This winter break, don’t keep the kids cooped up inside! Instead, visit the Youngstown area and enjoy the many family-friendly attractions and events happening here. Watch Disney on Ice, stargaze at the planetarium, experiment at OH WOW! and much more.

 

Explore and Learn at OH WOW! Children’s CenterOH WOW! Children's Center

At OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science and Technology, kids have the chance to expand their understanding of all-things-science through 11 galleries, complete with more than 60 interactive exhibits. Each exhibit is unique and features things like airplane building, weather reporting green screens, water systems and farm-to-table cooking. Families with kids ages 0 to 14 will love spending time together while the kids learn while playing. OH WOW! is open every day 10:00am-4:00pm, and until 8:00pm on Wednesdays (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $8 for adults and children. Kids under 2 years old are free. Seniors (65+), Educators, & Veterans are $7. OH WOW! will also be open as part of the First Night Youngstown celebration on December 31. Visitors with a wrist band can explore from 5:00pm-8:30pm.

 

YSU BasketballCheer On the Penguins at the Covelli Centre

If you’re a family of sports fans, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 21! At 1pm, the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team will take on West Virginia University for a special game inside the Covelli Centre. Not only will you have the chance to cheer on the Penguins, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the YSU Pep Band and Dance Team. For tickets, visit the Southwoods Health Box Office at the Covelli Centre or ticketmaster.com.

 

Stargaze at the Ward Beecher Planetarium Ward Beecher Planetarium

As part of Youngstown State University, the Ward Beecher Planetarium’s astronomy programs are free and open to the public. Now through December 21, visit the Planetarium for the “Let It Snow!” holiday music show. This 30-minute program celebrates the winter season as artistic impressions of holiday music come to life on the dome. Experience bells and reindeer, presents and cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacles of fun!

 

Enjoy Disney on Ice in Youngstown

This December, Disney on Ice: DREAM BIG is coming to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown! Treat the kids to a magical ice skating show, starring some of their favorite new and old Disney characters, including Moana, Elsa and Jasmine (to name a few). Visit the Covelli Centre website for ticket information. Performances include:

  • Thursday, December 26 at 7pm
  • Friday, December 27 at 7pm
  • Saturday, December 28 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm
  • Sunday, December 29 at 1pm and 5pm

 

Experience Exciting USHL Hockey

Cheer on the Youngstown Phantoms as they take on the Madison Capitols at the Covelli Centre. On Friday, January 3, puck drop is at 7:05pm. Enjoy free popcorn & cotton candy, and a $5 ticket for ages 12 & under. On Sunday, January 5, puck drop is at 5:05pm. Ages 12 & under receive a free ticket.

 

Make Memories with The World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will bring their ALL-NEW show, “Pushing the Limits” to the Covelli Centre on Saturday, January 4! Shows at 2pm & 7pm will feature a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time.

 

Extreme Air Trampoline ParkJump, Tag and Skate in Boardman

The Extreme Air Trampoline Park and Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Boardman is the perfect one-stop shop for a day of indoor, kid-friendly fun. Open Tuesday-Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 10am-11pm, and Sunday 10am-8pm (and also open on all school snow days), the Trampoline Park is home to over 10,000 square feet of custom trampolines, rock-climbing walls and a two-story laser tag facility. The on-site Ice Arena has an Olympic-sized ice rink available for both open skate and lessons. View the ice schedule, which is updated daily.

 

Dine in Youngstown

Westgate PizzaThe Youngstown area is home to a plethora of locally owned, family-friendly restaurants offering a wide range of delicious dishes. Build your own hot dogs with over 59 toppings at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts. Pair a juicy burger with an inventive milkshake at Coaches Burger Bar. Or, order the Signature Sampler at Westgate Pizza– it has six different varieties in one sheet pizza (something for every member of the family, perhaps!). For a complete list of restaurants in the Youngstown and Mahoning County area, visit our website.

 

Affordable Hotels in Youngstown   

Looking for an affordable place for the family to stay while in Youngstown? Check out the accommodations page on our website for a complete listing of area hotels.

 

Visit Youngstown to keep the kids (and yourself) entertained over winter break this year! For more information about all the family-friendly attractions in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

In Youngstown & Mahoning County, there is much to be thankful for. From the beautiful parks and new entertainment venues to unique restaurants and unbeatable attractions, how can you not be thankful? This year, we’re especially thankful for breweries. Here’s why.

