Columbus Ohio Festivals Information

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

Columbus Ohio Festivals – February

Arnold Sports Festival
Dates: February 27 – March 2, 2014
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Phone: 614-431-2600

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Columbus Ohio Festivals – March

Arnold Sports Festival
Dates: March 1 – March 2, 2014
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall D, 400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Phone: 614-431-2600

African American Heritage Festival
Dates: March 21 – 28, 2014
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 Ohio Festivals – April

Grove City Lions Club Spring Craft Beer Fest
Date: April 26, 2014 from 2PM – 6PM
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 Ohio Festivals – May

Central Ohio Folk Festival
Date: May 2, 3 & 4, 2014
Location: Batelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, 1755 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, Ohio

Asian Festival
Date: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 from 10AM – 9PM
Sunday, Sunday, May 25th, 2014 from 11AM – 7PM
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

Dragon Boat Races and Festival
Date: May 26, 2014 from 8AM – 4PM
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 Ohio Festivals – June

Park Street Festival 2014
Dates: June 6, 2014 from 5PM – Midnight; June 7, 2014 from Noon to Midnight
Location: Arena District, Park Street, (just seconds from Nationwide Arena) Columbus, OH
We are Excited to kick-off summer once again in 2014 at Park Street Festival. 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. This year we would like to welcome Woodlands productions and the North Market as our key marketing partners!

Columbus Arts Festival
Date: June 6, 7, and 8, 2014
Friday through Saturday 11:30AM – 10PM, Sunday 11:30AM – 6PM
Location: Scioto Mile on the Riverfront

Banana Split Festival
Date: June 13th & 14th, 2014 – Friday, 4PM to 10PM, and Saturday, Noon until 10PM
Location: JW Denver Williams Memorial Park, Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Celebrating the 50’s and 60’s.

Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014: The Art Affair from 5PM – 9PM; The Wine Tasting from 5PM – 9PM
Saturday, June 14, 2014: The Art Affair from 10AM – 8PM; The Wine Tasting from 4PM – 8PM
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 14, 2014 from 11AM – 10PM
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 19, 20, & 21, 2014
Location: Downtown London, Ohio – State Routes 56 and 42

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival
Date: June 20 – 22, 2014
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 Festival
Dates: June 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2014 – Noon to 9PM
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: Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9AM-6PM; Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 11AM-5PM
Location: Village Green, Routes 161 and 23, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Powell Festival
Date: Friday, June 27 (5-11pm) & Saturday June 28, 2014 (Noon-11pm)
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 27, 28 & 29, 2014
Location: Goodale Park

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Columbus Ohio Festivals – July

4th of July Celebration in Columbus, Ohio

North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival
Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 2014
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 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014
Saturday 11AM to 8PM; Sunday 11AM to 5PM
Location: Heritage Park and Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH

Lancaster Festival
Date: July 16 – 26, 2014
Location: Various Locations

Jazz and Rib Fest in Columbus
Dates: July 18-20, 2014
Hours: Friday – Saturday 11AM – 11PM; Sunday 11AM – 8:30PM
Admission: Free
Location: Columbus Arena District/North Bank Park
Address: 311 W. Long Street Columbus, OH 43215

The Mt. Carmel Pickerington Violet Festival
Date: July 23 – 26, 2014
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 5PM – 11PM; Friday 5PM-Midnight; Saturday Noon to Midnight
Location: Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road 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!

St. Stevan’s Serbian Festival
Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014 from Noon – 10 pm
Location: St Stevan’s Picnic Grounds, 1840 N Cassady, Columbus, OH 43219 (1 mile north of 670)
Ethnic Food:
Wood Fire Roasted Lamb
Sarma, Chevaps
Homemade Bread, Salata
Strudel & Pastries
Full Bar
LIRA Orkestra
Kolo Dancing
Costs: $4 Admission; Children Under 12 Free; Free Parking
Contact: Vera Jovanovic 614-218-0603

Lazy Daze of Summer Festival
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 11 am-6 pm
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 Ohio Festivals – August

Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest
Dates: August 1st & 2nd, 2014
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 1, 2, and 3, 2014
Friday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM; Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM;
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: Coffman Park

