What Should I Expect?
The fun isn’t over after Labor Day! On the weekend after Labor Day in September, Chillicothe, Ohio, will host the annual Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature concert performances by several highly acclaimed and award-winning storytellers. Storytelling concerts will start on Thursday evening and continue throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday.
During the day on Friday, concerts for the schools will be held in both a tent in and inside Chillicothe's Majestic Theatre. These concerts are free of charge for area fifth- and sixth-graders. Community members, including students in other grades, are welcome to attend with a ticket and the public venus is at the Majestic Theatre. Fifth and sixth grade students who are home-schooled, or from schools not attending the event, can receive free admission with proof of grade level.
The Thursday evening performance will be a “sampler” of each storyteller at a location TBD. After the Friday evening concert, there will be Ghost Stories in the historic Majestic Theatre. During the day on Saturday, concerts will also be held at the Majestic Theatre. And throughout the day, amateur storytellers and visitors can tell their own tales at “Story Swappin’,” an ‘open mic’ event.
Please Note: This festival will focus on the timeless art of spinning tales, It is not to be confused with book festivals/arts fairs/or library story-time sessions.
What Does It Cost?
A weekend pass for adults is $10. Students can get a weekend pass for $5 and children ages 5 and under are free.
NOTE: Traditional storytelling festival passes are swatches of cloth that are not prepared until the week prior to the festival and pinned to your clothing. If you pay in advance, you will receive paper tickets that can be exchanged at any event for the "swatch" to wear during the festival.
Please click the link for tickets on the menu above for complete information regarding ticket sales.
What About Parking?
No sweat! Ample free parking is also available behind the Majestic Theatre. Several other lots around town are also available.
Are the stories appropriate for all ages?
Please Note: The performances are suitable for children, but may contain some comic mature content that typically will be over the heads of most children. Younger children may not have the attentiveness required during the concerts. It is recommended that younger children not attend the “ghost stories” Friday evening.
Can I Tell Stories at the Festival?
Yes, on Saturday during the storyswapping event.
What Should I Bring Along? Is Food Available Nearby?
The weather is unpredictable in early September. We suggest a light jacket as well as sunglasses and umbrellas. And, of course, extra spending money for souvenirs and food. Restaurants are available throughout the downtown area. Yoctangee Park is a great spot for picnics.
What Should I Not Bring?
Please, no cell phones during performances! No photographic, video, or audio recording of performanceslets respect our storytellers!
Wheres Chillicothe? I Need Directions!
Chillicothe is located on US Route 23 about one hour south of Columbus and nearly two hours northeast of Cincinnati. Click on directions for travel details and routes to this historic city, the first capital of Ohio.
What about Lodging?
Many lodging and camping opportunities are available in and around Chillicothe. Click lodging for a listing of local motels and camping areas.
Can I be a volunteer?
Send us an email with your name/address/phone and we'll contact you about availability of positions. Click here for contact information.
How can I support the Storytelling festival and become a sponsor?
Download the sponsorship application.
Can I get a brochure or poster?
Download the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival brochure or poster.