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Explore Ashtabula County:
Explore Ashtabula County:
Eerie Harbor Ghost Walk
Join us in the Ashtabula Harbor for our Eerie Harbor Ghost Walk as we tour the historic streets of this gem with a past that is deep in tradition and history. Although many have passed or moved away over the years and decades, some choose to never leave. Whether it is the tale of the departed spirit of a sailor, or a mysterious resident of one of the old fine homes or businesses, you will hear the stories behind these mysteries and maybe, if you're lucky, experience them as well. Hear the tales of early settlers of the world's largest iron ore handling port in the late 1800's. Learn about life with the many various cultures, the battles they faced, the brothels, and the 52 saloons along the harbor streets.
We base our stories on a mix of documentation, firsthand experiences and history.
Historic Bridge Street
Burning of the Socks - June 13th
Celebrate the beginning of summer by attending our 5th Annual Burning of the Socks! Bring a chair and an old pair of winter socks so we can show Billy Joel exactly who started the fire! This is a fun and festive way to say goodbye to those nasty cold days and usher in the fun and frivolity of summer! So wash your tootsies, slap on a fresh layer of polish and shave that big toe for sandal season! Enjoy some tunes, rent a kayak and hang on the river or just hangout and enjoy a good time with good people!
Blessing of the Fleet - June 14th
Join us from land or sea to participate in this time honored tradition to protect the vessels that travel on our rivers and lake.
This historic event has been occurring in the Ashtabula Harbor for 69 years. An informal blessing on boaters in the 1930s began when a priest at Mother of Sorrows Church decided to give some local sailors a special blessing before they set sail for a season of shipping on the Great Lakes. In 1949 the blessing of the boats was added and in the 1970’s.
Beach Glass Festival - June 27th & 28th
No matter if you collect, create artwork or just admire beach glass and beach inspired designs, this is a must see event! Mark your calendars for the last full weekend of each June each year as we celebrate this annual gathering of artists, creators and collectors.
Wine & Walleye Festival - July 24th, 25th & 26th
Hosted by the Lift Bridge Community Association, a non-profit 501(c)3, along with coordination by the City of Ashtabula, the 12th Annual Wine and Walleye Festival will be located on Bridge Street in the heart of the Historic Ashtabula Harbor. Held the last full weekend in July each year in hopes of fantastic weather for an incredible celebration. Each year we offer amazing entertainment including the largest fireworks display in Ashtabula County, live music, wine and craft beer tasting, gourmet food stations, food trucks, boutique shopping, the street is lined with vendors and MUCH MORE! The festival will also continue to offer the Wine Garden Tasting Tent providing some of the best local and regional wines from several wineries found throughout the Grand River Valley.
The Arts on Bridge Street - August 22nd
The Lift Bridge Community Association welcomes the 2020 Arts on Bridge Street in the Historic Ashtabula Harbor Saturday August 22th, 10 am - 5 pm. The Arts on Bridge Street will have art, food, live bands, art demonstrators, artist vendors, shows and many other surprises. Stop on down. Engage and Enjoy the Arts.
Bridge Street Brewfest - October 3rd
Join us for our first annual Bridge Street Brewfest, a celebration of local and regional brewers. More information will be available in early 2020.
Western Reserve Greenway Trail
Just 4 miles away/27 miles of some of the prettiest country for biking, roller blading, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing- www.ashtabulacountymetroparks.com
We have 21 within 30 minutes: check them all out at - www.visitashtabulacounty.com
18 Beautiful Covered Bridges
We have the longest covered bridge in the county as well as the shortest. We even have a Covered Bridge Festival 2nd full weekend in October.
D-Day Conneaut - Premier WWII Living History Event
This is huge! Check out www.ddayohio.us- 2 night minimum stay here
Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club Inc.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, restoration and exhibition of engines, vehicles, machinery and buildings of a historical value. Shows held to display items in May, July and September. Co-sponsors of the Bluegrass Festival the third weekend in August and a car show the Sunday after Labor Day. Located on Route 322 East of Route 11, just after railroad tracks & Hayes Rd. Wheelchair accessible. Kid friendly.
The Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail
This trail wanders across Ohio's largest county & takes visitors to orchards, wineries, working farms, historic sites, and residences. Launched in early 2014 it has already grown to more than 100 barn quilts (we're number 81), including several on our county's covered bridges.
The Ashtabula County Fair
A family oriented celebration. Rides; demolition derbies; rodeo; truck & tractor pulls; harness racing; livestock & horse shows; junior fair exhibitions; arts, crafts, photography, needlework & floral exhibits, and much more. Expo Center, Commercial Building, grandstand and horse show ring are available for rent. Fairgrounds features an octagon barn, log cabin and once was home to Camp Giddings a Civil War encampment. Visit website for details www.ashtabulafair.com