Columbus Ohio Events

Columbus Ohio events are happening all year round. Every weekend you can find something going on at places like The Ohio Expo Center or the Nationwide Arena and more!


I’m going to bring you the information on my favorite Columbus Ohio events so you’ll know when they’re happening! This will include garden shows, horse expos, carnivals, hot air balloon shows, fairs, and much more.

And it can be anything… so you don’t want to miss this page!

Select the month below for the list of events you want to see.
Events are listed chronologically by month then event date.

 

Columbus Ohio Events for January

Ohio Boat & RV Show
Dates: January 9, 2015 – Noon-8PM
January 10, 2015 – 10AM-9PM
January 1, 2015 – 11AM-5PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday
January 14-16, 2015 – Noon – 8PM
January 17, 2015 – 10AM-9PM
January 18, 2015 – 11AM-5PM Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Tickets: $10 General Admission, $2 Youth (6-12), Children 5 and under are FREE!


Orchid Forest
Date: January 10 – April 5, 2015
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
A mid-winter escape! A vibrant display of hundreds of orchids takes the chill off even the coldest winter day. Artful and imaginative horticultural designs feature orchids of all forms and colors in the historic Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species.


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Columbus Ohio Events for February

Valentine’s Day events


Orchid Forest
Date: February 1 – April 5, 2015
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
A mid-winter escape! A vibrant display of hundreds of orchids takes the chill off even the coldest winter day. Artful and imaginative horticultural designs feature orchids of all forms and colors in the historic Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species.


Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show
Date: February 14-22, 2015; Saturdays 10-8PM; Sundays 10-6PM; Monday Noon – 8; Tuesday Closed; Wednesday through Friday – Noon-8PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Whatever’s on your home – improvement list – inside or out – you’ll be able to find it when Ohio Mulch presents the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show! There, you can meet one on one with HUNDREDS of pros who can tackle your next project – or help you do it yourself.

Soulful Sounds at Signature Wines
Date: February 21, 2015 from 8PM-11PM
Location: Signature Wines, 3816 April Lane, Columbus, OH 43227
Costs: $10 per person in advance. $15 per person at the door.
Relax and spend a winter evening with friends while enjoying the sumptuous vocals of Abbie Stands which are sure to please every musical palate. Experience Abbie’s opulent, yet smooth vocals, accompanied by crisp piano while sampling wines from Signature Wines.
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 8:00-9:00 p.m., with live music beginning at 9:00 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase by the taste for $1.00, and by the glass for $6.00.
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Columbus Ohio Events for March

Orchid Forest
Date: March 1 – April 5, 2015
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
A mid-winter escape! A vibrant display of hundreds of orchids takes the chill off even the coldest winter day. Artful and imaginative horticultural designs feature orchids of all forms and colors in the historic Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species.


2015 Fight for Air Climb sponsored by the American Lung Association
Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Rhodes state Office Tower, 30 East Broad St. Columbus, Ohio
Tickets: Click here for information.
It’s time to experience the climb of your life! 40 floors, 880 steps! Join the Fight for Air Climb and help enable the American Lung Association to continue their lifesaving work for healthy lungs and healthy air. Create a team and compete together, or compete as an individual. All participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 by race morning in addition to registration fees. By meeting the fundraising requirements, a t-shirt is included in registration. Your participation will raise the funds necessary to provide life saving education, research and advocacy to beat lung disease and find the cure.


Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: March 7 – September 27, 2015


Shen Yun Performing Arts 2015
Dates: March 11-12, 2015 at 7:30PM
Location: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State Street, Columbus, OH
Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by this company is a true representation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization. For every performance season, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance with China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening.
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Leading Ladies Luncheon
Date: March 21, 2015 from 1PM – 4PM
Attire: Hats and chic attire requested. Hats are optional
Location: The Wine Bistro, 925 N State St., Westerville, OH 43082
Cost: $30
Click here to register
Join us for the Leading Ladies Luncheon in celebration of The Diva Movement’s 2nd Anniversary. Join other extraordinary and powerful ladies for an afternoon of empowerment,inspiration and networking. Featured Speaker-Norah Bagirinka-2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Honoree, Rwanda Genocide Survivor, untir…ing advocate for women and children’s rights, founder of Rwanda Women in Action. There is no doubt that women can change the world. You have the power to create meaningful change in your own life as well as in the lives of others. Come and learn from dynamic speakers about how you can live your legacy NOW by being a woman of impact and influence. The Diva Movement is a personal development and social networking organization for women. The Diva Movement’s mission is to empower,motivate and inspire women to be extraordinary.


