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Central Ohio Summer Festivals

Flowers, foliage and fresh produce aren’t the only things cropping up as summer makes its grand entrance. Changing seasons and changing into flip-flops and shorts means gearing up for fair and festival season.

Central Ohio Festivals in June

1. Newark Strawberry Festival

Basket of fresh strawberries

What: One of Newark’s best traditions celebrates one of the season’s best foods with strawberry shortcake, rides, games and entertainment.

When: Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Where: On the Square, Newark


2. Commercial Point Homecoming

Children sliding down big slide at fair

What: The festival famous for its “ocean perch” sandwich also has rides, games, entertainment, a car show, parade and fireworks.

When: June 5–8: Wednesday–Friday, 4 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight.

Where: Commercial Point


3. Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot air balloon in sky

What: Traditional festival fare, decked out with balloon launches, rides and glows, along with a flea market and fireworks.

When: Thursday, June 6, 4–10 p.m.; Friday, June 7, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

Where: Coshocton County Fairgrounds, Coshocton


4. Troy Strawberry Festival

Plate with fresh strawberries on it

What: Another central Ohio favorite festival that makes the most of the season’s freshest fruit. There’s something for everyone in the family, from the Bike Tour to the Big Wheel Race to the Diaper Derby, and more.

When: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Where: Public Square, Troy


5. Kidslinked Columbus Children’s Festival

Child playing in a bouncy play house

What: Keep the kids moving all day long with a run/walk, sports tournaments and fitness activities, bounce park and fun zone.

When: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Where: Westerville North High School, Westerville


6. Fayette County Toast to Summer and Hot Air Balloon Glow

Three hot air balloons on ground

What: Food, music, wine and art topped off with a hot air balloon glow.

When: Saturday, June 22, 1–10 p.m.

Where: Fayette County Airport, Washington Court House


7. Powell Festival

Crowd looking at fireworks in the night sky

What: You can’t miss with food, music, and interactive games that will keep the kids on the move and having fun. They’ll be ready to settle in for fireworks to top off the night.

When: Friday, June 21, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, June 22, noon–11 p.m.

Where: Village Green Park, Powell


8. Cardington Street Fair

Child eating cotton candy at fair

What: The 6th annual Cardington Street Fair is going to be the biggest one yet. With a car show, a cornhole tournament, bingo, food and fireworks, this is a fun event for the entire family.

When: Friday, June 21, 3–9 p.m.; Saturday, June 22, noon–10 p.m.

Where: Second and Park Streets and Community Park, Cardington


Central Ohio Festivals in July

1. Fourth of July Celebrations:

Sparkler in front of American flag

Celebrate our country’s independence by making the rounds of some of the July 4thfestivals throughout central Ohio. How much ice cream, corn on the cob and hot dogs can you down?

2. Picktown Palooza

Closeup of front of drag race cars

What: A four-day celebration that has something for everyone, from a 5K and kids’ fun run, car and bike show, rides and food.

When: Thursday, July 11, 5–11 p.m.; Friday, July 12, 5 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, July 13, noon-midnight

Where: Olde Pickerington Village, Pickerington


3. Summer Celebration 2019

Two children smiling at camera with their faces painted

What: 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.

When: Thursday, July 11, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Thompson Park, Upper Arlington


4. Jazz and Rib Fest

Child eating barbecue ribs

What: Music lovers and meat lovers are sure to enjoy the Jazz and Rib Fest. The music and rib supply never ends at this three-day event! View the full music lineup and food vendors on their website.

When: Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. –11 p.m.; Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. –8:30 p.m.

Where: Bicentennial Park and Genoa Park, Scioto Mile, Columbus


Central Ohio Festivals in August

1. Dublin Irish Festival

Closeup of legs and feet of several Irish step dancers

What: 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.

When: Friday, August 2, 4 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, August 3, 11 a.m.–midnight; Sunday, August 4, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Where: Coffman Park, Dublin


2. Annual All Ohio Balloon Fest

Three hot air balloons in sky

What: 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.

When: Thursday, August 8, 5–11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, August 9–10, 2–11 p.m.

Where: Union County Airport, Marysville


3. Summer in the 614

Man playing a guitar outside

What: 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.

When: Saturday, August 10, 4–9 p.m.

Where: Worthington Village Green, Worthington


4. Columbus Greek Festival

Group of small Greek flags

What: Get away on Labor Day and experience Greece. The 46th annual festival celebrates all things Greek — in dance, food and music for everyone.

When: Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, 11 a.m.–midnight; Sunday, September 1, noon–midnight; Monday, September 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Columbus


5. Obetz Zucchini Festival

Closeup of a pile of zucchini

What: 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.

When: Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, 5–11 p.m.; Sunday, September 1, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Monday, September 2, noon–6 p.m.

Where: Village of Obetz, Obetz

6. Millersport Corn Festival

Closeup of a pile of corn cobs

What: 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.

When: Wednesday, August 28–Friday, August 30, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, August 31, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Where: Millersport


7. Columbus Food Truck Festival

Person taking food from employee in food truck

What: How many food trucks can you visit in one day? At the Columbus Food Truck Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to try more than 60. Food trucks from all over the Midwest will be at this 9th annual festival.

When: Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m. –11 p.m.

Where: Scioto Mile, Columbus


8. Morrow County Fair

Goat in petting zoo at fair

What: The 169th annual Morrow County Fair won’t be one you want to miss. As one of the biggest events in Morrow County, there will be a variety of things to do from their grandstand events, such as truck pulls and a demo derby, to their junior and senior schedules, which have many different shows and music.

When: Monday, August 26, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. –9 p.m.; Wednesday, August 28, 8 a.m. –8 p.m.; Thursday, August 29, 9 a.m. –9 p.m.; Friday, August 30, 9 a.m. –10 p.m.; Saturday August 31, 8 a.m. –11 p.m.; Sunday, September 1, 8 a.m. –10 p.m.; Monday, September 2, 9 a.m. –5 p.m.

Where: Morrow County Fair Grounds, Morrow County

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