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Events, Festivals and Attractions are Open and Ready for Summer Fun and Visitors in Ohio

Summer has officially began, and Ohio. Find It Here. wants to help Ohioans and out-of-state visitors pack as much fun into this summer as possible.

Ohio River Paddlefest in Cincinnati

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 18, 2021) – Summer officially begins on June 20, and Ohio. Find It Here. wants to help Ohioans and out-of-state visitors pack as much fun into this summer as possible. For the first time in more than a year, festivals and events are back, major tourism attractions are open, and Ohio will host several one-of-a-kind experiences.  

"Ohio is home to so many activities and adventures for the entire family to enjoy," said Governor Mike DeWine. "Fran and I are looking forward to spending time with our family and exploring all that Ohio has to offer this summer."

Longwoods International, a travel and tourism research firm, says 87% of American travelers now have travel plans for the next six months. 61% of those travelers plan on taking road trips and traveling within the U.S., and that is good news for Ohio.

"With so much to see and do in Ohio, we're looking forward to a great year for our tourism industry," said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, which oversees the state's tourism activities. "As Americans begin to travel again, we want them to know Ohio is open for business and whatever they're looking to do, they can find it here!"

Festival and Events are Back

  • Tecumseh, June 7 – Sept. 5, is the ultimate outdoor theater experience. Audiences sit beneath the stars and watch the legendary life of the Shawnee leader as he defends his sacred Ohio homeland in the late 1700s.
  • The John Glenn Centennial Celebration, July 16 –18, in and around New Concord, will celebrate John Glenn's life and accomplishments. Activities include a 7-mile race, a parade, movie night and free museum tours.
  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week, August 5 – 9, in Canton will feature the greatest gathering of football legends, including more than 100 Hall of Famers and the eight players who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as the Class of 2021.
  • Ohio River Paddlefest, August 7, is the largest U.S paddling celebration, with 2,000 participants traveling the Ohio River through downtown Cincinnati in canoes, kayaks and other human-powered watercraft.
  • Cleveland Air Show, Sept. 4 – 6, will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in daily choreographed 50-minute performances at speeds up to 500 mph and as close as three feet from each other. Advance tickets sales only.

Ohio Wineries

June is Ohio Wine Month. Ohio has more than 350 wineries across the state, from Appalachia to the Lake Erie shores, creating award-winning products that rival those in well-known wine-producing areas like California and Europe. Ashtabula County alone is home to over 30 wineries, earning its nickname of Ohio Wine Country. The Lake Erie breezes and rich soil make this area prime for grape growing. Many of the vineyards are family-owned and family-run, as well. You can plan your trip to an Ohio winery or vineyard on Ohio.org

Music is in the Air

Whether you love classical music or rock & roll, announcements of live music returning this year is music to everyone's ears. A recap of musical events include:

  • The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops will return to full capacity later this fall at Music Hall but will kick things off at the Red, White and Boom event at Riverbend on July Fourth.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be rocking again this summer, with plenty of live music events scheduled in July and August, not to mention the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony scheduled for late October. 
  • The Columbus Symphony Orchestra kicks off Picnic with the Pops, presented by Nationwide, on June 19 with exciting concerts ranging from an Elton John tribute to EnVogue and ending with the traditional tribute from the Ohio State Marching Band.

Road Trips for the Thrill-seekers or Chill-seekers

With six unique destinations, the Rock & Ride Road Trip offers stops for music, history and movie lovers, as well as roller coaster enthusiasts. Ending the trip in Amish Country or Hocking Hills could be a perfect way to wind down. And if you are more of a chill-seeker than a thrill-seeker, the 16-stop Scenic Route Road Trip offers a chance to take in Ohio's incredible scenery with breathtaking views and exhilarating hikes.

If these aren't enough ideas for summer, check out one of the most popular blogs from Ohio. Find It Here.: 100 Things to Do in Ohio this Summer.

Share your fun in the summer sun with #SummerInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. And remember to check event and venue websites ahead of time for the latest safety protocols while traveling. For the latest travel ideas and inspiration, follow @OhioFindItHere on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and visit Ohio.org.

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About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio's Development Services Agency, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs. For more information, visit Ohio.org.       

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