Swap Meet & Car Show: Springfield, OH

The Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show is in its 33rd year and is still one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest. The event takes place from May 26-28.

The 126-acre site includes over 4,000 vendor spaces which will include contemporary and vintage parts, car sales, memorabilia and collectables. Buy, sell, trade. Kil-Kare Raceway are presenting a fantastic Vintage Racing Exhibit, featuring vintage race cars, old-time racers, memorabilia, and more. The focus of this exhibit will be on old-time racing which took place in the Midwestern USA. After all, not all racing action “back in the day” was done in California!

Come see vintage original stock cars, gassers, sprint cars, dragsters, and more. Plus meet some of the racing heroes who drove them to fame and glory right here in the central USA. There will be lots to see and enjoy, inside our beautiful 200 foot long building, right in the center of the biggest swap meet in the Midwest!

Mid-Day Arts Café, Dayton, OH

Often when we think of arts events we think of black tie evening galas. If this isn’t your scene or you just want to experience a performance in a different atmosphere check out Dayton’s Mid-Day Arts Café.

For a sixth year, the Mid-Day Arts Café will showcase Dayton’s unique and vibrant arts community through live performances, interactive Q & As, and premieres of upcoming productions. Patrons will have the opportunity to network with artists, meet local arts enthusiasts, learn new skills, and connect with the community. Every Mid-Day Arts Café begins with a box lunch provided by Citilites Restaurant & Bar at 11:30 a.m. The presentation starts promptly at noon.

Enjoy the arts in a casual, mid-week afternoon atmosphere with fellow art lovers. A perfect excuse to play hooky.

“Biggest Week of American Birding” Oregon, OH

Black Swamp Bird Observatory hosts the “biggest week in American birding” May 5th to 14th in Oregon, OH.

Activities include guided tours through Magee Marsh and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. The birds do their part by delighting and dazzling people who traveled here from all over the world. Last year a record number of visitors came from 46 states and at least 13 countries to enjoy the spectacular birding that northwest Ohio is becoming famous for.

The festival will also include keynote speakers, conservation discussion, workshops and other programing feature at a variety of locations.

Dandelion Festival, Dover Ohio

The 24th annual Dandelion Festival will be held at the new Roadhouse Amphitheater (Dover, OH)—located 100 yards east of the Breitenbach Winery on Old Rt. 39. Festival hours run from 12pm-7pm on Friday, May 5th and 9am-7pm on Saturday, May 6th.

The 5K Dandelion May Run will be held Saturday, May 6 at 9 am. Registration begins at 7am.

There will be wine sampling, Dandelion Sangria, cellar tours, arts and crafts and live entertainment scheduled for both days. On Saturday at noon, children should gather in the picnic shelter at the top of the hill for the Dandelion picking contest, and to make their own dandelion jelly. The festival will also include live music.

Vendors will be open both days, showcasing their Dandelion products for everything from soap, pottery, handmade jewelry to crafts and more. Dandelion food specialties will also be available both Friday and Saturday, such as dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, and dandelion sangria. There will also be cooking demonstrations of dandelion recipes.

Temporary Lego Exhibition at Imagination Station, Toledo OH

LEGO is perhaps one of the most iconic and cherished children’s toys the world over. Over the years LEGO has developed a program through which artists can become Certified LEGO Professionals. These certified artist are required to have a high level of skill in both the technical and creative aspects of building LEGO sculptures.

One pro, Adam Reed Tucker, has taken over half a million LEGO bricks to create the latest exhibition at Toledo’s Imagination Station. This staggering amount of toy bricks weighs in at over a ton and would stretch eleven miles end to end. Imagination Station says this is their largest temporary exhibition ever.

This family-friendly exhibition invites patrons to explore art and architecture through hands on learning. The exhibit features LEGO skyscrapers and other features of plastic brick architecture. Guest will be invited to build their own structures.

The exhibition runs through April, 2017.