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.
UPDATE: For Raya & the Last Dragon, arrive as early as 7:30 PM for pre-show activities, as the film (being shown on a special LED screen) will start at approximately 8:30 PM (rather than “at dusk” as previously scheduled). Plus, enjoy free ice cream treats from the truck while supplies last!

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
UPDATE: For Raya & the Last Dragon, arrive as early as 7:30 PM for pre-show activities, as the film (being shown on a special LED screen) will start at approximately 8:30 PM (rather than “at dusk” as previously scheduled). Plus, enjoy free ice cream treats from the truck while supplies last!

Erie Heights Brass Ensemble
Saturday, August 20

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2022 Nights Out

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 Art Shows

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

 

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 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…

 

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

Friday, November 4 • 5 to 9 PM
Saturday, November 5 • 10 AM to 4 PM
The West Woods

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

This year’s Holly Days will be a two-day event featuring a new “Holly Night” evening market and a new outdoor shopping experience! 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.

Admission is free to all. The West Woods is wheelchair/stroller accessible. With questions, please contact Holly Sauder, special events coordinator, at hsauder@geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-226-2753.

 

2022 VENDOR RESOURCES
Holly Days is a celebration of the beauty of Nature, so your crafts must be Nature-themed or made of natural materials. Exhibitors must participate in both days to be eligible. Each applicant must submit a minimum of four images of his or her work, including one display booth photo, by Sept. 10 to be considered. Applications received after Sept. 10 will be accepted as space allows.
Artist Application