Looking for winter activities in northeast Ohio? Look no further! Youngstown is your winter festivity headquarters — from a night out on the town with friends to fun for the whole family! Whether you want to enjoy a live performance or start your holiday shopping, the endless opportunity for winter activities in Youngstown, Ohio won’t disappoint!

Traditional Holiday Events

Nothing kicks off the spirit of the season like classic holiday activities, and Youngstown has a lineup of options that are sure to make this season one to remember. 

Memories of Christmas Past

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is once again hosting the Memories of Christmas Past exhibit, which is in its 13th year. Visit the Arms Family Museum from November 20 through December 31 to see this year’s theme: “Back to Greystone.” The exhibit will display festive décor reminiscent of the early 1900s-1930s.

Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill

For one weekend only, November 27-28, enjoy all your favorite holiday activities at Lanterman’s Mill in the beautiful Mill Creek MetroParks. Start your holiday shopping with unique handcrafted gifts or get into the spirit with fire-roasted chestnuts, crafts, and festive entertainment. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to donate to the “Giving Tree.”

50th Annual American Holiday Arts & Craft Show

Another option you’ll only find in Youngstown, Ohio is the 50th Annual American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at The Butler Institute of American Art – a one-of-a-kind event, running December 4-5. Explore over 90 artists and artisan vendors selling original, high quality, hand-crafted pieces. This craft show is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts while enjoying holiday entertainment.

Ballet Western Reserve’s The Nutcracker

You won’t want to miss this classic! Join Ballet Western Reserve as they perform The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s original score. With only two performances between December 4-5, make sure you get your tickets today!

Youngstown Area Light Displays

Our winter months might have earlier sunsets, but that means you have a few extra hours to enjoy all the beautiful holiday light displays throughout the area! 

NEW Elegant Illusions Christmas Lights Drive-Through 

New to the area, Elegant Illusions Lighting is bringing their holiday light drive-through to the Mahoning Valley. Be one of the first to see what will surely become an area classic! 

From November 9 through January 9, drive through the Canfield Fairgrounds to see a collection of LED lights, animatronics, and over 45 different holiday displays. If you’re lucky, you might also see Santa and the Grinch there, too! Get your tickets today.

Joy of Christmas Light Show

An annual classic, the Joy of Christmas Light Show is back at Firestone Park with special events and drive-through displays from November 18 through December 26. 

The Joy of Christmas has more than one million lights and 80 holiday scenes. Plus, enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food for purchase, pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus’s Story Time in the Gingerbread House, decorated gingerbread houses, and an indoor train display.

Boardman Park Holiday Light Display

For 19 years, Boardman Park has been a must-see stop for its beautiful, musical light display. The 2021 Holiday Light Display will feature over 23 different scenes along the main drive of the park and runs from December 5 through January 8. 

As always, this drive-through display is free — just tune your car radio to 88.9 FM and enjoy 20 minutes of synched holiday music!

Outdoor Winter Fun at Mill Creek MetroParks

Looking to fully enjoy the winter weather and get moving outdoors? Our beloved Mill Creek MetroParks has options for beginners and experienced winter sports enthusiasts alike!

Unique Holiday Activities

In addition to the sled riding, snow tubing, snowboarding and ice fishing that come to mind when talking about winter-related outdoor activities, there are some great opportunities to share unique outdoor experiences with your whole family in and around Youngstown!

Make memories at Pioneer Trails Tree Farm, participate in Second Sole’s Jingle Bell Run 5K, or take your loved ones to Walk-Through Night at the Joy of Christmas Light Display!

Winter Weather Hikes

Outdoor activities aren’t just for summer weather. As the snow falls, the hiking trails at Mill Creek MetroParks become a winter wonderland! With plenty of paved trails, outdoor walks don’t have to cease for the winter; let the snowy trails become your playground!

Winter Celebration and Tree Displays

Visit Fellows Riverside Gardens, from December 4 through January 7, for their Winter Celebration display. Local nonprofit organizations decorate 60 holiday trees around the facility, and at night, the Winter Celebration turns into Winter Nights, a beautiful outdoor light display (which runs Saturdays from December 4-18). This holiday wonderland is free to the public.

The Best Concerts in Ohio

There’s no better time for musical events than the holidays! Youngstown has a wide range of concerts and live performances to visit all season long. From classic ballets to modern musicals, there’s something for everyone!


TubaChristmas is an international celebration of those who play, teach, and compose music for instruments in the tuba family. Every year there are performances across the globe, so don’t miss your chance to see this world-renowned event – December 5 at the Stambaugh Auditorium.

