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12 festivals to help you fall in love with autumn

12 festivals to help you fall in love with autumn

Regina Fox

The pools have closed, the docks are being pulled in, and the red juice inside your thermometer is beginning to drop.

If you’re feeling a little separation anxiety about the bygone summer, hopefully these 12 festivals will help you fall in love with this new season we’ve entered.

Welcome to autumn, Columbus.

The Columbus Italian Festival | Italian Village
October 7- 13

The Columbus Italian Fest offers guests a great way to explore Italian culture and heritage. Amazing food, live entertainment, dancing, and plenty of activities for the kiddos, too.

HighBall Halloween | Short North
October 11- 12

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.

HighBall Halloween also includes a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, and a public costume contest.

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Fall Family Festival | Dublin, OH
October 12

Join the Historic Dublin Business Association on Saturday October 12th from 1pm- 4pm in Historic Dublin. Families will enjoy-games, vendors, face painting, crafts, Princess Pocahontas, John Smith, Balloons, Magic and more!

Ohio 24-Hour Horror Marathon | The Drexel Theatre
October 12- 13

Sharpen your wooden stakes! Stock up on silvers bullets! Because Columbus’s terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares for another terror-drenched rotation of the planet.

Boo at the Zoo | Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Weekends of October 11- 13, 18- 20, and 25-27

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium presents a merry-not-scary Boo at the Zoo for a heroic Halloween celebration! Special regions are dressed up for this spooky-kooky holiday at the zoo.

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival | Galena, OH
October 14

With the aroma of ‘apple butter a stirrin’ and kettle corn a poppin’, Freemans Farm visitors enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, a farm animals petting area, delicious fresh popped kettle corn, scarecrow making, apple butter making demonstrations, and so much more.

Circleville Pumpkin Show | Circleville, Ohio
October 16- 19

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

Creepside | Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna
October 19

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.

Columbus Hard Cider & Donut Festival | Bar Louie Park St.
October 19

Part Bar Hop, Part Sweet Celebration! Featuring seven bars and restaurants, premium hard cider, and 2,000 doughnuts!

20th Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival | Easton Town Center
October 20

Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts… oh my! Dress your pet in their best costume and bring them to Easton for the Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Boo & Brew | Bridge Park
October 24

Calling all monsters, ghosts and witches! Grab the family and join us for Boo & Brew at Bridge Park trick-or-treat, a costume competition, face painting, and more followed by a brew hop at area bars and restaurants.

Haunted Fest | Ohio Expo Center
October 25

Prime Social Group is proud to announce that its signature Haunted Fest will return to Columbus, OH bringing back its world-class production and talent to the Ohio Expo Center. LINEUP: REZZ, RL Grime, Dombresky, YOUNG BOMBS, Beach Boys, Mitch James, Reckless, and more.

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