Dog on a raft chalk art drawing by Susan Parsley at Chalk it Up! Vermilion (photo courtesy of Main Street Vermilion)

6 Ohio Art Festivals to Visit this Summer

From drawing with chalk to capturing nature while surrounded by it, these art events provide the chance to watch artists in action and take a closer look at their works.

Boston Mills Artfest | June 28-30; July 5-8 
Celebrating 50 years in 2024, the Boston Mills Artfest is back with art showcases unique to each weekend. Found within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park designation, Boston Mills is the perfect backdrop for this rain-or-shine event that hosts 300 artists across all six days. Visit on June 28 and July 5 for a Friday evening preview party, and on festival days, browse works by artists from across the nation while enjoying beer, wine and food.

Vendor booth at Art on the Beach (photo courtesy of the Logan County Art League)
Art on the Beach | June 29 
Walk along the shore of Indian Lake at Old Field Beach during this one-day showcase of local arts and crafts. Pieces featured range include pottery, portraits, paintings, jewelry and more. Chat with artisans, learn more about their process and keep an eye out for potters at the wheel, spinning new creations. Live music completes the festival feel of this local favorite put on by the Logan County Art League.

Woman painting on a dock at Lakeside Plein Air Festival (photo courtesy of Lakeside Chautauqua)
Plein Air Arts Festival | July 12-14 
Visit Lakeside for a three-day weekend beginning July 12, and you will find over 50 artists scattered across town, all capturing the gorgeous lakefront scenery before them. Walk around to watch artists in action, painting outdoors in the French, Plein Air style. Attendees can purchase works they like at the gallery sale on Sunday, and for a small donation, the kids can grab some paint and practice their Plein Air skills too.

Beach chalk art by C M Jasko at Chalk it Up! Vermilion (photo courtesy of Main Street Vermilion)
Chalk It Up! | July 27 
Visit Vermilion’s Victory Park for a showcase of art’s most temporary medium: chalk. On July 27, kids and their families can grab some chalk and bring their creations to life on the sidewalk during the Chalk-A-Square activity. More seasoned artists can preregister to create elaborate works of art such as this bulldog on an innertube, created by Susan Parsley. Attendees can watch these artists at work, and vote for their favorites in the gallery tent. 

Charity Evonna performing at the Lakewood Arts Festival (photo courtesy of Lakewood Arts Festival)
Lakewood Arts Festival | Aug. 3
Stroll along Detroit Avenue in Lakewood during this daylong festival that has been a city tradition for 47 years. Artist tents line the street, inviting attendees to browse art prints, posters, fine art and jewelry, which they can purchase and take home with them. Food vendors ensure lunch is taken care of, and live music from acts throughout the day complete the art festival feel.

Ceramicist Jack Valentine at the Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival (photo courtesy of Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival)
Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival | Aug. 9-11
Head to Cambridge City Park for a free weekend of arts and crafts fun. Explore local works of art, including jewelry, woodwork, paintings, paper crafts and more. Be sure to also check out the next generation of artists at the student art tent, where local kids have their art on display. The whole family can enjoy live music and puppet shows, and little ones can get their face painted, participate in a chalk art contest and make a craft to take home.