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16 Reasons You Should Consider Moving to Columbus

Columbus is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the Midwest known for its friendly people, trendy fashion, growing economy and delicious restaurants. But there is so much more to it than that. In our humble opinion, Columbus is one of the best places to call home in the world. But don't take our word for it! Here are 16 reasons you should consider moving here.  

Columbus is actually a huge city.

Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population that is nearing a million residents (around 879,000 according to the 2017 census). The immense growth that the city is experiencing means plenty of opportunities for entertainment, meeting people and finding jobs!  

But it feels like a small city.

Columbus, Ohio Even though Columbus boasts all of the perks of a big city (fun nightlife, a gorgeous skyline, delicious restaurants and economic growth), it still has a friendly, small-town vibe. It's not uncommon to run into someone you know at the grocery store, and the sense of community is off the charts. In fact, WalletHub named it as one of the most caring cities in the country.  

The dining scene is amazing.

Columbus Restaurants We are not limited when it comes to our dining options in Columbus. Regardless of what you're craving, be it a burger, a taco, a healthy meal or an incredibly indulgent meal — you'll find a restaurant within a stone's throw that serves it, and it will be one of the best versions of that meal you have ever tasted. Plus, it will probably be Instagram-worthy!  

And so is the craft beer scene!

Beer in Columbus The craft beer revolution has taken Columbus by force, and we're just fine with that. With 35 local breweries (and counting), Columbus has established itself as a beer hub in the Midwest. We even have Columbus Craft Beer Week annually in May, a city-wide celebration of our local breweries and the hoppy concoctions they produce! Here are some of our favorite Columbus breweries and what to try at each.  

You will have access to the Short North Arts District.

Short North Featured

Photo courtesy Zoey Duan via the Short North Alliance

Affectionately referred to as the "art and soul of Columbus," the Short North Arts District is Columbus' most up-and-coming neighborhood — and a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The area is ripe with galleries, restaurants, bars, boutiques and more, and there are colorful murals splashed across the brick walls that make for fun photo ops. There is so much to experience in the Short North Arts District, in fact, it can be tough to decide what to experience first. Use this handy guide to decide how to spend your day!  

Our neighborhoods have great walk scores.

Columbus Walk Score Though you can reach either end of the city pretty easily by car, we think it's fun to interact with the local culture and explore town via other means of transportation. Columbus has several awesome neighborhoods with high walk scores, which means they are within easy reach of local attractions, restaurants and community gathering places that you can access without getting behind the wheel! Here are the 6 best neighborhoods in Columbus according to walk score.  

Our central location makes traveling convenient.

We have already established that Columbus is a fun city, but in case you ever need to get out of town for a bit, you'll have plenty of options! The John Glenn Columbus International Airport offers direct flights to hundreds of destinations all over the world, but there are also a ton of amazing cities within a six-hour drive, including Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Niagara Falls, Chicago and Nashville! In fact, you really don't even have to leave the state — there are plenty of vacation-worthy destinations right here in Ohio.  

We have an incredible music scene.

Angela Perleyand the Howlin Moons

Photo courtesy of Vital Music USA

Regardless of the genre you're interested in, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see live music in Columbus! On any given night, our local music venues and bars light up with performances from local and national acts. And some of our local bands have made it big! Here are 12 bands from Columbus you should listen to right now.  

It is relatively inexpensive to live here.

Columbus, Ohio The cost of living in Columbus is amazing for a big city, so if you're tired of paying more than half of your salary to rent, you might consider buying a home in Columbus. According to, it's one of the top 10 American cities where you can make the smallest down payment to get a home.  

It's actually easy to experience the outdoors.

Hiking in Columbus Sometimes you just need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life! People don't think of the Midwest as an outdoor mecca, but Columbus has so much to offer when it comes to opting outside! Cyclists, hikers, climbers, runners and kayakers alike can find fun ways to explore and challenge themselves. Here is a complete guide to being outdoorsy in Columbus.  

It's one of the best places for millennials.

Millennials People ages 25-35 are attracted to Columbus because of its ample employment opportunities, the big-city feel, the friendly people and the affordability. There are fun festivals and events throughout town on any given weekend, and plenty of breweries and restaurant patios that provide space for catching up with friends! The Penny Hoarder named it #4 on its list of the 25 best cities for millennials, and Business Insider named it one of the 25 most fun cities for new college graduates. Of course, we think that people of all ages will love it here.  

