Glendale Beer, Wine and Food Festival

Try craft ales and wines while tasting food from Cincinnati restaurants at this Sept. 6-7 event. If drinking isn’t your thing, the live musical entertainment and VIP cooking demos will be enough to keep you entertained. Tickets are $15 if preordered, $20 at the gate and include a commemorative drinking glass and five tasting tickets. Non-drinkers can enter the fest for $5. Proceeds from the event benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation. 30 Village Square, Glendale. 513-772-4888 or glendalebeerwine.com.

Weekend of Fire

Need more spice in your life? For $8 you can go to Jungle Jim’s Fiery Food Expo, Oct. 5-6, and taste 350 samples of hot sauce. The event features 55 vendors from across the country, serving sauces at every heat imaginable. If you’re too nervous to try them yourself, you can watch the contests at the Arena of Fire, where people compete in eating everything from hot crackers to hot ice cream. Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield. 513-674-6000 or
junglejims.com/weekendoffire. 

Mason Heritage and Bicycle Festival

Mason celebrates its heritage Sept. 14 with bikes and style. Featured events include the 10th Annual Mason Idol Finals, Little Miss Heritage Pageant and Bicycle Decorating Contest. The main draw, however, is the parade that features the decorated bikes as well as floats and bands. Mason Municipal Campus, 600 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason. 513-335-7069 or festivalsofmason.com/our-events/heritage-and-bicycle-festival.html.

 

Operation Pumpkin

Pumpkin eating, pumpkin carving, giant pumpkin weighing, pumpkin launching and even pumpkin river racing are just some of the ways downtown Hamilton uses pumpkins during its Operation Pumpkin Festival. Even those with an aversion to pumpkins will find something to do. The Oct. 4-6 festival will include a petting zoo, amusement park rides, live music, glass blowing demonstrations, a pet parade and food galore. Festivalgoers can also take part in the 5K event to burn calories ahead of time. Between Monument Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Hamilton. 513-635-7776 or operation-pumpkin.org.

FallFair Arts Festival

Over 120 local and regional artists are featured at this Sept. 21 festival thrown by the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance. Visitors can purchase artwork of any medium – including ceramic pieces, drawings and sculptures – at booths while experiencing different performance art throughout the day. Kids can make and fly kites with the Kite Club while proud parents view their children’s work at the Student Art Exhibition. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road, Deerfield Township. masonarts.org/festival.