11 Wonderful Winter Festivals Around Central Ohio You Won’t Want To Miss

It may be winter, but that’s no reason to stay cooped up indoors.

Whether we like it or not, we all live in a place that experiences the worst season, but I think 2020 is the year that we should lean into winter. Take a winter road trip. Enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors. Dip into a shop for the perfect hot chocolate.

The best part about winter is that it doesn’t last forever, so let’s make every minute count. If you’re looking to elevate your plans this season, consider visiting one of Central Ohio’s many winter festivals. From ice sculptures to loads of beer, there’s a lot to keep you occupied over the coming months.


January 11 | Mohican Winter Fest | Loudonville

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Head over to Loudonville for Mohican Winter Fest. You can admire the exquisitely carved ice sculptures and even watch these icy creations as they’re formed by different artists. There will also be a model train expo, a Snowball Dance, a stuffed animal workshop, and much more throughout the weekend.


January 17-18 | Columbus Winter Beerfest | Columbus

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The 10th Annual Columbus Winter Beerfest is back again at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Participants can sample hundreds of craft beers with thousands of their fellow craft beer fans. Proceeds from the event will benefit Animal Rescue Partners.


January 18 | Logan Frozen Festival/ Hocking Hills Winter Hike  | Logan

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For the fifth year, the 2020 Logan Frozen Festival is happening the same day as the ever-popular Hocking Hills Winter Hike. Winter Hikers are given an invitation to join the fun in Logan while boarding the buses at Ash Cave to return to their cars. There are also very large ice sculptures at Cedar Falls and Ash Cave to give the hikers a sample and a great selfie. Don’t forget to bundle up!


January 26 | Columbus Donut Fest | Columbus

Get ready for Columbus’s Biggest Donut Celebration at Strongwater Food & Spirits. We’re bringing together Donut Makers, Donut Enthusiasts, Coffee Shops, and Craft Drinks for a dream event.

All tickets to the event come with your first donut on the house, a commemorative mug and donut box for your treats, coffee samples, live entertainment, immersive donut themed experiences and surprises at the event from our partners and friends.


February 1 | Ohio Chinese Festival | Westerville

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The Ohio Chinese Festival is excited to celebrate the 2020 Chinese New Year. The event will include opportunities to taste authentic Chinese food, enjoy cultural performances, and participate in a variety of games and activities.


February 7-8 | Winter Werk Out Music and Arts Festival | Columbus

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Ready to dance the night away? The Winter Werk Out Music & Arts Festival is back at the Bluestone, featuring two nights of The Werks, with additional performances by EOTO, ekoostik hookah, Thriftworks, and many more.


February 21 | BeatleFest | Kent

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If like myself you missed out on the opportunity to see The Beatles perform live, this Beatle-mania themed festival is the next best thing. Back for their seventh year, the festival will feature performances from over 20 bands. Fingers crossed that they play all of your favorite hits.

February 29 – March 1 | Maple Syrup Festival | Lucas

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If winter could have a topping, I feel pretty confident that it would be maple syrup. The Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm will have live historical demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, art demonstrations, walking tours, and of course, maple products to taste and by. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.


March 3 | Dublin Japanese Festival | Dublin

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Embrace Japanese culture at the Dublin Japanese Festival. The event will feature a market, Japanese music performances, Mashiko pottery making, kimono wearing, calligraphy, traditional Japanese children’s games, face painting, bonsai trees, Japanese crafts, and a tea ceremony.


March 5-8 | Arnold Sports Festival | Columbus

The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation with more than 22,000 athletes competing in more than 80 sports and events. This massive event takes place at both the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and there is a lot to take in. Pro tip: Don’t miss the caber toss. It’s my favorite part of the whole weekend. Kilts for the win!


March 13-14 | Melted Music Festival | Columbus

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As winter draws to a close, leave a little time to check out the MElted Music Festival. From the geniuses behind Nelsonville Music Festival, the evening will have performances by Oh Sees, Twin Peaks, Combo Chimbita, Death Valley Girls, Guerilla Toss, Holy Wave, Mattson 2, Mikal Cronin, and The Lemons. This is an all-ages show.


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