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September
24

12 Colorful Places to See Fall Foliage in Northeast Ohio

While Vermont and New Hampshire might get more national attention for their beautiful displays of fall foliage, residents of Northeast Ohio know that our autumn colors are just as breathtaking. Our slice of paradise is bursting with sprawling parkland, sparkling lakes, wooded roadways and trails where you can get a taste of our seasonal beauty—you just have to know where to go.

We rounded up 12 of our favorite places to see fall foliage in the area—including some parks, waterfalls and covered bridges—so grab your camera and get ready to fall in love with Ohio all over again!

Note: Most of Ohio's best fall colors occur in the middle of October, but you can still see some leaves changing all throughout September. For the most accurate prediction, check out this fall foliage map from the Smoky Mountains National Park website.

 

Ashtabula County

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

Photo courtesy of Richard McBride via the Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival

Nestled in the extreme northeast corner of Ohio, Ashtabula County is chock full of stunning places to view fall leaves, due to its dense deciduous forests and sparse population. For the best views, drive south on State Road 534 from Geneva to Windsor, where you'll be treated to miles and miles of vineyards as well as two of the county's 19 covered bridges. We recommend visiting on the second weekend of October when the Ashtabula County hosts their annual Covered Bridge Festival—full of entertainment, rides, games and a festive parade!

 

Bedford Reservation

The Bedford Reservation, nestled just above the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bedford, features a deep gorge carved out by Tinker's Creek, full of picturesque vistas and waterfalls. In the forests, you'll find mature trees adorned with yellow, orange and green and other abundant wildlife. The area also offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, picnicking and horseback riding. But to get the most out of your scenic visit, we recommend heading straight to the overlook along Gorge Parkway, which boasts one of the best views in Northeast Ohio.

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 
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This centrally located national park is just a short distance from Cleveland and Akron, but its many acres of untouched scenery and countless species of plants and wildlife make it feel like it's worlds away. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in the state, and frequently makes lists of "must-visit" parks in the country. During the fall, this is even more true! The trees explode into color, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for leisurely hikes and picnics. If you're interested in taking a hike while you're there, make sure to check out our complete guide to hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

 

Hocking Hills

This popular, outdoorsy destination is filled with some of the most interesting scenery in the country, from breathtaking sandstone cliffs and waterfalls to caves and colorful forests. During the day, you can hike, bike and fish your way around the hills, or visit the charming towns nearby. And while locals and visitors alike flock to Hocking Hills for the camping, we highly recommend booking a cabin for a weekend or longer. Most of these cabins are outfitted with hot tubs, fireplaces, hammocks and spectacular views (of course). On your way, don't miss out on the chance to stop by Ohio's Ravenwood Castle, which has repeatedly been named one of the coolest destinations in the state.

 

The Holden Arboretum

 
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If a visit to the Holden Arboretum isn't on the top of your fall to-do list, then stop everything you're doing and head over right now. This famous arboretum is practically an outdoor playground that features cultivated gardens, trails and interesting attractions like the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower, which stands 120 feet above the forest floor. Not only will you have a blast exploring all of the interesting fauna among the bright autumn colors, but you'll also be able to stand in the trees and catch a breathtaking view from above. Need we say more?

 

Holmes County

Holmes County, the heart of Ohio's Amish Country, is certainly one of the most charming places in the state. On any given day, a leisurely walk or drive in the area will reveal narrow, winding roads, horse-drawn carriages, roadside farm stands, wavy fields of corn and a variety of beautiful trees. During the autumn months, these trees (including maples, oaks and buckeyes) explode into vibrant reds, oranges and yellows, transforming the county into something out of a fairy tale. But don't take our word for it—according to National Geographic, Holmes County is one of the top 10 places in the world to see fall foliage.

 

Lake Erie Bluffs

If you're not ready to give up the fun of summer quite yet—don't worry, we get it. Head out to Lake Erie Bluffs on the coast, which offers the perfect mix of summertime lake activities and scenic fall views. If it isn't too cold, you can take a kayak or canoe out on the water and experience the shoreline views of trees and trails first hand. There's also a 50-foot observation tower where you can get a 360-degree perspective of Lake Erie and the best of Ohio's natural fall beauty!

