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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of August? For us, it means school is back in session! 

From a Boogie on the Bricks to the Ohio State Fair, here's a list of fun things to do near and around Hocking College this August.

Things to Do in Athens County During the Month of August


Athens County Fair
August 2 -10 • Times vary
Athens County Fairgrounds in Athens OH
The Athens County Fair will feature 4-H/livestock shows and exhibits, demolition derby, outhouse races, pumpkin/squash contest, truck and tractor pull, harness racing, midway, entertainment, kid's activities, vendors, food and much more.

Athens County Fair Rodeo
August 2 -10 • Times vary
Athens County Fairgrounds in Athens OH

Participants will compete in a series of events that include Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Cowgirl's Barrel Racing, Cowgirl's Breakaway Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping Tie Down Roping.

Beat the Heat Family Film Series
August 3 • 7:30 PM
Athens Cinema in Athens OH
The Athena Cinema’s “Beat the Heat $2 Days” film series is a undraiser for Southeast Ohio Youth Mentoring (formerly Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Athens). This edition of this series will feature a screening of the cult comedy “Napoleon Dynamite.

Boogie on the Bricks
August 10 • Noon - 11PM
Holzer Uptown Clinic & 5 N Court Street in Athens OH

Boogie in the Bricks in a one-day family friendly community arts and music festival that is admission-free and open to the public. The festival boasts two stages with live music from local musicians, beer, wine, cider, food vendors and a Kid Zone with a bounce houses and face-painting.


August 12 - 16 • Times vary
Locations vary in Nelsonville OH
Kick off your career as a Hocking Hawk with a jam-packed schedule of fun, empowering and memorable experiences! Designed for first-year students (ALL students are welcome), Smart Start blends challenging activities with exciting experiences on campus and the surrounding community. You’ll become familiar with the campus community and connect with faculty, staff, Peer Leaders and other first-year students. And as you learn from one another and share your stories, you'll engage in fun activities that will help prepare you to be successful in your first year and beyond. 

Parade of the Hills
August 14 - 17 • Times vary
Nelsonville, OH
The Parade of The Hills is one of Ohio’s premiere family festivals. Some of the activities include parades, regional art exhibitions, concessions, a midway, carnival, The Ohio State Fiddling Contest, and free nightly entertainment.

Live Music at Robbins Crossing feat. The Po' Ramblin' Boys
August 16 • 6PM - 8PM
Robbins Crossing in Nelsonville OH
Born in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you’d expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have rambled far from home, touring throughout the United States and Europe.

Yet, these four friends – C.J. Lewandowski (Vocals, Mandolin), Jereme Brown (Vocals, Banjo), Josh ‘Jug’ Rinkel (Vocals, Guitar) and Jasper Lorentzen (Bass) – remain close to their musical roots by cranking out some of the tightest and hardest-driving traditional bluegrass you’ll find anywhere.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.

Hocking College Football Game
August 17 • 12 PM
Nelsonville-York High School in Nelsonville OH
Come cheer on the Hocking Hawks Football Team during the 2019-2020 season! 

Hocking College Volleyball Game
August 24 • 1 PM
Student Center Multiplex on Hocking College Campus in Nelsonville OH
Come cheer on the Hocking Hawks Volleyball Team during the 2019-2020 season! All home games are played at the Student Center Multiplex.

Things to Do in Fairfield County in August


Wands & Wizards Weekend
August 1 - 3 • 10AM — 5PM
Various locations in Lancaster OH
How to design and decorate dragon eggs, a treasure hunt and a magic wand making workshop are just a few of the activities planned for this weekend event. Each offering will take place at various locations throughout Lancaster.

To get a map and full itinerary of the scheduled events visit the Fairfield County Ohio-Visitors & Convention Bureau, 158 W. Wheeling Street, Lancaster, Ohio or call 1-800-626-1296.

Things to Do in Franklin County in August


Ohio State Fair
August 1 - 4 • Times vary
Ohio Expo Center & State Fair (717 E. 17th Ave. — Columbus, OH)
Enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits, including interactive educational displays, sporting competitions, a fine arts show, free stages with amazing hypnotists, impressive magicians and wholesome kids' entertainment, exotic animals in the free petting zoo, a farm animal delivery room, helicopter rides, roving performers, youth agricultural competitions, horse shows, an 8-acre natural resources park with free kiddie fishing, wildlife, and much more! The Midway will also feature more than 60 exhilarating rides that are sure to excite you, while Kiddieland is home to rides geared toward parents riding with small children.

Dublin Irish Festival
August 2 - 4 • Times vary
Downtown Dublin OH
Dublin plays host to the world’s second largest Irish celebration. With an event that has more than 65 acts and 535 performers, you’re bound to have a great time.

Columbus Food Truck Festival
August 16 - 17 • 11AM - 11PM
Columbus Downtown Riverfront in Columbus OH
This Columbus riverfront event invites visitors to sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks. In addition to the food, there is plenty of live music and arts and crafts for all ages.

Columbus Greek Festival
August 30 - September 2 • 11AM - 11PM
Short North in Columbus OH
The goal of this event is to encourage visitors to experience the culture and ancestry of Greece and the Orthodox Christian faith through many foods and activities, held Labor Day weekend each year. Also featured are cathedral tours and a visit to the Orthodox Christian Bookstore, music, dancing and a chance to sample Greek pastries.

Things to Do in Hocking County This August


3rd Annual Tube Float on the Hocking River
August 16 - 18 • Times vary
Murray's Landing in Nelsonville OH

This 2-mile lazy river float lasts 3-5 hours depending on water levels. If you don’t have a tube they’ll be available on a first come first serve basis. There will alsobe food, beverage, games, and entertainment. Camping will be available at Murray's Landing or nearby facilities.  The price of admission and tube rental are as follows:
     * Bring your own - $10
     * Cooler Float Rental - $10
     * Tube Rental - $20

2019 Hocking Hills Ohio Pow Wow | Honoring our Veterans
August 25 - 26 • Times vary

Hocking Hills Flea Market in Rockbridge OH
Visitors can experience Native American dancers, crafts, jewelry, food and cultural demonstrations at this family friendly event in honor of our veterans.

Things to Do in Perry County this August

Shawnee Community Day and Homecoming
August 17 • 12PM — 6PM
Historic Maine Street in Shawnee OH
A few of the many activities visitors of this festival can enjoy include music, pony rides, crafts, face-painting, food and duck races. 

Things to Do in Washington County in August


Belpre Homecoming
August 1 - 3 • 6PM — 10PM
Belpre Civitan Park in Belpre OH
The 2019 Belpre Homecoming will feature rides, vendors, pageants and free entertainment that includes a performance by the band McGuffey Lane on Thursday evening and STRUTTER, a KISS Tribute Band, on Friday.  This will be followed on Saturday evening with a performance by STALLION as well as a laser light show.

Inland Waterways Festival
August 3 • Noon
Ohio River Museum in Marietta OH
The Inland Waterways Festival at the Ohio River Museum is a free educational event that will feature performers, storytellers, music, model boat demonstrations, whistle blows, steam launch rides, wildlife displays and a 2,200 gallon freshwater aquarium.

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