Find an Ohio fall festival to attend in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2020 has things to do across Ohio including activities in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Germanfest Picnic - Dayton, OH - Aug 14 to Aug 16, 2020
There are a few festivals that celebrate German traditions around the city, but this fest dives deeper, to give a glimpse of the German heritage that has given Dayton some of its cultural identity all while enjoying an import beer and a schnitzel. Since 1983.
Miami County Fair - Troy, OH - Aug 14 to Aug 20, 2020
Filled with fun and activities for the entire family.
Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival - Lorain, OH - Aug 15, 2020
Sommer Oktoberfest - Olmsted Falls, OH - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2020
Live entertainment including brass bands, folk dancing, German food, pastries and beverages
Heart of the City Cruise In - Mansfield, OH - Aug 22, 2020
Car show with door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, kids activities, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH - Aug 22, 2020
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.
Dayton African American Cultural Festival - Dayton, OH - Aug 22 to Aug 23, 2020
Family event, bringing the richness of the African American experience to the Dayton through culture, education and music, held at Island Metro Park and Courthouse Square
Germania Society Oktoberfest - Cincinnati, OH - Aug 28 to Aug 30, 2020
Food options will include rotisserie grilled chicken, schwenkbraten, sauerkraut balls, schnitzel, brats giant pretzels, Black Forest Cake and more. They will have 60 German and domestic beers on tap including Warsteiner. German wine, schnapps and Jagermiester also available. Grand Raffle featured prize is a tour of Germany for two (or $5000 in cash). Location: Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
Cleveland Garlic Festival - Cleveland, OH - Aug 29 to Aug 30, 2020
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.
Lebanese Festival - Dayton, OH - Aug 29 to Aug 30, 2020
As of publication, not yet canceled but they are developing a backup plan for drive through pick up of Lebanese platters, just in case. Normally: Lebanese Food, Middle Eastern dancing, entertainment, cultural displays, craft booths, amusement rides and more
Van Wert County Apple Festival - Van Wert, OH - Sep 1 to Sep 7, 2020
Everything apples including food such as apple pie, apple cider, apple dumplings, apple butter and more. Craft fair, mile fun run, children’s games and youth art contest.
Van Wert County Fair - Van Wert, OH - Sep 1 to Sep 7, 2020
Livestock, music, food, grandstand events and more
River Days - Portsmouth, OH - Sep 3 to Sep 6, 2020
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.
Fulton County Fair - Wauseon, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 10, 2020
A fair at the Top of Ohio with attendance exceeding 250K. Food (including over 35,000 milkshakes sold last year!), concerts, rides and more!
Columbus Greek Festival - Columbus, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
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.
Cleveland Oktoberfest - Middleburg Heights, OH - Sep 4 to Sep 7, 2020
This Cleveland Oktoberfest happens annually over Labor Day weekend for 10+ years. Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr beer will be served in addition to several other beers in the International Beer Garden Free parking with the option for paid VIP parking. Celebrity keg tapping. Oktoberfest Microbrew Competition and wiener dog races. Glockenspiel routines on the hour. The finals of the Miss Oktoberfest contest and the masskrugstemmen (one arm stein holding) contest. 5K Beer Run. Vendors in the Bavarian Shopping Village will offer for sale beer steins, German merchandise and other items. Children’s activity area includes inflatables, hay rides, arts & crafts, sand castle building, gingerbread house classes and The Frisch Marionette Company (a puppet show that has been featured in People Magazine and on Showtime). Admission to the festival is $10 per person with children under 12 receiving free admission. Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Cleveland National Air Show - Cleveland, OH - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2020
Tour aircraft, pack a parachute, watch aerial displays and kids zone.
Labor Day Festival - Canal Winchester, OH - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2020
Attracts over 40,000 visitors annually. Beauty pageant, car show, rides, games, craft vendors, food and entertainment.
Ohio Renaissance Festival - Waynesville, OH - Sep 5 to Nov 1, 2020
Where else can you make a weekend trip to the 16th Century? Open on weekends only, with a different theme each weekend
St. Andrew Ukranian Fall Festival - Parma, OH - Sep 5 to Sep 6, 2020
Ukrainian cuisine, tortes, raffles, live music, children’s area, free parking and admission
Tippapalooza - Tipp City, OH - Sep 5, 2020
Tippapalooza is an annual music festival celebrating local music and benefiting charities in and around Tipp City, Ohio
Miamisburg River Blast - Miamisburg, OH - Sep 5, 2020
Enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family with kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, and fireworks.
Tippapalooza - Tipp City, OH - Sep 5, 2020
Tippapalooza is an annual music festival celebrating local music and benefiting charities in and around Tipp City
Milan Melon Festival - Milan, OH - Sep 5 to Sep 7, 2020
Annual event for 55+ years. Parade, Melon Festival Queen and beautiful baby contests, road race, food and craft vendors, and other entertainment.
