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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, September 18-20, 2020

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Looking for something to do this Weekend? Try out one of these 10 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

Check out this list of events for the upcoming weekend and if you need even more ideas for Fall make sure to check out:

1. Ohio Open Doors

From September 11-20, 2020 you can visit Ohio’s historic buildings and landmarks virtually. There will be special virtual events, virtual content to view at any time, and walking, hiking and driving tours!

2. Daniel Tiger’s Be My Neighbor Day

This is a free online event on Friday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM featuring Daniel Tiger and other family-friendly virtual activities! You can also make a donation to the Moms2B to help provide baby items for local, new moms.

3. Free Dinner Skate at Skate Zone 71

On Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Family Skate features admission, skate rental, 1 slice of cheese pizza and 1 small drink for $10.

4. North Market Night Market

The Night Market is an outdoor market taking place Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, featuring locally grown and handmade products, live music and extended hours inside the market.

5. Screen on the Green: Edward Scissorhands at Goodale Park

Watch a free movie under the stars in Goodale Park. The field will be marked with socially distanced intervals for seating. Masks are required when not seated. Food will be available for purchase as well as free popcorn. The event starts at 6:30 PM on Friday.

6. Harvest Saturdays at Lawrence Orchards

Pick your own apples, enjoy the Story Stroll, food tucks and other orchard activities! Saturday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

7. End Poverty+ Car Show at Quest Vineyard Church

This event will provide an opportunity to give back with a food drive, and proceeds from the raffles and tournaments will benefit local organizations working to lift people out of poverty. There will be a car show, sand volleyball tournament, corn hole challenge, and more! RSVP online. This event takes place on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 

8. Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Young’s Jersey Dairy

Pick your own pumpkins every day from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM beginning this Saturday at 11:00! Take a wagon ride to the patch or buy one of the pre picked pumpkins near the Dairy Store. Also for sale: gourds, Indian Corn and small pumpkins for $3 or less! The cost of $6/pumpkin (or 3/$15) includes the hay ride.

9. Summer Fun Days at Marmon Valley Farm

On Saturday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, admission for the day offers access to hay rides, mini golf, swimming, paddle boating, and pony rides! Trail rides are available at an additional cost. Visit animals and more! Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

10. German Village Makers Market

This outdoor market in German Village features artists, growers, bakers, food trucks, crafts and more! This event is free and dog and kid friendly! It takes place Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 

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A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio

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Fall is so fun! Here’s a list of area and fall festivals and pumpkin patches in Columbus and Central Ohio! Make sure to take time to to squeeze out every last drop of this glorious season!

During the month of October, many Columbus area farms open up for U-Pick Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festival Weekends that include hay rides, pumpkin picking, bonfires, kettle corn and more! Some of the larger scale farms include zip lines, mini golf, barrel rolling, huge slides, corn mazes, and pettings zoos!

boys in barrels at Lehner's Pumpkin Farm in Ohio

This is a list of those pumpkin farms and fall festival weekends taking place around Central Ohio, most of them within a one hour drive from downtown Columbus!

Fall Festival Weekends and Pumpkin Patches in Columbus and Central Ohio

Please check the link for each farm for specific details on pricing, dates and times! I will update this page as more info becomes available!

Branstool Orchards

pumpkin picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Open: Every day.
Features: Peach, apple and pumpkin picking, farm market with fresh produced and local goods! Their website is generally updated every day with what is available for picking!

Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Features: Apple picking throughout the fall and a sunflower field!

Circle S Farms

Location: 9015 London Groveport Rd. Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-878-7980
Open: Every day.
Features: Fall Fun Days begin October 1 and feature hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm market, petting zoo, corn and sunflower mazes, bale cave and more!