 

NobleCreatureThe Atmospheres Are Never Ordinary

Step inside our breweries and you will quickly realize that each has its own uniquely different atmosphere. For example, inside Biker BrewHouse in Austintown, you’ll find lots of metal and motorcycle-inspired décor. The BrewHouse is located inside BikeTown Harley Davidson and serves six rotating beers on tap, brewed with maple syrup and honey from their family farm. Also located in Austintown, Paladin Brewing offers an ever-expanding variety of craft brews. Their current Beer of the Month is Fire Roasted Pumpkin Ale. For an entirely different environment, visit Noble Creature Cask House, an old church-turned brewery, located near downtown Youngstown. Pair one of their artisan ales, lagers, sours or barrel aged beers with a handcrafted appetizer or sandwich.

 

PenguinCityBeerYou Can Expect Locally-Crafted Quality 

Penguin City Beer is a Youngstown-based brewery that has their product served at a wide range of restaurants and bars throughout Mahoning County. At last count, you can enjoy Penguin City Beer at 315 locations in our area. Lil Paws Winery in Lake Milton also offers 6 craft beers in addition to their wines. All of their brews are named after the owners’ furry friends.

 

 

Other Can’t-Miss Options for the Craft Beer Lover

WhistleandKegAt Whistle & Keg in downtown Youngstown, you can sample just a little, or enjoy a full glass by selecting any of their 44 beers from their self-service taps. Right now, seasonal flavors include Citra Noel, 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale, Cinnamon Roll Imperial Ale, Pecan Brown Ale and Old Zahm Oktoberfest. Magic Tree Pub & Eatery always has 41 beers on tap, including a dedicated bar for Belgian beers. All pair nicely with their famous 1-pound pretzels.  Ranked as the #1 bottle shop in Ohio, Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman has over 1,300 (yes…1,300) craft beer selections on their shelves, and 34 craft beers on tap. Looking for something out of the ordinary? This place is for you! 

 

BikerBrewHouseTransportation Services

If you don’t have a designated driver in your party, be aware of the transportation services available in Mahoning County. Uber and Lyft are both available around Youngstown – simply download the app and schedule your ride.  To use DD4Hire, call 330-259-0445, or to use Fab Cab, call 330-793-6666. If you plan on visiting breweries in a large group, reserve a shuttle through Kelco Services by calling 440-542-4410.

 

 

For more information about all the breweries and restaurants in the Youngstown area, visit our website or our Facebook page.

What do coffee shops, markets, breweries and ice cream shops have in common? They’re all serving up pumpkin spice goodies this fall! If you haven’t satisfied your pumpkin spice cravings yet this season, these ten places in Mahoning County will do the trick.

 

Stone Fruit Coffee CompanyStone Fruit Coffee Company

With coffees roasted and brewed in house, there are plenty of drink options at Stone Fruit Coffee Company. Visit their Boardman, Youngstown, Canfield or Cornersburg locations and try some of their seasonal drinks like Nightmare Fuel cold brew or pumpkin spice latte.

 

High Octane Coffee Company   

Modeled after a 1950’s service garage, High Octane Coffee Company brews up a variety of flavored coffees (made from their own roasted beans), milkshakes and baked goods. This fall, try their hot or iced pumpkin spice latte paired with a pumpkin White House Fruit Farm donut.

 

Classic Bakery

Bakeries are some of the best spots to find all sorts of pumpkin spice goodies. Classic Bakery in Boardman serves delicious custom cakes, pies, cookies and more, and this fall, you’ll find pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin logs. You can also choose from several adorable Halloween-themed cakes.

 

N₂ by DaVill Creams & Crumbles – Nitrogen Ice Cream & Bakery

N₂ by DaVill is a nitrogen ice cream shop located inside Crumbles Bakery in Boardman. Try their pumpkin spice ice cream, made fresh before your eyes! Crumbles Bakery offers a variety of pumpkin cakes and cookies.

 

Whistle & KegWhistle and Keg

A wide variety of restaurants in the Youngstown area serve up great pumpkin beers, but for the best selection of fall flavors, try Whistle & Keg in Downtown Youngstown. Sample any of their 44 beers on self-service tap. Right now, seasonal flavors include Ace Pumpkin Cider, Pumking, Cold Press Coffee Pumking, Old Zahm Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest.

 

Vintage Estate Wine & Beer

For one of the largest beer selections (over 1300 craft beer labels in stock and 34 on tap), visit Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman. Stop in to pick up one of your favorite seasonal varieties or enjoy selections from the mead bar, wine bar and craft beers on tap.

 

Handel’s Ice Cream

Handel’s Ice Cream has long been a staple in the Youngstown community (in fact, they’ll be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year!). While you can always choose from 100+ homemade flavors, you’ll also find pumpkin pecan and pumpkin ripple at select locations throughout the fall.