Highway 60 Yard Sale - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 6, 2020
An annual 200-mile garage sale throughout Kentucky, with lots of unique finds. Vendors are opening between sun-up and sundown.
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival - Upper Arlington, OH - Sep 7, 2020
A day full of art, music, food and activities in Northam Park. Upper Arlington’s signature event since 1966.
Harvest Home Fair - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 10 to Sep 13, 2020
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. Parade, livestock exhibits, art show, flower show, commercial booths, live entertainment, and more
Popcorn Festival - Marion, OH - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2020
Attracts crowds in excess of 250,000. Parade, rides, cornhole tournament, fine arts show and entertainment.
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival - Cleveland, OH - Sep 10 to Sep 18, 2020
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.
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show - Independence, OH - Sep 10 to Sep 13, 2020
Four days of pinball, arcade games, toys and more set on free play.
Black Swamp Arts Festival - Bowling Green, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
A free, three day art and music festival.
Cincinnati Comic Expo - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Three day event of celebrities, comic artists, cosplayers and fans at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival - Marietta, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Annual event for 40+ years 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.
Honeyfest - Lithopolis, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
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.
Vandalia Sister Cities Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
An Oktoberfest with arts & crafts, food and live music, and more fun at Vandalia Sports Complex, 1101 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, OH
German Family Society Oktoberfest - Akron, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Live entertainment during the three day festival. Location: 3871 Ranfield Rd, Kent, OH
Columbus Oktoberfest - Columbus, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
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 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Live music, baby contest, children’s activities, auction, puppet show, talent show, marching band concert, and more. Since 1996.
Clinton County Corn Festival - Wilmington, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
The festival features antique farm machinery, a parade, games, all types of food made from corn, a quilt show, musical entertainment, antiques and crafts and the Corn Olympics
Toledo Greek American Festival - Toledo, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Enjoy authentic Greek food, Greek pastries & Greek dancing. Tour the Byzantine Cathedral. Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Wine Crawl at Maze Craze - New Springfield, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
Wind your way thru the rows of corn and follow the “yellow brick road” on your maze map to discover and choose your 12 wine tastings from over 30 varieties of local McKim’s Honeyvine wine, at locations throughout the maze. Craft beer will also be available. Kick back, relax, and get toasty by one of the many campfires and enjoy live music under the tent, or beneath the stars!
Dayton Greek Festival - Dayton, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
A Greek tradition for both the young and old, this festival brings together people of all backgrounds to celebrate all things Greek: the food and pastries, unique Boutique items, cooking demonstrations, imported beer and wine, craft beer, live music, dance performances, and tours of our beautiful church. Be Greek for the day. OPA
Ohio Pawpaw Festival - Albany, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
The pawpaw is North America’s largest native tree fruit. It has a creamy texture and tropical flavor. This year’s celebration features Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living practices plus fun for the kids!
Mantua Potato Festival - Mantua, OH - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
Enjoy potatoes, including the “world’s largest pierogi,” beer/wine garden, contests, live entertainment and other fun for three days.
SkunkFest - North Ridgeville, OH - Sep 12, 2020
A gathering of skunk lovers.Vendors, music, raffles, speakers, food, contests and more
Old Hilliardfest - Hilliard, OH - Sep 12, 2020
An art and street fair with food, music, rides and car show.
Wayne County Fair - Wooster, OH - Sep 12 to Sep 17, 2020
Ohio’s foremost agricultural fair with live music/entertainment, rides and food including Ribfest.
Beaver Creek Popcorn Festival - Beaver Creek, OH - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Annual event celebrating popcorn the weekend after Labor Day. Food, crafts, 5k popcorn run, live music, karaoke contest, car show and more.
Huber Heights Marigold Festival - Huber Heights, OH - Sep 12, 2020
A full day of live music, food trucks, kids zone, vendors and more.
IndiaFest - Beavercreek, OH - Sep 12, 2020
IndiaFest offers variety of Indian food in a festival type setting along with Indian music & live entertainment. Kids inflatables, henna tattoo, Indian clothing, jewelry & more
Beavercreek Popcorn Festival - Beavercreek, OH - Sep 12 to Sep 13, 2020
Over 300 booths with festival foods, tantalizing treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with Popcorn.
Bellville Street Fair - Bellville, OH - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2020
Exhibits, shows, rides, free entertainment. Pageant, livestock shows, horse show, truck & tractor pull, and more fun for the whole family, in a festival running for over 165 years!
Crestline Harvest Festival - Crestline, OH - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
Come to downtown Crestline for contests, rides, live musical performances, and more!
