August Calendar of Events

Press Staff Writer

Black Swamp Historic Festival to celebrate Sandusky Co. history   
    Celebrate Sandusky County’s 201-year history with fireworks, living history presenters, live music, ghost stories and more during the Black Swamp Historical Festival Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, at White Star Park in Gibsonburg.
        In addition, festivalgoers will find craft vendors and food trucks, including the Port Clinton Rotary Perch Wagon and Tim’s Bar & Grill.
        The festival, part of the county’s bicentennial organized by the Sandusky County Bicentennial Committee, was rescheduled from last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday. The entrance to the park is located off CR 60 in Gibsonburg. Admission is free.
        The schedule includes:
        Friday, Aug. 13
        • 3 p.m. – Craft and food vendors open.
        • 3:30 p.m. – Guitarist Clay Kirchenbauer, Stage B.
        • 6 p.m. – Dulcimer Group, Stage B.
        • 8:30 p.m. – Ghost stories with local historian Mike Gilbert, Stage A.
        Saturday, Aug. 14
        • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. – Craft and food vendors open; Model-T cars on display throughout the day.
        • 11:30 a.m. – Uptown Country Band, Stage B.
        • Noon – Flag-raising and opening ceremonies.
        • 2 p.m. – Living history presenter portraying Johnny Appleseed, Stage A.
        • 5 p.m. – Guitarist Clay Kirchenbauer, Stage B.
        • 5:30 p.m. – Medicine Man show, Stage A.
        • 7 p.m. – Living history presenter portraying Thomas Edison, Stage A.
        • 8 p.m. – Bridge County Bluegrass Band, Stage B.
        • 10 p.m. – Fireworks Sponsored in part by a grant from the Sandusky County Communities Foundation.
        For updates, visit
        A full schedule of events and details are available at Like the bicentennial on Facebook at @SanduskyCounty2020 for more info.
Ongoing events
        Through Aug. 15: Cedar Point’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. Special anniversary events, attractions and experiences are planned.
        Through Aug. 29: “The Art of Conservation,” Toledo Museum of Art. TMA Conservators will be treating a range of museum objects that have been affected by time, human use and previous repair.
        Through Sept. 5: “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,” Toledo Museum of Art. The first museum exhibition to broadly examine the relationship between American artists and the supernatural.
        Through Oct. 31: Ohio: An Unnatural History,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. The exhibit profiles legendary creatures and spooky tales from across Ohio and looks at the role of folklore in our culture. Included with regular admission. Members admitted free.
        Through March 27, 2022: Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined, Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit brings together historical and contemporary works from the museum’s collection to explore the spectrum of technical and formal possibilities of glass.
        Through June 19, 2022: “Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey,” Toledo Museum of Art. A digital exhibition in recognition of Juneteenth, an observance acknowledging the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
        Thursdays through Sept. 9: Jazz in the Garden, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Featuring some of the best regional artists, food trucks and nature.
        Thursdays through Sept. 16: Lunch at Levis, Levis Square Park, 435 N. St. Clair St., Toledo, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Live entertainment, food vendors, and other activities.
        Fourth Tuesday of the Month through September, Pemberville’s Garden Parties, 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, downtown Pemberville. Local vendors showcasing all things edible and garden.
        First Wednesday of the Month through October: Oregon Rollin’ Food & Farm Market, Dustin Road between Isaac Streets and Harbor drives, 5-8 p.m. Vendors, food trucks and more.
        First Friday of the Month through October: City of Northwood Food Truck & Farmer’s Market Fridays, 4-7 p.m. at Central Park (behind the Municipal Building).
        Saturday and Sunday through November, Toledo Farmers Market, outdoors, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 525 Market St., Toledo.
Aug. 1: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, Fifth Third Field, 2:05 p.m.
Aug. 1, 8 and 15: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Concerts will highlight the musical talents found in the area’s many community bands.
Aug. 2-9: 148th Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, Bowling Green. Livestock judging, Monster Truck Showdown, demonstrations, food, entertainment, contests and more.
Aug. 4: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Featuring Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid.” Ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. (donations accepted); concert follows at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting on the lawn. Free admission.
