The Fam Five: Arts and Entertainment Ideas for August

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
A 2017 Summer Music Series concert from ProMusica Chamber Orchestra at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


You want your kids to learn something, but you don’t necessarily want them to know they’re learning. Such artful parenting isn’t the reason why two of Central Ohio’s biggest and best-loved festivals exist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and experience some culture at the Dublin Irish Festival (Aug. 2-4) and Festival Latino (Aug. 10-11). These summer staples feature music, dance, food and cultural activities for the whole family. Irish Festival tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Festival Latino admission is free.

Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin,

Festival Latino, Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Columbus (Downtown),


Jazz Arts Group of Columbus’ summer lineup of cool tunes continues in August with two family-friendly series. JazZoo concerts, which are suitable for families, are on tap Aug. 2 and 9. Tickets, $35, include admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Or, for a concert that caters specially to young children, try the summer PBJ & Jazz lineup. The free concerts are held one Saturday a month through September in Topiary Park. The Aug. 10 event showcases the Jazz Daddies featuring Maggie Smith. A preshow storytime takes place at the adjacent Main Library at 11:30 a.m., with art activities following the noon concert.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Road, Powell, 614-469-0939,

Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St., Columbus (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Summer Advanced Performance Academy presents the regional premiere of “Bring It On: The Musical” Aug. 8-10 at Eastmoor Academy and Aug. 16-25 at the Garden Theatre in the Short North. Based on the cheerleading movie of the same name and recommended for middle-school-age and older, the show features songs by a team that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets are $16 to $30.

CCT’s production of “Disney’s Cinderella Kids” runs through Aug. 4. This abridged, adapted version of the classic tale features characters and music from the animated movie that’s been beloved for generations. Tickets start at $10.

Columbus Children’s Theatre, Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus (Short North), 614-224-6672,


Here’s another example of a not-specifically-for-children arts event that introduces kids to more traditional programming in a less traditional setting: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. While the music selections are not tailored to young audiences, the relaxed outdoor setting allows kids to play, eat and listen during the concert. And, in addition to being terrific introductions to orchestral music for youngsters, these concerts also can introduce adults to what this fine orchestra (a treat in our city) is all about. Preconcert children’s activities begin at 7 p.m., an hour before the music starts. Performances take place Aug. 8, 10 and 11. Admission is free.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus (Downtown),


Local author Andra Gillum will be featured at the Thurber House Summer Literary Picnics on Aug. 7. Gillum’s books, inventively illustrated by Andy Case, chronicle the based-on-real-life “adventures” of her own pups, Riley and Lucy, and feature her two children, Max and Lisa. Her titles include “Doggy Drama” and “Puppy Drama,” with her fourth book, “Lost Doggy Drama” anticipated on shelves soon. Tickets are available for the reading only ($5.25 for ages 12 and younger, $26.25 for adults) or dinner and the reading ($42).

Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus (Downtown), 614-464-1032,


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