The Gay Softball World Series is coming to Columbus, bringing with it a slew of auxiliary events for players and fans alike. From the annual Miss Gay Softball World Series Pageant to En Vogue headlining the closing ceremonies and High Street block party, even non-athletes can partake in the festivities. We've rounded up a few of our favorite events tied to the Series for enhanced reveling.

The Gay Softball World Series is coming to Columbus, bringing with it a slew of auxiliary events for players and fans alike. From the annual Miss Gay Softball World Series Pageant to En Vogue headlining the closing ceremonies and High Street block party, even non-athletes can partake in the festivities. We've rounded up a few of our favorite events tied to the Series for enhanced reveling.

Miss Gay Softball World Series Pageant

Hosted by Columbus' favorite drag diva Nina West, Miss Gay Softball World Series Pageant is a must. Filled with campy fun, 20 contestants from the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance will duke it out for a chance at the crown and a year's worth of bragging rights. Contestants will model creative softball gear, show off their talents, and answer onstage questions during the pageant. The winner will sashay away with $500, the official Miss GSWS crown, sash and crown box, and all the prestige associated with having your own tiara. Participants get in free, and non-participants can join in the fun for $5. Premium tables of four are also available, and proceeds benefit ARC Ohio and Kaleidoscope Youth Center.

Axis Night Club
775 N. High St., Short North
Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
$10
axisonhigh.com

Gay Softball World Series Opening Ceremonies

Gay Softball World Series participants and fans will receive a warm Columbus welcome at the GSWS opening ceremonies at the Columbus Commons. The event will feature food trucks and a variety of entertainment including performances from Steve Grand and Grammy-nominated country singer Ty Herndon. Out-of-towners will get a chance to try our favorite local fare and rub elbows with Herndon and other participants from across the U.S. and Canada. Party-goers are encouraged to come early and stay late.

Columbus Commons
160 S. High St., Downtown
Aug. 17, 4:30 p.m.
gsws2015.org

Cirque Du So Gay - Under The Big Red Top

The Hyatt Regency Hotel in the heart of downtown will be transformed into a carnival for Cirque Du So Gay - Under The Big Red Top on Aug. 19. Revelers will enjoy circus acts and performance arts and have the chance to meet Miss Heart of Ohio Kara Mitchell and Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane. As an added bonus, all the proceeds from this event benefit ARC Ohio and Kaleidoscope Youth Center.

Hyatt Regency
350 N. High St., Downtown.
Aug. 19, 7 p.m.
gsws2015.org

Closing ceremonies

Just because the trophies have been passed out doesn't mean the party is over. On Aug. 22, celebrate another amazing Gay Softball World Series at the closing ceremony block party, taking place on High St. between Buttles and Hubbard Ave. Latrice Royale of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and fan-favorite Crystal Waters will be on hand to meet and greet fans. Be sure to get your "congratulations" out of the way early, because 90s R&B girl-group En Vogue is performing later in the night.

High St., between Buttles Ave. and Hubbard Ave.
Aug. 22, 5 p.m.
Free admission
gsws2015.org