Circleville Pumpkin Show (Cancelled 2020)

Pumpkin tower at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival near Columbus, Ohio

Location: 159 East Franklin St., Circleville, OH 43113
Phone: 740-474-7000
Features: This famous local celebration of pumpkins features lots of live music, story times, parades, pumpkin carving, a baby parade, big wheel races, food and craft vendors, rides and anything pumpkin you can imagine! Taking place October 16-19, 2019.

deMonye’s Greenhouse, Inc.

pumpkins and haunted greenhouse at deMonye's Greenhouse in Columbus, Ohio

Location: 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219
Phone: 614-252-6046
Open: Every day.
Features: The Halloween Haunted House is cancelled for 2020 but there are still pumpkins for sale as well as fall plants and decorations.

Diamond Hill Farm

Location: 10468 Martinsburg Rd., Utica, Oh 43080
Phone: 740-404-9200 
Open: All activities on the weekends, limited activities during the weekdays for a reduced price.
Features: Weekends (beginning September 19, 2020) offer pumpkins for sale, farm animals, hay rides, slides, barrel train rides and a kiddie corn maze. Kids under 2 are free. Weekdays offer a reduced price for the Funfest area but no hay rides or barrel train rides. The market and picnic areas are open 7 days a week. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for up to date info on activities.

Dill’s Greenhouse

Location: 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125
Phone: 614-836-3700
Open: Fall Festivals on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Greenhouse open every day.
(Fall Festivals Cancelled for 2020) Features: Fall festivals happen select Friday nights and Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Hayrides, corn maze, fire pit and hotdogs and s’mores for roasting (bring your own or purchase there), straw maze, sand box, pumpkins, games and activities!

Doran’s Farm Market

Location: 5462 Babbitt Rd., New Albany, Ohio  43054 
Phone: 614-855-3885
Open: Every day.
Features: Farm market offers pumpkins, mums, fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas and more!

Dupler’s Pumpkin Land

Location: 5766 Jacksontown Rd., Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2514
Open: Every day.
Features: Straw maze, giant slide, haunted room, pumpkins, gourds, corn shocks, mums, halloween accessories, bunnies and goats! Full activities begin September 18, 2020.

Emswiler Farms

Location: 13329 Morse Rd., SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 614-355-5432
CANCELLED for 2020 Features: Hosts the annual Pumpkinpalooza on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM which includes hayrides, live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, a pumpkin patch, music, crafts, food and more!  Benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Farm at Walnut Creek

Fall Festivals at The Farm at Walnut Creek

Location: 4147 County Road 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Phone: 330-893-4200
Open: Fall Festivals on Fridays and Saturdays, Open every day except Sunday.
Features: Hosts festival weekends (in the month of October) that include special activities like a corn box, straw maze, sheep shearing, basket weaving, horseshoeing, a pumpkin slingshot and more!

Freeman’s Farm

pumpkins at Freeman's Farm near Columbus, Ohio

Location: 6142 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Phone: 740-548-7866
Open: Fall Market is open daily. Special activities are Saturday and Sunday only. 
Features: (In 2020 there will only be kettle corn and hayrides. Other activities are suspended this year.) For six weekends (beginning September 19, 2020), there will be hayrides, kettle corn, campfire foods, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and apple butter making! Admission is free, but there is a charge for some activities.

Groovy Plants Ranch

pumpkins for sale at Groovy Plants Ranch just outside of Columbus, Ohio

Location: 4140 County Road 15 Marengo, OH 43334
Phone: 740-675-2681 
Open: Every day.
Features: This greenhouse and plant haven is a great spot for all your garden and house plant needs and desires! In the fall, the shop is filled with mums and tons of beautiful fall plants. They also have hundreds of pumpkins to choose from from tiny pumpkins to large and very unique pumpkins!

Hendren Farm Market

boys in corn maze at Hendren's Farm Market in New Albany, Ohio

Location: 14595 Johnstown-Utica Rd., Johnstown, OH 43031
Phone: 740-325-7224
Open: Every day. Jump pad only available on weekends.
Features: Large corn maze, pumpkin picking, produce market and baked goods!

Hidden Creek Farms

Location: 581 S. Galena Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074
Phone: 740-815-9371
Open: Fall Activities are Saturday and Sunday, Market is open every day.
Features: Fall activities are available Saturday and Sunday (September 19-October 31, 2020) and offer a hayride, pumpkin picking, pumpkin painting, fall decorations, food, pony rides, slide, kids play barn, corn pit, farm animals, straw maze, and more!

