavors!

  • Old Lebanon Ghost Walk & Pub Crawl – Lebanon

    Visit all the best haunted sites in Lebanon while sampling libations from four local pubs. Visit Lebanon’s downtown pubs including Doc’s Place, once the site of a mortuary, has a great selection of craft beers and plenty of spooky stories to tell.

  • Marietta Zombie Fest – Marietta

    Marietta Zombie Fest back for 2017!! Hosted in the stellar Historic Harmar Village from Maple Street and beyond, this years Zombie Fest already features more vendors, more music, more activities, and more FUN than last year! Check out The Jasons on our stage this year, along with the well- loved High Schoolers that ROCK!

  • Holmes County Antique Festival – Millersburg

    Two days of Markets, Arts, Crafts and Demonstrations. Located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, antiques are on display throughout the town in shop windows for all too see. The pubs will be open and the good vendors galore-something for everyone!

October 8

  • Holmes County Antique Festival – Millersburg

    Two days of Markets, Arts, Crafts and Demonstrations. Located in Historic Downtown Millersburg, antiques are on display throughout the town in shop windows for all too see. The pubs will be open and the good vendors galore-something for everyone!

October 10

  • Boost Your Business: Self-Care Tips for the Holidays – Marietta

    This workshop will equip small business owners, employees, managers, and others with self-care tips to reduce stress, encourage mindfulness, and uplift healthfulness in the hustle & bustle of the holiday season. Light breakfast refreshments and coffee provided by Huntington Bank on Third Street in Marietta. This event is free and open to the public.

October 12

  • Ladies Night Out – Medina

    Enjoy shopping, pampering, snacking and socializing in Medina’s Historic District. Stop into local businesses for special deals and steals. Enjoy refreshments while you shop and don’t forget to begin your trek around the district at the Medina Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and pick up your map and swag bag. Come early, as there are only 200 swag bags available. This event benefits the Mary Grace Foundation/ Race for Grace! Don’t forget to wear your pink!

  • Main Street Wooster Wine & Beer Tasting – Wooster

    Head to downtown Wooster for unique wines, craft beers, and savory hors d’oeuvres.

October 14

  • Howl’oween Pooch Parade – Lebanon

    This is a fun and unique event that puts our “best friends” in the spotlight–all done in a festival atmosphere. There are special dog demonstrations, a costume contest with awards and other fun pet contests, a Pooch Parade around downtown, pet vendors and just a dog-gone good time.

  • Lebanon Oktoberfest – Lebanon

    Enjoy food, craft beers, kids activities and more. Event raises money for Miller Park Fund.

  • Harvest Moon Festival – Van Wert

    Join Main Street Van Wert for the Annual Outhouse Races in the afternoon followed by music, food and fun!

October 19

  • Rockin’ the Warehouse – Cleveland

    Taking place every Third Thursday through October with restaurants and bars booking live music between 5-9pm. Guests can bounce around between nine locations and enjoy local musicians perform while enjoying great food and drink that are the signature of entertainment district.

October 21

  • Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Cleveland Lumber Company for a workshop designed to help you design the bathroom of your dreams and saving you time and money.  Come and learn about current trends, products and finishes making your bathroom a room that will meet the needs of your household.  Attendees will be able to learn the processes of redesigning your bathroom from start to finish. Whether you are just replacing your tile or doing a complete gut and remodel, this workshop is for you!

  • Spooky Pooch Parade – Lakewood

    A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike. Costumed canines will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. during the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.

  • Tipp City Harvest Fest – Tipp City

    FREE admission and will feature Tipp City’s local band Seventh Street. Be prepared for a spooktacular night filled with costume contests, great music, and a beer tent featuring craft and domestic drinks. Mark your calendars and get those costumes ready!

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  • Downtown Merchant Trick or Treat – Lebanon

    Kids come trick or treat at the downtown businesses! Look for the pumpkin on the door for participating businesses.

  • Downtown Trick or Treat – Marietta

    Come downtown in your Halloween costumes to trick or treat at a variety of downtown shops – some will have candy, some will have games, some will have fun giveaways and more!

  • Hocus Pocus Halloween  – Middletown

    We will kick the day off with a fun, family friendly festival outside on S. Main Street (between Central Ave & 1st Ave) from 3 p.m. to Dusk. Enjoy food & craft vendors, dance troupes, music, kids games and activities! The day wraps up with a free screening of the full length feature film, Hocus Pocus, at dusk sponsored by the Community Building Institute. Don’t forget to hang out in the luxury straw seating area, brought to you by Diver’s Garden Center! The Hocus Pocus Family Friendly Festival is FREE.

    The second part of the event is also on Saturday, October 28th from 8 p.m. to Midnight at the stunningly spooked-out Windamere Event Center, located at 2 S. Main Street in downtown Middletown. This is a ticketed event, and for adults only. The evening will feature a LIVE rocking band, interactive games, costume contests, spooky snacks, cash bar + more! Tricks and treats will be around every corner, this is sure to be an evening that will haunt you forever.

  • Boo in the Burg – Millersburg

    Tour historic buildings that date back 100 years and learn their many secrets. Have a taste for wine? Sample delicious Ohio Wines that will be on hand and be sure to take a bottle or two home with you! Stock up for the holidays!

  • Halloween in the Alley – Painesville

    Join us in Mechanics Alley, located behind the Main Street in downtown Painesville, for a fun filled evening… Food, Music, and a variety of cocktails.

  • Downtown Merchants’ Trick or Treat & Scavenger Hunt – Tipp City

    Join the shopkeeper’s of historic downtown Tipp City for the annual Merchant Trick or Treat & Scavenger Hunt! Dress up in your best costume while you venture from shop to shop gathering treats and clues along the way. Fill out the scavenger hunt card for a chance to win a prize basket from the merchants!

  • Hometown Halloween – Troy

     Main Street will be flooded with little ghouls, superheroes, and princesses! Join us for a morning of happy haunting as Hometown Halloween returns to Troy.

October 30

  • Halloween on the Square – Chardon

    The Chardon Square Association will be handing out bags of candy at the gazebo on Halloween night, starting at 7:30 PM. The Chardon Police Department for handing out cider and doughnuts and the Chardon Fire Department will lead a parade around the square.

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The Big Give 2017

The Big Give is back for 2017 and bigger than ever before. It’s a great way to leverage your donations even further with the Big Give Bonus Pool adding to your generous contribution.


The Big Give is October 10th, 2017, starting at 10:00 AM and continues until noon October 11th. Add it to your calendar today!

Why Donate to Heritage Ohio:

Heritage Ohio, as Ohio’s official historic preservation organization, provides services to communities and individuals all across Ohio. We coordinate the 23-community Ohio Main Street Program, tirelessly advocate for Ohio’s future through the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program and our Save Ohio’s Treasures Program, and provide community revitalization and historic preservation technical assistance to all in need.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on your generous contributions to continue to offer the highest level of services and continue to fight for the places that matter to all Ohioans.

How to Give:

Between 10 AM, October 10th & noon, October 11th, go to our The Giving Store page and make a donation of $20 or more.

Bonus Pool money will be calculated on October 12th and applied to your donations.

For FAQ, click here.

For complete rules, click here.


Thank you for helping Heritage Ohio save the places that matter, build community, and live better.

