- Michelle Fong
- Ashley Bethard
- Jim Ingram
Fall festival season is in full swing. Sure, some of the best have come and gone already 😭, but there are plenty festivals still to come.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1.) OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Prepare thyself for some medieval fun. This 30-acre permanent village has been re-created to transport visitors to 16th Century England.
Food highlights include: Giant Turkey Leggs, Steak-On-A-Stake, Barbecue, Stuffed Spuds, Bread Bowl Stews, beer, wine and desserts.
Entertainment includes: jousting, musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, sword-fighters, storytellers and hundreds of costumed performers on 12 stages in nearly 100 shows daily.
WHEN: Sept. 2 – Oct. 29 — Nine weekends Saturdays, Sundays plus Labor Day
HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.
COST: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.
BEER!!! Toast to the fall with the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raiser and one of the region’s biggest festivals.
Browse booths from more than 50 artisans from throughout the region, munch on foods from the German-inspired to traditional food truck eats. Wash down that food with ample domestic, international and craft beers, international wines. There will be live music on two stages throughout the weekend.
Special events include a Lederhosen lunch on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads, homemade noodles and live entertainment. Another hot ticket is a special preview party Friday evening.
>> PHOTOS: Oktoberfest 2016
WHEN: Sept. 22-24, 2017
HOURS: Lederhosen Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Preview Party: 7- 11 p.m.; Saturday: Noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Grounds of Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton
COST: Admission to the Lederhosen Lunch is free (pay for food). Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members and includes complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks. Food vendors will be on site and premium beverages will be available for purchase. Admission at the gate is $95. Online presales begin later this month. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday will be $5 adults, $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19) in advance; $7 adults, $5 seniors & youth at the gate; children 6 & under free.
3. GERMANTOWN PRETZEL FESTIVAL
You had us at pretzel. This family-friendly fest will make everyone happy, we promise. Carb load with gourmet pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns to kick your sandwiching up a notch or two. Other good eats? Barbecued chicken and ribs, waffles, pork chops, Chinese, Cajun, funnel cakes and more.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - 6p.m.
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, 190-192 W. Warren St., Germantown.
COST: Free admission
If you can’t get enough Oktoberfest fun in Dayton, here is a celebration a short drive north that is definitely worth the drive. But make sure you have a DD for this one!
Of course, there will be plenty of beer and food and craft vendors, but this festival is also famous for some of its silly traditions. You can drink beer from a milk jug, participate in a beer tray relay or a jug-hoisting competition. This festival draws about 80,000 each year to this small village in Auglaize County.
WHEN: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017
HOURS: Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: One block west of the intersection of SR-119 and SR-66 in Minster
COST: Free admission
5. CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake on a Stick?
Made-to-order fresh doughnuts?
Fresh made fudge?
Chocolate covered popcorn?
Get all of these treats and more at the 15th annual Chocolate Festival, which is a fundraiser for Faith and Friends Radio. There will be more than 50 vendors, plus entertainment for the whole family, at this event.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton
COST: Free admission and parking
6. BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW
Sure, there are plenty of places to get pumpkins, but what other community holds a five-day festival in honor of them? In addition to pumpkin fun, the midway features games, rides, crafts, concessions and merchandise. During this five-day event, enjoy one of the many parades that take place while indulging your taste buds with pumpkin ice cream and many other tasty festival treats. You can even smash pumpkins without getting in trouble!
WHEN: Oct. 10-14: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 12-10 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Bradford, OH
7.) OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL
Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? This is one of the region’s signature fall festivals.
Shop by visiting the vendor tents ranging from arts and crafts to sculptures, ceramics, paintings, woodworking and more. And of course, dare to try some more unique sauerkraut dishes from fudge to a “sundae.”
>> PHOTOS: Ohio Sauerkraut Festival 2016
WHEN: Oct. 14-15, 2017
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Downtown Waynesville. Shuttle buses are recommended. Take shuttle buses from Wayne Local High School.
COST: Free admissionView full experience