Tipp City Mum Festival | Sept. 24-26
Start the festival with a car cruise-in in the downtown on Friday evening and come back Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for the parade before heading to City Park for food, music, vendors and a children’s play area. Plan your visit at www.tippcitymumfestival.org.
St. Boniface Oktoberfest in Piqua | Sept. 24-25
Carnival rides and games, games of chance, food and special dinners, live music and entertainment and more. Free admission. Learn more HERE.
Fall Festival at Indian Lake State Park | Sept. 24-26
Food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, beach bathing and swimming and other lake fun from 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
New Bremen Pumpkinfest | Sept. 24-25
A fun small town festival with games, music, food, beer trucks, dancing, arts and crafts booths and a large children’s area. Learn more at www.newbremenpumpkinfest.com.
Prairie Days in Greenville | Sept. 25-26
Apple butter cooking over the fire; pioneers in and around the Log House; vendors displaying their wares; tall-tales being spun; crafts to make... must be Prairie Days! This event focuses on the prairie way of life in and around 1780-1810 and will feature many crafts, games and trades of the time period. Many crafts are free for children and with a select few requesting a small donation. Takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Admission is free. Learn more HERE.
Harvest Extravaganza in Greenville | Sept. 25-26
An eclectic market held in an open space with over 50 local vendors will take 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. in Greenville. Along with shopping, enjoy tasty treats from local food trucks and vendors, live Bluegrass music with Tom Hale and Blackwater on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and The Bluegrass Rambles from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and more.
This innovative market provides rustic gifts, furniture, and home décor all in one vibrant place. Vendors have a lot of vintage styles found at the market ranging from farmhouse to industrial and from mid-century to primitive. Handmade goods include jewelry, imaginative home décor, spa-style bath goodies, candles, mums, pumpkins and all things fall and Christmas. Each booth is set up like a miniature shop with a distinct & creative style. There will be a variety of food, including sandwiches, BBQ, wood fired pizza and breadsticks, fried chicken, ice cream, kettle corn, and baked goods, will be available at the market, along with lots of other treats. All parking donations go to Pleasant Hill Church of God. Come out to the country and enjoy an afternoon of shopping and support your local community.
Festival of Flight in Fairborn | Sept. 25
This is a celebration of the innovative and world-changing aviation heritage in Dayton. It will take place on the grounds of Wright State University and includes live entertainment, fun aviation-themed experiences, food trucks and a kid’s zone. Learn more at festivalofflight.org.
Simon Kenton Chili Festival | Sept. 25
Cookers begin making their chili at 8 a.m. Along with being able to sample and vote for the different chilies, visitors can enjoy a beer garden, Hoopla and Pet parades, a children’s area, cornhole tournaments, a pepper eating contest and more. Plan your visit at chilicookoffofurbana.com.
Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival in Urbana |Sept. 25
Celebrate Ohio’s Freshwater Shrimp Harvest for three Saturdays straight in September from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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). For more information, visit www.fwfarms.com/festival.
Germantown Pretzel Festival | Sept. 25-26
Along with all things pretzels, guests can enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts, live music, lots of other kinds of food and more. Plan your visit at pretzelfestival.com.
Ohio Renaissance Festival in Waynesville | Weekends through Oct. 31
Travel back in time and see jousting, sword fighting, eat turkey legs, watch jugglers and so much more. There will be many special events throughout the season, including Feast of Fools, Romance Weekend and Tricks or Treats. Purchase tickets and learn more at www.renfestival.com.
Minster Oktoberfest | Oct. 1-3
One of the most popular and largest Oktoberfests in western Ohio, visitors to this annual event come for the parade, the car show, the milk jugs full of beer, German music and food and the many vendors and activities. Plan your visit at minsteroktoberfest.com.
Heritage of Flight Festival & Parade in New Carlisle | Oct. 1-3
Starts Friday evening with a Classic Car Cruise-In and live entertainment and continues Saturday and Sunday with the impressive Parade of Planes, vendors, food, Easy Chair Races and more. Plan your visit at heritageofflight.com.
Ohio Gourd Show in Delaware | Oct. 1-3
This annual event takes place at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and contains all things gourds, but mostly gourd-based art. Learn more HERE.
Fall Celebration at the Johnston Farm in Piqua | Oct. 2
Have you ever wondered what the Miami and Erie Canal looks like in the fall? Join the fun for this special day of activities at the Johnston Farm. There will be canal boat rides aboard the General Harrison of Piqua at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. to give passengers an idea of what canawlers saw in 1845 as they moved across western Ohio by canal boat in the fall foliage. Join the staff and volunteers of the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency for this special fall afternoon and take part in a variety of activities and demonstrations at the home of John Johnston as well as a tour of the home. Be sure to include a visit to the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. Regular site admission applies. Plan your visit at www.johnstonfarmohio.com.
Fall Farm Fest in Troy | Oct. 9-10
This two-day festival takes place at Lost Creek Reserve, just east of Troy and includes a scarecrow lane (with tractor rides to see them), a pumpkin patch, farm animals and rides, food, live music and games for children. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more HERE.
Midnight at Moonville in McArthur | Oct. 9-10
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 will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 3 p.m. to midnight. Parking will be at 71945 Shea Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651. There will be a $5 parking charge per vehicle, but most activities and entertainment are free. For more information, visit www.MidnightAtMoonville.com.
Enon Apple Butter Festival | Oct. 9-10
The Enon Community Historical Society will be making apple butter the old-fashioned way (in six, 50-gallon copper kettles cooked over open wood-burning fires, and canning and selling fresh butter to festival-goers. Along with apple butter, this festival has tons of food vendors, crafts and gift booths, demonstrations, music and entertainment and more. Free admission. Learn more HERE.
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville | Oct. 9-10
More than 450 craft vendors offering handmade goods and 60 types of food (many sauerkraut-themed) highlight festival in historic Waynesville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Learn more HERE.
Lebanon Oktoberfest | Oct. 9
Historic downtown Lebanon turns German from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. this day with craft beer, wine, food, craft vendors, music, children’s activities and more. A Pooch Parade takes place on Main Street at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
Holmes County Antique Festival in Millersburg | Oct. 9-10
Antiques, a classic car show, a costume contest, arts and crafts, live music, a Grand Parade, and lots of food, all in the Gateway to Amish Country. Admission is free. Learn more HERE.
Bradford Pumpkin Show | Oct. 12-16
Take in 5 days of one of the greatest small town festivals in western Ohio and beyond. You can ride carnival rides and play games, eat pumpkin ice cream, tenderloin sandwiches and tons of fair food, see numerous parades and so much more. Free admission, but bring money for the rides and food! Plan your visit at www.bradfordpumpkinshow.org.
Apple Festival in Van Wert | Oct. 15-16
Three events in one—Apple Festival, Harvest Happenings and the Dairy Barn Emporium at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Learn more HERE.
Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge | Oct 15-17
Located in the Appalachian foothills on U.S. 50, this festival combines arts, crafts, entertainment, a giant flea market, midways, parades, a car show and more with four self-guided “Skyline Drive” scenic tours. Learn more at fallfestivalofleaves.com.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Roscoe Village in Coshocton | Oct. 15-17
Historic Roscoe Village (a restored canal-era town) hosts this annual festival. It has vendors, canal boat rides, shops, music and lots of food and history. Learn more at roscoevillage.com.