The Best Fall Festivals in Ohio

There’s so much to enjoy at this time of year – crisp fall air, apple and pumpkin farms, crunching leaves… and fall festivals in Ohio!

Fall festivals are the best way to celebrate the season. Whether you’re looking for a great pumpkin festival, a farm festival, or a fun step-back-in-time celebration, you’re sure to find something in our list Ohio fall festivals.

Various colors of pumpkins in wheelbarrows at an Ohio pumpkin festival

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people playing all around the fields at a fall festival in Ohio - Waynesville Fall Fest
image supplied by Waynesville Fall Fest

Waynesville Fall Fest

Where: 7392 East State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068
When: Saturdays and Sundays, September 16 – October 29, 2023

What to Expect: Waynesville Fall Fest spans a HUGE area! Your admission includes all of the activities except for carnival games, gem mining, and water wars. Activities included with admission are the Wildwater Mining Company mega play set, S.L. Expeditions, mini golf, pedal cars, disc golf, ghost town village, disc golf, a 5-acre corn maze, the musical mushroom, a petting farm, bocce ball, children’s’ maze of confusion, giant porch games, gaga ball, pumpkin painting, corn crib, human foosball, special events, and much more!

Ohio Renaissance Fair image showing a man dressed as a midevil soldier with swotrd and shield

Ohio Renaissance Festival (aka Ohio RenFest)

Where: Waynesville, Ohio
When: Weekends in September and October, 2023

What to Expect: Take a step back in time at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. 30 acres have been transformed into a 16th century English village filled with thrilling shows, fun eats, unique shops, and LOADS of fantasy. Don’t miss their themed weekends!

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

When: September 9 and 10, 2023
Where: Dayton-Xenia Road (between North Fairfield Rd. and Meadow Bridge Dr.), Beavercreek, Ohio

What to Expect: Traditionally held the weekend after Labor Day, this fall festival includes 200+ booths with festival foods, crafts, and specialties made with popcorn; live entertainment; a car show; their “kidz” area with a variety of carnival games, inflatables, and entertainment; a beer garden; and more.


German festvities at Oktoberfest Cincinnati, a fall festival in Ohio

Cincinnati Oktoberfest

Where: 5th Street, downtown Cincinnati
When: September 14-17, 2023

What to Expect: This Oktoberfest celebration is the second largest in the world, only behind the event in Munich. Enjoy all things German – great German food, live music, contests, the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, and more at this fall festival in Ohio.

Find more Cincinnati Oktoberfest celebrations here

Lots of people at an Ohio Fall Festival - Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
photo credit: Barnesville Pumpkin Festival’s Facebook page

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

Where: Barnesville, Ohio
When: September 21-24, 2023

What to expect: Pumpkins at fall festivals in Ohio don’t get much bigger than this! There’s plenty to see and do at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. This three day Ohio fall festival includes the Barnesville Giant Pumpkin Festival Weigh-Off, a parade, a car show, rides, tractor cruise, pie eating contest, decorated pumpkins, a pet show, a 5k run and fitness walk, hog callings, tobacco spitting, and loads more!


Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville

Where: around 10 North Main Street, Waynesville, OH 45068
When: October 14-15, 2023 (always held on the second full weekend of October)

What to Expect: Celebrating all things sauerkraut and more, you can enjoy lots of great food, arts and crafts from vendors across 25 states, entertainment, and more at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. Surrounding area merchants are open as well.


Bob Evans 52nd Annual Farm Festival

Where: Bob Evans Farm, 10854 State Route 588, Rio Grande, OH 45674
When: October 13-15, 2023

What to Expect: A fall festivals in Ohio list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Bob Evans Farm Fest. Enjoy a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, and much more! Tickets are $5 per person at the gate (kids 5 and under are free). Ride wristbands also available. Camping spots available.

Get a feel for what you’ll find here:

Circleville Pumpkin Show on display down one of their main streets, image credit to Circleville Pumpkin Show
image credit: Circleville Pumpkin Show on Facebook

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where: around 159 E. Franklin St., Circleville, OH 43113
When: October 18-21, 2023

What to Expect: The Circleville Pumpkin Show is all about the pumpkin! Enjoy parades, largest pumpkins contests, rides, food, Miss Pumpkin and Little Miss Pumpkin shows, and much more. Gawk at more than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds they’ll have on display.


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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!