Looking for something do for, oh, the next three months? We've got you covered with our guide to all things summer in Columbus.

African Village Arts Festival

Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Old Central Community House, East Side

Web: galleryinthehood.org

Third-annual family-friendly festival hosted by the Urban Cultural Arts Foundation featuring African dwelling and solar exhibitions, traditional African ceremonies, drum circles, live performances and much more.

All-Ohio Balloon Fest

Aug. 14-15

Union County Airport, Marysville

Web: allohioballoonfest.com

Two-day event featuring dozens of colorful hot-air balloons, kids activities, food and live entertainment with the Reaganomics and Station Break.

All-Ohio Bike Fest

July 23-25

Union County

Web: unioncountycvb.com

Bikers, vendors and exhibitors from around thenationgather inUnion County the last weekend in July to visit old friends and enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, and the sickest custom motorcycles and motorcycle accessories in the Midwest.

Apartments Alive: The 2009 Rental Tour

June 12-21


Web: apartmentsalive.com

First-ever, 10-day public tour of apartment communities throughout Central Ohio featuring special rental promotions, cool contests and a variety of entertainment.

Art Al Fresco

Aug. 15

Short North

Web: shortnorth.org

Coming off the success of last year's debut, this one-day, outdoor public art event celebrates the city's creativity in visual and performing arts. There're three components: Unexpected Guests, Peep Show and The Usual Suspects.

Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-in

July 10, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; July 11, 12-11 p.m.

Dublin Metro Center, Dublin

Web: arthritisautoshow.com

Annual fundraising event for car enthusiasts and spectators showcasing over 1,500 street rods, classic cars and street machines along with food, drinks and more.

Art in the Park

June 14, 1-5 p.m.

Gallant Woods Preserve, Delaware


Web: preservationparks.com

Area artists and musicians will gather to sell, perform and display original works of art in a beautiful natural setting.

Biggy Smalls

July 11, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

Junctionview Studios, Grandview

Web: junctionviewstudios.com

Discover some of the city's emerging artists at the latest Junctionview-hosted event featuring extra-large - and small - works of art.

Blarney in the Alley

July 4

Darby Alley, Dublin

Web: blarneyinthealley.com

Family-friendly street fair held before, during and after the Independence Day Parade.

Brew at the Zoo

Aug. 28, 7-11 p.m.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Powell

Web: columbuszoo.org

Annual after-hours fundraising event for the Columbus Zoo featuring food, music, drinks and more.

CAPA Summer Movie Series

Ohio Theatre, Downtown


Web: capa.com

July 17-19: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

July 22-23: The Awful Truth

July 24: The Day the Earth Stood Still; Slap Shot

July 25-26: Show Boat

July 29-31: Dirty Harry

Aug. 1: Cartoon Capers

Aug. 1-2: King Kong

Aug. 5-6: Rebecca

Aug. 7: Dirty Dancing

Aug. 8-9: The King and I

Aug. 12: The Male Animal

Aug. 13-14: Wings

Aug. 15-16: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Aug. 19-20: Spellbound

Aug. 21: Gold Diggers of 1933; Evil Dead II

Aug. 22: Cartoon Capers

Aug. 22-23: Ben-Hur

Aug. 26-27: Road to Bali

Aug. 28: Steel Magnolias

Aug. 29-30: South Pacific

Columbus Arts Festival

June 5-6, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; June 7, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Discovery District, Downtown

Web: gcac.org

The move to the eastern edge of Downtown was an unabashed success for the Columbus Arts Fest, and there's even more in store this year. Taking place in the Discovery District - home to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus State Community College, the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library and the Topiary Garden - the festival will give art lovers their pick of works by more than 150 local and national artists. Other highlights include live music and poetry performances as well as hands-on activities and great food from area restaurants.

Columbus Feis

July 31, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dublin Coffman High School and Coffman Park, Dublin

Web: columbusfeis.com

One of the largest "feis" (pronounced "fesh") in North America, and held in conjunction with the Dublin Irish Festival, the annual Irish dance competition continues its showcase of local and national face-offs between individuals and groups on nine stages.

