Columbus Ohio Festivals are unique in theme and culture. Because this city is so diversified in culture, there are many festivities throughout the year.
Festivals have been a part of society for years. For many years they were known as feasts and were associated with religion. They were a simple way of meeting social needs in communities and providing entertainment at the same time. They also provided knowledge and stories to future generations of that particular culture.
Today many of the cultural festivities are held to share traditional knowledge and community benefits with others. Festivals also celebrate arts, comedy, film, music, food and history just to name a few. They each have something different to offer. Come join the fun at the Columbus Ohio Festivals.
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Calendar of Festivals in Columbus Ohio
2nd Annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO
Dates: Saturday, March 3, 2016 – March 6, 2016 from 10AM – 4PM
Location: Ohio Expo Center, Bricker Building, Columbus, Ohio
Arnold SportsWorld serves as the activity core for youth sports competitions and family activities at the Ohio Expo Center. Arnold SportsWorld combines thousands of youth athletes, coaches and family members and fitness enthusiasts in an event dedicated to providing young athletes access to hours of entertainment and youth/family sports, products and services. Located in the Bricker Building, the 2016 Arnold SportsWorld will feature sport specific demonstration areas; individual skill development clinics, hundreds of vendor booths, awards ceremonies and other activities. The Ohio Expo Center will also host a variety of youth competitions in Cheerleading, Archery, CrossFit Endeavor and Table Tennis, among others. The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO will be the hub of the activity.
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African American Heritage Festival
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.
Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest
Location: Beulah Park, Grove City, OH
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!
20th Annual Central Ohio Folk Festival
Date: Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 2016
Location: Batelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, 1755 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio
Green on the Green Festival
Location: Worthington Village Green, High St. & SR 161, Worthington, OH 43085
Green on the Green is a free, one-day festival in Worthington providing attendees with a variety of ways to be more environmentally conscious. This year’s event will be held under the theme “Engaged and In the Green”, It will feature exhibitors on the Village Green, Farmers Market and Plant Fest vendors along High Street, and downtown businesses offering education and activities.
Specific activities include:
• Organized, hourly educational demonstrations by organizations such as Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), and City Folk Farm Shop, among others.
• Walking garden tours within the Old Worthington district.
• It’s easy being green with Old Worthington storekeepers! Recycle candle containers with The Candle Lab, learn how to re-purpose greeting cards with Igloo Letterpress, or treat yourself to a special piece of estate jewelry from Denig Jewelers.
From the simplest green steps to the latest in renewable energy and green technology, there’s something for everyone to learn and do.
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2015 from 8AM-8PM; Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 10AM-6PM
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio
Dragon Boat Races and Festival
Date: May 22, 2016 from 9AM-4PM
Location: Scioto Audubon Park, 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215
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.
35th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival
Dates: June 9 – 11, 2016
Location: Coshocton County Fairgrounds, 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton, OH
Free Admission – No Parking Fees
This is one of Ohio’s longest running Hot Air Balloon Festivals bringing joy to people of all ages every June! The festival features hot air balloon launches and a night glow (weather permitting), fireworks, live musical entertainment, and a full midway with rides, games, food and a craft and gift show.
Banana Split Festival
Location: JW Denver Williams Memorial Park, Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Celebrating the 50’s and 60’s.
Columbus Arts Festival
Date: June 10 – 12, 2016
Friday through Saturday 11:00AM – 10:30PM, Sunday 11:30AM – 5PM
Location: Columbus Downtown Riverfront
Park Street Festival 2016
Location: Arena District, Park Street, (just seconds from Nationwide Arena) Columbus, OH
Kicking off the summer festival season once again in 2015, the Park Street Festival 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 our city and community that supports us.
Wine and Arts Festival
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.
St. Mary Parish Festival
Dates: June 17 & 18th, 2016 from 5PM to Midnight
Location: St. Mary Church, 82. E. William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Admission: Free admission. Food, drinks, gambling, rides and games are extra.
