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The 2010 Columbus Summer Festival Season

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The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the summer festival season is quickly approaching. Whether you’re a fan of local art, ethnic foods, outdoor music or just looking for an excuse to do some “people watching” this summer, there’s a festival to fit just about anyone’s tastes.

Below is a list of summer festivals running from May through October in 2010. We’ll continue to update the list with festivals that either don’t have dates set yet or that we’ve accidentally left off the list. Either way, this should be a great start to help fill your weekends with fun events all summer long.

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34 Responses to The 2010 Columbus Summer Festival Season

  1. artbomb112 May 7, 2010 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm

    Dear god.  A relatively broad and comprehensive list of events in Columbus in one location. What’s next, a tidal wave?

    Good work walker. We owe you thanks for being aware of cool stuff going on and reporting it regardless of your ad sales.

  2. vestanpance
    vestanpance May 7, 2010 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm

    nevermind I missed it

  3. jannypie May 7, 2010 7:12 pm at 7:12 pm

    Could you please list the Eco-Chic Craftacular here? http://www.columbuscraftacular.com/
    Thanks for the great list!

  4. Urbanboi
    Urbanboi May 7, 2010 7:18 pm at 7:18 pm

    Cant wait for PRIDE this year!!

  5. Jimmy Mak
    jmak May 7, 2010 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm

    There’s also the second annual Shadowbox Sketch Comedy Festival with original SNL member Garrett Morris on July 20 and 21.  More info here:

  6. Walker Evans
    Walker May 7, 2010 7:46 pm at 7:46 pm

    Added Eco-Chic & Shadowbox Sketch. Did I forget any others? :D

  7. misskitty May 7, 2010 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm

    Awesome list there is so much to do this summer :D
    also Downtown Digital Arts Festival also

  8. FADulous
    FADulous May 7, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm

    you also forgot (very understandably, though not for long) the second annual GO WEST in the 900 Block of West Broad Street, Franklinton.  Saturday, June 12, 4pm-9pm.  Live Music (organized by Columbus Music Coop), Beer Cart (courtesy of Magic Hat Brewery) and three gallery spaces.

  9. gmcsoccer
    gmcsoccer May 7, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm

    i love the summer…jazz and ribs really makes it for me

  10. kcrissinger May 7, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm

    What about the Hilltop Bean Dinner?  It is 6/26 at Westgate park.

  11. Mary Moon May 8, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am

    I can think of a couple more.

    37th Westerville Music and Arts Festival
    July 10 and 11

    Lazy Days of Summer Festival
    July 24

  12. Mary Moon May 8, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am

    The Eco-Chic was really fun last year.I’m really looking forward to another great weekend :o)
    Also, I thought of another one.
    The Delaware Arts Festival
    May 15 and 16

  13. JimSweeney
    JimSweeney May 8, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am

    Urban Scrawl?

  14. Walker Evans
    Walker May 8, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm

    I left Urban Scrawl off because I couldn’t find a date anywhere for 2010. Update that website! http://www.franklintonartsdistrict.org

  15. lilbit
    lilbit May 8, 2010 1:18 pm at 1:18 pm

    The list keeps growing….

    African Village Arts Festival August 21st

    Canal Winchester Blues & RibsFest August 6-7

  16. somertimeoh
    somertimeoh May 9, 2010 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm

    Urban Scrawl is August 28th.

  17. RestaurantFan May 10, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am

    The 8th Annual Columbus Food & Wine Affair featuring over 300 international wines and 40 great restaurants will be held on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Franklin Park Conservatory.  This event benefits several community charities and provides scholarships for culinary and restaurant management students through the Central Ohio Restaurant Association Foundation.  http://www.foodandwineaffair.com

  18. bethgoose May 10, 2010 6:25 pm at 6:25 pm

    Geekfest @Wild Goose June 17, 18, 19
    BaconCamp Sept. 4
    Columbus Comedy Festival Sept 16, 17, 18

    This list makes me love CBus even more! Thanks, Walker!

  19. lemond May 11, 2010 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm

    Celebrate the Arts at the 44th Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, central Ohio’s one-day blind juried arts festival on Labor Day Monday September 6, 2010. The festival showcases 200 fine art and fine craft artists, music and dance, hands-on art activities for all ages, refreshments and more in a free alfresco interactive art space. Presented by the City of Upper Arlington’s Cultural Arts Division and Farmers Citizens Bank, this free temporary alfresco gallery and interactive art space is held in Northam Park, 2070 Northam Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  20. vespamary
    vespamary May 11, 2010 2:40 pm at 2:40 pm

    Grillmasters Festival
    North Market
    May 29-30

  21. Walker Evans
    Walker May 12, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am

    Thanks for the additions everyone! Keep em coming and we’ll keep adding them up top! :D

  22. Columbus Music Co-op
    Columbus Music Co-op May 12, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am

    Yay summer festival season!

    And just to clarify, the Columbus Music Co-op is not involved with Go West….however, we are very excited to be partners for Urban Scrawl. We <3 Franklinton!

  23. CDS sherman
    CDS sherman May 12, 2010 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm

    i wish i could update the website….. i guess i need to make a new one. go daddy wont let me log in anymore.

  24. BpG
    BpG May 12, 2010 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm

    This is relevant to my interests.

  25. somertimeoh
    somertimeoh May 13, 2010 3:29 pm at 3:29 pm

    I wish there was a way to make a “sticky” of this.  It’s going to drop off soon and I’ll forget it exists.  Columbus events gCal anyone?!?  I know the idea was being tossed around of a “big picture” calendar.  I’d love if it could actually get done and stay updated.  That would be great for event planning AND attendance.

  26. Walker Evans
    Walker May 13, 2010 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm

    You can always bookmark it. ;)

  27. lilbit
    lilbit May 13, 2010 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm

    Experience Columbus has an events calendar that is searchable by category (and “Festivals” is a category.)

  28. Schoolboy
    Schoolboy May 14, 2010 1:04 am at 1:04 am

    Great list!

    I keep hearing rumors of some music festival happening on or around June 5th that’s reggea and hip hop related.  If I get the in stone proof I’ll post something. 

  29. EdWedig May 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am

    You may want to include Origins Game Fair, June 23rd-27th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  It brings in 15,000-20,000 people, with tons of games and events for everyone.  originsgamefair.com

  30. rhoke39
    rhoke39 May 17, 2010 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm

    Could you also add “Asparafest!” ?
    June 6


    Thanks Walker!

  31. BpG
    BpG May 20, 2010 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm

    So how about the websites with no facebook links get with the times?

    Thanks K Bai

  32. bethgoose May 21, 2010 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm

    Asparafest!: The Event. The Film. The Food. by Wild Goose Creative! June 6 at 5PM

  33. Walker Evans
    Walker May 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am

    Added Origins and Asparafest! :D

  34. JT5284 May 23, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am

    the fairfield county fair is the best in the state, great food variety, games and animals.  it runs from October 10-16

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