11th Annual Chocolate Walk

SOLD OUT! 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. Tickets will be available March 22, 2021, in the DDVB office […]

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Lilac Festival & Street Fair

May 8, 2021 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 old for a day of entertainment that features […]

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Downtown Farmers’ Market —Summer 2021

The 2021 Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market season will begin Thursday, June 3rd! Opening day is Thursday, June 3rd, from 4:30-7:30 pm on East Third Street! Social distancing guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of everyone attending the […]

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Official Rib Fest Fundraiser

Jacob’s Meats will be preparing their pulled pork meals to satisfy your BBQ cravings! Join us on Friday, April 9th, at Triangle Park to help us make Defiance Rib Fest 2021 the best event yet! Lunch–11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. […]

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Annual events sponsored by the DDVB are always listed on our Annual Events page: Chocolate Walk Lilac Festival & Street Fair Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market Fireworks River Fest Rib Fest Witches Brew Santa’s Arrival Here are some more ways we’re […]

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Defiance County Restaurant Week

Defiance County Restaurant Week Friday, March 5th — Saturday, March 13th Attention all foodies! Discover your new go-to restaurant or support your favorites for Defiance County Restaurant Week!  Restaurants have had a tough year so get out there and support […]

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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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Think Local, Spend Local, Be Rewarded

Holiday Shopping is right around the corner! Supporting Downtown Defiance’s small, locally-owned businesses is one of the best ways we can all give back to our community! Every purchase, big or small, makes a difference! Join us for our ShopDTDefi […]

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2021 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest

The top four winners of the 2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest are: 1st :  Majestic Beauty by Michelle Gonzalez 2nd:  True Colors by Margaret Proulx 3rd :  Peace on Earth at Oxbow Lake by Margaret Proulx 4th […]

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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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Virtual Lilac Festival!

Due to the cancellation of our in-person 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 […]

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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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