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2017 Appalachia Heritage Luncheon

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The Best Breweries in Ohio: 13 Great Breweries for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest season is upon us and we wanted to help you find the best breweries Ohio has to offer! These 13 breweries are our staff favorites, but we’re always looking to add to the list.

Here’s a  list of Ohio Oktoberfests to get you started. If you have no idea what Oktoberfest is, Go Euro has a video primer for you.



Staas Brewing Co- Best Breweries in Ohio

photo via Staas

Staas Brewing Company – Delaware

Opened in 2013 in downtown Delaware, Staas is a small-batch, all-grain brewery. Staas focuses on Belgian and English-style beers, preparing them in small batches, the way they were meant to be served. The brewpub offers 10 taps and two English beer engines. The offerings change often, so you’ll probably need to make several trips to taste them all.

Our Favorites: Flood Water English Coffee Stout & English House Ale


Mad Tree Brewing Co - Best Breweries in Ohio

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MadTree Brewing Company – Cincinnati

Since 2013, MadTree Brewing offers both classics and innovate reimagined beers. “When it comes to brewing, we carve our own path. We mix. We mash. We methodically bring quality beer to life and we have fun doing it.” The Taproom has 25 beers for you to try and you can grab a wood-fired pizza from the Catch-a-Fire Cafe.

Our Favorites: Entropic Theory IPA & Citra High Imperial IPA


Fat Head Beer - Best Breweries in Ohio

photo via Explore The Pearl

Fat Head’s Brewery – North Olmsted & Middleburg Heights

Begun in 1992 on the southside of Pittsburgh, Fat Head’s Brewery was an early pioneer on the craft brewing scene. Partnering with brewer Matt Cole, Fat Head’s opened their first Ohio brewery in 2009. With rapidly growing sales, a full-size brewery was built a few miles away in Middleburg Heights. Fat Head’s has several award winning beers on tap everyday at their Tap House.

Our Favorites: Kohlminator Smoked Bock & Bone Head Imperial Red Ale


Best Breweries in Ohio - Fermentation Tanks at Maumee Bay Brewing Co

photo via The Brew Review Crew

Maumee Bay Brewing Company – Toledo

Located in the historic Oliver House in downtown Toledo, the Maumee Bay Brewing Company is best known for their Buckeye Beer. Ever since their founding in 1995, the brewery has continued to invent new and exciting beers, so head over to the Maumee Bay Brew Pub for their latest creations.

Our Favorites: Amarillo Brillo Double IPA & Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout


Rhinegeist Brewing - Best Breweries in Ohio

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Rhinegeist – Cincinnati

Brewing inside the 1895 former Christian Moerlein Brewing Company bottling plant in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood is the dream of founders Bob Bonder and Bryant Goulding. The duo opened Rhinegeist in 2013 and their brews and ciders have exploded across Ohio. The company self-distributes in the region, but we suggest heading to OTR and grabbing one from the source.

Our Favorites: Café Ink Imperial Stout & Bubbles Rose Ale


Hopping Frog Brewery - Best Breweries in Ohio

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Hoppin’ Frog Brewery – Akron

Since 2006, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery has raked in accolades, earning 22 awards at the Great American Brew Festival and World Beer Cup. If the numerous awards are not enough to draw you in, their recently opened tasting room will. Described as an “Every-Week Beer Festival”, the tap room has lots of great meat and cheeses, as well as other offerings with 24 beers on tap and a rare beer list.

Our Favorites: Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout & Frosted Frog Christmas Ale


Best Breweries in Ohio - Rockmill Brewery

photo via Thought & Sight

Rockmill Brewery – Lancaster & Columbus

Most breweries, you go for the beer. At Rockmill’s Lancaster location, you go for the beer AND the scenery. No joke. It is beautiful and enhances your beer experience. Located on a former horse farm in the rolling hills to the Northwest of Lancaster, Rockmill Brewery has one of the more unique brewery locations in Ohio. They do not have food for sale at the Lancaster tasting room, but you can bring a picnic or catch one of the food trucks that set up shop from time to time. If you do want to have a delicious meal and a beer, head to their taproom in the Brewery District in downtown Columbus.

Our Favorites: Witbier & Rugged Expanse Stout


The Bar at Great Lakes Brewing Co -Best Breweries in Ohio

photo via Great Lakes Brewing Co

Great Lakes Brewing Company – Cleveland

Great Lakes Brewing is quite possibly Ohio’s most well-known and often cited as Ohio’s best brewery. Since 1986, the company has built an empire on award-winning beers. Visit their Ohio City brewpub for a beer the next time you’re in Cleveland and sit at the same bar as Eliot Ness.

Our Favorites: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter & Nosferatu Amber Ale


Taps at Jackie Os Brewery - Best Breweries in Ohio

photo via Jackie O’s

Jackie O’s Brewery – Athens

In 2005, a set of friends bought the popular O’Hooley’s Brewpub in downtown Athens and started a brewing adventure together. Even after a fire in 2014, Jackie O’s has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and has expanded with a new brewery, farm, and even a bakeshop. Their downtown brewpub and Public House location have nearly 2 dozen beers on tap and some great food to go with them.

Our Favorites: Oro Negro Imperial Stout & Dynamo Fuzz American Wild Ale


Best Breweries in Ohio - Hoof Hearted Brewing

photo via Columbus Alive

Hoof-Hearted Brewing – Marengo & Columbus

On their Facebook page, Hoof-Hearted describe themselves as “craft beers with all the subtlety of David Lee Roth in bunless chaps”. Need I say more…

While having a collective good sense of humor, the brewery crafts some seriously amazing brews. The company recently expanded into Columbus’s Italian Village neighborhood and has a great spread of food to go with their beers. They’ve come a long way from welding their own brew kettles and a converted Raleigh Beach Cruiser turned pedal-powered grain mill, but still seem to have a lot of fun doing it.

Our Favorites: South of Eleven Imperial IPA & Musk of the Minotaur IPA


Taps at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co - Best Breweries in Ohio

photo via About Stark County

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company – Akron

Thirsty Dog Brewing started in Canton in 1997. After a quick expansion, contractions, and refocusing, the brewery moved into the former Burkhardt Brewing Company space in downtown Akron in 2007. The new space allowed the company to brew and bottle their own beer and gave them the space to get creative. When they opened, Thirsty Dog had 8 beers, now it has nearly 75 varieties. Stop into their new taproom and try one of the 24 beers on tap.

Our Favorites: Wulver Scotch Ale & Siberian Night Imperial Stout


Best Breweries in Ohio - Millersburg Brewing Co

photo via Ohio Craft Brewers Association

Millersburg Brewing Company – Millersburg

Located in historic downtown Millersburg, Millersburg Brewing Company has been “creating classic brews for today’s taste” since 2012. The small-town brewery has 12 great beers on tap and recently was awarded its first gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

Our Favorites: Black Jacket Lager or Doc’s Scotch Ale


Willoughby Brewing Co - Best Breweries in Ohio

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Willoughby Brewing Company – Willoughby

Opened in 1998, the Willoughby Brew Company took off when head brewer Rick Seibt joined the company in 2011. The brewery has won several medals in recent years at both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup and is hungry for more. The brewpub has 12 rotating beers on tap with 2 guest taps.

