Start Your Fest Season This May in Ohio
By Meg Schultz

Start Your Fest Season This May in Ohio

Festival season has arrived, and Ohio is in no shortage of fun celebrations to experience. From family-friendly weekend fests to one-day neighborhood parties, you’ll find your favorite festival (and more) this May in Ohio. 

Here are just a few festivals taking place this month: 

May 4: Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

Join nearly 700,000 fellow sports fans in Canton, Ohio, to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies. This festival includes a grand parade, fireworks, a drum corp competition, a fashion show luncheon, and much more!





May 19–20: Buckeye BBQ Fest

Spend a delicious weekend in picturesque West Chester, Ohio, with the whole family. Enjoy two evenings of non-stop, live blues music, a classic car show, and over 20 barbecue vendors. This event includes inflatable bouncy rides and a petting zoo for kids, too!





May 20: Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest

Head out to Huntington Park for a night filled with food, music and craft brews! Over fifty Ohio craft breweries will be showing off their unique beers, including an exclusive collaboration beer created to celebrate Columbus Craft Beer Week.





May 25–May 30: Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival

This annual event takes place in Waterworks Park on the shores of Lake Erie. Enjoy live concerts, a grand parade, carnival rides, and a 5K run and walk. Children can also participate in the fishing derby and other educational activities and programs. With over 130 vendors from across the nation, this celebration will make your weekend an outdoor adventure to remember.





May 26: Duck Creek Log Jam

Venture off the beaten path for a day and enjoy home-grown music in Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Meet new friends, sing along, and enjoy the beautiful scenery during this one-day music festival. Make it a weekend trip and check out everything Hocking Hills has to offer, including ziplining, canoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more.





Here’s a sample of what you might hear:

May 27–29: Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

Get your summer started with a hot-weather favorite—ice cream! This festival includes over 90 artisans from across the country showcasing their handcrafted items. Pony rides, a car show, a motorcycle show and a magic show will also take place. Velvet Ice Cream will be there to showcase their Ohio-based cold treats! 





Photos courtesy of The Pro Football Hall of Fame Facebook page, the West Chester Township Facebook page, the Six One Pour Website, the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival Facebook page, the Duck Creek Log Jam Facebook page, and the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival website. 

About the Author

Meg is the Public Relations Coordinator for TourismOhio and works on consumer-facing content for print and digital publications. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in her hometown of Columbus.

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