What Should We Do This Weekend? July 27-29, 2018

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Over 35 family-friendly events happening around Columbus this weekend!


9:00 AM – Lancaster Festival – this festival goes on from July 19-28, 2018 and includes kid-friendly performances, many are free! Saturday is the last day of this event!

9:00 AM – The Ohio State Fair – gates open on Wednesday for the 2018 Ohio State Fair! See all your favorite exhibits, eat fried food on a stick, ride rides and watch shows! Click here to see all the attractions!

9:00 AM – First day for U-Pick Peaches at Branstool Orchards – Friday is the first day you can pick delicious peaches at Branstool Orchards! Read all about our visit to Branstool Orchards!

10:00 AM – Children’s Book Club! with FIT4MOM at Hannah Park – join FIT4MOM Columbus East for a book swap and bookmark making!

10:00 AM – Kids Film Series at Drexel Theatre – watch The Secret World of Arrietty, rated G, all weekend! Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Kids up to age 12 are $1 and 13 and over are $3. Tupelo donuts will be on site on Saturday morning!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – this week’s theme is Ohio State Day! As always, free carousel rides and bounce houses will be on site along with other activities!

10:30 AM – KidX Summer Series at Polaris Fashion Place – enjoy free activities outside by the fountains at Polaris! This week’s theme is Circus! See more about KidX here.

11:00 AM – From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center – watch a movie based on a book for free with your library card! This week’s movie is The Hunger Games and there are showings at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM every day!

5:00 PM – Family Friday Night at COSI – COSI stays open late with special pricing until 9:00 PM!

6:00 PM – Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday in Uptown Westerville – this month’s 4th Friday celebration is World Bazaar and will feature customs, cultures and cuisines from around the world!

6:00 PM – Creekside Live: Willie Phoenix Band w/ Eric Jerardi Trio at Creekside Gahanna – enjoy live music beginning at 6:00 PM with the Eric Jerardi Trio and The Willie Phoenix Band at 7:30 PM.

6:00 PM – MusicBASH: The Muleskinners at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – enjoy a bluegrass concert at the park! Bring a chair!

6:00 PM – Grove City Homecoming Celebration in Grove City Town Center – celebrate Grove City’s 29th Homecoming Celebration with live entertainment, food trucks, concessions and watch a corn hole tournament from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

7:00 PM – Disney’s Tarzan at Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre – watch performances of Disney’s Tarzan on Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM at Westerville Central High School!

8:00 PM – Movie Under the Stars: The Birds at Deer Haven Preserve – watch The Birds outside on the big screen. This movie is rated PG13 but there will be kid-friendly activities beforehand beginning at 8:00 PM. Movie starts at 9:00 PM.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Flicks: The Incredibles at Sycamore Park Amphitheater – this week’s movie is The Incredibles and it will be shown at dusk! Bring a blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Movie in the Park – Monsters Inc. at Thompson Park – McCoy Road – this week’s movie is Monster’s Inc! Bring your own blanket and/or chairs.

9:00 PM – Full Moon Canoe Float at Scioto Grove Metro Park – float down the Scioto River in the moonlight! Ages 8 and up.


8:00 AM – Summer Bird Walk at Blues Creek Park – take a bird walk to look for birds in the park! This is free and binoculars will be provided. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

9:00 AM – All Disabilities Fest at Genoa Park – this festival is open to the whole family and includes activities from COSI, live music and food trucks!

9:30 AM – Youth Fishing Derby at Sycamore Creek Park Pond – register by Thursday for this annual fishing derby including prizes in various age categories. This is free but you must bring your own equipment.

10:00 AM – HOOT 89: Bugs at Gateway Film Center – enjoy family friendly short films, lobby activities and live music from the Shazzbots! Films are rated G and geared toward ages 1-8. Entrance is free with a canned good donation to the Open Shelter.

10:00 AM – Grove City Grand Re-Opening at Once Upon A Child Grove City – check out what’s new at Once Upon a Child in Grove City! They are celebrating with sales, face painting, a balloon artist, and the first 50 guests in line get a $10 gift card to OUAC. There will also be raffle prizes including bikes, tickets to Kings Island, the Zoo and more!

11:00 AM- Guest Storytime with Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn at Westerville Public Library – this free story time features a story read by the owner of Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, a craft or activity and refreshments! 

11:00 AM – Grand Opening Celebration at The Learning Experience (New Albany) – this is a free event including a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, treats and more! There will also be a self-care class from FIT4MOM!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a carnival including games and prizes!

1:00 PM – 2nd Anniversary Open House at Fresh Start Cafe And Bakery – celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Fresh Start Cafe between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM with a free mini cupcake and $2 drink specials! There will be a pie eating contest for employees and raffle prizes too! Read about our trip to Fresh Start Bakery and other things to do while you’re in Delaware here!

1:00 PM – Art on West Park on West Park Ave – the Franklinton Arts District is hosting an art-themed block party that features art by Franklinton artists, activities for children, a sprinkler and snacks!

2:00 PM – Whitehall Food Truck Festival and Fun Fest in Whitehall – the Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Fest takes place from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM and includes live music throughout the day and other fun activities!

4:00 PM – Delaware Pacer Bands Food Truck Festival at the Delaware County Fairgrounds – this food truck festival includes live music, face painting, and several food trucks!

4:00 PM – Lewis Center Grand Opening at Goldfish Swim School – celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest location of Goldfish Swim School! There will be an open family swim, giveaways, snacks, activities, an appearance from Ariel and more! This is a free event!

5:00 PM – The Grandview Hop – July 2018 on Grandview Avenue – enjoy a sidewalk market with live music, shopping, art, food trucks, a pop up beer garden and activities for all ages! This week enjoy kid friendly music from Musicologie and the Cousins Maine Lobster truck, among others!

5:30 PM – Creeking and Campfire at Three Creeks Metro Park – take a half mile hike to the creek, search for critters in the creek and then roast hot dogs and marshmallows around the fire.

8:00 PM – Picnic With The Pops – OSU Marching Band at Columbus Commons – OSU Marching Band fans will enjoy the “biggest tailgate party of the year” with TBDBITL and fireworks!

9:00 PM – Summer Stargazing at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – use telescopes and binoculars to look at stars and planets.


10:00 AM – FIT4MOM Friends & Family Day at FrontRunner at FrontRunner – join FIT4MOM Central Ohio for a special shopping and fitting event. Save 20%!

1:30 PM – Cheap Skates at Chiller Ice Rinks – Sundays from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM admission is $5 for all and kids 4 and under are free! Skate rental is $3 for those over 4. All locations.

7:00 PM – Concerts on the Green at the Worthington Village Green – concerts begin at 7:00 PM. This week’s band is The Floorwalkers!

Don’t forget to check out: Summer Nights in Columbus: Movies, Concerts and More for Every Night of the Week for activities throughout the week!


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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.  Enjoy what you do today!*

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  1. Darlene
    Darlene says:

    You’re such a great resource for ideas! Love your blog!
    We’re going peach picking at Branstool this weekend! And stopping by velvet of course.


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