1. FIND OUT WHY BEETS MAKE GREAT BURGERS AT NORTHSTAR CAFE
4241 N. High St., Clintonville
Whether or not you’re a vegetarian, you gotta check out the signature Northstar Burger at this hip cafe (also with locations in the Short North and Easton). You’d never guess it’s made with beets, and you’ll never miss the beef.
2. TAKE A CHANCE WITH THEATRE ROULETTE AT MADLAB
227 N. Third St., Downtown
MadLab’s annual Theatre Roulette shorts fest presents rotating multiple shows for several weeks, giving you lots of little tastes of new plays. Tickets are discounted for students, and if you want to try your hand at playwriting, submissions are accepted each year.
3. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT THE PHOTO BOOTH AT CLUB 185
185 E. Livingston Ave., German Village
This great neighborhood joint in German Village slings sandwiches, burgers and pizza ’til 1 a.m. While you’re there, don’t forget to sit for an old-school strip of portraits in the classic photo booth.
4. GET PUMPED UP AT THE SKULL SESSION ON OSU GAME DAY
St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Dr.,
Experience the electric atmosphere of Ohio State football an hour before the game at the Skull Session pep rally. Free to all, you can get into the Buckeye spirit with The Best Damn Band in the Land.
5. DITCH THE TOPPINGS WITH A RHODE ISLAND RED AT YELLOW BRICK PIZZA
892 Oak St., Olde Towne East
This quaint neighborhood hangout serves all kinds of gourmet pies. For something completely different yet shockingly simply, try the Rhode Island Red — lots of hearty sauce and a sprinkling of cheese on Yellow Brick’s great crust.
6. BUY A SUPER-SOFT PIECE OF NOSTALGIA AT HOMAGE
17 Brickel St., Short North
4032 Easton Station Rd.,
The motto at this wildly popular T-shirt and accessories store is simple: Pay Homage. Be true to your school, your team, your hometown or your adopted hometown (see the ubiquitous “Columbus ’Til I Die” shirt) with goods from this hip shop. Bonus: You get trading cards from ’80s and ’90s TV shows, sports and more with every purchase.
7. FLOAT DOWN BIG DARBY CREEK
7141 London-Groveport Rd., Grove City
Big Darby is one of the healthiest warm-water ecosystems in the Midwest. Enjoy its beauty from Trapper John’s Canoe Livery, an outfitter offering tube, kayak and canoe trips from May to October.
8. ZIPLINE YOUR WAY TO ECSTASY
7925 N. High St., Worthington
Columbus is full of what we like to call hidden natural awesomeness. Basically, it’s badass outdoorsy stuff you’re shocked to discover exists in a large metropolitan city. For example: zip lines. ZipZone, Columbus’ first-ever zip line tour company, recently celebrated its first year of existence, and take it from us: This is the raddest two hours you’ll spend outdoors in the city.
9. BUY SOMETHING UNIQUE AT CRAFTIN’ OUTLAWS
300 W. Broad St., Downtown
This alternative craft fair is held in October each year. Check out the work of more than 60 vendors selling everything from jewelry and candles to cards and clothing. This year,
Craftin’ Outlaws is taking over a new location at Veterans Memorial.
10. HIT THE ICE AT NATIONWIDE ARENA
200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District
Strap on those ice skates and channel your inner Kristi Yamaguchi or Rick Nash at Nationwide Arena’s Ice Haus. At public skates you can hit the same ice where the Columbus Blue Jackets frequently practice.