Special Events

Enjoy the following special events sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks. For more information please call 1-800-LCM-PARK or view the latest Arrowhead online.

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Discovering Dinosaurs display at Miller Nature Preserve
Dates: The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of June - September (excluding the 4th Thursday in Sept.)
Times: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011
Cost: FREE!

Why not join us for this increasingly popular event featuring great local musicians playing different genres of music? Bring a chair for a relaxing musical evening on the patio! Food and beverages available for purchase at the Orchid Café with food choices themed to the musical genre.

*Please Note: Arrive early and carpooling is strongly suggested. Concert will be held inside if raining.*

2019 Schedule:

Date: Band/Artist: Genre: Main Menu Item:
June 13 Colin Dexter Celebration of Elvis BBQ Pork Sliders
June 27 Original Waysiders 11 am - Noon Beef/Cheddar/Pretzel Roll
July 11 Chardon Polka Band Polka w/ a twist Sausage, Kraut & Pierogies
July 25 Gringo Stew Americana w/ a Southwestern spice BBQ/Chicken Fingers
August 8 Logan Wells Modern-day songs, Country & more Italian Sausage
August 22 Travelin' Johnsons Acoustic/Classic Modern Rock duo 1/3-Pound Burger & Jumbo Dog
September 12 The Dirty
Folk, Jazz Meatball Sub



Adventure Fest
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange, OH 44050
Cost: FREE!

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Wildlife Garden to learn ways to make your own backyard wildlife-friendly! Beginning at 10am, we will have a Q & A with a Naturalist and so many additional hands-on activities such as a DIY Hummingbird Feeding Station and kids crafts! Vendors will also be present in addition to interpretive displays.

  • Wildlife Garden Tour will take place from 10:30 - 11am or 1 - 1:30pm
  • National Pollinator Week Scavenger Hunt Hike will take place from 11:30am - Noon or 2 - 2:30pm



Tree Trotter 5K Series logo

Join us this summer for a wonderful 5k series through some of our most beautiful parks for a unique experience! Participants can earn awesome prizes by participating in all 3 races! Why not explore the best hiking trails in Lorain County while getting some exercise and making friends with others in the running community?

There will be medals for individual race winners as well as plaques and grand prize awards for overall series winners. Running t-shirts will be awarded to those who participate in all three races.

Race #1

Date: Sunday, June 2
Time: 10:30am
Location: Splash Zone, 95 West Hamilton Rd., Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20 (PR by Thurs., May 30)
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #1 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will take place at Splash Zone and will include a 5k run and 1-mile family fun run! A post-run party will include music, food, and access to our outdoor pool & water slides! Pre-register and view the 5k and Fun Run routes below!

Register Online Here

View 5k Route Map

Race #2

Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 9am
Location: Kopf Family Reservation, 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20 (PR by Thurs., July 11)
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #2 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will be at Kopf Family Reservation in Avon Lake. The course will wind through the beautiful scenic woods of the park and the race will start and finish at the same location. Pre-register and view the 5k route below!

Register Online Here

View 5k Route Map

Race #3

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 9am
Location: French Creek Reservation, Pine Tree Picnic Area, 4951 French Creek Rd., Sheffield Village, OH 44054
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20 (PR by Thurs., August 15)
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #3 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will take place at the Pine Tree Picnic Area of French Creek Reservation near shelter #1. This beautiful course will traverse through the woods and over the French Creek multiple times. The race will start and finish at the same location. Pre-register and view the 5k route below!

Register Online Here

View 5k Route Map


Music under the stars


2017-2018 Season: October 2018 - August, 2019
Performances: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Cost: $10 - $18 per ticket
Location: French Creek Nature & Arts Center

Theatre has the privilege and the power to reach us exactly where we are in our lives. In hope or hardship, in revelry or wretchedness, our own experiences are reflected in the stories onstage. Seeing the semblance of ourselves in other characters can help us make sense of life’s complexities, finding what we stand for; or sometimes we’re simply reminded what a wonder life is, giving us cause to celebrate. French Creek’s 2018-2019 Season features the fun and the fearless, the playful and the provocative, offering audiences an extraordinary breadth of theatrical performance to enjoy and connect with. Keeping that in mind, we present to you our 2018-2019 French Creek Theatre season. See you at the theatre!

Purchase tickets to any of this season's shows by visiting the French Creek Theatre website or by calling 440-949-5200.

2018-2019 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Little Shop of Horrors October 12 - 28 *This event has passed.*
The Gifts of the Magi November 30 -
December 16
*This event has passed.*
She Loves Me February 1 - 17 *This event has passed.*
Little Women March 29 - April 14 *This event has passed.*
Into the Woods May 31 - June 16 *This event has passed.*
Tuck Everlasting July 19 - August 4 Purchase Tickets
As You Like It
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the Bacon Woods Amphitheatre at Vermilion River Reservation
August 16 - 18
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!



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