Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…8/30-9/2

Labor Day is among us and so is the fun!  And I’ll be over here crying, my baby turns 1!  But we’ll have lots of ways to celebrate and explore. 

🎈Obetz Zucchinifest


2050 Recreation Trail , Obetz

The Obetz Zucchinifest is a FREE, four-day, family festival held at Fortress Obetz during Labor Day weekend. It is a great end of summer tradition for the community. 

The festival offers live entertainment on multiple stages, rides, games, and a variety of food and craft vendors. Guests can watch the pageant, parade, or browse the classic cars at the Car and Motorcycle Show. 

Enjoy a Zucchini beer brewed by North High Brewing Co. while listening to the five National acts on the Main Stage. The line-up this year includes Warrant (8/30), Scotty McCreery(8/31), RaeLynn(8/31), Spin Doctors(9/1), and Smash Mouth(9/1). Local artists will perform on “Your Stage” at various times throughout the weekend. All concerts are FREE! 

Monday is Kids Day featuring the Cincinnati Circus Company, COSI, and the Columbus Zoo. The midway has plenty of rides and games for kids of all ages. 

Start growing your award-winning zucchini soon so you can participate in the zucchini judging. Prizes are awarded for biggest zucchini; smallest zucchini; most unusual; and best dressed.

OBETZZUCCHINIFEST.COM— Any information or registrations you might need are available on our website. Follow us on social media @Zucchinifest for the most up to date information. 

🐮Young’s Labor Day Family Value Weekend

6880 Springfield Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs

Take advantage of a special Family Value wristband good for all day, unlimited family fun at Young’s Jersey Dairy.

Play Udders & Putters miniature golf, batting cages, driving range, Moovers & Shakers, Cowvin’s Fast Slide, Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral, Cowvin’s Corny Maze, and Wagon Ride on the Farm.

Each wristband is good for all day fun on the date purchased. Cost is $15 (ages 12 & over) $9 (ages 11 & under). Wristbands can be purchased at The Dairy Store, The Golden Jersey Inn, The Marketplace, Udders and Putters, Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral, Cowvin’s Fast Slide and Cowvin’s Corny Bin.

Young’s is open regular hours through the holiday.

👧🏻Tots on the Trails @ Blacklick Metro Park

8/30, 10 AM

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Share a slow-paced half-mile walk with your toddler and discover nature together. Ages 1-4. Meet at Nature Center.

🌽73rd Millersport Sweet Corn Festival Day

8/30and 8/31

2900 Chautauqua Blvd, Millersport

he spotlight feature is all the hot butter sweet corn you can eat. We have over 70 non-profit food and game vendors representating Central Ohio’s finest civic, school, athletic, social and church organizations.

💃🏻An Evening of Dance with BalletMet

8/30, 6-10:30 PM

233 South Civic Center Drive

Jointhe Columbus Recreation and Parks Department downtown for a night on the Scioto Mile with featuring an exquisite dance performance under the stars by BalletMet featuring a selection of works to preview our exciting 19/20 season. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of this annual partnership between Columbus Recreation and Parks and BalletMet. 

Since 1978, BalletMet has brought incredible dance to theatres, studios and classrooms in Central Ohio and beyond. Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, BalletMet boasts a black box theatre performance space, seven dance studios, administrative offices and costume and scene shops. 

Every year, BalletMet inspires nearly 125,000 audience members through local performances at home, touring shows, academy classes and extensive outreach. BalletMet maintains its commitment to the creation of new work and the re-staging of contemporary masterworks with the goal of ceaselessly stimulating and inspiring audiences, time and time again. BalletMet also operates a dance academy impacting more than 1,500 students each year. Classes offered include ballet, tap, modern and lyrical dance and are designed for all levels of experience — from the avid dance lover to the aspiring professional. In addition to performances and education, BalletMet impacts the community through free open rehearsals, scholarships and more.

🔥Campfire & S’mores @ Homestead Park

8/30, 7-8 PM

4675 Cosgray Rd, Hilliard

Enjoy making s’mores around the campfire or bring your own food to cook. Meet at the Nature Center.

