There’s no question that Cincy knows how to throw a party. If you want to experience great food and drinks, fun activities, and friendly folks, check out these annual fall festivals for a good time in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
*This post is updated annually
Ohio Renaissance Festival (September-October)
Ohio Renaissance Festival (photo: Will Thorpe)
Travel back to 16th-century England at the Ohio Renaissance Festival and explore a 30-acre medieval village. Mingle with costumed characters and watch live demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, and full-armored jousting. Feast like a king on giant-roasted turkey legs, and shop like a queen at the many craft shops. The Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Mid September)
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati @mattroden13
With more than 500,000 people in attendance every year, this is the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. The downtown Cincinnati event kicks off a day earlier than usual this year, followed by a weekend of German-style food, beer, music, and dancing. Lederhosen is welcome.
Newport Oktoberfest (Mid September)
Newport Oktoberfest @wtoth1031
Newport Oktoberfest brings a true Munich feel with the event’s large fest tent atmosphere sponsored by Christian Moerlein Lager and Ales! Just like the traditional Oktoberfest beer tents this entire event is held under a tent with all the food, drinks, and fun you can ask for. Come down to the renovated Levee entertainment area for some authentically German festivities.
With several Oktoberfest festivals happening in Cincy, fall is a great time to visit. Check out some of the most popular Oktoberfest events that happen annually.
Ish: Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Cultural Festival (End of September)
Ish Festival (photo: Marie Krulewitch-Browne)
Ish Festival is a free festival in Washington Park that explores what it means to be Jewish and Israeli through art, food, music, and cultural activities from traditional to contemporary, religious to secular, and Jewish to non-Jewish.
Cincinnati Coffee Festival (End of October)
The Cincinnati Coffee Festival brings together home-brewing enthusiasts, coffee aficionados, tea lovers, and those who just enjoy a good cup of coffee at Music Hall. Enjoy tastings, samplings, live music, demos, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite products. And don't miss the latte art throwdown in which baristas compete to see whose milk-pouring aesthetics will come out on top.
Fall Festivals (through the end of October)
For family-friendly fun, head to Cincy area farms to enjoy the best of fall. Enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkins, apple cider, fall treats, and more. Here are a few annual favorites:
- Country Pumpkins Fall Festival
- Fall Fun at Niederman Farm
- Fall on the Farm at Blooms & Berries Farm
This free festival explores what it means to be Jewish and Israeli through art, food, music and cultural activities from traditional to contemporary, religious to secular, Jewish to non-Jewish. Join the celebration at Washington Park on September 25-26, 2021.