OK, granted, with COVID restrictions and cancellations, we know there may be limited going-ons in Central Ohio. But, hey, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay involved and get out there when you can! If none of these events are on your list, then just hit your favorite bar or restaurant for drinks and food this weekend.
Every Tuesday and Friday (Aug. 7 & 11), Pearl Market—The Pearl Market is a farmer’s market full of fresh foods, which makes it an essential business and still open every Tuesday and Friday through Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 31 E. Gay St Columbus, OH 43215. Check out the website for in-person guidelines or to order online at pearlmarket.org.
Aug. 7/8, Get out to Vote and Lift Yourself Up Dance Party—This unique drive-in, drag event will be hosted at the Valley Dale Ballroom. The show opens at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and will feature 10 drag queens and an afterwards showing of “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar” and “The Bird Cage.” Food trucks will be at the event, which will also be live streamed via Twitch. The goal of the event is to spread the word about extended absentee voting for the Ohio primary election, and to get more people to participate in our democracy. Tickets are $50 a car for standard spaces, and $100/car for premium spaces with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle. To purchase tickets, click here.
Aug. 7-9, My Pelotonia—You won’t see thousands of bicyclists pouring through Columbus this year, unfortunately; instead, Pelotonia has shifted online and is raising money virtually, allowing participants to set their own fundraising goals and raise money in the fight against cancer. There’s still time to register or support someone you know. Visit pelotonia.org for more information.
Aug. 8, Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory—See the Conservatory’s Chihuly Collection in a whole new light during Chihuly Nights, happening from 7–10 p.m. on the second Saturday of July, August, September, and October. This month, it’s Saturday, Aug. 8. All 19 installations will be professionally lit to create a view within the backdrop of the botanical gardens. Buy your tickets and learn more here.
Aug. 8, Pride of Ohio Drive-In Movie Series—The Ohio History Center is offering a drive-in move experience this summer, continuing Aug. 8, 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio History Center parking lot, for Ready Player One. Free/car registration is required and snack packs can be purchased in advance. Visit ohiohistory.org/drivein to register your car.
Multiple days, Wexner Center for the Arts—Are you a film buff who loves both narrative and documentary? Through the month of August, the Wex Center has several film options to choose from ranging from the dramatic to the informative. So grab some popcorn and settle in for a screening. Check out the options here.
Schedule anytime, Zoombezi Bay—If you want to get in some water park fun before summer ends, head to Zoombezi Bay and buy your daily ticket now! Enjoy time with the kids or adults-only in the newly opened Croctail Creek and Sandbar. Either way, it’s bound to be a fun time. Check out days and prices here.