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Spring in Ohio is the most beautiful time of year. The flowers are blooming, it’s getting warmer, and it’s finally time to get outside and fully enjoy the city. Here are 10 things to add to your Northwest Ohio Spring Bucket List.
1. VISIT A TOLEDO METROPARK
As soon as the weather breaks and it starts to feel warmer, the first place I visit is the park. Toledo has so many beautiful parks to explore. There are 19 Metroparks in the Toledo area. All are free and open to the public.
Events this Spring at Metropark Toledo:
•Zzzs in the Trees: Tree Climbing Overnight
Oak Openings Preserve
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. – Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. (Reservations Required)
Experience a spring overnight adventure in the canopy of the Oak Openings Preserve walnut tree named Old Faithful.
•Trail Challenge 2023
Set a goal and hit the trails for your health! Sign up for this year’s Trail Challenge and explore all 19 Metroparks!
•Uncork & Unwind: Spring Landscapes (Adults 21+)
March 23, 2023, | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Manor House
Grab a glass of wine and get creative with this two-hour guided spring-inspired painting class!
April 13, 2023 | 9:30 am-10:30 am
Celebrate Ohio Plant Month with an adventure through Swan Creek Preserve Metropark to search for spring wildflowers.
•Campfire Cooking: Foil Dinners
April 27, 2023 | 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
If camping is on your spring bucket list, perhaps learning a new recipe would make it even better.
For more events happening this Spring at Metroparks Toledo visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.
2. VISIT THE TOLEDO FARMERS’ MARKET
The Toledo Farmers’ Market is the place to pick up locally grown products and many other locally made items.
Toledo Farmers’ Market (Downtown Toledo)
525 Market Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm| May-November
9:00 am -1:00 pm | December-April
Westgate Farmers’ Market
3408 West Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43606
Wednesdays 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm | May-October
3. ENJOY THE FLAVORS OF SPRING
With the change in season, comes the change in menus. You’ll find a more light and vibrant offering.
Places to get a taste of Spring:
Swanky Scoops just released their seasonally inspired pint trio. It features Carrot Cake, Irish Cream Grasshopper, and Upside Down Cake. Limited Time Only!
• Local Coffee Shop
A few coffee shops in Toledo have already released their Spring menu and they sound amazing. Maddie & Bella have an iced coffee called Like the Gold Dust Woman that’s made with maple syrup, lavender cold foam, and a sprinkle of gold dust! Yum! And then there’s The Fly Joe serving up the Love Bug Latte, with flavors of cheesecake and red velvet. Yes, please!
•Vegan Dinner Experience
Join The Federal Inn and Sol Food Collective for a Spanish-Inspired Vegan Pop-Up Party this April. With Spicy Margarita Mocktails by Little Saints Co. It all goes down on April 13th!
5. GO TO A MUDHENS BASEBALL GAME
Opening Day is March 31st! Game tickets are available now for the 2023 season!
6. VISIT THE TOLEDO ZOO
Go get a peek at the new baby polar bear cubs this Spring before they grow up. Don’t forget to visit the brown bears at the new Komminsk Family Kodak Ridge exhibit!
More Zoo Events:
•Teddy Bear Care Fair
March 23 | 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Bring your favorite stuffed animal and a Zoo volunteer will patch your fluffy friend up. You will also enjoy animal feeding demonstrations and Keeper talks.
•Spring Break Animal Demonstrations
March 27 – April 16 | 10:30 am-3:00 pm
Zoo guests will enjoy Keeper talks, special animal meet & greets, games, and activities.
•Zoo Wine Tasting (21&up)
April 21 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Sip wine from around the world while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and live music.
7. ATTEND A FESTIVAL
Festival season is here and that makes me very happy! Here are a few to put on your radar this spring.
•Toledo Tattoo Festival
April 21-April 23 | 12 pm – 10 pm (Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm)
Glass City Center
Attendees have the opportunity to get tattooed from over 200 traveling local artists. There will also be a tattoo of the day competition daily to show off the best tattoos made at the festival.
•Spring Vegan Takeover
April 29 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Red Willow Event Center
Indulged in all things vegan at this festival presented by The Leaf & Seed. The event will feature all the beloved vegan vendors in the city.
•Night Market in the Garden
May 12 | 4 pm – 9 pm
Toledo Botanical Gardens
Shop local makers, and enjoy live music, food trucks, and craft drinks.
40th Annual Cherry Fest
June 8 | 6 pm
Stop by to enjoy parades, a 5K race, a cherry pie eating contest, and more.
7. Enjoy the Arts
Disney’s The Lion King
April 19 – May 7, 2023
Celebrazione del Coro | Toledo Opera
April 21 & 23 | 7:30 pm & 2 pm
Cinderella | Toledo Ballet
April 28 & 29 | 7 pm & 2 pm
8. HOP ON THE 419 ALE TRAIL
Sip your way around the 419 and discover all 35 participating brewery and beverage locations on The 419 Ale Trail.
9. TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
Adult Poetry Workshop with Imani Lateef
March 25 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Women’s History Month Close-Out Concert
March 31 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Last Look: Matt Wedel, Exhibition Tour, and Book Signing
March 31 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
10. TAKE A ROAD TRIP
Ohio has so many charming towns to visit this Spring. Add these towns to your Spring Travels Bucket List.
What are your plans this Spring?🌸