Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: Autumn in Oxford, OH

The first day of fall isn't technically until September 23rd but classes are in session and the trees are already changing so why not start the celebration early?

Oxford, Ohio is picturesque no matter the season but there's something a little extra special about what autumn does to our town. Maybe it's the crisp air and colorful, crunchy leaves. Or the students bundled up nice and cozy on the way to class. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the pumpkin spiced everything.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy autumn in our small but mighty town and we've rounded up just a few suggestions below.

Take a Hike at the Hike-a-Thon Plus

When: Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 AM - 2 PM
Where: Field outside of DeWitt Log Cabin off SR 73.

Get outside and breathe in some of that refreshing autumnal air at this year's Hike-a-Thon Plus. You'll have the chance to discover some of Miami University's Natural Areas which are going to be gorgeous as ever with a tinge of fall color touching the leaves. There will also be tables set up with local information on everything from composting to wildlife. Bring your four-legged friends along for the hike as well, and don't worry if you're a beginner. This event is perfect for everyone, no matter your hiking experience. Choose between a 1, 3, or 5 mile loop and then take your time enjoying the walk.

And don't leave before checking out The Pioneer Day event happening at the Dewitt Log Cabin! There will be pioneer music, crafts, games, corn shelling, hearth cooking, and tours of the Dewitt Log Home.

This event is rain or shine. It's also free and does not require registration.

Bring Your Friends and Family to the Apple Butter Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Pioneer Farm at Hueston Woods (6924 Brown Rd.)

At this year's 55th Annual Apple Butter Festival, thrown by the Oxford Museum Association, you'll not only get to buy apple butter, you'll also have the chance to see how it's made during demonstrations over giant copper pots. There will also be plenty of other food for sale like chili and funnel cakes, plus fun fall items to purchase like pumpkins, gourds, and apple cider. Activities that the kids will love include blacksmithing and spinning, plus there will be handmade crafts for sale so you can get some of your holiday shopping done a little early. Before you leave make sure to take a tour through the historic Doty Homestead and Barn.

Price is $4 for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 get in free.

Attend Fall Workshops & Open Studios at You're Fired

When: All throughout fall!
Where: You're Fired (6 North Beech St.)

Oxford's paint-your-own-pottery studio is a town favorite, and for a reason! You're Fired has weekly specials and themed classes which means there's always something for everyone. Their regular selection of pottery pieces include animal figurines, bowls and mugs, and plant containers. But there are seasonal pieces, too! Stop by this fall during an open studio time and you can paint anything from pumpkins to more spooky stuff like skeletons and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Some of their upcoming workshops to look forward to include Witch Legs Door Hangers and a Wood Trucks Class, both of which you can sign up for on You're Fired's online calendar.

Get Pumpkins and Gourds at the Farmers Market

When: Tuesdays, 4 PM - 7PM | Saturdays, 8 AM - NOON
Where: Tuesdays in the TJ Maxx Parking Lot (550 South Locust St.) | Saturdays, Uptown Oxford (2 East High St.)

If you've ever been to the Oxford Farmers Market you'll know why we talk about it so much: friendly vendors, lots of fresh produce and baked goods, jewelry, flowers, and so much more. Oh and it's the perfect place to go and pet dogs. Anyway, the Farmers Market runs all year but fall is when the pumpkins and gourds come out. Just check out the photo above of farmer Scott Downing harveting pumpkins to sell at the market! Treat yourself to one or a few. Nothing says fall like a pumpkin on your porch or a few gourds as a centerpiece on the dining room table.

Oxford Farmers Market participates in Produce Perks, a program that allows EBT cardholders to get up to $40 of fruits and vegetables for only $20 off their EBT card.

Buy Something Cozy to Wear

One of the best parts about fall is saying goodbye to the sometimes-stifling hot summer weather and getting ready for snuggly sweaters and fashionable scarves. Shop some of our locally-owned businesses like Apple Tree (28 E. High St.), Juniper (9 E. High St.), Leeli and Lou (24 E. High St.), and Walkers (1 W. High St.) and have all your chilly weather fashion needs met.

Bundle Up and Go to a Hockey or Football Game

When: Hockey schedule can be found here. | Football schedule can be found here.
Where: Hockey at Goggin Ice Center (610 South Oak St.) | Football at Yager Stadium (700 Weeb Ewbank Way)

Fall means the start of a lot of things, one of which is the beginning of hockey season! Go cheer on the Miami University RedHawks hockey team during one of their homegames beginning Oct. 6.

And don't forget about football! Once the temperature drops you can wear something cozy from one of the aforementioned local businesses, or throw on your Miami spirit wear, then cheer on the RedHawks football team from the stadium seats.

Both hockey and football tickets can be purchased here.

Try Something Pumpkin Flavored

We'll be writing another article soon about all the places in town to get delicious fall flavors, but for now we'll tide you over with just a few places we know of that are selling pumpkin-flavored treats. Head over to Kofenya (38 W. High St.) for Chubby Bunny brand Pumpkin Donuts. Both Moon Co-Op (512 S. Locust St.) and Books & Brews (107 E. Church St.) also have Chubby Bunny products, with Moon Co-op currently selling Pumpkin Bars and cookies and Books & Brews selling Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. Books & Brews also has a range of Oktoberfest beer as well as Woodchuck brand pumpkin cider. That's right. Pumpkin cider. One word: yum.

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