Things to do in Columbus: Fairs, Festivals, Food

by Maureen McCabe on July 19, 2012

Midway at the Ohio State Fair Fairs

Franklin County Fair -  July 14, 2012 – July 21, 2012
Ohio State Fair – July 25, 2012 – Aug. 5, 2012


Jazz & Rib Fest in Columbus’ Arena District, July 20–22.

Jazzoo is at the Columbus Zoo Friday.  The Jazz Arts Group’s site says “JazZoo!: “Ray Charles & the Legends of Soul” featuring Phil Clark”

Saturday at Columbus Commons  is the Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops features Peabo Bryson

Garden Variety  is July 21, 2012 at  Scioto Gardens, 3351 State Rte. 37 W., Delaware, OH. 43015  Garden and Arts Festival

The 2012 Columbus Diocese Parish Festival Guide

This weekend there are parish festivals at St. Matthew in Gahanna (Thursday through Saturday) and Our Lady of Peace (Friday and Saturday)  in the Clintonville  Beechwold area.


Next week is Restaurant Week… It seems like there are lots of restaurant weeks.  One a month?

Restaurant Week?  The Refectory is doing Restaurant Week for two weeks.


This is Summer Sale weekend in the Short North.  Saturday is the Super Sidewalk Sale from 9 to 2. is a great place to get details on most things happening in central Ohio.


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July 26, 2012 at 08:03 am


1 Dennis July 26, 2012 at 07:13 am

Hi, Maureen.

I visited the 2012 Ohio State Fair on its first day yesterday afternoon. It’s my first time to visit and I spent a good time exploring the crafts and creative arts pavilions. The people I spoke with were very friendly and enthusiastic about their work. I also dropped by the livestock exhibits and events, as well as the Civil War camp.

Here’s a photo album I put up at Facebook to share –

There’s obviously a lot to see (and eat!); I probably got through only a third of the Fair. I plan to return there again.

– Dennis

2 Maureen McCabe July 26, 2012 at 06:07 pm

Great photos. I shared them on the 365 Things to do in Columbus, Ohio page on Facebook. Yesterday was a much better day than today to be at the fair, although it is looking like people are headed back out after the rain, wind and lightening today.

I hope your part of town did not have any damage this storm.

I hope to get out to the Ohio State Fair on a cool day next week.

3 Dennis August 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm


After I visited the fair again with my wife and child, I wrote up a blog post “Visiting the 2012 Ohio State Fair”. You can find it here –

The fair has been great! I hope to return next year.

– Dennis

4 Maureen McCabe August 2, 2012 at 05:57 pm

I am jealous. I have NOT made it there once yet. I am paniced that I will not get there this year. I will visit your post.

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