For some, March Madness means college NCAA basketball playoff season, while for others March Madness means touring Ohio Maple country, watching the smoke rise from the sugar houses, sampling various products made from maple sugar, and enjoying pancakes smothered in 100% PURE MAPLE golden goodness.

Over the past ten years, NorthernOhioTourism.com has been helping those who seek to partake in this “madness” by supplying a list of where one can find this natural sugar sweetness.  Below is just a sampling of some of the maple syrup events happening in Ohio.

Maple Madness Driving Tour
Dates: March 4-5, 11-12, 2017
Time:  10 am – 5 pm
Visit selected Maple Sugaring operations across Ohio. Make sure you dress for the weather. Boots and outerwear a must!
For driving map click here.


Dates: Sunday, March 5th, March 12th and March 19th
Time: 9:00am – 1:00 pm
Location: Events Barn at the Frostville Museum, 24101 Cedar Point Rd. Located at the corner of Lewis and Cedar Point Rd. in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.
Cost: Adults $7.00, Children 10 & under $5.00. Includes unlimited pancakes, juice, hot beverage and sausage. Add’l sausage 3 for $1.00, add’l orange juice $.50. Take out is available.
For additional information call 216-789-5298
or visit the website www.olmstedhistoricalsociety. org.


Pancake Breakfast at Century Village Museum
Dates:  March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017
Times:  9am – 2pm
Location:  14653 East Park Street, Burton, OH

Pancake Breakfast – Burton/Middlefield Rotary
Dates: March 5, 12, 19,26, 2017
Times: 8am – 1:30 pm
Location: Berkshire High School
Phone: 877.283.3496

Side trips: 
Burton, Ohio is Geauga County’s oldest and first official settlement.  Located on the square is the Burton Log Cabin Sugar Camp.  Here they make and sell some of the best pure Ohio maple syrup.

“In 1931, during the throes of the Great Depression a group of dedicated members of the Burton Chamber of Commerce had an idea to combat the difficult economic times.  The idea was to construct a log cabin in the park in Burton for the purposes of making and selling maple syrup.”  – excerpt from Burton Chamber of Commerce.

Another one of my favorite stops in Burton is Quintealia’s Tea Parlor.  Read more here.

Date:  March 5 & 12, 2017
Time: Noon-4 PM
Location: Geauga Park District, Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge, Sugar House & Sugarbush
Get a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, experience tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and have a taste of what’s cooking, then warm up in the lodge with maple treats and live music by Mr. Haney String Band. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Geauga County Maple Festival 
Date:  April 27-30, 2017
Location:  Historic Chardon Square, Chardon, OH
The Geauga County Maple Festival, the oldest maple festival in the United States, celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Join us for four days of fun, food and ‘everything maple’. Events include Arts & Crafts, Bathtub Races, Concessions, Continuous Grandstand Entertainment, Golden Old Timers Luncheon, Historical Display, Invitational Lumberjack Competition, Pancakes in the Park, two Grand Parades. 440-286-3007

Side trip: 
For an extra “Maple” treat, stop by Maggies Donut Shop in Middlefield, Ohio and try one of their Maple Bacon donuts. Address:  15963 E. High Street, Middlefield, OH  44062 



Maple Sugar Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Dates: March 4-5, 11-12, 2017
Times: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd. (Rt. 6), Kirtland, OH 44094
Farmpark admission applies
Activities include: Tap a maple tree by hand, sample maple syrup, gather buckets with fresh sap and pour it into a horse-drawn sap collector, see how maple candy is made, create a maple craft, and more.


Dates: Saturday/Sunday, March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2017
Times: Pancakes are served on Saturdays from noon to 6pm and Sundays from 9am to 3pm during the month of March.
Location: Chatham VFW Hall is located at 6299 Avon Lake Road in Chatham
For over 50 years the Chatham VFW has hosted a Pancake Breakfast for the community.  Come and enjoy the all-you-can-eat whole wheat pancakes prepared by a well-run kitchen staff.  The grain for the pancakes is freshly ground at The Old Mill, Inc. on Old Mill Road, just south of Chatham. On the day of the event, call (330) 667-2134 for information.

Sunday, March 12 and March 19, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 1pm
Location: 6700 Center Road, Valley City, Ohio 44280.
The Valley City Fire Departments Pancake Breakfast is all-you-can-eat regular and blueberry pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Carry out orders are available. Adults: $8, seniors and children: $6. Proceeds to benefit the Valley City / Liverpool Township Fire Department.  For more information, call (330) 483-3811.


Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Date:  March 12, 2017
Time:  9am – 1pm
Location: Port Clinton Knights of Columbus, 109 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
Admission: $8/adult, $4/child (3-12), age 2 and under are free
Pancake and sausage breakfast in celebration of March being Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. This breakfast is a joint effort with the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750.


Goodell Family Farm – Pancake Breakfast
Dates: March 5, 12, & 19, 2017
Times: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Shalersville Township
9090 OH 44, Ravenna, OH 44266 (corner of OH 44 and OH 303)
Admission: Adults: $8.00, Children (Age 4-12): $4.00,
Children 3 and under: Free


Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park
Dates: March 4-5, 11-12, 2017
Times:  Noon  – 4pm
Location: 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, OH 44843
This free festival is a great way to take a step back in time and enjoy learning about the history of Ohio syrup making. Experience Sugar Camp with live historical demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, food, and maple products for sale.


Hale Farm and Village Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast
Dates: March 11-12, 18-19, 2017
Time:  10am – 4pm
Location: Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Bath, Ohio 44210
Admission for adults is $15 (includes breakfast served until 3pm), Children 3-12 years $10, Members $5 and Breakfast only $5 (reservations not necessary)
Breakfast served: 10 am – 3 pm (Hale Farm closes at 4 pm) *Presale reservations are good for any One day and available online at www.halefarm.org

Enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast and then head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and experience oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. For a special treat climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Maple Sugar Express ale Farm and Village.

For our more information about any of the above or to view our complete list of maple syrup and pancake events, visit NorthernOhioTourism.com.

For complete list of area events click here