Things to Do with Kids: Ohio Summer Festivals

Things to Do with Kids: Ohio Summer Festivals

Ohio summer festivals and events

All summer long, family-friendly festivals abound in the greater Cleveland/Akron area. Find your family’s next weekend activity with this list of Northeast Ohio summer festivals.

June 30-July 3

16th Annual Italian American Summer Festival. Celebrating Italian culture and tradition with bocce tournament, dancing, pasta eating contest and much more. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 164 Eastland Road, Berea, italianamericansummerfestival.com

July 1

Kent Heritage Festival. Held in downtown Kent on Water, Erie, Franklin and Main streets between Depeyster and Gougler. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. kentbiz.com

July 6-9

Fairview Summer Fest. Budget-friendly family event that includes a parade, carnival rides, dog parade, fireworks and more. Bohlken Park, 3701 W. 210th St., Fairview Park, fairviewsummerfest.com

July 8

Lakewood Summer Meltdown. This “something for everyone” event offers endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, live music and more. 4-10 p.m. Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Elmwood, lakewoodsummermeltdown.com

July 7-9

Cain Park Arts Festival. Art exhibits, restaurant-quality food, and entertainment. Cain Park, 14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Hts., 216-371-3000, cainpark.com

4th Annual St. Mary Chardon Festival. Trolley ride to the midway, rides, games, homemade food, live music, and more. 401 North St., Chardon, stmaryfestivalchardon.org

July 8-9

Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival. Stop and listen to the musicians as they tour the grounds, and enjoy tasting wines from a select number of Ohio-based wineries. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 330-666-3711, wrhs.org

July 13-15

Italian American Festival. Walk down the scent-filled streets of gnocchi, cavatelli, pizza fritta and Italian sausage. Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron, lock3live.com, it-am.org

Olde Canal Days Festival. The festival includes a grande parade, fireworks, historic displays and a vintage baseball game. Downtown Canal Fulton, 330-854-9095, visitcanton.com

July 15

Willoughby ArtsFest. See and purchase a wide range of juried art, plus enjoy music and the quaint downtown Willoughby restaurants and local merchants. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. willoughbyartsfest.com

July 19-22

Alive Festival. Christian music festival and summer destination for people of all ages. Atwood Lake Park, 9298 Atwood Lake Road, Mineral City, alive.org

July 21-22

Hudson Wine Festival. Features over 150 wines, craft beer, and spirits plus live music, food and vendors. Friday hours are 4-10 p.m. Saturday hours are 2-10 p.m. Village Way in First and Main, Hudson, hudsonwinefestival.com

July 22

Headlands Beachfest. Family-friendly celebration of wind, water and sand. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, 440-466-8400, cityofmentor.com

Love Fest. Family-friendly music festival includes the library fun bus, interactive life size kaleidoscope building and 20+ bands. 2-11:30 p.m. Chardon Square, Short Court Street, chardonlovefest.weebly.com

July 27-30

Streetsboro Family Days. Rides, food vendors galore and free admission for a huge family event. streetsborofamilydays.org

July 29

Kent Potterfest. An opportunity for fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter. Activities will include costume contests, magic shows, vendors, photo booths and more. Noon-9 p.m. Downtown Kent, mainstreetkent.org

August 3

KidsFest & Flea Market. Flea Market 10 a.m.-1 p.m. KidsFest noon-3 p.m. Chardon Square, 101 S. Hambden St., chardonsquareassociation.org

August 4-6

Twinsday Festival. The world’s largest gathering of twins (and other multiples). 9825 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, 330-425-3652, twinsdays.org

August 5

40th Annual Lakewood Arts Fest. For over 30 years, the Lakewood Arts Festival has brought local and national artists to the streets of Lakewood. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. lakewoodartsfest.org

August 5-6

Sweet Corn Festival. Fun, food, games, pony rides, entertainment and more. Noon-5 p.m. Beckwith Orchards Cider Mill, 1617 Lake Rockwell Road, Kent, mainstreetkent.org

August 6

The FEST. Free family day of fun including performances by National Christian musical artists, Mom’s Relaxation Station, Dad’s Den and activities for children of every age. Center for Pastoral Leadership, 28700 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe, thefest.us

Nature Arts Festival. Enjoy live music, family make-n-take projects, open mic and chalk. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon Township, geaugaparkdistrict.org

August 7-13

Cuyahoga County Fair. Enjoy a day at the fair with rides, performances, games, music, exhibits, animals, arts & crafts and plenty of food. 164 Eastland Road, Berea, 440-243-0090, cuyfair.com

August 11-13

Ohio Celtic Festival. Celtic music, dance and activities and shows for children. Classic Park, Lake County Captains Stadium, 35300 Vine St., Eastlake, ohiocelticfest.com

August 12

Fun Fest. Free family festival with arts, crafts, music, petting zoo, balloons, games, train ride, inflatables, dancing, face painting, characters and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown Massillon, massillonmuseum.org/fun-fest

August 12-13

National Hamburger Festival. Family fun, entertainment and assortments of hamburgers. Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron, hamburgerfestival.com

August 12-15

Little Italy’s Feast of the Assumption. Four days of festivities, booths featuring Italian foods, desserts, live music and rides for young children. Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, holy-rosary.org

August 18-19

Great Lakes Burning River Fest. Burning River Fest invites guests to discover and celebrate Cleveland’s historic Coast Guard Station with live music, fresh food from local farms and eateries, and chef demos. 6-11 p.m. Whiskey Island, West Bank of Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, burningriverfest.org

August 19

Tallmadge Circle Festival. Entertainment, children’s area with magician and pony rides, plus fireworks and a parade. 5:30-11 p.m. Tallmadge Circle Green, 80 Community Road, 330-633-5417, tallmadgechamber.com

August 22

Medina Bee Festival. Watch beekeepers open a hive, taste honey, learn about beekeeping, meet Buzz the Bee, get a balloon animal and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Medina County Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 330-725-0588, mcdl.info/beefest

August 27

One World Day – Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Tour the gardens, experience authentic ethnic food, watch cultural performances and enjoy family activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Cleveland Cultural Gardens, clevelandculturalgardens.org

St. Josaphat Ukrainian Festival. Ukrainian food, prizes, entertainment, petting zoo, and dancing. Free Admission. Noon-midnight. 5720 State Road, Parma, 440-886-2108

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