Smooth Jazz and Wine at Signature Wines
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8PM – 10:30PM
Attire: Hats and chic attire requested. Hats are optional
Location: Signature Wines, 3816 April Lane, Columbus, OH 43227
Admission: $10 if purchased online, or $15 at the door
Click here to Purchase tickets online
Come celebrate the long awaited arrival of spring with jazz and wine. Signature Wines will be hosting Giovanni and the Missing Link Jazz Ensemble. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 8:00-9:00 p.m., with live music beginning at 9:00 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase by the taste for $1.00, and by the glass for $6.00. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please call Giovanni at Missing Link Jazz Ensemble at 614.208.1158, or Kelly at Signature Wines at 614.395.2355.

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Columbus Ohio Events for April

Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: April 1 – September 27, 2015


Orchid Forest
Date: April 1 – April 5, 2015
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
A mid-winter escape! A vibrant display of hundreds of orchids takes the chill off even the coldest winter day. Artful and imaginative horticultural designs feature orchids of all forms and colors in the historic Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Daily presentations and educational programs encourage further exploration of this fascinating species.


CCAD Spring Art Sale
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Loann Crane Center for Design, 60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus OH, 43215
Hours – Costs: 9AM First choice, $50
10AM – 2PM General admission, $5
Don’t miss Before They’re Famous: The CCAD Spring Art Sale-a semiannual juried showcase of works by more than 100 CCAD students, faculty and alumni. Admissions fund student scholarships and sales proceeds go directly to the artists. Parking is free on CCAD lots.
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Bouquet of Flavours
Date: April 10, 2015 from 6PM – 9PM
Cost is $75 per person, Click here to purchase tickets
Location: Huntington Club of Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH
Bouquet of Flavours is a wine tasting event where you can enjoy an evening of wine-tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, auction and raffle with 100% of the proceeds going towards Creative Living’s Resident Assistance Program.


Columbus Horse Expo – The Equine Affaire
Dates: April 9-12, 2015
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Join us for Equine Affaire in Ohio! Experience the nation’s premiere equine exposition, featuring more than 250 unique clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry. Equine Affaire also hosts the largest equine-related trade show in North America, showcasing hundreds of commercial exhibits, an extensive Breed Pavilion, a fun-filled Youth Pavilion, and a special evening show – the Pfizer Fantasia, a musical celebration of the horse.


Earth Day in Bexley
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 3PM – 7PM
Location: Bexley Natural Market, 508 N Cassady Ave, Bexley, Ohio 43209
Come to North Cassady in Bexley for Earth Day. From the Bexley Natural market, to the Bexley Animal Hospital, the Bexley Coffee Shop and way down to Art with Anna, the street will be filled with local vendors, artists, food trucks, animals, musicians, activists, and fun.
For more information or to participate contact Diane at bexleynaturalmarket@yahoo.com


Soulful Sounds at Signature Wines
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 7PM – 9:30PM
Location: Signature Wines is located at 3816 April Lane, Columbus, 43227
Admission is $10 when paid online, in advance; or $15 at the door. Free light appetizers will be available beginning at 7:00 with live music beginning at 7:30.
Local musician Abbie Stands will be performing at Signature Wines. Abbie Stands sings from the classic American songbook with a contemporary spin. Deriving inspiration from artists such as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, and Eva Cassidy; Abbie has created a distinctive sound combining vintage and classical influences with current sensibilities.
Click here to purchase tickets

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Columbus Ohio Events for May

Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: May 1 – September 27, 2015


Change Your Hue of Blue Blues Music Concert
Date: May 2, 2015
Location: Northland Performing Arts Center. 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Cols, OH
Concert Benefit Schedule
Private sponsors dinner with special Little G Weevil acoustic concert
5:00 p.m. Social Hour begins
5:30 p.m. Dinner with acoustic accompaniment from Little G. Weevil,
2014 Acoustic Artist of the Year Blue Music Award Nominee
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Family Mental Health Awareness Presentation
Speakers include:
Sean Reilly, UMCH Family Services
General admission seating
6:45 – 7PM – Registration check-in (lobby)
7:00 – 7:15PM – Doors open, seating begins
7:15 – 8:1:15PM – Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl
8:15 – 8:30PM – Live auction
8:30 – 10PM – Headliner: Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy
Diunna is the 2014 Koko Taylor Blues Music Award Winner
Ticket Information:
General Admission Tickets – $25 each
Premier Admission Tickets – $50 each
Table seating is available for $150/ticket (includes dinner)
Tables of 8 start at $1000 per table (includes dinner)
Click here for more information
At UMCH Family Services, we are on a mission to change the cultural attitude toward mental illness. To create widespread awareness that hope and help are available, we are hosting Change Your Hue of Blue. A Blues Music Benefit Concert Gala to change the cultural reality around mental illness by raising awareness of the issues and spreading the message that help is available regardless of income level. Our ultimate goal is to create in our own backyard a reality where we go from a lack of awareness about mental illness to widespread open dialogue; from families being weakened by underlying mental illness, to understanding there’s effective mental health management. Changing the current reality matters to us at UMCH Family Services because we deal with many families and children around Ohio who experience mental health issues. Families and children we work with to successfully treat. Who now have a better chance at a stronger, more secure familial structure and a brighter future, where the color blue no longer represents sadness but serenity and peace. We know firsthand how urgent and important this issue is. Through Change Your Hue of Blue, we are raising funds and funding awareness, help and hope.


