What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, July 9-11, 2021

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this 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. Friday Fun Days at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Friday mornings from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM in July families can visit the National Veterans Memorial and Museum for $5/person and participate in family fun enrichment activities, take a private tour, speak with a Veteran and more! 

3. Too Good Eats Cafe at The Hills Market Downtown

Visit the Too Good Eats Cafe popping up at The Hills Market Downtown on Fridays from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a popsicle bar and artisan drinks!

4. KidX Summer Series 2021 at Polaris Fashion Place

Fridays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM head to Polaris Fashion Place for KidX Summer Series! This Friday the theme is Animals! come dressed in costume, do an animal craft and more!

5. Bison at Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

Take a one mile hike to see and learn about the bison in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park!

6. Friday Afternoon GLOW Skates at Skate Zone 71

Fridays from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM glow while you roll!

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7. Heart of Grove City Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop in Grove City Town Center

On Friday night from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM shop local vendors, enjoy food trucks and explore the heart of Grove City!

8. Franklinton Friday at 400 Square

Tour open studios and new gallery exhibitions during Franklinton Fridays from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. There will also be food trucks and local dining options!

9. Polaris Night Market at Polaris Fashion Place

Shop an outdoor, open-air market at Polaris Fashion Place on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM including vendors, food trucks, art, a pop-up beer garden and fun activities!

10. Friday Night Flicks at Sycamore Park Amphitheater

Bring a blanket or chairs to watch Honey I Shrunk the Kids in Sycamore Park! Movie starts at dusk on Friday night. This is a free event.

Related: Columbus Outdoor and Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2021

11. Movies in the Moonlight at John Bishop Park A.K.A. Orton Davis

Watch a free movie in the park at 8:30 PM! Friday’s movie will be Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Free food will be provided!

12. Market Opens w/ Peaches! at Branstool Orchards

The market at Branstool Orchards opens for the season on Saturday at 9:00 AM and peaches will be available. (Pick your own is not yet open.) Tabouli Food Truck will be on site.

13. Beekeeping – Presented by Bring the Farm to You at Pickerington Public Library

Learn about the life cycle of the honey bee, view the inner parts of a hive and more on Saturday at 10:00 AM! Registration is required.

14. Prairie Walk at Indian Ridge – Turkey Foot Trail

Meet with a Naturalist to learn about flowers and grasses in a restored prairie on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

15. PBJ & Jazz in Topiary Park

Enjoy a free, kid-friendly jazz concert in Topiary Park! The concert begins on Saturday at 12:00 PM, is 1 hour long and designed to introduce kids to jazz music! There will be a take home art activity based on the work of Aminah Robinson.

16. Snake Search at Highbanks Metro Park

Search for snakes in special hiding places in the park on Saturday at 4:00 PM! Best for ages 8 and up. Meet at nature center.

17. Summer Concert Series: The McCartney Project at Sycamore Park Amphitheater

Enjoy a free concert in the park on Sunday night at 7:00 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. Inclusion of an event on this list is not considered an endorsement. Please use your best judgement when attending public events and consult your doctor if you have questions regarding the safety level of a public event. Read my disclaimer here. Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio: Fourth of July Weekend

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids Independence Day Weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

This week’s list is focused on Fourth of July events happening around Columbus and Central Ohio! Enjoy your holiday weekend! 

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!

Multiple Dates:

Independence Day Family Value Week at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Purchase a Family Value wristband ($16 for ages 12 and up, $10 for 11 and under) and enjoy unlimited play at Young’s Jersey Dairy June 25-July 5, 2021.

Lights of Liberty Presented by Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a drive through, mini digital light show synchronized to music all from the comfort of your car! This event runs June 25-July 2, 2021 from 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Tickets are available online. Cost is $10/vehicle.

July 2, 2021:

Independence Day Celebration in Reynoldsburg

Celebrate in Reynoldsburg with food trucks, music and fireworks on July 2! 

Grove City Independence Day Fireworks

Celebrate in Grove City with fireworks and simulcast music on Friday, July 2! 

Independence Day Fireworks in Pickerington

Celebrate in Pickerington with fireworks in Victory Park on Friday, July 2! 

July 3, 2021:

Hilliard Freedom Fest

Freedom Fest in Hilliard includes a parade, a party in Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park and fireworks on Saturday, July 3. 

Westerville 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate on Saturday, July 3 with concerts, food trucks, activities and fireworks! 

Sunbury Independence Day Celebration 

Celebrate in Sunbury on Saturday, July 3 with vendors, food trucks, a parade, kids zone, fireworks and more! 

Dublin Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration in Dublin takes place on July 3 and includes a parade, fishing derby, evening celebration and fireworks! 

2021 Independence Day Parade in Marysville

Celebrate in Marysville with a parade on July 3!

