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12 festivals to help you fall in love with autumn

Regina Fox



The pools have closed, the docks are being pulled in, and the red juice inside your thermometer is beginning to drop.

If you’re feeling a little separation anxiety about the bygone summer, hopefully these 12 festivals will help you fall in love with this new season we’ve entered.

Welcome to autumn, Columbus.

The Columbus Italian Festival | Italian Village
October 7- 13

The Columbus Italian Fest offers guests a great way to explore Italian culture and heritage. Amazing food, live entertainment, dancing, and plenty of activities for the kiddos, too.

HighBall Halloween | Short North
October 11- 12

Watch High St. turn into a real life Halloweentown and dance around the Short North like Marnie discovering she’s a witch at HighBall Halloween.

HighBall Halloween also includes a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, and a public costume contest.


Fall Family Festival | Dublin, OH
October 12

Join the Historic Dublin Business Association on Saturday October 12th from 1pm- 4pm in Historic Dublin. Families will enjoy-games, vendors, face painting, crafts, Princess Pocahontas, John Smith, Balloons, Magic and more!

Ohio 24-Hour Horror Marathon | The Drexel Theatre
October 12- 13

Sharpen your wooden stakes! Stock up on silvers bullets! Because Columbus’s terror tradition is back to haunt your nightmares for another terror-drenched rotation of the planet.

Boo at the Zoo | Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Weekends of October 11- 13, 18- 20, and 25-27

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium presents a merry-not-scary Boo at the Zoo for a heroic Halloween celebration! Special regions are dressed up for this spooky-kooky holiday at the zoo.

Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival | Galena, OH
October 14

With the aroma of ‘apple butter a stirrin’ and kettle corn a poppin’, Freemans Farm visitors enjoy hayrides through scenic woods, campfire concessions, a farm animals petting area, delicious fresh popped kettle corn, scarecrow making, apple butter making demonstrations, and so much more.

Circleville Pumpkin Show | Circleville, Ohio
October 16- 19

This must-attend fall festival is jammed-packed with parades, pies, pumpkins and all the fall bumpkin things you can imagine.

Creepside | Creekside Park & Plaza, Gahanna
October 19

Put on your costumes, dress up the kids and join us for Creepside! This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Event highlights include: live music, games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, activities, haunted trail, trick or treat with local organizations and plenty of candy.

Columbus Hard Cider & Donut Festival | Bar Louie Park St.
October 19

Part Bar Hop, Part Sweet Celebration! Featuring seven bars and restaurants, premium hard cider, and 2,000 doughnuts!

20th Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival | Easton Town Center
October 20

Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts… oh my! Dress your pet in their best costume and bring them to Easton for the Halloween Pet Parade and Fall Festival. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Boo & Brew | Bridge Park
October 24

Calling all monsters, ghosts and witches! Grab the family and join us for Boo & Brew at Bridge Park trick-or-treat, a costume competition, face painting, and more followed by a brew hop at area bars and restaurants.

Haunted Fest | Ohio Expo Center
October 25

Prime Social Group is proud to announce that its signature Haunted Fest will return to Columbus, OH bringing back its world-class production and talent to the Ohio Expo Center. LINEUP: REZZ, RL Grime, Dombresky, YOUNG BOMBS, Beach Boys, Mitch James, Reckless, and more.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

614now Staff



The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

614now Staff



Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit

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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

Mike Thomas



Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:


Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit

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