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Columbus & Central Ohio Annual Festivals/Events

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – February


Arnold Sports Festival

Dates: February/March
Location:
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Phone: 614-431-2600


Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – March


Arnold Sports Festival

Dates: March
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Phone: 614-431-2600

African American Heritage Festival

Dates: March
Location: Throughout The Ohio State University campus, Columbus, Ohio
Admission: Free for most events

The event traditionally brings thousands of visitors to Columbus and is a time for people of all ages and walks to
celebrate African-American history and culture.


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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – April


Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest

Date: April
Location: Beulah Park, Grove City, OH
Cost $35 pre-sale or $40 at the door for 20, 4 oz samples.

The Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest is a fund raiser. Funds raised by our event will be used to purchase
a Guide Dog for a local sight impaired individual through the Pilot Dog organization. Other highlights are Over 120
varieties of Craft Beers from around the world; a silent auction; Held in the historic Upper Club House of Beulah Park;
We appreciate Designated Drivers and there will be a $5 admission fee for each DD entitling them to unlimited soda,
a food voucher and a complimentary sampling glass. Tickets are limited. Don’t delay!

 

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – May


Central Ohio Folk Festival

Date: May
Location: Batelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, 1755 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio

Asian Festival

Date: May
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

Dragon Boat Races and Festival

Date: May
Location: Genoa Park, Downtown Columbus, Ohio

Free Admission

Again this year, Dragonboat races and land festivities will be coming to Columbus! Learn about dragon boat racing
and why it is a fast-growing international sport. The Steel City Dragonboat Club of Pittsburgh will again be bringing two
boats for Columbus teams to compete. In addition, there will be Dragon and Lion dances as well as workshops for your participation (Tai-chi, Yoga, taiko drumming, Obon and bamboo dance).

 

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – June


Park Street Festival 2014

Dates: June
Location: Arena District, Park Street, (just seconds from Nationwide Arena) Columbus, OH

This event has grown in size and scale since we started it 8 years ago and, today, it is the premier summer kick-off
party in Columbus. Each year we do our best to make this 2 day event something special. It’s our way of saying
“Thank You” to the community that supports us

Columbus Arts Festival

Date: June
Friday through Sunday
Location: Scioto Mile on the Riverfront

Banana Split Festival

Date: June
Location: JW Denver Williams Memorial Park, Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Celebrating the 50′s and 60′s.

Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival

Date: June
Location: Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville, OH 43023

Join us for the Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival, Licking County’s only fine arts festival, over 100 artists, fine food,
live musical entertainment,and an activity tent for kids of all ages, wine from throughout the country and food samples
from Central Ohio restaurants.

Wine and Arts Festival

Date: June
Location: Grove City Town Center, Grove City, OH

The Grove City Town Center Inc. is proud to once again sponsor the annual Wine and Arts Festival. Twelve Ohio
wineries, including Grove City’s own Plum Run Winery, will offer samples of their various vintages, and guests can find
a new favorite beverage or get-away spot. The wineries will be complimented by many artists and artisans as they create wine-related treasures. Guests can expect everything from custom-made wooden furniture, to fine art, to vintage pieces.

London Strawberry Festival

Date: June
Location: Downtown London, Ohio – State Routes 56 and 42

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

Date: June
Location: In the heart of downtown Gahanna on the banks of Creekside Park, Gahanna, OH

Juneteenth Ohio Festival

Dates: June
Location: Downtown Columbus Ohio – Genoa Park

Join the thousands who will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take part in the array of events, performances, exhibits, natural
hair seminars, college fairs, health fairs, health screenings, health walks, children’s activities and the longest running
talent show in the state of Ohio. The annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival will delight, inform and inspire all ages!

Worthington Arts Festival

Date: June
Location: Village Green, Routes 161 and 23, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Powell Festival

Date: June
Location: Powell Village Green Park, 47 Hall Street, Powell, Ohio 43065

Each year, the Powell Festival provides family style fun including two days of musical performances, merchant displays,
food vendors, animal visits, games, beer garden and so much more. The celebration ends Saturday night with free
fireworks!

