Matsuricon - Columbus, OH - Aug 11 to Aug 13, 2023
Matsuricon is an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as “anime”), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. They also showcase both American and Japanese popular culture, due to the natural overlap of fandom from both genres. Family friendly event with some 18+ events
Sweet Corn Fest - Millersport, OH - Aug 30 to Sep 2, 2023
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 1 to Sep 4, 2023
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 2 to Sep 4, 2023
Attracts over 40,000 visitors annually. Beauty pageant, car show, rides, games, craft vendors, food and entertainment.
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival - Upper Arlington, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 4, 2023
A day full of art, music, food and activities in Northam Park. Upper Arlington’s signature event since 1966.
Popcorn Festival - Marion, OH - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2023
Attracts crowds in excess of 250,000. Parade, rides, cornhole tournament, fine arts show and entertainment.
Columbus Oktoberfest - Columbus, OH - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2023
Hosted under the historic pavilions of the Ohio Expo Center. Friday night Brat Trot and keg tapping. Contests include stein hoisting and Bavarian yodeling. Food, beer, live music and dancers. Kids Kinderplatz features family friendly activities for your children. Location: 717 E 17th Ave Columbus, OH 43211
Salt Creek Valley Festival - Richmondale, OH - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2023
Live music, baby contest, children’s activities, auction, puppet show, talent show, marching band concert, and more. Since 1996.
Honeyfest - Lithopolis, OH - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2023
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.
Old Hilliardfest - Hilliard, OH - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2023
An art and street fair with food, music, rides and car show.
Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival - Urbana, OH - Sep 9 to Sep 23, 2023
Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors, games and activities for the whole family.
Mohican Bluegrass Festival - Glenmont, OH - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2023
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 16 to Sep 23, 2023
The Delaware County Agricultural Society held its first exhibition and show in 1834
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival - Barnesville, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2023
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!
Chili Cook-Off Festival and Hoopla Parade - Urbana, OH - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2023
Join the festivities which will include sampling contestant’s chili, a cornhole tournament, jalapeno eating contest, dunk tank, and the “suck, chew, and blow” contest.The Parade, featuring the Antioch Shriners, begins at 12:00 pm, live entertainment with live entertainment at 1:30 pm and chili sampling at 2:00 . A variety of food and craft vendors fill the streets – a day of fun for the entire family! The event is free, but, there is a fee for entering the competition.
Chillicothe Halloween Festival - Chillicothe, OH - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2023
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
Columbus Marathon - Columbus, OH - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2023
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 18 to Oct 21, 2023
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.
Fall Festival of Leaves - Bainbridge, OH - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2023
A Southern Ohio tradition started by the Lions Club of Bainbridge in 1968. Contests, parade, 5K, rides, log sawing, pageants and more
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival - Coshocton, OH - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2023
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.
Donut and Beer Fest - Columbus, OH - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2023
The festival Homer Simpson always wanted! Attendees can expect one-of-a-kind doughnuts, craft beers, ciders, live music and fun including yard games, contests, on-field activities and much more. This is a festival on the move so attend when it’s near you!
WildLights at the Columbus Zoo - Powell, OH - Nov 16 to Jan 7, 2024
Holiday zoo lights includes sensory friendly night and members preview night.
Holiday Lights at Columbus Commons - Columbus, OH - Nov 18 to Jan 1, 2024
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
Columbus Turkey Trot - Columbus, OH - Nov 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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 23 to Nov 23, 2023
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
Skate Your Turkey Off - Columbus, OH - Nov 23 to Nov 23, 2023
Burn off all those calories from your Thanksgiving dinner, held at the United Skates of America
Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill - Clifton, OH - Nov 24 to Dec 30, 2023
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 24 to Nov 24, 2023
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.
The Nutcracker at the Central Ohio Youth Ballet - Newark, OH - Nov 24 to Dec 10, 2023
Come and see Central Ohio Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the historic Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio
Uptown Scrooge - Westerville, OH - Dec 1 to Dec 22, 2024
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.