If you’re on the hunt for some fun, free things to do in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, look no further! We have a great list of activities that are free of charge and perfect for the entire family!
Ohio is proud to be the home to some of America’s best museums. Every major city in the state has something to offer, with every museum a reflection on that city’s history, culture and interests.
Not to be outdone, the city of Youngstown also has an amazing selection of museums! If you or your family are interested in art, history or science, there’s a museum here to fascinate and inspire you! Check out this list and plan your visit to one (or all!) of Youngstown’s amazing museums.
What do you do when it’s a rainy day in Youngstown? Instead of just watching a movie or playing board games, why not get out and have a good time? There’s all sorts of fun things to do in Youngstown on a rainy day – just take a look at the list below!
Soup is a favorite around the globe, especially in colder months. To those of us in northeast Ohio, soup is the ideal wintertime comfort food! So, where can you go to get the best soup in Youngstown, Ohio? Let’s find out!
The holidays are a time to make special memories with your family and loved ones. From craft shows and unique wintertime events to colorful Christmas displays, we’ve got the list of the best holiday events to attend in and around Youngstown!
The Youngstown area is home to some fantastic spots when it comes to great coffee (from experienced roasters to long-standing, locally owned favorites). So, rather than visit the typical corporate-chain-type coffee shop, why not try something truly unique?!
Coffee Roastery Options for the Win!
If you’re in search of some of the best coffee shops in and around Youngstown, OH, you’ve stumbled upon the right blog! Whether you’re in search of the perfect latte or a unique gift card option for your best friend, these coffee roasters are a great place to start.
Stone Fruit Coffee
A group of friends founded Stone Fruit Coffee in 2015, and since then, this local favorite has expanded to include stores in Boardman, Canfield, Poland, the YSU campus, and a brand new location inside Steel Valley Brew Works (at DeBartolo Commons) in the Southern Park Mall. When you visit Steel Valley Brew Works, don’t miss the massive Diedrich coffee roaster as you enter – it’s capable of roasting three million pounds of coffee beans a year!
They roast their beans in-house, and name their coffees after recognizable Youngstown landmarks and events (such as Smoky Hollow, Black Monday, and Brier Hill). Can it get much better than that?
Besides coffee, you can also try a selection of toasts and toppings to pair with your brew, along with baked goods. If you’re in a rush, the Canfield and Poland locations have a convenient drive-thru service.
When you visit the Steel Valley Brew Works location, you can also enjoy billiards, bocce, pinball, and their selection or appetizers, flatbreads, salads, and paninis!
Branch Street Coffee Roasters
Branch Street Coffee Roasters was named to Food & Wine Magazine’s 2019 list of the best coffee in every state. From its location on Boardman-Canfield Rd., Branch Street imports and roasts its beans in order to give every customer a unique coffee experience. You can also find tea and brewing equipment at Branch Street, as well as whole beans that you can grind at home.
High Octane Coffee Co.
High Octane Coffee Co.’s Boardman and Austintown locations aren’t the norm when it comes to coffee shops. Both locations are completely decked out in motorsports-themed decor, and the Boardman store is even located in a refurbished 1950’s service station!
High Octane’s coffees are roasted in-house, sporting names like “Hammer Down,” “Gasoline Alley,” and “Victory Lane.” The shops also feature sweet treats like locally made ice cream, donuts from White House Fruit Farm, and delicious breakfast sandwiches!
Culture House Coffee Co.
Culture House Coffee Co. roasts all of their beans at their shop on Youngstown’s North Side, bringing recognition to the origins of their coffee beans while also making sure their visitors have an amazing cup of coffee!
Culture House also has delicious baked goods like croissants, scones, bagels, and more, as well as drink flavors that change with the seasons.
Coffee & Tea Staples in The Valley
The Valley is home to some locally owned shops that have been fan favorites for decades. Grab a bite to eat, order online for takeout/pickup or simply pop in for your favorite coffee drink!