Reynoldsburg July 4th Parade

Reynoldsburg continues its celebration with a parade on July 3!

Independence Day at Ye Olde Mill

Celebrate at Velvet Ice Cream with a car show, live music and a firecracker sundae on July 3! 


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July 4, 2021:

Bexley Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate in Bexley with a parade, community celebration and fireworks. Free tickets are required for the Evening Celebrations and Fireworks! Events take place on July 4.

Worthington Fireworks

Celebrate in Worthington with fireworks on Sunday, July 4!

Delaware Fourth of July

Celebrate in Delaware with a parade, concert and fireworks on July 4! 

City of Gahanna July 4th Celebration

Celebrate in Gahanna with live music and fireworks on July 3! Registration is required. The parade will take place on July 4! 

Upper Arlington Fourth of July

Celebrate in Upper Arlington with a parade party in the park, and fireworks on July 4! 

38th Annual Doo Dah Parade + Party

The Short North’s Doo Dah Parade Party includes live music in Goodale Park on July 4!

July 5, 2021:

Lancaster Ohio July 5th Festival

Celebrate in Lancaster with vendors, rides, music, food and fireworks on July 5th! 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, June 25-27, 2021

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this 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. Independence Day Family Value Week at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Purchase a Family Value wristband ($16 for ages 12 and up, $10 for 11 and under) and enjoy unlimited play at Young’s Jersey Dairy June 25-July 5, 2021.

3. 2021 Virtual ComFest

Kicking off Friday morning, check out this year’s virtual ComFest featuring recorded entertainment, workshops, and 3 broadcasts.

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4. Summer Token Explosion at United Skates of America

From 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM get 5 free tokens with each full paid admission!

5. $5.00 Fridays – ONLINE OFFER at Skate Zone 71

This offer is via online purchase only! Receive $5.00 admission that includes roller skate rental during your skate session on Friday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

6. Powell Community Summer Concert Series

Head to Village Green Park for a concert by Zack Attack on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This will coincide with the Powell Street Market!

7. Legends Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

This Legends Skate Party celebrates Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Prince and Whitney Houston! Free dinner is included every Friday night with paid admission! Hours are 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Friday.

8. Free Drive-In Movie! at CrossRoads Baptist Church

Watch Toy Story 4 on the big screen on Friday night at 9:30 PM. Refreshments will be available.

9. London Strawberry Festival

The London Strawberry Festival takes place June 24-26, 2021 and includes vendors, contests, a car show, activities, a parade and, of course, strawberries!

10. Lights of Liberty Presented by Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with a drive through, mini digital light show synchronized to music all from the comfort of your car! This event runs June 25-July 2, 2021 from 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Tickets are available online. Cost is $10/vehicle.

11. Westgate Block Sale

The Westgate Block sale takes place on Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and features yard sales throughout the neighborhood.

12. Online Storytime with author Susannah Lloyd and illustrator Jacob Grant

Enjoy a virtual story time with Author Susannah Lloyd and Illustrator Jacob Grant featuring the book This Book Can Read Your Mind on Saturday at 10:00 AM! Click the link for a free coloring sheet, too!

13. Touch-A-Truck to Fill-A-Truck at Byers Chevy

Touch a Truck at Byers Chevy in Grove City on Saturday at 10:00 AM will feature fire engines, dump truck excavators, trash truck and much more! Bring a canned good to donate to the Grove City Food Pantry!

14. Franklinton Pride

This event on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM includes a day filled with performances, art, comedy, food trucks and more. Family friendly events include COSI and dinosaur at Yellow Brick Pizza! 

15. Open Barn Days 2021 at Sunrise Sanctuary

Visit the animals at Sunrise Sanctuary on Saturday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Purchasing tickets in advance is preferred.

16. FREE SLIME Skate at Skate Zone 71

Skate with a Minion and get free slime on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM!

17. Grown-Up & Me Whales Class at Purple Dog Art Studio

A grown up and child can paint a whale scene together on Saturday at 3:30 PM.

18. Movies on the Green at the Kelley Green

Watch Anchorman (PG-13) on the big screen at Kelley Green. There will be yard games, too! Movie begins at dusk.

19. German Village Makers Market

Head to German Village for a vendor market featuring local artists, designers, growers, food and more! Hours are Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

20. Sunday Family Fun Day at DogTap Columbus

The last Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM includes coloring pages for kids, a magician, live music and more!

21. Macaroon Filled Day! (Parent’s Afternoon Out) at Dublin Toy Emporium

Sign your kids up for a Macaroon class and lunch while you enjoy a day out. Hours are 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM on Sunday! Register online.

22. Concert On The Lawn at Livingston House

Enjoy a free concert on the lawn of the Livingston House on Sunday at 6:30 PM.

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