Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these suggestions!
No. 1 — NW Ohio Rib Off
The Blade’s 33rd annual Northwest Ohio Rib Off opens today, Aug. 18, at the Lucas County Fairgrounds on Key Street in Maumee. The four-day event
features plenty of barbecue, beer and entertainment. Tonight’s opening act is War, a legendary California band best known for such hit songs as “Spill the Wine,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “The Cisco Kid.” Country artists Rodney Atkins and Easton Corbin perform on Friday, Aug. 19, and classic rock band .38 Special (“Hold on Loosely” and “Caught Up in You”) takes the stage on
Saturday night, Aug. 20. Visitors will have a variety of barbecue ribs, chicken and other food and beverages to choose from, and can vote for their favorite ribs. More information about the Rib Off is available at nworiboff.com.
No. 2 — Tecumseh Music Fest
Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) will benefit from the 2016 Tecumseh Music Fest, planned for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Hantz Golf Club, 5200 Milwaukee Road. In addition to a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, the featured attraction is Michael Carluccio, a crooner known as “the man with a thousand voices.” A cash bar will also be available. Music will also be provided by 2 Bricks Short, and Andy Jacobs on guitar. Admission is $40. For information on remaining tickets call CAT at 423-0000 or visit tecumseharts.org.
No. 3 — Civil War Muster
The 32nd annual Jackson Civil War Muster, Aug. 20 and 21, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic. The grounds at Sparks Park and The Cascades, 1400 S. Brown St., will be filled with battle re-enactments, the village of Jacksonburgh, a music festival, Union and Confederate battalion drills and cavalry demonstrations, and appearances by several Civil War generals, President Lincoln, Mark Twain, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. On Saturday the soldiers will re-enact the Battle of Kessler’s Cross Lanes and Sunday’s engagement will focus on the 24th Michigan during the Battle of Gettysburg. Battle times are 2 p.m. both days. Admission is free. There will be plenty of cannon fire and other noise, so it is recommended to leave small children and pets at home. More details are available at civilwarmuster.org.
No. 4 — Art at your Feet
Blissfield’s free street art event, Art at Your Feet, takes over South Lane Street on Saturday, Aug. 20. The fun begins at 9 a.m. when artists of all ages and abilities begin to fill 5x5-foot street canvas squares with their chalk creations. The first block of South Lane Street closed for the event starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. In addition to the street artists, vendors will line the sidewalks selling a variety of items and local businesses will offer food and merchandise promotions. Merchandise and gift certificates will be offered in prize drawings throughout the day. Entry forms can be picked up at the red registration tent in front of the downtown mini-park. Winners must be present to claim prizes. Kids can visit their own special art area or have their face painted. Art at Your Feet will conclude with cash prizes awarded to three chalk artists chosen by event officials. For more details call the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library at 486-2858 or find Art at Your Feet on Facebook.
No. 5 — Birmingham Ethnic Festival
Another Toledo festival celebrating the city’s rich cultural heritage is on tap with the 42nd annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, on Consaul Street between Front and Milford. Visitors can sink their teeth into Hungarian and other ethnic foods, browse the arts and crafts booths and cultural displays, and enjoy continuous music and dancing. St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, the Hungarian Club of Toledo and Calvin United Church of Christ will feature their famous chicken paprikas and kolbasz dinners, as well as Hungarian pastries and other treats. The Marine Corps League will offer Mexican and American foods, while VFW Post 4906 serves up Greek specialties. Admission is free. For more details visit birminghamethnicfestival.wordpress.com.