Hoover Gardens

Location: 182 Sunbury Rd, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-568-0603
Open: Every day.
Features: A free Haunted Maze is open during business hours. Hosts an annual Fallapalooza that includes a silent auction, fortune teller, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, haunted maze, food truck, cotton candy and more!

Hunt’s Farm

Location: 3184 S Old State Rd Delaware, OH 43015 
Phone: 740-816-5069
Open: Every day.
Features: Farm stand selling lots of pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, fresh produce, flowers and more! In 2020 you can take your photo with “The Great Pumpkin”, an extra large bale of hay painted like a pumpkin!

Jacquemin Farms

boys playing in corn bin at Jaquemin Farm in Plain City, Ohio

Location: Farm Market: 7437 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City, OH 43064 U-Pick Pumpkins: 11430 Industrial Parkway, Marysville, OH 
Phone: 614-873-5725
Open: Farm Market in Plain City is open every day except Sunday, U-Pick Pumpkins in Marysville is open Saturday and Sunday.
(Pumpkin Picking is available, other activities not confirmed for 2020.) Features: Pumpkin picking, fresh produce, caramel apples, slushies and October weekends feature a Kiddie Playland area with a straw maze, grain boxes, and giant air toys. They are also open on weekdays without the air toys and reduced cost of admission.

Kuhlwein’s Farm Market

Location: 1859 Walker Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-876-2833
Open: Every day except Wednesday.
Features: Pumpkin picking, hay rides, maze, petting zoo, fresh produce, deli sandwiches and ice cream! Activities begin September 26, 2020.

Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Open: Monday through Saturday
Features: Apple picking, pumpkins, fresh produce, farm-made products, apple cider, a Story Stroll and more. Apple Days will be hosted on select Saturdays in 2020.

Legend Hills Orchard

Location: 11155 Reynolds Rd, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-2498
Open: Every day.
Features: Pick your own apples, farm market, pumpkins and gourds for sale, fresh apple cider, home grown produce and Christmas trees!

Leeds Farm

Pumpkins at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio

Location: 8738 State Route 36, Ostrander, OH 43061
Phone: 740-666-2020
Open: Saturdays and Sundays
Features: Open six weekends only (September 19 through October 31, 2020) with hayrides, farm animals, farm pond, pumpkins and gourds! Back 40 Barn Pass admission includes Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, Big Zip and mini zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, the biggest corn box in Ohio, and more! In 2020, timed tickets are required.

Lehners Pumpkin Farm

Play area at Lehner's Pumpkin Farm near Columbus, Ohio

Location: 2920 St. Rt. 203, Radnor, OH 43066
Phone: 740-595.3207
Open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for reduced admission and limited activities, Saturdays and Sundays for all activities, select Mondays and Fridays all day, full activities.  
Features: There is a really long list of activities going on throughout all of the weekends beginning September 19 through October 31, 2020 including food, hayrides, barrel rides, giant legos, corn maze, mini golf, slides, pumpkin picking and tons more! Open on weeknights, too! Check the calendar for 2020 dates and hours.

Lohstroh Family Farms

Location: 15632 SR 56 SE.,Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
Phone: 740-869-4208
Open: Pumpkin Picking on Saturday and Sunday, Market open every day.
Features: Hayride to pick your own pumpkin is offered beginning September 26, 2020 until October 31, plus a farm market with edible and decorative delights! There’s also a corn maze, caterpillar crawl, haystack, graffiti barn wall, photo frames and animals to see on the farm. There is a food trailer available.

Lynd Fruit Farm

apple trees at Lynd Fruit Farm near Columbus, Ohio

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Open: Check the website for apple picking availability, Market open every day. Jurassic Maze open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Features: Pick your own apples and pumpkins, giant corn maze, farm market, barrel train, fun zone, bounce house, wagons rides and more! Jurassic Maze is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 4 through November 1, 2020.

