Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Northeast Ohio Maple Events

Check the list below for family-friendly places to celebrate the sweetest time of year in the region!

2/11

Tree Tapping Ceremony. Learn how to tap a maple tree, enjoy maple candy demonstrations, maple stirs, hot chocolate and donuts by the fireside. Sponsored by the Burton Chamber of Commerce. Burton Log Cabin, 14590 E. Park St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 440-834-4204, burtonchamberofcommerce.org

2/25-26

Maple Sugaring Weekend. Learn about maple sugaring with stories, lectures, videos and a visit to the Sugar Shack at Lorain County Metro Parks’ Carlisle Reservation. The event also includes a sugar bush and sap collection hike and Green Choo rides through the sugar bush, weather permitting. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 440-458-5121, metroparks.cc

3/4-26

Sugaring Weekends at Grossman Brothers Maple Products. Open every weekend in March 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Production demonstrations when sap is flowing, subject to weather conditions. Syrup and maple sugar for sale. 12147 Claridon-Troy Road, Chardon, 440-231-5647, ohiomapleproducts.com

3/4, 5, 11 & 12

2017 Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio. Drive-it-yourself tour organized by the Maple Syrup Producers of Northeast Ohio featuring sugar houses across the region. For a list of participating sugar houses, hours, locations and an interactive map, visit facebook.com/maplesyrupproducersofneohio

Maple Madness Driving Trail. State-wide 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.

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 sugar house to see how maple syrup and sugar are 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

Open House Weekends at Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp. Featuring maple candy and syrup samples, a free gift with purchase, and make your own maple stirs. Log Cabin is open daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. year-round for retail sales with production demonstrations when sap is flowing (temperature range 40-20 degrees F). 14590 E. Park St., Burton, 440-834-4204, burtonchamberofcommerce.org

Richards Maple Products Open House Weekends. The multi-generation family business, celebrating 105 years, offers maple coffee, maple candy, maple cotton candy, chocolate-covered maple creams, maple syrup and more. Saturdays include maple candy making demos at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., along with fresh candy to taste. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 545 Water St., Chardon, 440-286-4160, richardsmapleproducts.com

3/4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19

History of Maple Sugaring. Walk through time along the Sugarbush Trail to see sap-collecting methods and syrup-making processes. You’ll end at the sugar house to watch sap boiled into maple syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugar house every 20 minutes (last hike leaves at 3:40 p.m.). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.org

3/5 & 12

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 the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house, have a taste of maple syrup and then warm up with live music in the lodge. Noon-4 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 15984 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

3/6 & 11

Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! Children ages 3-5 years old and their siblings can learn about maple syrup by collecting sap with small buckets and visiting the sugar house. Event is outdoors, so dress for the weather. 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. on March 6; 1-2 p.m. on March 11. The Sugar House at Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation, 15984 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

3/9

Senior Day: Seniors in the Sugar Bush. Join the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center for a pancake breakfast in the lodge, followed by a hands-on program in the sugar bush and sugar house learning about the maple sugaring process. 9 a.m.-noon. The Sugar House at Geauga Park District’s Swine Creek Reservation, 15984 Hayes Road, Middlefield, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

3/10

Discovering Nature: Maple Sugaring. Children ages 2-6, with an adult, can join naturalist Bev Walborn on an outdoor adventure exploring the history of maple sugaring along the trail through the sugar bush. 1-1:30 p.m. Maple Grove Picnic Area in Rocky River Reservation, 24000 Valley Pkwy., North Olmsted, 440-734-6660, clevelandmetroparks.org

3/11

Tree Tapper’s Ball. Celebrate the maple season with this free, old-fashioned square dance with live music, now in its 29th year. Novices welcome; all dances are taught in fun fashion by caller Bob Smakula. Dress is casual. Registration begins Feb. 27; limit of eight per registering group. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Road, Parkman, 440-286-9516, geaugaparkdistrict.org

3/11 & 12

Salo Maple Products Open House. This sugar house features all newer equipment with reverse osmosis and steamaway. Sample and purchase maple coated nuts, maple candy, syrup, and maple soft serve ice cream. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16434 Leggett Road, Montville, 440-759-9945, destinationgeauga.com

