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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- 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
1. Opening Day At Branstool Orchards In Utica
Friday July 15th starting at 9am is opening day at Branstool Farmers Market! This farmers market located in Utica has delicious Ohio peaches, a beautiful sunflower field, play area and large indoor farmers market. On opening day they will be cranking out fresh donuts and have a food truck on site to enjoy.
2. Find The Joy Magic Show At Miller Park Library
Friday July 15th at 10:30am visit Miller Park library for “Find The Joy” magic show featuring a live hedgehog Sedgie the Hedgie. This event is best for children ages 3-8 years old.
3. Zoombezi Bay Summer Night Featuring Dive-In Movie: Sing 2
Friday July 15th starting at 5pm is Zoombezi Bay Dive-in movie night! This evening is filled with fun all evening long leading up to the movie which will start at 8pm. See link for ticket pricing.
The Franklin County Fair takes place Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds at 5043 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard! The cost is $10 (2 and Under Free, Parking FREE)!
Find your favorite fair foods, rides and family-friendly attractions, like massive Monster Trucks, furry Farm Animals, Fishing fun, mind-blowing Magic, and much more! A revamped and expanded Family Fun Day will take place on Wednesday, July 20, offering discounted ride wristbands for $15.
Other highlights this day will include touch-a-truck sponsored by the Franklin County Engineer’s Office; character meet and greets with Elsa, Spiderman and Pete the Cat; the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Kids’ Tent; Chef Battles with Cooking Caravan; an escape room experience in the Historical Village by Eerie Escape Rooms; a Drive 4 Cash contest in the grandstand by Faith Driving School; Science on a Stick with Dr. Bob Horton; eating contests; read alouds; and much more! Find details at FCFair.org.
4. Westerville Back To School Bash At Westerville North High School
Friday July 15th starting at 5pm visit Westerville North for a KidsLinked event featuring back to school fun! This event will feature a petting zoo, bounce houses, games, balloon artist and more! See link for pricing and details.
5. Kaufman Plaza Dedication At Columbus Metropolitan Library
Friday July 15th at 5pm visit Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library for a celebration of the newly dedicated Kaufman Plaza. There will be food trucks, music, games, books and more to commemorate this special day!
6. Music In The Park At Stradley Park In Canal Winchester
Friday July 15th starting at 6pm visit Stradley Park in historic downtown Canal Winchester for a family friendly event featuring live music, entertainment and activities. This week will also feature a car cruise in.
7. 3rd Fridays On The Village Green: Dog Days Of Summer
Friday July 15th at 6pm visit Village Green Park for an evening of live music from North To Nashville, yard games, food trucks and more! This event is free!
8. New Albany Summer Movie Series At Hampsted Village
Friday July15th at sunset enjoy a screening of Sing 2 at Hampsted Village. Festivities will begin at 6:30pm leading up to the movie.
9. Rhythm On The River At Bicentennial Park
Friday July 15th at 6:30pm head over to Bicentennial Park for live music from Bettye LaVette and food trucks serving up local fare. Food trucks open at 5pm.
10. Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series
Friday July 15th starting at 7pm head over to historic Town Center park for an open air concert featuring The Russell Blue Band. Pack your blankets and lawn chairs!
Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Grove City, Ohio
11. Movie Under The Stars At Green Lawn Abbey
Friday July 15th at 7:30pm head over to Green Lawn Abbey for an evening under the stars for a screening of Labyrinth. Food trucks will be available and the Abbey will be open for tours all evening as well.
12. Movie Night: How To Train Your Dragon At Indian Ridge
Friday July 15th at 8:30pm visit Indian Ridge for a screening of How To Train Your Dragon. Pack your blankets, chairs and picnic for this great free event.
13. Summer Movie Series: Finding Nemo At Worthington Library
Friday July 15th at 8:30pm visit Worthington Library in the backyard for a free screening of the movie Finding Nemo. In the event of rain, the movie will be held indoors
14. Discovery District Outdoor Summer Movie Series At Columbus Museum Of Art
Friday July 15th at 9pm visit Columbus Museum Of Art for an outdoor movie featuring The Karate Kid. Bring your blanket and chairs for this free event.
