Exploring Cleveland's Fall Festivals

  • 01 of 09

    A Full Season of Fall Fun in Cleveland

    A young boy sits in a stack of hay at a fall festival
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    The northeast Ohio festival season doesn't end with Labor Day. Area communities, from Ashtabula to Mansfield, host a variety of scenic, fun, and exciting festivals throughout the fall. Here are some of our favorites (in no specific order).

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  • 02 of 09

    The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

    Harpersfield Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the Grand River in Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. This double-span Howe truss bridge, one of currently 16 drivable covered bridges in the county, is the third longest covered bridge in Ohio at 228 feet. A flood in 1913 washed away the land at the north end of the bridge, and the steel span was subsequently attached. The bridge features a walkway, added during its renovation in 1991-92. The bridge also features an Ashtabula County MetroPark at its north end, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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    Ashtabula County has 18 excellent examples of original, restored and replica 19th century covered bridges in a variety of constructions. All can be viewed by driving along the county's charming country roads. The two-day Covered Bridge Festival, held in Jefferson during the second full weekend in October, features crafts, ​official covered bridge souvenirs, a quilt show, contests, a parade, food and lots of fun activities. Start at the fairgrounds in Jefferson, get a map and wander at your own pace.

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  • 03 of 09

    The Woolly Bear Festival in Vermilion

    Vermilion's Woolly Bear Festival, held in mid-October each year, centers around the fuzzy caterpillar called the "Woolly Bear." Ohio folk wisdom says that if the black band across the back of these creatures is wide, there will be lots of snow during the coming winter. The free festival pays homage to the "Woolly Bears" with food, kids' activities, rides and live entertainment. Fox 8 TV's Dick Goddard is the perennial spokesman.

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  • 04 of 09

    The Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival in Cleveland

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    Held at Tremont's Lincoln Park, in the middle of September each year, the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival features dozens of visual and performance artists and well as live entertainment, ethnic food vendors, dance, and hands-on art and educational activities for children.

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  • 05 of 09

    Yankee Peddler Festival in Canal Fulton

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    Nestled in the woods outside of Canal Fulton, about an hour's drive south of Cleveland, the Yankee Peddler Festival sets up for three weekends in September each year. The event features a wide range of arts and crafts vendors, historic re-reenactments, traditional pioneer food, and arts and crafts demonstrations. There's also live music, dance, and fun for all ages.

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  • 06 of 09

    Geneva, Ohio's Grape Jamboree

    Geneva Grape Jamboree
    Geneva Grape Jamboree. (courtesy of the Geneva Grape Jamboree)

    The Ashtabula County town of Geneva erupts with activities during the Geneva Grape Jamboree, held the fourth weekend in September each year. The free festival features two parades, a city-wide garage sale, all sorts of grape treats, antique and craft shows, dancing, and live entertainment. There's even grape stomping.

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  • 07 of 09

    The Elyria Apple Fest

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    The Elyria Apple Fest, held each year during the third weekend in September, celebrates Northern Ohio's orchards and apple-growing history. They crown an Apple Queen, cook up lots of apple creations, and host a parade. There's also live entertainment, craft vendors, and kid's activities.

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  • 08 of 09

    The Ohio Swiss Festival in Sugar Creek

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    Sugarcreek is Ohio's "Little Switzerland," and the city celebrates its Swiss roots the last weekend in September each year. Events at the Ohio Swiss Festival include crowning a Miss Swiss Festival, listening to applehorn players, watching the parade, listening to Alpine music and tasting lots of cheese and other Swiss food.

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  • 09 of 09

    Ohio Heritage Days in Mansfield

    Malabar Farm State Park in Mansfield Ohio
    Malabar Farm State Park. (courtesy of the Ohio Dept. of Travel and Tourism)

    Ohio Heritage Days is a free arts and crafts festival held in late September at Malabar Farm State Park, the former estate of Pulitzer Prize- winning author, Louis Bromfield. The two-day event features over 100 arts and crafts vendors as well as artisans demonstrating traditional Ohio blacksmith skills, butter-churning, and other similar skills. There are also live music, dance, and kids' activities.