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Super Ohio Fall Festival Weekend: October 5-8, 2023

100 Festivals and Fairs with Woollybears, Sorghum and the Columbus Italian Festival this weekend.

The Fall festivals continue, festival fans, as well as some very special festivals this weekend.

I feel I should really just dive into this week and let you know some festivals I can either personally recommend or particular festivals I’ve heard about.

So let’s go! Here are some festivals that should be on your radar this weekend:

  • Woollybear Festival in Vermilion (Review): If you live anywhere in the Fox8 Cleveland viewing area, you definitely know about this caterpillar that can predict the weather based on its stripe (not to be confused with those all-orange, all-black or all-white fuzzy caterpillars). Weatherman Dick Goddard brought this festival to the area and now festival fans love dressing their kids and pets as woollybears as they enjoy the food, entertainment and vendors in the midst of cute downtown Vermilion.
  • Columbus Italian Festival (Review): At and around the grounds of St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, this festival gives you rides and games, Italian vendors, all sorts of delicious Italian dishes and desserts, live entertainment, bocce, and more.
  • Beaver Oktoberfest: While I’m not sure how Germanic this Oktoberfest is, it is a popular free family festival with vendors, food and a variety of entertainment (Science Show, Cracker Jack the Clown, Various Bands).
  • John R. Simon Sorghum Festival in West Portsmouth: For some years, this was a festival I would hear about but would have difficulty getting info about. In 2018, all seemed lost when the festival retired. But, last year, it was brought back to show the making of sorghum syrup, provide craft demonstrations, offer live music, food and more. This all takes place at John R. Simon’s 5th generation French homestead.
  • St. Stanislaus Polish Festival in Cleveland (Review): St. Stanislaus is celebrating 150 years this year, so their festival should be extra special. Polka bands, ethnic dancers, vendors with Polish imports, church tours and a lot of food, including pierogi, sausages and duck blood soup (which is usually a to-go dish).
  • Paul Bunyan Show in Lore City (Cambridge): From chainsaw carving to log loader competitions, there are events to learn from or cheer for. Food also available, but not sure about vendors just yet.
  • Heritage of Flight Festival in New Carlisle: Along with the rides, live entertainment, vendors and food, there is a special Parade of Planes on Saturday, as well as free plane rides for ages 8-17 (check their festival schedule for this).
  • Spring Valley Potato Festival: Live entertainment, beer garden, craft and food vendors and contests (including a mashed potato eating contest). I don’t know if there is any big focus on potato foods among the vendors, but this seems to be a popular festival overall and should be noted.

But this is only a small portion of everything going on this weekend.

Below, as you go through the festival listing, you will find all sorts of Fall Festivals hosted by cities, parks, businesses and more.

But, if you want something different, there is also…

  • a Pride Festival in Newark
  • a Chocolate Festival in Dayton (Review)
  • a Pagan Festival in Fairborn (Review)
  • a Day of the Dead Festival in Columbus
  • a Pow Wow in Mineral City
  • an Antique Festival in Millersburg (Review)

And there are Oktoberfests and Apple Butter Festivals going on – so look out for those as well!

It’s a big festival weekend, Ohio, so go out and enjoy it.

Take your time going through the lists and don’t forget to use the map and read the reviews of festivals you may be interested in.

Also, if you’re near the State Line or plan on traveling out of Ohio this weekend, then you can always check out this week’s post at my sister site Festival Guides and Reviews – https://festivalguidesandreviews.com/festival-weekend-100823

Have a wonderful weekend, Ohio!

Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Ohio Festival Weekend: October 5-8, 2023

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

If you can’t see the map on your smartphone, click HERE.

