10 Things to do in Columbus Before Summer Ends.
How’s your summer going so far? Feel like it’s flying by too fast and you already smell a hint of pumpkin spice in the air? Don’t fret! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy yourself before summer is officially over.
10 things to do in August, September and beyond.
Whether you like animals and athletics or food and fauna, Columbus has activities, events and attractions that are fun for all ages.
Root, root, root for the home team:
The Columbus Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Baseball home games are held in the Arena District at Huntington Park and you can purchase individual game tickets through September.
Be on the lookout for daily events like Wednesday home games where kids 12 and under eat free, Thirsty Thursdays with special drink prices, Saturdays with live music or fireworks, and Senior Sundays with discounts for people ages 60 and over. Columbus Clippers game schedule.
Bend it like Beckham:
The Columbus Crew SC are alive and kicking at Mapfre Stadium, which is the first soccer-specific stadium ever built for a Major League Soccer team (pretty cool, eh?). You can buy tickets for one game or choose a game package and receive a discount.
Upcoming events include Happy Hour Night on August 23 with special happy hour drink prices from 4-7, the Crew SC Craft Beer Festival on September 10, Pups at the Pitch where you can bring along your pooch, Half-Price Night on September 23 with half price drinks and food items, and Post-Match Penalty Kicks on September 23. Columbus Crew SC game schedule.
Keep on Truckin’:
The Columbus Food Truck Festival is on Friday August 18 and Saturday August 19 at Bicentennial Park and Scioto Mile. With 50 -60 food trucks, push carts and food trailers, there’s sure to be something tasty for even the pickiest palettes. Add live music, arts & crafts and a rubber duck race, and the whole family will have a blast. Columbus Food Truck Festival Info.
It’s all Greek to me:
The Columbus Greek Festival runs September 1 through September 4 at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Experience Greek dance, music, culture, and most important…BAKLAVA!
Festival shops will be selling authentic Greek artwork, jewelry, clothing, linens, and more. Festival dining includes Greek specialties like gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita and pastries. Sip some Greek liquor or Greek coffee while listening to live bouzouki music. You can even take a free cooking class! Columbus Greek Festival Schedule.
You can take the girl out of the country . . .
The Country Living Fair runs September 15 through September 17 at Ohio History Center’s Ohio Village. If you like the magazine, you’ll love the fair! Enjoy shopping, speakers and demonstrations, a chance to meet Country Living’s editors, and some down-home country cooking. The Country Living Fair Columbus.
Bier and Brats:
Columbus Oktoberfest is not in October, it’s September 22 through 24 at the Ohio Expo Center. It features a kids’ play area, 4-mile Brat Trot, arts & crafts marketplace, live music, German games and delicious food and drinks. The Oktoberfest has 100,000 square feet of covered space so even if it rains, the beer will pour. Columbus Oktoberfest Events.
Blooms & Butterflies:
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is beautiful any time of year, but now through September 17 you can see hundreds of gorgeous butterflies flying freely among bright nectar blooms. At 1 pm and 3 pm every day, they release newly emerged butterflies during a 15-minute presentation.
While there, you can also check out the Bonsai display through November 12, and the living sculptures at the Topiaries of the Conservatory through October 29. There are also special events such as workshops, speakers, live cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market, and more. Franklin Park Conservatory Info.
Hop on Over:
Gallery Hop Saturday is a Columbus tradition that runs High Street in the Short North Arts District. The first Saturday of each month from 4pm until 10 pm there is live music, street performers, food and drink both inside restaurants and on the street, and the shops and art galleries stay open later. It’s a great place to see, and be seen. Columbus Gallery Hop Info.
Just Zoo it:
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open every day of the year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas day) and features special events like Craft Brew at the Zoo on August 25, Cartoon Weekend September 16 and 17, Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest September 23 and 24 (yes, he’ll be there), Wine for Wildlife fundraiser on September 30, and many more! Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
If Derek Zoolander Could Sing:
The Fashion Meets Music Festival is August 18 & 19 at Fortress Obetz, and features bands like Third Eye Blind, DNCE, Fetty Wap, Tegan and Sara, T-Pain, and many more. On the fashion side, Michael Drummond from Project Runway and other local fashion designers will show off their sewing skills as their models strut down the runways. FMMF Lineup 2017.
Make memories this summer by spending time with family and friends at a local Columbus, Ohio, event or attraction. Maybe we’ll see you out one day, from your friends at BLUE Laser Design.