25 Things to Do Before Labor Day

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The worst feeling in the world is sitting at a barbecue in early September and thinking of all the cool things you should've done in the sun. You can avoid this crushing regret by making a list.

A good summer list has things you love to do and stuff you've never tried. It includes easy ideas for a lazy Sunday and others that require a few days off. The list should be random, challenging, goofy, unique and, most of all, really fun.

Making such a list is an art. No two are the same.

To help make this a season to remember, here are 25 ideas to do before Labor Day.

1. Consider getting high

Hot Air Balloon Festival

A private ride in one of these babies will cost you and a date about $400. Luckily, watching them set sail is free during this annual event hosted in quaint Coshocton County. Running Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, the festival also includes live music, carnival rides, fair food and crafts.

2. See a shooting star

Perseid meteor shower

Venerable astronomy mag Sky & Telescope insists that this could be the sky show of the year. On Thursday-Friday, Aug. 12-13, up to 60 meteors per hour will flash through a radiant in the constellation Perseus. The moon should be out of the way, and the peak comes around 8 p.m. Thursday.

3. Catch music outside

Scioto Park

Hosted by the Dublin Arts Council, Sundays @ Scioto has become a favorite among many local summer concert series. Running every Sunday from June 6 to July 25, the free shows will include folk, jazz, reggae and more. Music starts at 7 p.m.

4. Jump off a high dive

Grandview Municipal Pool

Columbus city pools are a bargain, but most lack amenities you'd like at a neighborhood watering hole. Grandview's got the answer, offering a beautiful pool, high dive and snack bar. Adult admission costs $6. Season runs May 29 to Labor Day.

5. Crew a sailboat

Hoover Sailing Club

Those who dream of sailing the high seas can get a taste of the action at this friendly sailing association, which through August hosts races nearly every Sunday at 1:45 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Amateur captains in need of hands often take along newbies interested in the sport.