 

White House Fruit Farm   

If you ask any local, “where should I go in Youngstown this fall?”, we’re sure White House Fruit Farm will make their list. You’ll find seasonal donut flavors like pumpkin iced and pumpkin cinnamon (but, if it’s your first time, make sure to also pick up an iconic blueberry donut). In the market, there’s also a wide selection of other sweets, including pies, cookies and fudge. Here’s our complete guide to fall at White House Fruit Farm.

 

The Orange Avocado      Orange Avocado

Known for their organic, cold-pressed juice, Orange Avocado Juicery in Boardman has several seasonal goodies in their shop this month. Try their pumpkin cider or opt for a pumpkin smoothie bowl topped with pumpkin seeds, granola and fresh fruit.

 

Youngstown Nutrition

New to the Boardman area, Youngstown Nutrition serves up an extensive menu of healthy teas and protein shakes. This October, try their Witches Brew tea (lemon tea, mango aloe, lemon lime and collagen) or their Maple Candied Praline shake. Bonus: all of their teas and shakes come with the option to add extra nutritious boosters to improve things like your immune system or hair health.

 

 

This fall, don’t miss the opportunity to get your pumpkin spice fix in Mahoning County! For more information about other local businesses and attractions in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Lovers of Halloween and all-things-fall are in luck if they’re visiting the Youngstown area this season! With haunted houses, winery parties, pumpkin patches and hayrides, you have ample opportunities to enjoy the spooky season. If you love Halloween, here’s a few places to check out.

 

The Canfield Scaregrounds  

Each October, the Canfield Fairgrounds transform into the much-anticipated Canfield Scaregrounds. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to midnight and Sundays from 7pm–10pm, the Scaregrounds feature four haunted houses, a haunted hayride and zombie paintball session. General admission includes access to all attractions (excluding paintball) and is $20. Guests also have the option to purchase just a haunted hayride pass for $10 or a paintball session for $10. For more details about the Canfield Scaregrounds, visit their website.

 

Ward Beecher PlanetariumWard Beecher Planetarium

Youngstown State University’s Ward Beecher Planetarium offers a wide selection of free astronomy programs to the public – and this October includes a few spooky specials. Families with young kids will want to check out Night-LITE, showing October 12, 19 and 26 at 2pm. It’s a fun (not scary), music and light show and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume. For those that like all things scary and horrific, head to a showing of Nightlights on October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 or 26 at 8pm! Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to this program as well.

 

Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake 

While there are several uniquely wonderful wineries in the Youngstown area, Diletto Winery and The Vineyards at Pine Lake are two that are known for their packed event schedules. From sip ‘n paints and live music to yoga and vineyard tours, these wineries offer it all. And in October, you can expect to find both of their calendars FILLED with Halloween happenings.

At Diletto Winery:

At The Vineyards at Pine Lake:

 

Boardman Township Park

This month, Boardman Township Park is hosting family-friendly haunted hayrides, perfect for all ages. Rides will be held on October 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 6pm–10pm. Ticket sales will take place between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Family rates are also available: $15 for Boardman families of two adults and four kids; $18 for non-resident families of the same size.

 

Youngstown Area Pumpkin Patches   

Molnar FarmsSpooky season isn’t complete without at least one visit to a pumpkin patch, right? Luckily, there’s plenty throughout the Mahoning County area! When in Poland, visit Molnar Farms for not only pumpkins, but also a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in their market. In Canfield, head to White House Fruit Farm (weekends are best in the fall) to peruse their pumpkin pavilion, market and fall gift barn. To carve pumpkins, visit Fellows Riverside Gardens October 10, 11 or 12, then head back on Sunday, October 13 to see them on display at the annual Pumpkin Walk at Twilight. Or, take the kids to Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on October 13, 19 or 20 for tractor-wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch. Pick the pumpkin of your choice, then decorate it to take home.

 

Area Bakeries

Although you might not think of it, local bakeries are one of the best spots to visit during the Halloween season. Why? They serve up endless fall-inspired treats! Think: flavors of pumpkin spice, maple walnut, apple and more. Stop in Classic Bakery in Boardman this fall and try their pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins or pumpkin log. At Bake Me Treats in Poland, expect pumpkin spice éclairs, monster cakes and maple walnut macarons. And, at One Hot Cookie, in both Youngstown and Boardman, you’ll find pumpkin-shaped cookies, maple walnut-flavored cookies and caramel apple smash cups.

