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What’s Happening on Main Street – December 2017

Recurring Events

  • Dicken’s Victorian Village – Cambridge

    Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season. From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.

    This innovative public art exhibition is enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that engages the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge.

  • 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.

  • North Pole Express – Lebanon

    The LM&M Railroad will have our station area decorated with lights for the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the platform while you wait for your train and are included with your ticket. Each passenger will receive one cookie that is peanut free, egg free, tree nut free, and dairy free. Every passenger will receive a FREE souvenir hot chocolate mug. Each child will receive a special “North Pole Express” souvenir train ticket.

    During the hour long journey Santa and his elves will make their way through the train to visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa’s sleigh. We encourage you to bring your own camera, pictures with Santa are allowed and encouraged. Balloon artists will also be on-board the train.

     

December 1

  • First Friday: Home for the Holidays – Delaware

    Kick off the holiday season with an entire weekend of celebrations! Welcome to “Home for the Holidays,” a Christmas wonderland brought to you by Main Street Delaware. Join other families and feel the sense of love and community all night with live reindeer, carolers, free carriage rides, ice skating, a magnificent tree light, and a special visit from Santa and the Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan! All of these elements create wonderful Christmas memories for families.

  • First Friday: A Christmas Night – Greenville

    Head to downtown Greenville for a magical night of Christmas cheer.

  • First Friday: Moonlight Madness – Marietta

    First Fridays feature special shopping hours where downtown businesses are open late from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. so our community can shop local in Downtown Marietta!

  • First Friday: Merry Moonlight Madness Sale – Middletown

    It’s the most magical time of the year here in Downtown Middletown! Join us for First Friday Festive Fun with family friendly activities including a tree lighting ceremony, Letters to Santa, choirs and carolers and more! And of course, all your favorite downtown shops will be open late so be sure to join us for the Third Annual First Friday:Merry Moonlight Madness Sale in Downtown Middletown! Get up to 40% off your ENTIRE purchase at participating locations when you draw a “snowball” at checkout!

  • Christmas on the Green – Piqua

    Community caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling characters, children’s activities and live entertainment make this family-oriented holiday celebration a “must do” on many calendars. Stop in and visit downtown Piqua’s many stores to choose the perfect gift for your loved one.

  • First Friday: Downtown Tree Lighting – Tipp City

    Come one come all to our Community Tree Lighting in Downtown Tipp City! We will be counting down and lighting our donated tree at the corner of North 3rd and Main Street! Join us for free hot chocolate and cookies, the community band, Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in on a fire truck followed by take your own pictures, a short presentation and then the big count down! We will gather in the greenspace of Zion Lutheran Church at 6pm and kick off from there!

  • A Very Merry Main Street Christmas – Van Wert

    Join Main Street Van Wert for a Very Merry Main Street Christmas thanks to Central Insurance Companies at Fountain Park in Downtown Van Wert. Truly Divine will provide Christmas Treats and Hot Chocolate, Music from Weston Thompson and Santa Claus will be joining us to light up the park at 6PM.

  • Downtown Churches Walking Tour – Wooster

    Main Street Wooster and the city’s downtown churches invite you to take a moment to enjoy a quiet tour of historic church structures. Music, decorations and refreshments can be enjoyed during this free annual self-guided tour.

December 2

  • Steeple Walk – Cambridge

    All are welcome to the downtown Cambridge Steeple Walk. See the beauty, architecture and grandeur of Cambridge’s homes of worship. The doors of each church will be open for a self guided tour and a member of the congregation will be available to answer questions. All churches are located near Steubenville Avenue.  This tour is FREE.

  • Holiday Open House – Delaware

    Join us for the fifth annual Main Street Delaware Holiday Open House. Main Street Delaware’s annual Holiday Open House features specials and free community events for all! Come downtown and enjoy our local shops, see Santa in his home away from the North Pole, and much more. Stores will be open their regular business hours all day Saturday.

  • Dash for Dancer – Delaware

    Oh, no! Santa has lost Dasher the reindeer! Explore downtown, following Santa’s clues to find him and have fun along the way. Along the way, you’ll gather reindeer treats, make crafts, and even see a hidden space or two within our downtown. Begin your hunt at the Main Street Delaware office at 20 E. Winter St. Stop by anytime between 11 am – 1 pm to pick up your first clue.

    This family-friendly downtown scavenger hunt is free of charge so all families are able to participate and make memories in downtown. However, Main Street Delaware is also accepting voluntary donations to help fund Christmas downtown or boxes of cereal to donate to local food banks.

