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April
1

Explore Ohio: Visit These 9 Festivals & Events

Spring Festivals & Events - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Itching to spend some time outdoors now that the weather is warming up again? So are we!

Thankfully, tons of springtime events and festivals are happening all over Ohio in the next few weeks. Whether you're in the Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati areas, you'll have no shortage of options. Why not fill in your calendar with a few of the best ones from our list below?

Geauga County Maple Festival

Chardon, OH 44024

Geauga County Maple Festival is back in Chardon Square April 21 – 24 this year. This beloved local event offers fun for the whole family, including rides, games, and live entertainment from local musicians. Make sure you visit on an empty stomach—you'll love taking part in their pancake breakfasts and pancake eating competitions (with plenty of maple syrup, of course). When you're done, you can enjoy festivities like maple candy carving, the crowning of the Maple Queen, and a syrup-making competition for local aficionados. All syrups in the competition are raffled off as part of the festivities, and a selection of other delicious maple-flavored treats will be available for purchase as well. 

The Great Steubenville Eggsibition

980 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952 

2022's Great Steubenville Eggsibition begins April 15. This event is a local tradition begun by the artisans at Nelson's Fine Art and Gifts, who have crafted over 20 giant eggs for display around the neighborhood. Each egg features beautiful artwork that has been hand-painted by local artists. The eggs are hidden around the Steubenville business district to simulate a traditional Easter egg hunt. See how many you can find while strolling around Steubenville this spring! 

Mohican Wildlife Weekend

3116 OH-3, Loudonville, OH 44842

The Mohican State Park's Mohican Wildlife Weekend April 22-24 is one of the most popular outdoor gatherings in Northeast Ohio. Some of the activities offered during this weekend include archery shooting, survival classes, gold panning, and a scavenger hunt. There are also several educational programs available at specific times, such as the Wings of Wonder Bird Presentation and a planetarium program where you can observe the movement of the stars. You'll need to reserve a spot for some activities in advance, so be sure to check out what's available and register before the event.

Taste of Granville

537 Jones Rd. NE, Granville, OH 43023

The second annual Taste of Granville event, 5–8 pm April 30, will be hosted by the Granville Rotary at the Bryn Du Mansion. This fast-paced dining experience offers you the chance to sample beer, wine, liquor, and cider from local brewers and distilleries and food from local eateries, including Wild Things Sandwich Café. Dashing Diner, and Ray Ray's Hog Pit. General tickets are available for $35. VIP tables can be booked for $250 to $500, depending on the size of your party.

Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

11339 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

The Sertoma Ice Cream Festival has taken place on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Company nearly every year since 1975. Guests will enjoy everything from pony rides and lawn games to a motorcycle and car show. If you're hungry, you can enjoy delicious local dishes like bratwurst, ham and beans, and gallons of premium ice cream. You can also browse a selection of crafts from dozens of local vendors. At just $5 admission per car, this is the perfect place to spend a pleasant spring afternoon with your family May 28-30.

Cincinnati Zoo Blooms

3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220

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The Cincinnati Zoo is always a great place for a fun weekend outing, but it's extra special during the spring Zoo Blooms event April 1-30. During the entire month of April, the zoo's abundant plant life blossoms into a full botanical garden. This period is also known as "Tulip Mania" for the incredible number of tulips on display, but you'll also find plenty of hyacinths and daffodils as well as a multitude of flowering trees and shrubs. There's no additional fee to visit the zoo during this time, so there's no better time for a visit.

Ohioana Book Festival

96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Can't get enough of books and literature? The upcoming Ohioana Book Festival April 30 is the place for you. Held by the Ohioana Library in Columbus, this event offers readings and in-depth panel discussions and a book fair, fun educational activities for kids, and delicious snacks. This year's theme is "Celebrating Ohio's Authors," and over 100 of the state's best-known writers will be attending.

Art and Earth Day

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

Every year, the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum celebrates Art and Earth Day, a special day that combines aspects of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and International Sculpture Day. Some of the activities available this year include bird and tree walks, a student art walk featuring works from the students at the University of Cincinnati, and a lively Happy Hour at the Grand Pavilion. Come take in some of the most impressive natural and manmade sights that Cincinnati has to offer from 9 am to 5 pm April 23.   

Cincy on Tap Festival

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The 2022 Cincy on Tap Festival will take place at the Great American Ball Park 1–4 pm April 9. This event gathers over 60 local breweries for an unforgettable afternoon of beer tasting and fun. Many of the area's best food trucks will also be serving food on-site, and local cover bands will be playing live during the entire event. Tickets start at $50 and include up to 30 4-ounce samples of premium beers made by local breweries, as well as a complimentary ticket to the Reds vs. Cardinals baseball game happening on April 24 at the ballpark. This is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID on the big day! 

Ring in the Spring Season 

Which of these Ohio spring events will you be attending in the coming weeks? 

September
12

The Must-Attend Fall Events in the Columbus Area for 2019

The leaves are changing, that familiar fall chill is starting to return to the air and pumpkin is appearing on menus everywhere. Fall is here, which is an occasion worth celebrating here in Columbus! Fortunately, there are plenty of local events and festivals to look forward to over the next few months.

Whether you're looking to experience the bountiful autumn harvest, get scared at a horror film festival or peruse a craft fair—you'll find something on this list worth marking on your calendar. Have fun this season!

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September

Country Living Fair

Where: Ohio Village 

When: September 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!

 

The 21st Annual Pawpaw Festival

Where: Lake Snowden, Albany

When: September 13-15, Friday 4 p.m.-Midnight, Saturday 10 a.m.-Midnight & Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational community event that celebrates one of America's largest native tree fruits: the pawpaw. The annual three-day event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through delectable foods, fantastic entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local vendors. This year, you can expect a full lineup of presentations and activities that will provide fun for your whole family, including a Best Pawpaw Competition, a Pawpaw Cook-off, a Pawpaw Eating Contest and much more.

 

Old Hilliardfest

Where: Downtown Hilliard

When: September 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games, a sunflower show, a car show, kids' fair and much more.

 

Scarecrow Festival

Where: Downtown Washington Court House

When: September 20-22, Times TBA

Welcome autumn in style at this annual festival in Downtown Washington Court House! The family-friendly weekend will be full of live music, delicious food, rides, games, craft vendors, a 5K walk and run, classic cars and so much more. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to see what the full lineup of activities will be!

 

Harvest Fair

Where: The Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Harvest Fair is the Stratford Ecological Center's biggest event of the year, featuring plenty of tractors, farm animals, a horse-drawn wagon and so much more! Don't forget to bring the best of your bounty, which you can display to the rest of the fair, and some good walking shoes so you can traverse the nearby hiking trails while you're there. Tickets are $5 per person and children under the age of 3 are free.

 

Pumpkinpalooza

Where: Emswiler Farm, Pataskala

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Presented by TWIG of Nationwide Children's Hospital, Pataskala's annual Pumpkinpalooza is a can't-miss event this season. This year, enjoy exploring a huge barn full of food and activities; pick out a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch; take a hayride around the farm; and bounce around in a bounce house—the possibilities are endless! You can purchase advance tickets on their website. All proceeds will benefit the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

 

Apple Fest

Where: Lawrence Orchards, Marion

When: September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Orchards

This old-fashioned autumn event gives you and your whole family the chance to explore Lawrence Orchards, a local institution since 1921. Explore the orchard on a horse-drawn carriage, let the kiddos ride a pony, traverse the hay maze, take a train ride and, of course, eat a lot of apples! The event will feature plenty of fresh apples, caramel apple bars, apple pie and homemade apple cider that you'll want to take home gallons of.

 

October

43rd Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

Where: Young's Jersey Dairy, Yellow Springs

When: October 5-6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrate the fall season at Young's Jersey Dairy this year with the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival! There you'll be able to take your picture with Humongous Gus; taste freshly made pumpkin donut holes; take a tour of their cheese making facility; and go pumpkin bowling. This event is entirely free, so bring the whole family out to have some autumn fun!

 

German Village Monster Bash

Where: German Village Meeting Haus

When: October 12, 7-11:30 p.m.

This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photo booth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits.

 

Fall Festival at Oakland Nursery

Where: Oakland Nursery, Dublin

When: October 12-13, 12-4 p.m.

Columbus Fall Events

Come celebrate all things autumn at this family-friendly festival! There will be tractor-pulled hayrides, make n' take crafts, a pumpkin bounce house, apple cider pressing, a giant pumpkin carving demo and much more—all of the ingredients needed for a perfect fall fest.

 

Shock Around the Clock

Where: The Drexel Theater

When: October 12-13, Noon-Noon

Sharpen your wooden stakes and stock up on silver bullets because Columbus's terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares! This 24-hour horror marathon is held at the Drexel Theater and will feature a lineup of several terrifying films. In addition to watching a few movies, you'll also have the chance to meet Michael Gornick, the legendary director of photography for Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Knightriders and Martin!