Our Favorites: Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter or Nut Smasher Imperial Stout

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The Most Stunning Historic Theatres in Ohio

We love seeing historic theatres restored in Ohio to their former glory and once again a proud centerpiece of the community. Can you believe some of these theatres were once threatened with demolition to make way for parking lots? Thanks to the work of preservationists across the state, you can still visit these stunning Ohio historic theatres.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Ritz Theater in Tiffin

photo via Tiffin Arts

The Ritz Theatre – Tiffin

The Ritz Theatre opened to great fanfare in December of 1928 in downtown Tiffin. The theatre’s design takes elements from the Italian Renaissance, including an artistic interpretation of a Roman villa in the concert hall. The theatre was renovated in 1998, bringing the theatre back to its original charm and elegance.

Today, the theatre offers a variety of performances including live music, classic films, and theatrical pieces. See the current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Holland Theater Bellefontaine

photo via The Holland Theater

The Holland Theatre – Bellefontaine

The Holland Theatre is one of the more uniquely designed theatres in Ohio. Both inside and out, the theatre transport the visitor to Holland, with classic Flemish design, including a dutch village-scape in the interior. The theatre opened in 1931 as The Schine’s Holland Theatre. While some alterations have occurred over the years, much of the original splendor of the theatre is intact and ready to wow.

With numerous performance throughout the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to visit the theatre. See the current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Sandusky State Theater

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The Sandusky State Theatre – Sandusky

The Sandusky State Theatre opened in 1938 as The Schine Theatre with a showing of Night Watch. The theatre fell into disrepair in the 1960s, but was extensively renovated in 1990. Theatre hosted a performance of Michael Bolton to celebrate its 75th anniversary. For its centennial anniversary, the Sandusky State Theatre hopes to be completely renovated to its original splendor.

The Sandusky State Theatre offers a wide variety of programming. See their upcoming events here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Pemberville Opera House

photo via The Pemberville Opera House

The Pemberville Opera House – Pemberville

Resting on the second floor of the Pemberville Town Hall, the Pemberville Opera House opened to Jeptha’s Daughter, an adaptation of the Biblical story. The opera house was wildly popular in before WWII, especially after electric lights were added in 1899. Following years of neglect, renovations were started in 1998 to return the opera house to use.

Today, the Pemberville Opera House hosts several productions every year. See their current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Huber Opera House in Hicksville

photo via Hicksville Chamber of Commerce

The Huber Opera House & Event Center – Hicksville

The Huber Opera House started life as Mackey’s Brick Hotel in downtown Hicksville in 1882. After a fire destroyed the Pettit Opera House, the hotel was converted to an opera house in 1895. The opera house remained the center of community life well into the 1970s, before it became rundown. In 1999, a coalition of community members and businesses purchased the opera house, giving it a new lease on life.

You have plenty of opportunities to visit The Huber Opera House. See their current schedule here.



Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Victoria Theater in Dayton

photo via Cinema Treasures

The Victoria Theatre – Dayton

The Victoria Theatre in Dayton traces its roots to The Turner Opera House, opened in 1866. The Turner only existed a few years before being destroyed in a fire. After the opera house was rebuilt, it underwent a series of name changes: The Music Hall in 1871, The Grand Opera House in 1885, The Victoria Opera House in 1899, and The Victoria Theatre in 1902. After surviving the Flood of 1913, another fire destroyed the building in 1918. After being rebuilt, it became The Victory Theatre. It thrived up into the late 1950s, but was marked for demolition in 1972. The community stepped up to save the theatre and the Victory Theatre Association began renovations in 1976. The theatre was transferred to the Arts Center Association in 1988 and was renamed again, back to The Victoria Theatre.

The Victoria Theatre offers extensive programming throughout the year. You can see their current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Murphy Theater in Wilmington

photo via The Murphy Theater

The Murphy Theatre – Wilmington

The Murphy Theatre opened in downtown Wilmington in 1918. After operating as a Vaudeville theater, it was leased to Chakeres Theaters in 1929. In 1989, the theatre was purchased by a local group of citizens who sold stock options to save the theatre. Since the great work of these enterprising citizens, the Murphy Theatre continues to operate to this day.

The Murphy Theatre has numerous films and presentations every month. See their current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio -The Baum Opera House

photo via The Baum Opera House

The Baum Opera House – Miamisburg

The Star City Opera House was constructed by German immigrant Charles Baum in 1884, and quickly became the epicenter of life in Miamisburg. Like many other theaters and opera houses after WWII, it went through a series of name changes and uses, including housing a dinner theater, bowling alley, skating rink, and a few bars. It was slated for demolition in the early 1990s, but was purchased at a Sheriff’s sale. Since then, the Baum Opera House Association has managed the opera house and has fully renovated and restored the space to its former glory.

The Baum Opera House hosts several plays, musicals, and dances throughout the year. See their current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Cincinnati Music Hall

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The Cincinnati Music Hall – Cincinnati

Music Hall opened with a performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Alceste in 1878. More commonly known as Cincinnati Music Hall, the concert hall is the defining structure of Washington Park in Cincinnati. With the decline of the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, Music Hall’s future came into doubt. It was listed on the 2006 National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s 11 Most Endangered List. Through a grant from the City of Cincinnati, The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, and the generous donations of thousands of people, Music Hall has recently been renovated and will continue to serenade Cincinnati.

To see the current schedule of events at Music Hall, click here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Majestic Theater in Chillicothe

photo via Chillicothe Visitors Bureau

The Majestic Theatre – Chillicothe

The building that currently houses The Majestic Theatre was built in 1853 as a Masonic Hall. In 1876, the Masons designed an opera house to be built within the Masonic Hall. This opera house became the foundation for The Majestic. In 1904, the Masonic Hall and Opera House were sold, and sold again in 1915. The new owners changed the name of the theater to The Majestic Theatre and it soon became a cinema. After a sale of the building in the 1970s, the structure was renovated, and in 1990, the current non-profit association took control of the theatre.

Today, the theatre still shows films, as well as live performances. You can see the theatre’s full schedule of events here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Paxton Theater in Bainbridge

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Paxton Theatre – Bainbridge

The Paxton Theatre is located on the upper floor of the Paxton Township Hall, opening around 1910. Soon after opening, the space was leased to show motion pictures, continuing under different operators until the early 1950s. In later years it was used as rental and entertainment space. In 1992, it was sold to host the Paint Valley Jamboree, which still takes place in the theatre. The building was recently sold and the current owners plan to make it the center of the community for years to come.

The Paxton Theatre continues to host the Paint Valley Jamboree, as well as numerous other musical guests and Shrek Jr. See all of the Paxton’s events here.



Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Ohio Theater in Columbus

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The Ohio Theatre – Columbus

The Spanish Baroque-style Ohio Theatre opened as a Loew’s movie house in 1928. Opening at the end of the silent era of film, the theatre boasted its own orchestra and theater organ. The Ohio remained a cinema until the early 1960s and was threated with demolition by the end of the decade. The citizen-led “Save the Ohio’ campaign raised over $2M in less than a year and the Columbus Association for Performing Arts (CAPA) purchased the theatre. Today, the Ohio Theatre is the crown jewel of Columbus theatres, and hosts The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, The Broadway Series, and more than 100 CAPA events each year.

