Best Events

Toledo's Top Events

Winter, spring, summer or fall—there's always something exciting to do in the greater Toledo area. While our monthly events calendar keeps you informed of all the art, music, and community happenings around town, we're happy to highlight the cream of the crop with Toledo's Top Events. This comprehensive list includes some of our favorite Toledo traditions, and features annual events that will have you coming back for more.

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Toledo Opera: Winter Opera Gala Photo

Toledo Opera: Winter Opera Gala

@ The Toledo Club

January 13th, 2018

An elegant formal evening of drinks, dining, dancing, and warm cheer, centered around an inspiring performance by two audience-favorite artists, Kathryn Lewek, Soprano and Zach Borichevsky

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4th Annual Winter Brewfest Photo

4th Annual Winter Brewfest

@ Fifth Third Field

January 20th, 2018

The 4th Annual Winter Brewfest is set for Saturday, January 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. This downtown Toledo premier outdoor event celebrates craft beer by bringing together more than 50 breweries from around the country. The unique setting adds an element of fun as beer beginners and enthusiasts choose samples from the more than 250 craft beers and ciders. All the tasting stations along the concourse are covered and again this year, on-field tasting stations will be set up on the warning track between first and third base.

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Toledo Opera presents Rigoletto Photo

Toledo Opera presents Rigoletto

@ Valentine Theatre

January 26th & 28th, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece returns to Toledo Opera after a ten-year absence. The court jester Rigoletto is happy to aid the amorous Duke in his seductions until the Duke turns his attention to Rigoletto’s own daughter, but vengeance proves a curse. James Meena will conduct an acclaimed international cast, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Opera Chorus in this production designed by director Tomer Zvulun.

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Dealin' for Dogs Photo

Dealin' for Dogs

to benefit Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of The Ability Center

@ Owens Community College

January 27th, 2018

Transport yourself back to the Rat Pack days and fill your night with live music and casino-style gambling at our annual Dealin’ for Dogs event. All proceeds from the event will benefit Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of The Ability Center. The mission of Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs

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The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo (Exhibition) Photo

The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo (Exhibition)

@ Toledo Museum of Art

February 3rd thru May 6th, 2018

In 1906 the founders of the Toledo Museum of Art, Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey, visited Egypt, where they purchased a pair of Egyptian mummies as part of a collection of artefacts. Due to conservation issues and ethical considerations surrounding the display of human bodies, these mummies are only occasionally on view. This special installation will trace the history of Egyptian mummies, from their lives and burial rituals in Late Dynasty Egypt to their rediscovery during the Napoleonic era and the resulting Egyptomania for subsequent generations. It will place the mummies in historical context through additional Egyptian objects and artifacts from the TMA collection and loans from other institutions. The exhibition will also explore several intersecting issues for TMA and other cultural museums related to the collecting and display of these fascinating and significant objects, including whose mummies are these, do they belong in an art museum and what can we learn from them?

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2018 Greater Toledo Auto Show Photo

2018 Greater Toledo Auto Show

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

February 8th thru 11th, 2018

Each year the Greater Toledo Auto Show rolls into town with displays of the latest and greatest models and automotive technologies. See all your favorite sports cars, sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles from 26 different manufacturers, and enjoy some fun for the whole family. It’s an auto show, and so much more!

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Perrysburg Winterfest 2018 Photo

Perrysburg Winterfest 2018

a National Ice Carving Association sanctioned event

@ downtown historic Perrysburg

February 9th & 10th, 2018

Once again, the streets of Perrysburg will come alive with excitement, family-fun activities, ice carvings of every imaginative design, and 3 days of winter fun. Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. (DPI) is proud to bring you its annual Perrysburg Winterfest, a National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned event Friday February 17 – Sunday February 19, 2017.  Twenty first-class Master and Professional ice carvers will compete for $15,000 in prize money and the National Title.  Carvings will be on display throughout downtown Perrysburg and Levis Commons.

Friday Ice Carving - The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg OH  43551
Saturday Ice Carving - Downtown Perrysburg, Louisiana Avenue at Front Street, Perrysburg OH  43551

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Winterfest BG Chillabration Photo

Winterfest BG Chillabration

@ downtown Bowling Green, OH

February 9th thru February 11th, 2018

BG Chillabration has everything for your family. Whether that be ice carving demos, childrens activities, Parks and Rec activities, Chili and Soup Cook Off or the Chillabration Tent that serves beer, wine and snacks with live entertainment appropriate for all ages!

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Insp!re Toledo Photo

Insp!re Toledo

to benefit Junior League of Toledo

@ Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

February 10th, 2018

Join the Junior League at Inspire Toledo for dancing, games, AND your ticket to the event is an entry for a $1,000 cash prize! When you put on that Mardi Gras mask you're helping support the Junior League of Toledo's community and mission-based programs like Kids in the Kitchen and Uniquely You. The Junior League will be honoring Read for Literacy for continuing to improve literacy skills in the Toledo Community. RFL started as a merger between Junior League of Toledo's Project R.E.A.D and Church Women United’s Toledo Area Literacy Council. Inspire Toledo fundraiser celebrates the joy of continuing to serve the community and empowering women for many years to come.

