12 fun fall festivals this weekend

It’s Yellow Springs Street Fair weekend! Music, food, beer, crafts and more. CONTRIBUTED
It’s Yellow Springs Street Fair weekend! Music, food, beer, crafts and more. CONTRIBUTED

There is no shortage of fun this weekend. Here are 12 events that prove it!


WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 4-6, 4-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, Oct. 7 & 8, 12-10 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Bradford, OH

COST: Free

INFO: The five-day festival has a multitude of exciting events. 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 corn on the cob, and many other tasty treats.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown, Yellow Springs

COST: Free

INFO: Over 200 booths selling fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items, unique gifts, massages and much more, join the international selection of cuisine from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs. street performers, vendors and performances by Baoku, Spanish Tony Sanchez, The LA Band, Stark Folk Band and other acts. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals. Offsite parking with free shuttle service at Yellow Springs High School and Young’s Jersey Dairy. 937-767-2686 or www.yellowspringsohio.org.


WHEN: Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. & Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Waynesville, Main High and Miami streets, Waynesville

COST: Free

INFO: You will be amazed at the handmade crafts that line the festival grounds that hail from 25 states. More than 450 vendors. They include, but not limited to, candles, clothing, purses, country crafts, florals, glass and pottery, holiday crafts, jewelry, metal, pet and more. Don't forget the humble cabbage, sauerkraut, served in traditional and non-traditional ways. For example, sauerkraut sundae, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, Polish Cabbage Soup, sauerkraut brownies, bread and cookies, Not a fan of sauerkraut? No worries, there will be plenty of food offerings to keep you satisfied. 513-897-8855 or www.sauerkrautfestival.com

Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? Try this and more sauerkraut treats and dishes at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED
Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? Try this and more sauerkraut treats and dishes at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Iams Homestead Museum, 349 South Broadway, Trotwood

COST: Free

INFO: Imagine a perfect warm autumn day with the smell of chili cooking over an open fire; hot dogs grilled over the same fire just the way you like it; apple butter cooking over its own open fire and the smell of just harvested corn. Take a tour of the Iams Homestead Museum and see all the items on display. Don’t miss touring the 1854 barn where you will find antique tools of all kinds and other display yet to be determined. Also visit the 1929 Trotwood Travel Trailer Display on the grounds of the Iams Homestead.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: South Xenia Street and the grounds of Enon Elementary School, Enon; rain or shine

COST: Free

INFO: Food: Pork Chops, Hot Dogs, Chicken Noodles, Apple Dumplings, Walking Tacos, Funnel cakes, Sausages, Hamburgers, Peanuts in the shell and by the bag, Shaved Ice and of course Apple Butter. Crafts and Gifts: All Craft booths are judged by the committee and are of homemade quality. Manufactured crafts are not allowed in the festival. Demonstrations: The Enon Community Historical Society volunteers demonstrate the Apple Butter production by cooking all apple butter sold over a fire in copper kettles. Music and Entertainment: Music from the past adds to the festival atmosphere throughout the entire festival. For more info, call 937-864-7080.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Fairborn Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

COST: Free

INFO: Bring the whole family out to enjoy live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

WHERE: Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St, West Alexandria

COST: Free

INFO: The 49th Kiwanis Oktoberfest is a Fall Arts & Crafts Festival held in beautiful Peace Park. In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There is plenty of wonderful homemade and German good available.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Avenue, Miamisburg

COST: Free

INFO: Miamisburg Parks and Recreation Department invites families to the annual Fall Festival. This event will offer a variety of games, crafts, rides and entertainment for families to enjoy before winter. Come on out and join us for this fall tradition in Miamisburg. For more info, contact Miamisburg Parks and Recreation at 937-866-8999.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 5-11 p.m.

WHERE: Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton

COST: $3 Admission. College students & military admitted free (with valid ID); Club members free with membership card

INFO: Be German for a night! Join in for a celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 5-9 p.m.

WHERE: Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia

COST: $10 per family (up to 5 people)

INFO: Enjoy the Climbing Wall, Luther’s Jungle, Gymnasium, pumpkin decorating and door prizes. The fun doesn’t stop there; a hayride around the Sports Complex will take you to a campfire to make s’mores. Hayrides start at 6 p.m.


WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9, noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. St. Rt. 41, Troy, Ohio

COST: Free admission, but some activities have a cost. Bring cash.

INFO: Wagon rides, kiddit tractor pull, children’s games, scavenger hunts, face painting, interactive art, a scarecrow contest and more. www.miamicountyparks.com


WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2-5 p.m.

WHERE: Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood

COST: Free

INFO: Come to Shafor Park for the 11th annual Family Fall Festival and enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.