Ohio is the place to be to experience all the colorful fall season has to offer. From family-friendly events to popular pumpkin festivities, there is no shortage of memorable fallidays to explore around the state.
Check out these must-see, must-taste and must-celebrate fall festivals to add your calendar:
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – September 20-22, 2019
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, it has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest event with more than 500,000 people in attendance each year. Join Oktoberfest goers on Friday for the official opening ceremonies and keg tapping at 12:00pm. Sam Adams founder, Jim Koch, will be tapping the keg! Or, if you want to get a head start on the festivities, be sure to catch The Running of the Wieners on Thursday, September 19th at 11:00am where one dachshund will be named “King or Queen of the Wiener Dogs.” If you don’t make it to this race, you’re in luck, as there will be multiple competitions all weekend, including the Beer Stein Race and Beer Barrel Roll. There will be live music all weekend long in five different beer gardens, but make to save your energy for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance!
Barberton Mum Festival – September 28-29, 2019
Lake Anna Park will explode with color as 17,000 chrysanthemums create over a million mum blooms at the twenty-eighth annual MUM FEST on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th. This dazzling floral display will provide a brilliant backdrop for a fall weekend filled with FREE family entertainment, arts and crafts, gardening tips, and fabulous foods. MUM FEST 2019 will include water ski shows, canoe races on Lake Anna, roving entertainers, unique food vendors, ice carving, sand sculpting, and children’s activities.
Bob Evans Farm Festival – October 11-13, 2019
Families looking for an affordable, fun, autumn day trip need not look further than the 49th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival, October 13-15 in Rio Grande, Ohio. The Bob Evans Farm Festival features exciting entertainment and unique demonstrations the entire family will enjoy.
Visitors can devour fall favorites like bean soup, kettle corn, apple dumplings, ice cream, Ohio-made cheese, cider slushies, and more! Additionally, there will be more than 100 artisans showcasing their work for purchase and plenty of entertainment, including animals from The Columbus Zoo and a Great Lakes Timber Show.
Farm Festival admission is $5 for adults and children five years old and under are free.
Circleville Pumpkin Show – October 16-19, 2019
Any Ohioan will tell you, fall means the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The 113th Circleville Pumpkin Show is just south of Columbus and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. This is the spot for all things pumpkin! Check out the parades, rides, entertainment and every kind of pumpkin-flavored treat that you can think of. Be sure to stop by and see the largest pumpkin pie, measuring at 14 feet in diameter.
HighBall Halloween – October 11-12, 2019
Fashion is at the forefront at HighBall, a costume couture party that closes down High Street in Columbus for two nights. The local fashion scene is on full display with eight designers all presenting runway shows. Events include a competitive public costume contest, so be sure to bring your best!
For more fall festivals and events, Find it Here at Ohio.org