Admission to Portsmouth River Days in Portsmouth, Ohio is free.
- When: September 1 – 5, 2016 (Always Thursday – Sunday during Labor Day weekend)
- Location: (Map It) Court Street Landing in Portsmouth, Ohio
- Phone: 740-357-5059
- Web: http://portsmouthriverdays.org/
Portsmouth River Days in Portsmouth, Ohio is an annual family-oriented event that features a parade, arts and crafts, rides, entertainment, events, queen’s pageant and a whole lot more.
Admission to the Labor Day Sale & Cookout is Free.
- When: September 2, 3 & 5, 2016 (CLOSED THE 4TH)
- Location: (Map It) 960 Wheat Ridge Road in West Union, Ohio
- Phone: 937-544-8524
- Web: www.wheatridgeamish.com
Welcome to the annual Miller’s Furniture, Bakery & Bulk Foods Amish Labor Day Weekend Sale and Amish School Benefit. The Labor Day sale offers 10 percent off all items in stock at furniture store only. It does NOT include outdoor buildings, gazebos and select bedroom sets. It is recommended to order early for Christmas.
On Saturday during Labor Day weekend, the annual Amish School Benefit Cookout will have a menu that includes hamburgers, hot dogs, noodles, Chip’s fresh pie, homemade ice cream, coffee and soft drinks.
Admission to Fort Rowdy Gathering is free.
- When: September 3 – 5, 2016 on Sat., 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Always Labor Day weekend)
- Location: (Map It) Community Park, Covington, West U.S. Route 36, Covington, Ohio
- Phone: 937-473-5439
- Web: http://www.fortrowdy.org/
Fort Rowdy Gathering: From the hovering lights of campfires, frontier enthusiasts gather in groups playing guitars, drums and washboards much like small trading villages once participated in the 1800s. The weekend begins with an old-fashioned hometown parade on Saturday but the highlight of this festival is the mountain man encampment located next to the Stillwater River. The event and parking are free to the public.
Admission to Milan Melon Festival in Milan, Ohio is free.
- When: September 3 – 5, 2016 (Always Labor Day Weekend)
- Location: (Map It) Village Square on State Route 113 East in Milan, Ohio
- Phone: 419-499-3254 or 419-366-0765
- Web: http://milanmelonfestival.org/
The Milan Melon Festival in Milan, Ohio: Where else can you see things like the Big Wheelie Race, Melon Eating Contest, kiddie pedal-tractor pulls and a two hour grand parade? The Melon Festival in Milan provides that and bands, a fireman’s chicken barbecue, arts and crafts, antique car show and Queen’s Contest. Oh, and plenty of melon in all shapes, sizes and forms. This three-day event packs in more than 100,000 visitors.
Tickets to Ohio Renaissance Festival starts at $8.95
- When: Saturdays & Sundays from September 3 – October 23, 2016 plus Labor Day. Hours are from 10:30am – 6:00pm, rain or shine
- Location: (Map It) Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio on State Route 73 between I-71 and I-75 north of Cincinnati
- Phone: 513-897-7000
- Web: http://www.renfestival.com/
The Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg, Ohio: Ohio’s premiere family event features 11 stages of continuous entertainment, seven food and beverage buildings, and more than 130 arts and crafts shops. Knights, comedy, daring stunt shows, giant roasted turkey legs, bread bowl stews, handmade arts and crafts abound in the authentically recreated 30-acre 16th Century English village.
Admission to YMCA Labor Day Family Getaway: $133/adults, $106/teen, $93/child.
- When: September 3 – 5, 2016
- Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
- Phone: 1-800-423-0427
- Web: Click here
YMCA Labor Day Family Getaway at Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is the perfect place to share time with your family! The weekend is filled with exciting and relaxing activities. Campfires, boating, great food, wall climbing, hiking, horseback riding, great meals and so much more. Call 1-800-423-0427 for registration information. Visit our website at www.ymcacampwillson.org.
Admission to Marion Popcorn Festival n Marion, Ohio is free.
Marion Popcorn Festival in Marion, Ohio: There’s a lot to pop about at the annual Marion Popcorn Festival. For starters, it’s claimed to be the largest popcorn festival in the world and attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually. Its no wonder the American Bus Association named it once of the top 100 events in North America. The free entertainment has included headlining bands, parade, bike tour, 5k run, fine arts and crafts, kiddie korner and an over-50 softball tournament. There are numerous rides and activities for the whole family.
Admission to Fredericktown Tomato Show is free.
The Fredericktown Tomato Show in Fredericktown, Ohio is a community wide street fair. The event features exhibits of various items such as tomato products, needlework, flower arrangements and photography. The fest also has two parades, rides and a craft show. A plate auction is also held. Other featured events are the big wheel race, Little Miss Tomato contest, bathtub races, stage entertainment and of course, a tomato toss.
