Fall Ohio Festivals in 2016
Discover fall fun at festivals around Ohio this September and October. We have listed dates for more than 25 events in 2015 and are tracking approximately 20 more things to do this Autumn. We have done our best to find music, art, food and harvest festivals around the state, including options near Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. From street fairs to pumpkin festivals, they offer a great way to get out and enjoy the weather before winter sets in. Don’t forget to also look at our list of Oktoberfest celebrations in Ohio for more options. We apologize for the simple format – we are going to attempt to put them in a calendar of events soon!
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Last Major Update:
Sweet Corn Fest – Millersport, OH – September 2-5, 2015
Enjoy hot buttered sweet corn, midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests, 5K run, country crafts, parade. Proceeds benefit 75 non-profit charitable organizations. Located 25 miles east of Columbus.
River Days – Portsmouth, OH – September 3-7, 2015
Runs from the Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. Entertainment on the riverfront stage, arts and crafts, pageant, midway rides and plenty of festival food. Fireworks on Sunday evening. Antique and Collector Car Show on Monday.
Milan Melon Festival – Milan, OH – September 5-7, 2015
57th annual event. Parade, beautiful baby contest and other entertainment.
Cleveland National Air Show – Cleveland, OH – September 5-7, 2015
Tour aircraft, pack a parachute, watch aerial displays and kids zone.
Labor Day Festival – Canal Winchester, OH – September 5-7, 2015
Attracts over 40,000 visitors annually. Beauty pageant, car show, rides, games, craft vendors, food and entertainment.
Popcorn Festival – Marion, OH – September 10-12, 2015
Attracts crowds in excess of 250,000. Parade, rides, cornhole tournament, fine arts show and entertainment.
Columbus Greek Festival – Sept 4-7, 2015
Live Greek for a weekend at this 43rd annual event. Shopping, food, drink, dancing, music and culture. Adult admission is $5 and is good for the entire weekend. Held at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival – Marietta – Sept 11-13, 2015
The 40th annual event will be held at the Ohio River Levee on the corner of Front and Greene Streets. Pageant, fireworks, live music and riverboats, of course. Events are free.
Beaver Creek Popcorn Festival – Sept 12-13, 2015
Annual event celebrating popcorn the weekend after Labor Day. Food, crafts, 5k popcorn run, live music, karaoke contest, car show and more.
Village Peddler Festival – Sept 19-20, 2015
Outdoor marketplace with arts and crafts at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Free wagon rides, folk musicians and tasty food. Free parking. Adult admission is $7.
Salt Creek Valley Festival – Richmondale, OH – Sept 11-13, 2015
Food, craft vendors, live entertainment and more.
Cleveland Garlic Festival Cleveland, OH – September 12-13, 2015
Live bands, Top Chef Grill Off Competition, parade, pageant, and opening preview party. Kids activities including rock climbing, tastings, garlic growing, and chalk art classes.
Jackson Apple Festival – Jackson, OH – September 22-25, 2015
75th annual event. Parades, pageant, apple butter making and more.
Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival – Tiffin, OH – September 18-20, 2015
37th year of Ohio’s 8th largest festival. Family entertainment includes music, amusement rides, pageant, food and children activities.
Glendale Street Fair – Glendale, OH – September 26, 2015
Bellville Street Fair – Bellville OH – September 16-19, 2015
165th annual event. Exhibits, shows, rides, free entertainment. Pageant, livestock shows, horse show, truck & tractor pull.
Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH – September 24-26, 2015
About 30,000 annually attend this event that started as an independent music festival and industry conference in 2002.
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival – Barnesville, OH – September 24-27, 2015
Atwood Fall Festival – Atwood, OH – October 2-4, 2015
Food, music, homemade crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits, camping and more at Atwood Lake Park.
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival – Waynesville, OH – October 10-11, 2015
46th annual event. Arts & Crafts, unique food offerings including sauerkraut pizza,
Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, OH – October 2-3, 2015
Everything Swiss from cheese to alphorns, singers and plenty of polka. Kid’s Big Wheel Race, People’s Choice Swiss Cheese Judging and Eating Contest, Swiss Cheese Auction, Festival Queen, Marching Band, Kiddies Parade, 5K & 10K runs, Antique Car Parade, Steinstossen competition and more.