Aug. 4: Brothers Osborne, “We’re Not for Everyone Tour,” Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5: Painting with Carol – Floral Path, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5-8 p.m. Join Carol Hoffman, local artist and teacher as she teaches basic skills required to create a floral path painting in water-mixable oils. $36.05, includes all materials. Bring an apron or smock and a shirt box to take artwork home. All skill levels welcome. 419-862-3182;
Aug. 5: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join chef Jennifer Schuerman for a beer and wine tasting with creative foods. Arrive early to enjoy the gardens before the tasting. $36.05. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 6: Country Singer Josh Turner with Lauren Alaina, Promenade Park, Toledo. Gates open at 5 p.m. Part of the ProMedica Summer Concert Series. Tickets starting at $15.
Aug. 6-8: Toledo Jeep Fest, downtown Toledo. Jeep parade, Jeep exhibit, vendor midway and more.
Aug. 7: 4th Annual Sculpture in the Village Arts & Wine Festival, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, 3-9 p.m. Art and sculptures, entertainment, food pairings, craft and art vendors and Ohio wines. Live entertainment by Mike Riser from 3-5:30 p.m., followed by Chase Eagleson, from 6-9 p.m. Wine tasting is $20 for five tickets, $5 for the next five., 419-332-4470.
Aug. 7: Downtown Fremont Farmers Market & All Together Event, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Farmers market and vendors, treats, entertainment and more. Free.
Aug. 7: Fremont Speedway (AFCS 410s, AFCS 305s and Dirt Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604,
Aug. 7-8: Wild About Art, Toledo Zoo. A two-day art fair takes place throughout the Zoo grounds and features local and regional artists, animal painting demos, musical entertainment and more.
Aug. 7-8, 11-12, 13-15: Dinosaur Adventure Drive-thru, Lucas County Fairgrounds, Maumee. Take a prehistoric journey featuring life-sized dinosaurs. See the mighty T-rex, 30-foot brachiosaurus, triceratops, velociraptor and more from the comfort and safety of your vehicle.
Aug. 13: Vanilla Ice Love the `90s Tour, with Young MC, All-4-One & CNC Music Factory, Promenade Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets starting at $15. Part of the ProMedica Summer Concert Series.
Aug. 13: Styx 2021 Tour, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania, 8 p.m.
Aug. 13-14: Maumee Summer Fair, uptown Maumee. Local arts and crafts, music, food, kids’ activities and more.
Aug. 13-14: Kelleys Island Homecoming. A weekend for those who love this island to return and enjoy fun, food, and entertainment.
Aug. 14: Second Saturdays R 4 Kids – Around the World with Col. Webb Hayes, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. A drop-in monthly program geared toward kids in grades K-3, however all ages are welcome. This month’s theme is China. Free admission. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 14: Toledo Night Market, 525 Market St., 6-11 p.m. Lights, food, shopping, drinks, live music and local artisans selling assorted foods and diverse variety of handmade items including art, jewelry and more.
Aug. 14: Barefoot at the Beach, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, 6-11 p.m. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo. Featuring music, food, fireworks and more.
Aug. 14: Fremont Speedway (FAST 410s, BOSS non-wing and Dirt Trucks). Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change).
Aug. 14-15: Revolutionary War Drill Weekend, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg. Revolutionary War soldiers come to Fort Meigs to recreate life in early America with weapons demonstrations and drilling.
Aug. 14-28: Display of First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Dresses, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. First Lady Lucy Hayes would have been 190 years old on Aug. 28. To celebrate, HPLM is bringing some of her dresses not normally on exhibit out of storage and putting them on display. Access to see the dresses is included with a regular museum ticket.
Aug. 16: Brit Floyd Concert, Huntington Center, Toledo, 8 p.m.
Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 17-23: Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. Workshops, retreats, exhibits, vendors and more.
Aug. 18: Sandusky County Historic Jail & Dungeon Tours, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. One-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County Jail, the 1840s dungeon located under the county courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. $5. Tickets available at the door or online at
Aug. 18: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Featuring North Coast Big Band performing toe-tapping tunes of the World War II era. Ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. (donations accepted); concert follows at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting on the lawn. Free admission.
