11 Exciting Events In Columbus You Won’t Want To Miss This July

Looking for something fun to do this month?

Well, you’re in luck. 4th of July will look a little different this year, but there are still fun activities going on this month that you can attend safely. From family-friendly activities to virtual gatherings, this is what July in Columbus looks like.

Note: With the ongoing pandemic, some of these events are subject to change. Please keep checking back for more updates closer to the event of your choice.

The Best of BOOM!

What: The biggest fireworks show in the midwest is going virtual. This year, the four-day event will take place all in the comfort of your own home. This multi-day television and digital event will look back over the years of the tradition and some of the best fireworks shows that Red, White, & BOOM has ever put on. Get more info about this year’s special Red, White, & BOOM here.
When: July 1-4, various times
Where: Virtual Event

The Stay Away From Each Other Get Together Car “Parade” Doo Dah!

What: Although the full DooDah Parade is expected to take place on September 19, this socially distanced celebration is still worth checking out. The parade will take place in cars and participants are invited to decorate their old clunkers or their fancy rides.
When: July 4th, 1 p.m.
Where: Parade begins at Park and Buttles, with cars lining up around noon

Paul Busse Garden Railway

What: The Paul Busse Garden Railway is open at Franklin Park Conservatory, and it’s so amazing. The garden railway features 1,122 feet of miniature train tracks that weave through gardens, over visitors’ heads, and alongside waterfalls as they travel from one whimsical scene to the next. Tickets to the railway are included in admission to the conservatory.
When: Open July 1, 2020 through January 10, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory

Lights of Liberty

What: This firework alternative is great for the whole family. The lightshow is a drive-thru experience with patriotic tunes on the radio and dazzling lights as you drive by. Tickets are $10 per car and must be reserved in advance.
When: July 1-5, 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Westerville Athletic Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave.

A Night At The Drive-In: Curated by Michael B. Jordan

What: Michael B. Jordan has curated a fantastic summer drive-in series focusing on multi-cultural stories to help uplift black and brown voices. This event is free to attend and you can get more info on showtimes right here.
When: July-August, various dates
Where: South Drive-In

A Socially Distanced Empire Strikes Back

What: It’s the 40th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back this year, and to celebrate, Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse is hosting a socially distanced celebration. All seats will be assigned with additional seats in between parties and masks must be worn at all times, except when seated.
When: July 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Studio 35

Franklinton Garden & Art Tour

What: Enjoy unique gardens, art cars and painting a vehicle, music, performances, art making, art displays and art for sale as you enjoy the Franklinton Farms site and 17 private gardens. Masks, frequent hand hygeiene, and social distancing is requested.
When: July 12 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Start at 1061 W. Town St.

Merion Village Garden Tour

What: This year’s self-guided garden tour in Merion Village will be front yards only and will also have a virtual componet that you can view on the Merion Village Association social media pages.
When: July 12-18
Where: Merion Village

Restorative Yoga at the Park

What: Support Black-owned businesses while relaxing at Restorative Yoga in the Park. The yoga session is hosted by Olivia Hall with Raw Yoga 614 for a restorative and relaxing practice. The event will be socially distanced and you’re welcome to wear a mask as well. Donations can be made to RawYoga614 on Venmo, Cashapp, or PayPal.
When: July 18 at 9 a.m.
Where: Kwanzaa Playground in Olde Towne East

New Albany Summer Movie series: Moana

What: Join Moana on her epic adventure across the ocean as she makes friends with demi-gods and saves her beloved home from destruction.
When: July 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: Thompson Park, 5600 Thompson Road

Music In The Garden

What: Pack up a picnic and join OTENA for Music in the Garden with performer Gayla Smith at the Community Garden on Oak St.
When: July 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 775 Oak St, Columbus, Ohio 43205

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