Resonance Music and Arts Festival - Thomville, OH - Sep 17 to Sep 20, 2020
Mohican Bluegrass Festival - Glenmont, OH - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2020
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!
Great Mohican Pow-Wow - Loudonville, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
The Great Mohican Pow-Wow returns to the area for another year. For three days, Mohican Reservation will be busy with traditional Indian ceremony, dancing, competitions, and storytelling. This event takes place both in the summer and again in the fall, The Great Mohican Pow-Wow is great for the entire family.
Crocker Park Wine Festival - Westlake, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Features musical entertainment and over 150 wines at a benefit for health related charities in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere.
Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival - Tiffin, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
Family entertainment includes music, amusement rides, pageant, food, children activities and a living village of Civil War era reenactors.
Xenia Community Fest - Xenia, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Booths with crafts, non-profits, children activities, rides, and live music before and after the Hot Air Balloon Glow
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 18 to Sep 20, 2020
This Cincinnati Oktoberfest is the largest in the United States with over 500,000 visitors a year. Six blocks in downtown Cincinnati are closed for the weekend. Started in 1976, you can enjoy the festivities including the Running of the Wieners and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. The Opening Ceremony will be on Saturday at 11:30 AM at Fountain Square.
Harrison Rally Day Festival - Perrysburg, OH - Sep 19, 2020
A community festival with parade, entertainment, food, arts/crafts and more.
Village Peddler Festival - Kirkland, OH - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Outdoor marketplace with arts and crafts at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Free wagon rides, folk musicians and tasty food. Free parking. Adult admission is $9.
Delaware County Fair - Delaware, OH - Sep 19 to Sep 26, 2020
The Delaware County Agricultural Society held its first exhibition and show in 1834
Preble County Pork Festival - Eaton, OH - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Celebrates Preble County’s pork producing industry and agricultural heritage with food, parade, and arts/crafts. Free admission and free entertainment
Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival - Cleveland, OH - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
A multicultural celebrating cultural and artistic diversity at Lincoln Park. The event includes over 130 vendors featuring artist selling their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, etc.; live music and dance performances; beer & wine garden; children’s village, and more. Free admission
Dayton Duck Regatta - Dayton, OH - Sep 19, 2020
The Rubber Duck Regatta is an annual fundraiser for United Rehabilitation Services, which serves the needs of children and adults with disabilities in the Miami Valley. Head to at RiverScape Metro Park and watch as 20,000 rubber ducks are dropped by crane for a race to the finish for great prize. Buy your ducks for $5 each!
Jackson Apple Festival - Jackson, OH - Sep 22 to Sep 26, 2020
Parades, pageant, apple butter making, bobbing for apples, crafts, competitions, and more at this long-running local festival.
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival - Barnesville, OH - Sep 24 to Sep 27, 2020
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!
Tipp City Mum Festival - Tipp City, OH - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
Get toadally crazy about the chrysanthemum! City Park turns into a festival grounds as Miami County comes out to play, with the largest festival car show in the state, parade, arts & crafts, pageant, live entertainment, food and more.
Dayton Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Sep 25 to Sep 27, 2020
The Dayton Art Institute has hosted this German festival in Dayton for over 40 years. Craft beer, home brew contest, live music on two stages and family friendly kids activities. Preview party takes place on Friday from 7 to 11 PM for those who are 21+ with complimentary beer, wine and live entertainment. Ticket purchase to Preview Party is recommended as space is limited. Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N Dayton, OH 45405
Ohio Heritage Days Festival - Lucas, OH - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Antiques, primitives, crafts, antique tractors, food, live music, Civil War & 18th Century Living History Camp, and archeological displays (Sunday) at Malabar Farm State Park.
Roche de Boeuf Festival - Waterville, OH - Sep 26, 2020
A parade, car show and other festival fun.
Country Applefest - Lebanon, OH - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Food, local crafters and entertainment at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
Wolf Creek/Pine River Grist Mill Oktoberfest - Loudonville, OH - Sep 26, 2020
Rain or shine, the party goes on under three large heated tents, with almost 100 beers, wine, food, and more plus live music, stein hoisting competition, free parking and shuttle buses, and more!
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest - Put-in-Bay, OH - Sep 26, 2020
The annual German-style Festival features; German food, hot spiced wine and cold beer. Fantastic food including; brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash and wonderful desserts. All provided by Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce member restaurants. Live polk music both days!
Oktoberfest Findlay - Findlay, OH - Sep 26, 2020
This fun filled festival showcases the rich German Heritage of Northwest Ohio. Live German music, polka dancing, hearty German foods and libations, kids activities, and much more! Enjoy performances by Fred Ziwich & His International Sound Machine and others!
Main Street Kent Oktoberfest - Kent, OH - Sep 26, 2020
Annual event in downtown Kent with food, beer, games, live entertainment and fun from noon to 10 PM.
