Your Guide To The Best Central Ohio Fall Festivals

It’s almost fall. Before we know it, the air will be crisp, the leaves will be changing their color, and the harvest season will officially begin. Go ahead, get excited.

Autumn is one of the busiest seasons in Central Ohio. There are tons of festivals, celebrating just about everything you could imagine. There are obvious festivals celebrating pumpkins. There are unique festivals, like the Ohio Pawpaw Festival. And then there are the festivals that are just plain fun.

If you’re looking for great food, awesome entertainment, and plenty of activities, you can safely choose any one of these festivals below. It should be noted that various festivals have different COVID-19 protocols in place. Be sure to check out each festival’s website for more details.

Ohio Renaissance Festival
Every weekend in September & October

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What: Want to travel through time? Head to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Ren Fest runs every weekend in September and October. There are themed weekends, including Viking Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Highland Weekend and more.
When: Click here for dates and information
Where: 10542 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH

Mohican Bluegrass Festival | September 16-18

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What: Ready for three days of bluegrass? Head to the Annual Mohican Bluegrass Festival. This one may be a bit of a drive, but it’s totally worth it. There are exceptional entertainers, food, arts & crafts, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
When: The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. on Thursday and closes at 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Where: Mohican Wilderness Campground

Ohio Pawpaw Festival | September 17-19

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What: The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is back for another year, celebrating this amazing and unique fruit. Festival-goers can expect a variety of music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops, and activities for the kids!
When: Friday from 4 p.m. until Midnight, Saturday, from 10 a.m. until Midnight, and Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Where: 5900 US 50 West, Albany, OH

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival | September 17-19

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What: Enjoy a weekend of live music at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna. There will be food, drinks, shopping, live performances, and more.
When: September 17-19, 2021
Where: Creekside Park, 117 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival | September 18

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What: Freemans Farm visitors will have blast enjoying hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, a farm animals petting area, delicious fresh-popped kettle corn, scarecrow making, and apple butter making demonstrations over an open fire on select days. The festival is free to attend.
When: September 18, 2021
Where: Freeman’s Farm, 6142 Lewis Center Rd, Galena, OH 43021

Arts in the Alley | September 17-19

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What: Arts, crafts, and vendors: Oh my! Head to Grove City for their annual Arts in the Alley festival. The fest features more than 100 juried artists and crafters as well as live entertainment, delicious food, and a kids’ fun street. There’s even a parade!
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Grove City, OH

Yankee Peddler Festival | September 18-19 and 25-26

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What: If you’re in search of a festival with guaranteed authenticity, look no further than the Yankee Peddler Festival. The festival examines life between the years 1776-1825. All of the crafters and vendors are required to dress in era-appropriate attire at all times and sell only era-appropriate goods. There are covered wagons, blacksmiths, a militia, hearty offerings like bean soup, beef stew, and turkey legs, as well as plenty of activities for the kids.
When: The festival runs for two weekends in September and is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
Where: Clay’s Park Resort, Canal Fulton, OH

Young’s Dairy Fall Farm Pumpkin Fun | September 18-October31

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What: Young’s Dairy has reimagined their Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival to run throughout the fall season. The fun farm days will allow visitors to snack on Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of Young’s cheese-making facility, watch cow milking, and more. There is even Pumpkin Bowling!
When: Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Where: Young’s Jersey Dairy Farm

HighBall Halloween 2021 | October 23

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What: Get all glammed up, call a babysitter, and head downtown for the most fashionable night in the Halloween season. HighBall is one elaborate costume party, so don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. There will be costume contests, live music, food, drinks, and fun.
When: October 23, 2021
Where: 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Circleville Pumpkin Show | October 20-23

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What: The Circleville Pumpkin Show is one of the largest pumpkin festivals, dating back to 1903. When I say there will be pumpkin EVERYTHING, I mean it! Pumpkin pies, ice creams, bread, drinks, and so much more pumpkin. A veritable pumpkin explosion.

There’s also a pageant, seven parades, rides, games, activities, entertainment, and so much more. Can you tell I love the Pumpkin Show?
When: The first day, festivities begin at 9 a.m., and then at 10 a.m. for the remainder of the festival.
Where: Downtown Circleville, OH

The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow | October 23-27

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What: Westerville Parks and Recreation is celebrating fall at Heritage Park during the Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow. The park will transform into an autumn wonderland, featuring pumpkin painting and crafts, festive games, music, professional pumpkin carving, food trucks, and more. The trails will be aglow with thousands of carved pumpkins.
When: October 20-24, 2021
Where: Heritage Park, 60 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081

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