October Festivals & Events in Ohio

Enjoy Ohio’s fests and events in October, including Oktoberfest, Halloween, Sweetest Day, Columbus Day,  and autumn destinations and celebrations.




Brimstone Haunt

Tickets to Brimstone Haunt’s Haunted Hayride & Forgotten Forest in Wilmington approx. $50/person.

  • When: Fridays and Saturdays from late September through the end of October
  • Location: (Map It) 525 Brimstone Rd. in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-409-0644
  • Web: click here

Haunted Hayride & Forgotten Forest in Wilmington, Ohio, is located on over 50 acres of natural woodlands along Bull Run Creek. The 30-minute tractor-drawn haunted hayride brings a new look and feel to the crisp autumn. Hunker down with your friends and family as you tour the spooky trails, the unexpected lurking at every turn.  Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods…After the hayride is sure to take in the evening’s entertainment featuring story-telling by the bonfires. Enjoy the harvest at the on-site concession stand. Pick your pumpkin, and if you are brave, dare to enter the Forgotten Forest.

Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm

Admission to Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm is approx. $12/person and $5 for those age 64 and over.

  • When: Starts the weekend after Labor Day and runs weekends in October and early November (every Saturday from 11am – 7pm and Sunday from 12 – 7pm).
  • Location: (Map It) 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road in Arcanum, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-692-8084
  • Website: brumbaughfruitfarm.com

Brumbaugh Fruit n Fun Farm is an extremely affordable, family, fall fun experience.  With more than 25 activities included in the admission price, there’s something for the whole family to do.  Whether you like the thrill of Billy Bee’s Flight of Fun (zip line), Monster Mountain (40-foot tunnel slide), the adventure of Storybook Forest, or just a nice leisurely hayride to the pumpkin patch, Brumbaugh’s is the place for you.  There are also many great things to eat at the bakery, like Brumbaugh’s famous fritters, fresh fruit, and cider slushies in the market.  Bring the whole family to Brumbaugh’s for a fall fun day today!

Fall Foliage Trains

Fares vary for Fall Foliage Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

  • Open Fall Foliage Trains are offered on Thursdays and Fridays in October in addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday Schedule at 1:00 p.m. and last about 2 ¼ hours, including a 30-minute stop at a reconstructed 1840’s era village.
  • Location: (Map It) The Depot in Nelsonville contains the ticket office, and it is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Hocking Parkway (Fulton Street), behind the Rocky Boots Outlet
  • Phone: 855-323-3768 or 740-753-9531
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Fall foliage train rides at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway: The 22-mile round trip to Logan, Ohio, and back are leisurely rides along the Hocking River and Appalachian foothills, providing great family-friendly entertainment. Choose to ride in either the 1920s commuter coaches or open-air cars. There’s even first-class service in a restored B&O coach, complete with air-conditioning. The most used engine is a diesel locomotive built in 1952. The conductor’s narrative highlights the interesting history of the area and the railway as the train passes by a canal lock, historic old company towns, and other landmarks while following the Hocking River through rolling hills filled with natural fall splendor. The leisurely visit may be commemorated with a unique purchase at the railway’s Gift Shop and Train Store.

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm

Admission to Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm is approx. $12/person.

  • When: Starts in late September and always ends on October 31
    Hours are from 9am – 7pm, daily
  • Location: (Map It) is 9015 London Groveport Rd. in Grove City, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-878-7980
  • Web: click here

Fall Fun Days at Circle S Farm:  Celebrated annually, many families, schools, churches, companies, and many other groups and individuals annually visit the Fall Fun Days Festival at Circle S Farms, located in scenic southwest Franklin County. Our festival features hayrides to pick a pumpkin, a six-acre corn maze, a sunflower maze, a Fun Hay Barn with slides, a Scarecrow Cave, Fodder Lane, a petting zoo, weekend entertainment, and much more. Private hayrides with bonfire parties are available. A full-service bakery has many tasty treats, including freshly made donuts. On the weekends, the Pumpkin Cafe is open. Group reservations are requested, and walk-ins are welcome.www.circlesfarm.com

Fall Hayrides at Mill Stream Run

Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation costs vary. See the link below.

