Columbus Neighborhoods Host Family Event Series

Melissa Kossler Dutton
Thea Willemstein, 4, dances in bubbles during the April 26 4th Friday event in Uptown Westerville.

Looking to explore some new places this summer? Consider checking out other neighborhoods that offer family-oriented event series. Here are a few to consider.

Westerville organizes a 4th Friday party every month from April through September. Uptown stores are encouraged to stay open late, and the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau organizes themed activities from 6-9 p.m.

Monthly themes are:

  • June 28 – Safety Fest
  • July 26 – World Bazaar
  • Aug. 23 – Dog Days of Summer
  • Sept. 27 – Farm in the City

Find details for each event at the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau’s 4th Friday page

Worthington First Wednesdays welcomes visitors to its downtown area the first week of every month from 5-8 p.m. Shops are open extended hours, and Experience Worthington organizes special activities along the High Street corridor. The July 3 event will feature a patriotic theme, August’s focus is back to school, and September is the dog days of summer. (Events continue through the end of the year.) Learn more at Experience Worthington

Franklinton Fridays focuses on music, art and science. The series takes place the second Friday of the month at 400 West Rich Street. Activities range from art exhibits to science experiments, and always include food options and live entertainment. The events run 6-10 p.m. year-round. Check out for details.

The Grandview Hop invites visitors for a special summertime market on the last Saturday of the month, June to September. The free, all-ages events, which take place 5-9 p.m. along Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues, feature live music, extended-hours shopping, art and special activities. For details,