 

All Hallow's Eve at Ohio Village

Where: Ohio Village 

When: October 12 & 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more!

 

Circleville Pumpkin Show

Where: East Franklin Street, Circleville

When: October 14-19, Times Vary

 
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Any Ohioan will tell you, fall means the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The 113th Circleville Pumpkin Show is just south of Columbus and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. Check out the parades, rides, entertainment and every kind of pumpkin-flavored treat that you can think of. Be sure to stop by and see the largest pumpkin pie, measuring at 14 feet in diameter, along with all of the massive pumpkins on display around East Franklin Street!

 

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Where: The Ohio Statehouse

When: October 18-19 & 25-26, 7-9 p.m.

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building—if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!

 

Boo at the Zoo

Where: The Columbus Zoo

When: Weekends October 11-27, Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.

 

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

Where: Easton Town Center

When: October 20, 12-3 p.m.

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the fall fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!

 

HighBall Halloween

Where: Short North, Columbus

When: October 11-12, Times TBD

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

 

Creepside Festival

Where: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna

When: October 19, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival two Saturdays before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!

November

Ohio Made Holiday Market

Where: Hollywood Casino Columbus

When: November 15-16, Friday 6-10 p.m. & Saturday 12-7 p.m.

Arts and Craft Shows

Kick-off your holiday shopping spree at one of the most popular craft fairs of the year! At the annual Ohio Made Holiday Market, over 80 vendors will be selling handcrafted, artisan goods as well as an assortment of wonderful gifts. VIP ticket holders will gain early access the market along with exclusive deals, drink specials and a raffle! You can purchase a ticket, and learn more about the participating vendors, here.  

Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K & 10K

Where: 333 West Broad Street When: November 30, 8:30 a.m. Give back to a cause you care about and get a free doughnut while you're at it! Don't miss the Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K a 10K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. All proceeds go towards supporting the Humane Society of Delaware County.  And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in—a few famous Buckeye Donuts will be waiting for you at the finish line!  

What about you?

Let us know how you plan to celebrate the season in the comments!

August
27

Inspired Art Walks & Annual Events in the Columbus Area

Columbus' art scene is bursting with creativity, which is evident in the spectacular art that you can find throughout the city. Not only are we home to the Columbus Museum of Art, which was the first art museum registered in Ohio and home to hundreds of interesting exhibitions, but our area also boasts amazing art galleries, art festivals and public art installations.

If you want to explore the incredible culture of Columbus—read on! We rounded up some of the best art walks and annual festivals in Columbus along with some information on how to take a self-guided art tour through the city.

 

Monthly Art Walks + Tours

Short North Arts District Gallery Hop

Monthly on the First Saturday, 4-10 p.m.

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of Short North Alliance

On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, which stay open late on these nights. Additionally, hear street performers, shop with local artisan vendors, and see unique public art all along High Street.

 

Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks

Two Monday Evenings a Month, May-August, 7-8 p.m. 

Columbus Art Walks & Landmark Talks are one-hour guided tours led by expert historians from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. Each tour highlights local public art, architecture and historical sites in neighborhoods around Columbus. Each season runs from May through August, with tours offered on two Monday evenings a month. You can find the full schedule on their website!

 

Self-Guided Tours

Columbus Self-Guided Art Walks

The city of Columbus is passionate about our local public art. That's why you can find a self-guided art walk guide for almost every Columbus neighborhood on the city's website! Each neighborhood link—including Capitol Square, the Arena District and Short North—offers a printable map, public parking tips, and a downloadable audio tour that you can listen to while you traverse the area. And, for a more "on-the-go" experience, you can download the MyColumbus app to access Columbus art walks information while you're exploring the city.

 

Annual Art Events

Westerville Art Hop

The Westerville Art Hop is an annual event in April that transforms historic Uptown Westerville into a massive art gallery. Make your way through the area and take in the work of artists from all over the area in local shops and art galleries. If you visit all of the stops on the Art Hop's list, you can be entered to win fabulous prizes! You can find the full list of participating businesses and artists on their website.

 

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of McKenzie Stewart via the Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top art festivals in the nation by several national publications and features interactive activities, performances, food and beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile.

 

Easton Art Affair

Each June, head to the Easton Town Center and browse through unique, one-of-a-kind works of art. Local artists and crafters showcase their original work, including handmade crafts, ceramics, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking, graphics and so much more. The event is completely free and family-friendly so you can bring your entire entourage to see some great art each summer!

 

Westerville Music & Arts Festival

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of the Westerville Chamber of Commerce

For over 46 years, the Westerville Music & Arts Festival has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Columbus area to see fantastic live music performances and shop from over 100 local and national artisans. There's also an annual silent auction where you can purchase artwork from festival artists, proceeds from which benefit the Westerville Area Chamber. The cost is just $1 to attend and kids 10 and under are absolutely free!

 

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 is always spectacular live performances, a family-friendly activities area, and a variety of food and beverage booths.

 

Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

Columbus Art Walks

Photo courtesy of Old Hilliardfest

This street fair takes place in Downtown Hilliard on Main Street each fall, usually the second Saturday in September. Throughout the day, you can peruse vendors from all over the area, including local businesses, organizations and artists. After you've shopped your heart out, you can enjoy some live music, great food, games and jumpies, a sunflower show, a car show, a kids' fair and much more.

 

Arts in the Alley

Arts in the Alley is one of Central Ohio's longest-running music and arts festivals—setting up shop every third weekend in September for over 40 years. The festival's name comes from its humble beginnings as a festival held in the back alley behind Broadway businesses. Today, the massive festival stretches all the way along Broadway and Park Streets and features over 100 juried artists and crafters. And don't forget the music—all weekend long you can find live performances on the Heartland Stage on West Park Street along with some delicious festival food.

 

Have Fun Exploring Columbus' Artsy Side!

Did we miss your favorite art event in the Columbus area? Let us know in the comments!

July
16

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Events in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the Midwest known for its friendly people, trendy fashion, growing economy and delicious restaurants. And those are just some of the reasons we think it's one of the best places to call home in the world. Columbus is a great place to be any time of the year, so whether you live here or are just passing through — there are plenty of things to do! The Buckeye City maintains an action-packed events calendar, from art festivals to spectacular fireworks displays, all year long. So take a look at the many annual events in Columbus and see how many you can attend this year!
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Summer

Columbus Asian Festival

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of the T. So-Asian Festival

This free festival welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually and continues to grow in popularity. Boasting sports, games, cultural exhibits, delicious food, shopping, martial arts and stunning performances — the festival showcases the best of Asian culture and promotes the importance of diversity. Don't miss it!  

The Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament is a premier event on the PGA Tour held annually at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin. The tournament was founded with three goals in mind: to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging courses in the world; and to benefit many greater Columbus charities. Proceeds from this popular event go to the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations.  

Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival has been a must-see event for more than 50 years, and it's no wonder why. It has been rated as one of the top festivals in the nation by several national publications and includes interactive activities, performances, food & beverages, and incredible work from local, national, and international artists alike. Catch it every June on the Scioto Mile.  

Columbus PRIDE Festival

With approximately 500,000 visitors each year, the Columbus PRIDE Festival is one of the largest pride events in the Midwest. The event usually includes a massive downtown parade along with 150+ vendors, two live music stages and a family area!  

Red, White & BOOM!

Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest!  

Jazz & Rib Fest

Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held annually along the Scioto Mile, a revitalized downtown riverfront that provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz.  

Ohio State Fair

Agricultural exhibitions, a massive midway full of rides, and an incredible lineup of musical performances are just some of the fun festivities in store for you at the Ohio State Fair. The cherry on top is the gigantic helping of mouthwatering fair food — which will have you looking forward to this event every year!  

Dublin Irish Festival

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of the Dublin Irish Festival

The Dublin Irish Festival is the largest-three day Irish festival on the planet, offering a plethora of acts and performers each year. The event has been held on the first weekend in August for over 30 years and more than 100,000 guests attend each year!  

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Every summer on the Columbus riverfront, you can sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks all on one extraordinary day! In addition to the massive amounts of food, there's also always plenty of live music and arts & crafts for all ages.  

Columbus Greek Festival

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

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

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

Fall

Columbus Oktoberfest

Columbus Annual Events

Photo courtesy of Spirit Photography via the Columbus Oktoberfest

Put on your lederhosen and raise your beer stein for Columbus Oktoberfest! This fun, annual celebration puts Columbus' German heritage on display with plenty of beer, polka and delicious food. Even the kiddos are invited to hang out in the Kinderplatz while you enjoy beer-hall style dining with the adults. PROST!  

