Keep this entertainment list throughout the summer to keep boredom at bay.
Keep this entertainment list throughout the summer to keep boredom at bay.
Columbus Arts Festival - June 5, 6 and 7
11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Banana Split Festival - June 12, 13
Courthouse Square, Main and South St., Wilmington
Park Street Festival - June 12, 13
Park Street, Arena District
Begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Gahanna Creekside Jazz and Blues Fest - June 19-21
Mill St., Gahanna
Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
19th Annual JuneteenthOhio Festival - June 20
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Noon to 9 p.m.
27th Heart of Ohio USA Days Festival - June 24-27
Memorial Park, Centerburg
Starts Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.
Powell Fest - June 27, 28
Village Green Park
Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday noon-11 p.m.
Lazy Daze of Summer Festival - July 18
On the lawn and streets surrounding the Grandview Library
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
CityFolk Festival - July 3-5
RiverScape MetroPark, Dayton
Friday, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1-11 p.m.
Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival - July 11, 12
Heritage Park/Everal Barn
Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boogie on the Bricks Summer Music Festival - July 18
Held in the heart of Athens
Jazz & Rib Fest - July 24-26
Downtown riverfront Columbus
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Dublin Irish Festival - July 31, August 2, 3
Friday 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
St. Andrew Parish Festival - August 14, 15
Parking lot of St. Andrew Parish, 1899 McCoy Rd.
Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.
Grossfest -August 15
Alum Creek State Park Amphitheater, Delaware
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival - August 20-22
Crawford County, Sandusky Ave.
Grove City's Balloons and Tunes (Hot Air Balloon Festival) - August 21-23
Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.
Friday 3-10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m.
Independence Day celebrations
Red, White & Boom - July 3
Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Gahanna Freedom Festival
Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Rd.
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Red, White Rhythm & Soul
5620 Post Rd., Dublin
Begins at 10 a.m.
Blast at Beulah
3811 Southwest Blvd.,
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, July 5
Ohio State Fair - July 29-August 9
717 East 17th Ave., Columbus
Pickaway County Fair - June 20-27
415 Lancaster Pike (SR 22 East), Circleville
Logan County Fair - July 14-19
301 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine
Franklin County Fair - July 18-25
4100 Columbia St., Hilliard
Knox County Fair - July 25-August 1
125 Fairgrounds Rd.,
Union County Fair - July 26-August 2
N. Main St., Marysville
Athens County Fair - August 7-15
Union St., Athens
Ross County Fair - August 8-15
Ross County Fairgrounds
Five miles north of Chilli-cothe on State Route 104
Sandusky County Fair - August 25-30
901 Rawson Ave., Fremont
Find a complete list of all county fairs at www.ohioagriculture.gov/ohiofairs/.
Music and arts
Concerts on the Green - May 17-August 9
Northwest Quadrant, Worthington
Sundays at 7 p.m.
Music in the Parks - June 4-August 6
Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington
Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy the warm sunny skies and cool sounds of this free summer concert series. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, concerts at the MSC are moved inside to the Council Chambers, and concerts at local parks are cancelled.
Music in the Park - June 5-August 21
Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna
The Department of Parks & Recreation hosts this free family-oriented series to bring together music and community. With everything from Creole Funk to the Beetles, everyone will find something to enjoy.
Summer Sizzle Concert Series - June 5-August 28
Fun Friday night concerts.
Town Center Plaza, corner of Park St. and Broadway, Grove City
Concerts are free and open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a night of summer fun.
Art in the Park - June 19, July 17
Stradley Park, Canal Winchester
The Village of Canal Winchester will again partner with the Canal Winchester Art Guild to have local artwork displayed at all of the events. The June Music & Art in the Park event will feature Hillbilly Deluxe, a country music band, along with a roaming magician, and a police, fire, military and construction vehicle display. The series will conclude in July with a cruise-in and 60s/70s band, the Gas Pump Jockeys. Caricature artist Sean Platt will also be on site offering free caricatures during July's event. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Picnics, excluding alcohol, are welcome. Canal Winchester's community center, located at 22 S. Trine St., will be used as a backup location for all Music & Art in the Park events in the case of inclement weather.
Family Concert Series - June 24-August 19
Alum Creek North Amphitheater, 221 W Main St., Westerville
Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Suessical the Musical - June 26
Pickerington Christian Church, 575 Diley Rd., Pickerington
8-10:30 p.m. (Weekly at 8 p.m. on Friday; Saturday until June 27 at 8 p.m.).
Free Concert - June 26
Majestic Theatre Courtyard, 45 E. Second St., Chillicothe
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Movie in the Park - May 29- September 4
Thompson Park, Reed Rd. Water Park and Mountview Baptist Church, Upper Arlington (Locations vary, check online for complete listing)
Fridays beginning at dusk . The City's Parks & Recreation Department hosts movie nights at various parks around the city, including swim-in movies at Reed Rd. Water Park and drive-in movies at Mountview Baptist Church. The family-friendly movies are shown on the city's 24-foot screen.
Grove City movie nights
2009 Movie Nights - June 25-August 6
Thursday, June 25, Fryer Park: 80's Night
Thursday, July 9, Gantz Park: Kids Night
Thursday, July 23, Henceroth Park: Family Night
Thursday, August 6, Windsor Park: Western Night
Watch a movie under the stars. Grove City Parks & Recreation is featuring four free outdoor movies on a giant inflatable screen this year. The movies will be held at four different parks and will begin at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. There are no rain dates.
Classics on the Creek - June 26, July 24, August 28
Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna
Fridays 9-11:30 p.m.
Enjoy free classic black and white Hollywood movies of various genres on a giant 16- foot screen outside.
Friday Night at the Movies - July 31, August 7
Old Worthington Library
Fridays at 9 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz: Dress up as your favorite character and get a prize.
An American Tail: Dress up as a mouse and get a prize.
Entertainment and family fun
2009 Hike and Bike Series - April-September
Bike ride starts in Gantz Park (Meet at Gantz Barn), Grove City, on the last Sunday of every month. Beginning at different times and parks, so check the website to know where to go. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the Grove City parks, do something healthy and meet new friends. A member of the Parks and Recreation staff or Grove City Park Board will lead a walk or bike ride. Dogs are welcome. All events are free and do not require pre-registration. Snacks and water will be offered to those who attend.
Taste of Canal Winchester - June 27
Bob McDorman Chevrolet
Businesses come together for the second year to bring entertainment to the community.
Baby Expo - July 11
City Hall, Grove City
Need clothes for the kids or want to sell some old ones? Then stop by the Baby Expo to buy/sell clothes for your little one. Call ahead to reserve a table for the event.
Family Day - July 12
Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St.
Sunday 1-3 p.m.
The Department of Parks & Recreation will provide inflatable rides, games, and various activities. This event is free and suitable for the entire family.
Ninth Annual Summer Celebration - July 16
Thompson Park, Mountview Rd., Upper Arlington
This annual family event includes inflatable games, a climbing wall, contests, soccer competition, family music, police cruiser display, fire division ladder truck, an evening movie, tasty treats and more.
Homecoming Celebration - July 24
The corner of Park St. and Broadway, Grove City
All are welcome to this celebration, especially alumni of Grove City and Central Crossing high schools, with an evening of live entertainment featuring The Conspiracy Band.
Back to School Kick-Off - August 15
123 Mill St., Gahanna
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kick off the new school year with style. Join the City of Gahanna's Department of Parks & Recreation following the Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes. From music to face painters to school supplies, parents can relax and prepare for the school year ahead while having fun at the same time.