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March” Into Ohio With These Great Spring Activities

Warm up to spring-time events that offer a refresh­ing out­look on Ohio his­tory, cul­ture and outdoors

March is an espe­cially excit­ing time in Ohio, as the birth of spring offers a num­ber of ways vis­i­tors can enjoy the sea­son in full bloom. Gather the fam­ily together and cel­e­brate the luck o’ the Irish in Dublin — Ohio, that is. Explore the sur­real inter­ac­tion between humans and ani­mals through Francisco Toledo’s art­work in the Glass City or flock to Hinckley for the return of one of Ohio’s most famous nat­ural phe­nom­ena. Or, if you’re look­ing to be inspired by true girl power, com­mem­o­rate Women’s History Month in the heart of the state’s capital.

Following is just a sam­pling of March events that make Ohio Too Much Fun for Just One Day! For more fun, spring-inspired travel ideas close to home, visit, fol­low @DiscoverOhio on Twitter or become a fan of the Ohio Tourism Division on Facebook at

Family Fun

Too Small to See, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, now through May 2 (SW)

  • Did you know that a nanome­ter is one-billionth of a meter? The “Too Small to See” exhibit offers vis­i­tors an eye-popping expe­ri­ence as they watch objects smaller than 100 nanome­ters come into focus right before their eyes. Visitors can stretch a mol­e­cule, dis­solve a crys­tal and trans­port an atom while learn­ing more about the excit­ing sci­ence of nanotechnology.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, through­out Dublin, March 13 ©

  • You don’t need to leave Ohio to cel­e­brate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style! Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration offers a green-inspired week­end filled with a mile-long com­mu­nity parade com­plete with Irish bands, lep­rechauns, floats and more. Afterward, check out Dublin’s his­toric dis­trict and shop for Irish imports or visit the local eater­ies for deli­cious Irish tea, tasty scones or savory Irish potato chowder.

Dresden Pajama Party, through­out Dresden, March 28 (SE)

  • For the ulti­mate in com­fort shop­ping, check out Dresden’s annual Pajama Party. The event kicks off with a break­fast buf­fet at Popeye’s Soda Shop fol­lowed by a “Best Dressed” con­test for the most fashion-forward pajama patron. From 9 a.m. until noon, pajama-clad shop­pers enjoy deep dis­counts at local shops. Throughout the event, par­tic­i­pat­ing stores also hide alarm clocks and offer a door prize to the lucky per­son who finds the clock when its alarm goes off.

Arts and Culture

Mexico’s Toledo, Toledo Museum of Art, March 12 — May 9 (NW)

  • World-renowned artist Francisco Toledo has moved mil­lions with his con­tem­po­rary work that exam­ines a sur­real world of indige­nous ani­mals inter­act­ing with humans in dream-like sce­nar­ios. This pro­lific exhibit show­cases Toledo’s aes­thet­ics of nature and thor­ough knowl­edge of con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ing tech­niques such as etch­ing, sten­cil­ing and graphic arts.

Celtic Lands Culture Fest, Cincinnati Museum Center, March 13 — 14 (SW)

  • This Celtic-infused event offers vis­i­tors a vari­ety of folk­lore and art from Ireland. Watch as Celtic dancers wow the crowds with their fancy foot­work, lis­ten to Celtic folk tales told by skilled sto­ry­tellers or enjoy the beats and sounds of Celtic music per­formed by local musi­cians. Check out a num­ber of ven­dor booths with authen­tic wares and take home a lit­tle piece of Ireland!

19th Annual River City Blues Festival, Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, March 19 — 20 (SE)

  • Hear the sounds of authen­tic Mississippi and Louisiana blues right here in Ohio at this excit­ing cel­e­bra­tion of blues music. Marietta’s his­toric Lafayette Hotel is home to the River Cities Blues Festival, known for draw­ing blues musi­cians through­out the world, includ­ing The Kinsey Report and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

Sports and Recreation

Greater Cleveland Auto Show, IX Center, Feb. 27 — March 7 (NE)

  • Rev your engine at the auto show that fea­tures more than 40 man­u­fac­tur­ers exhibit­ing hun­dreds of domes­tic vehi­cles, imports, con­cept cars, con­vert­ers, clas­sic cars and more. Themed, “Driving you to a Better Tomorrow,” the event offers a num­ber of new high­lights, includ­ing the Ride-N-Drive Adventures, where par­tic­i­pants can drive select cars, and a draw­ing to give away a 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS.

Arnold Sports Festival, through­out down­town Columbus, March 4 — 7 ©

  • Flex your fit­ness skills and knowl­edge at the largest multi-sports fes­ti­val in the coun­try inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger. See 17,000 ath­letes com­pete in more than 40 sports and events, includ­ing 13 Olympic sports. Other high­lights include appear­ances by pro­fes­sional ath­letes, NFL stars, celebrity fit­ness train­ers, and new for 2010, skate­board­ing, ama­teur strong­man and ama­teur mixed mar­tial arts events.

Buzzard Sunday, Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley Township, March 21 (NE)

  • Every year, in the morn­ing hours of March 15, Ohio’s buz­zards return home to Hinckley after their win­ter migra­tion to the South. Come cel­e­brate one of Ohio’s best-known nat­ural phe­nom­ena nearly one week later at Buzzard Sunday, with fes­tiv­i­ties that include “early bird” hikes, a live buz­zard dis­play, live music from the Buzzard Boilers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and more.

History and Heritage

Women’s History Month, the Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, March 1 — 31 ©

  • Throughout March, the Ohio Statehouse com­mem­o­rates the impor­tant women in Ohio’s his­tory dur­ing Women’s History Month. The Ladies’ Gallery offers spe­cial tours for vis­i­tors to pay trib­ute to Ohio’s first six women leg­is­la­tors who paved the way for women in gov­ern­ment. Also on view are his­toric items, cloth­ing, pho­tos, an inter­ac­tive kiosk and arti­facts from the suf­frage move­ment in Ohio.

Celtic Tea, Wood County Historical Society and Museum, Bowling Green, March 11 (NW)

  • Every month, the Wood County Historical Society hosts a tea series to delight the senses with aro­matic leaves from all over the world. Visit the Celtic Tea event in March to learn more about the Irish cul­ture through sing-alongs and the impact it had on north­west Ohio’s his­tory. Afterward, enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum, herb gar­den and Lyle Fletcher Arboretum.

5th Annual Free Family Day, International Women’s Air & Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, March 13 (NE)

  • Celebrate Women’s History Month and a cen­tury of women in flight with a FREE Family Day at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM). This annual event hon­ors women in avi­a­tion and space his­tory with a day of hands-on activ­i­ties, includ­ing games, crafts, exhibits and more. Activities will be pro­vided by NASA, IWASM Kids Club, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and other area orga­ni­za­tions. Activities include a demon­stra­tion by the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighters and a heli­copter on the ramp at Burke Lakefront Airport (weather permitting).

For addi­tional March events, visit To order a free copy of the 2010 Ohio Travel Planner or the 2010 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events, click on the Free Publications icon at or call 1–800-BUCKEYE. The Ohio Travel Planner and Ohio Calendar of Events also are both view­able online. Trained travel coun­selors are avail­able to assist 1–800-BUCKEYE callers week­days from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and week­ends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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  4. Enjoy Family Fun in Ohio Throughout January
  5. Enjoy Fall Festivals and Holiday Happenings this November in Ohio

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