Photo courtesy of the Mount Adams Community Facebook PageMount Adams is the definition of an "I could live here" neighborhood. The charming area boasts new apartments and beautiful homes, and is commonly known as "the hill." The idea of living in one of these homes attracts young professionals from all over the country, but Cincinnati families also find it a desirable place to settle down. Residents will enjoy easy access to some of Cincinnati's best features, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, the Krohn Conservatory, and the best of downtown Cincy. After a day at the office, Mount Adams locals like to retire to the iconic Blind Lemon, where they can enjoy live music 365 days a year and excellent libations at one of the best bars in the country. And if you're in the area, you can't miss a show at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park!
Photo courtesy of Bakersfield OTRThis neighborhood has undergone quite the transformation in the past few years, so much so that locals hardly recognize it for what it once was. The streets are now vibrant, filled with young professionals, families, empty nesters and small business owners who greet each other on the streets. In fact, OTR has become a must-visit neighborhood for any out-of-town guests, and one of the most booming area for foodies in Ohio! Holtman's Donuts, for example, was founded in 1960 and has been voted the city's best doughnut shop over and over again. You might need to wait in line to taste a frosted creation (maple syrup and bacon is our pick), but all good things take time. Other hot spots for happy hour, organic meals, and trendy bites include Bakersfield OTR (for tacos), Taft's Ale House (for a cold one), and the Eagle OTR (mmm fried chicken). Imagine the most charming small town you've ever been to. Got it? Okay, that's a lot like what Sayler Park looks like. This neighborhood actually sits a bit outside Cincinnati, and stretches along the Ohio River, so you'll feel a bit isolated from the concrete jungle while still having access to the city buzz! The neighborhood is marked by the gorgeous Fernbank Park, an idyllic 65-acre, park bench-dotted piece of greenery that borders the river. It's the perfect spot for a morning run with Fido or an afternoon picnic on summer days. But the real draw here is the small town feel, friendly people and small businesses. As far as dining goes, Cabana on the River is a summertime favorite that draws locals and visitors alike to enjoy the patio overlooking the river, and the friendly, casual atmosphere. Oakley has drawn in a ton of Young Professionals over the years, and it's not difficult to see why. Bordering the swanky, Hyde Park neighborhood, Oakley tends to be seen (incorrectly) as the less desirable of the two. Oakley residents will tell you to keep on thinking that, because up until recently, this was one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati. The secret is out unfortunately, and people are starting to catch on to the fact that there's a lot to love about this convenient, up-and-coming neighborhood. Here, you'll find lower property prices on beautiful homes, easy access to Cincinnati's central business district, and a charming strip of bars, restaurants and shops that provide the perfect setting for date night. One of the main draws of this neighborhood is the Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, which made our list of the best coffee shops in Cincinnati.
Photo courtesy of the Incline Public HouseThe Incline District is perched on top of the western section of the former Price Hill Incline, and though it already sits at a high elevation, is undoubtedly a neighborhood "on the rise." Named for the famous Cincinnati "inclines" (a set of steep railways) that led up to this neighborhood in the late 1800s, the area is steeped in history. Meandering through the streets, you'll still find traces of days gone by in the elegant Victorian and Colonial-style homes that fill the neighborhoods. After work, stop by the Incline Public House, a gastropub offering incredible food alongside sweeping views of the city. If you're looking for a more upscale dining experience with the same excellent views, Prima Vista is your spot. The elegant Italian restaurant has earned many accolades for its inspired cuisine, including "Best Italian Restaurant" by Cincinnati Magazine. Finish off the night by splitting a bottle at SOMM Wine Bar, or by seeing a show at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater.
Photo courtesy of Hyde Park SquareHyde Park is the swanky older brother to the nearby Oakland neighborhood, and oozes charm and easy living from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. In fact, you might recognize the name from a wealthy neighborhood in New York, which the gentlemen were hoping to mirror. While initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, the area has gained some diversity since the early 1900s, but still remains one of the town's most desirable zip codes. In 2010, Forbes named Hyde Park as one of America's best neighborhoods based on the education level of its residents and the high concentration of shops and restaurants, but we also admire the area for the beautiful park at the heart of the community (Hyde Park Square), the premier k-12 school (Hyde Park School), and the convenient location.
