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The Weekend Lookout: 9 events you need to know about

Mitch Hooper

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We’re just a little past the midway mark in June, and if you blink, you’re going to miss the rest of it. We’ve made it through another year of the Columbus Arts Festival and our voices are still a bit raspy from yelling, “Yas, queen!” at Pride all last weekend, but nonetheless, we trudge forward. Weekend warriors, this is your weekly battle cry.

Friday

Columbus Food And Wine Festival @ Battelle Riverfront Park

This two-day festival hits on everything we love: free admission, food, and wine. With both local and national wineries showing up, featured food trucks like Dave’s Caribbean Food, and ways to keep the little ones entertained; this festival should offer plenty to keep you busy.

20th Annual Easton Art Affair @ Easton Town Center

This three-day event is one part art gallery and one part a street fair. Whether you’re looking to just spend your afternoon outdoors chowing down, or trying to upgrade your wall decor, this festival’s extended hours will make sure you don’t miss out.

Free Outdoor Movie Screening: Mary Poppins @ The Columbus Commons

Looking for a way to get the kids out of the house for the night? Look no further! Head down to the Commons on Friday for a screening of Mary Poppins at 8 p.m.

Saturday

Ohio Wings And Beer Festival @ Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

With brews from places like Wolf’s Ridge and Columbus Brew Company and wings from places like Peacan Penny’s and Red Door BBQ, the Ohio Wings and Beer Festival is the place to be to satisfy all your gluttonous cravings.

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Gin Jam @ Watershed Kitchen & Distillery

Gin is the perfect liquor for summer; it’s light, refreshing, and pairs well with a variety of mixers. Watershed is celebrating all things gin this weekend, and you should too.

Columbus Destroyers vs. Philadelphia Soul @ Nationwide Arena

The Destroyers are back, and dammit they are trying. Sure, we might be last in the league right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play spoiler to everyone else’s season! Let’s take some of the shine away from sunny Philadelphia. (That’s an It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia reference, we at 614now are more than aware that Philly is not, in fact, a notoriously sunny spot.)

Sunday

Outlaw Music Festival @ Nationwide Arena

Just a day after the Destoryers hold down Nationwide, it will be transformed into a concert hall for Willie Nelson and his pack of musicians. The Outlaw Music Festival is a mix of country, rock, and anything else within that vein. Yee’s will be hawed, ya’ll.

Sunlight Market on Gay St.

This monthly outdoor market features music, sidewalk vendors, plus brick-and-mortar businesses with extended Sunday hours. Enjoy a Sunday stroll through the sights and sounds, and check out all that the Sunlight Market has to offer.

Vegan Street Food Pop-Up Market @ Ching Ter Maitreya Temple

It’s an invasion of plant-based dishes! This pop-up market is jam packed with vegan vendors including Can’t Believe It’s Vegan, Momma Can Cook, and Too Good Eats. Vegans and vegetarians, don’t miss this chance to finally not have to eat a meal made up of only sides!

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Cedar Point, Kings Island are suing to get you back

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It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are allowed to re-open but Cedar Point and Kings Island have been snubbed in Gov. Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement that Ohio’s entertainment venues were allowed to re-open.

After being left out of the party, Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort and Kings Island sued the director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday, arguing that Dr. Amy Acton doesn’t have the authority to keep the state’s amusement parks and waterparks shut down and in doing so is violating the park’s rights.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The county health departments for both parks were also named in the lawsuit.

No word yet from the Ohio Department of Health as to when, or if, either amusement park will be allowed to open in June.

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Updated hours for North Market as first Farmers’ Market of the season opens Saturday

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Get excited Columbus foodies - this Saturday marks the beginning of North Market’s Farmers’ Market season! The Farmers’ Market will tantalize your taste buds every Saturday this summer through October, from 8 a.m. until noon at the North Market outdoor plaza at 59 Spruce Street.

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Market provided customers with fresh pick-up bundles. Now they’ve updated their operating hours to give consumers who want to shop again a chance to pick their own culinary delights.

"The hope is that a gradual reopening will strike a balance between the desire to serve the public and still respect the very real health concerns still shared by merchants, public, and staff," said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market's executive director, in a press release Thursday.

The updated hours, which will go into effect this Sat., June 6, are as follows:

  • Monday - Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All of those in attendance will have to observe the following guidelines as outlined in a press release by North Market:

  • North Market's mask requirement that applies to indoor merchants and guests will also apply to all outdoor vendors and guests.
  • Access to each farmers' market booth will be limited. Markings on ground will indicate this requirement and will show the distance required between people. Only one person/group traveling together may be in each box at a time.
  • Several farms and vendors will offer contact-free shopping and pre-orders. North Market asks that guests pre-order and plan out shopping trips when possible. This helps keep crowds to a minimum and lines moving smoothly.
  • Farms and vendors will provide hand sanitizer for guest use.
  • North Market farms and vendors are committed to helping prevent the spread of illness by washing hands frequently, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick, and avoiding exposure to others who are sick. We ask that all guests follow the same protocols and do not visit North Market or the Farmers' Market if feeling ill.
  • North Market farms and vendors will continue to strictly follow all local public health guidelines, safety protocols, and best practices.

If you’re interested in which merchants will be open on what days, North Market has been dedicated to providing you with that information during the pandemic. You can find the list, which is updated daily, here.

Although there are still limitations on indoor seating, outdoor seating on the porch and the farmers’ market plaza are currently available.

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Weekend Getaway: Ohio State Park lodges reopen

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Cooped up inside of our homes for the past few months, everyone could use a change of scenery. Luckily for those that love the great outdoors of Ohio, the perfect getaway is now possible once again.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on May 28 that all nine Ohio State Park lodges would be reopened by June 5.

The places where you can escape to are listed below in order of closest proximity to Columbus to furthest:

  • Deer Creek
  • Burr Oak
  • Mohican Lodge
  • Salt Fork Lodge
  • Shawnee 
  • Hueston Woods
  • Maumee Bay
  • Punderson Manor

Director of State Park Lodges Tom Arvan had this to say in the May 28 press release:

“Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that guests return to a safe and sanitized environment following the CDC safety guidelines. Our goal is for our guests to feel comfortable as they enjoy the fun activities and relax in the natural beauty of the lodges and all the state parks have to offer this summer.”

Visit https://www.greatohiolodges.com/ to secure your much-needed wilderness adventure today.

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