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Things to do this weekend, August 10-12

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Are you constantly asking “What’s Happening, Hancock County?” There are plenty of things to do in Findlay and Hancock County this weekend!

Head to the Farmers’ Markets!

It is officially Farmers’ Market season!  The Hancock County Farmers’ Market will take place weekly at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts festival grounds in Downtown Findlay each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. Bluffton Farmers’ Market will take place each week in Downtown Bluffton’s Citizen’s National Bank parking lot on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – Noon!  VisitFindlay.com

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Fort Findlay Playhouse
Thursday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.

The whole Peanuts gang will come to the FFP stage this summer. Bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead” himself Charlie Brown is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the “Moonlight Sonata,” or just do your best to find “Happiness,” you’re sure to enjoy this timeless favorite.  Buy your tickets online!  FortFindlayPlayhouse.org

Flag City BalloonFest

Emory Adams Park
Friday – Sunday

Flag City BalloonFest is back for its 19th year in Findlay!  Balloons will be flying, weather permitting, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning as well as Friday and Saturday evening.  But there is more than just balloons!  Come to the festival for the kids fair and family friendly activities, live music and libations, demonstrations by Hancock County K-9 unit and Findlay Flying Circuits’ Display & Electric Aircrafts, arts and crafts fair, vintage baseball games, car and motorcycle show, and capped off by a free concert by Bryan White on Sunday.  See the full schedule of events here!  FlagCityBalloonFest.com  

Rally in the Alley

Latham Courtyard
Friday, 5 – Saturday, 11 a.m.

Enjoy this year’s Rally in the Alley!  There will be live music, friends and libations every Friday night in the summer for this outdoor musical event series featuring local bands.  This week will feature High Impact with snacks provided by Domino’s.   FindlayHancockChamber.com

Arlington Village Festival

Arlington Community Park
Friday, 6:30 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday, 9 a.m. – Midnight

The Arlington Village Festival is a two day homecoming festival packed with activities for all ages.  The parade will kick off festivities at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with a car and tractor show and cornhole tournament.  There will be a kids fair as well as activities for teens!  See the full schedule of events here!  ArlingtonVillageFestival.org  

Drop and Date

Awakening Minds Art
Friday, 6 – 8 p.m.

Designed for children ages 4 – 13. This class offers a variety of arts and crafts in a FUN, social, 2 hour class. Let the kids let loose on a Friday night with some art while you enjoy downtown Findlay! This class encourages socialization and independence while fostering self-esteem and creativity. No registration, walk-in only! $10.00 each participant.  AwakeningMindsArt.org

Painting Class

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, 10 a.m.

For all ages of all abilities, join us to create an AMAzing masterpiece! Instructors will guide you through a step by step process to creating your very own painting. Canvas is available for purchase, $3 per panel.  AwakeningMindsArt.org

Discovery Center Open House

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Saturday, 10 – 4 p.m.

Visitors can choose to participate in unstructured and/or structured activities. Activities and attractions include bird watching via the Windows on Wildlife, mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books for reading, touch table and puppets, and seasonal displays and exhibits. A Program Department staff member or volunteer will be available to answer questions. Hancock Park District Program Specialist, Chris Allen will display insect homes and share some little-known facts about them from 10 AM–12 PM.  All ages welcome. Free; registration not required.  HancockParks.com

My Grown Up and Me

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, Noon

The second Saturday of each month head to Awakening Minds Art for a special opportunity – My Grown Up and Me!  Perfect for all ages, for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more.  The cost includes a light lunch, juice and all art supplies.  RSVP is required by the Thursday prior to the event.  The cost is $40 for two guests, and $10 for each additional!

Train Rides and Museum Summer Hours

NWORRP
Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Take a ride on one of the quarter scale trains operated by Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.  Rides are open to all ages and cost $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.  NWORRP’s museum is also open at this time along with the gift shop!  NWORRP.org

Swiss Homestead Open House

Swiss Community Historical Society
Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.

The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton will be open to the public every Saturday afternoon in the summer.  Docents will be available each day to interpret the homestead’s history.  There will be an admission charge of $5.00 for adults. Children 16 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge, as will members of the Swiss Community Historical Society. SCHS memberships will be available for purchase on site.  Areas open to visitors each Saturday afternoon will include the restored 1843 house and reconstructed summer kitchen, the restored workshop, the 1850s kitchen garden, the outdoor bake, as well as the extensive grounds.  Facebook.com

The Perseid Meteor Shower

Riverbend Recreation Area
Saturday, 9 p.m.

Steve Rice, of the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about the Perseid Meteor Shower. Following the show, they will be observing Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and of course, the Perseid Meteor Shower. Come look through their telescopes or bring your own. Club members can show you how to set them up and use them.  All ages welcome. Free; registration not required.  HancockParks.com

When Neighbors Come a Calling: Open House

Litzenberg Memorial Woods – McKinnis House
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Come out and visit with the McKinnis family and see what is happening on the farm. The neighbors have stopped by to share a cool drink, along with watermelon and cookies that Mrs. Fishel has prepared. Come on by and share your news about your own farm and family.  All ages are welcome. Free; registration not required.  HancockParks.com

Visit our Museums

Beat the heat this weekend and head indoors to take advantage of air conditioned fun by visiting our museum!  While our museums are all open during the week as well, take advantage of their weekend hours and have fun with the whole family.  The Mazza Museum, home to over 11,000 individual children’s book illustrations, is open on Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. and admission is free.  Find your favorite illustration, read your favorite books, and have fun in the hands-on area as well.  The Children’s Museum of Findlay gives children the opportunity to learn by doing with exhibits representing different industries and activities in Hancock County – like becoming a firefighter, a banker, a farmer. going camping, or taking the stage!  The Children’s Museum is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.  Learn more about our heritage – and have fun doing it by visiting the Hancock Historical Museum!  The Historical Museum has a variety of exhibits and buildings dedicated to Hancock County’s history, including a building and transportation room, government center, and more.  The Historical Museum is open on Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m.  The Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center is open the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to visit this unique location in Findlay.  The Library has exhibits celebrating all cultures around the globe, with a wide variety of educational supplies available to borrow, unique displays, as well as the only location in the world awarded the Smithsonian Institute’s Black Wings exhibit.

Tap your Toes to Live Music

Keep warm this winter, but don’t hibernate!  Get out and enjoy all that Findlay and Hancock County has to offer!  There are so many great locations around the area that have talented local artists playing every weekend.  Check out some of these spots and see who is playing!

For more information about what is happening in Hancock County, visit our event calendar.  We hope to see you out and about in Hancock County this weekend!