Photo courtesy of Meier's Wine CellarsLocated on the northeastern edge of Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming residential neighborhood marked by its small business district and high concentration of artists and musicians. In fact, the makeup of the community is very diverse, housing business owners, young professionals, independent artists and small families, all living together in harmony. The amenities within the neighborhood are as diverse as the people who live here. Here, you'll find the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Pendleton Art Center and Meier's Wine Cellars. There's truly something for everyone in Pleasant Ridge!
Photo courtesy of the Indian Hill ClubIndian Hill is Cincinnati's most affluent suburb, and is located just north of the city limits. The village actually encompasses 20 square miles, so there are plenty of opportunities to make a home here. Those who live in the area value its rural atmosphere, high safety ratings, strong sense of community, and proximity to the vibrant city next door. The neighborhoods education level is tough to beat, as Indian Hill High School boasts unparalleled fine arts, athletics and of course, academics. And if you're a fan of swimming and tennis, there's no better place to spend time in the summer than at the Indian Hill Club!
Photo courtesy of Robert George the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RailroadTraveling by train is the most entertaining, carefree way to get from point A to B, and much more nostalgic than hopping in the back of minivan. Your kids will love the adventure that a train ride through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park provides. The train runs Wednesday through Sunday during summer and fall, and travelers have the option to hop off at the destination to explore the park (which we highly recommend), and then return on a later train. If you're looking to be a little more active, take your bikes on the towpath and then board the train for a relaxing trip back to your car!
Photo courtesy of The Cleveland Botanical GardenThe Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse is an unforgettable adventure for little ones and adults alike, allowing visitors to escape into the Madagascar Desert and the Costa Rica Rainforest — all without leaving Cleveland! The conservatory is filled with other-worldly landscapes, and features 350 species of plants alongside 50 different varieties of butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Make sure you're there at 2 pm for the daily butterfly release, during which newly hatched butterflies will spread their wings and take flight for the first time.
Photo courtesy of Tracy Doyle Photography via Summit ParkGroup fitness has never been easier than at Summit Park! Over the summer, the park hosts more than 100 classes to get your heartrate up in the sunshine. There are no fees or sign-ups required — simply show up and take the class. It may sound too good to be true, but the park has been hosting these classes for years, and they've only grown in popularity. You'll find different classes every day of the week ranging from yoga and salsa dancing to HIIT and Crossfit. Time to get your sweat on! Find your next class on the schedule.
Photo courtesy of William Levack via Nervous Dog Coffee BarWe don't know about you, but we can't start the morning on a good note without a bit of a caffeine boost. Nervous Dog Coffee Bar is our first stop for this reason, and is sure to get your day on the right track. Try a signature latte if you're in the mood for something sweet (our pick is the apple pie variation with apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and caramel), or keep it simple with a drip coffee or Americano. Either way, we're sure you'll be satisfied with the incredible quality and the friendly atmosphere. Stop in to see what all the buzz is about!
Photo courtesy of Fred's DinerIf it's large, hearty portions at low prices you're after (and why wouldn't you be?), look no further than Fred's Diner. This no-frills restaurant is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. We suspect they keep coming back for Fred's signature crispy bacon, but it could also be the fresh coffee, the big-as-your-face omelettes, or flavorful corned beef hash. There will likely be a line on the weekends, so plan ahead — and know that the wait is well worth it.
Photo courtesy of The Akron ZooThe Akron Zoo is one of our favorite places to experience on the weekends! It is one of the best in the state, offering 35 acres of animal exhibits, lush scenery, entertaining guest amenities, and 700 animals from all over the world. Go in the morning to escape the heat and see the animals before they settle in for their afternoon naps.
Photo courtesy of Summit Metro ParksIn 1898, F.A. Seiberling co-founded Goodyear Tire and Rubber, putting Akron on the map as the "rubber capital of the world." He played a leading role in developing our town, donating a large portion of his fortune to the creation of parks all over the area. The Nature Realm is a piece of land that he owned, and was converted into a metro park in 1964. This multi-use nature reserve is a popular destination for afternoon walks, bird watching, picnicking and studying flowers in the gardens.
Photo courtesy of CraveA meal at Crave will make you feel like you've travelled to New York city. The swanky, modern atmosphere offers an eccentric yet cozy dining experience, and the food is nothing to scoff at either! We can't get enough of the inventive new American dishes, which include green curry coconut ceviche, root beer braised pulled pork and wasabi pea crusted tuna. Anything on the menu is sure to thrill, so pick something to satisfy your craving and enjoy the culinary adventure!
