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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Columbus Home Improvement ShowApril 5-7
Ohioana Book Festival at The Columbus Metropolatin Downtown LibraryApril 20
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
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
The Memorial Tournament at Murfield Village DublinJune 3-9
Columbus Arts Festival at Scioto MileJune 7-9
(614) Restaurant Week presented by Revolution MortgageJuly 22-27
Columbus Greek Festival August 30-September 2
Columbus Greek Festival August 30-September 2
The Dead South at Kemba Live! October 21

Sonic Temple FestMay 16-19
Brit Floyd P.U.L.S.E. at Kemba Live!May 16
Hyro the Hero at The Basement May 16
Corey Smith at A&R Music BarMay 16
Geese at A&R Music BarMay 17
Eyedress at Newport Music HallMay 18
Dread Engine at A&R Music BarMay 25
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers: Dark Star Jubilee 2024May 26
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
Breakaway Music Festival at Historic Crew StadiumMay 31-June 1
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Kemba Live! June 1
Orville Peck at Kemba Live!June 3
Bleachers at KEMBA Live!June 4
ZG Smith at The BasementJune 4
Violent Vira at The BasementJune 6
Chappel Roan at Kemba LiveJune 7
Sugarhill Gang x Furious 5 at Newport Music HallJune 7
“An Acorn Affair” Featuring: Simon Molnar, Befriend Strange Creatures, Gunk, People in the Daytime, Spillway, Dingo Dango, Mascara Cowboys at A&R Music BarJune 8
Michael Marcagi at A&R Music BarJune 9
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
Arbor 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
Irontom at A&R Music Bar July 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
Wifisfuneral at A&R Music BarJuly 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
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
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
New Found Glory at KEMBA Live! August 28
King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn at The BasementAugust 29
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
The Hive at Newport Music hallSeptember 18
Dashboard Confessional at Kemba Live!September 20
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
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