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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.

Sweet Corn Festival

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What: Nothing says “Goodbye, summer” quite like a weekend at the Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport. The festival is free to attend and features a 5k, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, delicious sweet corn.
When: August 30th thru September 1st from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and September 2 from 11 am. to 11 p.m.
Where: Heritage Village at Historic Lions Park
Website: Sweet Corn Festival

50th Annual Greek Festival

Columbus Greek Festival,  Greek dancers
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What: Discover the essence of Greek culture and heritage at the 50th Annual Greek Festival in Columbus. Immerse yourself in traditions that seamlessly blend the old and the new, from inspiring Cathedral tours to mouthwatering cuisine, lively music, and captivating exhibits. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for kids 12 and under.
When: September 1-2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., September 3 from Noon to 11 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High Street
Website: Greek Festival

Obetz Zucchinifest

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What: Embrace the zucchini spirit at the Obetz Zucchinifest, a lively celebration featuring entertainment, food, and family fun. This year’s festivities include performances by Spin Doctors, Vanilla Ice, and more.
When: September 1-4, 2023 at various hours
Where: Fortress Obetz, 2015 Recreation Trl, Obetz, OH 43207
Website: Obetz Zucchinifest

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

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What: Since 1966, Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival has celebrated and shared the arts with the community. Each year, more than 15,000 visitors flock to UA on Labor Day to immerse themselves in hands-on art activities, live music, and the opportunity to explore and purchase fine art and crafts. Admission is free.
When: Monday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Northam Park, 2850 Tremont Road
Website: Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

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What: The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival is a time-honored Labor Day weekend tradition, serving as the oldest and largest Labor Day festival in the state of Ohio. With live music, delicious food vendors, a beer tent, and even rides, you can celebrate all weekend long. Finally, enjoy the parade on Monday to close out a fantastic weekend.
When: September 2-4, 2023
Where: Downtown Canal Winchester
Website: Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

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
Website: Ohio Renaissance Festival

Germania’s 66th Oktoberfest

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What: This three day fest will feature traditional German Oktoberfest foods and drink, music from a variety of bands, dancing, stein holding contests, kids activities, and tons of fun.
When: September 15-17, 2023
Where: 543 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215
Website: Germania Oktoberfest

Ohio Pawpaw Festival

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What: Get set for the Ohio Pawpaw Festival: a lively community gathering celebrating the pawpaw, a fruit tree native to Ohio and Appalachia. Indulge in pawpaw-inspired dishes, explore talks on growing, genetics, and sustainability, and join amusing contests for the biggest, tastiest pawpaw. Whether you’re a curious foodie or a sustainability enthusiast, this festival promises a weekend of pawpaw-packed fun and learning. Tickets start at $20.
When: September 15-17, 2023
Where: Lake Snowden, 5900 US-50, Albany, OH 45710
Website: Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Jack Pine Glass Pumpkin Festival

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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:September 22-24, 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

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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: September 9-10, 16-17, and 24-25, 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

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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: September 16-29, 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

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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: October 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Huntington Park
Website: Columbus Fall Beer Fest

Groveport Apple Butter Day

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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: October 14, from 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

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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. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio History Center
Website: Ohio History Connection

Circleville Pumpkin Show

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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: October 18-21, with festivities begin at 9 a.m. on the first day, 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

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 19-22, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park, 60 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Website: The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow

HighBall Halloween 2023

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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 28, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m
Where: 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Website: HighBall Halloween 2023