ComFest Community Festival

Date: June
Location: Goodale Park

 

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – July


4th of July Celebration in Columbus, Ohio

The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest will be fired from its location at Veterans
Memorial in downtown Columbus, displaying a vibrant look with an exciting environment. Enjoy great food, music and
fireworks at the 30th presentation of Red, White & BOOM!


Date: July
Location: Downtown Columbus
Click here for more info

North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival

Dates: July
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH

Enjoy impeccable wines from wineries throughout Ohio at this three day celebration. Brought to you by PNC Bank.

Westerville Music and Arts Festival

Dates: July
Location: Heritage Park and Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH

Lancaster Festival

Date: July
Location: Various Locations

Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus

Dates: July
Admission: Free
Location: Columbus Arena District/North Bank Park
Address: 311 W. Long Street Columbus, OH 43215

The Mt. Carmel Pickerington Violet Festival

Date: to be announced
Location: Victory Park, Lockville Road, Pickerington, Ohio
A four-day, fun-filled family festival that showcases Pickerington as a great place to live, work and do business!

Lazy Daze of Summer Festival

Date: July
Location: Lawn and streets surrounding the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 West First Avenue, Grandview
Heights, Ohio 43212

Juried crafts, food, music, and more on the lawn & streets surrounding the Library!


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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – August


Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

Dates: August
Location: Downtown Canal Winchester, OH

Canal Winchester will be celebrating some of the best sights, sounds and tastes of summer at the Canal Winchester
Blues & Ribfest this August in historic downtown Canal Winchester. The event will offer live blues music, rib and food
vendors, a beer garden, and arts and crafts vendors. The Blues & Ribfest will be a great atmosphere for friends, and
family to relax and enjoy Smokin’ Blues, Sizzlin’ Hot Ribs, & More! There is no charge to be placed at our event.

Dublin Irish Festival

Date: August
Location: Coffman Park

London Rib & JazzFest

Date: August
Location: Downtown London, Ohio

The London Rib and Jazz Fest brings the party to downtown London! Enjoy the jazzed up LIVE music and that sweet
smell of barbecue well into the night as we celebrate in the streets.

Originating in 2008 as a revitalization of London’s First Friday schedule, the 2013 Rib & Jazz Fest saw almost 10,000
people and every rib vendor selling out of the nearly 5,000 pounds of ribs! 

We look forward to seeing you in downtown London Ohio

PulpFest 2014

Dates: August
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus. 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH

“The Summer’s Great Pulp Convention,” PulpFest is a new and improved version of the venerable convention catering
to fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction.

Festival Latino in Columbus

Date: August
Location: Genoa Park, (behind COSI) Downtown Columbus

All Ohio Balloon Fest

Dates: August
Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Road (just off Industrial Parkway), Marysville, OH

Columbus Food Truck Festival

Dates: August
Location: Columbus Commons, 160 S. High Street, Columbus, OH

The Columbus Food Truck Festival is back this summer bigger and better than ever!! The Columbus Food Truck Festival
is a two-day event featuring over 40 of the best Food Trucks in Ohio, entertainment, arts & crafts and family fun for all
ages. You’ll find great food, live music and special events. Whether you’re just looking for a great way to spend an
afternoon, a food lover eager to taste a delicious mix of the best food trucks & carts in Columbus or a music fan looking
to hear great live music, The Columbus Food Truck Festival is one event that offers something for everyone. We are
proud to announce our collaboration again this year with the Ronald McDonald House and we are lucky to have Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) as our charitable partner. For over 3 decades, RMHC has provided a home-away-from-home to families with seriously ill children and we are happy to take part in this heartfelt cause. Our
mission is to draw attention to Downtown Columbus, support our non-profit partners – spotlight the gourmet mobile food movement and support our local independent small business owners.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Dates: to be announced
Location: Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

India Festival

Date: August
Location: Ohio Expo, Celeste Center, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH

Art, music, food, and the culture of India are celebrated.

41st Annual Greek Festival in Columbus

Date: August
Friday and Saturday: 11AM – Midnight; Sunday: Noon to Midnight;
Monday: 11AM to 7PM
Location: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High Street, Columbus, OH

 

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – September


41st Annual Greek Festival in Columbus

Date: August/September
Location: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High Street, Columbus, OH

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

The Labor Day Festival is Canal Winchester’s largest and longest running event. What began in 1920 as a small
gathering is now a local tradition that attracts thousands of visitors each year. This year’s event will include carnival
rides, a parade, live entertainment, a cruise-in and much more.

