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The Best Local Events and Festivals in Columbus 2024

Columbus, Ohio, is a city that knows how to celebrate, and throughout the year, it hosts many festivals that cater to every taste and interest. From music and art extravaganzas to cultural celebrations and culinary delights, here’s your comprehensive guide to the top festivals in Columbus, complete with dates, locations, and must-see highlights

Sonic Temple Arts & Music Festival 

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Date: May 16–19, 2024 

Location: Historic Crew Stadium

Highlights: This is the highest-level rock festival in America, join fellow music lovers in the Historic Crew Stadium in Columbus. The spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights makes Sonic Temple one of the most anticipated events of the festival season. For more info check out here

Columbus Taco Fest  

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Date: May 18–19, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: You don’t have to wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy Tacos. Get ready for the 6th annual Columbus Taco Fest in May 2024 with the best tacos with different flavors,   tequila, and Mexican beer. Curious about Taco? Here is the place where you can try them all. For more info check out here.

Columbus Asian Festival 

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 Date: May 25–26, 2024 

Location: Franklin Park

Highlights: If you like to experience different cultures, this is the festival you don’t want to miss. The  Asian festival brings more than  100,000 visitors, it’s an annual event celebration that promotes the importance of cultural diversity in building a vibrant, prosperous, and healthy community. For more information check out here.

Ohio Black Expo River Front Culture Fest

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Dates: May 25–26, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: Showcasing black excellence with food, music, art, networking, and more in this memorial weekend. There will be  100+ vendors, food trucks, concerts, celebrity appearances and more will be featured at the Riverfront Culture Fest. The event proceeds benefit youth and community programs. For more information check out here.

The Memorial Tournament  

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Date: June 3–9, 2024 

Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club

Highlights: The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, benefits many Greater Columbus charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and numerous other local organizations. The event is conducted each year to honor the memory of deceased individuals and living who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf. To showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world. For more information check out here.

Columbus Arts Festival  

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Date: June 7–9, 2024 

Location: Downtown Columbus

Highlights: The Columbus Arts Festival has grown into one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation. The event will feature over 200 visual artists, three stages of performances, and dozens of food vendors. The Columbus Arts Festival attracts the nation’s top artists, as well as art enthusiasts from all over the country. The event remains free to attend. For more information check out here.

Columbus Air Show 

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Date: June 14–16, 2024 

Location: Rickenbacker International Airport
Highlights: The Columbus Air Show, presented by Scotts, takes place at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus. Perfect for family and friends alike, don’t miss the exciting experience that’s headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels! The event is full of amazing feats of talent and skill both in the air and on the ground, and you’ll get to see demonstrations from both modern military and civilian aircraft. Mark your calendars.


Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival 

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Date: June 14–16, 2024 

Location: Creekside, Gahanna
Highlights: Celebrating its 25th year in 2024, The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival gathers world-famous groups and performers at a single place for you to enjoy the best blues and jazz in Ohio. For more information check out here.

Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival 

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Date:  June 15, 2024 

Location: Goodale Park

Highlights: An annual celebration, Pride events across the globe aim to bring the community together in camaraderie and recognition of the strength, resilience, and fight of the LGBTQIA community past and present; a fight for equity and equality that is far from over. For more information check out here.

Juneteenth Ohio Celebration 

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 Date: June 15–16, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: Throughout 25+ years of celebration, Juneteenth Ohio has emerged as the enjoyable family weekend of cultural discovery, filled with a variety of events promoting cultural unity, enrichment, and ethnic diversity, “key elements that improve the relationships and quality of life among all residents throughout Ohio”. For information check out here.

Worthington Arts Festival 

 Date: June 15–16, 2024 

Location: Worthington Village Green

Highlights: Produced by the McConnell Arts Center in coordination with the City of Worthington, this premier Fine Art festival draws 23,000 visitors and more than 110 artists. The Festival takes place on all four quadrants of the Worthington Village Green and is just a short walk from the businesses and restaurants of historic Old Worthington. For more information check out here.

