If you want to get out and about this weekend but don't have a lot of dough to spend, that's okay. This Funcoast top five list is all about free events, including festivals, live music, a park dedication, waterfront entertainment and one of the hardest working bands around.
1.) Festival of the Fish
Why you should go: Because it’s one of Vermilion’s busiest, most popular weekends of the year! Celebrate the sea in the center of historic downtown Vermilion. Enjoy a lighted boat parade, games, food and special events. The Festival has many special attractions, including a Queens Contest, fishing contest, 5K run, sand castle contest, Crazy Craft Race, kids’ games and activities, foods and crafts. There will also be a Father’s Day parade and dusk-lighted boat parade on the Vermilion River. For those of you seeking live entertainment, there will be plenty of bands playing for your musical enjoyment! For the full schedule, visit Funcoast.com.
WHEN: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. June 17, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. June 18, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 19
WHERE: Downtown Put-in-Bay
2.) Riverfront Live!
Why you should go: Main Street Port Clinton’s Summer Music Program features a different live performer every week. Bring a lawn chair and sit back, relax and enjoy live music every Saturday night on North Jefferson Street along the Portage River under the blue canopy.
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. June 17 (and every Saturday through Aug. 29)
WHERE: North Jefferson Street Pier Pavilion, N. Jefferson St., Port Clinton
3.) Suhr Park Dedication & Main Street Celebration
Why you should go: Head to Norwalk for this community block party, which will celebrate Main Street Norwalk’s 10th year of national accreditation as they dedicate Suhr Family Park. There will also be tons of kids’ activities and lots of live music on the bandstand!
WHEN: 2 p.m. June 18
WHERE: Downtown Norwalk
4.) Party at the Plaza
Why you should go: It gets better with age — really! This year’s Party at the Plaza series kicks off this Friday night with live entertainment from Dave James and the Alien Blues Project. The series will feature a different local performer every Friday night from June 17 through September 2, so be sure to check back to see when your favorite artists are playing. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy a great view, great company and great music. Also, the series is extending itself to include five more concerts in 2011. Good stuff!
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. June 17 (and every Friday through September 2)
WHERE: Downtown Sandusky
5.) The Womack Family Band
Why you should go: Because they are completely awesome. And really, if you want a chance to see a band who’s really shaking up the local music scene, where else would you go? They tour pretty regularly, so you should really check them out at home when you can. Plus, the Office Bar is kind of their spot.
WHEN: 10 p.m. June 16
WHERE: The Office Bar, 11 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk
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