Vermilion Ohio
Calendar Of Events

Vermilion Ohio Calendar Of Events

Every season is in season in Vermilion, Ohio. Celebrate spring, summer, fall and winter in our enchanting seaside village. From summer concert series, to winter ice carving demonstrations, there's always something to do in our small town on a great lake!


 

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~ JANUARY

Winter Days In Vermilion

Embrace the winter season by joining Winter Days at Vermilion River Reservation in late January in Vermilion, Ohio. This free event is filled with fun for the whole family.

Activities include ice carving demonstrations, live music, hearth-side cooking in the Carriage Barn, snowshoeing programs, demos and more!

In addition, visit the Benjamin Bacon House to view an antique ice harvesting display and other historical demonstrations. Ice conditions permitting, ice harvesting demonstrations also take place on the pond.

Stay at the park throughout the day and enjoy cookies and warm beverages for purchase from Friends of the Metro Parks. Other food vendors offer lunch options.

For dates and details, visit www.metroparks.cc.



~ FEBRUARY

Vermilion Ice-A-Fair

The Annual Vermilion Ice-A-Fair is a day-long winter event for the entire family filled with glistening sculptures, ice carving demos and more! The event is easily walkable, or take a tour by Lolly the Trolley. You'll find more than 30 shops, restaurants and pubs open to welcome visitors. You're certain to bump into Jolly the Snowman and Pete the Penguin on the street as you enjoy your day in downtown Vermilion. Add a visit to Ritter Public Library to experience the Chocolate Festival from 10 am to 1 pm. Sample chocolate confections to your heart's content for 50 cents a taste. Stop in at Main Street Vermilion throughout the day to warm up with refreshments and take a chance on an exciting array of raffle baskets.

The day's events end at 6 pm with a towering display of Fire & Ice in the center of town. Enjoy this beautiful mix of music, flames and ice that constantly shifts in shape and texture. Will the fire outlast the ice, or will the ice quell the fire? You'll find out!

Afterwards, everyone is invited to the "Meltdown" party at 7 pm at the Vermilion Boat Club. For $25 a person, enjoy music, hors doeurves and a cash bar. Relax around the fireplace and a great view of the river. Tickets are sold through Main Street Vermilion.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.


Chocolate Festival

The Vermilion Ohio Chocolate Festival takes place during Vermilion’s town-wide Ice-A-Fair. Sample dozens of delicious chocolate treats, prepared by local chocolatiers, for just 50 cents a taste. Then vote for your favorite and help choose the next Chocolate Champion! The Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for Friends of Ritter Library and is open to the public.

For dates and details, visit www.ritterpubliclibrary.org.


Annual Bridal Show

Calling all brides and grooms to be! Vermilion's Annual Bridal Show takes place each February at the Vermilion-On-the-Lake Clubhouse, 3780 Edgewater Drive, Vermilion, OH. This is the one-stop bridal show to organize your entire special day. Destination Wedding Vermilion, OH is where all your wedding dreams come true. Local Vermilion businesses and area vendors promote Vermilion as the one-stop wedding destination!

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.



~ MARCH

Vermilion River Watershed Open House

The Vermilion River Watershed Open House is held every March in Vermilion, Ohio featuring nature and wildlife exhibits, including birds of prey and watershed wildlife by award winning “Back to the Wild” -  a Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center. View eagles, owls, snakes and other rescued wildlife.

Additional exhibitors include Lorain County Community College, Vermilion River Watershed, Lorain County Woodcarvers, Erie County Health, Beaver Creek Watershed Association, Mast – Maritime Archaeological Survey Team, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Lorain County Metro Parks, Erie MetroParks, Ohio Coastal Management Program, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The event and parking are free, with food and beverages available for a donation.

Held in the Vermilion-on-the-Lake Historic Community Center, donations benefit the ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the log cabin built in 1919, and support Back to the Wild wildlife refuge.

For dates and details, visit www.volohio.org.



~ APRIL

Chocolate & Wine Walk

The Vermilion Chocolate & Wine Walk takes place each April in Vermilion, Ohio. Shop, wine and dine and explore downtown Vermilion.