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HBA House & Home Show Photo

HBA House & Home Show

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

February 16th - 18th, 2018

Come and dream, plan and explore options for remodeling your home. building a new one or enhancing your home. Vendors will show you new products, great services and a variety of design perspectives on all things concerning your home. Plenty of giveaways and opportunities to collect information and speak face to face with company owners and representatives.

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Toledo School for the Arts presents A Wilde Canvas Photo

Toledo School for the Arts presents A Wilde Canvas

@ Valentine Theatre

February 21st, 2018

Dancers from the studio of Kerri Wilde present a collaboration exploring the elements and principles of visual art through dance. Come and enjoy the creative use of space, color and movement.

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14th Annual Seed Swap  Photo

14th Annual Seed Swap

@ Scott High School

February 24th, 2018

Celebrate the kick-off of the gardening season at the 14th annual Seed Swap! Browse thousands of seeds and swap your favorites with other gardeners. Find informative workshops, gardening advice, children’s activities and more!

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Restaurant Week Toledo Photo

Restaurant Week Toledo

to support Leadership Toledo

@ various local restaurants

February 26th through March 4th, 2018

Dine out for a great cause! Restaurant Week Toledo is a week long celebration highlighting 40 excellent, locally-owned establishments who are offering great deals on some of their most delicious dishes. Every time you dine at one of the participating restaurants you support Leadership Toledo's youth programs. All you have to do is go out to eat between Monday, February 26 and Sunday, March 4 at participating restaurants.

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11th Annual Glass City Beer Fest Photo

11th Annual Glass City Beer Fest

@ Lucas County Rec Center

March 2nd, 2018

Featuring over 40 craft breweries showcasing more than 230 beers. Great beer, new food vendors, and live music by 56DAZE combine to make this a memorable event! This popular event is the original and biggest Beer Festival in northwest Ohio.

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Glass City Wine Festival Photo

Glass City Wine Festival

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

March 3rd, 2018

Glass City Wine Festival is your opportunity to taste regional wines, sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants and shop for unique gifts and household treasures from a myriad of local, craft businesses.

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Oscar Night 2018 Photo

Oscar Night 2018

presented by the American Red Cross of NW Ohio

@ BMW of Toledo

March 4th, 2018

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood returns to Toledo! The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, along with BMW of Toledo – A Yark Family Dealership, is pleased to announce the return of Oscar Night 2018! On Sunday March 4, from the beautiful new BMW Dealership, the red carpet will be rolled out to raise money in support of the programs and services offered by the American Red Cross here in Northwest Ohio. Just like in Hollywood, guests will be greeted by screaming fans and paparazzi flashbulbs, as they strut down the red carpet. Once inside, 18 local restaurants will offer a sampling of their best dishes, silent auction items will be on display and music from Distant Cousinz and Not Fast Enough will fill the air!

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CTW's Annual Cupcake Showdown Photo

CTW's Annual Cupcake Showdown

to benefit Children's Theatre Workshop

@ Handmade Toledo

March 4th, 2018

Join the Children’s Theatre Workshop for the SWEETEST family-friendly fundraiser in the Toledo-area! Local bakeries will bring their most delicious and creative cupcakes to Handmade Toledo. This year’s theme is in honor of one of our summer musicals: Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach." Attendees will taste the delectable spread of cupcakes and vote for the best!

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Acoustics For Autism Photo

Acoustics For Autism

to benefit Project iAm

@ The Village Idiot

March 4th, 2018

Project iAm presents the 11th annual Acoustics for Autism held Sunday, March 5, 2017 from Noon to 2am at the Village Idiot and Surrounding Area. Free Admission to 4 stages. Event is for all ages.

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Toledo School for the Arts presents Limitless: Rewind

@ Valentine Theatre

March 7th & 8th, 2018

Join Limitless Dance Company as they celebrate their 10th season! Under the direction of Alison Reny, this production will bring audience favorites from previous productions back to the stage! Come out and experience a versatile night of dance including contemporary, tap, jazz, musical theatre and a new piece created by Alumni Choreographer Cairo Gere! Hoping to see everyone who has ever been a part of Limitless, as well as new family and friends for their first ever TWO night performance at The Valentine Theatre!

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Sole Train 2018 Photo

Sole Train 2018

for Hannah's Socks

@ Parkway Place

March 9th, 2018

It's the 7th Annual Sole Train for Hannah's Socks! Get your dancin' shoes on and come hear the Motown music of the KGB Band. You won't be able to sit in your chair - you'll have to move to the music - and support Hannah's Socks at the same time. Get your tickets now and get ready to get your groove on for Hannah's Socks!

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Fantasticon Toledo S6-EP17 Photo

Fantasticon Toledo S6-EP17

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

March 10th & 11th, 2018

Fantasticon is a mid-size show created for true comic book and pop culture collectors and fans. The fans that come to our shows are true collectors that are looking for those rare items for their personal collections. Most leave very satisfied as we pride ourselves on having great dealers and artists at our shows. If you collect it, you will find it at a Fantasticon Show.

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Steppin’ Out Auction Photo

Steppin’ Out Auction

to benefit Toledo School for the Arts

@ Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

March 10th, 2018

Known as the Funky Shoe Event of the Season the 12th annual Steppin' Out will be a bigger, funkier event! Featuring a not-so-silent auction, a variety of student engagement, cash bar, heavy grazing, prizes for super funky shoes, and the student opportunity scholarship appeal are all part of this amazing night!

