Mayor's Twilight Ride

Mayor’s Twilight Ride

July 11

There’s something magical about an evening bicycle ride in the summer, maybe because summer twilight seems to go on forever, the sun dripping slowly into the horizon. The Mayor’s Twilight Ride is the biggest such joyride of the season, as hundreds of giddy riders take to the streets for a 15-mile route that guides them through neighborhoods and past historic sites and landmarks. After the ride, stick around Bicentennial Park for a free concert. Proceeds from the event (registration is $32) go to the Kids Cycle Columbus initiative, a six-week program that teaches children bicycle safety and riding skills."> —Kristen Schmidt

German Village Art Crawl

July 19

German Village will become even more charming as garages along Macon Alley between Frankfort and Whittier streets are transformed into art galleries for the 13th annual German Village Art Crawl. The $20 ticket gets you two beer or wine vouchers as well as restaurant samples—participating restaurants include Barcelona, Sidecar, Juergen’s, Two Caterers and Kolache Republic—so you can snack while you peruse works by local artists. Dan Heidt, Anna & the Consequences, The Devil Doves and Ruvane will provide the soundtrack for the evening, and wood turner Devon Palmer and potter Regina Tobin will host demonstrations."> —Emily Thompson

Friday Fright Nite at the Ohio Theatre, featuring Fritz the Nite Owl

July 25

If you can get to only one night of this year’s stellar CAPA Summer Movie Series, make sure it’s Friday Fright Nite. Not only will you be treated to two classic horror films, you will also be in the presence of local TV and radio personality/living legend Fritz the Nite Owl, who once again returns to host the Fright Nite. And the two classic horror films in question? “The Return of the Vampire,” from 1944, featuring vampire extraordinaire Bela Lugosi in revenge mode, and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”—the good one, from 1931, starring Frederic March—will be shown. In addition to introducing each film, Fritz will also be hanging out in the lobby if you want to chat."> —Tristan Eden

Gary Clark Jr. at the Newport

July 8

Gary Clark Jr. is the uncontested blues artist of his generation. The Austin-bred Grammy Award winner has, at just 30 years old, received heaps of praise from major music critics, been named the best blues artist at the Austin Music Awards and—when he was still just a teenager—was honored by his hometown with the designation of May 3 as Gary Clark Jr. Day. Clark will grace Columbus with his bluesy, raucous rock at Newport Music Hall, the perfect setting to catch an artist with a stripped-down, no-frills approach to performing."> —Jenny Rogers

Richard Linklater presents “Boyhood”

July 21

Director Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock,” “Before Midnight”) started filming his latest release, “Boyhood,” in 2002, when the boy of the film’s title was 7 years old, and returned each subsequent year to film more of his story. The result is that we get to see Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane) grow up on screen, along with his parents, played by Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Linklater’s work is the subject of a retrospective at the Wexner Center for the Arts this month and next. Linklater himself will introduce">“Boyhood.” —Kristen Schmidt