Falls Fests, Fun, and Frights 2014

Falls Fests, Fun, and Frights 2014

Hallie Kosovich
If you’ve been within 100 yards of the Internet you’ve probably already been inundated with listicles of all things pumpkin, sweaters, boots, and leaves. That’s right, everyone’s favorite obsession is here- fall! The temperature is dropping as bonfires are lighting up and everyone’s trying to squeeze the last bit of fun from the outdoors before the weather turns frigid. I had my first taste of spiked cider and s’mores over an open fire this past weekend and I gotta say, it certainly does do wonders to ones moods. If you’re finding this past summer got away from you a bit, there’s still plenty of time to get out there and make those memories before the snow begins falling. Here’s a list of a few things happening around the Buckeye State to get you going on your adventures.

Downtown Akron Artwalk

For all of our readers that enjoy browsing lovely artwork in perfect fall weather, there’s the Downtown Akron Artwalk happening October 4. Grab a jacket and a latte and head to Downtown Akron, Ohio, where local art, live music, and good food will be in abundance. The Artwalk is specifically located in the Northside District, North High Street, and East and West Market Street. If you’re worried about transportation, don’t be! The city’s free trolley service will be running the entire route. What’s the best part about this event? It’s 100% FREE! So if you’re feeling a little starved for culture and cash at the same time, this is definitely the event for you. Check out Downtown Akron Artwalk for additional details. 

Columbus Italian Festival

Next up we have the Columbus Italian Festival. On October 10, 11, and 12 in downtown Columbus you can celebrate Italian-American culture through food, drink, music, and even a 5k run/walk for all you race addicts out there. In addition to live entertainment on two different stages, there will be open-air markets, so be sure to bring some cash with you. Also, don’t miss the festival’s parade on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 am. The little ones in your life are sure to enjoy it and besides, you can’t drink the ENTIRE weekend (can you?). Visit the link above for all the details you’ll need to make the Italian Festival a successful weekend out in our state’s capital. 

Highball Halloween (Columbus)

So this next event by far intrigued me the most in my research for this article and, I have to say, it looks pretty awesome! HighBall Halloween, also held in Columbus, is pretty much like New Orleans’s Mardi Gras but with Halloween all over it. Called one of the biggest All Hollow’s Eve parties in the Midwest, it has light shows, live art, a runway show, a costume contest, and live bands performing. A true visual spectacle, come ready to take in sights you’ve certainly never seen before. With general admission just $5.00 at the gate, this weekend won’t drain your wallet. HighBallColumbus.org has a fantastic collection of photos that really represent just how elaborate this party gets each year.

Lake Eerie Fear Fest (Sandusky)

Last on the list we have something to get your heart rate racing and your vocal cords screaming. Lake Eerie Fear Fest opens on September 26th and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been” series. This is far more than your average haunted house. With four separate haunts included, it ties in all of Lake Erie’s frightening and mysterious legends to add a bit of reality to the scariness factor. This really does sound like the perfect haunted destination for Lake Erie/Ohio fanatics (which, let’s be honest, is pretty much all of us). Open until November 1, the attraction’s hours are Friday/Saturday 7:30pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 7:30pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets run as low as $15.00 to as high as $35.00, depending on how much fright you want in your life. LakeEerieFearFest.com has all the deets and info you will need to get your pulse sky high on this Halloween. 
So now you have a few awesome options to enjoy in your final quest to get out and enjoy the world before the polar vortexes, blizzards, and layers of ice descend upon us! In a way, I feel like Ohio was made for this season, as even Lake Erie itself is enjoying it’s one last fling before it, too, freezes over for the winter. In between these festivities, be sure to get that rocking costume ready, carve a pumpkin or two, and drink as much spiced cider as your body can handle. Light those bonfires and tell those ghost stories because fall has arrived and is just waiting to be enjoyed!