It’s no secret around our house that I’m totally in love with fall. Having worked in campus recruiting for several years, this was always my busy time and I never got to enjoy the season much. Now that I stay home with our little one, I really go nuts when Labor Day rolls around. I bust out the fall-scented candles, hang my leafy wreaths, and start making lots of apple and pumpkin anything. (Check out my Pinterest board HOORAY FOR FALL if you need any sort of confirmation.)
Luckily, there are also LOTS of fun things to do in the Miami Valley this time of year, especially for the little ones! Events are always popping up here and there, so when I learn about others, I’ll be sure to pass them along. In the meantime, mark your calendars for some of theses fun happenings!
But first, a couple things to note…
1. This list only goes through September. Once you get into October, there are TONS more events coming up! In a few weeks, I’ll plan to do another blog post featuring the October events so it’s not so crazy and overwhelming for all of us. 🙂
2. If you’re looking for EVEN MORE events (yes, I was selective in my list below), I highly recommend DaytonLocal.com for a wonderfully organized list of upcoming Fall Activities in Dayton. This site has been my go-to for awhile now for most of the events I’ve attended in the past and share with you here! (No paid endorsement, I promise!) 🙂
August 23 – October 25 (Saturdays) – Pony Rides at Carriage Hill Farm
Fee: $5 per child
Do you have a little wrangler that is too young for horse camp but can’t wait to ride? For those 2-8 years of age, hand-led pony rides are offered in summer and fall. Bring your camera to capture this unforgettable moment. Reservations are not required. Please check our activities page for dates and hours.
For details, visit the Carriage Hill website HERE.
August 23 – October 19 (Saturdays and Sundays) – Ohio Renaissance Festival
Gate Admission: Adult (ages 13+) – $21.95, Children (ages 5-12) – $9.95
Purchase tickets online HERE at a discounted rate!
Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.
For complete details, visit RenFestival.com.
August 28 – September 1 – Montgomery County Fair
Admission: Varies each day (Click HERE to see the event schedule for each day, including admission and parking prices.)
Events vary each day, including open ride times. To view each day’s complete list of events, view the complete fair schedule.
September 6 – Fall Fest @ Ginghamsburg Church
Join us for family fun on the Tipp City Campus front lawn. Bring the whole family, friends and neighbors for a fun-filled activity tent for the kids, giant inflatables, carnival rides, food vendors, hayrides and more. ADMISSION IS FREE!
Visit the event website HERE for more information.
September 6-7 – Beavercreek Popcorn Festival
The festival has over 200 booths with festival foods, continuous live entertainment, 5K popcorn run, tantalizing treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with Popcorn. The festival includes a children’s area with games, inflatables, contests and other activities to delight younger children. Located at the intersection of Dayton-Xenia and North Fairfield roads.
Visit beavercreekpopcornfestival.org for details.
September 20 – Dayton Fall Festival @ The Gathering in Centerville
The Dayton Fall Festival is an opportunity for families to enjoy weekend fun at a minimal cost. Every activity is free. Children of all ages will enjoy animal rides, carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, kid-specific shows, a mini-hayride, family crafts and much more. Food will be available to purchase from local food trucks.
Visit daytonfallfest.com for more details.
September 20 – Farm Day @ Bowman Landes in New Carlisle
Fun for all the family! ADMISSION IS FREE. Come enjoy hayride tours to see our turkeys on range, antique cars, tractors, and farm equipment, children’s activities and barrel train ride, and enter the drawing to win a free Thanksgiving turkey! Also, visit our farm market and deli store for meat, cheese, and other specialty items.
View their event listing HERE for more details.
*On a personal note, we buy a lot of turkey from this farm (available at Dorothy Lane Market and Kroger), and it’s delicious! 🙂
September 20-21 – Country Fair @ Carriage Hill MetroPark
As the fall harvest approaches, so would the tradition of the country fair. From agricultural demonstrations to a pie baking competition, all the sights and sounds of an 1880’s country fair will be recreated. See various living history talks and demonstrations given to present a picture of our past. Also, watch the sorghum press squeeze the sweet juice from the stalks. The steam from the steam engine boils the juice into sorghum molasses.
See the website HERE for more information.
September 26-28 – Tipp City Mum Festival
Friday Cruise-In, Saturday Parade, Sunday Motorcycle Ride, Arts, Crafts, and Great Food & Live Entertainment all weekend long!
Visit tippcitymumfestival.org for the complete schedule and event details.
September 26-28 – The Dayton Art Institute’s “Oktoberfest”
General Admission: (Saturday & Sunday):
Pre-Sale: $5 Adults; $3 Seniors (60+) & Youth (7-18)
Gate: $7 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+) & Youth (7-18)
Children 6 & under admitted free
Presented by Miller Lite, this community event proudly boasts a dazzling array of artisans, unique foods, ample domestic, international and craft beers, kid-friendly art activities, live music on two stages, international wines and so much more! Oktoberfest includes a fully covered Main Stage viewing area and an expanded Craft Beer tent with big-screen TVs for all the weekend football action. The ACCO Brands FamilyFest provides free art activities for the kids, from noon – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the Oktoberfest website HERE for all the details!
September 27 – Dayton Parent Magazine Kid’s Fun Fest
Come help Dayton Parent Magazine celebrate our 1 year anniversary with a FREE event that includes inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, Kid’s Classes (swim/tennis), mock cover photos,Cover Kid Contest and over 50 booths (all with games/activities/giveaways or drawings).Meet Gem from the Dragons, get your photo with a Princess or Superhero, and be on the cover of the magazine! Come see Boonshoft, Paintbrush Pottery, Spark Art, Dayton Children’s, YMCA, Channel 2, Dayton Dragons, and more. Event takes place at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Bellbrook.
September 27 & 28 – Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s “Apple Fest”
Admission: $5 adults / $3 children (age 3 and under are free) Friends of Aullwood, free with membership card
Aullwood’s Apple Fest is a perfect place to celebrate autumn and many tasty apple treats! Enjoy a fun-filled weekend down on the farm. Gather your family and friends to enjoy delicious food, exciting activities and great entertainment at Aullwood’s 28th annual Apple Fest!
For a complete list of food and events, view the event brochure HERE.
Hope I’ve given you some great events to look forward to with your little ones! I’d love to hear if you go to any of these events. I’ll be planning to attend most of them, too! Let me know what you think.
HAPPY FALL!!! 🙂