  • When: Saturday nights in October from 6 – 10 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Chalet Recreation Area • Mill Stream Run Reservation. Chalet Recreation Area is located on Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 & 82 in Strongsville – just off I-71 & the Ohio Turnpike.
  • Phone: 440-572-9990
  • Web Site: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation:  The tractor-drawn hayrides leave every half hour and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, enjoy square dancing for all ages and a hay maze on Saturday nights. Activities include balloon twisting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, crafts, and coloring stations. This is one hayride where you’re allowed to throw hay!

HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo

Admission to HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo is normal rates ranging from approx. $5-25.

  • When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
  • Location: (Map It) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Phone: 513-475-6124 or 1-800-94-HIPPO
  • Web: click here

Cincinnati Zoo HallZOOween:  Little ghouls, boys, and animals can enjoy three spooktacular fun weekends. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during HallZOOween, young Frankensteins (12 and under) can trick-or-treat their way around the Zoo.  Along the way, guests may encounter Pumpkin Pandemonium – the Zoo animal’s version of trick-or-treating, including Gorilla Pumpkin Hunt, Snow Monkey Pumpkin Hide & Seek, Elephant Pumpkin Smash, Indian Rhino Apple Bob, and Polar Bear Pumpkin Bob. Other activities include a Little Creatures Carnival, a scavenger hunt, a pumpkin patch, a spooktacular train ride, a scare-ousel, strolling characters, face painting, and mini pumpkin decorating activities.

Lake Eerie Fearfest

Admission to Lake Eerie Fearfest is approx. $25.  (Additional for fast pass)

Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio, and Lake Erie coast: This October, four legendary haunts unite with the newly renovated Ghostly Manor, as seen on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.”  Lake Eerie Fearfest bands the mysterious legends of Lake Erie under one roof to create the area’s newest, unique, and feared haunted destination.  You don’t want to miss the nationally recognized Ghostly Manor and all-new haunted encounters from around the world, including Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine & Eerie Chateau!  Lake Eerie Fearfest consists of six acres of non-stop haunted action.

Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres

Tickets to Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon are approx. $15-30/person.

  • When: October on Fridays & Saturdays from dark until 10pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Leaders Family Farms located a mile west of Napoleon, Ohio just off of state route 24 on county road 16
  • Phone: 419-599-1570
  • Web: click here

Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon, Ohio:  Fun for all ages at Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres. You can “get lost” in the twists and turns of a seven-acre jack-o-lantern corn maze. Win prizes at Northwest Ohio’s only corn cannon range. Sing and dance on the karaoke stage. Take a scenic and peaceful hayride around the farm. Take your pick of thousands of pumpkins in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Kids can get “moo-ving” in a cow train, play on the slides, or go through straw tunnels. There’s a special place for those with young children – Little Farmers Barnyard. It includes a corn box, a mini straw jump, and inflatables to enjoy. There’s also a wide array of concessions.

For those who are brave of heart and dare to be scared, explore Scream Acres Haunted Cornfield, Northwest Ohio’s most terrifying field of corn! This separate field of corn has many turns and twists with the added fear of the unknown. With creatures lurking behind the walls of corn, you never know who… or what may be “stalking” you! At ScreamAcres Haunted Cornfield, “you pay to get in…. but pray to get out!!”

Niederman Farm Fall Festival

Admission to the Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival is approx. $15-20/person. Bonfire reservations are required. S’ more & food packages for groups.

  • Open: Late September through October on weekends (Fri 4pm-9pm, Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 1-6pm).
  • Location: (Map It) Niederman Family Farm at 5110 LeSourdsville-West Chester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio (between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio)
  • Phone: 513-779-6184
  • Web: click here

Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: This Southwest Ohio working farm provides the ultimate fall experience! Niederman Family Farm invites you to experience a 22-acre corn maze, pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, take a hayride, visit and feed the barnyard animals and have a picnic. Spend the day with your family, school group, church group, scout troop, Mom’s club, or just yourself.

Old West Pumpkin Fest

old-west-pumpkinfestAdmission to Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch is approx. $15/person.

