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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? November 13-15, 2020

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Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these 11 family-friendly Columbus and Ohiobased events and activities!

1. Mural Scavenger Hunt at 934 Gallery

Take the kids to explore the colorful Outdoor Gallery at 934 Gallery in the Milo Grogan neighborhood of Columbus! Download the scavenger hunt and look for details to answer the questions about each mural! Four of the murals include Augmented Reality! Even if you don’t do the scavenger hunt, the murals are lots of fun to see!

2. Take & Make Kit at Southwest Public Libraries

Beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday until supplies last, you can pick up a take home kit of “Comfort me with Coloring” coloring pages and “helpful hints” at either the Grove City or Westland Libraries.

3. Cincy Brick Show

This LEGO show at Sharonville Convention Center will feature displays, building areas and vendors. The show will take place Friday from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Tickets are $12 at the door and kids 4 and under are free. 


A BIG thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

Santa’s not the only one coming to town!! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is back this year at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio! This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music!

Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a crowd favorite) enchanting tunnels of lights will illuminate the night! Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

This dazzling Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is super affordable at $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! OR, you can purchase a Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30! Learn more at www.wonderlightschristmas.com!


4. Christmas Market at Hendren Farm Market

This Christmas Market features artisans and vendors selling unique Christmas gifts, The market will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning November 13 through December 13.

5. Fall Arts & Crafts at The Five Party & Event Center

This Social Day features an open play time, refreshments and fall activities! Register for this Friday’s event that takes place from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Single child tickets are $10.

6. Schmidt’s Sausage Food Truck at West Gate Lodge

Get your Schmidt’s fix on Friday night from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Westgate Lodge. 

7. WonderLight’s Christmas at National Trail Raceway

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! This drive-through Christmas display is open rain or shine every evening beginning at 5:30 PM, including holidays, from November 13 to January 3! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are free. A Carload Pass for vehicles with up to seven passengers is available for $30.

8. ShOHp LOHcal Holiday Market

This Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM shop local handmade vendors at this Holiday Market at Zassy’s Taproom in Grove City. This market will happen each weekend through December 19. The market this weekend features holiday prep ideas and gifts!

9. $5.00 Skating at Skate Zone 71

On Saturday mornings in November from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM kids can skate for $5. Non-skating adults may enter at no charge. 

10. Virtual Storytime with the Creators of NO VOICE TO SMALL

This online event on Saturday at 11:00 AM is hosted by Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers showcases a virtual story time featuring the book No Voice Too Small. 

11. Minion Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

On Sunday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM you can meet and take selfies with a Minion! Admission is $9.00 and skate rental is $4.50. 

 

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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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Mark Your Calendar: Slice of Columbus, Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event

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This post was written in partnership with the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Slice of Columbus.

Slice of Columbus is Ohio’s Largest Pizza Event!

How does all you can eat pizza sound? Make plans to be at Columbus Commons on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM for Ohio’s largest pizza event!

Once you’re beyond the entrance of Columbus Commons, all pizza samples are unlimited! Plus enjoy live music by The Conspiracy Band and children’s activities like putt putt, face paining, bounce houses, crafts and more!

My kids and I attended this event last year and had a great time, despite the fact that it rained the whole time! We actually made fun memories running from tent to tent to try all of the pizza!

You can get a discount on tickets by purchasing them in advance! Discount Ticket Price is available until Midnight on Tuesday, September 11. Day of Ticket Price begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and can still be purchased online.

Ticket Info for Slice of Columbus:

  • Tickets include: entry, all pizza and entertainment.
  • Children aged 5 and under are admitted for FREE.
  • Adult Ticket: $15 Advance, $18 Day Of Event
  • Youth Ticket: (6 – 17 years) $8 Advance, $10 Day Of Event
  • Family Package: $40 Advance, $45 Day Of Event: Includes: Entry for 2 Adults and up to 3 youth (6 – 17 years). Includes 5 free Pepsi products in addition to all pizza and entertainment.
  • VIP tickets are available for private tent access, no pizza lines, complimentary Pepsi products (soft drinks and bottled water), complimentary Craft beer and wine (21+), comlimentary snacks and sides (salads, bread sticks, desserts, etc.), and free parking with ticket purchased prior to September 7.
  • Purchase tickets here.

This fun event hosted by the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital benefits The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Patient Champions for 2018 Development Board Events

The Development Board features Patient Champions each year as they hold several events to raise money for research to find cures and treat patients. The following information, provided by the Development Board, is about this year’s Patient Champions, Kaleb and Mia:

Kaleb (7) and Mia (8) both had their first seizure in January of 2013, within just three weeks of each other. Tests determined that Mia and Kaleb both had epilepsy. However, their neurologist in Florida wanted to do further testing since the anti-epileptic drugs were not working.

In August of 2013, the Diaz family had genetic testing done. In November 2013, they received their diagnosis; both Mia and Kaleb had Batten disease.

Batten disease is a progressive neurological disease. Currently, there is no cure. Patients with Batten’s experience cognitive impairment, loss of developmental milestones, epilepsy and sight impairments. Life expectancy for those with Batten disease is 8 to 12 years old. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s are working to slow down the regression of the disease and move closer toward finding a cure.

Photo provided by Slice of Columbus

A few months into treatment at Nationwide Children’s, her family noticed that the seizures were shorter in duration, not as intense and not as frequent.

It’s been a little over three years since Mia’s first infusion and she hasn’t had a seizure in over two years. She is still able to eat by mouth and retains her vision. Mia loves being her friends and going to the playground. She loves Chick Fil A, swimming, riding roller coasters and jet skiing.

With there being limited spots in the trial, Kaleb began treatment 19 months after Mia.

In the words of his mother, Barbara, “He is able to give those amazing cuddles that only he knows how to give. He is taking steps in his gait trainer and able to eat by mouth again. He is happy and getting stronger each day.” Kaleb loves music, being outdoors, swimming, Mickey Mouse and Nutella.

Every other week, Mia and Kaleb are admitted for infusions and stay overnight each time. They also come in for therapy and to see their specialists in neurology, pulmonology, GI and optometry.

“To our family, Nationwide Children’s means hope. It’s a place that has provided us optimism in a time when we thought all hope was gone. Because of Nationwide Children’s, we get to make more memories and we get to enjoy more time with our children. I can honestly say that Mia and Kaleb are still enjoying life and that they wouldn’t be here today without the enzyme replacement therapy – a treatment that wouldn’t be possible without research,” says Barbara, Mia and Kaleb’s mother.

More information about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Click below to watch a video to learn more about the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give/affinity-groups/development-board

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