Columbus-Worthington Art Fair

Aug. 15-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Worthington Square Mall, Worthington

Web: artfestival.com

Free outdoor juried art gallery featuring over 150 local and national artists.

City Hop

June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Columbus

Web: columbuslandmarks.org

The annual self-guided walking tour of condos, lofts and apartments in the Downtown area turns 10 this year, and a slew of new features are scheduled. Don't miss the opportunity to chat with local residents and gain tips and insights on urban living. New stops include: 8 on the Square, Carlyle's Watch, CityView at Third, Neighborhood Launch, North Bank Condos, Ohio Lofts, Sixty Spring, The Annex at RiverSouth, and The Exchange Urban Lofts. Segways and pedicab rentals will also be available.

Classics on the Creek

Creekside Plaza, Gahanna


Web: gahanna.gov

9 p.m. Fridays

June 26: The Wizard of Oz

July 24: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Aug. 28: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial


June 26-28

Goodale Park, Short North

Web: comfest.com

Annual all-volunteer Downtown music and arts festival featuring dozens of local and national vendors, along with multiple stages showcasing the city's many music scenes.

Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest

June 19, 5-11 p.m.; June 20, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Mill and Granville streets, Gahanna


Web: gahannaevents.com

Created 10 years ago as a one-day dedication for Gahanna's new Creekside Park, this three-day celebration of culture features hundreds of musicians, delicious cuisine, artisans from the region, amusement rides and much more.

Doo Dah Parade & Party

July 4, 12 p.m.

Short North

Web: doodahparade.com

Popular community-based parade celebrating life and liberty with an emphasis on satire, artistic freedoms and political mischief.

Downtown Powell Street Market

July 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.



Web: visitpowell.com

One-day only shopping event along the streets of Downtown Powell featuring good deals on antiques, arts, crafts, collectibles, plants, produce and much more.

The Dub Crawl

July 30, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.


Web: dublinirishfestival.org

One-day-only event featuring Irish music, shopping, gallery openings, and a 5K run.

Dublin Irish Festival

July 31, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Web: dublinirishfestival.org

A Central Ohio tradition, the annual festival celebrates Irish culture with an extensive live music lineup, dance performances, pipe and drum bands, and traditional Irish re-enactors.

Easton Art Affair

June 26, 4-8 p.m.; June 27, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; June 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Easton Town Center Town Square, Easton

Web: eastonartaffair.com

Annual outdoor fine art and craft show offering original art at all price points.

Festival Latino

Aug. 15-16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Genoa Park, Downtown

Web: festivallatino.net

Hosted by CAPA, the largest Hispanic event in Ohio returns to Genoa Park this year showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary Latin American culture. Several Ohio-based Latino bands and dance companies will perform alongside national musical acts that reflect the diversity of Central Ohio's Latin communities.

Ferret Buckeye Bash

Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Veterans Memorial, Franklinton

Web: scarletts-happydookers.com

Ohio's premier championship and all-specialty ferret show. Enjoy ferret-specific vendors, raffle, educational speakers, breeders, shelters/rescues and more.

Franklin County Fair

July 18-25

Franklin County Fairgrounds, Hilliard

Web: franklincountyfairgroundsohio.org

Annual celebration of summer featuring vendors, rides, live entertainment and strangely satisfying fried foodstuffs.

Gahanna Freedom Festival

July 4, 10:30 a.m.

Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, Gahanna


Web: gahanna.gov

Family-friendly Independence Day celebration featuring a 5K run/walk, games and fireworks.

Gardening & Arts Festival

July 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Scioto Gardens, Delaware

Web: sciotogardens.com

Third-annual festival featuring artisans, craftsmen, food, live music and free gardening workshops.

German Village Haus und Garden Tour

June 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

German Village

Web: germanvillage.com

Annual tour of renovated homes and gardens in the historic urban neighborhood, featuring gardening demonstrations, a watercolor competition and vendors.

