Greater Columbus Community:

The Best Annual Events in Central Ohio

Looking for something to do in Central Ohio, a way to meet new people, or just a way to celebrate the season? Check out some favorite annual events around the Greater Columbus area.


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Outdoor Adventures

Get outside and explore! From paddling along the Scioto River to hiking and biking scenic wooded trails to practicing your swing out on a golf course, there are plenty of ways to get outside in Central Ohio. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate beautiful days:

  • Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Inniswood Metro Gardens
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Highbanks Metro Park
  • Hoover Reservoir
  • Alum Creek State Park

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Local Culture

Music, art, theatre, science, history… you can find it all right here in Central Ohio. From museums to historic districts to live performances and amazing venues, Central Ohio has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some things you don’t want to miss:

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • COSI (Center of Science and Industry)
  • CAPA Live Entertainment
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Ballet Met Columbus
  • Columbus Symphony
  • Wexner Center for the Arts

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Thriving Entertainment

From the bars and clubs of Downtown Columbus to the galleries and restaurants of the Short North Arts District to the sporting events and renowned performers of the Arena District, there’s always something happening in Central Ohio. Check out some of our favorite spots for entertainment in Central Ohio:

  • Downtown Columbus
  • Nationwide Arena - Columbus Blue Jackets (hockey)
  • Huntington Park - Columbus Clippers (baseball)
  • Ohio Stadium (OSU football)
  • Short North Arts District

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Shopping & Dining

From fresh local foods to designer brands to unique boutiques and shops, Central Ohio has plenty of great places to shop and dine. Here are some of our favorite shopping and dining destinations:

  • Easton Town Center
  • Polaris Fashion Place
  • North Market
  • Downtown Dublin
  • Downtown Powell


Annual Events

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Powell

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Oct – Jan

Polar Bear Plunge

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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Powell

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Feburary

Blooms & Butterflies

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Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus

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March

Delaware Arts Festival

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Downtown Delaware

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Mid-May

PGA Memorial Golf Tournament

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Muirfield Village, Dublin

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June

Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival

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Creekside District, Gahanna

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Powell Festival

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Downtown Powell

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Late June

Westerville Music & Arts Festival

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Heritage Park, Westerville

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Early July

Ohio State Fair

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The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, Columbus

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Late July/Early August

Dublin Irish Festival

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Coffman Park, Dublin

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Early August

Canal Winchester Blues and Rib Fest

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Downtown Canal Winchester

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Early August

New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day

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New Albany

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Mid/Late September

Halloween Spooktacular

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Dublin

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Mid/Late October

Creepside

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Creekside District, Gahanna

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Mid/Late October

Holiday Lights Celebration

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Creekside District, Gahanna

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Mid-November

Winterfest

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Bicentennial Park, Columbus

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Early December

Holidayville

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Experience Clintonville, Columbus

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Experience Clintonville, Columbus

Short North Holiday Hop

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Short North Arts District

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Early December

First Night Columbus

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Downtown Columbus

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December 31


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