Bored and hungry? Consider turning over a new leaf and taking in one of the region’s many autumn festivals:

Ohio Renaissance Festival
Aug. 30-Oct. 19

The annual Ohio Renaissance Festival takes place in a 30-acre replica of a medieval town, complete with roving storytellers, magicians, singers, fire-eaters, jugglers, and even Queen Elizabeth I. Look for daring displays of swordplay and knights adorned in full armor, jousting atop their brave steeds. Themed weekends include some new offerings: Pirates Weekend (Sept. 27-28) is full of maties, parrots and peglegs. Highland Weekend (Oct. 4-5) celebrates all things Celtic, along with Highland games, bagpipe demonstrations, and kilt and clan memorabilia displays. And the Harvest Festival Weekend (Oct. 11-12) presents all the cider and beautiful fall foliage you could want. Also, new this year is the Feast Royale, a six-course meal that includes a collector’s mug, unlimited beverages and special entertainment (1 to 3 p.m. each festival day, $69.99, which includes fest admission).Renaissance Park, I-71 at exit 45, Harveysburg. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 5 through 12. (513) 897-7000 or

MainStrasse Oktoberfest
Sept. 5-7

Roll out the barrel and break out your lederhosen for the MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest, which boasts six city blocks crammed with German fare such as goetta, craft vendors, ethnic bands and more. An amusement midway features rides as well as the Kinderplatz area for children’s activities.MainStrasse Village, 6th and Philadelphia Streets, Covington. 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Free. (859) 491-0458 or www.

Taste of Clermont
Sept. 12-14

It’s a tiny village, just 1,600 residents, but expect the village of Batavia — a former gold mining town — to explode with visitors for the annual Taste of Clermont. Last year, 25,000 people attended for a sampling of 14 local restaurants as well as the Cincinnati Zoo petting animal area, beer garden, casino games, high school marching band exposition, clowns and magicians, and a series of country music acts imported from Nashville. This year’s headliner is Jeffrey Steele from NBC’s Nashville Star.Along Main Street, from Riverside Drive to Fifth Street, Batavia. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. (513) 732-2544 or

Vinoklet Arts Festival
Sept. 13-14

This is sometimes a grape notion: The Vinoklet Art Festival and Wine Tasting, which celebrates the last crushing of the season, offers up grilled dinners, fall harvest produce and the autumn crop of wines. Grape-stomping competitions and crafts booths are also part of the mix.11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 385-9309 or

Cincinnati Hispanic Festival
Sept. 13-14
At the Cincinnati Hispanic Festival, don’t expect tacos or the mundane Americanized dishes you might find at the average Taco Bell. The fare of dozens of Latin American countries are represented, including spinach soufflé from Uruguay, tamales from Costa Rica, as well as foodstuffs from Panama, Ecuador, Peru and more. A live stage features non-stop Latin music such as salsa and mariachi, plus marionette and Hispanic folk dance.Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave., Carthage. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (513) 948-1760 or

New Works Festival
Sept. 18-28
This is tutu much: The Cincinnati Ballet presents its New Works Festival.Aronoff Center for the Arts, 605 Walnut St., Downtown. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on weekends. $30. (513) 621-5282 or

Sept. 20-21

You could call Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati the big Limburger cheese among the region’s multiple Oktoberfests, or the veritable Bavarian créme of the crop. The celebration, which is ranked by USA Today as the world’s second largest Oktoberfest (after No. 1 Munich), attracts thousands of revelers and serves up endless edibles such as metts, bratwurst, sauerkraut balls, sausages, potato pancakes, cream puffs, strudel and other low-cal fare. There’s also polka and German musical performances on multiple stages.Fifth Street near Fountain Square, Downtown. 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 579-3191 or

Fall-O-Ween Festival
Sept. 20-28
At the Fall-O-Ween Festival, look for floral displays, interactive events for kids, musical entertainment, farm animals and harvest markets. The Living History Village explores pioneer life in the early 1800s, featuring more than 30 encampments and demonstrations including blacksmithing, rope-making, looming, basket weaving and more. Coney’s carnival rides are included in the ticket.Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $9 for adults, $6 for children under 12. (513) 872-5194 or

Apple Daze
Sept. 20-21
You can learn some core values at Apple Daze, which promises bushels of caramel apples and apple fritters, plus arts and crafts, a haunted barn, corn maze, live demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkins and farm animals.Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 North Ohio 48, Lebanon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (513) 932-1869 or www.

