Apple festivals Ohio Apple Festivals in 2021

Update for 2021 and Coronavirus:

It looks like most festivals are returning for 2021, with the possible exception of some in lockdown-states like California, Michigan, New York. Even so, many festivals will not finalize or announce their plans until the last minute, so when we have not seen an update, we've left last year's data below and suggest you see the festivals website or call the festival as the date gets close to see if they will hold it this year.

Looking for a apple festival in Ohio in 2021? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple festivals in Ohio we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!

2021 Apple Festivals in Ohio - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!


Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start then, especially in southern areas) through early November.  Most apple varieties ripen in Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are held.  Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc. Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).

There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they offer, and community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both.)
Following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and much more.

Community Apple Festivals

  • Applebutterfest - Sunday October 12, 2008
    Grand Rapids, OH. Historical reenactments with demonstrations and presentations of pioneer skills such as candle dipping, blacksmithing, pottery making, basket weaving, quilt making and metal spinning.
  • Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival - Historic Roscoe Village has cancelled the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival scheduled for October 16, 17, and 18, 2020 - Apple Butter Stirrin' will be held on October 15-17, 2021, when we can have a fun-filled 50th anniversary event.
    Coshocton, OH. Surrounding hills, crafts, live music and apple butter simmering over an open fire at this event for over 30 years. Event dates: The Craft Show and Sale runs from 10 am to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 am to 5 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy live entertainment from the Main Stage 11:30 am to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10:30 am to 5 p.m. Sunday. So 2021 will be our 50th anniversary of this event. Holding the wellbeing of our staff, vendors, and attendees as our top priority, we understand that the risk of hosting such an event is simply too great. After reviewing state and local bans on mass gatherings and holding discussions with our local health departments, we recognize the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic and believe this to be the safest decision. To our vendors, entertainment groups, and friends of this event, we cannot thank you enough for your continued support, patience, and understanding during this time.
  • Burton Apple Butter Festival, Century Village Museum -  October weekend
    St. Rts. 168 & 87, Burton,. OH. - The annual celebration of Fall. Enjoy the aroma of sweet apples simmering over a wood fire in old-fashioned copper kettles, warm apple butter, fine arts and crafts show, storytellers, games and more. Visit the five fully furnished homes where pioneer crafts such as weaving, rug hooking and spinning can be enjoyed. Admission (in 2006): $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, seniors and children under 6 free. Hours: 10 am to 5 p.m. Call for information 440-834-1492.
  • Country Applefest - Saturday, Saturday September 26th 2009 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
    South Broadway Street, Lebanon, OH 45036. Phone: 513-932-5631. Email us at: [email protected]. Formerly known as Lebanon's "Applefest" PLEASE NOTE: The Country Applefest is a RAIN or SHINE event. Over 200 booths filled with food, crafts, and farmers market items. Lebanon, Ohio  Comments from a visitor on September 21, 2008: "WE have gone to the festival in past years. It is fun!"
  • Enon Apple Butter Festival -
    Enon, OH. See apple butter being made the old fashion way in 50 gallon copper kettles, cooked over open fires. Canning and selling of the apple butter is done at the festival in the afternoon as it becomes ready. Admission to the festival grounds is free. Free parking is available.
  • Jackson County Apple Festival - several days in late September see Schedule of events.
    Jackson, Ohio. Phone: 740-286-1339. The Jackson County Apple Festival has been welcoming people into Jackson from near and far for 64 years and become one of the largest and most respected festivals in Ohio.
  • Oak Harbor Apple Butter Festival - mid October weekend
    Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor in Ottawa County. A weekend of family fun, food, entertainment, vendors, grand parade, apple dumplings and apple pies, apple treats, crafters, contests, car show on Sunday. Find it here. Free admission. Call for information 419-898-0479.
  • Van Wert County Apple Festival - mid October, Friday,  from 4:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday, from 9:00am-5:00pm
    Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891. Phone: 419-238-9270. Fax: 419-238-6408. Email: [email protected]. Fall Demolition Derby: Van Wert County Fairgrounds on
    Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 1:00pm. Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Wagon Rides, Free Entertainment, Free Activities, Food & Crafts, Apples, Cider, Apple Pie, Apple Dumplings, Apple Butter, Hot Caramel Corn, Hot Sandwiches, Indian Tacos, Chili, Beverages, & More. Apple Exhibits & Informational Pamphlets, Outdoor Cooking, Huge Craft Exhibit with over 90 Crafters, Antique Tractor Pull - Grandstand - Saturday - Weigh-In 8:00am - Pull 10:00am, Mile Fun Run - North Gate - Saturday - 11:00am, Children's Games - Tent at South End of Commercial Bldg (Kingsley Church), Puppet Show - Entertainment Tent - Saturday - Hourly beginning at Noon (Calvary Church), Flu Shot Clinic - Friday Evening & Saturday Morning, Child Photo IDs - Sheriff's Bldg on Fairgrounds - Saturday - 10:00am-2:00pm.

Farm Apple Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • We will be adding these as we find them;  Please write me, if you know of any to add!

Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam, Jelly, Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More

Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple directions:

Recipes and Canning directions


For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!

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