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