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Things to do this weekend, October 19-21

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

Deathtrap

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

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell, which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college – a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness and an abundance of thrills and laughter. Deathtrap holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.  Buy your tickets online!  FortFindlayPlayhouse.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

Halloween Express, Pumpkin Train, and Trick-or-Treat Train

NWORRP
Friday, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. & 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

Choo, Choo!  All aboard at Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.!  There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Fall season and Halloween at NWORRP.  Take a night-time ride around the track during Halloween Express (don’t worry, it isn’t scary!) or check out the trains during the Pumpkin Train.  In anticipation for Halloween – go trick-or-treating at Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation!  The Halloween Express will be transformed on Saturday into the Trick-or-Treat Train.  Ride the train, see the decorations, and stop for some special treats given out be some very spooky visitors. This special edition of the Express will make stops around the track for riders to receive treats.  Come dressed in costume and enjoy your ride!  Rides for all these activities are $2 for adults and $1 for children.  Pumpkins are available for purchase during the Pumpkin Train at an additional cost and are not necessary to ride the train.   Facebook.com

Public Ice Skating

The Cube
Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 1 – 2:50, 8 – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 3 – 4:50 p.m.

Get out and go ice skating!  Public Skates take place every day at The Cube!  Public Skates are subject to change, see City of Findlay Recreation’s Facebook or call 419-424-7176 for up-to-date information.  Weekend and evening admission is $5 and skate rental is $3.  Looking for something to do during the week?  The Cube is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. as well!  Cost is $5 for admission and skate rental.  Don’t forget, The Cube is cash only!  FindlayOhio.com

Mary Poppins, Jr.

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Friday & Saturday, 7 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m.

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman with the book by Julian Fellowes, this show will be approximately 1 hour and be performed by Youtheatre.  Youtheatre is open to all area youth in grades 1-12. The mission of Youtheatre is to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting appreciation of the arts.  Limited tickets still available, purchase here!

Classic Movie Night: I Married A Witch

Hancock Historical Museum
Friday, 7 p.m.

Join the Hancock Historical Museum for their Classic Movie Night!  This month’s movie is “I Married A Witch“, released in 1942 and rated PG.  It is directed by Rene Clair, and stars Frederick March and Veronica Lake.  Historical information before and discussion after. Popcorn and refreshments provided. BYOB. Free to the public. Call 419-423-4433 for more information.  HancockHistoricalMuseum.com

Nature and Namaste Fall Yoga Retreat

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Saturday, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Yoga instructor, Katy Mercer will lead a 3-week beginner yoga series. Join her for just one class or attend all three. Each class will end with guided meditation, breath work, and a light snack. If the weather is favorable, class will be held outside. After class, you’re welcome to join Katy for a relaxing hike through the woods.  Required to be ages 10 and up; youth must register with a participating adult.  Click here to register with $10 per person by 4 PM on Friday before each class.  HancockParks.com

Fall Gardening Fun

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Explore ways to enjoy the products of your garden and preparations to make for next year’s growing season, plus tips on saving seeds.  This activity is open for kids ages 5 and up.  FindlayLibrary.org

Painting Class

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, 10 a.m.

Children, teens, and adults of all abilities will focus on painting techniques & socialization.  Create a masterpiece with guided instruction. This is an all-inclusive program for children, teens and adults with special needs and their typical developing peers!  AwakeningMindsArt.org

Horseback Riding

Triple T Ranch
Saturday, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Guided horseback rides for youth ages 8 and older, adults, and families will be offered at the Triple T Ranch in Findlay!  The forest green of late summer and the fiery reds, yellows, and burnt oranges of early autumn will be on display. Horseback rides are designed for beginners, participants from the Hancock Park District’s Horseback Riding Instructional Program, and avid riders content with taking it easy and enjoying the camaraderie of a small group in a scenic woodland setting.  Register online before Friday at 4:30 p.m. HancockParks.com

Self-Guided Fall Float

Zonta Landing, Riverside Park
Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.

Self-guided fall float trips on the Blanchard River are available Saturdays and Sundays from September 8 through October 28 starting at 1 PM. Float trips begin and end at Zonta Landing at Riverside Park. Canoeists and kayakers have the opportunity to enjoy the late summer green and early autumn brilliance along the Blanchard River as they paddle upstream past the Country Club’s golf course, Eastpoint Area, and Vogelsong Conservation Area to the State Route 568/Sandusky Street Bridge and back. The trip takes approximately 2 hours.  Register online before 4:30 on Friday. HancockParks.com

Fun Fall Hayride

Riverbend Park
Saturday, 2 & 3 p.m.

