1) Woollybear Festival
Why you should go: This legendary festival is all a celebration for a type of caterpillar. There are all kinds of festival activities, including a race, a woolly bear race. The festival has been going on since the 70’s and people love it. It’s a great family event.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30
WHERE: Downtown Vermilion
INFO: vermilionohio.net or our Woollybear Festival Story
2) 1st North Coast Oktoberfest
Why you should go: The Sandusky State is putting on its first Oktoberfest with the help of the North Coast Young Professionals. There will be German food, music, dancers, wine and beer. For only $5 you can enjoy the entertainers all day, as well as food and refreshments provided by local vendors. For $13 extra there will also be a special authentic German dinner catered by Creative Cuisine.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, September 29
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
COST: $5 entry; $13 for catered dinner
INFO: 419-626-1950; sanduskystate.com or our North Coast Oktoberfest story
3) Family Scarecrow Making
Why you should go: Head to Burnham Orchards for family scarecrow making, live music and more. Assemble a scarecrow with your family using clothing and straw provided by Burnham Orchards and receive a scarecrow birth certificate to take home with your scarecrow when you’re done. While you’re there enjoylive music, hayrides, apple picking, the corn maze, delicious food and more.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30
WHERE: Burnham Orchards, 8019 State Route 113, Berlin Heights
4) Port Clinton Area Harvest Festival
Why you should go: This end of summer festival is a great way to enjoy Port Clinton, and is a “party for the people, by the people.” There will be food, entertainment, craft vendors, a farmer's market, a new “Kids’ Zone,” and more.
WHEN: 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29 & 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 30
WHERE: Madison St., Downtown Port Clinton
INFO: portclintonchamber.com or 419-732-3571
5) Cars & Critters
Why you should go: This benefit car show is in its 5th year, and is sure to be a hit with everyone in the family. Enjoy wildlife-themed car classes, such as best mammal (Impala, Mustang), best bird (Skylark, Thunderbird), best reptile (Cobra, Viper) and many more! In addition to all the classic cars there will be live critters from Back to the Wild, tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), hayride tours through the refuge, DJ Cruisin Zeake spinning tunes, the Auto Tour, food, door prizes and more.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, September 30
WHERE: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
INFO: fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or 419-898-0014