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.


Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Vermilion River Reservation - Mill Hollow
Cost: FREE!

Looking for an exciting family experience? This year, check out Adventure Fest on September 9th from 10am-3pm! Enjoy a wide range of activities that will be set up throughout the Mill Hollow festival grounds. Try out rock climbing, archery, paddling sports, fishing, disc golf, primitive camping skills, and more! Enjoy live music in shelter #1, and food vendors will also be set up near the shelter. Also consider registering for our family friendly S’mores Contest from 1:30-2:30pm near Shelter #1. Find more information and register your team online by clicking here. Also come out for our Kid’s Fishing Derby from 11am-1pm (ages 0-15)! Check-in for the Derby begins near Carriage Barn at 10:45am. Many other organizations will be set up to distribute information about local adventure opportunities and ways to stay active. All activities and parking FREE!

Returning this year, pick up an Adventure Fest Passport at the Mill Hollow Carriage Barn! Use the passport to complete the adventure activities, and redeem for a prize. Please stay tuned to our LCMP Facebook page for Adventure Fest updates and additional activities that will be planned for this event! Contact Jannah at (440) 967-7310 with any questions related to Adventure Fest.

For Food Vendors:

View our Food Vendor Application and Guidelines for Adventure Fest 2017.



Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: Adults: $7
Children (2-10 years): $4
Children (Under 2 years): FREE

All-you-can-eat pancakes served with sausage. Scrambled eggs and juice/coffee will also be available. Top off your chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes with strawberry topping!



Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Dates: June - September
Locations: Lakeview Park, Miller Nature Preserve, and Vermilion River Reservation
Cost: FREE!

Join us this summer to relax and enjoy the music in the parks during our free summer concerts!

'Music Under the Stars'
at Lakeview Park

Bring a blanket or chair, sit back, relax, enjoy the sunset and take in the music, a perfect way to enjoy the summer evenings. Music Under the Stars takes place on the second Sunday of the month during the summer and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

Date: Artist/Band:
June 11 Chardon Polka Band
July 9 TrueNorth Big Band
August 13 Eddie and the Edsels
September 10 Latino Fest

Sunset Concert at Lakeview Park

Sunset Concerts take place every Friday night in July at Lakeview Park in Lorain. Music begins at 7:00 p.m. at the East End Amphitheatre.

Date: Artist/Band: Genre:
July 7 Hard Drive Band Country/Rock
July 14 Colin Dussault's Blues Project Blues/Jazz
July 21 The Ray Bans Island & Beach / Contemporary / Motown
July 28 Geezecats 50's, 60's, Rock n' Roll

Juneteenth at Lakeview Park

June 18 | 3:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us for the 5th Juneteenth Blues Fest. Food trucks, fun, and the sweet sound of blues music. We will be joined by Luther Trammel along with Charlita Anderson White on harmonica. International artist Wallace Coleman will take us back to the original blues sound that has influenced numerous genres of music. Old favorites and new surprises in store. For pound cake contest forms or more information, please contact Kaleena Whitfield at (440) 787-3325.

Music on the Patio at Miller Nature Preserve

Music on the Patio takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of July, August and September at Miller Nature Preserve's beautiful outdoor patio in Avon. The concerts take place from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Food and beverages are available. (Bring your own chair and carpool if possible as parking is limited)

Date: Artist/Band: Genre:
June 8 Desmond & Molly Best of the 60's "Beatlemania"
June 22 Thor Platter Americana Trio highlighting the strings
July 13 Lorain Golden Crescent Chorus Barbershop quartet classics
July 27 Bobby St. Vincent Acoustic Island Folk/Country
August 10 Travlin' Johnsons Acoustic Classic/blues/modern rock duo
August 24 Chardon Polka Band Great Polka fun
September 14 Fischer Brothers Acoustic Classic Rock

Mill Hollow Concert Series at Vermilion River Reservation

The concerts are held at the Mill Hollow outdoor amphitheatre. Seating is available and visitors are welcome to bring along their own lawn chair. Visitors should also feel free to pack their own snacks or a picnic dinner to enjoy the show! All concerts are from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Headlining our Mill Hollow Concert Series this year is local musician Emily Keener on August 6th! Emily is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Wakeman, OH. Since her exciting journey into the top 12 on NBC's "The Voice", Emily has been writing and recording diligently in an effort to capture the energy of this most transformative year. Joining her are musicians Tony Schaffer, Haley Schaffer, Noah Heyman, Cory Webb, and Cory Boomer.

Date: Artist/Band: Genre:
June 18 Less Than 88 Contemporary
June 25 Tim Blake and Michele American Fiddle Tunes
July 2 The Rhythm Syndicate Blues, Swing, Soul
July 9 Buckshot Band Country
July 16 The Polka Pirates Polka Favorites
July 23 The Kingbees Blues
July 30 The Mickeys Irish
August 6 Emily Keener Classics and Originals
August 13 Celebration 50's and Elvis
August 20 The Humbuckers Rock-a-billy



Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays
September 16 - October 8
Time: Noon - 3:30pm
Location: Equestrian Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: $2 per person per activity

What better way to enjoy the sights of fall than with an afternoon of family-oriented fun! Join us at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation (located at 13630 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 44050) for an old-fashioned horse-drawn hay wagon ride and a walk through our six-acre corn maze! Horse-drawn wagons leave about every fifteen minutes from in front of the grandstand at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation. The wagon rides last approximately one half hour. Waits are common for this program; please plan that into your trip as ticket sales end at 3:30pm. And don’t forget to try your hand finding your way through our large six-acre corn maze! A new design is implemented each year; test your navigation skills while learning a little trivia along the way at various points in the maze. Don’t forget to ring the bell once you’ve reached the middle!

Tickets for each of these activities are $2 each, available for purchase at the grandstand at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation until 3:30pm. Children three and under receive a free ticket. The concession stand will also be open and refreshments are available for a small fee. As always, these outdoor programs are weather dependent. Please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.


Additional times for the horse-drawn hay wagon rides and corn maze are avilable during the week nights.

Wednesday evenings, September 27 and October 4, 2017
5:00 - 6:30 pm, Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation
Tickets for each activity are $2 each, children 3 and under free



Havok the Peregrine Falcon at Carlisle Visitor Center
Dates: Tuesdays, October 17 & 25
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Equestrian Center,
Carlisle Reservation
Cost: $2 per person

Check out this haunted version of our 6-acre corn maze in the dark! Bring your flashlight and try your nocturnal navigation skills through the 6-acre corn maze at Carlisle Reservation’s Equestrian Center! The maze is crawling with spooky surprises. You never know what might be lurking around each turn! Not suitable for young children. Tickets $2 each, and ticket sales end at 8:30pm. As always, this outdoor program is weather dependent. Please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program (8am-4:30pm) in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.


Music under the stars


2017-2018 Season: October 2017 - August, 2018
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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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.

2016-2017 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Bonnie & Clyde October 13 - 29 Purchase Tickets
Annie December 1 - 17 Purchase Tickets
I'm Not Rappaport February 2 - 18 Purchase Tickets
Children of Eden March 9 - 25 Purchase Tickets
The Elephant Man May 4 - 20 Purchase Tickets
Lionel Bart's Oliver! July 13 - 29 Purchase Tickets
Romeo & Juliet
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespear in the park will take place at Lakeview Park in Lorain
August 17 - 19
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!



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