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). As we navigate the season under COVID-19, we are happy to report that many of our favorite fall festivals are on!
Today we’re sharing 10 Under-the-Radar Fall Festivals in Cincinnati you won’t want to miss:
Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm (pictured*)
Oct. 3 and 4
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!
Sept. 5-Oct. 25 (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! Read our review here.
Sept. 18-20 in Downtown
Cincinnati 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. 22 at Washington Park
ish Festival is a non-political celebration of arts and cultural heritage, celebrating the diversity and difference of many identities, beliefs, cultural heritages and experiences. While ish is a non-political event, artists are welcome to express diverse viewpoints and beliefs through their artwork. ish is free to attend and includes lots of family-friendly activities and performances.
Sept. 28 and 29
Pyramid Hill is home to a beautiful 300+ acre sculpture park and outdoor museum that showcases momentous sculptures created by local and national artists. Each year in late September, Pyramid Hill invites over 70 artists from around the country to showcase their creations during the popular Art Fair showcase event. The Art Fair draws skilled artisans selling hundreds of unique handmade creations ranging from metal work to mixed medium paintings. Admission is just $5/car.
Weekends in October
This family-run West Side farm is a true Cincinnati treasure. Brown’s Family Farm Market fall activities include, pick your own pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, straw maze, farm animals, picnic area, several play areas, and lots of photo opportunities.
Oct. 12-13 in Downtown Waynesville
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival serves 7 tons of sauerkraut and attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year to browse among the over 450 craft booths and sample the offerings from more than 30 different food booths. It’s hailed as one of the top-quality festivals in the United States, attracting visitors and vendors from every state across the Nation!
*Feature image photo credit: Facebook/Gorman Farm