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Field of Dreams Drive-In Theater offers communal, car-friendly film gazing as well as prefeature entertainment. At the Liberty Center location, around 250 vehicles sidle up next to each other to take in double features rain or shine, and the newly renovated Tiffin location can accommodate up to 500 sedans, stretch station wagons, and highway-ready riding lawnmowers. The flickering glow of Hollywood blockbusters joins forces with the twinkling stars overhead to illuminate clear, cloudless nights, helping to direct hungry movie goers to and from the full-service concession stand, and light the way for made-to-order pizzas delivered straight to each car’s drivers side door.

In addition to its first-run films, Field of Dreams features free, family-friendly games including corn hole toss, ladder golf, and putt-putt golf. Four-legged family members can also watch from the safety of a leash or their very own car seat, and portable coolers and grills are permitted on the grounds with the purchase of a $4 outside-food permit.

4041 Highway 53
Tiffin,
OH
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Since 2009, the art show Art San Diego has introduced the public to its curated works of art, everything from site-specific projects made with the art show's current location in mind to new media works and film. It also hosts art talks and panel discussions and showcases emerging artists.

During the 2014 show, located at Balboa Park Activity Center, attendees view and interact with site-specific and performance works by international artists, interact with top museums "outside the museum walls," and take in exhibitions that showcase the thriving art culture of San Diego. Each show follows a common theme; for 2014 the theme is [ inter.play ], which explores the ways in which artists affect and reflect each other?s work and examines the response evoked by the attending audience.

Featured programs include Art Labs, which highlights projects by several leading San Diego?based art institutions, alternative spaces, and universities, and LaunchPad, which displays a site-specific exhibition of an emerging, unrepresented artist.

PO Box 360
Hinckley,
OH
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In the spirit of Miami's increasingly high profile in the art world, the Spectrum Miami art fair returns to Midtown for five days of fine art during Art Week. Fifty galleries and 50 juried studio artists display their latest pieces in Spectrum's gallery-style exhibition space, which showcases everything from the map-like geometries of Marcio Decker to the surreal, art-pop-flavored self-portraits of Nicole Furman. On a more subdued note come the Zhou Brothers, whose evocative and understated landscapes tread the line between abstract and down-to-earth.

It's not all contemporary works, either. Miniature bronze sculptures by Michelangelo will be on display, including a preliminary model of David and a sculpture of rival Leonardo Da Vinci wearing a dress. And those with a hunger for the very newest of the new in the art world can feast their eyes upon the Jackson Pollock-esque paintings of 6-year-old abstract-art prodigy Shorya Mahanot.

P.O. Box 360
Hinckley,
OH
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CaJohns Fiery Foods hands out trophies and $1,000 grand prizes to the top masters of flavor while hosting the Buckeye Regional & Ohio State Chili Championships. Regional competitions battle over taste buds’ allegiance on Saturday, September 1, and spice masters fight for the title of statewide champion on Sunday, September 2. Prizes go to those with the best red chili, chili verde, and salsa. Amateurs and Westerville natives also receive the chance to compete against one another in their own divisions, as do men and women in the police force, National Guard, and fire department, where chili is both eaten and commonly used as a backup fire retardant.

816 Green Crest Drive
Westerville,
OH
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The 2011 Rock the Resort festival chutes fans through a two-day tunetopia of live rock 'n' roll paired with the watery fun of Clay's Park Resort and its adventure water park. Like Woodstock with even zippier ziplines, Rock the Resort offers a panoply of summertime activities complemented by ear-watering evening performances from an octet of popular artists. Headlining Friday night's jamboree, pop-punk pioneers New Found Glory break the waves at 8 p.m., followed at 10 p.m. by Third Eye Blind, the hit paraders behind "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper." Saturday night marinates eardrums in even more dulcet notes, with Canadian bandoliers Three Days Grace polishing off the festival at 10 p.m. with a set of sandcastle-shaking shanties ready to be savored like fine wine from a scrimshaw flagon.

13190 Patterson Street Northwest
North Lawrence,
OH
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Since it began in 1893, the Cuyahoga County Fair has only missed three years: 1932, during the Great Depression, and 1942?43, during World War II. Every other year, local residents have flocked to the fairgrounds to sample the foods, ride the rides, and soak up entertainment that grows more diverse with each passing summer. Beyond a lineup of main events?such as concerts and motor-sports exhibitions?every day of the fair is an opportunity to zip along rides, see animals, and pit yourself against contests, including watermelon- and Ferris-wheel-eating competitions.

164 Eastland Rd.
Berea,
OH
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