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12 Must Do Events This Year

2013 Events and Activities


Columbus plays host to a variety of experiences this and every year. Choosing one from each month was hard, but this round up show the diverse opportunities for fun, entertainment and more in our great city.

1. JANUARY - High Tea inspired by Downtown Abbey

January 5, 2013
Saturday 3 p.m.
The Westin
310 S. High St., Columbus, 43215
From the Website: Join WOSU Public Media for an afternoon of high tea inspired by Downtown Abbey on Masterpiece and celebrate the broadcast premiere of Downtown Abbey Season Three. Whether you arrive in Edwardian costume or modern-day attire, enjoy tea, scones and other period delights reminiscent of a day spent at an English country estate. A special screening of Episode One from the eagerly anticipated Downtown Abbey Season Three will follow the high tea in the Southern Theater.

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2. FEBRUARY - Tavern Tour: She Done Him Wrong: Tales of Love in Columbus Taverns

February 7-21, 2013
Thursday 6-9 p.m.
Departs from Columbus Landmarks Foundation
61 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, 43215

From the Website:In February we will launch an all-new Historic Tavern Tour just in time for Valentine's Day - She Done Him Wrong: Tales of Love in Columbus Taverns. The liquor flowed. The tavern was dark but architecturally interesting. They didn't notice. Their eyes locked-the room was hot (or cold)-passion was in the air-her nostrils flared ever so slightly-he took that as a sign. He reached across the table. She moved in slightly and reached under the table-but wait, was that a gift she was giving him-or was it a gun? On February 7 and 21, we will explore taverns always with architecture in mind but through the lens of love, and especially love gone wrong. How perfect for your Valentine's day pleasure! Come with your significant other so they know how lucky they are to have you or come with a friend because you have wisely sworn off love for awhile.

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3. MARCH - Arnold Sports Festival

February 28 - March 3, 2013
Events held at mulitple locations
Thursday 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EXPO hours: Friday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$15 EXPO ticket or $10 in advance. An EXPO ticket provides admission to Fitness EXPO and most sport events.

From the website: The Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic will celebrate its 25th Anniversary when the fitness celebration is held Feb. 28-March 3 in Columbus. The Arnold Sports Festival, co-produced by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation, during which the city welcomes more than 175,000 sports and fitness fans. The event features 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. Debuting this year are the Scottish Highland Games, Arnold Survival Race, K-1, and XPC Powerlifting. The three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center features more than 700 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools and nutrition.
Events will be held at the following locations: Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St.), Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St.), The LC (405 Neil Ave.), Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) Hilton Columbus Downtown (401 N. High St.), The Ohio State University French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr), Jerome Schottenstein Center (555 Borror Dr.) and Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St.)

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4. APRIL - CATCO is Kids: Schoolhouse Rock Live!

April 5-7, 2013
Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Ave., Columbus, 43215

From the website:A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! The Emmy Award-winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is making a comeback, instructing a whole new generation! Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just A Bill," and "Conjunction Junction."

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5. MAY - Ohioana Book Festival: Celebrating Ohio's Authors

May 11, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, 43215
From the website: The annual Ohioana Book Festival will feature noted Ohio writers, representing a diversity of literary styles and genres. Featured authors will participate throughout the day in panel discussions and book signings.

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6. JUNE - Ohio Roller Girls Roller Derby

June 15, 2013
Saturday 5 p.m.
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211

From the website:Check out the excitement and action of the Ohio Roller Girls as they take on Detroit in this home match-up.

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7. JULY - 31st Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In

July 5-6, 2013
Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
$10. Children under 12 free
Metro Place North

From the website:Does the high price of gasoline have you waxing nostalgic for your old T-bird? Join car enthusiasts and spectators from across the Midwest as they descend upon Dublin, Ohio to wander among 1,500 street rods and classic cars as part of the Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In.

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8. AUGUST - Dublin Irish Festival

August 2-4, 2013
Friday 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Coffman Park
5200 Emerald Pkwy., Dublin, 43017

From the website:Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival. For more than 25 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world's second largest Irish celebration with seven stages and more than 535 performers including 65 music and dance acts. More than 100,000 guests are expected this year.

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9. SEPTEMBER - Hocking Hills Canoe Livery Moonlight Tour

September 21, 2013
Saturday 7-11 p.m.
$40 Moonlight Tour per Canoe for 2 people.
Hocking Hills Canoe Livery
12789 State Route 664 S., Logan, 43138

From the website: Join us for a Moonlight canoe ride on the Hocking River. You are put on the water as the sun sets, then paddle back to the livery by the light of the full moon. A local blue grass band, a roaring bonfire and a yummy marshmallow roast follow at the livery. Reservations are highly recommended. Meet at the livery and be sure to bring a flashlight. This is a great alternative for beginners or experienced daytime paddlers. Children over 8 are more than welcome to attend.

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10. OCTOBER - Halloween Exhibit

October 1-31, 2013
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse
Broad and High streets, Columbus, 43215
From the website: See an exhibit of vintage Halloween objects from the 1920s through the 1950s.

11. NOVEMBER - Veterans Day Parade and Cannon Demonstration

November 8, 2013
Friday 12 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse
Broad and High streets, Columbus, 43215

From the website: The Statehouse cannons will be fired on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse to begin the parade in honor of Ohio’s veterans. Re-enactors from the 1st Ohio Battery A will be on hand to discuss the historic 1864 cannons.

12. DECEMBER - Village Lights 2013

December 1, 2013
Sunday 6-10 p.m.
German Village
Throughout German Village, Columbus, 43206

From the website: Experience the holiday charm of German Village. Stroll down the luminaria lighted streets and paths of Schiller Park and German Village. Bring the family to enjoy carriage rides and visit with Santa and his reindeers. Lights, music, and excitement reverberate throughout the Village streets and businesses. Visit the Village businesses for holiday treats, specials and live entertainment.

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