We are very fashion-forward.

Artisan Deluxe

Photo courtesy of Artisan Deluxe

If you love expressing yourself through clothing and fashion, you will be thrilled to hear that Columbus ranks number three nationwide for fashion events and fashion designers. You can get a taste of this at Fashion Week Columbus, but it's also apparent in the vibrant and on-trend styles that can be found in our local boutiques!  

It's easy to get fit.

Columbus Fitness Classes We have so many good restaurants, but we make sure to balance it out with a bounty of high-quality gyms! Between the hiking opportunities and the workout classes around town, there are plenty of ways to get your heart rate up. At any time of day, you can find people riding bikes or running along the Scioto Mile, which is one of the most scenic spots for a sunset jog!  

Our farmers markets are amazing.

Columbus Farmers Markets There is no denying that locally grown produce and locally raised meat just tastes better, and there are so many opportunities to shop locally in Columbus. The neighborhood farmers market is a great place to start. Featuring live music, vendor booths and bountiful produce, meats and breads, the markets are a community gathering place as much as they are a spot to stock up on groceries! If you missed the market, you can always get the same high-quality goods at North Market, which is open seven days a week throughout the year.  

We love sports, and we're proud of it!


Columbus is home to Ohio State University, and when football season starts, you'll know it! Tailgating during the fall is something that every local must experience. And chances are, if you live here, you've already received a few invites! Though the Buckeyes definitely get a lot of attention, we also love our other sports teams, including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew S.C., and the Columbus Clippers. There's only one rule here: don't cheer for Michigan. Ever.  

There are plenty of beautiful homes for sale in Columbus.

Columbus Real Estate

This home is for sale at 258 East Deshler Avenue, Columbus | Listed by Meyer & Dial

Have we convinced you? Good! Welcome home. Contact one of our experienced agents for help finding the home of your dreams in the Columbus area, or use our advanced search tool to browse properties at home or on-the-go.

16 Things To Do With Kids in Akron and Canton

There's no better way to spend a day than exploring the town with family. After all, your little ones won't stay that little forever! Fortunately, the Akron and Canton area is ripe with fun, kid-friendly destinations worth exploring, ranging from the local zoos and art museums to puzzle rooms and indoor playgrounds. We rounded up a few of our favorites below, so peruse the list and let your kids pick one or two to try next weekend! If we were still kids, we would definitely enjoy all of the things on this list.  

Monkey Around at the Akron Zoo

Akron Zoo Featuring 25 acres of exhibits and guest amenities, the Akron Zoo is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with family! Meet animals from all over the world up close, ride the train, spin around on the carousel, and marvel at the Wild World Animal Show. Admission is just $12 for adults, $9 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for kids 2 and under.  

Hop Aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Trains might not be the most convenient way to travel, but they certainly are the most fun! Kids will love hopping aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds through Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features spectacular views. While any route comes with its fair share of adventure, the railroad hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year, including a very popular Polar Express Ride during the holidays.    

Dig Up Some History at the Akron Fossils & Science Center

The Akron Fossils and Science Center allows children to explore the treasures of the past through interactive exhibits. The center believes the best way to learn science is to experience it, so visitors are encouraged to be more than just observers. Take up your pick and your gloves and dig up some knowledge!  

Check out the Akron Children's Museum

Akron Childrens Museum

Photo courtesy of Eagle Vision Photography via the Akron Children's Museum

This interactive museum for kids offers hands-on exhibits on science, technology, health and culture. The mission behind the museum is to be a gathering place for children and adults "where play inspires exploration, discovery and problem solving." There is always something to learn here, and the colorful space spurs the imagination!  

Get a Meal at Cafe O' Play

Cafe O' Play is far from your traditional cafe. While the space serves delicious sandwiches, pastries, salads, soups, pizza and more, it also functions as a gigantic indoor play area for young kids. Gather with friends and enjoy a meal while you let the little ones run wild on the playground! The play area is specifically designed to thrill kids ages 10 and under.  

Get Outside at One of Our Area's Metro Parks

When in doubt, explore the outdoors! There is an abundance of Metro Parks in the Akron and Canton area — all of which feature wildlife viewing opportunities, bike paths, wildflowers, soccer fields and hiking trails for your enjoyment.  