 

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Bluegrass & Green Acres 2018 Photo

Bluegrass & Green Acres 2018

to benefit Black Swamp Conservancy

@ Toledo Zoo's Malawi Event Center

March 16th, 2018

Featuring the music of Mark Lavengood Band, Michigan-based group specializing in bluegrass, dobro and roots music.

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Shamrockin' the Blarney St. Patrick's Day Celebration Photo

Shamrockin' the Blarney St. Patrick's Day Celebration

@ The Blarney Irish Pub (on Huron Street)

March TBD, 2018

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Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey (Toledo Symphony) Photo

Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey (Toledo Symphony)

@ Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

March 16th, 2018

Soprano Kathleen Battle’s luminous voice has been called “…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world” by the Washington Post. Following a highly praised return to the Metropolitan Opera stage in 2016, Kathleen Battle comes to Toledo for a program of spirituals that are inspired by the journey of freedom along the Underground Railroad.

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Spring Walleye Run Photo

Spring Walleye Run

@ the banks of the Maumee River

Late March into April

Walleye are present all year long in the Maumee River in relatively low numbers; however, the number of walleye dramatically increases during annual spawning runs up these tributaries from Lake Erie. The Maumee River, especially near Perrysburg is a favorite of fisherman. A variety of factors trigger the spawning run including: water temperature, river flow, and hours of daylight. Walleye spawning occurs anytime from mid-March through mid-April, but frequently the peak activity occurs the last week of March through the second week of April.

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Toledo School for the Arts presents Xhibit Qi

@ Valentine Theatre

March 21st, 2018

The life-force is strong in Hajera Nation, as TSA presents the 14th installment of Xhibit.

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2018 Toledo Heart Ball  Photo

2018 Toledo Heart Ball

@ Hilton Garden Inn

March 24th, 2018

Join this unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2018 Toledo Heart Ball.  Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction – it’s an exciting night of glitz and glamour. The theme this year is 'and the beat goes on" featuring live Motown music and dancing. For years, the Heart Ball has helped to advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, a mission that has impacted the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the Toledo area.  Contributions received go far in supporting cardiovascular research, professional and community education, and advocacy efforts.

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2018 Great Chili Cook-Off Photo

2018 Great Chili Cook-Off

to benefit Mobile Meals

@ Stranahan Great Hall

March 24th, 2018

Join the 26th Annual Mobile Meals’ Great Chili Cook-Off at the Stranahan Great Hall, Saturday, March 24, from Noon – 4:00 pm. Teams will be competing for the title of best chili in Northwest Ohio via the Judge’s & People’s Choice Awards. Come taste a variety of chili recipes, from Hot & Spicy to Sweet & Tangy. Competition categories include Corporate, Amateur, Restaurant, and Media. Those attending will vote for the People’s Choice winner, while the Judge’s category is selected from food experts in our region. Other activities include music with a DJ, face-painting and concessions.

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YWCA Milestones 2018: A Tribute to Women Photo

YWCA Milestones 2018: A Tribute to Women

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

March 28th, 2018

Established in 1996, the Milestones Awards recognize women from Northwest Ohio for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the following seven areas: Arts, Business, Education, Government, Sciences, Social Services, and Volunteerism. The purpose of these awards is to honor Northwest Ohio area women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have opened doors for other women to achieve their potential. 

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Weak Signals R/C Model Expo Photo

Weak Signals R/C Model Expo

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

April 6th thru 8th, 2018

The Toledo Show: R/C Model Expo is North America's largest and longest running R/C model expo. This three day event showcases all types of R/C models including planes, cars, and boats. Along with the all the exhibitors there is a R/C model competition, speakers, swap shop, and an auction. This event is fun for the whole family.

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Toledo Opera presents I Dream Photo

Toledo Opera presents I Dream

@ Valentine Theatre

April 6th thru 8th, 2018

A modern, R&B opera recounts the final 36 hours in the remarkable life of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an all-too-human hero, who composer Douglas Tappin depicts as a flawed man of God who taught a nation that only love can obliterate hate. The performances of I Dream, and the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide an opportunity to bring people together for a shared experience that is powerful, positive and potentially transformative.

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Toledo Mud Hens Opening Day Weekend Photo

Toledo Mud Hens Opening Day Weekend

@ Fifth Third Field

April 12th through 18th, 2018

Be there for the biggest party of 2018...Opening Day Weekend 2018 at Fifth Third Field!

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Toledo BIG Wish Gala Photo

Toledo BIG Wish Gala

to benefit Make-A-Wish

@ Hilton Garden Inn

April 13th, 2018

The Toledo BIG Wish® Gala will provide guests the opportunity to celebrate the impact that the Make-A-Wish® experience has had on local wish families. The evening will include a fabulous sit down dinner, live and silent auctions, and a few surprises. Throughout the night, guests will hear powerful stories from wish kids and their families whose lives have been forever changed because of the generosity of donor support from events like the BIG Wish Gala.