Barberton Mum Fest - Barberton, OH - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Over one million blooms of mums annually at Lake Anna Park. Free admission and parking, potted mum sale, family entertainment, arts & crafts, kids activities and more.
RunTough for ChadTough - Toledo, OH - Sep 26, 2020
In honor of Chad Carr and other DIPG patients, a family friendly 5k and 1k fun run either in Saline MI, Allendale MI, Sylvania OH or Virtually (you pick the place and the date). Proceeds go the ChadTough Foundation, whose mission is to fund research and raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). As we grew up in Michigan and attended U-Michigan (Rob & Jayne) where Chad’s grandfather coached football, this one is special to our family and hope your family has fun participating!
Germantown Pretzel Festival - Germantown, OH - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
As you walk around Germantown’s Veterans Park, you’ll see vendors offering hand-crafted items, tasty treats, fun for the kids and more! Sidewalks will guide you around the park to experience everything the Pretzel Festival has to offer.
AIMExpo - Columbus, OH - Oct 1 to Oct 4, 2020
This year in Columbus! American International Motorcycle Expo. Open to Public
Ohio Swiss Festival - Sugarcreek, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2020
Everything Swiss from cheese to alphorns, singers and plenty of polka. Kid’s Big Wheel Race, Peopleâ€™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. Taking place each year on the 4th weekend in September, events usually begin on Thursday, with the main festival on Saturday and Sunday.
Atwood Fall Festival - Mineral City, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Food, music, homemade crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits, camping and more at Atwood Lake Park.
Minster Oktoberfest - Minster, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
Over 80,000 attend this Oktoberfest on the first Sunday in October. Live German music, German food, parade, Miss Oktoberfest Pageant, arts & crafts, jug hoist, beer tray relay, 10k run and other fun.
Heritage of Flight Festival - New Carlisle, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 4, 2020
A three day fall festival on Main Street featuring a Classic car cruise-in, pancake breakfast, auto action, live music, fun for the whole family, plus the Parade of Planes.
MacQueen Orchards Apple Butter Stir & Crafts Festival - Holland, OH - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Since 1982, this festival has been one of Holland’s favorite ways to celebrate the arrival of fall. Festival goers can enjoy apple picking, arts & crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, kids’ activities and performances, apple pie contest, BBQ and more!
Grove City Oktoberfest - Grove City, OH - Oct 3, 2020
Noon to 10 PM. Celebrate Grove Citys German heritage in the historic Grove City Town Center. Sample a variety of Ohio craft beers while you enjoy live entertainment, games, and the beauty of autumn. German-themed foods will accompany the brews, including ever-popular bratwursts and cream puffs. The event offers entertainment to view and in which to participate with fun challenges such as beer stein holding contests, Hammerschlagen (a German word that roughly translates into to beat with a hammer or hammer striking), barrel rolling, and many more games with great prizes to the winners.
Dayton Liederkranz-Turner – Oktoberfest - Dayton, OH - Oct 3, 2020
Dust off the dirndls and lederhosen, grab your coolest stein and your best friends and head down to the Liederkranz for Dayton’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Live German Party Music.
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Columbus - Delaware, OH - Oct 5, 2020
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.
Chagrin Documentary Film Fest - Chagrin Falls, OH - Oct 6 to Oct 11, 2020
A five day celebration of documentary films.
Corn & Pumpkin Festival - Kirtland, OH - Oct 9 to Oct 18, 2020
Help husk, shell and grind the corn, make handmade cornhusk dolls and paint pumpkins (additional fee). Little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze on the Pedal Tractor Overlook. They can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas. Explore the three-acre corn maze, enjoy harvest-themed crafts and other harvest activities including cooking demonstrations. Experience Farmpark with popular activities including cow milking, wagon rides, ice cream making, equine activities, border collie sheep herding demonstrations, plus meet a variety of farm animals. Visitors man also enjoy Showman’s Circle, featuring a farm-themed playground, water feature and live animal demonstrations. Corn & Pumpkin Festival is included with regular Farmpark admission/membership. Children younger than two and Farmpark members get in free.
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival - Waynesville, OH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual event for nearly 50 years. Arts and crafts, and unique food offerings including sauerkraut pizza.
Oak Harbor Apple Festival - Oak Harbor, OH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
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 to Oct 11, 2020
Annual event for 30+ years. Drive yourself tours, parade, quilt show, crafts, farmers market, kids’ rides/games, contests and other entertainment. $5 parking fee per car. Enjoy both the shortest and longest covered bridges in America
Burton Apple Butter Festival - Burton, OH - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Century Village Museum hosts a apple butter festival, their largest event of the year, with copper kettles of fresh apple butter, artisans, music, great food, tours and more!