Want to participate? Dress in your best festive gear and decorate your Tuba to play in the event. Register today!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Feel the holiday magic with the 35th Annual Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. This nationwide holiday concert tour is once again stopping in Youngstown for one performance on December 7. Grab your tickets before they sell out!

Jim Brickman and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

Grammy-nominated Jim Brickman is bringing his festive concert The Gift of Christmas to Youngstown! Listen to Christmas music classics, including his own holiday hits, backed by local performers in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. This special concert is one night only – December 10.

Family Fun

‘Tis the season for family fun! Youngstown is home to plenty of events that entertain the whole family, from toddlers to adults! 

Elf: The Musical

In 2003, Elf the movie became an instant holiday classic, and the newer musical version of this beloved movie proves “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Performances of Elf: The Musical at The Youngstown Playhouse run from December 3-12.

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice is coming back to The Covelli Centre for Mickey and Friends from December 9-12. 

See your favorite Disney characters as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy skate around to tell the tales of princesses and other Disney classics.

Breakfast with Santa

Last chance to get your Christmas lists in! Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at The Vineyards at Pine Lake, a favorite local winery, on December 11 and 12. Admission provides a breakfast buffet, holiday crafts, and a meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Piccadilly Parlour also offers Breakfast with Santa Claus – Sundays, December 5th, 12th and 19th (from 10am to 12pm). Children’s breakfast includes chocolate chip pancakes or waffles, cheesy hashbrowns, sausage links, fresh fruit and choice of beverage. Adult meals include homemade quiche, cranberry pineapple salad, sausage links, cheesy hashbrowns, orange tea bread and beverage.

Holiday Shows at Ward Beecher Planetarium

The Ward Beecher Planetarium presents Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey, a combination of holiday music and the stars. Bells, reindeer, presents, cookies, snow, nutcrackers, and more will be presented in colorful spectacles. There are six chances to see this free event. Shows are Friday, December 3, 10 & 17 at 8:00pm; Saturday, December 4 & 11 at 8:00pm; and Saturday, December 18 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

Ice Skating Rink at DeBartolo Commons

The new DeBartolo Commons at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman is opening just in time to be your holiday headquarters for winter fun! Visit this unique, family-friendly space for outdoor ice skating from November 20 through January 2. The cost to skate at The Rink is $10 for adults and $8 for kids; guests can bring their own skates or rent for $3.

Holiday Shopping

Tired of going to the mall to finish off your Christmas list? Youngstown has unique shopping options with gifts that will wow your friends and family! Plus, these holiday shops provide an experience within themselves that you won’t find from an online store.

Holiday Flea at the Youngstown Flea

Don’t finish your shopping lists without stopping at the Holiday Flea! Specialty artisan vendors from all around the area come together and provide a unique shopping experience with homemade, one-of-a-kind gifts (shopping for yourself is okay, too)! Visit the Youngstown Flea in their new building downtown on December 4-5, or check out the Flea on Phelps, Friday, December 3 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Winter Gift Barn at White House Fruit Farm

Shop White House Fruit Farm’s Winter Gift Barn, open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through December 12. And, if you plan your visit during the second week of December, you might be able to experience Christmas on the Farm, too!

Buy local favorites and holiday items in the Winter Gift Barn and enjoy other winter activities, like a horse-drawn carriage ride through the orchard, hot chocolate, s’mores, holiday-themed donuts, and eggnog! There’s something for everyone at White House, even Santa and his reindeer have been known to stop by!

Common Goods Studio

Shop Common Goods Studio’s Small Business Saturday Market on November 27 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Not able to make the November event? No worries! Common Goods Studio is also having a Last Minute Makers Market on December 18 from 11:00am-4:00pm.

Holiday Fun in Youngstown

Youngstown is your northeast Ohio headquarters for holiday festivities! Whether you come in from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, the AkronCanton area, or live locally right here in the Valley, you’ll find plenty of winter activities and events in Youngstown that will get you into the holiday spirit!

 Don’t miss a thing this holiday season! Visit our calendar of events for the latest updates on newly added events in and around Youngstown.

Fall in love with Youngstown all over again with our Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 promotion, happening October 1 through November 14, 2021! Take a photo and share with us what YOU are doing to enjoy the fall season. YOU could be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 gift card to one of Youngstown’s favorites like OH WOW! Children’s Center, Butter Maid Bakery, Mill Creek Golf Course or White House Fruit Farm, just to name a few.

Need ideas? Follow our blog series! We’ll share ways to enjoy the outdoors, and tell you where to find all the best flavors of fall. Keep reading for some of our favorite fall events throughout Youngstown and Mahoning County.


