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.
Ohio Renaissance Festival
Every weekend in Setpember & 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 Fantasy Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Highland Weekend and more.
When: Click here for dates and information
Where: 10542 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH
Marion Popcorn Festival | September 5-7
What: The Marion Popcorn Festival in downtown Marion, Ohio, is the largest popcorn festival in the world annually attracting crowds in excess of 250,000. With rides, pageants, parades, games, arts & crafts, entertainment, and of course popcorn, the festival is one of the largest in the fall season.
When: The festival runs from September 5 until September 7, and is open from 11 a.m. until Midnight, daily.
Where: Downtown Marion, OH
Lithopolis Honeyfest | September 6-7
What: Head to Lithopolis for the 13th Annual Honeyfest! There will be honey tastings, mead competions, pageants, hive inspections, busy beehive kids crafts, and so much more.
When:September 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and September 7 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Lithopolis, OH
Hot Times Community Music and Arts Festival | September 6-8
What: The Hot Times Festival is an independent and all volunteer-driven community arts and music festival in Columbus, Ohio. The fest will feature artists, entertainers, local food, an art car show, and more.
When: The festival starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and closes at 8 p.m. on Sunday
Where: 240 Parson Ave. Columbus, OH
Merion Village Festival | September 8
What: Join the Merion Village Association for their annual neighborhood festival. Food trucks, local vendors, entertainment, and kids activities will all be available at the festival.
When: Sunday, September 8 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: Moeller Park
Mohican Bluegrass Festival | September 12-14
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
Old Hilliardfest | September 14
What: Hilliard welcomes everyone to their annual street fair, Old Hilliardfest. There will be food vendors, crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.
When: Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Hilliard, OH
Ohio Pawpaw Festival | September 13-15
What: The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is back for its 21st 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
Scarecrow Festival | September 20-22
What: The Scarecrow Festival is back this year in Washington Court House! Enjoy food, local artisans, entertainment, a car show, and even a Scarecrow 5K!
When: The festival kicks off Friday at noon and closes Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: Downtown Washington Court House, OH
Arts in the Alley | September 21-22
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 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
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 three 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 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival | October 5-6
What: Young’s Dairy is inviting everyone to their farm for the 43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival. The fest will include the opportunity to take a picture with Humongous Gus, the 800+ pound pumpkin, snack on Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of Young’s cheese-making facility, and watch cow milking. 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 2019 | October 11-13
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 11-13, 2019
Where: 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival | October 12-13
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: October 12-13, 2019
Where: Freeman’s Farm, 6142 Lewis Center Rd, Galena, OH 43021
Yellow Springs Street Fair October 2019 | October 12
What: Ready for some good, old fashioned small town hoopla? Yellow Springs will host over 250 craft and food vendors, two stages with live music, street performers, a beer garden, and so much more. This is a pet-free event, so leave your furry family members at home!
When: October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Yellow Springs
Circleville Pumpkin Show | October 16-19
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
Creepside Festival | October 19
What: Embrace the Halloween spirit at the 16th Annual Creepside Festival in Gahanna. The event is free and fun for all ages. There will be escape rooms, inflatables, candy, live music, games, and a round of trick-or-treat!
When: October 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Creekside Park, 117 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230
The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow | October 23-27
What: Westerville Parks and Recreation is hosting 5 nights celebrating fall at Heritage Park. 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 23-27, 2019
Where: Heritage Park, 60 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Columbus Dessert Festival | November 3
What: Nothing says fall like snacking on some delicious sweet treats. The Columbus Dessert Festival will showcase local treat makers with samples from over 25 local creators. Your ticket includes twenty samples and your admission to the event. Kids are free, but they will need their own ticket to try the desserts.
When: November 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard, 820 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
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