Want to take a fall hayride but don’t have enough people to fill a wagon ride on your own? Here is a chance to bring the family out and enjoy a group hayride through the colorful woods. We will have cookies and cider before each ride and a fall coloring sheet for the kids.  All ages welcome, there will be a hayride at 2 p.m and 3 p.m.  Click here to register with your preferred hayride time with $5 per person by 2 PM on Friday, October 19.  HancockParks.com

Family Fun Fest

Hancock County Fairgrounds
Saturday, 3 – 7 p.m.

Support the Sheriff’s Office Training Facility and attend the Family Fun Fest.  Tickets are $15 for ages 13+, $10 for ages 4 – 12 and free for 3 and under.  There will be a kid’s costume judging and prizes, face painting, bouncy house, hay ride, pumpkin patch, games, train ride, and more!  See the flyer here!

Fall Family Festival

Gathering Wine Patio
Saturday, 4 – 7 p.m.

Join Gathering Wine for a Family Fall Fest on the patio, Saturday, October 20th from 4-7pm! Fun for all ages! Enjoy a great atmosphere, paint/decorate a pumpkin, and we will have a costume contest for the kids at 5pm! $10 for participating kiddos-they receive a pumpkin, all the goodies to paint/decorate and a personal size pizza! Chef, Jeremy England will have some of his delicious caramel apples for sale also! Adults, we didn’t forget about you! We will have great fall brews available as well as our Apple Cider Sangria and some warm spiked cider!  Facebook.com

McComb Community Fall Festival

McComb School
Saturday, 4 – 8 p.m.

Join us for a day filled with Fall Fun and Food at McComb School. Meet Wonder Woman and Spiderman, pick and paint your pumpkin, ride Romick Railway’s new fire truck, enjoy bounce houses and carnival games, and be sure to visit our Haunted Hallway! Costume contest judging at 4.30pm, Raffle drawings starting at 7pm. Food trucks will be on hand, so stay for dinner and bring the whole family! Rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit McComb Elementary students.  Admission is free, game tickets will be 25 cents!  Facebook.com

Spooktacular!

Hancock Historical Museum
Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.

Halloween fun for all ages, including crafts & games, tours of the “haunted” Hull House, and seasonal treats! Admission is just $1.00 per person!  HancockHistoricalMuseum.org

Moon

Riverbend Park
Saturday, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Steve Rice of the Millstream Astronomy Club will present a program about the Moon. After the talk, the group will be observing the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The club can help you set up your own telescope or you may view the night sky through theirs.  All ages welcome. Free; registration not required.  HancockParks.com

Harvest the Past

Litzenberg Memorial Woods’ McKinnis House
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

Harvest the Past celebrates 1847. The ladies from the McKinnis House will be looking in the garden for their next homemade treat. Stop by the garden shed to see what’s for the taking at the Historic Farmer’s Market. Extras from the garden will be available for a donation. Chad Hazelton from Ada will have some of his farm animals on display. Visit the Activity Barn as the Muleskinner Band from Urbana plays songs from the past. The artisan tent will showcase local folks showing and selling some of their wares. Popcorn and cider will be served.  All ages welcome. Free; registration not required.  HancockParks.com

Vote for Findlay and Hancock County!

Carve time out this weekend to vote for your favorite Findlay and Hancock County locations for the best of Ohio!  Findlay was already named one of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns, so let’s show them why – vote for your favorite attractions, shops, parks, and restaurant as the Best of Ohio!  Voting for Ohio Magazine’s “Best of Ohio” is open and there are many categories that you can fill with your Findlay and Hancock County favorites.  VisitFindlay.com

Experience the Chills and Thrills of Hancock County!

The haunted houses of Findlay are open, so don’t miss out!  Visit Purgatory and Fear Factory every Friday and Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. until midnight.  This inside and outside haunted attraction is open rain or shine and is sure to scare you and your friends.  There are several areas to exploit your fears, no matter what they are!  Haunted Ghost Town opens its doors every Friday and Saturday evening as well, this favorite Hancock County area attraction is back to scare you and your friends, new attractions have been added this year for an even better experience.  If the younger members of your family want to get in on the Haunted Ghost Town fun they can – and it isn’t scary!  Their Jr. Haunt on Saturday afternoons offers trick-or-treating through the village, as well as options for Zombie Laser Tag and opportunities to try the climbing wall!  And, don’t forget to visit Flashover Indoor Sports and Fun Center for Zombie Laser Tag!  VisitFindlay.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!