🎈St Michael Festival 2019


5750 N High St, Worthington

The St. Michael Festival is held every Labor Day weekend on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Over 10,000 people attend our 3 day festival with over 50 attractions, live music, silent auction, a casino, kiddy land, carnival rides, bake sale, garage sale, & more!

Admission to the festival and live entertainment is FREE.  Parking is free on the streets surrounding the church.  

All proceeds from this event will support St. Michael Church and its many organizations and outreach programs.   St. Michael’s St. Vincent de Paul Society currently serves as a main food pantry for Worthington and surrounding communities.  This ministry includes the collection and distribution of food and clothing both locally and across southern Ohio.  It offers aid to victims of disasters, and collects/distributes food baskets and Christmas presents to needy families around the community over the holiday season.

🕊Summer Bird Walks @ Emily Traphagen Park

8/31, 8-11 AM

5094 Seldom Seen Rd, Powell

See what birds are flitting about in the parks this summer during walks with a staff member. All skill levels welcome; loaner binoculars will be available. Ages 7+

🌞Weekend Wakeup! @ Two.fifty.four

8/31, 10 AM-12 PM

254 Agler Road, Gahanna

Start the weekend with Friends, Food, and Fun!  Bring your 3rd – 8th Graders to two.fifty.four on Saturday mornings.  We have snacks, games, movies, cartoons, video games, and more!  The kids can hang out here, while parents can run errands, have coffee with a friend, go to the gym, or go back to bed!  Kick off the weekend with us!

🐛Monarch Days @ Blendon Woods

8/31and 9/1, 10 AM-2 PM

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Join us for a celebration of butterflies! We will have games, crafts, activities and even a puppet show! Meet at the Nature Center. All ages.

🎈Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival @ Historic Downtown Canal Winchester


The annual Labor Day Festival is Canal Winchester’s largest and longest running event. What began in 1920 as a small gathering called the Fall Festival, has grown into a local tradition that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. 


SATURDAY, August 31- Noon to 11pm

SUNDAY, September 1 – 10:30am to 11pm

MONDAY, September 2 – 10:30am to 6pm

The festival offers something for everyone!

– Live Music

– Farmers’ Market (Saturday 10am to 2pm)

– Car Show (Sunday 10am to 4pm)

– Quilt Show (All 3 days Noon to 5pm)

– Rides & Games (Midway opens at Nooneach day)

– Karaoke Contest (Prelim Saturday, Finals Monday)

– Food & Drinks

– Beer Pavilion (Opens at 3pm on Saturday& Sunday.  Opens at 2pm on Monday)

– Zoo Animals (Saturday & Sunday from 1pm to 2pm)

– COSI Science Spots (Saturday & Sunday from 3pm to 7pm)

– Lemonade Social (Saturday Noon to 2pm)

– Ice Cream Social (Sunday 2pm to 4pm)

– Labor Day Parade (Monday 1pm)

And so much more!

*Festival is a free event & on Saturday “kids ride free” (courtesy of Jeff Wyler Chevrolet) from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.

🛍The Grandview Hop powered by ScriptDrop – August 2019

8/31, 5-9 PM

Grandview Avenue’s summertime sidewalk market and outdoor block party celebrates all things local on the last Saturday of the month from June-September! More than 4,000 attendees join us during each event – which are all free to attend and open to all ages.

The Hop takes place along Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the last Saturday of each month during the summer. The block party portion takes place in the street (we close down Grandview Avenue from 1st Avenue to Thread)!

Mark your calendar to join us:

• Saturday, August 31, 2019

• Saturday, September 28, 2019

What is The Grandview Hop? A half-mile stretch of Grandview Avenue buzzing with live music, local shopping, awesome art, delicious food & food trucks, a pop-up beer garden, and fun activities for all to enjoy from 5:00PM – 9:00PM on the last Saturday of the month in June, July, August, and September.

Stop into the independently-owned Grandview Avenue shops and explore the eclectic array of nearly 100 sidewalk merchants while taking in the sights and sounds! You’ll find unexpected gifts like hand-crafted clothing and jewelry, handmade paper and leather goods, savory foods, funky accessories, home decor, and art galore.

