70 Things To Do In A Year! A 2017 Columbus Festival Calendar

Let’s get our festival on Columbus!

If you’re like me you can’t get enough of this city’s community festivals. If only there were a definitive calendar of all those awesome local art and brewery jamborees, that way we could keep the party going all year long. I got your back Columbus, so check it out and get those baja hoodies ready, it’s gonna be a long year guys.

March

Camp Lazarus Maple Festival

via Camp Lazarus Maple Syrup Festival Facebook

March 4th and 11th
Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, not only is there a pancake feast, but there are various  outdoor activities including BB gun shooting

Hoopla in the Hills
Unconfirmed
This family friendly bluegrass festival offers continuous performances for this three day event as well as food and craft items

Avant Garde Art and Craft Show
March 25th
Local artisans showcase their eclectic crafts. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities

OSU African American Heritage Festival
March 25th-31st
This years festival centers around “Madhumuni”, the Swahili word for purpose. The theme for this year is “Finding power in our purpose!”

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour U.S.
March 30th, 31st & April 1st
A 3 day showing of outdoor adventure films that include BASE jumping, biking, snowboarding and climbing

April

Ohioana Book Festival
April 8th
A festival celebrating Ohio authors and literature. A free event that includes open panel discussions with authors as well as activities for children

Columbus Ohio Film and Video Festival
April 19th-23rd
The oldest film festival in the United States, featuring submissions from students and professionals from across the world.

via Hell City Facebook

Hell City Tattoo Festival
April 28th-30th
Includes artist competitions, seminars, and a burlesque show

Gluten- Free Food Allergy Fest
April 29th and 30th
Showcases a variety of gluten free products and cooking ideas. Anyone curious about the gluten-free lifestyle is welcome to come

 

May

Central Ohio Folk Festival
May 6th and 7th
Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society that features live music as well as teaching opportunities

Columbus Asian Festival
May 27th and 28th
Celebrating Asian culture through events and activities. Includes food vendors, a marketplace, and culture exhibits

June

St. Michael Festival
June 2nd-4th

Columbus Arts Festival
June 9th-11th
Featuring the work of artists from across the nation, as well as live music, fine food, as well as activities and programs for kids.

NamiWalks
June 10th
A 5k walking event aimed at raising awareness and funding for mental illness

Park Street Festival

via Parkstreet Festival Facebook

June 10th and 11th
Two days of food trucks and live bands at the vibrant Park Street entertainment district. Live bands include Buffalo Native, G. Finesse & Black Eagle, and Captain Kid just to name a few

Film Festival of Columbus
June 15th-18th
Showing both veteran and novice filmmakers, this festival focuses on filming in the city. This is its sixth year running

World Naked Bike Ride
Unconfirmed
Since 2004 this global event has been promoting the dangers of greenhouse gasses as well as bicycle safety. There are no clothing requirements and anyone willing is allowed to participate.

Avant- Garde Art and Craft Show
June 11th
Local artisans showcase their eclectic crafts. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities

Juneteenth Ohio Festival
Unconfirmed
Celebrate the emancipation of African American slaves through drum circles and live gospel and enjoy a host of food vendors

Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival
June 16th-18th
Held at Gahanna’s Creekside park, this festival boasts some of the best live jazz in Ohio. There are amusements and activities for the whole family

St. Christopher’s Parish Festival
June 17th and 18th
Enjoy baked goods and live bands as well as a play area for the kids

Columbus Pride Fest

via Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade Facebook

June 16th-18th
Celebrate LGBTQ pride and participate in the parade, check out the singer-songwriter showcase, and enjoy a variety of bands

Tater Tots and Beer Festival
June 17th
This festival combines the simple pleasures of craft beer and tater tots to make one very memorable celebration of food and fun

Grove City Wine and Arts Festival
June 17th
Local wineries and food trucks make this a big draw for out of towners. Shuttle service to and from local hotels will be provided

London Strawberry Festival
June 19th
Not only will there be plenty of strawberry shortcake but also a cobra car show benefitting Cystic Fibrosis as well as other nightly entertainment

Comfest
June 23rd-25th
Created with the expressed purpose of drawing the city’s communities together, comfest will be hosting a variety of musical performances as well as craft vendors and a beer tent

Hilltop Bean Dinner
Unconfirmed
A family friendly community festival commemorating the history of Columbus’ west side. Despite the name there will be a variety of food besides the traditional bean dishes

July

Red, White, and Boom

via Red, White, & Boom Columbus Facebook

July 3rd
Columbus’ very own Independence Day festival displaying live music, a thriving bar scene, and the largest fireworks display in Ohio

Doo Dah Parade
July 4th
The Doo Dah Parade proclaims to “celebrate liberty and lunacy!” Attendees are encouraged to express their 1st amendment right and dress as silly as they please.

