Knox County, Central Ohio Festivals, Fairs, Theatre, Art Throughout the summer and fall, each area community in Knox County puts on their own festivals and street fairs complete with music, art, shows, great food, history, and more! There are also many exciting and fun visual arts, musical, and theatrical events all year long in this thriving center of Ohio arts. MORE

The Woodward

The WOodward Opera House - Oldest 19th Century Opera HouseThe Woodward Opera House, America's Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater, is being restored to a fully operating, state-of-the-art theater, but with all the 21st century amenities. Open for tours during special events! MORE

Ohio Magazine

OHMagCheck out the special Knox County section in the May issue of Ohio Magazine!  It will give you a "Sense of History" of some of the places that make Knox County stand out from the crowd. MORE


Area Communities

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Brinkhaven, Ohio
Centerburg, Ohio
Danville, Ohio
Fredericktown, Ohio
Gambier, Ohio
Martinsburg, Ohio

Check out our maps of the Knox County area!

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Performing Arts
Auxiliary Creations
7 East Vine Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 398-9303
Website: www.actwirl.com
Email: [email protected]

  Auxiliary Creations aims to provide high quality instruction while building students' confidence and strengths as individuals as well as a team. We believe it is important for each student to have a positive experience and to challenge and improve their skills. One of our priorities is to help build each student's self-confidence and belief in their own skills as a performer. We aim to build a family environment where the members and staff show one another respect and consideration

Auxiliary Creations
East Knox High School
Howard, OH  43028

(740) 398-9303
Website: www.actwirl.com
Email: [email protected]

  Auxiliary Creations aims to provide high quality instruction while building students' confidence and strengths as individuals as well as a team. We believe it is important for each student to have a positive experience and to challenge and improve their skills. One of our priorities is to help build each student's self-confidence and belief in their own skills as a performer. We aim to build a family environment where the members and staff show one another respect and consideration

855 Coshocton Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(828) 738-6496
Website: www.gigglenastics.com
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday - Sunday from 9:00am - 8:00pm

A learning and growth gymnastics facility serving both boys and girls ages 12 months to 12 years. a safe and nurturing environment where children can experience the benefits of gymnastics and tumbling without the pressure of competition and stress. We are constantly working to create a balanced environment for your child. One that while teaching holistically, encourages natural learning and raises self-esteem.

Mount Vernon Players
P.O. Box 802
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 233-1616
Website: www.mtvplayers.org
Email: [email protected]

  The Mount Vernon Players is a community theater group that has been in operation for over thirty years. They offer a musical every summer at the Memorial Theater and several dinner theater performances throughout the year. The Mount Vernon Players also make appearances at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, the Mount Vernon Christmas Walk, and other various area events.

PMB 168
1558 Coshocton Avenue
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 358-0168
Website: www.mtvarts.com
Email: [email protected]

  MTVarts is proud to promote a vast variety of performing arts events throughout the year. We think you'll find something to please every family member. MTVarts is also privileged to work with a variety of talented individuals and creative organizations throughout Knox County in central Ohio. Please check the website more about these wonderful events and support the arts in our community!

One thing that distinguishes MTVarts from other performing arts groups is our support for educational opportunities for people of all ages. From children through senior adults, there's something for everyone. Check their website for upcoming classes and other educational opportunities.

The mission of MTCarts is to inspire our community to dream, give them the courage to pursue those dreams, and instill the confidence that comes from acquiring the necessary skills to fulfill their dreams. Be the art that is in you!

MTVarts came about in 2007 as a communication tool and currently provides Web site support, production, and management assistance for the performing arts. Past funding has been exclusively through corporate support. MTVarts Inc has been granted Public Charity Status 509 (a) (2) and is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS. Your contributions to MTVarts are tax deductible.

Tayler's Dance Academy
113 Howard Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-8277
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday - 4:00-8:30pm
Tuesday - 5:00-8:00pm
Wednesday - 4:00-8:30pm
Thursday - 4:00-8:00pm
Friday - 4:00-7:30pm
Saturday - 9:15am-12:00pm

The studio offers classes in ballet, pointe , lyrical ,jazz ,tap, cheerdance, acro/jazz and clogging. Our students enjoy many opportunities to perform, including Spring and holiday recitals at the memorial theater, regional competitions, Performances at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, relay for life and velvet ice cream. Through performances and weekly instruction, students gain Self-confidence, pride, poise and physical fitness while learning the value of being a team member.

Memorial Theater
112-114 East High Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-6704
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Special Hours: Various hours depending on each performance.

The Memorial Theater is located at 112 East High Street. The theater, finished in 1925, plays host to a variety of different productions throughout the year. With a seating capacity of 1,028, the grand old theater has played host to such headliners as the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Jimmy Dorsey, Hank Williams Sr. and Mount Vernon's own Paul Lynde.

In addition to nationally recognized artists, the Memorial Theater plays host to local events that touch the lives of the entire community. School programs and local productions provide Mount Vernon residents the opportunity to share their talent with their neighbors and friends. The Mount Vernon Players produce a Broadway style musical each year that draws attendants from all over central Ohio. For more than 75 years, the Memorial Theater has been an intrinsic part of the Knox County community. With its classical facade and expansive parlors, the Memorial Theater is as grand now as it ever was and will continue to provide quality entertainment well into this millennium.

