Navigator Weekly Planner: The 17 Best Things To Do This Week Including Drexel Gala, Wizards & Wands, And Nightmares Film Festival

How was your weekend, Columbus? Spectacular? Glad to hear it!

Get ready for a good week, there is so much happening! Here are 17 great things to do around town this week.

Monday, October 21

LGBTQ Jeopardy with GLSEN

Columbus Main Library | 7 p.m. | Free
Celebrate LGBTQ history with jeopardy! Bring your friends for a fun night of trivia, snacks, and lots of prizes!

Happy Hour with Ghost Story

Woodland’s Tavern | 6 p.m. | Free
Ghost Story is a Columbus-made acoustic trio formed at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music. They cover a mixture of folk, classic rock, soul, and pop.

Tuesday, October 22

Drexel Gala

Lincoln Theatre | 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $250
At the Drexel Gala guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a concert from Radnor & Lee, featuring Bexley native, Josh Radnor!

Screaming Females with Dusk

Ace of Cups | 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. | $15
Archie Fox Live presents Screaming Females with openers Dusk and Nothin’. This up and coming rock band from New Jersey is known for their incendiary live performances.

Mean Girls

Ohio Theatre | 7:30 p.m. | Start at $40
Mean Girls the musical is touring! This hit show will be playing at the Ohio Theatre from October 22-27.

Wednesday, October 23

Thurber Prize for American Humor

Lincoln Theatre | 6:45 p.m. | $50
Enjoy an evening of laughs featuring the three 2019 Thurber Prize finalists Sloane Crosley, John Kenney, and Simon Rich. The winner will be announced and presented with the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor at the end of the evening.

Cocktails at the Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory | 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $25
The final Cocktails at the Conservatory event is inspired by Harry Potter! This adults-only, cocktail event at the Conservatory will feature sour beers by Pretentious Brewing and Platform Brewing, and tea beers by Wild Ohio Brewing. There will be a costume contest and other magical activities. Tickets are $20 for members.

Thursday, October 24

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Nationwide Arena | 7 p.m. | Start at $23
Watch your beloved Blue Jackets hit the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes this Thursday at the Nationwide Arena. Tickets start at $23.

Nightmares Film Festival

Gateway Film Center | 10/24-10/27 | $12 single screening
Nightmares Film Festival 2019 presents a world-class assembly of the scariest, tensest, and most bizarre films. Click here for the full schedule of films.

Scents and Succulents

The Candle Lab | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | $46
Pour your own perfectly scented candle with the Candle Lab at their new location across from the convention center. While your candle cools you’ll make your very own succulent arrangment with Planthropy.

COSI After Dark: Halloween

COSI | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | $20
It’s Halloween night at COSI After Dark! Ever wanted to explore COSI without the kids? This is your chance! COSI after dark is 21+ and the theme this Thursday is Halloween. Tickets are $20 for non-members and $14 for members.

Pumpkin Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $22
Explore the children’s garden with pumpkin-lined pathways, Jack-o-lantern displays, pumpkin houses and giant gourds that have been professionally sculpted by Rock On Ice, the famous ice sculpting company. Pumpkin Nights take place Thursday through Sunday. Franklin Park Conservatory members receive discounted Pumpkin Night tickets.

The Rocky Horror Show

Short North Stage | 8 p.m. | $35
The Short North Stage is putting on the Rocky Horror Show! Seeing the Rocky Horror Show is a classic spooky season activity.

West Side Story

Short North Stage | 8 p.m. | $30
This classic 1950s love story will be showing at the Short North Stage through November 17.

Friday, October 25

Wizards & Wands Festival

Westerville Public Library | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Free
Enjoy the library transformed! Bring your whole family for a walk-through experience of activities including science experiments, live animals, stilt walkers, art,, magicians, and more! Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

ProMusica and the Chamber of Secrets

Refectory Restaurant | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $110
Hosted by the Refectory Restaurant, the evening features a special four-course dinner served with the live performance from ProMusica String Quartet. Adults tickets are $110 and children’s tickets are $60.

Haunted Statehouse Tours

Ohio Statehouse | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | $12
Light the lanterns and follow your conductors through the darkened hallways and chambers of the Statehouse and meet figures from the past. This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all ages.