Photo courtesy of CD Madden via The Akron Civic TheatreThe Akron Civic Theatre was designed by John Eberson in 1929 as one of the grand movie palaces of the roaring 20s. Today, it is one of only 16 remaining. Even after $19 million in renovations (which were completed in 2001), the theatre hasn't lost any of its antique charm, and oozes elegance from all corners. Step inside the historic venue to experience plays, concerts, musicals and more — there isn't a bad seat in the house!
Photo courtesy of Loveland CastleChateau Laroche, more commonly known as Loveland Castle, was constructed by Harry Delos Andrews, a man whose history is almost as impressive as the castle itself. While serving as a medic in WWI, he contracted spinal meningitis and was declared dead. For some reason however, one of the attending physicians administered adrenaline, and his heart began to beat again. He wasn't declared "undead" until six months later, by which time his beloved had married another man. Instead of pursuing women, he directed his passions towards the castle. Inspired by the castles he saw while in Europe, Andrews built Loveland Castle over more than 50 years with cement, bricks and stones dragged from the Little Miami River. Though he had sworn off women, he actually received 50 different marriage proposals over his lifetime, presumably from women trying to live out their life-long dream of being queens. He declined them all, and when he passed in 1981, dedicated the castle to his Boy Scout troop known as the Knights of the Golden Trail. The boys continued to care for and renovate the castle, eventually opening it up to the public as a museum. Visitors are free to take a self-guided tour any day between 11 am and 5 pm.
Photo courtesy of James A White the Piatt CastlesWhen Benjamin and Elizabeth Piatt moved their family from Cincinnati to Logan County in the 1820s, they had no idea how famous their name would become. Their sons, Abram Sanders and Don Piatt made permanent homes in the county, constructing massive, Gothic castles very close to one another. The castles, Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee have no connection to cheesy pasta, but still stand as a testament to Ohio history nearly 200 years after their construction. The castles are still maintained and owned by later generations of the Piatt family, who opened the properties for tours in 1912. Visitors will find impressive, intricate towers, painted ceilings, fancy woodwork and multiple stories. While touring the castles is the most popular way to enjoy their splendor, the grand homes are also a favorite for weddings, concerts and historical reenactments.
Photo courtesy of the Castle Inn Bed & BreakfastNestled in the heart of historic downtown Circleville lies the Castle Inn Bed & Breakfast, a romantic retreat with a story to tell. Built in 1895 by Samuel Ruggles, the castle is a mash-up of several European castles and boasts stained glass windows, stunning details and marble furnishings. While the inn hasn't lost any of its old-world charm, it is now complete with modern luxuries, and is a favorite for honeymooners. Couples can stay in the heart-shaped jacuzzi suites and enjoy massages and hot breakfasts included with the price of their stay — it doesn't get cuter than that!
Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Cultural Arts CenterThe history of the Arts Castle goes back to the mid 1800s, when William Little gifted the Arts Castle as a wedding present to his daughter, Elizabeth, and new son-in-law, George Campbell. Campbell was a renowned horticulturist known for collecting rare plants, and after a trip to China, returned with a gingko tree, which he planted in the front yard. After nearly 200 years, the tree still blooms there today. Following Campbell's death in 1898, the castle was donated to Ohio Wesleyan University, and it became home to the college's art department. The Arts Castle is now home to the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, and offers a haven for creatives. Budding artists come to take classes in a range of topics, from painting and ceramics to ballet and theater. There couldn't be a better place to get those creative juices flowing — the spectacular architecture and storied history are enough to draw anyone in.
Photo courtesy of Landoll's Mohican CastleLandoll's Mohican Castle is luxurious from every angle. The tranquil property nestled deep in the heart of Mohican County will make you feel like you've just stepped into a fairy tale, offering uniquely designed suites, adorable cottages and beautiful grounds. The resort was actually constructed in 2002, inspired by old world castles from Europe. Though you'll find modern touches and comforts, the place exudes historical charm. Popular attractions here include carriage rides through the forest, ghost tours and murder mystery dinners.
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is not technically a castle, but you could've fooled us — the estate is a shining example of 20th century architecture and a beloved Akron landmark. The property is a popular destination for visitors and tourists alike, boasting spectacular architecture and Victorian furniture, as well as some of the most gorgeous gardens in the state. The home was completed in 1915 as a home for Frank Seiberling, the founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Over the years, he hosted a number of important business meetings in the manor, including a number of well-known or famous guests. After his death, the home was opened to the public — and since has received the title of the best historic home tour in America by the readers of USA today.
