Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
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DIFFA's Dining by Design

A feast for the eyes, body and heart, featuring the most dynamic and innovative dining environments ever created!

Join honorary chair Mrs. Ann Wolfe as Dining by Design Columbus returns in a brilliant blast of cuisine, creativity and spectacle. The event features design luminaries and culinary giants in a feast for the eyes and palate.

Cocktails by Design: tickets $75

Friday, October 15, 7 -- 10 p.m.

This party sets the stage for Saturday night's gala dinner as designers and guests mingle and preview the installations while sipping Stolichnaya ELIT cocktails and Castello di Gabbiano wines paired with tastes from Columbus' top restaurants and gourmet food purveyors.

Public Table Showcase: $10 admission at door

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

Gala Dinner: tickets $500

Saturday, October 17, 6:30 -- 11:00 p.m.

Cocktails and table hopping are followed by a seated dinner, dancing, dessert and silent auction.

Franklin County Veteran's Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. For more information, log on to

September 4, 5, and 6

St. Michael Festival

Enjoy a Columbus family tradition on Friday from 7 - 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5. 11 p.m. The St. Michael Festival is one of the best-attended festivals in the Columbus area, reaching over 10,000 patrons each Labor Day weekend. Enjoy games for all ages, rides, auctions, raffles, a bake sale, great food and live entertainment. This event will take place at St. Michael Church. For more information visit, or call (614) 885-7814.

September 4

Family Story Time

Enjoy stories and activities for pre-school ages at the Powell Branch Library, 460 S Liberty St. starting at 11 a.m. For more information on this free event visit

Perkins Observatory Guest Night

September is the time to come to Perkins. View a wild dark star cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Globular cluster M15 in Pegasus. Guest Night at the Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike in Delaware starts at 8 p.m. Call (740) 363-1257 for more information.

September 5

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Enjoy themes, entertainment and food from September 5 through October 25 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. There will be three themed weekends including Barbarian Invasion, Oktoberfest Weekend, and Feast of Fools Weekend. This event will take place at Renaissance Park, off I-71 or I-75 on State Route 73 in Harveysburg from10:30 a.m. 6 p.m. For more information visit

Saturday Story Stomp

Enjoy stories, songs and dancing for ages 2-5 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

September 7

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Be a part of the art. This festival showcases nearly 200 juried, fine art and fine craft artists from all over the country, a music stage with continuous performances, an art activity area for children and adults, and a variety of refreshments by local and regional vendors. This event will be held at Northam Park from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. For more information visit