Ohio June 05, 2017
10 Ethnic Festivals In Ohio That Will Wow You In The Best Way Possible
Ohio is known to have some pretty epic
small town festivals, but it’s always good to shake things up and expose yourself to different customs, celebrations and—of course—delicious foods from other countries. The following are 10 of our favorite ethnic festivals that take place right here in Ohio. See how many you can attend this year. (And let us know how the food is, of course!)
1. A World A’Fair (Dayton)
This 3-day international festival showcases the ethnic backgrounds and cultures of Dayton and the greater Miami Valley. It features booths (and incredible cuisine) from more than 30 countries and ethnic groups. A World A’Fair takes place every May at the Dayton Convention Center.
2. Cleveland Asian Festival (Cleveland)
This annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month is unbelievably delicious. While it's only in its eighth year, it is currently one of the fastest growing festivals in Ohio, with more than 45,000 attendees in 2015. It takes place each year near the end of May.
3. St. Demetrius Greek Festival (Warren)
One of the largest Greek festivals in Ohio will take place at the St Demetrios Community Center (3223 Atlantic Street, Warren, OH 44483) on July 19 -23. You'll find delicious Greek cuisine, entertainment, music, dancing, rides and games here.
4. Festa Italiana (Cuyahoga Falls)
For some of the most mouthwatering Italian food, grape stomping and entertainment for the whole family, you'll want to attend Festa Italiana in Cuyahoga Falls on July 21 - 23 this year. You'll find it in Falls River Square along along Front Street.
5. Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin)
The largest 3-day Irish festival in the world takes place right here in central Ohio. This year's festival celebrates 30 years and takes place August 4 - 6. Experience Irish dance, art and culture like never before within Dublin's Coffman Park.
6. Festival of India (Toledo)
For some incredible Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dance and more, you'll want to attend the Festival of Indian in Toledo. This year's festival will take place at Centennial Terrace (5773 Centennial Road Sylvania, OH 43560) on August 7.
7. Feast of the Assumption (Cleveland)
Little Italy, Cleveland transforms into an epic food fest for four whole days this year on August 12 - 15. For more than 100 years, Holy Rosary Church has hosted this beloved festival, taking great pride in the neighborhood's heritage.
8. German-American Festival (Oregon)
One of the largest and oldest festivals in northwest Ohio with take place on August 27 this year. Indulge in authentic German cuisine and beer while you take in the sights, smells and lively entertainment. You'll find this epic festival at Oak Shade Grove, right by the beloved Black Forest Cafe.
9. Ohio Swiss Festival (Sugarcreek)
Celebrate the Sugarcreek area’s Swiss heritage (and Swiss cheese, of course) with parades, a 5K and all the authentic Swiss cuisine you can eat. This year's festival will take place on September 29-30.
10. Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival (Columbus)
From the end of November to early January, the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds features Chinese culture in a new light. Silk lanterns light up the night, delicious food abounds and traditional performances take place. The festival will return to Columbus this year, with exact dates, times and ticket prices TBA.
Have you been to any of these festivals before? What is your favorite ethnic festival to attend in Ohio? Let us know!
For more festival fun in Ohio, check out our previous article:
The 12 Best Small-Town Ohio Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of.