(Toledo, OH) I must admit from the onset that I tend to avoid festivals, given my preference for quiet time with small groups of people over the mob scenes that sometimes accompany festivals.
Yet the Old West End festival in Toledo is certainly the most unique outdoor event in the area. For many blocks to the west and north of the center of activities, folks set up shop in fron tof their houses. You will see musicians, artists, and artisans of all stripes hawking their wares and entertaining the people passing by.
If you have a sharp eye, you will be able to find good bargains on antiques, artwork, and vintage fabrics. I saw an old class photograph from 1904 with the initials NHS that caught my eye, but I instead plunked my money down on a Smoothie.
Yes, the stomach won out over the antique dealer in me. Go figure.
Anyways, the high point of any trip to the Old West End is gazing at the beautiful Victorian mansions that have been restored. My wife and I dream that we will someday own one of these palaces after all the kids have moved out. We shall see...