The fall’s here — time to harvest the crops, drink the cider, chow down on apples, hop aboard hayrides, and enjoy all the bounties of the region’s abundant autumn festivals.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Sept. 5-Oct. 25

The 20th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival takes place in a 30-acre replica of a 16th-century English town. The centerpiece of RenFest is the 65-foot galleon, site of the daily Pirate Comedy Stunt Show. (See related story on page 28.) Themed weekends include Barbarian Invasion (Sept. 12-13); Pirates Weekend (Sept. 19-20), which is full of maties, parrots and peg-legs; and Highland Weekend (Oct. 10-11), which celebrates all things Celtic. Renaissance Park, I-71 at exit 45, Harveysburg. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children ages 5-12. (513) 897-7000 or

Taste of Clermont

Sept. 11-13

Sample terrific fare and country music at the 6th annual Taste of Clermont. This year’s headliner is Jeffrey Steele, celebrity judge of NBC’s Nashville Star. Eastgate Mall, I-275 at state Route 32, Union Township. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 732-2544 or

Cincinnati Hispanic Festival

Sept. 12-13

At the Cincinnati Hispanic Festival, there’s plenty of foodstuffs from Latin American countries as well as non-stop Latin music such as salsa and mariachi, plus marionette shows and Hispanic folk dance. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage. Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (513) 746-7944 or

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Sept. 19-20

You could call Oktoberfest Zinzinnati the big Limburger cheese among the region’s multiple Oktoberfests, or the veritable Bavarian cream of the crop. It’s the world’s second largest Oktoberfest (after No. 1 Munich). Fifth Street near Fountain Square, downtown. 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 579-3191 or

Apple Daze

Sept. 26-27

You can learn some core values at Apple Daze, which promises bushels of caramel apples and apple fritters, plus arts and crafts, a haunted barn, corn maze, live demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkins and farm animals. Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 North Ohio 48, Lebanon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (513) 932-1869 or

Country Applefest

Sept. 26

Country Applefest features a lineup of street entertainers, live music, children’s activities, a farmer’s market, plus apple treats of every kind — caramel apples, candied apples, apple fritters, cider and more. Broadway and Main street, Lebanon. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. (877) 933-APPL or

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest

Oct. 2-4

Donauschwaben Oktoberfest features music, a Saturday parade, dancing, log-sawing contests, and — at the Kinderplatz — games and rides for children. Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $2, children 12 and under free. (513) 981-0699 or


Oct. 2-4

Middfest celebrates a new country each year (this time ‘round it’s Indonesia), importing the music, dance, food and culture of the honored nation. Middfest International 2009, Donham Plaza, One City Centre Plaza, Middletown. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $5 for a weekend pass, children 12 and under free. (513) 425-7707 or

Sunflower Festival

Oct. 3-Oct. 4

Spend an afternoon on the farm celebrating the fall harvest with tours of Gorman Heritage Farm’s signature sunflower crop. There will also be farm games, hay wagon rides, music, pumpkin hunting, a corn maze and more. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $7, $5 children. (513) 563-6663 or

Miller’s 32nd Annual Picnic

Oct. 3

An all-day picnic at the massive Miller’s Bakery & Furniture complex features a menu of BBQ chicken, fresh pie and homemade ice cream. 960 Wheat Ridge Road, West Union. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. (937) 544–8524.

Old Thyme Herb Fair

Oct. 10-11

The Wheat Ridge Old Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Celebration boasts some 125 vendors, artisans and crafts booths, plus food and live entertainment. 817 Tater Ridge Road, West Union. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (937) 544-8252 or

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Oct. 10-11

Food booths will serve sauerkraut pizza, sauerkraut fudge, sauerkraut brownies, even sauerkraut cream pie. Main Street, Waynesville. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 897-8855 or