Top 5 for September

Columbus Monthly Staff
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Sept. 5

You're missing out if you pass on this cultural event in favor of the Columbus Arts Festival in June. Each year, 25,000 visitors descend on Northam Park to view and purchase works from more than 200 artists and vendors. Kids (and kids at heart) will love the interactive art-themed activity areas. Hungry? Grab a bite from the food trucks and take a seat in front of the stage to enjoy dance and musical performances from numerous local groups while you chow down.

Ohio Bacon Fest, Sept. 9

Bacon is no longer just the star of the morning breakfast table. Whether you like yours wrapped around appetizers, candied on your favorite dessert or garnished on a mouthwatering pizza, stop by the Ohio Bacon Fest at the Columbus Commons for some unforgettable bacon creations.

Sturgill Simpson, ?Sept. 14

It's been a big year for Sturgill Simpson: His new album debuted at No. 1 on the country charts, and the late Merle Haggard told Garden & Gun magazine that Simpson's the only thing he's heard worth listening to. Local fans are buying the hype; demand has bumped the show from the Newport to Express Live.

Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival, ?Sept. 3–4

Cheer on the hometown Ohio Village Muffins as they compete in the largest vintage "base ball" tournament in the country. The two-day Ohio Cup at the Ohio Historical Center celebrates how America's pasttime was played in the 1860s, with teams from all over the country competing by the rules and traditions of the day, including no gloves, underhand pitching and players decked out in Victorian ties.

BalletMet Rhythm on the River, Sept. 2

Rhythm on the River closes its summer series at Bicentennial Park with one of its best annual traditions, a free performance from BalletMet. Snuggle up with your special someone under the late summer sky as you enjoy excerpts from the acclaimed dance company's 2016-17 season in a lovely outdoor setting.