Peaberry’s Cafe recently moved from Canfield to its new location in the Shops at Boardman Park, featuring a full line of hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, such as lattes, mochas, and espressos. But they also feature all-day breakfast, a lunch menu of hot and cold sandwiches (burgers, too!), and delicious baked goods.
Pressed Coffee Bar & Eatery
Pressed Coffee Bar & Eatery is located in a historic home on Lincoln Ave. near the Youngstown State University campus. It’s a fan favorite among students and locals alike for hot and cold coffees, coffee-inspired frozen drinks, and smoothies! Be sure to try their breakfast and lunch menus, too! (Pressed is well-known for its breakfast frittatas and panini sandwiches.)
The Mocha House
The Mocha House has locations in downtown Youngstown, and Boardman. A longtime staple of the Mahoning Valley, The Mocha House is a full-service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner at its Boardman and Youngstown locations, as well as a huge variety of coffee drinks.
Before you leave, be sure to try some of their incredible baked goods, including New York style cheesecakes, pies, cakes and other desserts – all baked fresh daily!
Hallowed Grounds Coffee Co.
Hallowed Grounds Coffee Co. is a perfect small-town coffee and breakfast spot located in New Middletown, Ohio. Stop in to choose from a variety of hot coffees, iced drinks, and a selection of teas. Food options include an ever-changing list of baked goods and tasty breakfast sandwiches.
Make Your Next Coffee Shop Stop a Local One!
We all make a point to try and shop local when it comes to clothes, food and more; the same goes for your next cup of coffee!
So, when your caffeine craving hits, head to one of our Valley’s many local coffee shops – you might just find your new favorite place! For more insider info on everything going on in and around Youngstown, check back with Youngstown Live for upcoming concerts, events and happenings!
October means more than just shorter days and raking leaves – it’s time for ghosts and goodies!
We’ve got Halloween events of all kinds and for all ages, from special trick or treat activities for kids to scary fun for teens and adults. Check out our list of the best Halloween-related events taking place in Youngstown and throughout Mahoning County!
Trick or Treat Events
Looking for fall fun options geared toward kids? Here’s your short list of family-friendly Halloween trick or treat events – the scare level is low but the fun level is high!
Southern Park Mall Candy Crawl
Come to the Southern Park Mall in your best Halloween costume and participate in a family-friendly, mall-wide trick or treat event!
It all starts at DeBartolo Commons (outside), where princesses and superheroes will be handing out candy to the kids! Then, trick-or-treaters can head inside the mall to visit participating stores and food vendors for some sweet treats.
Candy Crawl is on Friday, October 14 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (while supplies last)!
Youngstown Phantoms Safe Trick or Treat
Head to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown to see the Youngstown Phantoms face off against the Madison Capitols and bring the kids for a safe Trick or Treat!
Youngstown Phantoms Safe Trick or Treat is on Friday, October 14 at 6 p.m. The game begins at 7.05 p.m.
Trunk or Treat at the Youngstown Playhouse
Visit the special Trunk or Treat Halloween party at the Youngstown Playhouse for goodies and community resources. It’s free, open to the public and a fun, safe, centralized option for a great trick-or-treating experience! The Youngstown Playhouse is located at 600 Playhouse Lane.
Truck or Treat is Sunday, October 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bake Me Treats Halloween Fest
Bake Me Treats is hosting a Halloween Fest at their store, located at 16 S. Main Street in Poland. There will be vendors, food trucks, and a pumpkin bounce house, as well as all sorts of amazing sweet treats! Remember to wear your Halloween costume to receive a FREE cupcake!
This fun, one-day event is scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5th Annual Plaza Wide Trick or Treat
The 5th Annual Plaza Wide Trick or Treat is sponsored by local businesses in the 1300 block of Boardman-Canfield Road, from Blue Wolf Tavern down to Hot Head Burritos. (There will even be a doggie costume contest at One Hot Cookie!) For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Trick or Treat takes place Saturday, October 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (and the dog costume content is at 3 p.m.).
