The seasonal changes in Ohio bring blankets of snow in the winter; vivid blooms in the spring; plenty of sunshine in the summer; and gorgeous foliage in the fall. With each unique season, there is something to be celebrated, and the transition of seasons can elicit excitement with a whole new round of festivities. As we evolve into fall, we say goodbye to summer and the heat that comes with it, and hello to the crisp air of the new season. Let’s take a look back on the excitement-filled summer Ohio had, while we look forward to an equally amazing fall filled with Ohio festivals and other fun events in the area!
A Look Back on Summer’s Highlights
This list is among the favorite events of the summer months, so if you missed out this year, don’t worry. The annual events will be back and bigger than ever next year.
Dublin Irish Festival (August 3-5)
As the largest three-day Irish festival on the planet, the Dublin Irish Festival is a tradition cherished by locals and visitors alike. Over the span of three days, over 535 performers entertained over 100,000 guests with Irish music and dances, making it one of the largest Ohio festivals. Guests are immersed in Irish culture with Irish food and beverages, Celtic activities, a pub crawl, an Irish marketplace, and even a genealogy tent that helps guests find out more about their ancestry.
Portsmouth River Days (August 31- September 4)
Held over Labor Day weekend, Portsmouth River Days features a variety of food vendors, an antique car show, a parade, arts and crafts, mid-way rides, and free nightly entertainment. The fun, lively event is popular with those looking for family fun over the long weekend. As the days come to a close, fireworks light up the sky, captivating attendees and wrapping up a delightful weekend of river fun.
Grove City Arts in the Alley (September 16-17)
What began as a modest group of artists selling their work has blossomed into a renowned and anticipated annual event. Kicking off with a community parade, the event will then take the form of a tent-lined street festival. Guests are free to peruse the tents full of diverse art, indulge in a variety of delicious foods and beverages, contribute their artistic touch to a community mural, and watch art demonstrations by local artists.
Ohio Renaissance Festival (September 2 – October 29, weekends)
The Ohio Renaissance Festival is a window into 16th century England. Every detail of the festival from the full-armored jousting to the authentic Renaissance cuisine transports guests to a time when knights in shining armor were more than just characters in a fairytale. Over 150 world-class artisans offer demonstrations in the arts of glassblowing, blacksmithing, leather crafting, and more. A wide variety of food and drink offerings plus over 100 shows daily make this festival a one-of-a-kind sensory experience.
Johnny Appleseed Festival (September 16-17)
Perhaps the most fitting festival to transition Ohio out of summer and into fall is the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Set in the charming downtown area of Lisbon, Ohio, the festival is an apple-lovers paradise. Over 30 apple concessionaires line the quaint streets selling everything from apple fritters to apple butter to apple ice cream. This Ohio festival kicks off with a parade and features dancing, music, theater, arts and crafts, a dunk tank, games, and a 1950s auto and motorcycle show.
Oktoberfest at the Mill (September 30)
We kick off the fall celebrations with an ample array of beer and wine at Oktoberfest at the Mill. Sip on your choice of nearly 100 foreign and domestic beer and wine offerings while enjoying all-day live music and diverse food vendors. For dedicated football fans, the Ohio State football game will be shown on a big screen during the festival. And for attendees who enjoy a little competition, the festival will be hosting Beer Olympics and a stein hoisting contest.
Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival (All of October)
As the seasons transition, Circle S Farms turns into a family-friendly event, and one of the best fall getaways in the area. A six-acre corn maze, a hayride, a pumpkin patch, a hay barn with slides, a sunflower maze, a scarecrow cave, and a petting zoo make Fall Fun Days the perfect place to create lasting family memories. During the weekends, a full-service gourmet bakery and a cafe will satisfy your culinary cravings while you enjoy live entertainment.
Lake Eerie Fearfest (Weekends in October)
Lake Eerie Fearfest consists of six acres of thrilling fun. A paradise for adrenaline junkies, this place is perfect for a Halloween celebration. The festival includes five interactive attractions: Ghostly Manor, Quarantine, Eerie Chateau, Dark Mare, and Caged. These attractions in conjunction with the famous and mysterious legends of Lake Eerie make this a nationally recognized Ohio event.
Niederman Farm Fall Festival (September 22 – October 29)
Set on a picturesque working farm, the Niederman Farm Fall Festival features a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a hayride, picnic spaces, and barnyard animals that guests can feed. Children will love this ultimate autumn experience. For a more private group experience, bonfires are available to reserve as well as s’mores and food packages.
Circleville Pumpkin Show (October 18-21)
Said to be Ohio’s oldest and largest pumpkin celebration (and one of the oldest Ohio festivals in general), Circleville Pumpkin Show boasts seven parades, the world’s largest pumpkin pie, a pumpkin toss, arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Plenty of fall-themed competitions are available for those who enjoy a challenge including a pie eating contest, an egg toss, a hog calling competition, and a pumpkin carving contest. This pumpkin show is four days of fun for the whole family and is considered a not-to-be-missed fall getaway in Ohio.
While Ohio saw an abundance of summer fun, the transition into the fall season promises to be just as magical. From eclectic pumpkin shows to classic hayrides, this season will offer endless opportunities to create new memories and embrace the change.