Festivals & Events: 2024

From a zucchini festival featuring the hottest R&B act of the 90s to food trucks, demolition derbies and even Dean Martin, the Columbus area offers a myriad of weird and wonderul gatherings, just as long as you know where to look. 

Now, thankfully, you do. Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite events in the Columbus area, and even a few road trip-worthy candidates to jump-start your plans for the weekend and beyond.

 

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FEBRUARY 
Winter Werkout Music & Arts Festival at The BluestoneFebruary 9-10
Black History Festival at Columbus Airport MariottFebruary 22-24
Columbus Winter Wine Festival at Brewmaster’s GateFebruary 24
Lancaster Winter Brew FestFebruary 24
The Arnold at Convention CenterFebruary 29-March 3
MARCH 
The Arnold at Convention CenterFebruary 29-March 3
Columbus Brew Festival at CosiMarch 9
Columbus Pet Expo at Ohio Expo CenterMarch 8-10
And All That Jazz Festival at the Southern TheatreMarch 10
THREADS + MADE Spring Market at Brew Dog Canal WinchesterMarch 24
APRIL 
Columbus Home Improvement ShowApril 5-7
Ohioana Book Festival at The Columbus Metropolatin Downtown LibraryApril 20
MAY 
COSI Science FestivalMay 1-4
Central Ohio Folk FestivalMay 4-7
Sonic Temple FestMay 16-19
Hell City Tattoo Festival May 17-19
Delaware Arts FestivalMay 18-19
Buckeye Lake Pirates Fest at Buckeye Lake OhioMay 18
Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky OhioMay 20-30
Dark Star Jubilee at Thornville Ohio May 24-26
Millersport Sweet Corn Festival May 25
Columbus Ohio Asian Festival May 25-26
Utica Ice Cream Festival May 25-27
Camp Anarchy Punk Rock Festival at Thornville OhioMay 31
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
JUNE 
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Festival at CASJune 1-2
The Memorial Tournament at Murfield Village DublinJune 3-9
Columbus Arts Festival at Scioto MileJune 7-9
JULY 
(614) Restaurant Week presented by Revolution MortgageJuly 22-27
OCTOBER 
The Dead South at Kemba Live! October 21

