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Labor Day Weekend Columbus Staycation 2017

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If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your family over the long weekend, I’ve rounded up a list of events going on over Labor Day Weekend! Don’t worry, I’ll still have my full list of kid-friendly activities to publish later this week, but these are a few fun ideas to whet your appetite in the meantime! 😉 (See 18 things to do Labor Day Weekend 2017 right here!)

Friday:

Columbus Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Columbus Greek Festival is going on Friday-Monday, so you make this a part of any day this weekend! However, you should stop in on Friday because your ticket ($5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free) is good for the entire weekend! That way, any time you don’t feel like cooking this weekend, you can head down to the festival for yummy greek food instead! 😉 Besides food, the festival also includes educational activities, shops, music and dancing, exhibits and a kids activity center! See the link for all the times and details!

McGuffey Lane in Concert at Columbus Commons

Kick off the weekend with a free concert at Columbus Commons! Drinks and food trucks begin at 5:30 PM and the opening act starts at 7:00, so even if the kiddos can’t stay up for a late concert (which starts at 8:00 PM), you can have dinner and enjoy some music before bedtime!


Saturday:

Grand Opening of Donatos Powell

Dontatos Powell celebrates it’s reopening of the new store and the new school year with a block party from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM! There will be face painting, guests from the Columbus Zoo, balloon animals and virtual reality games! The first 100 people will get Free 4D movie passes from The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and a Pepsi 2-Liter! There will also be free pizza!

44 Pages Screening Event at Gateway Film Center

Who remembers reading Highlights at the doctors’s office? I do! I do! Headquartered in Columbus, Highlights is celebrating it’s 70th Anniversary Issue with a new documentary called 44 PAGES. The Columbus screening takes place at Gateway Film Center and on Saturday, a special family-friendly event is being held that includes free giveaways, a book reading, games, crafts and more! Activities start at 2:00 PM and the movie will be shown at 3:00 PM, followed by a Q&A.

Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons

Head down to Columbus Commons for a free Family Fun Day, Saturday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM! Activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon twisters, putt-putt, crafts, a photo booth and more! A $5 wristband is available for unlimited access to all activities. (Not all activities require a wristband.) Food trucks will be on site and the movie The Jungle Book will be shown at 4:00 PM.


Sunday:

Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio History Center

The Ohio Cup features over 30 teams from all over the US who come to Ohio Village for one of the largest vintage base ball festivals in the nation! This is 1860’s style base ball (yes, it was two words back then)! There will also be fun games for the kids, dancing, a barbershop quartet, food trucks, rides in a Ford Model A, blacksmith demonstrations and the chance to try out base ball for yourself! This event is going on Saturday AND Sunday, so you can take your pick! Included with general admission or membership.

Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park

Thursday through Sunday you can see the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Schiller Park. The performances are “pay what you will” and donations are gladly accepted. You can reserve a seat ahead of time for $20 or reserve a blanket space for $20 which includes an ATC logo blanket!


Monday:

UA Labor Day Arts Festival in Northam Park

The Upper Arlington Arts festival is held in Northam Park and features around 200 local, regional and national artists. There is also live entertainment, vendors, art activities and food available for purchase! Admission is free!

Dime a Dog Night at Columbus Clippers

Sugardale Hot Dogs are only $.10 each all night (or afternoon) long! The Clippers play the Louisville Bats at 2:05 PM!


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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? September 2-5, 2016 Labor Day Weekend!

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It’s Labor Day Weekend – the official end of summer. Sad. Tears. But I’m looking forward to things like apple picking and fall festivals, wearing boots and sweaters and drinking hot coffee instead of iced. 🙂 Enjoy your holiday weekend!

1. Gala Apple Picking at The Orchard and Company

When: Friday – Sunday, September 2-4, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 7255 US HWY 42 S., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510

Visit The Orchard and Company to pick your own apples and enjoy other farmyard fun like pedal carts, a barrel train, zip lines, hill slide and more! This weekend is my personal favorite, Gala!

2. Greek Festival at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

When: Friday – Monday, September 2-5, 2016
Time: Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 Midnight, Monday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 555 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-224-9020

The Greek festival features food, dancing, culture, shopping, cathedral tours, a Kids Activity Center, and more! Admission is $5 for adults, kids 12 and under are free, and your admission is good all weekend!

3. Dime A Dog Night at Columbus Clippers

When: Friday, September 2, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM
Location: Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

Hot Dogs are $.10 a piece, tickets are $5 and if you have a AAA card, (up to 4) tickets are BOGO Free!

4. Rhythm on the River: BalletMet at Bicentennial Park

When: Friday, September 2, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 233 Civic Center Drive , Columbus, OH 43215

This is the final Rhythm on the River of the summer and BalletMet dancers will perform excerpts from their 2016/2017 season! This event is free!

5. Historic Dublin Street Bazaar

When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: S High St., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-389-2444

Enjoy an open-air market in downtown Dublin including local artists, 12 food trucks, an Irish Zone and more! Don’t forget to visit the NW Columbus Macaroni Kids Zone!

6. Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival at Ohio Village

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus Ohio, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

The final weekend of the summer at Ohio Village is celebrated with the Ohio Cup, where 20 vintage base ball teams compete, including the Ohio Village Muffins! If you are an Ohio History Connection Member, this event is free!

7. Milford Center Bicentennial Celebration at Bicentennial Park

When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: Parade begins at 1:00 PM
Location: Milford Center, OH

This celebration in Union County includes kids activities, a parade, a beard contest, craft show, ox roast, square dancing and more!

8. Gallery Hop

When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM (though individual business hours may vary)
Location: Short North

This weekend is Gallery Hop in the Short North! Galleries stay open late and there is often street art and entertainment! This also includes free admission to Family Days at Pizzuti Collection!

9. Star Wars at High Banks Metro Park

When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Phone: 614-891-0700

Another last of the summer: the outdoor movies at High Banks! This week it’s Star Wars – The Force Awakens! There will be activities before the movie and popcorn will be provided!

10. Kids Eat Free at Chipotle

When: Sundays in September
Time: all day
Location: your local Chipotle

In September, kids 12 and under get a free kids meal when you purchase a burrito, bowl, an order of tacos or salad, plus they also get a Dragons Love Tacos activity sheet! Click the link for all the rules.

11. Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival at Northam Park

When: Monday, September 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2070 Northam Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

Celebrate art at Upper Arlington’s 50th Labor Day Arts Festival! There will be food, activities, music and, of course, art! There will be family-friendly stations presented by Picassos, OSU Urban Arts Space, piccadilly and more! Look for book crafts, face painting, drama and other kid-friendly activities!

For more fall fun and planning, check out my list of Upcoming Events, this list of local Apple Orchards from Columbus Moms Blog and this list of Family-Friendly Fall Festivals!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? August 26-28, 2016

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1. Obetz Zucchini Festival

When: Thursday-Sunday, August 25-28, 2016
Time: schedule varies each day, see link for details
Location: Memorial Park, 4175 Alum Creek Dr. Obetz, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-1080

Celebrate zucchini with rides, food, a parade, live entertainment (like Clint Black), a cruise-in and more! Admission is free!

2. Kid’s Fest in Downtown Newark

When: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Newark

It’s Final Friday in downtown Newark and the Kid’s Fest will feature a petting zoo, bounce house, snow cones, a magic show and more! At dusk, the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! will be shown!

3. Railroad Open House at Preservation Parks

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury OH 43074
Phone: 740-524-8600, ext. 6.

Visit the Big Walnut Community Trailhouse to see model train displays by the The Delaware County Model Railroaders! The open house is free!

4. Hoot 66: Cats at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

Come watch family-friendly short films, dance to music by the Shazzbots! and enjoy activities with piccadilly! Admission is free when you bring a canned good to donate to The Open Shelter.

5. Ohio Proud Summer Fest at Easton Town Center

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-416-7000

Sample and purchase locally made products like snacks, sweets, cheese, salsa, jelly and more!

6. Good 4 U: A Health and Vendor Affair at Lynd Fruit Farm

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 9399 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH  43062
Phone: 740-927-7013

This health fair will include free health screenings, free samples as well as kids’ activities like face painting, wagon rides, the Bug Lady, horses, dogs and more! Gala apples are available for picking this weekend from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

7. Galena Summerfest

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: Galena Square, 19 Columbus St., Galena, OH 43021

This festival features live music, food, live performances and for the kids, pony rides, balloon twisting face painting, crafts and wagon tours! There will be a free shuttle to and from the Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds Festival!

8. Monarch Weekend at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

Learn all about monarch butterflies and caterpillars! There will be crafts, activities and hikes with the naturalists at 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM to try to catch wild monarchs in the field!

9. WALL -E at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Apple Ridge Bulletin Board, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

There will be family-friendly activities before the movie, which will start at dark. Popcorn will be provided! Bring your own seating.

10. Grandview Hop Block Party

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights

Stroll down Grandview Avenue during the end of summer Block Party! This will be the last Grandview Hop of the summer! Check out street vendors, art, food and drinks, live music, local shopping and other fun activities!

11. Local Author Book Festival at Westerville Public Library

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Meet and greet 50 local authors, purchase books of all genres, including children’s books and enter to win door prizes! There will be food trucks on site!

12. Spirit Day at Columbus Clippers

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 4:05 PM
Location: 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH 43215

The Clippers have set a goal to get 600,000 fans in paid attendance this season! There are 5 home games left and they are dropping the price of all tickets to $5 for the rest of the season! There is a game on Saturday at 7:15 PM and a game on Sunday at 4:05 PM. Sunday will be Spirit Day, which means all kids 12 and under will get in free with any kind of Clippers shirt or cap! If they reach their goal of 600,000 fans, all play off games will be free!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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