Pumpkin and Apple Picking

@mcboberts_White HouseYou can’t fully enjoy fall without apple or pumpkin picking and there’s plenty of opportunities to do so! Enjoy Fall Weekends at Molnar Farms throughout October where you can pick your own pumpkins or apples, work your way through the family-friendly corn maze or enjoy a hayride. Harvest Season is at its peak at White House Fruit Farm every day with their Fall Gift Barn stocked with holiday décor and gift items, and Pumpkin Pavilion for picking pumpkins and gourds. On the weekends, enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and concession stands. If you’re looking for fall flowers and mums, head to Angiuli’s Farm Market to pick up everything you need. They also have fresh vegetables grown on-site and everything you need if you’re canning veggies.


Special Events

@nick_augusta_mazecrazeThere’s no shortage of special Autumn events throughout the area, so put on your favorite flannel and boots and head out! Some of the area’s best makers and vendors will be at the Youngstown Flea on October 9. Take the whole family to Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek MetroParks and experience the magic of fall during Pumpkin Walk at Twilight on October 10! Stroll along the Gardens’ paths that are lined with creatively carved pumpkins while enjoying live entertainment and family fun. Maze Craze, one of the country’s top ten corn mazes, is located in New Springfield. Open weekends through the end of October, you can explore in over 21 acres of corn throughout the Snow White-themed maze. They also have a 21+ Wine & Cider Adventure on select Thursdays, so get a group of friends together and get lost! And Christmas is right around the corner, can you believe it? Enjoy the beautiful scenery while getting a jump on your holiday shopping at Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods, October 9-10 and 16-17, featuring more than 200 craftspeople and artisans.



@lizartlibrarian_Hallidays Winery

As the weather cools down, head to one of our many wineries to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and landscapes each has to offer. Grab one of the specialty sangrias at Halliday’s Winery then head outside and sit by one of the fire pits. Or head over to L’uva Bella Winery and purchase a bottle of their Apple Passion or the brand new Apple Pie Passion wine to enjoy with one of their menu specialties from the Bistro.


Halloween Festivities

@martinomotorsports_fellowsriversidefall2Looking for a little bit of a scare? Nightmare at the Canfield Scaregrounds is held every Friday to Sunday throughout October. Travel through the haunted house’s five terrifying attractions: Barn of Evil, Slaughter House, Gore Reformatory, Haunted Circus and Zombie Paintball Massacre. For the little ones, Monster Mania offers scenes featuring the Sanderson Sisters. After a good scare, enjoy games, entertainment and a variety of food trucks. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is offering their Oak Hill Cemetery Walking Tour on Sunday, October 24. This walking tour will explore the stories of the famous and not-so-famous Mahoning Valley residents interred there, as well as fascinating facts around the design, traditions, and history of cemeteries. Solve the mystery at the Das Dutch Village Event Center’s dinner theater, A Calamityville Murder. You’ll love this unique brand of interactive theater when acclaimed horror-novelist, Stephen Queen, is offered a bet by rival Ann Spice. He will receive $1 million and Ann will retire if Stephen can survive the night at the infamous house on Calamityville Street.


How Do I Enter Snapshots of Youngstown?

  • Now that you have some inspiration, take advantage of all the amazing events and take some photos of the ways you’re enjoying fall in Youngstown & Mahoning County!
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Two winners of a $50 local gift card will be chosen each week, October 11 through November 14. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Tap here for the official giveaway rules.


Check out our other Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 blogs posts right here on our website. You can also visit our Facebook page or our events calendar for more fall events happening in Youngstown.

Fall in love with Youngstown all over again with our Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 promotion, happening October 1 through November 14, 2021! Take a photo and share with us what YOU are doing to enjoy the fall season. YOU could be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 gift card to one of Youngstown’s favorites like OH WOW! Children’s Center, Butter Maid Bakery, Mill Creek Golf Course or White House Fruit Farm, just to name a few.

Need ideas? Follow our blog series! We’ll give you autumn favorites, and tell you where to find all the best flavors of fall. Keep reading for ways to enjoy the outdoors in Youngstown and Mahoning County.


Explore a Local Park

@emilyanne1o3o_austintownparkFall is officially here and what better time to grab your hiking boots and go outside and enjoy the trails under the orange and yellow leaves. Not sure where to go? Mill Creek MetroParks has a complete map of their hiking trails with beautiful fall foliage to see on the way. Their Fall Bucket List Challenge gives great ideas for enjoying Mill Creek MetroParks this fall! You can take pictures at Lanterman’s Mill and the Suspension Bridge, find your way out of the corn maze at the MetroParks Farm, or stroll through beautiful Fellows Riverside Gardens. Boardman Park is having their Great Pumpkin Carve Out Contest October 22-24. The pumpkins will be on display at the park and there is also a Family Fall Fest planned for October 23. From 5-8pm, there will be games, bouncers, live music, straw mazes and more.