JDRF 2015 Promise Ball
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 6PM-11PM
Location: Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215
The 17th annual Promise Ball promises an evening of exquisite cuisine and dazzling entertainment in support of a vital cause: curing type 1 diabetes. This black tie optional event draws an audience of over 600 business and community leaders and features thrilling silent and live auctions.
Tickets: $275.00 for 1 individual ticket, $2,500.00 for 1 table (10 individual tickets)
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


The Singing Buckeyes
Date: May 2, 2015 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road, Westerville, OH 43081
The Singing Buckeyes, a cappella chorus (42 members), along with 5 quartets is having there spring show titled “Road Trip”.


12th Annual Cairo in Columbus
Date: May 2-3, 2015
Location: Xenos – Building X, 1290 Community Park Dr., Columbus, OH 43229
Cairo in Columbus features Yasmina Ramzy, 2 days of workshops. Saturday night Concert featuring local & national award-winning professional & amateur bellydance artists performing a wide variety of dance styles from around the world!


CCAD Senior Fashion Show
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Hours: VIP Reception 7:30PM;
General Admission Doors Open 8PM
Location: CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
Cost: Regular price range $125-350
Early bird ticket prices $100-325
Grab your tickets starting February 1 for special early bird pricing. VIP tickets are $325 and general admission tickets are $100 through March 31.
THE fashion event in Columbus: a whirlwind of glamour, great music and beautiful people, all whipped up to support student scholarships at CCAD.
Click here for more information or to purchase tickets


Greater Columbus Ladies Only 5K Run/Walk
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015 starting at 8AM
Location: 1239 Lamplighter Drive, Grove City, OH
A great cause, take your Mother for the 5K Run/Walk for the Ladies Only event! This Event starts at 8AM. This is exciting for us at Phoenix Events to organize an event solely for women, to honor women, and to promote women’s health and local charities. We intend to offer an event that will not only promote life, health, and local charities, but one that will grow year after year and be valued and expected by the community. Our targeted charities are: KidSMILES and Mount Carmel Foundation Women’s Health Fund. This Event will be held in Grove City, Ohio. The Start/Finish is located 5 minutes south east of the I-71 Stringtown Road Exit. The exact Start/Finish location is 1239 Lamplighter Drive. Lamplighter is located on the east side of Buckeye Parkway, just south of AMC 14 Theatres. Ample parking will be available in front of AMC Theatres. Click here for more information


Touch a Truck!
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 from 9:30 – Noon
Location: Worthington Community Center, 345 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH
Put your imaginations in gear and go! Kids will have the opportunity to climb aboard and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicles, ask their operators questions and meet some of their hometown heros. From ambulances to fire trucks, military vehicles to taxis, race cars to a helicopter, the Meijer Treat Truck to a Mounted Horse Unit – many life-sized hot wheels will be on display. Additional activities include arts & crafts, Pit Stop Challenge, bounce houses, mascots and rides on the Rail Pup Train. We will also have Columbus Public Health doing car seat checks (call (614) 645-7748 to schedule your appointment). Admission is free to the event but we ask that you bring a canned food item to help Stuff the Truck (will be donated to the Worthington Food Pantry.)


23rd Annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Registration: Visit The Komen website for more information and to register.
Location: Downtown Columbus
The Komen Race for the Cure® is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine. As well as being a road race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure® is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. It is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities. Up to 75 percent of the funds raised at the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure® remain here in our 30-county service area to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education for uninsured or under insured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures.


4th Annual Flying Horse Farms Flyathlon
Date: May 31, 2015 from 8AM-Noon
Registration: Click here to register online
Location: Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland-Croy Rd, Plain City, OH 43064
Presented by: The 4th Annual Flying Horse Farms Flyathlon, presented by The Kroger Co. This day of family fun will encompass two events: a run/bike duathlon for kids ages 7-12, and a 5K for teens ages 13-18. All proceeds will benefit Flying Horse Farms, a camp for children with serious illnesses. The mission of Flying Horse Farms is to enrich the lives of children with serious illnesses.
Click here to get all the information!