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at the Harry London/Fannie May Chocolate Factory

Harry London Factory It's not quite as wacky as Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but the Harry London/Fannie May Factory still churns out mouthwatering treats people of all ages will love! Bring the family to take a 45-minute tour of the facility, where you'll be able to sample Ohio's famed Buckeye candies and surround yourself with the aroma of chocolate. Tours depart hourly Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Bounce Around at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a dream come true for little adventurers, filled with trampolines that span from wall to wall. Enjoy freestyle jumping on the massive trampolines, engage in a game of dodgeball on a bouncy court, or dive headfirst into the foam zone! People of all ages are guaranteed to have fun here.  

Escape from a Local Puzzle Room

Puzzle rooms challenge people of all ages to work together — solving puzzles and hunting down clues with the objective of escaping a locked room in under an hour! The rooms at Canton's Escape Room Downtown are fun (and never scary), so they're perfect for families. Try your luck at the Missing Detective's Office, the Moonlight Gallery and the Bootlegger's Lair.  

Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

Ice Cream in Akron and Canton It's not just a summertime treat! We happen to believe ice cream tastes great year-round. Sampling flavors and enjoying shared time over a sundae is an activity cherished by adults and kids alike. Fortunately, Northeast Ohio is home to plenty of top-notch creameries — some of which have been around since the 1930s or earlier! Here are some of our favorites in the area.  

Visit North Canton Skate Zone and Entertainment Center

Even if you're not the best at skating or rollerblading, there are tons of fun things to explore at North Canton Skate Zone and Entertainment Center! Alongside its festive skating rink, the family fun center offers laser tag, bumper cars, a rock wall, a large arcade and so much more.  

Peruse the Local Farmers Market

Farmers Market We live in one of the best regions of the United States for fresh produce and locally produced meats — and you can find an unbeatable selection at your local farmers market. Bring the kiddos with you and let them pick a few ingredients to use in your meals for the week. Many local markets also have live music, games and face painting to entertain the whole family! Here are the best farmers markets near Akron and Canton.  

Battle it Out at Laser Quest Akron

Live action laser tag awaits you at Laser Quest Akron. Bring the whole family to duck behind the elaborate obstacles and navigate the expertly designed course — and make sure to watch your back. We're sure your kids are dying to tag you out!  

Visit the Troll Hole Museum

Troll Hole Museum

Photo courtesy of the Troll Hole Museum

Any troll fans in your life? This local treasure boasts more than 20,000 troll items (including a Guinness World Record troll collection). Here, you'll learn everything about trolls, from ancient mythology to the modern dolls we have grown to know and love.  

Explore your Local Art Museum

Budding artists will love exploring the collections at our local art museums! Both the Akron Art Museum and the Canton Museum of Art are kid-friendly, and they each feature spectacular exhibits worth exploring. Plus, children get free admission at both locations, and admission is free for everyone on Thursdays!  

Try a New Craft

Sidewalk Chalk If the weather outside isn't cooperating with your family plans, stay home and try a fun new craft or recipe instead! Here are 13 fail-proof ideas from local Ohio bloggers we love.  

Have fun with the family!

What are your favorite kid-friendly hangouts in the Akron and Canton area? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!

14 Must-Attend Labor Day Weekend Events in Cleveland, Akron and the Surrounding Areas

Labor Day weekend unofficially marks the last weekend of summer, but that doesn't mean it's a somber occasion. On the contrary, the holiday typically warrants a day off from school and work to explore local attractions and attend countless celebratory events and festivals around town. We rounded up 14 of the most highly anticipated Labor Day weekend events in Cleveland, Akron and the surrounding areas, including free yoga classes, comedy festivals, foodie-centric soirées and family-friendly gatherings. Let's send summer off in style!  

Accidental Comedy Fest

When: August 29-September 2, showtimes vary Where: Pickwick & Frolic, Cleveland   The seventh annual Accidental Comedy Fest is slated to be more entertaining than ever before, showcasing the biggest names in Cleveland comedy as well as emerging talent from all over the country! Come get your belly laughs at one of the nine main shows between Wednesday, August 29 and Sunday, September 2. Get tickets  

The Great Geauga County Fair

When: August 30-September 3, times vary Where: 14373 North Cheshire Street, Burton County Fair Cleveland Since 1823, The Great Geauga County Fair has delighted residents and visitors alike with livestock, live entertainment, mouthwatering fair food, thrilling rides and so much more. This year, the festival is expecting more than 13,000 exhibits, over 2,000 animals, hundreds of commercial displays and vendors, and contests such as chicken flying, frog jumping and the diaper dash. And if you can't imagine what those contests would look like, you'll have to come see for yourself!  