Admission to Lithopolis Honeyfest is free.
- When: September 9 & 10, 2016 (Fri & Sat after Labor Day) from 3-7pm and 10am-7pm, respectively
- Location: (Map It) Along Columbus Street in the village center of Lithopolis, Ohio (20 minutes southeast of Columbus)
- Phone: 614-837-2031
- Web: www.lithopolishoneyfest.com
The Lithopolis Honeyfest in Lithopolis Ohio: Celebrate National Honey Month at Ohio’s only honey festival. Experience the science and art of apiculture (beekeeping) in a robust atmosphere of art, music, food, fun and people. With the involvement of honeybee associations, this event is seen as a component in preserving apiculture. Learn about beekeeping and honey. Don’t miss the bee beard and honey extracting, observation hives, and the opportunity to sample different types of honey. Come hungry for delicious honey-made food and treat yourself to tasting in the Meade and Wine Garden. Browse the works of fine quality artisans and crafters while listening to the sounds of R&B, Jazz, Funk, Swing, Folk and Gospel music. Create kids crafts in the Busy Beehive, buy an entry to the Honey Cook-off Sale and meet the American Honey Princess. There’s also free parking and shuttle service.
Admission to Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta, Ohio is free.
- When: September 9 – 11, 2016 (Usually the weekend after Labor Day)
- Location: (Map It) Ohio River Levee at Front and Greene Streets in Marietta, Ohio
- Phone: 800-288-2577
- Web: ohioriversternwheelfestival.org
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival in Marietta, Ohio: Enjoy a weekend of family fun. Entertainment, fireworks and more than 30 Sternwheelers docked along the levee in historic downtown Marietta. Three days of music with national entertainers, a care show, Sternwheel pageant, fantastic food, children’s activities and Sternwheeler races. Visitors can walk to dozens of shops, cafes, restaurants and world-class museums throughout downtown and Historic Harmar Village.
Admission to Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is free.
The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival in Beavercreek, Ohio: Hop on over to Beavercreek and see what’s poppin’. This event was one of the top-100 events in North America according to the America Bus Association. With it comes popcorn sculpture, popcorn showers and other popcorn specialties,. It also features a 300+ unit parade, balloon rally and nationally recognized entertainment.
Admission to Cyclops Fest in Yellow Springs is free.
- When: September 10, 2016 from 10am – 7pm (Always the 2nd Saturday in September)
- Location: (Map It) John Bryant Center Lawn at 100 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio
- Phone: 937-319-6049
- Web: www.cyclopsfest.com
Cyclops Fest in in Yellow Springs, Ohio is an epic festival of handmade goods plus music, culture and D.I.Y. wonderfulness. It consistently showcases some of Ohio’s best handmade artists, musical acts and creative contemporaries. It also features street performers, lots of kids activities, and an eclectic mix of gourmet food truck vendors.
Admission to Taste of Troy is free. Food and drink tickets vary.
- When: September 10, 2016 from 11am – 4pm
- Location: (Map It) Around the Square in downtown Troy, Ohio
- Phone: 937-339-5455
- Web: www.troymainstreet.org
The Taste of Troy in Troy, Ohio: Visitors may sample the culinary delights of hometown restaurants, listen to live music, shop the downtown farmers’ market and participate in beer and wine tasting.
Admission to the Wood Carver Show is free but carousel rides are $1 inside the Merry-Go-Round Museum.
- When: September 10, 2016 from 10am – 4pm (Always the first Saturday after Labor Day)
- Location: (Map It) The Merry-Go-Round Museum at 301 Jackson St. in Sandusky, Ohio
- Phone: 419-626-6111
Wood Carver Show at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky: More than 20 talented woodcarvers exhibit, demonstrate and discuss their carving skills and techniques. Kids can ride on the historic indoor carousel.
Admission to the Delaware All Horse Parade is free.
- When: September 11, 2016 – starting at 3pm
- Location: (Map It) downtown Delaware, Ohio
- Phone: 740-272-7636
- Web: Click here
The All Horse Parade in Delaware, Ohio: Okay, no horsing around, this special parade kicks off the annual Delaware County Fair. Hundreds of horses participate and many pull vintage memorabilia from Yesteryear, including a horse-drawn milk wagon, sleigh, carriage, fire engine, mail coach, and even a Hearse. The horses come in all sizes, shapes and colors and breeds.
Admission to Niederman Corn Maze & Pumpkins is $9/person. Bonfire reservations required. S’more & food packages for groups.
- When: Starting mid-September, open on weekends (Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 1-6pm). In October it is also open Wed & Thr from 6pm – 9pm. Mon & Tue available by group reservation only.