Country Living Fair

This massive fair showcases hundreds of vendors from more than 25 states selling antiques, vintage items, handcrafted goods, arts, furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and so much more. Meet the editors of Country Living Magazine and HGTV superstars, attend seminars and how-tos, see artisan demonstrations, and shop the Harvest & Gourmet Market. There's no better place or time in Columbus to get inspiration for your home decor!  

Fashion Week Columbus

Unbeknownst to many, Columbus is a fashion capital of the world. Don't believe us? Attend the annual Fashion Week Columbus, which showcases couture from our best local designers, fashion icons and spots to shop for your next head-turning fashion look!  

Creepside Festival

This annual Halloween festival is one you don't want to miss! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more.  

HighBall Halloween

Every year during Halloween time, head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity.  

Winter

Wildlights

For over 30 years, this family tradition has been a holiday must-see. Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during the holidays to see beautiful light displays along with your favorite animals. There are also fun animated light shows, a visit from Rudolph and his friends, the Polar Bear Express, Camel Rides and more!  

Conservatory Aglow

Conservatory Aglow is the biggest and brightest holiday show at the Franklin Park Conservatory every year. Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards. The Paul Busse model railway, hand blown glass ornament trees and poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. They also offer adult libations and seasonal food to help get you in the holiday spirit!  

WinterFest

WinterFest is a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries, and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks! This event kicks off the dazzling illumination of lights along the Scioto Mile.  

Village Lights

Columbus Annual Events Visit the historic streets of German Village during the holiday season to discover a world of lights and magic! Follow luminaries from shop to shop and start checking off your holiday gift list as businesses are always open late with holiday specials. At StriezelMarkt on the Platz, you'll find vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carvings, live music and more. Plus, the holiday lights display is one of the most breathtaking in the entire Columbus area!  

First Night Columbus

This spectacular New Year's Eve celebration is held in downtown Columbus and is a choose-your-own-adventure event packed full of fun every year. Check out a hands-on activity, enjoy live music, shows and of course, the fireworks finale. Perfect for families, First Night Columbus is the place to be when saying goodbye to the previous year!  

Spring

Blooms & Butterflies

See colorful butterflies take flight at the Franklin Park Conservatory! The exhibit is open from March until September, and patrons can visit at any time to see a diverse array of butterflies fluttering or resting on lush plants. Experts will be available to answer any questions you might have!  

Pearl Market

Columbus Annual Events Spring marks the opening of local farmers' markets! While there are several great options around town, we always look forward to the opening of the Pearl Market in downtown Columbus. Hit the market every Tuesday and Friday starting in early June to find locally grown produce, freshly baked goodies and hand-crafted trinkets.  

Happy Celebrating!

Whether you're getting ready to enjoy a massive Irish festival or a spectacular holiday fireworks display, we hope you have a great time! What annual events in Columbus do you look forward to every year?
June
18

13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio

Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Columbus are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the area this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend! We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Columbus this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts and family-friendly festivals. So grab your red, white and blue garb and head out to celebrate America!  

The Columbus Symphony's Patriotic Pops

Where: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus When: June 29, 8 p.m. This 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.  

2019 Fourth of July Celebration

Where: Worthington Hills When: June 29-30 & July 4, Times Vary Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Worthington Hills Civic Association

This annual Independence Day event stretches the festivities to last almost an entire week! On June 29th, join the city of Worthington Hills for a fun-filled 5K run/walk through the Hills and then participate in a family-friendly game of softball at Worthington Hills Elementary School. On June 30th, head out once more for the Fun Fest, a family carnival full of all of your favorite activities. And finally, on the big day itself, July 4th, watch the festive neighborhood parade and experience the most unique patriotic display around — a drone show!  

Ashville 4th of July Celebration

Where: Ashville Community Park When: June 30-July 4, Times Vary For more than 80 years, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the heart of Ashville to celebrate our nation's freedom in style. People come from miles around to experience the festival's famous fish sandwiches (which are delicious), the live entertainment and the pageants. On the Fourth of July, the day kicks off with a parade, continues with entertainment, food and contests, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.  

Charity Day 5K

Where: Downtown Columbus When: July 2, 6:30 p.m Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & BOOM!

Where: Downtown Columbus When: July 3, 10 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM!

Red, White & BOOM! began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark BOOM

Where: Huntington Park When: July 3, 5:30-11 p.m. Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Sunbury Independence Day Celebration

Where: Sunbury Square When: July 4, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Join the Village of Sunbury for their 2019 July 4th Celebration! Head to Sunbury Square in the morning for an Antiques, Arts & Crafts event and then stick around to watch the parade and a hot dog eating contest. After you've got your fill of hot dogs, watch the kiddos enjoy bounce houses, midway games, face painting and a petting zoo at the Kids Zone. End the day with the 4th Annual Outhouse Race and a fireworks extravaganza at Big Walnut High School!  

Upper Arlington Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park

Where: Northam Park When: July 4, 6:30 a.m. Fourth of July in Columbus Upper Arlington really loves the 4th of July. So much so, that at 6:30 in the morning on Independence Day, you'll find helpful volunteers hustling through the streets to noisily announce that the much anticipated day of celebration has begun. After the entire city has had their annual wake up call, you'll find them lining the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Zollinger Road to watch one of the best parades in the Columbus area. Plus — don't miss the evening party in the park and fireworks display that will conclude the evening.  

2019 Clintonville July 4th Celebration

Where: Clintonville When: July 4, 8 a.m. Every year, Clintonville puts on one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations around. This year, enjoy a four-mile race through the park, a community breakfast, a family baseball and softball game, a pet and bike parade, a fishing derby, a live music festival and fabulous fireworks! If you're interested in joining in one, or all, of these fun events — visit their website for specific times and registration information.  

Bexley 4th of July Celebrations

Where: Bexley When: July 4, 9:30 a.m. Bexley loves throwing events for good causes and their annual 4th of July celebrations are no different. This year's theme is "The Land That I Love" to celebrate all of the "Green" initiatives throughout the Bexley area! The parade will be starting at 9:30 a.m. sharp, rain or shine, so head down to Main Street and enjoy watching locals, floats and some horses march through the streets promoting the area's eco-friendly practices. Afterward, spend the day celebrating with family events, music and, of course, food before watching a festive fireworks display at 10 p.m.  

The 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade

Where: Short North When: July 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fourth of July in Columbus If you're looking for something a bit more "political" to do this Independence Day, head down to the Short North district and watch the 36th Annual Doo Dah Parade. This free event features the "best political satire parade west of the White House" along with some great food and great live music. This year's lineup is full of fantastic local talents like Doc Robinson and the Devil Doves. You can find the full, impressive lineup and list of events on their website.  

2019 Granville 4th of July Fireworks

Where: Wildwood Park When: July 5, 8 p.m. The Granville 4th of July Fireworks event is a family favorite every year. After you've had a blast at the annual Downtown Granville festival, head to Wildwood park to continue the celebration! Set up your blankets and chairs and enjoy the live music while you wait for the spectacular fireworks display — and don't forget to grab some fresh kettle corn and lemonade from local vendors before the big show begins.  

Happy Fourth of July!

From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a happy Independence Day!
May
21

12 Outdoor Concerts in the Columbus Area This Summer

Summer in Columbus is a magical time. Restaurant patios are opening their doors, farmers' markets are setting up shop and plenty of outdoor experiences are finally ready to be explored! There are hundreds of ways you can spend your summer in the Columbus area, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible outdoor musical events around town! To help get you started on planning your summer itinerary, we rounded up 12 of our most anticipated outdoor concerts in the Columbus area this season. From kid-centered performances to jazz festivals — there's a little something for everyone on this list!

Park of Roses Summer Concerts

When: May 26-September 1 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: Whetstone Park of Rose's Gazebo, Clintonville Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of Civitan Club of North Columbus

For over 62 years, the Civitan Club of North Columbus has been providing opportunities for local musical groups to showcase their talents in the park. This season, head out to the picturesque gazebo in Whetstone Park of Rose every Sunday to enjoy the best live performances the north Columbus area has to offer. The event is completely free each week and promises a fun-filled evening complete with free snow cones!

3rd Annual SUMMER614

When: June 1, 3-11 p.m. Where: Columbus Commons Come out to the Columbus Commons and watch some of your favorite R&B and hip hop artists perform live on the amphitheater stage! Before you settle in to listen to some great music, make sure to visit some of the food trucks located throughout the park that will be serving mouth-watering dishes. Proceeds will go to support the 22nd Foundation, a charity organization that exposes and educates low-opportunity youth to diverse sports options as well as a healthy lifestyle. Get your ticket before they're gone!

The City of Pickerington Summer Concert Series

When: June 2, July 7 and August 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater, Pickerington Join the City of Pickerington during their popular summer concert series this season! They'll be hosting this special event on three Sundays throughout the summer featuring fantastic musical acts like Chris Logsdon, the British Invasion and Motown Sounds of Touch. So grab your blanket and chairs and enjoy a warm summer evening at the beautiful Sycamore Creek Park Amphitheater!

