10 Fall Festivals You Have to Catch in Columbus
Fall is a magical time in Columbus. The air is crisp, the leaves are beautiful, and there are tons of great festivals to check out, almost every weekend! Here ten Columbus festivals you have to get to this fall.
Greek Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Short North
Greek food, music and culture are on display at this fun event in the Short North. Make sure to eat some souvlaki, a baklava sundae and some honey-dipped loukomades, and definitely take a tour of the beautiful cathedral.
Country Living Fair, Sept. 12-14, Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center
From antiques to modern handicrafts, you can spend a whole day shopping and learning at the Country Living Fair. Catch local food artisans and designers with shows on HGTV and the DIY networks give informative presentations. You’ll definitely want to bring some sturdy bags for your finds.
Independents’ Day, Sept. 19-21, Franklinton
With a new location in the up-and-coming arts district of Franklinton, Independents’ Day celebrates everything that’s awesome about Columbus. From local bands to homegrown makers, and with a heaping helping of local food, you’ll find it here.
New Albany Classic, Sept. 21, New Albany
World-renowned equestrian athletes compete in the Grand Prix, and tween-friendly musical performers on the cusp of stardom, like Fifth Harmony, Jake Miller, AJR and Sabrina Carpenter. Festival rides, games and art projects for kids round out this great family event.
Columbus Oktoberfest, Sept. 26-28, Ohio Expo Center
Columbus’ rich German heritage is on display as a large section of the Ohio Expo Center is transforming into a Bavarian beer garden. Oompah bands, lederhosen, bratwurst – it’s all here. Start practicing your polka moves.
Italian Festival, Oct. 10-12, Italian Village
Kick off your Italian weekend in Italian Village with the Columbus Italian Parade and Marching Band Competition on Saturday, Oct. 11. From there, take a tasting tour of Italian food, wine and beer, and finally, show your stripes at the Bocce Competition.
Columbus Comedy Festival, Oct. 23-25, Wild Goose Creative
Columbus’ sizeable comedy scene keeps growing every year. If you’re in need of a laugh, head to Wild Goose Creative in Clintonville. Catch performances ranging including sketch, improv and standup from the best local comedians and actors.
HighBall Halloween, Oct. 24-25, Short North
It’s time to glam up your Halloween with the Short North’s high-profile HighBall. Columbus’ fashion world comes out to play with runway shows and costume competitions, live music and street art.
Columbus International Festival, Nov. 8-9, Ohio Expo Center
Columbus’ incredible diversity is on display at the International Festival. Learn about the cultural heritage of the city’s residents, and try food from all over the world.
Columbus International Film and Video Festival, Nov. 13-23, Various Locations
In its 62nd year, this festival is your chance to see limited-release and art-house films from local and international filmmakers. Spread across 11 days and with screening rooms all over the city, this is a perfect chance to work a movie into your next trip.