And just like that, it's October.
There's plenty of fall fun to be had around Cincinnati this weekend, so get into the spirit of the season with a Sunflower Festival, the Kentucky Wool Festival, the Donauschwaben Society's Oktoberfest or the Cincinnati Moon Festival on Fountain Square. There are also a ton of haunted houses and U-pick pumpkin patches to peruse, live music, food events and more.
Friday, Oct. 1
This weekend's Kentucky Wool Festival celebrates the state's wool-spinning heritage and features plenty of food, entertainment and history. In the Wool Tent, find a variety of ready-to-spin fleece from sheep, alpaca, goats and other animals. There also will be beautiful handmade yarns and crafts for sale. A sheep shearer will be available all day (this one apparently can do it blindfolded, the festival website says), plus Miller's Border Collies and Katahdins will demonstrate the art of sheep herding. Throughout the festival, live music will be available on two stages. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 3. $5; three-day passes are available for $12 at select locations. Admission is cash only. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth. kywoolfest.org.
The self-proclaimed most authentic Oktoberfest celebration in the city takes place this weekend. The 29th-annual Cincinnati Donauschwaben Oktoberfest pulls out all the stops when it comes to German heritage. In addition to traditional German dress, a parade, a log-sawing contest, German dance groups and a car show, there will be a bevy of food and drink. Try more than 30 beers on draft, pit-roasted Bavarian pig, homemade German sausage, goetta, spatzle and tortes. 6 p.m.-midnight Oct. 1; 1 p.m.-midnight. Oct. 2; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 3. $5. 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain, cincydonau.com.
On Friday, Oct. 1, Caza Sikes art gallery in Oakley opens Humans Unwrapped: An Interactive Exhibit Celebrating Art of the Nude Figure. It is the culmination of four in-person drawing sessions that took place during September. Each session was led by a Cincinnati-based master artist who guided a small group of participating artists through a two-hour figure drawing session of a nude model. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Oct. 1.Through Oct. 6. Free. 3078 Madison Road, Oakley, cazasikes.com.
Home to three separate attractions, guests can opt to venture through Brimstone Farm’s Haunted Hayride, the Forgotten Forest or Psychosis. The farm was a prosperous place until it was laid bare by the curse in the corn. Now it’s home to monsters, madmen and all other iterations of macabre characters whose main goal is to cause chaos on your twisted hayride. There is also a Zombie Assault experience: "a high tech and frightening ride in our zombie attack simulator bus." Through Oct. 30. Online tickets: $16 Haunted Hayride; $15 Forgotten Forest; $9 Psychosis; $5 Zombie Assault; $28 combo (Haunted Hayride and Forgotten Forest); $48 fast pass combo; $3 cash parking. 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington, springborohauntedhayride.com.
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Saturday, Oct. 2
Walk the Moon at Bogart's
Walk the Moon returns home for two shows at Bogart's on the eve of the release of their fifth album, Heights. The band has leaked several tracks ahead of Heights' release, and the best of them may be “Can You Handle My Love,” a song bristling with Walk the Moon's patented anthemic energy, in the vein of “Shut Up and Dance,” “Different Colors” and “One Foot.” The Cincinnati setlist might just contain an odd gem or two from the band's early days says frontman Nicholas Petricca. All concertgoers must be vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. 7 p.m. doors Oct. 2 and 3. UPDATE: Walk the Moon has canceled the Oct. 3 concert date. Tickets start at $43. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com.
The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (GCCCEA) is hosting the 2021 Cincinnati Moon Festival in Fountain Square Saturday. The festival showcases cultural exhibits, DIY souvenirs, food sampling, performances, a lantern display and more. Performances start at 4 p.m. and include a Chinese Folk Music Ensemble, individual and group dances and multiple violin solos. The Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, honors the autumn harvest and is a time to celebrate the moon, specifically the full moon, and gather with friends and family. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Free admission. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Find more information on the Facebook event page.