    Don’t forget to stop by the Santa House, located at Strand Theatre, to tell Santa you’ve found Dasher once you’re done. Santa House will open at 1 pm on Saturday. The ice skating rink at Willis Education Center will also be open on Saturday from 12 – 9 pm.

  • Jolly Holiday Boutique Hop – Greenville

    Ladies mark your calendrs for the First Annual Jolly Holiday Boutique Hop. Shop four fabulous boutiques located in Historic Downtown Greenville. Youniques Boutique, Sadie Grace, The Blue Bow & Sweet Annies Cabin. Enjoy refreshments at each boutique along with in store specials. Donate any child’s winter hat & gloves to any participating boutique and your name will be entered into our GRAND PRIZE HOP drawing.

  • Light Up Lakewood – Lakewood

    It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back in Downtown Lakewood for an 11th consecutive year. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2017 takes place on Saturday, December 2. Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of our city’s vibrancy. This free, family-friendly event in Downtown Lakewood features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and much more. Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood’s downtown district and visit local stores and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday celebrations.

  • Holiday Loft Tours – Marietta

    This one-night only exclusive event allows participants to tour upper-floor businesses and residences in Historic Downtown Marietta. If you’ve ever been curious about what lies above our first-floor storefronts, this is the perfect opportunity to sneak a peek!

  • Holly Jolly Run – Piqua

    These annual 5K & 10K runs make use of the beautiful Piqua PATH. Download your registration at www.mainstreetpiqua.com or sign up online at www.cantstoprunningco.com Same day registrations are accepted.

  • Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade – Piqua

    The tradition of celebrating the holiday season with an old-fashioned hometown parade is a long one in downtown Piqua. Families and friends, young and old, fill the streets for this festive event. After the parade kids can visit with Santa in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza.

  • Holiday Open House – Portsmouth

    The Annual Main Street Portsmouth Holiday Open House will be held, as usual, on two different dates this year—one before Small Business Saturday and one after. These dates fall on November 18 and December 2. These events are an extension to Small Business Saturday and allow the community and regional shoppers to join the business owners downtown for great deals, free refreshments, door prizes, and more. Show a loved one you truly care by finding the perfect gift downtown, where you find the uniqueness a box store lacks. We look forward to seeing you downtown soon, spreading holiday joy and being a part of this wonderful community.

  • Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour – Tipp City

    Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour is a seasonal event that is sure to put you in the Holiday mood! Whether you and your significant other are looking for design ideas; you are interested in the charm of Tipp City’s historical homes; or you and a group of gal pals are kicking off the Season with our tour, shopping and feasting in our historic downtown shops and restaurants, we welcome you!

  • The Christmas Tree Ship – Vermilion

    No other community can boast a Christmas tradition like this one. Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey’s Landing for the arrival of our Christmas Tree Ship, an icebreaker stocked with Christmas trees and holiday cheer. It’s a heartwarming sight to see the breaker make its way down the river with a US Coast Guard escort, which you’re welcome to tour. There’s music from Vermilion’s own Sid Jordan and the Vermilion Community Band, cookies, donuts and hot chocolate to keep you warm and awards for the winners of the Christmas coloring contest.

December 3

  • “Delaware: You’re Home for the Holidays” Christmas Parade – Delaware

    Come out for the annual Main Street Delaware Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Delaware: Your Home for the Holidays.” The Delaware Post Office will be collecting children’s letters to Santa along the route. Be sure to have your little ones write their wish list and the Post Office will be sure to get them delivered safely!

  • Holiday Tour of Homes – Painesville

    Six historic locations will be open and on display by the Downtown Painesville Organization to celebrate the holiday season from 1-4 pm. Starting at the Railroad Museum on Railroad Street, the self-guided tour will take you through the Conway Land Title Building, Painesville United Methodist Church, Fitzgerald’s Irish Bed & Breakfast, the Social Parlor in College Hall at Lake Erie College, and will end at the Collacott House. Individuals are also encouraged to attend vespers at Lake Erie College following the tour at Morley Music Hall.

    This tour is to celebrate the holiday season with the community. It is also an opportunity to see and learn about the historic architecture which is not normally open to the public. Proceeds from this event will go to the Downtown Painesville Organization to support its mission of “Building a strong future, while preserving our historic past.”

December 4

December 6

  • Historic Warehouse District Holiday Tour – Cleveland

    This popular annual event features tours of Warehouse District apartments along with new developments in the neighborhood and nearby areas. At stops along the way, enjoy delicious food samplings from neighborhood restaurants and bars. Live music adds to the festivities and the evening winds down with a dessert reception.