 

Lanterman's Mill

 
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Lanterman's Mill dates back to 1845 and is recognized as one of Mahoning County's most historic landmarks—and one of its most picturesque! The mill sits adjacent to the Mahoning River and overlooks Lanterman's Falls, which makes for a great photo from the outside. But don't leave without venturing in—the mill still offers stone-ground flours and gifts to the public, and is staffed by knowledgeable people who can inform you about the history of the area!

 

Rockefeller Park

If you want to find a place to enjoy the season within the city, pay a visit to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Rockefeller Park just outside of Cleveland. The lush grounds host more than 30 gardens, all designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, representing the diversity and multiculturalism of the city. The area is even more gorgeous in the fall when trees all over the park turn a startling bright yellow and shed their leaves. The gardens are often driven through rather than explored by foot and admission is free!

 

Rocky River Reservation

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kyle Lanzer via Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Magazine calls the Rocky River Reservation one of the best places in the state to view fall leaves, and we tend to agree! The reservation includes a nature center, marina and stables along with interesting hiking trails so you can see the fall foliage up close. While you're there, make sure to take advantage of the Fort Hill Stairs, which ascend 90-feet above the east and west branches of the Rocky River, providing an optimal view of the area's fall foliage.

 

Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation

Perhaps the most picturesque destination in Cleveland, the ruins of Squire's Castle stand proudly in the heart of the North Chagrin Reservation. After a hike in the woodlands (or a rousing game of golf at the Manakiki Golf Course), set out a picnic in front of the castle. From here you can admire the beautiful architecture, soak in the autumn sunshine, and capture pictures of the colorful foliage. While there, make sure to share the story of builder Feargus B. Squire, whose wife supposedly still haunts the grounds.

 

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

Fall Foliage NE Ohio

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Built in 1915, the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a spectacular example of architecture from the era. The home once belonged to the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Frank Seiberling, but was opened to the public after his passing. It now stands as a beloved Akron landmark and has even received the title of "best historic home tour in America" by the readers of USA Today. Tour the house and marvel at the antique furniture and detailing, but don't miss out on a turn through the gardens. During the fall months, a picnic outside allows you to view the marvelous mansion and the surrounding color all at once.

 

What did we miss?

Did we leave out your favorite spot in Northeast Ohio to see fall colors? Let us know in the comments!

September
19

The 11 Best Pumpkin Patches, Apple Orchards + Corn Mazes in the Akron & Canton Area, Mapped

The Akron and Canton area was built on a strong agricultural history. As a result, we're blessed with year-round farmers' markets, local agriculture experiences and plenty of places to pick a pumpkin and sip fresh apple cider every fall.

To prove it, we rounded up a few of our favorite local spots where you can pick your own pumpkin, pick your own apples, watch your cider being pressed and eat plenty of pumpkin and apple donuts before enjoying festive, farm activities. This fall, make a trip to one (or more!) of these family farms and you'll want to come back every year.

Use our interactive map to find the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, or corn maze nearest you!

Arrowhead Orchard

11724 Lisbon Street, Paris

Pumpkin Patches in Akron & Canton

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2019 marks 87 years of community service, family fun and of course, delicious apples at Arrowhead Orchard! The farm is open seven days a week, but you'll want to visit during one of their family fun weekends this year—which will run until October 20. Each weekend, Friday-Sunday, will feature a corn maze, hayrides, a hamster run, a zip-line for children, an apple train and so much more.

 

Beckwith Orchards Cider Mill

1617 Lake Rockwell Road, Kent

The Beckwith Orchards Cider Mill has been a family-owned and -operated farm market for over 125 years—and it isn't hard to see why they've been so successful. Not only do they offer delicious, home-grown fruits and vegetables, but they also have a full bakery where you can get a freshly baked pie or cookie! This fall, don't miss the opportunity to take a stroll through the orchard or an autumn bike ride on the adjacent Portage County Hike and Bike Trail. If you want to learn even more about the orchard, educational tours are available by appointment.

 

Dussel Farm

1109 Old Forge Road, Kent

Pumpkin Patches in Akron & Canton

This quaint, family-owned farm has been in operation since 1948, accumulating over 70 years of experience in growing, harvesting and celebrating. During the fall, that culminates into a massive Pumpkin Festival, complete with thousands of pumpkins, a corn maze, a scary bus, witches, a craft barn and tons of tasty treats!

 

Geig's Orchard

8468 Wooster Pike Road, Seville

Geig's might be a perfect locale for a fun-filled day of apple picking, but it's also a top-notch place to grab a fresh-pressed apple cider, pie fillings, jams and more. Locals wait all year for the market to open so they can ring in the fall season properly!

