The Ohio apple season is upon us and so are the Ohio apple festivals.

It’s that time of year again when Ohioans celebrate the harvest of Ohio apples; those perfect pieces of fruit that we can eat right off the tree, slice them up and bake them or cook them down to make apple butter or applesauce.  Many childhood memories include a ride to a local orchard to pick one’s own apples.  Who doesn’t remember bobbing for apples at Halloween, or the smell of a fresh baked apple pie just waiting to be eaten?

This year challenges you to partake in Ohio’s apple season by enjoying a local apple festival, stopping by a local orchard to pick your own apples, bake an apple dish using Ohio apples, or sample Ohio apple cider.

To help you get started we have compiled a list of local apple orchards which can be found by clicking here. We have also added links to a few of our favorite apple recipes.

Below are a few Ohio apple festivals we think will make for a fun day to enjoy with family and friends.  They include:





49th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
Dates:  September 17-18, 2016
Place:  Downtown Historic Lisbon
Admission:  FREE
Apple pie baking contests, ice cream eating contest, parade, 5K run. demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors, and more.




47th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Dates:  October 21-23, 2016
Place:  Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH
Times:  10am-6pm (Oct 21-22) – 10am-5pm (Oct 23)
Artisans, food vendors, bluegrass music, apple butter, living history tours, and more.




Apple Butter Festival, Century Village
Dates: October 8-9, 2016
Place:  Century Village Museum, 14653 East Park Street, Burton
Time:  10am – 5pm
Historic Artisans. Amish Bakery, Crafters, Kid’s Games, Apple Butter Stirring and Canning, Food and more.




Jackson Apple Festival
Dates:  September 20-24, 2016
Place:  Jackson, OH
Entertainment, parades, food, competitions, square dancing, apple bobbing, and more.




Elyria Apple Fest
Dates:  September 16-18, 2016
Place:  On the Square Downtown Elyria
Information:  Entertainment, apple pie judging, car show, 5K race and fun walk, and more.




Fall Celebration at White House Fruit Farm
Dates: September 10-October 30 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Place:  White House Fruit Farm, 9249 Youngstown-Salem Rd., Canfield, OH
Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, the Pumpkin Pavilion and Gift Market, Lutz Greenhouse’s gifts and mums, “Portraits by the Lake”, food vendors, kettle corn, and caramel apples. Fresh apples, apple cider, specialty foods, and fudge inside the market, and a Donut Express porch. *Pumpkin Pavilion and Gift Market is open during the market’s regular hours of operation.

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43rd Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
Dates: September 24-25, 2016
Place:  Mapleside Farms, 294 Pearl Road, Brunswick
Hours:  Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Enjoy two days of entertainment on different stages, handmade crafts, food, pumpkin village and more.

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Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Apple Festival

Dates: October 8-9, 2016
Place:  Downtown Oak Harbor
Admission:  Festival FREE. $5.00 for “Applepalooza.”
Kiddie tractor pull, entertainment, beer tent, classic car show, 5K Apple Run, 1 Mile Kid’s Fun Run, and more.




28th Annual Norton Cider Festival
Dates: September 30-October 2, 2016
Place:  Columbia Woods Park, 4060 Columbia Woods Dr., Norton, OH
Times: Friday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
A family event with something fun for all ages.,  Festival food, apple decorating contest, magical train and inflatables for kids, talented crafters, and fireworks.




Annual Lordstown Apple Cider Festival
Dates:  September 16-18, 2016
Times: Friday — 6 PM-Midnight; Saturday — Noon-Midnight; Sunday — Noon- 9 PM
Place: High School Grounds, Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, OH 44481
Phone: 330.824.2650
Admission: Free
Watch as apples are turned into fresh, sweet apple cider. Craft, flower and car shows; entertainment and parade. Food and beverages available for purchase including fresh cider.




Apple Festival Days
Dates: September 17, 24 and October 1, 2016
Place: Bauman Orchards, 161 Rittman Ave., Rittman, OH  44270
Time: 8am – 5pm
Enjoy wagon rides into the orchard to pick your own apples.  Tribute to Willie Nelson & Friends by 5 Star Entertainment (1-4pm), pony rides, hay maze, and more.

Apple Dumpling Festival
Dates:  September 24-25, 2016
Place:  Whispering Hills RV Park, 8248 St. Rt 514, Big Prairie, OH
Times:  Sat 9 AM-9 PM & Sun 9 AM-6 PM
Enjoy this family fun weekend in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country featuring Ruth’s famous apple dumplings!

Local Visitor Bureau







40th Annual Apple Butter Fest
Date:  October 9, 2016
Place:  Grand Rapids, Ohio (map of venues on website)
Admission:  $15 per vehicle parking fee.
What is Applebutter Fest? It’s historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, crafts, live music, food, and family fun along the beautiful Maumee River!


For more information about any of the above listed festivals or if you can’t get enough of fall events like corn mazes, fall driving tours, ghost walks, hayrides, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches visit, your source for Northern Ohio fun.

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