Things to Do in Amish Country

There’s plenty of things to do in Ohio Amish Country. Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of events for the Holmes County, Ohio area including festivals, shows, dinner theaters, music and concerts, shopping, parades, and more.

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Amish Country Theater (Walnut Creek)

Amish-Country-TheaterMay 12 – October 29, 2016
Live theater in Ohio’s Amish Country! The remarkable venue that hosts these hilarious productions is a 12,000 sq. ft. theater with a 325-seat auditorium designed to trigger your imagination by creating the illusion that youState Of The Art Theater are stepping into an authentic Amish barn—except this barn features state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and effects. As a result, audiences experience the production at the highest level. The climate-controlled theater features comfortable movie theater-style seating and easily accommodates wheelchairs and scooters. Hungry patrons may even purchase homemade treats and desserts at the “Barnyard Fixin’s” stand just outside the theater adjacent to the box office. Make sure you arrive early to shop around in the “Hen House” and take home a souvenir from the show!

TIME: visit website
LOCATION: Amish Country Theater – Walnut Creek, Ohio (map)
CONTACT: 1-888-988-7469

Josiah for President (Sugarcreek)

Josiah for PresidentJune 01 – November 08, 2016
When former Congressman Mark Stedman throws in the towel on his presidential campaign, his only choice is to return to his home state and decide how to spend the rest of his life … until he meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania.
“Great fun!” “Entertaining!” “Inspiring.” “Poignant – and funny as all get out!!” These are just some of the words audiences are using to describe this captivating story. Sold-out audiences are standing and cheering this new hit musical. You’re in for a fun ride as common sense, character, and Washington collide head on!

TIME: visit website   
LOCATION: Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek Ohio (map)
CONTACT: Carlisle Inn Box Office (855) 344-7547  

Mennonite Girls Can Cook – A New Comedy (Sugarcreek)

mennonite-girls-can-cookSeptember 13, 2016 – November 04, 2016
Watch the excitement, confusion, and just plain frantic fun when a small town cable cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. This ideal recipe for hilarity will make you laugh your spatulas off as these lovely ladies gear up for the “Big Time,” and do their best to deal with their starstruck neighbors competing for their own fifteen minutes of fame. This brand new one-act play mixes faith, food, and friendship into a comedy that really sizzles! Inspired by the popular blog and subsequent cookbook Mennonite Girls Can Cook, by Lovella Schellenberg and the authors of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. As always, groups are welcome at our shows! Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.

TIME: visit website   LOCATION: Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek Ohio (map)
CONTACT: Carlisle Inn Box Office (855) 344-7547

Ohio Swiss Festival (Sugarcreek)

September 30 – October 01, 2016
The Ohio Swiss Festival began in 1953 as a way to help the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, based in Sugarcreek, to sell its excess cheese and to celebrate the Sugarcreek area’s Swiss Heritage. Today it continues to be celebrated on the fourth weekend after Labor Day. Friday & Saturday provide two full days of entertainment and events such as costume and yodeling contests, the Steinstossen (throwing of the stone), the Swiss Cheese Chase 5k, and a kiddie and grand parade!

TIME: Friday and Saturday
Sugarcreek, Ohio (map)
BLOG: Ohio Swiss Festival

Atwood Area Fall Festival (Mineral City)

Atwood-Fall-FestivalSeptember 30, 2016 – October 02, 2016
There is “Something for Everyone” each year at the annual “Atwood Area Fall Festival”, located at beautiful Atwood Lake Park in Mineral City, Ohio during the first weekend in October. The Atwood Area Fall Festival reaches a wide audience with food, music, homemade crafts, hands-on displays, entertainment, interpretive demonstrations, exhibits, and so much more. In cooperation with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the Atwood Area Fall Festival Committee Inc. coordinates all the weekend’s activities. Visitor’s wishing to spend the weekend can camp at Atwood Lake Park. Reservations for camping can be made at the Atwood Lake Park website. As the weather cools and the colors change, bring your family and friends to Atwood Lake Park to discover the beauty, quality, and fun of the Atwood Area Fall Festival where there truly is “Something for Everyone”.

TIME: visit website   LOCATION: Atwood Lake Park (map)

Algonquin Mill Festival (Carrollton)

Algonquin-Mill-FestivalOctober 7-9, 2016
The annual event is held at the Mill Complex, four miles south of Carrollton, Ohio on State Route 332. Thousands of fall foliage seekers, craft lovers and history buffs converge at the festival each year to step back in time, and revel in the sights and sounds of autumn in Ohio. Visitors can explore a steam-powered flouring mill and sawmill, old time print shop, NYC Railroad station and HO model layout, antique cars and tractors, steam powered engines and an art and photo show.
TIME: Friday – Sunday
LOCATION: Carrollton, Ohio (MAP)
WEBSITE: Algonquin Mill Festival

Charm Days (Charm)

October 7-8, 2016
Charm, a small Amish town, is located on State Rt. 557 in rural Holmes County. Annually, in mid-October, the quaint community of Charm hosts Charm Days, which is a two day event hosting a bake sale, flea market, yard sales, old-fashioned chili and pies from the local school benefit and fiddling program. Merchants also offer discounts, specials and a grand prize drawing that brings the little town of Charm together.

