Experience Columbus Day(s)

by Maureen McCabe on September 25, 2007

Columbus w/ white border


“Come Play in our Backyard “  is the theme of this years Columbus Days festivities, October 5 – 8,  2007.   ”Experience Columbus is the official travel and tourism resource for Columbus, Ohio ” and is the place to find out what’s happening in Columbus during Columbus Days. Click on the official discount flyer on the Experience Columbus Days site or on the Experience Columbus site for 50% of many local attractions, discounts on others.  Many of the performances you need reservations and there is a “password” to get you the discount by phone. 

Columbus kid’s favorites:

Columbus Childrens Theatre, Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St, Columbus Ohio

Columbus Santa Maria, 25 Marconi Blvd. Columbus Ohio (in Battelle Park on the riverfront)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Dr, Powell Ohio

COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Columbus Ohio

The Wilds,  14000 International Rd, Cumberland Ohio

More museums 

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St, Columbus Ohio

Ohio Historical Center, 1982 Velma Ave, Columbus Ohio

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Columbus Ohio  William Wegman’s Funney/Strange Exhibition Weimaraners is  now at the Wexner Center!

 Definitely more adult:

Beulah Park Thoroughbred Racetrack,  3811 Southwest Blvd, Grove City

Shadowbox – The Sketch Comedy & Rock-n-Roll Club, 164 Easton Town Center, Columbus Ohio

Definitely not for children…

Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) production of ‘The Pillowman’ Studio One Theatre in the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St, Columbus Ohio
“**Strong language and violence. Not suitable for children.** “ according to the Experience Columbus site!… 50% off tickets if you know the password.  More…. 


Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St, Columbus Ohio 

In addition to being Columbus Ohio’s four day celebration of Columbus Day (Monday October 8, 2007) Central Ohio’s weekend events include:

Herb Harvest Day – Sat October 6, 2007 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 109 Johnstown Rd., Gahanna.

North Market Harvest Festival –  ”Live Music, kids activities and cooking contests.” according to the Experience Columbus Days site.  

Saturday being the first Saturday of the month is the Short North’s Gallery Hop.  The Gallery Hop is from the Convention Center north on High Street to 5th Ave.

Columbus Italian Festival,  ”Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, Italian Village. Located one block west of N. 4th Street” according to the Experience Columbus Days site. The Festival website has great directions, a map and says: “church is at the corner of Hamlet & Lincoln Streets next to the Wonder Bread building. “

Zona Bambini…. or Kids Zone… Columbus Italian Festival is of course a family affair… 

Sports, Ohio State Soccer or Crew Soccer and the Blue Jackets (Friday evening)  seem to be on the Columbus Days menu, the OSU football team is in West Lafayette Indiana for the day.

and even more… 

Also to celebrate Columbus Days –  25% off food at some of Central Ohio’s premier restaurants, members of Columbus Originals. 

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1 Teri Lussier September 30, 2007 at 05:58 pm

Nice list!

Columbus is an awesome city for kids. We spent a long weekend there when my kids were young, and they still talk about the Santa Maria.

The zoo is a great place to go in February, doing that warmish time. It’s not crowded then, it’s cool enough that the animals are moving during the day, and it just feels good to get out and about at the end of winter.

2 MaureenMcCabe September 30, 2007 at 08:26 pm

I wonder why you were in my spam filter.

I have never been to the Santa Maria! I have been up close, just never onboard.

There was an article in the Columbus Dispatch last March when the basketball playoffs were in town about how there was nothing to do in Columbus in comparison to other cities. It was considered too cold to go th the Columbus Zoo between games….??? It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, between the festiviities and parades in both Columbus and Dublin in addition to all the permanent stuff. I can’t remember what schools were in town for the playoffs but I assume they were from south of us if they were whining about it being too cold to go to the Zoo in March.

I went to the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade and got rosy cheeks.

3 Dr Larry Myers October 8, 2007 at 02:43 pm

I am here from NYC and there there is ahuge parade
this is the largest city in America named for Columbus where’s the beef!?
no celebration? no festivities ? nothing in the Dispatch?

4 MaureenMcCabe October 8, 2007 at 04:23 pm

There was a wreath laying ceremony downtown at the Christopher Columbus Statue at City Hall this morning and a Columbus Day Reception at Cafe Del Mondo.

We’ve had a full weeked of Experience Columbus Days (which runs through today) but no the city does not have a Columbus Day parade anymore. It’s been a bunch of years since there was a Columbus Day Parade. I personally think a three full days of activiities with the Columbus Zoo, COSI, the rest of the museums, arts venues, The Columbus Italian Festival in Italian Village participating is better than a couple of hour parade for us.

With the city, state and federal employees off would they come back to downtown Columbus for a parade on their day off? There was free parking in Downtown Columbus today though…. There was a Columbus Italian Parade yesterday in Italian Village too.

I did not check the Dispatch to see if they had info on the Columbus Day Reception and Wreath Laying Ceremony in the paper today. I’ll have to take your word on it that they did not.

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