December 7

  • Light Up Vermilion – Vermilion

    The streets of downtown Vermilion brighten for this evening of holiday shopping and fun. Downtown merchants open their doors for extended evening shopping hours, many offering special deals and refreshments to visitors. Stroll the downtown district, stop for hot chocolate or something more grown up and get yourself in the mood for winter holidays. Bring the kids to Main Street where they can write a letter to Santa and make a Christmas lantern to light the way.

    The Vermilion Arts Guild will be open that night serving up sweet treats. All the artwork and jewelry in the gallery that evening will be 10% off. This is a great place to shop small, shop local and shop for Christmas.

    After you shop, head over the Ritter Public Library for a free holiday concert by the Vermilion Music Association Concert Band at 7PM. ‘Tis the season to enjoy your community!

December 9

  • Ugly Sweater Tavern Trek – Kent

    Enjoy tasty Great Lakes Brewing Company beers on a fun holiday trek around downtown Kent. Start at the Venice Cafe: pick up your trek pass and special cup between 5pm and 8pm, and enter the Ugly Sweater Contest. Then, visit participating locations at your leisure and enjoy discounts on Great Lakes beers along the way! Tickets are $10 per person.

  • Children’s Night – Millersburg

    Santa is coming to town! Stores will be open till 8pm to give you a chance to enjoy Millersburg at Christmas! Stop at the Village Toy Shop to see Santa then head on into The Hotel Millersburg to create Christmas cards for our military! Shops will have special treats for the children…and maybe something for the adults too!

December 16

  • Mega Mob – Marietta

    Show your support for local downtown businesses by coming out for this extra special, one-time-only Mega Mob! Mega Mob features not one, not two, but SIX downtown businesses for participants to explore on a Saturday afternoon.

    All Mega Mobbers will receive a Mega Mob Passport which will guide you on your shopping adventure. Make sure you have your holiday shopping list in hand, because every shopper who gets a punch at all six stores on their passport will be entered to fun prizes, giveaways, and more! No shopper will walk away empty-handed, so invite your friends and join us for a fun shopping experience in downtown Marietta!

December 20

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What’s Happening on Main Street – November 2017

Recurring Events

  • Dicken’s Victorian Village – Cambridge

    Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season. From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.

    This innovative public art exhibition is enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that engages the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge.

  • 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.

  • North Pole Express – Lebanon

    The LM&M Railroad will have our station area decorated with lights for the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the platform while you wait for your train and are included with your ticket. Each passenger will receive one cookie that is peanut free, egg free, tree nut free, and dairy free. Every passenger will receive a FREE souvenir hot chocolate mug. Each child will receive a special “North Pole Express” souvenir train ticket.

    During the hour long journey Santa and his elves will make their way through the train to visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa’s sleigh. We encourage you to bring your own camera, pictures with Santa are allowed and encouraged. Balloon artists will also be on-board the train.

     

November 3

  • First Friday: A ThankFULL Holiday – Delaware

    Live the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday by joining family, friends, and neighbors downtown for November’s First Friday, Thankfull Holiday, sponsored by the United Way of Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Celebrate the joys of the season and put nourishing food on the table for ALL in our community.

    There will be lots of fun, free activities for the whole family. Bring a shelf-stable food donation to fill oversized shopping carts throughout the downtown and share what you are thankful for on our Gratitude Wall. For every 5 or 10 items donated, receive a shopping pass for 5% or 10% off at participating businesses. In addition, there will be children’s crafts, face painting, and street magic performances by Magic Nate.

  • First Friday: Chocolate Walk – Greenville

    Explore the shops of downtown Greenville and receive some delicious chocolate along the way. Tickets are on sale now.

  • Marie Antoinette Festival – Marietta

    In 1788, the oldest town in Ohio was christened ‘Marietta’ to honor Queen Marie Antoinette and acknowledge the French for their support of the American Revolution. Now we celebrate that connection in royal style with a 3 day Festival for Marie Antoinette’s birthday!

    Friday, November 3: First Friday Merchants Walk and Family Masquerade Ball. Merchants downtown will theme out their shops in French glam! Special activities will be found in the shops throughout the night, including a CAKE WALK!Family Masquerade Ball*

    Saturday, November 4: 4th Annual Marie Antoinette Masquerade Extravaganza.

    Sunday, November 5: Bloody Marie-Etta Brunch and Marietta Mansions Walking Tour.

