Fall is just around the corner, and we are most excited for all the festivals! Nothing beats a fall festival, and here in Cincinnati, you can expect more than apple cider and hay mazes (though we adore those just as much as the next guy). We’re talking festivals with duels, jesters, 800-pound pumpkins, U-Pick sunflowers and more!
Today we’re sharing 10 Under-the-Radar Fall Festivals in Cincinnati you won’t want to miss:
Sept. 2-Oct. 29 (Weekends and Labor Day)
There are 30 acres in Harveysburg, Ohio like nothing from this century. Visit and step back in time to 16th Century England. Jousts, jugglers, jesters and minstrels are part of the more than 100 performances daily on 12 stages. This is a family-friendly event filled with nostalgia, tradition… and giant turkey legs!
Sept. 9-Oct. 15 (Weekends)
This is perhaps the most unique fall festival around; the Old West Fest transports visitors back in time to a historic American era: the Wild West. Kids will enjoy train rides, panning for gold and games such as the Santa Fe Slingshot, Beginner Bow and Arrow and Lucky Levi’s Lasso. Cowboy hats and boots definitely encouraged!
Sept. 15-17 in Downtown Cincinnati
Cincinnati (or Zinzinnati) is a proud German city, most evidenced by our annual Oktoberfest. Not only is ours the largest Oktoberfest in the country, it’s also the best (that’s a fact!). There’s the Running of the Wieners race, World’s Largest Chicken Dance, live entertainment and tons of family friendly fun. Of course, the main event at Oktoberfest is the food – and if you want schnitzel, sauerkraut, sausages, bratwurst and authentic German ales, well, you’ve come to the right place!
Sept. 16 from 5-10 p.m.
Preparing for Night is the Cincinnati Nature Center’s biggest event of the year, and the perfect way to kick off fall. Bring your flashlights and discover the secret sights and sounds of nature at night at this fun-filled family event, which features food trucks, ice cream and nocturnal animal encounters!
Sept. 23 from 3-9 p.m. at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park
This outdoor music festival features music from top bluegrass bands, family-friendly activities from local vendors (including a Cincinnati Parent booth with our famous prize wheel!), local concessions and much more. Tickets are free for kids 12 and under and $20 for adults; preorder tickets today to save! All money raised at the concert will be donated to the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which provides highly specialized care to newborns facing devastating medical conditions. So Bluegrass for Babies truly is a concert for babies – and families – and we hope to see you there!
Sept. 30 in Downtown Lebanon
Lebanon Country Applefest is a quintessential fall festival – and when this fest is combined with a ride on Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, it’s magic. On September 30th, head to Lebanon for a train ride on the LM&M Railroad – the fall colors will be beautiful in the Warren County countryside! Afterwards, partake in Applefest, a celebration of autumn’s official fruit, complete with vendors, artisans, live music, and, of course, lots of delicious food.
Young’s Fall Farm Festival is the Yellow Spring’s attraction’s biggest event of the year, and well worth a trip. You’ll meet Humongus Gus, Young’s 800 pound pumpkin, taste freshly made Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of our cheese making facility, watch cow milking, and try their latest addition – Pumpkin Bowling! And if you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin for your stoop? Then Young’s Dairy is your best bet! Starting September 23rd, head to Young’s and traipse through 30 acres of orange-dotted fields to find your Halloween pumpkin. A trip to Young’s is always an experience, and when you go to their U-Pick field, you’ll be treated to a hayride and family friendly activities.
Oct. 7 and 8
Sunflowers are the happiest flower, and you’ll have a big smile on your face as you enter Gorman Heritage Farm’s golden-yellow fields. The eponymous festival features hayrides, a sunflower maze, live music, food trucks, vendor booths, pumpkins and U-Pick sunflowers!
Weekends in October; select activities open during the week
You’ll find pony rides, a barn with lots of friendly animals to feed, a barrel train ride and horse-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. Kids will love the outdoor train display, and parents will love the pumpkin spice wine!
Weekends in October
Sunrock Farm prides itself on being educational and hands-on – and it’s definitely both! You get up close and personal with so many animals, and the farmers are great about teaching how the farm is run and how they care for the animals. Tours are offered all fall, but you’ll definitely want to reserve a spot for the farm’s famous Pumpkin Tours in October.