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 23-25, 2018- this church festival takes place in Powell with rides, games, music and lots of family fun! 

St. Mary’s Egyptian Festival – Aug 24-26, 2018 – this festival celebrates Egyptian culture with food, games, vendors and raffles!

India Festival – August 25, 2018 – a celebration of Indian culture featuring food, vendors, dancing and live performances!

Urban Scrawl –August 25-26, 2018 – this Franklinton festival features live mural creations, art activities for kids, break dancing and food trucks!

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival – August 29-September 1, 2018 – 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 31-September 3, 2018 – this family-friendly festival celebrates zucchini with rides, entertainment, a parade and more!

Columbus Greek Festival – August 31 -September 3, 2018 – celebrate Greek culture with food, dance, vendors and more!

St. Michael’s Parish Festival: August 31-September 2, 2018 – Raffles, bands, rides, and food! Come out and enjoy! 

Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Festival – September 1-2, 2018 – watch the vintage baseball games at one of the nation’s largest vintage baseball festivals!

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival– September 1-3, 2018 – Food, entertainment, boat races, a car show and more!

Upper Arlington Arts Festival – September 3, 2018 – this festival is filled with artists, vendors, activities and entertainment!



Ohio Renaissance Festival – September 1 – October 28, 2018 – this festival features games, rides, food, crafts, jousting and live performances!

Marion Popcorn Festival– September 6-8, 2018 – 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 7-9, 2018 – this independent festival features a street fair, live music, and food!

Columbus Oktoberfest– September 7-9, 2018 – many activities including those just for kids at The Ohio Expo Center! 

Lithopolis Honey Fest – September 7-8, 2018 – celebrate bees and their honey with kids crafts, demonstrations, honey tasting, a bake-off and lots more!

Old Hilliard Fest – September 8, 2108 – this festival features an art and street fair, games, rides, old cars, music and food!

Jack Hanna Weekend at the Columbus Zoo – September 8, 2018 – see Jack Hanna live on stage along with other activities and entertainment!

Powell Street Market – September 9, 2017 – the final Powell Street Market of the season features vendors, Ohio-made products, produce and food trucks!

The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest – September 9, 2018 – over 30 food trucks plus family-friendly music and entertainment are what this festival is all about!

OktoberfestSeptember 14-16, 2018- Come out and celebrate German traditions in downtown Columbus!


Country Living Fair – September 14-16, 2018 – this event features seminars, demonstrations, food and more!

Grove City Arts in the Alley – September 15-16, 2018 – this art show features photography, crafts, fine art, a parade and more!

Delaware County Fair – September 15-22, 2018 – a week of entertainment, contests, food and fun!

Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center – September 22, 2018 – 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 22-23, 2018 – mingle with your favorite cartoon characters and enjoy special performances at the zoo!

Harvest Fair at Columbus Commons – September 29, 2018 – this festival features hayrides, games, pumpkin patch and more!

Apple Fest at Lawrence Orchards- September 29, 2018 – Good Old Fashioned Family fun with wagon rides, pumpkin painting, corn bin play, and much more! 

Pumpkinpalooza at Emswiler Farm (used to be at Lynd Fruit Farm) – September 29, 2018 – celebrate all things pumpkin at Emswiler Farm with hay rides, kids activities and more! 

fall activitiesChalk the Block at Easton Town Center – September 29-30, 2018 – watch artists design and make chalk drawings on the sidewalks at Easton! Live music is also featured!

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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 5-7, 2018 – celebrate Italian culture with food, rides, a parade, live entertainment and more! Taste of Italy is Monday, October 1.

Fire Station Open House– October 8th, 2018 at Washington Township Firehouses- At each of our 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 Rd.)- Auto Extrication Demonstration

Station 92 (4497 Hard Rd.)- EMS Equipment Display

Station 93 (5825 Brand Rd.)- Sparky’s Fire Safety House

Station 95 (5750 Blazer Parkway)- Youth Firefighter Challenge Course

Yellow Springs Street Fair – October 13, 2018 – this street fair includes live music, street performers, arts and craft vendors and food!

Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery – October 13-14, 2018 – this festival takes place at all locations of Oakland Nursery and includes special sales, door prizes and pumpkins! 

Circleville Pumpkin Show – October 17-20, 2018 – 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 19-21 and October 26-28, 2018 – dress up in costume and collect treats around the zoo!

Halloween Pet Parade & Fall Festival presented by COSI at Easton – October 21, 2018 – 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 27, 2018 – Live music, games, activities, haunted trail- wear your costumes! 

Historic Dublin Chili Cook-off – October 27, 2018 – 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?

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