Everything Fall

Fall is here and we’ve got so many wonderful ways to celebrate the month-long occasion full of flannel and cool weather.

For all of your fall 2022 needs—scares, tricks, treats, crafts, corn mazes, festivals, and more—check out the list below of the many fun goings on over the next few months. All events are linked to a site with more information regarding admission costs, dates and times, and location.

Blooms and Berries - Pumpkins at a Pumpkin Farm
Blooms and Berries

Halloween Events

For admission information, dates, and more details about the events, click on the corresponding link below.

October 7–9: Metamora Canal Days (Metamora, IN), 9a–5p

October 7–9: 11th Annual Operation Pumpkin (Pumpkin and Art Festival) (Hamilton)
October 8: The Great Pumpkin Fest (Keehner Park, West Chester), 2–6p
October 14–15, 21–22, 28-29: Sharon Woods Haunted Village, 6–10p
October 15–16, 22–23, 29–30: HallZOOween (Cincinnati Zoo), 12–5p
October 16: Hocus Pocus Halloween: A Family Fun Festival (Middletown)

October 21: Howl at the Hall (Westwood), 6p
October 23: Findlay Market Fall Food Fest, 10a–4p
October 27: Ghost Walk (Aurora, IN), 6:30p
Tickets are pre-sale only to ensure they do not exceed maximum capacity. Click the link above for more information.

Kinman Farms - Baby holding onto pumpkin
Kinman Farms

Pumpkin Patches

Blooms & Berries Fall on the Farm (Loveland)

September 17–October 31
Online ticket purchase is required to attend Fall on the Farm. Admission includes hayrides, Pumpkin Bounce Pad, corn maze, mini corn maze, bee train, play area, Barnyard 500 Trike Track, farm animals, Spookley, and more! The Beer Garden is open on the weekends.
Tickets start at $5.95 and must be purchased online. Leashed pets are allowed.

Burger Farm Fall Fun at the Farm (Newtown)

Saturdays and Sundays, September 24–October 30, 10a–6p (weather permitting)
Pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, games, food, music, farm animals, crafters and more.
Admission is $14 per person (children 2 and under are free; ages 65 and older are $10)

Burwinkel Farms (Ross)

Weekends in October
Corn maze, skid maze, Halloween scavenger hunt, locally grown apples, crawl-thru straw tunnel, corn pool, and weekend hayrides to a pumpkin patch and sunflower field (when in bloom).

Country Pumpkins Fall Festival (Dry Ridge, KY)

September 10–October 30
General admission is free and includes kiddie corn maze, sand tunnels play area, hay pyramid, and farm animals. For an additional cost, you can experience U-pick pumpkins, hayride, and much more. 

Click here for pricing information

Irons Fruit Farm October Weekends (Lebanon)

Last weekend in September and all October weekends, 11a–5p
Pumpkins and hayrides, corn maze, bakery (with apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts, cookies, and more!), market and store, apples, and special events.
Click here for a coupon for $1 off purchase of $10 or more

Jack O’Lantern Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction (West Chester)

September 24–October 31
Indoor, kid friendly maze as well as friendly ghosts, skeletons, and more. Each child will receive a bag of trick-or-treat candy, plus new Halloween mini scenes and a Halloween themed train display.

Jackson Family Farm Fall on the Farm (Middletown)

Saturdays (11a–6p) and Sundays (12–5p), September 25–October 23
Activities include pumpkin jump pad, pedal tractors, pedal implements, farm animals, make your own animal feed, corn maze, corn barn, hay tower and slides, pumpkin launcher, and more!
$14 per person general farm admission (includes all activities, kids 2 and under free)

Kings Island Tricks and Treats Fall Fest (Mason)

Select days, September 25–October 30
Admission includes one-of-a-kind fall festival with amazing food, activities, live entertainment, more than a dozen trick-or-treat stops, costume contests, crafts, games, seasonal merchandise, and access to the park’s rides and attractions.
Tickets starting at $29.99; military discounts available

Kinman Farms Fall Fest (Burlington, KY)

September 16–October 30; Fridays and Saturdays 10a–10p, Sundays 11a–7p
Admission includes: hayride around the Farm, picnic shelters, bonfires, games, The Great Pumpkin Express Rides, 5-acre Corn Maze, Kinman’s Carnival Tent, live bands, tricycle ride for the little ones, and laser tag. New this year: tunnels slides, dirt mound climbing, and straw pyramid. Everyone gets a pumpkin to take home, too! Open daily, but activities take place on the weekends.