Columbus Ohio Events for June

Memorial Golf Tournament
Date: June 1 – 7, 2015
Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club


Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: June 1 – September 27, 2015


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Splash into Summer
Date: June 3, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
It’s time to dive in and start summer off right. Get into character with Dramatic Impact as you hear the story of Water Tales and Water Wings. Make friends with exotic animals from the Columbus Zoo, and explore reptilian life with The Turtle Lady. Then discover the importance of vitamins with Local Matters and start your own garden with Lowe’s Plant and Grow workshop. Don’t forget to jump in with OSU Sports Marketing to show off your sports skills and be sure to cool off your summer fun every week with a free frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. FREE children’s activities.


Rhythm on the River presents BLUE HIGHWAY and STRUNG UP
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. Strung Up
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
Click here for more information
Blue Highway: At the 20-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s eleven exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.
Strung Up: As a ‘band of brothers’ who provide emotional renditions of your favorite bluegrass tunes, Strung Up has shared the stage with many of the top Central Ohio and Midwest based bands. With a passion for creating music for all ages, listeners and fellow musicians are sure to find their sound both energetic and soothing.


Summer in the 614
Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 4-8:30PM
Location: Corners of SR 161 and High St., Worthington, OH
Summer in the 614…a sizzling celebration of our city! Worthington Parks and Recreation Department has combined all things great about the Columbus area into one incredible evening. Join us on the Village Green in the heart of Worthington to soak up the sun and have some fun! Sit on the grass and enjoy local musicians, family fun activities, games, food vendors and much more. Visit worthington.org or call (614) 436-2743 for more information or if interested in being a vendor.


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Wander into the Wild
Date: June 10, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Join us for a wild afternoon. Interact with animal furs from Indian Village and soar over to Ohio Wildlife Center to meet various animals and explore their wings and skulls. Stop by COSI on Wheels to examine their insect collections under microscopes. You’re sure to see some wild things. Taste garden fruits and veggies with Local Matters and then learn how to grow your own garden with Lowe’s Plant and Grow workshop. Share a laugh with The Comedy Juggler, and don’t forget to make a splash with Columbus Arts Festival’s ArtShark. Finally, be sure to grab a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


Salvaged Treasures Marketplace
Dates: June 13-14, 2015
Hours: Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH
Admission: $7.00; Kids 6 & under free
Salvaged Treasures Marketplace is a beautiful and innovative mix of salvaged, up-cycled, vintage, antique, re-purposed and unique items by creative designers, pickers, collectors and salvagers. Shop for treasures, listen to live music or learn how to create your own re-purposed project with informative demonstrations by our talented vendors.


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Wander into the Wild
Date: June 17, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Get into the green scene at Bicentennial Park. Build an “awesomely tiny house” using recyclable material with Columbus Museum of Art. Construct earth-friendly dragonflies with OSU Urban Arts Space, and stay green while getting crafty with Thurber House. Discover what plants need in order to live with Local Matters and then plant the day away with Lowe’s Plant and Grow workshop. Learn recycling 101 with Franklin Soil and Water, and make a splash with the Fountain Frog as you become a friend of the environment all summer long. Remember to cool down with a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


Rhythm on the River presents GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 8:00 p.m. Golden Dragon Acrobats
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
Click here for more information
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is firmly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic detail that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): A to Z Activities
Date: June 24, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Explore the best of the best at FountainSide. Dive into the world of Dr. Seuss with Columbus Children’s Theatre, and then glide over to OSU Urban Arts Space to decorate your own Australian boomerang. Experience homestead life with Bring the Farm to You, and learn how the POINT app is changing the world and helping you give back. Stop by Local Matters to plant your own piece of food and then plant a flower with Lowe’s Plant and Grow workshop. Watch them grow all summer long. Be sure to get energized with OSU Sports Marketing by practicing your jump shot and skip to the Sunny95/Meijer Treat Truck to grab some frozen goodies.


Rhythm on the River presents COLUMBUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring DWIGHT LENOX and PHIL CLARK
Date: Friday, June 26, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. Columbus Jazz Orchestra
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
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Come fly away with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Byron Stripling, as they honor the music and legacy of “The Chairman of the Board” on the centennial of his birth! Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, defined the classic American Songbook for decades with verve and panache. Long acclaimed as the world’s greatest performer of popular music, Sinatra is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. Sinatra was, of course, more than a singer — he was an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality, and, on occasion, producer, director, and conductor. Lending their incredible vocal talents to the stage are Dwight Lenox and Phil Clark to honor the music and legacy of “The Voice.”


