Summer fun guide: Plan your festival weekends

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From the May 24, 2012 edition

Columbus Arts Festival

June 1-3

Along the Scioto Mile, Downtown

columbusartsfestival.org

Works from more than 200 national and local artists, activities for kids and adults, food from some of the city’s most popular restaurants and live music performances.

Park Street Festival

June 8-9

Park Street, Arena District

parkstreetfest.com

Two days of live music performances, including Town Monster and Old Hundred, a beer garden and Saturday’s Food Truck Roundup.

Go West!

June 9

Tommy’s Diner, Franklinton

One-day gallery hop and community festival with live music, art displays and food and beverages.

Soul Food Music Festival

June 9

Genoa Park, Downtown

Numerous soul food vendors and live national music acts War, Dru Hill and more.

Stop and Smell the Roses

June 9

Whetstone Park of Roses, Clintonville

parks.columbus.gov

More than 11,000 roses in peak bloom, herb and perennial gardens, and music performances and arts activities.

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

June 15-17

Mill and North streets, Gahanna

creeksidebluesandjazz.com

Three days of live music, amusement rides, kids activities and food, art and craft vendors in scenic Olde Gahanna.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 15-17

Franklin Park, Near East Side

juneteenthohio.net

Celebrating the date when the last slaves in America were freed with music, food and family fun.

Pride Festival

June 15-16

Goodale Park, Victorian Village

columbuspride.org

The city’s annual festival and parade supporting the LGBT community.

Grillmasters Festival

June 16

The North Market, Arena District

northmarket.com

Celebration of grilling with barbeque and fiery foods vendors, cooking demonstrations, culinary contests and live music.

Ganthers Place Music and Arts Festival

June 16

Ganthers Place Park, Southern Orchards

columbusarts.com

Enjoy food, local art and music at the community park near German Village.

DigFest

June 16

Grandview Yard, Grandview

grandviewdigfest.com

Features locally made craft beers, liquors and wine as well as local foods.

Worthington Arts Festival

June 16-17

Village Green, Worthington

Yearly arts festival with more than 150 diverse artists and craftspeople.

ComFest

June 22-24

Goodale Park, Victorian Village

comfest.com

An all-volunteer three-day celebration with local music, comedy, poetry and other performances on numerous stages, and food, drink and craft vendors.

Powell Festival

June 29-30

Village Green Park, Powell

cityofpowell.us

Live music, food and family fun capped with a fireworks display.

Red, White & Boom

July 3

Throughout Downtown

redwhiteandboom.org

Renowned fireworks display in downtown Columbus.

Doo Dah Parade

July 4

Throughout the Short North

doodahparade.com

Parade of “bohemian frolickers,” such as the Marching Fidels, winding through Short North streets.

Dublin Art Fair

July 6-7

Sells Middle School and Indian Run Elementary School, Dublin

dublinartfair.org

Large fine art fair with live entertainment, food, and art activities.

Columbus Food Truck Fest

July 13

Columbus Commons, Downtown

columbusfoodtruckfest.com

Hoards of local food trucks serving their mouth-watering wares all in one place.

North Market Ohio Food & Wine Festival

July 13-15

North Market, Arena District

northmarket.com

The name says it all.

Bike Columbus Festival

July 13-14

COSI, Franklinton

bikecolumbusfestival.com

Twilight ride through Downtown, and the Steve Barbour Memorial Tour to Hocking County.

Franklin County Fair

July 14-21

Franklin County Fairgrounds

fcfair.org

4-H displays, activities and competitions, entertainment, concessions, motocross, truck and tractor pulls.

Westerville Music and Arts Festival

July 14-15

Heritage Park & Everal Barn, Westerville

westervillechamber.com

More than 100 artists and craftspeople, live music/entertainment and activities for all ages.

Jazz & Rib Fest

July 20-22

McFerson Commons and North Bank Park, Arena District

hotribscooljazz.org

Award-winning barbecue and live music from local and national acts.

Gardening & Arts Festival

July 21

Scioto Gardens, Delaware

sciotogardens.com

Juried fine art show with live music, food and gardening workshops.

Ohio State Fair

July 25-August 5

Ohio Expo Center, North Side

ohiostatefair.com

Rides, concessions, livestock displays and competitions and nightly concerts featuring Jason Aldean, Gavin DeGraw, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers and more.

Pickerington Violet Festival

July 25-28

Victory Park, Pickerington

Rides, car show, national music acts, a beer garden and a parade.

Canal Winchester Blues & Rib Fest

Aug. 3-4

Downtown Canal Winchester

bluesandribfest.com

Street celebration of food, music and fun.

Dublin Irish Festival

Aug. 3-5

Coffman Park, Dublin

dublinirishfestival.org

Traditional Irish celebration with libations, food, sports, dancing, and Celtic and rock music.

Festival Latino

Aug. 11-12

Genoa Park, Downtown

festivallatino.net

Latin art display, authentic food and marketplace with dance and music performances.

All Ohio Balloon Fest

Aug. 17-18

Union County Airport, Marysville

allohioballoonfest.com

Dozens of hot-air ballons, live music, food vendors and kids activities.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Aug. 17-18

Huber Park, Reynoldsburg

Live music, family activities and lots of tomatoes.

reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org

Northland International Community Festival

Aug. 25-26

Northland Performing Arts Center, North Side

northlandfest.com

Festival celebrating the history and cultural diversity of the Northland area with food and craft vendors, live music and performing arts.

Greek Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Short North

greekcathedral.com

Authentic food, art, crafts, cultural exhibits and live music and dance performances.

Labor Day Weekend Powwow

Sept. 1-3

Newark Earthworks. Newark

naicco.org, ohsweb.ohiohistory.org

Celebrating Native American culture through the spiritual ritual of a traditional powwow.

Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival

Sept. 1-3

Ohio Village, North Side

ohsweb.ohiohistory.org

30 vintage base ball teams from around the country competing.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Sept. 3

Northam Park, Upper Arlington

Juried fine arts and crafts, live music, food carts and family activities.

Hot Times Community Arts Festival

September 7-9

Columbus Health Department, Olde Towne East

hottimesfestival.com

Annual festival celebrating ComFest volunteers with music, food, drinks, a street fair and multiple art displays.

Columbus GospelFest

Sept. 8

Genoa Park, Downtown

Multiple live gospel performances, family and kids activities, health fair and merchant fair.

India Festival

Sept. 8

Veterans Memorial, Downtown

indiafestival.org

Cultural exhibits, fashion show, food, music and dance performances.

Old Hilliardfest

Sept. 8

Main Street, Hilliard

oldhilliardfest.org

Art and street fair with car show, children and teen activities and live music.

Columbus Microbrew Festival

Sept. 14-15

North Market, Arena District

Local microbreweries serving their signature drafts. Live music.

Independents’ Day

Sept. 15

Gay Street and Pearl Alley, Downtown

thisisindependent.com

Local musicians, artists, foodies and businesses gather in support of the Columbus community.

Oktoberfest

Sept. 28-30

Ohio Expo Center, North Side

Beers, brats and polka — what more do you need?

Italian Festival

October 5-7

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Italian Village

columbusitalianfestival.com

Annual celebration of Italian culture with food, drink and live music and entertainment.