Carl Springer Memorial Tractor, Engine Show & Flea Market in Fletcher | Sept. 22-24
This power-packed weekend at Poor Farmer’s Campground includes a campground-wide flea market with food trucks, tractor pulls and kiddie tractor pulls and, new this year, a Human Tractor Pull! The public is welcome and admission is $1. Located at 7211 Lostcreek Shelby Rd. Reserve a campsite at www.poorfarmerrvs.com/campground
Tipp City Mum Festival | Sept. 22-24
The fun starts on Friday evening with a car show in the historic district and continues Saturday morning with a parade at 10 a.m. and activities at City Park and in the downtown all day Saturday and Sunday. This includes live entertainment, a large vendor fair, a kid’s area with inflatables, plenty of food and more. LEARN MORE
Newton Market Place in Pleasant Hill | Sept. 22
Local growers, bakers and producers are joined by entertainers, food trucks and family activities from 5-8 p.m. at the Newton school parking lot. LEARN MORE
Fort Loramie German Heritage Days | Sept. 22-23
This two-day event celebrates the German heritage of the residents of Fort Loramie. Featuring an authentic German polka band, German beer and food, good-natured competitions (beer barrel race, bean bag tournament, beer tray relay), as well German costume contests, this event brings our small community together under the big tent in Canal Park. LEARN MORE
New Bremen Pumpkinfest | Sept. 22-23
This is a great family festival with inflatables, pony rides, touch a truck and more, plus an artisan showcase, live music, lots of food and entertainment and more. LEARN MORE
St. Boniface Parish Oktoberfest in Piqua | Sept. 22-23
The festival includes German and American foods, music, a Beer Garden, cake wheel, games, raffles, a Kids Zone and more. Takes place Friday from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday from 4:30-11 p.m. on the Parish Grounds at 310 S. Downing St. For more information call (937) 773-1656.
Indian Lake State Park Fall Festival in Lakeview | Sept. 22-24
Sponsored by the ILDC and Indian Lake State Park, this festival includes lots of food vendors and over 100 arts/crafts vendors in the C-area of Indian Lake State Park Campground. Parking and admission are free. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. LEARN MORE
Prairie Days in Greenville | Sept. 23-24
This event focuses on the prairie way of life in and around 1780-1810 and features many crafts, games and trades of the time period, plus food (including apple cider slushies!), games and theater. Many crafts are free for children, with a select few requesting a small donation. LEARN MORE
Troy City Skate Park Unite Event | Sept. 23
Enjoy free food, a Skate Jam, a Best Trick contest, prizes, produce raffles and a live and silent auction from 1-4 p.m. at the Troy City Skate Park, 99 N. Ridge Ave. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Simon Kenton Chili Festival in Urbana | Sept. 23
A full day of events (see HERE) includes the chili cook-off, plus cornhole tournaments, a parade, a children’s area, music, a pepper eating contest and more.
Harvest Extravaganza in Greenville | Sept. 23-24
Food and shopping, including mums and pumpkins, handmade items, collectibles, primitives, antiques, country crafts, soaps and candles, vintage décor, boutiques, antiques, jewelry and more. There will also be live bluegrass music from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. More than 75 vendors will be set up. Takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 5207 Weavers Ft. Jefferson Rd. LEARN MORE
Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival in Urbana | Sept. 23
Celebrate Ohio’s Freshwater Shrimp Harvest at this annual festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each Saturday. Get your fill of mouth-watering seafood selections while enjoying a live music stage, multiple vendors 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 smoked trout products. Participate in the Trout Feeding Frenzy, sand castle play zone and our famous sturgeon pool, where you can pet Ohio’s largest native fish. Battle to win 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 (until sold out). An admission is charged. LEARN MORE
The Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg | Weekends thru Oct. 29
Immerse yourself in a world of lively shows, tantalizing food & drink, and unique shops that transport you back in time to the days of knights and queens. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. This is a ticketed event. TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION
Country Applefest in Lebanon | Sept. 23-24
The festival features over 300 arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as live entertainment each day. The festival is located at the Warren County Fairgrounds, which offers ample free parking, and the festival is fully handicap accessible. Admission is $1.
Germantown Pretzel Festival | Sept. 23-24
The Germantown Pretzel Festival is a free event that takes place in Veteran's Memorial Park, 190 W. Warren St. Enjoy a diverse selection of food, unique crafts, rides and live entertainment plus pretzels! 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday LEARN MORE
Ohio Heritage Days at Malabar Farm State Park | Sept. 23-24
The 46th Annual Ohio Heritage Days will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy crafts, primitives, antiques, horse drawn wagons, antique tractors, food, live music, Civil War and living history camps. Also, an archaeological display in the Main Barn on Sunday. The event is free.
Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest | Sept. 22-24
The celebration kicks off on Friday with the Lederhosen Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the Preview Party from 7 to 11 p.m., followed by two full days of Oktoberfest fun, from noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets/admission is charged. LEARN MORE
The Ohio Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek (Amish Country) | Sept. 28-30
Every fall since 1953, downtown Sugarcreek transforms into a lively Swiss village, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Switzerland. From wine and cheese samplings to races, contests, and parades, the Swiss Festival offers something for everyone. There’s music, food, and entertainment each day of the festival, and parking can be found in arious locations downtown. LEARN MORE
Minster Oktoberfest | Sept. 29-Oct 1
The best in German food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, entertainment and more, plus a parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday. LEARN MORE
Thompson’s Fall Fest in Tipp City | Oct. 1
Black Star Farm will present Thompson’s Fall Fest from 1-5 p.m. at 5904 Troy-Frederick Rd., outside of Tipp City. The event will feature the following vendors: Black Star Farm, Shady Acre Goods, Pine Grove Living, Bee’s Boba & More, Harmony’s Cupcakes, Crazy Train Creations, The Rooted and Raised Company, Just Peachy Earrings and HC & Co. MORE INFORMATION
Champaign County Historical Society Oktoberfest in Urbana | Oct. 1
Taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 809 E. Lawn Ave., the museum will be open to explore and the grounds will be full of crafters and artists selling hand-thrown pottery, candles, wreaths, holiday décor, pumpkins, woodcrafts, scented oils, bath bombs and much more. Admission is $3. For more information, call (937) 653-6721. LEARN MORE
Harvest Beer Crawl in Tipp City | Oct. 6
Purchase tickets for $25 in advance or $30 at the door and enjoy 10 tastings of curated beer, cider and seltzer options. Purchase tickets at downtowntippcity.org.
Heritage of Flight Festival in New Carlisle | Oct. 6-8
Things start with a Classic Car Cruise-In on Friday night, which includes live entertainment. Things continue Saturday with a Parade of Planes on Main Street at 11 a.m. See modern and historical aircraft move down the street. After the parade, enjoy a carnival with rides, games, food and entertainment. Plan your visit at heritageofflight.com.
2023 Lockington JEEP Invasion | Oct. 7
The Lockington Volunteer Fire Department will host this event from noon to 4 p.m. at 10363 Museum Tr. Rd. in Lockington. Categories available to enter are classic pre-1995 stock 1995 to present 2 modified. Registration is $10 and takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, music and food trucks. All proceeds benefit the fire department.
Chili Cook-Off in Piqua | Oct. 7
Be The Frontline Ministries and St. John’s Lutheran Church will host their first-ever Chili Cook-Off from noon to 4 p.m. at the church at 248 Wood St. in Piqua. Proceeds will benefit the Lockington Volunteer Fire Department. The public is invited to judge the winner based on color, aroma, texture, flavor and heat during these hours.
Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience in Dayton | Oct. 7
The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is a free adventure festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle and culture. The multi-day event features competitions, live music, food trucks, gear shopping, pro-athlete shows, activities to try, camping, and much more. This is a dog-friendly event with an off-leash dog park, dog activities, dog shows and supervised pooch parking so you can explore and try new activities. Takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Eastwood MetroPark.
Chocolate Festival in Dayton | Oct. 7
This free indoor festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds allows guests to visit professional chocolatiers, food trucks, local craft and food vendors, a free Kids Zone with games and prizes, entertainment on the festival stage and more. LEARN MORE
Buckeye Furnace Fall Festival in Wellston | Oct. 7
The annual Buckeye Furnace Fall Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 123 Buckeye Park Rd. Come enjoy the day listening to live Bluegrass entertainers, Red Brush, while browsing and shopping with 50+ vendors and taking part in many games and competitions, including pie eating, hog calling, skillet toss, beard contest, baking contest and auction. Lots of activities for kids too, including pumpkin decorating, sack races, duck pond, bobbing for apples and petting zoo. There will also be lots of great food on hand. LEARN MORE
Holmes County Antique Festival in Millersburg | Oct. 7-8
Two days of markets, arts and crafts and demonstrations in Amish Country, plus live music, a Grand Parade, food and more. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. LEARN MORE
Bradford Pumpkin Show | Oct. 10-14
One of the longest running and longest lasting festivals in Miami County, the Bradford Pumpkin Show features midway rides and games, lots of food vendors, daily parades, a car show, pageants, live music, kiddie tractor pulls, a cheerleading competition and much more. It is open at 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 1 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free. See the full schedule at bradfordpumpkinshow.org.