 

Guyette Farms

10833 Chamberlain Road, Mantua

Pumpkin Patches in Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Eagle Vision Photography via Guyette Farms

Since 1945, the family at Guyette Farms has grown and raised a wide range of agricultural products including hay, corn, oats, hormone-free beef, honey and maple syrup. During the fall months, you can get lost in their giant corn maze, which will be open this year from September 21st until October 27th on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Heritage Farms

6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula

For over a hundred years, Heritage Farms has been a picturesque setting for farm fun and special events. This year, their fall festival, Pumpkin Pandemonium, will run from September 28 through October 29 and will include a harvest maze, relaxing hayrides, pumpkin rolling, skee ball, a straw tunnel, a coloring wall and plenty of pumpkins for you to pick!

 

Kingsway Pumpkin Farm

1555 Andrews Street, Hartville

Pumpkin Patches in Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Kingsway Pumpkin Farm

Kingsway Pumpkin Farm is a favorite amongst northeast Ohio families for a number of reasons—the gigantic and ornate maze, wagon rides, animals, corn box, straw tunnel and the pick-your-own pumpkin patch are just a few! Come see what all the fuss is about starting opening day (September 14) and on weekends through the beginning of November.

 

Maize Valley Winery

6193 Edison Street, Hartville

While Maize Valley Winery is mainly known for their award-winning wine, they are a perfect destination for families in the fall! When you stop by between the months of September and October, you'll be treated to an 8-acre corn maze, wagon rides, a pumpkin jump pad, an animal train, pumpkin cannon demonstrations, a "Goat-a-Palooza", a chicken run and so much more. Plus, adults will have a blast exploring their market—which is full of homegrown produce, savory meats, fresh breads and delectable cheeses— and tasting a few of their fantastic wines!

 

Nickajack Farms

2955 Manchester Avenue, North Lawrence

Pumpkin Patches in Akron & Canton

Nestled in the adorable community of North Lawrence, Nickajack Farms is a family-owned and -operated farm that grows quality grass hay. In the fall, you definitely won't want to miss the Fall Festival, where Nickajack turns into an autumn wonderland! The festival will run from mid-September through October and will feature a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, a corn maze, barnyard animals, tractor train rides, a discovery barn, midway games, play areas and more!

 

Ramseyer Farms

3488 Akron Road, Wooster

Ramseyer is the place to be on September weekends and even well into October. Here, you'll find a wide variety of activities to engage kids from sunup to sundown, including hayrides, slides, animals, pedal cart race tracks and pumpkin picking! But the real star of the show is Ramseyer Farms' two giant corn mazes that are a sight to behold from above. One is shaped like the entire state of Ohio while the other twists and turns into a massive mural of dinosaurs! Each maze features approximately 2 miles of trails—so make sure to allow 30-60 minutes to complete it. Have smaller children? Visit their mini-maze which will only take about 10-15 minutes!

 

Szalay's Sweet Corn Farm

4563 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Pumpkin Patches near Cincinnati

Szalay's Farm first opened in 1931 as a vegetable farm. Now, after 88 years and four generations, they've evolved into a specialized sweet corn farm and an old-fashioned farm market that offers a wide variety of fruits and veggies fresh from the fields. Recently voted Akron's Best Farm Market, Szalay's is open all year long, but we definitely recommend that you stop by in the fall for their spectacular Fall Corn Maze! Their 3-acre maze will challenge you and your family all day, and when you finally find the way out, you can enjoy a refreshing pressed cider to celebrate!

 

Enjoy the fall season!

Did we miss your favorite autumn spot? Let us know in the comments!

September
18

Fall Decor Inspiration From Ohio Instagrammers

Fall is finally here and we couldn't be more excited! There is something extra magical about the season as the temperature cools, the pumpkins come out, the leaves change and we finally have an excuse to wear cozy sweaters, flannel and boots.

It's time to welcome the season with open arms—and guess what? You don't even have to leave your house to do so. With these fall decorating ideas from Ohio Instagrammers, you can invent the indoor oasis of your dreams and make your home look and feel as cozy as possible.