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My Experiences of this Weekend’s Festivals

10/7-10/8 – Burnham Orchards Fall Harvest Weekends IIIBerlin HeightsMy Review
10/6-10/8 – St. Stanislaus Polish FestivalCleveland My Review
10/6-10/8 – Columbus Italian FestivalColumbus My Review
10/7-10/8 – Oakland Nurseries Fall FestivalColumbus My Review
10/7 – Chocolate FestivalDayton My Review

10/6-10/8 – Ohio Gourd ShowDelawareMy Review
10/7 – Dayton Pagan Pride DayFairborn My Review
10/7 – St. Mary Magdalene European FestivalFairview Park My Review
10/7-10/8 – Huntsburg Pumpkin FestivalHuntsburg My Review
10/6-10/8 – Foothills Art FestivalJackson My Review

10/6-10/7 – Greek Oktoberfest FestivalMassillon My Review
10/7-10/8 – Holmes County Antique Festival Millersburg My Review
10/6-10/8 – Indian Mound FestivalThe PlainsMy Review
10/7 – Pioneer Harvest FestTrotwood My Review
10/7-10/8 – Ohio Renaissance Festival VIWaynesville My Review
10/8 – Woollybear FestivalVermilion My Review

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OHIO FAIRS AND SHOWS

9/29-10/5 – Coshocton County Fair – Coshocton
10/2-10/7 – Loudonville Street Fair – Loudonville
10/5-10/8 – Ohio Mart – Akron
10/6-10/8 – Valley View Trade Days IV – Senecaville
10/6-10/8 – Paul Bunyan Show – Lore City (Cambridge)
10/6-10/8 – Chillicothe Trade Days II – Chillicothe
10/7 – Midwest Bunfest – Columbus
10/7 – Market BLEU Fall Quarter – Cincinnati
10/7 – Ladies of Grace Craft and Vendor Show – Carrollton
10/7 – Sandusky Craft and Small Business Expo – Sandusky
Weekend continues below…

10/7 – Shelby YMCA Fall Craft Show – Shelby
10/7 – Hometown Vendors LLC Craft and Vendor Show – Rocky River
10/7 – Crafts for a Cure Craft and Vendor Show – Marion
10/7-10/8 – Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts – Birmingham
10/7-10/8 – Christmas in October Arts and Crafts Show – Findlay
10/7-10/8 – Lakota West Craft Show – West Chester Township
10/7-10/8 – Sock Flower Christmas Craft and Vendor Show – Marysville
10/7-10/8 – Heritage Farm Show – Lower Salem
10/8 – The 13th Hour Hallow-Market – Columbus
10/8 – Not Your Mama’s Outdoor Fall Craft Market at BrewDog – Canal Winchester
10/8 – Fall Craft Show at Swanton Sports Center – Swanton
10/8-10/14 – Fairfield County Fair – Lancaster

OHIO FESTIVALS

10/2-10/8 – Young’s Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival IV – Yellow Springs
10/2-10/8 – Pumpkin Pandemonium III – Peninsula
10/5-10/8 – Con on the Cob – Richfield
10/6 – Mayhem Halloween Bash – Northwood
10/6 – Ciderfest419 – Toledo
10/6 – Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival – Columbus
10/6-10/7 – Newark Station Arts and Music Festival – Newark
10/6-10/7– Terror Town VI – Williamsburg
Weekend continues below…

10/6-10/7 – Greek Oktoberfest Festival – Massillon – My Review
10/6-10/7 – The Farm at Walnut Creek Fall Festival II – Sugarcreek
10/6-10/8 – Heritage of Flight Festival and Parade – New Carlisle
10/6-10/8 – Atwood Area Fall Festival – Mineral City
10/6-10/8 – Beaver Oktoberfest – Beaver
10/6-10/8 – Mapleside Farms Fall Festival IV – Brunswick
10/6-10/8 – Foothills Art Festival – Jackson – My Review
10/6-10/8 – Indian Mound Festival – The Plains – My Review
10/6-10/8 – St. Stanislaus Polish Festival – Cleveland – My Review
Weekend continues below…

