Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in Columbus 2018


There are a lot of fall festivals and special events happening this year in Columbus. Check out the wide variety of options.

We are thrilled to partner with the legendary Circleville Pumpkin Show to present our round-up of fall festivals. The 112th Circleville Pumpkin Show will take place Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20, 2018. The hours are 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. At this family-friendly event, there are seven parades, (two each day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and one on Saturday), displays of giant pumpkins, fine art, home arts and crafts, baked goods, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, flowers, contests, amusement rides, pumpkin food, and all kinds of vendors! The event covers nine blocks in downtown Circleville. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is known as the “Greatest Free Show on Earth” as there is no admission charged. Come join the fun!

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Columbus Fall Festivals:


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-August 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!

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, boat races, a car show and more!

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



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!

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

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

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

The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest – September 15, 2019 – over 30 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!


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

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! 

Delaware County Fair – September 14-20, 2019 – a week of entertainment, contests, food and fun!

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!

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! 

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! 

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

fall activitiesChalk 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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Be sure to check out our Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Farms for lots of ideas for fall fun.


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.

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.

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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Boo at the Zoo – October 18-20 and October 25-27, 2019 – dress up in costume and collect treats around the zoo!

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

*Trick or Treat Trail at Gallant Woods Park – October 21, 2018 – enjoy hay rides, decorating pumpkins and your favorite characters along the trail!

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

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 are your family most looking forward to attending?