Events & Art Shows

Special Event Nature Arts Festival

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


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

Scroll down for a current list of vendors (art, farm market and food).

Vendor Resources:
Artist ApplicationFarm-Artisan Market Application
Overnight AccommodationsMarketing Ideas

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors:

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!

Nature Arts Festival Vendors

Art Vendors

NJB Logging LLC – Harvested, hand-crafted cutting/cheese boards
Unique Stones – Stone jewelry
Geralyn Cartor – Wire wrap on driftwood
From Nature to You – Ceramics
Stuart Davis – Dried & pressed weeds, wildflowers, ferns, etc.
Artisans’ Corner Gallery – Mixed media
Birds Head Forge – Metal sculpture
wReCkreations – Beach stone pendants, necklaces, bracelets
The Pup Artist – Watercolor/acrylic painting
Dicc Klann – Colored pencil originals
Recycling Chix – Upcycled yard art, ceramics, etc.
Rusty Bear Studio – Painting, jewelry
Allegory – Windchimes, dreamcatchers
Robin W. Nall – Painting
Perrenials Preferred – Photography
EarthLight Art Source – Mixed media
Nature’s Design – Lake Erie driftwood pieces
Geauga Soil & Water Conservation District – Artist-painted rain barrels w/proxy bidding
The Mighty Jungle – Sculpture-gemstone, crystal, clay art
LAS Design – Photography, jewelry & home accents
Jean Schnell Photography – Miniature photographs
Nature’s Gifts – Jewelry created from 24 kt. gold-dipped leaves
Artifacts Gift Studio, LLC – Hand-painted wine glasses
Creative Woodcarvings – Woodcarvings
Bob Tompkins Photography – Photography
Stained Glass by Vicki LLC – Suncatchers, panels, bottle art recycle
Critters by Kim – Whimsical stoneware animal boxes
Jewelry Designs by Margie – Resin-nature pendants, necklaces, earrings etc.
Between Two Rivers Trading Co. – Stained glass & fused glass pieces
Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith’s Association – Blacksmith display
Jeremiah Urbas – Handmade photo frames/photography
Stella Blue Glass Art – Fused glass artwork
Gregory Janvier – Magic baskets

Farm Market Vendors

Geauga County Master Gardeners – Information on gardening
Backattack Snacks – Flavored almonds, beef jerkey, vegan jerky
Zae & Sam Bath Bombs – Bath bombs, sugar scrubs, bubble wash
Basin Soapworks – Homemade all-natural soaps
The McCune Family Apiaries – Honey, beeswax, pollen
Auburn Pointe Greenhouse – Fresh cut flowers
Kiss Bitts Pet Bakery LLC – Dog treats

Food Vendors

Bill’s Ice Cream Treats & Smoothies – Ice cream treats, fruit smoothies
The Bus Stop – Grilled cheese, sausage sandwiches, PBJ
Scott’s Fire & Ice – Oven-fired pizza
Classic Kettle Corn
Snowie Bus Snowcones
Hunger Squad Food Truck – Sandwiches, salads, drinks

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!

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

Vendor Application

Farm Market Vendors - July 11 (August vendors coming soon!)

OSU Extension, Geauga County Master Gardeners – Information & handouts on gardening
Backattack Snacks – Flavored almonds, beef jerky, vegan jerky
Haywire Farm – Produce, eggs, jams/jellies, beeswax candles, soaps
Carriage House Soaps – Soaps, lotions, balms
Cornocopia Farm – Vegetables, maple syrup, artisan bread
Mainstreet Fudge – Fudge, flavored popcorn
Club Pilates Chagrin – Information, class passes, giveaways
Basin Soapworks – Handmade soap
Lois Luther Creations – Handmade purses, tote bags, wallets
Sandee River Farms – Vegetable plants, herbs (dried & potted), microgreens, produce
Geauga Safe Communities – Information
The McCune Family Apiaries – Honey, beeswax & pollen
Direct Grind – Whole bean & ground coffee
The Mostar Honey Co. – Pure raw local honey & honey products
Neill Family Farm – Garlic, potatoes, assorted produce
Booze Reused – Self-watering planters, planters from recycled containers
Salo Maple Products – Maple syrup, candy, sugar, nuts
Snowie Bus – Snowcone truck
Teal Toadstool – Upcycled mugs and bags, produce, baked goods, jams, metal items
Hunger Squad Food Truck – Sandwiches, sides, snacks, drinks, etc.
Kettle Corn

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
  • Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show
    Opening Wednesday, August 8 (6-8 PM reception); show runs through October 8

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! The people have spoken, and “Back to the Future” will be our August fan-voted movie! Please come out to Observatory Park on Saturday, August 11, for this classic film (details here) plus our awesome annual Meteors & Moths Overnight Event.

2018 Nights Out

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, 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

Claridon Woodlands 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