See CAPAs current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Midland Theater in Newark

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The Midland Theatre – Newark

Opened in 1928, The Midland Theatre began its life showing Vaudeville shows and silent films. Interestingly, it was only a week later that the theatre premiered its first “talkie”. The theatre quickly transitioned into a full-time cimema, rotating films on a 3-day schedule. After years of decline, the theatre closed after the Blizzard of ’78 killed the boiler in the theatre. In 1992, The Longaberger Company purchased the theatre and renovated it. It entrusted the theatre to The Newark Midland Theatre Association to be stewards to the theatre and to provide quality programming for Newark.

Today, The Midland Theatre shows a variety of performances including live music and musicals. To see the Midland’s schedule, click here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Southern Theater in Columbus

photo via CAPA

The Southern Theatre – Columbus

Just a few blocks south of The Ohio Theatre is another fantastic theater in downtown Columbus. Opened in 1896, the Great Southern Fireproof Hotel and Opera House filled a large gap in theaters in downtown. In the years prior to construction, 5 theaters were lost to fires in just 4 years. Other than being “fireproof”, meaning it was constructed with “fireproof” tile, brick, iron, steel, and concrete, the theatre was one of the first commercial buildings in Columbus to use electric lighting. In 1931, the theatre was converted to a cinema. After years of struggling, the theatre was closed in 1979. In 1982, the Great Southern Hotel was purchased and the owners offered the theatre to CAPA. After a combined effort of state and city funding, as well as donations from numerous donors and businesses, the Southern Theatre reopened in 1998.

See CAPAs current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio- The Marion Palace Theater

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The Marion Palace Theatre – Marion

The Marion Palace opened as a cinema and Vaudeville theater in 1928, premiering with 4 Vaudeville acts and the film, Excess Baggage. The theatre is designed in Spanish Colonial Revival-style, and has several Roman and Greek statues designed by Pietro Caproni. Following several successful years as a cinema and multiple owners, the theatre needed extensive work to maintain its splendor. In the mid-1970s, a group of business owners, dubbed The Palace Guard, started a funding campaign to revitalize the theatre. The Palace Cultural Arts Association has operated the Marion Palace Theatre since then, and continues to provide new and exciting performances for Marion.

The Marion Palace Theatre shows films and live performances several times a month. See their schedule here.


photo via CAPA

The Lincoln Theatre – Columbus

Located just to the east of downtown Columbus, in the historic African-American neighborhood of King-Lincoln Bronzeville, is The Lincoln Theatre. Opened in 1928 as The Ogden Theatre, the Egyptian Revival theatre originally was used for Vaudeville performances and musical acts, but quickly transitioned into a cinema. It was renamed The Lincoln Theatre in 1939. Following several hard years, the theatre was closed in the early 1970s. The theatre reopened in 2009, with funding assistance from The City of Columbus and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and was widely seen as a catalytic revitalization project for the neighborhood.

See CAPAs current schedule here.



Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Akron Civic Theater

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The Akron Civic Theatre – Akron

In 1919, construction of a new theatre began in downtown Akron called The Hippodrome. In addition to a theatre, there were 30 planned shops inside an arcade. The project went bankrupt before it was complete. Soon after, Marcus Loew purchased the partially constructed Hippodrome and completed the newest Loew’s Theatre in Akron, designed by architect John Eberson. The interior is designed to resemble a Moorish castle, with Mediterranean elements throughout and is only one of a handful of surviving atmospheric theaters. After several ownership changes and nearly becoming a parking lot in the 1960s, the Akron Civic Theatre was extensively renovated in 2001, it reopened to fanfare with a new partnership with The University of Akron.

The Akron Civic Theatre has many live performances each month. See their current schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Brecksville Theater

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The Brecksville Theatre – Brecksville

The Old Brecksville Town Hall was built in 1874. In the 1940s, performances by the Brecksville Little Theatre began to be held in the town hall building. Paul Newman, yes, that Paul Newman, directed the comedy, Here Today in 1951 there. In 1975, a second theater group, Theater on the Square was established. Tragically, the old town hall was damaged in a fire in 1976, but was repaired. In 2017, it was announced the two theater groups were merging into The Brecksville Theatre and will continue to perform in the old town hall.

The new Brecksville Theatre has several shows lined up this fall. See the schedule here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Canton Palace Theater

photo via Visit Canton

The Canton Palace Theatre – Canton 

Like The Marion Palace Theatre and The Akron Civic Theatre, The Canton Palace Theatre was designed in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. It is also one of a few surviving atmospheric theatres. The Canton Palace Theatre opened in 1926 as a movie house and Vaudeville theatre. After a period of decline, the theatre closed on its 50th anniversary in 1976 and was soon scheduled for demolition. The Canton Jaycees saved the building and held it in trust until The Canton Palace Theatre Association was formed to operate the theatre. It reopened in 1980 and over $4M in renovations have taken place.

The Canton Palace Theatre continues to show films and have live performances. Their schedule of events can be viewed here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Capitol Theater in Cleveland

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The Gordon Square Arts District – Cleveland

The Gordon Square Arts District composes three theatres in the Detroit Shoreway: The Capitol Theatre, The Cleveland Public Theatre, and The Near West Theatre.

The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Gordon Square Arcade. As new cinemas arose, the arcade and theatre declined. A parapet collapsed in 1978, damaging both the arcade and Capitol. It was slated for demolition, but the building was saved by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. The Capitol closed in 1985. It was reopened in 2009 with the help of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and become a catalyst toward neighborhood redevelopment.

The Cleveland Public Theatre was founded in 1981. In 1994-95, The Cleveland Public Theatre moved into two adjoining buildings on Detroit Avenue, including The former Gordon Square Theatre building, one of Cleveland’s oldest standing theatres.

The Near West Theatre sprang to life in 1978, using the third-floor ballroom of the St. Patrick Church Club Building as performance space. The newly constructed Near West Theatre building in The Gordon Square Arts District opened in 2015.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Lions Lincoln Theater

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Lions Lincoln Theatre – Massillon

The Lincoln Theatre opened in 1915 during the silent era of film. It switched ownership several times during its life as a cinema. By the late 1970s, it was closed and waiting to be demolished. The Massillon Lions Club acquired the theatre in 1982, saving it from destruction. After extensive renovations, the Lions Lincoln Theatre was reopened and continues to entertain audiences.

The Lions Lincoln Theatre currently shows classic films and live performances. To see their current schedule, click here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Historic Ohio Theater Loudonville

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The Historic Ohio Theatre – Loudonville

The neoclassical Loudonville Municipal Hall and Opera House opened in 1910, with the opera house located at the rear of the building. The first performance at the opera house was The Flaming Arrow. The opera house was renamed The Ohio Theatre in 1931. Renovations of the theatre are ongoing with fundraising for a new lighting system underway.

The Ohio Theatre currently has live performances and movies. View their current line-up here.


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Playhouse Square – Cleveland

Playhouse Square, the “world’s largest theater restoration project,” and the country’s largest performing arts center outside New York City, composes 5 historic theatres: The Allen Theatre, The Hanna Theatre, The Ohio Theatre, The Palace Theatre, and The State Theatre. Playhouse Square draws more than 1 million people annually to its 10 performance spaces while contributing in excess of $43 million in local economic impact every year exclusively from its performing arts activity

The Allen Theatre opened in 1921 as an Italian Renaissance silent movie house. The first film shown at The Allen was The Greatest Love starring Vera Gordon. It continued to show films until it closed in 1968. It was reopened in 1994 and underwent renovations in 1998 and 2011.