10/6-10/8 – Columbus Italian Festival – Columbus – My Review
10/6-10/8 – Octoberquest – Garrettsville
10/6-10/8 – Ohio Gourd Show – Delaware – My Review
10/7 – Crocker Park Food Truck Challenge – Westlake
10/7 – Newark Ohio Pride Festival – Newark
10/7 – Tallmadge Fall Festival – Tallmadge
10/7 – Scenic Ridge Fruit Farm Fall Festival IV – Jeromesville
10/7 – Hartville Americana Show – Hartville
10/7 – St. Mary Magdalene European Festival – Fairview Park – My Review
10/7 – Pioneer Days at Beaver Creek – East Liverpool
10/7 – Minerva Oktoberfest – Minerva
Weekend continues below…

10/7 – Chocolate Festival – Dayton – My Review
10/7 – Fall Fest at the Ridge – Springfield
10/7 – Slovenska Pristava Oktoberfest – Geneva
10/7 – Grafton Fall Festival – Grafton
10/7 – Bryan Oktoberfest – Bryan
10/7 – Harvest in the Harbor – Ashtabula
10/7 – Festival in the Woods – Richmond
10/7 – Fall Festival – Wyoming
10/7 – The Gallipolis Fall Festival – Gallipolis
10/7 – Harvest Moon Festival – Granville
Weekend continues below…

10/7 – Aurora Fall Festival – Aurora
10/7 – Vinoklet Winery Fall Festival – Cincinnati
10/7 – Akron Zoo Brew at the Zoo II – Halloween Bash – Akron
10/7 – Bauman Orchards Fall Festival III – Rittman
10/7 – Colonel William Crawford Fall Festival – North Robinson/Bucyrus
10/7 – Wayne Center for the Arts Fall Festival – Wooster
10/7 – Celebrate Poland Fall Festival – Poland
10/7 – Dayton German Club Oktoberfest – Dayton
10/7 – New Berlin Festival – North Canton
10/7 – Dayton Pagan Pride Day – Fairborn – My Review
10/7 – The UrbanWoody Brewery Oktoberfest – Fostoria
10/7 – Greenhills Harvest Festival – Greenhills
Weekend continues below…

10/7 – Solon Fall Festival – Solon
10/7 – Harvest Festival – Ironton
10/7 – Chesterville Heritage Day Festival – Chesterville
10/7 – Hisey Fall Festival – Waynesville
10/7 – Pioneer Harvest Fest – Trotwood – My Review
10/7 – El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Columbus
10/7-10/8 – Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience – Dayton
10/7-10/8 – Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg – My Review
10/7-10/8 – MacQueen’s Apple Butter Festival – Holland
10/7-10/8 – Johnny Appleseed Festival at Auglaize Village – Defiance
10/7-10/8 – Three Sisters Intertribal Pow Wow – Mineral City
Weekend continues below…

10/7-10/8 – Christmas in October – Findlay
10/7-10/8 – Craft Beer Fest and Glocktoberfest – Portsmouth
10/7-10/8 – Lowell Octoberfest – Lowell
10/7-10/8 – John R. Simon’s Sorghum Festival – West Portsmouth
10/7-10/8 – Spring Valley Potato Festival – Spring Valley
10/7-10/8 – Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival – Evendale
10/7-10/8 – Put-In-Bay’s Island Oktoberfest – Put-In-Bay
10/7-10/8 – Oakland Nurseries Fall Festival – Columbus – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Burnham Orchards Fall Harvest Weekends III – Berlin Heights – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Hale Harvest Festival I – Bath
10/7-10/8 – Holmes County Antique Festival – Millersburg – My Review
Weekend continues below…

10/7-10/8 – Fall Festival Weekends at White House Fruit Farm V – Canfield
10/7-10/8 – Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Fest II – Columbia Station
10/7-10/8 – Old West Pumpkin Fest III – Columbia Station
10/7-10/8 – Apple Butter Festival – Oxford
10/7-10/8 – Ohio Renaissance Festival VI – Waynesville – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Apple Butter Festival – Burton
10/7-10/8 – Waynesville Fall Fest IV – Waynesville
10/8 – Heart and Home Marketplace in Medina Public Square: Fall – Medina
10/8 – Applebutter Fest – Grand Rapids
10/8 – Woollybear Festival – Vermilion – My Review
10/8 – Lutheran Memorial Camp Apple Butter Festival – Fulton/Marengo