Origins Game Fair  

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Date;  June 19–23, 2024 

Location: Throughout Columbus

Highlights: This is an annual tabletop gaming convention hosted by GAMA, held annually in Columbus, OH. A lot of gaming events are scheduled throughout the week for attendees, a dynamic vendor hall, special events throughout the weekend and so much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone. For more information check out here. 

Buckeye Country Superfest 

Date: June 22–23, 2024 

Location: Ohio Stadium

Highlights: Make your way to the Shoe to hear music from today’s top country musicians. This is 2 days event that you dont want to miss. For more check out  here


Date: June 28–30, 2024 

Location: Goodale Park

Highlights: Community Festival (ComFest) features performances by Columbus’ best bands and artists, workshops, community activism, and other community events you look forward to every year. For more information check out here.

Red, White & BOOM

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Date: July 3, 2024 

Location: Downtown Columbus

Highlights: There are few more patriotic ways to kick off your Independence Day weekend than at the largest fireworks display in Ohio. Red, White & BOOM! is an experience and a tradition for over 400,000 visitors who come together each Independence Day to celebrate the country and the community and to honor our military and veterans. Festivities, like the street festival, start at 11 a.m. and the big show begins at 10 p.m. Plan to be downtown very early because the best spots go fast. Also if you worry about parking or traffic you can take COTA (Columbus public transportation). For more information check out here.

Columbus Food Truck Festival – Downtown  

Date: July 12–13, 2024 

Location: Scioto Peninsula near COSI

Highlights: Enjoy two days of food, music, and fun, and celebrate the festival’s return to downtown. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items. For more information check out here.

Columbus Book Festival 

 Date: July 13–14, 2024 

Location: Downtown’s Historic Main Library

Highlights: This inaugural literary festival features panel discussions, author talks, and book signings from nationally acclaimed authors with new releases at the historic Main Library downtown, named one of the country’s 11 most beautiful libraries by Fodor.  For more information check out here.

Westerville Music & Arts Festival  

Date: July 13–14, 2024 

Location: Heritage Park/Everal Barn

Highlights: The Westerville Music & Arts Festival features 130+ artists, 30+ performances, food vendors, a silent auction, a youth art show, and youth entertainment. For more information check out here.

Jazz & Ribs Festival 

Date: July 19–21, 2024

Location: Scioto Mile

Highlights: The Jazz & Ribs Festival, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest music and barbecue.For more information check out here.

Ohio State Fair  

Date: July 24–August 4, 2024 

Location: Ohio State Fairgrounds

Highlights: This annual event, is full of exciting attractions, food, and entertainment for the whole family. The multi-day fair brings in more than 500,000 visitors each year, it’s one of the special events you won’t want to miss in Columbus There are many fun things to do. For more information check out here.

Dublin Irish Festival  

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Date: August 2–4, 2024 

Location: Coffman Park
Highlights: The world’s largest three-day Irish festival is held in Dublin annually. Irish and the Irish-at-heart are invited to share and celebrate the best in Irish dance, music, art, and culture.For more information check out here.


Date: August 3–4, 2024

Location: Central Ohio
Highlights: Bike ride and fundraiser in which 100% of all participant-raised dollars go toward innovative cancer research. Learn more about breakthroughs funded through this incredible program and find out how to get involved here.

Tomato Festival  

Date: August 8–10, 2024

Location: Huber Park in Reynoldsburg

Highlights: The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival has been celebrating Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the tomato for over 50 years! Join in the festivities and fun that have become a time-honored and beloved tradition in this city just outside Columbus.For more information check out here.

Uptown Untapped  

Date: August 10, 2024 

Location: Westerville

Highlights: Uptown Untapped is Westerville’s beer craft festival, recognizing both the city’s rich history as a hub for the temperance movement and celebrating its bright future in the heart of the city’s unique Uptown district.Join the home of prohibition to drink on the streets with more than 15 local breweries, amazing bands, games, local restaurants on hand, and more in the authentic and historical Uptown Westerville. Early Admission Tasting Hour A tasting menu will be available before the event. For more infomation check out here.

Festival Latino  

Date: August 10–11, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: This free, family-focused event brings national and international music acts, Ohio-based Latino dance and music, children’s activities, and more for the community to enjoy. For more information check out here.