  • First Friday: Ale in Autumn – Middletown

    Join us for the Third Annual Ale in Autumn! Come taste the best fall selection of craft beers, brews, and cocktails that downtown Middletown businesses have to offer! Bring your DORA-approved beverage to the “game garden” hosted by the Middletown Young Professionals at Governors Square, located at the corner of Broad Street & Central Ave. Mingle with the people, play some games, and have some good old fashioned fall fun!

  • First Friday: Family Movie Night – Tipp City

    Join us downtown for November’s First Friday event where the Tipp City Public Library co-hosts with us to present a showing of Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ thanks to assistance of a grant from the Tipp Foundation! Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair to the corner of N. 3rd & Main St. at the Zion Lutheran Church lawn.

November 4

  • Knowing Your Home: Kitchen Remodeling Workshop – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Cleveland Lumber Company for a presentation about Kitchen Remodeling. This workshop will focus on the process of remodeling your kitchen start to finish. Our Presenter will highlight the construction process, what to expect through out and the ways to get the most bang for your buck. Kitchen remodeling can be a pricey endeavor. This workshop will help you take the guess work out of the process and enable you to work smarter and get the results that you want within your budget and your timeline.

  • Marie Antoinette Festival – Marietta

    In 1788, the oldest town in Ohio was christened ‘Marietta’ to honor Queen Marie Antoinette and acknowledge the French for their support of the American Revolution. Now we celebrate that connection in royal style with a 3 day Festival for Marie Antoinette’s birthday!

    Friday, November 3: First Friday Merchants Walk and Family Masquerade Ball. Merchants downtown will theme out their shops in French glam! Special activities will be found in the shops throughout the night, including a CAKE WALK!Family Masquerade Ball*

    Saturday, November 4: 4th Annual Marie Antoinette Masquerade Extravaganza.

    Sunday, November 5: Bloody Marie-Etta Brunch and Marietta Mansions Walking Tour.

November 5

  • Marie Antoinette Festival – Marietta

    In 1788, the oldest town in Ohio was christened ‘Marietta’ to honor Queen Marie Antoinette and acknowledge the French for their support of the American Revolution. Now we celebrate that connection in royal style with a 3 day Festival for Marie Antoinette’s birthday!

    Friday, November 3: First Friday Merchants Walk and Family Masquerade Ball. Merchants downtown will theme out their shops in French glam! Special activities will be found in the shops throughout the night, including a CAKE WALK!Family Masquerade Ball*

    Saturday, November 4: 4th Annual Marie Antoinette Masquerade Extravaganza.

    Sunday, November 5: Bloody Marie-Etta Brunch and Marietta Mansions Walking Tour.

November 6

November 9

  • Top Shelf History Bar Crawl – Marietta

    What did Rufus Putnam and his buddies enjoy when they needed a drink? Take your taste buds on a journey back in time to Marietta’s settlement with this exciting, new event called Top Shelf History! Sample popular adult beverages harkening back to 1780 through this bar crawl experience. Some of Marietta’s finest restaurants and bars will serve as stops for a historic dining and drinking adventure.

November 11

  • Girls’ Night Out – Lebanon

    Join Main Street Lebanon for an evening of fun and shopping!

  • Downtown Piqua Horse Parade – Piqua

    Imagine horse-drawn carriages, hitches and riders, all outfitted with Holiday Lights, making their way down Main Street. Christmas banners and decorated street trees will create an amazing backdrop for this dazzlingly fun family-friendly event.

  • A Yuletide’s Winter Gathering – Tipp City

    Join the Tipp City shopkeepers as they invite you to kick off the winter shopping season with their annual open house, a Tipp City tradition for more than 25 years! The historic district offers more than 35 locally owned boutiques and restaurants with specialties including toys, games, vintage finds and antiques, collectibles, fashions, handmade soaps, home decor, art, jewelry, and books. Round out your day with coffee, tea, dessert and full service dining at one of our award winning eateries. Bonuses include free pictures with Santa and horse drawn carriage rides through the four quaint blocks of Main Street. Stay the night in one of our local hotels because there’s more on day 2! Come see what all the buzz is about this holiday season! It’s worth the trip to Tipp!

November 12

  • A Yuletide’s Winter Gathering – Tipp City

    Join the Tipp City shopkeepers as they invite you to kick off the winter shopping season with their annual open house, a Tipp City tradition for more than 25 years! The historic district offers more than 35 locally owned boutiques and restaurants with specialties including toys, games, vintage finds and antiques, collectibles, fashions, handmade soaps, home decor, art, jewelry, and books. Round out your day with coffee, tea, dessert and full service dining at one of our award winning eateries. Bonuses include free pictures with Santa and horse drawn carriage rides through the four quaint blocks of Main Street. Stay the night in one of our local hotels because there’s more on day 2! Come see what all the buzz is about this holiday season! It’s worth the trip to Tipp!