Take a stroll through historic Harbour Town while sampling chocolate and wine as you visit the quaint shops. Present your ticket at the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce to receive a map of participating businesses and an event wristband. Wristbands are required for chocolate sampling and wine tasting. Each business offers a chocolate sample or a wine sample; some offer both. Have each participating business sign the map, then turn in your map to the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the grand prize.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion in Bloom Gardener's Fair

The annual Vermilion in Bloom Gardener's Fair brings the sights and smells of spring to Sailorway Middle School each April. Shop for flowers and plants from local growers, unique planters, garden art, fairy gardens, one-of-a-kind original art, soaps and lotions and more! Admission is a donation of your choice to Vermilion in Bloom. Vermilion in Bloom is a committee of Main Street Vermilion, a non-profit organization. Landscaping, floral, and holiday displays are completed annually through the support of hundreds of donors and volunteers.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.



~ MAY

Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September.

Experience the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze from Lake Erie as the beautiful flowers are in full bloom in Vermilion. There is an exciting array of free musical entertainment for you with well over a dozen bands scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music for your listening enjoyment in several different locations, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more!

Do some shopping, grab something to eat or enjoy some great ice cream and be a part of this fantastic event each Third Thursday of the month. Third Thursday gets better each year. There’s plenty of parking, lots of flowers to enjoy, artwork to browse, and a sunset over Lake Erie that is sure to please.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and visitors for a fun time. Then let’s all head to the beach for one of our beautiful sunsets!

Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.



~ JUNE

Festival Of The Fish

The City of Vermilion celebrates the Festival of the Fish each Father's Day weekend. Join in this celebration of the sea in downtown Vermilion with free, daily entertainment, kid’s games, food and marketplace, fireworks, and parades. Don't miss the lighted boat parade, pet parade, sand castle building contest, crazy craft race, Queens’s pageant, antique wooden boat parade and firefighters water fights.

On Friday young girls vie for the coveted title of guppy, princess, little miss and queen in one of the largest festival pageants in the county. Dozens of animals walk in the annual pet parade. Kids games take place at the gazebo. At noon the Midway opens with delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors. The pet parade steps off at 12:30 pm. The princess pageant begins at 2:30 pm with the opening ceremonies following at 6:00 pm. The Queens Pageant begins at 6:30 pm. 

On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and 1 – mile walk sponsored by the YMCA, and a sand castle contest at Main Street Beach. Crazy craft races take place at 1 pm on the Vermilion River.  The event is open to all, so all you need is a little imagination to build whatever vessel inspires you. The annual lighted boat parade sails at dusk on the Vermilion River. Enjoy the wonderful boats as they move from the Port Authority docks to the break wall. 

On Sunday, the annual Father’s Day Parade steps off at 12:30 pm. Don’t miss the wet and wild firefighters water fight immediately following the parade.

Food, entertainment, vendors, games and beverages are offered each day beginning at noon in and around Victory Park. Live entertainment is offered nightly on the main stage.

Festival Of The Fish Highlights

  • Festival of the Fish Fireworks
  • Lighted Boat Parade  
  • Crazy Craft Race
  • Antique Wooden Boat Parade
  • Queen’s Pageant
  • Princess Pageant
  • Guppy Pageant
  • Little Miss Pageant
  • Vermilion YMCA 5K Run
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Vendors, Entertainment, Food
  • Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectibles
  • Father’s Day Parade
  • Pet Parade
  • Firefighters Water Fight

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion Ohio Farmers Market

The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday late June through early September in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion.

Fresh seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, home baked goods, quality artwork and crafts, and much more are offered. The open air market is the place to gather with friends and neighbors, a shady stop on a bike tour, or just a fun place to hangout. Every week there is a special event that makes the Market even more fun! 

From the Market, it's an easy walk to downtown merchants and restaurants as well as the lake and library. Make it a point to wander down, browse the stores and shop local!

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring local products for sale to residents and visitors coming to downtown Vermilion, as well as to encourage them to visit the different merchants and restaurants.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.


Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September.

Experience the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze from Lake Erie as the beautiful flowers are in full bloom in Vermilion. There is an exciting array of free musical entertainment for you with over 12 bands scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music for your listening enjoyment in several different locations, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more!

Do some shopping, grab something to eat or enjoy some great ice cream and be a part of this fantastic event each Third Thursday of the month. Third Thursday gets better each year. There’s plenty of parking, lots of flowers to enjoy, artwork to browse, and a sunset over Lake Erie that is sure to please.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and visitors for a fun time. Then let’s all head to the beach for one of our beautiful sunsets!

Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.



~ JULY

Christmas In July

Celebrate winter in summer every July in Vermilion, Ohio. Santa comes to town by riverboat to kick off the celebration, followed by a free Christmas movie in Exchange Park. Visit the Farmers Market, enjoy live music, and shop Vermilion's unique stores and boutiques for special Christmas In July promotions.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org and www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion's Historic Summerfare

Vermilion's Historic Summerfare is an annual outdoor market, held in July, in a lovely park setting in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The market offers a selection of antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, a wide variety of beautiful jewelry, handmade doll clothes, general and country crafts, and art. Featured is the Lake Shore Corvette Club Show with almost 200 Corvettes on display. Registration for the show is from 9 am to noon and the show is from 9 am to 3 pm. Cub Scout Troop #409 serves food as a fundraiser for scouting events. Spend the day strolling this unique community on the shores of Lake Erie. Stay and discover a new favorite restaurant or shop. The Historic Summerfare is sponsored by the Friends of Harbour Town 1837, an organization that benefits the preservation of the historic district of downtown Vermilion.

Enjoy the unique downtown, visit the specialty shops and eateries, and view the colorful flowers. Narrated rides on are offered on the Vermilion River on the Mystic Bell Paddle Wheel Boat. Family fun at its best, discover Vermilion's Historic Summerfare!

For dates and details, visit https://www.facebook.com/foht1837/.


Summer Movies At Exchange Park

Each July and August, Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor movies at beautiful East Exchange Park on the Vermilion River. Located at the corner of Main Street (SR 60) and Liberty Avenue (SR6), Vermilion’s season of movies in the park features the best family-friendly flicks under the stars. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and your favorite movie snacks. The “curtain” goes up when the sun goes down.

Enjoy some family time in downtown's East Exchange park where grassy, hillside seating makes every seat the best in the house. Spread out a blanket or open a lawn chair and settle in for a night under the stars with a family-friendly movie. Bring your own snacks or grab something special, like candy, gourmet popcorn, a shake or ice cream, from one of the nearby merchants.

Movies made possible by generous sponsors and the City of Vermilion Parks and Recreation.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.


Summer Concerts In The Park

Each year Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor concerts beginning at 7 pm every Sunday July through August. Concerts are held at beautiful Victory Park in historic downtown Vermilion (Rt. 60/Main and Ohio Street on the Village Green.)

Bring your chair or blanket and listen to the music which changes weekly.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September.

Experience the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze from Lake Erie as the beautiful flowers are in full bloom in Vermilion. There is an exciting array of free musical entertainment for you with over 12 bands scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music for your listening enjoyment in several different locations, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more!

Do some shopping, grab something to eat or enjoy some great ice cream and be a part of this fantastic event each Third Thursday of the month. Third Thursday gets better each year. There’s plenty of parking, lots of flowers to enjoy, artwork to browse, and a sunset over Lake Erie that is sure to please.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and visitors for a fun time. Then let’s all head to the beach for one of our beautiful sunsets!

Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion Ohio Farmers Market

The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday late June through early September in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion.

Fresh seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, home baked goods, quality artwork and crafts, and much more are offered. The open air market is the place to gather with friends and neighbors, a shady stop on a bike tour, or just a fun place to hangout. Every week there is a special event that makes the Market even more fun! 

From the Market, it's an easy walk to downtown merchants and restaurants as well as the lake and library. Make it a point to wander down, browse the stores and shop local!

