Goodness gracious, it’s already July. There’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy and a lot going on. We thought we’d let you know how to capitalize on Columbus happenings for this month.
What: Appreciate the local music scene with free concerts, food trucks, and drinks. You can relax and let the stress of the work week fade away. Don’t forget some blankets and chairs if you need them.
When: Thursdays — the bar and food truck open at 5 p.m. and the opening act starts at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.
What: This one’s for you, wine lovers and connoisseurs. North Market will feature wineries from all over Ohio, the farmer’s market on Saturday, and entertainment.
When: Friday, July 7 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 8 from 2-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 9 from 12-5 p.m.
Where: North Market, 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215.
What: This monthly event draws a good crowd. Businesses stay open late and offer special promos, while sidewalk vendors offer a variety of products. Street musicians make for a nice atmosphere while you browse and enjoy food out on the patio.
When: Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m.
Where: Moonlight Market, Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
What: If your interests lie at the intersection of dogs and politics (or with either separately), bring your doggo, grab a beer, and take advantage of treats like getting a professional photo with your dog. The event is in support of Ohio 4 Pups on Patios and House Bill 263, an effort to let business owners allow dogs on their patios.
When: Saturday, July 8 from 1-4 p.m.
Where: Seventh Son Brewing, 1101 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201.
What: This wellness series brings family fun and features a farmers market where you can buy fresh fruits and veggies, meats, cheeses, and specialty foods.
When: Thursdays from 4-7 p.m.
Where: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Ctr., Columbus, OH 43219.
What: Sit back and enjoy jazz, R&B, and blues from national, regional, and local artists. Hit up the food court for some eats and visit the artisan village. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs.
When: Thursdays starting July 13 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Mayme More Park, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203.
What: The color run encourages health and having a good time. Don’t worry about beating any times. It’s about the experience. Go in with a crisp, white shirt and come out looking like a fabulous unicorn.
When: Saturday, July 22 at 8 a.m.
Where: Downtown Columbus, 434 W. Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.
What: Good music? Check. Tasty barbecue? Uh-huh. Gear up for a weekend of talented musicians and nonstop jazz. I hope you have a good pair of stretchy pants, because 23 award-winning barbecue teams will be trying to outdo each other for the title of “Best Ribs.”
When: Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, starting at 11 a.m. each day.
Where: The Scioto Mile, Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215.
What: Ah, the music of my brooding adolescence. All Time Low brings their latest vision and sound to fans following the success of their previous albums. The band formed in Baltimore in 2003 and is still rockin’ out.
When: Sunday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Express LIVE, 405 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.
What: From rides to aerial acrobatics, you’ll find a bunch to do at the state fair. And let’s not forget that fair food. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and free for kids under 5. Tickets are $6 if you get them in advance.
When: Wednesday, July 26 to Sunday, August 6. Fair admission gates open at 9 a.m.
Where: Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211.