Music in the Park 2019

When: June 2-July 28 | Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Where: John F. LaCorte Amphitheater, Whitehall Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts This summer, visit the John F. LaCorte Amphitheater in Whitehall every Sunday for a fun, festive live music event! Enjoy fantastic bands like the John Schwab Band, Reaganomics and Mojoflow, just to name a few. No matter what type of music you enjoy — punk, jazz, rock or R&B — there's a performance just for you happening in Whitehall this season!

PBJ & Jazz

When: June 8, July 13, August 10 & September 14, 11 a.m. Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Introduce your little ones to jazz and American music at this special family-friendly concert series! Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles and a complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwich at the door — downtown Columbus' PBJ & Jazz events are the perfect way to spend a summer morning with your family!

Sundays at Scioto

When: June 9-July 28 | Sundays, 7 p.m. Where: The Scioto Park Amphitheater, Dublin Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of the Dublin Arts Council

Sundays at Scioto concerts are a popular Dublin event that has been around since 1983 when Scioto Park opened to the public. This annual event showcases local and regional performing artists from all walks of music — from pop, country and rock to traditional Celtic music. Make sure to get there ahead of time to find your perfect spot and to get a good look at Leatherlips, the breathtaking sculpture in the heart of the park.

Evenings on the Green

When: June 20, July 18 and August 15, 6 p.m. Where: Ohio Village, Columbus Get a taste of Ohio history this summer at Ohio Village! This recreated 19th-century community is hosting three special musical events this season, all featuring fantastic local performers, food trucks and more. Explore Ohio Village, play old-fashioned games on the village green and try out some crafts — the possibilities are endless!

Canal Winchester's Music in the Park

When: June 21 & July 19, 6:30 p.m. Where: Stradley Park, Canal Winchester Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of Canal Winchester Staff

This free summer concert is held on the third Friday of June and July and features live music and plenty of family-friendly activities! This year, head out to Stradley Place in downtown Canal Winchester for a spectacular lineup of local musicians. On June 21, enjoy watching Jack Fox & The County Line Band and let the kids explore tractors and other professional vehicles at the Touch-A-Tractor activity. On July 19, listen to the sounds of the Gas Pump Jockeys while perusing cars at the Cruise-In Car Show!

2019 Westerville Jazz Series

When: June 22- July 27 (Excluding July 20) | Saturdays, 6 p.m. Where: Alum Creek Amphitheater, Westerville   Jazz in Westerville is back once again and bringing with it the same great music and entertainment. Visit the Alum Creek Amphitheater on Saturdays this season and enjoy free shows, food trucks and plenty of fun!

Jazz & Rib Fest

When: July 19-22, 11 p.m. Where: Bicentennial Park & Genoa Park, Columbus Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts

Photo courtesy of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department

Two words: jazz and ribs — need we say more? This highly anticipated summertime event offers a little something for both jazz and rib connoisseurs, providing the Columbus area with the best of both. Plus, this unique festival is held along the Scioto Mile; this revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz.

Sad Summer Festival

When: July 20, 12 p.m. Where: Express Live!, Columbus See all of your favorite alternative bands in one place! Come see bands like Mayday Parade and the Main at Express Live! in the Arena District of Columbus. If you're interested in attending this "sad" festival — click here to get your tickets!

Jazzoo Summer Concerts

When: July 12, July 26, August 2 and August 9, 8 p.m. Where: Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Columbus Festivals Outdoor Concerts The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to bring you a unique summer event this season! Head out to Water's Edge Park at the Columbus Zoo and enjoy some fantastic jazz, delicious dishes from local food trucks, and a cash bar. You can find this full, impressive lineup here!  

Have a Great Summer!

Did we miss your favorite summer concert event? Let us know in the comments!
March
5

8 Essential St. Patrick's Day Events in the Columbus Area

Whether you're ready or not, St. Patrick's Day is upon us once again. Our favorite Irish holiday always brings with it plenty of fun and festivities, so naturally, we rounded up several ways to celebrate! Our lovely city of Columbus and the surrounding communities are full of Irish spirit, so it's no surprise to us that the area is bursting with St. Patrick's Day events. From parades to pub crawls, we've found the best ways to enjoy the holiday. Have fun experiencing the luck of the Irish to the absolute fullest — and don't forget to wear green!  

St. Patrick's Day Trolley Cruise

Where: North High Brewing When: March 11-17 Grab your green drinks and step aboard this unique trolley for a day of Irish fun. Short North Trolley Company will take you on a journey through Columbus, stopping at several iconic bars and pubs along the way. For a more private event, you can rent the whole trolley just for yourself and some friends — giving you the chance to choose your own route through the Columbus area.  

St. Patty's Cocktails, Cookies & Candles

Where: The Candle Lab When: March 14, 6-8 p.m. Columbus St. Patrick's Day Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Watershed, Cookie Lady Columbus and the Candle Lab for a night of cocktail mixing, cooking making and candle pouring! Start by pouring your own custom-scented 8-ounce candle, using St. Patrick's Day-inspired scents sure to get you in the spring spirit. Then, enjoy Irish themed cocktails and decorate cookies! You won't want to miss this night of Irish cheer and hands-on creativity.  

2019 Irish Whiskey Tasting

Where: Serendipity Labs When: March 14, 6-9 p.m. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than by tasting Irish whiskey? At this special tasting event, you'll get to try five different Irish whiskeys alongside fellow Columbus whiskey lovers. Food is welcome, so feel free to bring a picnic or your favorite take out with you!    

St. Patrick's Day Party 2019

Where: Flannagan's When: March 16, Doors open at 8 a.m. Head over to Flannagan's in Dublin for the largest St. Patrick's Day party in Ohio. The doors to this iconic bar open at 8 a.m. and festivities will last all day. Click here to see the full list of activities and live music acts that will be performing throughout the day.  

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Historic Dublin When: March 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin

In Dublin, OH, Irish isn't just a culture, it's an attitude. That's why the area was named one of the top 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Orbitz and U.S. Travel. Don't miss this famous parade that will include marching bands, bagpipers, giant inflatables, leprechauns and so much more!  

Social City's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Where: Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. During the 2019 St. Patrick's Day weekend, join over 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in Ohio! Attendees will receive a t-shirt, beverage koozie, exclusive food and drink specials, free cover charges and so much more.  

Shamrock Club St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Broad Street When: March 17, 12:15 p.m. Don't miss the extravagant floats, marchers and balloons on display at the Shamrock Club's 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Run by the largest Irish organization in Central Ohio, this Irish-spirit fueled event is always a good time.  

St. Patrick's Day Show

Where: The Three-Legged Mare When: March 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. St Patrick's Day Irish Pubs Join local Celtic rock and roll band, Discarded Mischief in celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Three-Legged Mare. Enjoy pub songs with a new twist along with Irish drink specials for a whole lot of fun this holiday.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a safe and fun holiday!
February
21

15 Columbus March Events We're Looking Forward To

Spring break, St. Patrick's Day and some warmer weather are right around the corner. With all of this excitement, the Columbus area has plenty of reasons to celebrate this month! Join us in the merriment with dog-friendly yoga, craft shows, parades, brewery tours and more. We've rounded up our most-anticipated events in the region this month, so peruse our top picks and get ready for an unforgettable March!  

Don Quixote

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: March 1-3, Times Vary Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of BalletMet | Dancer: Sophie Miklosovic | Photography: Jennifer Zmuda

Follow the tale of Don Quixote, an eccentric and old gentleman, as he sets out on an adventure. The celebrated BalletMet will take you on a beautiful adventure with lush sets and costumes, gorgeous dancing, and even some laughs.  

2019 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show

Where: Makoy Event Center When: March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kick off the avant-garde show year at their annual spring event in Columbus! Peruse rows upon rows of items handmade by local artists and crafters. There will also be a full concession stand on site so you can shop until you drop!  

Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour

Where: Rockmill Tavern When: March 2, 11 a.m. In 2011, the microbrew scene in Columbus exploded, going from only five breweries in the area to approaching 50 today. At this brewery tour, you'll explore the Columbus Brewery District and learn more about how beer is made while tasting the different styles from each destination. Take a look at all of the breweries you'll get a chance to visit here.  

March Gallery Hop

Where: The Short North Arts District When: March 2, 4-10 p.m. Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of Zoey Yaoxi Duan via the Short North Alliance

On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries, non-traditional exhibit spaces, street performers, and more. Plus, restaurants and bars in the area stay open late on these nights so you don't have to venture with an empty stomach.  

To The Dogs Cocktail Gala & Silent Paw-ction

Where: The Columbus Athenaeum When: March 2, 6-9:30 p.m. Join RESCUEDOhio for their annual cocktail gala and silent Paw-ction fundraiser. This evening will feature games, a silent auction, cash bar and a doggie fashion show!  

