Columbus Fall Festivals 2021

Sweet Corn Fest - Millersport, OH - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2021
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.

Columbus Greek Festival - Columbus, OH - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2021
Live Greek for a weekend and enjoy 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.

Labor Day Festival - Canal Winchester, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2021
For 2021: a one-day festival called Hometown Day, with live music, midway food, activities for the kids, and more. Normally: Attracts over 40,000 visitors annually. Beauty pageant, car show, rides, games, craft vendors, food and entertainment.

Old Hilliardfest - Hilliard, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2021
An art and street fair with food, music, rides and car show.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival - Upper Arlington, OH - Sep 6 to Sep 6, 2021
A day full of art, music, food and activities in Northam Park. Upper Arlington’s signature event since 1966.

Popcorn Festival - Marion, OH - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
Attracts crowds in excess of 250,000. Parade, rides, cornhole tournament, fine arts show and entertainment.

Honeyfest - Lithopolis, OH - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
Show off your best honey recipe, get a bee beard and learn more about beekeeping. Enjoy a mead competition, pageant, honey bake-off, foods made with honey, honey extraction demonstraions and more. Free parking and shuttle, plus free admission.

Salt Creek Valley Festival - Richmondale, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2021
For 2021, a one day community block party instead of the full festival. Normally: Live music, baby contest, children’s activities, auction, puppet show, talent show, marching band concert, and more. Since 1996.

Mohican Bluegrass Festival - Glenmont, OH - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2021
A family friendly outdoor music festival along the Mohican river, with bluegrass music, food vendors, craft vendors, kid’s recreation activities, plus camping on-site!

Delaware County Fair - Delaware, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 25, 2021
The Delaware County Agricultural Society held its first exhibition and show in 1834

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival - Barnesville, OH - Sep 23 to Sep 26, 2021
Always the last full weekend in September. Lots of great food and contests, over 400 cars in the car show and a giant pumpkin parade, and more. Plus pumpkins for sale!

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Columbus - Delaware, OH - Sep 25 to Sep 25, 2021
Going virtual for 2020 Normally: CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options. From breakfast to the cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, ride marshals to cheer you along the way and plenty of support vehicles to help you complete the ride. This unique event empowers participants to take action and demonstrate their fight in finding a cure for cystic fibrosis in a tangible, emotional and powerful way.

Chillicothe Halloween Festival - Chillicothe, OH - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
A three-day Halloween festival with several events, live entertianment, activities for all, plus vendors and suppliers of Halloween and paranormal themed goods. Proceeds go to Rock for Tots

Fall Festival of Leaves - Bainbridge, OH - Oct 15 to Oct 17, 2021
A Southern Ohio tradition started by the Lions Club of Bainbridge in 1968. Contests, parade, 5K, rides, log sawing, pageants and more

Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival - Nelsonville, OH - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
BBQ competition, fall foliage train ride and more.

Columbus Marathon - Columbus, OH - Oct 17 to Oct 17, 2021
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 - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2021
100,000 attend this event daily. Always the 3rd Wednesday through Saturday in October. Giant pumpkins, parades, Miss Pumpkin Show and Little Miss Pumpkin Show, amusement rides, food vendors, crafts and games.

WildLights at the Columbus Zoo - Powell, OH - Nov 16 to Jan 2, 2022
Holiday zoo lights includes sensory friendly night and members preview night.

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium - Powell, OH - Nov 18 to Jan 2, 2022
The first night is for members only before opening to the general public for the rest of the season. Experience Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition. What started as a few strands of lights and trays of cookies at the Columbus Zoo has grown to millions of LED bulbs, animated light shows, Santa, Reindeer, and other holiday festivities. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Tanger Outlet - Sunbury, OH - Nov 19 to Nov 19, 2021
Make your list and check it twice because Santa Claus is coming to town! Warm-up with a cup of hot cocoa from the cocoa bar, enjoy holiday treats and the kiddos can enjoy decorating a holiday ornament and a holiday cookie! Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 PM.

Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons - Columbus, OH - Nov 19 to Jan 2, 2022
Enjoy the festive lights at Columbus Commons EVERY DAY from dusk until to 11 pm. Stop by to see more than 400,000 LED lights dazzle in the park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Tanger Outlets - Sunbury, OH - Nov 19 to Nov 19, 2021
Warm-up with a cup of hot cocoa from the cocoa bar, enjoy holiday treats and the kiddos can enjoy decorating a holiday ornament and a holiday cookie! Santa will arrive at approximately 6:15 PM. Toy drive – bring a donation for needy children

Holiday Lights at Scioto Mile - Columbus, OH - Nov 24 to Jan 3, 2022
The holiday lights will return to the downtown riverfront and will be visible every day from dusk until dawn.

Skate Your Turkey Off - Columbus, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
$3 admission and $4.50 skate rental to burn off all those calories from your Thanksgiving dinner, held at the United Skates of America

Columbus Turkey Trot - Columbus, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
5 mile, 2.6 mile, and Tot Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Pumpkin pie at the finish line. Entry fee benefits the Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio, for Early Intervention programs for children.

Flying Feather Four Miler - Dublin, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
The Flying Feather Four Miler is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Celebration where every participant receives a Premium Quarter Zip and a Bottle of Wine!

Thanksgiving Wattle - Grove City, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
5k (with punpkin pie for all finishers), 12 mile bicycle ride, 100 yard event, and children’s fun run. Your donation helps the Grove City Food Pantry buy needed foods from the MidOhio Food Bank with much purchasing power

Powell Turkey Trot - Powell, OH - Nov 25 to Nov 25, 2021
2021 – 4 mile course and kids race, from Powell Administrative offices on Hall St. Race participants over 21 will receive as part of the swag items for the race a one-of-a-kind Four-Pack of beer from Nocterra. Nocterra does not do four-packs and they are doing an exclusive fall variety pack JUST for the Powell Turkey Trot

Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill - Clifton, OH - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
Over 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum , a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge.

Gingerbread Friday at Franklin Park Conservatory - Columbus, OH - Nov 26 to Nov 27, 2021
Head to The Wells Barn on a horse-drawn carriage for an afternoon of gingerbread fun! Create a mini gingerbread house with graham crackers, icing and candy.

Olde Worthington Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Lighting - Worthington, OH - Nov 28 to Nov 28, 2021
Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a photo opportunity with Santa. Local retailers will be offering special promotions and sidewalk sales. Tree lighting on the green begins afterward at 5:30

WinterFest at Scioto Mile - Columbus, OH - Dec 4 to Dec 4, 2021
A celebration of the season featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal craft beer and cocktails along with favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks.

A Christmas Story – the Musical at the Columbus Children’s Theatre - Columbus, OH - Dec 9 to Dec 23, 2021
This Pasek and Paul musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts – an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others!

Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Franklin Park Conservatory - Columbus, OH - Dec 26 to Dec 26, 2021
Tony West and the Imani dancers will celebrate the first day and principal of Kwanzaa: Umoja, meaning unity. Their performance will feature the vibrant style of West African drumming and dance.

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture - Columbus, OH - Dec 26 to Jan 1, 2022
Kwanzaa, which means first fruits or harvest in Swahili, is a celebration honoring African American culture. Based on the Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba, the event will showcase high energy and engaging performances of African drumming, dance, poetry, theatre and storytelling.

Uptown Scrooge - Westerville, OH - Dec 3 to Dec 18, 2022
Uptown Scrooge is a theatrical performance spectacle that utilizes innovative storytelling, improvisation, music, and audience interaction to share the story of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. Guided through the streets and shops of historic Uptown Westerville by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, audience members go on Scrooge’s journey, experiencing the magic and wonder of his holiday adventure first-hand. A unique holiday experience for the whole family.