Hit the Links

@justinjosephedwards_BoardmanParkThere’s no better place to take in some of the beautiful fall scenery than at one of the Youngstown area’s golf courses. Mill Creek Golf Course features two 18-hole courses. Both courses are par 70 with four sets of tees. Mill Creek Golf Course is a great course to challenge golfers at all levels. The Links at Firestone Farms located in Columbiana offers a full sized driving range, a short game area and a large putting green to freshen up your golf skills. After your round, check out the new Riser Tavern on The Links. Enjoy great food and drinks on their patio. Knoll Run is a tree-lined, challenging, par 72 course. Enjoy the onsite restaurant after you’ve completed your round. Fall means more comfortable golfing weather and fewer crowds. Some courses offer lower fall rates. So now is the perfect time for avid golfers to get out and hit the green! If traditional golf isn’t your thing, try one of our many disc golf courses located at the MetroParks Farm, Boardman Park, Austintown Township Park, Wick Park, Mauthe Park, and The Osprey Disc Golf Course in Lake Milton State Park.


Run a Race

@nickcarltonphotography_millcreekbridgePlenty of races are going to be taking place throughout Youngstown within the upcoming month. Local races are a great way to support your local community and bring a variety of runners from the surrounding areas. The Youngstown Peace Race taking place on Sunday, October 17, 2021 is a great way to get your kids into the spirit of running a marathon with their 400-meter Kids Fun Run, and includes a 2-mile Run/Walk and 10K Run. The Youngstown Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The course will take you through scenic Mill Creek Park and loop through downtown Youngstown and Youngstown State University with full and half marathons and a 5K. The beauty of the park will definitely help you push through the race! The Phantom 4-miler is a 4-mile run or walk at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Don’t forget to show up in costume and enjoy the run!


Catch a Game

@morgansantangelo_(YSU)2Classes are back in session and that means football! There are plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite team and support your favorite players. For all Youngstown State University football home games, there is a huge tailgate party next to Stambaugh Stadium to get your team spirit started. YSU never disappoints when it comes to their tailgating and support for their local players. There are home games on October 9 – vs. Missouri State (YSU Homecoming); October 30 – vs. South Dakota State; and November 13 – vs. North Dakota State. Your local high school teams are back at it with their home and away games representing their school and getting their community excited to watch football. Check out your local football team schedules to find your next game!


How Do I Enter Snapshots of Youngstown?

  • Now that you have some inspiration, enjoy the outdoors and take some photos of the exciting new activities you’re enjoying this fall in Youngstown & Mahoning County!
  • Submit your photo here
  • Continue submitting photos for more entries!

Two winners of a $50 local gift card will be chosen each week, October 11 through November 14. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Tap here for the official giveaway rules.


Check out our other Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 blogs posts right here on our website. You can also visit our Facebook page or our events calendar for more events happening this fall in Youngstown.

Fall in love with Youngstown all over again with our Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 promotion, happening October 1 through November 14, 2021! Take a photo and share with us what YOU are doing to enjoy the fall season. YOU could be randomly chosen as one of two weekly winners of a $50 gift card to one of Youngstown’s favorites like OH WOW! Children’s Center, Butter Maid Bakery, Mill Creek Golf Course or White House Fruit Farm, just to name a few.

Need ideas? Follow our blog series! We’ll give you autumn favorites, and share ways to enjoy the outdoors. Keep reading for some favorite places to get all things pumpkin flavored in Youngstown and Mahoning County.


Sweet Treats

@carrieposs_WhiteHouse2Your favorite bakeries in Mahoning County are bringing back their fall flavors! White House Fruit Farm, well-known for their fresh homemade donuts and delicious pies, is bringing back their Apple Dumplings, Pumpkin Logs, and pumpkin varieties of their donuts. Stop in and enjoy all the seasonal activities with your sweet treat! Handel’s Ice Cream has six locations throughout Mahoning County and includes delicious seasonal flavors like S’mores, Cinnamon Roll, and Pumpkin Pie. Classic Bakery has your favorite seasonal flavors year-round. Stop in and enjoy all their delicious baked goods, cakes and their cute Halloween cutout cookies! If you’re ever looking for a new fun experience, check out N2 by DaVill. N2 by DaVill is a Nitrogen Ice Cream and Bakery shop, order your favorite fall flavor of ice cream and watch as they make it just for you in seconds!


