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September 1-2, 2017
PigMania Lebanon State Championship BBQ & Music Festival
Great BBQ festival featuring a professional BBQ contest, Live music, FREE BBQ samples during our Peoples Choice contest on Saturday, plenty of the nations best BBQ vendors onsite, KCBS Judging class and a kids BBQ contest
September 2-4, 2017 Milan Melon Festival - Milan, Ohio
(This festival website has been compromised and is a reported attack website as of August 25, 2017)
59th Annual Labor Day weekend celebration with rides, games, contests, an antique car show, baby contest, entertainment, grand parade, Queen's contest and more. Our famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats. Attendance: 50,000
September 2-4, 2017 West Jefferson Annual Ox Roast
West Jefferson, Ohio
Held annually over Labor Day weekend, our festival is the only festival that cooks 5,500 lbs. of beef underground. Join us for family oriented entertainment, food, rides, arts & crafts, parade, pageant, bike tour, car show, watermelon, hot dog and ice cream eating contests, and much more.
September 3-4, 2017
Taste of Hudson - Hudson, Ohio
Join us for the NEW Taste of Hudson over Labor Day Weekend. Featuring more than a dozen local restaurants offering “tastes” of their menus; an interactive children’s area; wine & beer garden; more than 75 exhibitors and artists and much more!
September 7-9, 2017
Marion Popcorn Festival - Marion, Ohio
Marion County is one of the top popcorn producing counties in the world. Festival has top name entertainment, golf & bowling tournaments, porpcorn cooking contest, and the Orville Redenbacher Parade. Visit the popcorn museum while you're in town. Attendance: 250,000+
September 8-9, 2017 Lithopolis Honeyfest - Lithopolis, Ohio
Enjoy a fascinating day of unique attractions - honey bee beards; honey in a variety of flavors, colors and textures; and an array of products direct from the hive. Watch honey being extracted from the comb and the State Apiarist demonstrate a hive inspection. Meet the American Honey Princess, Ohio beekeepers and explore beekeeping equipment hands-on. See a real queen bee and her colony up close under the glass of an observation hive. Buzz over to the food court for scrumptious honey-made food and sample mead at the wine tasting tent. Grab a honey brew at the beer garden and enjoy a treat from the Honey Bake-Off sale. Live music on two stages, arts & crafts, and watch the kids have fun creating their own crafts at The Gilmore Group's Busy Beehive.
September 8-10, 2017 44th Annual Mantua Potato Festival
Join us for the annual Mantua Potato Festival. We will have many activities, contests and exhibits planned throughout the weekend. We are also looking for volunteers and committee members. Thank you to all that have supported us in the past, and we look forward to seeing you all at the Festival!
September 8-10, 2017 Clinton County Corn Festival - Wilmington, Ohio
A family fun event held the weekend after Labor Day every year! Started in 1977 by the Antique Power Club. It is held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. We feature many activates for all ages! Whether you come for the continuous entertainment on our sound stage, games in our special events area, various tractor and antique displays, crafts and antiques, or THE FOOD it is sure you’re going to have a blast!!
September 8-10, 2017 Italian Fall Festa - Kettering, Ohio
A weekend of great Italian food, wonderful Italian music, good friends, and a fun game of Bocce on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa! Dinners, Meatball Madness 5K and spaghetti eating contest.
September 8-10, 2017 41st Annual South Vienna Corn Festival
South Vienna, Ohio
A community-wide event held annually on the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate the beautiful autumn season. There is something for everyone--a parade, rides, entertainment, craft market, queen pageant and plenty of food!
September 15-16, 2017 Jamestown Bean Festival - Jamestown, Ohio
All during the Festival the bean tent is open serving bean soup, Mexican beans, baked beans, burgers, chops, sausages and more. On Saturday morning the Fire Department has a really great pancake and sausage breakfast at the fire house. Auction with lots of items donated by local businesses -Some really good stuff for some really good prices for some really good causes! The money raised during the event goes back into the community and donations for many causes the Lions help with. (also: www.jtchamber.com/ )
September 15-17, 2017 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.
September 15-17, 2017 19th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
A fun-filled and educational event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw. Delectable foods, quality entertainment, and unique arts & crafts. Special events include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. Presentations will cover pawpaw growing, cooking, and other related topics.
September 16, 2017 Firehouse Clam & Steak Extravaganza
'Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza' Live music! Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake.
