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Celebrate Fall: Festivals & Events

Orange you glad there's so much to do this season in Ohio!

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Celebrate Fall: Festivals & Events

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Sep 18, 2022

Breezy, cool temperatures, scenic fall foliage and tasty pumpkin treats – there's so much to enjoy during the fall season! Start the season off right and celebrate Fall in Ohio at these upcoming festivals and events:

apples on a table at the athens farmers market in ohio
Athens Farmers Market

Take a bite out of farm fresh food from the Athens Farmers Market. Celebrating their 50th year, they're open Wednesdays, (April 20 – Nov. 23) and Saturdays (year-round). 

Experience spine-tingling fun when you visit All Hallow's Eve Terror Town in Williamsburg. The 19th century styled Old West town features a variety of spooks sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Stop by Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 2 - Nov. 5

Relive the ye olde days when you head to Waynesville for the Ohio Renaissance Festival. The festival is open on weekends from Sept. 3 - Oct. 30

Thrills and chills await you at Cedar Point's 25th HalloWeekends (Sept. 15 - Oct. 30). More frightful fun can be found at Kings Island's Halloween Haunt from Sept. 23 - Oct. 29. Or venture into the park for family-friendly fun and 'frights' at the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest from Sept. 25 - Oct. 30

Splish splash, you were RUNNING AWAY FROM ZOOMBIES! New this year, Zoombezi Bay transforms into ZOMBIEzi Bay from Sept. 16 - Oct. 30

It's totally squash goals when you see what's happening with the Fall Farm Pumpkin Fun at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs from Sept. 17 - Oct. 30

Horse around at the All American Quarter Horse Congress on Sept. 27 - Oct. 23 in Columbus. 

Yodel-ay your way to Sugarcreek for The Ohio Swiss Festival on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. And there's no gnocchi about it! You can find even more fun at the Columbus Italian Festival is serving up classic food, games and entertainment this Oct. 7-9.

Fall into fun at the 24th annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. Held at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Centers Blue Marlin Bar & Grill, the event features a cookout, tunes, and games. 

Fangtastic entertainment awakens at the "Dracula" performance by New Philadelphia's Trumpet in the Land on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 7-8.  Or experience the bone-chilling "Tales of the Undead" at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater in Chillicothe from Oct. 1-29

Can you Escape from Blood Prison? The haunted experience (Sept. 24 - Oct. 30) is the only one of its kind! That's because it takes place inside The Ohio State Reformatory - a real haunted (former) prison in Mansfield. 

Strike a pose at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton during the Halloween Statue Trick or Treat event on Oct. 1 from 3-5PM. 

three young girls stirring a barrel of apple butter at the Century Village Apple Butter Festival in Burton Ohio
Century Village Apple Butter Festival in Burton

Nothing butter than the Apple Butter & Cider Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark on Oct. 1-2 or the MacQueen Orchards Apple Butter Weekend in Holland from Oct. 1-2. Or head to to Burton for Geauga County Historical Society's Century Village Museum Apple Butter Festival on Oct. 8-9 and the Applebutter Fest of Grand Rapids on Oct. 9. And you butter believe there's even more fun to be had at the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival. Returning to Roscoe Village (in Coshocton) on Oct. 21-23, this festivals is back for its 51st year of fantastic food, vendors, and entertainment. 

Sip into the season and stop by The Winery at Spring Hill for their Ciderfest from Oct. 1-2. The event offers food, wine, a craft and flea market - and course, plenty of cider! 

A palette of autumnal pleasures await you at Glouster's Color in the Hills Festival on Oct. 1-2

Here comes the Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale on Oct. 1-2 ... (do, do, do, do) 🌻. 

Presidential honors take root when you attend the wreath-laying at President Hayes' tomb at Spiegel Grove in Fremont. The Oct. 2 event commemorates the 200th anniversary of Hayes' birthday (Oct. 1822). 

Enjoy screen time at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival from Oct. 5-9. This Northeast Ohio event presents a celebration of filmmaking that takes places across several venues of Chagrin Falls. If you miss the in-person event, check out CDFF On Demand from Oct. 9-16. 

Get animated for this year's Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. The event on Oct. 6-9 illustrates the best in cartoons, comics and animation. Hang on for more illustrated happenings by visiting the nearby Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum - whose "Celebrating Sparky: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts" exhibit runs thru Oct. 23

Grin and say cheese at the Columbus Mac & Cheese Festival. On Oct. 7 at Easton Town Center in Columbus, partake in mac and cheese samples, music, and family-friendly activities. The festival raises money for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. 