Grab a Brew

@kris52481_PaladinSeasonal brews are coming back at your local breweries! If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a delicious Microbrew, check out Paladin Brewing. Enjoy handcrafted beer in a fun atmosphere you and your friends will love. Be sure to try their pumpkin brew that is made using pumpkins from Molar Farms! Plan a visit to Biker BrewHouse and check out their newly expanded space inside the Youngstown Harley-Davidson. This fall they will be releasing their apple pie ale, American Pie. Try it with food offerings from their very own food truck. Noble Creature Cask House has a brand new beer on tap for the fall season, Black Flame Candle, a blended barrel-aged golden sour.


Cuppa Joe

@emrusu_stonefruitWho doesn’t love enjoying a hot cuppa joe on a crisp fall morning? Fall means your favorite coffee shops will be offering their seasonal flavors. For all of you race fans, check out High Octane Coffee Company. Inspired by a 1950’s service garage with a new school twist, they offer a fun up-beat place to enjoy a handcrafted blend. High Octane does not disappoint when it comes to seasonal flavors, including Pumpkin Pie, Monster Mash and many more! Branch Street Coffee Roasters is dedicated to providing a unique experience for everyone. This fall your favorite flavors will be returning like Apple Cider Chai and Salted Maple Foam Cold Brew. Not a coffee fan? That’s okay! Branch Street Coffee Roasters also offers delicious specialty teas perfect for the cooler weather. Stone Fruit Coffee Company has several locations throughout the Youngstown area. Enjoy all of their seasonal flavors from coffee to cider. We’re looking forward to the opening of Steel Valley Brew Works later this fall. Josh and the crew at Stone Fruit Coffee have been working hard on this latest project. Be sure to check it out!


How Do I Enter Snapshots of Youngstown?

  • Now that you have some inspiration, take some photos of the pumpkin flavored treats, brews and coffees you’re enjoying this fall in Youngstown & Mahoning County!
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Two winners of a $50 local gift card will be chosen each week, October 11 through November 14. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Mondays. Multiple entries can be submitted, but winners are limited to winning one gift card. Tap here for the official giveaway rules.



Check out our other Snapshots of Youngstown Fall 2021 blogs posts right here on our website. You can also visit our Facebook page or our events calendar for events happening this fall in Youngstown.

There’s not much better than the crisp air and vibrant colors of a fall day in northeast Ohio…unless of course you add in the endless options for unique activities – pumpkin picking, haunted houses, corn mazes, fall festivals, outdoor adventures, live music and more!

With so much going on, it’s hard to deny that Mahoning County is one of Ohio’s leading hotspots when it comes to 2021’s best fall activities. Located midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and just a short drive from Akron and Canton), Youngstown has everything you need to plan the perfect day or weekend! 

Enjoy the fall colors at Mill Creek MetroParks, take the family out to one of our many farm markets and pumpkin patches, shop nationally recognized arts and crafts festivals or get your ticket to the next great outdoor concert! Read more

Youngstown’s pizza roots stretch back to the turn of the last century, when Italian immigrants began to arrive in the city and settle mostly in the Brier Hill neighborhood. In fact, Brier Hill even lends its name to Youngstown’s own unique pizza – a pie with red sauce, green peppers, and romano cheese!

Since then, great pizza has become inscribed into the culinary consciousness of Youngstown, Ohio and America. When locals who have moved away are asked what they miss about Youngstown, the typical first response is, “the pizza!” Why such a response, you ask? Because, the Youngstown area is fortunate to have some of the finest pizza places in the country!

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After a year-long hiatus, live music has returned to downtown Youngstown, and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre is proud to announce its upcoming events for the summer of 2021.

The venue, which is located near the Covelli Centre, has the capacity to host 4800 guests. The Amp, as it’s often referred to, draws crowds not just from Austintown, Canfield, Boardman, and the Youngstown area but also music lovers from Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Here’s the rundown on 2021’s upcoming events, specifically featuring musical entertainment.

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Social Distancing Ideas – Top Indoor and Outdoor Activities near Youngstown, Ohio

With the temperatures warming up, more and more people are ready for some fresh air and physical activity! As of June 2, 2021, Ohio’s Health Orders have been lifted. If you’re looking to get outdoors this summer and enjoy wide-open spaces in the Youngstown area during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out these great indoor and outdoor activities and upcoming events.

Explore Outdoor Activities Near Youngstown

Outdoor spaces are a great way to stay safe while focusing on your health and enjoying the sunshine (whether by yourself or with your whole family). Here are some fun ideas located in and around Youngstown, OH!

Mill Creek MetroParks

Mill Creek MetroParksEncompassing more than 2,800 natural acres, Mill Creek MetroParks offers 45 miles of trails to explore. For an easy and scenic 0.25-mile loop, hike the Lily Pond Circle Trail. For a more difficult hike, opt for the 1.5-mile East Cohasset Trail. Download the Mill Creek MetroParks Trail Guide for more information.