Columbus Comedy Festival 

Date: August 14–18, 2024 

Location: Around Columbus

Highlights: With Columbus’ comedy scene booming, don’t miss the first-ever Columbus Comedy Festival, featuring classic venues across the city.For more information check out here.

CBUS Soul Fest 

Date: August 17, 2024 

Location: Genoa Park

Highlights: In a collaboration between Experience Columbus (and its CBUS Soul® initiative) and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the CBUS Soul® fest will return for its third year at Genoa Park. Come out to experience Columbus’ vibrant Black culture, music, history, and soul!For more information check out here.

Columbus Food Truck Festival – Hilliard 

Date: August 17, 2024 

Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds

Highlights: Enjoy a day of food, music, and fun, and celebrate the festival’s return to the historical Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items.For more information check out here.

Columbus Summer Wine Festival 

Dates: June 8, 2024 

Location: McFerson Commons

Highlights: The Columbus Wine Festival is the perfect event for wine lovers! Experience wine sampling, arts and crafts, live music, and more.For more information check out here.

Doo Dah Parade  

Date: July 4, 2024 

Location: Short North Arts District

Highlights: This classic Columbus event celebrates liberty and lunacy with traditional weird costumes and funny opinions in the Short North Arts District. Come for the parade and the outfits, or hang out at Goodale Park for the live music afterparty.For more information check out here.

Obetz Zucchinifest 

Dates: August 30–September 2, 2024 

Location: Fortress Obetz

Highlights: The Obetz Zucchinifest is a four-day, family-friendly event celebrating everything zucchini. The festival and concerts are free!For more information check out here.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival 

 Date: September 2, 2024 

Location: Northam Park

Highlights: Each year, more than 20,000 visitors flock to Northam Park on Labor Day to immerse themselves in hands-on art activities, live music, and the opportunity to explore and purchase fine art and fine craft work from some 150 artists working in a variety of media including paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and mixed media.For more information check out here.

Fiery Foods Festival  

Date:  Summer 2024 (date TBA) 

Location|: Genoa Park

Highlights: This year, the Fiery Foods Festival returns, and the event will again be donating a portion of its proceeds to the children’s charity CD102.5 For the Kids. Festival-goers sample everything from BBQ to salsa to sweet treats with a kick. The festival also features artisans, crafters, food trucks, and entertainment, as well as many contests that attendees can take part in.For more information check out here.

The Great Bourbon Affair 

Date: Summer 2024 (date TBA)

 Location: East Market

Highlights: Come out for the Affair between Rock & Country Music and Join the Biggest bourbon toast in Ohio!  For more information check out here.

Columbus Greek Festival

Date: Aug 30–Sept 2nd, 2024 

Location: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 555 N. High Street


Highlights: Experience the culture and ancestry of Greece and the Orthodox Christian faith. Come and connect with heritage and traditions that are centuries old, but still contemporary in their focus. There will be  Cathedral tours that will inspire you, and amazing food and drink. Stop by the shops, enjoy the music and dancing. For more information check out here.

Columbus Italian Festival

Date: October 11-October 13,2024

Location: Italian Village, near St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Highlights: This is one of Columbus’s annual festivals. Each year on Columbus Day weekend the Italian community comes together in a 3-day celebration with the finest  Italian food, entertainment, and showcasing Italian culture.For more information check out here


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Discover Columbus: A guide to travel and exploring Columbus

Columbus, Ohio, is not just Ohio’s capital, it’s a city with rich art, history, green spaces, and amazing cultural scenes. Whether you’re planning your first visit or looking to explore deeper or even live here,  this guide will help you uncover the best of what Columbus has to offer.

Art and Culture

Columbus is a diverse place and has art and culture everywhere. You will see that in every corner of the city as the city is decorated with art. From the Convention center, and city murals, to the short north art district.

Columbus Museum of Art: A must-visit for art lovers, this museum showcases a mix of American and European collections alongside contemporary pieces. Don’t miss the interactive exhibits that make art accessible to all ages.

Short North Arts District: This lively neighborhood is the heart of Columbus’s art scene, peppered with galleries, murals, and boutiques. It’s a perfect spot for those looking to experience the local culture and find unique artwork. Here you can also enjoy live music from inside bars and sidewalks.

