Top things to do in Columbus for July 12-14

CAPA Theaters Free Open House Walking Tour, Saturday, July 13

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, CAPA is offering walking tours on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. of three historic theaters: the Ohio, the Southern and the Palace, all within a few Downtown blocks. Start at any theater; visit all three and receive a pair of tickets to the CAPA Summer Movie Series. If you'd like to read up beforehand, check out our recent stories about the Palace and the Ohio.

Westerville Music & Arts Festival, Saturday, July 13–Sunday, July 14

This weekend, Heritage Park will welcome more than 125 artists and craftspeople, dozens of musicians for performances on three stages, more than 20 food vendors and North High Brewing and Rhinegeist. There will also be a silent auction of festival artwork and youth activities, such as a “musical instrument petting zoo.” $1, kids 10 and under free.

E-Sports in Ohio, Saturday, July 13

E-sports is a big business today, awarding millions in prize money to professional video game players and inspiring new academic programs at Ohio colleges and universities like Miami University, Ashland University, the University of Akron and Ohio State University (which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, online certification programs and a gaming speaker series). This staff-led Ohio History Connection talk, which starts at 2 p.m., will introduce you to this emerging field.

Bastille Day Celebration at The Refectory, Saturday, July 13
Celebrate the storming of the Bastille a day early with a special prix fixe menu prepared by The Refectory’s executive chef Richard Blondin, a Lyon native. The daylong celebration commemorating Bastille Day (July 14, 1789) features a $65 (plus tax & gratuity) four-course dinner that will have you shouting “Vive la France!” Be sure to ask for the Bastille Day menu when making reservations.


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