The St. Rocco Festival

When: August 30-September 3, times vary   Where: St. Rocco Parish, Cleveland Hosted at St. Rocco Parish annually in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, this festival is a hit year after year! Rides, games, live music and delicious Italian bites collide to create a fun experience the entire family can enjoy.  

Lotus Summerdance

When: August 30-September 2, times vary Where: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville Lotus, Broccoli Samurai, Luke the Knife, and Eli Winderman are just a few of the names performing at this exciting electronic festival at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park — and Lotus will headline on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! While you're dancing, enjoy bites from food trucks, local vendors and more.  

Believe in CLE

When: August 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Where: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Believe in CLE

Photo courtesy of Believe in CLE

Attention, yogis! You won't want to miss this outdoor yoga festival at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy a gigantic yoga class that is perfect for all levels and stay for food, beer, a DJ and more until 9:30 p.m. Admission is completely free — all you need to bring is your mat and a few of your favorite people!  

Dinner With Strangers

When: August 31, 7-10 p.m.  Where: Toby's Plaza, Cleveland Hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, this event allows you to enjoy a complimentary, three-course meal al fresco with familiar (and not so familiar) faces! The casual networking dinner will take place off-site at Toby's Plaza and will feature food from some of Uptown's best restaurants.  

Cleveland National Air Show

When: September 1-3, times vary Where: The Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland Cleveland Air Show The Cleveland National Air Show has been a local tradition since 1964. The thrilling show combines educational exhibits with flybys and tactical demonstrations by air teams. There are also plenty of interactive activities on the ground! Bring the whole family to get cockpit photos, meet pilots and enjoy the show.  

Cleveland Oktoberfest

When: August 31-September 3, times vary Where: The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea
Weiner dog races, beer stein-holding competitions, polka dancing and more await you at Cleveland's Oktoberfest! This annual festival invites you to don silly hats and lederhosen to celebrate German culture and indulge in delicious treats like bratwurst, pierogi, goulash, wienerschnitzel and more. Plus, there will be free-flowing beer at booths around the festival.  

Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival

When: August 31-September 2, times vary Where: Hale Farm & Village, Bath Crafts, music, culinary goods and more await you at this local festival — and it's all made right here in Ohio! Celebrate our local artists and performers over Labor Day weekend and peruse the vendor booths to find something good to take home.    

Summer Sunset Blast

When: September 1-2, 3-10 p.m.  Where: Silver Springs Park, Stow Featuring fireworks, kids' activities, festival food, refreshing beverages and interactive games, the Summer Sunset Blast is the best way to celebrate the end of the summer if you're in the area. Bring the whole family to climb the rock wall, dance along to live music and play bubble soccer! The fireworks take place on Sunday evening as the grand finale of the event.  

SEUCC JazzFest

When: September 1, 2-7 p.m.  Where: South Euclid United Church of Christ, South Euclid Award-winning jazz musicians from across Northeast Ohio will perform at this five-hour outdoor concert. Tap along to the beats while you peruse offerings from local food trucks and soak in the sunshine. Proceeds benefit the SEUCC CDF Freedom School, a summer literacy and empowerment program that helps curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.  

Cleveland Pops Concert

When: September 1, 7 p.m. Where: Ely Square, Elyria CLE POPS.jpeg The Cleveland Pops Orchestra is known for its stellar, jaw-dropping concerts performed on the Fourth of July, Labor Day and several other occasions throughout the year. In honor of Labor Day, come enjoy this free concert in Ely Square, featuring world-class jazz and blues music.  

The Great Trail Arts & Crafts Festival

When: September 1-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: 6331 Canton Road, Malvern The Great Trail Festival is a celebration of American Folk Art — both contemporary and traditional. This unique experience invites you to discover local artists and take a step back in time with living history demonstrations. It's guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!  

