Upcoming Events

Please check out our upcoming events for this year below. We are so proud to partner with so many great organizations!

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race
    Hidden Valley Park
    May 4th 9:00 to 1:00

    An annual springtime tradition; experience an eight-mile canoe and kayak race from the Harpersfield Covered Bridge (Ashtabula County) to Hidden Valley Park south entrance (Madison) on the wild and scenic Grand River.

    This race features a "maddest hat" contest. Awards to top three finishers in each race category (determined by skill level and boat type).

    Click here for race flyer.

    Novice Canoe

    • Novice A (combined age of 65 or younger)
    • Novice B (combined age of 66 & older)
    • Novice classes are open to aluminum and plastic canoes. Novice racers are individuals who have never placed first, second or third in any race longer than five miles.

    Pleasure Canoe

    • Pleasure (all canoes, non-racing type)
    • Over & Under (one participant is age 15 or younger, the other participant is at least 18 years older than the first).
    • Coed
    • Master (age 40 and older; 10 second handicap will be deducted for every year over 40)

    Kayak Classes

    • Women's Solo Kayak (all kayaks):
      • Ages 29 & younger
      • Ages 30 to 39
      • Ages 40 to 49
      • ages 50 to 59
      • ages 60 & older
    • Men's Down River Kayak longer than 14 ft.:
      • Ages 34 & younger
      • Ages 35 and older
    • Men's Kayak 14 ft. & shorter:
      • Ages 29 & younger
      • Ages 30 to 39
      • Ages 40 to 49
      • Ages 50 to 59
      • Ages 60 & older
    • Double Kayak (all)
    • Non-conforming class (race for time only, no awards)

    Fee applies

    Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark is located near I-90 & SR 534. Turn south on SR 534 for about a mile to the intersection of SR 307 at the bottom of a long hill. Turn right (west) and then turn left (south) at the next intersection. Go down the hill to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark.


    Click here for up-to-date information about the Grand River's current temperature and depth.

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East

  • Sheep Shearing & Fiber Arts Weekend
    May 11 - 12, 2019

    Sheep are shorn of their winter coats to obtain wool and prevent them from overheating during hot summer weather. This lustrous fiber is used to make many wonderful products from clothing to blankets. Sheep shearing is one of many hands-on opportunities children can experience. Also, learn how to spin and weave and make felt. See a border collie herd sheep and meet fiber-producing sheep.

    Click here for event program

    Come shop with our vendors to find the tools you need to knit, crochet, spin, felt and weave. Vendors will have equipment and supplies as well as finished products for sale in the arena. Vendors include:

    • Bewitched Pigments Fiber Arts Co.
    • Chelaubree Farm LLC
    • Copper Centaur Studios
    • Cornbread & Honey Yarn
    • Created 4 U By Laura
    • Heidi & Lana
    • Ohio Valley Natural Fibers
    • Recycled Yarn Co.
    • Roving Acres LLC
    • Silver Creek Meadows LLC
    • Spin Me a Yarn
    • Susan's Yarns
    • The Yarn Shop, Inc.
    • Unplanned Peacock Studio
    • Yarnbyrds, LLC


    Regular Farmpark admission or membership applies.

    Please leave your pets at home!
    Pets are not permitted into Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East



    Sponsored by Centerra Co-Op


  • The Great Gatsby Gala 2019
    A Beneifit for Dare2Care International

    Dress as a gangster or silent screen star. Come as a flapper or come as you are! Step back to the Roaring 20's where you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the era. Come dressed in your favorite 1920's inspired black tie attire and get ready to have a great time and to support Dare 2 Care International! Please join us at the inaugural Great Gatsby Gala at the beautiful Ariel Pearl Center for dinner, dancing raffles and a night of fun supporting a great cause!


    Event Price Significance:

    There are approximately 153 million orphaned children in the world according to UNICEF. Tickets are $153 per couple $76.50 per person. Limited seats available.



  • HorseFest 2019
    May 18-19th 9-5

    Discover the magical beauty of horses at this two-day equine extravaganza showcasing the versatility and history of the horse. Watch as many different breeds of horses participate in a variety of activities and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy. HorseFest features training techniques, riding disciplines and a variety of uses for these versatile animals.

    Al Susinskas


    Regular Farmpark admission or membership applies.

    Please leave your pets at home!
    Pets are not permitted into Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

  • Rail Roads in the Park
    June 1st & 2nd, 2019

    A weekend filled with operating model train exhibits! Both HO and N Scale modular layouts will be on display. Other featured exhibits include G Scale trains, Lionel O Scale trains and a Lego train layout. Children may build a wooden train for an additional $2. Take a ride on Farmpark's barrel train.

    photo by Andy McGovern


    Regular Farmpark admission or membership applies.

    Please leave your pets at home!
    Pets are not permitted into Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

    Visit Penitentiary Glen Reservation on Sunday, June 2 for free miniature train rides from 1 to 3 pm, weather permitting. 

