Summer fun - Guide to summer fairs and festivals

Originally published 12:00 a.m., May 24, 2018
Updated 11:50 a.m., June 15, 2018

The Vindy is the best source for the coolest events going on this weekend.

Julie is at the middle of Vindy events gathering, and here are 5 events she found:

Saturday, June 16

Strawberry Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield. Desserts, drinks, fresh berries, music and more. Pick your own (weather permitting).

Country Legends tribute band with Chris Higbee, Warren Community Amphitheater, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. $8. Rain or shine. Gates open at 5 p.m. Headliners take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Youngstown Flea, 10 a.m., Covelli Centre outdoors, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown.

Sunday, June 17

Mill Creek Trolley Tours, boards at Ford Nature Center, 12:45-1:45, 2 to 3 p.m. or 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Enjoy the sights of Mill Creek Park with natural and historic views aboard the Cohasset Express. Limited seating. Register/prepay at least two days in advance at 330-740-7107. Cost for adults is $7; $10 if not registered. Anyone 12 and under or 60 and over are $5 or $8 if not registered.

Jim Frank Trio, 6 to 8 p.m., Harding Park, 249 Roosevelt Drive, Hubbard.

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SUMMER FESTIVALS/FAIRS

JUNE 13-16

St. Nicholas-Christ Our Savior Parish, 764 Fifth St., Struthers, 6 to 10 p.m. June 13; 6 to 11 p.m. June 14 to 16. Admission $2, free for children under 12. cosparish.org.

JUNE 14

Country Fest, 3 to 11:45 p.m., Clays Park Resort, 13190 Patterson Road NW, North Lawrence. This music festival includes headliners Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. Call 330-930-0398 or thecountryfest.com.

JUNE 14-16

Tri-State Pottery Festival. Celebrate rich pottery heritage in the Pottery Capital of the World. Fifth Street at Broadway, East Liverpool. Call 330-385-5394 or visitelo.com. Free.

JUNE 15-16

Simply Slavic Festival, noon to midnight, E. Federal St., downtown Youngstown. The celebration starts Friday with Party on the Plaza Slavic-Style, 7 to 10 p.m., East Federal Street, with the Chardon Polka Band, Slavic food trucks and the Slavic beer garden. Admission is free. The main event runs from noon to midnight Saturday. Highlights include live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s activities, a Slavic storytelling booth and a bonfire after dark. Free parking at Covelli Centre. Admission is $4. Children 12 years old and younger are free. Visit simplyslavic.org or call 330-503-9874.

JUNE 16-17

Strawberry Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield. Desserts, drinks, fresh berries, music and more. Pick your own (weather permitting).

Strawberry Festival-Craft Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat; noon to 5 Sun. Jefferson Depot Village, 147 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Shows, strawberry shortcake, games, food.

JUNE 21-24

St. Jude/Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 180 Seventh St., Columbiana, 5 to 10 p.m. Bingo Friday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Thursday night is Veteran’s Night; live bands nightly, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday night features Anthony Horvath; Friday, Sounds Around Town; Saturday, Manhattan Band; Sunday, Dom Tocco and Brotherhood. Food, games, rides, concessions and raffles. A $5,000 giveaway will take place Sunday. Free admission; ololstj.org.

JUNE 22-24

Hot Rod Supernationals, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at Canfield Fairgrounds. Thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, vintage vehicles and more pour into the fairgrounds for this annual automotive festival that culminates in a nightly cruise. Go to supernats.com for ticket info.

JUNE 28-30

Ribs-N-Rock Festival, noon, Southern Park Mall parking lot, 7401 Market St., Boardman. Admission is $6 day of or an advance weekend pass is $15. Tickets on sale at ribsnrock.com through June 18. Headliners include The Clarks on Thursday, Candlebox on Friday and Sponge on Saturday.

