MANSFIELD – A festival-filled weekend where family fun, fine craft beer, a juried arts festival and rock music combine to offer Mansfield Visitors a rockin’ time this September.
The action starts off on Wednesday with the oldest street fair in Bellville, Ohio and rounds out with Mansfield Arts Festival, Phoenix Oktoberfest and Snow Trails Music Festival.
Bellville World’s Fair
The oldest street fair in Ohio, Bellville has been celebrating its “World’s Fair” for 172 years, dating back to 1850 every year except during World War II. Sept 14 to 17, this charming town will be filled with sights and sounds of the harvest season, kicking off the first full week after Labor Day. This year’s fair will have loads of family fun including a fantastic line-up of live entertainment each evening.
Junior and senior exhibitors, a Fair Queen Contest, tractor pull, horse and livestock show, will round it out with the great pumpkin contest. While admission and entertainment are free, rides passes are available for a nominal fee.
With just 2,000 residents, Bellville oozes small-town warmth, and yet, some 50,000 people travel from around the U.S. to be a part of this beloved tradition. And in Bellville, it’s all about tradition, not innovation, so travelers are drawn to the anticipated memories they’ve come to expect every single year.
Phoenix Brewing Company is kicking off its Oktoberfest the same day as Oktoberfest in Germany, Saturday, Sept. 17 taking place from noon until 11 p.m. This year’s Oktoberfest will feature “Kilts vs Lederhosen,” a unique rotation of Irish and German beer-drinking music performed live by an Irish band.
The fun takes place in the Phoenix Brewing Company beer garden in the heart of downtown Mansfield’s Carrousel District, where travelers will find delicious German food and 23 taps of craft beer with loads of German-style beers from some of Ohio’s best breweries.
Driven by a love of craft beer and a passion for brewing, Phoenix Brewing Company was founded by local beer enthusiasts bent on bringing a craft beer revival to Mansfield – in the very place where the city’s pre-prohibition breweries once stood. Housed in the beautifully restored 103-year-old Schroer Funeral Home and Mortuary, Phoenix beer wins awards, including the USA Gold for its Toe Tag, a traditional Belgian tripel.
Mansfield Music Fest
Dozens of bands are part of the legendary Snow Trails Music Fest, which kicks of Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. and fires up again at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Visitors will hear music spilling out over the rolling hills of Snow Trails -- minus the snow.
Bands from every genre will perform both inside and outside at this beautiful location, best known for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
Music Fest tickets are $20 for one day or a weekend pass is $40. Travelers will experience great food, gear, art and clothing vendors, along with bands like Spooky Boy, Sink the Ship, DJ Drojack and County Line, just to name a few.
Mansfield Arts Festival
The work of fine artists will fill Central Park on the Square, Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free festival includes engaging live art demonstrations, art vendors, live music, food trucks, children’s make-and-take art projects and even a scavenger hunt. This is an annual celebration of arts and creativity in Richland County showcases local artists and the wealth of talent in this area.
Guests also have the special opportunity to meet the artists first hand while supporting their work. The festival wraps up with its Artist Awards, including: Best of Show - $500, Painting - $250, Photography - $250, Watercolor - $250, Ceramic - $250, Fiber - $250, Innovation - $250 and High School - $250, as well as three Awards of Potential.
The theme this year is Art is for Everyone. Musicians will be performing music of all kinds on instruments and sound equipment generously donated by etronome Music. Attendees are invited to enjoy food from a variety of food trucks that will be there but also from the many restaurants surrounding the square.
They will also be able to buy locally made baked goods and other delicious treats. Tudorarts83 will have a one-of-a-kind 18ft steampunk metal guitar, a must-see.
The Arts and Culture Festival is also part of the first annual Fab Four and more event which includes the Carousels Touch a Truck Event, DMIs Secret City Tour and the Phoenix Brewery Oktoberfest.
After you enjoy your time in downtown Mansfield take a trip to Belleville to enjoy the famous Belleville Street Fair and for the true music lover you must experience the Mansfield Music Festival a powerful high energy finale to a day in Richland County