Things to Do in Hocking Hills Labor Day Weekend

Hocking Hills in the fall.
Enjoying Hocking Hills in September.

Thursday, August 31

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival WED TO SAT, 2645 Chautauqua Blvd, Millersport; www.sweetcornfest.com; 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The Millersport Lions Club founded the Sweet Corn Festival and is proud to continue to be the sponsor. The spotlight feature is all the hot butter sweet corn you can eat. We have over 70 non-profit food and game vendors representing Central Ohio's finest civic, school, athletic, social and church organizations. Midway rides, corn eating contests, a tractor pull and live bands.

Naturalist Cabin "Open,” Naturalist's Cabin near Old Man's Cave Visitors Center; Hocking Hills State Park; St. Rt. 664 S; Logan; 740-385-6841; 2:00 p.m. Come to the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man's Cave visitor center for a closer look some of the history of the area. Learn a new game from days gone by or see how the pioneers lived.

SamJam Bluegrass Festival - THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, Pike County Fairgrounds, Piketon, Ohio; 812-699-0962; samjambluegrass.com; $30-$100 This four-day festival has an extraordinary lineup, a beautiful venue and reasonably priced admission. After an exceptional debut,SamJam is poised to become one of the finest music events in the Ohio Valley and beyond. The Pike County Fairgrounds in Piketon, Ohio, has more than 300 camper hookups and covers more than 40 acres in the picturesque foothills of the Appalachian mountains.

Friday, September 1

Hocking County Historical Society & Hocking County Genealogical Society FRIDAY & SATURDAY, Hocking Co. Historical Society, 64 N. Culver St, Logan; 740-385-6026; 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. FREE View numerous displays of Hocking History including: a medical office, military uniforms & equipment, toys, coal mining, local clay & brick industry, and Hocking Canal & bridge history.

Smoke Rise Ranch "Labor Day Weekend" FRIDAY TO MONDAY, Smoke Rise Ranch, 6751 Hunterdon Rd, Glouster; 740-767-2624; smokeriseranch.com; Various Charges Some of the events at Smoke Rise this Labor Day Weekend include Cattle Round-Up, Roping, Sorting, Cow Working Clinic, Potluck Cowboy Dinner, Campfire, Music & Dancing & a Fun Show. Please check out the website or call to confirm the latest information.

Patio Fridays at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, 800 Dairy Lane, Athens; 740-592-4981; Search "The Dairy Barn Arts Center" on Facebook; 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. FREE It's summertime and the brand new patio at the Dairy Barn is open! Each Friday we'll be hosting a different musician. This week is "Shouts and Whispers" Come enjoy music outside in the shade, see our new expanded space, buy a cocktail and have dinner from a local food truck! Bar and food open at 5pm! We'll see you here!

Live Music at Hocking Hills Winery - FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Hocking Hills Winery; 30402 Freeman Rd; Logan; 740-385-7117; 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the sweet sounds of music with the great taste of wine at Hocking Hills Winery. Listen to Sara BentleyFriday night, Peter Conrad Saturday and Jasey Schnaars on Sunday. Maya Mobile will be providing food on Saturday and Chef Moe On The Go on Sunday.

Open Mic Night at Utopia - FRIDAY & SATURDAY, Utopia; 117 W. Main St; Logan; eatatutopia@gmail.com; 740-380-3337; 7 to 11:30 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of Open Mic Night at local restaurant Utopia. This occurs weekly every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 11:30 p.m

Saturday, September 2

Lancaster Handmade Market, Corner of Broad & Main, Lancaster; 740-438-8897; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Join us under the trees on the first and third Saturday of the month at the corner of Broad and Main for our Handmade Market of locally made Arts & Crafts. First and third Saturdays until the end of October.

All Caboose Train At Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Nelsonville Depot, Nelsonville; www.hvsry.org; $25 11:00 a.m. On September 2nd, we will pull grab all of the cabooses that are privately-owned (as each owner allows at least) and operate our annual all-caboose. Usually we have about five cabooses in the train's consist. Departing the Nelsonville Depot at 11:00 a.m., the train operates to East Logan and return with photo run-by's (where everyone has the opportunity to de-train and photograph the train passing by before re-boarding) along the way. Seating is incredibly limited (each caboose holds no more than ten people; some are fewer than that), so be sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible! A great trip for any rail fan! Duration of ride: Approximately three hours. 

Saturdays on Main, Homegrown Happenings, Main Street Logan; check out their Facebook page; FREE 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Music, Kids entertainment and activities and more. Come say Hi and see what's happening in your downtown. Centered around the Gazebo.

American Legion Monthly Steak Dinner, American Legion Post 78 12845 St. Rt. 664 S Logan; 740-385-8811; 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $12 . The Auxiliary of American Legion Post 78 provides this delicious steak dinner on the 1st Saturday of every month. Come join us for a good meal, with the proceeds helping our community and supporting two Legion baseball teams.

Night Flight Rappel Adventure WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY, High Rock Adventures, Opossum Hollow Road, Rockbridge; 740-385-9886; www.highrockadventures.com $80 adults, $70 kids Approx 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  A Night Flight Rappel down towering cliffs under the cover of darkness. Guests will arrive and hike up to the cliffs at sunset, then embark on 2 different rappels from the top of our towering sandstone cliffs. Enjoy the night sounds of Hocking Hills forest as it comes alive.

Three Chords and a Beer live at the Bowen House, The Bowen House, 196 N. Market Street, Logan; 740-385-0344; 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. FREE Ending the Summer on the Lawn Concert Series, Great classic rock band Three Chords and a Beer are live at the Bowen House. Free entry, donations welcome.

Sunday, September 3

Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds at Lake Hope State Park EVERY DAY UNTIL OCT 31, Lake Hope State Park, 27331 St Rt 278, McArthur; 740-596-3030; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE Come to the Lake Hope Nature Center and share the unique experience of hand-feeding the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. Participants can attempt to hand-feed hummingbirds. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Romantic Moonlight Canoe Trip on the Hocking, Hocking Hills Adventures, 31251 Chieftain Dr, Logan; 740-385-8685; hockinghillscanoeing.com; $45 per canoe; 1 hr before dusk Experience the Hocking River as it quietly settles for the night. Trip starts at sunset and concludes at the canoe livery landing with live music, bonfire, refreshments, wine and a marshmallow roast.

Labor Day, Monday September 4

Yoga with Ellie DelMatto, The Bowen House Community Center for Arts and Education 196 N. Market Street (740) 385-0344 www.bowenhouse.org 4.30pm Join Ellie DelMatto and friends for a weekly yoga session. Bring your own mat. A fee of $6 is charged.

The Dairy Barn Arts Center Presents the 20th Quilt National and the Crazy Quilt Crawl EVERY DAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 4, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Ln, Athens; 740-593-4981; dairybarn.org; $10 general admission From May through August, visitors to Athens will not only experience 85 incredible contemporary quilts in Quilt National '17 at the Dairy Barn, they will also have the opportunity to go on the Crazy Quilt Crawl, which will feature contemporary and traditional quilts from local Athenians at over 45 locations in town and throughout Athens County.

 For more events to plan your Hocking Adventure, visit explorehockinghills.com/events