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Ultimate Guide to All The Festivals in Columbus and Central Ohio in 2018

Anne Evans Anne Evans Ultimate Guide to All The Festivals in Columbus and Central Ohio in 2018It's festival season! Thanks to The City of Upper Arlington for presenting this year's festivals list. Photo by Anne Evans.
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Festival season is once again upon us! We have an ultimate list of all of the best festivals in Columbus Ohio, and festivals in Central Ohio! Food festivals, music festivals, free outdoor fun activities, and more! Lists of the home tours in Columbus, fairs, shopping events, and other fun things to do during the summer. Below is a list of festivals beginning now and running through December 2018. The 2018 Columbus Underground Festival List is presented by the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, happening on Monday, September 3, 2018.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Thanks to the Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival for presenting the 2018 Columbus Underground Festival List.

New festivals this year include: the Italian Heritage Summer Festival in Dublin, a spring/summer version of the Country Living Fair, the first ever Ohio Fairy Gardening Festival being held in Perry, Ohio (worth the drive!), the first Oddities & Curiosities Expo will be held in May, the 2×2 Hip-Hop Festival moves locations and adds Brews over Beats in May. Fore!Fest is coming back this year in May and will be at Bridge Park. A new series of Community Pride events is starting this year. The Lights Fest sets up close to Columbus. Kale & Ale Festival comes to Columbus in June (update, this has been cancelled). The John Glenn Astronomy Park officially opens in June. INKcarceration, a new summer festival combining non-stop live music with tattoos is in July, happening at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Also welcome to the first year of What? Music and Arts Festival. Picktown Palooza replaced the Pickerington Violet Festival. Holler comes back as a festival in August. A wine festival comes to Columbus Commons in August. Frontstage Fest is happening in August at the Big Room Bar. Huntington Garden in Schiller Park celebrates 25 years. Art for Life returns in September. The New Albany Classic hung up its helmet and will no longer be happening.

Get out your calendar and start filling it in! Just want music festivals? Check out our event calendar section. If you know of a festival that should be included, comment and let me know and it will be added. This should be a great start to help get your weekends full of fun events all summer long. Enjoy!

Columbus PRIDE Festival

Columbus PRIDE Festival — June 15, 16, 17. Photo by Matt Ellis.

JUNE

Comfest

Comfest — June 22, 23, 24 — Photo by Amy Caicos.

JULY

The Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival hosts 25,000 visitors participating in interactive performances and activities, purchasing art from more than 100 artists working in a wide range of media and enjoying refreshments from a variety of vendors. And it all happens because of our great volunteers! 2018 marks the 52nd Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival as well as the Centennial Celebration for the City of Upper Arlington. Visit uaoh.net for more information.

Thank you to The City of Upper Arlington for sponsoring the 2018 Columbus Underground Festivals List!

 

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The Doo Dah Parade brings the fun, Monday July 4th in the Short North. Photo by Matt Ellis.

AUGUST

Urban Scrawl

Urban Scrawl — August 25 and 26 — Photo by Walker Evans.

SEPTEMBER

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CoffeeFest returns to Ohio Village September 30. Photo by Lily Dent.

OCTOBER

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HighBall — October 26 and 27 — Photo by Matt Ellis.

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Circleville Pumpkin Show

The Circleville Pumpkin Show takes place October 17 through 20, 2018.

House and Garden Tours

Urban Living Tour

Urban Living Tour — May 6 — Photo by Mollie Lyman.

Local Food Festivals

Every effort has been made to ensure dates are correct, however: Please note, dates are subject to change.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts FestivalThe Columbus Underground 2018 Columbus Festival List is presented by The Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. The Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival hosts 25,000 visitors participating in interactive performances and activities, purchasing art from more than 100 artists working in a wide range of media and enjoying refreshments from a variety of vendors. And it all happens because of our great volunteers! 2018 marks the 52nd Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival as well as the Centennial Celebration for the City of Upper Arlington. Visit uaoh.net for more information.

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