8 Events & Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in Columbus this October

The weather in Ohio is finally beginning to cool down and the leaves are turning to magnificent shades of red, orange, and yellow. This is one of the most exciting seasons in our community with plenty of fun festivals and family-friendly activities to go around. Let’s take a look at 8 of these can’t miss fall events taking place around our dealership in Columbus!

Boo at the Zoo

What could be more fun than the annual Boo at the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo! Occurring three weekends in October, there will be plenty of chances to catch this Halloween event and get the entire family into the fall spirit with some “merry-not-scary” festivities and a chance to see some of the zoo’s best exhibits. Learn more information about admissions, costume guidelines, and the event here.

20th Annual Halloween Pet Parade & Fall Festival

Are you on the hunt for a pet-friendly Halloween extravaganza? Head over to the Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival at Easton Town Center on October 20th for plenty of fun activities for your family and your furry friends. Pet costumes will be judged in a variety of categories including Funniest, Scariest, Best Couple, and Most Creative. See details on the costume contest and check out what other activities your kids can enjoy here!

Harvest Blooms at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be hosting Harvest Blooms daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM through the month of October. Visitors will enjoy a stunning autumn landscape with pumpkins, gourds, mums, a 10-foot tall pumpkin house, a new 8-foot tall pumpkin playhouse, and more to create the ultimate fall fantasy throughout the gardens. Learn more about this seasonal event and get tickets now!

Haunted Statehouse Tours

Looking for something a little spookier for Halloween but still appropriate for all members of your family? Take this opportunity to travel down darkened hallways and chambers to meet figures from the past! Stop by the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus for a Haunted Statehouse Tour on Friday and Saturday evenings from October 18th-26th. Pre-order tickets online now!

Columbus Hard Cider & Doughnut Fest

For those looking for a little more good cheer with ample fall-themed drinks and desserts, the Columbus Hard Cider & Doughnut Festival is a must. Kick off the season on October 19th with a bar hop around 7 Columbus bars and restaurants including Callahan’s, Brothers, and Park St. Tavern. Each stop will feature premium hard cider and custom doughnut creations.

This event is for 21+ so grab your older family members or a group of friends and get tickets to the festival now before they sell out! They are offering group rates and early-bird discounts.

Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory

Join the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Thursday through Sunday evenings at the end of October for Pumpkin Nights. You can witness the magic of Harvest Blooms surrounded by glowing pumpkin-lined pathways, Jack-o-lantern displays, and professionally-sculpted giant gourds. The festivities feature access to the Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale as well as delicious treats and cozy beverages like hot cocoa, hot cider, s’mores, and more.

The performance schedule for these Pumpkin Nights will be as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 17: Carving demos by Rock On Ice

Friday, Oct. 18: Carving demos by Rock On Ice and a roaming juggling act by The Royal Jokers

Saturday, Oct. 19: Carving demos by Rock On Ice and a rocking performance by The Shazzbots!

Thursday, Oct. 24: Carving demos by Rock On Ice

Friday, Oct. 25: Carving demos by Rock On Ice and a high-flying aerial and fire show by Cincinnati Circus Company

Saturday, Oct. 26: Carving demos by Rock On Ice and an encore high-flying aerial and fire show by Cincinnati Circus Company

Moonlight Market

Head down to Gay Street on October 12th for a chance to see the Moonlight Market before it finishes for the season. This monthly outdoor street festival takes place between High Street and Fourth Street and features over 100 sidewalk vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses that stay open late and offer special promotions. Your group will enjoy the ambiance provided by street musicians as you take a stroll through Downtown Columbus to find unique artisan products and delicious eats. The event will last from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM and is free to the public!

HighBall Halloween

There is simply nothing like attending a HighBall Halloween in the fashion capital of Columbus! This elaborate annual costume party takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and blends runway style with the unique culture of the Short North Arts District. Gates open at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th.

The schedule for this Halloween spectacle is as follows:

Friday, October 11: HB On The Rocks

6:00 p.m.: Gates open

7:30 p.m.: Funk Worthy

8:15 p.m.: Parker Louis

9:00 p.m.: Amber Knicole presents: Divas!

10:15 p.m.: Public Costume Contest

11:00pm: ABBARAMA

Saturday, October 12: HB High Fashion

6:00 p.m.: Gates open

7:30 p.m.: NACHO Street Band Fans

8:45 p.m.: Performance by Nina West

9:00 p.m.: MojoFlo

10:00 p.m.: The Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show

11:15 p.m.: Public Costume Contest

Wherever the month of October takes you, it is important that you have reliable transportation and are up to date on your service intervals as the cool fall weather creeps up. Stop by Byers Imports at 401 North Hamilton Rd in Columbus, Ohio for the very best in auto service and an extensive selection of well priced new and used Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru vehicles. We have served the community for over 120 years and are genuinely dedicated to helping our customers with all of their automotive needs in a friendly and professional atmosphere. We will see you soon!

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