With the return of football season and the nip in the air when the sun goes down, everyone’s getting excited for fall. But technically, we’ve still got several weeks of summer yet.
So, pump the breaks on your blanket scarves and PSLs and embrace the fleeting days of summer with these activities around Columbus.
Support local growers at neighborhood farmers’ markets
Do you know where your produce is from? Odd are if you don’t purchase them straight from a farmer, you’ve got no clue. Fuel your summer with goods pulled right from central Ohio dirt at local farmers’ markets!
Spend a day at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
This one is an absolute must. There’s nothing like a warm summer day spent taking in the amazing animals at one of the best zoos in the country. Make sure to wave at the polar bears for us!
Check out Crafted Fest
Farm-to-Table food meets craft beer and music festival at one of the final summery events of the season. Join us on September 14 at the Columbus Commons for a unique food & beer tasting event! Crafted Fest includes an amazing selection of craft beer and a huge variety of artisanal dishes from 9 of Columbus’ most creative restaurants. Enjoy live performances by George Barrie Band & The Floorwalkers as you discover your new favorite brews and expertly crafted cuisine.
Take in an outdoor movie
NightLight 614, a 21+ social outdoor film series on the banks of the Scioto featuring some of Columbus’s Best local food trucks, and craft beer & wine. Easton’s Movies by Moonlight series is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a lineup bigger and better than ever!
Take on an adventure at Scioto Fest
A brand new festival is running, jumping, and climbing into Columbus later this summer. Scioto Fest will be a four-day adventure celebrating all things Scioto Audubon September 12- 15. This dog- and kid-friendly event will include a Yappy Hour for big kids and their pups, and outdoor moving screenings for the little kids. Live music, vendors, and giveaways are to be enjoyed by all!
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Spend a day at the drive-in
Since the 1950s, the South Drive-In at 3050 S. High St. has been Columbus premier destination for late night, big screen movie showings under the stars. And since the 1970s, it’s been the largest central Ohio location for…flea markets? Yes, indeed. Click here to read more!
Eat as much ice cream as humanly possible
Ice Cream is a pillar of summer. But where to begin? We think this list of the best alt ice cream shops in Columbus would be a sweet place to start.
Stay afloat at Trapper John’s
Leash up the pooch and buckle up your life jacket for an afternoon at Trapper John’s Canoe Livery! Enjoy canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the State and National Scenic Big Darby Creek.
Grab the perfect pic at a rooftop bar
Columbus is quickly becoming a rooftop bar city. With the recent additions from Lincoln Social, Juniper, and VASO, we’ve got eight high-up drinking establishments you need to patronize this summer.
Pitch a tent
The campers, RVS, and pop-up tents will be returning to the outdoors this summer, serving as a home away from home for those looking to escape the city for a few days. It’s time to get outdoors, enjoy nature, roast some marshmallows over the fire, and get off the grid if not for a couple moments of bliss.
Stop and smell the roses at the Whetstone Park of Roses
The Whetstone Park of Roses is just begging for you to stop and smell. It’s the perfect place to pitch your hammock, take photos, and to enjoy the beauty of one of the largest public rose gardens in the U.S.