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 now no registration required!

Live Music: Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 PM at Big Creek Park‘s amphitheater.

Movie Nights: Saturdays at Observatory Park. Arrive as early as 8 PM; movies shown at dusk. Sorry, no lemonade or popcorn this season.

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


2022 Schedule

Long Time Gone
Saturday, June 11

Movie Night: “Captain America: The First Avenger” (PG-13)
Saturday, June 18

Big North Band
Saturday, July 9

Movie Night: “Jurassic Park” (PG-13)
Saturday, July 23

Movie Night: “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)
Saturday, August 13

Erie Heights Brass Ensemble
Saturday, August 20

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2022 Nights Out

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center
(Available to visit daily 10 AM to 4 PM)


Everything in Awe
A Solo Exhibition: Brittany Selfe Paynter

Running May 6 through July 24, 2022


Brittany Selfe Paynter is an artist inspired by her surroundings in Nature and the vast array of colors and forms found there – the woods, the hemlocks, the rocks, the creeks, the flowers. She works in many media including charcoal, oil paint, watercolor and ceramics. And this spring and summer, you will also be able to seek inspiration in her work during this display within the charming West Woods Nature Center.

The display will open with a special Meet the Artist event Friday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., which the artist herself will attend.

“Living in Northeast Ohio, I fell in love with the woods behind my house where the hemlocks surround the shale and sandstone creek,” she explains on her website. “I had always sort of known, but never noticed, just how beautiful and cool the rock outcroppings were. This appreciation led to the series ‘Paradise.””

Click here for more about this exhibition on the artist’s website.


Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show

Running August 19 through early October, 2022


Talented local artists show their works in this annual juried art show, now in its 16th year.

This display will open with a special Meet the Artist event Friday, August 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., which many of the artists themselves will attend.

Click here to learn more about the Geauga Arts Council.

Special Event Nature & Arts Fest

Sunday, August 7 • 10 AM to 4 PM
at The West Woods

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This year’s Geauga Park District arts show moves back to The West Woods and looks forward to featuring Nature-themed/inspired art sales inside PLUS Nature exhibits/activities outdoors! Stay tuned for the day’s schedule of events and a list of participating vendors.

As of June 1, indoor spots were still available to show wildlife/Nature-inspired artwork at this juried show. Geauga Park District welcomes all regional exhibitors to apply!
Artist Application

Special Event Moths & Meteors Overnight Event

Begins Friday, August 12, at 9 PM
Ends Saturday, August 13, at 6 AM
at Observatory Park

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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 sunset to sunrise. Whatever the weather, interact with moths and other nocturnal insects as you help sample and survey onsite wildlife.

Registration for Geauga County residents began June 20; out-of-county registration begins June 27. Cancelled in case of inclement weather. Overall event capacity is limited to 200 people. All participants must be registered; you may register up to six people per reservation. Guests may begin arriving at 4 PM and must show registration receipt prior to entering the park. Only those registered will be permitted entry to the event.

Camping Guidelines: Enjoy this once-a-year opportunity to pitch your tent at Observatory Park! TENTS ONLY may be SET UP WEDNESDAY AFTER 4 PM & REMOVED BY THURSDAY AT 9 AM. Thank you for understanding that no campers, trailers or generators will be permitted. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, GRILLS OR OPEN FIRES. Pets must be leashed at all times.

Registration Link

Special Event Space Race

Saturday, October 1 • 5 to 7 PM
at Observatory Park

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Race Application

Online Application

Course Map

As the sun goes down on October 1, run, jog or walk as many course laps as you can in our two-hour race time frame. Each completed lap will equate to some amount of travel through our solar system — for example, one .85-mile lap takes you to Mercury, four laps and you’ve arrived on Mars, 10 laps gets you to Pluto, and so on. In this way, you will actually be racing yourself to see how far out of this world you can go! All who complete at least one lap will earn a Space Race medal, and you’ll receive a ribbon when you “land” (finish) recognizing how far you went and which planet you reached. Awards will go to the top three male and female finishers. Get yourselves ready, park friends, for a race like no other…