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Get the biggest bang for your fair buck. Check out Ohio State money saving tips, tricks and coupons on everything from fudge to caricature portraits. Also find out more about discount days and where to buy discount fair tickets and all day ride passes.
Cool places to take kids in Columbus, Ohio including low-cost and no-cost activities.
The Ohio State Fair is 12 days of fun. Get the complete listing of dates, times, discount days, parking information, fair coupons and more.
Columbus Ohio is a city alive with activity for all of its residents. Some of the best places in Columbus are free including gallery hops, parks, libraries, factory tours and more. Don't miss out of all the great things to do in C-bus!
School supplies aren't cheap and the costs keep rising. Central Ohio families who need a little extra help are getting it with back-to-school rallies and free supply drives. Check our listing of events.
Columbus is a great place to live and part of the reason is because there are so many romantic spots around the city. What better way to live than with the love of another? And what better way to woo another than to take an outdoorsy route? Show off your OSU engagement tradition knowledge with the Long Walk or take a stroll underneath the stars at one of parks on our list.
When temperatures get hot the city goes on the hunt for a little relief and that means heading to any one of the four of waterparks in the Columbus Ohio area. Check out our list!
The Ohio State Fair has so much to do, it is best to plan ahead so you don't miss a thing. Some of the attractions and events include, Texas on Tour, LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Masters Tour, Snakes Alive
Ohio State Fair concert information for 2011 season. Victoria Justice, Isley Brothers, The Band Perry, Boston, Casting Crowns, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra
Kid hands-on activities at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Free and open to the public, Barnett Recreation Center's Sprayground Playground features brightly colored dumping buckets, spinning and spraying water toys and plenty of room to play on the non-slip surface.
Summer festivals are a Columbus, Ohio staple. Here we celebrate diverse cultures - Hispanic, African American, Serbian, Asian, etc.; diverse music - Jazz, blues, alternative; and diverse foods - ribs, strawberries, tomatoes and anything that can be put on a stick or fried.
There is one day during the Ohio State Fair that every parent looks forward to - the deep discount day when kids 12 and under get in free. This same day when you buy one ride wristband you get the second rider free.
There are some tried and true traditions that must be upheld when attending the Ohio State Fair. These 5 Must-Do's are essential to any fair visit.
Steak is serious business in Columbus, but discovering the truly great steakhouses can take time and money. Try the six steakhouses listed below.
The full 2012 CAPA Summer Movie Series featuring movies of every genre: musical Yankee Doodle Dandy, classic Saturday Morning cartoons, chick flick film Sixteen Candles and classic films The The French Connection, War of the Worlds and Guys and Dolls.
Neighborhood entertainment and demographic information for the Short North District in Columbus Ohio.
There is music for everyone at The Ohio State Fair. While the headliner concerts get all of the attention, there are daily free concerts including Jackson Delaney, Gas Pump Jockies, Ivory West and Silver Creek. Check our listing for times and locations.
Columbus may be land-locked, but that doesn't mean water isn't plentiful. When Columbus families look to cool off they head to local splashparks that are long on fun and short on cost. Check out our full listing!
The Ohio State Fair is known for a few great things: butter sculptures, fried foods, big crowds and great music. Take a look at the big names hitting our state for the Ohio State Fair Concert and Event Series.
Free Concerts in Columbus Ohio and Central Ohio
This weekend is the Greek Festival, Rhythm on the River with Ballet Met, Short North Gallery Hop or the Labor Day Arts Festival. Spend the last weekend of summer knee-deep in Columbus fun!
Columbus is a green city in more ways than one. We have plenty of public green spaces -- Metro Parks, community parks and nearby state parks. They're filled with trails, ponds, activities, and oodles of wildlife. You set the pace and choose the actvities, so a day at one of these Columbus parks is as relaxed or envigorating as you want it to be. To make the experience even better -- most park activities are free.
This free, indoor, space-themed playplace at Tuttle Mall in Columbus Ohio is perfect for children under 42 inches tall. Kids will love climbing on and through planets, sliding down a comet's tail and sitting in a U.S. space shuttle. Free Wi-Fi for parents and coffee shop nearby.
Columbus is the epicenter for great leaders in the arts. With dozens of galleries and hundreds of exhibitions yearly, Columbusites care about having a strong arts presence in the community. Often those centers for the arts offer classes to the public. You may never become Monet, but you can reach their height of your own artistic potential!
Tours of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Ohio
Columbus is incredibly resilient when it comes to economic shake-ups. If they happen to reach the city, it bounces back fairly quickly. Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or interested in new opportunities, this list will help you find the services you need.