McMonigle Farms Pumpkin Fest (Middletown)

Every weekend in October, 12–6p
McMonigle Farms offers the most affordable and unique pumpkin patch in Middletown, Ohio. Admission includes: U-pick pumpkins, hayrides, one-acre clueless corn maze, cow train rides, arm animals, FREE straw maze, large play area, and seasonal treats.

Neltner’s Farm Fall Fest (Melbourne, KY)

September 23–October 31 (more info)
There’s something for every member of your family: horse-drawn wagon rides, crafters and artisans, live music, home cooked food by Four Mile Pig, wine tastings by local wineries, homemade ice cream, pumpkin patch, 3+ acre corn maze, kids corn play pit, toddler corn maze, farm stand, petting zoo, barrel train, model train display.
Weekend activities admission (10a–6p): $5 (ages 3 and up); weekdays (9a–6p): free
Leashed pets are allowed

Niederman Fall Fun 2022 (Liberty Twp.)

September 23–October 30
Thursday 6–9p (group reservations only during the day), Friday 4–9p (concessions available after 6), Saturday 11a–9p, Sunday 1–6p
Tickets include: 4-acre corn maze, hayrides, kids tractor play area, wagon ride, human foosball, duck races, pipe swings, climbing hill, jumping pillow, and so much more!
$15 general admission wristband must be purchased for children 2 and above (children under 2 are free) and includes access to all activities. Tickets are available here.

Shaw Farms (Milford)

Weekends in September (starting the third weekend) through October 31, 9a–6p (Monday–Saturday), 9a–5p (Sunday)
Huge corn maze with a kid-friendly treasure hunt, two interactive playgrounds, and horse- and tractor-drawn hayrides through the scenic countryside.
General admission is free. Click here for activity pricing information and to purchase tickets.

Kings Island Haunt - View of the Rollercoaster Banshee
Kings Island Haunt

Haunted Houses, Trails, and Attractions

Cincinnati goes all out for haunted houses; many of which include extraordinary makeup, spooky settings, and animatronics. Here’s a list of haunted houses and trails to visit this Halloween season:

All Hallows’ Eve (Williamsburg)
Fridays and Saturdays, September 2–November 5, 7p–12a
Admission starts at $30 to Terror Town (Ultimate Horror and Weekend Passes are also available)

Brimstone Haunt (Wilmington)
Friday and Saturday nights September 24 through October 31
Admission for a combo admission pass to the Haunted Hayride ($XX), Forgotten Forest ($XX), Psychosis ($XX), and Zombie Assault ($XX) to be determined. Fast Pass also available. Click here to purchase your tickets online. (Save by buying online. A $2 fee will be added to each ticket purchased in person.)
Parking costs $3 cash at the door

The Dent Schoolhouse (Dent)
Weekends, September 16–November 5, and all Thursdays in October
General admission starting at $20, with options for fast pass and front of the line options also available (view ticketing options here)
Family friendly Lights On Tour will be Sunday, October 23, 4–6p

Kings Island Haunt (Mason)

Select nights, September 23–October 29
Bone-chilling scare mazes and scare zones, sinister live entertainment, and hundreds of horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. Haunting Halloween activities plus some of the most exhilarating night rides in the country. Not recommended for children under 13. No re-entry after 6p.
Tickets starting at $44.99; military discounts available

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park (Middletown)

Friday and Saturday nights, 7p–1a, September 9–October 30
Five premium haunted houses, including Dysphoria, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Phobia, Temple of Terror, and The Killer Klown House, plus other attractions and entertainment. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Click here for ticketing information.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall (Mt. Healthy)
Friday, Saturday (8–11p), and Sunday (7–9p) from September 30–October 29 (closed October 30)
Entry is $12 (click here for information about available discounts), Fastpasses available for $18, no discounts
Lights Up Night will be Sunday, October 23, 6–6:45p (cost is $5 per child, free for adults)

Sandyland Acres (Petersburg, KY)
Friday and Saturday nights (8p–midnight) from September 16–October 29 (closed October 30)
Hayride ($15), Haunted Barn ($12), or a combo for $25. Cash only, free parking.
Click here for more information.

USS Nightmare (Newport, KY)
September 17–18, September 24–November 6 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7–11p
Friday and Saturday, 7p–1a
General admission prices from $18–30, with Fast Pass admission being $28–50. Front-of-the-line and season passes also available. 

Click here to view all ticketing options.
Lights On Matinee, October 24, 4–6p

Cornfield at one of the haunted parks
Cornfield

Ghost Tours

Do you favor the paranormal over costumes and actors? Don’t worry, there are several options for paranormal and haunted ghost tours in greater Cincinnati.