FEBRUARY 
Disney on Ice at Nationwide ArenaFebruary 2
Columbus Winter Carnival at FairgroundsFebruary 3
Come From Away at Palace TheatreFebruary 3
Lunar New Year Kickoff and Lion’s Dance Celebration at Whetstone RecFebruary 3
The Color Purple at Short North TheatreFebruary 4
Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Palace TheatreFebruary 7
Alice at The Ohio TheatreFebruary 9-11
Sweet Mini Vegan Pop Up at Ching Ter Maitreya TempleFebruary 11
Company at Ohio TheatreFeb 17
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide ArenaFeb 23
Westerball at OtterbeinFeb 24
MARCH 
OSU Mens Hockey at The Schottenstein CenterMarch 1
Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue at the Sothern TheatreMarch 2
CMOA Comes Alive! Family ExpoMarch 2
Eugene Onegin at Ohio TheatreMarch 2
OSU Mens Basketball at the Schottenstein CenterMarch 3
Shen Yun at the Ohio TheatreMarch 5
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide ArenaMarch 9
New Moon Healing Sound Bath at Tranquility Salt CaveMarch 10
The Psychology of Serial Killers at Lincoln TheatreMarch 14
(614) Sponsored St Patricks Day at Byrne’s Pub March 15-17
Mama Mia at the Ohio TheatreMarch 12-16
Park St St Pattys Day CrawlMarch 16
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide ArenaMarch 16
Columbus Job Fair at Crowne Plaza Columbus NorthMarch 20
Full Moon Healing Sound Bath at Tranquility Salt CaveMarch 25
The Prom at Short North StageMarch 14-April 5
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide ArenaMarch 30
OSU Buckeye’s Softball at Buckeye FieldMarch 29
OSU Buckeye’s Softball at Buckeye FieldMarch 31
APRIL 
Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide ArenaApril 1
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 2
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 3
Columbus Career Fair at Crowne Plaza Columbus NorthApril 4
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 4
Corey Holcolm at Funny Bone Comedy ClubApril 5
Asian Dumpling Workshop at CSCC Mitchell hall April 6
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 7
Ohio Bridal and Wedding Expo at Columbus Convention CenterApril 7
Solar Eclipse at SpaceApril 8
The Prom at Short North StageMarch 14-April 5
Ohio State Softball at Buckeye Field April 10
The Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo CenterApril 11
Clue at the Ohio TheatreApril 14
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 18
Time Out Thursday at Stonewall Columbus April 18
Ohio State Softball at Buckeye Field April 19
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 20
Ohio State Softball at Buckeye Field April 21
WWE RAW at the Schottenstein CenterApril 22
Romeo and Juliet at the Ohio TheatreApril 26
Vintage Market Days at Hartford Fairgrounds April 26
Monster Jam at the Schottenstein CenterApril 26
Santos Difuntos at the Columbus Performing Arts Center April 27
Ohio State Softball at Buckeye Field April 27
OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter MarathonApril 27
Romeo and Juliet at the Ohio TheatreApril 28
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park April 30
MAY 
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 1
Acoustic Open Mic at Java Central WestervilleMay 3
Cocktail Class at Echo SpiritsMay 4
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 5
Tina! The Tina Turner Musical at the Ohio TheatreMay 8
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents The Greatest Show On Earth at the Schottenstein CenterMay 10
Poetic Journeys and Creative Explorations with John Barnes at Columbus Metropolitan Downtown LibraryMay 11
Sneaker Freaks ExpoMay 11
Cocktail Class at Echo SpiritsMay 14
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 15
Bill Burr Live at the Schottenstein CenterMay 16
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 16
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 17
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 19
Popular Foods of West Africa and the Ivory CoastMay 22
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 28
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 30
Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park May 31
JUNE 
Columbus Arts Festival 5kJune 10

 