Our Endeavor BrewingPop-up Beer Garden for Charity powered by M/I Homes, Inc.will return as part of the Outdoor Block Party. 100% of beer sales will be donated to charity!

Charity Beneficiary for August: Columbus Inspires

Live Music & Entertainment:

🎵Spencer Research Lot: Victorious KayBirds (5-7PM), Betty Bangs(7-9PM), with pop-up performances by Seven StudiosFred Astaire Dance Studio Columbus Northwest, and Capital Canine

🎸Across from Haines Ave: Jenny Flory(5-9PM)

🎤In front of Green Floral Studio (1397 Grandview Ave): KaTanya Ingram(5-9PM)

🎨In front of  Sorrell & Company: Ice Sculpture Carving by Sculptdecor

👪Kids Activities Area: Live art painting by AJ Heckman, Activity Books/Puzzles & Giveaways from Primrose School of GrandviewThe Artmobile, Silent Disco for Kids (powered by Grandview Parks & Recreation), Kids Enterprise Alley (powered by Columbus Inspires)

Participating Food Trucks:

Aloha Aina ColumbusBarroluco Argentine Comfort FoodCousins Maine LobsterErin’s LunchboxFetty’s Street FoodGiant Eagle Market DistrictHai PokéLittle Ladies Soft ServePhilly BusterPitabilities, Two Fatt Indians

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🐶Best Paw Forward Adoption Event @ Pizzuro Park

8/31, 11 AM-3 PM

Come one, come all, to the 2nd Annual Best Paw Forward Adoption Event presented by Pet Supplies Plus and City of Gahanna Parks and Recreation! 🐾🏠💚

We’re partnering with several local non-profit shelters in the hopes of pairing as many animals as we can with their forever families: 

– Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio

– Angels Assisting Felines

– Colony Cats (& dogs)

– Humane Society of Morrow County

– Mastiffs to Mutts Rescue

– Purebred Rescue Organization of Ohio, Inc.

– Kayla’s Kitties

– Rene’s Rescues

– Grateful Acres Pets Sanctuary & Adoption

– Every Pet Needs A Home – Not For Profit

– Guardians for the Animals of Ohio Rescue

– Trendies

– Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center

– Doberman Underground

– Homeless to Home Animal Rescue & Cat Sanctuary

We can’t wait to see all our neighbors there! 

*All accompanying pets must be leashed and comfortable being around other animals.*

🌩Storms @Shale Hollow

8/31, 12-4 PM

6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center

Stop by and discover the science behind storms! COSI (Columbus Center of Science and Industry) will visit from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, with – among other things – a 5-foot-tall wind tube! Free, all ages.

🚐For Families: Tram Ride @ Highbanks Metro Park

8/31, 2-3 PM

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Learn about animals as we zoom around the park on the tram. Tram ride lasts 30 minutes. Free tram tickets will be handed out 15 minutes prior to the start of the tram ride at Big Meadows. Follow road signs to the second parking lot on the right side in Big Meadows Picnic Area. Tram holds 40 people. In case of large crowds, we will be offering additional tram rides. 

Meet in Big Meadows Picnic Area. Please call the Nature Center if you have questions: (614) 846-9962.

👍🏻All In a Day’s Work @ Slate Run Historical Farm

9/1, 1-3 PM

1375 SR 674 N Canal Winchester

See a display about 19th century occupations and the history of Labor Day.

🖌Open House @ Picassos

9/1, 2-4 PM

1974 Mallway Dr. Upper Arlington

We are having an open house event for everyone to get to know the new owner, Eric Ralph, and for Eric to get to know everyone in the amazing Picassos community! Drop by whenever you are able from 2-4. We will have light refreshments, a photo booth, and of course art!

