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13 August festivals you have to attend

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Flip the calendar, it’s August! Here are all the local festivals you need to attend this month.

8.2 Dublin Irish Fest | Dublin | $15

Erin Go Bragh! If you didn’t get enough believing that Irish is an attitude, beer drinking, and yelling random Celtic phrases during St. Patrick’s Day, you’ve got another chance this weekend at the Dublin Irish Festival. This 32-year-old festival hosts over 60 acts for visitors locally, nationally, and even internationally each year.

8.10—Columbus Fiery Food Festival | Columbus Commons | $15-$30

This August, the festival game will be turned up a few notches at the Columbus Fiery Foods Festival. Here you can try all kinds of spicy treats from around the world with vendors like The Spicy Shark, Elijah’s Xtreme Hot Sauce, and SH’ That’s Hot.

8.10—Frontstage Fest | Big Room Bar | $12

It’s a party in the parking lot! Stop by Big Room Bar to hear the sounds of a variety of local acts including Ghost Soul Trio, label me lecter, and Girl Fox. This one-day music festival will run all of Saturday with food trucks and booze providing you fuel to get through it all.

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8.10-11—Festival Latino | Genoa Park | Free

Celebrating all things Latino in Columbus since 1996, Festival Latino is the perfect way to experience culture in our city. The two- day, free-to-attend event will bring in a variety of Latino musicians and groups like La Reunion Norteña on Saturday and Los Rabanes on Sunday. And of course, you can get your fill of all the Latin-American cuisine you can handle from one of the many vendors at Genoa Park for the weekend.

8.16-19—Italian Heritage Summer Festival Coffman Park | Free

Just a week after Downtown celebrates Festival Latino, Dublin will be celebrating The Italian Heritage Summer Festival at Coffman Park. This three-day festival will boast all things Italian from families to music to food.

8.17—The Ohio Eggfest | Grandview Yard | $25

They might be small, but boy are they mighty. Dome-shaped barbeques have been dubbed egg grills and this festival is bringing these out in a big way. Your $25 ticket includes food from all of the participating cooks as well as non-alcoholic drinks. Additionally, all proceeds of egg grill sales as well as beverage and ticket sales will be donated to The James for cancer research.

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8.17—Wonderbus Music and Arts Festival | The Lawn At CAS | $20-$400

Stepping into Ohio as one of the newer festivals this season is Wonderbus Music And Arts Festival. This two-day event will showcase alternative, indie-pop, jazz-funk, and jam rock bands such as Walk The Moon, The Revivalists, and Chelsea Cutler. Whether you go with a general admission pass or ball out on the VIP passes, this weekend is for the music lovers.

8.17-18—Columbus Food Truck Festival | Bicentennial Park | Free

If every festival features food trucks of some kind, it’s only right we have a general festival of just food trucks, right? Come one, come all to the Columbus Food Truck Festival where you’ll have options galore to satisfy your indulgences, dietary restrictions, and anything else you’re looking for. We recommend trying something new this year, but let’s be honest, all roads lead back to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on a hot summer day.

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8.17—Crestfest | Crestview and Tulane Roads | Free

Festivals are always great chances to get the little ones playing outdoors and CrestFest might be your kid’s new favorite festival. Here they can play in inflatable areas, check out the skate park, or work on some arts-and-crafts. Meanwhile mom and dad can enjoy the local music and sip on a few adult beverages. Don’t even worry, mom and dad, we know what you’re after in an evening.

8.23-24—Breakaway Music Festival | Mapfre Stadium | $45-$85

The Columbus Crew will have to share Mapfre this August as Prime Social Group’s Breakaway Music Festival is returning to the city. Find out more about Breakaway Fest and PSG on the next page!

8.24—Columbus Summer Beerfest | Express LIVE! | $20-$65

Whether you prefer the hoppy IPAs or the heavy stouts, Columbus Summer Beerfest is sure to please your palate. This event is always loaded with breweries from Ohio, and beyond giving beer fans the opportunity to explore lesser-known brews, or simply enjoy their favorite pints. Grab your tickets, and more importantly, bring a DD.

8.30-9.2—Columbus Greek Festival | The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | $5

The cultural celebrations keep coming in August and we round out the month with Columbus Greek Festival. Here you’ll find delicious Greek food like gyros or lamb chops as well as live entertainment, tours of the Cathedral, and a bit of a history lesson on the Greek traditions. Your $5 ticket grants entry for the entire weekend, and children younger than 12 get in for free!

8.31-10.27—Ohio Renaissance Festival | Waynesville, Ohio | $19

Come forth all ye proud jesters and commonfolk as we step back into the past at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, where you can munch on a giant turkey leg and watch a live jousting match. With a medieval marketplace suited for a king and events that bring a smile to the queen’s face, going back to a time without wifi or iPhones has never sounded so great.

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(614) Movie Club: New Jon Stewart feature, Episode V Beer Tasting, and timely documentaries

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(614) Movie Club. It’s OK to talk about it. 

Every Monday at (614) we’ll be here to update you on virtual and physical screenings that are being offered by the businesses and organizations that make Columbus such a special cinema city. Read below for this week’s streams and showtimes.

NOW SHOWING AT GRANDVIEW THEATER

Jaws

The original Jaws will continue to show at Grandview theater after a July 4 weekend beer tasting. Fitting, right? Watching this might be what it takes to keep you away from the beach for the rest of the summer.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1975
  • Runtime: 124 min.