JUNE 29-30

Celebrate Poland, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, at Village Hall, 308 S. Main St., Poland. Parade (6 to 8 p.m.), Disco Inferno band (8 to 10 p.m.), food vendors, bounce houses and more. Event features an arts and crafts show, Poland Idol singing contest, Run Through History, Chalk the Walks, petting zoo, strawberry pie baking contest, historic walking tours, DJ and fireworks at 10 p.m. Contact Cindy Best at 330-651-2999 or follow the Facebook page for more information.

JULY 1

Harry Stevens Hot Dog Day, downtown Niles, noon to 9 p.m. Parade starts at 1 p.m. Jimmy and the Cool Cats play at 2; Southern Detour Band, 6 p.m. Wiener dog races, helicopter rides, crafts, hot dog eating contest, cornhole, Miss Niles pageant. Call 330-720-1297.

JULY 5-8

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest, 220 N. Walnut St., Youngstown, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Greek food, music, dancing and memorabilia. Free.

JULY 6

Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Block Party, 5 to 8 p.m., South Main St., Columbiana.

JULY 7-8

The Summer Festival of the Arts, a curated arts and entertainment festival on the campus of Youngstown State University. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Full slate of music and dance performances, and ethnic food. Free admission. The weekend of events includes July 7 Jazz Fest on Central Square. Go to ysu.edu/sfa.

JULY 7-8

Youngstown Comic Con 2018, Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comic, toy and art convention.

JULY 7

Valley Summer Fest, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nick Johnson Park (Bailey Park), 2035 Knapp Ave., Youngstown. anansistreet@gmail.com.

JULY 8

2Deep Gospel Festival, Central Square, downtown Youngstown. Details will be posted at 2deepevents.com.

JULY 8-15

Trumbull County Fair, 899 Everett Hull Road, Cortland. Rides, food vendors, games and grandstand shows, including Northern Whiskey Chris Higbee, $5. Beer sales inside the grandstands. Tuesday is Free Admission Day. Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 13. Demo Derby from 5 to 8 p.m. July 15. Go to trumbullcountyfair.com.

JULY 14

ASAP Summer Track Meet, registration is open; event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a track and field day for children and youth ages 4-18. The meet includes family-friendly activities and education to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Registration fee is $10 per child. Scholarships available. Sponsored by the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. For information, contact Laura Domitrovich at 330-675-2765, ext. 111, or by email at LDomitrovich@TrumbullMHRB.org.

JULY 15

Holy Apostle Parish (Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Stephen of Hungary) Parish Picnic, noon to 6 p.m., St. Anne’s Church Hall, Kirk Road, Austintown. Event features Del Sinchak Polka Band and ethnic food. $5 admission; children under 12 are free. For information, call 330-743-1905.

JULY 18-21

Mount Carmel Society Italian festival, 102 Washington St., Lowellville. Parade and Mass on July 16. Bocce Tourney July 18-21. Morra tournament July 20. Fireworks Saturday night. The Baby Doll dance will take place every night. Call 330-536-8203 or go to mtcarmelclub.com.

JULY 20-22

Ox Roast Fair, St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Stjosephmantua.com.

JULY 20-21

Columbiana Wine Festival, 4 to 9 p.m., Town Center at Firestone Farms, 101 Town Center Ave., Columbiana. Live music, juried arts and crafts, food and selections from area wineries,. Tickets are $25 and available at www.bit.ly/ColumbianaWineFest2018. Additional ticket sale locations to be announced. $30 per person at the gate. Must be 21 or older. For information, call 330-482-2282 or visit tourcolumbiana.com.

JULY 21

WaterFire, downtown Sharon, Pa., 2 to 11 p.m. Family-oriented cultural and entertainment festival. Artisans, live music, food vendors, brazier lighting ceremony on the Shenango River at dusk.

JULY 22

The Hartford Methodist Church will celebrate 65th anniversary with a worship service at 10:30 a.m., a re-enactment of the groundbreaking with as many family members possible from the original event and covered dish brunch to follow. For information, contact Deb Filipovich at dfilipovich05@hotmail.com.