Photo courtesy of Thom Sheridan via the Cleveland MetroparksSquire Castle is perhaps one of the most picturesque destinations in Cleveland. The ruins sit in Willoughby Hills in the North Chagrin Reservation, and visitors can stop by the marvel at the architecture and take photos after adventuring through the woodlands (or playing a round on the Manakiki Golf Course). Many of us would feel like royalty living in the castle, but it was actually constructed by Feargus B. Squire in the 1890s for the gatekeeper. He was planning on building a magnificent estate on the surrounding land, for him and his wife, but a tragic accident stopped him from achieving his dream. Squire's wife didn't visit the castle much out of hatred for the outdoors, and thus when she did come by to spend time with her husband, suffered from insomnia. The story goes that on these nights, she would wander through the house, carrying a red lantern for light. Late one evening, she ventured into the trophy room, filled with skulls from her husband's hunting adventures, and was frightened by something. Whether it was the trophies or something else, nobody knows, but upon fleeing, Mrs. Squire tripped and broke her neck. Squire blamed himself for his wife's death, and overcome with grief, halted construction on the project immediately. In 1922, he sold his 525 acres (and the castle) to Cleveland Metroparks. Some say the ghost of Mrs. Squire still wanders the property to this day, and at night, visitors look for the red light of her lantern. In fact, Squire's wife did not actually die on the property, but that's not a very fun story.
Photo courtesy of Judge Raymond Pianka Cleveland HistoricalFor a truly haunting experience, come visit Franklin Castle. The home was constructed in the mid 1800s by Hans Tiedemann, a wealthy German immigrant. The house has changed over the years, but the original construction included 21 rooms, a fourth floor ballroom, dumbwaiters, wine cellars, hidden passageways and marble fireplaces. That's plenty of room for ghosts, and this house has its full share. Reports of babies crying in the walls, but the most famous ghost here is Karen. Rumor has it she lost her life in a fight between her boyfriend and Tiedemann (her father), but was then hung to make it look self-inflicted. She can occasionally be seen through windows — a tall thin figure robed in black. Ghosts, while the main attraction of the castle, aren't its only claims to fame. The mansion has also been home to the German Singing Society, a doctor's office, a German Socialist organization, a grand party house, and apartments. None of the owners stay around long, presumably due to the hauntings.
Photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks via the Manakiki Golf Course Facebook PageThe Manakiki Golf Course actually got its start as a summer estate. The property belonged to a prominent Cleveland industrialist, who built an ornate mansion on the lush grounds. When the property was purchased, the mansion was converted to the clubhouse it is today, and the surrounding 200 acres became one of the best public golf courses in the area. The course is elegant, and offers a variety of challenges including doglegs, water hazards, up-and-down shots, canyon holes and water obstacles.
Photo courtesy of Windmill LakesWindmill Lakes opened in 1970 to immediate success, and today remains one of the most popular golf courses in the area. It's not tough to see why — the course is consistently ranked among the most prestigious courses in the state and earned the number one spot from the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2011. Here, you'll find sand traps, serene lakes, and of course the namesake windmills dotted along the well-kept greens. It's well worth a visit.
Photo courtesy of Bedford TrailsBedford Trails was great to begin with, but the recent renovations to the clubhouse to the greens have taken this facility to a new level. The grounds feature an 18-hole course, a driving range, chipping and putting practice green areas, a full service restaurant and bar, and a pro shop, all surrounded by majestic scenery. Plus, the prices are some of the most affordable around.
Photo courtesy of Jake Scott via the Elyria Country ClubElyria Country Club was established in 1905, which makes it one of the oldest country clubs in the country. While the top-notch restaurants and event facilities are nothing to turn your nose up at, the golf course is the real attraction here. The course is the creative vision of William S. Flynn, one of America's finest golf course architects, and has earned a spot among Golfweek's top 200 classic courses. One 18-hole round will feature 6,750 tree-lined yards with interesting obstacles and well-maintained greens. It's a challenge and a delight for golfers of all abilities — don't miss it!
Photo courtesy of BriardaleBriardale is located in the heart of Euclid, Ohio, right next to the shores of Lake Erie, and offers all of the challenges you'll find at a typical golf course — bunkered targets, tree-lined fairways, elevation changes and the like. The design of the course (and the affordability) makes it the best option for beginner golfers in the area, but experts will not be bored by the top-of-the-line course features. After your round, pop in for a refreshing cocktail at the bar on-site.