 

The Perfect First Fall Impression

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Mums, pumpkins and plaid—oh my! We love the idea of layering your doormats to give a little bit of custom style and dimension, which is exactly what Katie of Kasually Katie did with her front porch's seasonal decor last year. She also added in some gorgeous flowering mums and pumpkins from one of our favorite nurseries, Pettit's, for a perfect fall touch.

 

An Orange DIY We Can Get Behind

From: @InfarrantlyCreative

 
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While we think it's never too early to start decorating for Halloween, this subtly spooky felt wreath from Infarrantly Creative could be left up all year long! The bright orange paired with a checkered black bow says Halloween with class. And, it turns out felt wreaths are actually pretty easy to make! You can find the full tutorial here.

 

Sophisticated Thanksgiving Place Settings

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When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you have a few choices on how to display the smorgasbord. You could make it a self-serve affair with a buffet or you could create a fall wonderland for your guests like Annie from The Preta Porter did! We can't get enough of the eye-catching metallic pumpkins in the centerpiece or the adorable acorn napkin holders.

 

Sweater Weather Ambiance

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Crunching leaves, pumpkins, cool autumn air, fresh linen and cinnamon are just some of our favorite scents of fall! Even Cutler Real Estate's own Olivia Johnson can't get enough of fall smells—burning a Sweater Weather candle all season long. We also love her silver candlesticks and delicate pearl spray in a tall, glass vase that adds a subtle and classy fall touch to the space!

 

Rustic Autumn Chic

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We sure love our rustic decor here in Ohio. Not only are we home to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, but we are also a haven for antique lovers with incredible vintage and antique stores around every corner. And that love oozes out of this photo from Pam at House of Hawthornes! We adore the rustic watering can, tiny pumpkins and, of course, that amazing corn on the cob garland that ties it all together.

 

Simple Seasonal Changes

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September
12

The Must-Attend Fall Events in the Columbus Area for 2019

The leaves are changing, that familiar fall chill is starting to return to the air and pumpkin is appearing on menus everywhere. Fall is here, which is an occasion worth celebrating here in Columbus! Fortunately, there are plenty of local events and festivals to look forward to over the next few months.

Whether you're looking to experience the bountiful autumn harvest, get scared at a horror film festival or peruse a craft fair—you'll find something on this list worth marking on your calendar. Have fun this season!

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September

Country Living Fair

Where: Ohio Village 

When: September 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!

 

The 21st Annual Pawpaw Festival

Where: Lake Snowden, Albany

When: September 13-15, Friday 4 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event that celebrates one of America's largest native tree fruits: the pawpaw. The annual three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, fantastic entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local vendors. This year, you can expect a full lineup of presentations and activities that will provide fun for your whole family, including a Best Pawpaw Competition, a Pawpaw Cook-off, a Pawpaw Eating Contest and much more.

 

Old Hilliardfest

Where: Downtown Hilliard

When: September 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games, a sunflower show, a car show, kids' fair and much more.

 

Scarecrow Festival

Where: Downtown Washington Court House

When: September 20-22, Times TBA

Welcome autumn in style at this annual festival in Downtown Washington Court House! The family-friendly weekend will be full of live music, delicious food, rides, games, craft vendors, a 5K walk and run, classic cars and so much more. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to see what the full lineup of activities will be!

 

Harvest Fair

Where: The Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Harvest Fair is the Stratford Ecological Center's biggest event of the year, featuring plenty of tractors, farm animals, a horse-drawn wagon and so much more! Don't forget to bring the best of your bounty, which you can display to the rest of the fair, and some good walking shoes so you can traverse the nearby hiking trails while you're there. Tickets are $5 per person and children under the age of 3 are free.

 

Pumpkinpalooza

Where: Emswiler Farm, Pataskala

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children's Hospital, Pataskala's annual Pumpkinpalooza is a can't-miss event this season. This year, enjoy exploring a huge barn full of food and activities; pick out a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch; take a hayride around the farm; and bounce around in a bounce house—the possibilities are endless! You can purchase advance tickets on their website. All proceeds will benefit the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

 

Apple Fest

Where: Lawrence Orchards, Marion

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

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This old-fashioned autumn event gives you and your whole family the chance to explore Lawrence Orchards, a local institution since 1921. Explore the orchard on a horse-drawn carriage, let the kiddos ride a pony, traverse the hay maze, take a train ride and, of course, eat a lot of apples! The event will feature plenty of fresh apples, caramel apple bars, apple pie and homemade apple cider that you'll want to take home gallons of.