Applebutter Fest - Grand Rapids, OH - Oct 11, 2020
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. $15 per car helps pay for operating costs.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival - Coshocton, OH - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
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.
Ohio Smoked Meat and Barbecue Festival - Nelsonville, OH - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
BBQ competition, fall foliage train ride and more.
Fall Festival of Leaves - Bainbridge, OH - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2020
A Southern Ohio tradition started by the Lions Club of Bainbridge in 1968. Contests, parade, 5K, rides, log sawing, pageants and more
Columbus Marathon - Columbus, OH - Oct 18, 2020
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.
Out of the Darkness Walk – Dayton - Dayton, OH - Oct 18, 2020
Walk to honor loved ones. Walk to raise funds. Walk to save lives. Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville, OH - Oct 21 to Oct 24, 2020
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.
Monsterfield Masquerade - Mansfield, OH - Oct 31, 2020
Downtown Trick or Treat in Mansfield with more than 60 participating merchants and the Halloween Parade.
Dayton Train Show - Dayton, OH - Nov 6 to Nov 8, 2020
Each year at the start of National Model Railroad Month, “Miami Valley” Division 3, MCR, of the National Model Railroad Association sponsors the Dayton Train Show. There will be new and pre-owned locomotives, rolling stock, and structures in every scale from “G”, “O”, “S”, “HO”, “N” and “Z”. You will be able to find those small hobby tools you need, scenery making supplies, books on your favorite railroad. If you need it for your model railroad, it should be there.
Southern Ohio Music Fall Festival - Wilmington, OH - Nov 12 to Nov 14, 2020
Featuring bluegrass, old-time, and gospel music.
Dayton Book Fair - Dayton, OH - Nov 13 to Nov 16, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: The Book Fair Foundation works all year collecting books, media and findings and resells them during their annual Book Fair, held during the second weekend in November at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Money raised from the sale of books is donated to selected Dayton-area nonprofit organizations.
Yellow Springs Street Fair - Yellow Springs, OH - Jan 1 to Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: All day festival entertainment, 200+ vendors with fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items and unique gifts; 70+ shops and eateries, two stages of live music, a beer garden, street performers, beautiful art, delicious food, a day of small town hoopla!
Champaign County Balloon Fest - Urbana, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 12, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Included will be children’s games and activities, music, food trucks, and assorted vendors. The Champaign Aviation Museum will be open, and the Grimes Flying Lab and a B-25 will be on Display. In addition to food trucks, the Airport Cafe will be open serving a full menu and the famous “Airport Pie”! The balloons will launch at 6:00 pm followed by a pizza/wings eating contest, then a Balloon Glow.
Dayton Vegan Food and Drink Festival - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: This event is focused on highlighting whole foods plant-based and vegan food and drink (non-alcoholic) businesses.
Dayton Artfest - Beavercreek, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: A creative festival with local artists of all genres, performers, and your favorite Miami Valley food trucks. Visitors will have the opportunity to help create hands on art installation projects, eat delicious food, shop for beautiful handmade items, and enjoy stage and strolling performances by talented local musicians and artists.
Clinton County Corn Festival - Wilmington, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 8, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The festival features antique farm machinery, a parade, games, all types of food made from corn, a quilt show, musical entertainment, antiques and crafts and the Corn Olympics
Holiday at Home - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 2, 2019
Canceled for 2020, but look for its return in 2021. Normally: Holiday at Home has grown from a small, neighborhood event in 1959 into one of Ohio’s largest weekend events. Packed with exciting, fun, safe, family-oriented activities designed to encourage people to stay at home and enjoy their family and friends over Labor Day weekend, Holiday at Home is a great way for the family to enjoy the ending of the summer activities together. Free parking and admission, free entertainment and free children’s activities!
Alter Fest - Kettering, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 6, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for its return in 2021. Normally: One of South Dayton’s premier events hosted over the Labor Day weekend! Live entertainment all weekend, plus great food, lots of family fun with games, entertainment, rides and activities for all ages – this is a festive gathering for family and friends
The Taste Festival - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Aug 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for its return in 2021. Normally: Offers food samplings from over 30 restaurants
Clifton Gorge Music and Arts Festival - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Aug 24, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Enjoy musical performances, great shopping and fabulous festival food. Also tour the beautiful Clifton Opera House, built in 1893. Located at North and Clay Street, Clifton.
Great American Beer Tasting - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Aug 26, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: This year’s event features over 100 beers and is taking place from 2 PM to 6 PM at Fifth Third Park.
