There has been so much going on in Columbus this summer that we had to write two segments just to cover it all (and we’ve barely even scratched the surface)! This is a good thing, though, as it stands as a testament to just how much there is to do in central Ohio. So let’s dig in, shall we? Read on to find out about some of the best events going on this summer.
Ohio Expo Center Sign
Ohio State Fair – July 24 -August 4
Attracting more than 840,000 people in 2012, the Ohio State Fair is recognized as one of the largest state fairs in the United States. This should come as no surprise considering how much there is to do during the two week-long event. Petting zoos, science exhibits, and music performances are just a few activities that await guests beyond the entrance gates. Besides, now that they’re back, where else can you go to satisfy your deep fried Twinkie cravings? The Ohio State Fair is going on now, so stop by and check it out before it ends on August 4!
Columbus Wine Festival, Presented By Giant Eagle – August 9, 10
If recent studies have taught event coordinators anything, it is that if there is wine, the people will come. Drinking over an astonishing 3.7 billion bottles of wine in the year 2011, the U.S. population continues its reign as the world’s largest consumers of wine. Clearly, the people behind the Columbus Wine Festival have been paying attention because the event, to be held at Franklin Park Conservatory, is expected to be one of the most attended functions of the year.
Festival Latino – August 10,11
Held at Genoa Park, Festival Latino takes place on the west bank of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Originally starting out as a five-hour event in 1996, Festival Latino has evolved into the largest Latin American event in Ohio. Thousands flock to the festival to experience Latin American culture through food, art, and music.
2013 Columbus Food Truck Festival – August 16, 17
Recent years have seen Columbus emerge as a food truck hub of sorts. Demand for the mobile eateries has proven to be so strong that this particular line of business is considered a formidable competitor to sit-down restaurants. That demand has led to the 2013 Columbus Food Truck Festival. Taking place at the Columbus Commons, attendees can expect to be treated to live music as they peruse through more than 40 food and beverage trucks. They say variety is the spice of life, so you can’t go wrong here if you’re looking to treat your taste buds to something new!
Farmers’ Festival – August 17
August 17 marks the 22nd anniversary of the North Market’s Farmers’ Festival. Using the peak growing season as a means to draw attention to locally-grown produce, the Farmer’s Festival serves as a shining example of the North Market’s efforts to support and drive local business. Live music, cooking demonstrations, and children’s activities make this outing fun for the entire family!
So there you have it! Which festivals are you looking forward to this summer? Are there any events that you feel should have made the cut? Let us know in the ‘comments’ section below!