 

October

43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

Where: Young's Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs

When: October 5-6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrate the fall season at Young's Jersey Dairy this year with the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival! There you'll be able to take your picture with Humongous Gus; taste freshly made pumpkin donut holes; take a tour of their cheese making facility; and go pumpkin bowling. This event is entirely free, so bring the whole family out to have some autumn fun!

 

German Village Monster Bash

Where: German Village Meeting Haus

When: October 12, 7-11:30 p.m.

This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photo booth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits.

 

Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery

Where: Oakland Nursery, Dublin

When: October 12-13, 12-4 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

Come celebrate all things autumn at this family-friendly festival! There will be tractor-pulled hayrides, make n' take crafts, a pumpkin bounce house, apple cider pressing, a giant pumpkin carving demo and much more—all of the ingredients needed for a perfect fall fest.

 

Shock Around the Clock

Where: The Drexel Theater

When: October 12-13, Noon-Noon

Sharpen your wooden stakes and stock up on silver bullets because Columbus's terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares! This 24-hour horror marathon is held at the Drexel Theater and will feature a lineup of several terrifying films. In addition to watching a few movies, you'll also have the chance to meet Michael Gornick, the legendary director of photography for Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Knightriders and Martin!

 

All Hallow's Eve at Ohio Village

Where: Ohio Village 

When: October 12 & 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

 

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where: East Franklin Street, Circleville

When: October 14-19, Times Vary

 
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Any Ohioan will tell you, fall means the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The 113th Circleville Pumpkin Show is just south of Columbus and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. Check out the parades, rides, entertainment and every kind of pumpkin-flavored treat that you can think of. Be sure to stop by and see the largest pumpkin pie, measuring at 14 feet in diameter, along with all of the massive pumpkins on display around East Franklin Street!

 

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Where: The Ohio Statehouse

When: October 18-19 & 25-26, 7-9 p.m.

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building—if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!

 

Boo at the Zoo

Where: The Columbus Zoo

When: Weekends October 11-27, Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.

 

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

Where: Easton Town Center

When: October 20, 12-3 p.m.

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the fall fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!

 

HighBall Halloween

Where: Short North, Columbus

When: October 11-12, Times TBD

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

 

Creepside Festival

Where: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna

When: October 19, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival two Saturdays before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!

November

Ohio Made Holiday Market

Where: Hollywood Casino Columbus

When: November 15-16, Friday 6-10 p.m. & Saturday 12-7 p.m.

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Kick-off your holiday shopping spree at one of the most popular craft fairs of the year! At the annual Ohio Made Holiday Market, over 80 vendors will be selling handcrafted, artisan goods as well as an assortment of wonderful gifts. VIP ticket holders will gain early access the market along with exclusive deals, drink specials and a raffle! You can purchase a ticket, and learn more about the participating vendors, here.  

Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K & 10K

Where: 333 West Broad Street When: November 30, 8:30 a.m. Give back to a cause you care about and get a free doughnut while you're at it! Don't miss the Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K a 10K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. All proceeds go towards supporting the Humane Society of Delaware County.  And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in—a few famous Buckeye Donuts will be waiting for you at the finish line!  

What about you?

Let us know how you plan to celebrate the season in the comments!

September
10

19 Essential Fall Events + Festivals in the Cleveland Area This Year

Fall is finally upon us! Crisp morning walks through crunchy leaves, homemade apple pie, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters—there are so many things we love about this season in Ohio. Don't miss out on these important rituals by attending one of the fall festivals and events happening in and around Cleveland this year!

And because we can't wait until the official first day of fall, we are starting the harvest party a bit earlier in September! From art shows to pumpkin festivals, here are the essential Cleveland events you can't miss this fall.

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September

Rocky River Falls Arts Festival

Where: Old Detroit Area, Rocky River

When: September 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Photo courtesy of the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival

Rocky River Falls Arts Festival was first established in 2009 to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area. After 11 years, the only thing that has changed is the sheer size of the event. This year, 57 vendors are planning to participate! You'll also get to enjoy plenty of local food trucks and live music all throughout the day.

 

Village Peddler Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: September 14-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Village Peddler Festival at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland is back for its 38th year! The 2019 event will feature live music, more than 175 arts and crafts exhibitors, delicious food, a corn maze and many activities for children! The event will also showcase a massive farmers' market filled with gourmet and harvest-time specialties that you can spend the entire afternoon exploring.