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Toledo Sister Cities International Festival Photo

Toledo Sister Cities International Festival

@ SeaGate Convention Centre

April 14th, 2018

The Toledo Sister Cities International Festival began in 2010 as a day of family-friendly food, entertainment, and activities in celebration of cultural diversity from around the world. The International Festival has grown in recent years to average 2,000-3,000 in daily attendance with nine hours of non-stop performances, language corners, international and family-friendly activities, and a wide variety of craft vendors and ethnic food available! 

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The Music of David Bowie with Toledo Symphony Photo

The Music of David Bowie with Toledo Symphony

@ Stranahan Theater

April 14th, 2018

Celebrate the music of rock legend David Bowie in this exhilarating musical tribute. The Toledo Symphony welcomes vocalists and a full rock band for this show that features Bowie’s greatest hits including Space Oddity, Under Pressure, Fame, and more.

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Art Loop: 419 Day - Art & Ingenuity Photo

Art Loop: 419 Day - Art & Ingenuity

@ downtown Toledo

April 19th, 2018

The Art Loop season kicks off with a celebration of creativity and innovation from our institutional and student communities. Enjoy a blend of art and technology on display as young leaders share their vision of the future.

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Ode to the Zip Code Photo

Ode to the Zip Code

@ Main Library

April 19th, 2018

Entries are currently being accepted for the third annual Ode to the ZIP Code poetry contest, a partnership of The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and Toledo City Paper. This creative writing opportunity invites participants to submit short poems inspired by their ZIP Code, where the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. All ages and neighborhoods are welcome.

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Record Store Day Photo

Record Store Day

@ Local Independent Record Stores

April 21st, 2018

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

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Valentine Theatre 2018 Gala: A Temptations Revue Photo

Valentine Theatre 2018 Gala: A Temptations Revue

@ Valentine Theatre

April 21st, 2018

Bringing the unforgettable songs of Motown to The Valentine, A Temptations Revue featuring former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award-winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson, one of the only Temptations lead singers to have received a Grammy. This dynamic and driving show spans more than a decade of Temptations classics, every one of these songs among the most recognizable and culture-defining songs in pop music history: My Girl, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, Get Ready, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Just My Imagination, I Wish It Would Rain and so many more!

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Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the U.S. (Exhibition) Photo

Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the U.S. (Exhibition)

@ Toledo Museum of Art

April 21st thru July 15th, 2018

In 1808, Scottish-born poet and amateur naturalist Alexander Wilson (1766–1813) began publishing American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Wilson’s impressive achievement inspired John James Audubon to publish his much better-known Birds of America (1827–38). Though Wilson had no background as an artist, he taught himself printmaking and illustrated his nine volumes of careful observations of the birds of the northeastern U.S. with 79 hand-colored engraved and etched plates of 262 species—39 of which he was the first to describe.

Fourth in the Toledo Museum of Art’s biennial exhibitions focused on bird-themed art, the exhibition coincides with local birding festival the Biggest Week in American Birding, which brings tens of thousands of birders to the area to observe the spring migration of songbirds. It will be the first time that the Toledo Museum of Art’s first edition of Wilson’s pioneering multi-volume publication has been exhibited.

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2018 Glass City Marathon Photo

2018 Glass City Marathon

@ University of Toledo Campus

April 22nd, 2018

One of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest, The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon (GCM) course will begin on Bancroft Street in front of the University of Toledo. Circle campus before heading West into beautiful Ottawa Hills. Heading north into the quiet neighborhoods of Old Orchard and Ottawa Hills, the course leads you to the area’s finest Metroparks system utilizing the University Parks bike Trail. A tour through Sylvania leads you to Olander Park, passing the statue of Sy Mah then back down the bike trail to a short tour of the UT campus concluding with the finish on Stadium Dr. outside the Glass Bowl. Events include the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Yark 5-person Marathon Relay, Owens Corning Half Marathon, and companion Medical Mutual 5K and Findley Davies Kids Marathon.

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Tree City Film Festival 2018 Photo

Tree City Film Festival 2018

@ Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall

April 27th - 29th, 2018

The 6th Annual Tree City Film Festival will take place on April 27 – 29, 2018. Continue reading below to learn more about the Tree City Film Festival’s different events.

Olander Park’s Nederhouser Community Hall
Friday, April 27th -The 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action) | Time TBA
Saturday, April 28th – The 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animated) |Time TBA
Saturday, April 28th – The TCFF VIP Happy Hour | 05:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 28th – The TCFF’s 50-Hour Challenge Screening & Awards | 07:00 P.M.
Northview High School’s Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 29th – The Shorties |Time TBA

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Luminations Photo

Luminations

@ Franciscan Center (Lourdes University)

April 28th, 2018

Luminations is Lourdes University’s signature fundraising event, which benefits student scholarships. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Franciscan Center. Each year, Luminations astonishes its audience with entertaining performances from the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Opera, the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, and other special guest artists. In addition to the dazzling performances, this special evening will also include exquisite grazing stations, cocktails, and a unique silent auction. Our 2018 event will be hosted by honorary chairs, Ramy and Faye Eidi.

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Walk MS: Toledo 2018 Photo

Walk MS: Toledo 2018

@ University of Toledo

April 29th, 2018

The Walk MS event is the signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By participating in one of the the Walk MS events you can know that you've shared a remarkable achievement with over 250,000 other walkers in more than 700 cities across the country. But most importantly, you'll be making a difference by raising essential funds for research and services for people with MS.

