Three Unique Labor Day Festivals You’ll Only Find In Central Ohio

The distant calls of the 3-day weekend aren’t so distant anymore. Before you know it, Friday will be over, you’ll be clocking out, and you’ll be ready to start your weekend off right.

There are tons of cool events going on around the city this weekend. But if you’re looking for those tried and true, Labor Day traditions, there are three festivals this weekend you just can’t miss out on.

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival got its start in the 1920s. Since then, it’s grown into a multi-day event with tens of thousands of visitors each year. The event has a lot to offer visitors. From carnival rides to food trucks to live performances, there is something for everyone.

Saturday, September 2

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This year, the event kicks off at Noon on Saturday, September 2. There will be live performances throughout the day, as well as contests and activities. This year will also feature the traveling World War II Memorial. On Saturday, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., kids can catch rides at the Midway for free.

Sunday, September 3

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Sunday is a full day of fun. The festival officially opens at 10:30 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be several concerts, as well as the Cruise-In Car Show and an Ice Cream Social. The festival closes at 11 p.m.

Monday, September 4

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If you’re heading into town on Monday, it’s recommended that you arrive before 1 p.m. That’s when my favorite part of the weekend begins: The Parade. There will be several bands, floats, and parade participants, strutting their stuff through Downtown Canal. The festival itself opens at 10:30. After the parade, you can check out the pageant awards downtown on the Main Stage. The festival will close at 6 p.m. For more information about the CW Labor Day Festival, please click here.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

2017 marks the 51st Annual Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. This community attraction welcomes 25,000 guests each year to celebrate everything that makes Upper Arlington such a special place to live.

Monday, September 4

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This festival only runs for one day, which means you’ll have to pack as much fun in as you can from in just a few hours. The festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m., is located in Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media. Performances will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Upper Arlington High School Marching Band performing on both the Arts Activities Stage and the UA Performance Stage. Attendees can look forward to a variety of performances, including Richens/Timms Academy of Irish Dance, Buckeye Ballroom Big Band, Maya Mougey, and more.

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If you’ve got little ones, you can’t miss the Arts Activities Area. There will be face painting, balloon artists, henna tattoos, origami, and more.

The festival will come to a close at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, please click here.

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

The Millersport Sweet Corn Festival first started in 1947. Since then, it’s become the most iconic celebration in the town. This year’s festival has already started, but don’t panic! You haven’t missed the best part: The Corn Eating Contest. The fest is free and open to the public. Parking is $10.

Friday, September 1

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On Friday, the Sweet Corn Festival kicks off with everyone’s favorite event. Of course, I’m referring to the aforementioned Corn Eating Contest. Open to all ages, the contest is a time honored tradition. There’s also a hula hoop contest, an Antique Tractor Pull, a variety of live performances, rides, games, and more.

This year’s Midway will have 20 amusement rides. Single tickets are $1.50 or you can purchase 30 tickets for $35.00. The festival closes at 11 p.m.

Saturday, September 2

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Start Saturday morning at the 29th Annual Ken Keener Classic 5K Run. After that, head to the Midway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the purchase of a $20 wristband, riders can have access to all amusement rides in the Midway! Saturday’s performers include Buckeye Country Cloggers, The Voices of Ohio, Yellow Rose Cloggers of Ohio, and Cedar Hill Bluegrass Boys. Don’t forget to stop by the Brookover-Harlow Pavilion to see the 2017 Sweet Corn Queen and her court!

The festival closes at 11 p.m. For more information about the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, please click here.

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