11 CBUS Summer Festivals You Can't Miss
June 5, 2017 by Joe Vargo
Columbus Arts Festival | June 9-11, Scioto Mile
Featuring more than 280 nationally acclaimed artists, the Columbus Arts Festival takes over the downtown riverfront. Stroll along the Scioto Mile with friends and family and enjoy the art, entertainment and food that make this event so special.
Buckeye Country Superfest | June 10-11, Ohio Stadium
Country Music’s biggest names fill the 102,000-seat Ohio Stadium for a weekend packed full of concerts.
Columbus PRIDE Festival | June 16-18, Scioto Mile
The annual Columbus Pride Festival will take place June 16-18 on the Scioto Mile. The festival attracts more than 500,000 attendees making it one of the largest pride festivals in the Midwest.
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival | June 16-18, Gahanna
The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival boasts the “Best Blues & Jazz in Ohio.” The festival offers more than 90 hours of Ohio’s best blues and jazz. Not to mention, they have plenty of activities to entertain all generations in your family.
Red, White & BOOM! | July 3, Downtown Columbus
There are few more patriotic ways to kick off your Independence Day weekend than at the largest fireworks display in Ohio. Festivities start at noon and the big show starts at 10 p.m. Plan to be downtown very early, because the best spots go fast!
DooDah Parade, July 4, Short North Arts District
The Doo Dah Parade in Columbus, Ohio, is a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of literary lunacy. The one-day satirical party features a one-of-a-kind parade filled with characters in costume, humorous political debates, satirists' readings, a singing of the National Anthem, live music and a post parade block party.
Jazz and Rib Fest | July 21-22, Downtown Columbus
Hot ribs and cool jazz fill downtown Columbus during this popular summer festival on Columbus' sparkling riverfront. Three stages of music pair with the best ribs around!
Ohio State Fair | July 27-Aug. 6, Ohio Expo Center
With agricultural exhibitions, a huge midway full of rides and a blockbuster lineup of musical performances, you’re never short on fun at the Ohio State Fair. Add a helping of fair food, and you’ve got a recipe for a great trip!
Dublin Irish Festival | Aug. 4-6, Dublin
Dublin plays host to the world’s second largest Irish celebration. With an event that has more than 65 acts and 535 performers, you’re bound to have a great time.
Columbus Food Truck Festival | Aug. 18-19, Scioto Mile
Head down to the Scioto Mile and sample delicious food from more than 70 Ohio food trucks. In addition to the food, there is plenty of live music and arts & crafts for all ages.
Columbus Greek Festival | Sept. 1-4, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
From souvlaki and baklava to traditional singing and dancing, this festival brings the best of Greek culture to Columbus. Don’t miss the free cathedral tours.