What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, May 28-31, 2021: Memorial Day Weekend

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Looking for something fun to do Memorial Day weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Visit a Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are popping up all over Columbus! Check out the link for a list of Farmers Markets for every day of the week!

2. Dino Safari Drive Thru Adventure

Beginning Friday and running through Monday, May 31 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), the Dino Safari – A Drive Thru Adventure will be located at Ohio History Connection. Tickets are sold by the car and are available online! Get a $10.00 discount by using the code DINODAY10 (this works best on a desktop)!

3. Strawberry Picking at Hendren Farm Market

Hendren Farm Market will be open for strawberry picking from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Friday! 

4. Friday Afternoon Skates at Skate Zone 71

On Fridays in May, Skate Zone 71 will be open for an After School Glow Skate Party from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM!

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5. Carnival at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Enjoy special carnival rides during Memorial Day Weekend! Hours are Thursday and Friday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Sunday and Monday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 

6. Heart of Grove City Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop

Visit Grove City Town Center for food trucks and shop hop specials at local businesses! Hours are 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Friday.

7. Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade

The Grandview Heights Memorial Parade begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday at First Ave. and Cambridge Blvd. 

8. Storytime with author Freda Narh at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Celebrate the launch of the book “A Kite for Melia”. This is an outside, in person story time on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

9. Petting Zoo at Destination Outlets

On Saturday and Sunday there will be a petting zoo at Destination Outlets in Jeffersonville from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday.

10. Teacher Appreciation FREE Skates at Skate Zone 71

Teachers can receive free admission on Saturdays in May with a school issued ID. Hours are 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

11. Unicorn Rides, Carriage Rides, Petting Zoo & Train Rides at Kuhlwein’s

On Monday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM there will be carriage rides, unicorn rides, pony rides and train rides. There will also be a petting zoo on site. See link for pricing. No reservations required.

12. Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony in Powell

The Memorial Day parade in Powell is held at 10:00 AM on Monday. it will be followed by a special ceremony at the Greater Powell Veterans Memorial. There will also be a Field of Flags in Village Green Park throughout Memorial Day Weekend. See the link for information on a family-friendly experience pack that can be downloaded.

13. Memorial Day Weekend Events at National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The NVMM is hosting several events to celebrate Memorial Day. Admission to the museum on Memorial Day is free! There will be a remembrance ceremony on the rooftop of the museum at 10:00 AM. The ceremony can also be watched online.

14. Worthington Memorial Day Parade

The Worthington Memorial Day Parade looks a little different this year. There will be a short honor guard procession to Walnut Grove Cemetery where the traditional ceremony will take place on Monday morning. A video will be available to watch on the City of Worthington website and on social media.

15. Memorial Day Services in Galloway

Memorial Day Services will take place at Galloway Cemetery (9:30 AM) and Alton Cemetery (12:00 PM) on Monday.

16. Memorial Day Ceremony in Pataskala

The Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 10:00 AM on Monday at the Pataskala Cemetery and continue at 11:00 AM at Veterans Green.

17. Westerville Field of Heroes

The Field of Heroes can be driven through at the Westerville Sports Complex all weekend.

18. Memorial Day Open House at Greenlawn Abbey

Tour the Green Lawn Abbey and see the new restorations.There will be an Ohio Proud Field of Flags in the lawn! Hours will be 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday. 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 25-28, 2018 Memorial Day Weekend

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27 family friendly events in Columbus, Ohio during Memorial Day Weekend!


9:00 AM – Free Cookie Friday at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – get a free cookie with admission!

10:30 AM – Our Village Playdate: Let’s go fly a kite! at Thompson Park – make and take a kite on this playdate with FIT4MOM Upper Arlington!

5:00 PM – $5 Friday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – take a $5 pony ride and visit with other animals from the petting zoo!

5:30 PM – Adventures in Flight Opening Weekend at Deer Haven Park – this summer’s theme at Preservation Parks is Adventures in Flight! To kick off the summer, you can take a hot air balloon ride from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (first come, first served). They will also show the movie Up at 9:00 PM

6:00 PM – Clintonville Songsters at Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Worthington – listen to free live music at the Fresh Thyme in Worthington!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays in Westerville – there will be vendors, food trucks, live entertainment, kids activities and more! This month’s theme is Back to Nature and there will be live animals in town!

6:30 PM – The Main Event – Bexley – watch the movie Coco on Capital’s front lawn and enjoy fun activities from piccadilly!

7:00 PM – Family Fun Night at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy a campfire, play games, do crafts and more!

8:30 PM – For Families: Wildlife Hike at Homestead Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to look for nocturnal animals!


9:00 AM – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

9:00 AM – Barking and Breakfast at Three Creeks Metro Park – enjoy breakfast snacks for you and your dog and then take your dog on a 3 mile walk! The whole family can join in!

10:00 AM – Opening Day at Ohio Village – Opening Day features a 1890’s style carnival! There will be cooking demonstrations, traditional games, fairy floss, and you can meet all of the residents of Ohio Village. There will also be a baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins!

10:00 AM – HOOT 87: Art at Gateway Film Center – watch family friendly short films, enjoy dance breaks with the Shazzbots and fun craft activities in the lobby! This event is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:30 AM – Story Time with the Hungry Caterpillar at Polaris Fashion Place – hear an interactive reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and do a caterpillar craft! Price is $5 to enter the Butterflies! attraction.