PulpFest 2014
Dates: August 7th – 10th, 2014
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 9 & 10, 2014
Location: Genoa Park, (behind COSI) Downtown Columbus

All Ohio Balloon Fest
Dates: August 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2014
Location: Union County Airport, 760 Clymer Road (just off Industrial Parkway), Marysville, OH
Thursday – August 14, 2014 8PM – Jerrod Nieman (gates open 5PM)
Friday – August 15, 2014 – 7PM – 10 PM – Phillip Fox Band
Saturday – August 16, 2014 – 7PM – 10PM – Bon Journey
Friday & Saturday – Opens 2PM – 10PM
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
Dates: August 15 & 16, 2014 from Noon – 10PM
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. 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.

Signature Wines’ Fifth Annual Sangria Festival
Date: August 16, 2014 from 6PM – 9PM
Location: Signature Wines, 3816 April Lane, Columbus, OH
This festival has been called “one of the best events of the year” by a past attendee. Admission is only $15.00 per person and includes:
• Souvenir Signature Wines Glass
• When admission is paid in advance – two drink tickets redeemable for Signature Sangria and wine
• When admission is paid at the door – one drink ticket redeemable for Signature Sangria or wine
• Live music featuring Columbus’ own Noe Salsa Project

New this year- Signature Sangria Package – only $27.00 per person and includes:
• One bottle of our Rose’ wine and a recipe card so you can make our Signature Sangria at home
• Souvenir Signature Wines Glass
• Two drink tickets redeemable for Signature Sangria and wine
• Live music featuring Columbus’ own Noe Salsa Project.
This option is available only to guests purchasing tickets online in advance.

The wine in our Signature Sangria, our Rose’ wine, is made with grapes grown in central Ohio. If you want to enjoy a little food with your sangria, Los Jalapen’os will have their taco truck on site cooking up fresh, delicious, made to order burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. Providing a sweet finish to the evening, Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous Sweeties is busy developing several special dessert treats that will pair beautifully with the Latin flavor of the evening and will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Kelly Harvey, Signature Wines’ owner and winemaker, at 614.395.2355, or Admission may be paid in advance or at the door. The Signature Sangria Package must be purchased in advance. If planning to pay at the door, please RSVP so there are plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Click here to RSVP, purchase tickets, or get additional information.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Dates: August 15-16, 2014
Location: Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

India Festival
Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 am – 10pm
Location: Ohio Expo, Celeste Center, 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH
Art, music, food, and the culture of India are celebrated.

42nd Annual Greek Festival in Columbus
Date: August 29th – September 1st, 2014
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 Ohio Festivals – September

42nd Annual Greek Festival in Columbus
Date: August 29th – September 1st, 2014
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
Dates: August 30 – September 1, 2014
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 1, 2014 from 10AM to 5PM
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 5, 2014 from 1PM – 7PM; September 6, 2014 from 9AM-7PM
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!
For more information click here

Hot Times Community Music & Arts Festival
Date: September 5, 6, & 7, 2014
Location: 240 Parsons Avenue, (Main & Parsons, Columbus, Ohio)

Ohio Craft Brew Festival
Date: September 12, 13, & 14 2014
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: Thursday – Saturday, September 11-13, 2014
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 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Location: The Pottersburg Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, North Lewisburg, OH
Click here for a schedule

Backwoods Fest
Dates: September 19, 20 & 21, 2014
Hours: Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-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!

8th Annual Simon Kenton Chili Cook Off Festival and Hoopla Parade
Date: September 27, 2014 from 11AM to 6PM
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

Columbus Oktoberfest
Dates: September 26 – 28, 2014
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 Ohio Festivals – October

Columbus Italian Festival
Date: October 10, 11, & 12, 2014
Friday, 5 PM to 11PM; Saturday, Noon – 11PM; Sunday, Noon – 8PM
Location: Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, in Italian Village

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Christmas Events and Holidays

List of Columbus Ohio Christmas events and festivals.

Don’t miss the excitement of the Columbus Ohio Festivals. With the wonderful diversity of the communities in this charming city, the Columbus Ohio Festivals are the best!

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