The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek

Location: 8657 Axe Handle Rd., Milford Center, OH 43045
Phone: 937-349-4781
Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Features: Huge corn maze opens September 14 and is open Friday – Sunday. Admission to the maze also includes cow train, barnyard bouncer, petting zoo, kiddie maze, ball zone, slides, laser tag, pedal carts, kids fun barn, tether ball and more! Hayrides are also available! 2020 changes include online tickets for a $2 discount, wider paths in the corn maze and limited hayrides with reserved tickets.  

Miller’s Country Gardens

Location: 2488 St. Rt. 37 West, Delaware, OH 43015
Phone: 740-363-5021
Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 
Features: U-Pick pumpkins, playground, farm animals, kettle corn, fall decor, and live music on select dates! No hay rides this year. No admission cost.

Oakland Nursery

Location: Several locations listed here
Phone: Columbus location: 614-268-3511
Features:  Hosts an Annual Fall Festival (October 1-18, 2020) which features sales, door prizes, special guests, events, and all-you-can-carry pumpkins!

Orchard and Company

apple picking and Fall Fun at Orchard and Company in Plain City, Ohio

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Open: Saturdays and Sundays, check website for u-pick apple updates
Features: apple picking, fishing, Fall festival weekends  happen on Saturday and Sundays from September 12-November 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and feature hay rides, corn pit, farm animals, barrel train rides, pedal car track, tire climb, zip line, gem mining and more!

Pigeon Roost

Location: 4413 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-928-4925
Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Features: The Great Pumpkin Fun Center is open Friday through Sunday, from Sept. 18 – Oct. 31, 2020, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Includes a pumpkin patch, farm animals, giant slides, mazes, a fort, play areas, and tons more! Weekends include wagon rides, face painting, crafters and concessions!

Schacht Farm Market 

Location: 5950 Shannon Rd Canal Winchester, OH 43110 
Phone: 614-837-4663 
Open: Every day.
Features: Pick your own pumpkins, other fall produce, apples and cider for sale, fall decorations.

Sharp Farms Market

Location: 7129 Old Logan Rd SE Sugar Grove, OH 43155
Phone: 740-215-1284
Open: Thursday through Sunday.
Features: U-pick pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, homemade ice cream, apple cider, plus fall decorations and produce available in the market. Night Maze is available on Saturday Nights!

Smith Farm Market

Family sitting with pumpkins at Smith Farm Market in Columbus, Ohio

Location: 3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232
Phone: 614-235-2014
Open: Every day.
Features: Seasonal produce and flowers, pumpkins, gourds, cider, and a bakery!

Mr. Tree Farm

Location: 1099 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd N., Blacklick, OH 43004
Phone: 614-577-0081
Open: Every day.
(Not confirmed for 2020.) Features: Shop for pumpkins, corn shocks, baled straw and more! There is a petting zoo, straw maze, hay rides and corn play box. Open weekdays and weekends in October.

Van Buren Acres

Location: 5066 Keller Road, Hebron, OH 43025
Phone: 740-404-8656
Open: Wednesday through Sunday.
Features: large corn maze, pumpkin farm, jumping pillow, hay rides, barrel train, mini golf, pumpkin painting, gem mining and more! There are sunflowers in early September! Open Wednesday through Sunday, September 12-November 1, 2020 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Most activities included in admission. Flashlight Maze will be open on select dates. (Corn box will be closed in 2020.)

Walker Farm

Location: 28800 Chieftain Dr., Logan, Ohio 43138
Phone: 740-385-6758
Open: Every day.
Features: Open daily beginning September 19, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM with pick your own pumpkins, corn maze, wagon rides, corn shocks, crafts and more! 

Young’s Dairy

boy feeding goat at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-325-0629
Open: Every day.
Features: Ice cream, a petting zoo, mini golf, pick your own pumpkins beginning September 19, 2020, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, and more! An Annual Fall Festival (Cancelled for 2020) includes activities like making pumpkin holes and caramel apples, cow milking demonstrations, activities and more!

Yutzy’s Farm Market

slides at Yutzy's Farm Market in Plain City, Ohio

Location: 6010 Converse Huff Rd., Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-3815
Open: Monday through Saturday
Features: Pumpkins, baked goods, fresh produce, bulk goods, deli, playground and farm animals on site!

