Weekend Festival Picks: October 2016

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Hello, Festival Fans!

This week, I am going to give you the remaining 3 October weekends in one post, so pay attention to the dates in my top 10 picks.

There are over 30 festivals in Ohio this weekend (not including fairs and shows), and about 10 or so each of the following weekends…

…so it’s clear that the numbers are quieting down.

But as festivals continue to take place over most remaining weekends in Ohio, the fairs and shows will be growing in numbers with plenty of craft fairs, bazaars and holiday shows.  Be sure to check out the shows page at http://ohiofestivals.net/fairs-shows-expos-bazaars/ or the strictly holiday version – Ohio Fall into the Holidays.

Also, when you go through the map at the bottom, be away that the pins are color-coded by weekend.  You should also be able to unclick weekends so as not to get confused (I’ll leave some instructions below).

Let me know how you like this.

Have a great (3) weekend(s)!



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Weekend Festival Picks

October 13-30, 2016


Festivals are listed chronologically.

Fall Festival of Leaves - Bainbridge (Ross County)

1.) Fall Festival of Leaves – Bainbridge – October 14-16 – FREE

Clevelanders, this is NOT the Bainbridge Township near you – head south instead for this festival spread along the downtown area with craft vendors, flea market, food, rides, vehicle shows, entertainment and more.  The website has a map to show the areas where the festival is officially taking place (neighboring homes also have yard sales alongside the fest), but also take advantage of the scenic surroundings to try and capture some autumn foliage.  Read my 2010 Review for more at http://ohiofestivals.net/84-fall-festival-of-leaves-bainbridge-ross-county-october-16-2010/

2.)Bob Evans Farm Festival – Rio Grande – October 14-16 – $6 Adult/$4 Ages 6-18/Under 6 Free (Concert has additional price)

Head to the farm where those breakfast sausages all began.  A nice assortment of country foods (bean soup, corn bread, apple dumplings),various other food concessions, kids’ activities, farm demonstrations, arts and crafts and musical performances.  This is a festival I really hope to check out in person within the next year or so.

3.) Hippie Fest – Rockbridge – October 15 – $5 Parking

Just the name makes me smile.  Offerings include artists, Ohio vendors, local products, food trucks, live music, pumpkin painting and tons of DIY tie-dye.  Expect a very family-friendly bohemian festival that looks like a lot of fun.

4.) Minges Pumpkin Festival – Harrison– October 15-16 – $5 Admission (Ages 12 and under Free)

This fifth generation family farm west of Cincinnati has put on this festival since 1984.  Thousands of people come each year to enjoy over 150 arts and crafts vendors, rides, a petting zoo, plenty of kids’ activities, demonstrations, music and more.

5.) Black Walnut Festival – Camden– October 15-16 – FREE

This small town festival has arts and crafts vendors, food, a petting zoo and music entertainment.  I’ve always been curious about this festival because many people come to my site looking for information on it (there’s a mystery I like about it).  But I have read to head to the Lion’s Club’s booth for some black walnut ice cream.  That sounds worth the trip on its own.




Circleville Pumpkin Show

6.) Circleville Pumpkin Show – October 19-22 – FREE

One of the best (and oldest) Ohio festivals out there (and one you should worth arriving early for).  Not only are there various shows and exhibitions, rides, vendors, parades, contests and music, but there are so many pumpkin foods worth trying: fudge, ice cream, burgers, cannoli and the ever-so-delicious pumpkin donuts!  You MUST try these!  Please read my 2010 Review to learn more about this festival – http://ohiofestivals.net/89-circleville-pumpkin-show-october-23-2010/

7.) FallFest – Franklin– October 21-22 – FREE

Along with rides, games, crafters and food, there’s a Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll that is worth mentioning.  At the top of the 4th Street hill, you can purchase a pumpkin for a dollar and roll it down the hill for a chance to win prizes.  The video I’ve embedded above is someone’s else video of the 1st pumpkin roll.  It really looks fun.

Apple Butter Stirrin Festival - Coshocton

8.) Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival – Coshocton- October 21-23 – $5 Admission (Under 12 Free)

Go to Historic Roscoe Village and enjoy the sights and smells and tastes of some freshly made apple butter while also enjoying some live music, artisans, crafters, food vendors and various events along the weekend (Roscoe Village is worth exploring at any time, so it’s a good excuse to visit during the festival).  Please read my 2010 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/87-apple-butter-stirrin-festival-coshocton-october-16-2010/

Ghoulardifest - Cleveland

9.) Ghoulardifest – Cleveland – October 28-30 – $15 Daily Admission/$30 all 3 days (Children 12 and under Free when with adult)

Ghoulardi, Big Chuck and Lil’ John, Hoolihan and more come together to celebrate Halloween themes, monsters, ghosts and various other creepy things through music, vendors, food, and discussion.  A quirky and fun festival to get in the Halloween spirit (pun intended).  Read my 2013 Review when Tim Conway was a special guest – http://ohiofestivals.net/ghoulardifest-cleveland/

10.) Count Krumnow’s Tombstone Derby – Elmore – October 29 – FREE

Put on your costume and get to Elmore for the Tombstone Derby, a Halloween-themed festival and competition that offers magic, face painting, tarot reading, car shows, costume contests, food and the Tombstone Derby Creepy Racer Drag Races.  There’s even a pet Halloween costume contest.



Festival Reviews – Alphabetized by CITY

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

Oak Ridge Festival – Attica

Fall Harvest Weekends – Berlin Heights

Chocolate Festival – Dayton

Foothills Art Festival – Jackson

Medina Falloween

Pumpkin Palooza – Milan

Old West Festival – Mt. Orab

Ohio Smoked Meat and BBQ Festival – Nelsonville

Ohio Renaissance Festival – Waynesville

Fall Festival Weekends – Wooster




Festival Schedule Pages





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

Ohio Fairs and Shows


West Virginia


So where will you go this weekend?

Map instructions: if you click the arrow/box left in the upper left corner of the map and left of the map title (Festivals in October), a left sidebar will appear and you will see the three weekend titles (October 13-16, 2016, etc.).  If you click the check next to the weekend title, you can remove the pins for that weekend.  To put the pins back, click on the empty box next to the weekend title and the check will reappear with the pins.

When you are happy with the selection, click the arrow/box in the upper left corner of the map and the left sidebar will disappear.

Can’t see map? Go to the main post by clicking HERE.