The St. Mary Festival began in 1998 and has grown into an event for all of Central Ohio. Inspired by the mission of family, fellowship and fun, the festival provides an enjoyable environment for all ages. The goal of the festival is to provide a rewarding experience for all who attend or participate. This is the largest single-event fundraiser for St. Mary Parish. Proceeds have benefited both church and school by providing funds for playground equipment and emergency repairs to the church and parish facilities.
New for this year’s festival – A teen-centered area with its own DJ and Taco Truck plus other possible attractions including a climbing wall; quarter drop; and a mechanical bull even!
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Washboard Music Festival
Dates: June 16, 17, and 18th, 2016
Hours: Thursday 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Historic Downtown Logan, Main Street at Worthington Park, Logan, OH 43138
Welcome to Ohio’s Most Unique Music Festival! We’re gearing up for the 2016 Washboard Festival, as usual on Father’s Day Weekend. Favorites returning this year on the main stage include Arnett Howard who will be kicking off the festival as usual on Thursday. In addition to our toe-tappin’ music the Festival presents arts and crafts from many of our area’s Appalachian artisans; a beautiful quilt show at the Bowen House; great food; FREE tours of the Columbus Washboard Company; antique tractors and hit ‘n miss engines; Saturday Night’s parade and much, much more. And, we can’t forget the FREE kid’s rides and entertainment by the world famous puppeteer Grandpa Cratchet, the Old Coot himself. Thanks to our friends at Whiskers Animal Welfare we will be repeating our very successful car show. Right outside the washboard factory on Friday June 16 from 5:00 – 9:00PM on Gallagher Ave. Come to the heart of the beautiful Hocking Hills and join in on the festivities of Ohio’s Most Unique Music Festival. Click here for more information.
Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival
Date: June 17-19, 2016
Friday from 5PM – 11PM; Saturday from 11AM – 11PM;
Sunday from 11AM to 6PM
Location: In the heart of downtown Gahanna on the banks of Creekside Park, Gahanna, OH
Juneteenth – Ohio Freedom Festival
Dates: June 17th – 19th, 2016 – Noon to 11PM Daily
Location: Genoa Park, 303 E. Broad St., Downtown Columbus Ohio
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
Location: Village Green, Routes 161 and 23, Worthington, Ohio 43085
London Strawberry Festival
Date: June 23 – 25th, 2016
Location: Downtown London, Ohio – State Routes 56 and 42
Date: June 24-25, 2016
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
Location: Goodale Park
North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival
Dates: Friday – Sunday, July 8, 9 & 10th, 2016
Location: North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH
Join us for an exciting weekend celebrating Ohio Wines.
Westerville Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday, July 9, 2016 and Sunday, July 10, 2016
Location: Heritage Park, 60 N Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH
Admission: $1.00 – Ages 16 & under – FREE
Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus
Dates: July 22-24, 2016
Hours: Friday – Saturday 11AM – 11PM; Sunday 11AM – 8:30PM
Location: Downtown Columbus along the Arena District riverfront in McFerson Commons and North Bank Park
Address: 311 W. Long Street Columbus, OH 43215
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz! Featuring the finest local, regional, and international jazz artists on three stages, the 36th annual Jazz & Rib Fest will offer a diverse lineup of artists guaranteed to satisfy the cravings of any jazz connoisseur while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken, and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.
Date: July 21 – July 30, 2016
Location: Various Locations
Lazy Daze of Summer Festival
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!
St. Stevan’s Serbian Festival
Location: St Stevan’s Picnic Grounds, 1840 N Cassady, Columbus, OH 43219 (1 mile north of 670)
– Wood Fire Roasted Lamb
– Sarma, Chevaps
– Homemade Bread, Salata
– Strudel & Pastries
– Full Bar
– LIRA Orkestra
– Kolo Dancing
Costs: $5 Admission; Children Under 12 Free; Free Parking
Pickerington Violet Festival
Date: Wednesday July 13, 2016 through Saturday July 16, 2016
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 5PM – 11PM; Friday 5PM-Midnight; Saturday Noon to Midnight
Location: Pickerington Toll Gate Middle and Elementary School, 12089 Toll Gate Rd NW, Pickerington, OH 43147
A four-day, fun-filled family festival that showcases Pickerington as a great place to live, work and do business! Plans are underway to book entertainment so keep checking the website for information!
