10 Summer Festivals Worth Celebrating in the Toledo Area This Year
The weather is finally warming, reminding us Toledo residents that sweet, sweet summer is just around the corner. While there is reason to celebrate in any season, the festivals in summertime always draw us in with their endless food, beer, music and just plain old good times.
There are plenty of options in Ohio to travel for, but there’s no need — our city has its share of fun and quirky summer celebrations right in our backyard. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, a lover of culture or a music fiend, this list has you covered.
The Old West End neighborhood is Toledo’s most famed neighborhood, boasting one the largest collection of untouched classic Victorian architecture in the country. Located on 25 city blocks, the neighborhood is an attractive option for an afternoon stroll at any day of the year, but make sure you’re in the area for the annual festival. Enjoy house tours, a beer pavilion, a marketplace featuring local vendors, an art fair and a 5k race. It is certainly worth checking out if you haven’t before.
The Holland Strawberry Festival
This annual festival is not only a celebration of the popular berry, but also an acknowledgement of the town’s accomplishments. Celebrate the nearby town of Holland each year with a parade, pageants for local graduating high school seniors, corn hole tournaments, a strawberry bake off, live music and a 3-mile race. Come hungry!
The Crosby Festival of the Arts
This celebration of fine art is set amongst the gorgeous natural beauty of the Toledo Botanical Garden, and welcomes more than 20,000 visitors each year. In its 52nd year, we expect an even larger range of artists local, national and international, with an even higher quality of work to show — the process for being accepted is very competitive.
The Luna Pier Freedom Festival
The annual Luna Pier Freedom Festival is the perfect precursor to the Fourth of July. After perusing some of the city-wide yard sales, head over to the Luna Pier to spend the day (and evening) with your family. There will be food, fun and fireworks!
Toledo Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival
Dragon boat racing, which consists of paddling a monstrous boat filled with 25 riders to the finish line at full-speed, is growing popularity worldwide. Come witness it in person at the annual Toledo Dragon Boat Festival, which benefits Partners in Education. There will be live entertainment, booths, traditional Chinese performances, and of course, exciting boat races.
Every year, the tree-lined streets in Maumee are filled with games, food vendors, and live music all day and late into the night. The Maumee Summer Fair will return for its 40th year this year, featuring local bands, craft brews, petting zoos and games for the little ones, and plenty of food to go around. Don’t let this party in the streets pass you by!
Birmingham Ethnic Festival
The Birmingham Ethnic Festival celebrates the community’s ethnic heritage. The event is family centric, and boasts arts and crafts exhibits, cultural displays, music, dancing, Hungarian food and more. Bring everyone you know to get a taste of what makes Toledo unique.
No summer celebration would be complete without beer and lederhosen! Come celebrate German heritage the best way Toledo knows how — with lots of imported beer, folk dancing, and savory German cuisine. The German-American Festival has been running strong for more than 50 years, and it has certainly grown into a production that could make Munich residents jealous. We’ll toast to that — prost!
Adams Street Block Party
Send summer off in style at this notorious collision of music, food, art and booze. Signature events include the Summer School Graduation Party, the Love Wall Parking Lot Party, and games in the Sports Ball Field (we hear giant beer pong is involved). While there is no true way to predict what is in store for the festival this year, we know it’ll happen some time in late August or early September, and it will be a good time. Find the 2016 event page here, and check back at Toledo.com for updates on the 2017 schedule.
The Greek Festival
Experience the Greek lifestyle at this festival, which will celebrate the food, traditions, and dancing of this dreamy European nation. You’ll have the chance to tour the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, enjoy sweet and savory treats, and work off those treats with a whole lot of dancing. You can also attend cultural presentations and learn how to cook in the Grecian tradition. Opa!
How Will You Be Celebrating this Summer?
There are so many festivals in Toledo! Which ones will you make it to? Let us know in the comments.