 

 

This fall, make sure to take advantage of all the fun and freaky things happening in Mahoning County! For more information about Halloween festivities and other happenings in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Are you planning a visit to Youngstown State University this fall? Whether you’re cheering on the Penguins at a football game, or visiting the Ward Beecher Planetarium, it’s a perfect opportunity to visit Downtown Youngstown and experience all sorts of local restaurants, breweries and attractions.

 

YSU HomecomingYSU football

On Saturday, October 12, the Youngstown State Penguins take on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits for their annual Homecoming game. The festivities kick off on Saturday with the traditional Homecoming Parade at 4:00pm. Each year, floats, bands, student organizations and many others gather on Wood Street and march up Fifth Avenue, past the stadium, with crowds on both the East and West sides of the street. Make sure to arrive to the Stadium early for a good spot along the parade route! The football game follows the parade, with kickoff at 6:00pm. For tickets to the Homecoming game, call 330-941-1YSU or purchase them online. Remaining home games of the regular season are: October 26, November 2, and November 23.

 

Casual Eats Downtown

Bistro 1907Grab a casual bite to eat at any of the delicious, locally owned restaurants in Downtown Youngstown.

 

Elegant Places to Eat Downtown

V2While you’ll find a plethora of delicious, casual restaurants Downtown, you’ll also come across a few elegant spots worth visiting – especially if you’re celebrating a special occasion! For authentic Italian dishes, made mostly from ingredients imported from Italy, take a seat at Roberto’s Italian Ristorante. Or for old-time American bistro cuisine, visit Bistro 1907 located in the DoubleTree Downtown. Keep in mind: This restaurant will turn away guests wearing hats, graphic tees or ripped jeans, so dress accordingly. V2 Wine Bar Trattoria is another classy Downtown spot, known for their wide selection of wines, handcrafted pizzas and Italian small plates.

 

Drinks Downtown   Whistle and Keg

When you’re ready to grab a drink or two after the game, stay Downtown! At Whistle and Keg, expect a unique self-service craft beer and wine taproom with 44 different drinks on tap. How does it work? Visitors receive a wristband and glass, scan their band on any of the tap screens, pour, then pay by the ounce. Noble Creature Cask House is a craft brewery located in an old church-turned-tap room. Imbibe Martini Bar offers 121 varieties of martinis and Ryes Craft Beer & Whiskey has a selection of 114 American craft beers.

 

Family-Friendly Activities Downtown

OhWOW Science CenterFamilies visiting YSU: Keep the kids entertained with a visit to any of the nearby, family-friendly attractions! Stay right on YSU’s campus and catch a special (free) astronomy program at the Ward Beecher Planetarium. Fall programs include the Halloween horror feature, Nightlights, and non-scary Night-LITE. Or, treat the kids to a day at OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology located on W. Federal St. in Downtown Youngstown. It’s a world-class children’s museum with over 60 hands-on interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Visitors also have the chance to explore the museum’s 11 different galleries.

 

Where to Stay  DoubleTree Downtown Youngstown

With so much to do and explore, why not make a weekend out of your visit to Youngstown State? Local hotels in the Austintown, Boardman, Canfield and North Lima areas are all within minutes of downtown Youngstown. If you’re looking to stay right near YSU and many downtown attractions, book a night or two at the DoubleTree Youngstown Downtown. Located inside the historic Stambaugh Building, the hotel was fully renovated to include today’s modern amenities, while preserving the building’s historic charm.

 

Downtown Youngstown is brimming with exciting attractions and must-try local restaurants. So, after you visit Youngstown State University this fall, make sure to explore Downtown and enjoy all it has to offer. For more information, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Cooler temperatures, beautiful landscapes and affordable rates – what’s not to love about golfing in Youngstown and Mahoning County in the fall? Although not considered “peak season” for many golfers, we’d argue that fall might be THE time to golf! Here’s five reasons why you shouldn’t put those clubs away as the leaves begin to change.

 

Mill Creek South-fallThe courses are less crowded.

Think about it: summer is the season for lots of golf leagues, tournaments, outings and leisure golfing. In the fall, crowds start to slow down, giving you better opportunities to hit the course without worrying about being rushed or waiting on other groups.

 

Rates are typically cheaper.   

Golf is very affordable in our area, but because fall is a slower season for most golf courses, rates usually drop. If you’re looking for an inexpensive round of golf, fall is the best time to find it. In addition to seasonal rates, make sure to also keep an eye out for special senior and junior discounts. At Mill Creek Golf Course, for example, you’ll come across all sorts of unique rates.

 

Opportunities for longer drives.  

