8 Great Small-Town Festivals Worth the Drive

Festival season is in full swing, and you can find lots of charming celebrations happening all around the state. Here are 8 Great Small-Town Festivals Worth the Drive!

Troy Strawberry Festival
Downtown Troy
June 4-5

Troy is proclaimed by locals to be the strawberry capital of Ohio, and the Troy Strawberry Festival is one of the premier Midwest festivals that celebrates this berry. The festival features more than 100 arts and craft vendors, a parade, car shows, children’s events, a pie-eating contest and 60+ food vendors along the river banks of the Great Miami River.

Columbus Arts Festival
Downtown Columbus Riverfront
June 10-12

One of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the U.S., the Columbus Arts Festival features more than 200 artists and craftspeople displaying their works. Enjoy three stages of live entertainment, food from Columbus’ finest restaurants, interactive art exhibits, and a hands-on activity area for families with lots of fun projects for kids and their adults.

Ashville 4th of July Celebration
Ashville Park
June 30-July 4

Since 1929, families have gathered to celebrate Independence Day with this Asheville tradition. The four-day party begins with a fish fry (try their gigantic fish sandwiches), and continues through the 4th of July with a parade, family entertainment, contests and lots more food. The grand finale of the festival is a spectacular firework show.

Lancaster Festival
Downtown Lancaster
July 21-30

Featuring 10 days of music, art and family fun! This festival celebrates music and the arts, and  features live concerts, daily activities for children and families, an artwalk, a 5K road race, performances at the local mall, and a two-show production by the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre.

Downtown Frankfort
July 30-31

Held annually on Labor Day weekend, The Frankfort Sunflower Festival has something for everyone, including food vendors, a car show, antique tractors, a kiddie tractor pull, games, live music, a parade, an adult tug-of-war contest, sunflower contest, photo ops, corn hole tournament and craft tent.

Dublin Irish Festival
Coffman Park, Dublin
Aug. 5-7

The largest three-day Irish festival in the world is held in Dublin, Ohio. With seven stages, 65 acts and more than 535 performers, there is something for everyone. Visitors can indulge in great food (from hearty Celtic stews to traditional Irish breakfasts), browse the multiple vendor booths, and kids can play at the Pot O’ Gold Playland, which features 20 inflatables and crafts for wee ones.

Festival Latino
Genoa Park, Columbus
Aug. 13-14

This two-day event celebrates family and community with lively music, dancing in the streets, cultural and arts workshops for children and adults, Latin-American cuisine, and community information tents.

Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival
Community Park in Fairborn
Aug. 20-21

This family-friendly event features handmade arts and crafts booths, food vendors and lots more. Enjoy your favorite corn dishes and summertime food favorites, including steamed cooked sweet corn, BBQ chicken, pork chop sandwiches and fresh cut watermelon.

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