November 14

  • Boost Your Business Workshop: Clean Energy Opportunities – Marietta

    Members representing UpGrade Ohio and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council will discuss the latest opportunities available for Southeast Ohio communities and local businesses within the scope of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and public and private alternative vehicle improvements and investments. The workshop will include information about state-funded grants and financing for energy usage upgrades (through electricity and gas utility usage), a free renewable energy assistance program, community choice aggregation, mercantile customer pricing and demand response initiatives, energy performance contracts, and much more! Local communities, like the Marietta region, have much to gain as we move to cleaner and more affordable energy choices in the future.

    Light breakfast refreshments and coffee provided by Huntington Bank on Third Street in Marietta. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Holiday Open House – Painesville

    Stroll downtown Painesville as you visit all the locations to get ready for the holiday season. Carriage rides, pictures with Santa, and tree lighting on the square.

November 16

November 17

  • Medina Candlelight Walk – Medina

    Join Main Street Medina in celebrating the 33rd year of Medina’s Candlelight Walk – Northeast Ohio’s kick-off to the holiday season!  Over 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Historic District across 3 days.  The celebration features over 2 miles of LED lights highlighting the traditional Victorian Square and buildings; over 1,500 luminaries; lighting of a 10′ tall community Christmas Tree in the Gazebo; Iconic traditional ‘Parade of Lights’ through the heart of town; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrival; Entertainment; Shopping and more!

  • Holiday Welcome Weekend – Piqua, Tipp City, & Troy

    Why shop the Big Box stores? We invite you to explore our historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list. Grab your best friend, husband, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs.

  • Window Wonderland  & Ohio Magazine Best Hometown Award Ceremony – Wooster

    Main Street Wooster and the downtown Wooster merchants welcome children of all ages to Window Wonderland in downtown Wooster. Special this year, Window Wonderland will start a half hour earlier and include an awards ceremony with The City of Wooster where the Mayor will accept the “Best Hometown” award from Ohio Magazine.

     

November 18

  • Hometown Holiday Horse Parade – Greenville

    Voted best parade by the readers of Ohio Magazine in 2015, the lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into downtown Greenville. The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining!

  • Medina Candlelight Walk – Medina

    Join Main Street Medina in celebrating the 33rd year of Medina’s Candlelight Walk – Northeast Ohio’s kick-off to the holiday season!  Over 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Historic District across 3 days.  The celebration features over 2 miles of LED lights highlighting the traditional Victorian Square and buildings; over 1,500 luminaries; lighting of a 10′ tall community Christmas Tree in the Gazebo; Iconic traditional ‘Parade of Lights’ through the heart of town; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrival; Entertainment; Shopping and more!

  • Holiday Open House – Portsmouth

    Join the business owners downtown for great deals, free refreshments, door prizes, and more. Show a loved one you truly care by finding the perfect gift downtown, where you find the uniqueness a box store lacks. We look forward to seeing you downtown soon, spreading holiday joy and being a part of this wonderful community.

November 19

  • A Very Electric Christmas – Greenville

    Flying South for the winter, Max gets blown off course and ends up lost at the North Pole. The many characters he encounters on his journey home make audiences wide-eyed with delight. “Merry and bright” indeed!

  • Medina Candlelight Walk – Medina

    Join Main Street Medina in celebrating the 33rd year of Medina’s Candlelight Walk – Northeast Ohio’s kick-off to the holiday season!  Over 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Historic District across 3 days.  The celebration features over 2 miles of LED lights highlighting the traditional Victorian Square and buildings; over 1,500 luminaries; lighting of a 10′ tall community Christmas Tree in the Gazebo; Iconic traditional ‘Parade of Lights’ through the heart of town; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrival; Entertainment; Shopping and more!

November 24

  • Holiday Open House – Lebanon

    Join us for an old fashioned holiday event in downtown Lebanon. There will be a Christmas Tree lighting and a visit from Santa inside City Hall. There will be a Holiday Open House at the shops in downtown Lebanon Shops and FREE carriage rides 6:00- 8:00pm on Friday and 1:00 – 5:00pm on Saturday.

  • Friday Night Shop Hop – Troy

    Downtown Troy Merchants present Friday Night Shop Hop. Downtown will be open late!