  • When: Weekends in October – every Saturday & Sunday from 12-5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch at 19066 E. River Rd. (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-236-5454
  • Web: www.clevelandhayride.com

The Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch in Columbia Station, Ohio:  Toddlers, adolescents, young families, and grandmas and grandpas can’t wait to see the fabulous “Country Kids’ Show” performed live on stage featuring costume characters that your child would love and recognize. The Live musical show is performed five times a day. This is an interactive show for the kids where they can dance and play instruments. Take as many rides as you want on the Pumpkin Patch Hayride that takes you to the Pumpkin Patch and pick and paint your pumpkins. The whole family can walk through the Funny Fun House, pet the animals at the Petting Farm, get your face painted, and much more. Where can you go and ride ponies all day at no extra charge? There is a farm market, souvenir shop, and concession stands for your favorite food and drinks. There’s even a pumpkin slide!

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm

Admission to Pumpkin Fest at the Pigeon Roost Farm is approx.  $12/person.

  • When: Mid-September through October, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am – 7pm
  • Location: (Map It) Hebron, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-928-4925
  • Web: click here

Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm:  Come 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, interesting antique displays, and observation beehives.  Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, colorful and unique heritage squash, several sizes of Indian corn, corn shocks, straw bales, hard shells, and decorative gourds.  Young and young-at-heart will enjoy exploring the “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” with new Fort Pigeon Roost, giant gerbil wheels, a “goat walk”,  Corn Maze,  and the Enchanted Forest.  The kids’ favorites—hillside slide, spooky straw tunnel, and Conestoga corn box are still included.  Five shops have handmade crafts and a large selection of fall decorations, and the children have their own “Kids Korner”.  On weekends, there are wagon rides, face painting, food concessions, crafters, and demonstrations.  So visit and bring your camera to capture some of those special memories! See the website for scheduling school, birthday, and group outings.

Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch

spooky-ranchAdmission to Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch is approx.  $25/person.

  • When: Weekends in October – Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-11:30 pm and Thursdays & Sundays 7 pm-9:30 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch is at 19066 East River Rd (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-236-5454
  • Web Site: www.spookyranch.com

Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch, Cleveland’s premier haunted event in Columbia Station, Ohio, has recently been awarded the 25th top haunted house in the country! Over 20 plus years of screams and appealing to the masses. The Disney of haunted attractions in Cleveland. Spooky Ranch is most known for its Famous Haunted Hayride. “You will scream, laugh, and be amazed, leaving you entertained. ” Not your Ordinary boring hayride.” There is terror and suspense at every turn.” A Hollywood theatrical production with scenes, sets, and special effects seen nowhere else in the world. There’s a Thirty-foot tall fire-breathing creature, 18-foot wingspan animated monsters, monsters that pick up the whole wagon & shake it!!  Extreme Nightmares Haunted House is Ohio’s most extreme haunted house and takes haunt seekers to another level of terror and screams. Crazy Clowns in 3D Haunted House -Experience the psychedelic, haunted, crazy adventure wearing 3D glasses. 3D is the new generation of entertainment with crisp, bright, ultra-realistic images. Imagine monsters and clowns so lifelike you stepped inside a scary movie or video game. Await the anticipation of crazed, psycho, frightful clowns.

Zoar Village Lantern Tours of Ghosts

Admission to Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts is approx. $20/person.

  • When: By reservation only from September through October on Fridays and Saturdays. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 6:30pm to 8:45pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Zoar, Ohio, located 2.5 miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on St. Rte. 212
  • Phone: 330-874-2002
  • Web: Click here

Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts:  Visitors are invited to take a haunted stroll through the village with history and ghost stories told by costumed guides. Overnight accommodations are available at the bed and breakfasts in the village.

This year, be a part of history at the historic village of Zoar, Ohio. German Separatists founded the Village of Zoar in the Tuscarawas River Valley of Ohio.  In 1817, they left Germany and came to the United States for religious freedom.  Later, they formed a communal society that lasted for 79 years and was one of the most successful communal societies in the United States. Today, many of the Separatists-built buildings still line the historic village’s main street. Ten of these buildings are operated as museums by the Zoar Community Association. For information about daytime tours, please call 330-874-2646 or visit the Zoar Store at 198 Main St., Zoar, OH 44697.

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Various event tickets to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, start at approx. $50.