Midpoint Music Festival
Sept. 25-27
The Midpoint Music Festival showcases a weekend of alternative rock, alt country and other genres played by 250 independent bands from both coasts and Canada. Robert Pollard, Mates of State and Why? are the headliners. Various nightclubs in Over-the-Rhine, Downtown and Newport. 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, on two dozen stages. Pricing to be announced. (513) 665-4700 or

20/20 Festival
Sept. 26-Oct. 15
The 20/20 Festival — which likens itself as something akin to “a Spoleto on steroids” — features 20 days and 20 nights of artsy, irreverent and fringe fun, taking place at dozens of different stages, museums, galleries, clubs and parks. The event features anything from wild performance art and hip poetry parties to sexy Latin jazz and raucous rock opera. Times and venues vary during the run of the festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 15. Cost to be announced. (513) 621-4700 or

Newport Oktoberfest
Sept. 26-28

Ale, ale, the gang’s all here ... You can okt around the clock at the annual Newport Oktoberfest.Riverboat Row on the Ohio River shoreline, Newport. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 684-4722 or

Halloween Haunt (Fearfest)
Sept. 26-Oct. 31

Ghouls just want to have fun at Kings Island’s annual fright show, Halloween Haunt (formerly Fearfest), which is surely the monster of all Halloween fests. Menacing attractions include a terrifying three-ring carnival of souls, an asylum run by its inmates, and a crypt where you’ll find yourself screaming for your Mummy. Coney Mall becomes Coney Maul, a creepy experience featuring a walk-through maze. And everyone’s dying to get into the PsychoPath, a foggy parade of shadows. Expect the regular lineup of crazed clowns, demented radio DJs, manic mummies and gruesome spirits, as well. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. $29.99. (513) 754-5700 or

Country Applefest
Sept. 27

Country Applefest features a lineup of street entertainers, live music, children’s activities, a farmer’s market, plus apple treats of every kind — caramel apples, candied apples, apple fritters, cider and more. Broadway and Main Street, Lebanon. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. (513) 932-6585 or

Schwaben Oktoberfest
Oct. 3-5

The annual Schwaben Oktoberfest is just about the final Oktoberfest of the season. Sponsored by the Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society, the fest features music, a Saturday parade, participants outfitted in German costumes, dancing, log-sawing contests, and — at the Kinderplatz — games and rides for children. Casino games are available for adults. Fare includes pit-roasted Bavarian pig, wiener schnitzel, weisswurst, tortes and schnapps.Donauschwaben Park, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Colerain Township. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $2, children 12 and under free. (513) 981-0699 or

Oct. 3-5

Middfest celebrates a new country each year (this time ‘round it’s Mongolia), importing the music, dance, food and culture of the honored nation. Look for hordes of onlookers to swamp the Ghengis Khan booth.Middfest International 2008, Donham Plaza, One City Centre Plaza, Middletown. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. $5 for a weekend pass, children 12 and under free. (513) 425-7707 or

Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Oct. 11-12

We aren’t reubening you — some 7 tons of sauerkraut are served at the annual incarnation of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. Food booths will serve sauerkraut pizza, sauerkraut fudge, sauerkraut brownies, even sauerkraut cream pie. Main Street, Waynesville. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. (513) 897-8855 or

Oct. 11-26

Check out HallZOOween, the annual non-scary entertainment for those little ghouls and goblins in the family.Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $13 adults, $11 senior citizens and $8 children ages 2 to 12. (513) 475-6124 or www.

Latin American Culture Fest
Nov. 22-23

The Latin American Culture Fest features live performances, pottery booths, and craft activities focusing on the Latin cultures of the world. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Queensgate. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (513) 287-7000 or to Fall FestivalsGuide to Fall FestivalsAll’s Fair With the Fairs