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5 things to do this October weekend in Northeast Ohio - bourbon, cats, herbs and more

Posted at 2:19 PM, Oct 11, 2019

CLEVELAND — It's what many of us have been working for all week: the bliss of the weekend. If you're looking to get out of the house this weekend and try something new, we've compiled some ideas so you can have a memorable and fun weekend exploring your city.

Free Christmas Bourbon Launch party at Cleveland Whiskey

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit, right? Cleveland Whiskey is serving samples of its new Christmas Bourbon coupled with raffles for Christmas-themed events around the city such as the Polar Express on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the Christmas Story House, to name a few. The bottles were designed by local design company GV Art+Design.

Ticket are free.

When: Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2-6 p.m.
Where: Cleveland Whiskey: 1768 East 25th Street

More info here.

2019 Cleveland Whiskey Christmas Bourbon
2019 Cleveland Whiskey Christmas Bourbon (Photo via: Cleveland Whiskey)

Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair

Whether you like to cook with herbs or use them in aromatherapy, the 74th annual herb fair is for you. You can shop for handcrafted items such as herbal teas, jams and jellies, culinary seasonings, wreaths and dried arrangements, potpourri, delicious baked goods and confections made by the ladies of the Western Reserve Herb Society.

Free for members, with admission for nonmembers

When: Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Cleveland Botanical Garden: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival

Celebrating its 48th Annual Pumpkin Festival, this family-friendly event will feature archery, candle-dipping, a hay maze, pony rides, rocket car rides, a climbing wall, face painting and more.

Admission: Free for children under 12. $5 for adults, $25 for the all-day activities. All proceeds benefit the Hiram House Campership Fund, which helps children of all backgrounds in Northeast Ohio.
When: Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 33775 Hiram Trail\l, Moreland Hills

More info here.

CFA International Cat Show

Fanatic feline lovers travel from all over the country and 16 countries for the event. Nearly 1,000 amazing cats of 45 unique breeds will be showcased.

Admission: $7-$25.
When: Oct. 12-13
Where: International Exposition Center: 1 I-X Center Drive, Cleveland

Harvest Festival 2019 at Coe Lake

If there is one event that screams fall, this one is it. This family-friendly event features a mini pumpkin patch, inflatables, games, food vendors, a hay maze, magic shows, a giant corn box, crafts, hay rides, an outdoor movie and fireworks.

Admission: Free
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2-9 p.m.
Where: Coe Lake

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