  • When: October 1 – 6, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) Throughout Chagrin Falls, Ohio (see website for various venue locations)
  • Phone: 440-247-1591
  • Web: click here

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories.  The Festival is a five-day celebration of the art of documentary film at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls and its picturesque downtown, complete with a waterfall. This inspiring event has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50” for several years. It draws audiences from all over the region, country, and world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

Ohio Gourd Show

Admission to the Ohio Gourd Show starts at approximately $5/person.

The Ohio Gourd Show in Delaware, Ohio:  This unique event brings together many of the most outstanding gourd artists and craftspersons from across the nation, exhibiting their finest work in competition and for sale. The show also features workshops in gourd crafting, trade shows, children’s activities, demonstrations, music, and thousands of dry gourds for sale.

Paul Bunyan Show

Admission to the Paul Bunyan Show is approx. $10-15/person.

  • When: October 4 – 6, 2024, on Friday & Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Always the first Fri-Sun in Oct).
  • Location: (Map It) Guernsey County Fairgrounds at 335 Old National Rd in (Old Washington) Cambridge, Ohio (Exit 186 off of I-70).
  • Phone: 888-388-7337
  • Web: click here

The Paul Bunyan Show in Cambridge, Ohio, is one of the nation’s largest and oldest forest industry shows. Show attendees will see more than 130 exhibits representing all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. Representatives will be on-site to showcase equipment, manpower, and the dedication that has made the industry what it is today. Lumberjack entertainment and competitions will take place throughout the weekend and numerous educational sessions on topics ranging from logging equipment safety and maintenance to the history and restoration of the bald eagle in Ohio to Ohio’s edible mushrooms. Visitors to the show will not want to leave without trying an official Bunyan Burger, a 14 oz Angus burger with all the trimmings.

Holmes County Antique Festival

Admission to Holmes County Antique Festival is free.

  • When: October 5 & 6, 2024 (held the 5th weekend after Labor Day) from 9am – 9pm and 10am – 6pm, respectively.
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Downtown Millersburg, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-674-6781
  • Web: click here

Holmes County Antique Festival in Millersburg, Ohio:  The festival features a Classic Car Parade, Firemen’s Parade, and Grand Parade. In addition, there are 25-30 Antique Dealers, Arts and Crafts, a 5-K Run, Antiques, continuous entertainment, and great food. Take a walking trip through the village and view the Downtown Window Museum, shop in unique stores, then tour the Victorian House and enjoy the beautiful Fall season in Holmes County.

Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival

Admission to the Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, is a nominal fee.

  • When: October 5 & 6, 2024
  • Location: (Map It) 333 Lafayette Dr. NW in Canal Fulton, Ohio
  • Web:  click here

The Ohio Wizard of Oz Festival is a walk down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz for fans to celebrate the iconic film. There are many activities for all ages and plenty of artisans and food trucks.  Enjoy the fantasy before you click your heels to go home.

Portsmouth Oktoberfest

Admission info for the Portsmouth Oktoberfest is provided through the website below.

The Portsmouth Oktoberfest provides plenty of frothy fall fun. The beer flows, the food delights and the live music is ever-present. More than 20 breweries offer their best brews. Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the night away.

Woollybear Festival

Admission to Woollybear Festival in Vermilion is free.

  • When: October 2024 date to be confirmed, from 9am-5pm
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Vermilion, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-967-4477
  • Web: click here

Woollybear Festival in Vermilion, Ohio:  Everyone knows about Ground Hog Day, but a fuzzy little critter in Vermilion will forecast how severe of a winter Ohio can expect before it even starts – or so they say. The Woollybear is a fuzzy caterpillar. If the black band on the critter’s brown back is wide, get ready for lots of white stuff to fall from the sky. Well, this festival pays tribute to the Woollybear with its annual weather forecast, parade, wooly bear races and many contests, arts and crafts, and additional entertainment for the whole family.

Algonquin Mill Fall Festival

Admission to the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival is approx. $10/vehicle.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024, from 9am – 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 234 Autumn Road S.W., Carrollton, Ohio, five miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.
  • Phone: 330-627-5910
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Algonquin Mill Fall Festival visitors can step back in time as they explore Algonquin Mill’s log cabins, an antique print shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a bookstore, and a stagecoach inn. Steam-driven flouring saws and shingle mills allow visitors to learn about life in the pioneer era. In addition, there are demonstrations in chair caning, wood carving, broom making, chain-saw carving, candle dipping, rug making, and weaving.

