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The Weekend Lookout: Festivals, donuts, beers, and laughs

Mitch Hooper



While the Buckeyes will take on in-state foe Cincinatti at the Shoe this weekend, there are plenty of other happenings going down for the non-sport fans. Whether you’re indulging in donuts, or celebrating local brands in the city, here are the events to keep on your radar.


Cloud City @ 400 West Rich

At Cloud City, you can expect all kinds of different types of performances. Whether you’re into comedy, music, art displays, film, fashion, and essentially anything in between, you’ll be covered here.

Festival For Good Near BrewDog Franklinton

In 2019, consumers are more and more aware of the giving practices of the companies they shop at. To celebrate the local options that are doing just that, Festival For Good hopes to highlight social enterprises here in Central Ohio. The free-to-attend festival will support enterprises like Coffee Crafters and Eleventh Candle Co. and will feature food trucks and brews from BrewDog.

Ohio State Football v. Cincinnati Bearcats

Welcome to September, or as most dads in the city call it, football season. Drop your Saturday plans and head to the Shoe to watch the Buckeyes take on our southern sister city, Cincinnati. On the road to the playoffs, every game counts. So bring your best. OH-!



Cider, Love And Donuts @ Mad Moon Hard Cider

Mad Moon Hard Cider is teaming up with Buckeye Donuts for a collab that will hit hard on anyone’s sweet tooth. At the event, you’ll taste your way through a flight of four different ciders paired with four different Buckeye Donut donuts. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. so start your Sunday right with loads of calories and a bit of a buzz.

Merion Village Festival @ Moeler Park

Every second Sunday in September is the chance for the community to come together and celebrate local artists and crafters as well as local businesses and organizations. Come out and show your support at this free-to-attend event!

Purrs & Palettes @ Eat, Purr, Love Cafe

This one is for the artists who love their cats! Bring a photo of your cat, or simply bring your feline, and Eat, Purr, Love Cafe will walk you through the steps of making a portrait of your beloved kitty. Without a doubt, these belong front and center on fridges across the city.

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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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