Can’t Miss October Events in Ohio
By Mary Kleffner

Breezy, cool temperatures, scenic fall foliage and tasty pumpkin treats – there’s so much to be enjoyed during the fall season! Start the season off right – all cuddled up with loved ones on a wagon ride or tasting delicious homemade goodies. Celebrate your fallidays at these events this October in Ohio!

Northwest

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MacQueen Orchard’s Apple Butter Stir Festival, October 5-6

Bring the family for a weekend of fun at the MacQueen Orchards Apple Stir Festival in Holland, Ohio! Pick your own apples, visit the petting zoo, dance to the live music and gorge on delicious barbeque, donuts, funnel cakes and more for a weekend you won’t forget.

See a full schedule of activities and events here.

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NCAA Ice Breaker Hockey Tournament, October 11-12

Celebrate the start of college hockey season at the NCAA Ice Breaker Hockey Tournament in Toledo! This premier Division I ice hockey tournament brings together four of the nation’s top teams from four different conferences. Watch Bowling Green, Ohio State, Rochester Institute of Technology and Western Michigan fight for the win!

Learn more here.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival, October 12-13

Enjoy an action packed and fun-filled weekend at the Oak Harbor Apple Festival! Bring out your competitive side in one of the festivals many competitions,including the cutest baby contest, a cornhole tournament, a talent show, a 5K Apple Run and an Apple Pie Eating Contest! Or opt for a relaxing weekend by lounging in the beer tent and listening to the live band! No matter what, there is something for everyone.

See all the fun available here.

Southwest

Sunflower Festival, October 5-6

For 22 years, Gorman Heritage Farm has been hosting its Sunflower Festival. Join in on the tradition and enjoy the live music, hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, corn maze and sunflower maze. You will also get the opportunity to meet the farm animals and cut your own sunflowers!

Kick-off your fallidays at the Sunflower Festival! Learn more here.

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, October 12-13

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival began in 1970 when 528 pounds of sauerkraut was served to approximately 1,500 visitors. Today, the festival serves 7 tons of sauerkraut and attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year to browse among the 450 craft booths and sample the offerings from more than 30 different food booths. Come to Waynesville and visit the vendors that have come as far as Florida, California and Hawaii to participate in the festival.

Find more information click here.

Ale-O-Ween, October 19

Join the Ohio Craft Brewers Association for the 4th annual Ale-O-Ween. Along with 40+ Ohio craft breweries serving seasonal beers and regional favorites, there will be live music, food, tarot card readings and face painting. Don’t forget to come dressed to impress/scare/distress, as it’s a Halloween party after all!

Buy your tickets here.

Southeast

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Bob Evans Farm Festival, October 11-13 

Celebrate the 49th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival at the site of the first Bob Evans Restaurant! Snack on fall favorites like bean soup, kettle corn, apple dumplings and cider slushies before riding on the ferris wheel or listening to the live music that will be playing all weekend long.

Learn more about the event here.

Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival, October 12-13

Located in Glouster, Ohio, the Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival is designed around the beautiful scenic views of Appalachian Ohio. Take in the sights of the fall foliage and enjoy the free activities for children, local entertainment, delicious food and the multiple craft/vendor booths.

Learn more about the event here.

Central

Highball Halloween, October 11-12 

Halloween meets Fashion Week meets Mardi Gras at Highball Halloween! The nation’s most elaborate costume party started in 2008 and has grown to be one of the biggest events in the nation, with designers and fashionistas flocking in from all over the world. The festival features brilliant costumes as well as live art and stage performances.

Show off your style and learn more here.

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Italian Festival, October 11-13

Trade in the traditional fall colors of black and orange for red and green and head to the Columbus Italian Festival! Munch on traditional Italian food, tune into Italian cultural events, try your hand at Bocce Ball, and listen to music all weekend long. Be sure to catch the parade on the last day of the festival at 1:00 PM.

Learn more about the event here.

Circleville Pumpkin Show, October 16-19

Get your pumpkin fix this fall at the Circleville Pumpkin Show! More than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are featured in street displays, and over 400 booths offer food, retail, games and crafts for sale! This event is reportedly Ohio’s oldest and largest festival and has been called “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.”

Learn about all the fun here.

Northeast

Ciderfest, October 5-6 

Stop by The Winery at Spring Hill for the second annual Ciderfest, hosted by Spring Hill and Cider Works. Enjoy the live music and browse the craft and flea market while sipping on your cider.

Find out more here.

Covered Bridge Festival, October 12-13

Discover the beauty of Ashtabula’s covered bridges at the 36th annual Covered Bridge Festival! Both days of the festival start with a pancake breakfast, followed by lots of fun and activities, like a car show and a parade!

See a full schedule and more here.

Spooky Pooch Parade, October 19

What’s more adorable than a parade of dogs? A parade of dogs wearing Halloween costumes! LakewoodAlive’s 12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade will take place in Kauffman Park on Saturday, October 19 from 12:30 to 3:30. Come for the dogs, but stay for the free festival and awards ceremony!

Find out more here.

There’s plenty to do, see and explore this fall in Ohio! Help ring in your fallidays with family and friends and share all your fall festivities with us using #FallidaysInOhio.

For more wonder, excitement and togetherness, Find It Here on Ohio.org.

About the Author

Mary is a graduate of Capital University, she studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.