Events & Art Shows

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 opportunities to experience the ropes course, pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall, fishing and Nature-based playground!

There will be NO ONSITE PARKING the duration of this two-day event. All guests must park in, and receive a free shuttle ride from, one of the following lots east of Claridon-Troy Road on Mayfield Road (Rt. 322).

  • Arms Trucking parking lots (14818, 14903 or 14970 Mayfield Road)
  • First Congregational Church of Claridon (13942 Mayfield Road)
  • Lighthouse United Methodist Church (14780 Mayfield Road)

Shuttle buses (3 Friday, 5 Saturday) will run until 9:30 p.m.

…OR take advantage of the attached Maple Highlands Trail by parking 2.6 miles away at Mountain Run Station and riding or walking in!

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) – Bring your own chairs and blankets and get comfortable!
  • Ropes course (first come, first served), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall and Nature-based playground open
  • 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) – Bring your own chairs and blankets and get comfortable!
  • Ropes course (first come, first served), 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

Special Event Caterpillar Extravaganza

Sunday, August 19 • Noon to 4 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Bigger and better than ever, 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, a craft, a game, the basics of rearing your own caterpillars and more!

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.

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!

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 - August 8

OSU Extension, Geauga County Master Gardeners – Information & handouts on gardening
Backattack Snacks – Flavored almonds, beef jerky, vegan jerky
142 Redz LLC – BBQ sauces
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
Basin Soapworks – Handmade soap
Essential Creations – Lip balm, hand salves, essential oils, insect sprays, bath bombs
Lois Luther Creations – Handmade purses, tote bags, wallets
Sandee River Farms – Vegetable plants, herbs (dried & potted), microgreens, produce
The McCune Family Apiaries – Honey, beeswax & pollen
Direct Grind – Whole bean & ground coffee
Wild Serenity Farm & Forage
– Soap, paper, clay charms, fairy houses
The Mostar Honey Co. – Pure raw local honey & honey products
Starry Night Farm – Blueberries, potatoes, cabbage, onions
Neill Family Farm – Garlic, potatoes,honey, produce
Booze Reused – Self-watering planters, planters from recycled containers
Salo Maple Products – Maple syrup, candy, sugar, nuts
Teal Toadstool – Upcycled mugs and bags, produce, baked goods, jams, metal items
Hunger Squad Food Truck – Sandwiches, sides, snacks, drinks, etc.
The Bus Stop – Grilled cheese, sausage sandwiches, PB&J
Snowie Bus – Snowcone truck
Kettle Corn

Special Event Celebration on the Chagrin: Scenic Rivers 50th Anniversary

Sunday, September 16 • 1 to 5 PM
Bass Lake Preserve

Celebrate 50 years of Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program at Bass Lake Preserve, a designated scenic river site and natural lake on the Chagrin!

Local resource professionals will be leading a variety of family-friendly aquatic adventures including stream exploration, canoeing, strolls through Spring Brook Sanctuary, and close encounters with Chagrin River critters including Ohio’s treasured brook trout! Collaboration with Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft, Scenic Rivers Program, and other conservation partners.

Registration is required for canoeing; call Geauga Soil and Water at 440-834-1122 to register or for more information about this event.

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

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

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

Saturday, November 10 • 10 AM to 4 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Exhibitor Application

Shoppers at Geauga Park District’s reinstated, ever-popular Holly Days Artisan Boutique will revel in a premier selection of juried Nature-themed gifts by more than 25 regional artists. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

The additional Mistletoe Market, meanwhile, features youth artisans ages 18 and under selling items that they themselves have made at various price points.

Within a festive nature setting, Holly Days shoppers have come to expect heirloom-quality 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 much more.

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.