Enjoy biking on the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway or explore the beautiful lakes in Mill Creek while boating, kayaking, or canoeing. The Wick Recreation Area is home to a variety of activities with batting cages, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a dek hockey rink, and playgrounds (great for younger and older kids alike).

Celebrate the arrival of summer at Fellows Riverside Gardens with the roses in bloom in June. The Davis Visitor Center has reopened with added safety precautions. Check out their upcoming Wine & Jazz at the Kidston Pavilion events. Lanterman’s Mill has also reopened. Individuals and small groups can tour this historic 1846 gristmill while enjoying the scenic overlook of Lanterman’s Falls.

Lake Milton

Lake MiltonSet in Youngstown’s own backyard, Lake Milton is a fantastic way to increase your vitamin D and enjoy the outdoors.

Nearly 1,700 acres of the best recreational waters in Ohio are found at Lake Milton State Park. Boating, fishing and swimming are extremely popular, as are stand-up paddleboards, kayaking, canoes, pontoon boats and wave runners (which are all offered for rental in season at the Meshel Park area on the east side of the lake).

Outdoor enthusiasts interested in biking can try the obstacle-free Lake Milton Mountain Bike Trail, which features tight turns and short, punchy climbs and descents.

After enjoying a day at the Lake, stop by Lake Milton Brewery and enjoy a craft beer on their outdoor patio. Plan your next outdoor adventure with our Outdoor Recreation Guide.

Play a Round of Golf!

GolfGolf is a great way to social distance. Schedule your summer tee times at the Youngstown area’s top-quality, affordable public golf courses.

A favorite since 1928, the historic Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman features two 18-hole championship courses designed by the legendary Donald Ross. Just two miles away, Kennsington Golf Club in Canfield features scenic ravines, tree-lined fairways and lakes. Or, try out the new full swing golf simulators at the adjacent Waypoint 4180 and play over 80 iconic championship courses! Reserve Run Golf Course in Poland has been hailed as one of Ohio’s top public golf courses. Designed around an old quarry by architect Barry Serafin, Reserve Run was rated as a 4-star Ohio course by Golf Digest. The Links at Firestone Farms in Columbiana also offers a challenging links-style course designed by Brian Huntley.

Learn more about our courses in our Golf Guide.

Family Fun—Spending Time with Loved Ones!

Keep a safe distance while enjoying quality time with the whole family, whether you have younger children or older kids with a young heart!

Family Fun Golf Nights

Every Friday and Saturday night, Mill Creek Golf Course offers families a special opportunity to play a round of golf to groom their skills in a fun setting. Ages 15 & under are encouraged to take advantage of the kids’ tee markers and receive a prize each time they participate. The Family Fun Golf Night special is $25/family of four and includes two golf carts and green fees for the group. You can call 330-740-7112 for tee times.

Try Disc Golf

Disc golf is widely popular in the Youngstown area and can be enjoyed by all age levels. Bring your discs and play on one of our local courses:

  • MetroParks Farm Disc Golf Course – The 9-hole learn-to-play course and an 18-hole championship course is set among wooded areas, meadow and pond landscapes.
  • Boardman Park – 18-hole course that runs through both open space and woods.
  • Austintown Township – 18-hole course with holes ranging from 161 feet to 488 feet.
  • Mauthe Park – A great beginner-friendly course for new players.
  • Wick Park – 9-hole, par 31 course through the mature trees of historic Wick Park.
  • Lake Milton State Park – The new Osprey Disc Golf Course will open Summer 2021.

Outdoor Patios with Social Distancing

Patio DiningOutdoor patio dining promises to remain popular during the warm weather months. Lucky for us, Youngstown and the surrounding areas are jam-packed with amazing patio options!

Award-Winning Wineries

The Mahoning Valley is home to five beautiful wineries, each with its own ambiance…and they’re ready to welcome you! Enjoy scenic outdoor patios (The Vineyards at Pine Lake recently finished their new patio enclosure), glistening lake views, stunning sunsets, and sprawling vineyards.

Local Craft Breweries

Our local craft breweries offer their own unique atmospheres and outdoor patios. Noble Creature Cask House is an old church turned brewery and tap room. And, have you heard of Penguin City Brewing Company? They will be opening a new brewery and taproom this fall and are in the process of renovating The Republic Warehouse in downtown Youngstown!

Learn more about our wineries and breweries in our Wineries & Breweries Guide.

The New Phelps Street Gateway

The Phelps Street pedestrian walkway is now finished in downtown Youngstown. The restaurants on the block include Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, Gringo’s Tacos, V2 Wine Bar, and the new West 34, and each one will add patio seating in front of their locations in the coming months.