15. Back to School Supply Drive with Seeds of Caring
Don’t panic! School isn’t here YET, but we want to make sure families supported by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority have the supplies their kids need in time for the first day of school! This group-friendly Anywhere project teaches kids they are never too young to make a difference through a supply drive and packing of Back to School Supply Kits. This is the perfect opportunity to get your whole neighborhood involved in a summer service project (runs through 8/1)!
16. Prairie Birthday At Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Saturday July 16th at 10am visit the Little Darby Picnic Area to take off for a 2.5 mile hike all while learning about different tall prairie grasses and flowers blooming during this season.
Related: Exploring Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
17. Author And Illustrator Tracy Subisak Storytime At Cover To Cover
Saturday July 16th at 10am head over to Cover To Cover Bookstore for a storytime with author and illustrator Tracy Subisak. Her latest book “This Book Is Not For You” will be featured.
Related: 5 Magical Bookstores You Must Visit in Central Ohio
18. Matt Jergens:Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire At Tremont Library
Saturday July 16th at 10:30am visit the Tremont library to see gold medalist juggler and comedian Matt Jergens perform in the atrium!
19. Tie Dye In July At Worthington Library
Saturday July 16th at 10:30am visit the Worthington Library backyard for the ultimate tie dye workshop. Just bring whatever it is you would like to tie dye!
20. Dana Hill Magic Show At Pickerington Public Library
Saturday July 16th at 10:30am visit the Pickerington Public Library for a morning of magic for the whole family featuring magician Dana Hill! Registration for this event is required.
21. IKEA Activity Book With Meal Purchase
Saturday July 16th starting at 11am visit Ikea for lunch and receive a free kids activity book! Meal purchase must be made to qualify for the free book.
22. STEAM Together: A Family Event At The Works
Saturday July 16th at 11am visit The Works for a fun STEAM activity the whole family can enjoy. This week the featured activity is a boat craft to learn about how things float. This event is included with admission.
Related: 9 Fun Things to do In and Around Newark, Ohio
23. Marmon Valley Summer Fun Days
Saturday July 16th starting at 1pm visit Marmon Valley for Summer Fun Days! This event is for the whole family and is filled with fun things to do. Miniature golf, swimming and paddleboarding, hayrides, pony rides and more! See link for ticket prices and times.
24. From Book To Film 2022 At Gateway Film Center
Saturday July 16th at 1:30pm visit the Gateway Film Center for Book To Film featuring the movie Where The Wild Things Are. Admission is free with your library card!
25. Columbus Super Friends Art N Music Festival At 934 Gallery
Saturday July 16th at 6pm visit 934 Gallery for Columbus Super Friends Art N Music festival. This event will feature local musicians and creators from Ohio.
26. Movies At The Dam!
Visit the Below Dam Recreation Area on Saturday July 16th at 9:30pm for Movies At The Dam. The movie being featured this week is Yogi Bear. Feel free to bring your blankets, chairs and snacks to enjoy this outdoor movie.
27. Happy Tails-N-Trails At Sharon Woods Metro Park
Sunday July 17th at 10am visit Sharon Woods with your four legged friend for Happy Tails-N-Trails. This is a 2-mile hike with your canine companion, followed by a doggie treat.
Related: Kid Friendly Trails at Columbus Metro Parks
28. Social Justice Storytime At Tremont Library
Sunday July 17th at 1:30pm visit Tremont Library for an hour of social justice storytime. Through stories, crafts and activities little ones will learn how to change the world.
29. Sounds Of The Summer Concert Series At Alum Creek Amphitheater
Sunday July 17th at 6:30pm visit Alum Creek Amphitheater for an evening of live music featuring Innervision. Bring your chairs and blankets for this free event.
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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!*