Finally! The hot summer days have ended and its now time to enjoy some beautiful Indian summer fall days! What else could be more appealing than to spend a weekend at a fall festival enjoying some apple cider or browsing all the arts and craft booths? These festivals stretch from Covington all the way up to Dayton, Oxford and Circleville.
Mark your calendars, because you know how it fills up fast, and we're not even factoring in high school football, volleyball and yard work, which you'll have to fit into the mix somehow. Enjoy!
OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (now through Oct. 21): Recreation of a 16th century English village with costumed performers, jousting, period foods, stage shows and more than 130 craft shops, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 21.
Location: Renaissance Park, Ohio 73, Harveysburg. Cost: $16.99 adults, $9.99 children 5-12, free for children 5 and younger, plus $2 parking.
For more information call (513) 897-7000 or visit renfestival.com.
APPLE DAZE (Sept. 22-23): Hayrides, barnyard, corn maze, face painting, live music, crafts and food, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 through 23.
Location: The Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon.
For more information, call (513) 932-1869.
MASON ARTS FESTIVAL (Sept. 23): Performing artists and food vendors, children's art activities, student art display, food and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23.
Location: Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Rd., Mason.
For more information, call (513) 573-0007.
MIAMISBURG STARVING ARTIST ARTS FESTIVAL (Sept. 8-9)
Exhibitors, entertainment, children's activities and more from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.
Location: Library Park on Ohio 725, Miamisburg.
For more information call (937) 426-3539 or visit www.miamisburgstarvingartists.org.
MIDDFEST INTERNATIONAL (Oct. 5-7): Celebration of the art, culture, music, dance, history, food and more featuring the Netherlands from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 and noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 7.
Location: One Donham Plaza, downtown Middletown. Cost: $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger.
For more information call (513) 649-4506 or visit www.middfestinternational.org .
DAYTON'S OKTOBERFEST (Oct. 5-7): International foods, fine arts and crafts, kid activities, family entertainment and more from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5, preview party from noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 6 and from noon to 7 p.m Oct. 7.
Location: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton.
Cost: $40 members, $50 nonmembers for preview party in advance, $75 at the gate, $3 adults in advance, $5 adults at the gate, $3 senior citizens, $1 ages 7-18 advance, $2 ages 7-18 at the gate, free for children 6 and younger.
For more information, call (937) 223-5277 or visit www.daytonartinstitute.org/events/oktoberfest.html.
FORT ROWDY GATHERING (Oct. 6-7): Mountain man encampment, trade demonstrations, crafts, food, games, live entertainment, parade (10 a.m.) and more from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7.
Location: Covington Community Park, U.S. 36, Covington.
For more information, call (937) 473-3420 or visit www.fortrowdy.org .
OHIO CIDER FESTIVAL (Oct. 6-7): Hayrides, barnyard, corn maze, face painting, live music, crafts and food from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7.
Location: Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon.
For more information, call (513) 932-1869.
OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL (Oct. 13-14): Sauerkraut foods and creations, arts and crafts, live entertainment, games and more from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14.
Location: Main St., Waynesville.
For more information, call (513) 897-8855 or visit www.sauerkrautfestival.com .
CIRCLEVILLE PUMPKIN SHOW (Oct. 17-20): Parades daily (3:30 and 8 p.m.), contests and entertainment, pumpkin foods and more from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 through 20.
Location: 159 E. Franklin St., Circleville.
For more information, call (740) 474-7000, (740) 474-8973 or visit www.pumpkinshow.com .
CAESAR'S CREEK PIONEER VILLAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL (Oct. 20-21): Enjoy the harvest time back in the 1800s with soap making, apple butter making, candle dipping, hearth cooking and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
Location: Caesar's Creek Pioneer Village, 3999 Pioneer Village Road, Waynesville. Cost: free.
For more information, call (513) 897-1120.
SUGARPLUM FESTIVAL OF TREES (Nov. 9-11): Sponsored by Dayton-area Twig groups to benefit Children's Medical Center featuring designer theme trees, children's activities, crafts, Sugarplum Shoppe, breakfast with Santa and more from Nov. 9 through 11.
Location: Dayton Convention Center, Fifth and Main streets.
For more information, call (937) 641-3405 or visit www.childrensdayton.org .
CHRISTMAS IN HISTORIC SPRINGBORO (Nov. 16-18): Christmas music, strolling musicians, children's area, food, crafts, horse-drawn trolleys, parade (noon Nov. 17) and more from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18.
Location: South Main Street, Springboro.
Visit www.springborofestivals.org for more information.