Mark Your Calendar for these One of a Kind Festivals in Columbus Ohio

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These annual festivals in Columbus are some of the most anticipated events in Central Ohio! They only come around once a year so you must plan accordingly!

Spring and Summer in Columbus, Ohio are jam packed with outdoor events and festivals! Our calendar fills up quickly when we start to pencil in these favorite activities! 

This list includes some of the most popular festivals and events that take place in Columbus each year including the upcoming dates for 2021!

Dublin Irish Festival

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin (Ohio, that is)! This celebration features a parade, family-friendly activities and more! 

Delaware Arts Festival

This annual arts festival includes artists, vendors, food, live entertainment and a student art show. 

Asian Festival

The Asian Festival showcases the cultural heritage of the Asian people and provides an educational experience for all ages!

  • Upcoming date(s): Virtual Festival being held May 29 & 30, 2021 
  • Location: Online

Columbus Arts Festival

boys doing art projects at Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

The Columbus Arts Festival is a 3 day festival featuring local artists, vendors, activities for kids, live performances and more!

Hilltop Bean Dinner

The Hilltop Bean Dinner is a family friendly festival that remembers the role of Westgate Park in the Civil War. The park was the site of a prison camp, Camp Chase, and the festival offers some traditional food (like beans) but much more: food vendors, craft vendors, music and more!

  • Upcoming date(s): TBA
  • Location: Westgate Park

Grove City Wine and Arts Festival

This festival features art for sale, vendors, food trucks, and over twenty wineries.

Worthington Arts Festival

  • Upcoming date(s): typically mid June, not confirmed for 2021
  • Location: Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington and Thomas Worthington High School

This festival in Worthington features fine arts and crafts, vendors, food, activities and more!

Com Fest

Columbus’ Community Festival features local bands, food, performances and more with a focus on grassroots community partners!

  • Upcoming date(s): Virtual Festival will take place June 25-27, 2021 
  • Location: Online

Pride Festival

A celebration of Columbus’ LGBTQ community and allies. Takes place in June each year and features a parade, special events, live music and more.

  • Upcoming date(s): 2021 dates TBA
  • Location: TBA

Red White and Boom

Columbus’ 4th of July celebration is the largest in the Midwest and includes live music, vendors and a large fireworks display!

  • Upcoming date(s): July 2, 2021
  • Location: Downtown Columbus, Scioto Mile

Summer Jam West

boys looking at a decorated car at Summer Jam West Festival in Westgate Park

Summer Jam West

This festival celebrates local artists, local bands and supports the curation of a mural on the west side of Columbus each summer.

Jazz and Ribs Fest

Featuring 3 days of live jazz performances and the best rib connoisseurs along the Scioto Mile in downtown Columbus.

  • Upcoming date(s): Cancelled for 2021
  • Location: Downtown Columbus

Lancaster Festival

a band playing at Lancaster Festival

The Shazzbots at the Lancaster Festival

This festival includes live music acts, artistic demonstrations, food, theater performances and much more taking place in various venues and outdoor locations in Lancaster, Ohio.

Ohio State Fair

view of downtown Columbus from the ferris wheel at Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is a highlight of summer in Columbus with live entertainment, competitions, special events, rides, concessions, games, Ohio foods and so much more! 

All Ohio Balloon Fest

  • Upcoming date(s): August 12-14, 2021
  • Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville, OH 43040

This annual event features hot air balloon rides, live music acts, aerial entertainment and kids’ activities! 

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Columbus Food Truck Festival.

Each summer the Scioto Mile is packed with the city’s best food trucks and you can walk around the riverfront area eating until you burst!

  • Upcoming date(s): August 20 & 21, 2021
  • Location: Scioto Mile

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

  • Upcoming date(s): September 1-3, 2021
  • Location: 2718 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Millersport, OH 43046

This event includes a tractor pull, rides, contests, prizes, a parade, shopping, live entertainment, and of course, sweet corn! 

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

This festival is held at Creekside in Gahanna and features live jazz music, food, a family fun zone and more!

  • Upcoming date(s): September 17-19, 2021
  • Location: Creekside, Gahanna

Columbus Italian Festival

  • Upcoming date(s): October 4 and October 8-10, 2021
  • Location: St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church, 720 Hamlet St., Columbus, OH 43215

This festival includes a Taste of Italy on Monday and a festival Friday through Sunday! The festival includes live entertainment, a parade, food, rides for kids and more! 

Circleville Pumpkin Show

a large pyramid of pumpkins at the Circleville Pumpkin Show in Ohio.

This festival in Circleville features all things pumpkin! Every pumpkin food you can imagine, live music, vendors, rides and pumpkin contests!

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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? June 10-12, 2016

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I’m really excited about all there is to do this summer in Columbus! I’ve got a calendar full of ideas and we’re trying to make the most of each day! Though one of these days, I’m going to need to make the most of my laundry piles . . . but until then here’s some things to do instead!  🙂

1. Weekend Kick-Off Craft and Story – Rainbows at Blendon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Nature Center, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Kids 12 and under can kick off the weekend with a story and craft about rainbows.

2. Carnival at Credit Union of Ohio

When: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Location: 5500 Britton Pkwy, Hilliard, OH 43026

The Credit Union of Ohio sponsors this totally free Carnival! The carnival features live music, games, inflatables, and free food from The Angry Weiner food truck!

3. B – Fest Teen Book Festival at your local Barnes and Noble

When: Friday – Sunday, June 10 – 12, 2016
Time: various times each day
Location: Local Barnes and Nobles stores

This special event for teens includes author visits, trivia, games, giveaways and the opportunity to sample upcoming novels and win books!  Each day of the festival has a different theme with workshops and specific giveaways! Search for events at your closest Barnes and Noble!

4. Columbus Arts Festival at the Riverfront

When: Friday – Sunday, June 10-12, 2016
Time: Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Along the Scioto Mile and in front of COSI

So many artists, events and special activities are going on this weekend at the Columbus Arts Festival! Specifically for kids, check out the Columbus Makes Art Activity Village presented by Kroger, where kids can do arts and craft activities and the Children’s Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday, where kids can enter a kid-sized art gallery and purchase artwork for $5 and under! Outside of COSI, artist Daniel McCauley will assemble a metal T-Rex! There will also be a Student and Community Art Exhibition and a performance of the Lorax by local actors on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the Festival Guidebook for detailed information about all of the events and the special activities for children on pages 18-20!

5. Pickerington Teen Book Fest 2016 at Pickerington High School North

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7800 Refugee Road, Pickerington, OH 43147

A day of workshops, book signings, break out sessions, food trucks and meetings with community organizations will take place during this celebration of teen fiction! See the complete Schedule of Events here.

6. Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic at your local Lowe’s!

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: your local Lowe’s

Build your own Captain America! Get a free apron, goggles, and patch! Register online.

7. Ready, Set, Race at Grandview Heights Public Library

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room, 1685 W. 1st  Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

All ages are invited to build and race airplanes and cars made out of Legos!

8. Nature Fair at Three Creeks Metro Park

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Heritage Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road, Groveport, OH 43125

The City of Groveport Community Affairs Department is hosting this nature fair featuring a scavenger hunt, kid’s fishing derby, nature displays and the chance to learn about bees!

9. Inside Out at Whetstone Park

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM
Location: 3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

Join Clintonville Rotary for their 6th Annual Movie in the Park! It’s free!

10. Kid’s Day: Dispersing Seeds at The Crest Gastropub

When: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 2855 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43202

The Clintonville Farmers’ Market will show kids 12 and under how to plant seeds and start their own garden! Plus, kids eat free every Sunday!


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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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