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The Top 10 Central Ohio Events to Experience this Summer

June 18, 2024

The Top 10 Central Ohio Events to Experience this Summer

It’s officially festival season in Fairfield County! From art, music, food, outdoor fun, car shows, the Lancaster Festival, and more, check out this list of the top 10 events that you won’t want to miss this summer in central Ohio.

The Top 10 Central Ohio Events to Experience this Summer

Bottoms Up Barware Show | June 21-23
Bottoms Up is the nation’s first event dedicated to the celebration of midcentury barware culture, focusing on Ohio’s glass history that spans over 100 years. Experience a weekend of vendors, cocktail classes, museum exhibits, local business specials and events, live music, and of course, barware! 

The Great Race | June 23
Join the 2024 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, the #1 Vintage Rally, in Lancaster!  Starting in Owensboro, Kentucky, and ending in Gardiner, Maine, enjoy unique and retro autos as they make their way through Ohio’s Best Hometown. The public will be able to visit with the participants and view the cars from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Picktown Palooza | July 11-13
This 3-day celebration offers a national entertainment line-up, carnival rides, food vendors, Freedom 5k and kids’ fun run, a car & bike show, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Lancaster Festival | July  18-27
The Lancaster Festival is an annual 10-day celebration of art and music. With more than 70 events in 22 different venues, there is something to experience for everyone! Enjoy classical music from the Lancaster Festival Orchestra and see world-class entertainers. 

ArtWalk | July 19
Come and experience downtown Lancaster’s most popular night! Stroll through beautiful historic Lancaster and enjoy the juried exhibitions of local and regional artists in over 30 downtown locations. Enjoy live music on stage, in business locations, and with talented street performers. Be sure to come hungry! Restaurants are open for business with many setting up outdoor stations with handy to-go items. Food trucks and trailers line the streets to provide a variety of fabulous menu options all within the designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA).

Pickerington Murder Mystery Night | July 27
The Pickerington Murder Mystery Night, hosted by the Pickerington Area Chamber and presented by the City of Pickerington, brings businesses and community members together for a night of food, fun, and mystery! On July 27, 4-8 p.m., your team can wander Olde Pickerington Village, interrogating suspects, visiting clue stations and businesses, getting tips from real detectives, solving puzzles, and obtaining CSI analysis. Can you identify the imposter and solve the crime?


Baltimore Festival | August 1-3
Celebrate the 32nd Baltimore Festival – an annual event featuring three nights of live entertainment, rides, lots of food, pageants, and more!

Wands & Wizards Weekend | August 8-10
During this magical weekend, businesses and organizations across the county celebrate all things enchanting and mystical with specials and events! Enjoy wizard themed food and drinks and shop at the many local businesses for all things wicked and wand-erful.

Lancaster BrewFest | August 17
Sample a wide assortment of Ohio’s best fresh craft beer, and enjoy live music, trivia, and other fun activities in downtown Lancaster during the 11th annual BrewFest! New this year, you can also enjoy a variety of local ciders, spirits, and wine! Arrive early to explore the shops, restaurants, and museums of the historic district while enjoying the outdoor refreshment area.

Tour de Buckeye Lake | August 17
Bike for a benefit during this popular annual ride around Buckeye Lake State Park! Choose a route beginning and ending at the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival grounds in Millersport. Cool off after the ride with craft beer, delicious BBQ, and great live music on the outdoor stage.

Plan your summer trip to Fairfield County today!

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