October Guide to Family-Friendly Events


october 2021

Fall has arrived, and so has your guide to family-friendly events for October in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky! It’s time to spend time celebrating all the activities that come along with the season.

Make sure to check out our guide to Fall Festivals this year! Plus, we have Sunflowers, Pumpkin Patches, U-Pick Apples, Halloween Events, and more!)

Neltner’s Farm Fall Festival

September 25 – October 31
6922 4 Mile Road
Melbourne, KY 41059
$5/ticket ages 3+, weekday admission is FREE. Corn maze, pony rides, and barrel train are $3 each.

At Neltner’s Farm, autumn is the time for harvest and celebration, and we invite your family to join ours for the annual pumpkin patch. There’s something for every member of your family: horse-drawn wagon rides, model train display, an expansive corn maze, our pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, homemade food and ice cream, farm shop, seasonal apples, and a barrel train!

Jazz in the Park

Every Monday
6pm – 9pm
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Local and regional jazz acts perform every Monday at Washington Park Porch (Presented by PPG Paints), featuring the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene, free and open to the public, though space may be limited. No reservations required. Cash bar available. Jazz in the Park is programmed in collaboration with Jazz at the Memo. This series is presented by DBL Law, GBBN and the Segoe Foundation.

Oct 4: Mambo Combo
Oct 11: Jazz Attack
Oct 18: Spherical Agenda
Oct 25: Keigo Hirakawa Trio

Haunted Mini Golf

Every Friday and Saturday in October
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
3380 Beaver Rd.
Union, KY 41091

A Halloween favorite is returning to Big Bone this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 1st. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life…or death!

Appropriate for all ages.Last game starts at 8:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Fall Market at Taft’s Brewporium

October 2,9,16
4831 Spring Grove Ave #1
Cincinnati, OH 45232

Come out to Taft’s Brewpourium to check out local vendors onsite selling everything from local honey, hand-made wood work, home decor, sweet treats and more! Grab a drink and shop around for some of the best locally made items in Cincinnati!

October 2- Three Leaf Crafts, Lou + Teak
October 9- Spice Spice Baby, Crump and Gracey, Debra Randall
October 16- Meraki Market, Wrap Artistry, Bathing Goddess

Kentucky Wool Festival   

October 1-3
Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm & Sunday 10am-6pm
48 Concord Caddo Rd
Falmouth, KY  41040
$5/ticket, $12 3-day pass, FREE ages 5 and under

More than 30 food vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, goat milking, working herd dogs, country, gospel and bluegrass music, clogging and square dancing. Demonstrations include sheep shearing; weaving and spinning; knitting; blacksmithing; leather works; corn grinding; sorghum, candle, broom, pottery and jewelry making; homemade apple butter, stone carving, quilting and more.

Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm

October 2-3
$10/adult, $5 adults 60+, $5/kid ages 3-17, under 3 years FREE, GHF Members FREE
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

So much fun for everyone! Live music, hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, corn maze, sunflower maze, meet the farm animals, Farm Fun Education Station, mule drawn carriage rides, High Grain Beer Garden and Cut Your Own sunflowers ($1 per stem).

Sunflower Festival is rain or shine, with the exception of dangerous weather. We reserve the right to cancel or close early if there is inclement weather.

Oxford Apple Butter Festival 

October 2-3
Hueston Woods State Park – Pioneer Farm
6924 Brown Road, Oxford, OH 45056
$4, FREE children under 12

The Hueston Woods Apple Butter Festival provides a vignette of 19th century farm life and features continual creation of apple butter in the pioneer fashion throughout the event. A great family activity conveniently located for Butler & Preble County residents. In addition to apple butter sales, a wide variety of apples, cider, pumpkins and gourds can be purchased on the grounds. Tours are conducted through the Doty homestead and the barn, both of mid 1980’s vintage and exhibiting a broad display of museum artifacts. Each year demonstrations of pioneer crafts are featured along with a theme program.  

Proceeds are directed to the historic preservation goals of the Association.

Virtual Astronomy Club for Kids

October 6 (Exoplanets) & 20 (Blackholes)
Cincinnati Observatory
Geared for grades K-5th

These classes are free of charge (donations are appreciated), but registration is required. Each week we’ll send out a link to a Zoom meeting for the class and a list of suggested materials.

Art Play Hike: Fleischmann Gardens

Thursday, October 7
524 Forest Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45229
FREE EVENT: Registration Required
Register for tickets here.

Art Play Hike is an outdoor series in partnership with the Cincinnati Parks. Join us this month as we explore Fleischmann Gardens, take part in hands-on art making and try out some kid-friendly yoga poses.

Come explore the great outdoors with your little one. Dress accordingly, the entire program takes place outside. During the program masks are recommended for participants 4 and up. This program is designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver.