February 
Beppe Gambetta at Natalies Music HallFebruary 14
Eggy at Summit Music HallFebruary 14
Briston Maroney: Ultrapure Tour at Newport Music HallFebruary 15
Adrianna Noone at Natalies Music HallFebruary 15
The Mezzanines at Natalies Music HallFebruary 15
Dylan Scott at KEMBA Live!February 16
Caleborate & Mir Fontane at The BasementFebruary 16
Josh Meloy at A&R Music BarFebruary 16
The Kills: God Games Tour at Newport Music HallFebruary 18
Brigitte Calls Me Baby at The BasementFebruary 19
Go Ahead and Die at Skully’s Music DinerFebruary 20
Jordyn Shellhart at Ace of CupsFebruary 20
Static X & Sevendust at KEMBA Live!February 21
Softcult at Rumba CafeFebruary 21
Sorelle at A&R Music BarFebruary 22
The Tillers at Woodlands TavernFebruary 23
Blackberry Smoke: Be Right Here Tour at Newport Music HallFebruary 23
The Hails at The BasementFebruary 24
Neck Deep at Newport Music HallFebruary 24
Drake with J Cole at the Schottenstein CenterFeb 24
Subtronics TESSERACT Tour 2024 at KEMBA Live!February 25
Tyler Ramsey at Rumba CafeFebruary 28
MARCH 
The Kooks + The Vaccines at Newport Music HallMarch 2
Fiesta! The Bad Bunny Birthday Celebration at A&R Music BarMarch 2
Swansea Skag at The BasementMarch 2
Ricky Montgomery at Newport Music HallMarch 3
BRATTY at The BasementMarch 5
Playboi Carti at the Schottenstein CenterMarch 5
Two Door Cinema Club at KEMBA Live!March 5
Greensky Bluegrass at KEMBA Live!March 6
Odetari at The BasementMarch 6
Russell Dickerson at KEMBA Live!March 7
On Tour With Kolton Moore & The Clever Few at A&R Music BarMarcy 7
Babytron at the BluestoneMarch 7
Daniel Blair at The BasementMarch 7
Wifisfuneral at A&R Music BarMarch 9
The R.O.C. at The BasementMarch 9
Kelsy Karter at Rumba CafeMarch 9
Tanner Ursey at A&R Music BarMarch 10
And All That Jazz Festival at the Southern TheatreMarch 10
Mike Mains & The Branches at Rumba CafeMarch 10
California Guitar Trio at Natalies Music HallMarch 10
Ministry at KEMBA Live!March 12
Mary Timony at Rumba CafeMarch 12
The Rocket Summer at Rumba CafeMarch 13
Dandy Warhols at Newport Music HallMarch 14
Travis Tritt at the Palace TheatreMarch 14
The Dollyrots at Rumba CafeMarch 14
Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at NewportMarch 15
Pray For Sleep at A&R Music BarMarch 15
Anthony Jeselnik: Bones and All at The Palace TheatreMarch 15
Dan + Shay at Nationwide ArenaMarch 15
Mac Saturn at Ace of CupsMarch 16
Early Eyes at Rumba CafeMarch 16
Fialla St Pattys Day Spectacular at Rambling HouseMarch 17
Kurt Vile and The Violators at Newport Music HallMarch 18
GROUPLOVE: Rock And Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour at KEMBA Live!March 19
Mitch Rowland at Newport Music HallMarch 19
Mihali at A&R Music BarMarch 19
Sleater-Kinney at Newport Music HallMarch 20
Lip Criptic at The BasementMarch 20
Mike Doughty & Ghost of Vroom at Rumba CafeMarch 20
Josiah and the Bonnevilles at The BasementMarch 22
Joe Pera at the Southern TheatreMarch 22
Guster at Newport Music HallMarch 22
Tim Mcgraw at Nationwide ArenaMarch 23
Black Violin 24 at Ohio TheatreMarch 24
Briscoe at A&R Music Bar March 24
Jervis Campbell at The BasementMarch 24
Jack & Jack with special guest Sammy Wilk at A&R Music BarMarch 26
Austin Meade at The Basement March 26
Avenged Sevenfold at Nationwide ArenaMarch 26
Ruston Kelly at A&R Music BarMarch 27
GWAR at Newport Music HallMarch 28
Autoheart at A&R Music BarMarch 28
Spafford at Woodlands TavernMarch 28
Bilmuri at Newport Music HallMarch 30
San Fermin at The BasementMarch 31
APRIL 
Eliza Mclamb at Ace of CupsApril 2
The Last Dinner Party at Newport Music HallApril 2
Teen Mortgage at The BasementApril 2
Buddy Guy at the Palace Theatre April 2
Ryan Caraveo – Trouble in Paradise Tour at The BasementApril 3
The Wood Brothers at Southern TheatreApril 3
Sarah and the Sundays at A&R Music Bar April 3
Lime Cordiale at A&R Music BarApril 4
Jackie Greene at The Basement April 4
Sampha at Newport Music HallApril 4
Shayfer James at The BasementApril 5
Alex Williams (full band) at Woodlands TavernApril 5
COLUMBUS AGAINST THE WORLD: Adam Paddock x Jady x Lisa Curtis x Summon
Luke at Newport Music Hall
April 5
Hariah at Ace of CupsApril 5
Wish You Were Here at KEMBA Live!April 6
The Ghost Club – King Whatever Tour at The BasementApril 6