16th Annual Easton Art Fair
Dates: June 26-28, 2015
Location: Easton Town Center, Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
Hours: Friday 4-9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring 100 artisans, this is a fantastic art show that offers everything from paintings and photography to sculpture and hand-made jewelry

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Columbus Ohio Events for July

4th of July Celebration in Columbus, Ohio


Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: July 1 – September 27, 2015


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Catch a Cloud
Date: July 8, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
It’s a whirlwind at FountainSide. Begin the day with mini-cloud creations at COSI on Wheels. Run like the wind to Indian Village and get crafty while learning about clouds and tornadoes. Catch a cloud in your hand with ACS Kids & Chemistry, and fly out of the park with Krash the “krazy” parrot from the Columbus Clippers. Discover how vegetables can protect one another with Local Matters and don’t forget to be a part of Lowe’s Plant and Grow workshop. Finally, be sure to visit OSU Sports Marketing to get active throughout the summer and top off your day with a treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


Rhythm on the River presents SAMMY DeLEON Y SU ORQUESTA
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. Sammy DeLeon Y Su Orquesta
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
Click here for more information
Featuring his 12-piece ensemble, Sammy DeLeón is one of the most recognized Latin bandleaders in Ohio. For nearly 30 years, Sammy has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue. Once called the “hottest and most innovative timbalero” by legendary Latin jazz percussionist Tito Puente, Sammy’s credits includes collaborations with salsa greats El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Tito Rojas, Tony Vega, Hector Tricoche, and Rey de la Paz among others.


2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck Event
American Red Cross Blood Drive!!!

Date: Saturday, July 18th, 2015 from Noon – 3PM
Blood Drive: 11AM – 4PM
Location: Steadfast Pentecostal Church, 4500 Broadway, Grove City, OH
Admission: Free – Rain or Shine!
The 2nd annual Touch-A-Truck Event is a great way to enjoy a fun-filled Saturday with the entire family. There are few things in a child’s life that are as exciting as sitting inside of a real fire truck or having the opportunity to check out a police cruiser up close. At the 2015 Touch-A-Truck Event, children will have the opportunity to touch, have a seat on and meet the people that drive many of the unique trucks and cars that they see in their everyday lives. Click here for more information and to see what else you’ll find at this fun event!


Franklin County Fair
Date: July 18 – July 25 , 2015


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Barnyard Palooza
Date: July 22, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Shake up your afternoon in the city by learning about life in the country. Trot over to Bring the Farm to You to interact with farm animals, then see what’s slithering around with The Turtle Lady. Get crafty with Thurber House as you design your own barnyard animal, and spread your wings with Franklin Park Conservatory’s beautiful butterfly activity. Plant the day away with Lowe’s and then learn about vitamins with Local Matters. Don’t forget to hop around the fountain with Fountain Frog. As always, stop by the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck for a delicious frozen treat.


Rhythm on the River presents JAMES COTTON and MARK MAY BAND
Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. Mark May Band
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
Click here for more information
James Cotton: James “Superharp” Cotton stands tall as one of the Chicago blues scene’s most dynamic performers. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, and winner of countless Grammy and W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Cotton apprenticed with harmonica master Sonny Boy Williamson and toured for twelve years with Muddy Waters. As a solo performer and bandleader, Cotton’s hard-charging harp style and constant touring has earned him a reputation as one of the most sought-after, hard-driving and influential blues musicians touring the world today.
Mark May Band: Perfecting his craft playing rough and tumble biker bars and blues clubs in Houston, Texas for over 20 years, Mark May’s confident vocals and technical guitar work once were the driving force for Dickey Betts and Great Southern. Mark’s current album is receiving heavy national radio play, and his music has been featured in major publications including Blues Review, Guitar Player and Guitar World.


Blast From The Past Cruise-In
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9AM-8PM
Location: Downtown Delaware, Sandusky Street from Central Ave. to Harrison St., Delaware, OH
Come see the most radical, unique, rare and amazing classic vehicles in the USA! The event features classic cars, live music performances, delicious food coming from downtown Delaware’s local restaurants, cafes, eateries, and local food trucks, games and activities for the kids, and much much more.
Click here for more information or to register your vehicle


Union County Fair
Dates: July 26 – August 1, 2015
Location: Union County Fairgrounds, 845 North Main Street, Marysville, OH


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Urban Adventures
Date: July 29, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Summer fun in the city continues. Paint the town with OSU Urban Arts Space and carry on the creativity as you make your own bracelet with St. Vincent Family Center. Create your own planet with Thurber House, and skip over to OSU Sports Marketing to perfect your sports skills. Visit with the Columbus Division of Police Canine Unit, and learn how to stay safe with the Columbus Division of Fire. Learn how to plant delicious fruits and vegetables with Local Matters and plant a beautiful flower with Lowe’s. As always, stop by and grab a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