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Toledo Ballet: Broadway at the Ballet Photo

Toledo Ballet: Broadway at the Ballet

@ Valentine Theatre

April 28th & 29th, 2018

Toledo Ballet brings your favorite Broadway show tunes to life through the evocative beauty of dance. Romance, drama and comedy unfold in this original production of classical and contemporary performance, both fanciful and familiar. Toledo Ballet enjoys a special connection to Broadway – Resident Director and Choreographer Michael Lang and Artistic Director Lisa Mayer-Lang came to us from Broadway’s stages…and now we bring their Broadway journey to you!

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The ZEST of Toledo Photo

The ZEST of Toledo

@ Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

April 29th, 2018

Toledoeons have you been missing a liveliness or energy, an animating spirit, that something to enhance your appreciation, that hearty enjoyment, the gusto? You have been missing the ZEST in your life. Not anymore, join in on a brand new fresh event. This event together all the best LOCAL restaurants, LOCAL wine distributors, LOCAL artists and LOCAL musicians to raise money for LOCAL charities. For the price of one ticket, you can enjoy as much taste of wine, food and dancing as you are able. The Zest of Toledo, ZesToledo, or Zest, is a non-profit organization, made up of experienced fund raisers, bringing to our community a fund raiser that will raise money for our community. The last Sunday in April, April 29 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo food opens at 5pm, and will close at 8, where the Bridges Band will play til 10pm. A display of local art will be raffled off. 

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The Biggest Week in American Birding Photo

The Biggest Week in American Birding

@ Magee Marsh Area

May 4th - May 13th, 2018

"The Biggest Week" celebrates the peak of spring migration in the Lake Erie Marsh Region of northwest Ohio. Centered on Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, the region has gained a reputation as "The Warbler Capital of the World" for the awesome concentrations and point-blank views of these fascinating little migrants. This birding festival "week” will be so jam-packed with workshops, warblers, guided field trips, warblers, half day trips, Lake Erie island birding trips, keynote speakers, workshops, and more warblers, that it will have to be held over 10 days, from Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 13th, 2018.

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March of Dimes March for Babies Photo

March of Dimes March for Babies

@ Huntington Center

May 6th, 2018

We're getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There will be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to raise money for babies right here in our community!

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Toledo School for the Arts presents Kaleidoscope

@ Valentine Theatre

May 11th & 12th, 2018

Come observe all the beautiful forms TSA has to offer in the exciting finale to TSA’s 2017-18 season.

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2018 Toledo Heart Walk & Run Photo

2018 Toledo Heart Walk & Run

to benefit American Heart Association

@ Huntington Center

May 12th, 2018

More than 5,000 Toledo-area area residents are walking to raise funds for the American Heart Association.

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Maker's Mart (Handmade Toledo) Photo

Maker's Mart (Handmade Toledo)

@ Handmade Toledo (1717 Adams Street)

May 12th, 2018

Support handmade, shopping small, and celebrating! Toledo's favorite one day pop up indie craft fair, Maker's Mart, is coming back with it's spring edition on May 12th! Shop 80+ handmade vendors, sip local coffee, nosh on some of Toledo's favorite food truck delicacies, stuff your face with local baked goods and ice cream, and peruse the Handmade Toledo : Maker Shoppe, and experience some handmade Toledo love.

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Glass City Film Festival Photo

Glass City Film Festival

@ TBD

May 17th thru 20th, 2018

The Glass City Film Festival is the first juried film festival that aims to celebrate the art of storytelling and inspire audiences by offering outstanding films and empower artists to use technology and creativity to share stories in meaningful and unexpected ways. The mission is to foster an artistic exchange amongst directors, artists, producers, backers, and audiences from across the Midwest.

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Art Loop: Craft & Culinary Photo

Art Loop: Craft & Culinary

@ downtown Toledo

May 17th, 2018

Downtown Toledo is increasingly becoming known for its selection of craft brews and breweries as well as its range of creative dining options. This night is all about celebrating Toledo’s palate.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Photo

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

to benefit American Cancer Society

@ Hensville

May 19th, 2018

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century. The fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step with us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides of Northwest Ohio walk. It will take each and every one of us to rally together and finish the fight against breast cancer. Just a few hours of your time at our non-competitive, 3-to-5 mile event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Sign up today and let’s finish the fight against breast cancer.

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Dart Frog Dash 5K Walk/Run & 1K Kids Fun Run Photo

Dart Frog Dash 5K Walk/Run & 1K Kids Fun Run

@ Toledo Zoo

May 19th, 2018

This 5K Walk/Run and 1K kids run is a great family event supporting the Zoo. The accurately measured course will take you through the grounds of the Toledo Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods. Prizes, entertainment and much more! 

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Claire’s Day Toledo & Maumee 2018 Photo

Claire’s Day Toledo & Maumee 2018

@ The Main Library and Maumee Branch Library

May 12th & May 19th, 2018

Join a spectacular day at the Maumee branch, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as we celebrate life, authors, illustrators and reading excellence. Claire’s Day is Northwest Ohio’s largest children’s book festival! Celebrating the life of Claire Lynsey Rubini who passed away at age 10. This 15 year old tradition grows each year as more than 6,000 people venture to Maumee to join in the fun! Claire’s Day shares Claire’s love of reading with children and families.