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring local products for sale to residents and visitors coming to downtown Vermilion, as well as to encourage them to visit the different merchants and restaurants.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.



~ AUGUST

Chalk it Up!

Watch as the roads and walks along Vermilion's Main Street fill up with bright chalk drawings created by local artistic talent every August in Vermilion, Ohio. Artists arrive at 10 am and begin creating their masterpieces. Enjoy some family and kid-friendly interactive opportunities, too, as you watch the streets transform. You can also buy $1 votes to elect your favorite work of art.

Artists put the finishing touches on by 3 pm, and the street is closed until 6 pm. Stroll this "middle-of-the-road" gallery of expression as you come downtown to shop and dine for the evening.   

Many business sponsors come together to sponsor this enjoyable afternoon and great addition to your night out.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.


Vermilion Beach Market

Be a part of the annual Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park in August. Shop lakeside from over 60 vendors offering vintage, shabby and chic decor, furniture, architectural salvage, handmade goods, jewelry, clothing and art. Free admission and free on-site parking. Rain or shine.

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Sherod Park is 5 minutes west of the charming Harbourtown district in downtown Vermilion - at the intersection of Lake Rd. (Rte. 6) and Coen Rd. This expansive park features green space, trees, natural areas, a beach, walking trails, a par course, a playground and two picnic pavilions (reserved for this event). The park overlooks breathtaking Lake Erie. Stay late to enjoy the sunset!

The Vermilion Beach Market welcomes over 60 travelling boutique vendors on board for this annual event. The vendors will be located in the northwest corner of the park, in a grassy area just steps from the beach. A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will be donated to the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Department for the beautification of and improvements to Sherod Park.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionbeachmarket.com.


Vermilion Annual Duck Derby

Each year in August the Vermilion Port Authority hosts the Annual "Duck Derby Race" on the Vermilion River. Thousands of Ducks race down the Vermilion River.

Join the fun by sponsoring a duck for $5 each or a "Quack Pack" of 5 for $20. Then show up at the Vermilion River bridge or McGarvey's Landing and watch as your duck is dumped into the river and races towards the finish line. The first place winner is awarded $1000, second place is awarded $500 and third is awarded $250.

Fun and festivities start at 6:30 pm at McGarvey's Landing. Sponsor a duck at local, participating merchants. Door prizes are also awarded by local merchants.

Join in the fun, food and festivities sponsored by the Vermilion Port Authority.

For dates and details, call (440) 204-2474.


Mill Hollow Crusin' Car Show

The region's largest, annual car show takes place in August at Vermilion Reservation - Millow Hollow from 11 am to 4 pm. Thousands of muscle cars, hotrods, vintage and custom trucks, ‘vettes, vans, motorcycles and more are on display. With ongoing entertainment, kids’ games and door prizes, there's always something for everyone. Food and beverages are available for a nominal fee. This is a walking event. End the day with some classics 50’s music in the Amphitheater.

Do you have a car 25 years or older? Show it off at the Mill Hollow Cruisin’ Car Show! The first 300 participants receive a free dash plaque.

Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River—Mill Hollow on one side and Bacon Woods on the other—Vermilion River Reservation is a favorite of picnickers, naturalists and anyone who just wants to enjoy its natural beauty. Just next to the Bacon House Museum, the Carriage Barn offers visitors information about the park and hosts nature programs.

Vermilion River Reservation is located at 51211 North Ridge Rd.,  just 4 miles south of downtown Vermilion, by the intersection of North Ridge and Vermilion roads.

For dates and details, visit www.metroparks.cc.


Annual Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon

Hundreds of athletes and spectators descend upon Vermilion, Ohio to compete in the annual Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon event that tests physical endurance. So whether you're racing for an overall title, or giving multisport racing a try for the first time, the Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon is for you! The event takes place at Sherod Park, an ideal location for every stage of these swim/bike/run events. 

Organized and managed by HFP Racing, the event is in one of America's longest running multisport series — the 27th Annual FIT Family Series. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits six beautiful venues, including Vermilion. 

The Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duathlon relies on an army of volunteers to ensure the smooth operation and transitions in this event. From directing traffic and parking cars, to being on the water in a kayak as a spotter, plenty of volunteer opportunities are available.

For dates and details, visit www.hfpracing.com.


Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September.

Experience the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze from Lake Erie as the beautiful flowers are in full bloom in Vermilion. There is an exciting array of free musical entertainment for you with over 12 bands scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music for your listening enjoyment in several different locations, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more!

Do some shopping, grab something to eat or enjoy some great ice cream and be a part of this fantastic event each Third Thursday of the month. Third Thursday gets better each year. There’s plenty of parking, lots of flowers to enjoy, artwork to browse, and a sunset over Lake Erie that is sure to please.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and visitors for a fun time. Then let’s all head to the beach for one of our beautiful sunsets!

Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Summer Movies At Exchange Park

Each July and August, Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor movies at beautiful East Exchange Park on the Vermilion River. Located at the corner of Main Street (SR 60) and Liberty Avenue (SR6), Vermilion’s season of movies in the park features the best family-friendly flicks under the stars. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and your favorite movie snacks. The “curtain” goes up when the sun goes down.

Enjoy some family time in downtown's East Exchange park where grassy, hillside seating makes every seat the best in the house. Spread out a blanket or open a lawn chair and settle in for a night under the stars with a family-friendly movie. Bring your own snacks or grab something special, like candy, gourmet popcorn, a shake or ice cream, from one of the nearby merchants.

Movies made possible by generous sponsors and the City of Vermilion Parks and Recreation.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.


Summer Concerts In The Park

Each year Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor concerts beginning at 7 pm every Sunday July through August. Concerts are held at beautiful Victory Park in historic downtown Vermilion (Rt. 60/Main and Ohio Street on the Village Green.)

Bring your chair or blanket and listen to the music which changes weekly.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion Ohio Farmers Market

The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday late June through early September in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion.

Fresh seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, home baked goods, quality artwork and crafts, and much more are offered. The open air market is the place to gather with friends and neighbors, a shady stop on a bike tour, or just a fun place to hangout. Every week there is a special event that makes the Market even more fun! 

From the Market, it's an easy walk to downtown merchants and restaurants as well as the lake and library. Make it a point to wander down, browse the stores and shop local!

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring local products for sale to residents and visitors coming to downtown Vermilion, as well as to encourage them to visit the different merchants and restaurants.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.



~ SEPTEMBER

Pioneer Days At Vermilion Reservation

Celebrate Pioneer Days every September at Vermilion River Reservation/Mill Hollow Metro Park in Vermilion, Ohio. You won’t want to miss the experience of living in the 1800’s with all the foods
being cooked on an open fire, crafts, demonstrations, music entertainment, and touring the historic Benjamin Bacon Homestead of 1845.

Surrounded by tall trees and a split-rail fence, you can't miss the picturesque Bacon House Museum and Carriage Barn at Mill Hollow. Walk through the original settler Benjamin Bacon's house, built in 1845. The museum features themes of daily living and puts an emphasis on the community life in Brownhelm, including the profound effect the railroad had on the economy and on people's lives.

On Sunday, early afternoon, come and enjoy the auctioning of the big variety of wares. Step back into the 1800s and watch the blacksmith craft a piece of metal into a tool, attend class in the one room schoolhouse, and much more. You might even want to try and play a game of baseball with a “Hurler” and a “Behind.” 

Various artists and craftsmen demonstrate their skills, musical and entertainment talents. Tasty pioneer treats are available to enjoy for a small fee. It is fun for the whole family.

Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River—Mill Hollow on one side and Bacon Woods on the other—Vermilion River Reservation is a favorite of picnickers, naturalists and anyone who just wants to enjoy its natural beauty. Just next to the Bacon House Museum, the Carriage Barn offers visitors information about the park and hosts nature programs.

Vermilion River Reservation is located at 51211 North Ridge Rd.,  just 4 miles south of downtown Vermilion, by the intersection of North Ridge and Vermilion roads.