Taste of Hudson

When: September 2-3, times vary Where: Downtown Hudson It would be wise to come hungry to this foodie-targeted festival in Hudson! The event over Labor Day weekend is highly anticipated year after year and features more than a dozen local restaurants offering up small bites. While you're tasting the local flavors, make sure to check out the interactive children's area, the wine and beer garden, the live performances, and more than 75 vendor and artist booths!  

Enjoy your three day weekend!

What Labor Day event are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!

2018 Labor Day Weekend Events in the Columbus Area That Should Be on Your Radar

Labor Day weekend 2018 is quickly approaching, which means many of us are making plans on how to spend our extra day off with friends and family! Going on a hike or soaking in some sunshine on a local patio are both incredible options, but there are also quite a few celebratory events happening around town that should be on your radar. We rounded up a few of the best festivals, sporting events and art shows happening in Columbus to celebrate the holiday — enough to fill your entire weekend. Happy Labor Day!  

The 46th Annual Greek Festival

When: August 31-September 3, times vary Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Columbus Greek Festival

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Greek Festival

Celebrate everything you love about Greek culture at this colorful festival! Featuring Greek song and dance, cathedral tours, traditional costumes, and delicious food and drink, the festival truly provides an opportunity to experience Greek culture without the expensive plane ticket. Bring the whole family to explore the shops, dance to live music and enjoy a unique Greek tasting experience that whisks you away to another time and place.  

Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens

When: August 31-September 3, game times vary. Columbus Clippers Schedule Where: Huntington Park, Columbus With the end of summer comes the end of baseball season, but there are still several opportunities to cheer on the Columbus Clippers! Watch the ball game over Labor Day weekend as the Clippers face off against the Toledo Mud Hens.  

Obetz Zucchinifest

When: August 31-September 2, times vary Where: Fortress Obetz, Obetz Obetz Zucchini Fest This free, family-friendly festival will take place at Fortress Obetz and is designed to celebrate everything about zucchini. Come find out who can grow the biggest zucchini, who makes the best zucchini bread, and who can present the best-dressed zucchini (yes, it's a thing). There will also be live performances from Gretchen Wilson, Bret Michaels and more, a pageant, local vendors, a grand parade, and a car show. Don't miss it!  

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

When: September 1-3, times vary Where: East Waterloo Street and North High Street, Canal Winchester Make the short trek to Canal Winchester to engage in a little old-fashioned family fun! The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival will include a Disney-themed parade, a beer garden, a car show, canal boat races, interactive games, live music, food, drinks and so much more.    

Columbus Crew S.C. vs. New York City F.C.

When: September 1, 8 p.m. Where: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus Soccer games are always eventful because the action never stops! Our local soccer club, Columbus Crew S.C., competes in Major League Soccer and has been around since 1994. Come down to MAPFRE Stadium to cheer them on in their game against New York City F.C.  

The Short North Gallery Hop

When: September 1, 4-10 p.m. Where: Short North Neighborhood, Columbus If you haven't experienced the Short North Gallery Hop yet, now is your chance. This legendary Columbus tradition draws thousands of visitors on the first Saturday of every month to view new gallery exhibitions, discover street performers, engage in special events, and enjoy food and drinks throughout the neighborhood. While you're exploring, make sure to check out this guide to Short North for ideas on what to do!  

Ohio State University Football Season Kickoff

When: September 1, noon Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus OSU It's time to don your grey and scarlet and dig your foam finger out of the closet — football season is back. Head down to Ohio Stadium to join in the celebrations and cheer on the Buckeyes — and don't forget to stop by a tailgate or two on your way. Here is our complete guide to tailgating for OSU games!  

Free Shadowbox Live Performance | Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince

When: September 2, 6-10:30 p.m. Where: Columbus Commons, Columbus Shadowbox Live, Columbus' beloved local performance troupe, will bring two musical legends to life on stage as they explore the lives of David Bowie and Prince. These two revolutionized music, fashion and pop culture, and the show is expected to be unlike anything you've ever seen before! Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the free show at Columbus Commons.  

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

When: September 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Northam Park, Upper Arlington Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Photo courtesy of the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival 

This annual Labor Day arts festival draws more than 25,000 visitors each year and is considered the city's signature event! It takes place in the idyllic Northam Park and showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working a variety of media. Additionally, there will be live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.  

Happy Labor Day!

How will you be celebrating the three-day weekend? Share your plans with us in the comments, and make sure to follow us on Twitter for up-to-date event recommendations!

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