Southeast Ohio activities and attractions


Here is a rundown of festivals and activities taking place in the southeast quadrant of Ohio this summer:

Nelsonville Music Festival: May 30-June 2, multiple stages of music, on-site camping, kids activities, art vendors; Hocking College, Nelsonville (Athens County); $50-$300; 740-753-1924,

Washboard Music Festival: June 13-15, celebration of the washboard as a musical instrument, featuring several music acts, arts and crafts; downtown Logan (Hocking County); free; 740-603-2408,

Poston Lake Bluegrass Festival: June 14-15, two days of regional and national bluegrass performers, camping; Guysville (Athens County); $25-$45;

Red, White & Blues Festival: July 5, evening of blues, brews and barbecue; Lafayette Hotel, Marietta (Washington County); $5;

Lancaster Festival: July 18-27, city-wide celebration of the arts, featuring live music, an art walk and more; Lancaster (Fairfield County); admission varies; 740-687-4808,

Boogie on the Bricks: July 20, 15 musical acts on two stages, craft brews, arts and crafts, food; Court Street, Athens (Athens County); free;

Parade of the Hills: Aug. 14-17, four days of live music, rides, games, nightly parades, Ohio State Fiddling Contest; Public Square, Nelsonville (Athens County); free;

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival: Sept. 6-8, live entertainment, boat races, fireworks; Front and Greene Streets, Marietta (Washington County); free; 1-800-288-2577,

Ohio Pawpaw Festival: Sept. 13-15, celebration of the official native fruit of Ohio, featuring pawpaw food and products, live music, arts and crafts, exhibits and more; Albany (Athens County);

Jackson Apple Festival: Sept. 17-21, live entertainment, rides, games, parades; Broadway Street, Jackson (Jackson County); free; 740-288-6714,



Description: 39th season for the religious drama about the life of Christ Location: 6010 College Hill Rd., Cambridge (Guernsey County)

Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays July 12 to Sept. 28; also Fantastic Fairytales (6 p.m. June 28), a children’s puppet show; Some Enchanted Evening (7:30 p.m. July 7-8, 14-15, 21-22), a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue; The Memory Man (7 p.m. Aug. 18), a one-man solo religious show

Admission: $18, or $15 for senior citizens, $5 to $7 for children 4 to 12 for The Living Word; admission varies for other shows

Seating capacity: 800

Running time: 21/2 hours; one hour (Fantastic Fairytales and The Memory Man); 2 hours (Some Enchanted Evening)

Information: 740-439-2761,


Description: 44th season for the historical drama about the founding of Ohio’s first settlement

Location: Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre, New Philadelphia (Tuscarawas County)

Performances: various dates June 14 to Aug. 24; also The White Savage (various dates July 6 through Aug. 17); Les Miserables (July 27, Aug. 2, 8, 16); all shows 8:30 p.m.

Admission: $12 to $20, or $12 to $18 for senior citizens, $6 to $10 for children 12 and younger

Seating capacity: 1,279

Wheelchair access: yes

Running time: 21/2 hours

Information: 330-339-1132,



Description: An outdoor rain-or-shine event, the festival boasts some of the top names in country music.

Location: Off Rt. 40, Morristown (Belmont County)

Performances: July 18: Miranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Young; July 19: Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line, Davisson Brothers Band; July 20: Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Kip Moore, the Henningsens, Chris Janson, Jason Thomas; July 21: Neal McCoy, the Oak Ridge Boys, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin

Parking: $20 daily (no overnights), with $25 daily VIP parking available. Camping pass ($200 to $220) does not include admission.

Tickets/information: $65 to $90 (one day), $130 to $140 (two days), $185 to $200 (three days), $215 to $235 (four days); 1-800-594-8499;


Description: The music and camping event near Buckeye Lake features veteran musicians as well as rising stars.

Location: 7585 Kindle Rd., Thornville (Perry County)

Performances: May 24-26: Dark Star Jubilee featuring Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, the Wailers, the New Orleans Suspects, Melvin Seals & JGB, the Werks, Greensky Bluegrass and more; July 18-21: All Good Festival featuring Furthur with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, STS9, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, John Butler Trio, Keller Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 

Parking: free; RV camping, $50 to $275

Tickets/information: $119 to $285; 740-323-1485, 1-866-55-TICKETS,,,



Description: The 1800s canal-era experience features hands-on activities and costumed interpreters.

Location: 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton (Coshocton County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; call for times of tours

Admission: free; a fee for some attractions

Parking: free

Information: 1-800-877-1830, 740-622-7644,


Description: The museum boasts an extensive Ohio glass and pottery selection as well as works by Cezanne, Grandma Moses, Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso, Rembrandt and Rubens.

Location: 620 Military Rd., Zanesville (Muskingum County)

Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Admission: $6, or $4 for senior citizens 60 and older and children 10 to 18, free for children and younger and museum members

Parking: free

Special exhibits: “Seeking Harmony with Nature: Ceramic Sculpture by Denise Romecki,” clay sculptures (through June 8); “Superlatives II: Ohio Quilts,” competitive exhibit featuring quilts from Ohio textile artists (June 1 to Aug. 3); “Ohio Innovators in Clay,” 16 artists showcase pottery, tile and sculptures (June 15 to Aug. 31)

Information: 740-452-0741,



Description: A 10,000-acre conservation center in southeast Ohio features rare and endangered animals living in natural, open-range habitats.

Location: 14000 International Rd., Cumberland (Guernsey County)

Big attractions: Giraffes, wild dogs, rhinos, zebras and cheetahs are just a few of the animals visitors can see during bus rides through the natural habitat. Zip lines, horseback riding and fishing tours are available at additional costs. Lodge, cabins and yurts available.

Open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily May through September

Admission: Safari Transport tour in enclosed bus, at least 2 hours, $20, or $19 for senior citizens 60 and older, $15 for children 4 to 12, free for children younger than 3; open-Air Safari tour, 21/2 hours, $30, all ages; Wild Animal Encounter tour, for younger children, on open-air bus, $30, or $15 for children 4 to 12, free for children younger than 3; Wildside Tours, offered year-round, 21/2 hours, $125, reservations required.

Parking: $5

Information: 740-638-5030,