Residents of Swanton in north-western Ohio will have a variety of festivals and events to keep them entertained throughout the year however other than that, the village does not offer much in the way of nightlife other than a few sports bars and a variety of restaurants. In this respect, many visitors to the area who are seeking more lively entertainment in the evenings will travel slightly further afield to places like Toledo, a lively city not much more than 10 miles away.
Toledo’s bustling downtown district is packed full of lively bars, restaurants and clubs to suit all tastes and preferences as well as cinemas, theaters and opera. Nearby, you will also find the home of the Toledo Mud Hens so sports fans may want to take in a live game at their state-of-the-art 8,943 seat facility which has been the ballpark for the local team since 1965 and you will find it located right in the center of this area. Those who enjoy live entertainment may want to check out what is on at the Owens Center for Fine & Performing Arts which provides a wide variety of music and dance performances that include everything from bluegrass and jazz to pop and hip-hop. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is now performing their 66th consecutive season in the region and as well as performances in the city, they also bring classical music to surrounding areas of Northwest Ohio as well as Southeast Michigan. Performances are conducted in over 100 of these local communities and are held in places like class rooms, senior citizen centers and churches as well as theaters and auditoriums with several outdoor concerts held in city parks throughout the summer too. The Toledo Opera House is another venue that is popular with both tourists and residents in the area and this is the only professional regional opera company in northwest Ohio, performing everything from Grand Opera to Broadway favorites across the region for over fifty years.
Toledo’s Theater League is a non profit organisation that also has a tax exempt status because it is deemed to offer both cultural and educational benefits to the city thanks to its community-orientated performing arts program that is committed to developing professional theater performances in the area since it was founded in 1976. The Toledo Repertoire Theater also has similar goals as it has pledged to “entertain, educate and provide service to the region with the discipline of theater.” Among those involved in the theaters are Toledo’s 10th Street Theater who have been performing their unique style of art in the same downtown area for over seventy years. The Valentine Theater had a $28 million renovation and re-opened in 1996 however, now in its 109th year, it is run by the Toledo Cultural Arts Center, Inc. (also a non-profit organization) and has seating for around 900 people. It offers an eclectic range of cultural and performing arts events that include world renowned ballets and classical concerts by the local companies like the Toledo Ballet, Toledo Jazz Society and the Masterworks Chorale, as well as international and national touring acts like the Grigorovich Ballet and the National Ballet of Bahia.