🎈Labor Day Block Party in Bexley

9/1, 3-10:30 PM

The Labor Day Block Party is going to be bigger than ever this year! The Bexley Recreation & Parks Department & Bexley Celebrations & Events has put together an all-day extravaganza with activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Activities Schedule

3:00 – 6:30 pm- Touch-A-Truck, Inflatables, Rock Wall, & High Ropes

3:30 – 4:30 pm- Bexley Meadow Concert Band Begins

4:00 – 8:00 pm- Food

4:00 pm- Treasure Hunt @ Pool, Pickleball Tournament

4:15 pm- Big/Little Splash Contests* @ Pool

4:30 pm- Rock Wall Races*

4:30 – 6:15- Music from The British Invasion

5:00 pm- Egg Drop*

6:00 pm- Kayak Races* @ Pool

6:30 – 8:00- Bexley’s Got Talent

8:15 – 10:30- Star Wars – The Last Jedi

*Prizes will be included for these activities (1st/2nd Place)

The Bexley Pool will have free admission* from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm!

* Pool admission is free, but is still limited to members, Bexley residents, guests of residents, and non-resident members.

🎭Free Shadowbox Live Performance – Front Street Funk

9/1, 6-10 PM

160 S High St, Columbus

Come on down and catch a FREE Shadowbox Live performance presented by AEP Ohioon Sunday, September 1at Columbus Commons. Starting at 6:00 PM, grab dinner at a food truck, a drink at the bar, and then settle down for the performance. Music will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.

No tickets are required for this event.

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at this event, but please leave coolers at home. 

Easy and convenient parking is available just south of the park at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Streetor the Underground Garage at 191 S Third Street. Pre-pay now and reserve your spot at

🖌Labor Day Arts Festival @ Northam Road Park

9/2, 10 AM-4 PM

2070 Northam Rd, Upper Arlington

Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the 53rd Labor Day Arts Festival showcases the works of local, regional and national artists working in a variety of media. In addition to the visual art, enjoy two performance stages, an art activities area and a variety of food trucks.

Performance Lineup:


NACHO Street Band 

Clemens & Co.  

The Majestics 

Andy Shaw Band 


UA Marching Band          

Barrington Taiko Group 

Richens Timm Academy 

K Studio

Bartelt Dancers

🔎Labor Day Scavenger Hunt @ Sharon Woods Metro Park

9/2, 10 AM-2 PM

6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

Stop by the Naturalist Office to pick up a scavenger hunt, and then return your completed sheet for a prize!

🎈Labor Day Weekend Sale & Block Party Celebration @ Tanger Outlets

9/2, 11 AM-4 PM

400 S Wilson Rd, Sunbury

Root for the home team and score major league deals for the entire family! Bring your favorite people along to enjoy #1 brands and FREE family fun all in one place!

Saturday, August 31stand Sunday, September 1st from 11 AM – 4 PM: Food Trucks

Enjoy some of the area’s best food trucks located by Nike.

Monday, September 2nd from 11 AM – 4 PM: FREE Fun & Food Trucks

Experience the fun with food trucks, music, lawn games, face painting, balloon art and be sure to snap a photo in our Game Day Photo Booth! 

TANGERCLUB VIP PERK:  Members check-in at the Tanger Tent for your FREE Tanger Sport Sack. One per member, while supplies last. Not a member?  JOIN NOW!

🐛Monarch Monday @ Blendon Woods

9/2, 2-3:30 PM

4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Learn about monarch butterflies and the epic journey they make. Meet at the Nature Center. All ages. 

🐢For Families-Go Creeking @Highbanks Metro Park

9/2, 2-3 PM

9466 Columbus Pile, Lewis Center

Kids should wear closed toed shoes for going into the creek/river. No flip-flops or crocs. Old tennis shoes tend to work well.  Rain boots are okay, just be aware there are deeper puddles in the creek where water may overflow the top of the rain boot.

Kids should bring a complete change of clothes to change into after the creek portion of the program, including dry shoes. Towels are encouraged to help dry off after the creek portion.

Insect repellent is encouraged. Please put on insect repellent prior to coming to the park. Due to wind, applying bug spray near shelters or playgrounds can cause spray to accidentally drift into others eyes.

📍Please note-information is provided as listed in events, if a change is created, these may effect what was provided. I do my best to supply information as available.

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