Ohio State Fair
Date: July 29 – August 9, 2015
Location: Ohio State Fairgrounds (aka The Expo Center), Columbus, Ohio


Rhythm on the River presents THE SPIKEDRIVERS
Date: Friday, July 31, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. The Spikedrivers
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
Click here for more information
In 2003 a new sound sprang up in the Rust Belt; a raucous, down- and-dirty sound, an intoxicating and gritty sound that pulled people in droves to dance floors across the Midwest. It was the sound of The Spikedrivers playing their unique blend of swinging, bluesy, upbeat, country-fried rock ‘n’ roll. Front man Jesse Henry’s unique and down-home song writing meets the electrified ruckus and wild precision of the backing band similar to what might have been if Louis Prima had led The Band. After performing for over a decade, The Spikedrivers have firmly established themselves as an Americana cult favorite with the unique ability to grab hold of an audience and turn them instantly to avid fans.

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Columbus Ohio Events for August

Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: August 1 – September 27, 2015


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Movin’ n’ Groovin’
Date: August 5, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
FountainSide won’t skip a beat. Put on your dancing shoes for a Zumba activity, and then stretch over to St. Vincent Family Center for art and yoga. Embrace the world of Tai Chi with Franklin Park Conservatory, and explore historic hands-on items from Ohio History Connection. Stop by Local Matters to learn how to eat out of your garden all year long and then bring home a plant from Lowe’s. Finally, become an artist with OSU Urban Arts Space and learn how to draw people movin’ n’ groovin’. Be sure to cool off with a frozen treat from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM): Summer Sendoff
Date: August 12, 2015 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH
Let’s salute summer and celebrate with fountain friends. Experience the world of fingerprint science with COSI on Wheels, and catch your last round of sports knowledge with OSU Sports Marketing. Dive in and discover the world of reptiles and amphibians with P.T. Reptiles. Stop by Local Matters to learn how to prepare all of the food you have grown all summer long and then scurry to Lowe’s to take home a final flower for your garden. Dance along to African drums with Sogbety Diomande, and be sure to make a final splash with Fountain Frog as we say so-long to summer. Finally, don’t forget to end your summer days with frozen treats from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck.


Rhythm on the River presents MACEO PARKER and HOODOO SOUL BAND
Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. HooDoo Soul Band
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
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Maceo Parker: Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can. Always at the forefront, Maceo has been a common thread in the history of funk — helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside groundbreaking icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless.
HooDoo Soul Band: Featuring the talents of eleven of the Midwest’s most dynamic and critically acclaimed musicians, the HooDoo Soul Band has been performing high energy funk, rhythm & blues for nearly 20 years. Known for putting their own twist on the standards and introducing audiences to unfamiliar funky gems with style, they have opened for James Brown and Ray Charles among others.


Rhythm on the River presents THE NAVIGATORS
Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:30 p.m. The Navigators
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
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The Navigators are a 13-piece, Columbus-based band that focuses on having fun and raising money for charity. While it would be easy to underestimate a rock band featuring current and former executives at American Electric Power (including the AEP chief operating officer), a tax attorney, and an optometrist, these guys can rock! Band members have a wide array of experience as professional musicians – some have even opened for Kansas, Jefferson Airplane and Jimmy Buffett. Expect lots of horns, multilayered vocals and covers of classic hits from the Beatles, Chicago and the Commodores.
While they don’t play many shows, when they do, they play for a cause. Since their formation in 2003, they have helped raise over $200,000 for numerous local and national charities including the Salvation Army, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Hilltop YMCA and the American Red Cross.


WAG! A Dog Friendly Festival!
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 10AM – 5PM
Location: Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes Area, 2755 Amity Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Admission is FREE!
As the region’s largest dog event, WAG! is a perfect day’s adventure for dogs and dog lovers alike. Taking place in the beautiful Darby Bend Lakes area of Prairie Oaks Metro Park in Hilliard, there will be pet-friendly trails to wander and lakes to splash in…where the route to activities leads past appealing booths, where attendees can stop, shop and learn from the area’s finest dog-related product and service providers.


Rhythm on the River presents BALLETMET COLUMBUS
Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 8:00 p.m. BalletMet
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
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The nighttime sky on the Scioto Mile is the perfect backdrop for an evening of exhilarating dance with the talented dancers of BalletMet Columbus. A co-production of BalletMet and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the program for this family friendly event features excerpts from BalletMet’s upcoming 2015-2016 season along with works from the company’s diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary ballets. Renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, BalletMet, under the direction of Edwaard Liang, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. This one-of-a-kind performance offers a fabulous evening of dance in a setting unlike anything else in the city!

