Weekend Picks: Parades, Baseball and Chaka Khan

Columbus Monthly staff
Handlers keep a tight hold on the stars as they make their way down the street during the Dublin Independence Day Parade in 2017.

Exploring the Figure, Summoning the Muse: Renate Fackler and Jim Mason, Friday July 5-Aug. 24

Two sculptors known for high-profile public works will be paired for an exhibition, which starts on Friday, at the Gallery 22 in Delaware. Sculptor Renate Fackler created the bronze Brutus-on-a-bench at OSU’s Ohio Union and a sculpture of Jerrie Mock at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Jim Mason is known for his topiary re-imagining of a Seurat painting at the Columbus Deaf School Park.

Columbus Clippers, Thursday, July 4-Sunday, July 7

The Clippers will host the Louisville Bats for a four-game, holiday homestand at Huntington Park packed with promotions and activities. Thursday through Saturday, there will be fireworks after each game, while on Sunday actor Dwier Brown, who played Kevin Costner’s father in “Field of Dreams,” will make an appearance at the ballpark in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the beloved baseball movie. Meanwhile, all active or retired military personnel are eligible for complimentary tickets all weekend

Community Celebration of Honor, Friday, July 5

Independence Day weekend is a great time to celebrate those who fought for our country's independence and the freedom of others, and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will do just that with a Community Celebration of Honor on Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission of $5 for kids and $15 for adults includes food from caterers and food trucks and entry to the museum; activities will include patriotic face painting, music, corn hole, mini golf, a scavenger hunt and

Dublin Independence Day Celebration, Thursday, July 4

Get a little taste of the Dublin Irish Festival (Aug. 2–4) at the city’s Independence Day Celebration on July 4. The day kicks off with an 8 a.m. fishing derby at the DCRC pond, followed by the “Inflation Celebration” at 9:30 a.m. in front of Graeter’s Ice Cream. Those inflatables will float through historic downtown Dublin in the 11 a.m. parade. That evening, the entertainment and Irish Fest preview begins, with performances by Devon Gilfillian (5:30 p.m.), Chaka Khan (6:40 p.m.) and Michael McDonald (8:25 p.m.) at the Dublin Coffman High School stadium. Fireworks will follow, of course, at 9:50 p.m.