Enjoy a pork-and-sauerkraut dinner, bean soup, chili, and more. The Carroll County Historical Society sells 9,000 pounds of sauerkraut each year. The historical society also sells apple butter, maple syrup, stone-ground cornmeal, and buckwheat flour. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, visitors can listen to country, bluegrass, and gospel music. On Friday, high-school bands and choirs will perform. Children will enjoy miniature train rides, miniature barn raising, pony rides, and farm animals. Carroll County artifacts and genealogical information will be on display, as well as antique farm tools.

Train enthusiasts will love the New York Central railroad station, complete with an HO model train. An art and photography show features the work of local artists and photographers. A church service will be held in the schoolhouse on Sunday at 8 a.m. The Algonquin Mill Fall Festival provides a beautiful outing for everyone.

Bob Evans Farm Festival

Admission to the Bob Evans Farm Festival is approx. $5-10/person.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024 (Always starts on the second Friday in October) from 9am-5pm.
  • Location: (Map It)  10854 State Route 588 in Rio Grande, Ohio, at the Bob Evans Farm
  • Phone: 740-245-5305

Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio, at the original Bob Evans Farm:  This celebration of the harvest season attracts thousands with its entertainment, traditional crafts, farm contests, food, children’s activities, and demonstrations.  A weekend of fun for friends and family of all ages, the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers a taste of yesteryear.

During the festival is the only opportunity to see the original farmhouse where it all started. See the original Bob Evans Farm, Restaurant, Homestead, and Museum “down on the farm.” Yes, the original 1,000-acre Bob Evans farm.  Begin your tour with Bob’s first restaurant, The Sausage Shop, and continue to the Homestead Museum, log cabin village, small animal barnyard, quilt barn, and much more. The “Homestead” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where Bob and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children. It used to be a stagecoach stop and inn.

Chillicothe Halloween Festival

Admission to the Chillicothe Halloween Festival is free.

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024 (Always the second weekend in October)
  • Location: (Map It) Yoctangee Park at Enderlin Circle in Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-702-7677
  • Web: ChillicotheHalloweenFestival.com

The Chillicothe Halloween Festival showcases the fun of the Fall and Halloween season. The festival takes place annually on the second weekend of October. It allows patrons to enjoy a haunted attraction, inflatables for kids, unique items from vendors, and their favorite festival foods. Entertainment continues throughout the weekend with live bands on the stage. The festival’s signature contest is the soapbox derby-style “Coffin Races,” where participants race their homemade coffins to win cash prizes. The festival is centered around enjoying the season in a family-friendly atmosphere, and every year features new activities for families.

Olde Thyme Herb Fair

Admission to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival is free (fee for parking).

  • When: October 11 – 13, 2024, from 10am – 6pm
  • Location: (Map It) 817 Tater Ridge Rd in West Union, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-544-8252 or 877-232-6764
  • Web: Click here

The Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Festival in West Union and Adams County, Ohio, is a fall harvest festival featuring herbs and herbal products. There are usually about 150 crafters and artisans and plenty of classes, entertainment, and fresh foods. Don’t forget to launch a pumpkin from the pumpkin cannon while you’re there.

Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival

Admission to the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is free.

  • When: October 12 & 13, 2024 (always the 2nd full weekend in October).
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Jefferson, Ohio
  • Phone: 440-576-3769
  • Web: click here

Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival:  Take a fall color tour of 18 covered bridges throughout Ashtabula County. Upon request, free tour maps are available. This family-oriented annual event includes children’s activities, contests, crafts, a parade, a queen’s pageant, a quilt show, entertainment, great food, antique engines, tractors, and automobiles.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival

Admission to the Oak Harbor Apple Festival is free.