DOGA — Yoga for and with Dogs

Where: Wild Goose Creative When: March 3, 11:55 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a moment to relax with your dog. At this course held at Wild Goose Creative, dogs will be able to practice yoga with you by posing and stretching. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to play with dozens of adorable pups while workout out — it's a win-win!  

Wine and Girl Scout Cookies Pairing

Where: Serendipity Labs, Short North When: March 6, 6-9 p.m. Sample through the 2019 Girl Scout Cookies with a glass of wine! From Thin Mints to Tagalongs, Columbus 10 for 10 will have the perfect wine for every cookie. A portion of all the proceeds made during the event will be donated to Central Ohio Girl Scouts. You can get your ticket here.  

Plenty of Fish in Ohio

Where: Ohio History Center When: March 9, 2-2:30 p.m. Columbus March Events It's almost Spring, which means it's almost fishing season in the Buckeye State. Learn about some of the best fishing practices and locations for Ohioans at all different ages, abilities and interest levels.  

Eat Up! Columbus

Where: St. Charles Preparatory School When: March 9, 6-10 p.m. Savor an innovative six-course menu prepared by top Columbus chefs. This unique culinary experience will help support Freedom a la Cart, a Columbus non-profit that works to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio.  

2019 Mix & Shake Presented by Envisage Wealth

Where: North Market When: March 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. At this 21 and over event, experience an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more. For the price of one ticket, you will receive four cocktail tastings, a $10 voucher to spend at any North Market merchant, entertainment and even a speakeasy! All proceeds from this event benefit the not-for-profit: North Market Development Authority and the Ohio Distiller's Guild.  

2019 Irish Whiskey Tasting

Where: Serendipity Labs When: March 14, 6-9 p.m. Find some new whiskeys to love and share just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Taste from a selection of five whiskeys with one special "Surprise" bottle in store for you. Food is welcome at this event, so feel free to pack a St. Patrick's Day feast!  

Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Historic Dublin When: March 16, 12-1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin

Come out and experience one of the greenest, grandest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Celebrate with over 100 units including marching bands, clowns, floats and giant balloons alongside 20,000 guests.  

Social City's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Where: The Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. Join 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in all of Ohio! Explore all of the pubs within the Arena District and enjoy all that they have to offer. With a purchase of a ticket, you'll receive a t-shirt, drink specials, a koozie, free cover charges and more.  

The International Gem & Jewelry Show

Where: Ohio Expo Center When: March 29-31, Times Vary This famous show brings wholesalers, manufacturers and designers all together under one roof.  Shop from rows of quality gemstone, bead, jewelry and accessory dealers for an incredible selection.  

Craftin' Outlaws

Where: Columbus Museum of Art When: March 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the whole family out for a whole day of shopping, interactive elements and a celebration of all things crafting related! At this one-day craft fair, you'll be able to support local indie artists, crafters and designers without having to leave the building.  

Happy March!

Did we miss your favorite March event? Let us know about it in the comments below!  
December
4

Santa Sightings in the Columbus Area This Year

Santa Claus is coming to town! Visiting Father Christmas is one of our favorite holiday traditions and, luckily, he can be found all over the Columbus area this season. With his reindeer in tow, he will be hosting photo shoots, tree lightings, storytime sessions and so much more! We've rounded up the best places to see Santa this year, from the Columbus Zoo to a historical village, you'll be able to make family memories you won't soon forget!

 

It's Santa Photo Time

Where: The Mall at Tuttle Crossing When: November 9-December 24, Times Vary Santa sightings in columbus Santa will have his workshop set up at Tuttle Crossing Mall until Christmas Eve! As he prepares for his trip around the world, his hours might be more limited, so be sure to check his schedule before your planned visit. Caring Santa will also be paying a visit on December 2 for children that may have sensory, physical or other developmental needs. Reserve your appointment here!

Cabela's Wonderland

Where: Columbus Cabela's When: November 11-December 24, Times Vary The annual Santa's Wonderland at the Columbus Cabela's is a not-to-be-missed holiday event. Not only will you get a free photo with Santa, but you can take home a free craft, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and participate in fun family-friendly games and activities! See all the available activities here.

Santa at the Easton Town Center

Where: Easton Town Center When: November 16-December 24, Times Vary Come one come all to visit Santa at the Easton Town Center this holiday season! The first 5x7 photo is only$5 and candid photos with your phone are encouraged and free! This year you don't even have to wait in line — you can reserve your spot online!

Wild Lights

Where: The Columbus Zoo When: November 16-January 6, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Wild Lights Columbus

Photo courtesy of The Columbus Zoo

Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo continues for its 30th year! Find Santa settled in his Holiday Home located in North America at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. He can't wait to meet the children and hear what is on their holiday wish list! There will be professional photos available for an additional fee. Afterward, check out one of the other incredible features going on at Wild Lights including the 1914 Mangels/Illions Carousel, camel rides and so much more!

Visit with Santa at Worthington Place

Where: The Shops at Worthington Place When: November 23-December 24, Times Vary Until Christmas Eve you can also visit with Santa at Worthington Place! Santa's schedule varies, so make sure to check out his schedule before you go. If you can't wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas, The Shops at Worthington Place will also be hosting a Sparkle Night where you can watch the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and afterward visit with Santa, get your face painted and listen to live music!

Experience the Season

Where: All Oakland Nurseries Locations When: November 24-December 16, Saturdays and Sundays 12-3:30 p.m. Come out and experience the season at Oakland Nurseries. At the Columbus and Delaware locations, after visiting with the jolly man himself, check out the unique Santa Wonderland and experience lights, music and plush characters!

Swim with Santa

Where: Westerville Community Center When: November 25, 6-7:15 p.m. Get your photo with Santa as he swims in the pool with the lifeguard elves! This unique holiday experience will provide you with a fun and unusual holiday photo to display throughout the years! Registration is required.

Santa's Village at Partners Park

Where: Partner's Park When: November 26-December 20, Excluding December 1 and 8, Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Experience a hometown holiday for the whole family! Santa's Village is set amidst festive lights and decorations with merry music filling the air. Children can visit with Santa for free before participating in other activities! They can also leave their letters to Santa in a special mailbox. There are a ton of other Santa-related events going on at Partners Park this year, including free ice-skating December 15 through January 1, 2019! Check out this schedule for more information.

Christmas in Downtown Delaware

Where: The Strand When: November 30-December 21, Times Vary Columbus Santa Bring the family together to experience Christmas in Downtown Delaware! The festivities start off with the Home for the Holidays Weekend. On Friday, watch the tree lighting before visiting with Santa and some of his reindeer. On Saturday there will be a Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt, where you and your family can scour downtown and follow Santa's clues to find Dasher. Then, finally, on Sunday come out and watch the Holiday Parade! Santa will also be available at The Strand from December 1-21 on Fridays and Saturdays to visit and take photos. There will also be free gifts for each child while supplies last!

Santa Visit at the Grandview Heights Library

Where: Grandview Heights Library When: December 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For a more relaxed holiday celebration — visit Santa at the Grandview Heights Library! Take a photo with Santa and participate in fun holiday activities. Then, children will be able to make a craft and visit with Rosie the Comfort Dog from Atonement Lutheran Church. Tickets can be picked up from the Youth Services Desk.

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Santa

Photo courtesy of Hillard Historical Village

Get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, and beautiful lights. This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories.  

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

If you are interested in other festive events going on in the area this season — check out our list of 21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar.  
November
15

21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to break out the holiday decorations and start planning out your itinerary. This time of year, Columbus is bursting with festive events all perfect for getting you and your family into the holiday spirit! We've rounded up 21-holiday events in Columbus that we are most looking forward to this year! From watching breathtaking ballerinas perform to viewing awe-inspiring light displays — we're sure you'll find something to be jolly about this holiday season!

Holiday Hoopla

Where: Shadowbox Live When: November 15 – December 29, Times Vary Called the "granddaddy of all holiday shows", this hilarious holiday performance mixes sketch comedy with seasonal music and features the send-up The Santa Babies. This is Shadowbox Live's longest running show and has been entertaining audiences for a quarter of a century! You don't want to miss it!

Wildlights

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium When: November 16 – January 6, Sunday – Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. This is an event you won't want to miss out on! This family tradition is continuing for its 30th year — come out and see beautiful light displays along with your favorite animals. There will also be animated light shows, a visit from Rudolph and his friends, the Polar Bear Express, Camel Rides and more!

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Where: Hanby House Historic Site When: November 17, 12-4:30 p.m. Have a unique photo taken in the decorated parlor of the Hanby House! Wear your own festive clothing, or use the Civil War era costumes provided. It will be perfect for your holiday card or just for fun!

