Top 12 “Can’t Miss” Fall Festivals in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

September 25, 2014

Fall is festival time in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Autumn is the season to celebrate everything from apples to wine and antiques to woollybears! Here is a list of our top twelve “can’t miss” fall festivals and why you want to make time in your life to check them out. Harvest Happenings Tractor Display

North Coast Oktoberfest, Sandusky
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 27, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm
Don't Miss: This traditional German food and beer festival expanded this year to two days and now includes a Saturday night Lighted Boat Parade. What other Oktoberfest features a boat parade?

Port Clinton Area Harvest Festival, Port Clinton
Sep 26, 2014 – Sep 28, 2014
Fri 5-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don't Miss: This end of summer festival includes crafts, food and live entertainment along with Clydesdale carriage rides on Saturday from 12-5 pm.

Woollybear Festival, Vermilion
Sep 28, 2014
9 am-6 pm
Don't Miss: The Woollybear Festival is the largest one day festival in the state. Wondering if we're going to experience another Snowpocolypse this winter? Fox 8 Meteorologist Dick Goddard is on hand to reveal the annual woollybear winter weather prediction.

Harvest Happenings, Huron
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don't Miss: This family harvest festival features the 25th annual antique engine and tractor show, plus each day there is an antique tractor parade.

Country Harvest of Antiques and Crafts, Birmingham
Oct 4, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014
Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10:30 am-4 pm
Don't Miss: Happening for the last 45 years, this event features over 100 vendors displaying antiques, crafts, and other uniquely handmade items.

Island Wine Festival, Put-in-Bay
Oct 4, 2014
11 am-6 pm
Don't Miss: Along with island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, patrons can sample more than 400 International wines.

7th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Huron
Oct 11, 2014
11 am-5 pm
Don't Miss: A great family festival with something for everyone, the featured event is the Barnes Nursery pumpkin drop at 2:30 pm. Talk about smashing pumpkins!

Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Marblehead and Lakeside
Oct 11, 2014
9 am-4 pm
Don't Miss: Along with the wonderful entertainment, craft vendors, and delicious food, this is also the last chance to tour the Marblehead Lighthouse and Wolcott Keeper's House before they close for the season.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival, Oak Harbor
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 9 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
Don't Miss: All things “apple” – apple pie, fresh apple butter, candy apples…there's even an apple baking contest and an Apple Queen!

Oktoberfest, Put-in-Bay
Oct 11, 2014 – Oct 12, 2014
Sat 11 am-7 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
Don't Miss: Probably the only time of the year the island's live musical entertainment line-up features polka music and dancing!

Pumpkin Palooza, Milan
Oct 25, 2014
12-3 pm
Don't Miss: This free family event on the grounds of the Milan Museum offers unique pumpkin activities including pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling.

Tombstone Derby, Elmore
Oct 25, 2014
10 am-6 pm
Don't Miss: It's a tombstone derby! The main event, a motorized casket race, concludes a day-long Halloween celebration.

What are your “can’t miss” fall events? Let us know and what makes the event so special.

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