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Big Fest Energy: 12 festivals happening in July

Mitch Hooper



In June, you survived ComFest and you marched proudly in the Pride Parade. Good for you! You definitely earned your June festival badge (*badges sold separately). But now it’s July, and it’s time for another go around in the city. With arts and music festivals in anywhere from Yellow Springs to the Hilltop, here’s what you can’t miss this month.

JULY 6-7: The 5th Annual Gnarbeque Music And Arts Festival | Woodland’s Backyard

In its fifth installment, the Gnarbeque Music and Arts Festival is bringing a wide collection of musicians, artists, and DJs, to Woodland’s Backyard. With CD102.5, Snarls, and many other local music favorites, this year promises to be the biggest yet.

JULY 6: Springfest 2019 | Yellow Springs

Just to the south of the city is Yellow Spring’s popular Springfest featuring national and regional music, an arts market, and local craft beer by the cupful. The family-friendly event is a great getaway for a day in the sun.

JULY 11 – AUGUST 15 21st: Annual Heritage Music Festival | Mayme Moore Park

The month of July kicks off The King Arts Complex’s Heritage Music Festival where Thursdays offer live music. The lineup will feature blends of different musical acts as well as feature acts like The Quan Howell Project.

JULY 12-14: GoodGuys PPG Nationals | The Ohio State Fairgrounds

The smell of race fuel and gasoline will fill the air at the Fairgrounds as the classic hot rods and vehicles roll in for the weekend. Check out some of the most eye-grabbing cars from across the country, meet their owners, and sit in on some of the events like time trial races.

JULY 12-13: North Market Ohio Wine Festival | The North Market

Featuring wines straight from Ohio, the North Market Ohio Wine Festival is your chance to sample your way through a variety of options. Your admission ticket gets your 10 wine tastings to start, but the real challenge will be figuring out if you should get 10 or 20 more sample tickets. And to balance out all that alcohol intake, the North Market merchants will be open until 9 p.m. during the two-day festival.


JULY 13: Summer Jam West: Peace Train | Westgate Park

This free and family-friendly arts festival in Hilltop is an all-day affair on Friday. Take your little ones to check out the professional chalk artists or let them run wild with chalk creations of their own. With local music and art installations being hung around throughout the community, this is a celebration of Hilltop.

JULY 13-14: Westerville Music & Arts Festival | Heritage Park

Step out of the city and into the suburbs as Westerville hosts its annual music and arts festival. The two-day festival features The Reaganomics on Friday as well as food and booze vendors and family-friendly activities.

JULY 19-22: Jazz and Rib Festival 2019 | The Scioto Mile

Back for another three days in the city is the Jazz And Rib Festival on The Scioto Mile where you can bask in the sounds of jazz, and the stains of barbeque sauce. Bring a lawn chair, extra napkins and towelettes, and maybe even a backup shirt. You can never be too safe!

JULY 20: Sommerfest (II) | Germania

Fröhlicher Sommer! That (should) say happy summer in German… don’t quote us on that, though. What you can quote us on is an abundance of German-themed treats at Sommerfest like big mugs of hefeweizen or the iconic cream puffs. And if you’re feeling competitive, try your luck in one of the Stein hoist competitions.

JULY 25-AUGUST 6: The Ohio State Fair | The Ohio State Fairgrounds

Deep fried everything, cows made of butter, and a star-studded lineup of entertainment: welcome to the State Fair! This year brings in comedian Gabriel Iglesias as well as country superstars Toby Keith and Hank William Jr., plus who doesn’t want to go check out all the cute barnyard animals?

JULY 27: What? Fest | Location: 400 West Rich

Of the summer festivals in July, What? Fest is perhaps the youngest with its humble beginnings just last year. The arts and music forward festival features an intimate setting at 400 West Rich along with several musical acts ranging from a variety of genres.

JULY 27: 2X2 Hip-Hop Festival | 3440 W Broad St.

This festival is for the hip-hop and rap heads living in Columbus. The 2X2 Hip- Hop Festival will feature rappers, graffiti artists, and plenty of food trucks. Whether you’re into breakdancing or MC battles, 2X2 will supply the heat.

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9 festivals for you to fall in love with this weekend

Mitch Hooper



Summer may be rounding out, but there are still so many ways to fest outside. From vintage good fairs to rock climbing at the Scioto Audubon, here are the festivals taking place this weekend in the city.

Sept. 12-15 | Scioto Fest | Scioto Audubon Metro Park

This four-day festival is for those with an affinity for the outdoors. Here, adrenaline junkies will find rock climbing and bouldering while land lovers can enjoy camping, music, and all the food offerings.

