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!

5 THINGS TO DO IN OHIO (MAY 25 - JUNE 03)

Ohio Bike Week

Ohio Bike Week

late May–early June 2021 • event

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

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

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

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

May–mid-June • nature

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

Asian Festival

Asian Festival

late May 2021 • event

One of the most popular ethnic festivals in Central Ohio

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Twins Days Festival

Twins Days Festival

August 07–09, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

Barberton Mum Festival

Barberton Mum Festival

September 25–26, 2021 • event

Celebrate fall watching millions of blooms at a scenic park

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest

July 23–25, 2021 • event

Hot ribs and sweet jazz is a formula for success

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

October 10–11, 2020 • event

A favourite annual fall tradition of Waynesville

Country Concert

Country Concert

July 8–10, 2021 • event

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

Restaurant Week Columbus

Restaurant Week Columbus

January 25–30, 2021 • event

Enjoy special offers from dozens of restaurants

Hippie Fest

Hippie Fest

August 7–8, 2021 • event

Celebrate peace and love with a free-spirited crowd

Warrior Dash Ohio

Warrior Dash Ohio

late July 2021  • event

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

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Columbus Food Truck Festival

August 14–15, 2020 • event

The biggest food truck festival of the Midwest

The Country Fest

The Country Fest

June 17–19, 2021 • event

A perfect getaway with swimming, camping and best country music

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Circleville Pumpkin Show

October 20–23, 2021 • event

One of the top 10 largest free festivals in the country

Columbus International Auto Show

Columbus International Auto Show

March 18–21, 2021 • event

A major car industry event in Ohio

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

September 10–12, 2021 • event

Sternwheeler races and other fun activities to watch

All Ohio Balloon Fest

All Ohio Balloon Fest

August 12–14, 2021 • event

A popular and family-friendly summer hot air balloon event

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

September 5–October 25, 2020 • event

Find yourself in a 16th-century English village

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

September 23–26, 2021 • event

Giant pumpkins highlight the fall harvest celebration

Columbus Pride Festival and Parade

Columbus Pride Festival and Parade

Parade: October 3, 2020 (virtual event) | Festival: canceled • event

One of the largest pride festivals in the Midwest

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

July 28–August 8, 2021 • event

Experience traditional Midwestern summer entertainment

Columbus Italian Festival

Columbus Italian Festival

early/mid-October 2021 • event

A vivid celebration of Italian American culture

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

mid-November–early January  • event

Dazzling holiday displays for the whole family

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers

mid-January–mid-March • nature

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

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

November 6 2020–January 9 2021 • event

A popular drive-through holiday lights display in Cincinnati, Ohio

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Vectren Dayton Air Show

July 10–11, 2021  • event

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

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

June 11–13, 2021 • event

One of the largest outdoor summer events in Columbus

Ohio Fall Colors

Ohio Fall Colors

October–early November • nature

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

Luces de Navidad

Luces de Navidad

mid-November–early January  • event

Deslumbrantes exhibiciones de vacaciones para toda la familia

Noches de Navidad de luces en Coney Island

Noches de Navidad de luces en Coney Island

November 6 2020–January 9 2021 • event

Una popular exhibición de luces de vacaciones en Cincinnati, Ohio

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

November 21–22, 2020 • event

One of the largest and best antique shows in America

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest

October 10, 2021 • event

A pioneer tradition that has become a massive celebration

Dayton Greek Festival

Dayton Greek Festival

early September 2021 • event

One of the best ethnic festivals in Dayton

Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival

August 6–8, 2021 • event

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

Woollybear Festival

Woollybear Festival

October 2021 • event

The largest one-day event in the state of Ohio

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

2019 (cancelled) • event

The largest honky-tonk and country music festival in Ohio

Dayton Celtic Festival

Dayton Celtic Festival

July 30–August 1, 2021 • event

Celebrate Irish culture and heritage in Dayton

Cincinnati Labor Day Weekend & Fireworks

Cincinnati Labor Day Weekend & Fireworks

September 4–6, 2021 • event

The 'Nati knows how to celebrate the end of summer

Chinese New Year in Cleveland

Chinese New Year in Cleveland

February 8–12, 2021 (virtual) • event

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

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

One of the largest drive-through holiday displays in Ohio

Tipp City Mum Festival

Tipp City Mum Festival

September 25–27, 2020 • event

The largest antique car showcase in the state of Ohio

Ohio Brew Week

Ohio Brew Week

July 2021  • event

Celebrate craft brewing and sample over 200 kinds of local beer

4th of July in Dublin

4th of July in Dublin

July 4th 2020 parade, celebration, and fireworks are canceled | Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby is on • event

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

Brite Winter

Brite Winter

January 15–February 2021 (4-part virtual series, main event canceled) • event

Celebrate all the best things about Cleveland winter

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

November 21, 2020–January 3, 2021 | Bonus Nights: January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 2021 • event

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

Dragon Lights Columbus

Dragon Lights Columbus

November 23 2018–January 6 2019 • event

A magical annual show held in the Ohio Expo Center

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 2021 • event

Don't miss America's largest Oktoberfest

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

Beavercreek Popcorn Festival

September 11–12, 2021 • event

Watch tons of popcorn popping up in Beavercreek

Troy Strawberry Festival

Troy Strawberry Festival

June 5–6, 2021 • event

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

Columbus Greek Festival

Columbus Greek Festival

September 3–6, 2021 • event

The most tasty and merry ethnic festival of Columbus

Ohio City Street Festival

Ohio City Street Festival

September 29, 2019 • event

A cozy neighborhood party with food and entertainment for all

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

August 7–8, 2020 • event

One of the best outdoor wine festivals in the state

Made in Ohio Festival

Made in Ohio Festival

September 3–5, 2021 • event

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

Columbus Marathon

Columbus Marathon

October 18, 2020 • event

One of the best fall marathons in the USA

Cuyahoga County Fair

Cuyahoga County Fair

August 10–15, 2021 • event

One of the oldest fairs in Ohio held since 1893

Halloween

Halloween

late September–early November • event

Get spooked and have fun in America's heartland

Kings Island WinterFest

Kings Island WinterFest

late November–December 2021 • event

One of the best Christmas festivals in the Cincinnati area

Balloon Classic

Balloon Classic

July 30–August 1, 2021 • event

The pro football Hall of Fame enshrinement festival

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 16–17, 2021 • event

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

New Year's Eve in Columbus

New Year's Eve in Columbus

December 31  • event

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

Chinese New Year in Columbus

Chinese New Year in Columbus

February 12–26, 2021 • event

Colorful annual festivities at Ohio State University and around Columbus

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