  • The Grand Illumination – Troy

    Phone calls to the North Pole, visits with Santa in the newly constructed Santa House, carriage rides, holiday music, refreshments, shopping at local merchants, Mayor Beamish’s special holiday reading and the lighting of the tree.

November 25

  • Small Business Saturday

    Shop for this year’s holiday presents in an Ohio Main Street community.

  • Christmas Parade – Cambridge

    Floats, bands and even Santa make an appearance at this traditional event in Historic Downtown Cambridge.

  • Breakfast with Santa – Lakewood

    Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think. Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visits. This fun-filled, family-friendly event is open to all ages and is anticipated to sell out quickly. Tickets for both seatings (9 and 10:30 a.m.) of Breakfast with Santa are on sale now.

  • Holiday Open House – Lebanon

    Join us for an old fashioned holiday event in downtown Lebanon. There will be a Christmas Tree lighting and a visit from Santa inside City Hall. There will be a Holiday Open House at the shops in downtown Lebanon Shops and FREE carriage rides 6:00- 8:00pm on Friday and 1:00 – 5:00pm on Saturday.

  • Old Lebanon Holiday Walk – Lebanon

    Discover old Lebanon on a festive holiday walk.

  • Merry-etta Lighted Christmas Parade – Marietta

    Our annual evening holiday parade will include floats, dance routines, carolers, and much more, all complete with festive Christmas lights. As usual, Santa Claus will make his appearance in the parade as well! After the parade, view the lighting of the City of Marietta’s Christmas Tree at the Armory.

  • OSU Tailgate Party & Reverse Raffle – Vermilion

    Join Main Street Vermilion’s OSU vs MI Tailgate Party with friends and friendly foes to watch these two college football powerhouses square off in the most anticipated game of the season at the most anticipated party of the year.  Your ticket delivers plenty of tailgate-style food, beer, big screen TV viewing and a spot on the reverse raffle board where the grand prize is $1000.

November 26

November 27

  • Christmas Walk & Parade – Mount Vernon

    Each year, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, people of all ages line the streets of downtown Mount Vernon for our traditional Christmas Parade and Walk. The smell of roasted nuts and cinnamon fills the air, children enjoy train and carousel rides, families get photos with Santa, and mom and dad shop for those one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. It’s a heart-warming time of celebration and community, brought together amidst the wonderful backdrop of beautiful, historic downtown Mount Vernon.

November 30

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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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What’s Happening on Main Street – June 2017

Things to do in Ohio June 2017

Recurring Events

  • 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.

  • 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.

June 2

June 3

  • Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival – Kent

    The 2017 Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival will feature artists, wineries, food and music from all over the state of Ohio! A full day of live music, great art, delicious wine and food in downtown Kent.

  • 3rd Annual Kids Day of Safety & Play – Medina

    Join Cleveland Clinic, Medina Hospital, and Main Street Medina for a day of FREE Family Fun in the Historic District. Music, Dancing, Hands-On Activities, Strolling Performers, Artists, Games, Crafts, Cars, Trucks, Farmers Market and more!

  • 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.

  • Troy Strawberry Festival – TroyThings to do in Ohio June 2017

    Troy, Ohio celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production by hosting the Annual Troy Strawberry Festival the first weekend of June. Come join us in celebrating our 41st year!

  • Kid’s Day – Wooster

    Kid’s Day celebrates the end of school and the beginning of summer. Enjoy face painting, crafts, bounce houses, an obstacle course, therapy dogs, a Hockey shoot, finger printing kits, Soap Box Derby cars, and LOTS more!

June 4

June 5

June 8

  • Ladies’ Night Out – Wooster

    Ladies’ Night will feature live music from the “Sounds of Downtown” street musicians. Passports and goodie bags will be available. All completed passports will get you entered to win one of two gift baskets filled with merchandise and git cards from the downtown retailers.

June 9

June 10

June 13

June 15

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and our presenter, Fred Cortright for an informative workshop about windows. We will help answer the age old question, “How do I make my windows stop leaking?!?” Our presentation will focus on repair and replacement of windows with a major focus on wooden windows.

June 16

June 17

June 19

June 23

  • Pop-Up Party – Greenville

    One of the best things about going out in a city are the crowds of people. There is an energy that exists within a crowd and we want to recreate that in downtown Greenville. There is nothing better than spontaneously running into friends, combining tables, and pulling up chairs to make room for more conversation, laughter, and fun. Everyone is invited!

