Eat with us at the Ohio Lesbian Festival

Updated 2017 Food plan and menu soon

Shop with us to support the Ohio Lesbian Festival

General Store:
The General Store, located near the main stage, sells festival merchandise, souvenirs and raffle tickets. You will find items like Ohio Lesbian Festival sweatshirts, tshirts, cups, mugs, patches, stickers, lighters and etc. There will also be a display of the fabulous raffle prizes.

General Store Hours:

  • Thursday 3pm -9pm
  • Friday 9am-9pm
  • Saturday 9am-11pm
  • Sunday 9am – 3pm

Community Tent

It’s a vibrant social gathering space to play, relax, laugh, share, and make new friends.


From early morning until late at night the Community Tent is the place to find :


open mic
arm wrestling
water balloon fights
spelling bee
OLF first timers gathering
speed dating
puzzle challenges
giant parachute
bead and book trading . . .
and much, much more.
Watch for more details to come!

What is the WOC/NIW Sanctuary?

We are a welcome center for Womyn of Color, Native and Indigenous Womyn. It’s a warm and friendly place to hang out, socialize or find a quiet corner. Here we find support, form discussion groups, offer workshops and networking, as well as planned and spontaneous activities. Within this multicultural atmosphere, we offer the unique opportunity to explore and reclaim our many and varied traditions. On The Patio we invite ALL womyn to come together for conversations, community and additional workshops.

Find a Clean and Sober Sisterhood at the Ohio Lesbian Festival!

This year we’re going to be open

’round the clock 24/7

We offer recovery meetings and support.

Find old friends and make new ones.
We look forward to meeting you!

All meetings are Open 12-step meetings

Sober Support Schedule: TBA 

Join Us at Crone’s Crossing!

This year in our new location you will find Crones’ Crossing Area  to be more spacious, with more seating.  We will be set-up with on-going craft activities, and many scheduled workshops.

Hours will be:
Thursday  3-8 pm
Friday  10 am-8pm
Saturday 10 am- 8 pm
Sunday 10 am – 2 pm

This year one of the Crones’  Crossing Projects will benefit  My Sister’s Place, a domestic shelter house in the Athens, Ohio, area.   We’ll be creating single & double layer fleece blankets, for women and their children.   Currently (mid-May), we have fleece for  7 single layer adult blankets and 2 single layer children’s blankets.

Many of us who sew and do craft work know we have cloth stashed here & there, and will find this a great way to make good use of the fleece on our shelves and in our storage tubs.

Once your all packed for the festival- look for those little empty spaces and stuff them with fleece.  Once you’re here and comfortably set ,  bring the fleece to Crones’ Crossing .  We’ll have work spaces and storage spaces for supplies and finished products.

Specifically we can use ordinary fleece in lengths of  1 1/2 yards , and a bit longer,  for single layer adult blankets.    For children, 1 yard to 1 1/2 yards.        For creating double layer blankets  we need to make certain both pieces of fleece  are the exact same length.

These blankets are well known, durable, easy to make, and oh so cozy.   The only skill you need is to tie the fringed edging with single single knots for the single layer blankets, and square knots for double layer blankets.

Looking forward to September!

Bringing Children to the Festival?

Ohio Lesbian Festival Childcare 2017

The Ohio Lesbian Festival is excited to offer childcare for girls of all ages.For 2017, boys aged 6 and under are allowed on festival grounds. All boy children will be allowed throughout the festival land for the weekend .  We will provide safe, inclusive fun care for all children whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) purchase tickets prior to the festival. We recognize that pre registration has not been requested in the past but we anticipate a significant increase in the number of children at Festival this year and need to have time to secure adequate supervision for your children. Therefore, children whose parents or guardians purchase tickets at the gate will only receive childcare on a space available basis.
Childcare Registration Form

Workshops and activities will be scheduled and posted so that families/children can plan to attend. We are still working on the schedule. Anyone with fun, child friendly workshop ideas, please contact the childcare coordinators

Childcare will be available:

Thursday         3pm – 7pm
Friday              9am – noon
                         1pm – 4pm
                         5pm – 7pm
Saturday.         9am – noon
                         1pm – 4pm
                         5pm – 7pm
Sunday.           10am – 1pm
                         2pm – 4pm

As you can see, we close for breaks throughout the day. This allows us to rest, clean up and get new volunteers oriented. Breaks also allow families to come together for food, rest and playtime. We will open and close on time and all children need to be picked up on time. Any children who are not picked up on time will be taken to security and the family will lose one childcare slot. Hopefully, this will not need to happen.

Only snacks and water are provided. All meals are not provided. We tend to offer fruit, veggies and crackers for snack. Childcare will be a nut free zone and we request that families not bring any food into the childcare area unless it is pre- approved by the childcare coordinator or designated crew member.

We will ask each family to fill out a brief form which will include allergies. We will provide basic first aid and will have an epi pen to be used in an emergency.

Bug spray, sunscreen and medications
We do not administer bug spray, sunscreen or any medications. Please do this prior to arrival at child care.

Children ages 5 and under are required to remain in the childcare area until they are signed out by an approved adult. Children ages 6 and above may wander with parent or guardian approval and a signed waiver. Wanderers must sign themselves in and out of childcare so that we know which children we are supervising.


Haven is a sensory tent with a soothing environment and various self-lead activities and materials to promote both physical and mental relaxation or stimulus depending on the needs of the individual.

Goals of Haven

-Create a safer space
-Provide sensory input for folks with sensory needs
-Promote self-care/self-nurturance, resilience & recovery

Expectations for visits to Haven 

-Use the area when it is needed, leaving it available for others
-Intended for use by individuals or children 12 and under accompanied by a guardian at all times
-Max of 5 individuals using the space at a time
-Be respectful of others
-Maintain a quiet environment
-No substance use while in or around Haven
-Leave the area as you found it
-Turn off all lights/electricity when finished