For dates and details, visit www.metroparks.cc.


Fall Into Autumn & Holiday Gift Giving Event

Bringing residents and business leaders together to celebrate autumn and the changing of the seasons, the annual Fall Into Autumn & Holiday Gift Giving Event takes place in September in Vermilion, Ohio. Vermilion businesses, organizations and individuals make and display scarecrows. The downtown businesses display their scarecrows outside of their businesses, while individuals and businesses outside the downtown area display their scarecrows in Exchange Park. Exchange Park is filled with a variety of unique and lovingly made scarecrows from businesses, organizations, and residents.

Residents and visitors to Vermilion have the opportunity to vote for their favorite scarecrow. Voting slips are available in local businesses. The winning scarecrow is announced at the final Third Thursday of the season.

For dates and details, visit https://www.facebook.com/foht1837/.


Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset

Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts which take place May through September.

Experience the warmth of the sun and the cool breeze from Lake Erie as the beautiful flowers are in full bloom in Vermilion. There is an exciting array of free musical entertainment for you with over 12 bands scattered throughout Harbour Town. Many local musicians provide music for your listening enjoyment in several different locations, including rock, jazz, pop, country, oldies, ethnic, gospel and much more!

Do some shopping, grab something to eat or enjoy some great ice cream and be a part of this fantastic event each Third Thursday of the month. Third Thursday gets better each year. There’s plenty of parking, lots of flowers to enjoy, artwork to browse, and a sunset over Lake Erie that is sure to please.

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and visitors for a fun time. Then let’s all head to the beach for one of our beautiful sunsets!

Mark the third Thursdays on your calendar - May through September - for Vermilion's Third Thursdays. It is a celebration of music, flowers and a sunset in beautiful Vermilion, Ohio.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Vermilion Ohio Farmers Market

The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday late June through early September in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion.

Fresh seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, home baked goods, quality artwork and crafts, and much more are offered. The open air market is the place to gather with friends and neighbors, a shady stop on a bike tour, or just a fun place to hangout. Every week there is a special event that makes the Market even more fun! 

From the Market, it's an easy walk to downtown merchants and restaurants as well as the lake and library. Make it a point to wander down, browse the stores and shop local!

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring local products for sale to residents and visitors coming to downtown Vermilion, as well as to encourage them to visit the different merchants and restaurants.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.



~ OCTOBER

Vermilion's Annual Woollybear Festival

The Vermilion Fox 8 Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state of Ohio. Be a part of the fun as the annual Woollybear Parade & Festival takes over Vermilion, Ohio. The festival is held every year around October 1 on a Sunday on which the Cleveland Browns have an away game.

Festivities begin at 9 am with music at the stage and the YMCA World’s Greatest Kid’s Footrace at Vermilion High School. The Caterpillar 500 Race starts at 10 am. A Kids & Pets Woollybear Costume Contest starts at 11 am. At 1:30 pm the spectacular parade features 20 marching bands, hundreds of animals, 2,000 marchers and many area personalities. Live entertainment takes place on stage at 3:45 pm. At 5 pm the Woollybear Race Finals and Woollybear Winter Prediction takes place.

Vermilion, Ohio's Woollybear Parade

Vermilion’s Woollybear Parade is one of the largest parades in the state of Ohio. It starts at 1:30 pm and lasts approximately 2 hours. It features many radio and television personalities. Parade participants include Woollybear kids and pets, riding hay wagons, over 20 marching bands with nearly 2,000 musicians, radio and TV personalities, vintage automobiles, animals, festival queens, floats, clowns and much more! The parade heads east on Liberty Ave., starting at Grand St., then turns right onto Sandusky St., then right onto South St., ending at S. Decatur St.

The History Of Woollybear

The woollybear wackiness all started more than three decades ago. Northeast Ohio TV weatherman Dick Goddard of Fox8 TV in Cleveland talked with some friends and co-workers about his idea of a celebration built around using the woollybear to forecast what kind of winter is ahead.

In 1972 the newly-elected officers of the Parent Teachers Association at the Firelands-Florence Township Elementary School in the tiny community of Birmingham in Erie County were looking around for a vehicle to raise funds. They heard about Goddard’s idea of a Woollybear Festival.  They contacted him and offered to stage the festival with his help.

The first Woollybear Festival was held in Birmingham and attracted perhaps 2,000 people.  The parade was short—just the Firelands High School Band, some boy scouts and the local fire department, along with personalities from TV8—and they decided to go around the parade route twice, just to make it look longer.

After eight years in Birmingham, the crowd at the event had grown to an estimated 15,000 and was causing gridlock on the highways into the tiny community, so it was decided to move it to a larger city.  Thirteen towns and cities around northern Ohio expressed interest in hosting the ever-growing family-oriented event.  Goddard and a committee of the original founders finally settled on the pretty resort city of Vermilion, only nine miles north of where the festival was born in Birmingham.

And the rest is history...

Woollybear Festival Area

There are two Woollybear Festival areas in the center of historic downtown Vermilion, Ohio. One is at Victory Park on Rt. 60 (S. Main St.) north of Ohio St. The second is in Exchange Park at the corner of Rt. 60 (N. Main St.) and Rt. 6 (Liberty Ave.). The Woollybear Festival areas consist of entertainment, food booths, craft booths, and merchant sales. Woollybear T-shirts, Woollybear sweatshirts, and Woollybear hats will be available at the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce stand. Various entertainers are at the main stage throughout the day.

Woollybear Restrooms

Restrooms are located throughout the downtown area. Numerous temporary restrooms are placed at the south side of Victory Park, on Ohio St. between Main St. and Exchange St. A permanent restroom facility is in the red building at Exchange Park at the northeast corner of Liberty Ave. and Main St. 
Two temporary restrooms are in front of the police station at the corner of Liberty Ave. and Decatur St. 
A temporary restroom is placed on Liberty Ave. west of Decatur St.

Woollybear Festival Parking

The main parking area for the Woollybear Festival is at Sailorway Middle School, located at Rt. 60 and Sailorway Dr. Shuttle buses provide transportation from the parking lot to the festival area, as well as back to the parking lot. The cost is $5.00 (including shuttle). Parking is also available on Rt. 6 (E. Liberty Ave.), east of the Vermilion River, at the South Shore Shopping Center. Parking for the handicapped is available at the old Post Office parking lot, at 5463 Liberty Ave. You must arrive early. Additional parking areas are located around town as fundraising projects for many organizations and clubs.

World's Greatest Kids Race

This free event is a series of races for kids age 1-12. Events range from 5 yards (for 1 year old crawlers) to 550 yards (for 12 year olds). The races are held at the Vermilion High School track on Sailorway Drive. Registration begins at 8 am. Races are held from 9 am – 11 am. The event is sponsored by the Vermilion YMCA.

Queen's Festival Breakfast

Miss Vermilion and her court host area queens and festival royalty at a breakfast prior to the parade. Letters of invitation were sent to participants with details on this event. The location of the breakfast is German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Ave. (on Rt. 6, ½ mile west of Sunnyside Rd.). After the breakfast, the Vermilion Police will escort the queens in their parade cars or floats, as a group, from German's Villa to the parade line-up. No other cars will be allowed in the police escort. Families and friends of queens must park in public parking.

WOOLLY BEAR FACTS

The common moth Pyrrharctia isabella is known by different common names at its two main life stages. The adult is the Isabella tiger moth and the larva is called the banded woolly bear. The larvae of many species of Arctiid moths are called "woolly bears" ("wooly bears", "woollybears") because of their long, thick, furlike setae. This species is black at both ends with a band of coppery red in the middle. The adult moth is dull yellow to orange with a robust, furry thorax and small head. Its wings have sparse black spotting and the proximal segments on its first pair of legs are bright reddish-orange.