AKRON-CANTON FESTIVALS

10/2-10/8 – Pumpkin Pandemonium III – Peninsula
10/5-10/8 – Con on the Cob – Richfield
10/6-10/7 – Greek Oktoberfest Festival – Massillon – My Review
10/7 – Hartville Americana Show – Hartville
10/7 – Tallmadge Fall Festival – Tallmadge
10/7 – New Berlin Festival – North Canton
10/7 – Akron Zoo Brew at the Zoo II – Halloween Bash – Akron
10/7-10/8 – Hale Harvest Festival I – Bath

CINCINNATI FESTIVALS

10/6-10/7– Terror Town VI – Williamsburg
10/7 – Vinoklet Winery Fall Festival – Cincinnati
10/7-10/8 – Ohio Renaissance Festival VI – Waynesville – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Waynesville Fall Fest IV – Waynesville
10/7-10/8 – Apple Butter Festival – Oxford
10/7-10/8 – Gorman Heritage Farm Sunflower Festival – Evendale

CLEVELAND FESTIVALS

10/6-10/8 – Octoberquest – Garrettsville
10/6-10/8 – St. Stanislaus Polish Festival – Cleveland – My Review
10/6-10/8 – Mapleside Farms Fall Festival IV – Brunswick
10/7 – Bauman Orchards Fall Festival III – Rittman
10/7 – Aurora Fall Festival – Aurora
10/7 – Solon Fall Festival – Solon
10/7 – Grafton Fall Festival – Grafton
10/7 – Crocker Park Food Truck Challenge – Westlake
10/7 – St. Mary Magdalene European Festival – Fairview Park – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Old West Pumpkin Fest III – Columbia Station
10/7-10/8 – Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival – Huntsburg – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Apple Butter Festival – Burton
10/7-10/8 – Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Fest II – Columbia Station
10/8 – Heart and Home Marketplace in Medina Public Square: Fall – Medina

COLUMBUS FESTIVALS

10/6 – Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival – Columbus
10/6-10/7 – Newark Station Arts and Music Festival – Newark
10/6-10/8 – Columbus Italian Festival – Columbus – My Review
10/7 – Newark Ohio Pride Festival – Newark
10/7 – El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Columbus
10/7 – Chocolate Festival – Dayton – My Review

DAYTON FESTIVALS

10/7 – Dayton German Club Oktoberfest – Dayton
10/7 – Dayton Pagan Pride Day – Fairborn – My Review
10/7 – Pioneer Harvest Fest – Trotwood – My Review
10/7-10/8 – Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience – Dayton

TOLEDO FESTIVALS

10/6 – Ciderfest419 – Toledo
10/7-10/8 – Put-In-Bay’s Island Oktoberfest – Put-In-Bay
10/7-10/8 – Johnny Appleseed Festival at Auglaize Village – Defiance
10/8 – Applebutter Fest – Grand Rapids

ALABAMA

Alabama Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/alabama-festivals/

DELAWARE

Delaware Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/delaware-festivals/

FLORIDA

Florida Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/florida-festivals/

GEORGIA

Georgia Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/georgia-festivals/

ILLINOIS

Illinois Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/illinois-festivals/

INDIANA

Indiana Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/indiana-festivals/

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/kentucky-festivals/

MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, DC

Maryland/Washington DC Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/maryland-washington-dc-festivals/

MICHIGAN

Michigan Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/michigan-festivals/

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/mississippi-festivals/

NEW YORK

New York Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/new-york-festivals/

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/north-carolina-festivals/

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/pennsylvania-festivals/

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/south-carolina-festivals/

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/tennessee-festivals/

VIRGINIA

Virginia Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/west-virginia-festivals/

WEST VIRGINIA

Virginia Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/virginia-festivals/

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Festivals can be found at festivalguidesandreviews.com/wisconsin-festivals/

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