Bobby Mackey’s Music World Paranormal Tour (Wilder, KY) 

$35 per person for a two-hour tour

Two-hour guided tours, private group investigations, and public event hosting at one of the most haunted nightclubs in the country.

Book your tour here

Buried Secrets, Haunted Cincinnati Tours (OTR)

$29 for a two-hour outdoor walking tour to sites including Washington Park, Memorial Hall, and Music Hall. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Newport is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (Newport)

$29 for a 90-minute—low intensity, stroller and wheelchair accessible—3/4 mile walking tour. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Queen City is Haunted, American Legacy Tours (OTR)

$29 for a 90-minute 3/4 mile walking tour (flat but not stroller and wheelchair accessible); $39 for an “ultimate” tour. 

Click here to purchase your tickets online

Pumpkins on a Pumpkin Farm
Pumpkins on a Pumpkin Farm

Art Festivals and Craft Fairs

Looking for gifts this holiday season? What about decor to spruce up your home? Shop local at one of many art festivals and craft fairs this fall. For information regarding the event and admission, click on the corresponding link.

October 1–2: Lakota West High School Craft Show ($2 admission)

October 2: Art on Vine on Fountain Square, 12–6p
October 8: The City Flea at Washington Park, 10a–4p
October 16: Second Sunday on Main (Main Street, OTR), 12–5p
October 28–30: Vintage Market Days of Dayton-Cincinnati

November 11–13: Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market at the Duke Energy Convention Center
November 12–13: Lakota East Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

November 13: Art on Vine at Rhinegeist, 12–6p
November 19: Oak Hills Band Association Holiday Craft Fair, 9a–3p

November 19: Sycamore Arts and Crafts Show (Sycamore High School), 9a–4p

November 19: The OFF Market: 2022 Holiday Market at Summit Park, 10a–4p

November 25–27: 2022 Winterfair at NKY Convention Center
November 26: Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show at Music Hall Ballroom, 11a–5p

December 11: Art on Vine at Rhinegeist, 12–6p

December 17 and 18: The City Flea Holiday Market at Washington Park

Have any questions about what’s going on this fall? Just ask!


Written by: Linsey Kraeling – Woman, wife, and mother about town, proud millennial, and lifelong Cincinnatian with an invested interest in community involvement and having a full plate—literally and figuratively. Follow along with and read more about eating like a sophisticated six-year-old, supporting local, and acting like a tourist in her own city at instagram.com/linsinnati and tourdecincinnati.com.

Celebrate Halloween, NKY Style

Northern Kentucky can be a spooky place. With a long history and neighborhoods that date back to the Civil War, the region holds many tales of roaming ghosts and gruesome events that will send chills up your spine.  

Here is a sampling of what awaits you here, as the weather grows colder, and the spirits come out to play. Links to all the events can be found here.  

Nightmare ships and haunted fields 

The USS Nightmare docks in Newport this time of year. It’s one of the area’s longest haunted tours (over 30 minutes), inviting brave and foolhardy guests to explore two full decks of pure horror. 

Sandy Acres Farm is a charming place to visit in the daytime. At night, though, it gets a lot creepier. Come for a hayride through haunted fields—if you dare. 

For kids 

To get the kiddos involved in something more than just trick-or-treating, take them to the free Halloween Hoopla at Behringer-Crawford Museum. They can do a seasonal craft, march in the costume parade and more. 

For fans of LEGO, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is hosting Bricks, Tricks and Treats, a LEGO convention with a Halloween theme.  

Talk to dead people 

Falcon Theatre and Dinsmore Homestead Museum have teamed up to create a rare opportunity to talk with six costumed actors who are portraying people from the Homestead’s past. All the characters are based on their actual lives, letters and journals. It’s kind of like a historic version of “Sixth Sense.”   

Take a spooky tour 

Tickets are still available for the Halloween date of the Spooky Secrets Tour. This 2-mile walk past haunted houses, creepy historic sites and cool shops was created by the author of “Secret Cincinnati” and the writer for the NKY Art Tours website. It’s the perfect way to start your Halloween celebrations. 

For more Halloween fun, as well as details on the events listed above, please visit NKY ArtQuest’s Halloween roundup

About the author:  

Jill Morenz is the Director of Community Initiatives and Communications for the Catalytic Fund and also runs the NKY Public Arts Network. She is an enthusiastic evangelist for all things NKY. 

Arrowhead Music Festival

This special autumn gathering is a great way to take a few days off for the weekend and enjoy the wonderment of being in nature while listening and dancing to music under the open sky!  The festivities will be held on a breathtaking farm that’s tucked away in the forestland of Northern Kentucky.  Arrowhead Music Festival will feature incredible live music, informative workshops on permaculture, local art, yoga, walking trails, and plenty of space for camping with a bonfire overlooking a gorgeous lake!

