2018 Obetz Zucchinifest August 31st - September 3rd



LOST & FOUND — We have many items from the Festival.

Call 614-491-4546.

Zucchinifest Opening Day!








Fortress logo

Restrictions within Fortress Obetz:

  • Alcohol (can be purchased once inside)
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Pets (However, service animals are not pets. If someone states that his/her dog is a service animal, it can stay.)
  • Backpacks
  • No bags bigger than 6” x 8”x 10”
  • Video recording equipment
  • Laser pointers
  • Sticks or poles of any kind
  • Any signs that could obstruct other guests view
  • Any other item that police, security, or event staff deem to be dangerous or inappropriate

Join us August 31st – September 3rd, 2018

for this family-friendly, four day event at Fortress Obetz!


Rides, concerts, entertainment, food, pageants, a cruise-in and motorcycle show, Cincinnati Circus Company, Columbus Zoo animals, COSI science spots, a grand parade, and much more can be found at the Obetz Zucchinifest!


FREE admission to the festival and concerts!


Ride wristbands — $18.00.


Fortress Obetz – 2050 Recreation Trail






Sunday, 9/2


Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels featuring special guest Lita Ford will be playing the Zucchinifest on Sunday, September 2nd!

Lita Ford will start the night off at 7:30 PM. Bret Michaels will perform at 9:00 PM. Fortress Obetz gates will open at 6:00 PM.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Reiser





Saturday, 9/1


Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson featuring special guest Jessie G will be playing the Zucchinifest on Saturday, September 1st!

Jessie G will start the night off at 7:00 PM. Gretchen Wilson will perform at 9:00 PM. Fortress Obetz gates will open at 6:00 PM.


2018 Spotlight Events

Something for everyone in the family!


Hooray for Kids Day!

Bring the kids out on Monday, September 3rd for a day of Festival fun!

Cincinnati Circus
Columbus Zoo 
COSI Science Spots


Obetz Zucchini Festival Kids Day Photo


Zucchini Judging

Who grew the biggest zucchini?  Come out to the Zucchini Judging to find out.


There are a number of categories so it is easy for anyone to participate.  


Please bring all food entries at the Information Tent no later than 1:00 PM on Monday, September 3rd.  Do not bring dishes that require refrigeration.  All food items must be on a throw away plate.

Categories for food entries are: Best Dessert and Best Zucchini Bread.

Please drop off all non-food entries at the Information Tent between 5:00 PM on Friday, August 31st and 11:00 AM on Monday, September 3rd.

Categories for Non-Food entries are: Biggest Zucchini (weight), Smallest Zucchini (weight), Most Unusual, and Best Dressed.


The Zucchini Judging will take place at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 3rd at the Information Tent.


Zucchini Products Photo for Judging



Grand Parade

The Grand Parade includes vintage cars, churches, bands, area businesses, political candidates, floats, dance groups, and much more. Anyone can participate!

Grand Parade Photo

2018 Your Stage Information


If you are interested in becoming a 2018 Your Stage performer, please contact Stacey Boumis by clicking the link below.

Stacey Boumis Contact