Top things to do in Columbus for Aug. 2-4

Pelotonia, Friday, Aug. 2-Sunday, Aug. 4

With the annual cycling-against-cancer fundraising behemoth set to kick off on Friday, Pelotonia this week announced the creation of a new research institute named for the event that will seek to harness the body's immune system to fight cancer. It's the kind of thing you can do when you've raised $184 million over 10 years. To date, 7,453 riders have signed up to pedal between 25 and 200 miles this weekend and have raised almost $12.5 million  for cancer research. It's not too late to register, if you can make the $1,250–$3,000 minimum fundraising commitment. Otherwise, contribute to someone else's ride, or join the cheering throngs along the route. pelotonia.org

The Patchbay Music Festival, Sunday, Aug. 4

Land-Grant Brewing will host the first-ever event organized by The Patchbay, a music blog for empowering and connecting Columbus musicians. Check out sets from local acts like Zoo Trippin’, The Broken Relics and Souther, featuring the powerful and heartfelt vocals of singer Carly Fratianne. The free fest aims to raise awareness and fundraising opportunities for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves campaign for mental health. thepatchbay.live/patchbay-fest

Dublin Irish Festival, Friday, Aug.2-Sunday, Aug. 4

Dust off your kilt and grab your bagpipes—the world’s largest three-day Irish festival returns to Central Ohio as the Dublin Irish Festival kicks off this Friday at 4 p.m. Running through Sunday evening, all the usual—Celtic sports and canines, kids’ activities, whiskey tastings, Irish song and dance, a genealogy tent and more—will be on hand. Our pick? The “bagrock” tunes of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers—self-styled as “the most famous bagpipe band on the planet.” They’ll take the Celtic Rock Stage each night of the fest. dublinirishfestival.org

JazZoo: Nelson Rangell, Friday, Aug. 2

Saxophonist and flutist Nelson Rangell is known for his versatility, switching effortlessly from alto soprano to tenor sax, then taking it up the scale with a virtuosic command of flute and piccolo. He'll be performing "Smooth Jazz for a Hot Summer Night" with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as part of the JazZoo summer concert series. jazzartsgroup.org/jazzoo

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