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.

  • Earth Day: Penitentiary Glenn
    April 22nd 2018

    We are all responsible for caring for our natural environment. This has been the concept of Earth Day since its beginning in 1970. Lake Metroparks continues that focus to celebrate the Earth and make a commitment to learn and use new ways to make our planet a healthier place. 

    Discover simple and fun interactive themed activities, games, eco-friendly crafts and demonstrations.

    • Take a walk along the trail.
    • Take a tree sapling home. (1 per family). 
    • Meet native Ohio wildlife.
    • See farm animals from Farmpark.
    • Listen to live music and hear stories told by Mother Nature.
    • Get trimmed at the Haircut-a-thon presented by Ladies & Gentleman Salon & Spa.
    • Ride the miniature trains provided by the Lake Shore Live Steamers between 1 and 3 pm, weather permitting. 
    • Browse our selection of unique gift items in The Nature Store.
    • Pop, popcorn and other snacks available for purchase.
    Find out what local conservation-focused organizations and agencies are doing, and how we can do our part, to protect and clean the air we breathe at the Eco-Fair. Browse locally made and eco-friendly merchandise for purchase at the Earth Day Marketplace.
     
    Boy hugs Woody the Tree. Photo by Mitzy Smetters

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  • 2018 2nd Bike & Hike for MS
    Sunday, April 29th 9:00 am-6:00pm
    Dbonne Vineyards

    We are proud to be a sponsor for such a great cause!





    Good Day, Hikers and Bikers! 

    The 2nd Annual Bike and Hike for MS will be a recreational ride around the scenic Grand River Valley Region. There will be three options for rides, at varying difficulties, traveling around Lake and Ashtabula County. Riders will catch a covered bridge or two and of course pass a few wineries along the way. Hikers will enjoy a 3k hike through the vineyards and woods of Debonne Vineyards, Ohio's largest estate winery and the home of Double Wing Brewing Company. All pre-registerd bikers and hikers will receive an event t-shirt and lunch when they return to the brewery. Live entertainment will also be provided by Horsefeathers upon your return. Plan to spend a relaxing afternoon helping a great cause.

    Thank you, 
    Tony Debevc Jr.

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  • Grand River Canoe & Kayak Race
    Harpersfield Dam
    April 28th 2018

    An annual springtime tradition; experience an 8½-mile canoe and kayak race from the Harpersfield Dam (Ashtabula County) to Hidden Valley Park south entrance (Madison) on the wild and scenic Grand River.

    photo by Earl Linaburg

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

    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.

    Sponsors

     

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  • Shearing Weekend
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    May 12th & 13th 2018

    heep 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.


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  • HorseFest 2018
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    May 19th & 20th 2018

    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.

    photo by Ed Henry Photography

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

     


    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    Al Susinskas

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  • Working Dog Weekend
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    June 16th & 17th 2018

    Have a howling good time and meet many breeds of dogs, talk to handlers and trainers and find out what dog is right for you. See demonstrations by Lake County police K-9 units, Ohio Disc Dogs, Hampton Hills Newfoundlands and discover the many sports and activities you can enjoy with your four-legged friend.

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

     


    Due to the nature of this event and facility, please do not bring your pets.
    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    photo by Bridget Gandee

    Sue Atwell

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  • Northcoast Senior Games
    Various location throughout Lake County
    June 4th – June 11th 2018

    Lake Metroparks will host the summer Regional Senior Games. These great events are geared for both athletic competition and social opportunities. Competition groups are divided into five-year categories beginning at age 50.

    Ongoing events include:

    • bowling
    • billiards
    • softball
    • table tennis
    • shuffleboard
    • golf
    • basketball (foul shot)
    • horseshoes
    • bocce ball
    • pickle ball
    • cornhole

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

     

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  • Woof, Wag & Wine 2018
    Grand River Cellars
    Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

    Woof, Wag & Wine

    Who:     Wine Lovers and Animal Lovers Alike! 
    What:    A relaxing day at the winery
    When:   Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
    Where:  Grand River Cellars (Madison, OH)
    Why:     To enjoy a beautiful day at the vineyard to help save lives!

    Bring your four-legged friend along for a tour of the vineyards at Grand River Cellars while you enjoy a wine tasting, live music, the chance to win great prizes in various auctions and raffles, games and contests, and much more! There will be some seating available under the tents, but guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and canopies to set up on the lawn.

    Admission is $20 in advance (advance registration must be done by Thursday, June 14th at midnight) and $25 the day of at the door. 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. 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.

    Register Today!

