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Top 5: Editors' Picks for the Best of Columbus This Month, August 2015 Edition

Columbus Monthly Staff

Festival Latino

Aug. 8 and 9

Though Festival Latino has celebrated Latin culture since 1996 with dancing, educational workshops, authentic fare and kids' activities, perhaps the biggest draw to the annual event is the music. Performers at this year's festival, held at Bicentennial Park, range in genre from merengue to bachata, banda to salsa. Don't miss headliners Luis Vargas and "Salsa's Lion" Oscar D'Leon. festivallatino.net

Cleveland Browns Orange & Brown Scrimmage

Aug. 7

Ohio Stadium will welcome back some former Ohio State University players, like Terrelle Pryor, for the Orange & Brown Scrimmage. Before the sold-out game, fans can enjoy live music and a meet-and-greet with Swagger at Dawg Pound Drive, a rally outside of St. John's Arena. Arrive early for prime seats to snag player autographs post-game. clevelandbrowns.com

Urban Farm Tour

Aug. 2

Milan Karcic of Peace, Love and Freedom Farm grows roughly 30 different crops on less than an acre of land in Clintonville, just a few miles from the Clintonville Farmers' Market, where he regularly sells his produce. Get an inside look at his urban gardening operation and learn about crop rotation, organic fertilizers and seeds, plant diversity, raised beds and more on a free, market-sponsored farm tour. clintonvillefarmersmarket.org

Richard Thompson at the Dublin Irish Festival

Aug. 2

We did a double take when we saw this legend on the bill at this year's Irish Festival. Sure, the entertainment is always top-notch, but a visit from singer-songwriter Thompson is a rare treat. His throaty, warm voice, expert guitar skills and story-weaving will make a proper closing act for the festival. dublinirishfestival.org

Pleasures of the Cup: Mad for Martinis

Aug. 15

Calling Don and Betty! The Ohio History Center is throwing a 1950s-themed cocktail party on the "lawn" of the museum's awesome Lustron house. The center promises an evening that blends grown-up beverages with stories and characters from yesteryear. ohiohistory.org