- Location: (Map It) Niederman Family Farm at 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Dr. in Liberty Township, Ohio
- Phone: 513-779-6184
- Web: www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com
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Niederman Corn Maze & Pumpkins: This working farm in Southwest Ohio provides the ultimate fall experience. Niederman Family Farm invites you to experience a 22 acre corn maze and hayrides to pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. There’s a giant jumping pillow under a barn on stilts. Visit and feed the barnyard animals. Have a picnic and do it all again at night along with having S’mores around a bonfire. Bring youe whole family, group, team or club.
Admission to Ohio’s Old West Festival is $12. Kids ages 6-12 are $6/pp and those five and younger are free. Parking is also free.
- When: Saturdays and Sundays only from mid-September to mid-October from 10am – 6pm.
- Location: (Map It) 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd. in Williamsburg, Ohio just off SR 32.
- Phone: 513-304-0444
- Web: Click here
The Old West Festival in Williamsburg, Ohio: It’s the only event of its kind in Ohio, taking patrons back to Dodge City circa 1878. The permanent Old West town is fun and educational for the whole family. Period interpreters walk around the town greeting patrons and posing for photos. Kids can pan for gold, watch puppet shows and take a covered wagon ride. They can even get sworn in as deputies for the day. There’s plenty for the “big kids” too in the form of saloon shows, period music, and even gun fight reenactments starting at High Noon!
Admission to Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm market area is free. “Fun Center”/ Corn Maze cost $6 per person.
- When: Mid-September through October from 10am – 7pm daily
- Location: (Map It) Hebron, Ohio
- Phone: 740-928-4925
Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm: Celebrate fall in the country. Enjoy a nostalgic family trip back to a working farm. After more than 30 years, it’s still growing. See the old barns, friendly barnyard animals, and interesting display of antiques and observation beehive. Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, colorful and unique heritage squash, several sizes of Indian corn, straw bales, hard shell and decorative gourds. Enjoy the “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” with a goat walk and giant gerbil wheels, corn maze and enchanted forest. The kids favorites tend to be the hillside slide, spooky straw tunnel and Conestoga corn box. Five shops have handmade crafts and a large selection of fall decorations. And children have their own Kids Korner. On weekends there are wagon rides, face painting, food concessions, crafters and demonstrations.
Admission to Sternwheel Riverfest in Pomeroy is free.
Pomeroy Sternwheel Riverfest: Sternwheelers and pleasure boaters come from all over to this three day festival. The fest starts with a fire truck parade with a variety of models and vintage vehicles. Activities include live entertainment, parade, chili cook off, line throwing competition, crafters, food vendors, and children’s activities.
Admission to Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals is $10/adult.
- When: September 15 – 17, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Shelby County Fairgrounds at 655 South Highland Avenue in Sidney, Ohio
- Web: http://therebelrun.com
Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals in Sidney, Ohio: This annual event is for car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts. It offers a little bit of everything: Live music, parts vendors, muffler rapping, burnout, and flame throwing contests, and much, much more. There will be plenty of great food too.
Admission to Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow is $8/adult, $4/child, pre-schoolers are free.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds at 23270 Wally Road in Loudonville, Ohio
- Phone: 800-766-2267
- Web: www.mohicanpowwow.com
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Great Mohican Indian Pow Wow: A past top-100 event in the USA by the American Bus Association. Learn Native American cultures and lifestyle through live music, dancing, and drum competitions plus storytelling and tomahawk throwing and fire starting demonstrations. In addition, there’s artisans, craftsmen and traders plus plenty of food. It is held rain or shine.
Admission to Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms is $5/adult, $2 for ages 3-12.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016 from 4pm-10:30pm on Friday, 10am-10pm on Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday (Always the third full weekend in September)
- Location: (Map It) Freshwater Farms of Ohio at 2624 N US Hwy 68 in Urbana, Ohio
- Phone: 937-652-3701 or 800-634-7434
- Web: http://fwfarms.com/festival/
Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival at Freshwater Farms in Urbana: Celebrate Ohio’s freshwater shrimp harvest. Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, games and activities for the whole family. Explore live displays of fish, frogs, turtles, and other native critters. Swing by the fish farm market for a taste of gourmet smokes trout products. Participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone, and their famous sturgeon pool where guests can pet Ohio’s largest native fish. Stuff yourself in the Shrimp Peeling & Eating Contest, take home a souvenir t-shirt and enjoy the country atmosphere at the farm. Freshly harvested shrimp will be for sale beginning Saturday morning at 10am.
Admission to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival is $15 for a one-day pass or $30 for a weekend pass (senior rate is $10 and $20 respectively). Kids 12 and younger get in free.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016 from 4pm – Midnight on Friday, 10am – Midnight on Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sunday.
