Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Columbus

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Fall is here! The weather is a bit cooler so it makes for a great time to be outside for a variety of fall events and festivals happening right here in Columbus, Ohio. There are many different types of festivals from church festivals to all things pumpkin. Find a festival that interests you and your family and put it on the calendar this year!

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Columbus Fall Festivals

August

St. Joan of Arc Festival: August 22-24, 2019- this church festival takes place in Powell with rides, games, music and lots of family fun! Lots of new rides in 2019 that the festival has never had before! 

St. Mary’s Egyptian Festival – Aug 23-25, 2019 – this festival celebrates Egyptian culture with food, games, vendors and raffles!

India Festival – August 24, 2019 – a celebration of Indian culture featuring food, vendors, dancing and live performances!

Urban Scrawl –August 24-25, 2019 – this Franklinton festival features live mural creations, art activities for kids, break dancing and food trucks!

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival – August 28- 30, 2019– celebrate sweet corn with square dancing, a tractor pull, live music, historical exhibits and lots more!

Apple Picking begins in August. Here’s a list of U-Pick Apple Orchards in Columbus.

Labor Day Weekend

Obetz Zucchini Festival – August 30-September 2, 2019 – this family-friendly festival celebrates zucchini with rides, entertainment, a parade and more! Scott McCreery, Smash Mouth, and Spin Doctors to perform this year! 

Columbus Greek Festival – August 30 -September 2, 2019 – celebrate Greek culture with food, dance, vendors and more! One of our favorite fall events! 

St. Michael’s Parish Festival: August 30-September 1, 2019 – Raffles, bands, rides, and food! Come out and enjoy! 

Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Festival – August 31- September 1, 2019 – watch the vintage baseball games at one of the nation’s largest vintage baseball festivals!

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival– August 31- September 2, 2019 – Food, entertainment, rides, a car show and more!

Upper Arlington Arts Festival – September 2, 2019 – this festival is filled with artists, vendors, activities and entertainment!

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September

Ohio Renaissance Festival – August 31 – October 27, 2019 – this festival features games, rides, food, crafts, jousting and live performances!

Marion Popcorn Festival– September 5-7, 2019 – this is the largest popcorn festival in the world!  There’s free admission, with a charge for items such as ride tickets and food.

Hot Times Community Music and Arts Festival – September 6-8, 2019 – this independent festival features a street fair, live music, and food!

Columbus Oktoberfest– September 6-8, 2019 – many activities including those just for kids at The Ohio Expo Center! 

Lithopolis Honey Fest – September 6-7, 2019 – celebrate bees and their honey with kids crafts, demonstrations, honey tasting, a bake-off and lots more!

Powell Street Market – September 8, 2019 – the final Powell Street Market of the season features vendors, Ohio-made products, produce and food trucks.

Country Living Fair – September 13-15, 2019 – this event features seminars, demonstrations, food and more!

Old Hilliard Fest – September 14, 2019 – this festival features an art and street fair, games, rides, old cars, music and food.

Cartoon Weekend at the Zoo – September 14-15, 2019 – mingle with your favorite cartoon characters and enjoy special performances at the zoo! Batman and Robin and many more! 

Delaware County Fair – September 14-21, 2019 – a week of entertainment, contests, food and fun!

Westerville Cops and Kids Day with Food Truck Fest – September 15, 2019 – 20 food trucks plus family-friendly music and entertainment are what this festival is all about! This will be in combination with Kids and Cops Day. 

OktoberfestSeptember 20-22, 2019- Come out and celebrate German traditions in downtown Columbus!

Jack Hanna Weekend at the Columbus Zoo – September 21, 2019 – see Jack Hanna live on stage along with other activities and entertainment!

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Grove City Arts in the Alley – September 21-22, 2019 – this art show features photography, crafts, fine art, a parade and more! 40th annual event! 

Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center – September 28, 2019 – feed chickens, take a wagon ride, climb a tractor and more at this celebration of Stratford and farming! See all there is to do at Stratford Ecological Center!

Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons – September 28, 2019 – this festival features hayrides, games, pumpkin patch and more! The event is free to attend; a $5 hand stamp will grant you access to all of the inflatables and the pumpkin patch. Sales will start at 12:00 PM and end at 3:30 PM. 

Apple Fest at Lawrence Orchards- September 28, 2019 – Good Old Fashioned Family fun with wagon rides, pumpkin painting, corn bin play, and much more! What a great fall event! 

Pumpkinpalooza at Emswiler Farm in Pataskala – September 28, 2019 – celebrate all things pumpkin at Emswiler Farm with hayrides, kids activities and more! 

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October

Fire Station Open House– October 4, 2019 at Washington Township Firehouses- At each of their four fire stations, they’ll offer station and truck tours, a fire hose water target, and snacks. Stop by and say hello to the firefighters! Special demonstrations and displays will be at these locations:

Station 91, 6255 Shier Rings Road
Visit with Sparky.
Auto extrication demonstration

Station 92, 4497 Hard Road
Put the fire out using a fire extinguisher.
Learn about extinguisher types so you can choose the one for your home.
EMS Demonstration

Station 93, 5825 Brand Road
Hunt for home hazards in Sparky’s Safety House.
Rope rescue demonstration
Visit with Sparky.

Station 95, 5750 Blazer Parkway
Tour this special station (which is inside a water tower) as you hunt for safety hazards. Find them all and earn a prize.

Chalk the Block at Easton Town Center – October 5-6, 2019– watch artists design and make chalk drawings on the sidewalks at Easton! Live music is also featured! Come back on Sunday to see the finished product. 

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Italian Festival – October 11-13, 2019 – celebrate Italian culture with food, rides, a parade, live entertainment and more! Taste of Italy is Monday, October 7.

Boo at the Zoo – October 11-13 and October 18-20, AND October 25-27 2019 – dress up in costume and collect treats around the zoo! This fall event occurs 3 weekends this year! 

Yellow Springs Street Fair – October 12, 2019 – this street fair includes live music, street performers, arts and craft vendors and food!

Historic Dublin Family Festival– October 12, 2019 –  Vendors and fun activities will be a part of the Fall Festival. Admission is free and there will also be trick or treating throughout the district. Magicians, musicians, fire trucks and so much more!

Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery – October 12-13, 2019 – this festival takes place at all locations of Oakland Nursery and includes special sales, door prizes and pumpkins! 

Circleville Pumpkin Show – October 16-19, 2019 – parades, contests, craft demonstrations, concerts, games and tons more! The Circleville Pumpkin Show is known as the “Greatest Free Show on Earth” as there is no admission charged. 

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Creepside– October 19, 2019 – live music, games, activities, haunted trail, trick or treat with local organizations and plenty of candy.

Halloween Pet Parade & Fall Festival presented by COSI at Easton – October 20, 2019 – bring your pet dressed in its Halloween concert or just come and watch as pets are on parade!

November

Historic Dublin Chili Cook-off – November 2, 2019– tour local establishments as they compete for the title of “Best Chili in the City”!

What fall festivals or events are your family most looking forward to attending?