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The Weekend Lookout: 5 festivals to check out this weekend

The Weekend Lookout: 5 festivals to check out this weekend

Mitch Hooper

August is in full swing, and the festivals are coming out strong this weekend. From sunflowers in Utica to a parking lot party at Big Room Bar, there’s a festival for everyone. Which one are you going to?

Sunflower Festival @ Branstool Orchards | Wednesday to Saturday | $7.50—$10

If you’re looking to get out the city, but still enjoy a weekend festival, the Sunflower Festival in Utica is the place for you. Your purchased ticket can grant you access on a hay ride back to the sunflower fields where you’ll be able to cut and take home your own flowers.

All Ohio Balloon Festival @ The Union County Airport | Thursday to Saturday | $20 (weekend pass) + $5 parking

Starting on Thursday, you can stop out at the Union County Airport for hot air balloon rides for the All Ohio Balloon Festival. Additionally, the festival will feature live music across the three days as well as food vendors and activities for children.


Frontstage Fest @ Big Room Bar | Saturday | $12

It’s a parking lot party this Saturday at Big Room Bar as live and local acts are slated to perform from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with two different stages. The day kicks off with Girl Fox on the parking lot stage and closes out with Marcy May on the Big Room Stage.

Firey Food Festival @ The Columbus Commons | Saturday | $25

Calling all hot heads and spice lords! If you scoff at the heat of a habanero and think jalapeños are wimpy, this is the event for you. With 35 different vendors from hot sauce spots to kicked up tacos, the only thing we recommend you bring with you is some Pepto.

Festival Latino @ Genoa Park | Saturday and Sunday | Free

Festival season never ends in Columbus. This weekend Festival Latino returns to Genoa Park for two days where visitors can enjoy Latino music, cuisine, and culture. The event is free-to-attend, and loaded with activities for the little ones.


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