If you’ve recently looked at the Ohio Festival Guide, you will notice that there are a LOT of festivals going on this month.
That’s why I’ve decided to give you a listing of the festivals I’ve personally visited and have really enjoyed.
At the end of the post, I’ll list some festivals that also look great which I haven’t had the chance to check out.
Listings will be done chronologically as they go down the Ohio Festival Guide.
Festival of Sail – Sandusky
The Doo Dah Parade – Columbus
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/DooDahParade
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/the-doo-dah-parade-columbus/
Notes: Bring your sense of humor to this zany parade (you can even be in it). A festival accompanies the event.
Asian Lantern Festival at the Cleveland Zoo – Cleveland
Dates: 7/6-7/10, 7/13-7/17, 7/20-7/24, 7/27-7/31 (and continues into August)
Official Website: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo/programs-events/2022/special-events/asian-lantern-festival-presented-by-meijer
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/asian-lantern-festival-cleveland/
Notes: The perfect excuse to go to the zoo in the evening with beautiful light displays, Asian food, entertainment and more.
Olde Canal Days Festival – Canal Fulton
Official Website: http://cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov/events/olde-canal-days-2/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/olde-canal-days-festival-canal-fulton/
Notes: Along with the rides, food, entertainment and vendors, I just loved going through the town. A fun family festival.
Lilyfest – Rockbride
Official Website: https://lilyfest.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/lilyfest-rockbridge/
Notes: Art, Music and Food in the midst of the Bishop Educational Gardens. It’s like a secret festival and you’re invited.
FarmFest – Kirtland
Official Website: https://www.lakemetroparks.com/events-activities/events/farmfest
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/farmfest-kirtland/
Notes: This festival at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark has a bit of everything and is great for the family.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace – Rock Creek
Dates: 7/9-7/10, 7/16-7/17, 7/23-7/24, 7/30-7/31 (Continues into August)
Official Website: http://www.medievalfaire.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/great-lakes-medieval-faire/
Notes: A really fun Medieval Festival worth checking out. You could easily spend the whole day here.
Summer Moon Festival – Wapakoneta
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/wapaksummermoonfest/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/summer-moon-festival-wapakoneta/
Notes: Neil Armstrong’s hometown has events both downtown and at the Museum. Bed Races, River Paddle Battles, all sorts of entertainment, food and more.
St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair – Mantua
Official Website: https://www.stjosephmantua.com/ox-roast-fair
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/st-josephs-ox-roast-fair-mantua/
Notes: Booths and events are operated by volunteer staff and the roast ox is absolutely delicious. But there is plenty of other foods and a great deal of rides at this church festival.
Headlands Beach Fest – Mentor
Official Website: https://cityofmentor.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/headlands-beachfest-mentor/
Notes: Head to the longest natural beach in Ohio for sand sculptures, great music and food.
The Summer Market – Lorain
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Summer-Market-160203031963
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/the-summer-market-lorain/
Notes: This market offers a great collection of vendors at a wonderful location (Black River Landings). It’s a perfect summer weekend event.
Wizardly World of Kent
Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/WizardlyWorldofKent
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/potterfest/
Notes: Kent, Ohio is transformed into a wizardly world where fans of Harry Potter will feel at home.
Valley City Frog Jump Festival
Official Website: http://frogjump.valleycity.org/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/45-the-valley-city-frog-jump-festival-august-15-2010/
Notes: Bring a frog or rent one at the grounds and participate in the jumping competition. Food, games and more are also available.
Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest
Official Website: https://www.bluesandribfest.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/41-canal-winchester-blues-and-ribfest-august-6-2011/
Notes: A great excuse to visit the Canal Winchester while enjoying tasty ribs and great musical entertainment.
The Gathering of Garst – Greenville
Official Website: https://www.gatheringatgarst.com/
My Review: https://ohiofestivals.net/gathering-at-garst-greenville/
Notes: This festival at the Garst Museum has a Living History Encampment, great live entertainment, vendors and more.
Festivals I have NOT been to…
Here are some festivals that I would love to go to but have not had the chance to visit.
I will also list them chronologically.
7/8-7/10 – Delta Chicken Festival – Delta
7/8-7/10 – Cincinnati Celtic Festival – Cincinnati
7/9-7/10 – Summer Festival of the Arts – Youngstown
7/16 – Crazy Cardboard Regatta – West Chester
7/22-7/24 – Wine and Walleye Festival – Ashtabula
7/22-7/24 – Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest – Columbus
7/29-7/31 – Dayton Celtic Festival – Dayton
What are your favorite festivals in July?