Goodguys PPG Nationals

July 10-11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ohio Expo Center, North Side

Web: good-guys.com

Annual showcase of more than 6,000 muscle cars, customs, classics, rods and street machines.

Grillmasters Festival

June 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

North Market, Arena District

Web: northmarket.com

Showcase of all things grilled, including cooking demonstrations, barbecue sauce competitions and samples, food vendors, and live entertainment.


Aug. 15, 1 p.m.

Alum Creek State Park Amphitheatre, Delaware


Web: visitdelohio.com

Truth in advertising. Explore a range of lovely edible insects, trash, cockroaches, dirt, slugs and more.

Grove City Garden Tour

July 12, 1 p.m.

Gardens at Gantz Farms, Grove City


Web: visitgrovecityoh.com

Sixteenth-annual tour of gorgeous Grove City and Jackson Township private gardens.

Hilltop Home and Garden Tour

June 13, 4-8 p.m.

Westgate Masonic Lodge, Hilltop


Web: friendsofthehilltop.com

Sponsored by Friends of the Hilltop, Friends of Westgate Park and the Westgate Neighbors Association, the inaugural launch of the Hilltop Home and Garden Tour will showcase the architecture, home renovations and garden designs of 12 Westgate homes. Additional stops include a photography studio and an organic vegetable garden.

Jam 'n' Jefferson Park Festival

July 11, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; July 12, 2-9 p.m.

Jefferson Park, Downtown


Web: stpaulcols.org

Eighteenth-annual two-day, community-driven festival featuring great food, a talent showcase, live music and dozens of vendors.

Jazz & Ribs Fest

July 24-25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; July 26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Arena District


Web: hotribscooljazz.org

Perennial summer favorite featuring more meat than you really should eat and local and national jazz acts. This year's lineup includes: Norman Brown's Summer Storm featuring Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius, Mindi Abair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Byron Stripling Quartet, Donald Harrison, The Brian Simpson Quartet, Etienne Charles Quintet, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Lou Donalson Quartet, Pucho Brown and His Latin Soul Brothers, and The Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra with Herlin Riley.


June 19-21

Franklin Park, East Side


Web: juneteenthohio.net

Annual family-oriented event celebrating the date of the emancipation of the remaining African-American slaves in the Union - June 19, 1865. Activities include the Juneteenth Re-Enactment, guest authors, the Free Your Mind Book Fair, Cultural Marketplace, Soul Food Pavilion, and Sunday performances by Zapp and the Rick James Stone City Band.

Kids Fest

Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Easton Town Center Town Square, Easton

Web: eastontowncenter.com

Annual family-friendly outdoor event featuring music, games, jugglers, magic shows and more.

Lancaster Festival

July 23-Aug. 1


Web: lanfest.org

Popular weeklong music and arts showcase. Scheduled performers include Sheherazade, Lee Ann Womack, and The Temptations.

Lazy Daze of Summer Festival

July 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Grandview Heights Public Library, Grandview


Web: ghpl.org

Annual family-friendly arts and music fest presented by the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council. Highlights include free children's art activities, live music performances, high-quality crafts and a silent auction.

Midsummer Monster Bash

June 5, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Frog, Bear and Wild Boar, Arena District


Web: midwesthauntersconvention.com

A kickoff celebration to welcome haunted-attraction industry professionals and the public to that weekend's Midwest Haunters Convention. There'll be a variety of entertainers and a Monster Karaoke set on stage with the Scarlet Angel Band.

Midwest Haunters Convention

June 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Downtown


Web: midwesthauntersconvention.com

Annual three-day event hosted by haunted-attraction actors, producers and home haunters featuring the latest in industry offerings, educational seminars, social activities and a vendor trade show.

