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Spring has officially sprung! With warmer temperatures in the air, it's time to get outside and enjoy it. Here are several fun things for you to do near Hocking College this April.


Dwight Icenhower
April 6 • 7PM
Stuart's Opera House (52 Public Square — Nelsonville, OH)
Stuart's Opera House welcomes back nationally recognized, Elvis tribute artist, Dwight Icenhower. Dwight Icenhower was raised in Pomeroy, OH and began his Elvis career by singing karaoke at a local fair when he was just 16 years old. Now, he is one of the very few Elvis Tribute Artists that have made a full-time career out of keeping the legend alive. He continues to awe audiences of all ages and his fans enjoy him both on and off stage. Ticket prices vary.

46th Athens International Film & Video Festival 
April 8 - April 14
The Athena Cinema (20 South Court Street — Athens, OH)
Founded in 1974, the Athens International Film & Video Festival (AIFVF) has been presenting the best in international film for 46 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from underground and marginalized populations, the AIFVF represents the values of the community. It is a champion of justice and provides a voice for underrepresented artists and viewpoints on a global level. For four decades, Athens International has embraced experimental, narrative, short-form, feature length, and documentary films from every corner of the globe, offering filmmakers a stellar platform for public exposure and an environment that values artistry above marquee names and industry relationships. A full schedule of events can be found here & ticket prices vary.

Easter Bunny Train & Egg Hunt
April 20 • 11AM & 3PM
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway (33 East Canal St. — Nelsonville, OH)
The popular Easter Bunny Train is a sell out every year! Two trains will depart at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each train travels past Haydenville before returning to Nelsonville. Along the way back, the train will stop at the Easter Bunny’s secret hiding place where the egg hunt will take place. Areas for different age groups will be set up and the kids will take off through their assigned areas to collect Easter eggs. Inside the eggs will be prizes and candy to be picked up at the prize tent. Once all of the activities are completed, everyone will re-board the train for the remainder of the trip back to the Nelsonville Depot. Tickets cost $21 adults (13+), $16 for children (3-12), and $17 for seniors (60+).

Senior Art Exhibition 2019
April 26 • 6PM

The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691 — Nelsonville, OH)
Second year Art & Design students will install their work for their final review before graduation. The reception will be held at The Lodge and will feature students seeking graduation from the program. Food and drinks will also be available.

Hocking College Foundation 2019 Spring Gala
April 27 • 6PM
The Lodge at Hocking College (15770 OH-691 — Nelsonville, OH)
The Hocking College Foundation 3rd Annual Spring Gala is a night of art, music and fine dining to raise money for the Hocking College General Scholarship. The night will feature Hocking College students and faculty from the Art & Design, Music Management and Culinary Arts academic programs. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase student artwork, bid on silent auction items, and taste the amazing culinary spread from Chef Alfonso. Tickets are $100 for individuals and $175 for a couples. Tickets can be purchased here. 

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Chocolate Walk
April 5 • 5:30PM — 8:30PM
Destination Downtown Lancaster (109 North Broad Street —Lancaster, OH)
Indulge in the chocolate treats from downtown businesses and take advantage of downtown's outdoor refreshment area, which allows you to purchase drinks from downtown bars and restaurants to enjoy while on the walk. Participants will start their evening off at the Destination Downtown Lancaster Office where they'll check in and get a map, goodie bag, and wrist band. Tickets cost $25 to participate.

Bridges & Backroads Tour of Fairfield County
April 28 • 1PM — 5PM
Alley Park (2805 Old Logan Road Southeast — Lancaster, OH)
Get ready for an amazing afternoon exploring some of the beautiful covered bridges and scenic countryside of Fairfield County. This guided tour takes you back to the time when horses ruled the roads. Join your tour guide at Alley Park and explore the George Hutchins Covered Bridge as you begin your journey through the scenic “fair fields” of the county. The tour cost $20 and includes a guided tour including 6 covered bridges, a tour of Rock Mill, refreshments, and transportation. Seating is limited to 40 passengers so those interested in attending can make reservations by calling (866) 334-6446 or (800) 626-1296.

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Equine Affaire
April 11-14 • 9AM
Ohio Expo Center (717 E. 17th Avenue — Columbus, OH)
Experience the nation's premiere equine exposition, featuring an impressive educational program, the largest horse-related trade show in North America, top equine entertainment and competition, and endless opportunities to experience, buy, and sell horses of all types. Equine Affaire is where you see, feel, touch, compare, try on, experience and smell the horse world in person...and in horse. Single-day tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 7-10, and free for children 6 & under.

Ohioana Book Festival
April 27 • 10:30AM
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Main Branch (
96 S. Grant Ave. — Columbus, OH)
Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year. This event is free and open to the public.


Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike
April 20 • 10AM
Hocking Hills State Park (19852 OH-664 — Logan, OH)
Join in on a celebration of spring in the Hocking Hills during the Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike. Hikers will be able to observe nature's carpet of wildflowers and sparkling waterfalls in the beautiful Hocking Hills. Those interested in attending should meet at the parking lot at Ash Cave.


The Joke's On Us Tour 2019 — Lewis Black
April 12 • 8PM
The Peoples Bank Theatre (222 Putnam Street — Marietta, OH)
Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian, Lewis Black, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. He's one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently, a sold-out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Tickets to this event cost between $49-$69 each.

Scottish Evening at Henderson Hall
April 19 • 6PM

Henderson Hall (517 Old River Road — Williamstown, WV)
Come and spend an evening in the beautiful old mansion that was once home to five generations of the Henderson clan. The evening will include an open home tour, with live Scottish music, entertainment, and of course a taste of great lite Scottish fare along with a variety of refreshments. The evening is a benefit for the Hall and is held concurrently with the Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival at the City Park the following day. Cost for the evening event is $20 per person or $35 for couples.

Scottish & Celtic Heritage Festival
April 20 • 10AM - 5PM
Parkersburg City Park (1920 Park Ave — Parkersburg, WV)
Enjoy this daylong, family-friendly festival and learn more about Celtic ancestry, learn more about the culture, and enjoy entertainment from Mad Maudlin, Celtic Rush, Scottish fiddler Melinda Crawford, and members of the West Virginia Highland Dancers. 
Cost to attend is $5 for adults and free for children 12 & under.
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