Most everyone can agree that fall is fantastic in Ohio with sweater weather, changing leaves, football, bonfires, fall events and so much more. Grab a date and enjoy the fall season with these great fall date ideas in Columbus.
Single? Don’t worry – these fall date ideas in Columbus would be just as fun with a friend or group of friends. Just trade in the cuddling for good conversation, and you’re all set. There’s always something new going on during the weekend, so check out our weekend calendar list first!
Fall Festivals in Columbus
Skip the restaurant and bar scene and hit one of these great festivals with a date! Columbus love food and drink, and is home to tons of great festivals celebrating them.
Fall festivals in September
Marion Popcorn Festival: September 6-8
Lithopolis Honeyfest: September 7-8. Indulge on all things honey, experience a real life bee beard (it’s what it sounds like…here’s a picture) and save the bees. Honey Competition & Tasting, Honey Bake-Off, Mead & Wine Tastings, Honey Beer Garden, Honeyfest Queen Pageant, Bee Beard & Beekeeping Demonstrations
Columbus Oktoberfest: September 7-9 German food, beer, music, and dancing
Slice of Columbus: September 12 Pizza lovers DO NOT want to miss this festival – find the best pizza pie in Columbus!
Germania Oktoberfest: September 14-16 Celebrate German traditions with music, dancing, beer, German food, and more
Ohio Pawpaw Festival: September 14-16 If you’ve never tasted a Pawpaw, this is your chance! Most people find that they taste like a blend of papaya, banana, mango and pineapple – quite tropical considering its America’s largest native tree fruits and they grow in Ohio!
Delaware County Fair and Little Brown Jug: September 15-22 Last county fair in the are iuoa – get your fair food!
Annual Taste of Dublin: September 18 Enjoy fine food from 25+ Dublin-area restaurants at this upscale event
Jackson County Apple Festival: September 18-22 Apple everything in Hocking Hills
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival: September 27-30 If you love pumpkin, take a 2 hour drive east for this fun festival
Columbus Coffee Fest: September 29 and 30 Coffee is life. Find a new favorite local coffee!
Fall Festivals in October
Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival at Easton: October 5 A festival celebrating the ultimate comfort food! Try unique mac & cheese creations from area restaurants.
Columbus Italian Festival: October 5-7 Celebrate Italian food, entertainment, and culture
Monster Bash: October 13 Adult Trick or treating, Costume contest, drinking and dancing, plus the OSU game will be shown
Circleville Pumpkin Show: October 17-20 The best of pumpkin everything at this awesome festival less than an hour from Columbus! Pumpkin donuts!!
Ohio Smoked Meat & BBQ Festival: October 19-20 Whether you prefer chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket, you’ll find the best of Ohio BBQ here! Take a ride on Stuart’s Opera House Fall Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.
Van Wert County Apple Festival: October 19-20 Apple cider, apple pie, apple dumplings, apple butter, and so much more at this fall festival at this festival in NW Ohio.
There’s something for every weekend, or check out this huge list of Central Ohio Festivals for other options.
Fall Fun in Ohio
Grab your sweaters and enjoy the fall weather!
Happy Hour! Let’s face it – happy hour is a great date any time of the year. Discounted food and beverage, a more relaxed and social atmosphere, and early hours that leave the rest of your night free – which is especially good if its a first date AND last date! This huge happy hour list is always being added to – I’d love to know your favorite!
Apple picking: Wander through an orchard for fresh air and juicy apples
Pumpkin patches: Grab a few pumpkins and some adorable selfie’s, and head home to carve or paint them.
Explore over 20 farmers markets around Columbus – fall is my favorite time of the year for farmer’s markets!
Haunted Houses around Columbus: Get scared together and cuddle up to comfort each other afterwards
Pick out an adorable or hilarious couple Halloween costume. Find ideas here or on Pinterest.
Bonfire (or firepit), smores, and your favorite beverages
Butler County Donut Trail: Head to Butler County and hit all of the delicious donut shops in one trip, or head back for the rest on another day.
Columbus Ale Trail: Travel the Ale Trail through Central Ohio and find a new favorite craft beer.
Learn to Curl! Columbus Curling Club offers instructional sessions to learn this fun ice sport – anyone can do it! You just need a pair of clean tennis shoes and you’re all set!
Go for a hike! Exercise releases feel-good hormones and the fall trees are the perfect backdrop. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of the Metro Parks around Columbus! Head out on your own, or join a guided hike or program!
Go on a drive to check out the fall leaves. Hocking Hills is a great option for this. Hike, grab lunch or dinner, and even stay the night in a cabin, bed and breakfast, or hotel.
If you really love nature, Fall is a great time for camping! Enjoy the the leaves, campfire, and a sleeping bag for 2!
Check out a different part of town with these monthly community days. Check out new shops, bars, and restaurants along the way, as many offer specials during these dates.
Franklinton Fridays: September 7 and October 12 (second Friday of the month)
The Moonlight Market on Gay Street: September 8 and October 13
Sunday Sunlight Market on Gay Street: September 16 and October 7 (typically third Sunday of the month)
4th Fridays in Uptown Westerville: September 28 (4th Friday of the month)
Short North Gallery Hop: October 7, November 3 (first Saturday of the month)
Powell Community Bonfire: October 20
Get scared with these fun Halloween activities
Make sure to check back as the list will be added to throughout the season.
Spooky Ghost Tours around Columbus: dates tba
Hitchcocktober Screenings at Gateway Film Center: Every day in October
Monster Bash: October 13
Ohio 24 Hour Horror Marathon: October 13-14
Haunted Statehouse Tours: October 19, 20, 26, 27
Highball Halloween: October 26-27
“Night Fright” Zip Tours for Hocking Hills Canopy Tours: Ghosts, zombies, witches, and Batman during these night tours (tba for 2018).
All Hallows Eve at Ohio Village: October 13 and October 20 Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style Halloween fun at All Hallows’ Eve, with a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village. Come revel in old-fashioned entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!
Halloween on the Hocking: October dates tba
Trauma 2018: October 25-27 This Halloween Fetish Party isn’t for everyone, but a highly anticipated yearly event for many!
Haunted Wine Cellar at the Wyandotte Winery: Late October date tba
Freaky Flights Tours with ZipZone zip line, costume party, Halloween festival: October 27-30
Halloween ComicFest: October 28 Comic shops around the world celebrate the season by giving away FREE comics to fans
Sips & Spirits at Camelot Cellars: date tba Halloween soiree for the grownups
Rocky Horror Halloween Show at Studio 35: October 27 The midnight cult-classic experience. The Tim Curry film will roll, and a live cast will perform in front of the movie. There is a pre show with costume contests and more. tickets are $10; will sell out.
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