Don’t let the Fourth of July holiday fool you into thinking that it’s time for the summer to start winding down. There’s plenty of fun still to be had! In fact, the Columbus-area festival season has just gotten warmed up.
Many festivals included in Part 1 continue all summer. And if county fairs are your thing, you can find one about every weekend during July and August, along with the granddaddy of fairs, the Ohio State Fair, July 25 to August 5.
We’ve pulled together more of central Ohio’s not-to-miss festivals to round out the rest of summer. There’s a long list of ways for your family to take advantage of the longer, sunny days of the season before the crisp air of fall arrives.
Columbus-Area Festivals in July
1. Fourth of July Celebrations
Celebrate our country’s independence by making the rounds of some of the July 4th festivals throughout central Ohio. How much ice cream, corn on the cob and hot dogs can you down?
- Ashville 4th of July Celebration—July 4, 11 a.m–10:30 p.m.
- Athens Fabulous Fourth—July 3, noon–10:30 p.m., July 4, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Bexley 4th of July Parade and Activities—July 4, 9:30 a.m., 6–11 p.m.
- Dublin Independence Day Celebration—July 4, 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
- Gahanna’s Independence Day Celebration—July 4, 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
- Hilliard 4th of July Celebration—July 4, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
- Pickerington 4th of July Celebration—July 4, 4–11 p.m.
- Red, White and Boom—July 3, 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Downtown Columbus
A four-day celebration that has something for everyone, from a 5K and kids’ fun run, car and bike show, rides and food.
Wednesday and Thursday, July 11–12, 5–11 p.m.; Friday, July 13, 5 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, July 14, noon-midnight
Olde Pickerington Village, Pickerington
It’s a night of free, outdoor fun for the whole family! Inflatable obstacle course, splash slide, tethered hot air balloon rides, face painting and more. Top it all off with a movie after dark.
Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m.
Thompson Park, Upper Arlington
Celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month with karaoke, kayaking, canoeing and games. Food trucks will feed your clan, then settle in for s’mores and a movie under the stars.
Friday, July 20, 6:30–11 p.m.
Friendship Park, Gahanna
Nothing sounds better during the dog days of summer than free swimming, hot dogs and ice cream. Marysville’s park system offers it all and more!
Saturday, July 21, noon–3 p.m.
American Legion Park, Marysville
Columbus-Area Festivals in August
Grab a kilt, and celebrate all things Irish at one of the country’s largest Irish festivals. Get your fill of a Celtic take on music, dancing, games, sports, food and animals.
Friday, August 3, 4 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m.–midnight; Sunday, August 5, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Coffman Park, Dublin
Here’s a chance for the whole family to unleash their superpowers! Superheroes of every kind can join a parade, enjoy music, make masks and meet superhero guests.
Monday, August 6, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fenlon Square, Easton Town Center
Hot air balloons will dot the sky, along with sky jumpers, helicopters and planes. Balloon launches and glows, along with music, food, a 5K run, and plenty of kids’ activities will make for a great family outing all around.
Thursday, August 9, 5–9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, August 10–11, 2–9 p.m.
Union County Airport, Marysville
Worthington Parks and Recreation helps you celebrate summer and the opportunity to be outside. Treat the family to this one-stop shop of music, family activities, games and food.
Saturday, August 11, 4-8:30 p.m.
Worthington Village Green, Worthington
Get away on Labor Day and experience Greece. The 46th annual festival celebrates all things Greek — in dance, food and music for everyone.
Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m.–midnight; Sunday, September 2, noon–midnight; Monday, September 3, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Celebrate one of summer’s best-known (and grown!) vegetables all weekend long. Maybe your zucchini-growing talents can take home the grand prize. Music, rides, a parade, and Kids Day with COSI and the Cincinnati Circus make for a fun-filled weekend.
Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, 5–11 p.m.; Sunday, September 2, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Monday, September 3, noon–6 p.m.
Village of Obetz
Celebrate summer’s other best-known vegetable as you wrap up the summer. Get the family moving with a 5K run, then enjoy music, tractor pulls, corn-eating contests, animals and even more ear-resistible fun.
Wednesday, August 29–Friday, August 31, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.