  • When: October 12 & 13, 2024 (Always the second full weekend in October) Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday10am-6pm
  • Location: (Map It) 161 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor
  • Phone: 419-898-0479
  • Web: www.oakharborohio.net

The Oak Harbor Apple Festival has something for everyone! The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors this family-oriented festival, with over 30,000 visitors annually. The festival is held in downtown Oak Harbor with all activities within a one-block walking area. Come and see the crowning of the Royalty Court at the opening of the ceremonies on Saturday at 9:30am, followed by the cutest baby contest. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Grand Parade at 2:00pm, with the kiddie tractor pulling contest, chainsaw carving demonstrations, bingo at the fire station, cornhole tournament, and the talent show to round out the day’s entertainment. On Saturday night, come out to the beer garden featuring live bands and a beer tent. Sunday is chock full of fun, with a Classic Car Show, 5K Apple Run, 1 Mile Kid’s Run, and local performers to make for a day of pure enjoyment! There are no admission fees for the festival, and there is a shuttle from the high school parking lot. For a complete schedule of events or to enter any of our contests, see the website and phone number above.

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Admission to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is free.

  • When: October 12 & 13, 2024, from 9am – 8pm and 9am – 6pm, respectively (Second full weekend in October)
  • Location: (Map It) Waynesville, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-897-8855
  • Web: sauerkrautfestival.com/

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Ohio:  The people of Waynesville may debate whether they are the Antiques Capital of the Midwest or the Home of the Sauerkraut Festival but make no mistake, they have lots of both. And some say antiques and sauerkraut saved this little town. Either way, more than 14,000 pounds of sauerkraut are cooked up for the annual festival. Some unique recipes for visitors’ indulgence include cabbage rolls, German sundaes, brownies, doughnuts, and pizza. The local folks urge that just because it’s made with sauerkraut doesn’t mean it tastes like it.

Performance Classic Car Show

Admission to the annual Performance Classic Car Show in Delaware, Ohio, is free for spectators.

  • When:  October 12, 2024, from 8am – 4pm
  • Location: (Map It) Historic Downtown Delaware, Ohio
  • Phone: (740) 369-9611
  • Web:  click here

Performance Classic Car Show in Delaware, Ohio:  Classic and antique cars line both sides of Sandusky Street, stretching four city blocks. Ooh and aah over these beautifully restored vehicles. Some are sure to trigger lots of memories. One hundred “Award of Excellence” trophies and 10 “Best of” Awards will be given between 3 and 4pm.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Admission to the Circleville Pumpkin Show is free.

  • When: October 16 – 19, 2024 (always 3rd Wednesday through Saturday of October)
  • Location: (Map It) Circleville, Ohio
  • Web: www.pumpkinshow.com

The Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio:  Great pumpkins Charlie Brown; this is said to be Ohio’s oldest and largest pumpkin celebration. It hosts seven different parades in half as many days. This includes the Pumpkin Parade, Pet Parade, and Baby Parade, to name a few. The events include a Big Wheel Race, the world’s largest pumpkin pie, a pumpkin toss, a pie-eating competition, and a Fun Show. Additional contests of interest include hog calling, egg toss, and pumpkin carving. Many displays, arts and crafts, and live entertainment accompany the festivities, as well as plenty of pumpkins, squash, and gourds.

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Circleville
PUMPKIN SHOW

It’s the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.” That’s what the promoters of Circleville’s festivities contend, and no one argues the point. Furthermore, it’s the sixth-largest festival of any kind in the whole country, with attendance over four days soaring to 400,000 fun-loving people.

If Charley Brown is still looking for the “Great Pumpkin” this fall, he needs only to extricate himself from the comic strip and come to the Pickaway county seat because that’s what all the clamor is about—pumpkins—really great pumpkins.

Since this event was started in 1903 by the city mayor with a single display of corn stalks and pumpkins, it has grown to a street fair that covers eight city blocks filled with twenty-five or more amusement rides and over three hundred food booths, games, and craft vendors. There are daily parades, the obligatory beauty contest, and constant entertainment performed on three different stages from early morning until threatened by the midnight hour.

Regardless of the many activities vying for your attention, the main theme of pumpkins never wanders far from awareness.  The emphasis begins early on the first day with the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In on Main Street. If you’re considering bringing that nicely matured 80 lb. orange globe from your garden to enter the competition, forget about it. These pumpkins are trucked in, usually one at a time, and off-loaded with heavy equipment. Behemoths weighing 400 to 500 pounds are as common as Thanksgiving pies, and Dr. Robert Liggett, who has won several times, set the record in 2004 with a prodigious contribution from his special patch tipping the scales at 1353 pounds. Holy jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

In 1946, seeing that their fair was growing by leaps and bounds, the citizens of Circleville formed a non-profit corporation exclusively for the operation of the pumpkin show. The show is self-supporting, with all profits turned over to the city for community projects. Their mission statement—pointing proudly to the “no gate, no ticket” policy—can be summed up with the intent to promote goodwill among Pickaway County residents and all who visit—of which the perennial success seems self-evident.

