Events July 4 – 11

I’m glad my parents didn’t pick this campsite!

Hello!  I hope you and the contents of your fridge have survived the past weekend.  I was camping in Hocking Hills with my parents and Sam.  The winds picked up, the trees came down, and the electricity went out.  Luckily, that did not prevent us from making s’mores.  With homemade graham crackers.  As I sat toasting my marshmallow in the debris-strewn campground, I felt grateful that my car did not get smashed by a tree.  Also, if I wasn’t going to have AC anyway, it might as well be in a park with a decent breeze rather than at my house in Columbus.

There’s not much going on this coming weekend in Columbus – probably because everyone used up their event-planning on July 4th celebrations.

If you like grilling, consider entering (or attending) the Columbus Smoke Experiment on July 15th – it’s described as “an amateur cook-off involving Columbus’ finest, most committed, passionate, and intense home chefs. Dishes will range from the savory to the sweet. You’ll see it all: From BBQ, Smoked Sausage, Grilled this and that. If it has a whiff of summer, it can compete. We dare you to make a dessert!”

Finally, student tickets for Picnic with the Pops are available at the OSU student union for $8.  That’s a pretty good deal.

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 4

Glorious Fourth: Independence Day Celebration – 12pm-5pm – $10 – Ohio History Center (800 E 17th Ave) – Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of old-fashioned family activities to celebrate the nation’s independence at this re-created 19th-century village, including a Grand Procession, patriotic speeches, Muffins base ball, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers and a community dance. Hungry? Plan to enter our pie-eating contests, but be sure to save room for ice cream! More info here.

Doo Dah Parade – 1pm-3pm – free – Short North – The 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade, which is a cultural legacy of the Columbus is known for its diversity and passion of art. Vibrant people march and express their unique humorous thoughts about social, political, civic or other issues. Nothing or no one is safe from satire! No other U.S. city has a 4th of July parade quite like the Doo Dah Parade! Yabba Dabba Doo Dah! The Doo Dah parade is FREE to march in or to watch and no registration is required! The day is complete with an all day FREE entry to the block party with FREE live music. Music and block party go from 10am – 5pm.  More info here.

Freedom Festival – 6:30pm-11pm – free – Olde Gahanna (220 Ridenour Rd) – The Welcome Home Freedom Festival is a community celebration offering live music, games, contests, food, drink and most importantly fireworks!  More info here.

4th of July Hilliard


Thursday, July 5

Food Truck Food Court – 11am-2pm – free – Columbus Commons (160 S High St) – Get good eats from the best food trucks and carts Columbus has to offer every Thursday afternoon at Columbus Commons.

Celebrate Columbus in Song  – 6pm – free – Columbus Commons (between High, Third, and Rich) – Celebrate Columbus in Song at this special concert featuring Columbus musicians. Several of the musicians are featured on the new 200Columbus CD, all with originals songs that capture the spirit of Columbus in song. Among those performing will be Ceezar, Donna Mogavero, Enrique Infante, HellNKeller, Mike and the Black Ties, Mike Wojniak, Miller-Kelton, Ruvane Kurland, The Castros, Elijah Aaron, Truck-Stop Poets and Willie Phoenix.

Speakeasy – 7pm – $5 – Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St) – The idea is simple: an audience, an open microphone, and great stories. Hilarious, gripping, poignant, its up to you. All are invited to come to listen or come to tell as folks from all corners of Columbus offer their stories live on stage.  Each night starts with a blank sheet of paper and a theme. People from all walks of life can add their name to the mix for the chance to tell a 5-7 minute story.  More info here.

Lydia Brownfield @ Brothers Drake – 8pm – no cover – Brothers Drake Meadery (26 E 5th Ave) – Click on the names for more info on Lydia Brownfield and Brothers Drake.

Ohio Homecoming Dj’s in the Park after Dark – 8pm-12am – $5 – Genoa Park (303 W Broad St) – Homage presents DJ’s in the Park after Dark at Genoa Park.  Includes Food Trucks, Live Music and an Homage Pop-up Shop featuring local vintage t-shirts. Top Columbus area DJ’s will entertain the masses with great live music. Featuring BHB, DJ Corrupt, Dommy “Huge Deal” Styles, DJ Giovanny.


Friday, July 6

Dublin Art Affair – 5pm-9pm – free – Historic Dublin (150 Bridge St) – Free trolley rides between the Art Show, Car Show and historic Dublin make this a GREAT event for the entire family. Art show features 100 artists’ booths, live entertainment, fine food, and an art project tent for hands-on creating!  More info here.

Drink It In Bottled Blondes – 6pm-9pm – $15 (students)/$18 (general admission) – Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N High St) – Join us for the next installment of our hit Drink It In series! Jen Burton from The Barrel and Bottle in the North Market and Andy Wuelfing from Premium Beverage will lead a tasting of blonde beers before tonight’s screening of the Marilyn Monroe classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The price includes both the beer tasting and a ticket to the film.  More info here.


