The DDVB is excited to plan, coordinate, and bring to our community these events that just get better year after year. Some events have been postponed or cancelled for 2020 — be sure to check our Community Calendar for specific dates, times, and current details.

Lilac Festival & Street Fair

Due to the cancellation of our in-person 2020 Lilac Festival, we are excited to promote all of our Lilac Festival vendors with a "Virtual" Lilac Festival.

Vendors will be posting all of their business information on this page to include how to purchase items from them virtually or by using safe social distancing measures. See the Facebook Event page here:

What a great way for the Defiance community to show our support; by visiting a website, ordering online, buying gift cards, or one of the many other creative ideas small businesses are coming up with!

Support your favorite Lilac Festival vendor! #DefiStrong

We greatly appreciate your continued support of the Lilac Festival and look forward to seeing all of you next year (May 8th, 2021)!




Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market

Returning in June 2020 ~ Thursday Afternoons ~ All Summer Long

June 4 through August 27

This year's Market season will be filled with great produce, baked goods, delicious jams, fresh meat, and MUCH more! Live music fills the air every Thursday evening!

A very special THANK YOU to ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital for helping make this year's Market possible! #DiscoverDefiance #DowntownDefianceFarmersMarket #buylocal

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

Interested in becoming a vendor for this year's Market?  Here's the application:




July 3, 2020


Join us at Kingsbury 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.

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Summer 2020 - Stay tuned for updates!

RiverFEST was created to enhance awareness of all that is great about our rivers — conservation, wildlife, recreation and family fun.

This is a FREE community event offering free kayak and pontoon rides, River Passport outdoor education program, live music, food vendors, and entertainment for the whole family!

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

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

Mark Your Calendar!

Coming to Downtown Defiance again September 26, 2020.

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

Be sure to LIKE the official RibFest Facebook Page:

Witches Brew for CASA

October 22, 2020

Grab your wand, hop on your broom, and join your fellow witches and warlocks!  Businesses throughout Downtown Defiance will welcome our witches and warlocks to town for an enchanted evening!

Tickets will be available at the DDVB Office in October 2020.



Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa’s Arrival was a BIG Hit!

We loved seeing Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves in a horse-drawn carriage come across the new bridge into Downtown Defiance!

Santa will return to Defiance again this year - check back in November for details!

Chocolate Walk

April 23, 2020 -- POSTPONED.

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.

New date will be announced as soon as possible.  

For the latest updates, follow the Chocolate Walk event on FB:

Thank you to First Federal Bank for sponsoring the 10th Annual Chocolate Walk!