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:
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Sponsored by Snowville Creamery (the most picturesque dairy farm in town), this event marks the celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of harvest season in Appalachia. Featuring the fireworks, a huge regional Farmers Market, world-class Bluegrass music lineup, tons of family-friendly contests and activities, workshops and presentations, and diverse locally crafted goods and foods, this fall festival is well worth the (short) trip to Athens, OH!
Sept. 1-Oct. 28 (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. 8-Oct. 14 (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 and 16 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds
Cincinnati Museum Center’s (CMC) family-friendly showcase of imagination, design and ingenuity will once again take over the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on September 15th and 16th. Part of MAKE Magazine ‘s larger Maker movement, the Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is part science fair and part county fair, bringing together tech inventors, engineers, hobbyists, educators, artists and more. Together, these makers display their creations and share their passion for conceiving the unthinkable and doing the impossible. Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will also feature instructional workshops, local food trucks and vendors so kids can take a piece of the experience begin their own maker journeys. Admission is free for CMC members and just $7 in advance for non-members.
Sept. 21-23 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. 29 in Downtown Lebanon
Lebanon Country Applefest is a quintessential fall festival. On September 29th, head to Historic Lebanon for 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. 6 and 7
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
Burger Farms has one of the largest Fall Festivals in town, complete with pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, hay, pony and amusement rides, games, food, music, farm animals, crafters and more (including a pen full of delightful little bunnies for kids to pet).