From Phelps Street Gateway, it’s an easy walk down to nearby Wean Park and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre. Check The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre’s website for summer concert dates and information.

Rainy Day Activities for All to Enjoy

While we all love outdoor activities, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate OR we’re searching for a new, fun (indoor) outing for the whole family. Here are a few great ideas!

Butler Art Exhibitions

Butler Institute of American ArtThe world-renowned Butler Institute of American Art is opening an exhibition of baseball paintings just in time for summer! Max Mason: Painting the Game will be on exhibit June 13-September 5, 2021. The paintings of Max Mason are impressive on a variety of levels. He is a masterful draughtsman who can lay down paint in the manner of the old masters. Staying with the magical theme of baseball he presents a virtual clinic on composition and color usage. In a museum filled with exquisite paintings, the works of Max Mason more than hold their own. View all current and upcoming exhibitions.

Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

OH WOW!OH WOW! Children’s Center

OH WOW! Children’s Center has reopened. The museum’s new entrance is on Central Square. Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday from 9:00-11:00am and 12:00-2:00pm. They close for an hour each day to sanitize and prepare for the afternoon’s session. To maintain regulations, they are limiting the number of explorers at the museum and requiring a timed-entry. All visitors will need to reserve their tickets before their visit.

Arms Family Museum & Tyler History Center

 The Mahoning Valley Historical Society reopened the Arms Family Museum and Tyler History Center on Tuesday, July 6, 2021! Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4pm. Safety precautions and policies will be updated on their website.

Escape Rooms

Escape Boardman and Escape Boardman Hotel offer escape room experiences with safety precautions in place. The adventure games allow a small group of people to be put in a themed room to solve a series of puzzles in a set amount of time. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance. Private bookings are also available.

Upcoming Events Near Youngstown, OH

Several indoor and outdoor events are being scheduled for 2021, including the monthly Youngstown Flea (which is officially in its new downtown Youngstown location). The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts at Wean Park is also a great opportunity to social distance while enjoying an amazing juried art event, and our events calendar will continue to be updated with the latest event news.

For more fun social distancing activity ideas throughout the Youngstown area, download our Travel Guide, visit our Facebook page or check out our website!

With Easter fast approaching, here are some ideas to help you celebrate. Enjoy an Easter meal with your family at one of the following locations. Reservations are required and some offer carry-out options.

Easter Brunch Buffet – Waypoint 4180
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
4180 Westford Place, Canfield, OH 44406 | 330-286-3861
Spaced safely and in accordance with social distancing and mask mandates. View menu and pricing. Reservations are required, call 330-286-3861.

Easter Brunch – Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
1555 S. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, OH 44511 | 330-792-7671
Reservations are required, call 330-792-7671. View menu and pricing. Carry-out is also available in family style or individual meals.

Easter Brunch – The Saxon Club
Sunday, April 4, Seatings 12:00pm & 3:00pm
710 S. Meridian Rd., Youngstown | 330-881-8081
Reserve your prepaid spot via EVENTBRITE.com by March 26. Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt at 2:15pm for all children. For more information, call Inspired Catering by Kravitz at 330-881-8081.

Easter Luncheon – The Vineyards at Pine Lake
Sunday, April 4, 11:00am-2:00pm
14101 Market St., Columbiana, OH 44408 | 330-549-0195
There will be limited seating to allow for proper social distancing. Reservations are required. Click here for reservations and seating times.

Easter Dinner Carry-Out – Jeff Chrystal Catering
Sunday, April 4, 10:30am-2:00pm | Call to order: 330-743-8062
Pick up at 2315 Belmont Ave, Youngstown
Offering ham and lamb dinners, family style or individual dinners, and a la carte items. View menu and pricing. Call 330-743-8062 to place your order.

Easter Sunday at Davidson’s Restaurant
Sunday, April 4, Breakfast 7:30am-11:30am; Dinner Buffet 3636 Canfield Rd., Canfield
Seating times at 1:00pm & 3:30pm
Call 330-793-0033 for reservations.

Easter Dinner – Cafe 422 Boardman
Sunday, April 4, 12:00pm-4:00pm
8586 South Ave., Boardman | 330-629-2422
Offering select appetizers, a 3-course dinner menu, and kids menu. Dinners also available to-go. Reservations are required.

Easter Dinner Carryout – Rachel’s Restaurant & Catering
Sunday, April 4, pick-up 11:00am-3:00pm
54 Westchester Dr., Austintown | 330-799-1700
Individual carry-out Easter dinners, and carry-out pans available.

Easter Dinner Carryout – Broad Street Diner
Pick-up Saturday, April 3
464 S. Broad St., Canfield | 330-286-3463
All orders will be cold with heating instructions.


