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Things to Do in Columbus Ohio in October

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Things to Do in Columbus Ohio in October

8,500 horses show up for the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus each year.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Expo and State Fair.

Columbus is packed with things to do in October. Hockey has started, and fall festivals and soccer are still in high gear. There’s music and theatre and football. And there are lots of Halloween events in Columbus – so many that they have their own schedule.

(BTW, Columbus and many suburbs hold Beggars's Night Thursday, October 29, 2009.)

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Broadway Across America -- Cirque Dreams Illumination
A fantasy cityscape of beauty, balance and a unique way of looking at things.
When: Sept 29-Oct 4
Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad Street between High and Front Streets, next to the LeVeque Tower.
Time: varies
Cost: varies. Ticket information.

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

All American Quarter Horse Congress
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World's Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. More than 8,500 registered American Quarter Horses will prance, trot and side-step across the show rings.
When: Oct 2-25
Where: Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus (the State Fair grounds)
Time: varies
Cost: $25 per vehicle per day. $70 for the entire event.

Buju Banton
Opener: New Kidz, Gramps Morgan, Roots High Power Sound-System
When: Oct 3
Where: Lifestyle Communities Pavilion,405 Neil Ave (Arena District)
Time: doors open at 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 presale; $27 day of show. Buy tickets.

Central and Southern Ohio SCBWI’s Scarlet and Gray Writer’s Conference
Chat with editors and writers at this annual Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators conference. Guest editors, writers and agents include Kaylan Adair, associate editor-Candlewick Press, Ruta Rimas, assistant editor-Balzer & Bray, Shelley Pearsall, agent Erin Murphy, Cinda Chima, Jenn Stark, Constance McGeorge, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, and Joe Kovach. Limited to 120 participants.
When: Oct 3
Where: University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 3110 Olentangy River Road, Columbus
Time: 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: varies. Online registration.

Salsa @Martini Park
Salsa dance lessons start at 8 p.m. Then enjoy a full night of great dancing and drink specials all night long.
When: Tuesdays
Where: Martini Park, 4040 Easton Station, Columbus (Easton)
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $7

Echoes in Time Theatre: "Wining the Realm of Reason, as told by Ambrose Bierce”
Bierce was an Ohio-born American newspaper columnist, satirist, essayist, short-story writer, and novelist-an enigmatic figure, who disappeared in the Mexican Revolution. His fate is still a mystery. Come listen to the Poe-like short stories written and told by Bierce, portrayed by Mike Follin of Chesterville,
When: Thursdays
Where: Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus
Time: two shows: 7 and 8 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

CATCO – Murderers
The most unlikely secrets come out at the Riddle Key Luxury Senior Retirement Living Center and Golf Course...including murder.
When: Sept 30-Oct 18. Sunday afternoon performances include discussions with the actors or play advisor.
Where: Studio 2, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (NW corner of High and State downtown Columbus)
Time: varies
Cost: varies. Ticket info.

Thurber House Author Talks: Erin McGraw and Andrew Hudgins
It’s an OSU two-fer! Meet OSU English professors Erin McGraw and Andrew Hudgins and listen to excerpts from their latest books.
When: Oct 1
Where: Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Contact the Thurber House for ticket info.

Shadowbox – Bad to the Bone
Evidently this show features sketches and rock songs that unveil the cast’s dark, rebellious side. You have been warned…
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept 3-Nov 14
Where: Shadowbox,164 Easton Town Center, Columbus
Time: Thurs: 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Cost: General admission: $30; seniors and students: $20 at the door.

Columbus Landmarks Walking Tours -- Village of Riverlea
Riverlea is a lovely village carved out of the center of Worthington. Wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared to walk a lot.
When: Oct 3
Where:TBA. Call (614) 221-0227 for more info.
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $7 for members, $15 for non-members. Buy tickets.

Short North Gallery Hop
Halloween may be weeks away, but the costumes willcome out for this monthly art extravaganza.
When: Oct 3
Where: Short North
Time: about 5-10 p.m.
Cost: free

Carolina Chocolate drops
There’s something startling about the sound of a string band based in the . Fiddles, banjo, guitar, jug, and harmonica – somehow they balance the heritage of the antebellum South with the currents of today.
When: Oct 7
Where: Linoln Theatre
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $25

B.B. King
B.B. King has been delivering blues hits like “The Thrill is Gone,” and “Ridin’ with the King” with Eric Clapton, and “When Love Comes to Town” with U2. He and his trademark guitar “Lucille” have places of honor in both the Blues Foundation and the Rock and Roll Halls of Fame..
When: Oct 8
Where: Palace Theatre
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $40-$50

Experience Columbus Days
Celebrate Columbus Day with 50 percent off local attractions like COSI, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wilds AND 25 percent off many area restaurants.
When: Oct 9-12
Where: throughout central Ohio
Time: varies
Cost: varies

Os Mutantes
Formed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1966, Os Mutantes blends English rock, American psychedelic and traditional Brazilian music. Truly mutant. Truly exhilarating.
When: Oct 10
Where: Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $25

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