The far-east suburb is great for families, with lots of kid-friendly neighborhoods, some farmland, and some decent restaurants and bars tucked into the strip-mall scene.

The far-east suburb is great for families, with lots of kid-friendly neighborhoods, some farmland, and some decent restaurants and bars tucked into the strip-mall scene.

Have fun:

Violet Festival

July 28-31

Victory Park, Pickerington

violetfestival.org

This fest celebrates the heritage of Pickerington and nearby Violet Township, so named because of an abundance of soft purple flowers growing wild around there. It's not just flowers, though - expect spinning and zipping carnival rides, live entertainment, a car and bike show, and a beer garden.

Drink up:

La Fogata

1849 Winderly Ln., Pickerington

614-864-9154

lafogatagrill.com

The Mexican restaurant has a Mayan-Riviera-esque patio that's great for enjoying drinks outdoors. After a few margaritas, try the La Fogata Fireballs - eight pieces of shrimp rolled in bacon with cheese and jalapenos, then deep-fried and served with cheese fries. Indeed.

Eat up:

Rule 3

650 Windmiller Dr., Pickerington

614-864-7853

rule3.com

Part lounge, part sports bar, part family restaurant, part video arcade, part bowling alley - and part awesome. This nightlife megaplex is home to the World Tour of Fries, a mix-and-match mound of your choice of fry types heaped with your choice of toppings.