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.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition
The 2013 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival
July 4 - 7
All aboard! A magnificent fleet of tall ships is returning to Cleveland during the Tall Ships Festival July 4 – 7. Held at the Port of Cleveland adjacent to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the festival will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Great Lakes role in the War of 1812, showcase maritime history and spotlight key environmental themes. Visitors can board the 10-11 vessels from around the world, meet the crew and experience the heritage these ships symbolize. clevelandtallships.com
July 12 - 14
This is the ultimate festival for flower and art lovers. Lilyfest is held annually at the Bishop Educational Gardens in southeast Ohio’s beautiful Hocking Hills and features 3 acres of artistically designed gardens, ponds and garden sculptures maintained by local Master Gardeners. Lilyfest also features the works of more than 70 artists in a juried art show. Meander around the gardens while listening to music on multiple stages. Pre-festival workshops are offered July 9 – 11. Special tours and transportation available for persons with disabilities. For more information on this FREE nature lover’s festival visit www.Lilyfest.com.
July 19 - 21
Kelleys Island, July 19-21, 2013. Memorial Park is filled with craft vendors, food, and a beer tent all weekend. Saturday features a morning parade and evening fireworks. (419)-746-2360; kelleysislandchamber.com
Toast of Ohio Friday Night Wine Event
Admission to Event: $15/person (in advance), $20/person (at the door). Cost includes light appetizers, a souvenir wine glass, and two wine tastings. Patrons who attend the Friday night event will gain free admission to Saturday’s event by bringing their 2013 wine glass with them. (419)-626-6111; merrygoroundmuseum.org