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Lake Erie water levels continue to reach record highs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, recently announced that January 2020 water levels were higher on all Great Lakes than they were in January 2019, and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer. “This sets the stage for coastal impacts and damages in 2020."

After a brief Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) business meeting, Author R. C. Durkee will present: Good Guys or Bad Guys: The Rum Runners of Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. Come early for refreshments and meeting. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the United States.

Calling all artists! The annual Community Art Show at Ritter Public Library opens Friday, May 1, 2020 with a public reception at 7 pm. Get an application today and get started on your project. Applications are available at the library, or online at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org. This year there is a new category: Design A Vermilion Postcard!

Since 1971, federal employees and school children have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. The long weekend is often filled with Presidents’ Day sales—no long weekend for many hardworking retail employees—family time, and relaxing. Yet despite the holiday often being referred to as “Presidents’ Day” in practice, the official federal holiday continues to be known as “Washington’s Birthday.”

Parents of children with special needs will find valuable information plus training and the chance to network with others at a new resource center set to open this spring in the children’s department at Ritter Public Library. The center is being funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education won by Melissa Wagner.

A concert with Chu Dat Frawg, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School at 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Local acoustic band, Chu Dat Frawg, will play from 6 pm to 8 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. There are 100 tickets available for $5 per person on a first come, first served basis at the door.

At the Streets, Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting of February 10, 2020, Terry Parker, Chairman of the Vermilion Parks & Recreation Board, explained they have created a subcommittee to the Parks Board. The subcommittee consists of himself and Dennis Brudney from the Parks Board.

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February Events


You don't need to be an artist in any measure to enjoy this colorful experience. Vermilion Arts Guild has added this class to be taught by Sandi Morse. You'll love her whimsical, colorful style as she guides you through the abstract process...and you'll leave with some of your own creations.

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Vermilion In Bloom Ladies Night, hosted by Vermilion in Bloom and Main Street Vermilion, takes place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Vermilion Boat Club at 5416 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio.

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Cruise To Murder takes place on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 6 pm to 10 pm at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, Ohio. A murderously good time will support the Victoria Woodhull project. Join in a night of murderously good fun when Priceless Productions, in cooperation with Mysteries by Moushey, presents Cruise to Murder.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Paint-A-Slate, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Mill Hollow & Bacon Woods Reservation in Vermilion, Ohio. The Brownhelm Historical Association, in partnership with the Lorain County Metro Parks, is offering the annual Paint-A-Slate event once again.

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Professional Home Business Show is coming to German's Villa in Vermilion, Ohio on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

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The 12th Annual Main Street Vermilion Ice-A-Fair, in downtown Vermilion, takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2020. It's a day of fun, ice sculptures and more. The day begins with chocolate! Ritter Public Library’s open the doors to their 2020 Chocolate Festival at 10 am.

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Ice A Fair Meltdown Party, hosted by Main Street Vermilion and Vermilion Boat Club, takes place on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 7 pm to 10 pm at Vermilion Boat Club, 5416 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. You're invited to "Meltdown" following Ice A Fair.

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Friends of Ritter Public Library's annual Chocolate Festival is Saturday, February 1, 2020 during Vermilion's Ice-A-Fair. The public is invited to sample delicious homemade treats for just 50 cents a taste, then vote for their favorite and help crown the new Chocolate Champion.

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March Events


After a brief Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) business meeting, Author R. C. Durkee will present: Good Guys or Bad Guys: The Rum Runners of Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. Come early for refreshments and meeting.

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A concert with Chu Dat Frawg, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School at 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Local acoustic band, Chu Dat Frawg, will play from 6 pm to 8 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 pm Jerry Allen entertains with his guitar at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Allen also talks about the art of writing song lyrics. Enjoy a new series of musical events at Ritter Public Library this year.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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The Vermilion River Watershed Open House is held every March in Vermilion, Ohio featuring nature and wildlife exhibits, including birds of prey and watershed wildlife by award winning “Back to the Wild” - a Wildlife Rehabilitation & Nature Education Center.

