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!
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Cleveland Garlic Festival Cleveland, OH – August 27-28, 2016
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.
Sweet Corn Fest – Millersport, OH – August 31 – Sept 3, 2016
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.
Van Wert County Apple Festival – Van Wert, OH – Aug 31 – Sept 5, 2016
River Days – Portsmouth, OH – September 1-5, 2016
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.
WCOL Country Jam – Columbus, OH – Sept 2-3, 2016
Headlined by Hank William Jr., Chris Young, Chris Stapleton, Justin Moore and the Charlie Daniels Band.
Columbus Greek Festival – Sept 2-5, 2016
Live Greek for a weekend at this 44th 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.
Fulton County Fair – Wauseon, OH – Sept 2-8, 2016
A fair at the “Top of Ohio” with attendance exceeding 250,000.
St. Andrew Ukranian Fall Festival – Parma, OH – Sept. 3-4, 2016
Labor Day Festival – Canal Winchester, OH – September 3-5, 2016
Attracts over 40,000 visitors annually. Beauty pageant, car show, rides, games, craft vendors, food and entertainment.
Milan Melon Festival – Milan, OH – September 3-5, 2016
57th annual event. Parade, beautiful baby contest and other entertainment.
Cleveland National Air Show – Cleveland, OH – September 3-5, 2016
Tour aircraft, pack a parachute, watch aerial displays and kids zone.
Ohio Renaissance Festival – Harveysburg, OH – Sept 3 – Oct 23, 2016 (weekends)
Where else can you make a weekend trip to the 16th Century?
Fashion Meets Music Festival – Columbus, OH – Labor Day Weekend 2016
A collaboration of live music performances and top fashion designers runway shows over Labor Day weekend.
Rubber Duck Regatta – Sept 4, 2016
Thousands of rubber ducks take flight from the Purple People Bridge before the fireworks.
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival – Upper Arlington – September 5, 2016
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show – Independence, OH – Sept 8-10, 2016
Three days of pinball, arcade games, toys and more set on free play.
Popcorn Festival – Marion, OH – September 8-10, 2016
Attracts crowds in excess of 250,000. Parade, rides, cornhole tournament, fine arts show and entertainment.
Improv Festival of Cincinnati – Sept 8-11, 2016
Nationally known and local performers hosted by OTRimprov in this second annual event.
Harvest Home Fair – Cincinnati – September 8-11, 2016
The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio, dating back to the 1860s, is attended by an estimated 40,000 annually. It has been run by the Kinwanis Club of Cheviot since 1939.
Ohio Loves Bacon – Columbus, OH – Sept 9, 2016
Enjoy bacon cooked by local food trucks and restaurants on The Columbus Commons.
Honeyfest – Lithopolis – Sept 9-10, 2016
Show off your best honey recipe, get a bee beard and learn more about beekeeping.
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival – Marietta – Sept 9-11, 2016
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.
Italian Fall Festa – Kettering, OH – Sept 9-11, 2016
A weekend of Italian food, music and fun on the weekend after Labor Day.
Black Swamp Arts Festival – Bowling Green, OH – Sept 9-11, 2016
A free, three day art and music festival.
Mantua Potato Festival – Mantua, OH – September 9-11, 2016
Enjoy potatoes, beer/wine garden and live entertainment for three days.
Greek American Festival – Toledo, OH – Sept 9-11, 2016
Old Hilliardfest – Hilliard – Sept 10, 2016
An art and street fair with food, music, rides and car show.
Taste of Troy – Sept 10, 2016
Enjoy samples of food from local restaurants as well as live music and beer/wine tastings.
SkunkFest – North Ridgeville, OH – Sept 10, 2016
A gathering of skunk lovers.
Cyclops Fest – Yellow Springs, OH – Sept 10, 2016
An epic festival of handmade goods, music, culture, and DIY wonderfulness.