June 24

  • Sauntering Day Sidewalk Sale on Second Street – Portsmouth

    Main Street Portsmouth is working with Second Street businesses to bring back sidewalk sales on June 24, to celebrate World Sauntering Day.
    Get out of the house and spend a day outdoors with the family, walking around downtown Portsmouth, and checking out some of our small businesses.

June 26

June 29

June 30

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

Go Outside and Play: Ohio’s 23 Best Parks

 

Northeast Ohio

photo via National Park Service

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is Ohio’s only national park, but you couldn’t ask for a better example of Ohio’s natural splendor. Just a short drive south of downtown Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley has plenty to offer any visitor. A few highlights of the park are the 65-foot high Brandywine Falls, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and the historic village of Peninsula.

 

Ohio’s National Park covers 33,000 acres of parkland, leaving you and your family many weekends of exploration.

 

photo via Summit Metro Parks

Liberty Park – Twinsburg

Just outside of Twinsburg is one of the hidden gems of Northeast Ohio. Liberty Park has a diverse offering of natural spaces for a suburban park. Visitors will delight in the natural beauty of the Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve and the towering Twinsburg Ledges area, both located in the park. You can explore both and more on the numerous trails within the park.

 

photo via TripAdvisor

Holden Arboretum

Holden Arboretum is just a short drive from historic downtown Chardon in Geauga County. The arboretum will be a unique experience for many visitors, including Ohioans. Some of the many offerings of the Holden Arboretum include a butterfly garden, several rhododendron gardens, a hedge collection, and the famous Canopy Walk.

 

photo via Mill Creek Metroparks

Mill Creek Park

It may be hard to believe, but Mill Creek Park in Youngstown rivals other large metropolitan parks like Central Park in terms of absolute beauty and depth. The sprawling park covers 4,400 acres and has diverse areas and topography. Highlights of the park for new visitors include Lanterman’s Mill, several historic bridges, the Wall Garden, and many archaeological sites from Youngstown’s steel-making history.

 

photo via Panaramio

Franklin Mills Riveredge Park

Located in downtown Kent, Franklin Mills Riveredge Park is small compared with other parks on this list, but will surprise you with its design and features. The main focus of the park in the Cuyahoga River with an arched stone dam. You can explore the river along a boardwalk that follows the river. There are plenty of observation areas, as well as benches and tables to enjoy your day in downtown Kent.

 

photo via Trek Ohio

Bonus: Killbuck Marsh

Located between Millersburg and Wooster, Killbuck Marsh is a hidden gem just south of Route 30. The area has an extensive natural history, and several Ice Age animals such as mastodon have been unearthed. Some of these animals can be seen at the Killbuck Valley Museum, just down the road.

 

Southeast Ohio

photo via Ron Skinner

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills is quite possibly the most famous of all the Ohio State Parks. Within minutes of arriving, you will certainly see why. The park is divided into five sections, but really they are parks within parks and all worth a visit. Absolute must-see features include the falls at Old Man’s Cave, the Cantwell Cliffs, and the nearby Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve.

Beyond the parks, there are rustic cabins to stay in the area and lots of unique small towns to explore.

photo via Ohio DNR

Lake Hope State Park

Just south of Hocking Hills State Park is Lake Hope. The park is encapsulated by Zaleski State Forest, making for some beautiful scenery. The beach is a great place to relax and go for a swim. The area has numerous hiking trails and connectors, including a trek up to the famous Moonville Tunnel. You can also visit the restored Hope Furnace, a blast furnace that sits near one end of the lake.

 

photo via Britannica

Salt Fork State Park

Just a few miles from historic Cambridge, is Salt Fork State Park, Ohio’s largest state park. The Park surrounds much of Salt Fork Lake and offers a variety of activities, such as hiking, boating, horseback riding, and golf.

The Salt Fork Lodge is a great place to stay with the family, as well as host a conference.

 

Central Ohio

photo via TripAdvisor

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Named for a famed, and lost, Native American petroglyph that was found in the gorge, Blackhand Gorge is one of the most beautiful areas in Central Ohio. The preserve has many hiking trails to explore, as well as remnants of its past, including a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal locks and an interurban tunnel. Visitors can also explore the area via canoe or kayak on the Licking River.

 

photo via Wikipedia

Buckeye Lake State Park

Renowned in Central Ohio for boating, Buckeye Lake State Park is a water lover’s paradise. The lake is surrounded by quaint communities, and has plenty of activities for non-boaters as well. You can even visit Cranberry Bog, which is a natural marvel. Tours of the bog usually occur in June.