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Destination Vermilion Bridal Show, hosted by the Vermilion Chamber, takes place on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Vermilion On the Lake Clubhouse. Calling all brides and grooms to be!

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April Events


Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:30 pm the 80-member Amherst Community Chorus sings its uplifting spring show at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Enjoy a new series of musical events at Ritter Public Library this year.

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The 2020 Herb Fair will be held April 25-26, from 10 am until 4 pm, at the historic Mill Hollow Carriage Barn in Vermilion River Reservation. This popular "kick-off-to-spring" draws hundreds of visitors at 51211 North Ridge Road.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Guys in Bloom: Wine + Cigars, hosted by Main Street Vermilion and Vermilion in Bloom, takes place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are available at www.mainstreetvermilion.org.

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Don't miss Vermilion in Bloom Gardener's Fair, hosted by Vermilion in Bloom, on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm at Sailorway Middle School, 5355 Sailorway Drive in Vermilion, Ohio. Everyone will receive a tree sapling from the Vermilion Tree Commission.

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The 2019 Vermilion Chamber Chocolate & Wine Walk Tickets are on sale now at www.vermilionohio.com. These make great gifts, birthday gifts, Valentine Day gifts. Get them fast, this April 2019 event sells out usually a month in advance or sooner.

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A Vermilion Film Festival will be held on April 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Vermilion High School. 2019 is the 4th year for this festival. This event is a student film festival.

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Grandma's Attic Sale, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on April 26 and April 27 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm in the Historic Brownhelm School at 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Come on out and see the treasures Brownhelm has to offer!

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Vermilion's Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Victory Park in downtown Vermilion beginning at 1 pm. Children, toddlers to ten years old, are invited to visit the Easter Bunny and hunt for goodies.

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May Events


The Vermilion Arts Guild, in collaboration with the Ritter Public Library, presents their annual Community Art Show. The annual Community Art Show at Ritter Public Library opens Friday, May 1, 2020 with a public reception at 7 pm. Get an application today and get started on your project.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2 pm the Alley Katz perform at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The Alley Katz are a female singing duo popular from the town-wide Third Thursday events. Enjoy a new series of musical events at Ritter Public Library this year.

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Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursdays.

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Vermilion Community Prayer Gathering "Day of Prayer" takes place on May 7, 2020 from 12 pm to 1 pm at Victory Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The event will be held at the Victory Park gazebo (corner of Ohio Street and Main Street).

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Memorial Day ceremonies take place in Vermilion, Ohio on Monday, May 27, 2019. A Vermilion Veterans Dedication takes place at Exchange Park, on the corner of Main Street and Liberty Avenue, at 8:30 am.

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Brownhelm Memorial Day Parade, “The Shortest Parade in Town”, takes place on Sunday, May 26, 2019, Memorial Day Weekend. Parade participants begin to gather at 1:30 pm. The parade leaves promptly at 1:45 pm.

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Pride Day in Brownhelm is Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. In an effort to keep Brownhelm beautiful, consider volunteering at the Brownhelm Cemetery to help clean it up from the long winter and high winds as we prepare for the Memorial Day Parade on May 26.

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Experience a day of adventure at the Vermilion River Reservation. Adventure Fest, hosted by Lorain County Metro Parks, takes place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Vermilion River Reservation in Vermilion, Ohio.

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The Harbourtown Community Church Annual Rummage Sale takes place from May 9 to May 11, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm. With so many treasures to be had, the sale has been extended a day from previous years.

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Kingston Of Vermilion invites you to come to relax and get some fresh ideas for your home and garden through displays and demonstrations. Home & Garden will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Beulah Beach.

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All About You Shopping Extravaganza, A Mother's Day Tribute, takes place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Explore downtown Vermilion on a self guided walking tour.