Saturday, July 7

Taste of Hills Market – 10am-2pm – free – Hills Market (7860 Olentangy River Rd) – Our Professional Foodies are constantly creating new and delicious value added items to complement your lifestyle. We want to give you a chance to taste some of our favorites. Stop in on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a free taste — or ten — of what we have to offer.  More info here.

Dublin Art Affair – 10am-8pm – free – Historic Dublin (150 Bridge St) – Free trolley rides between the Art Show, Car Show and historic Dublin make this a GREAT event for the entire family. Art show features 100 artists’ booths, live entertainment, fine food, and an art project tent for hands-on creating!  More info here.

Short North Gallery Hop – 4pm-10pm – free – Short North Arts District – The Short North is renowned for the buzz of Gallery Hop. The first Saturday of every month, thousands of visitors converge on the strip, the epicenter of the High Street Experience. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan fun. Countless art experiences. District specials. Prize drawings. Ramped up entertainment. Unexpected surprises. Join us for an unforgettable experience.

No Coast Fest – 8pm – $? – Woodland’s Tavern (1200 W Third Ave) – Featuring the Devil’s Lettuce, Slight Rebellion, The Folkadelics, and Shrub.  More info here.

Sunday, July 8

Artisan Sunday @ North Market – 12pm-5pm – free – North Market (59 Spruce St) – Columbus’ creative class of artisans and crafters converges on the farmers’ market every Sunday from May through October peddling their handmade wares from 12-5pm.

Goodale Park Music – 12:30pm-2pm – free – Goodale Park (120 W Goodale) – Join us for our season opening performance at the gazebo with Hammond B-3 Jazz Organ player Tony Monaco. Columbus Artmobile will offer free kids art activities. Nix Comics and Vantage:Inhouse Productions will sell comic books. Hayley Meyers and Heather Nibert with Terra Gallery will create live art. Food carts will include Crepes A La Cart, Yellow Boys Polish Boys, and Short North Bagel Deli, as organized by Food Fort Columbus. Tweet And Go Seek will host a scavenger hunt with local prizes. This show will be emceed by Maggie Brennan from WCBE 90.5 FM.

Live Fire Sunday – 1pm-4pm – $11 – Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E Broad St) – Check out live-fire cooking and sample food hot off the flames at these casual and entertaining cooking demos. The Live-Fire Cooking Theater is located on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, just a short walk from the main building. Banjo player Ira Twangs will entertain from 2-4pm.


Monday, July 9


Tuesday, July 10

Science Pub: Cyber Attacks and Computer Hacking – 7pm-9pm – free – The Shrunken Head (251 W 5th Ave) – Mike Godsey is an IT security consultant with Nationwide Insurance who is also a subject matter expert and faculty teaching member in the US Army in the field of Electronic Warfare. At Nationwide, he has oversight of all database security, and specific security oversight of all enterprise applications such as HR, finance, investments, legal, marketing, aviation, real estate and physical security.  His presentation will deal with some of the more notable and recent security breaches and malware, including things that you can do to protect yourself personally and your company. He’ll discuss flaws in current antivirus technology and ways to assist it to cover the gaps.


Wednesday, July 11

CU Sip and Socialize – 5:30pm-7:30pm – $5 (includes 10 tickets for beverage samples) – Dock580 (580 N 4th St) – Join us to sip samples from local breweries, wineries and distilleries and socialize with Columbus Underground and Experience Columbus members and staff. Complimentary hors d’oeurves will be available.  Try samples from: Brothers Drake, Middle West Spirits, Rockmill Brewery, Signature Wines, Watershed Distillery, Wyandotte Winery…and more!  Register here. *If you aren’t a member of CU, tickets cost $15 (or, just join CU).

Literary Picnic Featuring Mark Titus – 5:30pm (reading begins at 7pm) – $30 with dinner/$15 reading only – Thurber House (77 Jefferson Ave) – Don’t Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench is Mark Titus’s story of how he became part of the elite Buckeye basketball team in 2006 and, in four years, played all of 48 minutes in 32 games and scored a total of nine points. Titus gives readers an uncensored, often R-rated, and always uproarious look at being the guy picked last and emerging as a college basketball-and blogging-star.  Thurber House’s Summer Literary Picnics are held on the side lawn of Thurber House at 77 Jefferson Avenue. Catered boxed dinners are available for purchase ahead of time, or guests can bring their own. Guests also may bring their own wine and lawn chairs or blankets. Picnicking starts at 5:30 and the readings begin at 7 p.m. The House is open for tours before and after the event as is the exhibit at the Center. Tickets for the catered dinner and the reading are $30; for the reading only $15. Buy tickets here.


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