Conservatory Aglow

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory at Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory When: November 17 – January 2, Times Vary The biggest and brightest holiday show at the Franklin Park Conservatory returns again! Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards. The Paul Busse model railway, hand blown glass ornament trees and poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. They will also be offering adult libations and seasonal food to help get you in the holiday spirit!

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 23-25, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol

Photo courtesy of Omaha Community Playhouse

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", brought to you by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, features thrilling ensemble music, beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs that people of all ages will enjoy!

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

Where: The Historic Clifton Mill When: November 23 – December 31, Everyday 5-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve 5-8 p.m. Featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is one of the finest light displays in the country! With over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges it truly is a legendary sight! There is even a 100-foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. Don't miss this incredible sight!

Dragon Lights — Columbus Illuminates the Holiday Season

Where: Ohio State Fairgrounds When: November 23 – January 6, Tuesdays – Sundays 5:30-10 p.m. Dragon Lights

Photo courtesy of Tianyu Arts & Culture

See the Ohio State Fairgrounds in a whole new light this year! With over 40 larger-than-life handmade lanterns covered with hand painted silk, you'll be able to witness a light show created by more than 20,000 twinkling LED lights! It's a display unlike any other! 

Illuminating Shopping

Where: Historic Old Worthington When: November 29, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a festive evening with family and friends while shopping and dining in historic Old Worthington! Local retailers will be open late and offering specials on their products. Plan to make this long-standing tradition a part of your 2018 holiday schedule!

Home for the Holidays Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Where: Southern Theatre When: November 29 – December 2, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Holiday Events in Columbus The Columbus Jazz Orchestra promises an evening of festive music to get you in the holiday spirit, and a good time for the whole family!

Holiday Pops

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 30 – December 2, Times Vary A great annual tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season's most-loved holiday songs and carols. Rumor has it that Santa will also be making an appearance!

Columbus Winterfair

Where: Ohio State Fairground, Bricker Building Winterfair When: November 30 – December 2, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Browse the holiday artists' market and find unique handcrafted items. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, woods, glass, painting and more!

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley

Where: Westies Tavern When: November 30 – December 30, Everyday except for Christmas Eve and Christmas at 5:30 p.m. This adult holiday event is perfect for those who want to see all of the beautiful Columbus light displays in one night! Start off at Westies Tavern for a check in and enjoy a small appetizer, then get whisked off on a four-hour tour that includes stops like the Columbus Zoo Wildlights, towns such as Dublin and Upper Arlington, a drive through downtown Columbus and more! Tickets are required.

WinterFest

Where: Bicentennial Park When: December 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WinterFest is a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks! Artist Rayland Baxter will be headlining the event! Volunteers will be selling hand-crafted bowls as part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!

DIY Festive Holiday Wreath Making

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Wells Barn When: December 1, 1-3 p.m. Learn how to create a festive wreath, perfect for your front door throughout the holiday season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant material will be available for you to make your unique holiday decoration! Registration is required.

Village Lights

Where: Historic German Village When: December 2, 5-9 p.m. Visit the historic streets of German Village to discover a world of lights and holiday magic! Follow luminaries from shop to shop and start checking off your holiday gift list. Businesses will be open late with holiday specials. At StriezelMarkt on the Platz, you'll find vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carvings, live music and more! Plus, the holiday lights display will be breathtaking!

The Piano Guys

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 6, 7:30 p.m. The Piano Guys became an internet sensation in 2011 by way of their immensely successful series of original music videos, featuring a blend of classical and pop music. On December 6, The Piano Guys will be playing select songs from their 2017 album "Christmas Together" at the Palace Theatre. It's sure to be a wonderful time for the whole family!

Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Where: Ohio Statehouse When: December 6, 5:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with this annual Statehouse event! This family-friendly celebration will feature a tree lighting, carolers, refreshments, community mascots and a visit from Santa himself!

The Nutcracker

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: December 7-23, Times Vary

Photo by Jennifer Zmunda, courtesy of BalletMet

BalletMet's Nutcracker is the perfect way to take a break from the hectic holiday season. Gorgeous costumes and sets, along with magnificent dancing will make this performance one you won't soon forget!

Holiday Lights Tour

Where: Columbus City Adventures When: December 7-27, Times Vary Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with Columbus City Aventures, as you take a two-hour bus tour through Columbus to see all of the fantastic light displays! Stops include the Grand Illumination along the Scioto Mile, the Festival Lights at Columbus Commons and a special stop to stroll through Christmas Corner!

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Holiday Events This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, beautiful lights and the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories!

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 9, 8 p.m. Come out and see John Legend live in concert where he'll perform classic holiday songs such as "Silver Bells", "Christmas Time is Here" and "By Christmas Eve" from his new album "A Legendary Christmas".  

Happy Holidays!

Did we miss your favorite Columbus holiday event? Let us know in the comments!  
October
10

16 Essential Halloween Events in the Columbus Area 2018

Halloween season is upon us! Maximize the spookiness of this holiday at one of the many events happening in the Columbus area — from kid-friendly trick-or-treating adventures to libation-filled costumed galas. Mark your calendars for the many Halloween events in Columbus on the horizon, whether you prefer a festive fall celebration or a thrilling haunted experience. These events are sure to take your Halloween to the next level!  

German Village Monster Bash

October 13 | 7–11:30 p.m. Location: Historic German Village, Columbus This annual event at the Historic German Village offers endless Halloween fun for kids-at-heart. The festivities start with an adult trick-or-treating route at 7 p.m., followed by dancing and drinks at the Meeting Haus at 9:30 p.m. There will be a photobooth, dancing and a costume contest, so come dressed in your Halloween finest! You can even watch the Ohio State game on a big screen, grab a s'more and try a delicious concoction from Middle West Spirits. Plus, the party continues at The Daily Growler, which will stay open later than usual for a post-party drink! General admission tickets are $75.  

All Hallows' Eve at Ohio Village

October 13 + 20 | 5:30–9:30 p.m. Location: Ohio Village, Columbus Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style fun at the historic Ohio Village. All Hallows' Eve will feature a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming the village. Revel in old-fashioned entertainment for all ages, including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! General admission tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under. Member tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4–12), and free for children 3 and under.  

Boo 'N Brew at Polaris Fashion Place

October 13, 20 + 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus Columbus Halloween Events Each Saturday in October, Polaris Fashion Place is hosting a special Boo 'n Brew celebration, featuring treats and activities for little ones. Costumed kids are invited to stroll up and down the lifestyle center collecting goodies from merchants and participating in fun activities, including crafts, a costume parade, entertainers, and various treats. Plus, adults can enjoy the beer garden and live music!  

Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park

October 19 | 6–7:30 p.m. Location: Three Creeks Metro Park, Columbus Listen to not-too-scary stories and enjoy s'mores by the campfire at the Halloween Family Fun Night at Three Creeks Metro Park. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and go "trunk-or-treating" for candy. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board to start the festivities at the park!  

Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

October 19–20 + 26–27 | 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 + 9 p.m. Location: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours

Photo Courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse

See the iconic Ohio Statehouse from a different perspective this Halloween season as you embark on a haunted tour of the building — if you dare! Combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted tour, which travels through dimly lit limestone corridors by lantern. This spooky tour features recently found evidence of paranormal activity and is most appropriate for children ages 9 and up. Purchase your tickets for this unique historic tour with a Halloween twist!  

Boo at the Zoo

October 19–21 + 26–28 | Fridays 5–9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m. + Sundays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus This "merry-not-scary" Halloween event is a must for little ones of all ages! Go on a trick-or-treating adventure at the Columbus Zoo on the weekends leading up to Halloween, stopping by various treat stations scattered throughout the zoo. Make sure you catch the animals smashing pumpkins, which is a favorite amongst guests each year! Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included with your membership or paid admission to the zoo.  

Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival

October 21 | 12–3 p.m. Location: Easton Town Center, Columbus Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival Easton Town Center Columbus, OH

Photo Courtesy of Brady Designs Ltd. via Easton Town Center

Make sure your fur baby isn't left out of the Halloween fun! Dress your dog in their best costume and head to Easton Town Center for a special Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. Costumes will be judged and awards are given based on a number of categories, including Best Group, Best Duo, Cutest, Funniest, Most Creative and Scariest. Free registration begins at noon and the parade kicks off at 2 p.m.!  

Haunted Wine Cellar | Food and Wine Pairing & Costume Contest

Location: October 26 | 7:30–10 p.m. Location: Wyandotte Winery, Columbus Embark on a trip of terror through the haunted wine cellar at Wyandotte Winery. Come dressed in costume (prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!) and enjoy endless entertainment, including a terrorizing tour through six haunted food and wine pairing stations. Tickets are $35 and admission includes all six pairings, access to the bonfire and snacks on the patio. Advance registration is required! Tours are staggered every 15 minutes between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.  

OSU HalleBOOia!

