August may signify the end of the summer, but it doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun here in Toledo! First things first, check off everything on our Summer Bucket List. Then, hit the Maumee River with A Complete Guide to Summer Activities on the Maumee River, take the kids out with 20+ Things to Do With Your Kids in Toledo This Summer and don’t miss the last of this season’s Toledo Area Farmers’ Markets!
And while you’re figuring out just how much you can fit into the last days of summer, don’t forget about the region’s exciting community events! To help you plan your month, we put together a list of our most-anticipated concerts, fundraisers and special events. From family-friendly festivals to dinners with wild animals — there’s something on the list for everyone!
August 2, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
United Way of Greater Toledo is teaming up with over 1,000 members of the community to help local students in need across Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties. Register online for free and join them at The Huntington Center on August 2nd to pack 5,000+ backpacks with school supplies.
August 4, 4 – 7 p.m.
Join Downtown Perrysburg for first Friday on August 4th. They’ll be celebrating with kids activities, music and local vendors. RSVP on Facebook and mark your calendars for this free monthly event.
August 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
First Friday Art Walks in downtown Sylvania feature over 25 art venues, businesses and restaurants all hosting openings, exhibitions and special events to celebrate local art. Celebrate Sylvania culture and explore downtown businesses at this free event in Red Bird Arts District!
August 4, 7 – 11 p.m.
When the Quarry celebrates craft beer, they go all out! For $10 at the door, you can enjoy an evening with over 150 different styles of beer from some of the most renowned breweries in the country and several brews from local spots as well. Come for the beer and stay for live music.
Photo courtesy of Toledo Zoo
August 5 + 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Toledo Zoo is hosting a unique art show this August. Look through hundreds of pieces in various mediums from nearly 100 regional artists then spend time creating your own in the children’s art area. With regular zoo admission, you’ll get live entertainment, art demonstrations and even painting shows from the zoo animals! Start the celebration early on August 4th with the Buckeye Broadband Wild About Art VIP Preview Party.
August 6, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This free event at Centennial Terrace includes traditional, folk and Bollywood dances, a variety of Indian food, meditation practices, traditional Indian vendors and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Get your hands painted with Henna, then spend some time in the photo booth!
August 11, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The 6th Annual 80’s Explosion Party will have all the 80’s throwbacks we’ve come to love over the years. With live music provided by Book That DJ, you can dance the night away at Centennial Terrace. Buy your general admission tickets online for $30 or book a ten-person VIP table for $350.
August 12, 9:30 p.m.
Toledo Metroparks’ Under the Moon 5K Series lets you experience your favorite local parks by moonlight. On August 12, meet at the Nature Photography Center parking lot and run through Secor on a trail lit by glow sticks. Then, stick around afterward to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! Metroparks will have campfires, snacks, beverages and a naturalist on hand to answer questions until 12:30.
August 12, 6 – 11 p.m.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo have been supporting area families for 125 years and Barefoot at the Beach has been their primary fundraiser for the past 16! Join as more than 1,600 guests converge at Maumee Bay State Park for a night of fun, food and entertainment. Dance to tunes from Madison Avenue Band, DJ OneTyme and University of Toledo Rocket Drumline and eat meals, snacks and desserts from over 25 local eateries. If you’re over 21, buy your tickets and mark your calendars for August 12!
Photo courtesy of The Arts Commission and Kara Fallon
August 17, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
The Arts Commission regularly hosts Art Loop, Toledo’s signature monthly arts experience. Packed with food, music, art and fun, you and your whole family can explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours at galleries, shops and other local venues. This month, bring your pet along to celebrate with special exhibitions of pet-themed art, pet portraits, characters and special activities.
August 18 – 20, various times
This family-friendly, annual celebration is Northwest Ohio’s largest and most recognized event in support of the LGBTQIA community. This year’s festival includes the Nite Glo 0.5K and Kiss ‘N’ Drag on Friday, then the all-day Toledo Pride festival on Saturday. Don’t miss the Big Rainbow Brunch Crawl on Sunday morning!
August 19, 8 a.m.
The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is hosting the 5th Annual Autism Walk on August 19th. The donations raised stay right here in northwest Ohio to help the organization provide services to all affected by autism. Stick around after the 9 a.m. run for games, a raffle, performances, and visits from the Toledo Zoo and Muddy the Mud Hen. Register as a team or an individual online.
August 19, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
This dance under the stars event invites all schools and all ages to Centennial Terrace the night of August 19. For $15 at the door or $10 presale, your ticket grants you access to live music, full concessions and a cash bar. And all proceeds go to Toledo’s Woodward High School stadium fund.
August 19, 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
In 2017, the American Cancer Society Young Professional Committee is offering a fresh and fun new event in Toledo. You can donate or purchase tickets online for an exciting evening featuring a five-course dinner, musical entertainment, dancing, a spectacular raffle, and much more — all benefiting the American Cancer Society. Dinner will be prepared by local chefs from The Blarney, Focaccias Delicatessen and M’ Osteria Bar & Lounge so you don’t want to miss it!
August 19 + 20, various times
For the 43rd year, The Birmingham Ethnic Festival is celebrating the community’s ethnic heritage with Hungarian pastries, Mexican grub, classic American festivals foods, and more. RSVP on Facebook for updates and more details.
August 22, 9:30 p.m.
Toledo Metroparks’ Under the Moon 5K Series lets you experience your favorite local parks by moonlight. The last of the summer events are taking place in Swan Creek Preserve. Meet up at the Airport Highway entrance and take off through the night!
August 23, 6:35 p.m.
In partnership with the Toledo Area Humane Society, the Toledo Mud Hens are hosting the second of two pet-friendly evenings of baseball and fun. Tickets for dog owners are $15 each and tickets for your furry friends are $8 each — and all of the dog ticket proceeds will benefit local pet charities. Get to the field early because the first 500 dogs will receive a doggie prize! Buy your tickets in advance here.
August 25, 7:30 p.m.
The ProMedica Summer Concert Series is a free series of concerts in July, August and September. Stop by Promenade Park in downtown Toledo for the second of three events and hear music from Grammy award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Food trucks in attendance include Rusty’s Road Trip, Eric’s Ice Cream Factory, Rosie’s Rolling Chef and more!
August 25, 6:30 p.m.
This elegant Toledo Zoo event includes a five-course gourmet dinner, a wine pairing, dessert and a wild animal encounter. In summary, it’s the perfect combination for an evening of fun, food and fundraising. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Africa Overlook and includes a giraffe encounter!
August 25 – 27
Do you know what pairs perfectly with the closing of summer? If you said authentic German food, beer and entertainment, you’re exactly right! The annual German-American Festival is Toledo’s oldest, largest and greatest ethnic event. Packed with music, folk dancing, authentic food, import beer and kid-friendly rides, there’s something for everyone so buy your tickets and bring the whole family down!
August 28, 1 p.m.
The Cherry Street Mission Ministries Masters Golfing Fundraiser kicks off at 1 p.m. at Brandywine Country Club in Maumee. Tickets and sponsorships range in price from $125 to $5,000 and all proceeds benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries which provides struggling, local families with sustenance for the body and nourishment for the soul. After 18 holes, finish up the day with dinner at the club.
Did we miss your event?
In the comments below, let us know which Greater Toledo events you can’t wait for this August!