Ohio loves finding reasons to celebrate, which makes the state’s festival scene among the very best. Ohioans will celebrate pretty much everything under the sun. From the sweetest apples to the sweetest donuts, from the legendary Beatles to legendary bacon, we’ve got it all. If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out with friends and family, check out these 10 great festivals in Ohio.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show features all things pumpkin. Pumpkin beer, pumpkin pasties, pumpkin pies, and more. About 300 vendors of food, games and crafts are present at the event. An astonishing 23,000 pies are sold over the course of the four-day event.
The country apple festival vendors are 100 percent from within a 30-mile radius and feature homemade crafts and apple dishes. If you're in the mood for candied apples, apple wine, and apple pies, come to Lebanon in September for a delicious treat.
Winterfest in Bowling Green is the best way to enjoy yourself during those cold seasons. For several days in February, you can check out ice sculptures, go ice skating, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, or just have yourself a cup of hot chocolate to stay warm.
Every February in Cleveland, people gather from miles around to celebrate those delicious fried sugary O's of dough. The best restaurants and bakeries compete to make the best varieties of donut, and if you're lucky, you can say you tried the winner of the “Best Donut” competition.
Who doesn't love Liverpool's Fab Four? If you want to spend the day enjoying live bands playing classic Beatles tunes, come to Kent and experience the British Invasion all over again.
Every March people gather to celebrate delicious Maple Syrup in Hueston Woods State Park in Oxford, Ohio. Indulge in a delicious pancake breakfast at the Hueston Woods Lodge and then take a tour of the local pioneer homestead to learn how Maple Syrup is made. Part of that tour will even take you on a hayride through the woods, so you can really see where syrup comes from.
Let's just all admit something: Bacon is the greatest food in the world, and probably the greatest creation man has ever invented. So why not take the whole day to celebrate it in all its forms in September in the Columbus Commons? Chocolate-covered bacon, candied bacon, apple bacon, pork, beef, and turkey bacon. You'll try bacon in ways you never even knew existed.
For over 40 years, Troy has been celebrating nature's most delicious berry, the strawberry. Come watch the children's big wheel race, or listen to live music as you enjoy fresh strawberries, strawberry lemonade, strawberry donuts, strawberry pie, and more.
St. Patrick's Day isn't the only day you can celebrate the Irish. At the end of July, you can come listen to popular Celtic rock bands, or listen to classical Irish ballads. Have yourself a pint of Guinness and some Irish stew, as you wear your shamrock and practice your accent. Nobody parties like the Irish!
For authentic Greek wines, pastries, gyros and more, there's no place better to celebrate in than Dayton, Ohio. In September, you can experience authentic classic Greek music and dancing, Greek-style art, and more.