Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival (photo: Will Thorpe)
Ohio Renaissance Festival (photo: Will Thorpe)

Travel back to ye olde days of 16th-century England in this wildly immersive, 30-acre medieval village. Mingle with costumed characters and watch live demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, and full-armored jousting. Feast like a king on giant-roasted turkey legs, and shop like a queen at the many craft shops. Open Saturdays and Sundays (and Labor Day) September 4-October 31, 2021.
 
 

Harvest Home Fair

Harvest Home Fair (photo: Tony Jones)
Harvest Home Fair (photo: Tony Jones)

This annual fall fair dates back to the 1860s and includes a weekend of food trucks, games, carnival rides, art & flower shows and more. The event is kicked off with a parade through Cheviot on September 9 with the fair continuing through September 12, 2021. 
 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Photography)
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (photo: Brian Douglas Photography)

With more than 500,000 people in attendance every year, this is the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. The downtown Cincinnati event kicks off a day earlier than usual this year, followed by a weekend of German-style food, beer, music, and dancing. Lederhosen are welcome. Sept. 16-19, 2021. Plus, don't miss these other Oktoberfest celebrations: Donauschwaben Oktoberfest.
 
 
Newport Oktoberfest
 
Newport Oktoberfest brings a true Munich feel with the event’s large fest tent atmosphere sponsored by Christian Moerlein Lager and Ales! Just like the traditional Oktoberfest beer tents this entire event is held under tent with all the food, drinks and fun you can ask for. Come down to the renovated Levee entertainment area for some authentically German festivities.

Ish: Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Cultural Festival

Ish Festival (photo: Marie Krulewitch-Browne)
Ish Festival (photo: Marie Krulewitch-Browne)

This free festival explores what it means to be Jewish and Israeli through art, food, music and cultural activities from traditional to contemporary, religious to secular, Jewish to non-Jewish. Join the celebration at Washington Park on September 25-26, 2021.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival

Carabello Coffee (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Carabello Coffee (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Join home-brewing enthusiasts, coffee aficionados, tea lovers, and those who just enjoy a good cup of “joe” at Music Hall for tastings, samplings, live music, demos, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite products. And don't miss the latte art throwdown in which baristas compete to see whose milk-pouring aesthetics will come out on top. October 23-24, 2021.