The Great Outdoors-Regional Campuses

Celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by reconnecting with nature in or near where you work, live or choose to play.

We have compiled a brief list of outdoor events taking place in your local parks and communities that surround our Kent State University campuses. We hope this might be of use as you seek to connect with nature, refuel yourself, and just relax. While this is not an all-inclusive list of events or resources, it may be a starting point to refer to. We hope you enjoy!

Events and Activities near Regional Campuses


Check out the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) website to discover outdoor activities and events near the Ashtabula campus. Features include parks, summer festivals, live music and more! Trip Advisor also has a list of the top things to do in Ashtabula. Check out the links below.

Ashtabula County CVB activities

Ashtabula County CVB events calendar

Trip Advisor list


Discover activities and events near the Geauga campus in Burton on the Destination Geauga website. Attend the Geauga County Maple Festival, the Great Geauga County fair, or visit the Geauga Fresh Farmer’s Market, a park or an antique shop this summer.

Destination Geauga activities

Destination Geauga events & festivals

Destination Geauga events calendar

If you live closer to the Twinsburg Academic Center, consider checking out a concert at the Rock the Park Summer Concert Series


The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau has a website called Explore Trumbull County. Visit the site and click on a month under the “Events Calendar” tab to see upcoming events this summer, discover “50 Free Things to Do” in Trumbull County, or click on “What to Do” to find attractions and outdoor activities for the entire family. Prefer to stay close to campus? Check out the City of Warren events calendar.

Explore Trumbull County

City of Warren Parks and Recreation


The Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB), as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC), have compiled lists of fun activities and events to participate in around the Canton area. Visit the websites below to discover tours, outdoor recreation, museums, the escape room, festivals and other happenings near the Stark campus.

Stark County CVB things to do

Stark County CVB family fun activities

Stark County CVB events calendar

CRCC Downtown events & festivals

Salem & East Liverpool (Columbiana)

Check out both the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau website and the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce website for upcoming events near Salem and East Liverpool. You will find events such as street fairs, festivals, fireworks shows, the Summer Concert Series and much more!

Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau

Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Salem, Ohio Brochure

Salem Chamber of Commerce

East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce



Discover activities and events near the Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia on the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) web pages below. You will find activities for the whole family like zip lining, canoeing and kayaking and even geocaching. Check out the calendar of events to learn about the various festivals and other fun events taking place this summer.

Tuscarawas County CVB things to do

Tuscarawas County CVB events calendar

Visiting parks and trails is always a great way to get moving outdoors. The above list is not comprehensive by any means but rather is intended to provide ideas for ways to get outdoors throughout the year. Whether you live in Portage, Summit, Trumbull, or Ashtabula County, Google is a powerful tool. Simply search events and activities in your area, and you will be amazed by what you can find nearby in your community.