- Location: (Map It) Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio
- Phone: 800-878-9767
- Web: www.ohiopawpawfest.com/
The Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio is a three day festival of music, food, art, history, education, contests and sustainable living workshops. There’s also plenty of kids’ activities. This fest is to celebrate the Pawpaw, which is a large native tree fruit (Asimina triloba). The fun features contests for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, a pawpaw cook-off, and then of course the pawpaw-eating contest.
Admission to Oktober Zincinnati is free.
Oktober Zincinnati is Cincinnati Oktoberfest: Since its humble beginning as a block part in 1976 celebrating Cincinnati’s deep German heritage, the event has grown to be recognized as North America’s largest Oktoberfest attracting half a million people annually and is second only to the original in Munich as annually decreed by the mayor of Munich. Approximately 80 booths serve authentic German food, beer, wine, soft drinks and souvenirs. Vendors serve up tasty delicacies from the homeland at appetizing prices. Major stages and large tents feature live entertainment from big bands to accordion players to German folk dancers performing throughout the weekend. For the kids, there are amusement rides and interactive games.
Where else can you get 87,542 metts; 80,500 bratwurst; 64,000 sauerkraut balls; 56,250 sausages; 24,640 potato pancakes; 23,004 soft pretzels; 16,002 strudel; 3,600 pounds of sauerkraut; 1,875 pounds of German potato salad; 702 pounds of Limburger cheese; 700 pounds of pigtails and 400 pounds of pickled pigs feet? In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended the event and helped set a world record for the world’s largest chicken dance with more than 48,000 people participating. The record was published in the Guinness Book of World Records, 1995-97 editions.
Welcome to the Piqua BikeFest for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Piqua BikeFest is full of energy and entertainment and offers something for people of all ages, not just motorcycle riders. Attendees can expect to see many motorcycles on display from bike builders and dealers as well as more gear and accessories. There will be a great selection of food vendors, artisans, face painting for the kids on Saturday afternoon and much more! The primary venue for this event will be historic downtown Piqua. Piqua Harley-Davidson, located on U.S. Route 36 just east of I-75, will also have a variety of entertainment and other activities. Both locations will have a beer garden. Piqua Harley-Davidson (formerly Gover Harley-Davidson) will have local bands on site throughout the event, motorcycle stunt shows, a Pin-Up girl contest, food vendors and more!
The event will kick off Friday morning and will continue through Saturday night. Downtown will be rockin’ on Friday night with a live band. Saturday night is a powerhouse of entertainment acts. A custom and vintage bike show will take place on Saturday. Visitors who wish to secure lodging in the area are encouraged to contact Comfort Inn, which is the host hotel and has a block of rooms reserved for Piqua BikeFest. Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC are the official promotional partners of Piqua BikeFest, Inc.
Admission to Tiffin Seneca County Heritage Festival is free with the exception of the Living History Village $3.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016
- Location: (Map It) downtown Tiffin, Ohio and Hedges-Boyer Park between Summit and Coe Street
- Phone: 419-447-4141 or 419-447-8010 or 419-447-5866
- Web: www.tiffinfestival.com
Tiffin Seneca County Heritage Festival: One of Ohio’s premiere festivals draws thousands of people to Tiffin. History is brought to life at Heritage Village. Working craftspeople in authentic period dress demonstrate early American crafts. Civil War units re-enact the skills of the time. In the children’s area, youngsters are encouraged to experience hands-on activities related to the heritage of our country. Downtown, unique arts and crafts will be for sale , along with ethnic food wagons. There are also amusement rides and musical groups perform continuously throughout the weekend.
Admission to WACO Fly-In at WACO Airfield in Troy, Ohio is $6/person. Parking is free.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Historic WACO Field at 1865 S. County Rd. 25-A in Troy, Ohio (Exit #69 from I-75, two miles North)
- Phone: 937-335-9226
- Web: http://wacoairmuseum.org
WACO Fly-In at WACO Airfield in Troy, Ohio is held by the WACO Historical Society. It’s always a special experience for those who attend and enjoy the WACOs and other vintage airplanes which fly in from all parts of the country. Pilots will be available to provide rides in their beautiful open cockpit biplanes. Interested persons should register with the WACO ride scheduler when they arrive. If you prefer to view the activities from the ground, bring your lawn chair and enjoy the air show. Afterward, browse the field to see close up.
Cost for YMCA Fall Women’s Weekend is $154.
