Ohio Pawpaw Festival



Athens County Visitor's Bureau

The Exclusive Visitors Bureau Sponsor
of the Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Please contact the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-878-9767) for more information on area lodging and dining.

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 18th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will takeplace September 16-18, 2016. We hope you come to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids!

Friday: 4 pm - midnight
Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

$15/one-day pass; $30/weekend pass; children 12 & under free.
Seniors 60 and over, with proper ID - $10/one-day pass; $20/weekend pass. 
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: please note there is NO DOG PARK this year; dogs are still welcome within the camping areas.  Only service animals will be permitted on the festival grounds.

Click here for a map of the festival grounds.

Rusted Root at Pawpaw Fest

Excited to announce RUSTED ROOT will perform on Sat., Sept. 17!!!

Also performing this year will be The D-Rays, Supernobody, Water Witches, Bright at Night, Steve Free, The Paranormals and many, many more. All times TBA.

Order your advanced tickets to the fest here.

2016 Renewable Energy Regatta

Saturday, Sept. 17
12-5 p.m.

Design, build and operate a boat that uses nothing but solar, wind, and/or muscle power in any desired combination. Build for speed, endurance and maneuverability using no combustion engines or energy storage on board. Teams are encouraged to apply, but individuals are also welcome. Cash prizes! Slalom Race: $1,500 prize; Speed Race: $1,000 prize; Remote-controlled Race: $500 prize. Click here for full details. Register by Sept. 1 at UpGradeAthens.org/2016RenewableEnergyRegatta.

The Inaugural Pawpaw 4 Miler

Saturday, Sept. 17
9 a.m.

NEW THIS YEAR! The Inaugural Pawpaw 4 Miler and 1 mile fun run/walk will take place the Saturday of the festival, September 17, and starts at 9 a.m.

The Pawpaw 4 Miler is a classic cross country style race run on a mixture of grass, trails, and gravel surfaces, with a few fun obstacles along the route like hay bale jumps! Whether you are in it to run fast, or to simply enjoy the scenic Southeastern Ohio park, this race will be a great event for all levels, including a 1 mile fun run/walk for children, families, or those who just want to take it easy.

Click here for more information and to register. Click here to visit the event Facebook page.

Pawpaw Shuttle Information

Take the shuttle and reduce our carbon footprint! Vist our shuttle page for details on pickup locations and times.

Camping at Lake Snowden

Lake Snowden will have unlimited camping areas for tents only. There will be a camping area designated for families.  Cost is $15 per tent for one night, $22 per tent for two nights. Limited shower facilities available for registered campers only.  Click here to purchase tickets online. For other camping questions, please call Lake Snowden at 740-698-6373. (Please note that campsites with electric are SOLD OUT.)

What is a Pawpaw?

pawpawThe pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is North America's largest native tree fruit. The fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor.

Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant.

Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington's favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw.