Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
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- Your Essential Guide to Summer in Columbus, Ohio
- Free Fountains and Splash Pads in Columbus, Ohio
- Farmers Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio
- Summer Nights: Movies, Concerts and More for Every Night of the Week
- Outdoor and Drive-In Movie Experiences in Columbus
- 35 Free Things to do with Your Kids in Columbus This Summer
Family-Friendly Things to do this Weekend in Columbus, Ohio:
Learn about farm equipment, how plants grow, see baby chicks and other farm animals and learn about where your food comes from at Farm Days at COSI during regular business hours at COSI from August 9-13!
Wands & Wizards Weekend takes place in Lancaster, Ohio and beyond! There are special events happening all over Fairfield County like an Enchanted Garden Scavenger Hunt, cookie decorating, a wand workshop, special drinks and foods, a Wizard Faire and much, much more!
Festival Latino takes place Friday through Sunday and features food trucks, local artist, music, dance lessons, a marketplace and more! The kick off Dance Party takes place on Friday night at Lower.com field.
This Seeds of Caring service project can be done at home, school, or wherever you are! Through Sept. 17, kids ages 6-12 can share kindness by packing Snack Kits and cheer cards for kids staying at CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence. Like all of our projects, an easy-to-use discussion guide helps you engage children’s hearts and minds before getting their hands active with service.
Take a slow-paced hike on a paved trail in Scioto Grove Metro Park on Friday at 10:00 AM.
Every Friday this Summer from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM enjoy activities for kids at Columbus Commons! There will be free carousel rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting and a theme each week. This week’s theme is Music and Arts Day!
Learn about habitats and the natural world in the outdoor habitat exhibit at The Works! This event takes place every Friday from 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM and is included with admission. Perfect for ages 3-6.
This movie series featuring movies based on books is free with your library card! August 11-13 the film will be Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the showings are at 2:00 PM each day. This movie is recommended for ages 11-17.
Franklinton Fridays offers the chance to visit Franklinton art studios, local businesses and enjoy food and entertainment! Hours are 6:00 PM-10:00 PM on Friday.
Enjoy a street party in downtown West Jefferson that includes music, food trucks and fun on Friday from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
Watch the movie Zootopia on Friday at Sharon Woods Metro Park. Beginning at 8:00 PM there will be a visit with Ohio House Rabbit Rescue and the movie will begin at dark. Refreshments will be provided.
On Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM kids can get up close to vehicles and meet their operators. Bring a canned good to donate.
Head to the businesses of Broad & Westmoor for coffee, local vendors, baked goods and special events on the block from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturday. Slice of Heaven Bakery will be popping up at The Design Refinery, you can support the new location of Third Way Cafe by painting a fence post and you can make mini sun catchers at Clay Street Ceramics.
Enjoy model aircraft, locomotives, vehicles and more at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This event is free to attend.
On Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM there will be special programming at Main Library including games on Kaufman Plaza and activities for kids and adults inside the library! See the link for all of the individual events for the day.
This Drum Circle takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Champion Park. There will be vendors, food trucks, drum making, live music and more!
Grandview Theater and Drafthouse is offering free admission for kids to movies on Saturdays and Wednesdays! This Saturday’s movie is The Iron Giant and it will be shown at 10:30 AM.
Drop into the Open Studio at Columbus Museum of Art on Saturday from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM to experiment and create art! August theme is Under the Sea and this activity is included with admission.
PBJ & Jazz takes place on Saturday and begins with a story time inside the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 11:00 AM, and a free jazz concert in Topiary Park at 12:00 PM. This is a family friendly concert designed to introduce kids to jazz music. The Terrance Charles Quartet is the band.
Free kayaking, tandem kayaking and SUP will be available on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the Scioto river.
On Saturday at 2:00 PM, you can go on a short hike at Blendon Woods to learn about how natural resources are used in Minecraft and real life!
Watch folk dances from Israel and around the world at the Hilliard Branch of CML. Audiences can join in, too! This event takes place at 2:00 PM on Saturday.
Enjoy live music in Historic Dublin on Saturday from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
This month’s theme is A Tribute to Fair Food and from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday in downtown Old Worthington you can enjoy your favorite fair foods, games, music, face paining, and more!
Drop by Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM on Sunday for creeking! Search for crawdads, fish and aquatic bugs.
The final concert of the Goodale Park Music Series is Mery Steel. The concert takes place on Sunday at 12:30 PM. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
This Sunday in Topiary Park and Kaufman Plaza enjoy food trucks, live music, games. Event begins at 1:00 PM. Food Trucks this week will be: Ciao Café Gelato.
On Sunday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, learn how to track life in the forest and search for Bigfoot! This will be an off-trail hike.
This free concert takes place at the Alum Creek North Park Amphitheater at 6:30 PM on Sunday. This week’s music is provided by Wet Bandits.
Enjoy a family-friendly concert by the Mad, Mad Men at 7:00 PM on Sunday on the Northwest Quadrant of the Village Green in Worthington.
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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!*