There are numerous Ohio festivals that range in size, location, theme, and demographic. From Wilmington's Banana Split Festival (Wilmington, Ohio is the birthplace of the banana split) to Beaver's Oktoberfest, there tons of reasons to check out festivals in Ohio! A few highlights include:
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
Held each year in southeastern Ohio, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival is a four day event that includes multiple parades like the Mile Long Parade, the Kiddie Parade, and the Queens Parade. A staple of Ohio Music Festivals, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival also offers a car show, craft hall and demonstration, flea market, 5-k run, children's bike race, rides, a pet show, and a large firework display!
Berlin Heights Basket Festival
Looking for a nontraditionally-themed festival? The Berlin Heights Basket Festival honors the local tradition of basket making. This family-friendly festival includes a baby contest, kiddie tractor pull, Grand Parade, Queen’s contest, open market, marble contest, flower show, the Charger Marching Band, eating contests, and food and craft vendors, along with a 5K Race, games, and live entertainment. Best of all, there is no admission fee!
Marion Popcorn Festival
The Popcorn Festival kicks off the Thursday night after the first weekend following Labor Day each year. The festivities begin with a parade at 6:00 which features over 300 participants. This fun event features over 200 vendors, crafts, and a free show for seniors. The Marion Popcorn Festival also features some big name entertainment on the main stage each night. Throughout the weekend you can participate in a corn toss tournament, enjoy rides, observe pageants and more!
Ashland Balloon Fest
Held in Ashland, festival-goers can enjoy watching hot air balloons fill the sky. Along with the weekend's hot air balloons, the festival also provides shows, food, and music. This is a great festival for the whole family!