Springfield Rotary Food Truck Competition - Springfield, OH - Jan 1 to Aug 15, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for a return in 2021. Normally: The Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition will bring together 35 food trucks and thousands of foodies. Come out and indulge in the food trucks’ authentic and gourmet signature dishes while enjoying live entertainment and a beer garden (21+). Admission is free! And remember, all proceeds go to charity, so don’t hold back on trying multiple food trucks
BaconFest - Dayton, OH - Jan 1 to Aug 15, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for a return in 2021. Normally: Under the hot summer sun, savor the flavor of breakfast’s favorite side item. The event commemorating pork’s best side is back with more food and dishes that will make you want to kick off the front door. Whether you’re in the crispy bacon or chewy bacon camp, you’ll love this late summer festival.
Beaver Oktoberfest - Beaver, OH - Jan 1 to Oct 6, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Among the many activities at this southern Ohio Oktoberfest are live music, games, amusement rides, cloggers, car and tractor show, baby contest, pie contest and parade. 5K Run / Fun Walk on Saturday. Wood carving demonstrations with sculptures available for bid by auction on Sunday. Location: Main Street (State Route 335), Beaver, Ohio
Boardman Rotary Oktoberfestival - Boardman, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The annual Oktoberfest raises money for the Rotary Club of Boardman. Food, arts & crafts and kid’s entertainment. Admission is $3. Free parking on the west side of the park through the Southern Blvd. Entrance. Shuttle service available from the Heart Center parking lot, south of the park, which has limited offsite parking. Location: Boardman Township Park ‑ Boardman, Ohio 44512
Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Jan 1 to Sep 20, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: There will be 6 local breweries serving each of their Oktoberfest brews as well as one or two of their other specialty craft styles! There will be quite a variety of local craft and artisan booths where you can purchase German and Oktoberfest themed t-shirts, candles, comic-book collage art, handmade jewelry and more! There will also be German food, German games, German, Polka, ‘uhmp-pa-pa’ bands, a strolling accordion player and German dancers. Other entertainment includes Face Painting by Claire, other local country/rock/cover bands a popcorn eating contest and FIREWORKS!! Free admission, free parking and free entertainment. Since 1979.
Woolybear - Vermillion, OH - Jan 1 to Oct 6, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: The Woollybear Festival areas consist of entertainment, food booths, craft booths, and merchant sales. Woollybear T-shirts, Woollybear sweatshirts, and Woollybear hats will be available at the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce stand. Various entertainers are at the main stage throughout the day. Parade with commentary by Dick Goddard of Fox 8 (whose idea lead to the creation of this event) occurs at the reviewing stand.
Spring Valley Potato Festival - Spring Valley, OH - Jan 1 to Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2020, with a potential drive through event for festival foods on 10/3/20, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Arts & crafts, live entertainment, 5K Tater Trot run/walk, carnival rides, children’s games, kiddie tractor pull, and pet parade. Annual event for 40+ years.
Matsuricon - Columbus, OH - Aug 20 to Aug 22, 2021
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
Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival - Fairborn, OH - Aug 21 to Aug 22, 2021
There will be approximately 180 handmade arts and crafts booths, food vendors and much more
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.
Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival - Urbana, OH - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors, games and activities for the whole family.
Chili Cook-Off Festival and Hoopla Parade - Urbana, OH - Sep 25, 2021
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.
Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Youngs - Yellow Springs, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy a full day of family fun with the farm’s biggest festival of the year. Take your picture with Humongus Gus, their giant pumpkin, taste freshly made pumpkin cinnamon sugar donut holes, take a tour of their cheese making facility and watch cow milking. And dont forget to try their latest addition Pumpkin Bowling!
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival - Huntsburg, OH - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
A free family day in the country with free admission, free and free parking, games, entertainment and attractions.
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
Hiram House Pumpkin Festival - Chagrin Falls, OH - Oct 10, 2021
Food and balloons, pumpkins and mums, plus all-day activities with a wristband like archery, bounce house, candle dipping, cookie decorating, haunted hay maze, sand art, pony rides, petting zoo, slime making, tie dye, face painting and more!
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Mid Ohio 13er Half Marathon - Mansfield, OH - Sep 8, 2018
Their Facebook page reports they are pressing “pause” on 2019’s event. The 13er is a half marathon and 5k fun run through Richland County, past special city landmarks and ends in downtown Mansfield
American Birding Expo - Oaks, OH - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
Not happening in 2019 but likely to return in the future. A retail sales-oriented showcase of products for birders and nature enthusiasts.
Run of the Dead - Plymouth, OH - Oct 13, 2018
A haunted walk/run exploration event, with a free tshirt! Half the proceeds go to the restoration at Plymouth Locomotive – the other half are hidden on the course!
Great Pumpkin Glow - Mansfield, OH - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Closed due to construction for 2019. There will be nearly 1,000 carved and lit pumpkins as well as gourds, mums, hay bales, corn stalks, holiday lights and other glowing decorations. Food vendors will be set up in the Trimble Rd. parking lot. Admission is just $5 per person, children 6 & under are free.