Dates: July 21st – July 24th, 2016
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.
Dublin Irish Festival
Date: August 5th, 6th & 7th, 2015
Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM; Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM;
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: Coffman Park
Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest
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.
Festival Latino in Columbus
Location: Genoa Park, (behind COSI) Downtown Columbus
All Ohio Balloon Fest!!!
Dates: August 13th, 14th, & 15th, 2015
Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Road (just off Industrial Parkway), Marysville, OH
Enjoy food and merchandise vendors, musical entertainment, children’s activities, helicopter, airplane and balloon rides, and sky jumping in addition to a wide variety of traditional and special shaped hot air balloons. Balloon flights and balloon glows are daily highlights you won’t want to miss. A non-profit event, all proceeds from the fest are donated to United Way of Union County.
Columbus Food Truck Festival
Location: Columbus Commons, 160 S. High Street, Columbus, OH
The Columbus Food Truck Festival is back this summer bigger and better then 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.The Columbus Food Truck Fest is honored to announce their partnership with the Marines Corps Family Support Community for 2015. The Marine Corps Family Support Community is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization. Our mission is to provide support for U.S. Marines, their families, veterans and the wounded through our care packages, education and various projects to support the Wounded… so they will all know that they are not forgotten.
Signature Wines’ Sangria Festival
Location: Signature Wines, 3816 April Lane, Columbus, OH
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Location: Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Location: Ohio Expo, Celeste Center, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH
Art, music, food, and the culture of India are celebrated.
Greek Festival in Columbus
Date: September 2nd – September 5th, 2016
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
Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival
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.
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.
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Date: Monday September 5, 2016 from 10AM to 5PM
Location: Northam Park, Upper Arlington
Marion Popcorn Festival
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
Ohio Craft Brew Festival
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.
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!
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7th Macedonian Ethnic Festival 2015
Location: St. Mary’s Macedonian Orthodox Church, 400 South Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Come and experience the culture and ancestry of Macedonia with live traditional music, dancing, delicious ethnic food, delightful pastries, hard to find import beer and wine! While here, take a tour of our cathedral and experience the rich, hand painted frescos and intricate stained glass. There will be games and a play area for children. Admission and parking are free!
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Mohican Bluegrass Festival
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
Location: The Pottersburg Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg, OH
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Dates: September 16th – 18th, 2016
Hours: Friday 8AM-6PM; Saturday 8AM-6PM; Sunday 8AM-5PM
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!
Simon Kenton Chili Cook Off Festival and Hoopla Parade
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 Noon – 1PM – Main Street from Monument Square to Church Street will be closed to traffic, stage rolled out and the music and live entertainment begins at 1:30PM!!
Join us for a day of contests, chili tasting, beer and ale tasting, live entertainment, dedicated children’s activity area and the Hoopla Parade.
Contact information: Beth Adair, 614-440-7560
Dates: September 23rd – 25th, 2016
Hours: Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-8pm
Location: Ohio Expo Center, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
46th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival
Admission: $5.00 12 years and older – under 12 is free – free parking. This fee includes admission to the Living History Buildings.
Location: Historic Roscoe Village, 600 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, OH 43812 – Event Organizer – Debbie McDonald
This fall event highlights the stirring and sampling of apple butter made over an open fire and more than 100 vendors lining the street, including food vendors with delicious offerings for every palate. Your kids will love the children’s activity area and you are sure to enjoy a variety of entertainment at the outdoor stage area. For those who like a fun educational side of a festival may visit with costumed interpreters in beautifully restored living history buildings throughout the day – included in your festival admission.
Columbus Italian Festival
Friday, 5 PM to 11PM; Saturday, 11AM – 11PM; Sunday, Noon – 7PM
Location: Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, in Italian Village
Christmas Events and Holidays
List of Columbus Ohio Christmas events and festivals.
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