If there was ever a week to try new places to eat in Columbus, it is during Dine Originals week.
Review of the top 5 restaurants at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.
"Resale Row" on west 5th Avenue has some of the best thrift stores in Columbus. There's furniture, wedding
Columbus is not only a hot spot for sports and gourmet cuisine, it also has a thriving arts scene. Sure everyone knows about the Columbus Museum of Art, but there are other museums that are not as well known. Let's explore them!
It's no secret that Columbus' weather is fickle, flaky and down right funky sometimes. You could have rain, sleet, snow, sun and wind all in the same week or the same day! On those days when you and the meteorologist aren't quite sure what is going on outside, these cool spots are fun year-round.
September brings remembering the tragedy of September 11th through several memorials, the New Albany Classic and Grand Prix, food truck tours, Home School Days, Katy Perry, Diana Ross and PB and Jazz. Variety is not only the spice of life, it is something the Greater Columbus area does well and reflects the interests and diversity of its residents.
There is nothing more satisfying than reaching up to pick a fresh apple from a tree on a crisp fall day. Apple picking is a timeless tradition and the Columbus Ohio area has a variety of farms where visitors can tour the farm, pick produce and learn more about how the popular fruit is grown.
In September the fair and festival season in Columbus Ohio shifts into high gear with fall fun. There is something for everyone this month with Oktoberfest, the Labor Day Festival, the India Festival, tech focused viaColumbus, down home Country Living Fair, animal friendly Jack Hanna Fall Festival, soul stirring GospelFest and more.
There are so many activities and events scheduled for the Fourth of July! Free concerts of every genre of music, including the Central Ohio Symphony and Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Nostalgia reigns at Ohio Historical Village with pie eating contests in the recreated 19th Century Village. Don't forget all of the parades including the wacky Doo Dah parade in the Short North. Fireworks accompany many of the events in the evening. Be sure to check out our separate listing.
There are too many Columbus Holiday activities to list them all, but here are my picks for 2012's best events. Holiday tree lighting, free events, chorus engagements craft bazaars, Kwanzaa events and more.
Holiday lights are a great (and cheap) activity for Columbus area residents. Be sure to check out these top displays and don't forget the cocoa!
Outdoor activities for beautiful sunny days in Columbus.
Halloween celebration lasts all month long in Columbus with pumpkin patches, haunted houses and ghost ships and trick or treating alternatives. Don't miss the Fall Harvest Jamboree, Boo and the Zoo, 19th Century Halloween celebration at Ohio Village and Halloween-themed Kids Cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory.
Columbus Labor Day Weekend is packed with festivals, horse shows, sports (including cricket matches), art shows and more.
Outside of Columbus farmer's markets are plentiful. You never know what you're going to find at the market and it's a great place to experiment and get to know your food - and farmer - better.
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Miniature horses, galloping goats and llamas in fancy costumes fill the Ohio Expo and State Fair arenas in Columbus, Ohio during the week before the Fair starts. The events below are FREE, but there is a $5 parking charge. The Ohio State Fair rides and concessions are not open.
North Market is chocked full of food and fun. Located in the Short North District it has 35 different vendors all gathered in one very cool place to shop, eat and explore Columbus' culinary side.
Take your Halloween haunting on the road and visit some of the most popular haunted houses in the Columbus area. Watch history and ghostly legends collide during the Statehouse tours, take the kids on a spooky pirate ship downtown at the Santa Maria or try not to faint during a Haunted Hoochie visit. Find a spooky spot near you!
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.
If you're a foodie, you don't just like to eat good food, you like to make it yourself. Columbus area's farmer's markets are a great place to start. One on every side of town makes it easier to connect with the folks who make your food.
Four coffee vendors in Columbus and Central Ohio roast their own coffee beans.
The 2011 Picnic with the Pops schedule with the Columbus Symphony.
Are your ready for more fall festival fun? October brings via Columbus, which focuses on art and innovation in Columbus and Mamapalooza - fun for the whole family. Celebrate Italian Heritage with the Columbus Italian Festival, focus on tunes and flicks at the Ohio Film and Music Festival, stir it up at the Apple Butter Stirrin' Festival, make hay or salad at the Cabbage and Greens Festival and chunk some punkin' at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival.
The 12th largest school district in Ohio - Westerville City Schools complete school calendar including early release and grade card distribution dates.
The Ohio State Fair is jam-packed withe events and activities from sun up to sun down. Of course, the main attractions continue to be the rides and music. Check out my list of both!
6 family-friendly activities, including theater, sports, history, science, movies and music.
Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and more are on tap for many 2014 events with an African American focus. Check out the diversity of the city!