TIME: Friday & Saturday
LOCATION: Charm, Ohio (MAP)
WEBSITE: Charm Merchant Days

Holmes County Antique Festival (Millersburg)

October 8-9, 2016
The Holmes County Antique Festival is a yearly fall festival which takes place in Historic Downtown Millersburg, Ohio. Enjoy two days of markets, arts and crafts, demonstrations on the Square, and continuous entertainment and food, plus the 5K race, Classic Car Show and the Grand Parade. Be sure to visit our Grand Victorian House on Wooster Road, which has been featured on HGTV.

TIME: Saturday & Sunday   
LOCATION: Millersburg Ohio (map)
CONTACT: Contact Info

Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek

October 7,8,10 and 14-15, 2016
The Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek will now be October 7, 8, 10, 14 and 15. Now expanded to five days over two weekends, this event will include food, fall decorations, horseshoeing, broom making, pumpkin slingshot, straw castle, scavenger hunt, corn box, sheep shearing, spinning and the horse drawn wagon rides. An activity that children of all ages really enjoy is the “corn box.” In the corn box, traditional sand is replaced with corn for a sensory experience.
Located at 4147 CR 114, Sugarcreek. Call 330-893-4200 for details and pricing.

LOCATION: The Farm at Walnut Creek (map)
CONTACT: 330-893-4200

Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival (Roscoe Village)

Roscoe Village Apple Butter Stirring FestivalOctober 21-23, 2016
The Apple Butter ‘Stirrin’ Festival is host to a wide variety of artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll through the street to the tunes of bluegrass and music from days gone-by. You’ll also find raffles and contests to enter.

TIME: Friday and Saturday
LOCATION: Roscoe Village Coshocton Ohio (map)

Amish Mennonite Heritage Center Fall Banquet

Amish Mennonite Heritage Center Fall Banquet 2016October 25, 2016
You are invited to the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center banquet to be held Tuesday evening, October 25, 2016, at 6:30 P.M. This event will be held at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek, Ohio and is open to the general public. In addition to the keynote address the evening will include a traditional Amish meal, special music by John Schmid, and a short presentation on the work of the Center. Our keynote speaker is Mark Louden, a professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Mennonite speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch. He will trace the history of our language, underscoring the special importance of its association with faith communities, such as the Old Order groups, who maintain German as a language of worship. Mark has studied the Pennsylvania Dutch language and has just published a book on our language and its role in our culture.

TIME: Tuesday 6:30pm
CONTACT: Reservations at: (330) 893-3192 or (reservation deadline: October 22)
LOCATION: Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek – lower level (map)

Geurnsey County Courthouse Christmas Lights & Music (Cambridge)

November 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017
The courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. This magnificent 1881 building jumps into the 21st Century as it is bathed in colored lights, 36 animated light displays, and 15,000 lights outlining the building. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack, with a total of 30,000 lights.

TIME: 5:30pm – 9:00pm Nightly    LOCATION: Downtown Cambridge, Ohio (map)

Amish Country Quilt Shop Hop (Berlin)

Gramma-Fannies-Quilt-Barn-Berlin-OhioNovember 2-5, 2016
This is the shop hop you don’t want to miss out on! Area quilt shops join together to make this a fabulous 3 day event filled with fabric, fun, and prizes. At each shop you will receive a different FREE pattern and be able to purchase a fabric kit for that block. Call Gramma Fannie’s Quilt Barn for more info.

CONTACT: 330-893-3243
LOCATION:Various (map)

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Christmas in the Country – Amish Country Theater (Walnut Creek)

Multiple shows beginning November 5, 2016
Christmas In The Country 2016 – Join the gang at the Amish Country Theater as we welcome in the Christmas season. You’ll experience hilarious new Christmas acts, accappella groups, ventriloquists, comedians, and more! Come enjoy the narrative of the rich history of Christmas carols and laugh at the hilarious family-friendly acts from talented cast of the Amish Country Theater. The show is guaranteed to entertain!

TIME: See website
LOCATION: Amish Country Events Walnut Creek Ohio (map)

Walnut Creek Christmas Tree & Candlelighting (Walnut Creek)

walnut-creek-tree-lighting November 11, 2016
Bring your family and join us as we welcome the Christmas season. The evening includes caroling, candle lighting, refreshments and goodie bags for kids.

TIME: Saturday 7pm
LOCATION: Walnut Creek, Ohio (map)

Our Christmas Dinner – A New Holiday Musical (Sugarcreek)

our-christmas-dinnerNovember 18, 2016 – December 17, 2016
This not-so-traditional, sports-centered, laughter-filled Christmas dinner features favorite Christmas carols and original songs, too. Brought to you by the same team behind our other three hit musicals, The Confession, Half-Stitched, and Josiah for President, Dan Posthuma, Wally Nason, and Martha Bolton. As always, groups are welcome at our theater! Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.

