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Mega Weekend – The Best Music and Food Festivals, Farmers Markets, and More!

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Mega Weekend – The Best Music and Food Festivals, Farmers Markets, and More!Whether you're headed out for a 10K this weekend, or looking to spend time indoors, there's something for everyone in this week's Mega Weekend!
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There’s no two ways around it; this weekend is absolutely packed with options. Whether you’re interested in cooking classes, sporting events, gaming, family activities, or a great concert, there are definitely more than enough choices! Don’t forget to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Gin Blossoms, Matisyahu and Stephen Marley, or a pair of 3-day passes to Breakaway Music Festival!

Local restaurants like Balboa and businesses like Candle Lab are teaming up with the Grandview Heights Public Library for the fifth annual Grandview Chocolate Walk. Don’t miss out! (Photo courtesy of Balboa.)

Thursday, May 31: 

Start your weekend on a high note at this special Intro to Aerial Workshop. Then, don’t miss Brewsic: Beer + Music! Try your hand at this great Handmade Pasta Workshop. Have you visited Inherent Structure at the Wexner Center for the Arts yet? What could be better than the 5th Annual Grandview Chocolate Walk? (Not much.) Have you visited the Brewery District Hop? Experience Kimbra at A&R Music Bar. Gamers, grab your dice pool and head to the Guardtower for Dice Masters Open Play. Don’t miss Jake Iannerino at the Columbus FunnyBone! Head to Leon’s Garage for live, acoustic music courtesy of Ryan Smith. Learn how to use herbs and essential oils for children’s wellness needs at Preserve on Calumet. Have you seen Aspects of Love onstage yet? Time for Name That Tune Trivia, plus it’s time for another Not So Late Show! Ready for more trivia? Check out Trivia Night at World of Beer. Don’t miss the MidWest premiere of Electricity with Evolution Theatre Company. You still have time to see An Octoroon with Available Light Theatre, but don’t miss it this weekend! See what Columbus Dance Theatre has in store for their 20th Anniversary.

Have you visited Franklin Park Conservatory’s brand new Children’s Garden? Check it out!

Friday, June 1: 

Refresh your perspective before the weekend at Fitness Yoga on the Square at Easton. Ready to take a break? Try camping with 19 bands and a whole lot of beer at Camp Punk in Drublic Fest. Step up to any task and try Adulting with Yelp. You never know what you might find at the Ohio Craft Museum’s Ongoing Silent Auction. Don’t miss Gahanna’s Story Trail Opening this weekend! PS: Have you visited the Franklin Park Conservatory’s brand new Children’s Garden? Catch Incubus at Express Live! Check out this workshop about Qi Gong methods at Body Wisdom. Love beer? Stop by this New Belgium Sour Tasting. Live music and wine will be flowing at Fabulous Fridays with Live Music by Annie Hawe. Acclaimed comedian Michael Blackson is lighting up the FunnyBone stage this weekend. Get some thrills at Evil Dead the Musical. Raise money for a great cause at the 5th Annual F#ck Cancer Cabaret. Headed out for dinner in Grandview? Why not support local artists and stop by this jewelry exhibit at The Smithery? Don’t miss Diane Krall live at the Ohio Theatre. Life can be funny, so share your story at the Awesome Comedy Open Mic.

Don’t miss the Ukrainian National Ballet’s touring production of ‘Don Quixote’ this weekend only!

Saturday, June 2: 

Walk or run for a great cause at the BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk. Knitters and crafters, don’t miss the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair. Beat the heat and head out early to a farmers’ market near your neighborhood like the Westgate Farmers Market, the Clintonville Farmers’ Market, or mix it up and check out the Hubbard Bazaar during the Short North Yard Sale! Learn more about the architecture of your very own home at the Old House Porch Workshop. Bring the whole family to the main library for the Summer Reading Club Kickoff, and be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Learn about Downtown’s art and architecture on this CityWalks Columbus Tour. Ride with Pride for this Poker Run! All ages are welcome to learn the art of origami in two unique classes with local artist Yasue Sakaoka. Don’t miss the African American Cultural Festival! Learn more about great, local craft beer on the Downtown Brewery Tour! Jeni’s Ice Cream and Land Grant Brewing are teaming up this weekend for a special Strawberry Jam music mini-festival. Stop by Blockfort for Alley Islands 2018! Stop by Easton’s Frog Fountain for caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists and more. Learn a few basics at Mark My Words: Songwriting Essentials. It’s back! It’s time for the 2nd Annual Summer614 at the Columbus Commons. Foodies and beer enthusiasts, don’t miss the BYOB BBQ & Brewery Hop. Enjoy the music with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. Experience the magic of the Ukrainian National Ballet’s Don Quixote, or cheer on the Columbus Crew! Why not stop by the King Arts Complex for Another Intelligent Black Man- Stageplay? It’s time for another Heatwave!

Step off terra firma this weekend and get into the water to build new skills and have fun! Check out the water sports options below!













Sunday, June 3:

Get out of the house with the whole family for the 16-Bit Bar+Arcade‎: Shorty Summer Vacation (kids welcome)! Don’t miss the next Columbus Cityscape Block of the Month Quilt at Dabble & Stitch. Find something great and shop for a cause at the Youth to Youth Garage Sale Fundraiser. Check out this artist reception: Luke Achterberg’s  Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Sherrie Gallerie. Don’t miss your chance to run a 10k through the heart of Columbus with the 2018 HOKA ONE ONE Columbus 10K! Level up your Kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboard skills. Learn how to help in a crisis at this Mental Health First Aid course. Join Paradise Garage in the Ride for Pride! Don’t miss the Bexley Women’s Club’s annual Club House & Garden Tour. Check out the unique artistry of the MidWest Miniature Showcase. TableTop Game Cafe is the perfect place to discuss, brainstorm, and refine your writing and game design concepts. Stop by their bi-weekly Game Design Meet Up! Find the perfect (furry) best friend at Mingle with our Mutts. Meet local artists and artisans at the Ohio Explored Summer Maker Mart at Strongwater. Root down and branch out at Peace, Pitch, & Release WITH Bumble Bizz. Where better to experience the newest in the Star Wars series than the Solo & Bells’ Brewing Beer Tasting? Or check out the Evil Twin Tasting at Crafted Drafts Hilliard. Families can enjoy music from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked all in one place at the We’re Off to See the Wizard concert! Enjoy live music with craft beer with Ryan Smith at DogTap Columbus.

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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