Live music, good beer and summer sunshine — is there anything better? You can soak it all in this Saturday, June 10 in Canal Winchester at the inaugural Summer Brew Fest, sponsored by Loose Rail Brewing. The festival will feature performances by Strung Up, Yellow Paper Planes, and Roy Stephenson & Buddy Owens. A trio of food trucks will also set up shop so festival-goers can snack their way through the day while sipping on a beer from Loose Rail.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday and goes until 10 p.m., but if you’re looking for some fun in the CW before the festivities begin, don’t fret. There’s plenty to do in Canal Winchester (located just one hour from Marysville!).

If you’re a museum fan, you’re in luck. The area is home to three diverse museums. For a walk on the quirky side, check out the National Barber Museum or the Doll and Toy Museum. History buffs should check out Mott’s Military Museum.   Technically located in nearby Groveport, this attraction is well worth the pit stop. The museum seeks to educate the public on America’s military past, by highlighting first-hand accounts of the men and women who have served. The museum also has several military vehicles and aircraft on display.

If you still haven’t got your fill of history, head to Slate Run Living Historical Farm. The farm has been restored to a bygone era and visitors can observe costumed staff going about their chores as if it’s still the 1880’s.

All this exploring is bound to work up an appetite! Harvest Moon Craft Kitchen, located in the historic district, serves seasonal, handcrafted sandwiches and burgers, as well as inventive signature cocktails.

And finally, we recommend what is perhaps Canal Winchester’s most-buzzed-about destination: BrewDog. The new Scottish brewery and taproom opened their first US location in Canal Winchester in March. With a cool industrial vibe and six unique beers on tap (as well as 8 other local “guest drafts”), BrewDog is quickly making a name for themselves. Time for a road trip!

(Photo via Destination Canal Winchester)