The Hanna Theatre opened in 1921 with a performance of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. The theatre was designed in French Imperial style. It closed in 1988. It was reopened in 1997 and was fully renovated in 2008.

The Ohio Theatre was designed as an Italian Renaissance theatre. It opened in 1921 with a performance of The Return of Peter Grimm. It closed in 1969 and was reopened in 1982.

The Palace Theatre was opened in 1922 as a French Imperial-styled Vaudeville theatre. It was adapted to show films in 1926. It closed in 1969 and reopened in 1988 as The Connor Palace Theatre.

The State Theatre opened as an Italian Renaissance Loew’s theatre. The first film show was Polly with a Past. The theatre contains 4 murals by James Daugherty and a 320-foot long lobby, one of the longest in the world. The theatre closed in 1969. It was nearly demolished with The Ohio Theatre in 1972, which led to the revival of Playhouse Square. The KeyBank State Theatre reopened in 1984.

To view current events for Playhouse Square, click here.



Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Markay Theater in Jackson

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The Markay Cultural Arts Center – Jackson

The Markay Theater opened in 1930 with a showing of Playboy of Paris. The Art Deco theatre features 6 prominent panels depicting life in Jackson. It closed in the early 1990s, but reopened with the help of the Southern Hills Arts Council in 1997. An extensive renovation of the theatre took place and a grand reopening of the theatre occurred in 2015.

Currently, the Markay has several live performances and classic films. For a complete list of events, click here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The People's Bank Theater

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Peoples Bank Theatre – Marietta

The Hippodrome Theatre opened in downtown Marietta in 1919 as a Vaudeville theatre and movie house with a showing of the film, Daddy-Long-Legs. In 1949, it was renamed the Colony Cinema. In 1957, it hosted the world premiere of Battle Hymn, starring Rock Hudson. The Colony Cinema had numerous ownership changes and ultimately closed in 1985. The Hippodrome/Colony Theatre Association spent 15 years raising funds for the theatre, including an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit for the project. Peoples Bank Theatre reopened in 2016 and hosted the State of the State address the same year.

Peoples Bank Theatre hosts live performances and film viewings. View their full line-up here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Stuart's Opera House

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Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville

Stuart’s Opera House opened in 1879 and was named after George Stuart. It continued operating until 1924, when the local coal economy crashed, bring down the opera house with it.  In 1977, the Hocking Valley Museum of Theatrical History bought the opera house and  began to restore the historic property. Following a fire in 1980, the process of restoring the property was begun anew. The opera house was officially reopened in 1997, after 20 years of hard-fought restoration work.

Stuart’s Opera House offers a variety of live performances to the Nelsonville community. For the current list of events, click here.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Twin City Opera House

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Twin City Opera House – McConnelsville

The Twin City Opera House opened in the late spring of 1892 to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado”, sharing space in the mammoth building with the McConnelsville town hall. Nearly 20 years after opening, the first silent movies were shown in the opera house, and the first sound system was installed around 1930 using Vitaphone technology. In 1936, the opera house was updated to install sound projectors and renovate the auditorium to accommodate a new projection booth. This was the only time the opera house was closed to the public in its long history.

The Twin City Opera House continues to show films and hosts live performances, including The Ohio Valley Opry. Check full schedule for details of upcoming performances.


Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Ariel Opera House

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The Ariel Opera House – Gallipolis

The Ariel Opera House opened in 1895, just blocks from the Ohio River in downtown Gallipolis. After struggling in the post-WWII era, the opera house closed in the 1960s. Local citizens, led by local professional musician Lora Lynn Snow, banded together in the late 1980s to restore the opera house, and it reopened in 1990, becoming home to The Ohio Valley Symphony. In 2006, the Ariel was rededicated as The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, after local resident Ann Carson Dater purchased the opera house and presented it to the community as a permanent home for The Ohio Valley Symphony and for use as a performing arts center.

The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre continues to be the home of the Ohio Valley Symphony and has theatrical performances as well. See their current events here.



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What’s Happening on Main Street – September 2017

Recurring Events

  • Ohio Oktoberfest Festivals

    This September, celebrate the beginning of fall with a bit of German heritage and a beer.

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

September 1

  • First Friday: 6th Annual Pet Walk – Delaware

    Main Street Delaware’s Sept. 1 First Friday celebration features the sixth annual downtown pet walk and a hands-on display of public works equipment.

    Registration is available now for the pet walk. The cost is $10 per pet, which nets the pets (and their parents) a treasure map to downtown businesses providing special treats along with a doggie bag to collect their loot. Pet walk registration will be limited to the first 100 animals.

    As they check-in, registered pets will be photographed for posting in a Main Street Delaware Facebook album. The pet receiving the most “likes” will be named the “Furry Marshal” of Main Street Delaware’s Dec. 3 Christmas Parade. Pets are encouraged to dress up for a secondary prize, “Geekiest Pet.” The costumed pet receiving the most online votes will win a prize basket, provided by Delaware County District Library.

  • First Friday: Theater on Third – Greenville

    Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for an outdoor movie night! Theater on Third is an outdoor movie experience and will be located in the city parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the Nature’s Heart Yoga building (120 W. Third St.). The event is free and open to all.

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come hear legendary jazz musician Ernie Krivda! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • First Friday: Bring Forth a Pioneer – Marietta

    With about 22 restaurants and 40 active retailers, plus two hotels and a number of venues for night life, historic downtown Marietta is a destination for everyone and anyone to enjoy a night out on the town. A popular program in many Main Street communities, First Fridays are a celebration of small business, community, art, music, and all that makes downtown Marietta special.

  • First Friday: Dog Day Downtown – Middletown

    Downtown Middletown is going to the dogs, again! Join us in downtown Middletown for the Third Annual First Friday: Dog Day Downtown! An evening all about you and your best friend! Bring your BFFFF’s to downtown Middletown to enjoy loads of free treats, free vaccinations, $20 Microchipping, explore multiple animal rescues and more!

    Check-in with us at Governors Square (corner of Central Ave & Broad St) to grab your Doggie Bag and guide for the evening. From there, you can collect free dog treats and goodies from local businesses downtown.

  • First Friday: Live Music & Classic Car Cruise-In – Mount Vernon

    Enjoy a wonderful evening in downtown Mount Vernon with dozens of classic cars from yesteryear.

September 2

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Home Grown Tomato Fest – Tipp City

    Join us downtown at Canal Lock Park as we kick off the first annual Home Grown Tomato Fest, sponsored by Tip Top Canning, where tomatoes are the center of attention and all activities are BYOT (bring your own tomato).

    Local bartenders will be facing off as we see who will be known for having the Best Bloody Mary. This adults only portion of the fest will take place inside the historic Roller Mill. Purchase your tickets to sample and vote. Along with drinks, there will be food trucks offering tomato inspired eats.

    Free activities include a contest to see who can throw and make the LARGEST SPLAT with a tomato (BYOT), a FAMILY TOMATO TOSS where teams face off to see who ends up with the farthest successful toss to their teammate (BYOT), and see who will have the LARGEST HOME GROWN TOMATO! For the grand finale, the fest will end with a giant TOMATO FIGHT (BYOT) amongst any who want in on the battle grounds.

    Clean up and complete your day by heading over to the Tipp City Eagles Park for Tippapalooza with live music beginning at 6pm!

September 3

  • YOLO Festival of Races – Greenville

    Head to downtown Greenville for the 4th Annual YOLO Festival of Races. Pick your race distance:
    5K (3.1 miles)
    15K (9.5 miles)
    Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

    Tour the historic sites of Greenville, Ohio as you walk or run the course.

    Register today at: www.YOLOorg.com

September 8

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come hear The Havana Nights Orchestra, which will heat up the summer evening with Cuban flair and salsa-style music! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

September 9

  • Second Saturday: Hike, Bike, or Trike – Chardon

    Get moving and explore scenic downtown Chardon and Geauga County on bike or on foot.

  • Fall Cruise-In Car Show – Greenville

    Check out classic cars in historic Downtown Greenville.

  • Run the World 5K – Kent

    The new Run the World Race Series is a collaborative effort between the colleges and regional campuses within Kent State University and the Office of Global Education to raise money for study abroad student scholarships. The inaugural Series will consist of the third annual Run the World 5K held on Kent State’s Kent Campus.

  • Kent International Festival -Kent

    Head downtown for fun festivities in downtown Kent. All are welcome! Run the World 5K participants, visitors and community members are invited to downtown Kent to explore the businesses on the Passport Excursion, or to just enjoy free, live multicultural performances and fun photo opportunities at the Dan Smith Community Park.

    For just $5, get a passport at “Customs” in the Dan Smith Community Park and go out to explore eleven downtown businesses, each themed a different country with special decorations and displays, and offering special discounts, food and drink samples for passport holders. Get your passport stamped at each location and return it to “Customs;” the first 200 people to return a completed passport will receive a Kent International Festival glass.

  • Amish Country Challenge – Millersburg

    The ride will begin at the Trail Depot in Historic Downtown Millersburg for the Amish Country Challenge. This organized bike ride, touring Amish County in Scenic Holmes and surroundings counties, showcases the beauty and charm of the area. Choose between a relaxed 25 mile routs, a challenging metric century, or step up to the 5000 feet plus vertical gain of the full century. Century riders enjoy lunch and aid stations hosted by local Amish families and businesses in addition to a post-ride authentic Amish meal.

September 10

  • 8th Annual Paul Johnson Memorial Fund Soiree – Portsmouth

    The 8th Annual Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund Soiree will be held on Sunday, September 10 at the home of Barry & Jean Carlson (3026 North Hill Road). Admission is $30 at noon and the event will run until 3 p.m. This Champagne Brunch will feature a tasty brunch and wine, Mimosas and more. In addition, there will be a silent auction of fine wines and other items.

    The Paul E. Johnson Fund is managed and utilized by Main Street Portsmouth for the sole purpose of beautifying downtown Portsmouth with flowers, plants, trees and much more. Residents and visitors to Portsmouth see, as they walk about, beautification “Hot Spots” around town with signs noting that the beautification was provided for by Paul’s fund, Main Street Portsmouth and the City of Portsmouth. To date, Paul’s fund has raised nearly $70,000 dedicated to downtown beautification.

September 11

  • Cash Mob Monday: Speed Mob – Marietta

    Show your support for local downtown businesses by coming out for Cash Mob Monday: Speed Mob! This month, three different business will be selected as our destinations. Once inside each shop, cash mobbers must commit to spending at least $10 inside the store. What makes it so fun? Not only do you get to pal around downtown with your friends and neighbors, but you won’t know the shop locations of the Cash Mob until you show up!

    Speed Mob participants will receive fun giveaways, get to visit at least (3) different downtown shops, and enjoy a ride on the trolley to each destination!

September 12

September 14

  • Knowing Your Home: Plumbing 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive for our Inaugural plumbing workshop. We will focus on:
    – plumbing as a system;
    – how the system works;
    – what types of materials plumbing is made out of;
    – common problems and repairs;
    – updating and what that means;
    – water-saving options.

    Our discussion will be led by our good friend, Fred Cortright. Please feel free to bring questions and photos with you. Knowing Your Home is an educational series focused on best sustainability and home maintenance practices empowering residents to tackle necessary repairs and improvements.

September 15

September 16

September 23

  • A Day of Harvest – Greenville

    Fall has arrived in downtown Greenville with the annual A Day of Harvest event.

    Overflow your senses with fall favorites found in downtown Greenville! Be sure to check out all of the fall inspired items in the quaint shops and restaurants; including unique home decor, cozy fall fashions, and delicious autumn flavors!

    An array of activities are planned to tempt everyone’s interest.

  • Kent Oktoberfest – Kent

    The 4th annual Kent Oktoberfest will take place on Franklin Ave., between Main St. and Erie St., featuring German food, seasonal beers, polka music & dancing, and other great local bands thoughout the evening. Entry to the event is free. Delicious food will be available for purchase from: Erie Street Kitchen & Brimfield Bread Oven, Pierogi Joe’s, Grazers, Popped!, Ray’s Place Kent, and Scratch, free range food. Commemorative beer mugs and beer tickets will also be available for purchase.

  • Groovy Gourd Bike Tour – Piqua

    The 5th Annual Groovy Gourd Bike Tour makes its way through beautiful Miami County!

    Join us for a Bike Tour beginning and ending in downtown Piqua. Take a 25, or 50-mile bike ride through the rolling fields of Southwestern Ohio.

September 24

  • Dog Fest Walk’N Roll – Medina

    Celebrate the community of people and dogs that make it possible for Canine Companions to show that the most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart.

    Spend your afternoon with local graduates, volunteer puppy raisers and supporters from the Cleveland area and help us raise funds for Canine Companions in Ohio and around the country.

September 29

  • Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo – Marietta

    Are you a business owner looking for new ideas & inspiration?
    Are you eager to share your expertise or promote your services or products?
    Are you thinking about starting or expanding your business?
    Are you interested in obtaining tools and resources to help solve business challenges?
    If you answered yes to any of these questions, please attend the Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo

  • 1st Annual Downtown Troy Chocolate Walk – Troy

    Enjoy chocolate bites, wine tastings and dessert samples at each of the 15 sweet stops along the walk. Troy’s Downtown Merchants are opening their doors for you to enjoy sweet treats while browsing their shops.

    Ticket will go on sale soon.

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Historic Tax Credit Coffee in South Central Ohio

MONDAY August 21, 2017


Have you been wondering about historic tax credit programs here in Ohio?

Wondering about the application and review process? Here is an easy introduction to the 20% federal historic tax credit and 25% Ohio historic preservation tax credit which you can use to rehabilitate your historic building.

Come chat at a quick informal get together to learn about how the historic tax credit programs work and meet the people who manage them.



11:00- 12:00         Jackson: The Spot on Main – 298 East Main Street


Solar Eclipse Break


2:30-3:30              McArthur: Vinton Co. Commissioners Development Dept. – 205 South Market Street


5:00 – 6:00           Logan: Hocking County CIC – 140 East Main Street

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What’s Happening on Main Street – August 2017

Recurring Events

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

August 4

August 5

  • Lebanon Blues Festival

    In historic downtown Lebanon, Ohio! Enjoy 8 blues bands, your favorite foods, and a deluxe beer garden. Gaze at over 150 classic cars in the Blues, BBQ, and Bumpers Car Show!

  • Craft Beer Walk – Middletown

    Come to historic downtown Middletown for the Second Annual Craft Beer Walk! The Craft Beer Walk, originally modeled after our very popular Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk, has taken on a life of its own! We are super excited to bring it back BIGGER and BETTER than ever in 2017. Unlike the WWCW, this event is co-ed, and is tons of fun to do as a couple!

