Arts and Entertainment Picks for August

WONDER SUMMER

If you haven't made the Columbus Museum of Art part of your summer, you've still got a week or so at the beginning of August to take in Wonder Summer. The CMA has built an added element of creativity and exploration into all of its regular programming for the season, from its Open Studio to Family Adventure Tours and more. Take this opportunity to flex your creative muscles, or just enjoy the museum's ongoing exhibitions and collections. Wonder Summer ends Aug. 6.

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-221-6801, columbusmuseum.org

SUMMER ILLUSTRATED

To your summer list of libraries and other literary adventures, add the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery. The gallery, located in the Vern Riffe Center state office building, will host “Ohio: The Start of It All,” an exhibition of 60 original book illustrations from the University of Findlay's Mazza Museum. All of the work selected for this show has some connection to the Buckeye State. A July 29 reception kicks things off, but the exhibit will be on view through October.

Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), 614-644-9624, riffegallery.org

CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS

August includes two of Central Ohio's biggest and best-loved cultural festivals, each paying tribute to a particular heritage. The Dublin Irish Festival (marking its 30th anniversary) runs Aug. 4-6, and Festival Latino is set for the following weekend, Aug. 12-13, on the Downtown Columbus riverfront. Both are chock-full of great music, dance, food and cultural items, with a special emphasis on family and children's activities as well. There's nothing like family fun that also exposes kids to cultural heritage in the process.

Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, dublinirishfestival.org

Festival Latino, Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. (Downtown), festivallatino.net

SUMMER SYMPHONIES

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will play three concerts outdoors on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens onAug. 10, 12 and 13. The concerts are free, and you can bring the family and a picnic dinner. These events are terrific introductions to orchestral music for youngsters, as music director David Danzmayr programs an inventive selection, different each night (we recommend the Thursday or Sunday programs). The relaxed outdoor setting allows kids to play, eat and listen as they are comfortable and as parents allow. Preconcert activities begin at 7 p.m., an hour before the music starts.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-464-0066, promusicacolumbus.org

FAR, FAR AWAY-ETH

Two of everyone's favorites in one place! OK, maybe just one, and one thing you know is good for you. Yes, CATCO is Kids brings “Shakespeare and Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope” to the Lincoln Theatre. This tale of a young hero, a princess, (Jedi) knights and (Sith) lords is told in the style of the Bard, the perfect prism for such adventure, treachery and triumph. The show runs Aug. 25-27.

Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939, catcoistheatre.org

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.