A spooktacular time awaits you at the Chillicothe Halloween Festival on Oct. 7-9

Gourdeous sights are sure to be found at Delaware's Ohio Gourd Show & Festival on Oct. 7-9

"He's 63 ax handles high, with his feet on the ground and his head in the sky" 🎶 Come out to the Guernsey County Fairgrounds on Oct. 7-9 for the Paul Bunyan Show

You'll have batty good fun at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Trick-or-Treat Fest (Oct. 7-30) and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30). For even more spooktacular fun, check out Boo at the Akron Zoo from Oct. 15-30HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Oct. 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30) and Little Boo at The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium on Oct. 20-21

Celebrate El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus on Oct. 8

Spectral festivities lay in wait during Midnight at Moonville on Oct. 8-9. The Halloween-themed event offers different activities to enjoy - while you wander if the ghosts of Moonville Tunnel will make an appearance. 

horse pulling cart of people in front of covered bridge for the asthabula county covered bridge festival in ohio
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival 

Head for covered bridges during the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival. The popular festival is back this year from Oct. 8-9

You'll apple-solutely have a great time at the Oak Harbor Apple Festival. Held the second week of October (Oct. 8-9), this festival has it all - from apple runs to baking contest, a royal court and more! Don't core-get to stop by the Van Wert Apple Festival on Oct. 14-15

Kraut you believe all the food festivals happening this fall? One of the most memorable is the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival on Oct. 8-9 in Waynesville. 

Don't lose your head at All Hollow's Eve presented by the Ohio History Connection Saturdays in October (Oct. 8, 15, 22 & 29). Listen to a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, and enjoy pumpkin carving and Victorian-era entertainment. 

Keep your wits about you as head out on The Adams Street Zombie Crawl on Oct. 9 in Toledo. 

Get a mouthful at when you join Jeffersonville's Destination Outlets for the 2nd Annual World Pumpkin Pie Eating Championship on Oct. 9

Embrace your inner fashionista during Fashion Week Columbus. The series of stylish events takes place from Oct. 9-15 and shows off mind blowing designs from designers both near and far! 

BLINK and you'll miss all the fun at this Cincinnati festival on Oct. 13-16 that's one of the largest light-related art events in the country. 

side of white bob evans barn with red lettering at dusk on a farm in rio grande ohio
Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande

Down on the farm there's fun for all! Head to Gallia County for the 51st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival on Oct. 14-16 for family-friendly entertainment. 

It's unbe-leaf-able the sights you'll encounter during the Fall Festival of Leaves on Oct. 14-16. Known as "Leaf Country, U.S.A," Bainbridge hosts this autumnal celebration of the season with crafts, parades, flea markets and so much more. 

Hit the trail for Grandma Gatewood's Fall Colors Hike on Oct. 15. the three mile trail in Hocking Hills State Park goes from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls, and returns on the Gorge Overlook Trail. 

A dog-gone good time will be had at the Spooky Pooch Parade on Oct. 15. This parade of dogs wearing Halloween costumes takes place at Madison Park in Lakewood's Birdtown neighborhood. 

Carve out time over the weekend for Family Halloween at Kelleys Island on Oct. 15. Or go the grown-ups only route with the Adult Halloween celebration on Oct. 22

All hail the pumpkin king! Or rather, all things orange and and squash related at the iconic Circleville Pumpkin Show on Oct. 19-22. Dubbed the "Greatest Free Show on Earth," this festival has everything: pumpkin pies, pumpkin donuts, giant pumpkins, and a Miss Pumpkin Show. 

Get a glow up at the Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow on Oct. 19-23. The family-friendly event features one-of-kind displays for everyone to "ghoul" and "ah" over. 

Do the Time Warp at Sorg Opera House in Middletown for a performance of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" from Oct. 21-23. You can also arrive at the Canton Palace Theatre on Oct. 31 for their annual showing of the film too. And if you get there early, check out the showing of silent film Nosferatu on Oct. 29

Trivia: The Dracula-inspired silent film Nosferatu is celebrating its 100th anniversary (released in Germany on March 4, 1922). 

people dressed in jack skellington and sally costumes standing in crowded street at highball columbus in ohio
HighBall Halloween in Columbus

Hit the streets for the iconic costumed HighBall Halloween in Columbus on Oct. 22. As they say, "you are what you wear." 

You'll have a latte fun at the Cincinnati Coffee Festival on Oct. 22-23. This caffeine celebration is considered the Midwest's largest coffee festival! 

A Haunted Headless Horseman takes the stage during Dayton Ballet's performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from Oct. 28-29. Or sink your teeth into BalletMet's "Dracula" on Oct. 28 - Nov. 5 at the Davidson Theatre in Columbus. 

Stroll through the street at the Findlay ArtWalk on Nov. 4. This free event takes place on the first Friday of November and features local artists throughout the downtown area.  

It's beginning to look alot like ... holiday shopping season! Pick up some gifts and explore the Christkindlmarkt on Nov. 4-6. This attraction is thought to be Cincinnati's oldest and most authentic German Christmas market.

Book it to the Buckeye Book Fair on Nov. 5. The Wooster-based event highlights all the best Ohio authors, illustrators, and literary fun in the state. Turn the page on more literary adventures with Columbus Museum of Art's "Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak" exhibit (Oct. 21 - March 5, 2023). Or flip through the past with the "The Medieval Top Seller: The Book of Hours" exhibit at The Cleveland Museum of Art, which runs thru July 30, 2023

Rock out at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Nov. 13 for VetsAid 2022. The concert features performances from Joe Walsh (of The Eagles) and special guests like Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, and The Breeders. 

Touchdown and explore OSU's campus area as you get ready for the iconic Buckeye football game against the ❌ichigan Wolverines on Nov. 26

For more festivals and events this #FallinOhio, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org

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