Thursday

June 28

Ashland BalloonFest: High Flyin' Fun for the Whole Family at Freer Field - The famous BalloonFest kicks off today at 4 p.m. with an award-winning barbecue by Pigfoot Backyard BBQ. Opening ceremonies start at 6:15 p.m. The Balloon Glow Encounter is at 8:15 p.m. and the Ashland Times Gazette’s Balloon Glow, an interactive display as hot air balloons line the launch field and glow against the night sky, choreographed to music, is at 9:15 p.m. These Balloon Glows will also continue at the same times on Friday and Saturday. The BalloonFest continues Friday, starting at 8 a.m. Bring your chairs, coffee and blankets to watch hot air balloons fly-over Freer Field. Enjoy pony rides, laser tag, inflatables and more, starting at 4 p.m. Kokosing River Surf Club, a mix of classic rock, blues, and country from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, will perform from 5-9 p.m. Registration for a corn hole tournament is at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Bumper Bubbles by NEO Bubble Soccer, for ages 5 and up, starts at noon and goes until 9 p.m. Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland Pilot Meet & Greet is at 1 p.m. Jimi Vincent, with rocking blues music with soulful vocals, will perform at 5 p.m. For the full schedule, visit ashlandohioballoonfest.com/schedule-of-events/.

Perrysville Homestead Festival - The Perrysville Homestead Festival is today through Saturday on Bridge Street. All of the events are free. The festival runs from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. -10 p.m. and includes food, music and games, including bingo every night at 7 p.m. On Thursday at 6 p.m., the Akron Zoo will give a demonstration with animals of their choice. At 7 p.m., Michael Mage, a magician, will provide entertainment. On June 29 at 6 p.m., the local Synergy Dance Team will perform. Also at 6 p.m. will be the Garden Tractor Pull. Saturday morning starts with a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Perrysville Fire Department. Registration for the Perrysville Lions Car Show is from 9-11 a.m. with the show being from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Starting at noon, see demonstrations by the Ashland County Bomb Squad, the Ashland Co. Sheriff’s K-9 unit and the DARE fingerprinting program. The Bird Sanctuary will have a display on North Bridge Street in the social tent from 1-3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the Oolong Gurus Country Band will perform on the entertainment stage. Also at 3:30 p.m. will be a watermelon eating contest. Special presentations will be made at 6 p.m. at the entertainment stage. At 7 p.m. The Johnny Appleseed Square Dancers then the Buckeye Country Cloggers will perform.

NESSA at Myers Memorial Band Shell - This Celtic fusion group is led by multi-instrumentalists Kelly McDermott and Rob Crozier and includes some of Eastern Michigan’s best players. The group has been described as mystical, energetic and global. The band will perform at 8 p.m.

Friday 

June 29

Euchre Tournament and Game Night at Downtown Perk - Masterminds is holding another game night and, this time, a euchre tournament from 5-8 p.m. There will be prizes for the winners, so pick your teammate and mark your calendars. Downtown Perk will be serving the full food and drink menu.

Ashland Celebrates America - Join the Calvary Baptist Church Choir as it presents "Ashland Celebrates America" at 7 p.m. in Archer Auditorium at Ashland High School. This is a patriotic service that will honor the men and women of the armed services as well as the communities first responders. This is a family-friendly event, a singing of the songs of America. The program will be a little over an hour, admission is free and people of all ages are welcome.

Jason Kaufman - Main Street Books’ next show in the Book Loft Gallery, "(De)naming," is a solo show of paintings by Jason Kaufman. Join the store and the artist for the opening reception on at 5 p.m. Kaufman is a Mansfield-based sculptor and poet. He works as the set-designer for the Renaissance Theatre’s Broadway Series and youth productions.

Ontario Concerts in the Park Series - It’s open mic night at the Marshall Park Band Shell in Ontario from 6-8 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Perrysville Homestead Festival - See Thursday listing.

Ashland BalloonFest: High Flyin' Fun for the Whole Family at Freer Field - See Thursday listing.