Biking is a popular mode of transportation and recreation for Columbusites. Whether riding for charity through the annual Peletonia event or just getting to work, Columbus has fast become one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. You can even find Mayor Michael B. Coleman taking to the streets on his two wheels.
For the price of admission, Ohio State fairgoers have their pick of free events and activities within the fairgrounds. Most events are great for the young and young at heart including the model train exhibit, interactive science booths and monster mural. This year there are two new daily events: camel rides and sea lion show!
The monthly Short North Gallery Hop is one of the most popular events in Columbus. Free music, late night access to the Short North Galleries and restaurant specials make it an event not to be missed.
Things to Do During Columbus Car Shows
Columbus has a thriving arts scene and the best thing about it is residents can participate too! Check out these hands on events and activities.
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Dust off the carving tools and get your costume ready! It's time for pumpkin patches and trick or treating! Beggar's Night falls on Halloween this year which makes it easier to remember, but school teachers may not have an easy go of it on November 1st.
Columbus is a shopping draw for people outside of Central Ohio and it's not just for the well known shopping malls and high end retail shops. There are many popular shopping events throughout the year for every shopper's interest.
Congratulations! You're getting ready to have a baby! This is an exciting and maybe a little scary time for your family as you get ready to welcome a new little person into your world. Taking a childbirth class can help prepare a new mother with the rigors of labor and delivery. Check out what the city has to offer:<
Turning over a new leaf or continuing a healthy lifestyle? Check out these events to keep you going all year long.
Do the Time Warp again with the Shadowbox Live's Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is just one of the many Halloween events Columbus has to offer those looking for a mature night of haunting. Check out the intellectual - yet still spooky - side of paranormal events at X-Fest. There are seminars on everything from aliens and ghosts to exercising demons. Haunting tales, 5k runs and romantic Halloween canoeing round out the area's Halloween offerings.
The 2010 Lancaster Old Car Club’s spring festival and car show rolls out June 5-6. Look for antique and muscle cars, military vehicles and a 1930s reproduction filling station museum.
Columbus often surprises visitors don't expect to find a vibrant art community right in the middle of Ohio. Our symphonies, renown museums, indie art scene and dance companies are all putting on performances and events to celebrate Columbus.
Getting Ready for Halloween is Half the Fun! And local shops are ready to fulfill your Halloween fantasies! Don't forget area thrift stores as well, we've got tips for thrift shopping and where you can get costume rentals as well as vintage clothing.
There are traditional fall events in Columbus - tailgating, festivals, farmer's markets, etc., but there is also a wide variety of events that are a bit more...unusual. Try something different with theses events.
A complete listing of Easter Egg hunts and activities for Central Ohio.
A review of Weiland's Gourmet Market in Columbus, Ohio
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to be a pivotal figure on national and world stage. Each year Americans celebrate his life and legacy through community events aimed at keeping alive King's message of equality, justice and care for all mankind. Columbus offers a variety of events including a march from City Hall to Veterans Hall, MLK Breakfast and community-wide service projects.
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The Ohio State Fair is not just fried foods and rides, there are a variety educational opportunities that are fun and engaging for all members of the family.
Want to be entertained, inspired, provoked? Check out CATCO's 26th season of live theatre filled with drama, suspense and comedy.
Between camp and the beginning of school is the sweet spot - that time in the summer where you can pack up the family and check out great events and activities. No pressure, no plan, just long summer days. Here are even more kid and family events in Columbus.
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Columbus Ohio loves its beer and this year there are all sorts of events dedicated to beer whether craft, homebrew and more!
This is the 51st year for the only parade held in the city of Columbus on the 4th of July. The Northland Community Parade is the largest civically organized parade in the state of Ohio. This year the council expects over 100 participants and the parade Grand Marshal is Frederick C. Peerenboom. The parade is followed by the Columbus Square Vintage Car Show with proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization.
The spring brings flowers and the arts and music scene in Columbus continues to bloom for our city's bicentennial celebration.
Fresh. Locally sourced. Homemade. Real food. Tyler’s Pizzeria and Bakery, located at 7516 East Main Street in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, is a haven for all who wish for a taste of what’s missing in the diets of many people. Actual food.
Ohio Idol is atatewide singing competition for Ohio residents 12 years of age or older. June 9, 2013 kicks off the live auditions.
TAT Ristoranted di Famiglia, located at the corner of Livingston Avenue and James Road, is a restaurant unlike any other in its immediate vicinity. This long time family - owned restaurant, nestled on the city's east side, boasts homemade Italian comfort food - something no other restaurant in the neighborhood does and does so well.