Taste of India – Cincinnati – Sept 10, 2016
Celebrate the Indian culture of Cincinnati with a showcase of food, dancing and local businesses organized by The Hindu Temple of Greater Cincinnati.
Beaver Creek Popcorn Festival – Sept 10-11, 2016
Annual event celebrating popcorn the weekend after Labor Day. Food, crafts, 5k popcorn run, live music, karaoke contest, car show and more.
Wayne County Fair – Sept 10-15, 2016
Ohio’s foremost agricultural fair with live music/entertainment, rides and food.
Mohican Bluegrass Festival – Glenmont – September 15-17, 2016
A family friendly outdoor music festival along the Mohican river.
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival – Sept 15-23, 2016
It showcases regional, national and international urban culture as well as providing a platform for talented minority independent filmmakers, screenwriters and actors of greater Cleveland.
Crocker Park Wine Festival – Westlake, OH – September 16-17, 2016
Features musical entertainment and over 150 wines at a benefit for health related charities in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere.
Ohio Pawpaw Festival – Albany, OH – September 16-18, 2016
The pawpaw is North America’s largest native tree fruit.
American Birding Expo – Columbus – September 16-18, 2016
A retail sales-oriented showcase of products for birders and nature enthusiasts.
Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival – Tiffin, OH – September 16-18, 2016
38th year of Ohio’s 8th largest festival. Family entertainment includes music, amusement rides, pageant, food and children activities.
Elyria Apple Festival – Elyria, OH – September 16-18, 2016
Draws over 100,000 people annually in the third week of September.
Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival – Sept 17, 2016
FallFair Arts Festival – Deerfield Township, OH – Sept 17, 2016
Sparx City Hop – Cleveland, OH – Sept 17, 2016
Discover the best of Cleveland neighborhoods by trolley.
Harrison Rally Day Festival – Perrysburg, OH – September 17, 2016
A community festival with parade, entertainment, food, arts/crafts and more.
Buttercream Festival – West Carrolltown, OH – Sept 17, 2016
Honors the roots of the landmark Woody’s Restaurant.
Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival – Cleveland, OH – Sept 17-18, 2016
A multicultural celebrating cultural and artistic diversity at Lincoln Park.
Old West Festival – Sept 17-18, 2016
Steampunk Weekend at the authentic Dodge City Wild West town.
Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, OH – September 17-18, 2016
Celebrates Preble County’s pork producing industry and agricultural heritage with food, parade, and arts/crafts.
Village Peddler Festival – Sept 17-18, 2016
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.
Independents Day Festival – East Franklinton – September 17-18, 2016
A celebration of Columbus’ creative spirit with art, music, food and more fun.
Delaware County Fair – Delaware, OH – Sept 17-24, 2016
The Delaware County Agricultural Society held its first exhibition and show in 1834 –
RIPE! Fest – Cleveland, OH – September 20-21, 2016
Resonance Music and Arts Festival – September 22-24, 2016
Route 40 Festival – Hebron, OH – September 23-24, 2016
Live music, parade, car show, pageant and more.
Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH – September 23-25, 2016
About 30,000 annually attend this event that started as an independent music festival and industry conference in 2002.
Cincinnati Comic Expo – Sept 23-25, 2016
More than 20,000 attended this three day event of celebrities, comic artists, cosplayers and fans in 2015.
Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic – Sept 23-25, 2016
This event pairs top culinary talent with the rich flavors of Cincinnati and the Midwest
Tipp City Mum Festival – Sept 23-25, 2016
Get toadally crazy about the chrysanthemum!
Country Applefest – Lebanon – September 24, 2016
Food, crafts and entertainment at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
Roche de Boeuf Festival – Sept 24, 2016
A parade, car show and other festival fun.
Barberton Mum Fest – Sept 24-25, 2016
Over one million blooms of mums annually at Lake Anna Park.
Ohio Heritage Days Festival – Sept 24-25, 3016
Germantown Pretzel Festival – Germantown, OH – Sept 24-25, 2016
Ohio City Street Festival – Cleveland, Ohio – September 25, 2016
A one day street festival that showcases Ohio City with food from local restaurants, beer gardens, and live entertainment.
Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, OH – Sept 30 – October 1, 2016
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.
Atwood Fall Festival – Atwood, OH – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
Food, music, homemade crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits, camping and more at Atwood Lake Park.
Heritage of Flight Festival – New Carlisle, OH – Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016
A three day fall festival on Main Street plus the Parade of Planes.
Big Beers & Barley Wines – Dayton, OH – October 1, 2016
Craft beer festival with some of the best and rarest beers in Ohio. Located at the historic Roundhouse at the Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds.
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg, OH – October 1-2, 2016
A free family day in the country with free admission, parking, games, entertainment and attractions.
Spring Valley Potato Festival – Spring Valley, OH – Oct 1-2, 2016
MacQueen Orchards Apple Butter Stir & Crafts Festival – Holland, OH – October 1-2, 2016
Woolly Bear Festival – Vermilion, OH – October 2, 2016
The largest one day festival in the state of Ohio.
Chagrin Documentary Film Fest – Oct 5-9, 2016
A five day celebration of documentary films. 7th annual event.
Algonquin Mill Fall Festival – Carrolton, OH – October 7-9, 2016
Pioneer village, craft demonstrations, old fashioned foods and children’s area.
Iams Homestead Pioneer Harvest Fest – Trotwood, Ohio – Oct 8, 2016
Enjoy an autumn day at the Iams Homestead Museum.
Oak Harbor Apple Festival – Oak Harbor, OH – October 8-9, 2016
38th 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.
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival – Waynesville, OH – October 8-9, 2016
47th annual event. Arts & Crafts, unique food offerings including sauerkraut pizza,
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival – Jefferson, OH – Oct 8-9, 2016
33rd annual event. Drive yourself tours, parade, quilt show, crafts, farmers market, kids’ rides/games, contests and other entertainment. $5 parking fee per car.
Applebutter Fest – Grand Rapids, Ohio – October 9, 2016
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.
Chatham Apple Butter Festival, Ohio – Medina County, OH – October 10-11, 2016
Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival – Nelsonville, OH – October 14-15, 2016
BBQ competition, fall foliage train ride and more.
Fall Festival of Leaves – Bainbridge, OH – October 14-16, 2016
A Southern Ohio tradition started by the Lions Club of Bainbridge in 1968.
Columbus Marathon – October 16, 2016
The 17th largest U.S. marathon and the largest in Ohio has been ranked by Runner’s World as one of the top 20 marathons in the United States and by USA Today as one of the top 10 fall marathons.
Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, OH – October 19-22, 2016
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.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival – Coshocton, Ohio – October 21-23, 2016
Apple butter is at center stage but there’s plenty of other activities including live music, living history building self-guided tour and horse-drawn canal boat rides.
Southern Ohio Music Fall Festival – Wilmington, OH – Nov 11-12, 2016
Featuring bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music.
Fabulous Food Show – Cleveland – Nov 11-13, 2016
11th 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.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Salt Creek Valley Festival – Richmondale, OH – Sept 11-13, 2015
Food, craft vendors, live entertainment and more.
Jackson Apple Festival – Jackson, OH – September 22-25, 2015
75th annual event. Parades, pageant, apple butter making and more.
Glendale Street Fair – Glendale, OH – September 26, 2015
Maumee Bay River Festival – Sept 27, 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.
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival – Barnesville, OH – September 24-27, 2015
Pretzel Festival – Germantown, OH – September 26-27, 2015
Dayton Fall Festival – Centerville, OH
Loudonville Street Fair – Oct 6-10, 2015
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
October Fall Festival – Cambridge, OH – October 3, 2015
Montgomery Harvest Moon Family Festival – Montgomery, Ohio – Oct 10, 2015
Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival – Nov 13-14, 2015
A weekend of nearly a hundred wineries pouring hundreds of wines.
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