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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 – 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 – 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”!