Blossom Music Center
Location: 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls
Description: The outdoor concert venue plays host to major popular music acts and the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra all summer long. For classical concerts, kids under 18 get free lawn admission, and audience members can bring picnics; it’s fun to gawk at your neighbors’ gourmet meals.
Website: clevelandorchestra.com (classical); livenation.com (popular)

Akron Arts Expo Weekend
Location: Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market St., Akron
When: July 25-28
Description: The wildly popular Taste of Akron kicks off the weekend, offering samples from local restaurants and food trucks from 6 to 10 p.m. July 25. The fundraising Beer and Wine Tasting is 6 to 8 p.m. July 26. The Arts Expo is July 27-28, which will bring in more than 150 artists and crafters, along with music, food and children’s activities.
Website: www.akronartsexpo.org

All-American Soap Box Derby
Location: Derby Downs
When: July 14-20
Description: Kids from around the world come to Akron for the championships of “gravity-powered” racing. They’re greeted with a parade where they toss candy and trinkets from their hometowns to the crowd, and the week culminates with races in various divisions and the crowning of champions.
Website: www.soapboxderby.org
 
PorchRokr
Location: Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood
When: Aug. 17
Description: Homeowners offer up their porches as stages for more than 100 musicians and groups performing throughout the day in every imaginable genre. Local artists will set up, and there’ll be food and beer. This year the epicenter moves to the northeast quadrant of the neighborhood.
Website: www.highlandsquareakron.org/porchrokr.aspx

 
 
 
Akron RubberDucks
Location: Canal Park, 300 S. Main St., Akron
Description: In addition to giving fans affordable professional baseball -- a mix of veterans and young stars working their way toward Cleveland and the majors -- the RubberDucks, as you might guess from their name, embrace the fun side of the minor leagues, with “extreme” menu items, giveaways, fireworks and theme nights.
Website: akronrubberducks.com

Lock 3 Park
Location: 200 S. Main St., Akron
Description: The park and its band shell host many of downtown Akron’s signature summer events, including Rock the Lock (Friday nights), Rib, White and Blue (July 3-6) and ethnic celebrations including Italian, Irish and African fests. Many events spill over into adjacent streets and Lock 4 next door.
Website: lock3live.com

Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival
Location: Firestone Park, Glendale Cemetery, Hardesty Park, Goodyear Metro Park
Description: Poll, the late founder of the Ohio Ballet, began the tradition of free outdoor performances in Akron parks in 1974. The city of Akron now sponsors the festival, which brings in different dance companies for four weekends to city parks. The shows are on Fridays and Saturdays; the Akron Symphony takes over the stage on Sundays for a free pops concert.
Website: akrondancefestival.org
 
Akron Pride Festival
Location: Hardesty Park
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24.
Description: The day begins with a march stepping off at 10 a.m. in Highland Square, continuing down West Market Street to Hardesty Park, where the daylong festival features music, drag performances, food and drink, vendors and booths from local organizations and businesses.
Website: www.akronpridefestival.org

Twins Days
Location:
When: AugGlenn Chamberlin Park and community center. Aug. 2-4
Description: Twins, triplets and other multiples converge on Twinsburg (of course) for a weekend of events including the “Double Take Parade,” contests, a talent show, golf, a 5K and a wiener roast. It’s open to the public; you don’t need to be a twin to attend.
Website: twinsdays.org
 
PGA Bridgestone Senior Players Championship
Location: Firestone Country Club
When: July 8-14
Description: The PGA ended 65 years of tournaments in Akron last year, taking its World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational to Memphis, Tenn. The Bridgestone Senior Players Championship replaces it, bringing in stars age 50 and over, and it promises to be a bit more fan- and wallet-friendly.
Website: www.pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/bridgestone-senior-players-championship/tickets.html
 
Hale Farm & Village
Location: 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath
Description: Visitors are immersed in the Western Reserve of the 1800s with 32 historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, farming and early American craft and trade demonstrations. The art, food, wine, beer and entertainment are all homegrown at the Made in Ohio Festival, which runs Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Other summer highlights at Hale Farm are the Music in the Valley Folk & Wine Festival (July 13-14) and the Civil War reenactment (Aug. 10-11).
Website: halefarm.org
 
5KDevo
Location: Downtown Akron
When: July 28
Description: The third annual run/walk is expected to draw hundreds of “spuds” to benefit Miller South School for the Arts. Even for non-runners, the race is a hoot to watch, as people dress up in Devo-inspired costumes, energy domes and masks. Even dogs have participated, including a Whippet (of course).
Website: www.runtoyouracing.com/5kdevo

