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.

@vivalabrooklynn


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.

Believe it or not, the 4th of July is almost here! As communities all across the Valley gear up for the celebrations, mark your calendars to join them! Events begin this week and continue through July 6th.  Read on for details on fireworks shows, parades and other Independence Day festivities.

 

In Austintown

On Sunday, June 30, visit the Austintown Plaza for their Fireworks Celebration. Starting at 5pm (Gates open at 4pm), enjoy pony rides, clowns, face painting, inflatable games, and live entertainment followed by fireworks at 10pm. On Monday, July 1, from 5-8:30pm, head to Austintown Township Park for the special “Celebrate Our Troops” Austintown Farmer’s Market, or stop by Greenwood Chevrolet for their Independence Day Car Show. On July 2, the Canfield Community Concert Band and Fitch Concert Choir will perform a free concert at Austintown Township Park from 7:30-8:30pm. And on Thursday, July 4, there will be an Ecumenical Service and Flag Raising at Austin Log Cabin from 8:30-9:00am, followed by the Austintown 4th of July Parade. The parade will start at noon at the Highway Tabernacle Church at Kirk and Raccoon, then travel along Kirk Rd. to the Austintown Library.

 

At the Canfield Fairgrounds

This Saturday, June 29 from 6:00-10:00pm, head to the Canfield Fairgrounds for the Canfield Rotary Fireworks Fest. Admission is $10 per carload. Expect live music by JD Eicher, photo ops with Disney characters, pony and carriage rides, bounce houses, OH WOW! science demonstrations, fair food and fireworks at dark (around 9pm).

 

On the Canfield Green

The rest of Canfield’s annual 4th of July festivities will be on Thursday, July 4 (shouldn’t be a surprise there). Register for the Firecracker 4 Mile Run ($18), either online here, or at 7:30am at Township Hall. The Kids Race begins in front of Farmers National Bank at 8:15am, while the 4-mile run will begin in front of the Methodist Church at 8:30am. The annual Canfield 4th of July Parade will leave the Fairgrounds at 10:10am and make its way around the Canfield Green. Live music by JD Eicher and yard games will be on the Green at 12:00pm, following the parade.

 

In Boardman

Pre-4th : Visit Boardman’s Southern Park Mall this week for the Ribs & Rock Festival! Rib vendors and live music will take over the mall parking lot Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, with gates opening at noon each day. On July 6, head to Boardman Township Park for the annual Boardman Independence Day Celebration. The celebration begins at 8:00pm with a concert from the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, followed by fireworks at 9:45pm.

 

At Celebrate Poland

This year’s annual Celebrate Poland will take place Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29 with a variety of family-friendly events happening throughout the village. Expect lots of food vendors, live music, bounce houses, parades, arts and crafts, pony rides, fireworks and more. Here’s a few of the major events happening:

  • June 28, 5:00-8:30pm | Strawberry Festival at Poland Presbyterian Church
  • June 28, 7:00pm | Firemen’s Parade from Coblentz to Village Hall
  • June 28, 7:45-10:30pm | Live music by Disco Inferno, behind Village Hall
  • June 29, 9:00-11:00am | FREE Pancake Breakfast at Poland Methodist Church
  • June 29, 12:00pm | Poland Idol at Poland Village Gazebo
  • June 29, 4:00pm | Guns vs. Hoses Softball Game at Firemen’s Field Riverside Drive
  • June 29, 10:00pm | Fireworks at Baird Mitchell Field

For the complete schedule of Celebrate Poland events, times and locations, click here.

 

In Struthers
The 43rd Annual 4th of July Parade will take place on Thursday, July 4 at 12:00pm at the Fifth Street Plaza in Struthers.

 

In Downtown Youngstown

For music and fireworks, head Downtown on Thursday, July 4! The Youngstown Music Festival will take place on East Federal Street, with fireworks setting off of Market Street Bridge at 9:30pm.

 

For other upcoming events in the area, visit our Facebook page or our website!

Car enthusiasts, fanatics and aficionados, you’ll want to hear this: The 32nd Annual Hot Rod Super Nationals will return to the Canfield Fairgrounds this July 5-7; and it will be better than ever. Here’s what you can expect to find at one of the Valley’s most popular annual auto events!

 

Lots of Cars  

Hot Rod Super NationalsAt the Hot Rod Super Nationals, expect to find thousands of hot rods, muscle cars and assorted street machines owned by both collectors and car buffs from across the country. You’ll come across stock and modified versions of cars like Camaros, Corvettes and Mustangs, to name a few. Visit the Hot Rod Super Nationals Facebook page to see photos of cars featured at last year’s event.

 

Special Events and Appearances

Not only do you have the chance to look at a wide variety of collectors’ cars, but you’ll also have access to several special events and appearances.

July 5-7

  • Meet and greet with Dave Kindig and Kevin “KevDog” Schiele from B****in’ Rides
  • Thunder Zone – custom and vintage motorcycles
  • Dyno Wars – the production of eye-popping horsepower numbers put down at the wheels
  • 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro – see one of only 69 models of the 50th Anniversary COPO Camaro
  • Kid’s Town – family area with face painting, balloon artists and inflatables

 

July 6-7

  • Optimus Prime & Bumblebee – the world’s first and only full-scale replica
  • FMX Stunt Show – experience the explosion of suspense, thrill and danger of Freestyle Motocross

 

July 7

  • Dave Rea (formerly of Graveyard Carz) – from the automotive reality show focused on restoring wrecked Mopar muscle cars
  • Fast & Furious Car – see the actual 1970 Dodge Charger used in the movie Fast Five

 

Hot Rod Super Nationals After Party

Daily After Parties 

Gates are open for the Hot Rod Super Nationals event July 5-7, from 8:00am-5:00pm. Anyone with a ticket is welcome to stay even longer for the After Party each day from 5:30pm-11:00pm, with 700+ parking spaces reserved for Hot Rod Super Nationals participants.

