City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

City Manager's Blog

Oct 4th, 2017
10:18 AM
about 5 months ago

Pumpkins are out, we’re almost halfway through OSU football season and the first leaves have already fallen: Fall has officially begun and with that comes a list of activities fit for all ages in Upper Arlington. 

Dip Caramel Apples and Make Fresh Apple Cider at Fall Fest
1-5 p.m., Sunday, October 8, Fancyburg Park
Huffman’s Chili Cook-Off: 2-3:30 p.m.
It wouldn’t be fall in Upper Arlington without the annual Fall Fest at Fancyburg Park. Wear your favorite sweater, carve pumpkins and take in the crisp autumn air on a hay ride at the 2017 Fall Fest. If you are known for your chili, consider competing in the Huffman’s Chili Cook-Off. Fall Fest also offers hayrides, scarecrow making, face painting, inflatables, arts & crafts and of course, live music and entertainment. Learn more about the event by visiting Admission is free with tokens (available at the event for $1/each – cash only please) required for some activities.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon
7:30 a.m.-end, October 15, various locations in Columbus
The Columbus Marathon, Ohio's largest marathon, benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital is just around the corner. The quickest of the racers are expected to arrive in Upper Arlington beginning around 9 a.m., entering at North Star and Guilford, heading west on Guilford past Jones Middle School, heading south on Coventry and then turning east at King Avenue at Triangle Park. You can view the course map here. Cheer stations will be held at Jones Middle School and Triangle Park again this year. Click here for Race Registration and here for Volunteer Registration.  

Brave the Haunted Forest at Golden Bear Scare
6:30-9 p.m., October 17-20, Smith Nature Park
While the Upper Arlington Civic Association (UACA) may be best known for Fourth of July, they have Halloween covered too with the Golden Bear Scare attracting over 2,500 residents each year. Smith Nature Park comes alive with ghosts, witches and a “Zombie Hill” where actual zombies become agitated by the sight of children. Elementary-school age children should attend 6:30-7:30 p.m.; the later hours in the forest are for the bravest of brave (middle school and up) from 7:30-9 p.m. Admission to the forest is free, but getting out could cost you some thrills and screams. Check here for more information. 

Decorate Your House for Beggar’s Night
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 31
Beggar’s Night is one of the holidays that children get most excited about; a chance to dress up as their favorite character or superhero, go door-to-door saying trick or treat and then enjoying candy for weeks afterwards. To ensure that this fun activity is safe for everyone, the Police Division and volunteers will be out on Pumpkin Patrol, roaming the streets in City vehicles (with pumpkins on top). Be sure to take a look at these Beggar’s Night Safety Tips, found here, before sending your little ghouls out this year.

2017 Fall Centennial Community Forum
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, Amelito Mirolo Barn
Looking for more information about next year’s Centennial Celebrations? Then join the Centennial Task Force for the 2017 Fall Community Forum, focused on unveiling the final details of the Legacy Project which will include the Centennial Plaza and History Walk, Centennial Magazine and fun events planned all year long to celebrate Upper Arlington’s 100th birthday. Centennial merchandise will also be displayed for you to order online. Learn how else to get involved if you can’t make the Forum.

Take a Dip at Sunday Swim
1-3 p.m., Most Sundays, Now through May 6, UA High School Natatorium
As the temperatures dip, mix up your workout routine by taking an indoor swim at the high school natatorium. At only $3 a visit or $20 for a season pass this weekly option can’t be beat! Free to resident seniors with a Golden Buckeye Card. Check here for the full Sunday Swim calendar.

Enjoy a Fall Parks & Recreation Activity Guide class or program!
While the Fall Activity Guide came out in August, it still has programs listed that go all the way through December. Try some Father Son Paintball, make your favorite Holiday Artisan Cocktail, learn to save a life in the Community CPR Class and more!