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June Calendar of Events

in Columbus, Ohio and Central Ohio


Baseball and concerts and art fairs galore! June is bursting out all over with sights, sounds, and even some free fun! (Want me to add an event? Send me the info.)

Music on the Lawn
Picnics and blankets are the way to enjoy these fun community evenings.
When: Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23
Where: Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. 1st Ave., Columbus
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: free

Actors' Theatre: The Three Musketeers
A beautiful villain, dashing swordplay, period costumes and mustaches made to be twirled -- This adaptation of Dumas' famous novel is great fun as outdoor drama. Bring bug spray and something to sit on.
When: Thursdays-Sundays, June 4-28
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, June 4, 11, 18, 25
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, June 4, 11, 18, 25
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

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, June 4, 11, 18, 25
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, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Where: outside at the Ohio Statehouse, at the corner of Broad and High streets.
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Cost: free

Short North Gallery Hop
Join thousands of people for this monthly street party of art, shopping, food, music, and dancing (in the streets). The Hop has justly been dubbed the “best event in the state” by Ohio Magazine.
When: June 6
Where: Short North (both side of High between downtown and the OSU campus)
Time: 4-10 p.m. (many places open earlier and later)
Cost: free

Concerts on the Creek
Pack your picnics and lawn chairs, and head for this lovely park in historic Olde Gahanna.
When: Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Where: Creekside Park, 123 Mill St., Gahanna
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: free

A Chorus Line (Broadway Across America)
This drama of dreams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Note: Not appropriate for children under the age of 13.
When: June 9-14
Where: The Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. between Third and High streets.
Time: varies
Cost: varies.Ticket information.

Columbus Crew Soccer Tour
Soccer fans will enjoy the games, radar-timed kicking and skill-sharpening.
When: June 12
Where: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: most of the activities and prizes are free

Columbus Crew
Support "America’s hardest working team” against Chivas USA.
When: June 14
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: adult: $16-$39; youth: $10-29; ticket info

Robin Trower
Ax-man Trower teams up again with Davey Pattison, Glenn Letsch and Pete Thompson. Frank Harrison opens.
When: June 18
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N. High St. (OSU campus)
Time: doors open at 7 p.m.
Cost$22 in advance; $25 day of show

National Quilting Association 40th Annual Quilt Show
400 + contemporary, traditional and “art” quilts; classes; lectures and a really packed vendor area.
When: Jun 18-20
Where:Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $10

Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys (Broadway Across America)
Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer returns to the stage with all her buddies. Very child-friendly theater
When: June 19-21
Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad Street between High and Front Streets, next to the LeVeque Tower.
Time: varies
Cost: varies Ticket information.

As always, this annual fundraiser for the Columbus Zoo has food and drink from Columbus’ finest bars and restaurants, and music to move to!
When: June 20
Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell
Time: 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $95-$200 per person

Thurber House Literary Picnic with Julia Keller
Keller is no stranger to Columbus. A former Columbus Dispatch reporter, and current culture critic for the Chicago Tribune, she won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She’ll be reading from her book, Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel, the story of the Gatling Gun.
When: June 24
Where:Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus
Time: Tour: 5:20 p.m.; picnic: 6:15 p.m.; reading: 7 p.m.
Cost: $15-25

Origins International Game Expo
There’s “Play with the (Game) Creator,” “Origins War College,” “Board Room and War Room,” “Teacher’s Hall Pass,” 200 vendors and lots of people to play against!
When: June 24-28
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus
Time: Wed. 7 a.m. – Sun. 8 p.m.
Cost: $3 single/day; $10 family/day

Powell Festival
Bands, food, arts & crafts, beer garden and Saturday fireworks.
When: June 26-27
Where: Village Green Park, 47 Hall St. Powell
Time: Fri.: 5-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.
Cost: free

German Village Haus und Garten Tour
People wait all year for this tour of German Village’s historic homes and delightfully designed postage stamp-sized gardens. This 50th annual tour takes you through 12 sites, some with gardening demos.
When: June 28
Where: throughout German Village
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour

Columbus Crew
Enjoy professional soccer at its best, and cheer yourself hoarse for the home team against the New York Red Bulls.
When: June 27
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd, Columbus
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: adult: $16-$39; youth: $10-29. Ticket info.

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

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