- When: September 16 – 18, 2016
- Location: (Map It) 2732 County Road 11 in Bellefontaine, Ohio
- Phone: 1-800-423-0427
- Web: Click here
YMCA Fall Women’s Weekend: If you are an adult woman looking for a great weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of work and family this may be a program you’ll enjoy. You decide how you’ll spend your time. Enjoy delicious meals that are prepared by experienced kitchen staff. Choose from activities such as boating, canoeing, volleyball, tennis, crafts, relaxing walks, in the woods, movies, or participation in discussions about all kinds of women’s issues. Some activities require additional fees to participate such as horseback riding, massages, and a variety of craft projects. Its a great weekend to bring your sister, mother, daughter, coworker, and friends for a relaxing getaway.
Admission to the Grove City Arts in the Alley is free.
- When: September 17 & 18, 2016 from 9:30am – 8pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday
- Location: (Map It) Grove City Town Center at the intersection of Broadway & Park Street in Grove City, Ohio
- Phone: 614-875-9762
- Web: Click here
Hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Arts in the Alley features more than 100 juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. A variety of musical entertainment is also featured throughout the weekend. The festival begins with the Arts in the Alley Parade at 9:30am on Saturday. Children can use their imaginations to create free take-home arts and crafts at the Kids Fun Street. Festival favorites will be available, such as chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, curly fries, funnel cakes, and much more.
Admission to the Civil War Living History Weekend in Sidney, Ohio is free.
Situated on 220 acres of wooded terrain, Tawawa Park in Sidney is an ideal location to present this living history of the Civil War. Expected to participate are 200-300 reenactors representing the Union and Confederate armies along with a substantial contingent of civilians. Military and civilian encampments, battle scenes, musket and cannon fire will portray the Civil War as it actually was in the mid-1800s.
Admission to Firefish: A Festival Of Arts, Water And Fire is Free.
Experience Lorain’s Broadway Avenue as it ignites with HOT arts and fire performances orchestrated in unexpected places! Re-imagine downtown Lorain during this free arts festival as it becomes a stage for a scorching array of art, dance, music, and FIRE!
Opera on a fire truck, art installations lighting up storefronts, fire dancing on rooftops, ballet in an alley, or cabaret in an abandoned building – anything is possible at FireFish!
Local food and beverage vendors, regional artists and artisans, and interactive activities round out the festivities. The pulse of live music, dance, and a larger than life “FireFish” leads to the dusk performance, where drums, fire dancers and fire jugglers light the way to a blaze of art and performances- sizzling against the stunning backdrop of a historic cityscape and the Black River Landing waterfront.
Admission to Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon, Ohio is free.
- When: September 17 & 18, 2016
- Location: (Map It) downtown Lisbon, Ohio
- Phone: 330-424-1803
- Web: Click here
Johnny Appleseed Festival in Lisbon, Ohio: Apples, apples, apples! There is old-fashioned apple butter, apple fritters, apple dumplings, apple ice cream, apple everything – from apple pie baking contests to more than 30 concessionaires all set in the historic downtown of Lisbon, Ohio. Festivities kickoff with a parade and are followed by dancing, music and theater. Arts and crafts feature yarn spinning, goat milk soap, and chain saw wood crafts. The fun continues with games, a dunk tank and more. There’s even a 1950’s auto and motorcycle show.
Admission to Preble County Pork Festival is free.
- When: September 17 & 18, 2016 (Usually the third full weekend in September)
- Location: (Map It) Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St. in Eaton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-456-7273
- Web: http://www.porkfestival.org
Preble County Pork Festival in Eaton, Ohio: Food, food and more food! The best pork chops, side dishes or breakfast pancakes and sausage in the region and nearly 500 arts and crafts vendors – most of which are under roof. There’s a huge parade, live entertainment, pig races and more. No matter what you choose to do, you will find this to be more than your ordinary festival.
Admission to Wooster Arts Jazz Fest is free.
- When: September 17, 2016 from 11am – 7pm
- Location: (Map It) on the square in downtown Wooster, Ohio at the intersections of Liberty and Market Streets
- Phone: 330-262-6222
- Web: www.woosterartsjazzfest.org
The Wooster Arts Jazz Fest in Wooster, Ohio features a traditional New Orleans-style parade along with art, fine craft, jazz, quality food, and free children’s arts activities. Enjoy live jazz music throughout the day. WAJF juried art show features more than 80 exhibiting artists.
Pre-sale tickets for Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens in Columbus are $15 otherwise $20 day of the tour.
- When: Always the third Sunday in September from 10am – 6pm (Click web link below to confirm date, time and rates)
- Location: (Map It) Columbus, Ohio’s Short North area
- Phone: 614-228-2912
- Web: Click here
Columbus Short North Tour of Homes and Gardens in Columbus, Ohio: Victorian Village residents welcome thousands of visitors from across the Midwest to their annual tour of homes and gardens. Tour buses circle the route all day but the tour is also a very enjoyable walking tour through shady, tree-lined streets. There is also a Preview Tour the day before the main tour which includes the tour plus an elegant dinner in a private home for which a $100 donation is requested.