The sunflowers are in full bloom at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale, and they are celebrating this weekend with the 24th-annual Sunflower Festival. Guests will be able to wander through a sunflower maze, cut their own sunflowers (for $1 per stem), and take plenty of seasonal snapshots and selfies. In addition to the blooms, Gorman will be offering hayrides and mule-drawn carriage rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and a chance to meet the farm's friendly animals. Food trucks and craft vendors will be lined up on the grounds, and Silverton's HighGrain Brewing Co. will be operating the pop-up beer garden. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. $10 for adults, $5 ages 3-7 and those 60 plus, and free for kids under 3. Gorman Heritage Farm members are also free but still must register to attend. 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, gormanfarm.org.
Esoteric Brewing in Walnut Hills is turning one and celebrating with a block party. There will be food trucks, live music, games, a "fun zone," beer and a rave DJ from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. At 3 p.m., listen to women brewers discuss the industry during a roundtable. 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 2. Free admission. 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, esotericbrewing.com.
This Saturday, head to Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park for a day of live music and art. Hosted by the Community Program for Recovery, Serenity Jam features seven bands — including School of Rock Mason, Tracy Walker, Shifted Fate and Erin Coburn & Her Band — as well as local vendor booths, food and other activities. Proceeds from the event will benefit residents of Charlie’s ¾ House and Angie’s House of Freedom & Miracles. The Community Program for Recovery raises funds to help men and women in recovery to assist with needs like dental and health care, clothing, transportation and more; Serenity Jam is their big annual fundraiser. The event is family- and pet-friendly. No alcohol will be sold. Noon-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Free admission. 1600 Art Museum Drive, Eden Park, serenityjam.org.
This the 20th fall season for the Niederman Family Farm! Tickets to Fall Fun on the Farm include access to the 4-acre corn maze, hayrides, a tractor play area, duck races, pipe swings, ball zones and more. Walk to the pumpkin paradise to select your own pumpkin (priced by size), or indulge in some cinnamon-sugar donuts, kettle corn, pumpkin butter, caramel apples, roasted nuts and apple cider. Guests can also rent bonfire pits with benches. Niederman lights the bonfire, you provide the snacks to roast over the open flame. Purchase timed admission tickets online in advance. Through Oct. 31. $13; free ages 2 and under. 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Hamilton, niedermanfamilyfarm.com.
OTR 5K Run/Walk
The 14th-annual OTR 5K invites runners and walkers of all levels on a jaunt through the neighborhood. Check in at Washington Park and then the race begins at the corner of 13th and Republic streets and winds along Liberty into Pendleton and the Brewery District and back to Washington Park. There will be a finish line party at the park with live music, yard games, food and pop-up vendors. Race registration includes an OTR 5K shirt, a waffle from sponsor Taste of Belgium, Deeper Roots Coffee and a ticket for a drink (beer, wine, soda, etc.). The race is timed and the winners will receive Rookwood Pottery medals. The race is a fundraiser for the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. 9 a.m. race; post-party 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 2. Registration available through 8:45 a.m. Oct. 2. $40. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Get full details, register and see the route map at otrchamber.com/otr5k.
Sunday, Oct. 3
Cincinnati is joining a statewide effort to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Hispanic Chamber of Cincinnati USA, Vibe Cincinnati and the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau will present the inaugural Cincy Sabroso as part of Latino Restaurant Week in Ohio. During Cincy Sabroso ("sabroso" means "tasty"), the region will celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture through food. Enjoy special and traditional Latino dishes at participating restaurants including The Arepa Place, Alfio's Buon Cibo, MashRoots, Mazunte, Maize and more. Cincy Sabroso takes place Oct. 3-10. For more information and participating restaurants, visit hispanicchambercincinnati.com/cincysabroso.
Hyde Park Square Art Show
The 55th-annual Hyde Park Square Art Show is an outdoor event featuring a plethora of artists. More than 170 artists will be displaying and selling work ranging in media from watercolor and ceramics to jewelry, photography and woodworking. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3. Free admission. Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, hydeparksquare.org.
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