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Enjoy Fall Festivals and Holiday Happenings this November in Ohio

Beavercreek Fall, Ohio

Beavercreek Fall, Ohio

With the fall foliage season winding down and the holidays right around the corner, Ohio is the perfect destination to experience the in-between state of fall and winter. Whether you're interested in experiencing one of the last fall festivals of the season, welcoming the Father of Christmas himself or celebrating cultures from around the world, Ohio has plenty of enticing activities for November travelers. Following is just a sampling of events that make Ohio Too Much Fun for Just One Day!

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Family Fun

  1. Fall Harvest Festival, Ottawa Bota Farm, Radnor, Nov. 7 - 8 (C) This family-friendly event features demonstrations of hand-picking corn, corn binding, cider pressing and apple butter making. Enjoy watching blacksmiths create metal goods or check out an array of antique farm equipment such as tractors, steam engines and horse-drawn plows.
  2. Tree Lighting Holly Days, Downtown Bowling Green, Nov. 20 - 21 (NW)
  3. Enjoy Bowling Green's annual tree lighting ceremony where visitors are encouraged to bring their own ornament to hang on a community tree. Additional highlights include horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday decorating tips and savings and special promotions from local downtown merchants along Main Street.
  4. Logan Santa Parade, Downtown Logan, Nov. 28 (SE)
  5. Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in the heart of the Hocking Hills with "Christmas on Main Street." The 2009 Logan Santa Parade is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with floats, marching bands, horses and other festive events. The parade culminates with the arrival of Santa.

Arts and Culture

  1. Columbus International Festival, Veterans Memorial, Nov. 7 - 8 (C) Celebrate nearly 75 cultures from all over the world while enjoying ethnic staples of art, music and food with the Columbus Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Throughout the weekend, performance stages offer visitors traditional forms of entertainment including song and dance from various cultures. Younger visitors are encouraged to visit the children's area where they can learn more about international arts and participate in cultural demonstrations.
  2. Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, Roberts Center, Wilmington, Nov. 13 - 14 (SW)
  3. Get musically acquainted at this indoor festival that features musical acts from the International Bluegrass Music Association's Best in Awards, including Nothin' Fancy and IIIrd Tyme Out. Enjoy door prizes, musical workshops and a designated all-night jamming area for those who get bitten by the bluegrass bug.
  4. WinterShow 2009, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Nov. 21, 2009 - Jan. 3, 2010 (NE) WinterShow 2009 is known for its delicious display of art in the form of delicate gingerbread houses showcased at the Cleveland Botanical Garden's annual gingerbread competition. Highlights of the show include train displays from the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum collection and, new for 2009, a breathtaking display of holiday plants in the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse.

Sports and Recreation

  1. Falcon and Friends, Mohican State Park Resort, Perrysville, Now through Nov. 29 (NE) Meet Mishka the falcon and other birds of prey up close at the Mohican State Park Resort. Staff from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary will be on site to introduce visitors to a few of their avian friends and share interesting natural-history facts of the Mohican State Park area.
  2. The Wilds Winter Safari Tours, Cumberland, Nov. 7 and 14 (SE) Winter is a wonderful time for visitors to see and experience the Wilds-enjoy a light lunch prepared by the Wilds' professional chef at the Overlook Café, followed by a guided safari tour. Visitors can see herds of animals in their winter coats, including the Sichuan takin, Pere David's deer, Przewalski's wild horses, American bison and more. Additional tour highlights include stops at the Rhino Management Center, Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center and the Giraffe Barn.
  3. Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show, Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Nov. 14 - 15 (SW) Noted as one of the largest and most exciting Swap Meets in the Midwest, the Springfield Show entertains car enthusiasts as they browse through vendors' car parts for sale or search for their dream cars. Check out the Show Car field where classic vehicles from all eras are on display.

History and Heritage

  1. Election Week Presidential Tours at the Statehouse, Columbus, Nov. 2 - 6 (C) Ohio is known as the "Mother of Presidents" for a reason: Eight United States Presidents were elected from the Buckeye State! During the Ohio Statehouse Presidential Tours, visitors learn more about Ohio's U.S. Presidents and get an up-close look at each Presidential Hearing Room. While touring the hearing rooms, visitors can view each president's portrait and artifacts including clothing, notes and more.
  2. Ohio and the Civil War, Steubenville, Nov. 2 - 20 (NE) This traveling exhibit created by the American Civil War Museum of Ohio provides visitors with insights into Ohio's role in the Civil War including Johnson's Island and Camp Chase Prisoner of War Camps, the first Medal of Honor winners, the Battle of Buffington Island in Meigs County and the sacrifice made by tens of thousands of Ohioans to hold the Union together. Several cases of Civil War artifacts and reproduction clothing will be available to examine and try on.
  3. U.S. Air Force Band of Flight Veterans Day Concerts, Dayton, Nov. 6 - 7 (SW) This two-day concert commemorates the lives of American soldiers who have served to protect the freedom of people all over the world through patriotic, live music. Housed in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery and performed by the Band of Flight, this concert is free to the general public. Please note that seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional ways to enjoy November in Ohio, visit To order a free copy of the 2009 Ohio Travel Planner or the 2009-2010 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events, click on the Free Publications icon at or call 1-800-BUCKEYE. The Ohio Travel Planner and Ohio Calendar of Events also are both viewable online. Trained travel counselors are available to assist 1-800-BUCKEYE callers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

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