Midwest Haunters Masquerade Party

June 6, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Downtown


Celebrate Halloween in June during this special event hosted by haunted-attraction industry professionals. This year's party will feature the Ms. Midwest Scary Pageant (featured in AOL's top 13 Freaky Attractions), the Wolfe Face Art & FX Body Art Fashion Show, a Scariest Character contest and much more.

Movies by Moonlight Series

Easton Town Center Town Square, Easton

Web: eastontowncenter.com

Tuesdays at dusk

July 7: E.T.

July 14: Madagascar

July 21: Hook

July 28: Annie

Aug. 4: Surf's Up

Aug. 11: The Goonies

Aug. 18: Grease

Aug. 25: The Princess Bride

North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival

July 10, 7-10 p.m.; July 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 12, 12-6 p.m.

North Market, Arena District

Web: northmarket.com

Annual celebration and showcase of Ohio's vineyards, featuring samples, food pairings, the farmers market, live entertainment, and cooking and tasting demos by local chefs.

Ohio Polo Classic

Aug. 22, 1 p.m.

Cashman's Field, Delaware

Web: ohiopoloclassic.com

All-horse parade, horse whisperer, petting zoo, The Hat Contest, pony and wagon rides, international boomerang demonstration and sky divers.

Olde Towne East Walking Tour

June 13, 4-6 p.m.; June 14, 1-3 p.m.

Olde Towne East


Web: oldetowneeast.org

Explore the rich history and architectural styles of one of the city's first suburbs during this tour, offered throughout the summer and led by local residents well-versed in the area's "Millionaire's Row."

Olde Worthington Art Fest

June 20-21

Village Green, Worthington

Web: owba.net

Seventeenth-annual fine arts juried outdoor festival showcasing the works of more than 100 local and national artisans.

Origins Game Fair

June 24-28

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Downtown

Web: originsgamefair.com

Annual five-day gathering of gamers featuring over 4,000 events, 400 vendors, a slew of special guests, exciting tournaments and much more.

Park Street Festival

June 12, 5 p.m.; June 13, 11 a.m.

Arena District

Web: myspace.com/parkstreetfest

Annual outdoor street party showcasing live musical performances along the Arena District's Park Street corridor. Expect sets from: 17th Floor, Bourbon Kings, DJ Nate, Candlebox, Saving Jane and Dot Dot Dot. New activities include a kids fair, Bike Fest and a Grill Masters event with delicious food from North Market vendors.

Pickerington Jazz & Blues Ribfest

Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


Web: pickeringtonvillage.com

Free annual showcase of local and national acts on two stages. This year's schedule features Christina Barth & Ohio's Youth Entertainers, Fo Mo Deep, The Code Blue Band, Mahajibee Blues, Willie Phoenix, the Rock Factory Music School, Jaime Yamaguchi Jazz Duo and Terra City Blues.

Pickerington Violet Festival

July 22-25

Victory Park, Pickerington

Web: violetfestival.org

Twelfth-annual summer festival featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, games, a beer garden, an arts and crafts fair, a car and bike show, Downtown Dash, and much more.

Powell Festival

June 26, 5-11 p.m.; June 27, 12-11 p.m.

Village Green Park, Powell

Web: cityofpowell.us

Summer fest favorite featuring free live concerts, family-friendly activities, fireworks and more.

Pride Parade and Festival

June 19, 5-11 p.m.; June 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Goodale Park, Short North

Web: columbuspride.org

The Midwest's largest GLBT festival, featuring live music, dozens of entertainers, a family area and the ever-popular parade.


June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Alum Creek Dog Park, Lewis Center

Web: alumcreekdogpark.com

Third-annual fundraiser for the Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park, where dogs and their humans can have a picnic, frolic, play and socialize.

Red, White and Boom!

July 3, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Veterans Memorial, Franklinton


Web: redwhiteandboom.org

One of the largest Independence Day events in the Midwest, featuring a parade, street carnival, live entertainment, interactive sports games and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Short North Independents' Hop

July 4, 4-10 p.m.

Short North


Web: shortnorth.org

Second-annual declaration of independents, showcasing local entrepreneurs, shops, boutiques, restaurants and much more.