Saturday

June 30

EAA 255 Pancake Breakfast - EAA Chapter 255 will host a pancake breakfast at Ashland County Airport (3G4) from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and more. Fly in, drive or walk. Everyone is welcome and donations for breakfast are accepted.

BalloonFest 5K - Ashland BalloonFest 5K and Fun Run will be at Ashland Community Stadium, 1440 King Road. Check in begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m. The 1-mile Fun Run is at 8:30 a.m. The 5K race starts at 9 a.m. Check in online at verticalrunnerrm.com or pick up registration forms at MVD, 1226 Main St., Ashland.

Horses & Hooves 2nd Annual Vendor Show - Horses And Hooves On The Run is having a vendor/craft show inside of Mozelle Hall, located at the Ashland County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All proceeds go towards the Horses & Hooves 4-H club to help with various activities that the club has planned.

Community Fellowship Health Walk at Freer Field - These walks are for anyone wanting to improve their mental and physical well-being, meet new people or just enjoy the outdoors at 8 a.m. In case of inclement weather, they will meet at the Ashland YMCA, 207 Miller St. For more information, call 419-651-7492 or e-mail dswb.foundation@gmail.com.

Farmers Market at Christ United Methodist Church - Every Saturday from 9-11 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church will hold a farmer’s market in the parking lot with area vendors. 

Amazon Eric's Wild Animal Adventures at Pleasant Hill Lake Park - Amazon Eric and his live animals return to the park, giving you a chance for an up-close touch and feel experience from 10 a.m. to noon.

Precious Objects - The Coburn Gallery at Ashland University will host an exhibition titled "Precious Objects," which will display 20 paired photographs featuring the portraits of the sitters holding their self-chosen precious objects alongside a full-size copy of handwritten statements explaining their choice, all created by Ohio photographer Charles Mintz. The exhibition will run today through Aug. 5 and a closing reception is planned for Aug. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the closing reception, the gallery patrons will have the chance to meet Mintz. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and admission is free and open to the public. 

23rd Annual McDonald's Calssic Car, Truck & 'Cycle Show - Visit McDonald’s Restaurant at 1504 Claremont Ave., Ashland, from 4-8 p.m. for the 22nd annual Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show. The event includes trophies and awards, dash plaques, raffles, children’s events, with ‘50s and ‘60s music. The minimum donation to show a car, truck or motorcycle is $7, with proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House. Admission to the show is free.

John Reichle - solo guitarist at Pleasant Hill Lake Park - At 7 p.m., bring out your chairs and blankets to the Welcome Center Deck to enjoy live music while overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake with solo guitarist John Reichle. The concerts are free and open to the public. Gate fees are $5 per car.

Mansfield’s historic Renaissance Theatre and local news outlet Richland Source will collaborate to host a special hometown screening of the documentary film, "A Murder in Mansfield," at 7:30 p.m. The documentary focuses on the notorious murder of Noreen Boyle and the subsequent trial of her husband, Dr. John Boyle, which captivated the small city of Mansfield for months and has since become part of local lore. Pre-sale tickets are available now at mansfieldtickets.com. General admission is $10. Premium tickets are available for $20 and will include a meet and greet with Landry, Kopple and others associated with the case and its aftermath. For up-to-the-minute details, the organizers have created a Facebook event.

June Night Haunt - Explore murders, cemeteries and haunted houses at Malabar Farm from 8 p.m. to midnight. End the night with hot dogs and s'mores while sharing stories around the campfire. Pre-Registration is required. Call 419-892-2784. The event is $30 per person and not recommended for ages 17 and younger.

Ashland BalloonFest: High Flyin' Fun for the Whole Family at Freer Field - See Thursday listing.

Perrysville Homestead Festival - See Thursday listing.

Sunday

July 1

Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction - The Ashland County Historical Society will host this annual event from 1-4 p.m. The event includes ice cream, homemade cake and lemonade. There will be self-guided tours through all of the buildings, and special musical entertainment by the Odds and Ends Band, the Mansfield Dulcimers and the Golden Serenaders of the Ashland Senior Citizen Center. The Senior Citizen Center also will provide chair caning demonstrations in the gazebo. The Veterans History Committee will have a military display in the lower level of the Noonan House. The Manor House will be filled with items for the silent auction that have been donated by local merchants, businesses and individuals, along with the cash and carry tables. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.

