There's plenty to do here in the city during July.
Don't worry if you're staying in Columbus during the summer vacation. There's plenty to do right here in the city! Check out these picks for July.
If you're itching for a Saturday morning of cartoon-watching, the CAPA Summer Movie Series has you covered. On Saturday, July 13 the series is presenting Cartoon Capers, with a collection of favorites from Looney Tunes, Popeye and more. See them at the Ohio Theatre at 10 a.m. Tickets are $4 per person. And if you miss the July date, mark your calendars for Aug. 10, when CAPA will present a second Cartoon Capers.
Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, capa.com
A little birdie told us that WaterFire might be taking a hiatus soon, so make sure you check it out in 2013. Each summer, Genoa Park becomes home to a bonfire display on the Scioto River. The fires are lit at 8:30 p.m. on Friday or Saturdays evenings, but there's always entertainment beforehand. Plus, you can grab food from various vendors. Best of all, WaterFire is free! Dates for this month are Saturday, July 14 and Friday, July 26.
Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-299-9221, waterfirecolumbus.com
Dinosaurs are now at the Columbus Zoo! From now until Labor Day, head to the Zoo to see Dinosaur Island, a special exhibition featuring the life-size, real-looking creatures. And they're animatronic, so they blink and make noise (fair warning in case the kids get scared easily!). Along with checking out the dinosaurs, you can take a boat ride around the exhibition. Note that there is an additional fee of $3 per person ($2 for Columbus Zoo members).
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell 43065, 614-645-3400, columbuszoo.org
Goodale Park Music Series
Spend a Sunday in the park this month as you listen to live music during the Goodale Park Music Series. In its 5th year, the family-friendly concert series is free and features local Columbus artists. Listen to the tunes July 14 or July 28, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Along with music there will be food vendors (think Jeni's and Pattycake Bakery!), live art and activities for the kids.
Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus 43201, goodaleparkmusicseries.com
From Book to Film
The Gateway Film Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library are continuing From Book to Film into July, showcasing five movies adapted from books. This month, catch favorites like "Shrek," "The Iron Giant" and "The Princess Bride." And readers benefit: If you have a library card, admission is free! Otherwise, regular Gateway ticket rates apply. For a full series schedule, visit gatewayfilmcenter.com.
Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St. (Campus), Columbus 43201, 614-247-4433, gatewayfilmcenter.com