Written by Kristian from OhioFestivals.net
September is the true month of festivals! This is usually when I take weekend road trips and just get a bunch in. In fact, I hope take two road trips this month and write my 400th Festival Review by the end of this month.
Exciting (at least for me)!
Here are some September festivals that you may or may not know about…
Festival of Saint Rocco
Festival of Saint Rocco – Thursday, September 1 – Monday, September 5, 2016 – Cleveland: This parish festival offers Italian food, highlighting sausage sandwiches and zeppole (fried dough with granulated sugar). The best time to go is on Monday during the Greasy Pole Climb, where teams of five climb on top of each other in order to reach the top of the pole. Just don’t get too close, as the grease seems to fly all over the place.
Check out my 2014 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/festival-of-saint-rocco-revisited-cleveland/
Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival
Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival – Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4, 2016 – Port Clinton: Okay so this is NOT Northeast Ohio but you may be traveling through on your way to the islands that weekend. AND, you might want some great locally caught perch, homemade pierogi, a bit a peach cobbler and a dash of polka to wash it all down. This is a really cute festival with great food and super friendly volunteers. It costs $3 to get in (kids are free), but it’s worth it.
Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest
Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest – Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2016– Berea: If your idea of the perfect Labor Day weekend is eating brats, drinking beer and wearing lederhosen, then go no further than the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. I personally recommend the potato pancake Reuben.
Check out my 2010 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/54-cleveland-labor-day-oktoberfest-berea-september-3-2010/
St. Nicolas Greek Festival
St. Nicholas Greek Festival – Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Lorain: This is probably my favorite Greek festival because it’s so inexpensive compared to Cleveland prices and the food tastes either the same or better! Delicious gyros, great dinners, fantastic homemade desserts and even some fancy desserts brought in from Michigan. There are also entertainment, raffles and kids’ activities, but I’m going to focus on the food here.
Read my 2015 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/st-nicholas-greek-festival-lorain-revisited/
Skunkfest – Saturday, September 10. 2016 – North Ridgeville: Sign a waver before entering the park where skunk owners show off their pets in cages, on a leash or on their shoulder (just be sure not to pet any skunk without the owner’s permission). If skunks aren’t your thing, there are also other animals on the grounds, along with educational programs, food and entertainment. Family friendly and a very unique festival.
Check out my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/skunk-fest-north-ridgeville/
St. Mary Magdalene European Festival
Mary Magdalene European Festival – Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Fairview Park: A parish festival that celebrates various European cultures via displays, gifts, food and entertainment. A quaint festival worth checking out and there’s a kids’ activity area in the back with inflatables and activities.
Check out my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/st-mary-magdalene-european-festival-fairview-park/
Art in the Park Festival
Art in the Park Festival – Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Kent: Head to Fred Fuller Park and purchase items from talented artists, eat from food trucks, enjoy music from two stages, enjoy demonstrations and more. This is also a good festival for kids.
Read my 2015 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/art-in-the-park-festival-kent/
Berea Arts Fest
Berea Arts Fest – Sunday, September 11, 2016: A nicely sized art festival with plenty of fantastic artists. There is also musical entertainment, art demonstrations, activities for the kids and a handful of food vendors. Be sure to look for a rather silent man all in one color (you’ll know who I mean when you see him).
Check out my 2014 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/berea-arts-fest/
Weekend of the Pooka
Weekend of the Pooka – Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Bedford: Plenty of artistic activities for the kids as well as artist vendors for the adults. These pookas, who take gnome-like shape in Bedford, also shape a festival filled with food trucks, music and more.
Check out my 2013 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/weekend-of-the-pooka-bedford/
Pawpaw Festival – Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18, 2016 – Albany: So you didn’t know the state fruit is a pawpaw? WAIT! You don’t even know what a pawpaw is? Well then you’ll have to drive to SOUTHEAST Ohio for this rather special festival where you can get pawpaw funnel cake, pawpaw beer, pawpaw tamales, art, music, archery, and so much more. You really should read about it because it’s a special festival and one very unique to Ohio. If you can’t make the drive this year, mark it for 2017.
Read my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/52-pawpaw-festival-albany-september-17-2011/
Barberton Mum Fest
Barberton Mum Fest – Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 2016: Head out to Lake Anna Park where you won’t only find thousands of mums to either photograph or purchase, but also gift vendors, food, music entertainment and water skiing shows. A great festival to welcome the autumn season!
Check out my 2011 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/57-barberton-mum-fest-september-25-2011/
Geneva Grape Jamboree
Geneva Grape Jamboree – Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25, 2016: If there’s any one reason to come to this festival, it’s getting grape ice cream and grape pie (okay, so that’s two reasons). Sure, there’s also plenty of grub, rides, craft and art shows, wine tastings and a parked helicopter. But I go for the pie and ice cream.
Check out my 2015 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/geneva-grape-jamboree-revisited/
Apple Dumpling Festival
Apple Dumpling Festival – Friday, September 30, 2016– Shreve: This is a really small festival at an RV park where there are some crafts, kettle corn, and a cafeteria that makes and sells Ruth Sauer’s 40+ year old recipe of homemade apple dumplings. They serve them hot topped with soft serve ice cream and they are pretty good. That’s why I’ll leave my 2013 Review for you here and then you can decide if you want to try them yourself. http://ohiofestivals.net/apple-dumpling-festival-shreve/
Ohio Swiss Festival
Ohio Swiss Festival – Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 1 , 2016– Sugarcreek: Come to Amish country for some fry pies, Swiss music, rides and plenty of cheese. Two particular things to check out are the fresh apple fritters at the First Mennonite booth and the grilled cheese cooked on a hot rotating wheel at the Rotary Club booth.
Check out my 2010 Review at http://ohiofestivals.net/82-ohio-swiss-festival-sugarcreek-october-2-2010/
This is only a small sampling of festivals going on in the month of September. For more festivals in this area and throughout Ohio, please look at my Festival Schedule Page at http://ohiofestivals.net/schedule/