All proceeds from the tour go toward enhancing and preserving this architecturally and historically significant neighborhood on the National Register of Historical Places. This beautiful area was developed in the late 1800s but fell on hard times in the 1900s as people moved to the suburbs. In 1974, the area was named Victorian Village due tot he architectural styles of the century old homes and an architectural review commission and neighborhood society was formed. Thus a renaissance began and today this is one of the most desirable communities in Columbus.
It is located between the downtown skyscrapers and the sprawling OSU campus. The eastern boundary of the Victorian Village is the Short North Arts District – reputedly the largest gathering of art galleries between New York and Chicago. There are also many wonderful restaurants and B&Bs in the area.
Day Out With Thomas is a Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Presentation. Train rides are approximately $18 per rider age 2 and up.
- When: September 19 – 21 and 26 – 28, 2016 – Train rides run hourly from 10am – 3pm.
- Location: (Map It) Lebanon Station at 127 South Mechanic St. in Lebanon, Ohio
- Phone: 513-933-8022
- Web: http://www.lebanonrr.com
Day Out With Thomas at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio: Join the LM&M train crew for a celebration of Thomas and Friends. It includes a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. This fun-filled family event is sure to engineer miles of smiles for every guest. Parents, grandparents and siblings join their aspiring engineers in sharing a Day Out With Thomas experience. The event features a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment for the entire family.
Admission to Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is free.
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in Barnesville, Ohio: This festival has many interesting activities taking place. Its contests include hog calling, pumpkin rolling, largest pumpkin, pumpkin pie eating and banjo and fiddle contests. If that weren’t enough, there is a giant pumpkin parade, tall tales, antique car show, quilts, crafts, farm machinery, music, food and entertainment.
Admission to Columbus Oktoberfest is free but parking is approx $8.
- When: September 23 – 25, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Ohio Expo Center and State Fair Grounds (Natural Resource, Commercial Pavilion area) in Columbus, Ohio
- Phone: 614-444-5908
- Web: Click here
Columbus Oktoberfest in Columbus, Ohio celebrates decades of fabulous food, frothy beverages, lively polkas and much more. Two entertainment halls, an arts and crafts area, a children’s area, COSI on Wheels, polka contests, cream puff eating contest and a display of the Columbus Historical Society are just some of the festivities to expect.
Admission to Cleveland Ingenuity Festival of Arts & Technology is free.
Cleveland Ingenuity Festival of Arts & Technology in Cleveland, Ohio: It’s a celebration of art, technology, music and food designed for audiences of any age or experience. Visitors see how technology becomes a natural extension of art and artistic expression flows freely from the exploration of science, engineering and math. They don’t simply bring the two disciplines together, they highlight the creativity and innovation taking place at the edge of both worlds. Ingenuity pushes boundaries, creating a unique festival experience that draws and celebrates diversity, and involves the audience as both spectator and participant.
Admission prices to Marysville Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival, Bridge Tour and Concert: Marysville Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival is $5/person for a weekend pass (kids are free). Bridge tour tickets are $8/adult, $4 for kids 12 and younger and $20 per family of four. Concert Tickets are $15 at the bridge or $12 presale.
- When: September 23 – 25, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday for the main fest and Friday for dinner by reservation)
- Location: (Map It) Pottersburg Bridge at 17141 Inskeep Cratty Road in North Lewisburg, Ohio
- Phone: 937-642-6279
- Web: www.coveredbridgefestival.com/
Marysville Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival: The three day event has something for all ages. It features live entertainment featuring bluegrass performances, children’s activities, a pie baking contest and auction, historical displays and presentations, a marketplace for shopping, art classes, food vendors and more. The festival also allows for two unique dining experiences: Friday evening’s elegant harvest dinner by reservation on the bridge and Saturday morning breakfast on the bridge. Bridge tour buses leave every 30 minutes from 9:30am – 3:30pm. The main festival activities are Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the Fall Gathering at The Preble County Historical Center is free.
- When: September 24, 2016 from 10am-5pm
- Location: (Map It) The Amphitheater at The Preble County Historical Society at 7693 Swartsel Road in Eaton, Ohio 45320
- Phone: 937-787-4256
- Web: Click here
Fall Gathering at The Preble County Historical Center has something for everyone! Auction, living history interpreters, ag-demos, animals, traditional tradesmen, good food, hay rides, kids’ activities, kiddy tractor pull, Ham & bean soup, homemade ice cream, music, all at one site. Located off St. Rt. 122, 6 miles SE of Eaton, 1 mile NW of Gratis. Auction services provided by Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers, Eaton, Ohio. Consignment fee $10 per item + 10% commission: Visit www.kramerauctions.com for more auction details. Music: Miami Valley Flute Circle with John De Boer (Spirit Thunder), Southern Singers Native American Drumming and Dancing, Higher Vision Bluegrass Band, more bluegrass and Celtic Music throughout the weekend! There’s something for everyone at The Fall Gathering!
