7 of the Best Events in Ohio this September

Out drifts the sweltering weather and in rolls the entertainment!

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September marks the official start of school and the end of summer, but that doesn't mean you need to feel sad. That’s right; the good times are far from over. HER is here with a list of super fun activities you should look forward to attending during September. And they’re all in Ohio!

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1. Wayne County Fair

people waiting in line at the wayne county fair entrance
‍Source: Wayne County Fair

September 8-13

Admission: $4.00, children 6 and under free

Location: 199 Vanover St. Wooster, OH 44691

The Wayne County Fair is an agricultural show that takes place every year. It features livestock, flower, and farm food contests, a variety of carnival rides, and other friendly competitions. This is your chance to witness the finest of all things farm being shown off!

2. Cincinnati Street Food Festival

man putting chili into a container

September 8th 8:00am - 8:00pm

Admission: Free!

Location: Walnut Hills

Gilbert Avenue, McMillan Street, Park Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45206

Get ready to celebrate some good grub, because Cincinnati has the biggest gathering of food trucks in the region. They’ll be lining the streets for a solid 12 hours and bringing with them free live music, arts and crafts, and fun activities for the kiddos. Buy dinner (and dessert) from your favorite truck or cart, then enjoy exploring the rest of the festival.

3. Oktoberfest

people dressed in old folk clothing holding up beer pitchers on stage
‍Source: Cleveland.com

September 1st - 4th

Admission: $13, children under 12 are free

Location: Cleveland, OH

There are multiple different Oktoberfest festivals taking place in Ohio, but we’re going to focus on the one in Cleveland because it has ...everything. The pre-party begins the night of August 30th and the fun doesn’t slow down until the end of the final day. There are 5K runs, strongman competitions, beauty contests, inflatables, and not to mention, FOOD. So much food. And beer! The Cleveland Oktoberfest brings bratwurst, sausage, BBQ, pierogies, potato pancakes, and so many more ethnic dishes to the table. Even if you’re afraid to try something new, there will still be pizza, fries, sandwiches, and others served at the food stands.

Another great perk about the festival is the free parking. Plus, you can buy your Oktoberfest tickets online right now for a cheaper price!

4. Ohio Renaissance Festival

group of men dressed in renaissance costumes holding up rapiers
‍Source: Groupon

September 1st - October 28th

Admission: $23.00, children $9.50

Location: 10542 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH 45068

Every day from September through October, the Ohio Renaissance Festival puts on nearly 100 shows - we’re talking plays, sword fights, and jousting tournaments. Each weekend incorporates a different theme, from “Feast of Fools” to “Barbarian Invasion,” where you have the opportunity to show off your barbaric strength. Over 150 costumed characters help make your time at the festival a true experience to remember. Thou shalt be entertained by games of skill. Thou shalt test thyself in the art of blacksmithing. And thou shalt feast like Royalty on a giant roasted turkey leg!

5. Ohio Bacon Fest

close-up of bacon
‍Source: Ohio.org

September, dates unconfirmed

Admission: tickets available at the door

Location: Columbus, OH

Ohio gets that you love bacon and Ohio loves bacon just as much as you do.That’s why they host the annual Bacon Fest in Columbus where you can worship everything pork. There are food trucks and restaurants cooking up all sorts of bacon-related dishes, competitions with local celebrity judges, and of course, a bacon eating contest. Test your skills (and your stomach) and show everyone that your love for the salty, crispy strips of meat are unparalleled.

If you’re a fan of festivals celebrating food, Ohio hosts a ton of them. Feel free to also check out the Marion Popcorn Festival, the Lithopolis Honeyfest, or the Mantua Potato Festival, to name a couple others.

6. Wooster Arts Jazz Fest

crowd of people in the streets for the wooster arts jazz fest
‍Source: Main Street Wooster

September 15th 11:00am - 6pm

Admission: Free!

Location: Wooster, OH, On The Square

You guessed it — the Wooster Arts Jazz Fest is all about the arts. Over 40 artists will have the chance to show off and sell their work. There are also plenty of activities for the kids, like balloon twisting and the Creative Station, where young artists get to craft their own masterpieces. Admire the fine art, enjoy the live music, and sample some of the food that the gourmet food trucks are serving up.

7. Potter in the Park

group of people dressed up as Harry Potter characters in front of a tent
Source: Ohio.org‍

September 1st 11:00am-7:00pm

Admission: $3.00

Location: 6662 Goshen Road Goshen, OH 45122

Siriusly, anyone who even remotely likes Harry Potter will have a magical time at this festival. There are food vendors, magic shows, wizarding classes, mazes, and all sorts of fantastic beasts you won’t want to miss out experiencing. Come dressed up as your favorite character or as yourself. In the morning, sign up for the “Follow the Spiders” 5K Run/Walk and wingardium leviown your friends in the race.

So which festival would you want to visit? (I’m thinking a roasted turkey leg at the Renaissance Festival sounds pretty darn good.) Tell us in the comments!

September 3, 2018
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