Cooler temperatures and (hopefully) not a lot of rain mean a firmer course on which to play. If you catch that sweet spot off the tee, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see more roll out in the fairways than you’re used to. However, fall weather conditions also mean that the grass is growing slower, so don’t be surprised if more ropes or traffic signs appear along the courses to maintain good playing conditions until the grass returns to full-growing-speed in the spring.

 

Flying BThe weather is more comfortable.   

You can kiss those brutally hot summer rounds of golf goodbye once fall arrives. Perfect fall temps allow you to truly enjoy golfing, rather than dreading the trek to your remaining holes. And if you’re typically a cart person, you might want to try walking to enjoy the views.

 

You can enjoy fall foliage views.

Mahoning County is situated in the ideal spot for fall foliage views. At nearly all area courses, including Reserve Run, Kennsington and Bedford Trails, you’ll be surrounded by lines of red, orange and yellow trees. Use this map to plan a day of golf during peak Ohio fall foliage.

 

Beautiful Golf Courses in Mahoning County

Mill Creek North & South Course – features two 18-hole championship courses designed by Donald Ross

Reserve Run – rolling fairways and majestic lakes provide an unforgettable experience

Kennsington Golf Club – this course blends natural beauty with a challenging layout

The Links at Firestone Farms – panoramic lake views, plush fairways and over 50 bunkers

Salem Hills – offers a challenging, but fair, design to test golfers of all skill levels

Olde Dutch Mill – an oasis for serious golfers

Bedford Trails – scenic wooded course

Lakeside – 18-hole course operated by family members for more than 50 years

Knoll Run – a very challenging Par 72 course

Stambaugh – 9-hole course with long tees and small greens

Flying B – affordable rates with beautiful fairways and greens

 

Stay-and-Play Hotel PackagesReserve Run Golf Course

Youngstown-area hotels situated near courses offer unique Stay-and-Play Packages to visiting golfers. Contact the below hotels directly for pricing and reservations.

 

Several area hotels also offer special room rates to golfers. Call any of the following hotels for more information about their discounts and reservations:

 

You’ll be hard-pressed to find another destination in the Midwest that can match Youngstown and Mahoning County’s access to affordable, high quality public golf courses. Take advantage of the local hotel Stay-and-Play Packages, choose a course that’s right for you and book a Fall Golf Getaway! For more information about local golf, download our Golf Guide, or visit our Facebook page or our website.

 

Cooler temperatures, crisp apples and fluffy pumpkin donuts can only mean one thing in the Valley – fall has officially arrived at White House Fruit Farm! As a staple in our local community and destination for visitors, White House pulls out all the (freshly grown) stops during the fall season. Here’s your guide to what’s happening on the farm this fall.

 

Pumpkins, Apples & Sunflowers

sunflowersIt’s not fall without pumpkins, right? Luckily, White House Fruit Farm has plenty in their Pumpkin Pavilion. On the property, take time to peruse and take pictures with a variety of pumpkins, available in all shapes, sizes and colors. The fall season also marks the return of White House’s signature crop: apples. The farm grows over 20 apple varieties, sold in their market throughout the year. In September, expect varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala and Red Delicious to hit the shelves. Here’s the full apple variety chart. Don’t forget the fresh apple cider, and last, but certainly not least, don’t miss the opportunity to pick sunflowers at White House this fall! Their vast sunflower field will be open in late September to visitors for pictures and picking.

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Don’t Forget the Donuts

White House Fruit Farm and donuts…is there a more iconic duo? Baked fresh each morning, White House donuts are an absolute must-try when you visit. And although their blueberry donuts are definitely the most popular, the bakery whips up a wide variety of limited time flavors in the fall. September rings in the return of the pumpkin donut. Once October rolls around, check the case for pumpkin cinnamon and pumpkin iced donuts. Here’s the complete list of donut flavors that White House offers throughout the year.

 

Fall Gift Barn

The Fall Gift Barn with Lutz Greenhouse opens its doors Friday, September 6 and stays open daily until Sunday, October 27. Inside the barn, expect to find all sorts of seasonal gifts and décor, and fall mums. The barn is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. After October 27, the Fall Gift Barn transforms and reopens on November 2 as the Winter Gift Barn.

 

Fall Festival Weekends 

For all things fall at White House, visit during the farm’s Fall Festival Weekends. These themed weekends are a one-stop-shop for every White House experience you’d hope to have – and they’re about to start up again for the fall season! Fall Festival Weekends begin Saturday, September 7 and continue each Saturday and Sunday (11am-5pm) until the last weekend of October. Here’s what you can expect to find:

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides ($4/person)Truck
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides ($5/person)
  • “Budgie” Bird feeding experience ($2/person)
  • Food vendors with fall fare
  • Kettle corn
  • Caramel apples
  • Flowers and foliage from Lutz Greenhouse
  • Pumpkin Pavilion and Gift Barn filled with fall décor
  • Professional family portraits by the lake

 

applesMark Your Calendars

While the fall season is definitely a fun time at White House, the farm is also home to a variety of other exciting events during the year. Sample the brand new Evercrisp apple starting November 1 or get your holiday shopping done inside the Winter Gift Barn (open select weekends, starting November 2). Then, mark your calendar for Christmas on the Farm, December 7 & 8! This year, you can expect to find photo opportunities with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, s’mores, holiday music and more. Here’s the full calendar of events happening at White House.

 

 

Looking for other things to do in the Mahoning Valley this fall? Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information on local attractions and upcoming seasonal events.

 

With plenty of delicious food, exciting entertainment and ample activities, the 173rd Canfield Fair is just over a week away. From Wednesday, August 28 through Labor Day, September 2, the fairgrounds will fill with 500,000+ visitors and locals alike. As the largest County Fair in Ohio, and one of the top 25 Fairs in the nation, here’s what you can expect to see this year.

 

Groundbreaking Views, LiterallySix Best Days of Summer

You will have the unique opportunity to see the fairgrounds in the midst of a $4 million (yep, you read that right) capital campaign to add several new buildings and facilities. Right now, the project is in its earliest stages of “phase one,” which includes clearing space for a new exhibition area located at the corner of Wetmore and Goshen Drives. Official ground breaking is scheduled for September 25. Phase two will add restrooms, a kitchen area, meeting rooms, foyer and other additions. The entire project expected to be completed within three years. The point? To provide more space in Youngstown for not only junior fair activities, but also other events like home and garden shows and auto shows!

 

An Opening Ceremony to Remember

The Canfield Fair’s opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 29 at 10am at the new expo center construction site. This year, the ceremony will be marked with a parachute jump by the All Veterans Group. Fun fact: The president of the All Veterans Group is the same person that skydived with President George Bush on his 83rd, 85th and 90th birthdays.

 

Trucks, Tractors and Wiener Dog Derbies    

Demolition DerbyWhen it comes to unique entertainment, the Canfield Fair doesn’t disappoint. On Wednesday, August 28 in the Grandstand, catch free cheerleading demonstrations at 11am and the annual Draft Horse Pig Iron Derby at 6pm. On Thursday, August 29, a free high school band show will take over the Grandstand at 11am. On Friday, August 30, the World’s Largest Demolition Derby returns to the Canfield Fair at 8pm. Tickets to the Demolition Derby can be purchased online. Saturday, August 31 marks the annual Truck & Tractor Pull, also hosted in the Grandstand, at 7pm. Tickets for the Truck and Tractor Pull range in price from $7 to $14 and can be purchased online. And, for the first time in Canfield Fair history, the Grandstand will host the inaugural Wiener Dog Derby. Cheer on a total of 80 dachshunds as they race down 20 yards of the Canfield track. Stay up-to-date on all scheduled events by viewing the Canfield Fair Daily Program.

 

Show-Stopping EntertainmentPentatonix

This year, the Canfield Fair welcomes two headlining acts to the Grandstand: Pentatonix with special guest Rachel Platten on Sunday, September 1 and comedian Gabriel Iglesias on Monday, September 2. Pentatonix is a five-person American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas known for both their original music and covers of popular songs. Gabriel Iglesias, comically known as Fluffy, is an American comedian known for his standup comedy that mixes storytelling with sound effects.

 

Swag by Youngstown Clothing Co.

The fair recently announced a new partnership with Youngstown Clothing Co. to serve as the official souvenir provider of the 173rd Canfield Fair. So, expect lots of creative, fair-themed t-shirts and apparel. A portion of the proceeds will go to the fairgrounds’ ongoing capital campaign.

 

Canfield Fair rideExhilarating Rides

It’s not a fair without the rides, right? Last year, the fair welcomed 10 new Cedar Point-quality rides and this year, you’ll see them again! Think: Ferris wheels, a full-scale roller coaster and, new this year, the 50-foot high Ring of Fire. All Day Ride Passes can be purchased at the fair for $17 Wed-Thurs, or $20 Fri-Mon. Ride passes are valid for one pass per day and do not include the cost of an admission ticket.

 

Classic Fair Food 

At the Canfield Fair, you’ll discover rows upon rows of delicious food and drink vendors. Choose between all sorts of fair food classics like fresh-cut fries, hand-squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, corn dogs, gyros, and cotton candy, as well as food offerings you may not be expecting.