    Itinerary:Canine Contest Categories:

    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
    Smallest Dog
    Largest Dog

    All of the proceeds from the event benefit the animals of Lake Humane Society. For more information on this event, please contact our Events Coordinator. We hope to see you there!

    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. Please use your best judgment and only bring your dog if they are friendly with people and other dogs.

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  • The Big Campout
    Penitentiary Glen Reservation
    June 22nd – 24th 2018

    Take a mini vacation to Penitentiary Glen for two nights of outdoor family camping fun. Enjoy nature programs, hikes, campfires, s'mores, storytelling and more. No electrical or water hookups. 

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

     

     
    Pre-registration required and fee applies.

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  • FarmFest 2018
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    July 6th & 7th 2018

    Lake Metroparks Farmpark hosts FarmFest: Ribs, Brew & Music on July 13 & 14. This year's event has been expanded and features more music, kids' activities, craft vendors and food vendors serving BBQ and ribs. Wine from Chalet Debonne and beer from Double Wing Brewery available for purchase (5 to 8:30 pm on Friday and noon to 8:30 pm on Saturday).

    photo by Al Susinskas

    Admission to the park and event is FREE. Pony rides, food and beverages available for purchase.

    photo by Linda Lowe

     

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

     

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  • Lighthouse Triathlon
    Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
    July 22nd 2018

    TRIATHLON COURSE

    Swim 500 meters in Lake Erie. Depth of water approximately six feet. Wet suits permitted. No flotation devices. Lifeguards on duty. For safety reasons, tired swimmers may stop, touch bottom (if able) and resume swimming when ready.

    -OR-

    Kayak in Lake Erie. Start on the beach west of the swim course. Paddle north 100 meters, then east parallel to the swim course. Turn around and return to the beach at the same location departed from. Course is approximately two kilometers.

    Bike 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) out and back on route of paved roads. Start at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park, travel east through Painesville Township and return on same roads. Bicycle helmets required! Route marked with directional arrows on roads. Local law enforcement will attempt to hold traffic at all intersections, however, racers should adhere to traffic laws and race cautiously. There are six railroad crossings; cross with caution. 

    Run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on paved roads marked with directional arrows. Run with traffic. Always look both ways when crossing intersections and making turns. Entire course is within Fairport Village limits. Traffic will be controlled at critical intersections. Runners re-enter the beach through East Street access. Last 0.25 mile is not paved, but on hard-packed dirt/sand.

    Awards will be presented to the top three finishers of each race category at the completion of the triathlon.

    Race officials reserve the right to change or alter the racecourse for safety purposes and to alter age categories if insufficient registration is received. Should extreme weather occur, officials reserve the right to cancel the event(s) or delay the start. Cancellations or alterations will be made at 8 am at the picnic shelter at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. If sufficient registration is not received by three days prior to event day, Lake Metroparks reserves the right to cancel the race.

    Entries limited to the first 500 people registered.

    Directions: Take Rt. 2 to the Fairport Harbor/Richmond Street exit and go north to the light at the Richmond Street/Rt. 283 intersection. Proceed north (straight) for about 1/4 mile to High Street. Turn right on High Street and proceed to Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park entrance.

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East.
     

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  • Mutt Strut 2018
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    Sunday August 27th 10am-2pm

    Mutt Strut is a FREE event for the whole family, including  your dog! Enjoy a day filled with fun activities like our mile walk, raffles, dog contests/games, adoptable dogs, agility course, demos, vendors and more!

    Want to help the homeless animals before Mutt Strut and win some cool prizes? Start fundraising today! Fundraising is simple and helps make a huge impact. Start today by clicking the fundraise button below. The more you raise, the more you win!

     

    NEW DATE/LOCATION: Don't forget, Mutt Strut has a new date and location! Join us on SUNDAY, August 27th from 10am-2pm at Lake Metroparks Farmpark!

     

    FUNDRAISE

    Prize Levels for Fundraisers:

    $35 - Mutt Strut T-Shirt and Mutt Strut Bandana*

    $75 - Mutt Strut T-Shirt, Bandana & Tote Bag*

    $150 - Mutt Strut T-Shirt, Bandana, Tote Bag, Dog Travel Water Bottle & Tumbler*

    $250 - Mutt Strut T-Shirt, Bandana, Tote Bag, Dog Travel Water Bottle, Tumbler & LHS Shirt*

    $500 - Mutt Strut T-Shirt, Bandana, Tote Bag, Dog Travel Water Bottle, Tumbler, LHS Shirt & Sweatshirt*

    $750 - All of the Above and a private tour of LHS*

    $1,000 - All of the Above and Name on Top Donor Plaque*

    *Only while supplies last!

