September 13, 2019

Cincinnati's Best Fall Festivals and Events To Keep You Entertained This Season

The coming of fall means different things to different people. But regardless of what the season signifies to you, there's a fun festival or event that you'll probably enjoy. Whether fall means pumpkin and apple picking, spending more time outdoors or that Halloween is on its way, there are plenty of fun events to keep you entertained.
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Ohio Renaissance Festival
For weekends steeped in magic, chivalry, Arthurian flair and fantasy vibes, don your favorite corset or suit of armor and pick your favorite themed weekend to join in. Cheer on your favorite jouster with a giant turkey leg in hand, then wash it down with ale.
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. $23 adult; $21 seniors/military/fire/EMS; $9.50 child. 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, renfestival.com.
Photo: Adam Doty

Ohio Renaissance Festival

For weekends steeped in magic, chivalry, Arthurian flair and fantasy vibes, don your favorite corset or suit of armor and pick your favorite themed weekend to join in. Cheer on your favorite jouster with a giant turkey leg in hand, then wash it down with ale. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. $23 adult; $21 seniors/military/fire/EMS; $9.50 child. 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, renfestival.com.
Photo: Adam Doty
Murder on the Menu
Spring, 1879: A gunshot rings out near Washington Platform; the body of a young businessman is soon found dead in the alley across from City Hall. It’s Cincinnati’s oldest unsolved murder case, and the night begins with a walking tour of the crime, followed by a four-course dinner, during which the rest of the story unfolds. Dishes are what was common in Cincinnati circa the late 1800s and are paired with local craft beer.
6-9 p.m. Sept. 19; Oct. 17. $50. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, queencityhistory.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/QueenCityHistory

Murder on the Menu

Spring, 1879: A gunshot rings out near Washington Platform; the body of a young businessman is soon found dead in the alley across from City Hall. It’s Cincinnati’s oldest unsolved murder case, and the night begins with a walking tour of the crime, followed by a four-course dinner, during which the rest of the story unfolds. Dishes are what was common in Cincinnati circa the late 1800s and are paired with local craft beer. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19; Oct. 17. $50. Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, queencityhistory.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/QueenCityHistory
Cincinnati Comic Expo
Cincinnati’s largest comic con and pop culture expo is back for its 10th-annual show and features artists, publishers, authors, cosplayers and fans from around the globe including slated guests Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Gotham), Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Alan Tudyk (A Knight’s Tale) and Will Wheaton.
3-8 p.m. Sept. 20; 10-7 p.m. Sept. 21; 10-5 p.m. Sept. 22. $25-$55 adult; $5 kids; meet and greets and photo ops cost extra. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnaticomicexpo.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/CincinnatiComicExpo

Cincinnati Comic Expo

Cincinnati’s largest comic con and pop culture expo is back for its 10th-annual show and features artists, publishers, authors, cosplayers and fans from around the globe including slated guests Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Gotham), Kathy Najimy (Hocus Pocus), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Alan Tudyk (A Knight’s Tale) and Will Wheaton. 3-8 p.m. Sept. 20; 10-7 p.m. Sept. 21; 10-5 p.m. Sept. 22. $25-$55 adult; $5 kids; meet and greets and photo ops cost extra. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown, cincinnaticomicexpo.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/CincinnatiComicExpo
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
Cincinnati is a city steeped in German heritage; celebrate that with North America’s largest Oktoberfest, second only to the OG in Munich. Feast on sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels, limburger cheese, etc. There will also be bratwurst-eating contests, the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance,” German music and more.
11 a.m. -11 p.m. Sept. 20; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 21; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 22. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/OktoberfestZinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Cincinnati is a city steeped in German heritage; celebrate that with North America’s largest Oktoberfest, second only to the OG in Munich. Feast on sauerkraut balls, goetta, cream puffs, bratwurst, pretzels, limburger cheese, etc. There will also be bratwurst-eating contests, the “World’s Largest Chicken Dance,” German music and more. 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Sept. 20; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 21; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 22. Free admission. Second and Third streets between Walnut and Elm streets, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/OktoberfestZinzinnati
Fire Up the Night
International teams head to Coney Island to compete in a fireworks face-off. All three competitors — Belgium, Vietnam and Russia— go head to head in a pyrotechnic showdown for international bragging rights. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges.
Gates open 4 p.m.; fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $25 per carload. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, coneyislandpark.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConeyIslandAmusementPark

