Our Favorite Festivals Around Cincinnati, OH

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Cincinnati. This quaint Ohio city with its green surroundings and gorgeous diversity in architecture is a great place to spend the autumn, whether as a visiting tourist, a short return to visit friends and family, or as a local looking for things to do around home. No matter your reason or the length of your stay in Cincinnati, all can enjoy the autumn activities in this town- read on for some of our favorite festivals and events here around the ‘Athens of the West’.

Harvest Home Fair

The Harvest Home Fair is a festive, fun way for parties of all ages and sizes to enjoy a range of activities while embracing Cincinnati and Ohio’s strong agricultural heritage. At Harvest Home Fair, visitors can enjoy the annual parade, a number of community competitions for homemade crafts, livestock auctions, arts, and flower shows, live music, as well as plenty of games and local fare. Located in neighboring Cheviot, the Harvest Home Fair is a great experience for all to get to know Cincinnati’s sense of community both in the location and in events during the fair. 


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is a celebration of the original Oktoberfest and a reflection of the Cincinnati area’s strong German-American heritage. Here, visitors can enjoy live music, live dance groups, beer gardens, and a wide variety of delicious German cuisine including brats, mettwurst, strudels, pickles, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels, and countless local cheeses, beers, and sausages. For a party that’s sure to entertain (and feed) your whole group, come celebrate Oktoberfest with Cincinnati, the Ohio way. 


Ohio Renaissance Festival

A bit of a drive outside of Cincinnati is one of Ohio’s best-kept secrets – the Ohio Renaissance Festival! Take the whole group and step back into the sixteenth century complete with Medieval crafts, games, rides, music, shows, and full contact jousting! Visitors can dress up and join the action or enjoy the festivities as they are. The Ohio Renaissance Festival has been operating in its same location for over thirty years now, so the Medieval vibes are well established in this corner of Ohio. Over 100 shops and stops, live parades and eccentric characters add to the excitement every year, so each visit is unique! Bring the whole group to the Ohio Renaissance Fair for magic, action, and a fun-filled moment away from the present. 


Blink is a dazzling display of lights and the visual arts over Cincinnati’s most storied and architecturally rich neighborhoods, occurring every October. Tour the most historic and vibrant streets of Cincinnati during these festivities, guided by light shows and constellations, and accompanied by murals, live music, food and drink along the way. This is a great way for the whole party to see Cincinnati at night while enjoying the local heritage in the arts, touring several important Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market, Downtown, and North Covington. Don’t worry about rushing through each zone either- the events occur over multiple nights, meaning you can always start all over again and take your time. 


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