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Did you know you’ve come to the home of the Banana Split? Or are you into geocaching? Do you enjoy farm tours and browsing farmer’s markets? If you are looking for things to do while visiting Wilmington, Ohio, then add the Banana Split Festival, the Clinton County Barn Quilt GeoTrail and a number of local farmer’s markets to the list. Yes, you can do all those things and more – Wilmington style!

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Live music is a part of the entertainment scene of Wilmington, Ohio.


Things to Do In Wilmington: Live Music

You’ll be surprised to discover a number of local and regional musical ensembles on the mic around Wilmington in a variety of area restaurants. Make it a fun Saturday evening with dinner and live music at the General Denver Hotel Pub in Wilmington’s historic district from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Get ready to tap your foot to the beat or even sing along if you know the song. It’s live!

Then each November the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival is hosted here at the Roberts Centre. The three-day event attracts nationally recognized groups performing bluegrass, old-time and gospel music.

Let’s Break a Leg in Wilmington

Wilmington is home to The Murphy Theatre and The Wilmington College Theatre department. The calendars for both venues frequently feature top-notch stage productions to suit diverse audiences. Perhaps your schedule will have a few hours to support local thespians.

The Murphy Theatre is a historical icon in Wilmington. In addition to live stage productions, the theatre’s stage is popular with musical groups and other performers. The Wilmington College Theatre department includes the Boyd Cultural Arts Center, Hugh G. Heiland Theatre and the Quaker Heritage Center. Hence the productions are largely student-based and cover many genres.

So be sure to check for upcoming events and secure tickets if planning to be in the area for an upcoming performance. We’ll see you at the box office!

Small Town Features Big Screens

Want to catch the latest movie on the big screen? Then head over to Wilmington Plaza Cinema 5 to see what’s playing. You’ll find popular first-run feature films to enjoy. You can’t beat the affordable prices here too. So go ahead and order a large bag of popcorn and a soft drink, sit back and enjoy the show.

Wilmington Ohio entertainment

Movie theaters, stage productions and other options add to Wilmington’s entertaining charm.


Exhale in Wilmington, Ohio

Looking for more eco-related things to do while in Wilmington? Visitors will find a number of parks, preserves and recreation venues to explore for a few hours or make a full day of it. Find a park of interest in the City of Wilmington or discover more in the surrounding county.

Learn about native trees in the area and discover hearty transplants on a journey through the Frank O. Hazard Arboretum at Wilmington College. The arboretum, situated on more than 13 acres, is located on the south side of campus and includes an extensive list of over 230 trees including varieties of maple and magnolia. Indeed it is a special area to visit.

And did we mention this is farm country?

In fact, the season’s harvest is plentiful to sample as you make your way around the region. If time permits take a trip to a nearby farmer’s market for a little tasting and shopping. While visiting, check out the Clinton County Farmer’s Market or the Caesar Creek Markets. Surely there will be something you can’t resist taking home as a souvenir.

Wilmington Ohio entertainment

Wilmington, Ohio is the birthplace of the banana split. There’s a local festival to celebrate the treat each year in June.


Fun Wilmington Festivals

Did you know Wilmington is the birthplace of the Banana Split? Yes, this tasty concoction of rich scoops of ice-cream, nestled between the lush halves of a banana, covered by ribbons of decadent whipped cream and outfitted with an infinite combination of toppings is celebrated with an annual festival in June. The Banana Split Festival is a big deal in Wilmington and the festival is a fun time to experience the community. Additionally, the area hosts a number of other entertaining festivals throughout the year! Learn more about upcoming festivals through the Clinton County Conventions & Visitors Bureau.

And remember, Wilmington is centrally located to three of Ohio’s largest cities – Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton – which all offer a wealth of attractions in Southwest Ohio.

So if you are planning to attend an event here at The Roberts Centre or will be in town for another occasion, take a moment to round out your itinerary with a few activities in the Wilmington area. The Holiday Inn is the on-site hotel here at the Roberts Center and includes a restaurant and bar. Likewise let the Roberts Centre also be your backdrop for a wedding, business event, tradeshow or other special events. Encompassing more than 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Roberts Centre can certainly accommodate your needs. Contact the Roberts Centre today at (937) 283-3272 to book your event today!

About Roberts Centre

Roberts Centre is home to the region's largest convention center, a luxurious Holiday Inn hotel, and Ralph's American Grill. The flexibility of our space, combined with our location between three major cities in Ohio, makes us the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, meetings, pet shows, and other special events.

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