 

Lots and Lots ‘o BarnsCanfield Fair cow

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the fairgrounds are spotted with 60+ barns and buildings, dedicated to (you guessed it) animals and contest submissions. In the barns, you’ll find everything from horses and rabbits to cattle and sheep. The buildings not only offer a much-needed reprieve from the heat, but also showcase things like art, pumpkins, flowers, booths and more. Click here for a detailed map of the barns and buildings at the fairgrounds.

 

Special Themed Days

Each year, the Canfield Fair dedicates days to specific age groups, and this year is no exception. Wednesday, August 28 is Senior Day. Seniors 62 years of age or older can enter the fair on August 28 for just $4. Guided senior shuttles will be available on August 28 and August 30 from 8am–5pm, with a Senior Lounge and Cooling Station available for use August 28-30. Youth Day, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, is on Thursday, August 29. On August 29, admission for kids 12 and under will be free, while admission for ages 13-17 will be just $3. On Youth Day, kids are welcome to visit the Akron Children’s Hospital activity tent by the Grandstand.

 

A Visit to the Past
Don’t forget to include a visit to the Western Reserve Village area, located on the western edge of the fairgrounds near Route 46. There you will find a recreated village showcasing what life was like in the mid-1800s. Ten historic buildings surround a village green, plus take a look at the steam engine with rail car and caboose. Just across the way, you will find the Carriage Museum, which houses some wonderful historic treasures.

 

 

With gates opening daily at 8am, visitors and locals alike have ample opportunities to visit the fairgrounds. And no matter your age or group size, the fair keeps admission pretty affordable. Keep in mind: Youth are ages 7 to 12 years old, adults are 13+ years old and senior citizens are 62+ years old. Children 6 and under and servicemen and women in uniform are always free. Take a look below at admission costs per day.

 

  • Wednesday: $3 youth, $6 adult, $4 senior
  • Thursday: FREE 12 and under, $3 ages 13-17, $8 ages 18+
  • Friday: $3 youth, $8 adult, $6 senior
  • Saturday and Sunday: $3 youth, $8 adult and senior
  • Monday: $2 youth, $6 adult and senior

 

 

Still looking for more details about this year’s Canfield Fair? Visit their website. For other upcoming events in the area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

Now is the time to visit some of the great farmers markets in the Youngstown area. Brimming with local produce and unique goods, here are five you should definitely visit before the end of summer.

 

The Austintown Farmers Market

The Austintown Farmers Market goes above and beyond your usual market expectations. While there’s plenty of locally-grown, organic and sustainable produce sold at the market, there’s also free yoga sessions, cooking demonstrations and live music. You’ll find lots of family-friendly activities and unique artisanal goods. The market’s summer season is held at Austintown Township Park on Mondays, 5pm-8pm until August 26. Special Friday night markets will be held September-December. For Austintown Farmers Market updates, text JOIN to 330-349-2503.

 

Angiuli’s Farm Market

You can peruse all sorts of freshly grown fruits and vegetables, indoors, at Angiuli’s Farm Market. This summer, the market transitioned to a spacious new building located at 9600 Columbiana Canfield Rd., making it easier than ever to escape the hot summer heat and explore the farm’s vast offerings. Right now, you’ll find the tables and shelves stocked with sweet corn, hot peppers, juicy blueberries, homemade jams and more. The market is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sunday, 9am-5pm. You’ll also find Angiuli’s satellite locations in Austintown, Cornersburg and Boardman.

 

Rhodes Farm Market

Rhodes Farm MarketLocated in Columbiana, Rhodes Farm Market is another great spot to find seasonal produce and local goods. At Rhodes, the market offers a combination of locally curated goods and regional selections so that customers are always shopping the highest quality products possible. The shelves are stocked with everything from fruits, vegetables and cheeses to homemade candies, baked goods and condiments. You can also purchase made-to-order sandwiches and home goods like wreaths and blankets. Market hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm.

 

@once_upon_a_time_art_line_northsidemarketNorthside Farmers Market

Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church near Wick Park, the Northside Farmers Market brings together farmers and locals each Saturday from 10am-1pm. Expect to find some of the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, jams, honey, home-baked breads and sweets. This market accepts WIC coupons, Senior Farmers’ market coupons and the Ohio Direction Card.

