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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
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
Website: Ohio Renaissance Festival
Jack Pine Glass Pumpkin Festival | September 23-25
What: This outdoor art show features local artists and food vendors selling their crafts. There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind, blown glass pumpkins for sale along with other fine craft vendors and artists selling an array of works from disciplines like metal, fabric, wood, and painting.
When: Opens at 10 a.m. each morning
Where: Jack Pine Studio, 21397 OH-180, Laurelville, OH 43135
Website: Jack Pine Glass Pumpkin Festival
Yankee Peddler Festival | September 24-25
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 is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
Where: Clay’s Park Resort, Canal Fulton, OH
Website: Yankee Peddler Festival
Young’s Dairy Fall Farm Pumpkin Fun | September 17- October 31
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
Website: Young’s Dairy Fall Farm Pumpkin Fun
Columbus Fall Brew Fest | October 1
What: The Columbus Fall Brew Festival will take place on the field and throughout the concourse of Huntington Park. The event will feature over 50 breweries and 150 beers, as well as a video DJ on the scoreboard, lawn games, and food concessions.
When: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Huntington Park
Website: Columbus Fall Beer Fest
Historic Dublin Founder’s Day | October 2
What: Dublin officially became a City in the 80’s and so the city is headed back in time with an 80’s themed day of family fun. Festival organizers are asking for attendees to bring a food or monetary donation to support the food pantry.
When: 12 p.m.
Where: Historic Dublin
Website: Historic Dublin Founders Day
Groveport Apple Butter Day | October 8
What: Come celebrate Groveport’s Heritage with kettles of homemade apple butter over wood fires, pioneer demonstrators, live entertainment, and handmade crafts. You can also look forward to the Annual Groveport Cane Pole Fishing contest.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park, 51 Wirt Rd, Groveport, OH 43125
Website: Groveport Apple Butter Day
All Hallows Eve at Ohio Village | Weekends in October
What: Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style family fun at All Hallows’ Eve, with a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving, and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! All Hallows Eve will be occurring Saturday, Oct. 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio History Center
Website: Ohio History Connection
Circleville Pumpkin Show | October 19-22
What: The Circleville Pumpkin Show is one of the largest fall events, 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
Website: Circleville Pumpkin Show
The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow | October 19-23
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: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park, 60 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Website: The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow
HighBall Halloween 2022 | October 22
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: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m
Where: 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: HighBall Halloween 2022
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