Weekend Picks: Tomatoes, Classical Music, an Endangered Cultural Treasure and More

Columbus Monthly staff
Carolina Lopez of U Will Dance performs a flamenco dance during Festival Latino in 2017.

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Thursday, Aug. 8-Saturday, Aug. 10

After a brief hiatus, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival is back and more tomato-y than ever. Expect tomato-themed takes on your typical fair activities, like a pizza challenge, salsa contest and the Ohio State Chili Cook-Off. There’s also a bloody mary bar, kickball tournament, boxing matches, a car show, dance performances and live music from the likes of LDNL, Great White, Abby Ann Miller and Phil Vassar, to name a few. Head to Huber Park in the birthplace of the commercial tomato—Reynoldsburg—from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday to join in on the fun.

Festival Latino, Saturday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 11

The 24th annual celebration of all things Latin American is kicking off this weekend in Genoa Park with live music, food, art, dance and activities for all ages. The largest Latin event in Ohio is free of charge and runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Each evening features a different program in this weekend's series of three free outdoor concerts (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra with an array of soloists at Franklin Park Conservatory. Pack chairs and a picnic or purchase food, wine and beer onsite (no outside alcohol allowed), and enjoy the music as night descends and the conservatory's slowly-changing colored lights begin to glow. Family activities will be offered behind the stage an hour before each 8 p.m. concert.

Art at the Wagnalls Festival, Saturday, Aug. 10

Wagnalls Memorial Library, one of Central Ohio's most unique and endangered cultural treasures, will host the first Art at the Wagnalls Festival on its grounds in Lithopolis. The free event will feature live music, local artists, a Jeep rally and a beer and wine garden. The festival is part of a community outreach effort by library leaders to revive the financially troubled institution, the subject of an April Columbus Monthly feature


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