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June Events


The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee bring you a flavor of Bourbon Street from New Orleans for the 54th Annual Festival of the Fish June 19th to June 21st, 2020. Celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park, 687 Main Street. An amazing entertainment line-up will be offered. Start planning for a Mardi Gras theme for the Fish Fest Sand Castle Contest, Crazy Craft Race, Parade and Lighted Boat Parade.

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E5C4P3 - Escape The Journey Tribute performs live at Festival of the Fish hosted by Vermilion Chamber on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 8 pm to 11 pm at Victory Park, 687 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. E5C4P3 was formed in June of 1993. From that year through 1999 E5C4P3 traveled nationwide.

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Ace Molar Band, with Fox 8 Todd Meany, performs at the 2020 Festival of the Fish hosted by Vermilion Chamber on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Victory Park, 687 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Ace Molar features Fox 8 TV personality Todd Meany with Ken Cali, Greg Lapsevich, Mike Collar and Gary Stulak.

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Disco Inferno performs at the 2020 Festival of the Fish hosted by Vermilion Chamber on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 7 pm to 11 pm at Victory Park, 687 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Disco Inferno is Sonny D. Lite, Joey "Hollywood" D. Lite, Bjorn Z. Free, and Rocky Bucacci. They are all a cast of professional entertainers from Perfect World Entertainment.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Join in the 2nd Annual Vermilion Port Authority Paddle Fest Poker Run on Sunday, June 16, 2019. This is a non-alcoholic, fun family event. This year's theme is Hawaiian Luau, dressing up is encouraged.

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Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts.

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The Friends of Ritter’s Annual Book Sale is open to the public Wednesday and Thursday, June 19 and 20, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Friday, June 21 from 10 am to 5 pm. The sale ends this year on Saturday, June 22 from 10 am to 2 pm.

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Service in the Sonshine takes place on Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at Vermilion River Reservation's Mill Hollow in Vermilion, Ohio.

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A June Potluck Picnic and Auction will take place on June 5 at 6 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. This year there will be a variety of wonderful auction items. There will be some of the usual ‘fun’ white elephant items.

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Mill Hollow Summer Concert Series takes place Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Vermilion River Reservation's Bacon Woods Amphitheater. Join Vermilion River Reservation Sunday evenings each summer for outdoor musical performances.

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Vermilion Lions Club Reverse Raffle takes place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 11 pm at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Join in a chance to win $1,500.

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July Events


Each year Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor concerts beginning at 7 pm every Sunday July through August. Concerts are held at beautiful Victory Park in historic downtown Vermilion (Rt. 60/Main and Ohio Street on the Village Green.) 2020 Concerts in the Park dates are July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30, 2020 in Victory Park from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.

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Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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A Classic Car & Motorcycle Cruise-in, hosted by the Vermilion American Legion, will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm. Vermilion American Legion Post 397 is located at 2713 State Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Take a trip down memory lane.

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Each July and August, Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor movies at beautiful East Exchange Park on the Vermilion River. Located at the corner of Main Street (SR 60) and Liberty Avenue.

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Vettemilion Corvette Show takes place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Lake Shore Corvette Club presents the annual Vettemilion Corvette Show located along Main Street in Vermilion.

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Vermilion's Historic Summerfare is an annual outdoor market, held on Saturday, July, 13, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm in a lovely park setting in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The market offers a selection of antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, and more.

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Mill Hollow Summer Concert Series takes place Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Vermilion River Reservation's Bacon Woods Amphitheater. Join Vermilion River Reservation Sunday evenings each summer for outdoor musical performances.

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The Vermilion Farmers Market sells locally grown produce and products, local cottage industry products, local art, and local crafted items directly to consumers each Saturday in Victory Park at the corner of Ohio and Main streets in downtown Vermilion.

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Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members—all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building.

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August Events


Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts.

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Watch as the roads and walks along Vermilion's Main Street fill up with bright chalk drawings created by local artistic talent every August in Vermilion, Ohio. The 5th Annual Chalk it Up! returns to the Vermilion Community August 1, 2020.

