Festivals and fun around ohio in may and june electricity hero names


Exactly 75 years after completing its final World War II mission, the restored B-17F Memphis Belle will be unveiled at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the U.S. will receive a celebratory opening with three B-17 Flying Fortresses, six P-51 Mustangs and three World War II-era trainer aircraft along with more than 160 WWII military and home front reenactors, a big band concert, 30 vintage military and civilian vehicles, and Memphis Belle films. Details: 937-255-8606.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrates the grand opening of its Children’s Garden with 16 interactive experiences to connect children to the natural world. Highlights include a canopy walk; a larger-than-life cardinal’s nest; pocket gardens for the senses, pollen makers and a place to jam on drums; a 15-foot tall sandstone bluff with moss, ferns, fossils; and plenty more. Details: 614-715-8000.

The 35th anniversary of this historic festival celebrates the rich American Indian heritage of Chillicothe, Ohio’s first capital city. Yoctangee Park hosts this diverse festival featuring dancers, drummers, a mountain men encampment, working craftsmen, an extensive arts and crafts show, live entertainment, rides, and games. Don’t miss the crowning of the Feast of the Flowering Moon Queen. Details: 800-413-4118.

Head to Granville at 3 p.m. on the first and third Sunday afternoon of each month to enjoy the fast-paced play and athleticism in the sport of polo. Matches are played on the Great Lawn of Bryn Du Mansion. Drive in to tailgate, rub elbows with the players, get to know the horses and even stomp the divots at halftime. Details: 740-587-7053.

The hills of Nelsonville will be alive with the sound of music for four days of rock ‘n’ roll from more than 60 musical acts. Join the crowd in Ohio’s Hocking Hills to rock out to this year’s lineup that includes Twain, Earthless, The Decemberists, Ani Difranco, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Multiple stages, on-site camping, kids activities and artisan vendors round out the fun. Details: 740-753-1924.

The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival has an array of flying hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, night balloon glow, antique fair, rides, food vendors, crafts and games at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Concerts take place on Friday and Saturday nights along with a firework show. Admission and parking are free. Details: 740-502-0677.

Created to defend Wilmington’s debated claim as birthplace of the banana split, the nation’s only Banana Split Festival provides a weekend of family fun with 1950s and ‘60s flair. Enjoy free concerts, a classic car cruise-in, baseball tournament, Lickety-Split 5K, crafts, rides, and a banana split eating contest. Show off your creative talents at the build-your-own banana split booth. Details: 937-382-1965.

For 29 years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has hosted a lively, free summer celebration on Wade Oval in University Circle. University Circle lights up with color, music and eclectic art from artists all over the world displaying bright costumes, handmade masks, giant puppets, stilt dancers and floats. Circle Village has activities, entertainment and delicious food. Details: 216-421-7350.

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with Dad’s favorite fix-all — duct tape and consider working with him to enter one of the many duct tape competitions. Highlights include a morning Duck Tape parade with floats and characters, a Duck Tape fashion show and Duck Tape sculptures throughout the festival grounds. Free admission and parking. Details: 866-818-1116.

Celebrate 20 years of blues and jazz music in Ohio with five stages and more than 90 hours of live music. Highlights this year include: David Sanborn Electric Band, Urban Jazz Coalition, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, McGuffey Lane and Soul Kitch’n. More than 35,000 people from across the country travel to Creekside to hear the hottest bands, paddle boat down the creek, interact with regional artisans, enjoy the Herbal Cocktail Trail, make crafts with their kids and experience creative cuisine at several local restaurants. Details: 866-424-2662.

For 30 years, GOBA has enticed visitors from across the country and beyond to experience a bicycle-camping tour through some of Ohio’s most scenic areas and small towns. Riding 50 miles each day, participants have opportunities to stop and enjoy the sights and camaraderie of new and old friends. This year, the statewide bicycle adventure takes place in Central Ohio starting in Delaware and weaving through Newark, Lancaster, Circleville and London. Details: 614-273-0811.

Artwork by more than 200 artists will be showcased in the Toledo Botanical Garden. Taste cuisine from local chefs and listen to live musical entertainment throughout the weekend. Four full bars along with adult ice cream and shakes will tempt attendees. Children’s activities will take place in the Children’s Artistic Playhouse. To be among the first to see and purchase art, plan to attend the preview party on June 22. Details: 419-936-2986.