Summer Festivals: Immerse Yourself in Ohio’s Culture
Tamara Brown, (614) 466-8591
Leslie Holbrook, (614) 383-1635
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – From dancing an Irish jig to trying your hand at sumo wrestling, Ohio visitors will find plenty of opportunities to participate in cultural celebrations this summer. In addition to lively entertainment and authentic cuisine, visitors can enjoy Ohio’s natural beauty, as many cultural events take place in parks and green spaces across the state.
Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe, May 21-24
Celebrate American Indian heritage during the Feast of the Flowering Moon at Yoctangee Park in Ohio’s first capital city, Chillicothe. The three-day event features Native American music, dancing, traders and exhibits, demonstrations and more than 80 exhibitors at the arts and crafts show.
Tremont Greek Fest – Cleveland, May 22-25
Enjoy Greek food, drinks, dancing and shopping at the 45th Annual Tremont Greek Festival in Cleveland’s charming Tremont neighborhood. The festival will take place from noon to midnight Friday through Sunday and noon to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 25.
Asian Festival – Columbus, May 23-24
Columbus’ Asian Festival takes place annually on the beautiful grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. This year, the festival highlights Japan and the Philippines, including martial arts demonstrations, ping-pong, sepak-takraw, performance artists, cultural exhibits, food, games, a career fair and more.
Quilt National ’15 – Athens, May 23 – September 7
Featuring quilts created by artists representing 33 states and eight countries, Quilt National is a biennial juried exhibition of innovative art quilts. While pieces from Quilt National ‘15 will travel to other galleries until 2017, Athens will be the only place visitors can view the entire, never-before exhibited exhibition. Be sure to visit The Dairy Barn Gallery Shop for handcrafted items from the exhibitors and other regional artists.
Historic Old West End Festival – Toledo, June 6-7
During the 44th Annual Historic Old West End Festival, visitors will take in the architectural beauty of Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Anne and Romanesque homes lining more than 25 blocks of the city. Events include home tours, The King Wamba Parade, antique car show and more.
2015 Queen City Vintage Baseball Festival – Cincinnati, June 13
Hosted by the Cincinnati Vintage Baseball Club, the festival is held at Sharon Woods Metro Park and provides attendees with an opportunity to spend the day watching baseball as it was played in 1869. The Cincinnati Vintage Baseball Club and three other vintage teams participate in the event.
Italian-American Festival – Akron, July 9-11
Presented by the Council of the Italian-American Societies of Summit County, the Italian-American Festival will take place at downtown Akron’s Lock 3 and feature bocce tournaments, live music and, of course, authentic Italian cuisine.
Dayton Celtic Festival – Dayton, July 24-26
Held along the Miami River at downtown Dayton’s Riverscape MetroPark, this year’s Dayton Celtic Festivalis jam-packed with fun all weekend long. Run the festival’s 5K, enjoy Irish food (and drink), attend a Gaelic mass and watch Celtic-themed performances. This year’s music headliners include Gaelic Storm, Scythian, Socks in the Frying Pan, We Banjo 3 and The Tri-Tones.
Dublin Irish Festival – Dublin, July 31-August 2
For 27 years, Dublin, Ohio, has celebrated the best of Irish dance, music, art and culture with the Dublin Irish Festival. Set in the rolling acres of Coffman Park, the festival features more than 60 musical acts from the U.S. and Ireland, and quirky contests such as the “Best Leg in a Kilt” contest.
Festival Latino – Columbus, August 8-9
Experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through high-energy dance performances, live music, educational workshops and authentic cuisine. Ohio’s largest Latino event,Festival Latino will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at Columbus’ Bicentennial Park.
German-American Festival – Oregon, August 28-30
Known for its authentic German food, beer and entertainment, the German-American Festival, located in scenic Oak Shade Grove, is northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival. Attendees can try their hand at Steinstossen (stone throwing), dance to live music and partake in a friendly pretzel eating competition.
Germania Society Oktoberfest – Cincinnati, August 28-30
Food is king at the Germania Society Oktoberfest. The festival features a plethora of homemade German food, including: sauerbraten, brats, metts, potato salad, pretzels, sauerkraut balls and cream puffs. A selection of German wine, schnapps and more than 60 taps of beer will also be available. Beifall!
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