1. Marion Popcorn Festival

When: Thursday-Saturday, September 7-9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight
Location: see map
Phone: 740-387-3378

Visit the largest popcorn festival in the world in downtown Marion! Just about an hour away from downtown Columbus, the festival features parades, a 5K, rides, live entertainment including The Gin Blossoms, contests and more!

2. 23rd Annual Egyptian Festival at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

When: Friday-Sunday, September 8-10, 2017
Time: Friday: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Location: 200 Old Village Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

Learn about and experience Egyptian culture first hand with food, church tours, henna drawings, souvenirs, games, children’s activities and more! Admission is free!

3. Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park

When: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 2150 Buttermilk Hill Rd., Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-524-8600

Preservation Parks of Delaware County hosts this time to bring a musical instrument and/or sing songs around the fire. All ages are welcome, no reservation required!

4. Sunset Cinema presenting Moana at Polaris Fashion Place

When: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: 1500 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-846-1500

Each Friday night in September, Polaris Fashion Place will be showing a family friendly film with free activities before hand! This week is Moana and Moana will be there in person! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the outdoor area. Rain location is inside Center Court.

5. POP UP! Fall Clothing and Equipment Sale at Resolute Athletic Complex

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 3599 Chiller Ln., Columbus, OH 43219

This is the semi-annual clothing and equipment sale hosted by the Columbus Mothers of Twins Club is happening this Saturday! General admission is 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM but you can enter at 7:00 AM with a $2 donation to charity! Bring a bag! Handhelds Food Truck will also be onsite! No wagons or strollers permitted.

6. Fishing Day at Hilmar Park

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 5111 S. Old 3C Hwy., Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: 614-895-1126

Genoa Township hosts a community fishing day with lunch provided! Bring your own pole and bait will be provided! Prizes are awarded for the biggest catch!

7. Mud & Madness at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-891-0700

All ages are welcome to try out a 1.5 mile muddy obstacle course! Bring a towel!

8. Pirates & Princesses at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 711 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-227-3700

Support the RMHC of Central Ohio by attending this carnival-like party with activities for all ages in the backyard of Columbus Ronald McDonald House! Come dressed as your favorite princess or pirate or purchase a costume at the event! The event includes food, a makeover station, tea cup decorating, a magic castle obstacle course, dance party, face painting and much more! Tickets are $15/person online and $20 the day of the event.

9. Saturday Morning Cartoons at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-247-4433

Saturday Morning Cartoons at GFC includes some of your favorite retro cartoons and commercials as well as a cereal bar! Come in your PJ’s! $5/person.

10. Books & Breakfast at 4th Street Farms

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 1377 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-859-2075

Pick fresh food from the garden and enjoy a story time together!

11. Old Hilliardfest

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Old Hilliard, see map
Phone: 844-768-2623

Festival includes local artisans, a street fair, food vendors, live music, a car show, sunflower show carnival games and fair rides! There will be a Children’s area with arts and crafts and educational activities!

12. Columbus Caribbean Festival at Genoa Park

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: 303 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

This free festival celebrates Caribbean culture with live music, dancers and Caribbean food vendors. Proceeds help provide underprivleedged children in Caribbean countries with necessities needed for the school year.

13. PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-294-5200 x 117

Take in a family friendly jazz concert in the park! This weekend features ZC7:Latin Jazz Experience. Start with a story time inside the Main Library at 11:00 AM, concert is at 12:00 PM and then follow up with a craft from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Bring a picnic and/or blanket for this free event!

14. Outdoor Inclusive Adventures 2017 at Prairie Oaks Metro Park

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Darby Bend Lakes, 2755 Amity Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026-9442

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, ECRN+ (YMCA of Central Ohio), along with American Kayaking Association and HERO USA are hosting a day of fun and inclusive activities for children and youth with special needs along with their family, friends, and the community that loves them. The day includes canoeing and Kayaking, fishing, therapy horses, hiking, creeping, a race car display, arts and crafts, lawn games and so much more! Make sure to clink the link for lots more info and how to register online.

15. The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 455 Executive Campus Dr, Westerville, OH 43082

This food truck festival includes 30 food trucks and raises money to support the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)! There will be live entertainment, balloon artists, face painting and a Kids Area with games, hands on activities, arts and crafts, Taekwondo demonstrations and more!

16. Merion Village Festival at Moeler Park

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 261 Hanford St., Columbus, OH 43206

This festival features artists and crafters, live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, activities for kids and more!

17. National Wildlife Day at Ohio Wildlife Center

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: 6131 Cook Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-793-9453

Visit the animal ambassadors at Ohio Wildlife Center and learn about the Center and how you can help! Ohio Wildlife Center is only open to the public one Sunday out of the month! Admission is $5/person. Children 5 and under are free. Read more about Ohio Wildlife Center here.

18. Fam-Fest at The Church Next Door

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: 5755 Feder Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

This free family festival includes food, games, performances and outdoor activities!

19. Columbus Garden Railroad Society Open House

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: various locations

Join the Columbus Garden Railroad Society for their city-wide tour! Check the link for a map of 17 locations where you can take a self-guided tour of the society members’ private model railroad gardens! Each location features its own theme including Disneyland, a circus, a Victorian town and so many more!

20. 5th Line Fest at Columbus Commons

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM -8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This event includes free autographs from your favorite Blue Jackets Players, a photo station, food trucks, live music and entertainment and a stage show featuring CBJ players! This event is free!


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Written by Julie Miller