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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 – 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

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

October 17 & 18

  • Annual Preservation & Revitalization Conference – Columbus

    We have brought together the leaders of preservation and revitalization to provide you with an exciting and educational set of sessions. We are bringing back our popular School of Architecture, as well as sessions discussing the impact of autonomous vehicles, retail design and recruitment, the newly created Downtown Revitalization Districts and how to use them in your community, and a complete Main Street 101 Series, among many more.

    We are once again providing special sessions with the state historic preservation office, covering topics like civil rights and the National Register, GIS mapping, and state and federal historic preservation tax credits.

    Get registered today!

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!

October 23

  • The Winding Road Workshop – Glouster

    Are you interested in Building a Community Around Authentic Products and Businesses? The Winding Road initiative will be hosting a meeting and workshop for people interested in starting or expanding their business in Appalachia’s Experience Economy.  Designed for entrepreneurs in: Outdoor adventure, local art & food, lodging, businesses and interpretive guides.

October 25

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October 28

  • 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 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.

Northwest

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Ritz Theater in Tiffin

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Southwest

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Victoria Theater in Dayton

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Central

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

Northeast

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

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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.

 

Southeast

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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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 – July 2017

Recurring Events

  • Fireworks Displays in Ohio

    Looking for even more fireworks displays for Independence Day? Here’s your list. 

  • 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.

July 1

  • 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”! 

July 3

July 4

  • 4th Fest – Piqua

    Celebrate Independence Day in Piqua with food trucks, live music, and lots of fireworks!

  • Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert – Wooster

    Celebrate a glorious 4th with the annual Community Pops Concert, presented by Main Street Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra & Chorus. Bring a chair, watch the concert and still have plenty of time to see fireworks at the Kinney Fields.

July 7

July 8

July 11

July 12

  • Walk & Dine – Cleveland

    Experience the essence of downtown in the Gateway District as you tour fantastic sites, enjoy delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and relax in the company of friends, family and co-workers.  Musical entertainment will add to the festivities at several tour sites.

July 13

July 14

July 15

July 16

July 19

July 20

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 201 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Lakewood Hardware for our first ever hands-on window repair workshop. This workshop is the second window workshop of the season. Repairing a window is not only energy efficient but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderful home. Rotted frames, deteriorated sashes and leaking air can generally be fixed in window restoration — even a rotting window isn’t necessarily too far gone for restoration.

  • WCHS Summer Community Band Concert – Wooster

    Wayne County Historical Society Summer Community Band is presenting a concert in front of “Everything Rubbermaid” in Downtown Wooster. They will be playing “fun” songs – marches, show tunes, and patriotic songs!

July 21

July 22

  • Painesville Farm & Flea – Painesville

    Downtown Painesville, in partnership with the Cleveland Bazaar, will be hosting its very first Painesville Farm & Flea on July 22, 2017, at 177 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. The Flea hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM. Enjoy live entertainment and food trucks as you experience area handmade, vintage, farm, food, and artistic vendors.

  • Pizza Palooza & Family Movie Night – Tiffin

    Pizza aficionados, head over to downtown Tiffin for a celebration of pizza! Half of each ticket sold will go toward downtown revitalization.

    A screening of Disney blockbuster hit, Moana will begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

July 26

  • Farm to Table – Painesville

    The annual Farm to Table will be held on Lake Erie College’s Historic Campus. This year’s event will include food prepared by local chefs pared with local wines and beers. Music by Justo Saborit.

July 27

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Taste of Downtown Wooster – Wooster

    Taste of Downtown is sure to feature something for everyone. Food tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants, live music, and a beer/wine garden!

July 28

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come see local act The Chris Vance Trio! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • Troy Streets Alive! & Shop Hop – Troy

    Join us for a night of health and wellness in Historic Downtown Troy! Artists and musicians will fill the sidewalks, along with cross-fit and yoga on the Public Square, information and demos, an obstacle course and more!

    This event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Troy Merchants Shop Hop. Stores are open late!

July 29

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Last Saturdays! at Van Wert Farm & Arts Markets – Van Wert

    On the “Last Saturday” of every month the Van Wert Farm & Art Market adds to the fun. Last Saturday in July will feature live music, food trucks, a community walk Amazing Race, and a Scavenger hunt!

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Revitalize Ohio Summer 2017

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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”! 

What’s Happening on Main Street – May 2017

May 1

May 5

May 6

  • Downtown Piqua Clean Up Day

    Be a part of spring cleaning up downtown Piqua! There is always plenty to do so get your organization or family involved.

  • 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.

  • Hidden Places, Secret Spaces – Marietta

    For one afternoon, you have special permission to visit areas of historic buildings that are normally off-limits so that you can explore a whole new side of Marietta!

May 11

May 12

May 13

  • Girls’ Night Out – Lebanon

    Girls, it’s time to come have some fun and shop and in Downtown Lebanon!

  • Antiques in the Alley – 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 antique stores or stop at the local brewery and try our local brew!

May 16

May 17

May 18

May 19

  • Taste of the Arts – Piqua

    A delightful evening of fun, music and food in downtown Piqua. Be sure to stop and see the various demonstrations in the storefronts while enjoying a variety of live music. Plus, there will be a huge selection of food options from various local restaurants and caterers.

  • Party on Main – Painesville

    Kick-off your summer in Downtown Painesville on Main Street with a huge dance party featuring the famous Disco Inferno.

May 20

May 23

May 24

May 25

  • Knowing Your Home: How to Contract A Repair – Lakewood

    This workshop will focus on the process of working with a home repair/improvement contractor. We will start with the basics of understanding your repair and then work our way through the process of getting estimates, scheduling the job and then making sure the repair has been completed in a workmanlike manner ensuring a well done job.

  • Take a Hike!: Playhouse Square Tour – Cleveland

    Known for being the second largest performing arts center in the country, Playhouse Square boasts even more than incredible theatres. Learn about the past grandeur of Euclid Avenue, renowned department stores, such as Halle’s, Bonwit Teller and Sterling Linder, important social clubs, such as The Union Club, the awe-inspiring Dazzle the District project and the historic Statler Hotel.

May 26

May 27

May 30

May 31

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