October 26 | 8 p.m. Location: OSU's Weigel Hall, Columbus OSU School of Music HalleBOOia!

Photo Courtesy of the OSU School of Music

The OSU School of Music presents their 25th annual Halloween concert, featuring student vocalists and instrumentalists decked out in Halloween attire. This popular community tradition includes a mix of movie and TV themes, contemporary pop, folk music, spoofs on classical motifs, choral and chamber arrangements, and much more. HalleBOOia! is free and open to the public; no ticket is required for admission.  

Howl-O-Ween

October 26 | 4–7 p.m. Location: Ohio Wildlife Center, Powell Take a walk on the wild side at the Ohio Wildlife Center in Powell as you walk through the White Tail Trail and visit with "spooky" animal ambassadors like owls Bella, Alex and Woodsy, snakes Checkers, Percy and Lenore, and American Crows. Admission to Howl-O-Ween is $5 per person (and free for children under 5) or free with a donation from the Ohio Wildlife Center's wish list!  

HighBall Halloween

October 26–27 | Friday: 6 p.m.–1 a.m. +  Saturday: 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Location: Short North, Columbus Columbus HighBall Halloween

Photo Courtesy of John Crider via HighBall Halloween

Head to the vibrant Short North Arts District for a Halloween party unlike any other! HighBall Halloween is considered one of the nation's most elaborate costume parties, bridging runway style with the culture of this lively area. This festive weekend attracts over 40,000 costumed participants in a celebration of costumes and creativity. Tickets for HighBall Halloween start at just $7! The party is taking place along High Street between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard.  

Creepside Festival

October 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna Don't miss the annual Creepside Festival the Saturday before Halloween! This event is free and appropriate for all ages with a number of kid-friendly activities, including live music, games, a haunted trail, escape rooms, character interactions, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating with local organizations, and more. Head to Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna for this exciting community event!  

A Haunted Night in the Gardens

October 27 | 5–7:30 p.m. Location: Hoover Gardens, Westerville A Haunted Night in the Gardens Hoover Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

Hoover Gardens is hosting a fun Halloween celebration for all ages. Walk through a haunted maze, play games and win prizes, enter the costume contest, get your face painted, paint a pumpkin, eat popcorn and sip on hot apple cider. This event is completely free but pumpkin painting costs $2 per pumpkin.  

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory

October 27–28 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Location: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Columbus Celebrate Halloween in a gorgeous setting at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Bring your own reusable bag, dress up in costume, and make stops at the various trick-or-treat stations positioned throughout the conservatory biomes and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children's Garden. Dress for the weather as there is a mix of indoor and outdoor stations. New this year — you now have two days to make your stop at the gardens for trick-or-treating!  

Halloween Family Fun Day

October 28 | 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Location: North Market, Columbus Halloween Family Fun Day North Market

Photo Courtesy of the North Market

Little ghosts and goblins are invited to North Market for a full day of Halloween fun, including craft activities, Columbus Children's Theatre activities, trick-or-treating with merchants, and much more. This annual event is completely free to attend!  

Boo Off Broadway & Beggars' Night

October 31 | 6–8 p.m. Location: Town Center Promenade, Grove City Each Halloween night, Grove City's Town Center Promenade is transformed into a destination for spooky fun. This family-friendly event provides an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating (which is also offered in the community), allowing children to collect candy and other goodies from area businesses and civic organizations.  

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this spooky holiday to the fullest. How are you celebrating? Let us know in the comments below!
August
21

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!

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June
15

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in the Columbus Area This Summer

What's better than enjoying a great movie inside? Watching it outside! Warm summer nights offer the perfect opportunity to lay out a blanket or a lawn chair, gather up your loved ones, and enjoy a classic flick under the stars. Luckily, there is a large selection of outdoor movie events in Columbus throughout the summer ranging from 21+ events to family-friendly gatherings — some are even free! To ensure that you don't miss a second of the action, we rounded up a few of the best movie series and drive-in theaters around town. So, pick a night (or a favorite film) and enjoy the show!   OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES

Grove City Fryer Flicks on the Hill

Fryer Park, Grove City Thursday Evenings Grove City Outdoor Movie

Photo courtesy of Grove City's Fryer Flicks on the Hill 

The Fryer Flicks on the Hill series is one of Grove City's favorite summertime events. The films will be projected every Thursday through July on a large inflatable screen after dark on the sledding hill at Fryer Park! Pack a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great lineup of classic films. You can bring your own snacks (as long as there is no glass) and additional refreshments will be available for purchase.  

Topiary Park Summer Movie Nights

Topiary Park, Columbus Select Fridays Throughout the Summer Arrive early to claim your spot for the Topiary Park Summer Movie Series — the event is (understandably) pretty popular among locals. Enjoy some of your favorite films in the picturesque Topiary Park. The movies begin at dusk and free popcorn will be provided! Check out the events page to see the lineup and schedule.  

Free Movies at Columbus Commons

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, Columbus June 29 + July 13 This family-friendly movie series takes place on June 29 and July 13 this summer. The film begins at dusk and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Tortilla will be available on site for movie refreshments. Bring your own blankets to secure a spot for you and your family!

NightLight 614

Genoa Park, Columbus Thursday Evenings Night Light 614

Photo courtesy of NightLight 614

NightLight 614 takes movie night up a notch with local food trucks, craft beer and wine, and a spectacular view of the Columbus skyline! This 21+ Thursday night series continues throughout the summer and is a must-attend event if you're in the area. The 2018 schedule includes classic flicks like The Breakfast Club, The Devil Wears Prada and Almost Famous. Check their website for details and the full schedule!  

Free Outdoor Movies at Columbus Metro Parks

Location Varies Night Varies If you love movies and you love Columbus Metro Parks, you should make sure to explore this free outdoor film series this summer. Now through the end of August, the Metro Parks will host classic films and blockbusters at different locations around town. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy a film with the family in the great outdoors! The schedule this year includes movies like Wonder Woman, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Coco.  

Movies by Moonlight at the Easton Town Center

Easton Town Center, Columbus Tuesday Evenings Bring your blanket, your family and a bucket of popcorn for this summer movie series! The movies play every Tuesday evening through the end of the season (with the exception of July 3 in honor of Independence Day), and titles include Peter Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast and The LEGO Movie.  

The Gateway Picture Show

Gateway Plaza, Columbus Second Wednesday of Every Month The Gateway Picture Show will return this summer with an impressive lineup of Cinematic hits for your enjoyment! On the second Wednesday of every month from June to September, Gateway will be showcasing "firsts" in classic movie sagas. Think: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fast and the Furious, Back to the Future and Pitch Perfect. They recommend bringing your own lawn chairs for sitting and arriving early to enjoy craft beer specials from World of Beer.  

Dive-in Movies at Zoombezi Bay

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Columbus Friday Evenings in June, July + August Outdoor Movies in Columbus

Graphic courtesy of the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Zoombezi Bay Waterpark should be on your list of fun summer activities, but you'll get a special after-dark treat if you choose to go on select dates in June, July and August! The park will stay open late (until 11 pm) for a special cinematic experience featuring some of your favorite family-friendly flicks. Although you do have to pay admission to get in, the movies are a free addition — and we definitely recommend staying to see the Wave Tides Wave Pool transform into an outdoor theater! Find the schedule of films on the event page here.   DRIVE-IN THEATERS

The South Drive-In Theater

3050 South High Street, Columbus South Drive In

Photo courtesy of Sabrina Hone via the South Drive-In Theater

The South Drive-in Theater was built back in 1950 when drive-in theaters were thriving. Though there were many more in the area and around town back then, the South Drive-in is one of only two drive-in theaters that remain open. The theater plays the latest flicks on a giant screen and allows you to enjoy them from the comfort of your own car in an old-timey setting. It's a charming destination for date nights and family outings alike. Bonus: The South Drive-in Theater is also the site of a Saturday flea market — the equivalent of 200 yard sales and garage sales in one central location. Get there early to get the best deals!  

The Skyview Drive-In

2420 East Main Street, Lancaster Located just outside of town in Lancaster, the Skyview Drive-In is a beloved and historic staple in the area. The staff here are always friendly and welcoming, fostering a family atmosphere that is sometimes hard to come by in popular spaces. Tickets are just $8 each for those older than 12 ($4 for those ages 3-12, free for ages 3 and under), so it's an affordable way to experience the latest cinematic hit under the stars!  

Enjoy your movie!

