It's hard to believe, but fall festival season is here. And with fall comes the arrival of weekends jam-packed with festivals and big events celebrating everything from music, to beer, to popcorn and even sauerkraut. Here is a guide to the best of the best fall fests. If we missed one that you’re pumped about, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to the list!
Ohio Renaissance Festival
“Prepare thyself” for the Ohio Renaissance Festival. The annual multi-weekend festival is the best opportunity to be whoever you want to be in a time long passed. The festivities run from September 1st to October 28th with different themes like “Time Travelers Weekend” and “Barbarian Invasion” planned for each weekend. Tickets are $23 for general admission and $15 for children 13 and under. Tickets are only good for one day on the festival grounds, so if you plan on going more than twice, it’s recommended to purchase a “season pass” for $60 that lasts the entire duration of the festival.
Ohio Renaissance Festival is always a great time, but on Fantasy Weekend, wondrous creatures such as unicorns, fairies, and elves sneak into our realm for a visit. We went to Fantasy weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather, great food and drink, and saw many incredible costumes. PHOTO / Josher Lumpkin
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WHEN: September 1- October 28
WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville
TICKETS & INFO: www.renfestival.com
The corner of Main and Mill in Downtown Springboro will once again ring in the fall season with one of Ohio’s oldest Oktoberfests. Authentic German food, beer, wine and entertainment will take place Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th. You can even feel good about that cold beer in hand, as portions of the event’s proceeds will benefit local charities.
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Photo: Springboro Oktoberfest Facebook
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday- midnight Saturday, September 7 & 8
WHERE: United Church of Christ, 5 W Mill St, Springboro
Because one Oktoberfest is never enough! Vandalia puts their spin on Oktoberfest with two days of back-to-back music acts, topped off with three whole hours of a performance by the popular band, The Menus. All the Oktoberfest foodie favorites will be served up hot, including cabbage rolls, giant German brats, Metts, sauerkraut and more. Admission to the festival is $5 and children under 12 are free.
Susie Wright (left) and Sharon Werling (right) are overseeing the German potato salad production this year. They are dressed in dirndls, a traditional German dress, in anticipation of the 32nd annual Oktoberfest in Vandalia.
Photo: Contributed photo
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8
WHERE: Vandalia Sports Complex, 1111 Stonequarry Rd., Dayton
TICKETS & INFO: vandaliasistercities.org
Beavercreek Popcorn Festival
It’s safe to say that this festival will be ‘poppin’! Sorry, you’ve got to expect a few puns in a festival roundup. Over 200 booths with festival food, treats, crafts, entertainment and “sensational specialties” will be there for the annual Beavercreek festival. You’ll be able to run off all that popcorn goodness during the POPular 5k Popcorn Run, and even a kid’s obstacle course run.
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Scott Jenkins stirs up a batch of Kettle Corn for J & J's Concessions at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival Sunday, Sept. 13.
Photo: Jan Underwood
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9,
WHERE: Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek
TICKETS & INFO: Facebook
Miami Valley Bluegrass and Artisan Festival
The 4th annual Miami Valley Bluegrass and Artisan Festival is a two-day bluegrass festival jam packed with FREE music performances featuring Grammy Award winning. legendary bluegrass icons and exceptional regional string bands. Beer and wine sales accompany the festivities all weekend long.
WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday & 12 p.m. Saturday, September 14 & 15
WHERE: Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg
TICKETS & INFO: Facebook
Hispanic Heritage Festival
Headlining this year’s day-long celebration of Hispanic culture is Rika Swing "Los Karismáticos". The festivities taking place all day long, including a parade, authentic Latin food, live music and entertainment, will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in the heart of Downtown Dayton.
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Embajadores Pevuanos, a traditional Peruvian Dance group, dances on the Riverscape MetroPark main stage Saturday September 11 during Hispanic Heritage Festival. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
Photo: JIM NOELKER
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday, September 15
WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton
TICKETS & INFO: Facebook
Lots will be happening at the third annual ArtFest in Beavercreek. The Sunday festival is a color explosion, with an artisan market, interactive art activities, multiple entertainment stages and of course, food trucks. “ArtFest is a creative festival for local artisans and organizations to help cultivate an appreciation of the arts to the public through the sale of their handmade products and educating about the intriguing processes in which their art is made.”
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, September 16
WHERE: Community Park, corner of Factory Rd & Rt. 35, Beavercreek
TICKETS & INFO: infusion-art.org
The Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest
Truly a classic Dayton festival, Oktoberfest at The Dayton Art Institute is on its 47th year of celebrating art and beer. The huge annual fall festival, presented by Miller Lite, boasts artisans, unique foods, “ample” domestic, international and craft beers, international wines and so much more, including a fully covered main stage. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at daytonartinstitute.org.