Spooky Family Fun
The Youngstown area is packed with special Halloween events the whole family can enjoy! Here are some of our favorites:
Pumpkin Carving at Fellows Riverside Gardens
Come out and carve up a storm! At Fellows Riverside Gardens (located at 123 McKinley Avenue on the west side of Youngstown), you and the family can have a blast carving pumpkins for the
pumpkin display at the annual Pumpkin Walk. Carving tools will be provided, or you can bring your own! No registration is required and families can meet in the parking lot next to the new Cushwa Outdoor Education Pavilion.
Don’t forget that the Pumpkin Walk at Twilight will also be held at Fellows Riverside Gardens.
Carving is on Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pumpkin Walk at Twilight is on Sunday, October 16 from 4 – 8 p.m.
Shows at Ward Beecher Planetarium
The Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University is cooking up some extra special Halloween-themed shows this fall! Shows are free and open to the public, but donations are definitely appreciated.
This one’s for the Harry Potter fans!
Visitors to the planetarium can learn all about the night sky and how it relates to the magical world of the Harry Potter Universe. At the end of the presentation, you can test your knowledge to win points for your house! Check the Ward Beecher Planetarium website for more information.
Shows are Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Nightlights has been running since 1974 and is appropriate for all ages, but keep in mind that very young visitors might be afraid of the dark and loud music. Otherwise, everything is presented in a fun, non-scary style for everyone to enjoy – plus, guests are encouraged to come in costume!
Five shows are scheduled: October 14, 15, 21, 22, and 28. All shows start at 8 p.m.
This a fun, light-hearted version of the Nightlights show appropriate for all ages! As with Nightlights, everyone is encouraged to wear their costume!
Two shows are scheduled: October 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.
The Pumpkin Carve-Out Contest
Bring your carving tools and your creativity to the Masters Pavilion at Boardman Park and carve some pumpkins! Participants pay five dollars per pumpkin, and prizes will be awarded for winners in four different age categories!
Contest dates are Friday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, October 15 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spooktacular Halloween Drive-Thru Light Display at Boardman Park
Take a drive though Boardman Park and enjoy the spooky (but not too scary) Halloween light displays, all from the safety of your car! Tune in to 88.9 FM to enjoy some Halloween themed music during your drive, too.
The light display runs from October 17 – October 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Family Fall Fest at Boardman Park
Be sure to visit Boardman Park for some family-oriented fall fun! This free event takes place at the Masters Outdoor Pavilion and will include Halloween-themed carnival games, live music, face painting, straw mazes and much more! Concessions will be available at the fall festival, too.
Family Fall Fest is slated for Saturday, October 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
**In case of inclement weather, the Fall Fest will take place on October 29.
Nightmare at the Canfield Scaregrounds
Every year in October, the Canfield Fairgrounds becomes the Canfield Scaregrounds! So, you don’t have to drive to Akron, Columbus, or Cleveland for the scariest time around. It’s a haunted house like you’ve never seen before – get ready for the scare of your life at terrifying attractions like the Barn of Evil, The Slaughterhouse, and the Haunted Circus. On the less frightening side, Monster Mania offers “not so scary” scenes for the little ones featuring the Sanderson Sisters.
The Scaregrounds are open September 30-October 31: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight; Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, October 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
**Check the Canfield Scaregrounds website for the latest updates and information.
Add a touch of elegance to your Halloween season by attending a live show!
Pops in Powers: Ghostbusters in Concert
Halloween’s the perfect time to catch some ghosts! Join the Ghostbusters, as well as guest conductor Erik Ochsner and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, as they play Elmer Bernstein’s Grammy-nominated score.
The performances will be held at Powers Auditorium at the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Visit the Youngstown Symphony website for tickets and more information.
Concerts will take place Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m.