September 16-17, 2017 Johnny Appleseed Festival - Lisbon, Ohio
Many local organizations provide old fashioned apple butter, apple ice cream, apple fritters & apple dumplings. There is an apple pie baking contest along with 35 food concessions, arts & crafts including yarn spinning, goat milk soap, chain saw wood crafts, dunk tank, games, dancing, music and theatre.
September 16-17, 2017 Preble County Pork Festival - Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more!
September 19-21, 2017 Farm Science Review - London, Ohio
The annual Ohio State University Farm Science Review, sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Over 130,000 Farmers, Industry Professionals, FFA Students and Agricultural Enthusiasts during the three-day event. Attendance: 130,000.
September 19-23, 2017 Apple Week - Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio
Fall is the favorite season for many in the Midwest, and what better way to welcome in the season with a week dedicated to apples. Sauder Village will be highlighting this fall fruit throughout the week with special apple-themed recipes in our historic homes and hands-on activities. Visitors will also be able to visit our 130 year-old cider mill-it’s a guest favorite! On Friday and Saturday guests can join us for a day of apple butter making! Watch us schnitz and stir our way through a batch of delicious apple butter. Sneak a sample fresh from the kettle and make this harvesting tradition one of your family’s own!
September 21-24, 2017 54th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio's oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
September 22-23, 2017 Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic
A celebration of the Midwest through grand tastings, demos, wine seminars, competitions, after parties and more. A portion of proceeds will go to the Freestore Foodbank, the event’s non-profit partner.
September 23-24, 2017 38th Annual Germantown Pretzel Festival
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!
September 23-24, 2017 54th Geneva Grape Jamboree - Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
September 24, 2017 - Taste of Yesteryear - Peninsula, Ohio
At Hale Farm & Village 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Festival will showcase circa 1900 foods prepared over open wood flame, charcoal, or on potbellied stoves. Individual Chef’s, restaurants and organizations around Northeast Ohio will share their turn-of-the-century creations. Step back in time at as you roam the grounds of Hale Farm & Village, a 200-year-old family farm, now an outdoor living history museum, nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Experience the tastes, smells and lifestyle of early residents of the Cuyahoga Valley. Proceeds from the event will fund the Rotary’s community service programs.
September 28, 2017 - Celebrity Chef Tour - Columbus, Ohio
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
September 29-30, 2017 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival - Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine & cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
September 30, 2017 35th Annual Country Applefest - Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
September 20-24, 2016 Jackson County Apple Festival - Jackson, Ohio
One of Ohio's oldest and largest fall festivals--includes parades, music, apple peeling and pie baking contests, craft, quilt, and car shows and apple butter making on the midway.
September 18-19, 2014 Columbus Food & Wine Affair - Columbus, Ohio
The Final Event was in 2013. No Event for 2014. The Columbus Food & Wine Affair bids a fond farewell. The Central Ohio Restaurant Association and the Columbus Food & Wine Affair are bringing those special events to a close.
September 27, 2014 Community Chocolate Festival - Dayton, Ohio
The theme for this year's festival is Tropical Chocolate Paradise. Private and commercial vendors will provide a variety of themed chocolates for festival guests. Live music and entertainment on stage throughout the day plus Children’s Play area, Games and Prizes, and a Chocolate Recipe Contest add more fun to the event. Live music and entertainment will be available on stage throughout the day. The festival is sponsored by Faith and Friends Radio.com. The Chocolate Festival will be held in the Montgomery County fairgrounds coliseum.
September 10-11, 2011 Beavercreek Popcorn Festival - Beavercreek, Ohio
The festival has over 200 booths with festival foods, tantalizing treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with Popcorn. (Annually the weekend after Labor Day)
September 11, 2010 4th Annual Aurora WineFest - Aurora, Ohio
Presented by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Featuring samples from ten premiere Ohio wineries, live entertainment, wine tasting educational seminars & cooking demonstrations. Visit local artisans and indulge yourself in fine restaurant cuisine.
September 13, 2008 Wine, Art & Garden Festival
Roscoe Village, Coshocton, Ohio (no website)
This one-day event features wine tasting by local wineries, wonderful artists stationed throughout the village and a select group of garden and craft vendors set up on the sidewalks of Roscoe Village. Guests can stroll through the gardens of Roscoe Village or take part in a 'Park & Walk' tour of private gardens above Roscoe Village. More info: Debbie McDonald, 1-800-877-1830 or 740-623-6553
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