14 Fun Things To Do Around Columbus This October

Hello, October.

It may be getting a little chillier out, but that doesn’t mean that outdoor activities are over. This month there are some fantastic opportunities to get out and do something fun. From movies and concerts to engaging virutal events, there’s definitely something going on in Columbus for everyone.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m ready to mask up and head out for a day or two of jamming, chatting, and hanging out with my quarantine crew.

Stonewall Columbus Virtual Pride Parade | October 3


Due to COVID-19, the Festival has been canceled and the iconic Pride Parade has been reimagined. On October 3rd, starting at 11:30am, there will be a live broadcast of “Pride Parades of History” highlighting some of the last 30+ years of Pride Parades in Columbus. Later that evening, you can join in the festivities online or walk past the Stonewall building to show your pride!

Hocus Pocus & Beetlejuice | October 3-4

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South Drive-In will be hosting quite the Halloween themed double feature on October 3 & 4. The evening will kick off with Hocus Pocus, followed up but Beetlejuice. Admission is $9.50 on Saturday and $7.50 on Sunday for those 12 and older. Kids 5-11 can get in for $2 and kids 4 and under are free! Both movies are rated PG.

Black Art In The Park | October 10

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Head to Goodale Park to celebrate black artists, including painters, sculptors, actors and actresses, writers, and other creatives. The event will go from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A Socially Distanced Halloween Beer Tasting | October 11

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Head to Grandview Theater and Drafthouse for a screening of Halloween and taste some delicious beer. Tickets are $40 and include: A custom pint glass, raffle prizes, 10 beer samples, funny stuff and admission to the movie. The screening will be hosted by Andy Wuelfing and the tasting will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the movie around 4 p.m. This event is 21+ only. You can read all of the social distancing guidelines for the event here.

Columbus Taco Fest Grab-N-Go | October 10-11

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Just because we can’t all crowd together doesn’t mean that we can’t still have a version of Columbus Taco Fest that involves lots of delicious food. The Columbus Taco Fest Grab-N-Go will allow attendees to pre-order online or through the StreetFoodFinder app, drive up to the event, and pick-up at the corresponding truck at a preset time. Masks are required and the event will run from 12 to 7 p.m. both days at the Ohio History Center parking lot.

Taste the Future | October 13 at 7 p.m.

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Taste the Future: Reimagined will feature mouthwatering dishes, inventive chefs, and refreshing beverages, all from the comfort of your own home. This event is virtual and will kick off at 7 p.m. on October 13. Enjoy a fancy craft cocktails demonstration courtesy of Service Bar, a guide to menu-paired wines thanks to Heidelberg Distributing Company, and more.

Activists and Agitators | October 14 at 5:30 p.m.


Join YWCA Columbus on Wednesday, October 14, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Activists and Agitators, a virtual racial equity training and grounding conversation with Austin Channing Brown. The online workshop will empower new audiences with a foundational understanding of racism in our systems and throughout history, and will focus on how we can change those systems to create equity for the future.

Fitz & The Tantrums @ Westland Drive-In | October 16

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Fitz & The Tantrums will be performing live on stage while you watch from the comfort of your vehicle or designated space around your vehicle. Masks are required and you can get food delivered straight to your parking spot! The ticket prices are for 4 individuals, so grab your quarantine crew and head to the show.

Pumpkins Aglow | October 14-18 and 21-25

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Back by popular demand, Pumpkin Nights is a special chance to explore the gardens of Franklin Park Conservatory under the stars, surrounded by hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkins Aglow events are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 14-18 and 21-25.

Boo at the Zoo | October 16-18, 23-25, and 30-November 1


Join your favorite Zoo character ambassadors for this merry-not-scary, frightfully delightful event of spirited fun for the whole family. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and Boo at the Zoo is included with your regular admission or membership to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Big Table | October 16-17

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This year’s Big Table will be a virtual event, focusing on connection and kindness. There are so many ways to connect with your community, including virtual conversations, volunteering, and offering assistance to those in need.

The Great Gahanna Goblin Trail | October 22-23

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The Great Gahanna Goblin Trail is making its debut this year! This new Halloween event will be held October 22 & 23 from 6:00-9:00pm. You’ll drive through the Goblin Trail, which includes a choreographed light show, fire performers, stilt walkers, socially distanced car trick or treat, and some other fun surprises along the way. Tickets are $10 per car (which you are encouraged to decorate) and there are limited spots available, so if you’re interested, you’ll want to book early.

An evening with MojoFlo at Woodlands Tavern | October 23

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Who’s ready to jam? Join MojoFlo for an outdoor, socially distanced concert at Woodlands Tavern. Tickets are limited due to social distancing and you can grab yours here. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Queens of the Heartland Exhibit | All month

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Since the 19th century, Ohio has been at the heart of social change led by African American women. The Queens of the Heartland exhibit at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center will highlight some truly incredible women, including Lucy Stanton Day Sessions, the first Black woman to complete a four-year course at an American College in 1850. The museum is located about an hour from Columbus in Xenia, but it’s so worth a visit.

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