Creative Reuse

October 9
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Explore creativity while helping the environment with this FREE drop-in art-making program led by Indigo Hippo. Follow the suggested projects catered to different abilities or let your imagination run wild. Located in the Rosenthal Education Center.

The City Flea

October 9
Washington Park
1230 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

The City Flea is Cincinnati’s original curated, urban flea market that takes place once a month at Washington Park and various other locations throughout the year. Since its conception in 2011, The Flea has seen dozens of vendors grow from hobby to full-time business and it is with much pride that we consider ourselves not only a monthly market, but a small business incubator, community organization, and city advocate. The Flea is a place to keep your dollars local, support small business and experience YOUR city in a unique and engaging way. Our vendors range from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers to plant studios. We have something for everyone.

Second Sunday on Main: Sustain on Main

October 10
Main Street
14th & Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE admission

Street fair on Main featuring craft and food vendors, entertainment, demonstrations and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.

Thursday Art Play with the Contemporary Arts Center

October 14, 21
Washington Park Porch
1230 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us Thursday mornings for creative playtime at Washington Park’s Porch. This family program uses hands-on art making activities and yoga to excite and educate our youngest visitors. Stop by Washington Park to join in on the fun! Art Play is designed for children ages 3-8 and their parents or caregivers, older and younger siblings are welcome.

October 14: Camp Out– Let’s embrace Fall with a camp out themed Art Play. We’ll pitch a tent on the porch, create a night sky collage, paint with marshmallows and make a star meditation bottle.

October 21: Tinker Trays– Sometimes experimenting is the best part about art. It’s fun to make, explore, fail and try again. Pick up a tinker tray and get to work creating collages, building sculptures and creating with repurposed supplies.

Baby Tours: Online with Cincinnati Art Museum

Friday, October 15

We hope to restart a socially distanced in-person baby tour program in 2022, depending on COVID-19 conditions. Until then, join our baby tour mailing list to stay connected to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Emails will be sent out on the third Friday of each month.

Each email will contain a video demonstration or link to a baby-safe art-making activity to do at home, as well as a themed self-guided scavenger hunt that parents can be printed at home and used in the galleries. 

To join our baby tour email list, contact [email protected].

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra The Nightmare Before Christmas

October 23 at 7:30pm
October 24 at 2pm
Tickets from $25

Tickets are HALF PRICE for our youngest ghosts and ghouls!

See one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Families are welcome and costumes are encouraged. After all, this is Halloween!

Sensory Saturday

Saturday, October 23
Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us for a socially distanced version of the Cincinnati Art Museum program for families with children who have developmental disabilities. Sensory Saturday will continue to begin before public hours, so families can enjoy a less crowded environment if they wish to do so.

As families enter, they will receive a map that designates galleries with learning centers with instructions on the back. Each family or child will borrow a bag with hands on materials, using it to engage with art in the galleries. When visitors are finished with the supplies, they return the bags to a bin marked “used” materials.

Cincinnati Asian Arts Festival 2021 Virtual Event

Sunday, October 24

The Cincinnati Art Museum is collaborating with local Asian community groups to jointly present the Cincinnati Asian Arts Festival 2021. Due to the high levels of COVID-19 transmission in Hamilton County and the surrounding area, the event will be presented as a virtual event.

The festival will celebrate the theme “Inclusion, Diversity, and Life” with the hopes of building a more vibrant, prosperous community through the power of art. Composed of two parts, Hello Cincinnati and the East Meets West Concert, this free one-hour event will begin streaming at 3 p.m. on October 24, 2021 from the museum’s website.

A link for the live event will be shared on this page soon.

This event is sponsored by Artswave.

Vintage Market Days

October 29-31
10am-4pm Friday & Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday
Green County Fairgrounds
120 Fairground Road
Xenia, OH 45385

Early Buying Event and Three Day Pass: $12/ticket
General Admission: $5/ticket

Vintage Market Days® is an upscale vintage & vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market, featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings & a little more. 

Ohio Renaissance Festival 

Through October 31
Ohio Renaissance Park
10542 E. Ohio 73, Harveysburg, OH 45032
General Admission 13+ $23, General Admission Ages 5-12 $10
Season Pass 13+ $60

Cheer your favorite knight to victory as he competes for the queen’s honor in the thrilling full-armored joust. The lanes are bustling with storytellers, strolling musicians, singers, dancers and villagers welcoming you to a festive day of living history. Feast like royalty on juicy roasted turkey legs, fresh-baked bread bowl stews, fish ‘n chips, steak-on-a-stake, and a variety of the finest beers and wines. The sprawling landscape is dotted with 12 stages and a unique open-air shopper’s marketplace with more than 130 merchants and demonstrating craftsmen. Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you’re a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.


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