25+ October Things to Do in Cincinnati

Looking for something to do in Cincinnati during the month of October? We have a great list of October events for you!

Things to do in Cincinnati for October

Note: Events are changing every day in 2020. Things are being added, things are being canceled. We are trying out best to keep up and stay current but be sure to double check with your event venue of choice before heading out the door. A link is provided for each event. It’s going to be an interesting October in 2020!

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Ongoing Events in Cincinnati
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October 1-4: Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week continues into October, ending on the 4th.

October 1-4: It’s Fright Night Weekend at Washington Park. Join in for a spooktacular (and free) Halloween movie screening in the park. Patrons will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times while participating. Look for the circles on the grass to keep patrons six feet apart. One group per-circle. Once circles are full, capacity for the event is full. DJ and vendors start at 6pm and the movie begins at 8pm. Likely to be weather dependent so double check if it’s raining.

October 2: Drive-In Theater Extravaganza at the Kenton County Library. Registration required. Enjoy a family-friendly movie drive-in style in the Erlanger Branch parking lot. Registration is required. Each car will be assigned two parking spots to allow for social distancing. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks.

October 2-3: Ink and Drink: Painting with Fall’s Colors at The Cincinnati Nature Center. Stroll through the autumnal forest and gather rich, inky berries, and vibrant flowers to harness their pigmented magic. Crush and boil your way from nature to art supplies to discover the history of the land as told through the colors of plants. Together you’ll create landscape-fueled shades of ink to decorate and fill your own greeting cards with plant-inspired beauty. Each registered participant will get one blank greeting card with an envelope to paint with the hand-made inks. Additional cards are available for purchase with cash for $2 each, as well as glasses of wine for $6 each. This is an adult event and registration is required.

October 3: White Oak Gardens is hosting a Fall Porch Pot Make and Take Workshop, 2pm. Registration required.

October 3: Vinoklet Concert and Craft Market, 2pm-10:30pm. Enjoy the view from one of the most picturesque sites in Cincinnati, browse the fine selection of handmade crafts, listen to music, dine on any of Vinoklet’s delicious menu offerings, and sample their fine wine selection. Bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass from 2pm til 6. Classic rock by Eden from 6:30 til 10:30.

October 3: Inaugural Cincinnati Riverfront Volksmarch – Oktoberfest Style. The organizing committee of the Riverfront Volksmarch Cincinnati is proud to announce the Inaugural event Saturday October 3rd between 10AM-2PM. This will be a non-competitive Volksmarch walk of 5K through the gorgeous Cincinnati Riverfront Park System from Smale to Friendship Park along the Ohio River. We start and end at the Moerlein Lager House Restaurant and Brewery. Entry into the Volksmarch will be $1 collected upon registration between 10AM and 1:30PM. You start your Volksmarch walk at your leisure so there is no starting gun.

October 3-4: Lakota West HS Arts and Craft Show will take place but at a new location. This year’s show will be at the empty Ethan Allen store in Tri County Mall. $2 admission (4 and under Free). 10am – 4pm

October 3-4: Apple Cider Festival at Hidden Valley Orchards (Lebanon)

October 3-4: Sunflowers at Gorman Farm; explore the farm, cut sunflowers, buy pumpkins, enjoy corn and sunflower mazes, see the farm animals. Online ticket purchase required (tickets are NOT sold at the gate).

October 4: Fibonacci’s Mount Healthy Farmers Market (first Sunday of the month until November), 11am – 2pm

October 8-10: Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton; Things will be different for the festival this year; the boundary will be expanded to include businesses on Main and High Street and Operation Pumpkin 2020 will take place Thursday to Saturday, October 8th-10th. Due the unpredictability of the virus, Operation Pumpkin will not host the weigh-off or seek vendors, or host the Pet Parade or Lil Miss Pumpkin competitions. 

October 9-11: Rhinegeist is hosting a Cider Social (Friday – Sunday, 3-10pm). The taproom is gussied up in seasonal style and we’re slinging a bushel of ciders featuring a variety of carefully crafted flavor combinations. Cider flights, cider cocktails, fall-themed games and prizes for the whole gang.