Every year the fair starts on the third Wednesday of October and runs through Saturday night. There are afternoon and evening parades, with more than forty floats and fifty bands participating. Stage performing music groups range from country pop to gospel, jazz, rock, and youth bands.  There are cooking demos, dance extravaganzas, an egg toss, a pumpkin toss, and a demonstration by a gentleman who bills himself as Gus the Squashcarver, who has elevated pumpkin sculpture to an art form.

Adding to the colossal feats of nature, consider the effort taken by Lindsey’s Bakery each year in throwing together and displaying their gigantic 6-foot diameter, 400-pound pumpkin pie. Supplemental to the 100 pounds of pumpkin are ingredients of 26 gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs, and 42 pounds of dough baked for six hours.

Events fill every hour of every day—far too many to mention here—but among them, annual favorites are the pumpkin pie eating contest and hog calling.  As you may surmise, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is all about old-fashioned, unpretentious fun.

There will be more than 20,000 pumpkin pies for sale and in excess of 100,000 pounds of pumpkins on display.  By the time you leave, you’ll be fed up with pumpkins—that doesn’t mean melancholy—it’s just that everything you’re fed is pumpkin flavored—donuts, pancakes, cookies, ice cream, cake, fudge, cream puffs, even burgers. Bring your running shoes if you want to burn off some of those calories. A five-mile run is usually scheduled for Saturday morning—you may need it.

To schedule your visit to the day or days of favorite activities, call 740-474-7000 or check the websitewww.pumpkinshow.com for a full calendar of events.

Getting to Circleville is easy. It’s just off Route 23, about twenty miles south of Columbus. Before you see the signs, you’ll recognize the water tower painted like a pumpkin—stem and all. Don’t want to drive? There are more than thirty bus tours that stop at the show. Information on the tours is also available through the above phone listing.

If you’re thinking of waiting for a piece of that 400-pound pie, forget about that too.  They feed that to the hogs they call in.

By Robert Carpenter

The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow  

Admission is approx. $15/person (NOTE: there will be no ticket sales at the event).

  • When: October 2024 date to be confirmed, from 6:30pm – 10:30pm (final trail entrance is at 10 pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Heritage Park at 60 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-901-6500
  • Web: click here

The Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow is a signature fall event! Wind your way through special exhibits and an enchanting trail of glowing pumpkins dotted throughout Heritage Park. The largest gourds available are on display, and plenty of fun activities are included with the price of admission.

Apple Butter Stirrin Festival

Admission to the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Roscoe Village is approx. $5-10/person, and includes admission to the living history buildings for a tour. Parking is free.

  • When: October 18 – 20, 2024 on Friday from 10am to 6pm;  Saturday from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday from 10am to 5pm
  • Location: (Map It) 600 North Whitewoman St. in Coshocton, Ohio at Historic Roscoe Village
  • Phone:  800-877-1830
  • Web: www.roscoevillage.com

The Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Historic Roscoe Village celebrates autumn’s sights, sounds, and scents and hosts nearly 100 craft and food vendors.  Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll down the street.  Listen to various free musical entertainment or tour the Living History buildings staffed with costumed interpreters and crafters.  Don’t miss the educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations throughout the weekend.  Make your reservation for the Spirit of Roscoe lantern tour at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Fall Festival of Leaves

Admission to the Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge is free.

  • When: October 18 – 20, 2024 (Third Fri – Sun in October)
  • Location: (Map It) Downtown Bainbridge, Ohio
  • Web: click here

Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge, Ohio:  See the autumn colors in the hills and valleys of the village of Bainbridge. The community is open to all visitors for their annual festival to celebrate the season. It hosts parades, pageants, flea markets, and a midway with entertainment. In addition, there is a pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, 5K run, log sawing contest, and antique tractor show, plus several self-guided scenic tours of the beautiful, colorful landscape. Located in South Central Ohio on U.S. Rt. 50.

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