Find the Magic of Fall with Ohio Festivals & Events!

Ohio. Find It Here.: September-October Events

August 23, 2018

From pawpaws and record-breaking apple bobbing contests to the largest popcorn festival in the world, Ohio offers festivals and events that are sure to entertain families and friends this fall. Celebrate the season with pumpkin-flavored treats, live music, and scenic autumnal views! For more opportunities to Find It Here. in Ohio, visit and order a free copy of the Calendar of Events.


Ohio Renaissance Festival, September 1-October 28 (Harveysburg)

Step back in time in a recreated, 16th-century English village at the Ohio Renaissance Festival! Sure, you can enjoy giant turkey legs and corn on the cob, but the real action takes place with nearly 100 daily shows on 14 stages. Check out the muditorium where classic literary tales come to life (with plenty of laughter); appreciate the skill and sharp wit of the Swordsmen; grit your teeth as jousting knights clash; relax with harp, guitar and dulcimer music; enjoy comedy opera; hold your breath during a comedy knife-throwing show; and more. Spectators are welcome, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the fun! Check the schedule this year for themed weekends.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, September 21-23 (Cincinnati)

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


Ohio Pawpaw Festival, September 14-16 (Albany)

Learn about North America’s largest native tree fruit, including how to cook with pawpaws and how to grow them. There are plenty of contests too: Best Pawpaw and a Devil’s Paw Home Brew contest along Native American drumming, atlatl throwing and flint knapping. Little ones can enjoy “Kids Central,” a variety of hands-on activities for all ages, and all can catch beautiful fall foliage during the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk that runs throughout the scenic park on Sunday. Pitch a tent and stay for the weekend or spend a day listening to some of the region’s best musical talent, enjoying various pawpaw foods and creating arts and crafts.

Jackson Apple Festival, September 18-22 (Jackson)

Marking eighty-one years since the inaugural event, this Jackson festival promises fun for the whole family! Try a variety of tasty apple treats including homemade apple butter, apple pie, and candy apples. See who can peel an apple the fastest or help break the World Record for the most people bobbing for apples at two of the week’s several contests. Additionally, enjoy everything from music, food, and rides to parades and crafts all-week long. Revel in all-things apple at this fun, free-admission festival!


Marion Popcorn Festival, September 6-8 (Marion)

The largest popcorn festival in the world attracts crowds of more than 250,000 each year. Attend 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.

Circleville Pumpkin Show, October 17-20 (Circleville)

Celebrate fall with all things pumpkin! Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals. Kick off the weekend by watching contestants compete for the coveted “Great Pumpkin Trophy,” and stay to see if the record is broken – held currently by a nearly 2,000-pound pumpkin. Enjoy pumpkin-themed activities, foods ranging from pumpkin fudge to pumpkin burgers, multiple parades, rides, and more than 400 booths with games, crafts, and more


Island Wine Festival, October 6 (Put-In-Bay)

Enjoy a cool fall afternoon on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island at the annual Put-In-Bay Island Wine Festival. Sample foreign, domestic, and island wines while savoring delicious food all day long. Be sure to catch a tour of the Put-In-Bay Winery and participate in the silent auction, benefitting the Lake Erie Historical Society. Admission comes with a free souvenir wine glass!

Oak Harbor Apple Festival, October 13-14 (Oak Harbor)

Spend the weekend in Oak Harbor at the 40th annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival. Held downtown, this festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each fall. Find a partner and play in the cornhole tournament, check out the talent at the Apple Festival Craft Show, and cheer on your favorites as they compete for “Best of Show” at the Classic Car Show. Satisfy your sweet tooth with apple-related treats and make memories all weekend-long with plenty of live music, contests, and activities for the whole family.


Barberton Mum Festival, September 29-30 (Barberton)

Each year, 17,000 chrysanthemums create millions of mum blooms that burst open adorning Barberton’s Lake Anna Park in a waves of autumn colors. In addition to the views, families can enjoy everything from live music and arts and crafts to food and a variety of children’s activities. Make the weekend memorable by creating chalk art or participating in lakefront activities including a water-ski show and sand sculpting. Don’t miss this fun and colorful, free admission event!

Heritage Days Festival, September 29-30 (Malabar Farm State Park)

Uncover history at the 42nd annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival! A local favorite, families can participate in everything from live music to crafting while enjoying antique displays, tractors, horses, and a variety of food and craft vendors. Learn about life at the time of the Civil War in the Civil War and 18th-Century Living History Camp. Be sure to check out the archaeological displays available only on Sunday.

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