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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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Virtual Experiences bring culture to our couch




Now that we're all stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we could use some entertainment beyond hours of Netflix bingeing. And yes, Carole probably did it*

WOSU Public Media has come to the rescue by putting together a list of local, virtual experiences to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your bunker. Here's a list of just a few upcoming events ranging from music to the arts.

Sunday, March 29
Columbus Symphony’s Russian Winter Festival – The Columbus Symphony broadcasts its Russian Winter Festival ll concert, featuring masterpieces by Prokofiev, Borodin, Rimski-Korsakov, and Tchaikovsky at 1 p.m. on Classical 101.

Columbus Goes Live – The Cyber Festival –  A virtual entertainment experience streaming across different pages to support local performers who are directly impacted by the critical shutdowns of venues during the COVID-19 outbreak. Join in and make history by supporting your favorite bands, comedians and performers in the Columbus area.

Why not a virtual bar?

Brewdog is even getting in on the act with its upcoming, Brewdog Online Bar. They plan to "open" for business at 6pm on Friday, March 27th. The bar plans to feature live beer tastings with our co-founders James and Martin and other beer experts, homebrew masterclasses, live music & comedy and more.

Brewdog will be sharing further details soon and a complete schedule of the events on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

*Carole, as in this Carole.

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8 things to do this week that don’t involve human contact

614now Staff



It is a strange time to be alive, Columbus. With the concerns and cases of coronavirus on the rise, you may be feeling worried, fearful, and/or unsure of what to do.

In addition to washing your hands to protect you from the virus, you may want to consider being more of an inside person this week. To curb cabin fever, consider these eight activities to keep you occupied indoors.

Plan a getaway

Once the threat of coronavirus is over, which Gov. Mike DeWine assured would happen in yesterday's address, you'll be ready to get the hell out of Columbus. Consider planning a trip to one of the Scarlet Oaks cabins, Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Yellowsprings, or the birthplace of bourbon!

Schedule a whacky road trip

Already have a vacation on the books and worked into your budget? No problem! Opt for a cheaper, shorter adventure with one of the destinations highlighted in our Worth The Drive series: Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, Kewpee Hamburgers in Lima, Cincinnati's Hathaway's Diner, Dietsch Brothers chocolate in Findlay, and Waldo’s G&R Tavern.

Test your Columbus knowledge

You're sick of all your board games and you hate the idea of spending another weekend in front of the tube. Liven up your entertainment with Columbus trivia! What is the hottest month on average? What is Hilliard's median household income? What year did the Kahiki close? See how well you know your fine city.

Binge local podcasts

Not only do podcasts entertain, inform, and engage you, they're also great to binge while multitasking. Podcast + mopping the kitchen? No problem. Podcast + walking the dog? Easy. Podcast + julienning veggies? Careful… but definitely possible. Be sure to support local podcasters! We're sure you can find something that'll pique your interest in the list below.

Get hooked on knitting

What better time to dive into your hobby than a worldwide viral outbreak? And though cold weather is almost completely behind us, it's never too early to get a jumpstart on those Christmas gifts. Click the button below to learn more about where to find materials and resources.

Explore the pasta-bilities of a home-cooked meal

You’re probably hungry after all that knitting. Flex on the fam by whipping up a delectable home-cooked Italian meal. You'll have to slip out of the house to grab your groceries from famed local market Carfagna’s, but trust us, it'll be worth it.

Get hyped for Ohio State Buckeyes 2020-21 season

With no spring game to rev your engine pre-season, you may be feeling a Buckeyes football void right about now. To help plug it until the opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 5, check out old Ohio State hype videos below. O-H!

Read the latest issue of (614) Magazine

The physical copies of the March issue of (614) Magazine are flying off the racks, but you don't have to go out into the world to read it. To learn more about the Columbus esport revolution, the latest food and drink news, and other updates in the community, click the button below to read the digital issue.

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Listen Local: 10 Columbus podcasts to binge

Regina Fox



The thing with binging TV is that you have to be using two senses at once to be engaged: sight and hearing. That really cuts down on the possibilities of getting other things done simultaneously. But, podcasts on the other hand require only one sense—hearing—so the productivity possibilities are exponentially greater.

Podcast + mopping the kitchen? No problem. Podcast + walking the dog? Easy. Podcast + julienning veggies? Careful... but definitely possible.

That, plus the power of spoken word has the ability to inform, entertain, and inspire you unlike any other media.

Now that we've presented a great case for podcasts, consider subscribing to one made right here in Columbus.

The Rock Doc Chronicles

Interviews, Current Events, Entertainment

Being the on-call doctor to some of your favorite musical acts comes with a lot of stories. Dr Randy Sharma (@rockdocohio) sits down with some of his famous patients to discuss whatever comes to mind.

Ohio v. The World

Culture, History, Places & Travel

An Ohio History podcast, hosted by Alex Hastie.

Rogue Squadron Podcast

Culture, Entertainment, Hobbies

Star Wars Comedy, craft beer, gaming, and more. It’s the rowdiest podcast in the galaxy!


Culture, Entertainment, Self-Help

Columbus, Ohio moms Mindy Drayer, Mikaela Hunt, and Stacy McKay discuss everything relating to being moms and parenting on weekly installments of the Momcast.

Columbus' Entrepreneurs' Podcast

Business, Entrepreneur

Columbus Entrepreneurs’ Podcast is primarily for members of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). The stories are inspiring and focus on core principles of EO, including speaking from experience instead of advice giving, building peer learning experiences, and focusing on the top and bottom 5% of our lives.


Entertainment, Hobbies

Chatimals is the nature podcast where information meets imagination. Each episode covers one kind of animal with an eye out for all the goofy, surprising animal facts.

The Sounds of Bustown

Culture, Entertainment, Music

A bi-weekly podcast featuring interviews about the musical creation process with people in the music scene in Columbus, OH.

Thrive and Connect

Culture, Self-Help

How to live your life in a more genuine, simpler manner and develop abundance in all aspects – yourself, family & friends, and business relationships.

Columbus! Something New

Culture, Entertainment, Places & Travel

Why do we do what we do? Why does C!SN exist?

  • To introduce listeners to local entrepreneurs and big thinkers
  • To be a conduit between community and events, museums, and new experiences
  • To be a value to entrepreneurs as we broadcast them to the world
  • To be a value to listeners as we expand their world and bring them new ideas

The Digital Analytics Power Hour

Business, Technology

Each episode is a closed topic and an open forum – the goal is for listeners to enjoy listening to Michael and Tim share their thoughts and experiences and hopefully take away something to try at work the next day.

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