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Mega Weekend – Local Festivals, Pride Celebrations, Father’s Day, and More!

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Mega Weekend – Local Festivals, Pride Celebrations, Father’s Day, and More!This weekend, join the Columbus LGBTQ+ community in celebrating Pride with a variety of parties, fundraisers, parades, and special events.
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Whether you’re looking for a music festival close to Columbus, an occasion to try local beers, or you’re celebrating Pride this weekend (or all three!) we’ve got you covered. Plus, there are plenty of options all weekend to celebrate Father’s Day! Don’t forget to enter to win a pair of 3-day passes to Breakaway Music Festival, and Vote for the Best Iced Coffee in Columbus to win free iced coffee for the summer!

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Head to Logan, Ohio this weekend for the Washboard Music Festival! (Photo courtesy of Washboard Music Festival event listing.)

Thursday, June 14:

Ready to get out of town for a bit? Check out the Logan, Ohio Washboard Music Festival. Have you ever tried an Aerial Hoop class? Embrace the nostalgia, and go see the original Jumanji (1995) at the From Book to Film series at the Gateway Film Center. Tonight, the March To End Family Separation takes off from Goodale Park. Don’t miss Addison Agen at Express Live! There’s another Adulting with Yelp class tonight; check it out! Everyone deserves a safe place for conversation. Narcotics Anonymous will host additional meetings during Pride. Stay engaged and take part in this Public Meeting regarding Columbus City Schools 2018 Facilities Task Force. Stop by the Creative Art Bar for this DIY Macrame Hanger workshop. Have a beer and support the Rainbow Pride Benefit for HRC at St. James Tavern. Head over to the Two Dollar Radio Headquarters for the JD Wilkes Author Performance. Bring your gardening questions to experts at the Ohio Herb Education Center. Head to the Juniper Rooftop for this 1920s themed Gatsby Getaway party. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to this Pottery Open Studio. Don’t miss comedian David Koechner at the Columbus Funny Bone. Check out the Found Footage Festival! Celebrate life and its many ups and downs at F*** Cancer: The Musical at Shadowbox Live. Tantrum Theatre’s production of The Cake takes a social issue happening in America today and examines it through performance. Check it out! Don’t miss the Douglas Quartet on Tour! Experience Doctor Show’s Flag Day Spooktacular.

Kick off your weekend with a special Pride celebration and fundraiser for Kaleidoscope Youth Center at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing! (Photo courtesy of Wolf’s Ridge)

Friday, June 15:

Don’t miss the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade! Head to Hocking Hills for The 2018 Duck Creek Log Jam two-day festival! Every Friday, you’ve got the chance to wind down at Fitness Yoga on the Square at Easton. Dig in to your creative self with CreativeMornings Columbus; this week’s theme is craft! Find the best home decor at the Spring Country Living Fair this weekend. Friday mornings just got a lot more fun with the Commons for Kids summer activities series. Headed up to Polaris? You can check out this family-friendly series while you shop. Why not enjoy live, local theatre during your Friday lunch break with The Lunchbox Sketch Comedy? Land Grant Brewing is inviting guests to cheer for their team at the Watch Party: Portugal vs. Spain. What better way to welcome the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence than with this Big LGBTQ Dance Party? Everyone loves a good dance party. Speaking of Pride, kick off your Pride weekend with this great fundraiser at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. Don’t miss Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, this weekend! Enjoy great wine and works by local artists at the Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival, or grab a glass of vino and a bite at Food Truck Friday at Wyandott Winery. Catch Walk The Moon tonight only Express Live! Sour beer lovers rejoice, and head to this Boon Sour Tasting. Celebrate Pride with this great evening run; Jaeger Run for Pride 5K. Don’t miss Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Cheer on the Columbus Clippers as they take on the Indianapolis Indians! Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Weekend this weekend! Enjoy local wine and live music with Fabulous Fridays, Live Music by Gary and Linda Sclafani. Experience a live script reading by local writer Miles Davis at Dreaming Ansible Radio Party. Relax and enjoy a scenic Sunset Kayak Paddle. Friday night is perfect for catching a performance of Aspects of Love, or Madlab’s FFN Show! You definitely do not want to miss Damn Girl! It’s Pride! Be sure to check the calendar for more Friday events, this Friday is packed!

Don’t miss Grandview Digfest this weekend! (Photo courtesy of Grandview Digfest, photographer: David Heasley.)

Saturday, June 16:

Grab a bite and take home something fresh from the Westgate, Westerville, or  Clintonville Farmers Markets! Try out a kayak at this special Jackson Kayak Demo. Head to the Eastmoor Neighborhood Yard Sale. Disney lovers of all ages are welcome at the Dine Like a Descendant Pancake Breakfast. How about a whole festival for kids? All are welcome and accepted at the Community Pride Festival 2018: Back to Our Roots! Join in the First TASTE of the People in support of the Linden area neighborhoods. It’s back! Don’t miss Grandview Digfest this weekend! Check out the action at Columbus Eagles present Save The Crew Night. Did you know Kenny Chesney will be playing live at Mapfre Stadium? Have a blast and Skate It Forward. Head to the Barnett Community Center for the Cap City Nights Festivals. Don’t miss Shane Weisman Live at the Columbus Zoo for Zoofari,  or check out Jake Paul at Express Live. Check out a great lineup of local writers and poets at Seventh Draft Open Mic And Poetry Slam. Grab a great seat at the Columbus Commons for Picnic With The Pops: Little River Band. Celebrate Pride at the Pride Aerial and Pole Show.

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Why not stop by Goodale Park this Sunday for Goods on Goodale? Bring Dad, too! (Photo courtesy of Goods on Goodale event listing.)

Sunday, June 17:

It’s Father’s Day! Enjoy a Paddle in the City. Root down and explore your yoga practice at this Open Studio. Head to TableTop Game Cafe for another Game Design Meet Up. Don’t miss this week’s Brewga! Shop for art and more at Goods on Goodale. Find a great furry friend at Mingle with our Mutts! Have you checked out Eugene’s Canteen and Nate’s Steamed Bagels? Take dad, then check out Father’s Day Sneak Peek of Bob Webb’s Show Room in Jerome Village. Of course, Father’s Day is the perfect time to stop by 16-Bit Bar+Arcade‎: Shorty Summer Vacation. Don’t miss Transviolet at The Basement. Take dad to see AL PARK at The Columbus FunnyBone! Artists, don’t miss out on applying for the Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show Call for Artist Entries. Bring dad on an art excursion at Disrupting the Narrative, the Take HEART exhibit, or walk through Blooms & Butterflies at The Franklin Park Conservatory.

There’s always more in the Events Calendar! If you have something you want to highlight, post it in the comments!

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