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Columbus Ohio Events for September

Blooms and Butterflies at Franklin Park
Date: September 1 – September 27, 2015


Rhythm on the River presents THE STEEPWATER BAND and ANGELA PERLEY & THE HOWLIN’ MOONS
Date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Hours: 6:30 p.m. food and beverage sales begin; 7:00 p.m. Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Admission: FREE
Phone: 614-645-7995
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The Steepwater Band: Chicago roots-rock veterans, The Steepwater Band, have been playing their hearts out all over the world for nearly two decades. Their hard-driving synthesis of gutsy rock, gritty Delta blues, soulful backwoods boogie and down-home psychedelia fits perfectly in a retro-world enamored with the Mick Taylor-era Stones, early Hendrix and The Black Keys. The band’s infectious energy is equally evident in their live performances, as critics and fans hail their shows as forceful and intoxicating.
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons: Earning comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline, Angela Perley is a dynamic front-woman who commands the stage with her booming voice and incisive lyrics. Backed by the Howlin’ Moons, a group of guitar slingers and rhythm players who play like a raw, ragged roadhouse band, Perley is winning over nonbelievers the old-fashioned way with tireless touring and well-crafted albums.


2015 Wizard World Comic Con Columbus
Dates: Friday, September 18, 2015 from 3-8PM; Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10AM-7PM; Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11AM-5PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 500 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets start at $39.95, kids 10 and under free
David Ramsey, Mike Tyson, Dave Bautista, Emily Kinney, Toby Kebbell, Sonequa Martin-Green, Karl Yune, Ralph Macchio, and Will Friedle are among the hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals at the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Columbus, part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo, September 18-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Thousands of fans will be on hand to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, cosplay, video gaming, television, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Top artists scheduled to attend are Billy Martin, Harvey Tolibao, Clinton Hobart, Gerhard, John A. Russo, Michael Golden, Brad Guigar and more. Click here for more information.


BIA Parade of Homes
New Fall Dates: September 19 – October 4, 2015
Location: Located just north of I-270 off of I-71 in Delaware County and just minutes from Polaris
Costs: Admission tickets are $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is $5.
Taking place in one of central Ohio’s newest and most beautiful golf course communities, Northstar Community in Delaware County, this year’s Parade will feature a selection of the region’s premier home builders. A 1,700-acre mixed-use development, Northstar Community will feature more than 1,300 single-family homes when completed, as well as 300 acres of commercial sites and locations for elementary and middle schools. The 2015 BIA Parade of Homes site is located between the 9th, 10th and 12th holes on the 7,500-yard, 18-hole John Cook-designed Northstar Golf Course, with home sites offering pastoral and scenic views of the course. This year’s Parade features new homes in the $500,000-$800,000 price range, each constructed by the region’s premier builders. Northstar Community is developed by Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI) and The Robert Weiler Company.


Delaware County Fair
Date: September 19th – 26th, 2015
Location: Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio


The Youth Advocate Services (YAS) All-Class Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
Date: September 20, 2015
Location: Grandview Yard, Bobcat Street, Grandview Heights, OH
Music, food vendors, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing and lots of magnificent vehicles will be on display to support Franklin County children and families.


13th Annual Taste of Dublin
Date: September 22, 2015
Location: The Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Pl., Dublin, OH
Treat your taste buds to the 13th annual Taste of Dublin, where you’ll have a chance to sample great-tasting offerings from more than 30 of the area’s best restaurants and caterers. Invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors to join you at Taste of Dublin for delicious food, great entertainment and socializing in the community. Taste of Dublin is open to anyone age 21 and older.


Little Brown Jug
Date: September 24, 2015
Date: Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, Ohio
Main Entrance: 236 Pennsylvania Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015
Event Entrance: 935 U.S. Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015


Chalk the Block
Date: September 26, 2015 from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Location: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Chalk the Block features 40 artists decorating the Town Square at Easton Town Center with unique and colorful artworks.


New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day
Date: September 27, 2015 at 10AM
Location: The Wexner Home, 1 Classic Drive, New Albany, Ohio 43054
10AM – 5PM – Family Fun
10:30AM – Tween Brands Concert at The Classic Pre-Show featuring Disney’s Sabrina Carpenter
11AM – The Tween Brands Concert at The Classic presented by Justice & Brothers: Featuring Fifth Harmony, Jake Miller and AJR
2PM – 17th Annual New Albany Classic Grand Prix Welcoming Ceremony – John G. McCoy Show Field *With special presentation by Harmony Project*
4:30PM – Award Presentation, Parade of Champions, Presentation of Authentic Cup and Winner Check – John G. McCoy Show Field
The Classic is a family-focused day of fun featuring carnival rides, crafts and entertainment.
Tickets are $23 per person ages 11 and up. Children 3 and under are free, Children 4 – 10 are $7.50


11th Annual Cat Caper 5K
Date: to be announced
Location: Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCAL), 470 Glenmont Ave., Columbus, OH 43214 (in the ravines of Clintonville)
Cost: $25 through 9/8; $30 from 9/9 through 9/20; & $35 on race day. $5 for Kids (includes t-shirt)
10th Annual Cat Caper 5K: Benefiting the Cat Welfare Association, Columbus OH. Includes 2 Kid’s Fun Runs, vendors, a donation-only pancake breakfast, & post-race raffle. Awards include top 3 men and women runners and walkers, as well as top 3 in each age group. Also awards for top 3 dogs.

