The Beat's (a.k.a Jim Fischer) picks for August.


August includes two of central Ohio's best festivals, each paying tribute to a particular cultural heritage. The Dublin Irish Festival runs July 31 through Aug. 2, and Festival Latino is held the following weekend, Aug. 8-9. Both are chock full of great music, dance, food and cultural activities for the whole family, with a special emphasis on family and children's activities, as well. Nothing like family fun that also exposes your kids to cultural heritage in the process. (Note: there is an admission fee for the Irish fest, but not for Festival Latino.)

Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin 43017, 614-410-4545.

Festival Latino, Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown), Columbus 43215.



The Columbus Symphony Orchestra sponsors great programming geared for kids, but that doesn't mean its other programs are for grown-ups only. The CSO's Picnic with the Pops series features the always-exciting combination of the orchestra and the Ohio State University Marching Band July 31 and Aug. 1. Two iconic central Ohio musical institutions for the price of one! And did we mention fireworks?

Picnic with the Pops series, Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-228-8600.



ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will play three summer concerts on the lawn at Franklin Park Conservatory Aug. 6, 8 and 9. The concerts are free (unless you'd like reserved table seating), and you can bring the family and a picnic dinner. These concerts are terrific introductions to orchestral music for youngsters - the relaxed outdoor setting allows kids to play, eat and listen as they are comfortable and as parents allow. Additionally, preconcert activities for kids begin at 7 p.m., an hour before the music starts.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (Franklin Park), Columbus 43203, 614-464-0066.



Those three little words are still enough to get the attention of young movie and music lovers – little girls, in particular. Idina Menzel, who helped make them a phenomenon as the voice of Elsa in Disney's Frozen, will perform live in concert at the Palace Theatre on Aug. 19. She's a tremendous performer with a great repertoire, but, of course, you'll have to know how long your kids will sit still for the non-Frozen portion of the show.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 1-800-745-3000,



As summer winds down, the City of Columbus' Rhythm on the River series will highlight one of the area's premier performing arts organizations, as BalletMet Columbus will take the Bicentennial Park stage on Aug. 28. The company will present a variety of dance styles that represent its commitment to both classical and contemporary dance, in particular the creation of new work. It's a great way to get your kids' feet wet with dance while getting more than their feet wet in the Scioto Mile Fountain. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., with food and beverage sales opening at 6:30.

Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive (Downtown), Columbus 43215

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