 

 

GROW Urban Farmers Market

In conjunction with the organization, “ACTION,” GROW Urban Farm hosts several pop-up farmers markets throughout the Youngstown area. All produce sold at these markets is grown locally by the organization, which provides workforce development and job readiness training to people who have barriers to employment. SNAP cards, Produce Perks tokens, debit and credit cards and senior vouchers are all accepted. For more information, call 330-208-2595. Mark your calendars for the August pop-ups:

  • 8/9: Newport 11am-3:30pm
  • 8/16: Federal Plaza 11am-3:30pm
  • 8/23: Arlington Heights 11am-3:30pm
  • 8/30: Federal Plaza 11am-3:30pm

 

Other Markets and Farms to Visit

In addition to the five mentioned above, Mahoning County is home to a wide selection of other farms and farmers markets. For even more fresh produce and unique goods, visit any of the following local spots:

 

  • Lake Milton Farmers Market – located on Amphitheatre Lawn in Lake Milton, open Saturdays 9am-12pm
  • Four Seasons Farm and Flea Market – indoor/outdoor market located at 3000 McCartney Rd. in Youngstown; open year-round, Sunday and Wednesday 8am-4pm
  • White House Fruit Farm – a favorite among locals and lots of visitors, make sure to try a fresh blueberry donut
  • Haus Orchard and Cider Mill – a second generation cider mill offering delicious apple cider; visit in September for their Sauerkraut Festival
  • Molnar Farms – farming over 100 acres of fruits and vegetables, this market is brimming with freshly picked produce, local dairy and eggs, and specialty products.
  • Lonardo’s Greenhouse – wide selection of produce, plants, flowers and hanging baskets; make sure to check their Facebook page for the latest deals
  • Fodor Tree Farm – in the spring and summer, visit for fresh-cut flower arrangements; in the winter, visit for Christmas trees and wreaths
  • Lamppost Farm – practices sustainable farming methods to raise premium quality meats. Store open Saturdays 9am-4pm.

 

Now is the time to enjoy all the fresh produce and unique communities found at local farmers markets. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore the markets this summer! For more information about upcoming events in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.

With so many talented local artists, exciting festivals and well-curated exhibits, there are endless opportunities for art enthusiasts to explore. Whether you’re an artist or an admirer, here are a few fine arts events happening soon in the Valley!

 

21st Annual Summer Festival of the Arts

Summer Festival of the Arts

Youngstown State University’s Summer Festival of the Arts (SFA) is the flagship event for the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend. It’s basically a massive celebration of the performing and visual arts, happening this year on July 13, 10am–6pm and July 14, 11am–5pm. Head to the YSU campus and enjoy works from 80+ local, regional and national artists. Throughout the weekend, you’ll also find a full schedule of music, dance and theatrical performances. The Summer Festival of the Arts is free to attend and free parking can be found at any YSU parking deck or surface lot.

 

Other Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend Events

As we mentioned, SFA is the largest event of the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend. However, there are several other events and festivals also happening as part of this weekend celebration. Here’s the event schedule:

 

Youngstown Flea

YOFleaThe Youngstown Flea is well into its fourth season this year and continues to bring some of the best local vendors and makers together. This Market for Makers meets once a month right in the heart of Downtown Youngstown, next to Covelli Centre. At each market, expect locally and regionally curated artwork, home décor, clothing, furniture, collectibles, food and more. The next Flea will be on July 13 from 9am–3pm, featuring vendors like Jason’s Marvelous Popcorn and Everhard Designs. A free (donations welcome) outdoor yoga class takes place each month from 9am–9:45am with yoga mats available to borrow. Kids and pets are both welcome at the Flea.

 

The Butler Institute of American Art Celebrates 100 Years

In case you missed it, The Butler Institute of American Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! Founded in 1919, the museum is devoted entirely to American art, with collections totaling 20,000+ pieces. Explore one of the many permanent exhibits at any point in the year, or keep an eye out for the exciting, temporary exhibits that arrive periodically. In celebration of its 100th year, the Butler has a wide variety of unique exhibits planned. Here’s a few:

  • 83rd National Midyear Show (Now – July 28): two-dimensional artwork of adult artists from throughout the 50 states
  • On America: A Lecture Series by Prominent Art Scholars (various dates July 10 – September 18)
  • Youngstown Symphony Orchestra Performance: Impressions at The Butler (July 27)
  • Paxton’s Women (August 18 – November 10): includes 40+ large-scale paintings by William McGregor Paxton

For full exhibit and event details, click here. The Butler is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am–4pm, and Sunday 12pm–4pm. Youngstown Live is sponsoring special summer extended hours on Wednesdays (11am-8pm) now through September 28th. Along with perusing the artwork, you can also shop at the Museum Store or grab a bite to eat at the Collections Café.

 

To learn more about upcoming festivals and events in the Youngstown area, visit our Facebook page or our website.