Fall brings festivals, fairs and celebrations throughout the Tristate. Church festivals are in full swing and multiple Oktoberfest celebrations offer great food, music and beer.

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
 
Enjoy16th-century entertainment with more than 100 shows on 11 stages, including full-armor jousting. Browse the work of more than 135 craftsmen such as stone carvers and candle makers. From Sept. 3 to Oct. 16, each weekend has a different theme, including Barbarian Invasion (Sept. 24-25) and Romance Weekend (Oct. 8-9), at which couples renew their vows. 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends and Labor Day. $17 (adult), $9 (child 5-12). (513) 897-7000 or www.renfestival.com
 
RIVERFEST

The 34th annual Riverfest starts at noon on Sept. 4 and ends with a bang with one of the Midwest's largest fireworks displays, coordinated to the beat of rock music from WEBN. The event attracts a half million people, so claim your spot on the riverfront early. Multiple sites on both sides of the river. Noon-11 p.m. Fireworks at 9:05 p.m. Free. www.webn.com

KY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Dragon boat racing teams raise money for breast cancer awareness and women's health at the annual "Paddling for the Pink" on Sept. 10. A.J.  Jolly Park, 100 Lakeview Drive, Alexandria, Ky. 7 a.m. until last race is finished. (859) 655-7400 or www.stelizabeth.com/dragonboat


MAINSTRASSE OKTOBERFEST

Enjoy German food and drinks, music, arts and crafts, and rides for children on Sept. 9-11. MainStrasse Village, Covington, Ky. 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday, free. (859) 491-0458 or www.mainstrasse.org

CINCINNATI HISPANIC FEST

Celebrate the weekend of Sept. 10-11 with traditional Latin foods, music, games and folk dancing, and the crowning of the region's Hispanic Queen. Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Cincinnati. www.cincinnatihispanicfest.org



OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI

The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country doesn't disappoint on Sept. 16"”18, transforming downtown Cincinnati with biergartens and bratwurst, seven stages of live music and the World's Largest Chicken Dance. Fourth Annual Running of the Weiners will be held at the Sneak Peek on Friday. Fifth Street, between Race and Broadway streets, downtown. Noon-midnight Friday (on Fountain Square only), 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 579-3197 or www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com

 


MASON ARTS FESTIVAL

This one-day event Sept. 18 features more than 120 local and regional artists, performing artists and children's arts and crafts. Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (513) 309-8585 or www.masonarts.org


NEWPORT OKTOBERFEST

Continuous live entertainment and Munich-style fest tents full of beer, music and food on Sept. 23-25. Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky. 5-11 p.m. Friday. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 477-3320 or www.newportky.gov

 
MIDDFEST INTERNATIONAL

 Explore Peruvian culture through educational exhibits and live performances by dancers and musicians at Middfest on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Donham Plaza, Middletown, Ohio. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. $5 (adults), free (12 and under). (513) 425-7707 or www.middfestinternational.org


DONAUSCHWABEN OKTOBERFEST

 This is the only Oktoberfest held in October on Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The Donauschwaben Society, dedicated to celebrating German culture, offers authenticity in every bite of brats, sauerkraut and potato pancakes. Donauschwaben Haus, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. (513) 385-2098 or www.donauschwaben.com