Top 5 for October

Columbus Monthly Staff

1. Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon, Oct. 16

Thousands of runners and walkers from around the country will take to the pavement on Oct. 16. Join a crowd of more than 100,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers to cheer on participants and support Nationwide Children's Hospital.

2. Erin McDougald, Oct. 1

When jazz vocalist Erin McDougald takes the stage at Notes in the Brewery District, it will be a homecoming nearly a decade in the making. The Columbus native now lives in Chicago and displays her sultry, dynamic style around the country, including gigs at the Lincoln Center and Chicago Jazz Fest.

3. The Maize at Little Darby Creek, Oct. 30

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is a fall touchstone, and to celebrate the TV special's 50th anniversary, the Maize at Little Darby Creek has joined farms nationwide in creating Peanuts-themed cornfield labyrinths. Open on weekends throughout October, the Milford Center farmstead and entertainment complex will cap its 15th autumn season on Oct. 30 with a Great Pumpkin Smash event.

4. Anthony Bourdain, Oct. 29

The bad news is that no buffet will be served when international food adventurer Anthony Bourdain visits the Palace Theatre Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. for a stop on his Hunger tour. The chef is now known best for his Parts Unknown television series on CNN, which explores the intersection of culture and food from around the globe. The Hunger will present Bourdain at his uncut best, followed by an open Q&A with the audience.

5. Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Oct. 13-16

After a successful debut last year, the citywide comics celebration expands to four days, with an ambitious programming schedule that features presentations, classes, panel discussions and prominent guest speakers, including Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda," "The Little Prince") and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus artistic director and Bone creator Jeff Smith (above).