TIME: visit website   LOCATION: Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek Ohio (map)
CONTACT: Carlisle Inn Box Office (855) 344-7547

Christmas Nativity Parade (Berlin)

November 25, 2016
Visit Berlin for their annual Shopping event and Nativity Parade. Celebrating the true meaning of the season, you will find no Santa in this parade. There will be candle lighting, caroling and hot chocolate and cookies provided by Operation Christmas Child. The parade features live animals begins at 5:45pm at the intersection of Routes 39 and 62 and ends at the square in Berlin.

TIME: Friday, 5:45pm
LOCATION: Downtown Berlin, Ohio (map)

Berlin Amish Country Half Marathon (Berlin)

Amish-Country-Half-MarathonNovember 26, 2016
The 5k and certified 1/2 marathon are run on Ohio Amish Country township and county roads. There will be some nice hills to traverse. These races are being developed by runners for runners. Come and enjoy the country setting. Be a part of the inaugural race or come to watch the race. The races will start and finish near lots of bathrooms and a heated area. All profits are going to the East Holmes Fire Department and the Berlin Main Street Merchants.

TIME: Saturday, 8am (5k & certified 1/2 marathon)
LOCATION: Berlin Ohio (map)
CONTACT : Mark (330) 466-2705

The Erwins (Sugarcreek)

The ErwinsDecember 2 & 3, 2016
There is something captivating about the blending and swelling of sibling harmony. When that is combined with pure talent and a servant’s heart for people, you have the incomparable ministry of The Erwins.

LOCATION: Ohio Star Theater, Sugarcreek, OH (map)
CONTACT: Ohio Star Theater & Events at Dutch Valley (330) 344-7547

Journey to Bethlehem (Walnut Creek)

December 2-3, 2016
Experience 1st century Bethlehem and the Christmas Story in seven dramatic stops at various businesses in Walnut Creek Township. Celebrate the Reason for the Season with us in the town of Walnut Creek! Self-guided tour – approximately 3 miles in length. Includes driving and limited walking.The first stop will be at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church where you will receive a map, and ends with the Live Nativity at The Farm at Walnut Creek.

TIME: Friday & Saturday, 4pm-8pm each night
LOCATION: Walnut Creek, Ohio (map)

Christmas Down on the Farm (Berlin)

December 3, 2016
Bring the kids out for sleigh rides, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas cutout cookies, great food and much more! The entire farm is decked out for the holidays, this is one event you won’t don’t want to miss out on. Tis the Season and Schrock’s Amish Farm located at 4363 State Route 39 in Berlin.

TIME: Saturday
CONTACT: 330-893-3232
LOCATION: Schrock’s Amish Farm (Berlin) (map)

Roscoe Village Christmas Candle Lighting (Coshocton)

December 3, 10, & 17, 2016
The Christmas Candlelightings have become a tradition to many families. Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony. Share in the evening’s tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and your own candle as everyone softly sings “Silent Night.” During the day, guests can enjoy a visit with Santa, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies, and many other holiday festivities. We invite you for a heart-felt Christmas event to begin your holiday season.
TIME: Saturday at 6pm plus other activities start at 10AM
LOCATION: Roscoe Village, Coshocton, Ohio

Shopping Under the Stars (Berlin)

December 9, 2016
Enjoy holiday shopping at its best. Come to Berlin, in the heart of Ohio Amish Country, and enjoy extended shopping hours in many of Berlin’s shops. Many stores will offer sales, refreshments, raffles, and hours extended until 9pm.

TIME: Friday, 10am – 9pm   LOCATION: Downtown Berlin Ohio

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns (Area)

December 10-11, 2016
Happy Holidays and welcome to the 9th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns 2016. Celebrate the season during an afternoon of progressive cookie tasting and touring through festively decorated inns of Amish Country. Explore treasure-filled interiors and experience the scents and sounds of Christmas! Proceeds from this event will be given to area charities.
LOCATION: Various Inns

Jason Crabb with David Pendleton (Sugarcreek)

Jason CrabbDecember 31, 2016
You’ll be amused and touched by the talents of GRAMMY winner, Jason Crabb, as he brings his signature vocals and touching lyrics to our 10th Party with a Purpose. Ventriloquist David Pendleton and his hilarious Cast of Characters add fun and inspiration to the show.

TIME: 2 Shows, 1PM & 9PM
LOCATION: Ohio Star Theater, Sugarcreek, OH (map)
CONTACT: Ohio Star Theater & Events at Dutch Valley (330) 344-7547

Valentine’s Dinner Concert with Wayne Watson- (Walnut Creek)

Wayne-Watson-Valentine's-Day-ConcertFebruary 10-11, 2017
With twenty-three Christian music hits to his name, this Christian music pioneer’s songwriting paints a vivid picture of hope and God’s love into life’s trials. As he continues to write and tour, Wayne is re-connecting with his music with a new passion seemingly born at the intersection of age and wisdom. Tickets include a special Valentine’s Buffet, entertainment and chance to win door prizes or an overnight stay at Carlisle Inn, plus dinner for two. Drawing will be held the night of the show.

TIME: 6:00 PM   
Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek Ohio (map)
CONTACT: Carlisle Inn (800) 852-2631 For reservations call or visit website.