  • Antiques in the Alley – Millersburg

    Antiques in the Alley is a all day event held in beautiful downtown Millersburg.  Stroll the streets as you search for treasures to call your own!  Find inspiration and ideas on how others have turned trash…into treasures.  Browse our antique stores or stop at the local brewery and try our local brew!

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Celebration of Our Farmers – Portsmouth

    National Farmers Market Week is a time to celebrate the hardworking people of the community that labor to offer a better alternative to the box store items. With our farmers, we know their stock is of the highest quality and care… and, the most important thing, how it was grown or made. Our local farmers cater to us every Saturday; it’s our turn to give back. Excitingly, we give back to them by giving back to our shoppers!

    Join us downtown on August 5th, between 9 and noon, where we will continue this celebration with a plethora of prizes. Those in attendance, who have completed a shopper receipt that shows they’ve shopped at various booths, will be eligible to spin a prize wheel and take home free goods from the market. This could be everything from a carton of eggs to a package of steaks.

  • Chalk it Up! – Vermilion

    Watch as the roads and walks along Main Street fill up with colorful chalk drawings created by local artistic talent. Artists arrive at 10am and begin creating their masterpieces. Come early and watch the streets transform. They’ll put the finishing touches on by noon. Stroll this “middle-of-the-road” gallery of expression and enjoy some kid-friendly activities and interactive opportunities for young artists, too!

August 6

  • 13th Annual Warehouse District Street Festival – Cleveland

    FREE Admission.

    Featuring live music, delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and bars, an art show, art demonstrations, residential open houses, children’s activities, unique street performers, appearances by Jasmine Dragons Aerialists, Cleveland’s Cutest Dog Contest & Fashion Show, a variety of vendors and much more!  This year’s entertainment schedule will include great local musicians, food and vendors from across the region

August 7

August 11

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come hear the authentic swingin’ jazz and blues band Red Light Roxy! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • Sounds of Downtown – Wooster

    Come stroll along to wonderful music in Downtown Wooster. Main Street Wooster presents “Sounds of Downtown!” This street music series will feature a variety of musicians and performances throughout the summer season.

    Featuring: Surje & Craig Butdorf

August 12

August 13

August 17

  • Knowing Your Home: Electrical 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive for this exciting new workshop where participants will be learning electrical basics.

    The workshop is designed to provide the average homeowner a understanding of electrical current, a home’s electrical map and structure, the different pieces and parts that make up your electrical system as well as safety. Our goal is to empower residents so that they feel comfortable talking, contracting and working with their electrical system. We want to take the shock out of electricity!

    Please join us for this free workshop led by a LakewoodAlive friend, John Turner.

  • Building Doctor Clinic – Van Wert

    The “doctors” work in teams, teaching old-building owners how to recognize and solve some of the most common sources of problems in maintaining older buildings, and how to make informed decisions about repairs and improvements.

August 18

August 19

  • Cambridge Classic Cruise In

    Named by Cruisin’ Times Magazine as one of the best car show in its category, the Cambridge Classic Cruise-In draws over a thousand spectators to Historic Downtown Cambridge. The show features over 200 cars and trucks ranging from the early 1900’s through today. Fun for the entire family!

  • Rockin’ Duck Drop – Piqua

    Thousands of numbered rubber ducks make their way down the Miami River. Will your duck be the winner of a $1000 grand prize? Ducks can be purchased at Mainstreet Piqua, 326 N. Main Street or on our website.

  • Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series

    Lock 9 Park in downtown Piqua comes alive with music, food and fun.

  • Vermilion Harbour Duathlon & Triathlon

    Hundreds of athletes and spectators descend upon Vermilion to compete in this annual event that tests physical endurance or provides a “I can do it” opportunity for new competitors. The event takes place at Sherod Park, an ideal location for every stage of these swim/bike/fun events.

August 22

  • Main Street Portsmouth Farm to Table Dinner

    Main Street Portsmouth is preparing to honor locally sourced food and goods once again with the Annual Main Street Portsmouth Farm to Table Dinner. The meal is being split this year, between caterer and market vendor Roxanne Cooley, who will prepare the sides, and a locally raised hog roasted at the Ribber. We will also be serving locally brewed drinks from the Portsmouth Brewing Company.Music will be provided by the acoustic genius Andy Russell.

August 25

August 26

  • Historic Town Fair – Marietta

    Marietta Main Street presents the Historic Town Fair, a day-long conference featuring an Exhibitor Fair, two tracks of speakers, hands-on workshops, and a variety of special events across Marietta all aimed at supporting historic preservation in our historic town and across the great state of Ohio.

  • Break the Cycle – Wooster

    Whether you bike, run, walk or all three, this event is for you!

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Best Ice Cream in Ohio: Local Shops to Sample this Summer

July is National Ice Cream Month, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. To celebrate this quasi-month-long holiday, we discovered and sampled some of Ohio’s best ice creams (jealous yet?). So here is Heritage Ohio’s list of the best ice cream parlors in Ohio.

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Dietsch Brothers

photo via TripAdvisor

Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream – Findlay

Dietsch Brothers has been serving ice cream and chocolates using family recipes since 1937. The popular Findlay store has been repeatedly named a “Top 10 Ice Cream Shop” by TripAdvisor and their chocolate-covered pretzels are a favorite of Bette Midler. In addition to ice cream cones, the store offers a variety of sundaes, old-fashioned sodas, and a unique banana split.


400 W. Main Cross St. & 1217 Tiffin Ave., Findlay


Best Ice Cream in Ohio- Aglamesis Brothers

photo via Cincinnati USA

Aglamesis Brothers – Cincinnati

A Cincinnati tradition since 1908, Aglamesis Brothers is an ice cream lover’s paradise. The Oakley Square location, opened in 1913, is mostly unchanged since its opening, decorated with bright colors and warm marble. Beyond the traditional ice cream flavors you would expect are several creative flavors including pineapple pecan and banana chocolate chip. They also offer a good selection of Italian ices.


3046 Madison Rd. & 9899 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Jeni's Ice Cream

photo via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Spledid Ice Creams – Columbus & Cleveland

James Beard Award winner Jeni Britton Bauer opened her first scoop shop in 2002, offering what was at the time a truly innovative approach to ice cream making. Ice cream at Jeni’s is made from grass-fed cow milk and whole ingredients, as well as a whole lot of creativity. The stores offer classic Jeni’s flavors like salty caramel and the milkiest chocolate in the whole wide world, as well a rotating collections of ice cream that offer some truly unique flavors such as sweet corn with black raspberry and banana with honey. We may be biased as Columbus locals, but we think this is some of the best ice cream in Ohio. This isn’t your ordinary ice cream parlor and should be a destination for any true ice cream lover.

Numerous Locations in Columbus & Cleveland


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream

photo via Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream – Cleveland

After an evening of fruitlessly hunting for homemade ice cream in Seattle in the 1990s, Mike & Pete Mitchell decided to make the “best, most delicious ice cream.” They opened their first store in Westlake in 1999 and have been serving Cleveland ever since. The stores offer ice cream classics and unique flavors like porter chocolate chunk and vegan offerings as well. The Ohio City location offers several flavors that you can only find at that store, which is also an Ohio Historic Tax Credit project. Simply put, the next time you are in Cleveland, visit a Mitchell’s store and thank us later.