JULY 21-22

Blues Berry Bash, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Road, Canfield, 330-533-4161. Blueberry donuts and treats and blues music. Pick your own blueberries.

Butterfly Festival, 1 to 4 p.m., Southside Community Garden, corner of Williamson and Erie, Youngstown. Feed butterflies in an enclosed area and learn about butterflies. Music, food.

Red Neck Regatta at Shillings Tavern, noon, Berlin Center. Live music, food.

JULY 25-29

St Demetrios Greek Festival, 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday. St Demetrios Community Center, 3223 Atlantic St., Warren. Free admission. Ethnic food and pastries, music, dancing, rides, games and entertainment.

JULY 26-29

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Italian Festival, Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown. 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Continuous music on two stages indoors and outdoors, a giant tent outside, Italian auction, crafts, games of chance, free parking and free shuttle. Admission $4 per person. Go to olmcsta.com.

JULY 29

Serbian Day of Youngstown, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church hall and picnic grounds, 39 Laird Ave., Youngstown, noon to 9 p.m. There will be a variety of traditional foods for sale, live music, and games for children. For information, call Mike Andjelkovich at 330-550-6628.

Lake Milton Ski Club presents Poker Run, noon, Harry Meshel Park, Lake Milton.

The United Methodist Churches of North East Trumbull County joint worship service/picnic/softball game, Kinsman Township Park, Bernett East, Kinsman. Churches included are from Gustavus, Kinsman, Cortland, Johnston, Vernon, Orangeville, and Hartford. Starting with an 11 a.m. service, followed by a picnic in the pavilion and softball game.

JULY 30-AUG.5

Columbiana County Fair, 225 Lee Ave., Lisbon, with rides, vendors, and family fun. For a complete list of entertainment, hours and pricing, visit www.columbianacountyfair.org.

AUG. 2-5

St. Patrick Parish Festival, 357 Main St., Hubbard, 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2-3; 5 to midnight Aug. 4; 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 5. Free admission. Live entertainment. 5K race Saturday; raffles, food, games, contests, homemade wine, hot peppers, weightlifting and pies. Grand prize raffle includes choice of 2018 Silverado 4x4, Traverse SUV or $25,000 cash. To purchase tickets or view entertainment schedule, go to www.saintpatsfestival.com.

AUG. 3

Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Block Party, 5 to 8 p.m., South Main St., Columbiana. Event includes shopping, food, entertainment and more. The first block of South Main Street will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:30 pm. and re-opening at 8:30. Free event. The chamber is seeking performing artists to provide entertainment as well as vendors and direct sales representatives. For information or to schedule a spot, call 330-482-3822.

AUG. 3-5

Twins Day Festival, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Chamberlain Park, 10260 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg. This festival draws thousands of twins and multiples from around the world. Features a parade, entertainment, contests, talent show, research area and fireworks.

AUG. 4

Lake Milton Association presents Party at the Beach, 5 to 11 p.m.; DJ Platter, 5 to 8 p.m.; Cin City & the Saints, 8 to 11 p.m. Food, drinks, live music. $5 adults, $1 children. Lake Milton Amphitheatre, Lake Milton State Park, 2323 Grandview Road.

AUG. 3-5

Greater Youngstown Italian Fest, downtown Youngstown, Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 1 to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 11 p.m. Attractions include more than four city blocks of entertainment, more than 40 Italian restaurants and food vendors, large tents for comfort, more than two dozen retail craft vendors, Miss Italian Fest beauty pageant, Little King and Queen pageant, a morra tournament, festival store for mementos, auction basket tent, pasta eating contest, homemade wine and beer contest, Polka Mass (Saturday), outdoor Mass with procession (Sunday) and a grand raffle at 10:45 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit www.youngstownitalianfest.org or call 330-942-4510.

AUG. 5

Children’s Carnival, First Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Road in Girard, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Event includes a DJ, a bounce-a-round, dunk tank, games and more. Back-to-school supplies and other prizes will be given away. Rain or shine. For information, call 330-505-1192.

