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DARK STAR JUBILEE

May 25-27

Legend Valley, Thornville

darkstarjubilee.com

COST: $158 for a three-day pass

PERFORMERS: Dark Star Orchestra, Los Lobos, Hot Tuna and more

SUMMARY: Grateful Dead cover band Dark Star headlines a bill heavy on jam-friendly acts, some with better names than others (see: Hot Tuna).

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

June 2

King-Lincoln

columbus.gov/aacf

COST: Free

PERFORMERS: fo/mo/deep, Liquid Crystal Project, Bobby Floyd and more

SUMMARY: Now in its second year, the African-American Cultural Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. with a march, led by a local drumline, from the King Arts Complex to the fest's main stage, where performances will take place through 8 p.m. The event, designed to celebrate African-American culture, will also include visual artists and a COSI science station centered on African-American inventors, among other activities.

WASHBOARD MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 14-16

Downtown Logan

washboardmusicfestival.com

COST: Free

PERFORMERS: Little Roy & Lizzie, The Wayfarers, Steel City Rovers and more

SUMMARY: The washboard isn't just for laundry anymore (to be fair, though, it hasn't really served that function in decades). Rather, the Washboard Music Festival celebrates the musical properties of the novelty, collecting an array of folk-leaning performers.

DUCK CREEK LOG JAM

June 15-16

Duck Creek Camping and Outdoor Events Area, Logan

duckcreeklogjam.com

COST: $99 for a two-day pass; $50 for a single-day ticket

PERFORMERS: The Hip Abduction, Caamp, The Wooks and more

SUMMARY: The family-run Hocking Hills hootenanny keeps things small-scale by design, eschewing larger names for an intimate vibe that makes visiting the fest akin to taking in a neighborhood block party, albeit one that costs nearly $100 for the weekend.

CREEKSIDE BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL

June 15-17

Creekside Plaza, Gahanna

creeksidebluesandjazz.com

COST: Three-day passes start at $18; $7 or $10 for single-day tickets, depending on the day

PERFORMERS: Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons, Dave Buker & the Historians, David Sanborn Electric Band and more

SUMMARY: Despite its name, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival has drawn an increasingly eclectic, local-heavy lineup that blends more rock-oriented performers such as Angela Perley with more traditional blues and jazz players.

STONEWALL COLUMBUS PRIDE FESTIVAL

June 15-17

Goodale Park, Victorian Village

columbuspride.org

COST: $10 donation

PERFORMERS: TBA

SUMMARY: Last year's #BlackPride4 controversy appeared to highlight a divide over how Pride is viewed within the LGBTQ community, with some treating the event as a three-day party and others striving to return the event to its riotous political roots. It will be interesting to see how the folks at Stonewall approach the long weekend this year.

RED, WHITE & BOOM

Tuesday, July 3

Various venues, Downtown

redwhiteandboom.org

COST: Free

PERFORMERS: TBA

SUMMARY: While a musical lineup has yet to be announced, it's safe to say the evening's fireworks show will garner more oohs and ahhs than anyone who takes the stage in a warmup role.

JAZZ & RIBS FEST

July 20-22

Bicentennial and Genoa parks, Downtown

hotribscooljazz.org

COST: Free

PERFORMERS: TBA

SUMMARY: An array of local and national jazz players provides the musical accompaniment for your barbecue-induced gluttony. Pro tip: Don't wear white.

OHIO STATE FAIR

July 25-Aug. 5

The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, North Side

ohiostatefair.com

COST: Varies by performer

PERFORMERS: TLC with En Vogue, Trevor Noah, Reba McEntire and more

SUMMARY: The annual deep-fried affair is generally more miss than hit with its musical lineup, but this year there are at least three shows worth checking out, including country royalty Reba McEntire, “Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah and an evening of 1990s hip-hop/R&B nostalgia with TLC and En Vogue.

THE WERK OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Aug. 2-4

Legend Valley, Thornville

thewerkoutfestival.com

COST: $149 for a three-day pass

PERFORMERS: The Werks, Umphrey's McGee, Joe Russo's Almost Dead and more

SUMMARY: Legend Valley hosted a handful of, um, legendary Grateful Dead shows, so it shouldn't surprise that the Central Ohio farmland has recaptured its crown as the jam-band destination (see: The Dark Star Jubilee taking place here in May).

DUBLIN IRISH FESTIVAL

Aug. 3-5

Coffman Park, Dublin

dublinirishfestival.org

COST: Adults: $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free

PERFORMERS: Sharon Shannon, Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers and more

SUMMARY: With a name like Dublin, it's no surprise the Columbus suburb has cultivated Ohio's premier Irish fest. Drink each time you spot a “Kiss Me I'm Irish” T-shirt and prepare to greet death.

BELLWETHER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Aug. 10-11

Renaissance Park, Waynesville

bellwetherfest.com

COST: Two-day early-bird tickets are $85; $55 for a single-day ticket

PERFORMERS: MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Echo & the Bunnymen and more

SUMMARY: The inaugural Bellwether, which takes place about an hour south, packs an impressive punch even beyond headliners, with great undercard gets such as effortlessly melodic Chicago rockers Whitney and powerhouse singer Erika Wennerstrom of bluesy, Texas-based Heartless Bastards.

FESTIVAL LATINO

Aug. 11-12

Genoa Park, Downtown

festivallatino.net

COST: Free

PERFORMERS: TBA

SUMMARY: This two-day fest celebrates everything Latino, so we wouldn't expect to see a MAGA hat anywhere within a mile of Genoa Park on this weekend.

WCOL COUNTRY JAM

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

countryjamcampout.com

Legend Valley, Thornville

COST: $99.50 for a three-day pass

PERFORMERS: Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay and more

SUMMARY: Buckeye Country Superfest is taking a one-year hiatus, so local country fans itching to take in a bevy of twang-laden acts will need to make the trek to Legend Valley to catch Sam Hunt, Maren Morris and others.