The following events were supplied to us by festival organizers and tourism offices throughout the state, and selected by Midwest Living editors. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list of all events in this state. If you decide to go, call first: Dates and specific events can change at the last minute.
Brew & BBQ Festival at Cedar Point
May 22 - 31, 2015
Summer means festivals. And festivals mean music, food, and beer. Cedar Point thinks that something is missing from that mix: coasters. So they’re kicking off the summer with a new Brew & BBQ Festival, running Friday through Sunday, May 22-24 and May 29-31. You’ll get to sample from more than 146 craft and micro brews, enjoy barbecue small plates, and take in live music at the beach. Add the new floorless coaster Rougarou, and you’ve got a whole new kind of festival. All for $15 with park admission when you buy in advance at cedarpoint.com. (419)-627-2350; cedarpoint.com
The Music Man
May 29, 2015
Follow fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall. (740)-439-2761; livingworddrama.org
Columbus Arts Festival
June 12 - 14, 2015
The 2015 Columbus Arts Festival will take place at the downtown Riverfront on June 12, 13 & 14. The Riverfront will be transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery as the nation’s top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country. In addition to hosting more than 280 nationally acclaimed artists, the Festival will feature fantastic gourmet fare from some of the city’s finest local restaurants, live music, hands-on art activities and more—there’s something for everyone! (614)-224-2606; columbusartsfest.org
The Ohio Light Opera
June 13 - August 8, 2015
As America's Premier Lyric Theater Festival, The Ohio Light Opera is committed to staging professional productions encompassing the best of musical theater tradition, particularl rare gems and golden-age musicals that have not been presented with full production values for many years. Enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Cole Porter's "Can-Can," and George and Ira Gershwin's "Oh, Kay!." For the complete performance calendar, visit the Ohio Light Opera website, ohiolightopera.org or call (330) 263-2345.
10th Annual Jungle Jim's International Beer Fest
June 19 - 20, 2015
An International ExBEERience! With over 350 beers from 100 different breweries, this year's event promises to be the biggest and best yet! There will be brew masters available to talk about the craft and imported beers and we'll also have some rare beers that you might not get the chance to sample again. You won't want to miss the tapping at the start of each night. Don't miss out on this year's Beer Fest! For more information, please call 513.674.6000 or visit JungleJims.com/BeerFest.
Riverside Wine Festival
June 20, 2015
Attend Findlay's Riverside Wine Festival to enjoy summer the right way-with wine! Sample wines from Ohio wineries offering regional wines ranging from world-class wines to fruit wines. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite. Tickets at the event are $25 and include a tasting glass and ten tasting tickets, non-tasting tickets are $10. Uncork some fun, we will see you there! (419)-422-3412; artspartnership.com