Weekend Things to Do in the Hocking Hills - August 17-18

Weekend Things to Do in the Hocking Hills - August 17-18

It's another weekend full of fun things to do in the Hocking Hills!

Whether you want to get outside to explore or check all of the fun things you can do indoors here, there is a lot going on. Here's what you should plan on doing this weekend:

Go Back in Time

Did you know the Hocking County Historical Society & Hocking County Genealogical Society have six buildings that you can explore for free? From trying your hand at Morse Code to sitting in a 1900s school desk, there many ways to enjoy the past here. 

Hop on Board the Wine Express

Are you ready to ride the Stuart's Summer Wine Express? This fundraiser for the Stuart's Opera House is a fun night out with friends. Raise a glass as you take a ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

Have Festival Fun

Lancaster BrewFest Brew Week wraps up this weekend! Enjoy lots of beer-themed fun as BrewFest takes over Lancaster. Or go to Nelsonville for Parade of the Hills, an annual celebration of community pride and Appalachian spirit. Or check out the cars at Hot Rods in the Hills

See the Butterflies

It's a great weekend if you love butterflies. You can go on a guided butterfly hike to see them in nature. Or go to the Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center as they bring out special lights to attract moths during Saturday Night Lights

Go for a Hike

It's a great weekend for a hike! Explore the Finck's Nature Preserve with Finck's Nature & History Hike. Or go on the Medicinal Plant Walk at AOA's Mercer Grove to learn how to identify medicinal plants in the area. 

Float Along

Bring a little romance into your life as you get on the river for the Romantic Moonlight Canoe Trip on the Hocking. Or relax and celebrate the end of summer during the 3rd Annual MEGA TUBE FLOAT on the Hocking River.

Feed Hummingbirds

Did you know you can actually get up close to feed hummingbirds? Go to Hungry Hummers at Lake Hope State Park for your chance. All you have to do is be very still and very quiet, and you just might make a friend with a hummingbird. 

See Outdoor Theater

There is nothing quite like seeing the epic story of Tecumseh live. Sit under the stars as the story unfolds in front of you, complete with horses and stunning live battle sequences. It makes for a night that you will never forget. 

Raise a Beer

Food trucks, beers and live music?! Does it get any better than that? It does when you can bring your favorite gear to show off to people that will appreciate it. Make sure to stop at Beers, Gears & Cheers!

Learn from a Naturalist

Do you know the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Or have you investigated life in the fields of Boch Hollow Nature Preserve? Meet a naturalist this weekend and get to know more about the critters that call the Hocking Hills home. 

Make a Stop at the Farmers' Market

Get started eating local with a stop at the Athens Farmers' Market or the Lancaster Farmers' Market. And even better, you'll get the chance to shake the hand of the person that made your food. 

See the Work of Artists

Want to see some local art? You can see the work of quilters at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. These were deemed the 84 best contemporary quilts in the world, so it's something not to be missed. And be sure to check out  Casey's Rock n Roll Dustbin Exhibit. Or get to the Bowen House for Summer Art in the Hills

Hear Live Music

Enjoy the music of the Hocking Hills. Make a stop at Brewery 33,  Hocking Hills Winery or RockSide Winery & Vineyards to hear great local music while also drinking local. Or cheer on the kids from Arista Rock School as they present Woodstock 50th Anniversary

See the Stars

There's nothing quite like a beautiful starry night. And that starry night looks even better at the John Glenn Astronomy Park. Bring your whole family to marvel at the beauty of the night sky. 

Still looking for something to do? Be sure to check out some of our favorite things to do in the Hocking Hills, as well as our events calendar