Jurassic Park

More Steven Spielberg horror on the big screen. Again, if you missed the beer tasting, you’ll have a few more shots this week at catching some dino-roaring action on the big screen.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (7 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Beer Tasting

One of the most popular picks for best Star Wars film of all time, the beer tasting comes during a year when the fifth episode is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Enjoy a 10-round beer tasting, free pint glass, raffle prizes, and a very entertaining presentation.

  • Showing: July 11 (3 and 9 p.m.) and 12 (5 p.m.)
  • Cost: $40
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

NOW SHOWING AT STUDIO 35

Irresistible 

A local town battling big-party politics, written and directed by Jon Stewart and starring Steve Carrell? Looks great on paper, plays out even better on screen. Rose Byrne is outright ridiculous in this one. Enjoy a 2020 release in an actual movie theater with grade-A recliners.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4:30, 7, and 9:30 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 2020
  • Runtime: 104 min.

Jurassic Park

See above.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (4 and 7 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

Jaws

See above.

  • Showing: July 6-9 (9:45 p.m.)
  • Cost: $9
  • Release: 1975
  • Runtime: 124 min.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Beer Tasting

See above.

  • Showing: July 11 (noon and 5:30 p.m.) and 12 (2 p.m.)
  • Cost: $40
  • Release: 1993
  • Runtime: 127 min.

NOW STREAMING VIRTUALLY AT THE WEX

Cincinnati Goddam

A timely documentary that followed the Black Lives Matter movement around 2013, this film focuses on the corruption within the Cincinnati Police Department, whose force was responsible for killing a total of 15 black men between 1995 and 2001. 

  • Closes: July 9
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: 2015
  • Runtime: 103 min.

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most prolific singers of all time. Although a lot of her life has been studied, this documentary goes deeper with some never-before-seen footage and interviews from greats such as Tony Bennett and Smokey Robinson.

  • Closes: July 23
  • Cost: $12
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 90 min.

The Last Tree

A coming-of-age journey that follows a Black teenager trying to find his identity in the UK and beyond. The movie was the winner of the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance and Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer awards at the British Independent Film Awards.

  • Closes: July 23
  • Cost: $10
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 98 min.

Denise Ho - Becoming the Song

Another unfortunately timely documentary, Denise Ho follows the personal journey of the openly gay singer from pop icon to human rights activist. What emerged out of the Umbrella Movement of 2014 saw Ho take to the streets in the midst of the Hong Kong revolution in 2019.

  • Closes: July 30
  • Cost: $12
  • Release: 2020
  • Runtime: 83 min.

NOW STREAMING VIRTUALLY AT GFC

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly

Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the unjustly incarcerated. Known-whistleblower Chelsea Manning makes an appearance. 

  • Opens: July 8
  • Cost: $10
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 78 min.

We Are Little Zombies

If eccentric Japanese cinema is your forte, you’ll want to check out We Are Little Zombies. A messy triumph of tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst, watch what four teenagers do when they find out their parents are being turned into dust.

  • Opens: July 8
  • Cost: N/A
  • Release: 2019
  • Runtime: 120 min.
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Where to get your Red, White & BOOM on this July 4th

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It was a bummer to hear that Red, White & BOOM would be canceled and changed to a virtual format for 2020. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in a somewhat traditional sense. Even with one of the biggest fireworks celebrations put on hold, there’s still plenty to do around Columbus, fireworks or no fireworks.

We here at (614) know that given the modern-day circumstances, people have the choice to celebrate in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Below you can find three ways to celebrate–Local 4th of July events; Red, White & BOOM alternatives; and places where you can legally celebrate yourself.

THINGS TO DO ON JULY 4TH

Fourth of July Fireworks

West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest

When: July 4 at 10 p.m.

Where: Watch from home

Obetz Fireworks

When: July 4

Where: Watch from home

Fourth of July Activities

Neighborhood Bike Brigade

When: Various start times

Where: Dublin neighborhoods

Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby

When: June 26 through July 4

Where: Any Dublin pond

Fourth of July Parades

Front Yard Parade in the Round

When: July 4 at 6 until 9 p.m.

Where: Your front yard

2020 Cruisin’ On The 4th of July

When: July 4 at noon

Where: Northbridge Ln., Columbus, OH 43235

New Albany 4th of July Parade & Festival

When: July 4 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where: Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Other Fourth of July Events

Zoombezi Bay Family Movie Night featuring The Goonies

When: July 3 from 6 until 11 p.m.

Where: Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065

HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH RED, WHITE & BOOM

Red, White & BOOM was gearing up for its 40th anniversary before COVID-19 shut the mass gathering down. However, the beloved Columbus fireworks show will be hosting a virtual event over the first four days of July. The virtual campaign will air on NBC4.

Here are some of the events that will take place:

  • Highlighting the best Red, White & BOOM stories
  • Stories from local veterans inducted into the Ford Oval of Honor
  • Broadcasting the best Red, White & BOOM fireworks over the show’s 39-year history
  • Looking back on the tradition of parades honoring veterans

HOW TO TAKE CELEBRATING INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

We here at (614) also know that setting off fireworks yourself is illegal. We also know that buying them within the state is legal (OK?).

So here is a list of places around Columbus you can buy fireworks from. What you do from there is up to you, but we advise you to stay within the law:

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Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness

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Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!

A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world. 

“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19. 

OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!

Masai Giraffe Calf

“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”

Sea lion Pup

“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”

Two Red Panda Cubs

“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”

Siamang (Gibbon) baby

“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”

Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.

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