Santa’s Arrival

December 1, 2018.  The first snow has come and gone, so that means the time has begun to gear up for Santa's Arrival!  The date for him and Mrs. Claus to arrive in Defiance has been scheduled for Saturday, December 1 from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

12 p.m. - Hometown Hero Parade

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Defiance College

3 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive Downtown

3:20 p.m. - Storytime at the Defiance Public Library

4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Visit Santa's House to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, and be sure to take a trip on the HOLIDAY TROLLEY - BACK FOR 2018.

Chocolate Walk

Save the Date! The 9th Annual Chocolate Walk will be April 11, 2019 — 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.
Last years event sold out - watch for ticket sales in February!

Lilac Festival & Street Fair

The streets of Downtown Defiance are filled with activities as 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.
Second Saturday in May, 2019

Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market

Returning Spring 2019. We are bringing back that old-timey Farmers' Market feel with fresh cut flowers, local produce and awesome music flowing through the air.
Thursday's from 4:30 - 7:30 pm behind Cabin Fever Coffee.  Event sponsored by Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau and Beetroot.

Watch for our opening date announcement when the weather warms.


Thank you to all who made the 2018 event great!
Keep your eyes open for updates and Save the Dates for 2019!


July 3, 2019 — 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.

2017 RibFest photos by Jerry Latta.

For all you music, brew, and BBQ lovers...

We have the best BBQ grillin' teams and rockin' bands at RibFest in Downtown Defiance!

Watch here for 2019 Details!

2018 Rib Vendors included:  Cashman's, 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, House of Love, and Sweetwater Chophouse.

Featured talent for 2018 was Angel Edwards and Brother Believe Me.  Entertaining the crowd from late afternoon until 11:00 p.m.

Be sure to LIKE the official RibFest Facebook Page:

where friends, families and the rivers meet

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