I’m sad to say that summer is leaving us and the kids are heading back to school. However, autumn is a glorious season in Ohio and there’s many family-friendly things to do in Ohio in Fall.
Here’s some ideas for what to do in my great state, as well as additional visitor information.
Ohio River Sternwheel Festival – September 8-10, 2017 Marietta has been home to the Sternwheel Festival for over 40 years! I’ve already been charmed by this river town, so I can see why a free family-friendly event would make it even more desirable.
For more things to do while you’re visiting Marietta check out 5 Reasons You Must Visit, Outdoor Adventures via Backroad Ramblers, Explore Ohio’s First Adventure via Big Family Minimalist & Outdoor Adventures via Pickles Travel.
Ohio Renaissance Festival – September 2- October 29, 2017 Want to see a sword fight, joust, or a tale of Robin Hood without traveling back in time? The Ohio Renaissance Festival is sure to delight kids of all ages through food, shows, and old-fashioned games and rides. The festival runs for nearly two months with themed weekend programming. You can check out The Wandering Educator’s review HERE OR The Adventure Mom’s thoughts HERE.
Backwoods Fest – September 15-17, 2017 Thornville’s Backwoods Fest is located near Buckeye Lake. The three-day festival is an arts and crafts extravaganza of over 300 vendors situated in the woods of Perry County. The food options are mouth-watering! Kids aged 10 and under are free, but make sure if you take a stroller that it’s one with big wheels — it’s not called “backwoods” for nothing. 😉
Columbus OktoberFest – September 22-24, 2017 In its 50th year, the Columbus OktoberFest is a free family event located at the Ohio Expo Center/Ohio State Fairgrounds. The fall tradition hosts a men’s and women’s stone toss & cream puff eating competition (you had me at cream puff). There’s over 10,000 feet of covered space, so the festival will go on whether rain or shine.
Cedar Point HalloWeekends – September 15- October 29, 2017 America’s Roller Coaster Capital hosts a 7-weekend event geared for the Halloween enthusiast. Daytimes are a kid-friendly Great Pumpkin Fest. Once dark descends, though, so do the creepy ghosts and zombies. HalloWeekends are included in the price of your admission – consider booking a package with a stay at the newly renovated Hotel Breakers. Find out more on HalloWeekends from Adventure Mom’s post on how to survive if you don’t like the scarier stuff.
Bob Evans Farm Fest – October 13-15, 2017 Did you know that the popular chain, Bob Evans, actually began in the hills of southern Ohio? Rio Grande, Ohio is home to this 3-day festival of crafts, kids’ activities and musical entertainment- and of course, a Bob Evans food tent. Find out more in this post by Ohio Girl Travels.
Take a hike or a road trip to see fall foliage – early-late October Ohio’s trees put on a show in the month of October. Fall foliage varies greatly from the north and south ends of the state but consider a roadtrip or a hike to enjoy the beauty of autumn. Get started here: Five family-friendly Ohio hikes or Top 5 Hocking Hills hikes for kids
Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival – October 14 & 15th, 2017 Ashtabula County boasts the most Covered Bridges in the state of Ohio- 19 in total! Come celebrate all things covered bridges, and take a driving tour while you’re at it. This is one road trip going on my Ohio Bucket List.
Circleville Pumpkin Show – October 18-21st, 2017 Over 100 years old, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is a staple of fall in Ohio! Test your taste buds on about every pumpkin-flavored food imaginable. 7 parades, a ride midway, and a giant pumpkin contest round out the fun. Wanting more to do while in Circleville?- Look no further.
Apple Butter Stirrin Festival – October 21-22, 2017 This Coshocton festival highlights apple butter including demonstrations on how it is made over an open fire. With family activities and over 100 vendors, this Roscoe Village event is sure to please.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Ohio in the fall?