Fall is the most magical time in Columbus. Our city celebrates the season in style, and you can enjoy everything from coffee-themed festivals to high-fashion costume parties. To help keep the fun going all season long, we’ve rounded up some of the best fall events in Columbus to add to your calendar this year. 

 

Columbus Oktoberfest 

When: Fri., Sept. 9 – Sun., Sept. 11 

Where: Ohio Expo Center / Ohio State Fairgrounds 

What: Bountiful beers, tasty food and live music will have you in the mood for fall. This celebration of German culture in Columbus has been going strong for over 50 years, and with two stages of entertainment on all three days, there’s plenty to enjoy. 

Oktoberfest

 

Annual General Mayhem

When: Sat., Sept. 17

Where: BrewDog 

What: Annual General Mayhem is back for the 5th year. AGM is BrewDog’s Craft Beer and Music Festival held at our BrewDog USA HQ in Canal Winchester to celebrate our Equity Punk Shareholders, our community, and the world of craft beer. Get tickets here

BrewDog's Annual General Mayhem

Columbus Coffee Festival 

When: Sat., Sept. 24 – Sun., Sept. 25 

Where: Ohio Village at the Ohio History Connection 

What: Two days full of coffee sampling, food trucks, live music and entertainment at the Ohio Village. It’s a great way to enjoy tastes from roasters around the state. 

 

All American Quarter Horse Congress 

When: Tues., Sept. 27 – Sun., Oct. 23 

Where: Ohio Expo Center / Ohio State Fairgrounds 

What: The world’s largest single-breed horse show attracts more than 650,000 people annually to the Ohio Expo Center. The Quarter Horse Congress event is also an industry-leading trade show with over 200 exhibitors.  

 

Cartoon Crossroads 

When: Thurs., Oct. 6 – Sun., Oct. 9 

Where: Throughout Columbus

What: This citywide cartoon arts festival features interactive panels, presentations and artist spotlights from a world-class guest list. Admission is free and there are events happening at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Columbus College of Art and Design and Columbus Museum of Art.  

 

People at an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum

 

Columbus Italian Festival 

When: Fri., Oct. 7 – Sun., Oct. 9 

Where: St. John The Baptist Catholic Church 

What: Over 35,000 visitors celebrate Italian culture in Columbus with food and entertainment in Italian Village. There are two stages with music every day, delicious Italian cuisine, a parade and even a bocce ball tournament.  

 

Boo at the Zoo 

When: Oct., 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 (Fri. – Sun.) 

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium  

What: A “merry-not-scary" time for the entire family, Boo at the Zoo features Halloween-themed activities around the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium across three weekends in October. You’ll find everything from pumpkin carving to a hay maze, a Halloween-themed train ride and more.  

Boo at the Zoo halloween event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

 

Harvest Blooms

When: Sat., Sept. 24 – Sun., Oct. 30 

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 

What: A plethora of pumpkins, mums, cabbages and more fill the gardens to make Harvest Blooms one of the must-see fall attractions in Columbus. Two pumpkin houses and a pumpkin tree make for Instagram-worthy moments for the whole family.  

Pumpkin house surrounded by corn stalks at Franklin Park Conservatory's Harvest Blooms exhibit

 

Columbus Fall Brewfest 

When: Sat., Oct. 1 

Where: Huntington Park 

What: Over 50 breweries and 150 beers will be featured on the field and throughout the concourse at Huntington Park. There will also be lawn games, concessions and a DJ. 

 

Fashion Week Columbus 

When: Sun., Oct. 9 – Sat., Oct. 15 

Where: Throughout Columbus 

What: Central Ohio has an incredible fashion community, and the flagship program and industry launchpad of the Columbus Fashion Council features a full week of fashion shows and fashion-related programs that showcase emerging designers. While the designers come from all around the world, many are from central Ohio!
 

Models in designer clothes walking runway and clapping during Columbus Fashion Week fashion show

 

Scrawl 

When: Sat., Oct. 15 – Sun., Oct. 16 

Where: 400th block of Rich and Town Streets 

What: Mobile murals from the city’s best visual artists will be on full display in the Franklinton Arts District. You’ll also find local vendors, DJ sets, food trucks and local brews at this two-day event. 

 

Highball Halloween 

When: Sat., Oct. 22 

What: The nation’s most elaborate costume party will take place this October! More details to come.

 

Please note that the websites linked above remain the best and most updated source of information for each event highlighted here.