Fire Up the Night

International teams head to Coney Island to compete in a fireworks face-off. All three competitors — Belgium, Vietnam and Russia— go head to head in a pyrotechnic showdown for international bragging rights. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges. Gates open 4 p.m.; fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $25 per carload. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, coneyislandpark.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConeyIslandAmusementPark
ISH Festival
Launched in 2017, this arts and cultural festival explores Jewish and Israeli traditions through art, food, music for all ages.
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, ishfestival.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/IshFestival

ISH Festival

Launched in 2017, this arts and cultural festival explores Jewish and Israeli traditions through art, food, music for all ages. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, ishfestival.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/IshFestival
The Great Pumpkin Fest
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! King’s Island will be a place transformed come October. But, during this fest it’s all treats and no tricks. Check out mazes, trick-or-treating and the park’s Halloween-themed events and décor, suitable for all ages.
Noon-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 22-Oct. 27. Tickets start at $34.99. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/KingsIsland

The Great Pumpkin Fest

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! King’s Island will be a place transformed come October. But, during this fest it’s all treats and no tricks. Check out mazes, trick-or-treating and the park’s Halloween-themed events and décor, suitable for all ages. Noon-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 22-Oct. 27. Tickets start at $34.99. 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, visitkingsisland.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/KingsIsland
Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week
Become a culinary tourist in your own city during CityBeat’s Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Local eateries like Sartre OTR, Salazar, Nicola's, Taste of Belgium and many others will offer $26 and $36 three-course prix fixe menus (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). 
Sept. 23-29. $26-$36. Visit greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com for a full list of participating restaurants.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreaterCincinnatiRestaurantWeek

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Become a culinary tourist in your own city during CityBeat’s Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week. Local eateries like Sartre OTR, Salazar, Nicola's, Taste of Belgium and many others will offer $26 and $36 three-course prix fixe menus (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Sept. 23-29. $26-$36. Visit greatercincinnatirestaurantweek.com for a full list of participating restaurants.
Photo via Facebook.com/GreaterCincinnatiRestaurantWeek
Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest
With autumn comes cozier music fests. Enter: the three-day Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest. Peruse local art and listen to music from more than 35 bands on three stages including Rumpke Mountain Boys, Young Heirlooms, Sylmar, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Common Center, Hickory Robot and more.
9 p.m. Sept. 27; 2 p.m. Sept. 28; noon Sept. 29. $25 per day; $40 weekend pass; $100 VIP. Riverfront Live, Kellogg Ave., East End, rhythmbrewfest.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/RythmBrewFest

Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest

With autumn comes cozier music fests. Enter: the three-day Rhythm Brew Art and Music Fest. Peruse local art and listen to music from more than 35 bands on three stages including Rumpke Mountain Boys, Young Heirlooms, Sylmar, Frontier Folk Nebraska, Common Center, Hickory Robot and more. 9 p.m. Sept. 27; 2 p.m. Sept. 28; noon Sept. 29. $25 per day; $40 weekend pass; $100 VIP. Riverfront Live, Kellogg Ave., East End, rhythmbrewfest.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/RythmBrewFest
Country Applefest
Whether you pronounce it caramel or caramel, get ready to get some of the delightful sugary stuff stuck in your teeth. This fall festival is a celebration of all things apple: candy apples, cider, fritters, pies and more. Relish in the apple extravaganza and shop arts and crafts like pottery, jewelry and handmade, possibly apple-scented soaps.
10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sept. 28; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Free admission. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, countryapplefest.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/CountryApplefest

Country Applefest

Whether you pronounce it caramel or caramel, get ready to get some of the delightful sugary stuff stuck in your teeth. This fall festival is a celebration of all things apple: candy apples, cider, fritters, pies and more. Relish in the apple extravaganza and shop arts and crafts like pottery, jewelry and handmade, possibly apple-scented soaps. 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sept. 28; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Free admission. Warren County Fairgrounds, 665 N. Broadway St., Lebanon, countryapplefest.com.
Photo via Facebook.com/CountryApplefest