Bexley City Schools are some of the highest ranked schools in the state. Located in the city within the city of Columbus Bexley Schools have a student teacher ratio of 16:1 with the average graduation rate of 99.5 percent.
Celebrating it's 14th year, the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day features a concert with Big Time Rush headlining, an internationally-sanctioned Olympic equestrian event and lots of family activities. Kids will be able to practice archery, ride carnival rides, watch pig races and explore the hands-on activities.
August starts the downhill slide toward Autumn. Parents look to back-to-school sales and kids begin to look at that summer reading list a little closer. Before this summer is recorded in scrapbooks there are a few really cool things you must do before the month ends.
Around the world people are taking a moment to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In Columbus Ohio there are memorial concerts - Gospel Fest at Genoa Park , Kevin McGuire at the Columbus Museum of Art and Mozarts Requiem at Broad Street Presbyterian Church. There are also several volunteer and in-service opportunities as well as a couple of 9/11 memorials in the area.
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Columbus is rich in the arts, no where is that more apparent than in the Short North District, a neighborhood known for its eclectic and electric vibe. This is part two of two articles looking at the galleries of the area.
Gateway Film Center kicks off the 2013 Columbus Documentary Week with great films that covers a variety of topics including Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, the pharmaceutical industry, the Rolling Stones and a fascinating look at bees.
A review of Lotus Grill Restaurant in Columbus Ohio.
Fire up the music and dash yourself with green, it's time for St. Patty's Day events and activities!
Public school funding in Ohio has been unconstitutional for over 10 years, current efforts to reform may be stalled by newly elected Ohio Governor Kasich.
The start of school doesn't mean the end of fun. September in Columbus is always a great month to enjoy both outdoor and indoor events geared toward families with kids of all ages. Sing, Dance and Play Columbus!
This famous little German Village restaurant is a hot spot for a big reason. Psst, it's a sandwich.
Free things to do in Columbus Ohio with kids.
Spice up your weekend with Latin-American music, food, dance, crafts and more at the Festical Latino, August 15-16, in Genoa Park, on the downtown Columbus riverfront.
Each month, I comb through organization's calendars, sort through press releases and keep my ear to the ground for interesting events for Columbusites. I have to say that this month has some awesome events that I have to put on my calendar. The events this month range in price, venue and focus and there is something for every kid. The trick? Finding time to fit in all the fun!
Columbus is rich in the arts, no where is that more apparent than in the Short North District, a neighborhood known for its eclectic and electric vibe. This is part one of two articles looking at the galleries of the area.
Having fun in Columbus doesn't have to cost a lot of money. The Asian Festival serves up fun and excitement for little to no cost.
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Black History Month is celebrated throughout Columbus with a variety of events and activities for everyone. Check out my list of events that are both fun and educational for the whole family.
Things for families to do in Columbus in April. Don't let spring break get you stumped. Make your staycation in Columbus grand!
Columbus has a variety of educational options including Montessori. Check out our listing of Montessori method education locations.
The Ohio State Fair has a host of activities and events designed especially for teens. Check out our round up.
Royal Shakespearean Company stops in for a Columbus visit and it's free! Also free the month of June - movies, concerts, yoga, baseball games and more!
Holiday movies on the big screen! Check out your favorites and experience some new ones including Elf, White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Gremlins, Home Alone and the Muppet Christmas Carol. With low-cost (or free admission) you can't beat this holiday experience.
For a film lover, nothing is more frustrating than to see the previews for great films only to hear the words "opening in select theaters..." and knowing those theaters are no where near Columbus. The Gateway Film Center is trying to change that all with its focus on bring talked about films whether foreign, indie or other to the center of the city. Check out what they have to offer this August.
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Hometown favorite Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is long on flavor and craftmanship. Check out our review and learn more about the Jeni's Ice Creams app.
Tiny Marble Cliff is a charming suburb of Columbus, Ohio. Here's info on the village's history, schools, city services, recreation, bus lines and more.
It's time to rock and roll, dance and sing for this holiday season. In part 2 of the holiday arts listing we have comedy with Vaud-Vilities and crooning from the Irish Tenors.
Getting a fresh Christmas tree is key to some holiday traditions, you don't have to go far in Columbus to find a Christmas tree farm. Don't forget to check out our safety tips and ideas on how to keep your holiday tree fresh and happy.
Columbus is rich in history, community, buckeyes, food and golf courses. No matter where you are in the city, you are never too far away for green grass, sand traps and 18 holes. Here's a nice round up of some of the more popular courses.
Earth Day activities for Central Ohio, including Columbus Ohio.