The Death of Dr. Frankenstein
Gather at the Best Western Dutch Haus Inn in Columbiana to answer: who killed Dr. Frankenstein? Join a cast of characters including Vampira, Dr. Jekyll, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein’s monster himself!
For tickets, call 866-482-5050 or go to dasdutchvillage.com/theater. Then, be sure to ask about the “That’s Entertainment” Overnight Dinner Theater Package, and you’ll have a beautiful room waiting for you after the show, with a hot breakfast bar ready in the morning!
Two performances are scheduled for Friday, October 28: A matinee at 12 p.m., and an evening show at 7 p.m.
The Monster: Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment
The Monster, from 1925, is considered to be the first horror film to reach the top of the U.S. box office. The movie stars the legendary Lon Cheney as a doctor committing horrible experiments in a sanitarium, and is a classic of the horror genre.
Come see The Monster with live organ accompaniment by Jay Spencer, who has been the house organist for the Canton Palace Theatre since the 1990s. Tickets are $7 with a $3 service fee – just call 330-259-0555 or visit the Stambaugh Auditorium website.
The Monster with organist Jay Spencer will be shown on Sunday, October 30 at 4 p.m.
Just for the Grown-Ups
Looking for some Halloween-themed options for the grown ups? Here are some activities in and around Youngstown that are just for the BIG kids!
Lanterman’s Mill – In the Dark of The Night
Find out for yourself if Lanterman’s Mill is actually haunted! You’ll spend an hour in the mill with an opportunity to investigate every floor in the dark of the night.
Ticket prices are $10 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Space is very limited, so call 330-740-7116 or register online at the Mill Creek MetroParks website by searching under the “Programs and Events” section.
Tours are Saturday, October 29 at 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 at 9 p.m. or 11 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Penguin City Brewery
You’ll have a blast at Penguin City Brewery watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Penguin City’s 300 inch TV! Audience participation prop bags will be on sale for $5 each, with proceeds going to Rebel Rescue Ranch, a nonprofit animal rescue that specializes in rehoming exotic pets. There will be drink specials, giveaways, and a costume contest, too!
The show is scheduled for Saturday, October 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a $5 cover. The movie starts promptly at 9 p.m.
Fill Your Fall with Fun
The Mahoning Valley has more than just wagon rides, pumpkin patches and apple cider when it comes to Halloween! All throughout the month of October, you can find great Halloween activities for everyone in the family.
If you’re looking for something a little less ghostly, check out our fall events blog for more options throughout the entire fall season – Boardman Oktoberfest, Harvest Weekends at White House Fruit Farm (don’t forget to grab a donut…or 12!), the New Springfield Maze Craze Corn Maze (a massive 21-acre corn maze with tons of other activities), live entertainment, and much more!
Always check back to Youngstown Live for everything going on in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley!
Youngstown, Ohio might not necessarily be the first place you think of when it comes to wine — but that’s about to change, because we’ve got some amazing local wineries that are putting Mahoning County on the map!
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening with a glass of wine in hand, or want to meet up with friends to share some fantastic food and lively conversation, we’ve got all the info on where you should go!
Gather ‘round the fire and get the hot dogs and s’mores ready, because fall is almost here!
Youngstown, Ohio (and the Mahoning Valley in general) is a must-visit location when it comes to fall-themed family-friendly events and unique activities! We’ve got world-class farmers markets, nationally recognized corn mazes, and much more! So grab your calendar, and start planning all the fun things you want to be a part of this fall season!
Summer’s not just the season for outdoor concerts, swimming, and warm nights on the patio – it’s also the time for tasty local produce from Mahoning County’s many farmers markets.
When you buy your produce locally, you’re not just helping a local food grower, or getting healthy fresh fruits and veggies, you’re also doing good for the environment! Plus, many of the markets in Mahoning County also feature local art, baked goods, jewelry and more! Here’s your list of the best Mahoning County farmers markets to check out in 2022: