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12 summer festivals in the (614)

Mitch Hooper



Get out your CamelBaks and fanny packs. It’s Festival Season in the (614). Here’s a list of events you won’t want to miss.

Nelsonville Music Festival | June 6-9 | Robbins Crossing Historic Village (Hocking Hills) | Price: $80-$350
Death Cab For Cutie will be headlining the 15th anniversary of Nelsonville Music Festival and this weekend offers the chance to listen to national, regional, and local musicians.

The Midwest Summerfest | June 8 | Express! Live | Price: $49-$69
It’s a trip back to the old school days of rap and hip-hop as DMX and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony will headline the Midwest Summerfest. Where our dogs at?! Woof! Woof!

The Columbus Arts Festival | June 7-9 | The Scioto Mile | Free
With live music from local performers, food trucks, and local craft beers all on the riverfront, The Columbus Arts Festival is the perfect way to kick off your festing season. It’s great for families as the Activity Village offers hands-on experiences, and music lovers will have the chance to hear performers on five different stages throughout the weekend. And if you’re looking to step into the digital world of festivals, be sure to stop by the Virtual Reality tent for adventures to channel your favorite character from Ready Player One.

Buckeye Country Superfest | June 8 | The Ohio Stadium | Price: $49.50-$399.50
Country superstars George Strait and Blake Shelton are set to put on a stellar show, and plenty of other heavy hitters are performing as well including Chris Janson and Midland.

Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival | June 14 | Creekside District (Gahanna) | Price: $10-$650
This annual family-friendly weekend will keep the live jazz tunes going for 90+ hours with more than 50 bands scheduled to perform on the five available stages.


Grove City Wine & Arts Festival | June 14-15 | Grove City Town Center | Free
This wine festival is for the local vino lover as it will exclusively feature Ohio-made wines as well as local art, entertainment, and of course, some food trucks to go along with all that sipping.

Columbus Pride Parade & Festival 2019 | June 14-16 | Bicentennial and Genoa Park | Free
In its 50th year of celebrating LGBTQ+ social and self-acceptance, legal rights, and progress, On the 15th, Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade steps off from Goodale Park to march down High Street. This year, the Grand Marshall is none other than Nina West. Get ready to spread the love, it’s Pride Month!

Columbus Food & Wine Fest | June 21 | Battelle Riverfront Park | Free
Enjoy wine tastings of wines from across the country as you watch live cooking demonstrations and sample some of the best cuisine the Midwest has to offer.

Ohio Wings & Beer Festival | June 22 | Ohio Expo Center & State Fair | Price: $25-$55
With craft beers coming from local favorites like Columbus Brewing Co. and Zaftig Brewing, and wings from places like Pecan Penny’s and Red Door BBQ, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better duo in the city limits this weekend.

Outlaw Music Festival | June 23 | Nationwide Arena | Price: $45-$210
Country icon and rebel Willie Nelson will be headlining the Outlaw Music Festival along with The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Community Festival | June 28-30 | Goodale Park | Free
Everyone’s favorite community weekend is back and ready for another year of scantily-dressed visitors, live music, delicious food, and plenty of booze. ComFest is the perfect kick-back as you are free to check out the vendors, listen to some comedy shows, or just simply take a nap on the lawn on a warm summer day. Truly, the only wrong way to do ComFest is to skip out.

Tequila Fest Columbus 2019 | June 29 | Woodland’s Backyard | Price: $40-125
One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor! Have fun soaking in all things tequila at Woodland’s Backyard to round out an eventful June.

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New comedy club bringing laughs downtown this summer

614now Staff



Started as a small improv group around the fall of 2012, Hashtag Comedy Co. has since grown into a full-fledged improv comedy company offering shows, classes, and training to comedy fans in Central Ohio. 

Now, Hashtag has announced a new downtown headquarters to help keep the laughs coming. Opening Summer 2020 at 346 E Long St. at the corner of Long and Grant in downtown Columbus, the venue will focus on improv comedy but also provide audiences with standup, sketch, and variety shows.

“Opening a space for people to be creative and showcase their comedy has been a dream of ours for nearly our entire time together,” Sarah J Storer, founding member, co-owner and Artistic Director at The Hashtag Comedy Company says on their website. “When this opportunity came to us to open a venue in the heart of the city we love, we knew it was the right time and place to make it happen.”

The venue will hold 45-55 patrons on most nights, but can open to accommodate up to 90 for specialty shows and engagements. Stocked with a bar in the theater space and right next door to gourmet to-go kitchen Cluster Truck, patrons will be able to enjoy a great meal and a drink while taking in a show. Classes and corporate workshops will occupy the space during weekends and non-show nights as well as working hours during the day. 

To learn more about how you can get involved with The Hashtag Comedy Company, visit

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Tastebud Traveling: Free tasting event coming to North Market

614now Staff



Take a family tastebud trip with the return of Kalamata’s Kitchen Tasting Tour at the North Market this weekend.

Kalamata’s Kitchen will kick off a 12-month, 12-city tasting tour in Columbus on Saturday, February 22. This premier event for kids and families will feature tasty bites from North Market vendors representing food from around the world.

According to a release, every child participant is treated like a VIP as they discover new foods and learn about unique perspectives from celebrated chefs. Kids receive a VIP badge and a Food Adventure Passport that is stamped each time they try a new food. They will also have the opportunity to meet Sarah Thomas, co-founder and author of the Kalamata’s Kitchen book series.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Ohio Plans Statewide St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Polls

Linda Lee Baird



You may be so busy making St. Patrick’s Day plans that you’ve forgotten another important event happening on Tuesday, March 17. That’s right: it’s the Ohio primary!

You have until Tuesday, February 18 to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote in the primary. The state has made it very easy for you to register right now, from wherever you’re sitting, without having to go anywhere on this snowy day. Just grab your ID, and click here

Then make a plan to vote on March 17, and reward yourself with a green beer afterwards. Sláinte! 

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