Come together to connect with yourself and other like-minded people, experience inspiring music, open your mind up to new things, and embrace delightful free flowing fun all around you!  The lineup is outstanding and you don’t want to miss a second of it!  Some of the musicians include, Siri Imani featuring Jess Lamb and The Factory, Natural Onyx, Sister Stone, and so much more!

https://www.instagram.com/siri_imani/

https://www.instagram.com/jesslambband/

https://www.instagram.com/sisterstonemusic/

https://www.instagram.com/naturalonyx/

One of the coolest things about this event is that its intention is to promote positive, happy, and healthy lifestyles by being a substance free interactive environment.  The festival will be located in Petersburg, KY at Treasure Lake on October 22nd – October 24th.

“Arrowhead is inspired by the elements- Earth, Air, Wind, and Fire- and our programming is meant to reflect that.  Arrowhead is 100% substance free, meaning no drugs or alcohol are permitted on the festival grounds.  We’re gathering to get high on life, to embrace sobriety as its own type of drug, and to explore the potential of un-influenced human awareness.”

https://www.arrowheadfestival.com/

We asked the creator Anthony Schneider to share a little bit about his background and what his pursuit is and this is what he had to say,

“I’m passionate about self-examination, self expression, community organization, and cultural progression.  In 2019 I founded the NVRLND Tribe, a Media Group and Digital Agency that creates content and produces experiences which inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.  Additionally, NVRLND Tribe offers intuitive operations and systems support for transformational events, facilitators, and coaches. This includes web/backend, payment, communication, branding, and on-the-ground operations strategies and implementation.  I’m currently based in Cincinnati, OH where I’m able to facilitate intentional experiences through my community organization Positive Life: Cincinnati.  I also travel frequently to keep up with my tribe.”

“For our launch event we’re getting back to the basics and keeping things small. Good music, good people, good food, positive, health-focused intentions, and communion with our Mother Earth.  Arrowhead is an intimate celebration of life, community and nature.  Join us on 60 beautiful acres as we launch this mini Transformational Music Festival set in the rolling hills of the Ohio River Valley.  If any of these things resonate with you then buy your ticket now!”

https://www.instagram.com/anthonyreeseschneider/

Written By: Christen Collins

Art at Arnolds Bar and Grill

The historic restaurant, Arnold’s Bar and Grill in Downtown Cincinnati is known for being the oldest bar in town but that’s not all they’re known for!  For over a hundred years this special establishment has been a gathering place for creatives of all kinds!  Not only can you see live music by local musicians every night in their beautiful courtyard but you will find yourself meeting poets, writers, musicians, actors, dancers, performers, and artists of all kinds enjoying themselves while sharing stories of their experiences at Arnold’s.  One of the many highlights to this space is the collection of art that they have on the inside and outside of the building.  From the 1800’s to now you’re sure to discover new things with each and every visit!

Before heading in, take a minute to admire the architecture, stained-glass, and the impressive neon signs that are displayed in the windows!  They recently added new ones that were made by, Neonworks of Cincinnati which is located in the fabulous American Sign Museum!

Another cool feature about the outside of the building is that one of the world’s most well-known street artists, Shepard Fairey has a large piece on the wall in the alley to the right!  The piece, “Global Warning” is 15 feet tall and was part of his “Supply and Demand” exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center in 2010.  Fairy put up several other pieces throughout the city that year but Arnold’s is one of the only places where you can still see his artwork in public in Cincinnati and they take great pride in continuing to preserve his incredible screen-printed wheatpaste mural.

As soon as you step inside you can’t help but to be mesmerized by the ambiance and aesthetic of this place!  The bar features historic nostalgia all over the walls that helps your imagination envision what it was like throughout time.  Everywhere you turn you will find something interesting and even quirky little details that will make you smile!  Behind the bar on the top shelf are five ceramic bottles that you don’t want to pass up taking a look at!  These interesting pieces of pottery depict faces of people but it’s a mystery as to who they are.  A fun game the bartends like to play with the patrons is guessing who they might be, so next time you’re there make your bets on who you think they are!  The artist, Scott Wynn created them, as well as the amazing carved double doors that lead you in and out of the courtyard that the former owner, Jim Tarbell commissioned.

https://scottwynnatelier.com/pages/about-us

The courtyard itself is a work of art with its unique stage that looks like a front porch and features a variety of vintage signs.  On one of the walls you can find a second wheatpaste mural by another popular street artist, JR.  This piece is of waitresses that worked at Arnolds in the 1930’s and the original photograph to compare it to is inside the dining room! https://www.jr-art.net

Adjacent to it is another wall piece that was also created by a famous graffiti artist!  This piece is of local legend Peanut Jim and was made by Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto, also known as Vhils.

https://www.vhils.com

Chris Breeden, the current owner is a huge advocate for art and continues to support creatives from all over by showcasing their work in his business.  He has kept the art scene alive through this revitalization of incorporating art into the experience of what Arnold’s has to offer!  So keep going back to see what he collaborates on and curates next!

