Can’t Miss September Events in Ohio
By Mary Kleffner

Can’t Miss September Events in Ohio

Breezy, cooler 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 September in Ohio!


Canal Days Festival, September 14-16

Centered around the Miami-Erie Canal, the Canal Days Festival is held every September in Delphos. Stop by the two open museums, watch in awe at the car and tractor show, enjoy live music and sample tasty food all weekend long. Grab a spot to watch the Grand Parade, or play putt-putt golf. Enjoy quality time and make memories with your family at Canal Days!

See a full schedule of activities and events here.

Harvest Fest, September 29

Held in downtown Kelleys Island, Harvest Fest is filled with family-fun entertainment that will help get your falliday celebrations started! Get crafty and paint a pumpkin or make a scarecrow and grab a yummy fall-themed treat at the bake sale. Vendors and other activities will also be available. You can’t celebrate this your fallidays without attending the Harvest Fest!

Learn more here.

New Bremen PumpkinFest, September 21-22

There’s pumpkin-themed events galore at the New Bremen PumpkinFest. Kick off the festivities with a pumpkin pancake breakfast, stay for the pumpkin pie baking contest and the “Pumpkin Olympics.” Enjoy craft vendors, music and on Saturday night catch the Ohio State football game on the big screen in the pavilion! Sample pumpkin brats, beer and more at the New Bremen PumpkinFest!

See all the fun available here.


Scarecrow Festival, September 14-16

Held in downtown Washington Court House, the Scarecrow Festival offers plenty of fall-themed family fun. Try some of your favorite foods, shop the many vendors and make memories with your little ones by enjoying rides and kids’ activities. This year’s festival will feature top-musical talent John Michael Montgomery and Shane Runion!

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

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, September 21-23

The largest Oktoberfest in America, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has showcased German-style music, food and beer to millions of attendees in Cincinnati since 1976. Kick off the weekend’s festivities with the fan-favorite wiener dog race and stay for the World Brat Eating Championship. Enjoy a variety of food and drink vendors, live music and more at this huge celebration of German heritage and culture!

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Bonnybrook Farms Lantern Light Wagon Rides and Corn Maze, September 29-October 27

Climb on board the farm wagon for a lantern-lit ride through the spooky trails of Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville, where you’ll hear stories and folklore from several figures along the way. Don’t forget your flashlight, it’ll help you find your way through the Crazed Corn Maze – but beware of what you may see! After, warm up with cider and a homemade treat, or snack on s’mores made fresh on the campfire!

See all the festivities available here.


Ohio Pawpaw Festival, September 14-16

Celebrate one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw, at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in Albany! This event celebrates the history of the pawpaw and promotes the it’s significance in Southern Ohio. Little ones can enjoy “Kids Central,” a variety of hands-on activities, and all can catch beautiful fall foliage in the Fun Run/Walk that runs through the park. Tune into some of the region’s best music talent, enjoy various pawpaw food, make arts and crafts, and more.

Find a full schedule of events here.

Jackson Apple Festival, September 18-22

For 81 years, the Jackson Apple Festival has promised fun and laughter for the whole family! This year, try a variety of tasty apple treats including apple butter, apple pie and your childhood favorite, candy apples. See if you can peel an apple the fastest or help break the World Record for the most people bobbing for apples. Revel in all-things apple and enjoy everything from music, food, and rides to parades and crafts all-week long.

Learn more about the event here.

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, September 27-30

There’s no better way to celebrate your fallidays than with your favorite pumpkin treat – taste homemade sweets and more at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival! Boasting thousands of visitors annually, you can enjoy rides, pie-eating and baking contests, the Pumpkin Parade and the “Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.” See if this the world record will be broken this year – a 2,150-pound pumpkin!

Catch a full schedule of activities here.


Marion Popcorn Festival, September 6-8

The Marion Popcorn Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, attracts crowds of over 250,000 each year. Kick things off with the Popcorn Festival Parade on Thursday evening, celebrate all-weekend eating your favorite popcorn snacks and test your talent in carnival games! Be sure to catch this year’s music headliners, including country music group Lonestar and rock band Pop Evil at their free performances on Friday and Saturday.

“Pop” on over to this festival! Learn more here.

Utica Homecoming Fall Festival, September 19-22

This longtime family-favorite event in Utica promises hours of entertainment with food, craft vendors, exhibits and a car, truck and motorcycle cruise-in. Catch the classic Grand Parade on Wednesday, and watch the adorable Pet Parade Saturday morning, all while enjoying time with family and making new friends.

You’ll feel right at home at the Utica Homecoming Fall Festival!

Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, September 22-23

Enjoy the rustic sounds of bluegrass music with spectacular views at the Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival in North Lewisburg! Your little ones can ride in a horse-drawn wagon or make arts and crafts while all can shop a variety of local vendors and take a covered bridge tour! Sample delicious food and enjoy a coffee on the bridge or come Sunday to watch an old-time baseball game. Celebrate catchy music with your loved ones and take advantage of the perfect photo-op – snap a shot right in front of the beautiful covered bridge.

Learn about all the fun here.


Barberton Mum Fest, September 29-30

Each year, 17,000 chrysanthemums create millions of blooms at the Barberton Mum Fest. In addition to stunning views, you’ll find live music, arts and crafts, tasty treats and a variety of children’s activities to keep you playing all weekend long. Create chalk art or participate in lakefront activities with the whole family. Don’t miss this fun, colorful and free admission event.

See a full schedule and more here.

Heritage Days Festival, September 29-30

Uncover the past at the 42nd annual Heritage Days Festival! A local favorite, families can enjoy everything from live music to crafting while enjoying antique displays, tractors, horses and a variety of food and craft vendors, all at Malabar Farm State Park. Learn all about what life was like at the time of the Civil War during the Heritage Days Festival!

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.

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About the Author

Mary is the Public Relations Intern for TourismOhio, where she assists the public relations team in creating content that showcases all the excitement and fun available right here in Ohio. A graduate of Capital University, Mary studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.