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Location: Nine stops between downtown Akron and Rockside Road in Independence
Description: The train takes visitors on a gorgeous journey through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There are dining, beer, wine and other themed excursions in addition to daily outings, and you can even bring your bike aboard, take a ride and then bike back to where you started.
Website: www.cvsr.org
 
Old European Days and Bierfest
Location: German Family Society, Brimfield
When: June 22-23
Description: German food is the draw here, with dishes such as sausage, schnitzel, stuffed cabbage and pastries. Beer is also offered (of course), along with dancing and children’s activities.  
Website: germanfamilysociety.com

Boston Mills Artfest
Location: Boston Mills Ski Resort, 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula
When: June 29-July 1 and July 5-8
Description: About 300 artists are featured in this festival -- each weekend has a different lineup -- in mediums ranging from painting and photography to fiber arts, glass and metal. There’s also local beer, food, wine and live music.
Website: bmbw.com/artfest/
 
 
 
CANTON AREA
 
First Fridays
Location: Various venues in downtown Canton
When: The first Friday of the month, year-round
Description: Monthly parties in the Canton Arts District feature music, performance and visual arts events tied to that month’s theme. A few surprises for adults and children keep it interesting. Most venues and events are free.
Website: DowntownCanton.com/canton-first-friday/
 
Canton Blues Fest
Location: Downtown Canton
When: Noon to 10:30 p.m. June 7 and June 8
Description: Food, beverages and lots of music, with 18 blues acts scheduled on two stages. No admission charge for musical acts.
Website: CantonChamber.org/canton-blues-fest
 
Country Fest
Location: Clay’s Park,13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence
When: June 20-22
Description: Three-day music festival with 12 country acts scheduled. Individual day and weekend passes available.
Website:  TheCountryFest.com/
 
Warrior Dash Stark County
Location: Clay’s Park,13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence
When: July 20
Description: Rugged terrain, muddy trails, obstacles on land and water — you know what the Warrior Dash is all about! Participants can follow it up with a turkey leg, a beer, and a shower.
Website: VisitCanton.com/blog/on-your-mark-get-set-go-run-in-stark-county/
 
Run Now Wine Later
Location: Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton
When: Oct. 5
Description: Experience the beauty of an autumn morning by running through Gervasi Vineyard, passing grapes ready for harvest, orchards and more during this 4.5-mile trail run/walk.Finish at Gervasi to enjoy food and beverages.
Website: RunCanton.com/runnowwinelater
 
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
Location: Various sites in Stark County
When: July 21-Aug. 5
Description: The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival includes two parades, a hot-air balloon festival, 5K run, the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game, a beer fest, the Concert for Legends (this year, Imagine Dragons) and, of course, the enshrinement of the Class of 2019: Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.
Website: ProFootballHOFFestival.com/
 
Downtown Canton Flea
Location: Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 (third Saturdays)
Description: More than 75 vendors will offer art, crafts, antiques, handmade goods, vintage finds, farm fare, food and beverages, collectibles and all kinds of unusual items you won’t find anywhere else.
Website: DowntownCantonFlea.com/
 
Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market
Location: 1289 Edison St. NW, Hartville
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday)
Description: Features 80+ indoor shops year-round plus more than 800 outdoor vendors in peak season.
Website: HartvilleMarketplace.com/
 
Yankee Peddler Festival
Location: Clay’s Park,13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence
When: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7-8, Sept. 14-15 and Sept 21-22
Description: 47th annual festival will take visitors back 200 years to pioneer America.  Master artists and crafters assemble rustic shops, where visitors will find their artistic creations also with food from colonial days cooked over open fires. Music and other entertainment.
Website: YankeePeddlerFestival.com/home.html
 
Canton Greekfest
Location: St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 251 25th St., Canton
When: June 6-8
Description: Family-oriented festival in its 30th year includes live music and dancing, cooking demonstrations, kids play areas and great food and gifts for purchase.
Website: CantonGreekfest.com/
 
Massillon Cruise-On-In and Dance Party
Location: Downtown Massillon
When: June 15
Description: 30th annual event includes vendor food, live entertainment, family fun, fireworks and lots of vehicles — classics, antiques and custom-built cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Website: ESPN990.com/cruise/cruise.html
 
Olde Canal Days Festival
Location: Downtown Canal Fulton
When: July 11-13
Description: Food vendors, craft vendors, amusement rides, carnival games, live entertainment, fireworks, canal boat rides, tours of historic sites and a vintage baseball game and a Civil War re-enactment are all part of this three-day event now in its 51st year.
Website: http://discovercanalfultonevents.com/oldecanaldaysevents.htm