The Woodward Opera House
103 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-6142
Toll-Free: 800-837-5282
Website: www.TheWoodward.org
Email: [email protected]

  In 1850, when the first north-south railroad line was about to open in Mount Vernon, a local entrepreneur leased land on the corner of South Main and West Vine Streets. There Dr. Ebenezer Woodward built a four story building with a theater on the top floor which in time would become the Woodward Opera House. Woodward Hall opened in 1851 and was an immediate success. Citizens had access to new forms of entertainment, local and traveling. In this pre-telephone, pre-electric, pre-central heating era, the theater was regularly used for speeches, political meetings, and special events. So successful was Woodward Hall that in the late 1870s, it was enlarged to encompass the third floor of the building and the building behind it. This larger performance space accommodated 700-800 people and larger professional entertainment groups from as far away as New York City performed. Musicians, comedic, legitimate theater, and minstrel troops regularly visited the Woodward. One notable regular, Al Field's Minstrel Company, was to immortalize Mount Vernon's native son, Dan Emmett. Daniel Decatur Emmett, the author of Dixie, regularly performed at the Woodward, giving his last performance there in 1902 two years before his death. With the advent of moving pictures (the first shown in Mount Vernon was at the Woodward in 1897) and competing first floor theaters, the theater gradually became a less attractive venue. Fortunately the 19th century appearance of the Woodward Opera House was never compromised. For this reason it is justifiably called America's Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater. Today, the Woodward Opera House is being restored to its 19th century appearance but with all the 21st century amenities required for operating a theater.
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[email protected]
111 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 392-6102
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Special Hours: Various hours depending on each performance.

[email protected], adjacent to the 1851 Woodward Opera House building, is part of the developing Woodward arts complex. This venue is seperate from the Woodward Opera House, which is under restoration. The small theater is a former storefront being utilized as the historic theater is being renovated. The Woodward Opera House Theater is America's oldest authentic 19th century theater.

Once the Woodward is completely renovated and the arts complex is complete, [email protected] space will become part of a retail cluster in the atrium of the Woodward facility complex. Various performances throughout the year are held at [email protected]

Visual Arts
Creative Foundations
127 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-2333
Toll-Free: 877-345-6733
Website: creativefoundations.org
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Please call for specific hours of operations.

Creative Foundations was founded in 2001 to provide supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. Founder, David Robins has worked with individuals with disabilities for his entire working career.In 2005, Creative Foundations opened its first Adult Day Service program in Knox County. We started in a small building and focused on community involvement and working on life skills that individual's could use outside of our program and in their home. The storefront also has a unique art gallery that is always open and welcome to the public. No special reservations required.

Gund Gallery
101 1/2 College Drive
Gambier, OH  43022

Website: www.gundgallery.org
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Summer Hours:
Monday -- Closed
Tuesday-Friday -- 1pm-7pm
Saturday and Sunday -- 1pm-5pm

Regular Hours:
Monday -- Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 1pm-7pm
Thursday -- 1pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday -- 1pm-5pm

The Gund Gallery is a visual arts center on Middle Path at Kenyon College. The gallery exists to be a cutting-edge producer of challenging new knowledge about the visual.

The Gund Gallery is a dynamic, 31,000 square-foot space dedicated to expanding ways of seeing and learning. It will enhance Kenyon College's liberal arts curriculum through provocative exhibitions and collaborative educational opportunities. It will further the cultural conversation on campus. It will prod and challenge to promote better understanding of our world.

Hammer Song Farm Garden Sculpture Workshops
13775 Wade Road
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

(740) 393-5442
Website: www.hammersongfarm.com
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Saturdays in January - May and October - November

Garden Sculpture Workshop

Does making your own metal garden sculpture seem impossible? Well, it isn't! Here at Hammer Song Farm we offer one-day workshops where you are guided through the entire process of creating a sculpture. Everything you need is included, materials, instruction, safety equipment, and lunch. You may choose from ten different classes where you will learn to weld, plasma cut, torch cut, bend metal and acid etch your finish. Two people can work on the same sculpture for the one price.

Reservations are required. Please visit our website for complete pictures and information.

Schnormeier Gallery
221 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH  43050

740-397-9000 3050
Website: www.mvnu.edu/art-design
Email: [email protected]

  Open: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm.

In light of MVNU's holistic, Christ-centered educational program, the art gallery exist to support the academic program and enlarge the cultural fabric of the community by supporting exhibits by faculty, students, alumni, and other artists that foster inspiration and artistic appreciation through interaction with diverse artistic traditions and media.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Schnormeier Gallery presents a fascinating array of art and artists. It is our goal to bring you thought-provoking, inspirational, and masterfully created works that represent the best in today's world of art and which point toward the Master Creator.

All events are free and open to the public.

Schnormeier Gardens
8701 Laymon Road
Gambier, OH  43022

Website: schnormeiergardens.org
Email: [email protected]

  Open: 2014 Annual Open House, June 5, 6, 7, 8 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Peace, harmony, serenity. These are gifts that gardens give.

As you explore our grand vistas and intimate niches, we hope you'll find tranquility here...and inspiration.

Schnormeier Gardens are located in the gentle rolling hills of central Ohio. We began building the gardens in 1996. Over the years they have grown to include fifty acres of manicured lawns, ten lakes, a variety of discrete garden areas and several waterfalls.

The focal point of the property is a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. This private residence was completed in 1994. Other structures on the property include a Japanese teahouse, garden house, Chinese pavilion and arched bridge. An ever growing collection of unique sculptures are also located on the grounds.

Our gardens have a distinct Asian flavor and feature a variety of plantings rich in color and texture. Rare conifers are plentiful here. Large boulders and stone walls add dimension and contrast to the landscape. Designed with a bold vision and attention to detail, the gardens offer delightful viewing in any season.

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