Best time to visit Ohio

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Best time of year to visit Ohio

The period between September and October is the best time to visit Ohio. By this months, the summer storms have come to an end, so you can expect pleasant weather with less rain and breathtaking fall foliage. The fall season also offers numerous outdoor events like the Ohio River Sternville Festival, the Columbus Pride Parade and Festival, and the Columbus Marathon. Late fall through early spring marks the low season for the Buckeye State. December through February brings fewer visitors, but features a variety of Christmas-lights displays. Pack warm and waterproof clothes as rainfall and snowstorms are likely to happen. Late spring is still crisp and cloudy with frequent rain, but it is also a nice time to witness fire rainbows in the sky. The period between June and August is hot-and-humid summertime, with droves of tourists and skyrocketing prices. Book rooms in advance if you are planning to come for the Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival, Hippie Fest, or the must-see Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg!

6 THINGS TO DO IN OHIO (JULY 09 - JULY 18)

Country Concert

Country Concert

July 7–9, 2022 • event

One of the best summer country events in Ohio and all of the Midwest

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

unconfirmedmid-July 2022 • event

With a car show, biplane rides, fireworks, it's definitely more than just hot air!

Fire Rainbows

Fire Rainbows

late March–September • nature

A curious optical phenomenon occurs quite rarely and only in special locations. If you are in the right time and in the right place, just look up to the sky

Hummingbirds in Ohio

Hummingbirds in Ohio

May–September • nature

View dozens of tiny, swift, and bold ruby-throats in the Buckeye State during their breeding season

American Discovery Trail

American Discovery Trail

all year round • activity

You'll find no better way to discover America than this lengthy hike across 15 states, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. For such a long journey, one needs at least a year of time reserved

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

late February–Ocober | best September  • nature

Sandhill cranes flock to Ohio to nest and raise their colts

58 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Twins Days Festival

Twins Days Festival

out of rangeAugust 07–09, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The world's biggest gathering of twins in the city founded by twins—Twinsburg

Ohio Bike Week

Ohio Bike Week

out of rangeMay 27–31, 2021 • event

The largest motorcycle rally of the Midwest and rock concerts roll out in Sandusky on the shores of Lake Erie

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

out of rangeJuly 22–24, 2022 • event

Hot ribs and sweet jazz is a formula for success

Barberton Mum Festival

Barberton Mum Festival

out of rangeSeptember 25–26, 2021 • event

Celebrate fall watching millions of blooms at a scenic park

Cincinnati Labor Day Weekend & Fireworks

Cincinnati Labor Day Weekend & Fireworks

out of rangeSeptember 4–5, 2021 • event

The 'Nati knows how to celebrate the end of summer

All Ohio Balloon Fest

All Ohio Balloon Fest

out of rangeAugust 12–14, 2021 • event

A popular and family-friendly summer hot air balloon event

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

out of rangeOctober 9–10, 2021 • event

A favourite annual fall tradition of Waynesville

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville Pumpkin Show

out of rangeOctober 20–23, 2021 • event

One of the top 10 largest free festivals in the country

Hippie Fest

Hippie Fest

out of rangeAugust 7–8, 2021 • event

Celebrate peace and love with a free-spirited crowd

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

Sternwheeler races and other fun activities to watch

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Columbus Food Truck Festival

out of rangeAugust 20–21, 2021 • event

The biggest food truck festival of the Midwest

Warrior Dash Ohio

Warrior Dash Ohio

out of rangeMay 15, 2021 • event

One of unique action sports and adventure events in the U.S.

Balloon Classic

Balloon Classic

out of rangeJuly 30–August 1, 2021 • event

Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festival

Fall Colors in Ohio

Fall Colors in Ohio

out of rangeOctober–early November • nature

As the Ohio weather chills, trees display the hues of red, orange, and yellow

The Country Fest

The Country Fest

out of rangeJune 17–19, 2021 • event

A perfect getaway with swimming, camping and best country music

Restaurant Week Columbus

Restaurant Week Columbus

unconfirmedlate January 2022 • event

Enjoy special offers from dozens of restaurants

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

out of rangeSeptember 23–26, 2021 • event

Giant pumpkins highlight the fall harvest celebration

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

out of rangeJune 10–12, 2022 • event

One of the largest outdoor summer events in Columbus

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Vectren Dayton Air Show

out of rangeJuly 30–31, 2022 • event

One of the leading air shows in the U.S.

