Events & Art Shows

Special Event Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk

Sunday, June 10 • Registration 7 AM, Costume Contest 8:30 AM, Race 9 AM The West Woods

It’s a tough one, but man is it fun! Mark your calendars to join us for a great cause: getting kids outdoors through the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure. Walkers are welcome in both the 5K and the 1-Mile Fun Walk.

Register: Online RegistrationPaper Application

Resources: Course MapFacebook  EventRace Results

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Thanks to our 2018 sponsors:

Also, thanks to Perfect Occasion Costumes and Magic in Middlefield for offering 15% off retail merchandise and 20% off rentals on costumes for the Caveman Crawl costume contest at 8:30 AM.

Links to Athlete Tracking and Race Results will be posted as soon as they become available.

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

  • 2 Friends Sharing Their Love of Art & Nature”
    Landscape & floral paintings by Susan Hood
    Drawings, paintings, photography & mixed media by Sheila R. Dorris
    Opening April 21; show runs through July 24

Special Events Nights Out in the Parks

Our popular Nights Out in the Parks series returns this summer with more live music at Big Creek Park‘s Frances S. Hall Amphitheater and movies under the stars at Observatory Park.

Fan Vote Movie Night! What classic movie will we show in August: Casablanca, Grease, Back to the Future or Apollo 13? Fans, you decide! From June 1 to July 14, come back here for the link to vote, or vote in-person during the June or July movie nights.

2018 Nights Out

Special Event West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

Second Wednesdays, June to September • 4 to 7 PM • The West Woods
(June 13, July 11, August 8 & September 12)

Offering a local shopping opportunity in one of the county’s most popular parks, West Woods Wednesdays move this summer to the second Wednesday of each month, June 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 – Jesse Huge in June and August and Rebecca Wohlever in July and September – plus, an onsite food truck will serve dinner and snack options for purchase. Come out after work and make it an evening in the park!

Approved vendors are already excited to bring their honey items, produce, flavored nuts, beef and vegan jerky, bakery, handmade soaps and lotions, sauces, jams, self-watering planters and lanterns made from recycled bottles, birdhouses/birdfeeders, kettle corn and snowcones.

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

Vendor Application

Special Event Nature Arts Festival

Special Event Claridon Woodlands Opening Celebration

Friday, August 17 • 6 to 9 PM
Saturday, August 18 • Noon to 9 PM
Claridon Woodlands

Celebrate your newest Geauga Park District park with live music, food trucks and family entertainment, along with an opportunity to experience the ropes course (registration required), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall, fishing and Nature-based playground.

Please note: Due to limited parking, all guests, staff and volunteers will park at one of the following locations and receive a prompt shuttle to the event (three buses Friday and five buses Saturday).

  • New Testament Church, 12199 Claridon Troy Road, Chardon
  • First Congregational Church, 13942 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg
  • Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 14780 Mayfield Road, Huntsburg
  • Arms Trucking: office lot at 14818 Mayfield Road, large lot to the east at 14903 Mayfield Road, and lot with cabin on the north side of the road across from the large lot at 14970 Mayfield Road

Schedule of Events
Subject to change; please check back here for updates

Friday, August 17, 6-9 PM

  • Live music by Chardon Polka Band (6-9 PM)
  • Ropes course (reservations required), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall and Nature-based playground open
  • Fishing with Natural Resource Management
  • Family entertainment: origami artists, balloon artist, face painters, make-n-take crafts with naturalists, stilt walkers from Jasmine Dragons
  • Food for sale: Hunger Squad food truck, Scott’s Fire & Ice Pizza, Snowie Snowcone food truck and kettle corn

Saturday, August 18, Noon-9 PM

  • Family-friendly favorites played by DJ Larry Rummel Jr. (noon-4:30 PM), plus a strolling musician (noon-4 PM), then live music by the Fort Huntsburg Band (4:30-6:30 PM) and the Swamp Rattlers (7-9 PM)
  • Ropes course (reservations required), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall and Nature-based playground open
  • Noon-5 PM – Boulder wall demo and tips with Ian Young from Cleveland Rock Gym
  • Noon-1 PM – Meet-n-greets with Geauga County Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Rick O’Shay
  • Fishing with Natural Resource Management
  • Naturalist-led Nature hikes
  • Family entertainment: origami artists, balloon artists, face painters, make-n-take crafts on the Art Bus, stilt walkers from Jasmine Dragons (1-3 & 6-8 PM), strolling magician (2-5 PM), bubble show (4-7 PM)
  • Food for sale: Hunger Squad food truck, Scott’s Fire & Ice Pizza, Snowie Snowcone food truck and kettle corn