Admission to Germantown Pretzel Festival is free.
Germantown Pretzel Festival in Germantown, Ohio: Visit this scenic community and enjoy its free fall festival held annually since 1980. It features handcrafts, good food, live music and shows. The park is handicap accessible with sidewalks. There’s also an historic railroad depot, caboose, log cabin, and children’s play area.
Admission to Grape Jamboree in Geneva is free.
Grape Jamboree in Geneva, Ohio: Thousands descend on this resort community to celebrate the grape harvest with a traditional grape stomping contest and two parades. Visitors are encouraged to taste grapes freshly squeezed and other grape products. Other treats include street entertainment, unique exhibits, grape culinary contest, arts and crafts, amusement rides and other activities for the entire family.
Harvest of Happenings has a variety of free autumn events in the Greenville area.
- When: September 24 & 25, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Throughout Darke County near Greenville, Ohio
- Phone: 1-800-504-2995 or 937-548-5158
- Web: www.visitdarkecounty.org
Harvest of Happenings in Greenville: America’s heritage is centered on the fall harvest. It has been a time of celebration from the Native Americans to the pioneers to present. So it is with this spirit that so many treasures across Darke County offer everything autumn.
Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie brings an entire community from 1780 – 1810 to life including blacksmith, candle makers, living encampment, storytellers, traveling musicians, ladies at spinning wheels and lessons on loading a musket and rifle. Plus there’s fresh apple butter and corn being shred and ground. Pioneer games are played and men are at work carving a canoe out of a tree trunk. Wares are for sale including jewelry, pottery, and other pieces from the 1700s and 1800s. Kettle corn, ice cream and other tasty treats fill bellies in time for a leisurely tractor or horse-drawn wagon ride.
Over at Bears Mill, the French Buhr millstones are busy grinding flours and meal just as it has since 1849. This working historical landmark is a destination for artists and photographers. Sitting on the banks of the Greenville Creek, the hand hewn timber framework stands four stories against the wooded backdrop, which offers lovely fall hiking trails. Inside, tours of all four floors reveal a storied history. There’s also an art gallery featuring handmade pottery, paintings and other original works.
A stone’s throw from the ole mill is Brumbaugh Fruit & Fun Farm. It features an orchard that has grown into a diverse family destination for people to come play and shop at the same time. Get lost in the Kinda Kooky Korn Maze or set the kids loose on the Human Hamster Wheels. Hay rides to the pumpkin patch and learning to feed and groom farm animals are kids’ favorites. Storybook characters wait in an enchanted forest. Hiking throughout the orchard teaches about the many varieties of apples grown on the farm. Behind the scenes tours reveal the cider press room and cooler.
In downtown Greenville’s quaint shopping district, the streetscape is buzzing with activity. There’s even a tractor cruise. The harvest is celebrated with festive scarecrow displays, chili cook-off and tasting, story time on the courthouse lawn, fashion show, farmer’s market and a salsa cooking demonstration at KitchenAid Experience Center.
Hours, admissions and more details about these events are available at www.visitdarkecounty.org.
Admission to the Lawrence Orchards Applefest in Marion is $5/person.
- When: September 24, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Always the last Saturday in September)
- Location: (Map It) 2634 Smeltzer Road in Marion, Ohio
- Phone: 740-389-3019
- Web: www.lawrenceorchards.com/
Lawrence Orchards Applefest is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. Plan to spend some time going from one activity to another and including a couple of hands on activities. An apple snack are a must!! There will be hay rides, petting farm with assorted small animals, hay maze, a reading station, pumpkin painting, a number of photo opportunity stations and don’t for get to remember to stop by the trees and pick your own bag of apples. The orchard offers some food vendor options for lunch and a “top your own” apple bar.
Oktoberfest at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill in Mohican
Oktoberfest at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill in Mohican: This incredible fundraiser is full of food, rubber duck races, beer, wine, games and entertainment. The Wolf Creek Grist Mill provides a chance for visitors to help this historic site while enjoying the scenery, food and tastings all at the same time.
Oktoberfest at The Mill has become such a popular event because unlike many Oktoberfest’s that only offer a limited selection of beer, this event features over 75 different kinds of beer. Patrons love being able to sample any variety offered so they can experience many different beers without having to commit to an entire glass or bottle of something they’ve never had before.
