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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The Mars Volta at Kemba Live! June 12
Mir Fontane & Caleborate at The Basement June 12
Brothers Osborne – Might As Well Be Us Tour at KEMBA Live!June 13
Avi Kaplan at A&R Music BarJune 13
PINK NOISE Ft. Mojoflo, Zoo Trippin, A Place I Know, Cellar Dwellar, The Hose,Blucone, Dairy Family at Newport Music HallJune 14
Nadiem – Exception Tour at The BasementJune 14
Excision: The Nexus Tour at KEMBA Live! Outdoor June 16
Danielle Ponder at A&R Music Bar June 17
Gregory Allen Isakov at Kemba Live!June 18
North Star Boys at The Basement June 18
Neil Frances at A&R Music BarJune 19
Jenny Lewis at Newport Music HallJune 19
Guardin at A&R Music Bar June 21
Buckeye Country Superfest Pre-Party featuring Wyatt Flores at Newport Music HallJune 21 & 22
My Beloved Tragedy at A&R Music BarJune 22
The Wonderlands at The Basement June 22
Buckeye Country Superfest at Ohio StadiumJune 22-23
Middle Kids at A&R Music BarJune 24
Sawyer at The BasementJune 25
S.G. Goodman at The Basement June 26
Jamie Wyatt at A&R Music BarJune 26
Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat FREE CONCERT at Columbus CommonsJune 30
Irontom at A&R Music Bar July 6
Glasslands at The BasementJuly 6
Uncle Lucius at A&R Music BarJuly 9
Hayden Coffman at A&R Music BarJuly 11
Frances Forever at A&R Music Bar July 12
Winnetka Bowling League at A&R Music BarJuly 13
Allan Rayman: The All Allan Tour at A&R Music Bar July 18
Noise Ctrl July 20
Wifisfuneral at A&R Music BarJuly 20
Shrek Rave at Newport Music HallJuly 20
The Greeting Committee at A&R Music Bar July 21
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at Newport Music HallJuly 24
Taking Back Sunday at KEMBA Live!July 25
Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles at KEMBA live! July 26
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers at Newport Music HallJuly 27
The Strike at A&R Music BarJuly 27
Still Woozy at Kemba Live! July 28
The Japanese House at Newport Music Hall July 29
Shallow Alcove at The Basement July 30
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Concert at Kemba Live! August 3
The Warped Band – The Ultimate Tribute to The Warped TourAugust 3
Colby AcuffAugust 4
Ken Carson: Chaos Tour at Kemba Live! August 8
Iration and Pepper with Special guests DENM and Artikal Sound System at KEMBA Live! August 9
The Struts: The Pretty Vicious Tour with Special Guest Barns Courtney at Kemba Live! August 14
Jeremy Pinnell at The BasementAugust 15
Protest the HeroAugust 17
Switchfoot/Blue October/Matt Nathanson- Help From My Friends Tour 2024 at Kemba Live!August 18
Action Bronson at Newport Music Hall August 18
Koe Wetzel at Kemba Live! August 22
The Avett Brothers at Kemba Live! OutdoorAugust 20
PromoWest Productions and Bud Light Seltzer Presents: The Emo Night TourAugust 24
Sugar Ray & Tonic & Lit FREE CONCERT at Columbus Commons August 25
ZZ Top at Kemba Live! August 27
New Found Glory at KEMBA Live! August 28
King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn at The BasementAugust 29
STARSET – IMMERSION: THE FINAL CHAPTER – Part of The Blitz Fall Concert SeriesAugust 31
CG5 at A&R Music BarSeptember 6
COAL CHAMBER With special guests Fear Factory, Twiztid, Wednesday 13, and Black Satellite at Kemba Live! September 8
Royel Otis-Glory to Glory at Newport Music HallSeptember 9
Goth Babe at Kemba Live! September 11
Descendents & Circle Jerks at Kemba Live!September 14
Citizens at A&R Music BarSeptember 15
PromoWest Productions and Bud Light Seltzer Presents: Frank Turner & The Sleeping SoulsSeptember 16
The Hive at Newport Music hallSeptember 18
Daniel NunneleeSeptember 19
Dashboard Confessional at Kemba Live!September 20
Joe PSeptember 21
Teddy Swims at Kemba Live! September 23
Loveless – I LOVE IT WHEN IT TOURS TOUR at Newport Music HallSeptember 24
Kneecap at A&R Music Bar September 25
Mother Mother at Newport Music HallSeptember 26
Noah Floersch at A&R Music BarSeptember 26
Sleeping With Sirens at KEMBA Live!September 27
Previous Industries at The BasementSeptember 29
The Airborne Toxic Event at Newport Music HallSeptember 29
Lake Street Dive at Kemba Live! September 30
Zolita-The Queen of Hearts Tour 2024 at The Basement October 3
DJ Shadow at Newport Music HallOctober 7
Evan Honer at A&R Music Bar October 10
Stop Light Observations at The Basement October 11
Vaultboy at A&R Music BarOctober 14
Judah & The Lion at Kemba Live!October 15
Myles Smith: The Slightly Less Lonely North American Tour 2024 at A&R Music BarOctober 19
Catfish and the Bottlemen at Newport Music HallOctober 27
Dylan Schneider at A&R Music Bar October 27
Bob The Drag Queen: This Is Wild World TourOctober 29
HOOKAHWEEN 2024 Featuring: Ekoostik Hookah and Dustin Smith & The Daydreamers at Newport Music hallNovember 1
Ruby Waters – What’s The Point Tour at A&R Music Bar November 2
Cold War Kids – 20 Years Tour at Newport Music HallNovember 8
HAPPY LANDING – The Golden TourNovember 21
Forest BlakkDecember 1
The Ultimate Doors – A Tribute to the DoorsDecember 28

June 2024 
Old Town East Art Walk June 1
Savor Growl Tasting 4-7June 7
Giant Eagle Kingsdale Taste of 614 4-7June 14
614 Day at Wolf’s Ridge Taproom 4pmJune 14
Crm’d Rocky Roadways Debut + (614) Vodka x (614) Lager Tasting starting at 7 pmJune 14
Market Bar (614) Beer tasting for Bridge Park Farmers Market starting at 10 amJune 15