WCOL Country Jam - Thornville, OH - Aug 16 to Aug 17, 2019
Ohio’s largest country music event, 92.3 WCOL’s Country Jam and Campout, is back and bigger than ever and will feature a superstar lineup of musical acts.
Strutt Your Mutt Canine Festival and Happy Tails Parade - Ontario, OH - Aug 17, 2019
Support the Humane Society of Richland County while having some fun with your pup! Product and food vendors, activities for dogs and children, the Happy Tails parade and more
Loudonville Fair - Cleveland, OH - Aug 17, 2019
A big fair in a small town. Old-fashioned, family-oriented event. Includes five days of free admission, free entertainment, free exhibits, and more.
Snake River Brewing Oktoberfest - Mansfield, OH - Aug 17, 2019
25th annual – grab your dirndl and lederhosen for this Oktoberfest in the Grand Tetons-adjacent town of Jackson. They’ll be serving German food, liters and half liter steins, and hosting live German music. We’ve visited this brewery and if their party is as good as their food and their beer, this is not one you want to miss!
Festival of Nations - Troy, OH - Aug 17, 2019
Free and is open to the public – celebrating nations and cultures from around the world through interactive booths/displays, food, dance, music, story-telling and arts and crafts.
Donut Jam - Troy, OH - Aug 23, 2019
Come to downtown Troy for the sweetest weekend in Ohio! The Donut Jam offers a weekend of music, drinks, and fun you do not want to miss
AleFest Dayton - Dayton, OH - Aug 24, 2019
Ohio’s longest running craft beer festival featuring over 130 breweries – including all 20 from the Miami Valley. Rain or shine. 21+ event
Enon Car Show and Food Trucks - Enon, OH - Aug 25, 2019
Car Show & Food Trucks at Settler’s Park in the Village of Enon
Liberty Home Association Oktoberfest - Hamilton, OH - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
Admission is $3 with children under 14 free. Homemade German food available including bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels, German desserts and more. Beer includes options from Paulaner and Anheuser-Busch. Live bands, rides and games for the whole family.
Italian Fall Festa - Kettering, OH - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
A weekend of Italian food, music and fun on the weekend after Labor Day.
Egyptian Festival - Miamisburg, OH - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Enjoy the exquisite flavors of Egypt as you sample such items as stuffed grape leaves or grilled shish kabob and Baklava and continue by shopping for Egyptian jewelry, arts & crafts. Bring your kids to enjoy the carnival games and face painting and make sure not to leave before going on a church tour where you can learn about the rich history of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Springboro Oktoberfest - Springboro, OH - Sep 6 to Sep 7, 2019
It will be open on Friday evening from 6 PM to midnight, and Saturday from 11am to midnight. Lots of live music, German food, and Paulaner beer. Admission is $3 with children 12 and under free. A portion of all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project, Springboro Community Assistance Center, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati. Location: 5 West Mill St., Springboro, OH.
Guitar Fest - Centerville, OH - Sep 8, 2019
Guitar Fest features professional guitarists from the southwest Ohio region performing many guitar styles, including jazz, blues, folk, classical, and popular
MidoriCon - Mt Sterling, OH - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
A green event celebrating anime and all things geek, held at Deer Creek State Park. MidoriCon’s mission is to inspire attendees to recognize the heroism inside themselves.
Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – Cleveland/Akron - Akron, OH - Sep 14, 2019
CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with different route options from 15 to 65 miles. 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.
Taste of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 14, 2019
Come taste and see the culture from all over India with Indian cuisine and desserts, jewelry, clothing and more. This event also features local arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Festival entrance is 720 Barg Salt Run Road; the Klatte entrance will be closed.
Middletown Arts Festival - Middletown, OH - Sep 14, 2019
Free arts festival featuring local artists, musicians, and dancers for a day filled with art and culture in Middlertown. Taking place from Donham Plaza to Governor’s Square, the Middletown Arts Festival will be two full blocks of music, art, dancing, a wine garden, vendors, and much more.
Ladyfest Dayton - Dayton, OH - Sep 14, 2019
Featuring musical acts, visual artists, dance, theatre, poetry, comedy and more. While the festival itself is a celebration of women in the arts, we hope to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity
Marmion Oktoberfest - Deerfield Township, OH - Sep 15, 2019
Marmion’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration will take place on Marmion’s campus, just outside the Battaglia Center at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. They anticipate 400 guests, some dressed in lederhosen, to enjoy Bavarian food, authentic beer and an illuminated silent auction, where competition is friendly but plentiful for dozens of prices that include trips, unique experiences and food and beverage packages! Those in attendance will also enjoy a live and energetic performance of the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos team who thrive on engaging with the crowd
North Coast Oktoberfest - Sandusky, OH - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
The event is hosted by Sandusky State Theatre, North Coast Young Professionals and the Sandusky Main Street Association. Attractions include a 5K run, 2 stages of live German music and dancing, German food from local restaurants, brat eating contest and other games, as well as commemorative beer stein and other merchandise.