Columbus Shamrock Club Music Festival
Unconfirmed
A day of traditional Irish music with 3 stages and 10 live bands. Hosted by the Shamrock Club of Columbus

Good Guys PPG Nationals
Unconfirmed
Come check out the hotrods and classic muscle cars at this car show. Activities include races, displays, and over 6,000 cars to check out

Columbus Black Theatre Festival
Unconfirmed
A 3 day event displaying the talents of local black actors and playwrights

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival
July 19th-22nd
This music festival is a charitable event donating to organizations that help children with life threatening illnesses. Sporting an impressive amount of musicians it’s guaranteed time for any music lover

via Jazz & Rib Fest Facebook

Columbus Jazz & Rib fest
July 21st-23rd
Jazz and barbecue combine for this Columbus summer tradition. Teams compete for the honor of “Best Ribs” while some of the best local live jazz talent sets the mood for a day of fun and food.

The Color Run
July 22nd
A 5k run that focuses mainly its participants having a good and memorable time. At each kilometer, runners are doused with a variety of different colors and afterwards they’re treated to a festival at the finish line

Ohio State Fair
July 26th – August 6th
A central Ohio tradition, fair goers can enjoy concerts funnel cake and arts & agricultural competitions

August

Wizard World Comic Con
August 4th- 6th
Celebrities from the world of fantasy and science fiction perform panel discussions

Dublin Irish Festival
August 4th- 6th
Immerse yourself in Irish heritage while enjoying food, drink, music, and dance

St. James Lutheran Brats and Crafts Festival
August 4th- 6th
Dancing and Polka music can be found at this food and crafts festival. Be sure not to miss out on the beer wagon and authentic german cuisine

Columbus Summer Beerfest
Unconfirmed
Cool down with a cold beverage for this summer festival. Craft beer from all over will be available as well as the brewmasters that concoct them

Columbus Food Truck Festival

via Columbus Food Truck Festival Facebook

August 18th and 19th
Columbus is a city that loves it’s food trucks, we’ll take any excuse to indulge ourselves and what better excuse than a day dedicated to just that

Saint Cecilia Festival
Unconfirmed
Saint Cecilia Catholic Church welcomes you and your family for a fun day of nourishment and games for the kids

Grove City Bourbon Tasting
Unconfirmed
Offering the finest of pizzas, cigars, and bourbon to an open public

Sangria Festival
Unconfirmed
Enjoy delicious, refreshing, sangria from area distilleries and live music from local bands

Columbus Festival Latino
August 12th
Immerse yourself in Latin culture and experience educational workshops as well as authentic cuisine and performances

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
August 18th and 19th
Celebrate the birthplace of commercial tomatoes with live music and, of course, tomatos. Theres only two things money can’t buy; love and home grown tomatos.

Ohio India Festival
August 26th

Obetz Zucchini Festival
August 24th- 27th

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival
August 30th- September 2nd
Enjoy fresh served corn, contests, and square dancing

September

Night Nation Run
September 9th
The world’s first running music festival. Enjoy EDM as you run, skip, or jump your way through the music and all of the lights

Columbus Greek Festival
September 1st- 4th
Experience Greek culture and orthodox Christian faith.

Fashion Meets Music Festival

via Fashion Meets Music Festival Facebook

Unconfirmed

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
September 4th

Lithopolis Honey Festival
September 8th- 9th

Hot Times Community Arts and Music Festival
September 9th- 11th
An independent and community driven arts festival on the corner of Main and Parsons.

Avant Garde Arts and Craft Show
September 10th
Local artisans showcase their eclectic crafts. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities.

Independent’s Day Festival
September 17th-18th

via Independents’ Day Facebook

Grove City Arts in the Alley
September 16th- 17th

Delaware County Fair
September 16th- 23rd

Columbus Oktoberfest
September 22nd- 24th
Enjoy beverages as well as delicious German food at this annual city classic.

Reformation Renaissance Faire (x3)
Consecutive weekends, September 23rd- October 8th

The ALS Association Walk to Defeat ALS
September 24th
A walking fundraiser dedicated to collecting money for ALS organizations and completely curing the disease.

October

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purplestride
October 1st
A 5k run with proceeds going to fight pancreatic cancer.

Safe in Sound Festival

via Safe In Sound Festival Facebook

October 2nd
A touring festival showcasing the latest in popular EDM artists

Autism Speaks Walk
October 8th
An autism fundraising event, apart of the largest in the country.

Columbus Italian Festival
October 6th- 8th
Celebrating the culture and cuisine of Italy.

Historic Dublin Chili Cookoff
October 15th
Dublin’s annual chili competition. Tickets are $10 and get you chili from six different locations. The winner receives a “People’s Choice” distinction.

Dublin Arts Council BREAD! Festival
October 21st

Reel Abilities Film Festival
Unconfirmed
Screening award winning films by and about people with disabilities

December

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Light
December 1st