Aug. 18-21: 76th Pemberville Free Fair, Memorial Park, Pemberville. One of the last free fairs in Ohio, includes parades, exhibits, food, contests, entertainment and more.
Aug. 19-21: 54th National Tractor Pulling Championships “Reloaded,” Wood County Fairgrounds, Bowling Green.
Aug. 20: `80s Explosion Dance Party, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dress in your best `80s outfit and dance to your favorite tunes.
Aug. 21: Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market & Things that Go Event, downtown Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Vendors, entertainment, treats and more.
Aug. 21-22: 17th Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, Perrysburg. More than 130 artisans will take part in this juried fair, showcasing their jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass photography, fiber arts and more.
Aug. 22: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 4:05 p.m.
Aug. 22: Train in Concert, Toledo Zoo, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Pemberville Garden Party, downtown Pemberville, 5-8 p.m. Farmer’s market along Front Street featuring vendors supplying a variety of edible goods, garden and home accessories and handmade items, plus live music and more.
Aug. 24: Fremont Speedway (FAST 410s, BOSS non-wing and dirt trucks), Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604,
Aug. 24, 25, 26: Toledo Mud Hens vs. St. Paul Saints, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 6:35 p.m.
Aug. 24-29: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. This year's annual fair will include Junior Fair and Open Class exhibits, free grounds entertainment and Log Cabin music, commercial and local vendors, food and concessions, rides and arcade attractions as well as grandstand entertainment.
Aug. 26: Third Eye Blind in Concert, Promenade Park, Toledo. Gates open at 5 p.m. Part of the ProMedica Summer Concert Series. Tickets start at $20.
Aug. 26: Healing Vibrations & Sound with Rebecca, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join as Rebecca shares therapeutic sounds and vibrations using both healing crystal bowls and Solfeggio tuning forks. Bring a mat, blanket or pillow and dress comfortably. $30.90. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 26: Herb Walk with Sarah, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6-8 p.m. Join naturalist Sarah Williams for a walking tour of the gardens. $18.56. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 27: Old Crow Medicine Show with Molly Tuttle & Oliver Hazard, Promenade Park, Toledo. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Part of the ProMedica Summer Concert Series.
Aug. 27, 28: Toledo Mud Hens vs. St. Paul Saints, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 27-29: German American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring German food, beer, entertainment, contests and much more.
Aug. 28: BUGfest, Nature’s Neighborhood, Toledo Zoo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A day full of bugs, bugs and more bugs. Explore the importance of insects, learn about the Zoo’s monarch butterfly conservation projects, meet live insectivores and see a display of insects and invertebrates from around the world.
Aug. 28: Fall Wreath with Sharon, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10 a.m.-noon. $36.05, includes all materials. 419-862-3182,
Aug. 28. Hayes Presidential Craft Brew Event, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 5-8 p.m. Participating breweries include Earnest Brew Works. of Toledo; Inside the Five Brewing Co., of Sylvania; Twin Oast, of Catawba; Findlay Brewing Co. and others. Admission includes 10 sample tickets to redeem at the brewery stations, as well as flights of cocktails created by Hayes Presidential staff. Additional beer and cocktail tickets will be available to purchase, and food trucks will be available on site (food not included with admission).
Aug. 28-29: Gibsonburg “Old Timey” Event, Living History Weekend, Williams Park. 10 a.m. Saturday-4 p.m. Sunday. Costumed reenactors, historians, veterans and enthusiasts sharing a love of history. Free.
Aug. 28-29: First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday Party, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. A weekend of special tours, activities, a flower-arranging class and more. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 29: Toledo Mud Hens vs. St. Paul Saints, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 2:05 p.m.
Aug. 31-Sept. 6: 2021 Solheim Cup, Inverness Club, Toledo. This biennial, trans-Atlantic match-play competition features the best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the best European Tour (LET).
Sept. 3-6: S.C.R.A.P. (Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power) Festival, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment; demonstrations, entertainment, food and more.
Sept. 11-12, 17th Toledo Lighthouse Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. Boat rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, kids’ activities, food, lighthouse merchandise, silent auction and more.
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