 

Harvest Moon

Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden

When: September 20, 6 p.m.

This fall, experience the Cleveland Botanical Garden under the stars at their annual Harvest Moon dinner! Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Cleveland's top chefs while surrounded by elegant, natural beauty at the gardens. The dinner will take place outside, under the harvest moon, around the Conway Family Reflecting Pool on the Geis Terrace. In addition to delicious food and beautiful sights, guests will also be treated to live music and locally brewed beers from the Boss Dog Brewing Company, the Butcher and the Brewer, the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Platform Beer Company.

 

Elyria Apple Festival

Where: Ely Square, Elyria

When: September 20-22, Times TBA

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

The Elyria Apple Festival began in 1980 after locals Bill Fitch and Al Murphy witnessed the success of the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and decided to hold a fall festival to Elyria—with one major change. Instead of pumpkins, they wanted to prominently feature the numerous apple growers in the area, and thus, the Elyria Apple Festival was born! This year, you can expect a variety of apple-themed fun, including an apple pie baking contest, an Apple Festival Princess Pageant, an apple art show and so much more.

 

Apple Butter & Cider Weekend

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: September 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

This weekend at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark is all about apples! Bring the whole family to taste some delicious, locally made apple cider—and even make your own. Visitors will also be able to peruse the Showman's Circle area, which will feature a farm-themed playground and covered shelter for live animal demonstrations. Plus, you won't want to miss the hay maze, corn maze, harvest-themed crafts and much more!

 

Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival

Where: Lincoln Park

When: September 28 & 29, Saturday 12-7 p.m. & Sunday 12-5 p.m.

The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival is one of Cleveland's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every fall for over 21 years. This year, the festival will feature over 130 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music and dance performances; the beer and wine garden; the children's village and much more!

 

Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest

Where: Rockin R' Ranch, Columbia Station

When: Every Weekend, September 28-October 27, 12-5 p.m.

Rockin R' Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest is one of Ohio's largest fall festivals, packed full of fun events for the whole family. Head to Columbia Station any weekend, September 28-October 27, and enjoy pony rides, a pumpkin slide, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, an animal petting farm, face painting and a Zombie Hunt 3D paintball experience! You can purchase tickets, which cost $11, online and at the ticket window on site.

 

Ohio City Street Festival

Where: West Side Market 

When: September 29, 12-8 p.m.

Head to West Side Market on the last weekend of September for a day-long fall celebration! West 25th Street will be full of the best food, drink, retail and arts entertainment Ohio City has to offer. Music and arts programming will take place throughout the day and the Kid Zone will offer fun for the whole family—including face painting, a balloon animal artist, inflatables and more.

 

October

Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Fall Festival

When: October 4, 6-10 p.m.

Pumpkin beer lovers rejoice! The Pumpkin Ale Fall Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring a fantastic selection of local beer, wine and food makers along with some spectacular entertainment. Visit their website to check out the full, impressive lineup!

 

Goblins in the Garden at Holden Arboretum

Where: Holden Arboretum Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, Kirtland 

When: October 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Get the Halloween festivities started early at the Holden Arboretum! This annual family-friendly, not-too-scary celebration offers endless daytime trick-or-treating for costumed little ones (and costumed dogs!) in a festive garden setting.

 

Corn & Pumpkin Festival

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark, Kirtland

When: October 5-6 & 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season at Lake Metroparks Farmpark this year with the Corn & Pumpkin Festival! There, you'll be able to help husk, shell and grind the corn; make corn husk dolls; explore a 3-acre corn maze; and paint a masterpiece on a pumpkin.

 

Brew at the Zoo

Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 10, 6-10 p.m.

Adults 21 and over are invited to enjoy a variety of Cleveland's best craft beers, live music, animal encounters and more during this after-hours Halloween event at the Cleveland Zoo! General admission tickets include unlimited samplings and small bites of pub fare.

 

Boo at the Zoo

Where: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 5-9 p.m.

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kyle Lanzer via Cleveland Metroparks

Boo at the Zoo is considered Cleveland's sweetest Halloween tradition. And you have three weekends to enjoy the festivities at the zoo, including treat stations, unlimited 4-D Theater movies, carousel and train rides, a hay maze, a Monster Mash dance party and much more!

