Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

    SANTA’S COMING TO DOWNTOWN DEFIANCE!   We are excited to once again welcome Santa into Downtown Defiance! Saturday, December 3rd. We are excited to once again welcome Santa into Downtown Defiance! The day’s festivities begin when Santa arrives in […]

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Annual events sponsored by the DDVB are always listed on our Annual Events page: Defiance County Restaurant Week Chocolate Walk Lilac Festival & Street Fair Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market Family Fun Fridays Fireworks River Fest Rib Fest Witches Brew Santa’s […]

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Cookie Crumble

Saturday, December 10th. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  A little sugar, a lot of fun! Downtown Defiance’s Cookie Crumble is sure to make your family’s Christmas a sweet one! Walk the streets enjoying all the holiday decorations as your family […]

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Lilac Festival & Street Fair

(Banner photo courtesy of LG Images Art Studio) 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 Art and Craft Fair. Join both young and […]

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Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market

Visit the Farmers’ Market at Triangle Park in Downtown Defiance The Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market season will begin on Thursday, May 19th, 2022!   From 4-6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening through August 25th, stop by the Market and find great produce, […]

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Family Fun Fridays

Bring the whole family Downtown on the first Friday of June, July, and August for a scavenger hunt! Each month will have a fun-themed scavenger hunt geared toward all things Defiance! After you complete the scavenger hunt, stick around for […]

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Thunder on the River

    Racing returns to Defiance, Ohio, for “Thunder on the River” June 11-12, 2022. TRORA and Defiance, Ohio, present Thunder on the River!  Live Boat Races ALL WEEKEND!  Help us welcome them back after 30 years! Join us at the […]

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Defiance Fireworks Celebration

July 1, 2022 Celebrate Independence Day at the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers! 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 […]

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#ShopDefi Small Business Passport

COME ONE! COME ALL! Shop Downtown Defiance this holiday season! Pick up your #ShopDefi Passport from any participating business, the DDVB office (325 Clinton Street), or the Defiance Chamber office (400 Clinton Street).  **Passports will be available for pick up […]

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Defiance Reservoir & Walking Trails

The Reservoir Nature Trail is an 8’ wide, multi-use trail extending from the Defiance Reservoir parking lot through aprox. 2500′ of natural wooded area. It connects to the ‘lower’ pathway around the municipal reservoir. This walkway offers opportunities for recreational […]

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Thoreau Wildlife Reserve

Thoreau Wildlife Reserve is now open to the public for the enjoyment of Nature with it’s 4 nature trails that highlight meadows, woodlands, wetlands and old growth forest. The Reserve is located at 10485 Haller Road in Brunersburg – next […]

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Oxbow Lake (c) Mary Fry Comden

Oxbow Lake and Wildlife Area

Oxbow Lake lies 10 miles northwest of the city of Defiance, and can be accessed from State Route 15 at Schick Road. Fish of Interest for Anglers include Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Green sunfish and Bullhead.  The operation of watercraft with any […]

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Independence Dam State Park

Independence Dam State Park covers 591-acres situated along the banks of the beautiful Maumee River. This park is located approximately 3 miles east of Defiance on St. Rt. 424 and offers recreational opportunities including boating access, hiking trails, camping, fishing, […]

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Maumee Water Trail

The Maumee River travels through woodland, farmland and the heart of Defiance on it’s way to Maumee Bay in Lake Erie.  Boat, canoe or kayak from Ft, Wayne to Toledo. This informative map details access points with markers at every […]

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Buckeye Trail

The Buckeye Trail is a 1,444 mile hiking and long-distance trail that loops around the state of Ohio. The Buckeye Trail Association maintains and develops the trail. In 2017, the Buckeye Trail Association named the City of Defiance an official […]

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North Country Trail

The longest in the National Trails System, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4,600 miles across eight states.  From North Dakota, the trail continues eastward and joins the Buckeye Trail through parts of Ohio (including Defiance) and continues to […]

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Entry Deadline Extended to May 31

2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest Entry Deadline has been extended to May 31st, 2020!! We are accepting entries for the 2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest. Do you have a photo of the Defiance area […]

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COVID-19 Resource Links

As COVID-19 precautions continue to impact Defiance County, please refer to the below links for information. Practice social distancing, wash your hands and be kind.  #DefiStrong Governor DeWine – https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/ Center of Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Ohio Department of Health […]

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