Ohio's Best Festivals

Finding Ohio's best festivals can be difficult because there are over 2,000 annually.   Here are some of my favorites.

1.) Ashville Viking Festival Celebrate with Vikings and other historical characters with entertainment, a market and plenty of turkey legs.

2.) Dandelion Festival - Dover Breitenbach Winery celebrates dandelions through cooking demonstrations, dandelion products and their dandelion wine.

3.) Moonshine Festival - New Straitsville During Prohibition, this town was famous for its "white lightening."  This festival celebrates with a moonshine still, entertainment, food and more.

4.) Troy Strawberry Festival Along with the famous strawberry donuts, this festival offers plenty of strawberry delights: shortcake, popcorn, kebabs and more

5.) Banana Split Festival - Wilmington A "make your own" banana split bar is calling your name as well as entertainment, great food and craft vendors.

6.) Columbus Arts Festival Over 300 artists, 30 food vendors and 6 performance stages all make for a memorable art festival.

7.) Avon Heritage Duck (Duct) Tape Festival Duct tape floats, outfits and decor galore.  There's even a tent for making your own duct tape items.

8.) Twins Days Festival The largest gathering of twins in the world will make you see double all day long.  Be sure to check out the contests.

9.) Dublin Irish Festival This is the second largest Irish festival in the world with so much to see, do, eat and drink. Sláinte, lads.

10.) Feast of the Assumption - Cleveland Little Italy comes to life with music, wine and so much delicious food.   You may have to stand while eating, so don't wear white pants.

11.) Ohio Renaissance Festival  - Waynesville Spend the day in character while enjoying tons of shows, games, shopping, eating and people watching.

12.) Fair at New Boston  - Springfield Travel back to 1797 and share a turkey leg with soldiers and other historical figures. Educational and fun for all ages.

13.) Skunkfest - North Ridgeville This isn't a huge festival but it is definitely unique.  It's also the closest you can get to a skunk without being sprayed.

14.) Rarden Whitetail Deer Festival Think of this as a back-to-school sale for hunters, but with plenty of food, entertainment and interesting crafts.

15.) Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Cincinnati Home to the World's Largest Chicken Dance, weiner dog racing and one of the few Oktoberfests with Goetta, a special meat and grain sausage.

16.) Preble County Pork Festival - Eaton Not only are there fantastic all-you-can-eat meals with pork products, there are pig races, a petting zoo and over 350 gift vendors.

17.) Ohio Pawpaw Festival - Albany Pawpaw foods and pawpaw beer await you as you enjoy a celebration of Ohio's native fruit. Activities, music and fun.

18.) Woollybear Festival - Vermilion 100,000 attend this one day festival. Woollybear races, costume contests and one of the longest parades in Ohio.

19.) Ohio Sauerkraut Festival - Waynesville If you don't feel the need to shop among the 450 craft booths, you can still enjoy the sauerkraut foods, including sauerkraut fudge and donuts.

20.) Circleville Pumpkin Show Ohio's oldest and largest festival with so many pumpkin foods (get the donuts).  There are also rides, events and vendors galore so get there early.

I hope you've enjoyed my pick of Ohio's Best Festivals. For a complete list of over 2,000 Ohio Festivals, be sure to click the link for the Ohio Festival Schedule.