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East

    photo by Andy McGovern


  • Working Dog Weekend
    June 8th and 9th

    Have a howling good time at Farmpark during Working Dog Weekend. Meet a variety of dog breeds, discover everything you need to know about your dog, or find out what breed is right for you. See Ohio Disc Dogs plus meet police canines and see them in action. Children can try their "paws" at canine jobs and games, agility and much more. We'll also have a stuffed toy dog "parade of breeds."

    Sue Atwell


    Regular Farmpark admission or membership applies.

    Please leave your pets at home!
    Pets are not permitted into Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East



    Sponsored by Centerra Co-Op

    photo by Bridget Gandee


  • Woof Wine and Wags
    June 15th 1-5 pm

    Wine and canines…what more could you ask for? Bring your four-legged friend along for a day of wine, contests, raffles, vineyard tour, live music and more at Grand River Cellars!

    Admission is $20 in advance and $25 the day of (advance registration must be done by Thursday, June 13th at midnight). Admission includes entry into the event and a Muddy Paws wine sampling (for adults 21 and over). $1 from EVERY bottle and 25¢ from every glass of wine sold at the event benefits our shelter. Food is available for purchase and can be enjoyed outside on the lawn (weather permitting). No outside food or beverage is permitted.

    Do you want to upgrade your experience? Limited VIP tickets are also available for $40 which includes 30-minute early entry, VIP reserved seating under a tent, 5 raffle tickets, a glass of wine and Muddy Paws wine samples.


    Itinerary:Canine Contest Categories:
    12:30 VIP Ticket Holders Arrive

    1:00 Woof, Wag & Wine Begins

    1:45 Tour of the Vineyards Begins

    3:00 Wine Dash

    3:45 Canine Contest Begins

    4:00 Auction Ends

    5:00 Woof, Wag & Wine Ends

    Best Trick

    Best Wag

    Best Smile

    Best Eyes

    Most Friendly

    Please Note

    Some seating available under the tents, but guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and canopies to set up on the lawn.

    Friendly canines are welcome as long as they are up-to-date on all age appropriate vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cannot enter the GRC restaurant.

  • Great American Camp Out
    June 21-23rd 2019

    Get away from it all at Penitentiary Glen Reservation for The Great American Backyard Campout. Enjoy nature programs, hikes and activities. Tents and campers welcome. No electrical or water. 

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East


  • 9th Annual Rescue Rock Off
    Lake Humane Society
    March 3rd 12-5

    Live Music, Great Food, Raffle and More! Are you looking to have a rockin' good time while helping out the homeless animals? Join LHS for our 9th Annual Rescue Rock Off for a day of live performances by local bands, delicious food, a raffle with an assortment of amazing prizes, 50/50 drawing with 2 chances to win hundreds of dollars and much more!

    Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. Pre-sale tickets will be made available until Friday, March 1st at midnight. The ticket includes admission to the event and access to the all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet is filled with a variety of delicious appetizers provided by the Willoughby Brewing Company. Soda, tea, and water are also included. Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

    Do you want to upgrade your experience? VIP tickets for $50 are also available. These include all of the above AND 2 alcoholic drinks, early entry, reserved seating and a special performance by Kevin Conaway.


  • Maple Sugaring Weekends
    March 2 & 3rd, 9th and 10th
    Lakemetro Parks Farmparks

    Ever wonder how pure maple syrup is produced? Discover through hands-on demonstrations and crafts as you tap into the fun of Maple Sugaring Weekends.
    The journey begins with a wagon ride into the maple woods to the Woodland Center. There, you can take part in the maple sugaring process. Kids learn how to tap a tree with hands-on guidance from Farmpark staff. The whole family gets involved collecting sap contained in collection buckets hung on the maple trees. Move indoors to watch the water-like substance you helped collect boiled and processed into pure maple syrup and other naturally-sweet products.

    Farmpark's very own pure maple syrup and other maple items are available for sale in both the Woodland Center and Gift Shop.


    • Tap a maple tree by hand
    • See how maple candy is made
    • Sample pure maple syrup and maple candy
    • Whip up your own tasty treat with maple stirs (additional fee applies)
    • Learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard
    • Sample maple syrup on silver dollar pancakes
    • Create a maple craft
    • Make ice cream and taste the results
    • Pony rides (additional fee applies)


    Pancakes served all day in J&J Café (additional fee applies). No registration necessary.


    Regular Farmpark admission or membership applies.

    Please leave your pets at home!
    Pets are not permitted into Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East

    Sponsored by Richards Maple Products


  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
    April 13-14th, 18 & 19th 9-11:30am
    Lakemetro Parks Farm Park

    The Easter Bunny visits children in the cafe. After breakfast, take a photo with the Bunny in his arbor in the theater. Visit the Plant Science Center to make a craft and visit lambs in the Well Bred Shed. 

    Breakfast seatings are at 9 and 10:30 am. Tickets for all attending are required. 

    Tickets go on sale online only at 8 am for Lake County residents and Farmpark members on Monday, March 11 and out-of-county customers on Monday, March 18. 

    Presented by Ganley Subaru East

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