Annual Events

The DDVB is proud to sponsor these annual community events:

See the Calendar for specific dates and times.

Rockin' the Rivers Music & Ribfest

September 30, 2017 — the streets of Downtown Defiance are filled with food, music and fun for our annual Fall Festival.
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm — Enjoy musical talent from none other than Pete Schlegel. We are so excited to have Pete join us as he rocks the stage!! Raised in Paulding, Ohio, he has always had a true passion for country music. His 6th album just became available of original country that he has either written or co-written!! Pete has worked with Nashville producers since 2002!!! Check out the rest of his bio, music and videos at
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm — HEADLINING BAND "Brother Believe Me"! Ohio local band members have come together to provide "memorable crowd interaction", "Great vocals", and FUN!!! Offering a diverse songlist from newer artists like Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, and Maroon 5, all the way to Poison, Michael Jackson, Shinedown, and too many others to list!! You do not want to miss out on your chance to party-rock, BBM-style! Check out their Facebook Page or their website for vocals and videos to prep you for the greatest night of the year in Downtown Defiance!
Official Event Flyer HERE!
2017 Rib Vendors:  Boots BBQ, Club 111, Inc., Defiance Eagle’s Post 372, Defiance Fire Fighters 918, Dos Eppi’s, Jacob’s Meats & BBQ, Jewell Fire Department, Kissner’s, Southern Belle Take Out, and Sweetwater Chophouse.

See you there!

Santa's Arrival

December 2017— Santa's coming, Santa's coming, Santa's coming!! We are lucky enough to have Santa come and visit our community! Keep watching for a fun filled day of Christmas activities and Santa's arrival in Downtown Defiance!

Chocolate Walk

April, 2018 — Stroll downtown Defiance and enjoy some chocolate (and wine if you so choose) along the way! This is a delicious opportunity to enjoy a spring walk and get acquainted with our downtown merchants.
Watch for TICKET Sales to begin March 2018.

Lilac Festival & Street Fair

May 2018 — The streets of Downtown Defiance are filled with activities. On this weekend, we celebrate the official flower of Defiance with the communities largest Arts and Craft Fair. Join both young and old for a day of entertainment that features free lilacs to the first 500 attendees, a 5K race, the Power of Purple parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, unique food vendors and children’s activities. The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum will be open to the public. The event is free and located on Clinton Street.

Riverfront Gathering

Last Weekend in June — Join us as we celebrate our rivers all weekend long with great river events along the confluence! Amenities have included FREE pontoon rides, canoes and kayaks to explore the rivers, children's Aqua Zone activities, 9 bands featuring all types of music on 2 different stages and ending with Art-In-The-Park on Sunday at the Fort Grounds from 10:30 am -4 pm!


July 2018 — Join us at Diehl Park! Enjoy a day full of carnival rides, musical entertainment, and delicious food before the fireworks begin at dusk. If you are interested in being a food vendor, please contact the DDVB office at 419-782-0739.

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