 

photo via TripAdvisor

Mohican State Park

Located between the historic communities of Wooster, Millersburg, Mount Vernon, and Ashland, Mohican is a forested oasis and perfect for a weekend getaway. The park has several hiking trails, campgrounds, and even a covered bridge. For a unique place to stay during your visit, check out the treehouses at The Mohicans.

 

photo via Dawes Arboretum

Dawes Arboretum

Just east of Columbus, you will find a true gem of a park, Dawes Arboretum. The Arboretum seems to have it all: historic Daweswood Farm, numerous trails, a nature center, formal Japanese garden, and even a driving tour. It’s a definite stop for any nature lover, and best of all, it’s free to visit!

While in the area, make sure to visit the newly revamped downtown in Newark and catch a show at the historic Midland Theatre.

 

photo via Ohio DNR

Rhododendron Cove State Nature Preserve

Located just south of Lancaster, Rhododendron Cove Preserve sits on an unassuming hill, but offers a bounty of beauty once you make it to the summit. Atop the hill are dozens of Rhododendrons nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, making for great photography. After visiting Rhododendron Cove, travel down the road and visit two additional parks: Wahkeena Nature Preserve and Clear Creek Metro Park.

 

photo via Thought & Sight

Bonus: Topiary Park

On the eastside of downtown Columbus, The Topiary Park is a living art installation on the grounds of the former Ohio Deaf School campus. Visitors can either take docent-led tours or explore the park on their own. In addition to the numerous plant sculptures, there is also a “tree walk” visitors can take to see the many types of trees within the park. Choosy Traveler has details on some other worthwhile parks in the Columbus area, including Battelle Darby Creek, where you can see wild bison, and Shrum Mound.

Southwest Ohio

photo via Fabulous 50s

John Bryan State Park – Clifton

Located near the historic Village of Clifton, John Bryan State Park is defined by the Little Miami River and the Clifton Gorge area it carved out. The striking features of the gorge and the forested landscape surrounding it make for some beautiful hiking scenery year-round. The next time you visit Clifton Mill, make sure to stop by John Bryan State Park.

 

photo via Ohio DNR

Caesar Creek State Park

Nestled between Waynesville and Harveysburg, Caesar Creek State Park is a fossil hunter’s playground. You will need to apply for a fossil collecting permit to hunt fossils at the park, but it is well worth the effort. Some common finds include trilobites, brachiopods, and corals. In addition to fossil hunting, the park also offers camping, swimming, and boating. Other attractions in the area include historic downtown Lebanon and Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village.

 

photo via ForestWander

Fallsville Wildlife Area

Like the name suggests, the prominent feature of the Fallsville Wildlife Area is a large, serene waterfall. The small park packs in the beauty and is perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll to the eye-pleasing waterfall and old mill site.

While in the area, check out the historic downtown of nearby Wilmington. There are a lot of great shops and the inside of the Clinton County Courthouse is stunning.

 

photo via Premier Park Events

Ault Park

When you look at “must-see” lists of Cincinnati, you will undoubtedly come across Ault Park. A visit to the park will certainly show you why. As you arrive, you will immediately notice the large and picturesque Renaissance-style pavilion, popular with wedding parties. Beyond the pavilion, you will find several walking trails, a beautiful botanical garden, and plenty of relaxing space.

 

Northwest Ohio

photo via Toledo Regional Tour

Side Cut Metropark

Side Cut Metropark is steeped in history. The park occupied land that was once part of a side cut of the Miami & Erie Canals. You can still visit 3 of the 6 locks from the canals, having been restored by WPA workers in the 1930s. Beyond the historic locks, the park offers picturesque scenery, an extensive network of trails, and plenty of wildlife.

 

photo via Mapio

Wildwood Metropark

Wildwood Preserve was once the home of Champion Spark Plug founder, Robert Stranahan. The park has an amazing wooded trail network and the property still has the Georgian Colonial Manor House Stranahan built. It is a must visit park in the heart of Toledo.

 

photo via Jim McCormac

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

Every spring, thousands of migratory birds visit Magee Marsh on their way to their summer nesting spots. Located on the shore of Lake Erie, the marsh is not only a destination for birders, but the extensive trail network of the wildlife area and nature center make for a great afternoon out with the family.

 

photo via Ohio DNR

North Bass Island State Park

Unlike other parks on this list, getting to North Bass Island is a bit challenging to get to, but worth the hassle. Currently, the only means to get to the island are boat and airplane. Once you get to the island, you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous, untouched wilderness. Fishing is permitted on the island, as well as hiking and camping via permit.

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