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Major Events in Toledo

Toledo, with its rejuvenated downtown and surrounding suburbs, is always alive with something fun to do. Below is a grouping of our major events that are sure to make your time in Toledo exciting. They include national touring concerts, performing arts, craft fairs, festivals, kid-friendly fun, sporting events and more!

For more specific information on these events or on hundreds more events, visit our Event Calendar.

Restaurant Week Toledo
Various Local Locations
Dine out for a great cause and discover a new favorite! Restaurant Week Toledo is a great chance to enjoy delicious meals at special prices from over 35 of the Glass City's best locally-owned restaurants while supporting Leadership Toledo's tuition-free youth programs.

Toledo Mud Hens Opening Day Weekend
Fifth Third Field
The Toledo Mud Hens baseball team kicks off their season in April each year. The downtown area comes alive with music, celebrations at local bars & restaurants and special Mud Hens Game Day activities. Kick-off to summer at Fifth Third Field!

The Glass City Marathon
University of Toledo Campus
The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon happens each spring and is for children and adults of all ages. Whether it’s a walk or a run, all are welcomes to participate. All proceeds for the Kid's Race will be donated to Mercy Children's Hospital. You don't want to miss this.

The Biggest Week In American Birding
Maumee Bay Lodge (Host Hotel)
Be in the Warbler Capital of the World, for "The Biggest Week" to celebrate peak of spring bird migration in May, on the Lake Erie Marsh Region of northwest Ohio. Hosted by Black Swamp Observatory, stops for bird watching include several natural areas around the region.

The Historic Old West End Festival
Historic Old West End Neighborhood
The Old West End neighborhood is one of the largest collections of Victorian, Edwardian, and Arts and Crafts homes in the United States, and serves as a showcase of architectural styles popular with Americans around the turn of the century.

Toledo Farmers Market
Downtown Toledo
No longer Toledo's best kept secret, the market porvides a centralized location for area farmers and gardeners to market high-quality products directly to consumers. The market runs year round and moves outside with their annual Flower Day Weekend Event. The entire family can come and enjoy what the best growers and crafters in the area have to offer.

ProMedica Summer Concert Series
Promenade Park
Bringing music to the riverfront, the ProMedica Summer Concert Series Presented by Coors Light will kicks off each summer. There will be weekly concerts through September featuring a variety of musicians, and genres including alternative, country, pop, rock, R&B, soul, bluegrass and hip hop.

Crosby Festival of the Arts
Toledo Botanical Garden
Soak up all the art at this event at the Toledo Botanical Garden. Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival takes place the last full weekend of June every year. Ohio’s oldest outdoor juried art festival offers guests the chance stroll the gardens and buy beautiful works such as glass, jewelry, paintings and more.

Northwest Ohio Rib Off
Lucas County Fairgrounds
Grab the family and jump in the car each summer to the Lucas County Fairgrounds for national touring rock and country acts as well as family fun and delicious mouth-watering barbecue from a mix of national and local spots serving up ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Get your grub on at the Northwest Ohio Rib Off!

Toledo Jeep Fest
Downtown Toledo
Buckle up for adventure and take part in free activities such as an all-Jeep parade and car show through downtown. Experience one-of-a-kind historical Jeep vehicles, special jeep camping and competitions, vendor display areas, a Kid’s Zone, multiple bands, food, entertainment, beer gardens and much more.

Toledo Pride
Downtown Toledo
The Toledo Pride Festival is Northwest Ohio’s largest and most recognized event for the (LGBTQIA+) community. It is a large-scale, outdoor event showcasing the best local entertainment. The festival also boasts a parade, food, merchandise vendors, and networking with numerous community organizations.

German-American Festival
Oak Shade Grove
Dust off your lederhosen and beer stein to celebrate German heritage at Toledo's largest ethnic festival! Enjoy Authentic German food, beer, and live entertainment.  Bring out the whole family for carnival rides or challenge yourself to some Bavarian-style feats of strength every August.

National Tractor Pulling Championships
Wood County Fairgrounds
The National Tractor Pulling Championships is the largest outdoor Truck and Tractor pulling competition of the year! Don't miss 3 days of good food, fun, and 5 sessions of ground shaking, heart pounding excitement every year on the third weekend in August.

Dana Open presented by Marathon

Highland Meadows Golf Club 
The Dana Open Presented by Marathon is one of the longest running events on the LPGA Tour.  Over the years, the tournament has raised $13 million for local children’s charities. Don’t miss a week of world-class golf, fun events, Friday on the 14th hole, and a family fun zone complete with gold lessons and events.

Black Swamp Arts Festival
Downtown Bowling Green
Experience three days of free concerts and fine art shows in historic downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. The Black Swamp Arts Festival is an award-winning art festival and the largest free live music festival in Ohio. The Festival is a non-profit run entirely by volunteers. Admission is free, no tickets and it is a great time for all.

Downtown Toledo
Momentum is a three-day festival, centered on the revitalizing waterfront along the Maumee River. Momentum celebrates the transformative vibrancy of the arts for our city and region by supporting local creatives and inviting international artists to perform and exhibit in Toledo.

Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival
Grand Rapids, OH
Each October, the Apple butter Fest celebrates years of historical re-enactments, handmade crafts, live music, delicious food, and making apple butter! From a small gathering to thousands of fest-goers, the Applebutter Fest has become a Grand Rapids tradition—and one that is shared by villagers and visitors alike.

University of Toledo Homecoming & Parade
University of Toledo Campus
There are special events all week long all leading up to Saturday. Celebrate Homecoming day with the Annual Edward C. and Helen G. Schmakel parade. Follow the parade through Old Orchard and get ready for the football game!

Toledo Walleye Opening Day
Huntington Center Downtown
Each fall excitement builds as it is time to return to the Pond! Reserve your tickets today to guarantee seats to these can't-miss opening games. Along with the game, there is pregame party event with live music, featured guest speakers, and more in The Aquarium and along Huron St.

Lights Before Christmas
Toledo Zoo
Take in the wintry majesty of this USA Today award-winning light display at the Toledo Zoo, which features more than one million lights, more than 200 illuminated animal images, a beer garden and ice slide sure to brighten the holiday season.

Holidays in the Manor House
Wildwood Preserve Metropark
The mansion that will put you in the holiday spirit! The grand mansion is decorated top to bottom for the holiday season and ready for tours daily during December. You can also enjoy fun activities like s'more making and carriage rides.