If you are an Ohio native, you are well aware of what we have ahead of us.  Yes, it is that time to start talking about fall and the inevitable season that follows, winter.   If you are a transplant to Ohio, we will say this, “RUN!”  Hop on a plane, get in a car, heck, start walking South, for the season of cold is about to be upon us.  Indeed, “Winter is coming and it’s coming for all of us.”  But before we get ahead of ourselves, there is still time to enjoy the September weather.  Warmth is still in the air and while we feel the encroaching chill that comes when the sun goes down, hope rises with it, for now.  Here at MPG, we love the fall season.  While it is the precursor to impending doom, there are pumpkins on porches, leaves crunching at our feet, and the smell of corn stalks in the air.  With the fall, there are a plethora of fantastic festivals in the Northeast Ohio area.  We have chosen today’s blog to acquaint you with them.  Since it is already mid-September, we have listed festivals that are at the end of September and into October.  There are a ton to choose from, so we have whittled it down to ones that sound most entertaining.  For a full list, check out the source site, here: https://northeastohiofamilyfun.com/fall-festivals-in-northeast-ohio/. 

Cleveland Metroparks FallFest: 18th Century Festival

Celebrate the pioneers of the Western Reserve at Cleveland Metroparks annual FallFest. You can enjoy the lively strains of folk music, dip your own candle and play with pioneer toys. You’ll hear the hammer of a blacksmith, the danceable beat of Mud in Yer Eye band, and the battle sounds of the Brigade of the American Revolution. Bring the entire family to marvel at the magician, taste popcorn and fresh-pressed cider. Children can make posies in pots and other crafts to take home. Pony rides, food and souvenirs are available to purchase. {Find Out More}

When: Sunday, September 29, 2019; 11am-5pm

Where: Brecksville Reservation (Meadows Picnic Area), 9000 Chippewa Creek Dr., Brecksville, OH 44141

Cost: FREE admission, FREE parking, and FREE shuttle bus rides are available

Fall Family Night & Hayride at Lake Erie Nature Center

Gather everyone and enjoy hands-on fall activities for the kids, planetarium programs, live wildlife encounters, and hayrides (rain or shine) for all ages! Don’t worry about dinner, we’ve got it covered. {Find Out More}

When: Friday, October 4, 2019; 6pm-9pm

Where: 28728 Wolf Rd., Cleveland, OH 44140

Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child (age 2+), and FREE for babies age 1 and under (includes dinner)

Fall Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze at Lorain Metroparks

Celebrate the onset of fall with an old-fashioned hay wagon ride! Also try your navigation skills through the large, 6-acre corn maze! {Find Out More}

When: September 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29 & October 5-6, 2019; 12pm-3:30pm

Where: Carlisle Reservation, Equestrian Center, 12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange, OH 44050

Cost: $2 for each ticketed activity per person, children 3 and under FREE (Purchase tickets at the Equestrian Center grandstand.)

Hale Harvest 5K Run/Walk & Harvest Festival at Hale Farm & Village

Celebrate the fall bounty amid the sights, smells and tastes of the Cuyahoga Valley. Enjoy apple cider pressing, Johnny Appleseed Pumpkin Patch, apple butter making, pumpkin painting, Kettle Corn, food preservation, wagon rides, farmyard animals, and more. Admission also includes heritage gardens, foodways demonstrations, and early American craft & trade demonstrations, including glassblowing, blacksmithing, and home crafts. {Find Out More}


5K: Saturday, October 5, 2019; 9:15am-10am {Find Out More}

Harvest Festival: October 5-6 & 12-13, 2019; 10am-5pm {Find Out More}

Where: 2686 Oak Hill Rd., Bath, OH 44210

Cost: 5K Run: Registration is required. Register here.

Festival: $10 per adult (ages 13+), $5 per youth (ages 3-12 yrs), and FREE for members, children ages 2 and under, and active military free

North Ridgeville Fall Fest

Enjoy a fun fall day with the Parks & Recreation Department. Families will experience fun games, food vendors, face & pumpkin painting, balloon animals, straw fight, and hay rides (weather permitting). A limited number of pumpkins are given out, so come early so your child is guaranteed one. {Find Out More}

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019; 4pm-6pm

Where: South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Cost: FREE

Apple Butter Festival

Tour the museum and learn all about Squire Rich and the early times in Brecksville. Stroll around the herb garden and bring home some harvested herbs. Under a canopy of golden maples and scarlet oaks, the copper kettle will be simmering and waiting for apple fanciers to enjoy apple butter on slabs of fresh bread or buy a container to enjoy at home. Delicious apple fritters will also be available. {Find Out More}

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019; 1pm-5pm

Where: Brecksville Historical Association, 4400 Oakes Rd., Cleveland, OH 44141

Cost: FREE

Halloween Celebration & Hayride at Lake Erie Nature Center

Put on your costume and trick-or-treat through the Wildlife Gardens! Make a Halloween craft, hop on a hayride, and view the stars at a family-friendly holiday show in Schuele Planetarium. Dinner will be provided so you can relax by a crackling fireplace at this non-scary celebration. {Find Out More}

When: Friday, October 25, 2019; 6pm-9pm

Where: 28728 Wolf Rd., Cleveland, OH 44140

Cost: $15 per adult; $10 per child (ages 2+), FREE for babies age 1 and younger (includes dinner)

Festival & Pumpkin Hunt at Westlake Recreation Center

This fun-filled family festival, for children ages 9 and younger and their parents, includes a pumpkin hunt, face painting, hayrides, inflatables, refreshments, food trucks, and much more. Participation in the pumpkin hunt is limited; preregistration is required. {Find Out More}

When: TBA

Where: 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145

Cost: FREE

Be sure to check these out, as well as the other great festivals available for viewing at the website listed above.  If you are willing to travel all over the great state of Ohio, you can visit this website for more great fall festivals: https://ohiofestivals.net/ohio-festivals/

Source: https://northeastohiofamilyfun.com/fall-festivals-in-northeast-ohio/.