Celtic Fest Ohio [2017 Ohio Summer Bucket List]

I have lived in my husband's small, rural Ohio hometown for almost four years now. I would be lying if I said I didn't sometimes miss the proximity to the ocean and the amazing pizza that the East Coast offers. But I'd also be saying if I said I didn't love my home. It's small and lacks a ton to do. But our proximity to Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati means I never have an excuse for saying I'm bored or stir crazy.

This summer I decided this would be the year I would make the most of living in the epicenter of these three cities and discover everything that Ohio has to offer. I published my 2017 Ohio Summer Bucket List as a way to track my explorations and hold myself accountable to get out of my little home and give my boys some summer adventure!

One of my goals was to visit the Ohio Renaissance Festival. It's literally located just 15 minutes away from us and neither Chuck or I had ever been. When I found out that Celtic Fest Ohio was held on the Renaissance Festival grounds in June, that solidified our decision. I'm obsessed with Irish folk and culture so I was all too eager to check it out.

Our Trip to Celtic Fest Ohio 2017

Due to some work obligations on Saturday, we chose to take the family on Sunday, the second day of the festival. The forecast showed some potential rain which seemed to scare people off and we practically had the place to ourselves for the first half of our trip. It was awesome. We did a lap around the grounds taking in all the vendor booths, food options and kids' activities.

I bought Charlie a ticket for the bounce house and then we spent about an hour just watching the awesome live music. Charlie loved Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and was dancing and drumming along to their whole set. After their set, we made our way over to where the food was centrally located and dined on fish and chips (so good I forgot to take a picture!) and listened to some more live music in the shade. We then walked around looking at the handmade goods, got a taco to share, a pint for Mommy and some ice cream for Charlie.

The food was seriously so good and we practically had to be rolled out of the exit by the time we were done.

If you live near Southwest Ohio, you absolutely have to check out the Ohio Renaissance Festival and Celtic Fest Ohio. The Ohio Renaissance Festival is back every weekend September-October. Their themed weekends sound like so much fun and are a guarantee that our family will absolutely be coming back in the fall.

Have you ever been to the Ohio Renaissance Festival?

Disclosure: I received complimentary admission tickets to Celtic Fest Ohio. All opinions are my own.

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