Hungarian Day, 1 p.m., Aut Mori Hall, 273 N. Belle Vista, Youngstown. Free admission. Event includes music, ethnic food, chicken paprikas dinners available with advance order at 330-549-2935. Sponsored by the Youngstown American Hungarian Federation.

AUG. 9-12

Warren Italian Fest, 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Courthouse Square, Warren, $3 admission. Food, heritage displays and cultural exhibits. Live music entertainment. Bocce tournament. Pasta sauce and wine-tasting competitions. Games, festival rides and more. Fireworks on Sunday. Go to warrenitalianfestival.com.

AUG. 11-12; 18-19; 25-26

Shaker Woods Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Shaker Woods Grounds, 44337 County Line Road, Columbiana, 330-482-0214. Features more than 200 craftspeople in period costume, and doing demonstrations. Go to shakerwoods.com.

AUG. 11-12

Brookfield United Methodist Church Summer Fest, 11 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. On the Green in Brookfield, state Route 7. Parade, games, food/craft vendors, car cruise and pet parade, crafts for children.

Lake Milton Women’s League presents Lake Milton Arts & Crafts at the Beach, Waterfront Art Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lake Milton State Park, 2323 Grandview Road, Craig Beach.

AUG. 12

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Slovak Festival, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, Slovak Fest, noon to 8 p.m. Food, music, raffle, bake sale. www.ourlady915.org.

St. Mary Parish, 3504 Main St., Mineral Ridge, golf outing. For information, call 330-652-7761.

AUG. 16-19

Brier Hill Festival, An old-fashioned Italian street festival on Calvin Street in the Brier Hill neighborhood on Youngstown’s North Side, with live music, morra and bocce tournaments, and authentic Italian food.

AUG. 18

WaterFire, downtown Sharon, Pa., 2 to 11 p.m. Family-oriented cultural and entertainment festival. Artisans, live music, food vendors, brazier lighting ceremony on the Shenango River at dusk. Free admission.

AUG. 18-19

Latino Heritage Festival, Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 9, Roosevelt Park, Campbell. Music, food and products that represent several Latino communities. There will be a parade that starts at Papa’s Restaurant, 284 12th St. Campbell.

AUG. 19

Hot Air Balloon Festival, 1 to 8 p.m., Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Road., Berlin Center. Family-friendly entertainment, food and tasting bars. $5 admission.

AUG. 25

Lake Milton Association presents fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Lake Milton State Park near the dam. View the display from the beach or a boat on the water.

William Penn Association Fraternal Fest, noon to 6 p.m., Hungarian Cultural Center of Northeastern Ohio, 12027 Abbott Road, Hiram. Music by George Batyi and Band. Ethnic food included with admission price. Adults, $15; students with ID, $5; children under 12, free.

AUG. 26

Polish-American Heritage Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 3055 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. $5 admission. Event includes Polish food, Polka Mass, polka bands, Jimmy K and the Mostly Honky Combo and Ray Jay and the Carousels, contests, workshops, vendor displays, folk art demonstrations and performances. Sponsored by Polish Youngstown. www.polishyoungstown.org/polishday.

AUG. 29-SEPT. 3

Canfield Fair, Canfield Fairgrounds, 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield. This massive festival includes agricultural displays, farm animals, rides, food, demolition derby, horse racing and entertainment. Toby Keith to headline Sept. 3 at the grandstand. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. For information, visit canfieldfair.com.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 3

Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Greek Food & Wine Festival, 401 12th Street (at Porter Ave.), Campbell, noon to 10 p.m. Free admission. Greek food, music, cultural/religious items. Credit cards accepted.

SEPT. 6-8

Columbiana Street Fair, 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Rides, food, games, in downtown Columbiana; columbianastreetfair.com.

SEPT. 22

WaterFire, downtown Sharon, Pa., 2 to 11 p.m. Family-oriented cultural and entertainment festival. Artisans, live music, food vendors, brazier lighting ceremony on the Shenango River at dusk.