1. Obetz Zucchini Festival

When: Thursday – Sunday, August 24-27, 2017
Time: See detailed schedule here.
Location: 1841 Williams Rd, Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-1080

Celebrate the versatile zucchini with rides, entertainment, food, pageants, a parade, motorcycle show and cruse-in! Festival admission and concerts are free! Kids Day is Sunday and will feature free arts and crafts, a magic show and visits from COSI and The Columbus Zoo!

2. Kids Sing Along Thyme at Dublin Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 6670 Sawmill Rd, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-943-7005

Join Jennifer Ellis Music for a sing-a-long and dance party at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market!

3. Food Truck Fridays at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 711 E Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205

This is the last Food Truck Friday of the season! Food Trucks this week include Hot Chicken Takeover, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and Kona Ice Little Buckeye! There will also be a special visit from Stinger from the Columbus Blue Jackets! Food trucks will be donating 10% of their proceeds to RMHC!

4. America’s Best Dinosaur Show at the Columbus Convention Center

When: Friday-Sunday, August 25-27, 2017
Time: Friday: 3:00 – 8:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 400 N High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Event includes over 80 life-size dinosaurs that “walk”! Activities include dino rides, face painting, dinosaur-themed bounce houses, science stations, crafts, fossil dig, and much more! Police and military families save $2 on each ticket with ID.

5. Family Friday Night at COSI

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-2674

COSI stays open late on the last Friday of each month and admission is reduced to $11 AND includes a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater!

6. Shakespeare and Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by CATCO is Theatre

When: Friday-Sunday, August 25–27, 2017
Time: Friday: 7:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 PM
Location: Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43203

Enjoy this family-friendly retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare!  Thanks to PNC Arts Alive, all remaining tickets to Shakespeare and Star Wars are free! Availability may be limited! See the link for details on how to get tickets!

7. Barnyard Breakfast at Chick-fil-A on Sawmill

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: 6051 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-717-9404

Bring your cowboys and cowgirls for a fun morning that includes a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting! Activities are free and breakfast is available for purchase!

8. March Through Time at Ohio Village

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH, 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Learn about Ohio’s military history this weekend including reenactments, military-themed board games, uniform talks and displays of uniforms, weapons and gear. The day also includes an advance screening of the upcoming Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War taking place at the Ohio History Center. All activities are included with admission or membership.

9. Hoot Family Film Series at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-545-2255

This event takes place the last Saturday of each month and includes family friendly activities like games, stories, crafts and live music by the Shazzbots! The kid-friendly short films start at 11:00 AM. This month’s theme is Back to School! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter! Recommended for ages 1-8.

10. Mud & Madness at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, August 26, 2107
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6975 E Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-891-0700

This event includes a 1.5 mile family-friendly course through obstacles and MUD! No registration required, just bring a towel to dry off with at the end!

11. Storytime Live! Hang Out with Curious George & The Columbus Zoo at Kiddie Academy of Powell

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 2069 Summit View Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-336-8444

Meet Curious George at Kiddie Academy with animals from the Columbus Zoo! There will also be food and games! The event is free but it is requested that you pre-register!

12. Community Rock Climbing Festival at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017
Time: Saturday: 12:00 PM – Sunday 12:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Whittier St.., Columbus, OH 43215

This 2-day festival includes climbing clinics, climbing competitions, sumo wrestling, obstacle course races, live music, the movie Everest, overnight camping, yoga and more! Kids are welcome and this event is free!

13. Urban Scrawl 11 in the Franklinton Arts District

When: Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017
Time: Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 400 W. Rich St., Columbus, OH 43215

This two-day arts festival features the live creation of murals at 400 West Rich as part of Central Ohio’s largest ongoing urban renewal project. Festival includes food trucks, coffee from Bottoms Up Coffee, ice pops from J-Pops and live entertainment such as beatboxing, breakdancing, and music!

14. Musicologie’s 3rd Anniversary Bash

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1400 W 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-407-8740

Musicologie turns 3 this month and they are having an open studio including food, drinks, balloon animals, face painting, and performances!

15. Movie Nights in Huber Park

When: Saturday August 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 1520 Davidson Dr., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This week’s movie is Finding Dory! Family activities start at 6:00 PM and the movie begins at dusk!


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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!*

Written by Julie Miller