August Events in Ohio
By Mary Kleffner

Looking for last-minute summer fun? You’re in the right place! Whether you’re taking in the night sky at a meteor shower campout, learning a Celtic dance, or making lasting memories on a hot air balloon ride, all your loved ones are guaranteed to have a good time – right here in Ohio. See everything that’s happening this month!


Sunbonnet Days, August 4

Watch as the past comes to life in Fairfield at Sunbonnet Days! Sponsored by the Fairfield Historical Society, all attendees will be able to see what life was like in Butler County during the 1800s and early 1900s. Cheer on the “Blackbottom 9” in a vintage 1869-style baseball game and tour the Elisha Morgan Mansion, originally built in the early 1800s.The celebration continues with tours of the area’s one-room schoolhouses and several gardens. Enjoy live music, antiques and learn more about Ohio’s rich history at this unique event!

Find a full schedule of events here.

Meteor Shower Campout, August 11, 12

Regarded as one of the most popular meteor showers of the year, the Perseid Meteor Shower is sure to bring out-of-this-world views. Help celebrate the occasion at the Caesar Creek State Park’s Meteor Shower Campout! This year, families can enjoy geocaching, watching superhero movies, playing a variety of games, a bonfire on the beach, and a presentation from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Your little ones will have a blast making crafts, putting together puzzles, and going through “superhero training.” Camp out and view the meteor shower through telescopes provided or sit back and take it all in with your loved ones in a comfortable spot on the beach!

See all the fun activities you can enjoy under the stars here.


Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival, August 10-12

Appreciate the arts at the Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival in Cambridge! A juried event, you can catch almost 100 award-winning artists’ pieces on display and a variety of talented student artworks. Taste yummy foods and treats, take an art class or shop your way around dozens of different vendors at this three-day event.

Celebrate award-winning art and more! Learn more here.

Nelsonville Parade of the Hills, August 15-18

Spend the weekend in Nelsonville with all your loved ones at the Parade of the Hills – one of Ohio’s leading and most well-known festivals. Kick off the weekend with live music from Sail On, a Beach Boys tribute band, and stay to see who is crowned in the Pie Contest and the Ohio State Fiddling Contest! The fun doesn’t stop there – you can enjoy food, carnival games and rides, a 5K run and the “Water Games,” a fan-favorite event where the Nelsonville Fire Department and various other fire departments compete head-to-head displaying their skills.

Whether you’re in it for the music, food, or games – you’re sure to have a blast at the Parade of the Hills! View a more detailed list of events here.


Dublin Irish Festival, August 3-5

One of the largest of its kind, the Dublin Irish Festival expects to bring thousands of guests to the Central Ohio region this year. Seven stages, sixty-five acts, and over five hundred performers promise hours of entertainment. Headliners this year include Sharon Shannon, Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, and the Willis Clan, among others. Learn an Irish dance or watch traditional Celtic sports and get a taste of Irish culture and food from forty plus vendors!

Learn more about the festivities here.

All Ohio Balloon Fest, August 9-11

For over 40 years, the All Ohio Balloon Fest in Marysville has wowed thousands by hot-air balloon launches and family-friendly entertainment. This year, you can tune into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ZZ Top and country star LOCASH, and your little ones can enjoy bouncy houses, balloon artists and all their favorite characters in costume. Be sure to catch balloon flights, glows and rides while enjoying a variety of food and vendors.

Take flight at the All Ohio Balloon Fest, where all proceeds benefit United Way of Union County. Find more information here. 

Summer in the 614, August 11

Celebrate all the fun the Columbus-area has to offer at Worthington’s annual Summer in the 614 Festival! Enjoy an evening at Worthington’s Village Green full of family activities, food and vendors like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Clippers. Headliners for this year’s musical entertainment include The Shazzbots, Arch City Lights, and the John Schwab Party Band.

Don’t miss out on this awesome, end-of-summer event – click here for more information.


National Tractor Pulling Championships, August 16-18

One of the most prestigious Truck and Tractor Pulls on earth, the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green features dozens of machines and competitions. Feel the vibrations of pure pulling machine engines in “Pull Town USA” and enjoy live music performances, food and drinks while cheering on your favorite truck and tractor pull contestants!

Bring your ear plugs! See the competition schedule and more here.

German-American Festival, August 24-26

One of Toledo’s oldest and largest ethnic festivals, the German-American Festival has been celebrating German culture for over fifty years. Catch the favorite stone-throwing contest, enjoy live music, or sample German-American baked goods – and be sure to stay and see who reigns victorious in the soccer tournament and the pretzel-eating contest!

Come out and celebrate at the German-American Festival. Click here to learn more!


Twins Days Festival, August 3-5

Seeing double? You will be at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg! Held annually, this festival is the largest gathering of twins and other multiples in the world. This year’s theme, “Two-Player Mode,” is certain to bring smiles as twins are encouraged to dress up as their favorite video or arcade game characters. Enjoy talent shows, live music, twin contests and a volleyball tournament as well as yummy treats and family-fun all-weekend long.

For more information, click here.

Swiss National Day Celebration, August 4

Celebrate Switzerland’s Independence Day in Ohio! Join the Village of Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, as they offer a full day of fun with the “Run for Gnome,” fun-run, music, food, bouncy houses, and face painting at the Swiss National Day Celebration. Finish off this fun-filled, free admission day with a fireworks show!

There’s still plenty of fun to be had before the summer’s up! Find all of August’s entertainment and more at

About the Author

Mary is a graduate of Capital University, she studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.