Weekend Festival Picks: September 15-18, 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

There are over 70 festivals in Ohio this weekend (not including fairs and shows)!

It’s another mega-weekend of festivals, so definitely take advantage of it.

And although I’m only listing my top 10, there are many other fantastic festivals out there, so go through the Schedule Pages and be sure to look at all the Reviews below.

And don’t forget the map!

I’ll be out and about this weekend, also hitting some festivals in West Virginia (it’s the Mothman Festival this weekend!).  Maybe I’ll see you there.

Have a great weekend!



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Weekend Festival Picks

September 15-18, 2016


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, USA – Cincinnati

1.) Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, USA – Cincinnati – September 16-18 – FREE

From the World’s Largest Chicken Dance to the Running of the Weiners (dog race), plus all the great German beer, music and food.  Did I mention they have goetta (get-ah) in various forms (burger, reuben, balls, mac n cheese, corndog)?  You gotta get-a-goetta (get it?)!  Check out my 2013 Review when the rain didn’t stop me from enjoying the fest – http://ohiofestivals.net/oktoberfest-zinzinnati-usa-cincinnati/

Backwoods Fest – Thornville

2.) Backwoods Fest – Thornville – September 16-18 – $9 (Children 10 and under Free)

Get to this shopping-friendly backwoods festival early because it is a crowd-pleaser.  With over 300 vendors, 30 types of food and music set up over the grounds, you could easily spend the day here.  Many people bring wagons and strollers just to load up on purchases.  Read my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/backwoods-fest-thornville/

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3.) Pawpaw Festival – Albany – September 16-18 – $15 day pass/$30 weekend pass (Children 12 and under Free)

If you didn’t already know that the pawpaw was Ohio’s state fruit – let alone what a pawpaw is – you might want to stop by and educate yourself on this native fruit.  Not only may you get the chance to taste pawpaw varieties, but you can enjoy pawpaw foods (tamales, cookies, funnel cakes, smoothies) and pawpaw beers!  There’s also art, activities, great music and fun to be had by all.  Not a festival to miss.  Check out my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/52-pawpaw-festival-albany-september-17-2011/

Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival

4.) Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival – Urbana – September 16-18 – $5 ($2 ages 3-12, 2 and under Free)

Freshwater Farms is not only Ohio’s largest indoor fish hatchery, it’s also the home to Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival.  At this festival, you will find vendors, games for the kids, a large stage with great music, and tons of food both by Freshwater Farms as well as other vendors.  Check out my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/54-ohio-fish-and-shrimp-festival-urbana-september-17-2011/

tiffin seneca heritage festival

5.) Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival – September 16-18 – $3 admission at the Living History location/FREE in downtown

This is set up like two separate festivals, the first being a modern festival in the downtown area and the second being a historic festival out in Hedges-Boyer Park. There’s food, entertainment and attractions in each, so have a blast.  For more info, please read my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/55-and-56-tiffin-seneca-heritage-festivals-september-18-2011/




6.) Ohiolina Music Festival – Mt. Vernon – September 17-18 – $35 Saturday/$20 Sunday/$45 Weekend Pass (Children 12 and under Free)

Ohio and North Carolina come together via music, food and drink as 15 musical acts give you some of the best folk, rock, Americana and bluegrass that the states have to offer.  There will also be food trucks and craft beer to quiet the grumbles in your belly so that it doesn’t disturb the performances

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7.) Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival – Cleveland – September 17-18 – FREE

An arts and cultural festival in Tremont is as natural as having an Irish festival in Dublin (not Ohio…although that feels natural too).  Tons of great artists, cultural food by area restaurants and churches, music and dance performances and just great people all around.  A nice festival to check out. I do have a Review of this from 2009, but it’s really not that helpful as I was just starting this at the time – http://ohiofestivals.net/tremont-arts-festival/

Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton

8.) Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton -September 17-18 – FREE

This is such a big festival that there are colored flags in the sky to help you find certain points of interest.  There are many arts and crafts booths around the festival grounds, not-to-mention kids’ activities and racing pigs.  There’s also an all-you-can-eat pork chop dinner that’s really spectacular and a Country Store to get all your pork cut needs.  Check out my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/preble-county-pork-festival-eaton/

Independents’ Day – Columbus

9.) Independents’ Day – Columbus – September 17-18 – FREE

Wow, has this festival grown over the years, offering everything from Virtual Reality, Tron Bike Rides and Live Graffiti Painting to Green Thumb Workshops, Artist Wrestling, and Astanga Yoga.  Plus, there’s all the food, music and artistic vendors you enjoy.  Check out my 2013 Review for a general feel for this festival at http://ohiofestivals.net/independents-day-columbus/

Oldtime Farming Festival – Centerburg

10.) Oldtime Farming Festival – Centerburg – September 17-18 – FREE

The Oldtime Farming Festival is part tractor show, part horticulture show, part history, part art show and more.  Every turn will take you to a different aspect and there is plenty of food and music to enjoy in-between it all.  Read my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/oldtime-farming-festival-centerburg/



Festival Reviews – Alphabetized by CITY

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


Weekend of the Pooka – Bedford

Yankee Peddler Days – Canal Fulton

Clinton Apple Fest

Clyde Fair

Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest

Elyria Apple Festival

Arts in the Alley – Grove City

Lions Club Bean Festival – Jamestown

Washington Township’s Autumn Bash Festival – Moscow

Old West Festival – Mt. Orab

Ohio Renaissance Festival – Waynesville

Buttercream Festival – West Carrollton

Xenia Community Festival





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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