The celebration of a lifetime!

Join us in 2018 as we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a series of parties and events all throughout your Erie MetroParks. Party on!


50th Birthday Party

July 8th | Osborn MetroPark
3PM – 7PM

Celebrate Erie Metroparks’ 50th birthday! Food trucks, DJ, Games, Jugglers, Inflatables, Free Cupcakes and more! Enter to win awesome prizes while at the party too! Come to a traditional style birthday party at the park.

Family Picnic

July 22nd | The Coupling MetroPark
11AM – 2PM

Don’t miss the best picnic of the year! Join us for a free lunch, facility tours, casual hikes, volleyball, and canoeing! Enter to win a free overnight stay at The Coupling and a free canoe rental! Canoe trips will be available with by registration only. Please register by calling (419) 625-7783 x221.  All equipment, life jackets and a trained canoe instructor will be onsite.

Coffee In Nature

August 5th | Hoffman Forest MetroPark
8AM – 11AM

The early bird gets the worm – except we will be serving Birds & Bean coffee and pastries at this event. Enter to win a supply of this special coffee and a birding journal. Join Erie MetroParks and Jen Bucheit from Old Woman Creek to explore the Hoffman Forest. A limited supply of binoculars will be available for use. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Old Woman Creek.

Family Funday

August 19th | East Sandusky Bay MetroPark Eagle Point
2PM – 5PM

This summer event couldn’t get any better – Ice Cream Social, Birding, Mini Train Rides, and more! Sign up for a chance to win some great prizes while you are here.

Go Take A Hike Kickoff 
& 5K Prediction Run

September 9th | Edison Woods MetroPark
2:59PM (5K registration 2:30PM)

Along with guided walks there will be entertainment, food, children’s games & activities unique to the park.  The “Go Take a Hike” program is also the kick off for those who have an interest in hiking all the trails in all 8 parks.  Free family event sponsored by Friends of Erie MetroParks and Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Lake Erie Wing Watch Birding Festival

September 22nd & 23rd | Osborn MetroPark
1PM – 6PM

Come out for some fun and learn about Things with Wings! There will be free family friendly activities throughout the day. This will include presentations, guided hikes and exhibits. Food trucks will also be available!

Harvest Happenings

October 6th & 7th | Osborn MetroPark
11AM – 5PM

Don’t miss the best family festival in Erie County! Two days of fun-packed activities for everyone—Firelands Pioneer Power Assn. Tractor & Engine Display, children’s pedal-pull, Back to the Wild display, Pony Rides with the Ohio Horseman’s Council of Erie County, Dr. Insecta and a spider stroll, live music, food and craft vendors, Sandusky Children’s Museum activities, MetroParks Nature tent, hay rides, and much, much more!

Outdoor Movie Night

October 20th | Castalia Quarry MetroPark
6PM – 9PM

Spend an evening on the Quarry floor! Guided walks and historical education begins at 6pm. The Croods will start at 7pm and free popcorn available while supplies last. Join us for this exciting night and the last Party in the Park of the year! Parking will be inside the quarry.


Volunteers for Party in the Parks will each receive a free t-shirt! Volunteer hours can also be applied to other great benefits from Erie MetroParks. Click the button below to download the Volunteer Application