Autumn is a great time to get outside and joy the changing of the season with your family. Check out a list of the best fall festivals in Northeast Ohio!
Woolly Bear Festival
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Vermilion’s Woolly Bear Festival, held in mid-October each year, centers around the fuzzy caterpillar called the “Woolly Bear.” Ohio folk wisdom says that if the black band across the back of these creatures is wide, there will be lots of snow during the coming winter. The free festival pay homage to the “Woolly Bears” with food, kids’ activities, rides, and live entertainment.
Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
Saturday, September 17th 11a – 6p; Sunday, September 18th 12p-5p
Held at Tremont’s Lincoln Park, in the middle of September each year, the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival features dozens of visual and performance artists and well as live entertainment, ethnic food vendors, dance, and hands-on art and educational activities for children.
September 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2011
Nestled in the woods outside of Canal Fulton, about an hour’s drive south of Cleveland, the Yankee Peddler Festival sets up for three weekends in September each year. The event features a wide range of arts and crafts vendors, historic re-reenactments, traditional pioneer food, and arts and crafts demonstrations. There’s also live music, dance, and fun for all ages.
Geneva Grape Jamboree
September 24 & 25, 2011
The Ashtabula County town of Geneva erupts with activities during the Geneva Grape Jamboree, held the fourth weekend in September each year. The free festival features two parades, a city-wide garage sale, all sorts of grape treats, antique and craft shows, dancing, and live entertainment.
Elyria Apple Fest
September 16-18, 2010
The Elyria Apple Fest, held each year during the third weekend in September, celebrates Northern Ohio’s orchards and apple-growing history. They crown an Apple Queen, cook up lots of apple creations, and host a parade. There’s also live entertainment, craft vendors, and kid’s activities.
Ohio Swiss Festival
September 30 – October 1, 2011
Sugar Creek is Ohio’s “Little Switzerland,” and the city celebrates its Swiss roots the last weekend in September each year. Events include crowning a Miss Swiss Festival, listening to applehorn players, watching the parade, and lots of Swiss food and music.
Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 17-18, 2011
Apple fritters, apple dumplings, and pick-your-own apples, it’s all there at the Johnny Appleseed Festival, held each October at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, south of Cleveland. Other activities include a corn maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a crafts fair.