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2009 August Events in Columbus Ohio

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2009 August Events in Columbus Ohio

The Church Basement Ladies, Aug.5-9, let you know who really runs the church.

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August events in Columbus means the Ohio State Fair, chasing lightning bugs, baseball, festivals and cool drinks wherever you can find them.
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Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre
Enjoy adventure, laughter, love and blood-chilling creepiness during this annual Central Ohio classic film series.
When: July 17-Aug 30
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. between Third and High streets, Columbus
Time: varies.
Cost: adult: $4; senior citizens: $3.50 Best deal: strips of ten tickets for $25

The Ohio State Fair
Yeah, there's a midway and rides, but there's so much more -- animals and concerts and shows and competitions and fishing (really) and 1000s of Ohio kids who work hard at their skills and talents.
When: July 29-Aug 9
Where: Ohio Expo and State Fair grounds; 717 East 17th Avenue; Columbus Ohio (I-71 to the 17th Ave. exit is your best bet)
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., except August 9 (8 p.m.)
Cost: adult: $10, kids and senior citizens: $8.Discounts available

Dublin Irish Festival
There’s a 4-mile race, followed by three days o’partyin’ with Irish music, clogging, shopping, history and culture at Dublin’s internationally-known Irish bash.
When: July 31-Aug 2
Where: Coffman Park, Dublin
Time: Fri.: 4-midnight; Sat.: 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: varies

Short North Gallery Hop
Parade your funkiest summer finery during this month's see-and-be- seen event.
When: Aug 1
Where: Short North
Time: about 5-10 p.m.
Cost: free

Music on the Lawn
Picnics and blankets are the way to enjoy these fun community evenings.
When: Tuesdays
Where: Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. 1st Ave., Columbus
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: free

Church Basement Ladies
William Christopher (“Father Mulcahy” from M*A*S*H) stars in this humorous musical on who really keep the churches going.
When: Aug 5-9
Where: Southern Theatre, corner of State and High in downtown Columbus
Time: varies
Cost: varies. Students ages 13-19 can purchase $5 High Five tickets while available. Call the box office, (614) 469-0939, Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm., for more info.

Columbus Wine Festival and Benefit
This Franklin Park Conservatory benefit offers a selection of more than 150 domestic and international wines, beers and food from some of the finest Columbus area restaurants.
When: Aug 7-8
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus
Time: Fri: 4-10 p.m.; Sat 1-8 p.m.
Cost: $25 in advance/$30 at the door for wine drinkers; $10 for designated drivers (food and non-alcoholic beverages only)

Actors' Theatre: As You Like It
Shakespearean comedy with fools, lovers and great silliness.
When: Thursdays-Sundays, Aug 7-24
Where: Schiller Park in German Village
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: free, but donations are accepted.

Music in the Parks
Outdoor concerts with many moods of music.
When: Thursdays
Where: Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., Columbus
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: free

Echoes in Time Theatre: "For the Ohio Country”
How could Ohio’s first settlers leave behind almost everything and everyone familiar to build a new home, a new state? This one-woman shows you why some people did, and what they went through.
When: Thursdays
Where: Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: free entrance and parking for members of the Ohio Historical Society; non-members: Adults: $8; Seniors: $7; children 6-12: $4; parking: $4

WaterFire
Bonfires dance on the Scioto River as music flows into the audience. If the weather behaves, it's very dramatic.
When: Aug 7 and 28
Where:Downtown Columbus riverfront, near Genoa park amphitheatre
Time: music starts 7:30 p.m.; WaterFire bonfires lit 8:30 p.m.
Cost: free

Cocktails at the Conservatory
Music, cocktails, and a cool LED installation glowing gently in the Palm Room makes this a great place to chat with old friends and make some new ones.
When: Thursdays
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus
Time: 5:30-10 p.m.
Cost: no cover; free parking; drinks cost

Summer Lunchtime Performing Arts Series
Bring your lunch and enjoy.
When: Fridays
Where: outside at the Ohio Statehouse, at the corner of Broad and High streets
Time: noon
Cost: free

Concerts on the Creek
Pack your picnics and lawn chairs, and head for this lovely park in historic Olde Gahanna.
When: weekly on Saturdays
Where: Creekside Park, 123 Mill St., Gahanna
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: free

Columbus Crew
Support “America’s hardest working team” against FC Dallas at this "dog day" game.
When: Aug 15
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: adult: $16-$39; youth: $10-29; ticket info

Festival Latino
Latino music, dance, food, crafts for kids...Latino spirit!
When: Aug 15-16
Where:Genoa park,downtown Columbus riverfront
Time: doors open at 6 p.m.
Cost: free

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Opener: McGuffey Lane
When: Aug 18
Where: Lifestyle Communities Pavilion,405 Neil Ave (Arena District)
Time: doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $38 presale; $42 day of show. Buy tickets.

Wex Drive-In
This month's free "drive-in" movie is O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Bring blankets to sit on.
When: Aug 20
Where: Wexner Center Plaza, High and 15th on the OSU campus
Time: 8 p.m. "warmup; 9 p.m. screening
Cost: free

Balloons and Tunes Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival
Enjoy more than 30 hot-air balloons, music, artists and a kids' activity area.
When: Aug 21-23
Where: Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd, Grove City
Time: 3 p.m. Friday-7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $5; $5 parking; kids under 5 free

[bCD101 Summerfest featuring Matt & Kim, The Living Things, Band of Skulls, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Stellastarr
When: Aug 22
Where: Lifestyle Communities Pavilion,405 Neil Ave (Arena District)
Time: doors open at 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 Buy tickets.

Context 22
The annual literary science fiction and fantasy convention includes award-winning authors, a writers' workshop, science programs and Anime Friday Night.
When: Aug. 28-30
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Worthington
Time: 4 p.m. Fiday-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Weekend: $50; Friday: $20; Saturday: $35; Sunday: $10

I try to keep this accurate, but make no guarantees…

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