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Each year Vermilion celebrates the summer with free outdoor concerts beginning at 7 pm every Sunday July through August. Concerts are held at beautiful Victory Park in historic downtown Vermilion (Rt. 60/Main and Ohio Street on the Village Green.) 2020 Concerts in the Park dates are July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30, 2020 in Victory Park from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members—all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building.

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The 12th Annual Vermilion Harbour Triathlon & Duathlon takes place on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9 am and Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 7 am at Sherod Park on West Lake Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Hundreds of athletes and spectators descend upon Vermilion, Ohio.

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The region's largest, annual car show takes place at Vermilion Reservation - Millow Hollow from 11 am to 3 pm on August 11, 2019. Thousands of muscle cars, hotrods, vintage and custom trucks, ‘vettes, vans and more are on display. With ongoing entertainment, kids’ games and door prizes.

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All Washed Up is your opportunity to create something unique using materials found in abundance on local beaches. The event takes place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at Friendship Park, in the heart of downtown Vermilion.

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The 2019 Blind Dog Highlander takes place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Showse Park in Vermilion, Ohio. This is the world's best Highlander gathering.

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Mill Hollow Summer Concert Series takes place Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Vermilion River Reservation's Bacon Woods Amphitheater. Join Vermilion River Reservation Sunday evenings each summer for outdoor musical performances at the Bacon Woods amphitheater!

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The 49th Annual Antiques, Collectibles & Artisan Show, a one day event, takes place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. This original market event offers a selection of antiques, collectibles, vintage linens, a wide variety of beautiful jewelry, baked goods, homemade jarred items, and fresh from the farm produce.

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Be a part of the annual Vermilion Beach Market at Sherod Park, Friday, August 2 (3 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday, August 3 (9 am to 4 pm) 2019. Shop by the beach from over 80 vendors for vintage, shabby and chic decor including furniture, architectural salvage, as well as handmade goods including home décor.

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September Events


Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2 pm Brian Bigley and his family present traditional Irish music, dancing and storytelling at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Enjoy a new series of musical events at Ritter Public Library this year.

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Looking for something to do on a Thursday evening? Stroll through historic downtown Vermilion while being serenaded. Vermilion has become known throughout the region for its fabulous Third Thursday Music, Flowers & A Sunset concerts.

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Erie Shore Watercross Tour Championship, hosted by Erie Shore Watercross Tour and Erie Shore Wave Runners, will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 11 am to 6 pm in Vermilion, Ohio. This will be free to spectators from Main Street Beach and outside the safe coast zone in the water.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Main Street Vermilion will host Tour of Homes on September 28, 2019. This year's event features a walking tour of downtown Vermilion's Harbourtown 1837 historic district. Tour four beautiful homes: the Captain Gilchrist Guesthouse, Vermilion Opera House, Vermilion Lighthouse and Moes Marine Historic Boatyard.

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The 2nd Annual Pirate Fest & Mermaid Splash, a one day event, takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. This family friendly event features a pirate, mermaid, nautical and medieval theme.

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History & Haunts: Ghost Walk takes place at Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in downtown Vermilion on September 20th and 21st from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Presented by Annie Tarpley and Mark Sebastion Jordan, you will be guided on a spooky, fact-filled walking tour of downtown Vermilion.

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The Vermilion Athletic Booster 8th Annual Booster Club Golf Outing, benefiting Sailor Baseball, takes place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Willow Creek Golf Club. Cost per golfer is $70.00. Package includes: 18 holes of golf, door prizes, winning team $200 cash prize, 2nd place prize, raffles, beverage cart, drink tickets, and Smokin’ Joe’s dinner.

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Hot Diggity Dog Day, hosted by Main Street Vermilion, takes place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm at Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Enjoy quality time with your dog during the second annual Hot Diggity Dog Day.

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The first ever Vermilion Harbor Jet Ski Invitational will be hosted on September 14th, 2019 with a bad weather reschedule date of September 15th, 2019. The races will start at 1 pm and go until 6 pm.