Sept. 12-14 | Creative Control Fest 8 | Lincoln Theatre

In its eighth year, the Creative Control Fest is back to raise up and celebrate creatives of color from around the midwest. Hang out and learn useful information at one of the many workshops, or get your mind right at one of the wellness activities designed for creatives from a variety of different industries.

Sept. 13-14 | 934 Fest 2019 | 934 Gallery

In a celebration of the art scene here in Columbus, 934 Gallery is opening its doors for two-days this weekend featuring art from Lucie Shearer and Andy Meyer. Additionally, the festival will play host to two music stages, a comedy stage, local artist vendors, food trucks, craft beer, and plenty of activities for your young Picasso.

Sept. 13-15 | Country Living Fair | Ohio Historical Village

Calling all flea market fans and garage sale experts, this is your chance to splurge! This three-day fair offers more than 200 vendors from across different states selling vintage and handcrafted goods as well as antiques. Stop by one of the how-to sessions, or simply fill up your Pinterest mood board with loads of ideas.

Sept. 13-14 | Columbus Caribbean Festival | The Scioto Mile

In its third year, the Columbus Caribbean Festival has returned to The Scioto Mile for two days of live music, delicious island-inspired food and drinks including Taste Of Kingston and The Gumbo Dude Food Truck, and a parade. The music lineup includes Pete Funk, BAND AMANIAUZURI, and The Flex Crew.

Sept. 13-15 | 2019 Grandview Oktoberfest | Hofbrauhaus Columbus (Grandview)

Another weekend in September, another chance to celebrate the German Oktoberfest! This time around it's at Hofbrauhaus where live entertainment will clash with German food and bier as well as activities for little ones. Friday will feature WCOL-FM from 6pm- 8pm, while Saturday will host a face painter and balloon artists from 2pm- 6pm. And if you couldn't make it to the face painter on Saturday, they will return on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm in addition to a magician.

Sept. 14 | Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival | Columbus Commons

From farm-to-table-to-festival, the Crafted Food, Beer & Music Festival brings nine different Columbus restaurants together to showcase their offerings. For $15, you can enjoy live music from George Barrie Band and The Floorwalkers, stuff your face, and know that you're doing some civic good as a portion of proceeds will benefit Freedom a la Cart, an organization providing paid workforce training and supportive services to survivors of human trafficking.

Sept. 14 | Oktoberfest Party | Wolf's Ridge Brewing

Wolf's Ridge is getting in on the Oktoberfest action and on Saturday you can find brats, spaetzle, and of course, WRB's very own Oktoberfest bier. If you really want to feel the Oktoberfest vibes, purchase a $14 stein and hoist it high!

Sept. 14 | Old Hilliardfest | Main St. in Old Hilliard

This street fair takes place in Old Hilliard where visitors can explore car shows and sunflower shows as well as all the fixings of most festivals: live music, food, and activities for kids at the kid's fair. Support local, and have fun while doing so!

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Let’s play FREE ball! Clippers weekend win means more dime-a-dogs

Mike Thomas



Over the weekend, our Columbus Clippers topped the Gwinnett Stripers to clinch the series, earning them a spot in the Governors' Cup Finals!

Games 1 and 2 of the Governors' Cup Finals best-of-5 series against the Durham Bulls will be played at Huntington Park on September 10 and September 11. Both games will start at 6:35pm, gates open at 5:30pm.

As if that weren't enough to entice you, all games in the first round will be dime-a-dog! 

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are FREE! They will be available beginning Monday at 10am via Ticketmaster (no fees!), by calling 614-462-2757, or by stopping by either our Administrative Offices from 10am-4pm or the CF Box Office on the corner of Neil and Nationwide from 10am-2pm.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of four per order. For more information including the complete playoff schedule, click here.
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Amazon Treasure Truck returns to Columbus this weekend with exclusive deals

Mike Thomas



Whether you missed out on the Prime Day deals, or simply want to keep the savings rolling, Amazon is offering a unique new way to score deals in Columbus. This weekend, the juggernaut of online retail is once again bringing its Treasure Truck to the 614.

The concept is simple: Customers can sign-up for text message alerts revealing the day’s treasure, which could range from trending tech and the latest gear to seasonally relevant products. Sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193.

After customers place their order on Amazon, they then select a convenient pickup location and time slot to get their item. In addition to the iconic trucks, customers can pick up their treasure at newly-launched vans, as well as kiosks located in select Amazon Books, Amazon Go, Whole Foods Market stores, and more.

To learn more and to sign up for alerts, click here, or sign up for text message notifications by texting “truck” to 24193. Don't sleep on these deals—the Treasure Truck will be rolling on to the next locale before you know it!

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