Megacity Music Marathon
Music: PBR wrangled 33 of Ohio’s top bands plus one from that state up north, including headliners Times New Viking (in a rare hometown performance), indie-rock greats The Lindsay (playing their final show), reunited indie-pop masters Heavy Mole and Terribly Empty Pockets, populist rapper supreme Envelope, garage-psych greats Psandwich, new local buzz bands The Regrettes and Connections, Athens folk-rockers extraordinaire Southeast Engine, Dan Auerbach’s Akron proteges Shivering Timbers and many more. As Ohio music lineups go, the gauntlet has been thrown down.
Food & drink: Always-delicious Mikey’s Late Night Slice will be on hand, plus PBRs cost $2 all day.
What else: Fast-pitch softball, “a new spin” on photo booths and the release of a Megacity T-shirt by Homage
Go if: You want to see the cream of Ohio’s indie-rock crop
Go the distance:
12 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 9
1200 W. 3rd Ave., Grandview
Park Street Festival
Music: Cover bands rule the night; the daytime presents a mix of covers and original locals, including The Wet Darlings, Phantods, The Town Monster, Old Hundred and Salty Caramels.
Food & drink: A food truck fest Saturday corrals 26 food vendors; a beer garden featuring nine local beverages; the first Columbus food cart and truck awards, The Vendy’s
What else: Bike night, kids’ fair, autograph session with local athletes
Go if: You’re looking for a good time and don’t mind huge crowds
Park Street strip
6 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, June 8; 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 9
511 Park St., Arena District
Peach District Classic
Music: The stellar sounds of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch, Forest & the Evergreens, Envelope, The DewDroppers and Audrey & Orwell
Food & drink: Here’s your chance to try Till’s meat- and vegan-friendly menu.
What else: Dance, poetry, open mic, trivia, art, canvasses for painting, board games, arm wrestling(!), live Tetris(?), dinner and a movie (“Wet Hot American Summer”), DJ sets from Walleye (setting the mood) and the Heatwave team (party time!).
Go if: You’ve got a quirky DIY spirit
Make Saturday peachy:
Sunny Side Alley (Between Viking Beverage and Till Dynamic Fare)
3 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 9
237-245 King Ave., Victorian Village
Music: A quintet of plucky, inventive and highly entertaining bands — Wonder Twin Powers, The Saturday Giant, Yellow Root, Forest & the Evergreens and Fresh Wreckage
Food: This is the only night all year Tommy’s Diner will be open for dinner.
What else: The storefronts along West Broad Street’s 900 block will showcase local art.
Go if: You want to explore the city’s latest neighborhood on the rise
4-9 p.m. Saturday, June 9
914 W. Broad St., Franklinton