Events & Art Shows

Special Events Nights Out in the Parks

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

Live Music: Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 PM at Big Creek Park‘s amphitheater. Registration required this season; limited to 100 people per concert.

Movie Nights: Saturdays at Observatory Park. Arrive as early as 8:30 PM; movie shown at dusk. Sorry, no lemonade or popcorn this season, but enjoy free ice cream treats from a truck while supplies last!

Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and snacks for your group. Cancelled or moved indoors by inclement weather; please check our website for status updates before coming out.


2021 Schedule

Paul Kovac’s Big Grass Band in Concert
Saturday, July 17 – registration required above under Programs & Events

Movie Night: “Apollo 13”
Saturday, July 24

Movie Night: “Mary Poppins”
Saturday, August 7

Chardon Polka Band in Concert
Saturday, August 14 – registration required above under Programs & Events

The Pop Tarts in Concert
Saturday, August 28 – registration required above under Programs & Events

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2021 Nights Out

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

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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 Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:

The Artwork of Michele Longstreet, Marty Huehner, Lydia Curtis, Linda Easton & Brigitte Fiorille
Running May 7 through July 27, 2021

View Michele Longstreet’s collection of animal portraits, Marty Huehner’s collection of “texture negatives” transformed to clay positives in a process he calls the Clay Camera®, The Lydia Curtis Wildflower Collection, wildlife art by Linda Easton, and ceramics filled with dried flowers by Brigitte Fiorille.

Click here for a press release on this show featuring artist bios and more.

Special Event Nature Arts Festival

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

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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. Plus, join us to celebrate featured artist woodcarver Ray Thurston, who has participated in the Nature Arts Festival since its inception!

Parking at Big Creek Park is limited, so you may like to take a FREE bus ride from Chardon Square, where the Chardon Arts Festival will also be ongoing.

Please come back to this website in July for our Music, Crafts, Activity & Food Schedule.

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

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Thanks to our 2021 sponsors The News-Herald.

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

Sunday, September 12, 2021
The West Woods
Registration 7 AM
Costume Contest 8:30 AM
Race 9 AM
Caveman garb encouraged!

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The caveman missed running with you in 2020! But he’s been keeping in shape and feels ready to tackle this September to finally tackle the 10th anniversary run, complete with an option for virtual participation if you’d prefer.

Walkers are welcome in both the 5K and the 1-Mile Fun Walk. No dogs are allowed in the race or walk…thanks for understanding!

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Thanks to our 2021 sponsors!
Junction Auto
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Sunrise Springs

Special Event Homespun Market Days

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

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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.

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Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

TWO Saturdays, November 6 & 13 • 10 AM to 4 PM
at The West Woods Nature Center

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Visit again this fall for lists of attending vendors!

Shoppers at Geauga Park District’s ever-popular Holly Days Artisan Boutique revel in a premier selection of juried Nature-themed gifts by regional artists. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

Last year’s two-day format was such a hit, we’re doing it again this year, with a mix of different artisans available both Saturdays.

Come for The West Woods’ festive natural setting and outstanding quality of items for sale: any variety of ornaments and holiday décor, all-natural bath and beauty products, gourmet food and snack items, unique jewelry and accessories, beautiful and functional pottery and glass items, gifts hand-turned from wood, indoor planters and terrariums, and more.

Additionally, the Mistletoe Market returns this year, featuring youth artisans ages 18 and under selling items that they themselves have made at various price points.

All are welcome free of charge. The West Woods is wheelchair/stroller accessible. With questions, please contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at or 440-279-0882.

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

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