Fall is almost here, and there's an abundance of exciting things for families to do in and around Columbus. Here are some of our picks for September.
Ohio Proud Fall Festival Celebrate the local products from Ohio during a day at Easton Town Center. Join Ohio Proud, part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, as they bring together vendors selling fresh produce and other fun, Ohio items. It takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Easton Town Center, 1-800-467-7683, ohioproud.org Adoption on the Lawn Mars Petcare US is holding its 5th annual event on Sunday, Sept. 9. It's an animal extravaganza: More than a dozen area shelters will be there with pet resources. Plus, you'll even have the opportunity to adopt a furry friend of your own. Admission is free, and they will also have free food, drinks and raffles throughout the afternoon. Join them from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Mars Petcare US, 5115 Fisher Rd., Columbus, 888-607-4798, mars.com New Albany Classic Held at the Wexner residence in New Albany, the annual event raises money each year for The Center for Family Safety and Healing. It's a day-long family fun day with food, carnival rides, games and more, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23. Kids will love the Tween Brands Concert (this year features Hot Chelle Rae and Conor Maynard), which starts at 11 a.m. Plus, there's also the Grand Prix, which showcases some of the nations' top equestrian riders. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $20 for adults. Children 10 and under are free, but a ticket is still required. The Wexner Residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd., New Albany, thenewalbanyclassic.com Great Amazing Race If you've ever watched the television show and wished you could partake, here's your chance! The race series from Flying Colors Sports is making its way across the country and is stopping in Columbus on Sept. 23. Teams of two (comprised of kids and adults) will solve clues and complete challenges at a special course set up at Highbanks Metro Park. Registration fees start at $40 a team, depending on when you sign up. The race begins at 2 p.m. Good luck! Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 513-518-0528, flyingcolorssports.info Oktoberfest This annual festival sure is a good excuse to have one of Schmidt's famous cream puffs! Each year, Columbus celebrates German culture at Oktoberfest. Activities include arts and crafts, live bands, and even a National Cornhole Association contest. There also will be a free kids' area, and plenty of German food from restaurants around the city. The 2012 fest will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Ohio Expo Center, and admission is free for all (plan on paying $8 for parking, though). Visit the website to learn about the festival times for each day. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 614-444-5908, columbusoktoberfest.com