It's here, finally—a season of entertainment in the streets and under the stars, with too many festivals to keep count. From Shakespearean plays in the park to elite bike racing, here are some ways to enjoy the season this month.
The original name of Schiller Park’s renowned performance troupe was the Actors’ Summer Theatre, so it’s no surprise that it became a seasonal institution. This summer, the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus presents Tainted Love, a series about the mishaps of romance that includes “Romeo and Juliet” (May 23–June 23), “Little Women” (June 20–July 14), “As You Like It” (July 18–Aug. 11) and “Dangerous Liaisons” (Aug. 15–Sept.1). Free, donations encouraged. theactorstheatre.org/2019-season
The Gateway Film Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library are teaming up to offer fun and educational activities for kids all summer long. Every day from May 24 to Aug. 15, the From Book to Film Family Film Series at the Gateway cinema will screen a movie inspired by a popular book to promote reading and time spent together as a family. Up to four admissions free with a library card. gatewayfilmcenter.org
Catch BalletMet’s headlining set on Friday night at the Columbus Arts Festival, surrounded by visual artists from 37 states. The following night, Nashville musician Anderson East takes the main stage, and the festival closes on Sunday with performances from the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, the Capital Pride Band of Columbus, local singer-songwriter Kelly Vaughn, and drag queen Virginia West and the Flaggots Ohio flag corps to kick off Pride week. Free. June 7–9. columbusartsfestival.org
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the CAPA Summer Movie Series—the longest-running classic film series in the nation—is offering 50-cent tickets to opening weekend and select showings during its eight-week run of 25 movies. The series also includes longtime audience favorites like the “Mighty Morton” pipe organ, Saturday morning cartoons and Fridays with Fritz the Nite Owl. $4–$5 per screening, 10 tickets for $30. June 14–Aug. 11. capa.com
The 2019 Worthington Arts Festival will feature three of the top finishers from last year’s awards: judge’s choice Dean Parham (wood sculpture), second-place Heather Miles (abstract paintings) and Best of Show winner Andrea Yagoda (beads). For a sneak peek at certain artists’ work, sign up for the Preview Picnic at the McConnell Arts Center on Friday, June 14. Free. June 15–16. worthingtonartsfestival.com
Drive-ins have largely gone extinct, save for one on the South Side, but the Wex Drive-In keeps a pedestrian-friendly version alive on Ohio State’s campus. This year’s season includes 1976 sci-fi hit “Logan’s Run” on June 18, Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park” on July 16 and 1996’s cult favorite “The Craft” on Aug. 20. Free. wexarts.org/series/wex-drive
One hundred artists are expected to show their wares along the streets around the mall’s town square at the Easton Art Affair, including pottery, digital art, jewelry, puppets and photography. They will sell their creations throughout the three-day event and compete for $2,000 in prize money. Free. June 21–23. eastonartaffair.com
This year marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, which launched the modern LGBTQ rights movement. That legacy and continuing struggle will be recognized at the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride celebration, with a two-day festival at Bicentennial and Genoa parks and a parade on Saturday that begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Short North and travels to the festival grounds. $5–$10 recommended donation. June 14–16. columbuspride.org
Rain, rain, go away. In recent years, ComFest has been besieged by June deluges, which have suspended or delayed operations at some point without fail. Here’s hoping the sun shines bright for the entire festival, which has moved to the final weekend in June for its grassroots party with a purpose. Free. June 28–30. comfest.com
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