Summer Festivals Guide: Columbus and Ohio festival listings

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Asian Festival

May 28-29; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Franklin Park Conservatory, Near East Side

Cultural exhibits and performances, food, games and market place representing 13 Asian countries.

Grillmasters Festiva l

May 28-29; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday

North Market, Arena District

Food festival featuring barbecue and fiery foods vendors, cooking demonstrations, culinary contests, and live music.

Native American Traditional Powwow

May 27-30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 1 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Franklin Country Fairgrounds, Hilliard

A celebration of the Native American culture through the spiritual ritual of a traditional powwow.

Columbus Arts Festival

June 3-5; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Discovery District

For its 50th year, artists and craftspeople will be joined by hands-on art activities, musical performances and food from the area's finest restaurants.

Park Street Festival

June10-11; 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday

Park St., Arena District

Music by Love Sick Radio, 17th Floor, Downplay and more with food and drink vendors.

Go West ! Festival

June 11, 4-9 p.m.

Downtown Franklinton

Music from Old Hundred, The Wet Darlings, The Spruce Campbells and more with art exhibitions, kids activities, beer and fun.

Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival

June 17-19; 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday

Mill and Granville Streets and Creekside Park, Gahanna

Family friendly event with music performances throughout each day and art, craft and food vendors.

Pride Festival

June 17-19; 3-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Goodale Park, Victorian Village

Annual celebration of the GLBT community with music performances and parade.

Juneteenth Festival

June 17-19; 12-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Franklin Park, Near East Side

Celebrating the date the last slaves in America were freed with music, food and family fun.

Worthington Arts Festival

June 18-19; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Village Green, Olde Worthington

Juried show features over 150 select artists and fine craftsmen exhibiting all mediums.

Origins Game Fair

June 22-26

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Short North

The event for all RPGers, LARPers and general gamers features a Victoriana - that includes steampunk - theme for this year's convention.


June 24-26; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Satruday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Goodale Park, Victorian Village

Annual all-volunteer celebration featuring food and craft vendors and many local bands performing of numerous stages.

Powell Festival

June 24-25; 5-11 p.m. Friday, 12-11 p.m. Saturday

Village Green Park, Powell

Two days of live music, food and family fun capped by fireworks display.

Ba -C on

July 8-10; 12 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Geek and cyberculture convention that also pays homage to bacon.

North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival

July 8-10; 7-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Sunday

North Market, Arena District

Ohio wineries and local cuisine vendors and live music.

Shamrock Club Music Festival

July 15-16; 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday

The Shamrock Club, South Side

Two days of Irish music and cultural celebration.

Westerville Music & Arts Festival

July 9-10; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Heritage Park, Westerville

Local artists and musicians in downtown Westerville.

Bike Columbus Festival

July 15; begins at 6 p.m.

City Hall, Downtown

Two bikes tours, 12 and 25 miles, through Columbus ending at an after party on Gay St.

Franklin County Fair

July 16-23; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Saturday

4H displays, contests, live entertainment, games, fair concessions, rodeo, moto cross and tractor pulls.

Shadwobox Live Sketch Comedy Festival

July 19-20; show times TBD

Shadowbox Live, Easton

Comedy troupes from around the country go head-to-head in a two-day competition.

Lancaster Festival

July 21-30

Throughout Lancaster

Family friendly festival with free afternoon concerts and ticketed evening concerts, including the Beach Boys.

Jazz & Rib Festival

July 22-24; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday

McFerson Commons and North Bank Park, Arena District

Award-winning barbecue competition and live music by national and local acts throughout three days.

Serbian Festival

12-10 p.m. Saturday, July 23

St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Church, East Side

Annual summer picnic featuring live Serbian music, dancing, full bar, and a buffet of authentic cuisine.

Ohio State Fair

July 27-Aug. 7; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 27-Saturday Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6

Ohio State Fairgrounds

Rides, concessions, livestock displays and competitions and nightly concerts featuring Ke$ha, Journey, Brad Paisley and more.

Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

Aug. 5-6; 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday

S. High St., downtown Canal Winchester

Two days of live blues music, food vendors serving ribs and non-rib dishes and a beer garden.

Dublin Irish Festival

Aug. 5-7; 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Coffman Park, Dublin

Annual celebration of all things Irish with food, libations, sports, dancing and three days of live music.

Festival Latino

Aug. 13-14;

Genoa Park, Downtown

Delicious cuisine, art and craft vendors along with dance and music performances celebrating Latino culture.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Aug. 19-20

Huber Park, Reynoldsburg

Concessions, queen contest and live music all in celebration of the tomato.

Cruise the 'Ville

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Whetstone Park, Clintonville

Classic and hotrod car show and competition.

African Village Arts Festival

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday Aug. 20

Old Central Community House, Olde Towne East

Performing andvisual arts exhibits join traditional ceremonies and a marketplace celebrating African culture.

Columbus Wine Festival

August 26-27; 4-10 p.m. Friday, 3-9 p.m. Saturday

Franklin Park Conservatory, Near East Side

Over 270 wines from around the world available for sampling and food from local restaurants.

Urban Scrawl

August 27-28;

Dodge Park, Franklinton

See local artists working live and performances from local musicians. Beer truck and food concessions.

Millersburg Sweet Corn Festival

August 31-September 3; 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.

Historic Lions Park in Millersport

Corn eating contest, tractor pulls, outhouse races and live music featuring John Michael Montgomery.

G reek Festival

Sept. 2-5; 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Short North

The 39th annual Greek celebration features authentic foods, crafts and cultural performances. Oompah!

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Sept. 3-Oct. 16; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

A chance to experience life in 16th century England through authentic entertainment, food and exhibits.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Sept. 5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Northam Park, Upper Arlington

Blind juried arts festival showcases 200 fine artists and fine craftspeople, music, food carts and art activities for all ages.

Hot Times Music & Arts Festival

Sept. 9-11

Columbus Public Health Building, Olde Towne East

Three days of music with local and national acts, art, poetry and a street fair.

Columbus Microbrew Festival

Sept. 16-17; 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

North Market, Arena District

Local breweries serving their wares with performances by local musicians.

Independents' Day

12 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17

Gay St., downtown

Local musicians, artists and creative types gather to support the Columbus community.

This story corrects an earlier version that erroneously referred to the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival as the Pickerington Tomato Festival. It also clarifies the type of contest queen, not beauty that is held during the festival.