Troy Strawberry Festival

Troy Strawberry Festival

out of rangeJune 4-5, 2022 • event

A massive celebration in the epicentre of Ohio's strawberry-growing region

Columbus International Auto Show

Columbus International Auto Show

out of rangeMarch 17–20, 2022 • event

A major car industry event in Ohio

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

out of rangeJuly 19–August 8, 2021 (limited) • event

Experience traditional Midwestern summer entertainment

Dayton Celtic Festival

Dayton Celtic Festival

out of rangeJuly 30–August 1, 2021 • event

Celebrate Irish culture and heritage in Dayton

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

out of rangeSeptember 4–October 31, 2021 • event

Find yourself in a 16th-century English village

Columbus Greek Festival

Columbus Greek Festival

out of rangeSeptember 3–6, 2021 • event

The most tasty and merry ethnic festival of Columbus

Columbus Italian Festival

Columbus Italian Festival

out of rangeOctober 8–10, 2021 • event

A vivid celebration of Italian American culture

Tipp City Mum Festival

Tipp City Mum Festival

out of rangeSeptember 24–26, 2021 • event

The largest antique car showcase in the state of Ohio

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

out of rangeSeptember 16–19, 2021 • event

Don't miss America's largest Oktoberfest

Kings Island WinterFest

Kings Island WinterFest

out of rangeNovember 26–December 31, 2021 • event

One of the best Christmas festivals in the Cincinnati area

Made in Ohio Festival

Made in Ohio Festival

out of rangeSeptember 3–5, 2021 • event

A showcase of Ohio crafters held on the Labor Day weekend since 2009

Ohio Christmas Lights

Ohio Christmas Lights

out of rangemid-November–early January  • event

Dazzling holiday displays for the whole family

Ohio Brew Week

Ohio Brew Week

out of rangeJuly 9–17, 2021 • event

Celebrate craft brewing and sample over 200 kinds of local beer

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

out of rangeOctober 10, 2021 • event

A pioneer tradition that has become a massive celebration

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

out of rangeNovember 12, 2021–January 2, 2022 • event

Christmas Nights of Lights is a popular drive-through holiday lights display in Cincinnati, Ohio

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

out of rangeSeptember 11–12, 2021 • event

Watch tons of popcorn popping up in Beavercreek

Woollybear Festival

Woollybear Festival

out of rangeOctober 10, 2021 • event

The largest one-day event in the state of Ohio

Dayton Greek Festival

Dayton Greek Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 (drive-through) • event

One of the best ethnic festivals in Dayton

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

out of rangeAugust 21–22, 2021 | September 17–19, 2021 | October 16–17, 2021 | November 20–21, 2021 • event

One of the largest and best antique shows in America

Columbus Pride Festival and Parade

Columbus Pride Festival and Parade

unconfirmedJune 18, 2022 • event

One of the largest pride festivals in the Midwest

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

out of rangeMay–mid-June • nature

A billionth population of American cicadas come out during final weeks in their lives to rejoice in a huge mating par

Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival

out of rangeAugust 6–8, 2021 • event

Go experience the Irish attitude at the largest three-day Irish festival in the world

4th of July in Dublin

4th of July in Dublin

out of rangeJuly 3, 2021 • event

The suburb of Columbus is famous for its Independence Day celebration with the Irish twist

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers

out of rangemid-January–mid-March • nature

These huge white 'doughnuts' surely raise questions. Like, what is a 'snow roller' and where does it come from?

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

out of rangeAugust 6–7, 2021 • event

One of the best outdoor wine festivals in the state

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

out of rangeMarch–May | September–early November  • nature

Take in the vibe of one of the most beautiful of Ohio's natural sites

Chinese New Year in Cleveland

Chinese New Year in Cleveland

unconfirmedlate January–early Febuary 2022 • event

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Cleveland's AsiaTown and other locations

Ohio City Street Festival

Ohio City Street Festival

on holdlate September 2021 • event

A cozy neighborhood party with food and entertainment for all

Chinese New Year in Columbus

Chinese New Year in Columbus

out of rangeFebruary 1, 2022 • event

Colorful annual festivities at Ohio State University and around Columbus

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

out of rangeNovember 19, 2021–January 9, 2022 • event

Voted #1 Zoo Lights in the country as a favourite​ Ohio family holiday tradition

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

out of rangeNovember 19, 2021–January 2, 2022 • event

One of the largest drive-through holiday displays in Ohio

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

canceled2019  • event

The largest honky-tonk and country music festival in Ohio

Asian Festival

Asian Festival

unconfirmedMay 29–30, 2021 (virtual) • event

One of the most popular ethnic festivals in Central Ohio

Brite Winter

Brite Winter

out of rangeFebruary 26, 2022 • event

Celebrate all the best things about Cleveland winter

Cuyahoga County Fair

Cuyahoga County Fair

out of rangeAugust 10–15, 2021 • event

One of the oldest fairs in Ohio held since 1893

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–early November • event

Get spooked and have fun in America's heartland

New Year's Eve in Columbus

New Year's Eve in Columbus

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

When it comes to New Year festivities, this city always has something to offer

Dragon Lights Columbus

Dragon Lights Columbus

on holdNovember 23, 2018–January 6, 2019 • event

A magical annual show held in the Ohio Expo Center

Columbus Marathon

Columbus Marathon

out of rangeOctober 17, 2021 • event

One of the best fall marathons in the USA

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