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The Vermilion Port Authority Duck Dash 500 takes place in Vermilion, Ohio on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Each year the Vermilion Port Authority hosts the Annual "Duck Dash 500" on the Vermilion River. Thousands of rubber ducks race down the Vermilion River.

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The 7th Annual Cause 4 Paws takes place on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm at Pat O'Brien Chevrolet in Vermilion, Ohio. The event benefits Partners With Paws of Lorain County.

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October Events


The Vermilion Fox 8 Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state of Ohio. Be a part of the fun as the annual Woollybear Parade & Festival takes over Vermilion, Ohio. The festival is held every year around October 1 on a Sunday on which the Cleveland Browns have an away game. The 2020 Woollybear Festival in downtown Vermilion Tentative Dates are October 3 and October 10, 2020.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members—all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building.

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Vermilion Community Prayer Breakfast takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 7:45 am to 9 am at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. The Vermilion Community Prayer Breakfast is hosted by the Vermilion Ministerial Association and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

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The Brownhelm Historical Association, in partnership with the Lorain County Metro Parks, hosts the Annual Civil War Days at Mill Hollow in the Vermilion River Reservation on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring the whole family down to the park for loads of fun and learning about America's Civil War.

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South Shore Plaza's Annual Children's Halloween Costume & Candy Parade takes place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1 pm to 2 pm. Join in the fun with a climbing rock wall (closed-toe shoes), a bouncy house (must wear socks) and Happy Meals for $1.99.

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The Annual If Tombstones Could Talk Cemetery Walk takes place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Brownhelm Cemetery. As you stroll through the Brownhelm Cemetery you will walk back in time and meet some of Brownhelm’s earliest pioneers and residents.

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Trunk or Treat, hosted by Vermilion E&R Church, takes place on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Vermilion E&R Church, 752 Grand Street in Vermilion, Ohio. Dress up in your favorite costume and come join the fun.

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Blocktober Party, hosted by First Baptist Church of Vermilion, takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Join in the family fun with barrel train rides, an inflatable jump house, an inflatable rock climb wall with slide, an inflatable obstacle course, scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating.

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Vermilion Ohio’s Citywide Trick or Treat takes place on October 31, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Please turn porch light on if handing out treats.

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Friends of Harbour Town Halloween Festival, hosted by The Friends of Harbour Town 1837, takes place on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 7 pm to 10 pm at 995 State Street in Vermilion, Ohio. The kid and family friendly Halloween Festival will feature kid games, pumpkin painting.

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Join the Vermilion Family YMCA for a spooky fun filled night at the Annual Halloween Fun Fair on October 19, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Wear your costume and come have a spooky fun filled evening. The event features carnival games, face painting, cookie decorating and more.

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November Events


The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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Come home for the Holidays in downtown Vermilion Thanksgiving weekend. Specialty shops are open for holiday gift shopping. Santa arrives by boat at the Exchange Place Park Wharf and then greets children in the Santa House. Caroling takes place at the Victory Park Gazebo. Get in the spirit with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree. Bring lanterns to light the way through the park to the gazebo and a Christmas ornament to hang on the tree.

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Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm. Santa is in the House at Exchange Park in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild Holiday Art Show & Sale takes place November 9, 2019 to December 22, 2019 in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The gallery shows feature fine art, photography, jewelry, wood sculpture, ceramics, pottery, and unique hand-crafted items. The Vermilion Arts Guild is located at Main Street Vermilion.

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Fresh cut trees will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving to the Christmas Tree Lot in downtown Vermilion. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Lot is open November 29 thru December 23, 2019. The Tree Lot is located behind Tiffany’s Flowers at 686 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Buy a tree and help a local charity.

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Shop Small Saturday takes place on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm in Vermilion, Ohio. Shop Small Saturday is an American Express event that encourages people locally and all across American to support small, local businesses, the very heartbeat of our downtown.

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Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members—all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building.

