Events & Art Shows

Special Events Nights Out in the Parks

Our popular Nights Out in the Parks series returns this summer with more live music and more movies under the stars!


Amphitheater concerts from 7 to 8:30 PM at Big Creek Park‘s Frances S. Hall Amphitheater

July 20 – Tom Todd – The Amazing One Man Band (Facebook Event)
August 24 – Night Dawgs (Facebook Event)


Outdoor movie nights with activities at 8 PM & movies at dark at Observatory Park

July 27 – Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone (rated PG) (Facebook Event)
August 10 – First Man (rated PG-13) (Facebook Event)

Click the button below for these listings on our website with more details.

2019 Nights Out

Special Event Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 4 • 10 AM to 5 PM
Big Creek Park

Facebook Event

Complete Schedule of Live Music, Make-n-Take Crafts, Activities & Food Vendors

Featuring more than 40 artists, plus free family entertainment including make-n-take crafts, cartoon portraits, face painting, balloon art, live music and food trucks.

Live music will be provided by the Sev & Starr Duo (classic rock/blues) from 10 a.m. to noon and the Swamp Rattlers (high energy classic blues, rock & country) from 12:30-2:30 p.m., followed by the Nature Writing Contest event and open mic from 3 to 5 p.m.

Because parking at Big Creek Park is limited, please park near the Chardon Arts Festival on Chardon Square and travel to the Nature Arts Festival via a FREE Lolly the Trolley ride!

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors, Renewal by Andersen & The News-Herald!

Geauga Park District is still accepting applications from interested vendors.

Artist ApplicationFarm-Artisan Market Application
Overnight Accommodations
Promotional Ideas

Nature Arts Festival Vendors (as of July 11)


Geralyn Cartor – Wire wrapped bottles on driftwood, photography
Turner in the Woods – Wood turning (bowls, boxes, etc.)
MI Farley Art LLC – Mixed media/collage
Paul Fletcher – Encaustic painting, sculpture
Weave it to Valerie – Weaving/digital art
Woodland Life Photography – Photography
Heron’s Reach, Inc. – Ceramic/mixed media wall pieces
hhh Metalsmith – Jewelry
Cynde H Designs – Enamel jewelry
Toni Kelly Studio – Canvas prints
Pet Cartoonz – Hand-drawn pet caricatures from phone photos
Dicc Klann – Colored pencil originals
The Maple Palette – Paintings on sap buckets, glass, saw blades, cards
Recycling Chix – Upcycled yard art, ceramics
Saguara – Jewelry, macrame, home decor
Celestial Collective – Acrylic artwork, jewelry
Whimsical Winged Creations – Wire/suncatchers
Catherine McBrien – Photography/tiles
By The Lake Jewelry – Jewelry, gifts (beach glass)
Hickory Daiguiri – Hand-carved wooden kitchen utensils
Perennials Preferred – Photography
Pierce Jewelry – Jewelry
Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District – Artist-painted rain barrels
Clark Pottery Studio – Functional organic ceramics
Linda Ryan – Photography
White Dog Studio – Acrylic paintings
Nature’s Gifts – Gold-dip leaf jewelry, ornaments, etc.
Artifacts Gift Studio LLC – Hand-painted glassware & giftware items
Ray Thurston – Woodcarving
Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association – Blacksmith demos & sales


Mamma G’s Gourmet Caramel Corn – Gourmet caramel corn
Common Scents Etc. – Potpourri, oils, room sprays, incense
Dolci d’Italia – Italian liqueur pane, biscotto, honey, coffee, pasta
Basin Soapworks – All-natural handmade soap
The BOM – Truffles, confections, bakery, popcorn
The McCune Family Apiaries – Honey & beeswax products
The Olive Scene – Olive oil & balsamic vinegar
Foodie Cards – Playable deck of cards with $10 restaurant discounts
Salo Maple Products – Maple syrup & confections
Kiss Mitts Pet Bakery LLC – Handmade pet treats

Special Event West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

Second Wednesdays, July to September • 4 to 7 PM
(Remaining: August 14 & September 11)
at The West Woods

Facebook Event

Scroll down to view a list of this month’s vendors and what they’re bringing for you!

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 food truck will serve dinner and snack options for purchase. Come out after work and make it an evening in the park!

Geauga Park District is still accepting applications from interested vendors, particularly those with fresh produce, flowers, breads/baked items and similar products.

Vendor ApplicationPolicies & Procedures

Farm Market Vendors - August 14

OSU Extension, Geauga County Master Gardeners – Information & handouts on gardening

Mamma G’s Gourmet Caramel Corn – Caramel corn

Cornocopia Farm – Vegetables, maple syrup, artisan bread

Sweet Southern Charm – Bakery

The Bus Stop Food Truck – Grilled cheese, sausage sandwiches, PB&J’s, fries, drinks

“Let’s Get Lit” Candles – Homemade, one-of-a-kind candles

Basin Soapworks – Handmade soap

Lois Luther Creations – Handmade purses, totebags, wallets

Geauga Safe Communities – Information

Harvest Bell Farm – Eggs, pork, turkey, vegetables, flowers, herbs

Salo Maple Products – Maple syrup, candy, sugar, nuts

Teal Toadstool – Upcycled crochet rugs & bags, produce, metal items, baked goods, eggs

Starry Night – blueberries, new potatoes, summer squash

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:


Tri-County Artists “A Brush with Nature”

Show runs through July 23
Enjoy this diverse collection of Nature-inspired paintings by the Tri-County Artists, with members from Geauga, Cuyahoga and Lake counties.


Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show

Opening Wednesday, August 7 (6-8 PM reception); show runs through October 7
Enjoy local artists’ works featured in this annual juried art show, now in its fifth year here.

Special Event Meteors & Moths Overnight Event

Monday, August 12, at 9 PM, to Tuesday, August 13, at 6 AM
Observatory Park

Facebook Event

Bring a tent and spend the night enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower and the night-flying moths attracted by our black light and mercury vapor lamps! Best meteor viewing 1-3 AM. Naturalist on site from sunset to sunrise. Whatever the weather, interact with moths and other nocturnal insects as you help sample and survey onsite wildlife.

Camping Guidelines: We hope you enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to pitch your tent at Observatory Park! Tents may be set up Monday after 4 PM and must be removed Tuesday no later than 9 AM. Thank you for understanding that no campers, trailers or generators will be permitted.

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Special Event Caterpillar Extravaganza

Sunday, August 18 • Noon to 4 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Facebook Event

Getting bigger and better with time (just like the critters it’s named after), this all-ages annual event features live, native caterpillars on their host plants in open air displays. Many of these stunning giants, representing the giant silk moth species, will be available to touch, hold and photograph. Be sure to bring your camera for various photo stations. You may also bring a caterpillar to the program to have it identified, or to add to our display and get a prize – plus, face painting of native caterpillar, butterfly and moth designs, crafts, games, the basics of rearing your own caterpillars and more!