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.
Biggest Week in American Birding
Northwest Ohio, May 4 – 13, 2018
You don't give yourself the name of the "Warbler Capital of the World," you earn it! During Black Swamp Bird Observatory's Biggest Week in American Birding 2017, birders checked off more than 230 species of birds, including 35 warbler species. All those birds in just TEN days! With so many great birding hot spots in the region, imagine the birds you could add to your life list if you visit Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands. (800-441-1271; SHORESandISLANDS.com)
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
Gahanna, June 15 – 17, 2018
Admission: Adults 12 and up: $7 (Fri. and Sun.); $10 (Sat.); $21 (weekend pass); children 11 and under (and military w/ID) Free
Join in the celebration as Ohio's "Best Blues & Jazz" Festival turns 20! Located in the heart of Gahanna in the picturesque Creekside District, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival features 5 stages with 90 hours of music from regional, national and Grammy-winning artists, food and artisan vendors, cocktail tastings, craft beers, amusement rides and family fun. Enjoy a leisurely paddleboat ride while listening to smooth jazz and cool blues or reserve your seat and be treated like a VIP. Weekend packages and advance tickets available. (866-424-2662; creeksidebluesandjazz.com)