Order Sweet Treats

White House Fruit Farm
9249 Youngstown-Salem Rd., Canfield | 330-533-4161
Accepting online orders for Easter bread (with & without anise and raisins), holiday pies, kolachi (nut, apricot, and poppy seed) and various baked breads. They are also making carrot cake donuts with cream cheese frosting throughout March & April. Stay tuned to their social media for their special Easter box of donuts that will include additional Market treats & sweets. Final online orders for pies & baked goods must be received by Wednesday, March 30 at 5:00pm. Pick-ups will begin on Friday, April 2 and the final pick-up day is Saturday, April 3 between 9:00am-4:30pm. They are closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Classic Bakery
7135 Tiffany Blvd., Boardman | 330-726-1729
Easter Bread is available in a round loaf in 1 or 2 pound options. Customers must specify if they want raisins, anise and/or icing. Available March 19, 20, & 21 and March 26-April 3. Closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Hot cross buns, cookies, and cakes are also available.

Butter Maid Bakery
100 Victoria Road, Austintown | 844-688-7655
425 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman | 844-688-7655
Order Butter Maid’s famous Kolachi for Easter. Shipping is available.


Pick-Up Easter Basket Treats

Gorant Chocolatier
8301 Market St. Boardman, OH 44512 | 330-726-8821
1393 Boardman-Canfield Rd. Boardman, OH 44512 | 330-707-4620
5539 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, OH 44515 | 330-799-6000

Giannios Candy Co.
430 Youngstown-Poland Rd. Struthers, OH 44471 | 330-755-5727


Visit with the Easter Bunny

Upcoming Easter events include Visit with the Easter Bunny at the Southern Park Mall, or Tea with the Easter Bunny at Piccadilly Parlour Victorian Tea Room.


Make your plans and celebrate Easter safely this year. Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely! Keep reading for more details about what’s happening in Youngstown and Mahoning County! 


Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day NEIGHBORHOOD Parades

Although the 2021 Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled, the committee is asking the loyal and enthusiastic spectators to celebrate with family and friends by holding neighborhood parades following all CDC guidelines. Please make plans to step off at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Share videos of your parade to their Facebook page. The videos that receive the top 3 likes will be awarded: 1st Place – $150; 2nd Place – $100; and 3rd Place – $50. Videos must be uploaded by midnight March 16, 2021. Awards will be announced on March 17, 2021.


St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Weave through the vines at The Vineyards at Pine Lake to find both scavenger hunt items and samples of their new Pine Lake Brewing Company beers! Choose from two dates: Sunday, March 14 or Saturday, March 20, 2021. Ticket cost is $35 per person and includes the scavenger hunt, 6 Pine Lake Brewing Company beer samples, 1 pint of their new Irish Brew with a souvenir glass and a VPL Scavenger Hunt t-shirt. All groups can have between 1-4 guests. Larger groups will be split up into smaller groupings. You must be 21 or older to attend and advance registration is required.


Irish TeaIrish-Tea

Piccadilly Parlour Victorian Tea Room will kick off their St. Patrick’s Day celebration with their famous homemade favorites, such as Irish Quiche, Shepherd’s Pie, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. The special teas for the occasion are Top of the Morning, Irish Tea, and Chocolate Mint Tea. They will also be featuring their Homemade Irish Scones. Call 330-533-4749 to make your reservation for March 10 through March 17, 2021 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.


Shamrock Run 5K & 1-Mile

The 3rd annual Shamrock Run 5K and 1-Mile will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The 1-Mile will begin at 1:30pm. The 5K will take place in two heats: 2:00pm (sold-out) and 3:00pm. There is also a virtual option for those participants not comfortable participating in person. Registration includes a participant t-shirt, finisher medal and bib number. Masks will be required for all participants until the start of the race. Social-distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.


Irish Night at the Youngstown Phantoms Game

On Saturday, March 13, the Youngstown Phantoms take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints in exciting USHL hockey at the Covelli Centre. The first 250 Phans will receive a Youngstown Clothing Co. customized t-shirt! COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place, including social distanced seating and face mask requirements. For tickets, call 330-747-PUCK (7825) or visit their website.


Celebrate Early with a Weekend EscapeBest Western Plus

Take a weekend escape to refresh and renew at the Best Western Plus Dutch Haus Inn & Suites March 13–14, 2021. Their St. Patrick’s Day Package includes a complimentary breakfast, and delicious snack package for you to enjoy in your room. For a complete listing of area accommodations, visit our website.


Make your plans and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely this year. Visit our Facebook page or our website for more information about all things Youngstown.