Chillicothe Halloween Festival | Oct. 13-15
This festival celebrates the fun of Halloween and offers a wide variety of vendors, food, live entertainment, inflatables, contests and more (almost all Halloween themed), plus a Ghost Walk and Coffin Races. It takes place at Yoctangee Park and is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. LEARN MORE
Lebanon Oktoberfest | Oct. 13-14
German music, beer, food and entertainment in historic downtown Lebanon. LEARN MORE
Fall Farm Fest in Troy | Oct. 14-15
Presented by the Miami County Park District, this two-day festival takes place at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. St. Rt. 41 (east of Troy) from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Guests can take a hayride or walk down Scarecrow Lane, paint pumpkins, enjoy outdoor children’s games, eat from a number of food vendors, enjoy live music, browse craft and exhibits, and so much more. Admission is free, except for pony rides and the corn maze and corn shooter activity. LEARN MORE
Yellow Springs Street Fair | Oct. 14
250+ vendors, 65 shops and eateries and more from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus the Music & Beer Fest from noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. LEARN MORE
Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville | Oct. 14-15
More than 450 craft vendors from 25 states bring handmade goods to historic downtown Waynesville, plus 60 food vendors to choose from. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. LEARN MORE
Fall Celebration at the Johnston Farm in Piqua | Oct. 14
Take a ride along the Miami and Erie Canal on a fall afternoon (12:30, 2:30 and 4 p.m.), enjoy activities and demonstrations, tour the historic home and museum and explore the historic site from noon to 5 p.m. Regular site admission applies. Located at 9845 N. Hardin Rd. LEARN MORE
Harvest Days in Piqua | Oct. 14
Head to historic downtown Piqua for old-fashioned fall fun, including a tractor show, a costumed dog parade, pumpkin painting, craft vendors, music and food trucks, a kid’s corn pit, mini golf and a Merchant Fall Open House. Takes place from noon to 6 p.m.
Boos & Brews Festival in Sidney | Oct. 14
This free event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Downtown Revitalization District and includes Trick or Treat, costume contest, family activities and more. LEARN MORE
Midnight at Moonville in McArthur | Oct. 14
Do you believe in ghosts? You just might after spending a night in the haunted Moonville Tunnel. Midnight at Moonville is a one-day Halloween-themed event featuring dramatic storytelling, wagon rides, regional craft vendors, souvenirs, historical presentations, music performances, roaming spooks, and much more. The event will end with an interactive demonstration of paranormal investigation techniques hosted by a respected research group. The event takes place from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Moonville Tunnel (in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere). Parking will be at 71815 Shea Rd. There will be a $10 parking charge per vehicle, but most activities and entertainment are free. LEARN MORE
Halloween Cruise-In & Trunk or Treat at Poor Farmer’s Campground in Fletcher | Oct. 14
Decorate your vehicle for Halloween and bring candy for Trick or Treaters at this free Halloween Cruise-In and Trunk or Treat event. The cruise-in takes place from 4-8 p.m. and Trunk or Treat is from 6-8 p.m. Stick around until 9 p.m. and, for a small fee, enter the Haunted Shelter, if you dare. The campground is located at 7211 N. Lost Creek-Shelby Rd. For more information, call (937) 368-2449.
Enon Apple Butter Festival | Oct. 14-15
Enjoy apple butter the old-fashioned way, plus lots of other food, crafts and gifts, demonstrations, music and entertainment and more. Takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Enon. It is free. LEARN MORE
Dayton City Market | Oct. 15
Described as an “everything fall” market, find pumpkins, apple cider slushies, caramel apples and more. Join a complimentary workout class at noon. Enjoy live music, shop local artisans, clothing boutiques, and local food vendors. Takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. at RiverScape, 237 E. Monument Ave.
Donut Fest in Cincinnati | Oct. 15
Pay a $20 admission fee and enjoy 8-10 samplings of donuts, coffees and beers. LEARN MORE
Circleville Pumpkin Show | Oct. 18-21
One of the largest festivals in Ohio (pictured above courtesy of the festival), enjoy daily parades, giant pumpkins, concerts, exhibits, tons of food, games and rides, and much more. LEARN MORE
Third Thursdays in West Milton | Oct. 19
This community event takes place in the downtown from 5-8 p.m. and offers live music, craft vendors and food trucks, plus shops stay open late. It is free to attend.
2nd Annual Wine Festival in Troy | Oct. 19
Long Shots, 2315 S. Co. Rd. 25A, will host the Wine Festival from 5-8 p.m. Ticket price includes the option to sample up to 30 different wines and a custom Long Shots wine glass. Tickets are presale only and the cost is $45.
Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge | Oct. 19-22
This picturesque small town in the Appalachian foothills hosts this annual fall festival with a car show, carnival with midway and rides, craft vendors, a flea market and much more. Even better, there are four scenic drives to take in the surrounding countryside that showcase the area’s brilliant fall foliage. LEARN MORE
Fairborn Halloween Festival | Oct. 20-22
A festival for Halloween-lovers, come to downtown Fairborn for Halloween and fall themed fun, including craft vendors, food and entertainment, plus everything offered by Foys Halloween Store (including a haunted house) and other unique downtown merchants. Opens at 4 p.m. on Friday evening and closes at 6 p.m. Sunday. LEARN MORE
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Roscoe Village | Oct. 20-22
This festival at historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton offers homemade apple butter, live music, free crafts for kids, 100 plus craft and food vendors, canal history, Spirit Tours, and more, plus the shops and restaurants in the 19th century village. Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at the gate. LEARN MORE
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