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Columbus Ohio Events for October

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The Sugar and Spice Expo
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 4PM – 8PM
Location: Northland Performing Arts Center, Columbus,OH
Join us for the 2nd Annual Sugar and Spice Expo. The Ultimate Girls Night Out Expo. We’ve brought everything for a fun girls night out under one roof. Discover unique vendors, sample delectable cocktails, enjoy some pampering, dancing, a little belly dancing, burlesque and much more. Enjoy amazing vendors and business owners with everything a woman wants or needs. Includes Belly Dancing lessons and demos, Pole Fitness, Salsa lessons, Burlesque performances and demos And More..


Circleville Pumpkin Show
Dates: October 21 through October 24, 2015
Location: Circleville, Ohio (30 minutes south of Columbus)
For everything pumpkin! You’ll find many displays, contests, and much more!


Brew Review, a night of craft beers with Creative Living
Date: to be announced
Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215
Cost: $35 per person if purchased before 10/11, $40 after
Enjoy a night of great beer featuring local breweries Rockmill, Wolf’s Ridge, Actual Brewing and Barley’s along with several national craft breweries and quality imports. Come for the beer and stay for the hors d’oeuvres, music, and mingling. You’ll receive 15 tasting tickets and a custom tasting glass that’s yours to keep. 100% of net proceeds will support Creative Living’s Resident Assistance Program – the 24 hour on-call feature that allows physically disabled individuals to live independently in their own apartment.
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Olentangy Valley Doll Club of Ohio
Date: to be announced
Location: Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd., Columbus, OH (Across from Easton Town Center – Exit I270 at Morse Rd/Easton)
Inquiries olentangyvalleydollclub@hotmail.com
43rd Annual Doll & Bear Sale – Central Ohio’s Oldest & Finest with over 100 Dealers – Antique, Collectible, Modern, Artist Dolls, Bears and Related Items – Doll Appraisals *Free Parking* *Door Prizes* Food Available – Doll Display – “The Wizard of Oz”


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Columbus Ohio Events for November

Thanksgiving Holiday Listings


Mustache Dache® 5K Race
Date: to be announced
Location: Clippers Stadium, Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Ln, Columbus, OH
The Mustache Dache® 5K Race, the world’s largest mustache-themed running race series is coming to the Columbus. The Mustache Dache® benefits Movember, the leading charity for raising funds and awareness for men’s health and prostate cancer initiatives. The symbol for the men’s health movement is the mustache. The month of November is when the world puts a spotlight on the movement and growing the mustache, but the time to start planning and organizing is now. The Mustache Dache® represents a great opportunity to come out and run for a good cause. Make some new friends, or run with a team of friends, co-workers, classmates or family members. Run in honor of a father, brother, uncle, grandfather or friend. Volunteer to help out with event management on race day. Men are encouraged to grow a ‘stache, and women and children can paint one on for the day! Join us for 3.1 miles of fun, costumes, contests and awards. Every runner receives an official Mustache Dache® t-shirt and finisher medal, and gets an invitation to our Mustache Dache after party!
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9th Annual Craftin’ Outlaws
Date: to be announced
Location: The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ballrooms 1&2&3, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH
Be one of the first 100 guest of the day to receive a FREE tote bag made by our sponsor Alison Rose and filled with lots of other handmade goodies. Embrace the spirit of DIY by participating in a few make and take stations. All proceeds from games and raffles will go to benefit a local non-profit organization. Buy a raffle ticket, $5 buys your way into being registered into the raffle. Play the every popular Plinko board. Win great prizes – $10 a turn and we have a winner every time! Park at any of the parking garages near the convention center or find off street parking.


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Columbus Ohio Events for December

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Scary Claws
Dates: to be announced
Location: Scareatorium, 2605 Northland Plaza Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
Tickets: Tickets range from $20 – $30; Click here to purchase tickets
Scary Claws is coming to Columbus! The ScareAtorium will be open for its annual Holiday Horror Days ~ Scary Christmas event featuring 2 indoor Haunted Attractions: the “Northland Asylum” and “RIP’s Funhouse in 3-D” in a 40,000 square foot venue with free parking and covered waiting areas.


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