Have you ever tried to create lasting summer memories for family and friends? With so many different personalities and passions, it can be difficult, but I have just the solution. Whether you have history buffs, foodies, musicians/dancers, or connoisseurs of wine and beer, check out the summer festivals in Warren County, Ohio.
I love to eat seasonal foods and have been craving asparagus. Take a look at this inaugural 2014 event, Strawberry & Asparagus Festival (May), at Branstrator Farm in Clarksville. For all you fruit lovers, explore Hidden Valley Fruit Farm’s Strawberry Spectacular (June); Berry Blast (July); Peach Daze (August), and The Grape Escape (August). There is nothing more mouthwatering than sampling fresh, local grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
When I hear music, my feet start dancing. Luckily, in Southwest Ohio, there are many opportunities to hear live bands and just let my hair down. One of the newest festivals is the Lebanon Country Music Festival (June). By the way, if you want to get in style for this event, check out my blog “When You Need a Great Pair of Boots“. Many bands and musicians invade Warren County for Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival (June) Morrow; Annual Fenwick Festival (June) Middletown; Warren County Fair (July) Lebanon; Annual Lebanon Blues Festival (August) Lebanon; and Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival (September) Lebanon.
Antiquers and those who love vibrant, quaint villages – look into Second Saturday Street Faire in Waynesville or 3rd Friday on Mulberry Street in Lebanon (June, July and August).
The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival (July) in Middletown is amazing and we can view the hot air balloons from our home in Lebanon. So many colorful balloons float through the sky. Kids of all ages will love these sights.
History buffs won’t want to miss Fort Ancient Celebration: A Gathering of Four Directions (June) at Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve or the Native American Gathering (August) at Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village. The Ohio Renaissance Festival (weekends August – October) in Harveysburg is truly a unique event featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, old-fashioned games of skill, and a full-armored tournament joust all centered around a 16th century English village theme.
Although our own children have moved away and have children of their own, sometimes they make time to bring their families back home to the festivals that made memories for them. For a complete listing of all the festivals check out www.OhiosLargestPlayground.com.