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME: GLOOMTOWN TOUR at NewportApril 6
Indigo De Souza at Skully’s Music DinerApril 7
Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal at the Schottenstein CenterApril 5-7
Matt Hansen: Something To Remember Tour at The BasementApril 10
Julia Wolf at A&R Music BarApril 11
Bryce Leatherwood at The Basement April 11
In The Pines at Rumba CafeApril 11
Dethklok: Mutilation on a Spring Night at Kemba Live! April 11
Dr. Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk OhioApril 12
Birdtalker at A&R Music BarApril 12
Matt Braunger At Natalies Music HallApril 12
Kylie Morgan at the BluestoneApril 12
Remo Drive at The BasementApril 12
We Three at Newport Music HallApril 12
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Presents: The Italian SunApril 13
smallboats at The BasementApril 13
Sweet Pill at Ace of CupsApril 13
TommyInnit at KEMBA Live!April 14
ThnxSoMch at A&R Music BarApril 14
Hippie Sabotage at KEMBA Live!April 16
Ruen Brothers at Rumba CafeApril 16
Carbon Leaf at A&R Music BarApril 16
The Veronicas at Newport Music HallApril 17
Smallpools & Grayscale at A&R Music BarApril 17
Napolean Dynamite LIVE! at KEMBA Live!April 19
Joey Aich at A&R Music BarApril 19
David J at The BasementApril 19
The Taylor Party: The TS Dance Party at Newport Music HallApril 19
Alvvays at Newport Music HallApril 20
Emo Nite at A&R Music BarApril 20
BAILEN at The BasementApril 20
This Just In: Jazz of Today, Presented by the Tony Hagood Quintet at The Columbus Museum of ArtApril 21
Lost Dog Street Band at Bluestone April 21
Rhythm & Grooves – Smooth Jazz & Pop Hits of the 1970’s at The Southern TheatreApril 21
The Dreidelman Saga Tour at Newport Music HallApril 23
Games We Plan at A&R Music BarApril 24
Hannah Wicklund – Hell In The Hallway World Tour at The BasementApril 24
The Mary Wallopers at A&R Music Bar April 25
STRFKR at Newport Music HallApril 24
Bobaflex at Newport Music HallApril 27
The Heavy Heavy at The BasementApril 28
The Postal Service & Death Cab for Cutie at the Schottenstein CenterApril 30
MAY 
Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) At Woodlands TavernMay 1
Tigercub at The BasementMay 1
Madeleine Peyroux at the Lincolcn TheatreMay 2
June Star: at Rambling HouseMay 3
Aidan Bisset: Supernova at The BasementMay 3
Chris Young at KEMBA Live!May 3
Hot Water Music 30th Anniversary Tour feat. Quicksand at Newport Music HallMay 4
Brent Cobb at A&R Music BarMay 4
The Spinners at the Palace TheatreMay 5
Columbus Commons Mothers Day ConcertMay 7
Say Anything at KEMBA Live!May 7
Punk Rock Factory Stick to the Covers Tour at A&R Music BarMay 7
Young Rising Sons at A&R Music BarMay 10
Prof at Newport Music HallMay 10
Kameron Marlowe at Kemba LiveMay 10
Alice Merton at A&R Music BarMay 11
Nothing More at Kemba LiveMay 11
ProMusica Chamber Orch. Presents: Vadim Gluzman Plays TchaikovskyMay 12
Clay at The BasementMay 12
Jeff Bernat at A&R Music BarMay 13
Deko with Yameii and Friends at The BasementMay 14
Periphery at Newport Music HallMay 14
Sonic Temple FestMay 16-19
Brit Floyd P.U.L.S.E. at Kemba Live!May 16
Corey Smith at A&R Music BarMay 16
Geese at A&R Music BarMay 17
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers: Dark Star Jubilee 2024May 26
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
JUNE 
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Kemba Live! June 1
Bleachers at KEMBA Live!June 4
Violent Vira at The BasementJune 6
Chappel Roan at Kemba LiveJune 7
Michael Marcagi at A&R Music BarJune 9
The Mars Volta at Kemba Live! June 12
Brothers Osborne – Might As Well Be Us Tour at KEMBA Live!June 13
Avi Kaplan at A&R Music BarJune 13
Gregory Allen Isakov at Kemba Live!June 18
My Beloved Tragedy at A&R Music BarJune 22
Buckeye Country Superfest at Ohio StadiumJune 22-23
Middle Kids at A&R Music BarJune 24
JULY 
Hayden Coffman at A&R Music BarJuly 11
Taking Back Sunday at KEMBA Live!July 25
AUGUST 
The Avett Brothers at Kemba Live! OutdoorAugust 20
King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn at The BasementAugust 29
SEPTEMBER 
Goth Babe at Kemba Live! September 11
MARCUS KING: MOOD SWINGS THE WORLD TOUR at Kemba Live! September 17
Lake Street Dive at Kemba Live! September 30