June
13

11 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays Worth Attending in Columbus, Ohio

Looking for 2019 Fourth of July events? Check out our most recent guide:13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio

America's birthday is just around the corner, which means that it's time to pull your patriotic attire out of the closet and make plans for the celebration! The Fourth of July is a highly anticipated occasion here in Columbus, bringing the opportunity to gather with loved ones and experience local events and fireworks displays. Columbus is home to one of the biggest fireworks displays in the Midwest, but if you want to avoid the crowds, there are also plenty of other ways to celebrate. We rounded up some of the best concerts, parades, 5k races, outdoor movies and more to help you celebrate your Independence Day weekend the right way. The events kick off on June 30 and continue until the last sparkler goes out on July 4. Have fun out there!   2018 Columbus Fourth of July Events include:  

Ashville 4th of July Celebration

When: June 30-July 4, Times vary Where: Ashville Community Park, Ashville For more than 80 years, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the heart of Ashville to celebrate our nation's freedom in style. People come from miles around to experience the festival's famous fish sandwiches (which are gigantic), the live entertainment and the pageants. On the Fourth of July, the day kicks off with a parade, continues with entertainment, food and contests, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show.  

The Hills Downtown Salmon Roast

When: June 30, 11 am-3 pm Where: The Hills Market Downtown, Columbus Salmon aficionados should make sure to mark this event on their calendars! For the first time ever, The Hills Downtown will host a salmon roast with more than 500 pounds of fresh fish. The salmon will be served sandwich style with a side of coleslaw, and you can enjoy your meal while dancing along to live music from the Winchester Steel Company steel drum band.  

An Outdoor Showing of Marley and Me at The Topiary Park

When: June 30, 6:30 pm Where: The Topiary Park, Columbus Round up the whole family (even the dog!) for this free outdoor movie event at The Topiary Park. The beloved family-friendly flick, Marley and Me, will play on the weekend before the Fourth of July and will include free popcorn for all to enjoy.  

The Columbus Symphony's Patriotic Pops

When: June 30, 8 pm Where: Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus Columbus Symphony

Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber via the Columbus Symphony

This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. This year, it will be made even more memorable with the addition of the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus! 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.  

The Charity Day 5k

When: July 2, 6:30 pm Where: The Arena District, Columbus Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & Boom

When: July 3, All day Where: The Arena District, Columbus

Red, White and Boom

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM

Red, White & Boom began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark "Boom"

When: July 3, 5:30-11 pm Where: Huntington Park, Columbus Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 am-11 pm Where: Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, Hilliard Make your way to Hilliard for this annual Independence Day celebration — a community-oriented festival featuring carnival rides, live music, food vendors and more! McGuffey Lane will play at the park starting at 6 pm and the fireworks display begins at 9:45 pm.  

Dublin's Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 8 am-10 pm Where: Photo courtesy of Randall Schieber via the Columbus Symphony This summer tradition with the Columbus Symphony is always a night to remember. This year, it will be made even more memorable with the addition of the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus! 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.  

The Charity Day 5k

When: July 2, 6:30 pm Where: The Arena District, Columbus Give back to a cause you care about — and work off some of those burgers and brats while you're at it! Don't miss the Charity Day 5K, a running and walking event that takes place in the streets of downtown Columbus. During registration, participants can choose their beneficiary to be sure they're racing for a cause they truly care about. After you cross the finish line, enjoy a post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom.  

Red, White & Boom

When: July 3, All day Where: The Arena District, Columbus

Red, White and Boom

Photo courtesy of Red, White & BOOM

Red, White & Boom began in 1981 when 30,000 locals gathered in Bicentennial Park to watch a small fireworks display. Since then, it has grown into the largest Fourth of July event in Columbus and one of the most widely recognized fireworks displays in the entire Midwest region!  

Ballpark "Boom"

When: July 3, 5:30-11 pm Where: Huntington Park, Columbus Come celebrate America's independence in style at Huntington Park. This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment on the field, ziplining, bounce houses and concessions for sale. After sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Red, White and Boom fireworks show.  

Hilliard Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4, 10 am-11 pm Where:
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11 Things to do Over Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus

Memorial Day offers an opportunity to celebrate America's fallen heroes — the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. The day typically warrants business closures and a day off of school and work, allowing us to spend some extra time with our loved ones! The weekend is also considered by many as the unofficial start of summer (and the first acceptable time to wear white pants), so there is plenty to celebrate. We rounded up a few of the best events being held in Columbus this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, ranging from parades and commemorative services to music festivals. Have fun, and make sure to give our service men and women the proper salute they deserve.  

Westerville Field of Heroes

When: All weekend Where: The Westerville Community Center
Field of Heroes

Photo courtesy of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary

To celebrate Memorial Day and honor our fallen heroes, the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise will create a display of more than 3,000 American flags across the street from the Westerville Community Center. The fields will open on May 25, and there will be an opening ceremony and concert on Saturday, May 26. It's truly a must-see display for anyone in the area.  

The Columbus Zoo Concert Series: The Charlie Daniels Band

When: May 25, 8-9 pm (doors at 6 pm) Where: The Columbus Zoo
Come get wild at the Columbus Zoo with this fantastic concert! The Charlie Daniels Band, known for memorable hits like "Long Haired Country Boy," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," will perform as part of the zoo's summer concert series. McGuffey Lane will perform as the opening act. The ticket price includes all-day admission to the zoo, so guests are welcome to come early and explore!   

The Dark Star Jubilee

When: May 25-27, times vary Where: Legend Valley
The seventh annual Dark Star Jubilee will take place at Legend Valley in nearby Thornville! The Grateful Dead played at this historic venue six times, and the multi-day festival aims to bring the spirit of the iconic rock band's music to life. Come enjoy tunes from Dark Star Orchestra (who will headline each of the three nights), Los Lobos, Hot Tuna, the Infamous Stringdusters and so many more.  

Walk a Mile in Their Boots

When: May 26, 9 am Where: St James Lutheran Church
Come support your current deployed troops at this fun, family-friendly walk! Wear any kind of boots and meet at St. James Lutheran Church for the one-mile walk. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds will directly benefit Operation Buckeye. Keep in mind that this donation will be enough to ship one full box to our troops!  

The 2018 Rescue Run

When: May 26, 9 am-noon Where: McFerson Commons
The Rescue Run is the largest dog-friendly and family-friendly race in Columbus! Bring your four-legged friend to this 1k or 5k walk and run, which winds from McFerson Commons to the Olentangy Trail and back. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit PetPromise and its foster dogs and cats.  

Bikepacking & Brews The Four String Overnight Adventure

When: May 26, 10 am (returning on May 27) Where: John Bryant State Park
Calling all adventurers! Four String Brewing Company and Trek Bicycle Store will host an overnight bikepacking trip at John Bryant State Park. Meet at the brewery and ride the 55 miles (at a casual pace) to the park, and spend the night there. Food and campsites will be provided, so bring your own gear and prepare for a fun night under the stars! After the ride home, Four String will host a post-ride party complete with discounted brews. $10 covers your food and campsite.  

The Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade

When: May 26, 10 am-noon Where: First Avenue between Cambridge Boulevard and Oxley Road
This annual parade includes marching bands, floats, service organizations and more, all marching to salute our servicemen and servicewomen! Come join in the fun, and then head over to the Grandview Heights Municipal Pool with your swimsuit for opening day.  

The Columbus Asian Festival

When: May 26-27, times vary Where: The Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Asian Festival

Photo courtesy of CSAA Photography via the Columbus Asian Festival

This annual event draws more than 100,000 visitors each year, and is only expected to keep growing! It has been a tremendous success since its inception in 1995, and aims to promote the importance of cultural diversity through games, demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, live music, an Asian marketplace and more! The event is completely free, so make sure to stop in and see what all the fuss is about.  

Columbus Farmers' Markets

When: Times vary depending on location Where: Various locations
As the unofficial first weekend of summer, Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus is also the kickoff for many of our local farmers' markets! Show up at your neighborhood location to shop freshly baked bread, local produce, colorful flowers, artisan products and more! A complete guide to Columbus farmers' markets can be found here.  

5K Run/Walk for Heroes

When: May 27, 8 am Where: The Westerville Sports Complex
The 6th annual Field of Heroes 5k Run and Walk will take place during Memorial Day weekend, and provides participants with a more active alternative for honoring their heroes. The race will be held on a flat course against a breathtaking backdrop, even winding through Fire Station 111. On the final stretch to the finish line, pass through the Field of Heroes, which features more than 3,000 full-sized American flags.  

Dublin Memorial Day Procession

When: May 28, 11 am Where: The Shoppes at River Ridge to the Dublin Cemetery

The City of Dublin, in partnership with the Wesley G. Davids Dublin Post 800 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dublin Post 10691, will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremonies & Observance on Monday, May 28. The day's events honor veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. Come witness the Bridge Street Bridge wreath throwing ceremony and processional (which will begin at the Shoppes at River Bridge and conclude at the Dublin Cemetery), followed by a commemoration in the cemetery. The ceremony will feature veterans, local students and guest speaker Major General Gregory L. Wayt. Stay afterward for a community picnic in the park hosted by the City of Dublin. 

Enjoy your long weekend!

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