Friday Freebies: Italian culture, apple butter, fall fun and more!

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — October is underway here in Central Ohio and there couldn’t be more to do. With fall festivities of every kind your weekend will be booked solid while your wallet remains intact!

All weekend: 

Columbus Italian Festival

Now in its 36th year, the Columbus Italian Festival is a Central Ohio tradition that you can’t miss. Kids ages 12 and under get in free and general admission is only $5. With performances all weekend long, a bocce ball competition, tons of Italian cultural demonstrations and delicious food, you wont’ be disappointed!

Apple Butter Festival

What would fall be without some delicious apple butter? Head over to Mt. Gilead State Park and check out all the activities: apple peeling and coring, costume contests, games, campsite judging, trick or treat and so much more! Plus, there will be the famous VIP Country Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Admission is free, but a donation for breakfast is appreciated.

Harvest Moon Rendezvous

Celebrate the harvest moon and experience what it was like to live in the 1840s at Infirmary Mound park in Granville! Check out the period actors featuring craftsmen, shooters and other re-enactors. Plus, you wont want to miss the Harvest Moon Family Festival on Saturday!


Kids Club Harvest Party

Head over to Whole Foods Easton for a fun, free activity for all ages! You’ll create your very own market bags, plus parents can check out the delicious and healthy snacks and refreshments.

TEDxOhioStateUniversity: Reactive

Don’t miss the first TEDx sattelite of the year at the Ohio Union! The event is open and free to both students and the public, and you can catch three live talks and a video focusing on the field of chemistry. Come out and expand your mind while sharing ideas worth spreading!


Groveport Apple Butter Day

Can’t make it up to Mt. Gilead this weekend but don’t want to miss out on the apple butter? Head over to Groveport on Saturday for Apple Butter Day. Catch the 4th annual Apple Butter Day 5K, craft demonstrations, hayrides, live music, the annual cane pole fishing derby and so much more!

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival

Celebrate everything fall at the Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival!  There are hayrides, campfire concessions and a petting zoo! Plus you can learn to make a scarecrow and apple butter or check out the other fall decorating supplies. Admission is free, but other crafts and activities may require tickets.

Cassette Store Day 2016

Time for a throw back! Drop by Used Kids Records for Cassette Store Day 2016 and trade mix tapes, check out the exclusive Cassette Store Day releases and take advantage of huge discounts on cassettes and cassette decks!


Fall Fest

Get your fall on at Fancyburg Park! There are activities planned for the entire family, including pumpkin carving, hay rides, bounce houses, live music and so much more. Admission is free, but some activities and crafts require tokens, which cost $1. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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