2:00 PM – Creeking at Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park – explore the creek looking for fish, salamanders and more!

3:00 PM – Family Tram Trek at Sharon Woods Metro Park -take a 30 minute tram tour of Sharon Woods Metro Park!

3:00 PM – Family Crafternoon at AR Workshop Worthington – this is a family-friendly, DIY workshop where you can paint your own wood or canvas piece!

4:00 PM – Family Fun Day at Columbus Commons – this event included bounce houses, crafts, face painting, soccer, carousel rides an more! This event is free but you will need a $5 wristband to access the inflatables.

5:00 PM – Super Saturday Pony Rides & Petting Zoo! at Horse -N- Round Fun – another option this weekend for the $5 pony rides and free petting zoo! You can also purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $26.

8:15 PM – Free Movie Night: The Greatest Showman at Columbus Commons – stick around after the Family Fun Day to watch the movie The Greatest Showman.

9:00 PM – Late Night Fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – fish after dark at Darby Bend Lakes.


10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

11:00 AM – Jim Young Memorial Car Show at Giant Eagle Market District – this event includes activities for the whole family including live music, a bounce house, scavenger hunt and car show. Proceeds benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.


9:15 AM – Memorial Day Family Stroller Strides Class at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for their Memorial Day class for the whole family! There will be a treat after the work out!

10:00 AM – – Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival at Velvet Ice Cream Factory – this three day festival includes ice cream eating contests, local artisans, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment, food and, of course, ice cream!

10:00 AM – Powell Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – the annual Memorial Day Parade features more than 60 units and the ceremony takes place immediately following the parade.

1:00 PM – Canoe and Kayak the Lakes at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – canoe or kayak Darby Bend Lakes. Kids must be able to fit into a life jacket tot ride.

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What Should We Do This Weekend? May 26-29, 2017 Memorial Day Edition

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1. The Main Event at Capital University Main Lawn

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 2242 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209

This family-oriented evening includes activities, food trucks and the movie Moana!

2. Story Trail Opening at Friendship Park

When: Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

Story Trail reopens for the summer with a ceremony and ribbon cutting, musical performance, games and activities! This year’s story is called The Friendship Bridge and was written and illustrated by students from Gahanna Lincoln High School.

3. Beauty and the Beast & Pirates of the Caribbean at South Drive-In

When: Opens Friday, May 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 PM
Location: 3050 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207
Phone: 614-491-6771

Beauty and the Beast (PG) playing with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG13) for a double feature this coming week at South Drive-In!

4. 43rd Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival in Utica, Ohio

When: Saturday – Monday, May 27-29, 2017
Time: Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 11339 Mt. Vernon Rd., Utica, OH 43080

This annual celebration of ice cream also includes kids’ activities, a parade, artisans and vendors, pony rides, a car show, live entertainment and ice cream eating contests! Kid’s activities include bounce houses, COSI on Wheels, Egg Toss, Magic Show and more! Cost is $5/car. See our trip to the Ice Cream Festival here!

5. Ohio Village Opening Day at Ohio History Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus OH 43211
Phone: 614-297-2300

Ohio Village celebrates a new era and it’s season opening with an 1890’s-style carnival! There will be special performers, music, fairy floss (cotton candy) and lots of family fun! See pictures from last year’s event here!

6. Asian Festival at Franklin Park

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 27-28, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: 1755 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43203

Celebrate and experience Asian culture in columbus with exhibits and demonstrations, entertainment, a children’s area, games, food and more! The children’s area will have games, crafts, ethnic costumes and the opportunity to make a handprint dragon. This is a free event and parking is free, too!

7. HOOT 75: Reading at Gateway Film Center

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
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 Reading! All movies are rated “G” and admission is free with a suggestion donation of a canned good for The Open Shelter!

8. Let’s Plant Some Seeds at Westland Area Library

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614- 878-1301

Hear the story If You Plant a Seed? and plant real seeds to take home and watch them grow! This activity is recommended for ages Preschool through 3rd grade.

9. MAKEbreak Patriotic Projects at Michaels

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: your local Michaels Store

Make a red, white and blue craft: a tulle headband or patriotic slime! (A purchase is required for the headband.) The same day from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, kids 3 and up can decorate a patriotic cookie! $2 per cookie.

10. Family Funday at Columbus Commons

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Family Funday at the Commons includes kids activities, inflatables, face painting, putt-putt, carousel rides, and more! The movie The Secret Life of Pets begins at 8:00 PM. It is free to enter the event and many activities are free. A $5 wristband gives you unlimited access to all paid activities. The event opens at 3:00 PM for families with children with sensory sensitivity to feature a less overwhelming environment.

11. Family Day at the Orange Johnson House

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High St., Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

The theme of this Family Day is Grave Rubbings! Tour the Orange Johnson House and then make grave rubbings from plates depicting the grave markers of famous Worthington residents buried at St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery! This event is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-16 and free for those under 5! Cash or check only!

12. Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players at Maple Grove UMC

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43214
Phone: 614-262-1163

Grammy nominated Children’s musician Justin Roberts will perform at 4:00 PM and games and activities will begin at 3:00 PM.

13. Paw Patrol Memorial Day Skate at Skate Zone 71

When: Monday, May 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-846-5626

Chase and Marshall will visit Skate Zone 71 on Monday! If you arrive before 1:00 PM, admission is only $.99!

There are many ways to observe Memorial Day around Columbus. Check out Columbus on the Cheap for a full list of area Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies here!

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