Photo courtesy of Hattie Kotz via Passengers CafePassengers Cafe The rooftop at Passengers Cafe is the place to be whether you're showing a guest around or just looking for an amazing spot to hang for a bit. Where else can you sip freshly brewed coffee and enjoy sweeping views of the Cleveland skyline? While you're enjoying the rooftop setting, make sure you're munching on a homemade pop tart and sipping a cortado. Pour Cleveland Pour Cleveland opened in 2013 to immediate success. Although it is one of the newest in town, it doesn't compromise any charm. The exposed brick, open layout, and interesting hanging light fixtures invite you in to stay awhile, and the large, wooden tables make for the perfect setting to catch up with an old friend. Oh, and the coffee is off the charts. The Root Cafe The knowledgeable staff at the Root Cafe are dedicated to sourcing only the best ingredients for their house-made pastries, cakes and savory bites. Almost everything is locally produced, organic and in season, which makes for the best meals. If you're stopping in for coffee, you'll find grinds from local roasters Duck Rabbit and Rising Star crafted into soul-warming pour-overs and simple drips — no syrups here! Your guest will love the cozy atmosphere and extensive vegetarian options.
Photo courtesy of the Christmas Story HouseThe Christmas Story House We triple dog dare you to visit the Christmas Story House. And if you've seen the iconic holiday flick, you'll know that that's about as serious as it gets. Ralphie's childhood home stands today in its original splendor on Rowley Avenue, and is available year round for tours and even overnight stays. In case you were wondering, the leg lamp is still proudly displayed in the window. But don't touch — it's "FRAGILE". Little Italy You may not be able to buy that international plane ticket right now, but fear not! You can find a slice of Italy right here in Cleveland. Little Italy is a culturally rich community located around Mayfield Road, and brings the best of the European lifestyle to the states. Here you'll find a wide array of art galleries, cozy cafes with patio seating, and of course Italian restaurants featuring house-made pastas, pizzas and the like. Andiamo! Playhouse Square The Playhouse Square is the country's second largest performing arts centers, and boasts nightly performances including concerts, comedy, musicals and more. The establishment is a non-profit organization that caters to the community, and was nearly destroyed in the mid 1900s, but a grassroots effort and many protests brought the theaters back to life. It is not only one of Cleveland's most entertaining districts, it is also one of its finest achievements.
Photo courtesy of Thom Sheridan via Cleveland MetroparksThe North Chagrin Reservation Looking to get out of the concrete jungle for a bit? The North Chagrin Reservation is located just a short drive from the heart of Cleveland, and features a mix of outdoor recreation areas, picnicking sites, and wildlife sanctuaries. Here you'll also find one of Ohio's coolest castles! Lolly the Trolley Don't knock it 'til you try it! Lolly the Trolley is Cleveland's most entertaining form of public transportation. The bright red bus houses charming wooden benches and wide windows that are perfect for viewing Cleveland's best sights. Even if you've lived in town for years, you're bound to enjoy this unique tour of the city. Whiskey Island Marina Cleveland's best kept secret is no longer a secret. The Whiskey Island Marina features amazing views of the city skyline, a lakefront park for picnicking and enjoying the day, and great events throughout the year. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the day with your out of town visitor!
The West Side Market Cleveland's oldest market isn't only the best place to shop for fresh produce, baked goods and meats, it's also one of our city's most impressive pieces of architecture. You'll find more than 100 diverse vendors selling the tastiest goods our town has to offer, all housed in a gorgeous building that dates back to 1840. Whether you're looking to grab lunch with your out of town visitor or stock up on groceries, this is the place to be! The Cleveland Flea If your guest is lucky enough to be visiting during the monthly Cleveland Flea, you would be doing them a disservice by missing it! This outdoor market features highly talented local vendors and artisans showing off their best work, including arts, crafts, home decor, food and more. Trust us — this is not just your run-of-the-mill flea market.
Photo courtesy of Fire Food & DrinkFire Food and Drink Fire Food & Drink is one of the longest-standing establishments in the iconic Shaker Square — and it's not tough to see why. The chef-driven cuisine is nothing short of outstanding, and sitting on the patio during warmer months will allow you to take in the sights while enjoying your food. Look for elevated, new American dishes on this menu. L'Albatros This beautiful French bistro in the heart of downtown Cleveland never fails to please. Settle down into the cozy restaurant and take in the chic vibe before ordering the cheese plate (an absolute must). You could follow this up with the mussels or steak frites, or simply enjoy a glass of wine with good company.
