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May 2019



We’re here to help you make the most of the season. Whether you want to hit the water, dig in at a festival or check out great live music, your summer plans start here.

Do some time at The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary, honor the greats of football in Canton, and get adventurous at Marietta’s Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival. 

Visit Columbus for Red, White & Boom, make new finds at Fossil Park in Sylvania, and celebrate Ohioan and astronaut Neil Armstrong in Wapakoneta.

Check out Death Cab for Cutie and many more at the Nelsonville Music Festival , explore the imagination of Jim Henson at COSI and celebrate the recovery of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Enjoy a scoop at the Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival, make a splash at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival, and ride along the Lake Erie shore during Ohio Bike Week. 

The Cleveland Orchestra performs John Williams' iconic score to “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” at Blossom Music Center, and the Milan Melon Festival offers a sweet end to summer.

The Michigan State Park Commission celebrates its centennial in 2019. Here are five natural spots to make part of your summer travel plans.

Half a century after the city of Cleveland’s now-famous river fire made national news, this organization celebrates the environmentally minded thinking the blaze ignited. 

These seven stops and experiences in Butler County provide a great jumping-off point for a summer road trip to southwest Ohio.

Whether you’re looking for trails to tackle during the day or a place to take in the night sky once the stars come out, here is where to find both in the Hocking Hills.

A Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition features unusual and interactive works tied to the annual Burning Man gathering.

As the weather heats up, explore our capital city, including these five stops for creating, learning and playing.

The town's annual event goes big to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the legacy of Ohioan Neil Armstrong.

Food + Drink

We asked three Ohio chefs to share recipes that get adventurous with seasonings.

Look for strawberries, spinach, snow peas and squash at your farmers market as spring turns to summer.


COSI’s new American Museum of Natural History exhibition delves into how legendary creatures have their roots in the real world.

Ohio Life

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian’s book examines the lives of those who founded Marietta, the United States’ first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory.

Vintage televisions and memorabilia such as this statue of RCA’s Nipper mascot are part of the fun in Hilliard.

We talked with the Ohio native and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee about the Kentucky Derby, hard work and what it takes to win.

In 2019, Phelps’ work capturing daily life for the 13,000-circulation ‘Newark Advocate’ earned her Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors in a prestigious Missouri School of Journalism competition. 

David Griesmyer's creative idea brings beauty to southern Ohio with a trail of public art installations.

Free Comic Book Day returns the first weekend in May. It doesn’t matter if you’re a longtime fan or a newbie collector, these two Ohio shops will help you celebrate.