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‘Burb Breakdown: 5 things to do in Bexley this Fall

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Covering many vibrant communities across central Ohio, the 614 is so much more than just Columbus. Welcome to the ‘Burb Breakdown, an ongoing series highlighting the unique character of neighborhoods from across this sprawling metro area we call home. In the first installment of our series, we turn our attention to the lovely city of Bexley.

Bexley is home to some of the state’s finest institutions of higher learning and internationally-known authors alike. The historic Columbus suburb is also known for its many impressive architectural landmarks, like the Drexel Theater the the Ohio Governors’ mansion.

From diverse restaurants to verdant parks and engaging civic events, there’s so much to discover in Bexley. Here are five ways to help you get out and explore everything Bexley has to offer this fall!

Have a Taste of Bexley | October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | 2010 East Broad Street

Taste of Bexley brings area restaurants and food providers together under one roof for an evening of culinary delights. This event is a great way to sample that Bexley restaurant you’ve been meaning to try for months, along with others you might never have heard of! The affair includes dessert from providers like Nothing Bundt Cakes!, a beer garden featuring three brews from Seventh Son, wine, live music, entertainment, and more. Tickets include unlimited food sampling for just $30 per person, with discounts for children and students available. To learn more, visit www.bexleyareachamber.org

Celebrate with the Bexley Harvest Festival | October 18th | 165 N Parkview Ave

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Bexley’s Annual Harvest Festival is packed with fun for the whole family. Each year, the meadow behind Jeffrey Mansion is transformed into an Autumnal dream complete with a corn maze, hay rides, an interactive enchanted forest walk, food, activities, music, and more. Come down to the mansion from 6pm- 8pm for an evening of fall fun, and see for yourself what makes this event a hit with guests from across central Ohio!

Enjoy a Pumpkin Donut from Cherbourg Bakery | 541 S Drexel Ave

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Nothing screams fall like pumpkins, right? Cherbourg Bakery is a gluten-free, nut-free, dye-free bakery, trailblazing their way through the Ohio bakery scene with locations in Bexley and Cincinnati. One of Cherbourg’s most iconic treats this time of year is their pumpkin donut—a cake-based donut with a glaze on top that is to die for. The spices and flavors compliment each other so well, you might even have to order a pour over to wash it all down. Cherbourg Bakery locally sources their beans seasonally between One Line Coffee, Mission Coffee, and Roosevelt Coffeehouse.

Enjoy Fall Foliage Throughout Streets of Bexley

The City of Bexley was designated as an arboretum in 2012, meaning they have a whole lot of trees. While you can certainly enjoy the fall foliage in one of the town’s numerous parks, you can also take a stroll down just about any street to soak in all of the fall color and bask in some historic architecture. Better yet, grab a cup of espresso-based magic from Kittie’s Cafe to take with you.

Vote!

While this isn’t an activity related specifically to Bexley, it is one of our most important civic duties. Read up on issues affecting your city, know who is running for councils and boards, prepare your sample ballots, and let your voices be heard! To find your polling location, visit https://vote.franklincountyohio.gov/Voters/Polling-Locations

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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