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8 fests to help you fall in love with autumn in central Ohio

Summer is unofficially over which doesn’t mean you need to pull out the cardigans just yet but it is time to start thinking about switching gears.

Next stop: Fall.

If you’re feeling a little separation anxiety about the fleeting summer, hopefully these 14 fall festivals will help you fall in love with the season on deck.

Circleville Pumpkin Show

When: Oct. 17 – Oct. 20

Where: Circleville

This must-attend fall festival is jammed-packed with parades, pies, pumpkins and all the fall bumpkin things you can imagine.

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HighBall Halloween

When: Oct. 26 – Oct. 27

Where: Short North Arts District

Watch High St. turn into a real life Halloweentown and dance around the Short North like Marnie discovering she’s a witch at HighBall Halloween.

This year’s party will feature a fabulous tribute to the Spice Girls, a public costume contest, street performances and of course the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show.

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Italian Festival

When: Oct. 5 – Oct. 7

Where: 270 Hamlet St., Columbus

Celebrate the boot-shaped penninsula with great culture, food, and entertainment. This year’s festivities include a parade, cultural events, a bocce ball tournament, live music, cooking demonstrations and much more for just $5.

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Creekside Hops & Vines Fest

When: September 22 from 6pm to 11pm

Where: Creekside, Gahanna

Get fall off on a boozy foot with the fifth annual Creekside Hops & Vine Fest. Here, you’ll find only the best breweries, wineries, and distilleries central Ohio has to offer plus free tacos from Local Cantina and other eats from Gahanna-area restaurants.

Admission is $55 and includes 16 tasting tickets and free food from local restaurants.

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Creepside

When: Oct. 27

Where: Creekside Park & Plaza, 117 Mill St., Gahanna

Put on your costumes, dress up the kids and join us for Creepside! This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Event highlights include: live music, games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, activities, haunted trail, trick or treat with local organizations and plenty of candy.

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

When: Weekends from September through October

Where: 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville

Travel to the shire of Harveysburg and enjoy over 400 years of fun with reenactments, fun, entertainment, costumes, strength competitions, and so much more.

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Boo! with the Zoo

When: Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30- 7:30pm.

Where: Gateway – University District, 1566 N High St

Guests can enjoy a happy hour/beer tasting while Zoo handlers rotate select animals out for your meeting and greeting pleasure. There will also be sweet and savory snacks to fill your belly for hibernation.

The booze and animal festivities will conclude with an outdoor screening of “The Addams Family.”

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42nd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

When: October 6th & 7th

Where: Young’s Dairy Farm, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs

Enjoy a full day of family fun with Young’s biggest festival of the year.

Take your picture with Humongus Gus, our giant pumpkin, taste freshly made Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of our cheese making facility and watch cow milking. And don’t forget to try our latest addition – Pumpkin Bowling!

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