This weekend is Juniteenth and Father’s Day, and summer is about to begin. There is no better place to celebrate than the 419.
TOLEDO, Ohio – This weekend marks the official start of summer and will be a time to celebrate for many other reasons as well. Read on for some Go 419 ideas.
Baby Animal Days | Indian Creek Zoo | 10 am
If you want to start your weekend with an extra dose of cuteness, a trip to Indian Creek Zoo is a must! Friday is one of their Baby Animal Days so this is your chance to get up close and personal with these babies. During this event you can meet the baby animals, meet your favorite characters from Laurel’s Princess Parties, enjoy some food trucks and maybe win some prizes!
Muddy mini half marathon, quarter marathon and 5 km | Fifth third field | 7:30 a.m.
Runners, set your alarm early Saturday, you have another marathon ending right in the heart of downtown Toledo. Wake up early for this scenic run that starts in Uptown Maumee and ends right at Fifth Third Field. There is an option to run the full 5k, half or quarter.
Prices range from $ 40 to $ 85 for entry. You can learn more and register here.
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Family fishing weekend | Olander Park | 9 am
Spend some family time on this Father’s Day weekend at Olander Park with their family fishing event. You can register for your fishing spot and all children will receive goody bags. There is so much more to it than just fishing. So if you can’t get a seat, you can still have fun with the family! Some activities include a scavenger hunt with prizes, a picture book trail, food trucks, and much more! This event is completely FREE and you can find out more here.
Farmer’s Market and Auto Show | Downtown Fremont | 9 am
Farmers market season is in full swing and why not try some cool cars while shopping for local produce? Over in Fremont they have their farmers market starting at 9am and they also have a car show which is the first of 3 summer car shows.
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Opening weekend | Luckey Road Lavender Farm | 9 am
Luckey Road Lavender Farms is kicking off the summer season this weekend and all the fun is ready for you to join in. Bring some lavender home yourself, either by buying a plant or by picking some of your own, depending on whether they are in bloom or not. You can also check out some local grocery vendors, the picnic open field, and other local vendors.
2021 Northwest Ohio VegBash Plant Based Food Festival | Club 16 | 10 am
Have you considered a plant-based diet? Or maybe you already are, one way or another, come over to VegBash this week and eat your veggies. This two-day event will be a delicious vegetarian feast, and you’ll have the chance to sample a variety of plant-based goodies from a variety of local vendors, including desserts and even ice cream. You will also have live music and vendors.
Tickets are $ 12 and you can get yours and learn more here.
Juniteenth Celebration Parade and Festival | Frederick Douglass Center | 11 clock
Celebrate freedom with a parade and some good times afterwards. The parade begins at noon in the Swayne Field parking lot and ends at the Frederick Douglass Center, where bucket drums, storytelling and a live DJ can be heard.
Old West End Walking Tour | Old West End neighborhood | Noon
The Old West End neighborhood is an incredibly beautiful area known for its architecture. The OWE Festival was canceled this year, but the OWE still want to show off their neighborhood. Tours begin at the intersection of Scottwood and Floyd and end at 2200 blocks from Robinwood. During the tour, you can explore 25 blocks of the city of this historic district.
Toledo night market | Toledo farmers market | 6 p.m.
After a year hiatus due to COVID, the Toledo Night Market is back. This nightly open air market will be a night of food, shopping, drinks and live music.
They will have a night market once a month and entry is $ 5 for adults and FREE for children under 12.
Summer solstice and anniversary celebration | Sector Metropark | 8 p.m.
Summer begins and Saturday is also June 10th, and you can celebrate both with a trip to the Secor Metropark. You can have unique and fun experiences for the whole family. Of course there are some great food trucks there for you to eat, but with the help of the Toledo Astronomical Association there will be a stargazing serving too. Be sure to bring a blanket and enjoy a free demonstration of Soul.
This event is completely FREE and no registration is required.
Father’s Day Celebration and BBQ | Toledo Zoo | 11:30 a.m.
Sunday is Father’s Day and you want to celebrate dad in a special way. Well, how about Papa Bear coming to Toledo Zoo for a Father’s Day celebration and barbecue. This annual festival offers an animal demonstration and various handicrafts and of course a delicious BBQ. The BBQ lunch has all of your summer favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, corn on the cob, and more.
Tickets for the BBQ range from $ 35 for adults and $ 30 for children. Parking is $ 8. Get your tickets here.