Each visitor that is 21 years old and over, has the opportunity to taste beers that range from seasonal selections, craft beers, local selections to include nearby craft brewers Millersburg Brewing Company, international selections, ciders, gluten-free choices, draft and bottle selections. Wines include varieties from D&D Smith Winery and Paper Moon vineyards.
This is Wolf Creek Grist Mill’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Admission to the Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor Adventure Fair is FREE to all people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers, and includes a lunch: hotdogs, chips and ice cold bottled water.
- When: September 24, 2016 from 10am – 2pm
- Location: (Map It) Camp Perry, State Route 2 in Port Clinton, Ohio (Watch for the bright orange signs)
Phone: 877-734-0330 to be a vendor or volunteer to help with registration, assist at the activities, with food prep, etc.
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The “Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor Adventure Fair” attracts hundreds of people to Camp Perry and the shore of Lake Erie each September for a day of accessible outdoor recreation awareness and exploration. This is a wonderful opportunity for people living with disabilities to experience hands-on many of the recreation opportunities available to them. It provides information and guidance on accessible Fishing, Golfing, Archery, Bocci, Indoor Range Shooting with the Civilian Marksmanship Program, and craft opportunities for all participants. There are also representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Wildlife Refuge Association on hand to answer questions about accessible opportunities they provide.
Should you wish to make a weekend of it, they collaborate with area organizations to provide additional recreation opportunities after the event. They work with an area pool to host Scuba Diving lessons, East Harbor State Park to provide archery targets for additional shooting, a local charter boat to provide discounted fishing charters, and additional area attractions who will offer discounts for participants and guests attending the event. Additionally, to make this event even better, they are always looking for vendors from Ohio and surrounding states who offer accessible/inclusive outdoor opportunities or equipment. There is no fee to be a vendor.
Fall Fest – 18th Century Festival at Brecksville Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks
- When: September 25, 2016 from 11am – 5pm (Always the last Sunday in September)
- Location: (Map It) Meadows Picnic Area at Brecksville Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks near Meadows Dr. and Chippewa Creek Drive in Brecksville, Ohio
- Phone: 440-526-1012
- Web: www.clevelandmetroparks.com
Fall Fest – 18th Century Festival at Brecksville Reservation in Cleveland Metroparks: Experience a day-in-the-life of an 18th Century colony and a variety of hands-on early settler arts and crafts including candle dipping, reed ornaments, carding wool, dying wool with natural dyes, pony rides ($), and more. Event goers can also sample a variety of traditional 18th century foods such as fresh pressed apple cider, popcorn, honey and more. Folks will also enjoy a colonial magician and toe-tapping music. Plus, learn about military life of the time through demonstrations.
Admission to Adams County Heritage Days varies year-to-year.
- When: September 30 – October 1, 2016 from 9am – 5pm each day.
- Location: (Map It) John T. Wilson Homestead at 92 Old SR 32 in Peebles, Ohio
- Phone: 937-386-0143
- Web: www.johntwilsonhomestead.com
Adams County Heritage Days in Peebles, Ohio at the John T. Wilson Homestead: Old time pioneer weapons and the era of the early frontier are featured at Heritage Days. The event usually includes a large pumpkin contest, hog roast, early style timber framing, blacksmithing, horseshoeing, candle and soap making. On Saturday’s past, there’s been a Wilson Home renovation presentation and tours, old time string and dulcimer music, goat farming, living history by Grassy Run, musket and cannon shooting demonstrations, quilting and weaving demonstrations, and an Indian artifact display. Period clothing is encouraged to help recreate the frontier days.
Admission to Ohio Swiss Festival is free.
Ohio Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek, Ohio: Experience the best of Switzerland here in the “Little Switzerland of Ohio.” Visitors will be drawn to the Swiss music and authentic Swiss costumes. Tons of Swiss cheese, polka bands, alpine horn players and a parade are just some of the highlights.
Ohio County Fairs in September:
Hancock County Fair in Findlay
Mahoning County Fair in Canfield
Montgomery County Fair in Dayton
Van Wert County Fair in Van Wert
Geauga County Fair in Burton
Washington County Fair in Marietta
Highland County Fair in Hillsboro
Morgan County Fair in McConnelsville
Hardin County Fair in Kenton
Wayne County Fair in Wooster
Williams County Fair in Montpelier
Hocking County Fair in Logan
Guernsey County Fair in Old Washington
Wyandot County Fair in Upper Sandusky
Delaware County Fair in Delaware
Ashland County Fair in Ashland
Tuscarawas County Fair in Dover
Brown County Fair in Georgetown
Many events listed in October actually
start in late September.
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