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.

Chocolate Walk

April 28, 2022      SAVE THE DATE!

Taste the Sweet Life in Downtown Defiance!

Stroll Downtown Defiance and enjoy some chocolate along the way!

This is a delicious opportunity to enjoy a spring walk and get acquainted with our Downtown merchants.

Proceeds from this event benefit Downtown Defiance Beautification Projects.






Lilac Festival & Street Fair

May 14, 2022

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, arts and craft vendors, unique food vendors, and children’s activities.  The event is free and located on Clinton Street.

Thank you to our 2021 Lilac Festival sponsor, The State Bank and Trust Company!



Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market

Visit the Farmers' Market on Third Street in Downtown Defiance

Thursday Afternoons ~ All Summer Long ~ June 3 through August 25, 2022

The Market season is filled with great produce, baked goods, delicious jams, fresh meat, and more!

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

Thank you to ProMedica for their commitment to the Market and sponsorship for the 2021 season!

Interested in becoming a vendor for the Downtown Defiance Farmers' Market?  Here's the application:




July 1, 2022

Join us at the confluence of the Maumee and AuGlaize Rivers as we celebrate the nation’s birthday.  Fireworks begin at dusk.  Enjoy them from Pontiac Park, Kingsbury Park, or the Fort Grounds.

Enjoy a day full of carnival rides and delicious food at Kingsbury Park before the fireworks begin at dusk.

If you are interested in being a food vendor, please contact the DDVB office at 419-782-0739.

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July 2022

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 September 24, 2022.

THANK YOU to our sponsors for 2021!  MAIN EVENT SPONSORS:  Werlor, General Motors, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Stykemain Buick GMC, Pack & Post, City Beverage.  BAND SPONSORS:  Sam Switzer Realty, Baird, Randy and Chris Yoder, Fowler Fresh.

Be sure to LIKE the official RibFest Facebook Page:

Witches Brew for CASA

October 14, 2021

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 September 2021.



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!