The Fam Five: October Arts and Entertainment Ideas

Jim Fischer
Columbus Parent
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will present “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Oct. 19.


Peppa Pig is coming back for more live show fun this fall. In “Peppa Pig’s Adventure,” Peppa, her brother George and friends Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe are getting ready for a camping trip, complete with a school bus ride and, of course, singing, dancing and loads of fun. The tour comes to Columbus Oct. 8 at the Palace Theatre. Tickets start at $38.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


The Wexner Center for the Arts is planning a special program for families to explore the current exhibition, “HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin,” on Oct. 13. The free Zoom Family Studio event offers participants the opportunity to view the exhibition and bring in objects from home to create their own project incorporating images and words.

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus (OSU Campus), 614-292-3535,


If you haven’t met a girl named Maria, you can this month courtesy of Columbus Children’s Theatre, which presents Leonard Bernstein’s classic stage musical “West Side Story,” opening Oct. 17. The story of forbidden love and rivalry among New York City street gangs is recommended for audiences in sixth grade and older. This is a co-production with Short North Stage. Tickets start at $30.

Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St., Columbus (Short North), 614-224-6672,

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra offers a special presentation of Tim Burton’s 1993 animated classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Oct. 19 at the Ohio Theatre. The orchestra will perform the whimsical score live as the film plays on the hall’s big screen. Audiences are invited to come dressed up. Tickets start at $25.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


Celebrate fall and everything spooky during All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village on Oct. 12 and 19. Hear “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” read aloud by the bonfire, carve a pumpkin, make crafts, play Victorian-era games and more. Kids will have fun while learning about the 19th century. Hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m. (note the Ohio History Center closes at 4 p.m.). Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger.

Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus (North Side), 800-686-6124,