Photos courtesy of MomochoMomocho If you're looking for a meal with a bit of a bite, Momocho is your stop. This cozy Mexican cantina was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and certainly lives up to the hype. Order a margarita (or two) before digging into the guacamole sampler! See the other Cleveland spots featured by Guy Fieri here. Dante Cleveland's Dante features the ultimate elegant dining experience, boasting a five, seven and even 21-course tasting menu. You can choose one of these culinary adventures or order from the menu a la carte — either way, your taste buds will be wowed.
Photo courtesy of Happy DogHappy Dog You can't let your guest leave Cleveland without hitting Happy Dog. This neighborhood corner bar is the epitome of the Cleveland experience, offering a hip and friendly atmosphere, live music, beer on tap and hot dogs (of course). Pick your dog, and then smother it with any combination of 50 topping choices. Sokolowski's Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant was established in 1923, and since has drawn in a wide array of big names — including celebrities, presidents and musicians. Sokolowski's specializes in Polish and Eastern European cuisine, including salisbury steak, chicken paprikash and pierogis. The spot earned a well deserved James Beard award in 2014, and hey, if it's good enough for Bill Clinton, it's sure to impress any visitor!
Photo courtesy of 2nd and High Social House2nd and High Social House If you're looking for an upscale but entertaining bar scene, or maybe some late-night eats after a night on the town, 2nd and High Social House is the place to be. Enjoy an extensive cocktail menu including build-your-own highballs, vodka snow cones, eclectic shots and more, as well as midnight pancakes to soothe your hunger. The Velvet Tango Room The Velvet Tango Room is one of Cleveland's most iconic bars. The cocktails are unique, boozy and delicious, and though a bit pricey, are worth every penny. Whether you're in the Cleveland area as a local or a guest, you need to visit at least once.
Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing CompanyGreat Lakes Brewing Company Beer lovers should not pass up Great Lakes Brewing Company on a visit to Cleveland. You can find this local brewery's concoctions in stores all over the country, but it never tastes quite as good as sampling straight from the source! Visit the tap room and indulge in the seasonal draft beers, and take a tour of the facility to learn exactly how your drink was made. Don't worry — you can take your beer with you. The Porco Lounge and Tiki Room This hideaway located between Tremont and Ohio City is one of Cleveland's most treasured escapes. The lush, exotic decor and elaborate tiki cocktails will make you feel like you've stepped off the boat onto a Polynesian island.
Looking for 2019 Fourth of July events? Check out our most recent guide: 13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio241 years ago, our founding fathers signed our great nation into existence — giving us freedom as well as one heck of a reason to celebrate. Fourth of July weekend is finally upon us, bringing with it the chance to gather with friends and family and enjoy one of the most anticipated highlights of the season. While hosting a picnic and lighting sparklers at home is great, there are so many exciting events in Columbus, and it would be a shame to miss out on the fun. Fireworks will go off around town on the evening of Independence Day, but we plan on celebrating all weekend long with concerts, 5Ks, festivals and more. Below, we've gathered up some of our favorite events in town, so don your star-spangled apparel and get ready to make this weekend one for the books.
Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber via the Columbus SymphonyThis summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. Come enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and Sousa marches with brilliant light displays. Of course, the beloved event would not be complete without fireworks, which will take place after the show.
Graphic courtesy of Reel Big Fish's Facebook PageCelebrate the long weekend with a day of ska, craft beer and good times. While you're sampling craft brews from all over the country (and participating in a few drinking games) at Newport Music Hall, you'll be dancing along to lively tunes from the Expendables, the Queers, Tunnel Vision, and headliner Reel Big Fish.
Photo courtesy of the Charity Day 5KFeel like giving back (and working off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it)? Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, during which runners and walkers alike will take to the streets of downtown Columbus in honor of several charitable organizations. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about! After the race, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom. Register here.
Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOMMore than 400,000 people will gather in downtown Columbus for the largest fireworks display in the state! Red, White & BOOM began in 1981 as a small celebration, and has grown exponentially over the years. It's not tough to see why the event is so popular! Sure, the fireworks are spectacular, but there will also be a grand parade, live music, dancing, and an after party to conclude the night!
Photo courtesy of the Doo Dah ParadeThe self-proclaimed celebration of liberty and lunacy will return to Columbus this year! Everything will go topsy turvy at the craziest parade in town. Antics kick off at 10 am and continue all day, and the parade will begin at 1 pm. While you're not watching, enjoy free live music, vendors, beer and bites from local restaurants.