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Things to do this weekend, June 22-24

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.  Arlington’s market takes place each week on Fridays at Arlington Cape and the 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!

Rally in the Alley

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

Enjoy the first Rally in the Alley of 2018!  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 the band Tongue ‘N Groovewith snacks provided by Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs.  This event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather, see the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce’s facebook page for updates!

Family Camp Out

Riverbend Park
Friday, 5 – 9 p.m.

Bring your family and a tent for a fun-filled overnight camping adventure at Riverbend! We’ll cook dinner over the campfire, learn about nocturnal animals and play some games. As night time approaches, it’ll be time for s’mores and a night hike before returning to your tent for a much needed rest or to relax by the campfire and listen for owls. In the morning, after a light breakfast, we’ll take a bird hike in the woods and have a campground-wide scavenger hunt.  This event is recommended for ages 4 and up.   Click here to register with $10 per person (4 and under are free) by 8 AM, Friday, June 22.

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.

Summer Wine and Food Pairing

Gillig Winery
Friday, 6 p.m.

Come to Gillig Winery’s Summer Wine and Food Pairing on Friday, June 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy five tastings of our hand-crafted wines paired with gourmet summer treats.  Tickets are required and may be purchased on the facebook event page.

Classic Movie Night

Hancock Historical Museum
Friday, 7 p.m.

Join the Hancock Historical Museum for their Classic Movie Night!  This month’s movie is “African Queen“, released in 1951 and rated PG.  It is directed by John Huston, and stars Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.  Historical information before and discussion after. Popcorn and refreshments provided. BYOB. Free to the public. Call 419-423-4433 for more information.

Public Ice Skating

The Cube
Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 1 – 2:50 and 7 – 9 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!

Victorian Front Porch Tea

Hancock Historical Museum
Saturday, 11 a.m.

Enjoy the warm breezes of summer with a tea party on the front porch of the historic Hull House! The event is for children ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. Guests are encouraged to bring a doll and come dressed for the occasion. Participants will enjoy tea and treats served by the Victorian Ladies, while learning about proper etiquette for a Victorian tea party. 19th century lawn games and crafts will follow the tea. Cost: $25 per pair for members, $30 for nonmembers.

Art in the Park: Plein Air Paint-Out

Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Artists working in all plein air media are welcome to paint the McKinnis homestead as well as the woods and prairie areas of this beautiful park during this non-competitive event. The public is invited to observe artists as they work. Art projects completed during the day will be on display starting at 3 PM. There are several places to work under cover in case of rain.  Recommended for teens and adults. Free, but register on site or ahead of time by contacting Sharon Hammer Baker at

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.

Train Rides and Museum Summer Hours

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!

Pet Portraits Painting Class

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, 1 p.m.

Pain your furry friend!  One per canvas.  This class includes refreshments and snacks with registration, photo of pet due at registration online.  Register here!

Riverside Wine Festival

Riverside Park
Saturday, 1 – 6 p.m.

The Arts Partnership hosts the 2018 Riverside Wine Festival featuring Ohio Wineries 1pm to 6pm Saturday, June 23rd. Voted #1 Wine Festival in Ohio by readers of Ohio Magazine.  Sample wines from Ohio wineries offering regional wines ranging from world-class wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc or Riesling to fun-to-drink fruit wines made from fresh strawberries, blackberries, peaches and raspberries. Whether one enjoys red, white, blush, dry, sweet or something in-between, there will be an opportunity to find a favorite. Bottles will be available for purchase to take home from the event.  Tickets are $25 at the event and $10 for non-tasting admission. Tasting admission includes 5- 1oz. samples with additional samples available for $1.

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 oven as well as the extensive grounds.

Beginning Observing

Riverbend Park
Saturday, 9 p.m.

Jon Brumbaugh of the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program to help newcomers to astronomy. Following the show, you will be observing the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. 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.

Dragonflies: Open House

Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Do you know the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? We will have a display in the Discovery Center, along with information on dragonflies for visitors to enjoy. Join us at 2 PM as we take a hike around Shank Lake looking for the ones that are commonly seen in Ohio around the lakes and wooded areas.  All ages welcome. Free; registration not required.

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!