3/11, 12, 18 & 19

Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast at Hale Farm & Village. Enjoy a hearty 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711 x1720, wrhs.org

3/12

Tappin’ Sunday. Chardon’s official “tapper” will tap the tree with a commemorative bucket hand-painted by local artist Bob Kolcum during this ceremonial event. Buy the first maple stirs of the season. 1-2 p.m. Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., destinationgeauga.com

3/12, 13, 19 & 20

A Sugarbush Creek Farm. Tour a real maple syrup farm and enjoy historical demonstrations of how maple sugaring originated. Wagon rides, tours and tastings also available. Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. 3030 Madison Road, Middlefield, 440-636-5371, ohiomaplesyrup.com

3/12, 19 & 26; 4/2 & 9

Maple Stirs. Experience the classic maple stir at the Geauga County Maple Festival Sugar House on Chardon Square. Cost is $1.50 per stir for a small bowl with hot maple syrup in it and a stirring stick. Stir and watch as the syrup becomes a creamy maple candy. Noon-4 p.m. The Stir Booth also will be open during the Geauga County Maple Festival. 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival.com

3/17

Family Friday Night: Maple Sugaring. Learn how maple syrup is created by experiencing every step of the process in a hands-on way. This sticky program will end with a snack of pancakes and toppings. 6:30-8 p.m. $2/person; register by March 14. North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 Som Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-473-3370, clevelandmetroparks.org

3/18, 19, 25 & 26

Maple Syrup Festival & Pancake Breakfast. Old-fashioned mapling demonstrations, wagon rides, displays and more, plus enjoy a pancake breakfast made by the Boardman Rotary Club in the Lariccia Family Community Center. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 375 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman, 330-726-8107, boardmanpark.com

3/19

Maple Sugaring Drop-by. Stop in anytime to learn about this American tradition. A naturalist will be on hand with the tools of the trade and fresh sap to sample if conditions are right. Trees will be tapped nearby. 2-4 p.m. North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 Som Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-473-3370, clevelandmetroparks.org

3/22

Sprouts: Growing Kids and Wonder, Naturally. Children ages 3-5, with an adult, can join Natalie the naturalist to learn more about the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. Event includes discovery time, a craft and a short hike. 10:30-11:45 a.m. or 1-2:15 p.m. Register by March 20. Nature Education Building at North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 Som Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-473-3370, clevelandmetroparks.org

3/26

Sunday Sprouts: Maple Sugaring. Families can join Natalie the naturalist to learn more about the longtime tradition of maple sugaring. Event includes discovery time, a craft and a short hike. 1-2:15 p.m. Nature Education Building at North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 Som Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-473-3370, clevelandmetroparks.org

4/27-30

The 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, Golden Old Timers Luncheon, historical display, invitational lumberjack competition, pancakes in the park, two grand parades. Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival.com

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS

3/5 & 12

Camp Whitewood Maple Tour and Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, free tours and wagon rides, maple tasting and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 4-H Camp Whitewood, 7983 S. Wiswell Road, Windsor, 440-272-5275, 4hcampwhitewood.osu.edu

3/5, 12, 19 & 26

Burton Pancake Breakfasts. Each breakfast benefits a different organization: the Geauga County Historical Society, Burton Volunteer Fire Department, Burton-Middlefield Rotary, or the American Legion Burton Chamber of Commerce. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 440-834-4204, burtonchamberofcommerce.org

All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfasts. Every Sunday in March, the Burton-Middlefield Rotary Club puts on an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Berkshire High School, 14510 Main St., Burton, 877-283-3496, bmrpancakes.com

Pancake Breakfasts at Century Village Museum. Maple syrup made at Century Village Museum and all the pancakes you can eat. Also tour Century Village Museum and its sugar bush. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 14653 E. Park St., Burton, 440-834-1492, centuryvillagemuseum.org

3/5, 12, 19 & 26; 4/ 2, 9, 23 & 30

Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chardon Women’s Auxiliary. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 319 Water St., Chardon, 440-286-9921

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