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Summer is in full swing, even if it hasn’t technically started yet.
As Columbus goes through the process of reopening, many of the summer’s largest festivals and events are looking for ways to adapt. Some events are going completely virtual while others are moving outdoors and limiting the number of guests.
Cars are also playing a huge roll in many events this summer, from drive-up food festivals to drive-in movie experiences. Here are 10 events happening this month that you’ll want to check out.
What: Tickets are $10 per car and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds benefit the Easton Community Foundation. Drive-in will be located in Easton’s newest district, just north of Forbidden Root, Forty Deuce, and Beeline. Parking spaces will be first-come, first-served; larger vehicles may be asked to park toward the back. Movie is rain or shine.
When: June 9-13, 9 p.m. showings on weekdays, 9 p.m. and midnight showings on Friday & Saturday
Where: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Ctr, Columbus, Ohio 43219
What: “Social dancing while social distancing” is the motto for this weekly scheduled virtual dance technique class, which includes community conversations and weekly Social Media posts including educational information, videos, and various community engagement activities.
When: Every Tuesday until June 30
Where: Virtual event
What: Adrienne Hood, the mother of Henry Green, is hosting a march for the families of Ohioans killed by police. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to symbolize the bloodshed of policy brutality.
When: Friday, June 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215
What: This year’s Arts Fest is a virtual event, so if you have internet access, there’s really no excuse not to be taking in as much fantastic Columbus art as possible. During the Columbus Arts Fest in Place, you can shop for artwork online directly from 2020 Arts Fest artists, explore our Big Local artists and performers, and participate in the Arts Fest Chalk Challenge.
When: June 12-14
Where: Virtual Event
What: The the whole fam out for a classic drive-in theater experience at the Ohio History Center. The movie series celebrates Ohio-born filmmaker Steven Spielberg and is free to attend, although registration is required. This month’s featured film is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
When: June 13 at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio History Center, 800 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
What: Bakers Acres Greenhouse is brining a pop-up of houseplants and succulents to Wolf’s Ridge on June 14. Have a beer, buy a plant, go home happy.
When: June 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 215 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
What: Swing by MAPFRE Stadium and grab some grub at the Drive-Thru Food Truck Rally, hosted by Ohio Food Truck Rally, MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus Crew SC, Can’t Stop CBUS, and Street Food Finder. Practice social distancing while enjoying some of your favorite food trucks
When: June 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: MAPFRE Stadium, 1 Black And Gold Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43211
What: 400 Market events will now be held outdoors, in order to help provide space for adequate social distancing. The event is free and open to the public and includes a variety of vendors and goods. Attendees are encouraged to practice social responsibility and follow distancing guidelines
When: June 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 400 W Rich St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
What: Kayaking is a great summer, social-distancing friendly activity. But if you’re just starting out, it can be a little overwhelming. This four-hour class will get you feeling comfortable in a kayak. The cost of the class includes the use of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Tickets are $40.00/ COP Members and $50.00/Non-Members.
When: June 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Scioto Audubon Metro Park
What: Green Lawn Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Ohio. During this tour, you’ll bike around while naturalist and historian Randy Rogers shares some of the rich history contained in the cemetery. The tour will begin and end in front of the Green Lawn Abbey. Tickets are $25 and a portion of the registration fee is donated to the Green Lawn Cemetery Association.
When: June 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave, Columbus, OH 43223
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