The World of Ohio Fair
Saturday, April 26 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, April 27 12:00pm-5:00pm
The World of Ohio Fair is all about Ohio: its people - those who settled it and those moving into it now; its crafts - both heritage and contemporary; its music and dance; its industry; its foods, wines and beers!
The World of Ohio Fair will share with visitors how Ohio has been shaped in the past and what makes Ohio so unique in the present. Enjoy live music from contemporary bands as well as heritage music groups. Learn more about different cultural groups, such as Germania and the Jewish Historical Society, that have helped to create the diverse population of Ohio, past and present. Learn more about your past by talking with genealogists who can guide you through a search for your family history. Learn more about the event by clicking here!
Singing America's History: The Ohio Village Singers 40th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, May 4
The Ohio Village Singers, the only group of its kind in the United States, has been recreating the spirit of the times through songs for 40 years. Through extensive research, they have interpreted America's history with performances of music spanning two centuries. They have performed throughout Ohio and in Russia and Japan with educational and entertaining performances for audiences of all ages. This concert will feature highlights from their repertory and will include favorite songs. Advance registration is required as seating is limited. $12/person or $10/Ohio Historical Society member. For reservations call 800.686.1541 or click here to buy your tickets online.
Pleasure of the Cup: Drinks of the Speakeasy
Saturday, May 10
It’s June 1930 and the United States has been dry for the past 10 years. But that doesn’t mean that alcohol has completely disappeared from the scene. Join us in this trip back through time to a world of “blind pigs,” bathtub gin, and flappers. Costumed interpreters will escort you through the underground world of the Ohio Village as you learn how the 18th Amendment sent alcohol from public bars and taverns to secret watering holes. Venture into the pharmacy for a “prescription” and learn how alcohol was made in bathtubs and hidden stills. Listen to cool jazz tunes while sipping some favorite drinks of the prohibition era, but watch out for the temperance league members and, worse yet, the police! Cost is $25/adult, $20/Ohio Historical Society members. Participants must be 21 years of age and up. Call 800.686.1541 or click here to make online reservations. Reservations are required.
Ohio Village Soldiers' Aid Fair: A Civil War Sanitary Fair
Saturday, May 24 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, May 25 12:00pm-5:00pm
In the middle of the Civil War, sanitary fairs were held in major cities throughout the Union. These fairs consisted of craft bazaars, horticulture displays, special balls, famous speakers, and many other special activities and attractions all focued on raising money for the care and supplies for the Union troops. The U.S. Sanitary Commission and many women-led groups and churches took the lead in organizing these significant efforts. Come participate in a fun filled, activitiy rich experience as the Ohio Village recreates the patriotic and jubilant atmosphere of a period Sanitary Fair. Join us as the Ohio Village opens its summer season with an event for the whole family that engages all your sense. FREE with admission to the Ohio History Center.
A Tribute Dinner and Concert to Father Kemp’s Old Folks
Saturday, May 24, 2014 5:00-7:00 pm
American House Hotel, Ohio Village
Even the folks of the 1860s missed the tunes of their ancestors and the good old days. This started a revival of early American music during the mid-19th century that led to Father Kemp's Old Folks concerts, a musical troupe that performed to sold out audiences throughout the United States. Dressed in colonial period clothing, the Ohio Village Singers recreate one of these unique and sometimes “tongue in cheek” humorous performances featuring the music of the first American composers and other selections from Father Kemp’s songbook. Your evening begins with a sumptuous dinner featuring some adapted period recipes followed by the concert. Included in the dinner cost is free admission to the daytime event, The Ohio Village Soldiers’ Aid Fair, held from 10 am -5 pm in the village. $60; $50/OHS member. Advanced registration required by May 19. For reservations call 800.686.1541 or 614.297.2663.
Saturday, June 7
Through the collaborative efforts of the Ohio Historical Society and Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Ohio Village will magically bring your favorite storybook characters to life. Come and meet Cinderella, Curious George, Little Red Riding Hood, the Cat in the Hat, and many more familiar characters as they roam and take residence in the Ohio Village. Bring your little one for multiple story times, character encounters, and literacy and history resources. This event is geared towards small children, ages 3-7, and everyone who appreciates a good story. FREE with admission to the Ohio History Center.
A House Divided: A Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, June 21 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, June 22 12:00pm-5:00pm
Come and experience "A House Divided" with Union and Confederate forces converging head on in a small town. Historic battles, military and civilian demonstrations, and period music will engage all of your senses for a wonderful educational experience geared for all generations. FREE with admission to the Ohio History Center. For more information on this exciting weekend event click here!
The Glorious Fourth
Friday, July 4
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of old-fashioned family activities to celebrate the nation's independence at our recreated 19th-century village. The day includes a Grand Procession, patriotic speeches, Muffins base ball, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers, dancing, a brass band concert and much more! Hungry? Plan to enter our pie-eating contests, but be sure to save room for ice cream! $12/adult; $9/youth (age 6-12); $10/Ohio Historical Society adult member; $7/Ohio Historical Society youth member (6-12); and FREE/children 5 and under. To buy tickets in advance you can call 800.686.1541.
Military Appreciation Day
Saturday, July 19
The Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Village are proud to represent the third annual Military Appreciation Day to honor all of our veterans and service members. Special activities will be held throughout the History Center complex and in the Ohio Village for the entire family. All active military members and their families are admitted free through our Blue Star program. Veterans receive half-off admission.
Velvet Ice Cream Day at Ohio Village
Sunday, July 20
Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Velvet Ice Cream! Founded in Utica, Ohio in 1914, Velvet has become nationally known for their scrumptious ice cream. Try some samples, hand crank ice cream, and learn about this great Ohio company. FREE with admission to the Ohio History Center.
Ohio Food Truck Festival
Saturday, August 23 11:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, August 24 11:00am-6:00pm
Food, family, and fun are the tokens of this event. The streets of the Ohio Village will be lined with the best mobile food in the state. Local musicians will perform center stage; and games and activities will be scattered throughout the grounds for all ages. So come join us for a weekend of food, beer, music, arts and crafts, games, and activities at this year's Ohio Food Truck Festival! Admission to the Ohio History Center and Ohio Village is FREE. $6/car parking fee.
Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival
Saturday, August 30 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, August 31 9:00am-5:00pm
See over 25 vintage base ball clubs from throughout the Midwest and beyond square off by 19th-century rules during one of the largest gatherings of vintage base ball clubs in the country. FREE with admission to the Ohio History Center
Ohio Made: Celebrating Artists Now
Saturday, September 27
A unique celebration of, for, and by local artists. Stroll through a marketplace of artists while enjoying food, music, and artistic demonstrations all within the historic atmosphere of the Ohio Village. Notable local artists will be specially recognized and a juried art show will be on display. Ohio Made is a collaborative event of the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Art League, the Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Idea Foundry, and the Art and Artists of 614.