Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Maple events in Ohio

While we make every effort to ensure events are up-to-date, some may have been postponed or canceled due to precautions concerning the coronavirus. We recommend checking with the venue or organization before attending any of the following events.

 

 

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Check the list below for family-friendly places to celebrate the sweetest time of year in the greater Cleveland/Akron area.

 

February 29

From Sun to Syrup. Maple sugaring transforms tree sap into edible syrup. Joina  naturalist for an introductory presentation revealing the whole process. Enjoy photos from the Cleveland Metroparks sugar bush and discover procedural subtleties resulting in the finest maple syrup. Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

Pancake Breakfast with the Birds. Learn about the habits and habitats of birds, enjoy activity stations with crafts, take a guided nature hike, see birds of prey up close with a visit by friends from Lake Metroparks, and enjoy delicious pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Shaker Heights and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-10; free for children ages 3 and younger. 8 a.m.-noon. Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, shakerlakes.org

February 29 & March 1, 7 & 8

Maple Sugaring at Carlisle Reservation. Explore the history and science of maple sugaring through hands-on activities for all ages. Discover the secrets of maple sugaring by a brief indoor lecture, hiking to the sugar bush and collecting sap with a Naturalist, and visiting the Sugar Shack to see the sap being converted into syrup. Train rides through a second sugar bush may also be available, weather permitting. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 440-458-5121, loraincountymetroparks.com

March 1

Tappin’ Sunday. This ceremonial tapping of the maple trees on Chardon Square is the first chance of the season to buy maple stirs. The official “tapper” will tap the tree with a commemorative bucket. 1 p.m. 111 E. Park St., maplefestival.com

March 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15

History of Maple Sugaring. Walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes used throughout history and today. You’ll end at the sugar house to watch sap boiled into maple syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugar house every 30 minutes (last hike leaves at 2:30 p.m.). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 1, 8 & 15

Sap’s-a-Risin’! Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugar bush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods. Gather sap in the sugar bush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house, taste maple syrup, then warm up with maple treats and live music in the lodge. Noon-4 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Pancake Town USA Breakfasts. On Sundays in March, pancake breakfasts are served in different locations around Burton to benefit different local organizations. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. burtonchamberofcommerce.org

Rotary Club of Burton Middlefield Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, plus famous omelets. $5 ages 4-10; $8 ages 11 and older; $12 pancake breakfast and omelet. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Berkshire High School, 14510 N. Cheshire St., Burton, burtonmiddlefieldrotary.com

March 6

Family Friday Night: The Science of Maple Sugar. Discover the science of maple syrup through hands-on experiments, demonstrations and a taste test. 6:30-8 p.m. North Chagrin Nature Center, 401 Buttermilk Falls Pkwy., Willoughby, 440-473-3370, clevelandmetroparks.com

Maple Sugaring Pairing Dinner. Come for an evening of good wine, food and maple sugaring. Take a tour of the sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is made. Then, enjoy a meal prepared by J&J Catering with wine pairing by Debonné Vineyards. Ages 21 and older. 5:30-9 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Nature Baby: Maple Sugaring. Nature is awaiting, so let’s get baby out to explore. Learn how maple syrup is made through stories and songs. Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.com

March 7

Veterans Hike: Maple Sugaring. Veterans, join for an inside look at a sugar bush and a trail walk to discover the history of maple sugaring. Samples included. 1-2 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 7, 8, 14 & 15

Maple Sugaring Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Discover how maple syrup is produced through hands-on demonstrations and crafts. Take a wagon ride to the Woodland Center to see how maple syrup is made. Sample maple syrup and candy, make a maple craft, help gather sap, learn how to tap trees and make maple syrup in your own backyard. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com

Maple Syrup Gatherings. Pa hitches up the horses and takes visitors into the woods through the sugar bush to collect the sweet stuff, then brings it back to the sugar shack to demonstrate how it is all done. Sample some maple coffee and candy, and various other maple treats in the log cabin. Horses go out Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. only. Weather permitting. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack, 15161 Main Market Road, Burton, 440-548-5521, maandpas.com

Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio. 20 sugar houses and businesses across the region participate in this drive-it-yourself tour. Meet the producers, see the process, and taste the sweet products. Syrup and other items are available for sale at each location. Each sugar house has different operating hours, which can be found online (in addition to a tour map) at mpneoh.com.

Ohio Maple Madness Driving Trail. Statewide drive-it-yourself tour organized by the Ohio Maple Producers Association that includes open house events at many area sugar houses. Visit ohiomaple.org for details.

March 7, 9

Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! Ages 3-5 with an adult will explore outdoors and enjoy hands-on activities to discover where and how we get real maple syrup. Dress for the weather. Registration required. 10 a.m. on 3/7; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. on 3/9. The Sugar House at Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

March 8, 15 & 22

Goodell Family Farm’s Pancake Breakfast. Come for delicious pancakes and sausage topped with the farm’s own Pure Ohio Maple Syrup. $8.50 adults; $4.50 children ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 9090 OH 44, Ravenna, goodellfamilyfarm.com

March 8, 15, 22 & 29

Pancake Breakfast at Century Village Museum. A Geauga County tradition! All-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh, local maple syrup. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 14653 E. Park St., Burton, centuryvillagemuseum.org

March 14, 15, 21 & 22

Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and experience oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, and spinning and weaving. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (breakfast served until 3 p.m.) Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, halefarm.org

March 21

Fulton Farm Maple Syrup Tour & Pancake Breakfast. Take a wagon tour of the Fulton family’s Maple Valley Farm sugar woods, owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. See the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Ninety-minute tours will begin and end at Buffalo Creek Retreat, where you can enjoy a pancake breakfast and warm refreshments. Register by 3/10. 8708 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, medinacountyparks.com

Maple Cook-Off. individuals or teams prepare maple-inspired dishes and compete against other maple chefs for a prize. Entry is limited to 15 chef contestants, first come first serve, and contestants must register by March 1 in person at the Carlisle Visitor Center to compete. Register by March 16 to attend as a taster. Noon-3 p.m. Henry’s Barn, 46223 U.S. Rt. 20, Oberlin, loraincountymetroparks.com

April 23-26

Geauga County Maple Festival. The oldest maple festival in the U.S. celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Four days of fun, food and “everything maple.” Events include arts & crafts, bathtub races, concessions, continuous grandstand entertainment, invitational lumberjack competition, pancakes in the park, two grand parades, and more. Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival.com

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