Dates: August/September
Location: The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival is held in the village’s historic downtown area. The Village of
Canal Winchester is located off U.S. Route 33, approximately 10 miles southeast of downtown Columbus. Parking
for the festival is available on public streets and parking lots throughout the village.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Date: September
Admission: Free
Location:
Northam Park, Upper Arlington

Marion Popcorn Festival

Date: September 4, 5, and 6th, 2014
Thursday 11:00 AM – Midnight
Friday 11:00 AM – Midnight (Beer Gardens Open till 1 AM Friday)
Saturday 11:00 AM – Midnight
Location: Marion, Ohio

Lithopolis Honeyfest

Date: September
Location: Columbus Street in downtown Lithopolis
Ohio’s honey festival expands to 2 days – Friday and Saturday after Labor Day. Minutes SE of Columbus along
Columbus St. in downtown Lithopolis. Bee beards, beekeepers and equipment, honey varietals for sale, honey tasting,
honey extracting. American Honey Princess, mead (honey wine) and wine tasting, honey-made food. Busy Beehive
kids crafts, honey bee and beekeeping educational exhibits, photo contest, fantastic art, two stages of great live
music and more! Free admission, parking and shuttle!

Hot Times Community Music & Arts Festival

Date: to be announced
Location: 240 Parsons Avenue, (Main & Parsons, Columbus, Ohio)

4th Annual Macedonian Festival

Dates: to be announced
Location: St. Mary’s Macedonian Orthodox Church, 400 South Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, OH

We hope everyone will join us at the 4th Annual Macedonian Festival. Enjoy traditional Macedonian food, drinks, live
music, dancing, and entertainment for all ages! Admission and Parking are FREE!

Ohio Craft Brew Festival

Date: September
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columubus, OH

Back by popular demand, North Market will once again be bringing together the finest Ohio Craft Brewers in this three day event.

Mohican Bluegrass Festival

Dates: September
Location: Mohican Wilderness Campground, 22462 Wally Road, Glenmont, Ohio 44628 – Phone: 740-599-6741

Annual bluegrass festival featuring local, regional, and national bluegrass bands – one of the best in the country!

Covered Bridge Festival

Tours can be self-guided or reservations can be made on one of the tour buses.
Date: September
Location: The Pottersburg Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg, OH

Backwoods Fest

Dates: September
Hours:
Admission: Adult admission $9.00 Kids 10 and under are free and parking is free!
Location: 8572 High Point Rd, Thornville, OH 43076

Nestled on a 60 acre wooded area in Northern Perry County, you will find one of Ohio’s finest arts and crafts festivals.
Craft vendors from several states come to share their variety of items. Encounter the aroma of open-fire and kettle-
cooked foods throughout the festival. Taste roasted almonds and pecans and fresh pork crackling as you stroll the
festival roadways. Take some time and you’re sure to find something special. Do not forget to check out the pre-1840 Encampment area. See what it was like to live and work in an early settlement. Pick fresh pumpkins and mums for
your own decorating. No matter what your age, you will be happy you came to enjoy the food, the music, the arts and
crafts plus the relaxed atmosphere, and the fellowship of many from across Ohio and its neighboring states!

7th Annual Simon Kenton Chili Cook Off Festival and Hoopla Parade

Date: to be announced
Location: The event will be held in downtown Urbana. One Monument Square if using a map quest. The downtown
streets will be blocked off to traffic following the Hoopla Parade. Parade will run from 1:00 -2:00PM – Main Street from Monument Square to Church Street will be closed to traffic, stage rolled out and the music begins!!

Join us for a day of contests, chili tasting, beer and ale tasting, live entertainment, dedicated children’s activity area and
the Hoopla Parade including the Dayton Antioch Shriners. Entertainment headliner is Meridith Evans and Luxury Brown.

Columbus Oktoberfest

Dates: September
Hours: Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-8pm
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

 

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Columbus & Central Ohio Festivals – October


Columbus Italian Festival

Date: to be announced
Location: Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, in Italian Village

 

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