Looking for something fun to do this weekend in Columbus? Try out one of these family-friendly Columbus and Ohio–based events and activities!
1. Attend a Fall Festival at a Local Pumpkin Farm
Fall festivals are starting up at local pumpkin farms! Fall Festivals include hayrides, pumpkin picking, plus tons of other outdoor activities! Click the link above for a complete list of pumpkin farms and fall festivals in Central Ohio!
2. Find Your Way Through a Local Corn Maze
There are some super fun corn maze designs at local farms this year! Click the link above for a list of corn mazes around Columbus and Central Ohio!
3. Go Apple Picking at a Local Orchard
It’s apple picking season! Click the link above for list of local orchards where you can pick your own apples!
4. Attend a Family Friendly Halloween Event
Click the link above for a list of Halloween events happening around Columbus! There’s something for every day of the week during the whole month of October!
5. 4th Annual Fall Family Fun Days At Groovy Plants Ranch
Friday September 30th through Sunday, October 2, from 9am-4pm each day, visit the Groovy Plants Ranch for Fall Family Fun Days! This event features carnival games, pumpkin painting station, live music and of course plants! Groovy Plants Ranch is also asking that you bring a canned good to donate to the Morrow County food pantry.
6. Alum Creek Fall Fest at Alum Creek Park
This 3 day event begins Friday night at 4:00 PM and runs through Sunday at 11:00 AM. Activities include tie dye, a Haunted Trail, Costume Contest, Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Archery and more!
7. Preschoolers: Monarchs At Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Friday September 30th at 1pm visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park to learn all about monarch butterflies and what it takes for these beautiful creatures to make their journey.
8. Chalk The Block At Easton Town Center
Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd visit Easton Town Center for Chalk The Block! Visit the streets of Town Square at Easton to see local artists create larger than life works of art!
9. Our Village: Family Fun/Run Walk At Sharon Woods Metro Park
Saturday October 1st at 9am visit Sharon Woods Metro Park to get moving as a family! Hit the trails as a family or let the little ones complete the mini course. This event is free to attend but registration is required, see link!
10. Just Another Dam Race! At Alum Creek West Dam
Saturday October 1st at 9am visit the Alum Creek West Dam for Just Another Dam Race! This event features a 5k race across that dam and a 1-mile fun run for the kids. See link for registration.
11. Cheryl’s 2022 Fall Festival At The Cheryl’s Westerville Flagship Store
Saturday October 1st starting at 10am visit the Cheryl’s Westerville Flagship Store for some fall fun! This event features pumpkin bowling, face painting, balloon twisters, raffles, prizes and more!
12. Guided Story Stroll With Worthington Library
Saturday October 1st at 10am visit the Old Worthington Library for a guided story stroll through downtown Worthington with a library staff member. The story being featured today is Halloween Is Coming. This event is intended for children ages 3-8 years old.
13. A Visit From The Farm At Lane Road Library
Saturday October 1st at 10am visit Lane Road Library for a visit from the farm! This event features all kinds of farm animals to meet and interact with!
14. Ohio Archaeology Day at Ohio History Center
This event takes place on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Ohio History Center and is included in general admission. There will be artifacts spanning more than 10,000 years, hands on activities and the opportunity to meet Ohio archaeologists! You can also tour the new exhibit Indigenous Wonders of our World. I’m excited to offer my readers a special deal: Buy two tickets, get one free by using the code ARCHBOGO
15. Harvest Fair at Stratford Ecological Center
This event takes place at Stratford Ecological Center on Saturday from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged. There will be tractors, face painting, apple cider pressing, a storybook trail and more!
16. Harvest Moon Festival At Infirmary Mound Park
Saturday October 1st at Noon visit Infirmary Mound Park for an afternoon filled with fall fun! This event features face painting, pumpkin painting, carriage rides, bounce houses, rock climbing, food trucks and more!
17. Darby Creek Day At Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park
Saturday October 1st at 1pm visit Battelle Darby Creek Metro park for Darby Creek Day! This event is to celebrate our great scenic river! Enjoy canoeing, fishing, crafts, archery and more all along Darby Creek.
18. Marengo Fall Festival On Main Street In Marengo
Saturday October 1st at 3pm visit Main Street in Marengo for the Marengo Fall Festival. This event features music, entertainment, vendors and fun!
19. Historic Dublin Founder’s Day In Historic Dublin
Sunday October 2nd at Noon visit Historic Dublin for an afternoon of 80’s themed family fun! All to celebrate when Dublin officially became a city! This event features lots of kid activities, vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and more! This event also benefits the Dublin Food Pantry, bringing canned goods or a small donation is appreciated.
20. Delaware Fall Festival & Treatfest At Delaware Community Center YMCA
Sunday October 2nd at 1pm visit the Delaware Community Center YMCA for an afternoon of fall fun, hayrides, bounce houses, pumpkins and more! See link for details and registration.
Related: Exploring Delaware, Ohio with Your Kids
21. Fall Fest At Fancyburg Park
Sunday October 2nd at 1pm visit Fancyburg Park for pumpkin carving, cider pressing, scarecrow making, live music and more! See link for details on event times and pricing.
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22. Dublin Presbyterian Fall Festival At Dublin Presbyterian Church
Sunday October 2nd at 4:30pm visit Dublin Presbyterian Church for their Fall Festival. This event features carnival games, face painting, 50/50 raffle, food truck and more!
23. Oh, Baby! Help Newborns in Need Through Oct. 16
Seeds of Caring knows you’re never too little to make a difference! In this free at-home activity, children will explore the concept of poverty and gain empathy for families who love their babies but can’t provide everything they need. Then helping hands will collect new or gently used baby items and make cheer cards for families served by Bundled With Love.
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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!*