LOGAN – The 20th annual Diamond Music Festival returns July 26-27 to showcase original music from central and southeast Ohio. Taking place in the region’s spectacular Hocking Hills, the festival was pioneered by Nick Collura and originally held in his Nelsonville, vintage instrument store and recording stage, Insea Sound Shop. As attendance grew to hundreds, the festival was moved to its present location on Lake Logan at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse. The festival kicks off Friday at noon with live music starting at 3:15 p.m. A complete list of bands and events is available through The Diamond Music Festival Facebook page.

More than a dozen local bands of all genres will offer a lineup of their own music, including Tony Xenos, Megan Bee, The Carlsons, Casey Redmond, The Ghost of a Dog and others. Admission is $10 per day, and kids 12 and under are free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages and a sittin’ chair to enjoy the authentic sounds. Free parking, food and craft vendors and primitive camping is all available at the event.

Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: fREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).