October 9-10: A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone Lick this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 2nd. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death! Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.

October 10: Sharonville Parks and Rec has partnered with Stem Lab for Fossil Explorer Day at Trammel Fossil Park, 11am-1pm. This is a free event and open to everyone. All ages are welcome. They will be doing fossil findings, fossil rubbings, feel & brush fossils and fossil identification. Rain out date is Saturday October 17th at 11am. All COVID-19 safety precautions will be enforced.

October 10: Lebanon Oktoberfest is happening Saturday, 11am-9pm. Enjoy food, craft beers, bands, and more! All funds raised this year will go towards building restroom facilities at the Miller Ecological Park.

October 10: Fall Bird Walks at Cincinnati Nature Center, 8 – 9:30am. Preregistration is required. No experience necessary, so beginners welcome! This program is designed for adults.

October 10-11: Sunflowers at Gorman Farm; explore the farm, cut sunflowers, buy pumpkins, enjoy corn and sunflower mazes, see the farm animals. Online ticket purchase required (tickets are NOT sold at the gate).

October 10: A mini version of The Great Pumpkin Fest is temporarily moving to the West Chester Market this fall for a one-day pop-up celebration. Stop by the West Chester Market and pick up a Pumpkin Fest swag bag, while supplies last, the morning of Saturday, Oct. 10, on The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive. 

October 11: Second Sunday OTR, 12-5pm

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October 16-18: Charm at the Farm, a vintage market, is happening at 4953 Bunnell Hill Road in Lebanon.

October 16-17: A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone Lick this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 2nd. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death! Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.

October 17: City Flea at Washington Park, 10am – 4pm

October 17: Dress the kids up in costume and take a drive through the Halloween Haunted Trail. This is a family friendly, not TOO scary, drive through event happening at Weller Park in Montgomery. Arrive anytime between 6:30pm and 9pm (entry gate closes at 9).

October 17: Norwood Historic Home Tour, 2-6:30pm. This is a guided walking tour starting at the Williams Garden. Hear the history of homes, how street names came to be and fun history facts of Norwood! Scheduled tours will be in groups of 10 people to socially distance and masks will be encouraged for this outside event. Tickets now on sale through eventbrite and are $10.

October 18: Art on Vine at Washington Park, 12-7pm.

October 18: Head to Mt. Airy Forest for a free DRIVE THROUGH event – Circ de Mt. Airy Forest. Be prepared to enjoy many shows put on by the Cincinnati Circus and other local entertainers. Throughout Circ de Mt. Airy Forest you will see the Wheel of Destiny, Aerial Acrobatics, Stilt Walkers, Jugglers, Fire Performers, and many more. To help ensure COVID-19 safety, families are asked to stay in their cars throughout the event. Families can enter at the Colerain entrance of Mt. Airy Forest and slowly drive down the provided path. While this is a free event, they do ask you RSVP to help them plan logistically.

October 23-24: A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone Lick this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 2nd. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death! Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.

October 24 and 25: Enjoy Fall Fest Weekend at Washington Park

October 24: Semi-Colon Club October Book Discussion: Invisible Women at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House

October 24: Fall Bird Walks at Cincinnati Nature Center, 8 – 9:30am. Preregistration is required. No experience necessary, so beginners welcome! This program is designed for adults.

October 24: Wings and Wheels at the Tri-State Warbird Museum. Save the Date to experience Vintage Cars and Planes! More details soon!

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October 30-31: A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone Lick this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 2nd. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death! Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.

October 30: Date Night Pottery Class as part of the ArtsConnect program; register online prior to the class

October 31: WestSide Halloween Market at Cheviot Harvest Home Lodge, 10am – 4pm. Free community event with shopping with over 100+ Local vendors, food trucks, baked goods, kid friendly activities and so much more!Enjoy some Local brews from West Side Brewing and Halloween themed actives for all ages.


Ongoing Events in Cincinnati for the Month of October:

Plum Gorgeous is the fall show at The Krohn Conservatory, Sept. 5 – Oct. 25 (closed on Mondays)

Hollywood Drive In Theatre is showing all kinds of bootastic Halloween themed films all month long. Check out the line-up here.


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

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