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The Hocking Hills Region in Ohio hosts great events year round; Music, Carnivals, Festivals, Seasonal events and more!

Hocking Hills Region Events

Hocking Hills Area Event Calendar

Hocking Hills Ohio area has great events any time of year. These events include music performances from local and national entertainers, art, carnivals, fund raisers, seasonal festivals, athletic events and more. We have outlined the events by date, starting in January! We hope that you can enjoy an event during your next trip to Ellicottville!


Hocking Hills State Park Winter Hike

1/21/2018 - THe 53rd annaul winter hike in Hocking Hills State Park is a special experience. Over 5,000 vistors participate in the annual hike. See all of Hocking Hills attractions with and ice and snow canvas!.

Hikers should assemble at Hocking Hills State Park Campground at any time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21. The Winter Hike and all pre-hike and post-hike activities are free. Donations are encouraged for the refreshments, and for the return ride to Old Man's Cave. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase.

Hocking Hills Winter Hike


2018 Cedar Falls Stroll

5/12/2018 - Organized by the same folks who brought you the fall EVL Halloween Half, the spring Happy Half is a serious race, but full of fun surprises along the way. The 13.1 mile route will start in Ellicottville, take you through the rolling terrain of Great Valley and finish at Holiday Valley. There's also a 5K distance and 1 mile Beer Run. The AWESOME after party will be held at the Holiday Valley Lodge.


2018 Lilyfest

7/13/2018 through 7/15/2018 - The annual 3 day festival has great arts, crafts, music and more!

The Lilyfest is a celebration of arts, crafts, music, and gardens in the Hocking Hills. The annual event is held at the beautiful Bishop Educational Gardens in Rockbridge, Ohio.

Lilyfest’s history dates back to 1992 when Bobbi and Bruce Bishop first hosted the event at their home in the Hocking Hills, Ohio. Bruce Bishop’s lily gardens were showcased and five artists displayed and marketed their works. Lilyfest has grown to over 60 artists, with live music throughout the three acres of beautifully designed gardens, showcasing ponds and a variety of unique garden sculptures.

While at the festival look for plant sales and ask a master gardener your garden-related questions. Enjoy the Butterfly House and stroll through The Lost Viking Hoard Encampment. There is FREE admission, but donations are accepted to help support the educational gradens!

The weekend events include:

Lilyfest at Bishop Gardens - Rockbridge Ohio

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Event Address: Bishop Educational Gardens • 13200 Little Cola Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149

The Stuart's Summer Wine Express 2018

8/24/2018 at 7:00 PM - Take a ride on the Stuart’s Summer Wine Express! This beautiful train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway includes wine, cheese, and more and its all for a good cause… to raise money for Stuart’s Opera House! Show your support for Stuart’s and join us for this great event, take a ride on a historic railway and enjoy wine and good company. See you on the train! Doors will open at 6:00pm for picking up tickets at the Nelsonville Depot at 33 Canal Street.

The Summer Wine Express include:

Stuart's Summer Wine Express event

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2018 Fall Foliage Trains - Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad

10/4/2018 through 10/26/2018 - 1:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays in October. Enjoy the autumn colors in the hills of the historic Hocking River Valley. Take in the scenery from one of their enclosed coaches or open-air cars. Trains depart each Thursday and Friday from the Nelsonville Depot.

The train take you by the remains of Hocking Canal Lock No. 19 and Haydenville, Ohios last company town. You will also get a glimpse of the current industry in the Valley including gravel mining operations and a lumber facility. On-board narration will provide a history of the area and railroad.

You may bring soft drinks and food aboard. No restrooms on the train (available in the depot). There is a wheelchair lift available at the depot as needed. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad Fall Trains

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The Hocking Hills Ohio regions has events year round for the entire family. That is why Laurelville, OHio is the perfect getaway trip! This area in southcentral Ohio has something for everyone. We hope that you find an event to enjoy and will consider staying at the Black Forest Chalet during your trip.