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A scene from Dayton Art Institute's 2016 Oktoberfest. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED
WHEN: 12 p.m. Saturday & 12 p.m. Sunday, September 22 & 23
WHERE: The Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N. Dayton
TICKETS & INFO:
Germantown Pretzel Festival
Germantown shows its true colors, and flavors, each year at the Germantown Pretzel Festival. A new pretzel contest will be judged on Sunday by committee members to decide the tastiest pretzel dish. The festival is in its 39th year of rides, Live entertainment, tons of food and more.
Colin Browning, 2, takes a bite of his pretzel during the Germantown Pretzel Festival in Germantown , Ohio Saturday Sept. 25, 2010. Staff photo by Pat Auckerman
Photo: PAT AUCKERMAN/AP
WHEN: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, September 23
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Playground, 190 W. Warren St., Germantown
TICKETS & INFO: pretzelfestival.com
Aullwood’s Apple Fest
Apple Fest is a fall treat for all ages. Aullwood’s “rustic ambiance” will be in its best light with delicious food, Live entertainment, crafts and more. And don’t even get us started on the homemade apple pies baked in a Dutch Oven. Yum!
Visitors enjoy Aullwood Farm, displays, demonstrations, food and live entertainment at Aullwood's family friendly Apple Fest..
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. Sunday, September 23
WHERE: Aullwood Farm, 1000 Aullwood Rd., Dayton
TICKETS & INFO: Facebook
Tipp City Mum Festival
“Our Miami County community offers you activities other festivals have abandoned and those others have never offered.” Downtown Tipp City is packed with fabulous antique and show cars during the festivities for Ohio’s largest festival car show during this Miami County festival. This weekend will be filled with bands, floats, delicious festival food favorites and more.
2009 Tipp City Mum Festival Queen, Cathy Barrow. jumps from a slide Sunday at the Tipp City Mum Festival. Later Barrow rode the mechanical bull. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29- 8 p.m. Sunday, September 30
WHERE: Tipp City Park, 200 Parkwood Dr., Tipp City
TICKETS & INFO: tippcitymumfestival.org
Lebanon Country Applefest
For one day, rain or shine, the Warren County Fairgrounds will be a haven for quality homemade crafts, food and Live entertainment. We’re getting into the thick of fall festival season, here. So if you’re running low on cash, this festival might be one you can’t miss with FREE admission and FREE parking.
“We are proud to say that 72% of our vendors are from within a 30 mile radius of our show and 30% are from within a 10 mile radius!”
Brian Hesseling purchases apples from Amanda Santel at the Black Barn booth during the Country Applefest in downtown Lebanon Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. NICK DAGGY / STAFF
Photo: Nick Daggy
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WHEN: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday, September 29
WHERE: Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon
TICKETS & INFO: countryapplefest.com
Midwest Outdoor Experience
Dayton has had quite the year with getting recognition for its incredible metro parks systems and opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Midwest Outdoor Experience is “the Midwest’s premier outdoor adventure festival,” so what better time to soak in all the adventurous amenities Dayton has to offer before we head into cooler months? “Experience more than 25 “try it” activities, compete, camp, watch the pros, connect with national and local outdoor adventure exhibitors, learn, shop, relax with music and a beverage, and more.” Midwest Outdoor Experience is a free fest with Live music.
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Five Rivers MetroParks 2017 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will take place Oct. 7-8 at Eastwood MetroPark. From high-flying demonstrations to a myriad of hands-on activities, adventure seekers of all ages and ability levels can enjoy two days of free fun at the event that has become a mainstay for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. CONTRIBUTED
Five Rivers MetroParks presents Midwest Outdoor Experience, its celebration of outdoor activities, at Eastwood MetroPark in Dayton on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3. CONTRIBUTED
WHEN: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday October 6 & 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, October 7
TICKETS & INFO: outdoorx.metroparks.org
Fall Farm Fest
The historic Knoop homestead is transformed into a hub of fall festivities for two days. Thousands of people attend Fall Farm Fest to celebrate Miami County’s agricultural heritage. Admission to the fest is free, however, there are charges for pumpkins, pony rides and corn mazes and shooters. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in one of the best seasons of the year!
Kids and parents decorate pumpkins at the Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve Saturday. The Miami County Park District hosts their biggest event of the year at the historic Knoop Homestead for thousands of people who attend the two day festival celebrating the agricultural heritage of Miami County.
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 7p.m. Saturday, October 13 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14
WHERE: Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center, 2385 E. State Rt. 41, Troy
TICKETS & INFO: miamicountyparks.com