U-Pick Pumpkins and Pumpkin Patches in Columbus Ohio

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Columbus Drive-In Movie Experiences for Summer 2020

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Local businesses are getting creative with their outdoor summer movies in 2020! Check out one of these drive-in movie options for your family this summer!

The summer of 2020 is unlike any other! The summer is usually packed full of movie deals and outdoor movies in every neighborhood and suburb. While the summer of 2020 isn’t going to look exactly like that, you don’ have to miss out on a movie under the stars!

Malls and theaters are opening their parking lots for drive in movies! Check out these movie options that are either happening every night or on a limited basis! And don’t forget South Drive-In Theatre which is  a permanent drive-in theater on the south side of Columbus!

1. Cinema Under the Stars at Polaris Fashion Place

Drive in movies will take place this weekend at Polaris Fashion Place in the JCPenney parking lot. The movies are free but you can reserve your ticket online. Different movies will be shown each night June 10-13th. Click the link for the line up.

2. Easton Sunset Series Drive-In at Easton Town Center

 

Drive in movies will be shown in the newest Easton development east of Nordstrom’s parking lot. They will take place every night and you must purchase your ticket in advance! Cost is $10 per car. Movies are announced on a weekly basis.

3. Parking Lot Cinema at the Marcus Pickerington Cinema

 

For seven days a week, Marcus Cinema Pickerington will be offering drive-in movies on the north side of their building. You can listen to the audio through your radio. Tickets and concessions are available in advance online. The food will be in a designated pick up area. Cash purchases will not be an option on site.

There will be two movies night, the first one starting at 9:15 PM. Friday June 12 will begin The Goonies and Twister. Movies will change each Friday for the coming week. Cost is $25 per car during the week and $30 per car Friday through Sunday. 

4. Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie at Ohio History Center

Ohio History Center will be holding a summer series of Stephen Spielberg movies. (Spielberg was born in Ohio!). There will be 3 movies this summer and they will be held in a drive-in style in the parking lot! The movies are free, but you must register in advance.

There are two movie times for each date, 4:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Snack packs are also available for purchase. Dates will be June 13, July 11 and Aug, 8, 2020.

5. South Drive In Theatre

South Drive In is a permanent drive-in movie theatre. The theater is open weekends only. Online ticketing is available, however cards and cash will be accepted at the gate. Kids 4 and under are free every night and kids ages 5-12 are only $2. A concession stand and restrooms will also be available. There are two screens and 4 movies are shown each evening.

6. Drive-in Zoovies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 

Watch a movie in the parking lot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Movies will be played on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM and 9:30 PM. A different movie will be played each night. Movies are currently scheduled into mid July. Cost is $30 per vehicle for non-zoo members and $25 per vehicle for Zoo members (includes one free bag of popcorn for members). Add on a Zooper Snack Pack for $20 which includes 4 bottled beverages and 2 bags of popcorn. 

7. From Book to Film Outdoor Movie Series at Bridgeway Academy 

You’ll need to register in advance for this outdoor movie in the parking lot of the future home of Bridgeway Academy. You will be able to park in the lot and get out of your car to watch the movie in a socially distanced layout. They are asking for a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. The movie begins shortly after 8:00 PM on Saturday. The first movie of the Series takes place June 27th and will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version). Future movies will be announced soon.

8. Free Friday Flicks in the Park

Register online to watch a movie in your car in the parking lot of the Community Center in Hilliard! There are two dates for this event: July 17 and August 14, 2020.

9. Community Drive In Movie Night at The Naz

Watch a free Drive-In Movie each Sunday night at The Naz Church at 6:30 PM. Register online to attend!

10. Gahanna Summer Drive-In Series

 

Head to Headley Park for drive-in concerts and movies! Register in advance if you want to attend!

–>> Need more to do this summer? Sign up for a Summer Reading Program or try out one of these 25 Fun Outdoor Activities in Columbus for the Whole Family! <<–

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