Navigator Weekender: The 14 Best Things To Do This Weekend Including ComFest, Sam Smith, And Kelton House Gala

Happy Summer Solstice, everybody!

I hope you’ve had a marvelous week and that you’re ready to get out and explore this city. There is so much happening around town over the weekend, but don’t worry. I’m sure you’ll narrow it down to your must-do events. There are fancy cars, gala events, drum circles, and more just waiting for you out there!


High of 81F. Thunderstorms likely in the morning, followed by a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Opera Project Columbus “Cinderella”

What: Opera Project Columbus exists because they wanted to bring more Opera to the people. They’re doing just that this weekend with a performance of Cinderella. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
When: June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

ComFest 2018

What: ComFest is back for yet another year, hopefully without the rain cancellations of last year. The festival is going on all weekend long, with vendors, performers, speakers, and more. Hit up a drum circle or buy some local goods!
When: June 22-24, full schedule here.
Where: Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215

The Iron Giant – Summer Kids Film Series

What: The Drexel Theatre’s annual Summer Kids Film Series presents The Iron Giant. The film will show Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. During the Saturday screening, Tupelo Doughnuts will be on hand serving up deliciously sweet treats. Tickets for the film are $1 for kids 12 and under and $3 for everyone else!
When: June 22-24, various times.
Where: Drexel Theatre, 2254 E Main St

Easton Art Affair

What: Easton’s Art Affair is a little bit art gallery and a little bit street fair. But mostly, it’s just a good time. The art show is juried and offers paintings, photography, sculptures, hand-made jewelry, kids art, and more.
When: June 22-24, Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Easton Town Square, 160 Easton Town Center


Once again, it’s storm city. Thunderstorms likely in the morning with the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 79F.

WoCO (Women of Color Owned) Summer Market

What: The WoCO Summer Market features amazing products created by women of color artists and entrepreneurs. Vendors will be selling jewelry, candles, clothing, art, and so much more.
When: June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Zora’s House, 1311 Summit St.

The Kelton House Gala 2018

What: The Kelton House is being turned into a 1920s Speakeasy for the 2018 Kelton House Gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit the educational programs of the Kelton House Museum & Garden. Tickets start at $115.
When: June 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kelton House, 586 E Town St.

Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018

What: Columbus Cars and Coffee present the second annual Exotics on Scioto Mile. Stroll along the Scioto Mile, grab some grub from a food truck, and take a look at over 100 exotic cars from brands like Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, Lotus, Ferrari, Bently, Acura, and more. The event is free!
When: June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Scioto Mile

Sam Smith

What: Superstar/total dream boat Sam Smith will take the stage at Nationwide Arena this weekend. The doors scheduled to open at 7 p.m. and the arena is warning people to arrive early and be prepared for enhanced security measures, including metal detectors.
When: June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd.

Miles Davis Tribute ft. Trumpeter Mike Wade

What: Cincinnati-based trumpeter Mike Wade is bringing the music of Miles Davis to Columbus this weekend. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10-25.
When: June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: Copious, 520 S High St.

Columbus Symphony Picnic With The Pops ft. Rick Springfield

What: Grammy Award-winning performer Rick Springfield and the Columbus Symphony are teaming up for an epic night of music. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
When: June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: Columbus Commons


High of 82F. The day will be partly cloudy and a stray shower or thunderstorm is possible.

59th German Village Haus Und Garten Tour

What: German Village is full of some of the most beautiful, historic homes in the city. This weekend, you can tour stunning homes and gardens throughout the neighborhood.
When: June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: German Village

Sir Sly at Newport Music Hall – Presented by Cd102.5

What: Los Angeles trio Sir Sly was originally slated to perform at A&R Music Bar, but now the show has been moved to Newport Music Hall. If you already had tickets, don’t worry, no exchange is necessary. Just show up with your original ticket and ready to have a good time. Tickets are $20.
When: June 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St.

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Beer Tasting

What: If Jurassic Park and beer are two of your favorite things, you’re in luck. Studio 35 is hosting a Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom beer tasting event. Rhinegeist Brewing will be supplying the brews and your ticket includes a custom pint glass, ten 4-ounce pours of beer, and a raffle ticket.
When: June 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave.

German Village Makers Market

What: If you are already heading to German Village for the home and garden tour, you might as well swing over to City Park & Thurman where you’ll find the German Village Makers Market. Peruse hand-crafted items made by local vendors, grab some snacks, and have a good time.
When: June 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1108 City Park Ave.

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