Top 5 Columbus events for September

Columbus Monthly Staff
Wanda Jackson, Sept. 8

Wanda Jackson, Sept. 8

When country music climbed in the backseat with rock 'n' roll, rockabilly was born, and Wanda Jackson was its queen. She was still in high school when she captured Elvis' heart with her Oklahoma growl, full of dust and sweat. And when she sang “Let's Have a Party” in 1958, it was no request—it was an order. Pay tribute to rock and roll royalty when Jackson appears at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza and Live Music, barely a month shy of her 80th birthday and still going strong.

Greek Festival, Sept. 1–4

The family-friendly, four-day celebration of all things Greek has been a Central Ohio Labor Day weekend tradition since the '70s and features a full lineup of unique activities and experiences. Check out live performances by the Greek Festival Folk Dancers and The Hellenic Singers, taste and learn how to prepare traditional Greek dishes, browse the dozens of vendor booths offering authentic art, jewelry and clothing and tour the festival venue, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is built in the traditional Byzantine architectural style.

Columbus Undies Run, Sept. 9

If you've ever wanted to go streaking but have been held back by legal repercussions, here's your chance. The Columbus Undies Run—self-described as an unconventional way to literally give the clothes off your back—is a 5K benefiting The Open Shelter through cash and clothing donations. Participants show up, remove their clothing down to their undergarments (acceptable undies: compression shorts, sports bras and Speedos), donate the clothing and then run the race. Clothing donations from participants and non-participants alike are washed and given to The Open Shelter, which provides assistance to local homeless individuals.

Buckeyes Home Opener, Sept. 9

After a strange Thursday night season opener at Indiana, J.T. Barrett (pictured) and his Ohio State teammates will welcome fellow title contender Oklahoma to the 'Shoe. The Sooners lost longtime coach Bob Stoops, but they still have star QB Baker Mayfield. It's championship rings or bust again for the Buckeyes, with a defensive line so talented and deep that Mayfield may already be having nightmares.

Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, Sept. 10

See the best that Ohio crafters have to offer while also giving back. The touring event—making its Hilliard debut this year—is the largest showing of high-quality handmade items from Buckeye State artists. A portion of proceeds will go to Charity Newsies, which provides school clothes to children in need. Tickets are $3, and children under 12 are free.