7 Locations in the Cleveland Metro Area


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

photo via Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl – Zanesville

Tom’s has been a Zanesville fixture since 1948. The shop has a great retro vibe to it, inviting you to eat more ice cream. Tom’s offers a good variety of classic ice cream flavors, but many people go for the over-the-top sundaes. Either way, you’ll be happy you stopped by.


532 McIntire Ave., Zanesville


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Graeters at Union Terminal

photo via Thought & Sight

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Numerous Locations

When people talk about Cincinnati ice cream, you’ll undoubtedly hear that Graeter’s is the best ice cream in Ohio. Graeter’s traces its ice cream history back to 1868 when Louis Graeter started selling ice cream at street markets in Cincinnati. Starting in 1900, he and his wife started making ice cream using French Pots and the technique is still used by the company today. Vanilla and black raspberry chocolate chip are local favorites, but we suggest you try them all.

Locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, & Oxford


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Taggarts

photo via Thought & Sight on Instagram

Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant – Canton

Opened in 1926, Taggarts has been a family favorite since day 1. The restaurant offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches, but the ice cream takes center stage here. The most popular item is ‘The Bittner’, a 3/4 lb. sundae of vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate syrup and topped with roasted pecans. Absolutely delicious.


1401 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton & 107 S. Main St., Magnolia


Best Ice Cream in Ohio

photo via Queen City Discovery

The Cone – West Chester

The origin story of The Cone has to be one of the more unique tales in Ohio ice cream lore. The owner wanted to open a new and unique ice cream store. When his parents were vacationing in Florida, they happened upon a ice cream cone-shaped building for sale. He purchased it, brought it back to Ohio and opened The Cone in 1995. The Cone is known for their soft-serve ice cream, especially the strawberry, made with real strawberries. The ice cream and shaved ice menu is extensive, so you will have no trouble finding something to put a smile on your face.


6855 Tylersville Rd., West Chester


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Hartzler Family Dairy

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Hartzler Family Dairy – Wooster

Just a few miles northeast of historic downtown Wooster is the Hartzler Family Dairy. The farm operates on the principle of “farming as nature intended,” so you won’t find dairy products made with antibiotics or pesticides used on crops. The family opened the dairy in 1996 to meet the demand for high quality dairy products. Hartzler’s Ice Cream Shoppe sells both food and ice cream. The centerpiece is the Barn Buster Parfait, an oversized hot fudge sundae with vanilla custard. Delicious.


5454 Cleveland Rd., Wooster


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Stoddards Frozen Custard

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Stoddard’s Original Frozen Custard – Kent

OK, ice cream purists, custard is not ice cream. But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Stoddard’s, just outside of downtown Kent. To be clear, the shop does have ice cream too, but people absolutely love the frozen custard at this ice cream stand since it opened in 1948. It’s super creamy and delicious


1321 W. Main St., Kent


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Weldon's Ice Cream Factory

photo via Weldon’s Ice Cream

Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory – Millersport

Buckeye Lake is a popular summer destination for thousands of Ohioans each year. What many people who are visiting don’t know is there is a wonderful ice cream parlor on the southwest shore of the lake in Millersport. Weldon’s opened in 1930 and continues to churn out the same delicious ice cream.


2887 Canal Dr., Millersport


Best Ice Cream in Ohio

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Bidinger’s Ice Cream – Wadsworth

Heading towards downtown Wadsworth on College Street, you’ll be greeted by a giant ice cream cone, letting you know you’ve arrived at Bidinger’s. The stand offers both hard-packed and soft-serve ice cream, but may astonish any visitor is the variety. Across the year, the store offers an ever-growing list of rotating soft-serve flavors including toasted coconut, creme brulee, and key lime, with all varieties available in a twist as well.


410 College St., Wadsworth


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Honey Hut

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Honey Hut Ice Cream – Cleveland

Honey Hut opened in 1974 with two flavors, vanilla and chocolate. The menu options soon expanded with the owner testing out new flavors on local firefighters. Today, you will find local favorites such as honey pecan on the menu, in addition to vanilla and chocolate, as well as other frozen treats to try.

5 Locations in the Cleveland Metro Area


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Cherry St Creamery

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Oser’s Dairy & Deli and Cherry Street Creamery – Canal Fulton

W are sure we’re committing a major faux-pas in the minds of locals, but we’re going to sit on the fence and say both Oser’s and Cherry Street Creamery are great. The two shops are located on opposite sides of the Ohio & Erie Canal that runs through the middle of Canal Fulton. Cherry Street Creamery is for fans of fresh-made custard and Oser’s serves hard ice cream devotees. Visit Canal Fulton and pick a side in this ice cream battle.


Cherry Street Creamery, 136 Cherry St. W., Canal Fulton

Oser’s Dairy & Deli, 102 N. Canal St., Canal Fulton


Bonus: International Ice Creams

Tucked away in your city are many hidden ice cream gems you may have not discovered yet. We are talking about ethnic ice cream stands. You may have to find them by exploring your city or by word-of-mouth, but when you do find them, don’t be afraid to try them. They are always amazing. Since we are in Columbus, we will highlight just a few in our area that we think you should try, but find the ones closest to you! If you’re looking for more offbeat things to do in Columbus, Choosy Traveler has the lowdown on one of our favorite quirky statues.


Best Ice Cream in Ohio- Diamond's Mexican Paletas

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Diamonds specializes in Mexican ice cream, fruit desserts, and authentic paletas. The ice cream is excellent, but you really want to go for the paletas, which you will recognize as a popsicle, but a popsicle that is better than any normal popsicle you’ve had. Trust us. They come in a wide variety of flavors and are either milk-based or water/juice-based. There are dozens to pick from, so go wild and get a few to try.


4561 Bethel Sawmill Center, Columbus


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Belles Bread Matcha Soft Serve

photo via Thought & Sight on Instagram

This Japanese bakery is part of a larger Japanese menagerie of shops and restaurants in the Kenny Centre Mall. The store offers amazing cakes and baked goods, but they also offer soft-serve ice cream. You can get vanilla, matcha, or matcha-vanilla swirl flavors. For those of you who want the full Japanese experience, we suggest getting a matcha ice, which is shaved ice with matcha syrup, condensed milk, and azuki beans topped with matcha ice cream. Absolutely delicious.


1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus


Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Mardi Gras Indian Ice Cream

photo via WOSU

This Indian ice cream store has some of the creamiest ice cream you are going to find anywhere. They have the classic American flavors as well as a dozen or so Indian flavors such as rose, anjeer (fig), lychee, and Kesar Pista, a blend of pistachio, almond, saffron, and a pinch of cardamom. It’s some of the best ice cream we’ve had in Ohio. The owners are very proud of their ice cream and will let you sample them all to get the right one for you.


1947 Hard Rd., Columbus


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Troy Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Troy Main Street is hiring an executive director to oversee operations of the local Main Street Program.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: public relations, marketing, economic development, non-profit administration, and fundraising should apply.

Applications should be emailed to the Troy Main Street Board of Directors at info@troymainstreet.org .

The full job description can be viewed here.

Important Posting Update – Please Read

The email address in the original posting has been updated to info@troymainstreet.org. If you responded to the original posting for this position, we ask that you re-submit your qualifications by August 15, 2017. Thank you.

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