Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Been wondering why this year's logo features a fly?  Well, pawpaws are pollinated by flies and beetles, not bees, so it seemed fitting to acknowledge this pesky, oft-despised bugger. The color and smell of the spring blossoms attract flies, and some pawpaw orchardists even use road kill to attract flies to increase pollination and fruit set!



Athens County Visitor's Bureau

The Exclusive Visitors Bureau Sponsor
of the Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Please contact the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-878-9767) for more information on area lodging and dining.

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

Athens County Visitor's Bureau

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Save the Date for Pawpaw 2017!

The dates have been announced for the 19th Ohio Pawpaw Fesitval! Mark your calendars for Sept. 15-17, 2017. See you then!


What is a Pawpaw?

The pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is North America's largest native tree fruit. The fruit has a wonderful creamy texture and a tropical flavor.

Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet. The pawpaw is also super nutritious and historically significant.

Come wander the hills and discover why George Washington's favorite dessert was chilled pawpaw.

2016 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Pawpaw FestThe 18th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival took place Sept. 16-18, 2016. We hope you came to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids!

Friday: 4 pm - midnight
Saturday: 10 am - midnight
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

$15/one-day pass; $30/weekend pass; children 12 & under free. No Refunds; All Sales Final
Seniors 60 and over, with proper ID - $10/one-day pass; $20/weekend pass. 
ATTENTION DOG OWNERS: please note there is NO DOG PARK this year; dogs are still welcome within the camping areas.  Only service animals will be permitted on the festival grounds.

Click here for a map of the festival grounds.


Ohio Pawpaw Festival is located at 5900 US 50 West, Albany, OH.

2016 Crop Update

An April frost caused widespread damage to pawpaw flowers in Ohio and neighboring states, resulting in low fruit yields for this fall's harvest. Please be prepared for low availability of fresh fruit at this year's festival. There still will be pawpaw trees for sale, vendors with pawpaw food items and craft pawpaw beer available.

Pawpaw Shuttle Information

Take the shuttle and reduce our carbon footprint! Vist our shuttle page for details on pickup locations and times.

Camping at Lake Snowden

Lake Snowden will have unlimited camping areas for tents only. There will be a camping area designated for families.  Cost is $15 per tent for one night, $22 per tent for two nights. Limited shower facilities available for registered campers only.  Click here to purchase tickets online. For other camping questions, please call Lake Snowden at 740-698-6373. (Please note that campsites with electric are SOLD OUT.)

Rusted Root at Pawpaw Fest

Excited to announce RUSTED ROOT will perform on Sat., Sept. 17!!!

Also performing this year will be The D-Rays, Supernobody, Water Witches, Bright at Night, Steve Free, The Paranormals and many, many more. All times TBA.

Order your advanced tickets to the fest here.

Keynote Speaker: Lyle Estill

Pawpaw FestThe Ohio Pawpaw Festival and the Sustainability Studies theme at Ohio University are collaborating to bring Lyle Estill, president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels,  to Athens.

Estill will give a keynote address, "Strike Outs, Base Hits, and Home Runs: Sustainable Businesses I Have Loved," on Sun., Sept. 18, at 1:15 p.m. on the main stage.

Estill is an entrepreneur who has been actively invested in biofuels, wind energy, solar, and sustainable food production for decades. He is the author of five books, ranging from biodiesel to local economy, and numerous essays, articles, and blog entries about social and
sustainable enterprise.


Brewers' Round Table & Tasting
Sat. Sept. 17
3:30 p.m. in the Pawpaw Tent

Meet the Ohio craft brewers who make the pawpaw beer!  The discussion is free; the tasting is $15 and includes a 2015 festival pint glass. Proper ID required for tasting. 

Fest With Respect

Pawpaw FestThe Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a Safer Space. We welcome everyone and want to ensure that everyone feels safe and respected. Festival staff and volunteers have undergone a Bystander Intervention training, and are aware that harassment and violence affects everyone. No homophobic, racist, sexist or other unfriendly “-ist” behavior is tolerated here. If you experience or witness any uncool behavior, please report it to the Pawpaw staff or the People’s Justice League booth. We promise your concerns will be respectfully addressed and taken seriously. We look forward to everyone being awesome to one another.

The People's Justice League is proud to be working with the Pawpaw Festival on our Safer Spaces Campaign. The Festival has made a promise to not tolerate any sort of oppressive behavior. You will notice an anti-oppression statement and signs around the festival saying that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated at the festival. Both the information booth at the gate and the People's Justice League will be equipped to deal with any concerns of harassment. The People's Justice League booth will have information available, and our team will be offering two workshops on Bystander Intervention during the festival on Friday. One will be for youth and the other for the adult community. These workshops will provide comprehensive information on how to be an active bystander and help put an end to violence in our community.