The banded woolly bear larva emerges from the egg in the fall and overwinters in its caterpillar form. It survives winter freezes by producing a cryoprotectant in its tissues. Once the weather warms, the larva devours all the grass and weeds it can, pupates, and becomes an adult, which then lives through the summer. It is the larvae of this species which are the subject of common folklore, which has it that the forthcoming severity of a winter can be predicted by the amount of black on the caterpillar; this is the most familiar woolly bear in North America.

The setae of the woolly bear are not urticant, but they will play dead if picked up or disturbed.

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.


Ohio Doctor Who Convention

A "Doctor Who" convention, the Ohio Who Convention, will be held at German's Villa on Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio October 20 to October 21.

This convention is all about the show that started in 1963. The convention will have guests from both Classic and New Who to talk about their time on the show and since. Meet Sophie Aldred, Michael Jayston, James Callaghan and Scott Stevenson. A cosplay guest of honor will also attend. Geek vendors will offer a wide variety of items. The event will also feature an annual cosplay competition.

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC since 1963. The program depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilizations and help people in need.

Doctor Who has been broadcast internationally outside of the United Kingdom since 1964, a year after the show first aired. The modern series has been, or is currently, broadcast weekly in more than 50 countries.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/ohio-who-2018-tickets-40147729941.

For dates and details, visit https://www.facebook.com/Ohiowho2018/.


DarkenWood Haunted Maze

DarkenWood is a two maze and outdoor walking event surrounding the old Haunted State Street School House, 995 State Street, in Vermilion Ohio. Real actors and real history are combined with decades of haunt experience and fresh new ways to find your fear factor. Demons, ghosts, zombies, monsters, blood and gore will prey on your phobia.

DarkenWood may be too intense for some patrons, and children ages 13 and under. Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. Children under 5 years of age are not permitted. Touching and inadvertent contact, while not planned, are a real possibility. Flat shoes or boots are required. No high heels or open toed shoes are permitted. $5.00 admission, all ages, one time, per person ticket entry.

For dates and details, visit www.darken-wood.com.



~ NOVEMBER

Annual Harbour Town Christmas Walk

Come Home for the Holidays in downtown Vermilion Thanksgiving weekend. Specialty shops open for holiday gift shopping. Santa arrives by boat at the Exchange Place Park Wharf  and then greets children in the Santa House. Caroling starts at 7 pm at the Victory Park Gazebo. Get in the spirit with caroling and lighting of the community Christmas Tree. Bring lanterns to light the way through the park to the gazebo and a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree. 

Visit the fine shops, restaurants and businesses. Santa arrives at Exchange Park by icebreaker at 11 am on Saturday. Experience the lovely Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Gazebo in Victory Park on Saturday at 7 pm.

For dates and details, visit https://www.facebook.com/foht1837/.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot at the Old Town Hall

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce presents the Annual Christmas Tree Lot at the Old Town Hall “Village On the Green” located in front of Tiffany's Flowers at the Old Town Hall late November through late December. Purchase your fresh cut trees Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. All proceeds go to a local Vermilion charity. Bring a pair of socks and food item for the Sock Drive and Food Drive. Help us make a difference...buy a tree and help Vermilion charities!

For dates and details, visit www.vermilionchamber.net.



~ DECEMBER

The Christmas Tree Ship

Go back in time to watch as the legendary Christmas Tree Ship enters the Vermilion harbor. This is a nautical tradition from long ago when ships brought the family Christmas tree. A reenactment of the 1887 fishing schooner will carry trees ashore available for purchase. Community bands, caroling, lunch with Santa and more will provide fun for the entire family throughout the day.

THE CHRISMTAS TREE SHIP is a story of faith, hope, and love about Captain Herman, affectionately known as "Captain Santa", and his yearly voyage from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago with a load of freshly cut Christmas trees. Families would wait anxiously at the docks for their choice of the best of the trees. Captain Schuenemann's voyage of 1912 was to be his last. Fully loaded and ready to sail his crew set out for it final destination on the southern end of Lake Michigan. Despite the crew's best efforts, the ship was unable to withstand the gales of the Great Lakes and went down off the coast of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. This Christmas classic features the artwork of Charles Vickery.

For dates and details, visit www.mainstreetvermilion.org.

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