 

Apple Butter Festival

Where: Century Village Museum, Burton

When: October 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since its inception in 1949, the Apple Butter Festival has been drawing in thousands of people from all around the country to Century Village in Burton—and the moment you get within a mile of the festival you'll smell why! This old-fashioned autumn event features freshly made apple butter slathered on everything. Take a moment to watch the famous butter being made in copper kettles before going to get some for yourself. You'll also get to taste delicious apple fritters, tour historic buildings, visit with artisans and more!

 

Hauntaquarium at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Where: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium 

When: October 18-19 & 25-27, 6-9 p.m.

Hunt for treasure at this unique pirate-themed Halloween party at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! Activities include a magic show, face painting, animal encounters, games, a DJ-ed dance party, a trick-or-treat trail, crafts, pumpkin animal enrichment, costumed scuba divers, and various special appearances. Tickets are $12 for non-pass holders (both adults and children) or $10 for pass holders (both adults and children). Children under 2 years old are free.

 

12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Where: Kauffman Park, Lakewood

When: October 19, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Photo courtesy of LakewoodAlive

We can't leave our four-legged family members out of the Halloween fun! LakewoodAlive invites all dogs (and their owners) to the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade at Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood. The festival starts at 12:30 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony announcing winners for several categories, including Best Dog and Child, Best Dog and Adult, Best Dog and Group, Spookiest Pooch, and Best in Show.

 

I-X Center Trick-or-Treat Street

Where: I-X Center

When: October 19-20 & 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Don't miss this exciting Halloween tradition at the International Exposition (I-X) Center! Trick-or-Treat Street features creatively themed and not-so-spooky Halloween houses dishing out candy, plus pony rides, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Get your tickets for $13 in advance or $14 the day of!

 

November

The Cheese & Wine Fest Cleveland 2019

Where: Lago Custom Events

When: November 16, 5-9 p.m.

Do you love cheese? Then you're in for a treat this November! Back for its third year, the Cheese and Wine Fest will once again feature cheeses from around the world along with various wines that pair perfectly with them. This event will be held at Lago Custom Events on the east bank of the Flats. You can purchase a ticket to this cheesy event here.

 

Winterfest

Where: Downtown Cleveland

When: November 30, 10 a.m.-8p.m.

Cleveland Santa

To end the fall season and officially welcome in the holidays, join Downtown Cleveland at the annual Winterfest! All day long, you and your family can experience the magic of the holidays, with lights, entertainment and activities for people of all ages. In the evening, don't miss the free horse-drawn carriage rides, the tree lighting ceremony, the fireworks show and more!

 

How do you celebrate fall?

Let us know what your favorite fall events in Cleveland are!

September
5

The 10 Best Home Decor Shops in the Akron + Canton Area

If you've ever visited the Akron and Canton area, you'll know that we're a hub for vintage shops, antique malls and flourishing interior designers. So it's only natural that our area is home to an incredible lineup of charming home decor shops!

The next time you're shopping for furniture, wall hangings, lighting and accessories, make sure these businesses in the Akron and Canton area are on your shopping list. From one-of-a-kind barn wood tables to the perfect light fixture for your entryway—you'll have everything you need (and more!) for your home before you know it.

Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods

534 Cleveland Avenue, Canton

Husband and wife team Melissa and Dave Sherrill opened Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods in 2014 in a tiny studio space located in the Canton Arts District. Today, you can find them a few blocks away in a much larger venue, packed full of retro, vintage, mid-century furnishings and plenty more fun, weird things.

 

Birchwood Supply Co.

21 Merriman Road, Akron

Birchwood Supply is more than just a home decor shop—it's an experience. Step through the quaint, unassuming front door and take in an amalgamation of vintage scoreboards, well-worn couches, mirrors made from local tire forms, and much more. The shop is owned by Jason Horinger, a local designer who handmakes a lot of the goods, including some of the stunning custom tables and centerpieces, that you'll find in the store.

 

The Birch Tree Furniture & Boutique

5032 Tuscarawas Street, Canton

Home Decor Stores Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of the Birch Tree Furniture & Boutique

This family-owned shop features everything from custom furniture to women's fashion. They currently offer two full lines of furniture, Norwalk Furniture from Ohio and Craftmaster Furniture which is made in North Carolina. If you're unable to make it to the store in person—don't worry! They have their entire collection available to view online, so you can shop from the comfort of your own home.

