The DDVB is excited to plan, coordinate, and bring to our community these events that just get better year after year. Be sure to check our Community Calendar for specific dates, times, and current details. See You There!

Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market

Thursday Afternoons ~ All Summer Long

We are bringing back that old-timey Farmers' Market feel with fresh cut flowers, local produce, and awesome music flowing through the air.
Thursday's from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at Triangle Park in Downtown Defiance.

Event sponsored by Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau and ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.

Be sure to "Like" the Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market page for event updates and weekly entertainment spotlights!


2017 RibFest photos by Jerry Latta.

For all you music, brew, and BBQ lovers...

We have the best BBQ grillin' teams and rockin' bands at RibFest in Downtown Defiance!

September 28, 2019.  Gates open at 3:30 p.m.  Musical Entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m.

2018 Rib Vendors included:  Cashman's, Defiance Eagle’s Post 372, Defiance Fire Fighters 918, Dos Eppi’s, Jacob’s Meats & BBQ, Jewell Fire Department, Kissner’s, Southern Belle Take Out, House of Love, and Sweetwater Chophouse.

Featured talent for 2019 is Kaitlyn Schmit and The Move and The Band Brother.  Entertaining the crowd from late afternoon until 11:00 p.m.

THANK YOU to our sponsors for 2019:  Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Stykemain Buick GMC, Goin' Postal, and City Beverage.

Be sure to LIKE the official RibFest Facebook Page:

Witches Brew for CASA

SAVE THE DATE: October 31st, 2019

WITCHES ARE FLYING TO DEFIANCE! Get dressed up in your best witch attire, gather your brooms and your friends! We're flying from shops to pubs collecting freakishly good witch's treats and brews. It's going to be a wicked good time!!

Check back here for more information as October draws near!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa arrives in Downtown Defiance each December

We will let you know the arrival day, time, and planned festivities for 2019.

During his busy holiday season, Santa will be sure to make time for visitors at his house at the corner of Clinton Street and West First Street!

Chocolate Walk 2020

Second Thursday in April, 2020

Stroll downtown Defiance and enjoy some chocolate (and wine if you so choose) along the way! This is a delicious opportunity to enjoy a spring walk and get acquainted with our downtown merchants.

Watch for details next year!




Lilac Festival & Street Fair

Second Saturday in May, 2020

The streets of Downtown Defiance are filled with activities as we celebrate the official flower of Defiance with the community's largest Arts and Craft Fair. Join both young and old for a day of entertainment that features free lilacs to the first 750 attendees, a 5K race, live music, arts and craft vendors, unique food vendors, and children’s activities. The Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum will be open to the public. The event is free and located on Clinton Street.

Check in for details, Spring 2020!



July, 2020

Join us at Diehl Park! Enjoy a day full of carnival rides, musical entertainment, and delicious food before the fireworks begin at dusk.

Check back here in Spring of 2020 for more details.  If you are interested in being a food vendor, please contact the DDVB office at 419-782-0739.

riverfest logo

Summer 2020 - Stay tuned for updates!

Each summer, RiverFest and the Family Fun Festival combine to make a full day of live music, food vendors, boating, and kids activities!  FREE community event!  From noon to 4 p.m., families can celebrate our water resources by participating in the River Passport Program.  FREE kayak and pontoon rides will be available all day.  The Family Fun Festival follows from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with more kids activities, Police and Fire Departments, and entertainment for the whole family!