Ashtabula County has 18 excellent examples of original, restored, and replicas of 19th century covered bridges in a variety of constructions. All can be viewed by driving along the county's charming country roads. The Covered Bridge Festival, held in Jefferson during the second full weekend in October, features crafts, official covered bridge souvenirs, a quilt show, contests, a parade, food, and lots of fun activities.
Woolly Bear Festival
Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
Held at Tremont's Lincoln Park, in the middle of September each year, the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival features dozens of visual and performance artists and well as live entertainment, ethnic food vendors, dance, and hands-on art and educational activities for children.
Nestled in the woods outside of Canal Fulton, about an hour's drive south of Cleveland, the Yankee Peddler Festival sets up for three weekends in September each year. The event features a wide range of arts and crafts vendors, historic re-reenactments, traditional pioneer food, and arts and crafts demonstrations. There's also live music, dance, and fun for all ages.
The Elyria Apple Fest, held each year during the third weekend in September, celebrates Northern Ohio's orchards and apple-growing history. They crown an Apple Queen, cook up lots of apple creations, and host a parade. There's also live entertainment, craft vendors, and kid's activities.
Sugar Creek is Ohio's "Little Switzerland," and the city celebrates its Swiss roots the last weekend in September each year. Events include crowning a Miss Swiss Festival, listening to applehorn players, watching the parade, and lots of Swiss food and music.
Ohio Heritage Days is a free arts and crafts festival held in late September at Malabar Farm State Park, the former estate of Pulitzer Prize- winning author, Louis Bromfield. The two-day event features over 100 arts and crafts vendors as well as artisans demonstrating traditional Ohio blacksmith skills, butter-churning, and other similar skills. There are also live music, dance, and kids' activities.
Apple fritters, apple dumplings, and pick-your-own apples, it's all there at the Johnny Appleseed Festival, held each October at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, south of Cleveland. Other activities include a corn maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a crafts fair.