 

The Bomb Shelter

923 Bank Street, Akron

Retro furniture is a must in Akron, and we are particularly fond of The Bomb Shelter, which sells vintage kitchen appliances, furniture, clothing, toys and TV sets. They opened in 2001 with 18,000+ square feet of warehouse space and a goal to give a second life to things from their childhoods. So take a moment to peruse goods from over a thousand different places all over the world—if not for the fantastic prices, but for the overwhelming nostalgia factor!

 

Bridgewater Primitives

15255 Gaskill Drive, Alliance

Home Decor Stores Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Bridgewater Primitives

If the HGTV hit, Fixer Upper is your jam, Bridgewater Primitives is a glorious find. The homely Alliance storefront is brimming with well-loved old pieces and homemade goods that any rustic-decor enthusiast will adore. We have a particular fondness for their incredible selection of homespun candles (especially the lovely blueberry scent) that would be a fantastic addition to any decor.

 

Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat

451 West Market Street, Akron

Home Decor Stores Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Gypsy Grace & The Vintage Goat

From crystals and bundles of sage to rustic candles and locally made soaps—no matter what your style is, Gypsy Grace has something for you! Self-described as a "cool junk" shop, this Akron business is chock full of interesting, one-of-a-kind items that have been up-cycled and given a brand new life. Their inventory is always changing, so make sure to check them out on Facebook to see what new items they have in store for this week!

 

Laura of Pembroke

3119 Whipple Avenue, Canton

Laura of Pembroke is a family-owned boutique full of stylish women's clothing, gifts and home furnishings with locations in both Cleveland and Canton, Ohio. Each piece in their massive, classy storefront is full of European influence—from the pleated couches to the statement-making glass chandeliers. They also happen to have a full interior design team on staff that offers stylish, sophisticated design services for both residential and commercial spaces throughout Ohio.

 

Main Street Modern

618 Mulberry Road, Canton

 

Mid-century modern decor has been all the rage for several years now, and one of the best places to get your modern fix is, of course, Main Street Modern! Their 40,000-square-foot warehouse is the largest gallery of mid-century modern furniture in Ohio and is a go-to Canton spot for funky furniture and groovy decor.

 

Miller's Home Furnishing

6220 Promler Avenue, North Canton

Miller's Home Furnishing is owned by sisters, Erin Miller-Todaro and Ashley Miller, who both share a passion for interior decorating and home decor. Their massive store works with over 20 furniture manufacturers and can order upholstery from a choice of 300 fabrics—so you can always find a unique piece!

 

Urban and Loft

720 2nd Street, Canton

Home Decor Stores Akron & Canton

Photo courtesy of Urban and Loft

Urban and Loft features one-of-a-kind and vintage decor perfect for any type of home design. The shop is owned by wife and husband team, Suzi and Sam, who have a mutual love for unique finds and eclectic home decor. Whether you're looking to decorate a farmhouse, a mid-century modern home or industrial loft, you've found the right place. They are only open the third Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., or by appointment.

Have Any Recommendations?

Did we miss your favorite home decor shop in the area? Let us know in the comments!

September
3

How to Spend a Full Day in Cincinnati's Hyde Park Neighborhood, Mapped

Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.

Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!

Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to The Echo for breakfast and ending with stargazing at the Cincinnati Observatory and a nightcap at Dutch's. Enjoy!

9 a.m. — Breakfast at The Echo

Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you'll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).

 

10:30 — Go Shopping in Hyde Park Square

 
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It isn't a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.

 

1 p.m. — Lunch at Arthur's Café

For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!

 

2:30 p.m. — Peruse Some Great Art at the Miller Gallery

Hyde Park Guide

Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery | Featuring Work From Robert Mars, 40" x 60" Mixed Media

Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati's oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.

 

4 p.m. — Refuel at the Coffee Emporium

Need a midday pick-me-up? We've got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we're not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can't go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.

 

5:30 p.m. — Marvel at the Mushroom House

 
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you'll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you've just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don't worry—it's just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can't go inside this adorably whimsical home, it's still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.

 

6 p.m. — Dinner at Forno Osteria+Bar

When you're looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there's no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you're in the area on a Tuesday, you won't want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.

 

8:00 p.m. — Stargaze at the Cincinnati Observatory

Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Observatory

In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you're in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you'll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don't forget to RSVP online before you go!

 

9:30 p.m. — Late Night Bites at Dutch's

This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!

 

Happy Exploring!

Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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