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Flower Day Weekend Photo

Flower Day Weekend

@ Toledo Farmer's Market

May 26th - 28th, 2018

What makes this event unique is that all of the best flower growers in the area will be here, the level of quality is of an utmost concern as this has become the premiere flower & plant event for all of Northwest Ohio. Over 60 vendors will be selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts.  This is an event for the entire family. Various craft and food vendors will also be at the Market on all three days. There will be thousands of plants to choose from -- the absolute best selection of top quality plants in the Toledo area.  If you want to have a showpiece garden this year Flower Day at the Farmers' Market is the place to shop.

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First Siege 1813 Photo

First Siege 1813

@ Fort Meigs State Memorial

May 26th & 27th, 2018

Join the excitement as Fort Meigs hosts re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada to commemorate the First Siege of Fort Meigs by recreating authentic military camps and tactical demonstrations. Experience period camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, battle re-enactments, hands-on activities, and more!

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47th Annual Historic Old West End Festival & King Wamba Parade Photo

47th Annual Historic Old West End Festival & King Wamba Parade

@ the Old West End neighborhood

June 1st thru 3rd, 2018

Welcome to the 47th annual Historic Old West End Festival in Toledo, Ohio. We are pleased to open up our neighborhood the first week in June each year and share it with the world. The Historic District is comprised of over 25 city blocks squared and hosts some of the finest architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Anne, Romanesque, Arts and Crafts, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival homes fill our tree-lined streets. Official events include House Tours, The King Wamba Parade, a Juried Art FairEntertainment, Children’s Activities, Food Vendors, OWE Stampede 5k run/walk, Beer Pavillion, Yard Sales, Antique Car Show, and Vendors Alley. The un-official events are front yard grill outs, brunches, porch musicians, street performers, face painting, parties, and curbside local artists to name a few. Come join the fun this year and enjoy the experience that’s been voted ‘Toledo’s Best Neighborhood’!

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Indigo Girls with Toledo Symphony Photo

Indigo Girls with Toledo Symphony

@ Stranahan Theater

June 1st, 2018

Three decades after releasing their first album and countless U.S. and international tours later, the Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers continue to make waves on the music scene. They remain the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 each decade since the 1980s. In this concert, experience a seamless fusion of folk and symphonic music as the Indigo Girls perform their greatest hits including “Closer to Fine”, “Power of Two”, and “Galileo”.

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7th Annual Maple & Main Street Art Fair Photo

7th Annual Maple & Main Street Art Fair

@ downtown Sylvania

June 2nd & 3rd, 2018

It’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Join us for a free weekend of fine art, great music and delicious food in historic downtown Sylvania on Saturday June 2nd & Sunday June 3rd. The streets will be filled with artist booths and musicians who will be taking part in the 7th Annual Maple & Main Street Art and Music Festival. Artist booths will be filled with a variety of art, jewelry, pottery and more along with a great line up of musicians. Numerous local food vendors will be serving up a variety of dishes along with beer and wine sales. 

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Bark in the Park 2018 Photo

Bark in the Park 2018

to benefit the Toledo Area Humane Society

@ Side Cut Metrpark

June 2nd, 2018

Grab your sneakers and fetch a furry friend for the Toledo Area Humane Society’s 33rd Annual Bark in the Park! This pet friendly 5K Run & 1.25 Mile Walk is a great way to get your family and friends outside for a fun-filled day. This year's Bark in the Park will be held at Side Cut Metropark at the Maumee Rotary Pavilion. Registration will open at 9 a.m., runners will take off at 10 a.m., and the walk with begin at 10:30 a.m..There will be games for kids and pups alike, great food and live entertainment until 1 p.m. All funds raised at Bark in the Park go directly to caring for the nearly 5,000 animals that come to our shelter every year. 

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ZOOtoDO Photo

ZOOtoDO

@ Toledo Zoo

June 15th, 2018

ZOOtoDO —a chic, black-tie and tennis shoes affair. With over fifty of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers and live music on multiple stages, ZOOtoDO showcases the sophisticated side of the Zoo. ZOOtoDO guests must be 21 or over. ZOOtoDO is much more than one of Toledo’s premier social events. ZOOtoDO also provides essential funding for the continued development of community outreach and on-site educational opportunities as well as state-of-the-art care and exhibits for the animals housed at the zoo.

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Muster on the Maumee Photo

Muster on the Maumee

@ Fort Meigs State Memorial

June 16th & 17th, 2018

See the evolution of the common soldier. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demonstrations throughout the weekend. Period military camps are open for visiting. Weapon demonstrations take place each day.

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Art Loop - The Art of Automobiles Photo

Art Loop - The Art of Automobiles

@ downtown Toledo

June 21st, 2018

Classic cars, art cars, Jeeps, and all sorts of creative machines are a part of our culture here in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. From design studios at the Big 3 to garages in near every neighborhood, there’s an oft-overlooked art to our car culture. The June Loop features a downtown Toledo car show and special exhibitions celebrating the Art of Automobiles.