Fall Festivals

Festivals are back in Cincinnati and there are plenty for everyone to enjoy all over town, from riverside, to fountain square, and beyond!  Learn how this city got its famous title, “The Melting Pot” by experiencing the diverse cultures that have come together to celebrate History and Heritage in Ohio and Northern, Kentucky. 

Here’s a list of autumn festivities that you don’t want to miss!

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati  

September 16th – 19th

Thursday– Sunday

One of the largest German Heritage Festivals in the United States returns for its annual event in Downtown, Cincinnati!  Sam Adams sponsors the festival and you can be sure to find lots of authentic food, beer, games, activities, music and dancing for the entire family to partake in!

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

https://samadamscincy.com/

Newport Oktoberfest

September 24th – 26th

Friday- Sunday

Just across the river located at the Newport Festival Park at the Levee you can catch another weekend long festival that honors the German Culture in the region that is sponsored by Christian Moerlein Lager House.  They will also have live music, food and drink vendors, plus art and activities. https://www.cincinnatifestivalsandevents.com/newport-oktoberfest   https://www.moerleinlagerhouse.com

 If you want to experience traditional German Culture all year long head over to Hofbräuhaus in Newport, KY for a delicious soft pretzel and brew with live entertainment that will have you dancing on the tables!

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

September 4th – October 31st

Every Weekend

Attend this magical festival for a day filled with enchantment as you time travel into the past of the Renaissance!  This festival features everything you can imagine and takes you into a world of wonderment and imagination!  Each weekend is themed and the last one is, “Tricks or Treats” for all your Halloween fun!

The Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival

October 2nd

Saturday

This one-day festival is located on Madison Road, in Madisonville and is put on by the Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation to promote more neighborhood engagement.  There will be incredible live jazz music, local food and drinks, art vendors and activities for children.

Asian Food Fest

October 9th -10th

Friday – Saturday

This festival is the perfect opportunity to try something new and learn about a different culture that is a wonderful addition to the diversity of Cincinnati!  The festival is presented by Kroger and will be in the new Court Street Plaza.

http://www.asianfoodfest.org/

Covington Night Bazaar Returns- With Covington’s First Entertainment District

If you live in or have visited Covington, Ky. the past few years, you might remember the Night Bazaar—an evening arts and crafts festival with entertainment and food and drink.

Night Bazaar Extends to Four Months

We’re excited to announce the 2021 return of the Covington Night Bazaar! Local non-profit Renaissance Covington is bringing it back, bigger than ever. It will be a recurring festival, taking place in July, August, September, and October. The hours and dates for the Night Bazaars are:

Saturday, July 24, from 6-11 pm

Saturday, August 28, from 6-11 pm

Saturday, September 18, from 6-11 pm

Saturday, October 23, from 6-11 pm

It will take place in the Roebling Point neighborhood, at the foot of the Roebling Bridge (where Smoke Justis, Eishaus, Frosthaus, Molly Malone’s, and Keystone Bar & Grill are located.)

Covington, Ky.’s First Entertainment District

Fun news for this year’s Night Bazaar – it will be the first time the city of  Covington, Ky. enacts its Entertainment District!

What’s an Entertainment District?

Customers over 21 will be able to purchase alcoholic refreshments at the local restaurants and bars and sip and stroll with them as they peruse the art and crafts from more than 30 local artisans.

You can read more about Covington’s Entertainment District on the Renaissance Covington website.

In addition to the local artists’ booths, and the food and drink options, there will also be a variety of live entertainment throughout the evening. 

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Northern Kentucky, need an outing for the family, are interested in local art and artisans, mark those calendars for Covington’s Night Bazaar 2021!

Author: Dot Crane, Content Marketing Manager

Dot Crane is the Content Marketing Overlord for meetNKY. She’s a proud resident of Covington, KY and loves helping others #lovethecov. You can find her sampling local craft brews at NKY’s seven craft breweries, or capturing the perfect image throughout the Cincinnati region to showcase our blend of Southern Charm and big city excitement.