Festival of Saint Rocco - Cleveland

Weekend Festival Picks: Labor Day Weekend 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

There are over 40 festivals in Ohio this weekend (not including fairs and shows)!

This is actually a weekend where I’ll be checking out festivals in the Columbus area, so you may see me around.

September is a fantastic festival month, so please take advantage of it – especially at the start of it with a three-day weekend.  PLUS, I hear the weather is going to be great.

Before I go, I did want everyone to know that there is a ticket give-away (for an upcoming festival in Mt. Vernon called the Ohiolina Music Festival.  It takes place on September 17th and 18th.

Click on the image of the post to take you to the Facebook post (or click HERE).  You can enter the give-away by sharing the post and writing a comment.  A winner will be selected on Friday, September 2.

Have a great weekend!



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Weekend Festival Picks

Labor Day Weekend, 2016


Festival of Saint Rocco - Cleveland

1.) Festival of Saint Rocco – Cleveland – September 1-5 – FREE

This is one of two weekend picks that feels very Cleveland.  This neighborhood used to be Italian but has changed over the years, bringing a Hispanic influence, which you will see in some of the food vendors.  Old residents, new residents and parishioners come together to eat a variety of Italian dishes, including some really good zeppole (fried dough with sugar).  There are also vendors, rides, gambling games and a very unique competition that involves teams of 5 and a very greasy pole.  Come on Monday to see the greasy pole climb but try not to get too close, as climbers like to throw the grease around in the air as they move their way up.  Read my 2014 Review of this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/festival-of-saint-rocco-revisited-cleveland/

Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival - Port Clinton

2.) Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival – September 2-4 – Port Clinton – $3 Admission (Under 18 years old Free)

Along with alliteration, I really love perch, peach, pierogi AND polka and the Knights of Columbus serves it right.  There is also a beer tent, some vendors, a bake sale and free polka lessons at designated times (check the schedule).  Really a welcoming festival with tons of volunteers.  Worth checking out.  Read my Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/55-perch-peach-pierogi-and-polka-festival-port-clinton-september-4-2010/

3.) Greek Festival – Columbus – September 2-5 – $5 Admission ($4 Senior/Free Children 12 and Under)

Get all your favorite Greek dishes and desserts while enjoying entertainment, shopping, cooking lessons and kids’ activities.  They get 40,000 visitors each year, so I expect them to have a lot to offer.  I’m hoping on stopping here for some galaktoboureko…it’s my favorite.

St. John Cantius Polish Festival – Tremont

4.) St. John Cantius Polish Festival – Cleveland – September 3-4 – Free

This is the second weekend pick that feels like Cleveland.  Go to the heart of Tremont for Polish entertainment, food (much of it made by Sokolowski’s) and spirits.  There are also various gambling games, vendors and more.  It’s not a huge festival, but it is one that feels very connected to the community and I like that a lot.  Read my Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/58-st-john-cantius-polish-festival-tremont-september-5-2010/

5.) Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival – Columbus – September 3-4 – $10 Admission ($9 Senior/$5 Children 6-12/Free Under 6)

Come to Ohio Village to “see over 20 vintage base ball teams from across the nation compete by 19th-century rules for the Ohio Cup.”  Along with the games, there will be kids’ activities, old-time games, and food trucks to help your hunger.  Just be sure to root for the Ohio Village Muffins, since that’s the home team!



6.) Fair at New Boston – Springfield – September 3-4 – $10 Admission ($3 Children 6-11/Free Under 6)

Travel back to a period between 1790-1810 for all your historic vendors, entertainment and grub.  Vendors and artisans are actually supposed to be in character, dressing and talking the part.  In fact, the food cooked here is also under strict guidelines (cooked using wood over open fire, limited spices, etc.).  This looks fun and big in size.  I may be the only person at the festival wearing shorts.

7.) West Jefferson Ox Roast Festival – September 3-5 – Free

I really don’t know much about this festival, except that the serving of the ox roast sandwiches will start on Monday at 12 noon.  If I could go at any time over this weekend, I would go then since it seems to be the main draw.  There also seems to be a lot of eating competitions here, as well as rides, games, vendors and other food options.  I should have more of the specifics after this weekend.

Milan Melon Festival (revisited)

8.) Milan Melon Festival – September 3-5 – Free

In downtown Milan, the festival packs in a ton of food vendors, rides, vendors and an entertainment stage all to celebrate Milan’s well-known melons.  There is also a booth that sells Tofts cantaloupe ice cream and watermelon sherbet, sold exclusively at the festival.  And, if the ice cream isn’t enough, you could get some cantaloupe ice cream served in a cantaloupe half.   I really recommend it on a sunny day.  Read my Review of this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/milan-melon-festival-revisited/

Ohio Renaissance Festival - Harveysburg

9.) Ohio Renaissance Festival – Waynesville – September 3-October 23 (Weekends) – $21.95 Adult Admission (Check for varied prices, deals, etc.)

Ah so I know the price is higher than most festivals, but it really is a good one (and this weekend is Buy One, Get One FREE!).  The large festival grounds are fun to explore, filled with various entertainment stages, shops, food vendors and modern conveniences (ATMs, bathrooms), all brilliantly disguised to look like they were constructed long, long ago.  There are also rides, fantastic games (archery, spear throwing, Drench-A-Wench, etc.) and some of the best people-watching EVER!  Read my Review of this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/75-ohio-renaissance-festival-harveysburg-september-25-2010/

Cleveland Hungarian Scout Festival - Parma

10.) Hungarian Scout Festival – Parma – September 4 – $7 Admission (Children under 10 Free/Scouts in uniform until 10 am Free)

Described as “Ohio’s largest Hungarian festival,” the Hungarian Scout Festival offers a little more than your standard entertainment, vendors and delicious food.  Along with the many scouts you will see on the festival grounds (they can get in free until 10 AM), you will see scout games of skill, strength, and accuracy (some of the games look REALLY old).  This festival has an outdoor barbeque picnic feel.  There’s even soccer from 2-4 pm.  Read my Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/56-cleveland-hungarian-scout-festival-parma-september-5-2010/




Festival Reviews – Alphabetized by CITY

Here are more reviews for festivals that go on this weekend.

Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest – Berea

Serbian Cultural Festival – Broadview Heights

Lorain County Labor Day Celebration – Lorain

Great Trail Festival – Malvern




Festival Schedule Pages





Ohio (NE/NW/Columbus/SE/SW)

Ohio Fairs and Shows


West Virginia


So where will you go this weekend?

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