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Bike MS Bike-to-the-Bay 2018 Photo

Bike MS Bike-to-the-Bay 2018

@ Owens Community College

June 23rd & 24th, 2018

Bike MS: Bike to the Bay Bike to the Bay is an out and back ride that takes you through the Northwest Ohio countryside. You'll start at Perrysburg High School and ride along the scenic back roads to Port Clinton.   Two day riders will spend the night in Port Clinton and have an opportunity to enjoy dinner and tickets for the Jet Express to Put-In-Bay. On Sunday, two day participants will head back to finish at Perrysburg High School. One day riders (Saturday only) will all start at the Perrysburg High School.  The 35 mile riders will ride to Pemberville and there will be busses to tranport riders and their bikes back to the high school.  The 50, 75, and 100 mile riders will all finish at Port Clinton High School on Saturday. There will also be busses available there to transport you and your bike back to Perrysburg High School. One day riders should be sure to sign up for a bus time when you register! The ride is fully supported with rest stops, bike mechanics, medical and safety volunteers, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line and enjoy a wonderful celebration. A fantastic finish awaits you with great food, music, and massages.

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2018 AIDS Walk Greater Toledo Photo

2018 AIDS Walk Greater Toledo

@ International Park

June 23rd, 2018

The 2018 AIDS Walk Greater Toledo will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Ottawa Park. This year’s tri-city walk/run/ride is slated to be the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in Ohio. Since 1984 over 30,000 people have participated in the walk and run, raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives, and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today. Race day is a family-friendly experience with something for everyone. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome on the trail, but please leave pets at home.

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TMA Block Party Photo

TMA Block Party

@ Toledo Museum of Art

July 7th, 2018

Details coming soon.

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LPGA Marathon Classic  Photo

LPGA Marathon Classic

@ Highland Meadows Golf Club

July 9th - 15th, 2018

The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I has made the hopes and dreams come true for many NWO children. The tournament was first held in 1984 at Glengarry Country Club (presently Stone Oak Country Club) until 1988 when it moved to Highland Meadows Golf Club. In 1984 the purse was only $175,000 and 100 golfers played in the tournament. Since that first tournament, the growth of the event has been due to the support of many local businesses and strong community support.  The tournament attracts all ages to watch the greatest female golfers in the world compete.  

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Jazz in the Garden Photo

Jazz in the Garden

@ Toledo Botanical Garden

July 12th - August 30th, 2018

July 12, 19, and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Glass City Balloon Race Photo

Glass City Balloon Race

@ Rossford, Ohio

July 13th thru 15th, 2018

The 3rd Annual Glass City Balloon Race returns to Northwest Ohio July 13-15, 2018 in Rossford, OH! The Glass City Balloon Race is the premier hot air balloon event in Northwest Ohio. This is a FREE community event, based on the generosity of our gracious sponsors. There will be 5 balloon flights and two evening GLOWs over the course of the weekend, along with many family friendly activities, shopping, and dining at in Rossford, OH.

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Art Loop - Summer Spectacular Photo

Art Loop - Summer Spectacular

@ downtown Toledo

July 19th, 2018

Celebrate the start of summer in downtown Toledo as the Art Loop partners with the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Warehouse District Association to present an evening of family fun, local art, baseball, history, and live music and entertainment.

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Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival Photo

Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival

@ International Park in the Maumee River

July 21st, 2018

Gather a team of co-workers and friends to create teams of 21-25 paddlers (at least 8 females per boat) and race 500 meters down the Maumee River, competing for trophies, awards and prizes. Fun, fitness, teamwork, and team-building. Ideal for corporate/business, church, civic, school and neighborhood groups. The event raises funds to support the mission of Partners In Education of Toledo.

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Rock N' Roar Photo

Rock N' Roar

@ Toledo Zoo

July 27th, 2018

Keep cool as you dance the night away in the Zoo’s newest and air conditioned party central, Malawi Event Center, boasting an 80 foot long Aquarium wall featuring colorful endangered fish. Cash bars and grill foods available throughout the event.

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Art on the Mall Photo

Art on the Mall

@ University of Toledo Campus

July 29th, 2018

The 2018 Art on the Mall is Sunday, July 29th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Mall in the heart of the Main Campus of The University of Toledo!  Art on the Mall has become one of the area’s best-known and most eagerly anticipated annual art events.  Enjoy live entertainment provided by Toledo School for the Arts, pottery demonstrations, a young artists’ area and, as always, a variety of festival foods!  Admission and parking is free and open to the public. 

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Monroe County Fair Photo

Monroe County Fair

@ Monroe County Fairgrounds

July 29th thru August 4th, 2018

"Michigan's Finest Fair!"  This award-winning fair in Monroe County, MI features a wonderful parade through Downtown Monroe, a midway filled with rides and games, food, fun, livestock, special live musical guests, a rodeo, and a smash-up derby.

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Wood County Fair Photo

Wood County Fair

@ Wood County Fairgrounds

July 30th - August 6th, 2018

For eight days every summer over 100,000 people attend the long-standing tradition of the Wood County Fair. This tradition has supported many of the county’s youth and community members by providing exhibitions, education and entertainment that create a sense of pride in our communities, county and state. The fair has helped create lasting memories for countless people and strives to continue making memories for future generations.