Ashland Symphony Orchestra: Pops in the Park at Myers Memorial Band Shell - Maestro Arie Lipsky conducts the "Pops in the Park" concert, celebrating Independence Day with the Ashland Area Chorus and Battery D the first Ohio Light Artillery Co. to lead the 1812 Overture at 8 p.m.

Tuesday 

July 3

Air Force Band of Flight Concert - The concert will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in front of the Everything Rubbermaid Store. Bring a chair. The concert is sponsored by Sprenger Health Care Systems and The Daily Record, Wooster. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Wooster United Methodist Church Sanctuary. 

Wednesday

July 4

Push 'em Pull 'em Parade at Downtown Ashland - Instead of rolling from downtown to Freer Field during BalloonFest, the patriotic event just for kids is planned for the Fourth of July holiday this year. The parade is open to kids of all ages but children 6 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets and safety gear are recommended for children riding bicycles, skateboards or scooters. No motorized vehicles (electric or gas) are allowed, including but not limited to mopeds, motorized skateboards and motorcycles. Registration will be handled at Substance Church on South Street and will roll off at 10 a.m.

Farmers Market at City Lot B - Find all the fresh produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items you need at the weekly Downtown Ashland Farmers Market. The market is open every Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. The market is in Lot B, next to the city income tax building.

Rotary Club: Fun, Food, & Fireworks at Community Stadium - The band Just One Look will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. The next band, Out of Eden, begins the first set at 8:45 p.m. It will also play after the fireworks, which start around 9:45 p.m.

USAF Band of Flight at Myers Memorial Band Shell - This 14-member ensemble provides top-notch entertainment for the whole family. The group plays "everything from Bach to the Beatles and beyond." The concert is free and starts at 8 p.m.

Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert - Celebrate the Fourth of July with the annual Community Pops Concert, presented by Main Street Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra & Chorus. Bring a chair, watch the concert and still have plenty of time to see fireworks at the Kinney Fields. The concert takes place in the southwest parking quadrant in front of Everything Rubbermaid Store. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Light Opera and Main Street Wooster.

LOOKING AHEAD 

Travel with the Senior Citizens of Ashland to Erie, Pa., as they take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a lunch-buffet aboard the Victorian Princess on Aug. 2. The Victorian Princess is an authentic three-level paddle-wheel-boat with two climate controlled enclosed areas for dining or celebration. Upon return to shore, they will board the coach and head to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, which is an educational center dedicated to teaching visitors about the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula. It also serves as a center for research, contributing to conservation efforts and promoting environmental awareness, helping to preserve the unparalleled beauty of Presque Isle, the site of Pennsylvania’s only seashore. The group will make a sandwich stop on the way home, which will be at the travelers’ own expense. The trip cost is $99 per person, and includes the roundtrip motor coach, boat cruise and lunch-buffet. Reservations are being taken now and must be made no later than June 28. Call 419-289-7745. The bus departs from the center at 8:15 a.m. and returns back to the center about 8 p.m. 

The Friends of the Loudonville Public Library will have the summer book sale July 7, in the lower level of the library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An extremely large number of books have been added since the last sale. Additional media has also been added. CD's and a variety of books will also be for sale in the Friends Book Store on the main floor. Fiction books will be $2 per bag from noon to 2 p.m. in the lower level.

On July 7, classic car lovers will convene for the 18th Annual Loudonville Car Show, staged in and around downtown Loudonville and adjacent Central Park. The car show will run Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Running alongside it is the Loudonville Antique Festival, set up in Central Park, which will run Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and then again July 8, from noon to 6 p.m.

To have an event listed in the Out & About calendar, call 419-281-0581, ext. 259, or email lifestyle@times-gazette.com. Please send in items at least one week in advance.