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 – 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

October 26

October 27

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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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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The passage of a hometown bakery

I lamented the sad news this past weekend when my parents showed up from Michigan to my house in Columbus, empty-handed.

“Did you know Butler’s Bakery closed?” was their surprised greeting.

Butler’s Bakery was a locally-owned, Main Street, bakery located in Van Wert, Ohio, that sold a garden-variety of baked goods, but what we really loved were their egg noodles. First introduced to them at a Main Street training back in 2008, I chuckled when our host announced we would have the privilege of eating “life-changing” noodles with our chicken lunch. While I’ve never had “life-changing” anything before with a meal, these noodles *were* excellent and I made a note to ask about them.

Finding out they were made at Butler’s, and available for sale, I bought some the next time I was through Van Wert, and have stopped at least a couple times a year to pick some up each time I traveled to Van Wert, or was passing through to Michigan.

Unfortunately, as with so many things, Butler’s wouldn’t be here for forever, and there would come a day when I was passing through (or my parents were) and we’d find Butler’s closed.

Downtown Van Wert still has a lot of great amenities, not the least of which is their recently restored historic courthouse, but there’s one less downtown business providing its unique character to a unique downtown. And there’s one more former patron looking for a new source of life-changing noodles.

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