1. Load Up On Apples At The Country Applefest
When: September 27th
Mmmm… Apple Spice will be in the air at this event, and it will get you in the mood to rake leaves and have bonfires. Grab fresh apple cider, apple pies, and just about anything else that has to do with apples while you’re there.
2. Go To Burger Farm’s Pumpkin Patch
When: Through the end of October.
Nothing says “Halloween” quite like carving a few pumpkins. Even if you suck at carving, you’ll still get the full, authentic experience of going to a pumpkin patch and getting to pick yours out right from the source. This is a perfect date idea for the fall.
3. Catch The Last Performances Of The Great Gatsby
When: September 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th, and October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
It’s a special thing when the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company starts its season, and what better way to do it than with a classic? You may have seen it in theaters, but it’s nowhere near as good as it is on stage. Make sure you catch all the action before it’s too late!
4. Get Your Noms On At The CFTA Food Truck Festival
When: October 4th
You need to enjoy one of the last nice weekends by munching down on fare from all the best food trucks in town. All of the classics will be there along with some new faces around the scene. Hey, we need to fatten up for winter anyway, right?
5. Get Spooked At The Dent Schoolhouse
When: Through the end of October.
It’s the one time of year where it’s perfectly acceptable to act like a psychopath, and Dent Schoolhouse does that better than anyone in Cincinnati. There’s an old story about a murderous janitor there, and some say he’s still around. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you cry.
6. Make The Trip Down To Woolfest
When: October 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Sure, this is a little bit of a drive, but you really need to make the trip. There’s a little bit of everything there, but the thing that catches our attention every year is the assortment of natural products. You can even get Root Beer that they still make with sassafras roots! It’s pretty epic.
7. Make The Trip Up To The Renaissance Festival
When: Weekends through October
It’s not really a long drive, considering the experience. When you go, you’ll get to see a little bit of everything from the Medieval Times, including live jousting. When we went up, we couldn’t help but buy one of the swords they have in their selection. Don’t forget to feast like a king and have some mead!
8. Check Out The Fall Colors At Mt. Airy’s Treehouse
When: Any time before the leaves fall!
Ah, it’s fall, and that means it’s the prefect time for a romantic walk through the woods. There’s no better place in Cincinnati to catch the changing that in Mt. Airy. Shades of red, yellow, and orange just seem to leap out from everywhere. Bring some warm apple cider in a thermos to take this experience to the next level.
9. Watch Old School Horror Flicks In Washington Park
When: Fridays in October
Friday Fright Nights are a thing in Washington Park, and they’re going to be showing some classics. Featuring everything from an ancient version of Frankenstein to IT Came From Outer Space, there’s going to be plenty of chuckles at the old horror movies, but it’ll definitely get you stoked for Halloween.
10. Check Out Ridiculous Dog Costumes At “Spooky Pooch”
When: October 11th
Ever seen a Daschund dressed up in a like a hot dog? Well, it’s probably one of the cutest sights known to man. You’ll get to see that and a whole lot of other ridiculous dog costumes if you stop by this event. They even have a parade just for the oddly-dressed dogs. We love man’s best friend.
11. Get Lost In A Corn Maze At Irons Fruit Farm
When: Weekends in October
This one is definitely a must-do for the full fall experience in Cincinnati. You’ll be wondering your way around the maze for quite awhile, so make sure you bring some good company. Make sure you try their delicious apple products while you’re there, too. We wait all year to try their delicious Apple Fritters!
12. Eat Way Too Much Chocolate At The Cincinnati Chocolate Festival
When: October 19th
Xavier’s Cintas Center will be hosting all of the most amazing chocolates from around the are for one day only, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see what people can do. You’ll see plenty of cakes, cupcakes, and other chocolaty treats that will make your mouth water. You need to prep yourself for Halloween anyway, right?
13. Grab A Pumpkin Pie Chai At Highland Coffee House
When: Before they run out!
Every basic white girl is going to eat this up. You thought your Pumpkin Spice Latte was amazing, but you have no idea… this is the pinnacle of all pumpkin drinks in the world. We may never know their secret to how they make it so good, but we’ll keep coming back for more…
14. Take A Haunted Tour On One Of The Ducks
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween Night in October
Anyone ever heard some of the creepy history of Cincinnati and Newport? Well, you’re going to be shocked at the gangster-filled past of Newport, and some of the interesting ghost stories around the city. Afterwards, check out some of the creepiest places we’ve seen around Cincinnati.
15. Pig Out At The BBQ Fest
When: October 10th & 11th
Sawyer Point will be hosting its first ever BBQ Fest this year, and it’s sure to be a great time. There’s going to be plenty of delicious ribs, brisket, and all the other BBQ you love to chow down on at this event. It all centers around a huge competition that will crown the best BBQ in Cincinnati. With a lot of stiff competition, this will be one you won’t want to miss.
16. Get Your Charity On At “A Wicked Affair”
When: October 25th
The National Kidney Foundation of Cincinnati is putting on its annual gala, and it’s sure to be wicked. At the low cost of only $80/couple, you get a dinner, spirits, and all the dancing you can handle. The best part is that you get to dress up in your Halloween costume while you’re at it. It’s always a good time, and you’re supporting a good cause. What more could you ask for?
17. Catch A Bengals Game At PBS
When: When they’re playing!
Black and orange are already the colors of the season, and this year just might be the year for the Bengals. Recently rated as #1 in the NFL, you know every game is going to be entertaining. Just make sure you plan ahead for the weather. Even if it’s only October, it can still get pretty cold down there.
18. Enter The Pie Eating Contest At The City Apple Fest
When: November 1st
Washington Park is going to hold the only Apple Fest within the city’s confines this November, and you’re going to want to compete in the pie-eating contest. Not only that, but you’ll also get the chance to support local farmers by purchasing apple products from all around Cincinnati and the rest of Ohio.
Did we miss your favorite events for the fall? Let us know in the comments below!