Big Beers & Barley Wines – Dayton, OH – October 3, 2015
Craft beer festival with some of the best and rarest beers in Ohio. Located at the historic Roundhouse at the Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds.
Pumpkin Festival at Hiram House Camp – Chagrin Falls, OH – October 11, 2015
44th annual, Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Named in “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” – by Fodor’s Travel. Family Fun for All Ages, on 172 wooded acres in scenic NE Ohio! Rain or Shine, Great Outdoor & Indoor Attractions! Enjoy SPOOK-tacular Haunted Hay Maze, BOO-tiful Pumpkin Patch, delicious Festival Food & Refreshments, Animals, Games, Pony Rides, Music, Entertainment, Autumn Colors, Pumpkins, Mums & S’mores! NEW! Tie-Dye Twists, Can Jam, Donkey Cart Rides, Fried Oreos, AWE-some SLIME!!! Benefits Hiram House Campership Fund to send Children in need to Summer Camp FREE! Children 12 yrs. & under; Adults $5 ; FREE Parking & FREE
Shuttle Buses! (at Orange Schools, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. Pepper Pike, OH 44124)
Location: Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Cincinnati Chocolate Festival – Cincinnati, OH – October 11, 2015
Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, OH – October 21-24, 2015
100,000 attend this event daily. Always the 3rd Wednesday through Saturday in October. Giant pumpkins, parades, Miss Pumpkin Show & Little Miss Pumpkin Show, amusement rides, food vendors, crafts and games.
Oak Harbor Apple Festival – Oak Harbor, OH – October 10-11, 2015
37th annual event with attendance of 25,000+. Parade, kiddie tractor pulling contest, talent show, bingo, classic car show, 5K apple run, 1 mile kid’s run, live bands and a beer tent.
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival – Jefferson, OH – Oct 10-11, 2015
32nd annual event. Drive yourself tours, parade, quilt show, crafts, farmers market, kids’ rides/games, contests and other entertainment. $5 parking fee per car.
Chagrin Documentary Film Fest – Oct 7-11, 2015
A five day celebration of documentary films. 6th annual event.
Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival – Nelsonville, OH – October 16-17, 2015
BBQ competition, fall foliage train ride and more.
Applebutter Fest – Grand Rapids, Ohio – October 11, 2015
Apple butter making, juried crafts, music, food, historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, antique cars/farm equipment, children’s area, live music and family fun along the Maumee River
Southern Ohio Music Fall Festival – Wilmington, OH – Nov 13-14, 2015
Featuring bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music.
Fabulous Food Show – Cleveland – Nov 13-15, 2015
10th annual event. Culinary celebration including demonstrations and the Great Sugardale BAC-ON National Competition Finals. Art & craft fair; wine, beer and spirits sampling; and shopping.
Last Year’s Events
Mantua Potato Festival – Mantua, OH – September 5-7, 2014
Hebron Music and Arts Festival – Hebron, OH – September 27, 2014
Friendship Wine & Food Festival – Jefferson County, OH – September 5-6, 2014
Elyria Apple Festival – Elyria, OH – September 19-21, 2014
Pretzel Festival – Germantown, OH – September 27-28, 2014
Ohio City Harvest Festival – Cleveland, Ohio – September 20, 2014
Century Village Museum Apple Butter Festival – Geauga County, OH – October 11-12, 2014
Appalachian Mountain Artisan Fest – Winchester, OH – October 4-5, 2014
MacQueen Orchards Apple Butter Stir & Crafts Festival – Holland, OH – October 4-5, 2014
Sayler Park Harvest Festival – Sayler Park, OH – October 11, 2014
Other October Festivals:
Chatham Apple Butter Festival, Ohio – Medina County, OH – October 12-13, 2013
October Fall Festival – Cambridge, OH
Chilo Fall Festival – Chilo, OH
Iams Homestead Pioneer Harvest Fest – Trotwood, Ohio
Mamapalooza Harvest Festival – Columbus, OH
North Market Harvest Festival – Columbus, OH
Montgomery Harvest Moon Family Festival – Montgomery, Ohio
Van Wert County Apple Festival – Van Wert, OH – Last year’s Dates: October 19-20, 2012
Halloween Beerfest – Cincinnati, OH
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