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Kingston Residence of Vermilion Craft Show takes place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm hosted by Kingston Residence of Vermilion. Get your Christmas shopping started. There will be over 25 local vendors. Admission is a food item to be donated to the Vermilion Food Pantry.

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Fireside Storytelling takes place at Vermilion River Reservation on Friday, November 2, Friday, November 9 and Friday, November 16 at 7 pm. Visit the Vermilion River Reservation's Carriage Barn for evening storytelling programs.

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A Holiday Craft Show takes place Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Vermilion, Ohio at German's Villa from 9 am to 3 pm. Don't miss out on a large variety of beautiful crafts. Doors open at 9 am. Lunch concession starts at 11 am.

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A Walls of Love celebration and fundraiser will take place on November 1, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm at German's Villa in Vermilion, Ohio. Walls of Love provides in a moment of need. Join the celebration of Walls of Love's first year anniversary of servicing our community in need.

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December Events


Concert features the seasonal sounds of the Vermilion Community Music Association band at Ritter Library in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Enjoy a new series of musical events at Ritter Public Library this year.

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Vermilion is dressing up for the holidays! Light Up Vermilion! takes place December 3, 2020 from 1 pm to 10 pm in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. During the 6th annual Light Up Vermilion, local businesses invite you in for extended shopping hours.

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The Vermilion Arts Guild, a program of Main Street Vermilion, is a collective of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

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The Vermilion Fire Company, Inc., the social club for firefighters, will host the annual Santa On The Fire Truck on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Vermilion On The Lake and surrounding areas - including Woodlands, Highbridge, and the Elberta Beach area. Children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and receive a treat bag.

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The Christmas Tree Ship sails into Vermilion, Ohio on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:30 am to noon at McGarvey’s Landing in downtown, Vermilion. No other community can boast a Christmas tradition like this one. Main Street Vermilion invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up and gather riverside at McGarvey's Landing (5150 Liberty Avenue) for the arrival of The Christmas Tree Ship, a vintage icebreaker loaded with Christmas trees.

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Safe Harbor Animal Resue MilkBone Mania, hosted by Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, takes place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11 am to 3 pm at German's Villa, 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. Have fun and help save dogs!

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Fresh cut trees will be delivered the week of Thanksgiving to the Christmas Tree Lot in downtown Vermilion. The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree Lot is open November 29 thru December 23, 2019. The Tree Lot is located behind Tiffany’s Flowers at 686 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Buy a tree and help a local charity.

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Join Brownhelm Historical Association for an Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting and caroling. Enjoy a Soup Supper while reminiscing about past Community Christmases and Brownhelm Santas. After supper the Brownhelm Christmas Tree will be lit, as everyone sings a few Christmas carols then heads back in for cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee. Santa will visit.

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Brownhelm's Old Fashioned Holiday at The Benjamin Bacon House, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA), takes place Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Benjamin Bacon Museum at Mill Hollow Park in Vermilion, Ohio. Travel back in time to 1862 for a holiday gathering at the Benjamin Bacon House.

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Brownhelm Community Christmas takes place December 24th, annually. Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm delivering gifts, candy and fruit. 20 Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm, the area originally served by the Brownhelm School before it was consolidated with Firelands Schools.

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Christmas at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum takes place on December 4, 2019 at Brownhelm Heritage Museum, 1355 Claus Road in Vermilion, Ohio. It will be a festive evening to socialize with friends at the little white country church, sing carols, and bid friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Join Brownhelm Historical Association for the last meeting of the year at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum. Doors open at 6 pm. A brief business meeting takes place at 6:30 pm with a program and refreshments to follow.

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On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Riddle Funeral Home will be sharing with the community the 20th Annual “Tree of Remembrance Ceremony ”. The program will begin at 12:30 pm in Victory Park, located on the corner of Main and Ohio Streets in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. The event will be honoring family by remembering loved ones in a special tree decorating ceremony.

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Discover Vermilion Ohio


Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion


Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches


Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach


Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse


The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation


Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events


Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie


The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks


Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination


Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History


History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."

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