    We will also be awarding our Top 5 Adult Fundraisers and Top 5 Youth Fundraisers (Under 18)!

    The overall Top Fundraiser will be named the ambassaDOG for Mutt Strut 2018 and be the face of the event!

    Itinerary

     

    9:00 am-                                                              Downward Dog-Yoga with your dog! Register HERE today.

    9:30 am-                                                                                                                         Registration Begins

    10:20 am-                                                                                                                                   1 Mile Walk

    10:45 am-                               Project Ruffway (Runway show of adoptable dogs)/Top Fundraiser Announced

    11:15 am-11:45 am-                                                                                                Canine Games/Contests

    12:00 pm-                                                                                                             LHS Alumni Parade/Photo

    12:20 pm-                                                                                Obedience Demo by Cold Nose Companions

    12:35 pm-1:15 pm-                                                                                                  Canine Games/Contests

    1:45 pm-                                                                                                                ______     Retriever Raffle

    2:00 pm-                                                                                                                         Bag Raffle Drawing

     

    All Day Activities

    Rescue Row

    Mutt Mall

    Agility with PetWorks- Try your dog out at agility! Each try is a $2 donation

    Splash Park-Cool off your canine by letting them jump in the pool or bob for bones!

    ​Paw Print Art-Get your dogs paw print done for a special keepsake!

    Photo Station

    and MUCH more!


    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE


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  • Fall Harvest Festival Weekends
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    3 Weekends of Fall Fun!

    September 22nd & 23rd: Wool and Tractor Weekend

    Lake Metroparks Farmpark continues a tradition of celebrating the harvest season with the Wool Jamboree & Antique Tractor Show!

    Sheep were shorn of their winter coats in the spring to obtain wool. This lustrous fiber is used to make many wonderful products from clothing to blankets. Learn how to spin and weave and make felt. Watch our border collie herd sheep and meet fiber-producing sheep.

    Tractors have been used throughout the years for use in the harvest. See and hear antique tractors as the tractors parade through the park and talk with their owners about the restoration process.

    Visitors may also enjoy our Showman's Circle area, including a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations.

    Little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze on the Pedal Tractor Overlook. They can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid's areas. The whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Enjoy harvest-themed crafts and more.

    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    September 29th & 30th : Apple and Cider Weekend

    Lake Metroparks Farmpark continues a tradition of celebrating the harvest season with a weekend all about apples! Get a taste of apple cider, sample a variety of apples and help grind apples and press cider. Apple slushies are available at the Apple Cider Bar.
    photo by Earl Linaburg
    Visitors may also enjoy our Showman's Circle area, including a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations.

    Little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze on the Pedal Tractor Overlook. They can navigate the hay maze and play in the kids' areas. The whole family can explore the Alien Adventure corn maze. Enjoy harvest-themed crafts and more.

    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    Click here to learn how to volunteer at this event and help make memories!

    October 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th: Corn & Pumpkins 

    Lake Metroparks Farmpark continues a tradition of celebrating the harvest season with Corn & Pumpkin Festival. Help husk, shell and grind the corn or plow behind draft horses while younger visitors make handmade corn husk dolls and paint pumpkins.

    photo by Blair Bros. Photography

    Visitors may also enjoy our Showman's Circle area, including a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations.

    Little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze on the Pedal Tractor Overlook. They can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid's areas. The whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Enjoy harvest-themed crafts and more.

    On Saturday, Oct. 7, Ohio author David FitzSimmons will share his new children's picture book, Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night through crafts and mini interactive plays. Wakem the Rooster has his days and nights mixed up, and kids can help act out the story with rooster, sheep, cat, dog and owl puppets. Find out if a twist on age-old advice can restore order to the sleep-deprived barnyard. Plays will be held at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 am. Enjoy crafts and take-home activities throughout the morning.

    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    Click here to learn how to volunteer at this event and help make memories!

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  • Farmpark Ice Festival
    Lake Metroparks Farmpark
    January 26th & 27th 2018

    On Friday, January 26 from 5 to 9 pm, the Farmpark Ice Festival will kick off with the unveiling of a Farmpark-themed ice chair and ice carving demonstrations. The night will end with a battle between fire and ice!

    photo by Earl Linaburg

    On Saturday, January 27 from 9 am to 5 pm, the best ice carvers from around the country will take part in speed carving competitions. Then, come sit by one of our fire pits and warm up with hot cocoa and s'mores. Enjoy many other winter-themed family activities.


    Regular Farmpark admission applies. Click here for rates, memberships and directions.

    Sponsored by Ganley Subaru East 

     

     

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