The leaves are changing. Temps are cooling down. Autumn is coming. It’s time for a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, costumes, and Trick-or-Treating!
Enjoy some fun with these September and October “things to do” in Cincinnati!
Click the links for full details; all dates are for 2019.
Fall and Halloween Fun:
Fall Festivals: Here’s our HUGE list of fun fall festivals to explore in the Cincinnati area. We broke them up by date so scroll to the week you’re in and go have some fun!
Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes: Visit one of the 15+ area farms to pick your own pumpkin or explore a corn maze. These farmers have worked hard to give you lots of fall fun with corn mazes, hayrides, play areas, and more.
Haunted Houses: Get your scare on with a visit to one of the area’s Haunted Houses. Our guide includes haunted houses, haunted attractions, and even a few family-friendly “lights on” events.
Ghost Tours: We have lots to choose from – everything from Haunted Brewery Tours, The Queen City is Haunted, and Haunted Cincinnati tours. The line between truth and tale will make you wonder!
Trunk or Treat: Do a little Halloween pre-gaming at a local Trunk or Treat event!
Fall Fun for Families:
Head to the Cincinnati Zoo for HallZOOween. This annual event includes animal encounters, Trick or Treat stations, and more. Happening weekends in October; included with your zoo admission.
Families will enjoy The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island (family-friendly), Saturdays & Sundays from (2020 dates TBD). They have loads of family-friendly fun including live entertainment, mazes, trick-or-treating and more.
Always a good time, Jack O’Lantern Junction returns to EnterTRAINment Junction: Walk through the kid-friendly trick-or-treat maze, visit the mini animated display and visit the area’s only indoor Pumpkin Patch – kids get a free mini pumpkin! Plus, don’t worry about the weather – it’s all indoors! Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, 2020.
Fall Events (Date Specific):
Oktoberfest Celebrations: Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest season begins in late August and goes all the way into early October! Check out our list of all the local events!
Take an enchanted Luminary Night Hike through Glenwood Gardens and learn about the natural history of Southwestern Ohio’s wildlife through first-person interpretation on this 1-mile walk. Along the way, encounter actors who depict the creatures that call this area home. Happening on Sept. 21, 2019 and registration is required.
One of my favorites for fall – enjoy a multitude of free outdoor activities at Great Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 26 and 27, 2020.
Gorman Heritage Farm hosts their Sunflower Festival, October 3 and 4, 2020. Live music, hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, corn maze, sunflower maze, meet the farm animals, Farm Fun Education Station, MadTree Beer Garden, and cut your own sunflowers.
Head south for the Kentucky Woolfest (Oct. 2-4, 2020): This annual event includes demonstartions, Border Collie sheep hearding, sheep shearing, live music, food, and more.
Head to Hamilton for Operation Pumpkin, Oct. 9-11, 2020. Enjoy all things pumpkin, live entertainment, a pet parade, food, vendors, Little Miss Punkin, and much more.
The Sauerkraut Festival has been canceled for 2020.
The Great Pumpkin Fest will take over Keehner Park on October 10, 2020. Enjoy a puppet show, costume contest, games and activities, horse-and-wagon rides, a petting zoo and pony carousel, a “Not-So-Scary” haunted trail, and more.
Get your tickets for the Zombie Ball at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Dress as your favorite UnDead characters including zombies, vampires, and mummies. They’ll have a DJ, haunted hayride, a zombie photo-booth, and more. Guests can also select to arrive on the BLOOD-red carpet in a hearse graciously provided by Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Home.
Weber’s Farm Market Pumpkin Festival is happening in Harrison, Oct. 17-18, 2020. This event began as the Minges Pumpkin Festival. This festival has thrived and grown with the assistance of the Minges family over the last few years.
Take the kids on a Magic Forest Halloween Hike at Caldwell Nature Park. These hikes do sell out every year so be sure to get your spot secured. 2020 dates TBD.
Tricks or Treats at the Ohio Renaissance Festival happens Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020. Bring your wee ones 12 and under for FREE and enjoy trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods.
Washington Park hosts their Fall Fest Weekend on Oct. 24 and 25, 2020. Enjoy bands, kids’ activities, and more.
Fall Fun, All Season Long!
Spend a day exploring all that is Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. This is one GORGEOUS place in the fall!
Enjoy a locally crafted seasonal brew! Find your new favorite pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer when you check out all our breweries on the Ultimate Cincinnati Breweries List.
Make your own Halloween costume at the downtown library’s Makerspace. Use their die cut machines, sew, make buttons, use the green screen and camera, record in the studio, and so much more! Be aware that a library card may be required and reservations are needed for their more popular machines.
Fall is one of my favorite times to camp. There’s nothing better than a campfire and s’mores! Find a great spot with our list of the 16 Best Campgrounds Within 100 Miles of Cincinnati.
Get out and explore all that is Summit Park. If you haven’t been there in 2020, the park is well worth a return visit. Don’t miss the new Nature Playscape that includes a zip line, forts, shallow water play, and more.
Take in all that is fall on one of the area bike trails. What a wonderful way to spend a sunny fall day!
We are lucky to have SO MANY wonderful museums in the Cincinnati area. Check out our list of Must See Museums in Cincinnati and enjoy a nice day out. Added bonus, some of them are free!
Put those phones to use for some outdoor fall fun when you go Geocaching. Use an app to discover a treasure hidden near you and then use the coordinates and geo-location to hunt. Lots of fun!
Cooler fall days often mean indoor play places come in handy. Explore our list of things to do indoors – a great list for kids AND adults.
Enjoy a class or event at one of our local libraries. The Public Library of Cincinnati has an extensive list of classes and events that span the city. Clermont County Library has a long list as well.