Elyria Apple Festival - Elyria, OH - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
Dayton Fall Festival - Centreville, OH - Sep 21, 2019
Families can enjoy every activity for free, including the petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, bounce houses, hayride, crafts and more. Food vendors will be on site.
Turkish Food Festival - Dayton, OH - Sep 22, 2019
Enjoy delicious and unique food at Turkish Food Festival, presented by The Turkish American Society of Ohio-Dayton.
Improv Festival of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH - Sep 26 to Sep 28, 2019
Nationally known and local performers hosted by OTRimprov in this annual event.
Chocolate Walk - Troy, OH - Sep 27, 2019
Chocolate…need we say more? Downtown stores offer chocolate truffles, cakes, hot cocoa, and more. While many chocolate items are edible, some are chocolate scented while others are chocolate-themed.
Mason Oktoberfest - Mason, OH - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
Mason Oktoberfest is happening at Sonder Brewing, with breweries from all around Ohio coming together for an awesome festival, with German beers, festive food by BrewRiver, activities, and music! Entry is free, but you can pre purchase a VIP package, including a Mason Oktoberfest 16 oz beer stein, sunglasses, enamel pin, traditional German hat, and one beer ticket. Drink your beer from your Oktoberfest Stein at the event and enjoy an extra 4 ounces every time you buy a beer! The first 150 VIP Packages are $30, and afterwards are $40 while supplies last.
Palm Springs Oktoberfest - Germantown, OH - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Enjoy live music, guest breweries, bratwursts, and drinking games
Tennessee Brew Fest - Cleveland, OH - Sep 29, 2019
Enjoy dozens of unlimited samples of the finest craft beers from around the world and right here in West Tennessee. Shop local vendors, enjoy delicious food, games & afternoon entertainment. As always, this in a 21 and up event, held at the Jackson Fairgrounds.
Loudonville Fair - Loudonville, OH - Oct 1 to Oct 5, 2019
A big fair in a small town. Old-fashioned, family-oriented event. Includes five days of free admission, free entertainment, free exhibits, and more.
Bath Harvest Festival - Bath, OH - Oct 5 to Oct 13, 2019
Celebrate the fall bounty amid the sights, smells and tastes of the Cuyahoga Valley. Enjoy the apple cider press, pumpkin patch, apple butter making, pumpkin painting, kettle corn, wagon rides, and farmyard animals. Admission also includes heritage gardens, foodways demonstrations, and early American craft & trade demonstrations, including glassblowing, blacksmithing, and home crafts. The festival is held for two weekends from 10am-5pm at Hale Farm and Village in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Dayton LGBT Film Festival - Dayton, OH - Oct 10 to Oct 13, 2019
The Dayton LGBT Film Festival has been bringing the best and newest of LGBT cinema to the Miami Valley for well over a decade. They’ve brought close to 200 feature length and short films to town since their inception, and they’ve hosted over 20 guest artists
Algonquin Mill Fall Festival - Carrollton, OH - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2019
Pioneer village, craft demonstrations, old fashioned foods and children’s area.
Lebanon Oktoberfest - Lebanon, OH - Oct 12, 2019
Enjoy food, craft beers, kids activities and more. Event raises money for Miller Park Fund.
Iams Homestead Pioneer Harvest Fest - Trotwood, OH - Oct 12, 2019
Enjoy an autumn day at the Iams Homestead Museum.
Chatham Apple Butter Festival - Spencer, OH - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
A boiling cauldron of apple butter, continuously stirred by volunteers over an open fire, is still the main feature of the fun-filled event. This year free activities for children and music on both days of the festival will join delicious home-made food, crafts, baked goods and gift baskets. Country store, community organizations and other vendors, and arts and crafts marketplace. There is no admission charge. Free parking is available on both sides of Route 83 — behind the Memorial Hall pavilion and north of the Chatham Community Center.
Harvest Moon Festival - Montgomery, OH - Oct 12, 2019
Ale-O-Ween - Dayton, OH - Oct 19, 2019
40 Ohio craft breweries will be on hand pouring seasonal beers and regional favorites. Its a Halloween party, so attendees are encouraged to dress up to win prizes in the costume contest. Ale-O-Ween will feature live music, food, tarot card readings and the most awesome face painter youve ever seen
Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival - Fairfield, OH - Nov 9 to Nov 10, 2019
A weekend of nearly a hundred wineries pouring hundreds of wines.
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