Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
Family Friendly Things to do This Weekend in Columbus:
It’s fall festival time at local farms! click the link above for a list of pumpkin farms in Central Ohio and all the info about what they’re offering this season!
Click the link for a list of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples!
If getting lost in a corn maze sounds like fun, click the link for a list of local farms with corn mazes that are open just during the fall season!
Harvest Blooms features thousands of pumpkins, mums, cabbages and more including two pumpkin houses! Included in general admission through October 29th. Daily hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is a comics, art and animation festival that takes place from September 27-October 1 at various locations around Columbus. A large portion of the event takes place at the Main Library downtown. Click this link for specifically family-friendly programming.
Walk through thousands of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns at the Franklin County Fairgrounds from September 29th through October 29th. The path is 3/4 a mile long and features 17 immersive worlds. Food trucks will be on site. Times and prices vary by day. Tickets are available online.
Local families can lend a “paw” this fall with this FREE Anywhere Project from Seeds of Caring! Kids 4-12 will make a homemade dog toy and collect dog treats, gently used blankets, and towels for pups at the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center. This project is available through Oct. 30.
Play board games at Griffey’s Book Emporium on Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Bring your own or choose from a selection at the store.
Enjoy a Fall Festival at Olentangy Caverns which includes pumpkins for sale, a scavenger hunt for kids on Saturday and Sunday, and draft horse hayrides on Saturday. Open daily from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
This event takes place at Ohio History Center on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There will be presentations, pottery making, flint snapping, crafts and more!
Attend a story time with author Blythe Russo featuring her book Sloth Sleeps Over on Saturday at 10:00 AM. There will be games and kids should bring their favorite stuffy! Stuffies can sleep over and be picked up on Sunday. Check out their overnight adventures on social media!
On Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, attend this card and collectibles show featuring Pokemon, Magic, Yugioh, Anime, and other collectibles at Franklin County Fairgrounds. There is free parking and admission and a food truck on site.
Enjoy BBQ, a fishing derby, pumpkin carving, live music and ice cream at this special event at Ye Olde Mill on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
This sip and shop features crafted, vendors, food trucks, prizes and more! Bring a new stuffed animal or blanket to donate to children receiving treatment at Shriner Hospital. This event takes place on Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
This event takes place from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Saturday and features a Fall Plant Sale, live music and releases of monarch butterflies.
This Fall Festival takes place in downtown Lancaster on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There will be live music, free hayrides, vendors, family activities, a pet costume contest and parade and more!
Shop this sidewalk sale for BOGO Free dollar bin comics, 50% off trade paperbacks and more at Comic Town. Event takes place on Saturday from 12:15 PM to 6:30 PM.
Celebrate the library’s 150th birthday with a magic show from Erica Carlson and Sedgie the Hedgie! This event begins on Saturday at 1:00 PM.
Take a wagon ride through The Dawes Arboretum! Tickets are $5 per person and kids 5 and under are free. Admission is also required. Tours begin Saturday at 1:00 PM.
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Darby Creek Day takes place at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park on Saturday from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and features music, archery, crafts, live animals, food trucks and more!
This festival takes place in North Orange Park on Saturday from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. It includes food, inflatables, games, vendors, yard games, face paint and more!
This Fall Festival takes place at Jefferson Community Park and features a hayride, farm animals, pumpkin bowling, face painting and more! The event takes place on Saturday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Pumpkins will be launched in the pond at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park during this event on Saturday from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. There will be a lantern-lit train, hot chocolate and the movie Transylvania. This is a free event but you can register to bring your own pumpkin to float.
The Columbus Zoo will visit Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm on Sunday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM with a variety of animals! The Westerville Jazz Band will perform at 3:30 PM.
Create crafts inspired by books at the Linden Branch of CML on Sunday at 2:00 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!*