 

 

Ticket Info

Admission is $10 per day or $20 for a 3 Day Pass. On Friday and Saturday, children 10 and under are free. On Sunday, children 12 and under are free. Military personnel, veterans, police, fire and EMS receive 10% off their ticket price. To receive the discount, simply present your ID at the event ticket window. All admission tickets grant access to that day’s event and After Party. Purchase your tickets ahead of time here.

 

FAQs

  • Parking is free
  • Hot Rod Super Nationals happens rain or shine; no ticket refunds available
  • Visitors may leave and return on the same day with a hand stamp
  • While there will be a wide variety of food vendors at the fairgrounds, visitors are permitted to bring their own snacks (just no alcohol)
  • Pets are not allowed at this event, with the exception of service animals

 

 

For more information about the Hot Rod Super Nationals, visit their website. For other upcoming events in the area, visit our Facebook page or our website!

June is Ohio Wine Month! Whether you prefer white or red, sweet or dry, there are plenty of wineries to visit for great wine in the Youngstown area. And where better to spend Ohio Wine Month than on the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail?

 

Wines of the Valley Wine Trail Wine Charms

Remind Me, How Does the Wine Trail Work?

  1. Download online or pick up a Wines of the Valley Wine Trail passport at any participating winery (listed below).
  2. Visit each of the six participating wineries and purchase a glass of wine.
  3. With the purchase of a glass of wine, receive a stamp in your passport and a custom wine charm exclusive to each winery.
  4. Collect five or more stamps and redeem your passport at one of our redemption locations (Mastropietro Winery, The Vineyards at Pine Lake or L’uva Bella Winery) to receive a keepsake charm box plus a bonus charm.

This offer is only valid through September 29, 2019, so make sure to travel the trail before it’s too late! For more details about the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail, visit winesofthevalley.com.

 

Meet the Wineries

There are several beautiful wineries in the Valley, each with their own unique offerings. Discover your favorites during Ohio Wine Month! Not sure where to start? Here’s a quick guide to each of our local wineries.

 

For a peaceful, Tuscan-style winery, visit Mastropietro Winery.

Mastropietro WineryNestled on 52 acres near both Berlin Lake and Lake Milton, Mastropietro Winery is known for its award-winning wines and beautiful landscape and stunning sunsets. Grab a glass of wine in the Tuscan-style tasting room. Food trucks are featured on weekends, along with live music. Or, visit on select dates for special events like their annual Hot Air Balloon Fest on August 18.

 

 

The Vineyards at Pine lakeFor sprawling vineyards and lake views, visit The Vineyards at Pine Lake.

Sprawling vines, a glistening lake and expansive patio are all things you can expect to find at The Vineyards at Pine Lake. Try their Vineyards White, which recently received the Ohio Quality Wine certification. Keep an eye on their event calendar for special tasting and wine pairing events.

 

L'uva Bella Winery Patio

For wood-fired pizza and wine, visit L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro.

L’uva Bella is a California-style winery, known for a sophisticated ambiance and great food. Italian bites. Grab a seat on their outdoor patio (now open for the summer) and try one of their popular wood-fired pizzas.

 

 

Diletto Winery

For fruit wine and sip ‘n paints, visit Diletto Winery.

At Diletto Winery, expect to find a wide variety of specialty fruit wines and sip ‘n paint events. Diletto also hosts monthly murder mystery dinners and an escape room, great for a date night or girls’ night out. Enjoy a game of pool or learn to line dance here.

 

 

Lil Paws WineryFor quality wines and craft brews, visit Lil Paws Winery.

Visit Lil Paws Winery for wine and beer named after the owners’ (you guessed it) K9 kids. Inside, you’ll find a relaxing atmosphere and outside, you’ll find a patio overlooking Lake Milton. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks to pair with their drinks.

 

 

For relaxing lake views, visit Halliday’s WineryHalliday's Winery

Situated between picturesque Lake Milton and the links of Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course is Halliday’s Winery. Try one of their flatbreads, paninis or sandwiches paired with wine, sangria or a frosse to cool off on a hot summer day. We recommend visiting during sunset for the best views.

 

Need a DD?

Area transportation services have you covered! Download the Uber or Lyft app on your phone and request a ride after tastings. You could also call Fab Cab at 330-793-6666 or DD4Hire at 330-259-0445. If you plan on traveling the trail as a group, consider contacting Kelco Services at 440-542-4410 for a shuttle bus.

 

Make It a Winery Weekend

There’s no reason to tackle the trail all in one day if you don’t have to! Instead, stay at one of the many hotels, inns and B&Bs located near the trail’s participating wineries. View our list of accommodations, and when booking, make sure to call and ask for special Wine Trail rates!

 

Ohio Wine Month is the perfect opportunity to start (and finish) the Wines of the Valley Wine Trail! This June, discover your favorite varieties at one of our many local wineries. For more information, visit our Facebook page or take a look at our website!