What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, October 15-17, 2021

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

Please double check the link and/or call to make sure events are still happening! Lots of things are changing during this time and this information may change after it is published!

1. Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Farms

Every weekend in October, local farms offer pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and many more fun fall activities! There are too many to list here so click the link above for a complete list of fall festivals happening this weekend!

Read more: Halloween Events and Trick or Treat Times Around Columbus

2. Corn Mazes Around Columbus

Looking for a corn maze to get lost in this weekend? Click the link above for a list of local Corn Mazes!

3. Apple Picking Around Columbus

It’s apple picking season! Click the link above for a list of farms where you can pick your own apples this weekend!

4. Thanksgiving Meals Food Drive with Seeds of Caring

It’s not too early to start thinking about Turkey Day and those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. Register your family today to collect and donate food items for Thanksgiving meals thru October 31. Get your whole neighborhood involved and help to make this day of thanks special for our Columbus friends.

5. Heart of Grove City Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop

Explore Grove City Town Center and enjoy shop hop specials and many food trucks! Hours are Friday 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Related: 5 Super Fun Playgrounds in Grove City

6. Pumpkins Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns will be lit throughout the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. There will also be larger than life spiders and two pumpkin houses! This event takes place from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM on select dates. This week’s dates are October 13-17.

7. Boo at the Zoo at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Boo at the Zoo will take place for 5 weekends in October! Enjoy a trick or treat trail, rolling celebrations, special performances, Halloween decorations, giant pumpkin carving and more! Hours are Fridays 5:00 PM – 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – close each weekend in October.

Related: Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio

8. North Market Night Market

This is the last night market of the season! This Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM there will be an outdoor market, local vendors, live music and drinks!

9. Harvesting History – A Founder’s Day Celebration in Canal Winchester

This is a family friendly event celebrating the history of Canal Winchester on Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

10. Pickerington Comic Fest at Pickerington Public Library

Meet local comic and graphic novel creators, enjoy crafts, trivia, photos with your favorite characters, interactive activities and free comic books! Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

11. October Saturday Art Brunch at 3060 Gallery

Head to 3060 Gallery and surrounding businesses for the final Art Brunch of the season! There will be live music, Explorers Club food truck and pop up artists! Hours are Saturday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Nearby: The Unofficial West Side Ice Cream Trail

12. Ex-STRAW-dinary Scarecrows at The Dawes Arboretum

Head to The Dawes Arboretum to see dozens of scarecrows throughout the Parkwoods Trial! The scarecrows will be on display from October 16-31 and you can vote for your favorite!

13. Slate Run Metro Park’s Fall Fest

This event includes hayrides, a corn maze, activities, crafts, animals and more! Hours are Saturday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Related: 11 Central Ohio Metro Park Playgrounds

14. Trunk or Treat Car Show at Hilliard Presbyterian Church

Enjoy a car-show and trick or treat! Trick or treat for spectators takes place from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM on Saturday. Awards for costumes and cars will happen at 3:00 PM.

15. Boo & Brew Birthday Bash at Polaris Fashion Place

Celebrate Polaris Fashion Place’s 20th anniversary from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday with live music, a costume contest, food trucks, pumpkin painting, characters and more!

16. Boo at the Brew at Galena Brewing Company

Come in costume for trick or treat, Halloween games and crafts! Hours are Saturday from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

17. Columbus Zoo at Lehners Pumpkin Farm

Visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo at Lehners Pumpkin Farm. Hours are Saturday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

18. Trunk or Treat at Gateway Church

This event includes a trunk-or-treat and free food! hours are Saturday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

19. Fall Festival at Christian Community Church

This fall festival includes food trucks, trunk-or-treat, photo booth, hayrides, crafts, games, inflatables, free snacks, campfire, prizes and more! This event takes place on Saturday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

20. Stonybrook’s Pumpkin Trail at Stonybrook Church

This is a free event featuring an animal presentation and a trick or treat trail of glowing pumpkins! This event takes place on Saturday from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

21. All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village

Visit Ohio Village on Saturdays in October for All Hallows’ Eve! Preregistration is required! This event takes place on Saturdays from 5:30 – 9:30 PM an includes a 1890’s celebration with a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, pumpkin carving, crafts, games, special visitors and more!

22. For Kids: Spooktacular Wildlife at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Take a walk through the park to look for spooky wildlife and meet an animal at the end! Meet at the Ranger Station at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park on Sunday at 1:00 PM.

23. Real Church Trunk Or Treat

This event includes food trucks, inflatables, crafts, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and a visit from the Columbus Zoo. This event takes place on Sunday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

24. Halloween on the Green at Worthington Village Green

Trick-or-treat on the Green and enjoy live entertainment, arts and craft stations and more! This event takes place on Sunday from 3:00 PM – 5:00 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!*


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