Cincinnati Chocolate Festival Premiere Party. An outstanding creation from Chef Megan Ketover. File photo
Looking for a family-friendly activity this weekend? Here’s a round-up of the festivals going on across the region celebrating fall, chocolate, wine and more.
Fall Festival, 2-7:30 p.m. (9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday), Country Pumpkins, 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge. Corn maze, petting zoo, corn box, straw bale maze, play area and picnic shelter. Free. Through Nov. 3. 859-905-9656; www.countrypumpkinsky.com.
Fall Festival of Leaves, 9:45 a.m., U.S. Route 50, Downtown Bainbridge. Art and crafts, flea market, midways and more. Demonstrations at Trading Post, 401 S. Maple St. Entertainment includes Paint Valley High School Band, gospel and bluegrass, square dancers, cloggers, magician and balloon creations and more. Antique tractors, pet and stuffed animal show and log sawing. Free. 740-634-2593; www.fallfestivalofleaves.com.
Independence FOP Fall Festival, 7-11 p.m. (7-11 p.m. Saturday), Independence Senior and Community Center, 2001 Jack Woods Drive. Free movie and face painting. Playground open all evening. Trail of Fear in Memorial Park: $4; $1 ages 5 and under children’s trail. 859-356-6264.
Kinman Farms Fall Festival, 5-10 p.m. (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday), Kinman Farms, 4175 Burlington Pike, Boone County. Hay rides, corn maze, concessions, pony rides, picnic shelter area and fall decor. $8. Through Oct. 28. 859-689-2682; www.kinmanfarmsfallfest.com.
Fall Festival, 3-7 p.m., Fort Wright Elementary School, 501 Farrell Drive. Games, raffle, silent auction, cake walk, food and more. 859-331-7742.
Fall for All, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Union Community Building, 10087 Old Union Road. Features 5K Soldier Run/Walk, craft booths, hayrides, car show, Halloween costume contest, pet clinic and more. Free. 859-384-1511; www.cityofunionky.org.
Harvest Bazaar and Turkey Dinner, 2-7 p.m., Loveland Presbyterian Church, 360 Robin Ave. Silent auction, gift baskets, crafts, raffle, children’s carnival, bake sale and turkey dinner. Turkey dinner served 5-7 p.m. Dinner: $8, $6 seniors and ages 7-12, $4 ages 3-6. 513-683-2525; www.lpvusa.org.
Kids Fall Fest, 2-4 p.m., Washington Park, 1225 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Circus performers, face painting and more. Children may visit pumpkin patch, pick out favorite, decorate it and take it home. Free. Through Oct. 27. 513-352-4080; washingtonpark.org.
Minges Farm Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday), 10109 New Haven Road, Harrison. Arts and crafts, music, pumpkin pie eating contest and civil war encampment. $5, free ages 12 and under. 513-367-0931; www.mingespumpkinfest.com.
Monroe Civil War Days, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday), Monroe Community Park, 500 S. Main St. Live battle Saturday at 3 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Crafters, booths, music, food. Donations requested. 513-539-9573; www.monroecivilwardays.com.
Moores Hill Heritage Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 14687 Main St., Moores Hill. Celebrating community awareness and enrichment. Includes American flag ceremony with Boy and Cub Scouts, Victorian and Teddy Bear tea parties, Victorian period characters in costumes, games, food and craft vendors and other entertainment. Benefits Historic Carnegie Hall. Free. 812-584-9623.
Newport Harvest Fest, 11 a.m., Monmouth Street between Fourth and 11th streets. Music, food, crafts, cornhole, face painting, hayrides, pony and carriage rides. 859-292-3666; www.cityofnewportky.org.
Northern Kentucky Wine Festival, 3-10 p.m., Sixth Street Promenade, MainStrasse Village, Covington. Includes souvenir wine glass and four sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5. Showcasing Kentucky’s own wineries. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle or case. High-end food vendors available, artists displaying their works and music. Rain or shine. Ages 21 and up. $10. 859-491-0458; covingtonarts.com/fullspectrum.
Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday), Ohio Renaissance Festival, Ohio 73, Harveysburg. Fair with 16th century theme. Jousting, displays, costumed performers, entertainment stages, arts and crafts shops and concessions. Rain or shine. $110 season pass; $19.99, $9.99 ages 5-12; free ages 4 and under. Discounts available online. 513-897-7000; www.renfestival.com.
Piner Elementary School Fall Festival, 4:30-10 p.m., 2845 Rich Road. Traditional turkey dinner, games and auction. Benefits Piner Elementary. 859-356-2155.
Pumpkin Fest, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Faith Christian Fellowship Mason, 200 W. Church St. Games, prizes, silent auction, moon bounce, pumpkins and more. Game tickets are 50 cents. 513-398-3983; www.fcfmason.org.
Salt Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday), Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union. Includes flint-knapping, pioneer life, salt making, weaving, spear throwing, storytelling, dulcimer and other music, demonstrations, pioneer school, tomahawk throwing, arts and crafts, grist mill, food court, bison herd and newly renovated nature center. Pioneer encampment with Ole Caintuckee Primitives and Clans of Desdin Glen. $4, free ages 6 and under. Through Oct. 21. 859-384-3522; http://parks.ky.gov/.
Centennial Barn Harvest Festival, noon-5 p.m., Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road, Springfield Township. Children’s activity area, games, storytelling, face painting, balloon characters, giant bounce inflatables, hayrides and pony ridesandMr. Cowpie’spetting zoo. Pig Roast with all the trimmings. Benefits Franciscan Ministries. Family friendly. Performance by Magician Bill Pryor, Norwood House of Cards. Music by Side of Taylors, Blue Fugates, Baoku and the Afro Image Beat Band, Foley Road and Spare Change. Free. 513-761-1697; www.centennialbarn.org.
Cincinnati Chocolate Festival, noon-6 p.m., Cintas Center, Xavier University. Chocolate tastings from local vendors, celebrity chef demonstrations, live vendor and amateur competitions, contests, raffle baskets, children’s activities and more. Benefits Isaac M. Wise Temple Sisterhood. $7, free ages 12 and under; $5 advance at Kroger. Admission includes five tickets for sample tastings, raffle baskets and Kids Zone activities. 513-325-5239; www.cincinnatichocolatefestival.com.
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