Weekend Picks: Gospel Fest, Ohio State Fair, TBDBITL and More

Columbus Monthly staff
Members of the Ohio State University Marching Band prepare to perform at a Picnic With the Pops concert with the Columbus Symphony.

Picnic with the Pops: OSU Marching Band, Friday, July 26

Don't miss your chance to hear the combined sound of two of the city’s most beloved musical institutions: the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio State University Marching Band. This concert at the Columbus Commons is the highlight of every Picnic with the Pops season. It’s a perfect opportunity to spread a blanket and enjoy a summertime meal or a snack (bring food or purchase some on-site) and stir those fall football feelings at the same time.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Best of 2019, through Sunday, July 28

Tucked into the nebulous area between Grandview, Fifth by Northwest and Upper Arlington, the Ohio Craft Museum welcomes visitors for its 35th annual members competition, which showcases 88 works by 74 artists. The museum named 16 award winners in categories like fiber, ceramics, glass and many more, all on display for one final weekend.

An uplifting weekend is in store for gospel music lovers as the 35th annual Columbus Gospel Fest takes over Genoa Park on Saturday with a full day of wellness and family activities beginning at 9 a.m. and local and national acts taking the stage from 4 to 8:30 p.m. This year, the All Disabilities Festival, once a part of Gospel Fest, moves to Sunday, July 28, also at Genoa Park, and will include an All Disabilities Walk at 10 a.m., an inclusive talent showcase and a salute to disabled veterans.,

Ohio State Fair, through Aug. 4

Fans of fatty food, country music and animal husbandry unite: The Ohio State Fair opened this week, kicking off the city’s annual 12-day celebration of music, agriculture and deep-fried Twinkies. Hank Williams Jr. headlines the Celeste Center's weekend lineup with his Saturday night show, but the fair's concert programmers have other bases covered, too, including 1970s rock—REO Speedwagon (Wednesday), Bad Company (Aug.2)—and R&B—Lyfe Jennings (Friday), The S.O.S. Band/Midnight Star (Aug. 1).


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