Summer Festivals

Posted on 30. May, 2013 by in Features

Calendar of events detail different festivals

available in upcoming summer months

By Elizabeth Tzagournis, ’13


Park Street Festival

Park Street Festival

June 7-8

Downtown Columbus

Tickets $9 before Aug. 1, $10 afterwards

  • Entertainment with 35 bands to perform on three separate stages
  • Food provided by restaurants all around High Street and over 25 food trucks
  • Art galleries open for viewing as well as crafts and events such as face painting

Rhythm on the River

June 14/21/28 and more

Bicentennial Park


  • Friday evening music performances occur throughout the summer, check the Columbus Rec. and Parks Dept. for more.


June 28-30

Goodale Park


  • The community event has food, music and activities like henna tattoos.


Red, White and Boom

Red, White,
and Boom

July 3

Downtown Columbus


  • Largest firework display in Ohio
  • Taste of Boom at 3 pm with food and live music
  • Independence Parade at 6 pm on Main St. Bridge

Franklin County Fair

July 13-20


$4 pre-ticket, $5-6 otherwise

  • Petting zoo, amusement park rides
  • AEP Independence Parade
  • Horse shows, barrel racing, jump rope performers

Jazz and Ribs Fest

Jazz and Ribs Fest

July 19-21

The Arena District


  • This fest offers “hot ribs and cool jazz”
  • Includes three different stages of music
  • Rib competition with multiple categories


Irish step dancer at Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival

Aug. 2, 3 and 4


Tickets $9 before

Aug. 1, $10 after

  • Irish bands and live music with multiple stages
  • Irish step dancers perform throughout the day
  • Highland Heavyweight games, with many Celtic athletic events

Balloons & Tunes

Hot Air Balloons

Aug. 23-24

Beulah Park, Grove City

Free, $5 for tethered balloon ride

  • Balloon launch and balloon glow
  • Balloon flights 6-8, weather permitting
  • Includes live entertainment and food vendors
  • Event also has inflatable activities, and a photo booth

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