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Wild About Art Photo

Wild About Art

@ Toledo Zoo

August 4th & 5th, 2018

Feel the roar, feel the rush at Buckeye Broadband Wild about Art at the Toledo Zoo! Wild about Art is a two-day art fair taking place Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2018. This unique show, set in the wild beauty of the number one zoo in the nation, will feature local and regional artists with various mediums on display for thousands of Zoo visitors! This event will also include entertainment, interactive activities and, of course, animals!

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Annual Sylvania Triathalon/Duathalon Photo

Annual Sylvania Triathalon/Duathalon

@ Olander Park (Sylvania, OH)

August 5th, 2018

The Sylvania Triathlon and Duathlon is one of the oldest multisport events in the country. It’s held at the Tam-O-Shanter Sports Complex, and Olander Lake in Sylvania, Ohio. This event features a choice of distance and race for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a short or intermediate length, triathlon or duathlon, the Sylvania Triathlon/Duathlon is the event for you. Every year, Sylvania embraces all of the athletes at this exiting race; this year will be no different.

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Toledo Jeep Fest 2018 Photo

Toledo Jeep Fest 2018

@ downtown Toledo

August 10th thru 12th, 2018

The Toledo Jeep® Fest celebrates nearly eight decades of Jeep’s partnership with the City of Toledo. Jeep has been touching the lives of Toledoans – and people throughout the United States and around the world – in a meaning way for a very long time, and in August 2018 the City and its visitors will celebrate that rich history.

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41st Annual Maumee Summer Fair Photo

41st Annual Maumee Summer Fair

@ historic Uptown Maumee

August 10th & 11th, 2018

The annual Maumee Summer Fair are held each August on beautifully tree-lined streets in the historic uptown district of Maumee, Ohio. In addition to 150 arts & crafts booths, we have two popular Kid’s Zones featuring bounce house, petting zoo caricature artist and face painting, a classic car show, and family entertainment throughout the day on Saturday. On Friday & Saturday evening we have regional bands rocking the night for the 21-and-older crowd in the Beer Garden adjacent to the Taste vendors. Join us for a fun-filled weekend in uptown Maumee. Presented by the Maumee Uptown Business Association.

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National Tractor Pulling Championship Photo

National Tractor Pulling Championship

@ Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green

August 16th - 18th, 2018

The Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association is a private club made up of 200 active members, governed by a Board of 9 Directors elected from the membership.  They are the promoters of the National Tractor Pulling Championships and have been since 1967.  The National Tractor Pulling Championships are held the third weekend in August at the Wood County Fairgrounds, located at 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, Ohio.       

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Art Loop: Dog Days of Summer + Cats Photo

Art Loop: Dog Days of Summer + Cats

@ downtown Toledo

August 16th, 2018

Behind many artists is a furry friend that supports and inspires creativity. This month, the Art Loop celebrates our pets with special exhibitions of pet-themed art, pet portraits and characters, and special activities. Pets welcome!

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53rd Annual German-American Festival Photo

53rd Annual German-American Festival

@ Oak Shade Grove in Oregon

August 24th - 26th, 2018

At northwest Ohio's largest ethnic festival, there will be live German music, dancing, food, and, of course, beer, as people experience the German culture. The purpose of the German-American Festival is to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures as well as generates revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon and a wide variety of scholarship, athletic and other philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.

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Feast With The Beasts Photo

Feast With The Beasts

@ Toledo Zoo

August 24th, 2018

A five-course gourmet dinner. The perfect wine. A sumptuous dessert. And a wild animal encounter. Join the fun in August for the 14th annual Feast with the Beasts, an elegant fundraiser for The Toledo Zoo. The net proceeds from Feast with the Beasts directly support the continued development of Zoo programs and exhibits.

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Art Loop: Dancin’ in the Streets Photo

Art Loop: Dancin’ in the Streets

@ downtown Toledo

September 20th, 2018

One of the Art Loops’ most popular annual events returns as Toledo’s dance community takes to the streets! Enjoy a wide array of contemporary, ethnic, traditional, and interactive dance performances throughout downtown.

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Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion (Exhibition)

@ Toledo Museum of Art

This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition was prompted by the Toledo Museum of Art’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape, as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ Three Children of the Van Campen Family. These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting, where it will be shown with the three other family portraits painted by the artist, and includes loans from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Art Museum and other distinguished collections. The exhibition will travel to Brussels and Madrid following its Toledo debut. 

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Art Loop: Haunted Harvest Photo

Art Loop: Haunted Harvest

@ downtown Toledo

October 18th, 2018

Art Loop celebrates the onset of autumn with a spooky celebration of fall favorites. Enjoy family friendly Trick or Treating, artist pumpkin carving, creative costumes, live music, and lots of scary fun. Costumes encouraged!

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Art Loop: Holiday Loop Photo

Art Loop: Holiday Loop

@ downtown Toledo

November 15th, 2018

Kick off the holiday season by shopping with local artists! Get in the festive spirit as you explore downtown Toledo and shop for unique handmade fine arts and crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and your home and office. This month features local vendors, holiday-themed exhibitions, live music, and lots of family friendly festive fun!

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Art Loop - Light Up! Toledo Photo

Art Loop - Light Up! Toledo

@ downtown Toledo

December 20th, 2018

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the final Art Loop of the 2018 season. This month features last minute gifts and shopping at local businesses and with local artist vendors, as well as holiday-themed exhibitions and light art and projection installations.

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