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Breastfeeding is a great opportunity to bond with your baby while giving them their first foods. Studies have shown that breastfeeding gives babies the best start off in life. How parents nourish their child in those first months is a very personal decision and must be something that works with their family dynamic. For mothers who chose to breastfeed, it can be difficult road without encouragement and support.
Weedy Sea Dragon at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio
Mixed-used building on East side of Columbus Ohio with urban green space and retail space.
Don't miss this month's line up of 'must do' events!
Having fun this December doesn't have to max out your bank account. There are plenty of free activities for Central Ohio residents including Messiah 101, craftshows and the Grand Illumination.
Dust off the carving tools and get your costume ready! It's time for pumpkin patches and trick or treating! Beggar's Night falls on Halloween this year which makes it easier to remember, but school teachers may not have an easy go of it on Tuesday, November 1st.
Columbus is all about food. Well, it's all about football, then food depending on who you ask. The thing that surprises most people? The fabulous variety and depth of culinary delights the city offers. Check out my roundup of May foodie events.
Part three of the Halloween Horror Movie Hook-Up list comes from Gateway Film Center and is all about KIDS! Cool, family-friendly movies, trick or treat gifts and Halloween themed activties!
Spend the holidays at the Franklin Park Conservatory with gingerbread contests, the artistry of Chuck Jones and
Discover more about the Greek culture through food, song and desserts!
A full review of Columbus Ohio's The Happy Greek Restaurant located in the Short North neighborhood.
Check out these great Columbus craft activities and events for February.
The Ohio Historical Society sounds like a fuddy-duddy place where field trip fun goes to die. In fact, the exact opposite is true. The center, founded in 1990 by a group of passionate Ohio historians, provides tons of free public programs, off-site exhibits, print materials, and more.
November kicks off the holiday season. Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day come this month and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of activities Columbus has to offer. Many will begin the month with an eye on Christmas shopping in December. There's no need to cut back on activities this holiday season, there are many events that are free or darn cheap and we've picked some of the coolest.
Columbus is a center for learning! Check out these great lectures for the month of February
The Arnold Sports Festival is a big event in Columbus drawing sports enthusiasts from around the world. While most people only know it for the super muscles on display or the billions of vitamin supplement bags attendees lung through the downtown area, the event has several fun family and kid appropriate events.
Red, White and Boom is the largest fireworks display in the Midwest. What people don't know is leading up to the Fourth of July festivities are events for the entire community. Food, games, live music, annual parade, taste of Boom, WNCI
Nothing says holiday cheer like the arts! Music, exhibitions and more brings the sights and sounds of the season to Central Ohio. Don't miss part 1 and 3 of our listing.
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The Ohio Expo Center - did you know it's open year-round? It turns out it's a popular place for large events all year long! This month's activities include the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show, Central District Basketball Tournament, Best of The U.S. Alpaca Show and Sale and Ohio Roller Girls Roller Derby.
Ohio State faithful and the world will get a chance to look at what new head coach Urban Meyer has assembled from the ashes of a long and painful chapter in The Ohio State University's history. The annual spring game is coming up and guest writer David J. Clarke is offering his insights.
Nothing says holiday cheer like the arts! Music, exhibitions and more brings the sights and sounds of the season to Central Ohio. Don't miss part two of our listing.
Make New Year's Eve fun for the whole family this year. There are several events around Columbus designed for families including parties at two area indoor water parks and First Night Columbus.
Save a buck and have some fun around the city.
The kick of live theater is the immediacy, the you-are-part-of-it realness of the stage, the characters, the action and the crowd around you. These photos give you a just a taste of the 2009-2010 Broadway Across America series. Page 3.
There is no end to holiday events in Columbus in December, whether you are looking for culinary delights, Santa-themed events or religious programming - Columbus has a little something for everyone. While there are lots of options, Columbus residents are also mindful of their budgets. Luckily there are plenty of free and low-cost events available.
In Columbus Ohio, we celebrate the Fourth of July for days on end. Kicking off July 3rd with Red, White and Boom - the Midwest's Largest Fireworks Display - and filling in the weekend with local festivals, family-friendly events, free concerts and local fireworks display for the cities that make up Central Ohio. This jam-packed weekend can only be described and fun and exciting! The best thing is many of the Fourth of July events are FREE!
A listing for May events in Columbus Ohio.
Sports themed American-fare restaurant on Ohio State University's campus.
The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Women’s History Month, March 1 – 31, 2013, with tours of the Ladies’ Gallery and a special exhibit on Mrs. Warren G. Harding.
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For the price of admission, Ohio State fairgoers have their pick of free events and activities within the fairgrounds. Check out these limited time only events and mark your calendars!