Nature and Leisure

Franklin Park Conservatory: Offering lush botanical gardens and glasshouses, this is a green oasis in the city. It’s ideal for a peaceful day out among exotic plants and beautiful landscapes and enjoying a butterfly garden.

Sharon Woods Park:  is a mixture of forests and fields with towering oak, hickory, and beech trees. Located inside the 761-acre park is the Edward Thomas Nature Preserve, named for the renowned Ohio naturalist and one of the founders of the park system.  The park has several trails making it the best place for hiking, walking, jogging, biking, fishing, picnicking, and more. Also, there are several programs during the summer that you can enjoy.

Historical Highlights

Historic German Village:  Historic neighborhood in the south of downtown Columbus. It was settled in the early-to-mid-19th century by a large number of German immigrants, It became a city historic district in 1960 and was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and 2007, was made a Preserve America Community by the federal government. Explore this charming district with its preserved brick houses and cobblestone streets,  which offer a glimpse into Columbus’s past

Victorian Village:  It is an established neighborhood built when a streetcar line first ran along Neil Avenue around 1900. To preserve, protect, and enhance the unique architectural and historical features, the Victorian Village Historic District was established in 1973. The neighborhood is known as one of the t top places for Arts and Entertainment, with fun right around the corner in the Short North as its neighborhood hangout.

Italian Village: It is a designated historic district, very well known for its historical and cultural preservation. The building types and architecture in this area reflect Italian influence. Italian Village has the highest home value appreciation in Columbus. The area is part of the Short North/Downtown district area provides access to major employers, cultural and learning institutions, and entertainment venues.

Family Fun

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Recognized as one of the top zoos in the country, it offers a fun day out with a wide range of animals and themed regions from around the world. The Columbus Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species and sees over 2 million visitors annually. The animal exhibits are divided into regions of the world, with the zoo currently operating eight such regions

Scene 75: the largest indoor entertainment center in the country at 220,000 square feet. With all this space, they’ve got room for 12 indoor attractions, 200+ arcade games, a full-service restaurant, 3 bars, and much more! Indoor go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bounce inflatables, mini-golf, and much more are the perfect activities for friends and family of all ages, all year round.

Zoombezi Bay: The water park owned by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium .Zoombezi Bay opened to the public on May 26, 2008, and currently ranks as one of the Midwest’s most popular water parks, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually. There are more than attractions in the park that you can enjoy with family.

Sports and Entertainment

Ohio Stadium: Catch a football game at   The Ohio State University and experience the thrill of college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is in one of the most electrifying atmospheres in sports. The Ohio State football games are a must-attend event when you are in Columbus, you will enjoy the culture, the tailgates, and many more.

Nationwide Arena and Arena District: Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and surrounded by numerous restaurants and entertainment venues, it’s a hotspot for sports fans and night owls alike

Huntington Park; is a baseball stadium located downtown,  primarily serving as the home of the Columbus Clippers. This is where you can catch baseball games and other events Columbus accommodates every sports fan as you can see. If you are a soccer fan stop by  stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located downtown. The  stadium is the home  of the Columbus Crew

Culinary Delights

Columbus’s food scene is diverse, with something for every palate. Don’t leave without trying some local specialties from food trucks to fine dining. The North Market is a great place to start, offering a variety of local and international flavors. There are a lot of restaurants with cuisines from different places. From fine dining to local delicatessens, there is always good food in this city.

Explore Made Easy

For those who love adventure, join a Columbus Scavenger Hunt. It’s a fun way to see the city’s historic landmarks, learn a bit of history, and solve puzzles with friends or family.

Staying in the loop about what’s happening in Columbus is easy with an email newsletter and updates from Experience Columbus. They provide all the information you need about upcoming events, new attractions, and tips for making the most of your visit.

Columbus is a city that welcomes all with open arms, offering a blend of educational experiences, leisure activities, and entertainment options. It’s a place where history meets modern lifestyle, and green spaces sit alongside bustling city streets. With so much to see and do, Columbus invites you to discover its charm, one visit at a time.