Events & Art Shows

Community Art Show What's the Buzz?

Insect & Arachnid-Inspired Art Exhibition

Open now through Monday, April 26
10 AM to 4 PM daily
at The West Woods Nature Center

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Insects have inspired humans for centuries. In fact, some of the earliest human art features them. From the intricate, iridescent dragonfly wing to the powerful grasshopper leg to the striking shades and patterns of the butterfly – they’re simply incredible, capable of igniting great wonder with their incredible detail and variety!

Now Geauga Park District invites you to celebrate the creativity ever-sparked by the insect world during a 10-week community exhibition of artwork inspired by insects and arachnids created by talented regional artists.

What’s the Buzz? Insect & Arachnid Inspired Art Exhibition is open for public visitation now through Monday, April 26, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center.

Please note that face coverings are required indoors at all times at The West Woods Nature Center, which is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township.

Visitors can cast ballots for People’s Choice Awards through April 15 in the categories of drawing/painting, photography, other media/recycled, and youth (ages 12 and under). Those who vote will also be entered into a raffle to win one of several insect houses donated by Nature’s Way Bird Products, found online at

Plus, take home a souvenir from the exclusive Buzz Boutique – jewelry and small art pieces created by the show artists and sold for less than $40 each! Many displayed pieces will also be available for sale, although they must remain onsite for the duration of the show.

Artists were invited to submit up to five pieces of work, plus additional pieces for the Buzz Boutique, said Teresa Runion, special events coordinator at Geauga Park District.

“Our themed biennial art show brings hundreds of creations from as many as 100 different artists,” Runion said. “We are so excited to see the variety of work created by our arts community and feel fortunate to be able to showcase local talent and promote the arts. Embrace your inner entomologist and come see the wonderful creations honoring the insect kingdom!”

CANCELLED Sap's-a-Risin'!

Our Sap’s-a-Risin’ events have been cancelled this year.


However, there are some great alternative maple sugaring-themed programs that you can register for at this link or by calling 440-286-9516. Please join us!

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Through the Sugarbush

Saturdays, March 6, 13 & 20
Rides at 1 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4 PM & 4:30 PM (about 30 minutes each)

Maple Sugaring Hikes

Sundays, March 7, 14 & 21
Hikes at 10 AM, 1 PM & 3 PM (about 1 hour each)


Click here for more information on Geauga Park District’s response to the coronavirus.

Special Event West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

Wednesdays, July 14, August 11 & September 8
(Second Wednesdays, July through September)
4 to 7 PM at The West Woods Picnic Shelters

Facebook Event (COMING SOON!)

Offering local shopping in one of the county’s most popular parks, West Woods Wednesdays are scheduled this year for the second Wednesday of each month, July to September – a one-stop shop for all your mid-week, farm-fresh needs.

On top of vendors providing all kinds of locally made/grown items, strolling musicians will provide ambient music, and an onsite concession trailer will provide snack and drink options for purchase. Come out after work and make it an evening in the park!

Geauga Park District will accept applications from interested vendors until allocated space is full.

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Special Event Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 8 • 10 AM to 5 PM
Big Creek Park

Facebook Event (COMING SOON!)

Take in this 30th annual favorite featuring more than 40 artists, plus free family entertainment: cartoon portraits, face painting, balloon art, live music, food trucks and more.

Parking at Big Creek Park is limited, so you may like to take a FREE Lolly the Trolley ride from Chardon Square, where the Chardon Arts Festival will also be ongoing. Please come back in July for our Music, Crafts, Activity & Food Schedule!

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

Exhibitor ApplicationFarm-Artisan Market Application
Overnight Accommodations
Promotional Ideas

Thanks to our 2020 sponsors, Renewal by Andersen & The News-Herald.

Special Event Homespun Market Days

Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3 • 1 to 5 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

Facebook Event (COMING SOON!)

Celebrate autumn with the “Homespun Market” featuring handmade and locally produced items for sale, live music, food vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, balloon creations, Nature scavenger hunt and more.

Wagon rides are first come, first served 1 to 4 p.m. with limited seating. Please come back in September for a list of confirmed vendors!

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

Vendor ApplicationPolicies & Procedures