Short North Neighborhood Yard Sale

June 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Victorian Village, Italian Village, The Circles and Harrison West

Web: victorianvillage.org

Annual community yard sale featuring new and gently used items from Victorian Village, Italian Village, Harrison West and The Circles residents.

Short North Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 17-18

Short North

Web: shortnorth.org

Annual two-day sale featuring discounted clothing, accessories, furniture, art and more by Short North shops.


June 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Coffman Park, Dublin


Web: slobberfest.org

After a one-year hiatus, this celebration of "dogversity" and "cattitude" returns with a new location and an emphasis on pet adoptions and pet-lover camaraderie. Hosted by the Humane Society of Madison County.

Soundtrack Available Series

Wexner Center Plaza, Campus


Web: wexarts.org

Indoor summer film series showcasing memorable and influential American film soundtracks.

July 2: Mean Streets; Saturday Night Fever

July 9: Purple Rain; Beat Street

July 16: Velvet Goldmine; The Virgin Suicides

July 23: Dazed and Confused; American Graffiti

July 30: Rushmore; Manhattan

Aug. 6: Urban Cowboy; The Graduate

Aug. 13: Jackie Brown; Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Aug. 20: Easy Rider; O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Aug. 27: Magnolia

St. James Brats & Crafts Festival

Aug. 7-9

St. James Lutheran Church, West Side


Annual celebration of traditional German music and authentic old-style mild (and spicy) brats. Other menus items include: red cabbage slaw, locally grown sweet corn, shredded chicken sandwiches, summer salad, apple dumplings and more.

Taste of Olde Towne

June 13

Columbus Music Hall, Olde Towne East

Web: tasteofot.com

Held at the legendary Columbus Music Hall, the inaugural Taste of Olde Towne event will highlight the area's rich history and emerging creative culture, with architecture and history tours, great food, art, wine tastings and live entertainment.

A Taste of Soul

June 6

King Arts Complex, King-Lincoln District


Web: kingartscomplex.com

The King Arts Complex's complementary component of the neighboring Columbus Arts Festival, featuring outdoor art exhibits, live music, dance, food and much more.


Aug. 8, 3-8 p.m.

Shull Park, Gahanna


Web: gahanna.gov

Annual all-teen talent showcase focused on music, skating, video games, biking and more.

Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic

June 27-28

Web: tourdegrandview.com

Two-day event where local, national and international cyclists race through the streets of Grandview.

Trash to Treasure Community Yard Sale

June 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Olde Towne East

Web: oldetowneeast.org

Annual community-wide yard and garage sale just east of Downtown Columbus.

Wag Dog Festival

Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson

Web: wagfest.com

Central Ohio's premier dog-friendly event, featuring doggie fashion shows, educational programs, pet adoptions, swim areas, contests and more.

Westerville Music & Arts Festival

July 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Heritage Park & Everal Barn, Westerville

Web: westervillechamber.com

Two days of art and live music featuring more than 100 artisans from across the country and Central Ohio. The main stage will feature live music all weekend with performances by the New Basics Brass Band, Jared Mahone, Jim Volk, The Debits and more.

Wex Drive-In Outdoor Film Fest Series

Wexner Center Plaza, Campus


Web: wexarts.org

Free monthly outdoor film fest featuring a cash bar, free popcorn and Jeni's ice cream.

June 18: The Wolf Man

July 23: American Graffiti

Aug. 20: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Zombie Walk

June 6, 5 p.m.

Goodale Park, Short North

Web: myspace.com/zombiewalkcolumbus

Yes, zombies will be coming to a park near you during the third-annual fundraiser for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank (isn't that awesome?). Previous undead experience not required. Bring your perishables to the southeast entrance of Goodale Park.


June 20, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Powell


Web: columbuszoo.org

Annual adults-only fundraiser held at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium featuring signature dishes and specialty drinks from area restaurants, as well as multiple exhibits and several stages of live entertainment.