Presidents' Day is an annual federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of our country’s first president, George Washington. For many, that means it’s a three-day weekend off of work. Whether you’re looking to learn more about our nation’s political history or take a break from the work grind, we have you covered this President's Day Weekend in Columbus.

Immerse Yourself in History

Head to the Ohio History Center on Monday, February 20 for a celebration of presidential proportions. Create your own campaign memorabilia and meet several 1st-person presidential presenters all on the museum floor. Festivities kick off at 10 am! Learn more here

Enjoy Free and Discounted Attraction Admission

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and National Veterans Memorial and Museum will offer free admission and National Veterans Memorial and Museum will offer $1 admission on Presidents' Day, Mon. Feb. 20. Plus, the Columbus Museum of Art offers free admission Sundays and The Wexner Center for the Arts offers free gallery admission daily! See our full list of top attractions in Columbus to check out President's Day weekend and beyond.

A visitor looking at a piece of artwork at the Columbus Museum of Art

Explore CBUS Soul & Black History Month Events

Use your time away from work by educating yourself on the important contributions of Black Americans throughout history and learning more about Columbus' vibrant Black Community. There are plenty of events and activities in Columbus to inform and enlighten you. Check out our round-up of Black History Month events here and learn more about CBUS Soul here

Long Street Bridge

Order Carryout or Dine Out

Give yourself at least one night off from cooking and leave the kitchen behind for one of Columbus’ incredible local restaurants. Offering cuisines from around the globe in locales ranging from classic diners to fine dining and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Find delicious meals for your weekend here.

LGBT couple enjoying dinner on a date night at an upscale restaurant

Check Out Special Exhibitions

Take advantage of your time off and immerse yourself in these special exhibitions happening over President's Day Weekend in Columbus. 

Greater Columbus: The 2023 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Awards Exhibition

Greater Columbus features work by artists in central Ohio who have been recognized for their outstanding talent. The exhibition represents a continuing partnership between the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Featured artists include...

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I Am One of Those Animals

I Am One of Those Animals by Carmen Ostermann ABOUT Carmen Ostermann is an artist who investigates the intricacy of ecosystems and the impacts of environmental destruction through delicate hand built ceramic and fiber sculptures. She seeks to reveal our interconnectedness with...

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IJOMAH: The Journey of ADAOBI

Streetlight Guild is proud to present the debut solo exhibit by AdaObinna Moore! AdaObinna Moore is an artist born in Columbus, Ohio whose passion for art started at a young age. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016, obtaining her BA in Art with a focus on studio...

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This year, Orchids is a celebration of sunny days and a welcome respite from dreary winter blues. Warm, sunshiney days fill our dreams during Ohio's winters. The themed displays of Orchids turn those dreams into reality! A vibrant rainbow of thousands of orchid blooms will fill...

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Mentor, Mentee: A collaboration between Celeste Malvar-Stewart and Tracy Powell

Mentor, Mentee is a visual reflection and pronouncement of the importance of a healthy and effective relationship between mentor and mentee as told through the art of fashion. We are invited to follow a four-year journey and dialogue between fashion artists Celeste Malvar-Stewart...

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