Columbus Moms Blog Guide to the Month of August


Your guide to the month of August is here and so are the dog days of summer! Although Back-to-School is on our minds this month, we still have plenty of summer events to enjoy and places to explore.

things to do in August

A special thanks to our title sponsor, Goldfish Swim School, for making this guide possible. 

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Parents, let your child’s teachers, daycare professionals, community organizations and other groups that include young children know they can bring Goldfish Swim School instructors in for these FREE water safety presentations to benefit everyone. The more we spread the news about water safety in our community, the more we can help parents and kids learn how be safer in and around the water. Contact Goldfish Swim School to set up a water safety presentation today at (614) 407-3474!

The word of the month is FESTIVAL! There are numerous church festivals and outdoor events to put on your calendar this month as you squeeze in the last bit of summer freedom! As always, be sure to check directly with the organization hosting the event, because dates, times and other details may change. 

Maybe you have a “Staycation” planned for August. If so, look here! 

Check out our other summer posts as well!

Now onto the events for August. 🙂  

Events: August 1-6

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Nature Story time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | Enjoy story time in the Children’s Garden for ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Included with admission. 

August 1, 8, 15: Food Truck Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hilliard Station | Come out and enjoy lunch at The Station! 

August 1, 8, 15: Celebration at the Station: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hilliard Station | Spend your Thursday Nights with food trucks and live music to close out the summer. 

August 1-31: Teacher Appreciation Month at LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Easton | Show your pay stub or School ID and teachers can enjoy a FREE walk-up entry. Plus you can bring up to six guests and each of them gets $5 off admission.

August 1: Nightlife 614: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. | Showing Heavy Weights at Genoa Park.

August 1- 4: The Ohio State Fair: Times vary each day at The Ohio Expo Center | Rides, concerts, unique food and vendors, a tradition you won’t want to miss! See their website for exact times of events. (Continues from July 24)

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Yoga on the Square: 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at Easton | Designed for the first-timer and mainstream fitness fan, this introductory yoga class focuses on strength, conditioning and flexibility. Led by Life Time Fitness instructors, it’s free and open to the public, ages 13 and older.

August 2: Commons for Kids: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Friday morning focus is officially on the kids of Columbus. Give the carousel a whirl or hit the bounce houses free of charge. There is something for kids of all ages with performances, Imagination Playground, crafts and games. This week is character day! 

August 2-4: Disney’s Cinderalla Kids: 11:00 a.m. at Columbus Children’s Theater | The beloved and timeless Disney animated film has been adapted to the stage in Disney’s Cinderella KIDS! Disney’s Cinderella KIDS will inspire audiences of all ages to follow their dreams! See website for times and tickets. Also showing August 9-11. 

August 2- August 4 : St. James Brats and Crafts Festival: 4:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in Hilliard | Event includes live polka style music and dancing, authentic and homemade German table fare, beer wagon, arts and crafts fair and children’s games. 

August 2- August 4: Dublin Irish Festival: Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday until midnight. Saturday is 11 a.m.- midnight and Sunday is 11 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. in Dublin | For 31 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the largest three-day Irish Festival on the planet! 

August 2: Uptown Friday Night: Pop Uptown Westerville: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Come uptown to shop for back to school items with shops open late! 

August 2: Jazoo Concert Series at The Columbus Zoo : 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. featuring the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. 

August 2- August 4: Back to School Tax-Free Shopping Days | The Ohio tax-free weekend begins on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. During the holiday, clothing and shoes (priced at $75 per item or less) are exempt from sales and use tax!

August 3: Motivation at the Station: 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. at Hilliard Station | Free yoga at the park! 

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Worthington Farmer’s Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Each Saturday, come enjoy this wonderful farmer’s market. 

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Westerville Farmer’s Market | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Come get your fresh produce each Saturday in August. 

August 3: Pickerington Kidsfest: 1:00 p.m.- 5;00 p.m. at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex | Lots of family fun for free and races too! 

August 3: John Mayer: 6:00 p.m. | Live at the Schottenstein- get your tickets today! 

August 4: Worthington Concerts on the Green: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on the Green | Enjoy The Ohio State Alumni Band! 

August 6: Sip and Sketch: 6:30 p.m. at Meza Wine Shop | The Arts Council of Westerville and Meza Wine Shop in Uptown Westerville host a casual art class featuring creativity and wine. Instructors teach techniques and encourage personalized expression. Fee includes materials and two glasses of wine.

August 6: Back to School Bash: 7:00 p.m. at Hilliard Station | In conjunction with the Hilliard Arts Council, enjoy a free concert by the Columbus Community Orchestra and children from Hilliard Arts Council’s summer drama camp. Pop-up art and food trucks will be available for families to enjoy.

August 6: Movies by Moonlight: Movie begins at dusk until 10:30 p.m. | Enjoy The Iron Giant outside under the stars! 

August 7: Wild Story Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Ohio Wildlife Center | Story time, followed by a craft to coordinate with the book! $5 per person and includes a visit with an animal ambassador and a walk around the grounds.

August 7: Get the Scoop: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hilliard Station | Free ice cream, family games and of course the splash pad! 

August 7: Taste of Hilliard: 4:30 p.m. at Makoy Center | 30 restaurants and 50 businesses will be at the Taste of Hilliard & Business Expo for the community to come and taste the different foods from area restaurants and learn more about the services our businesses can provide to them. There will also be a kids area! $15 cash admission; $5 for ages 10 and under.

August 7: Mystery Night Out in Powell: 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Clues will be located throughout downtown Powell and lead participants back to Village Green Park for an evening of entertainment, food, and raffle prizes!

Events: August 8-13

August 8: Pre-K Story Time at Scioto Audobon: 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. | A volunteer will read a nature-based story and then play in the Forest room after! Storytime is most Thursdays and Saturdays. 

August 8-10: Ohio Balloon Fest: 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, 2:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at The Union County Airport | Hot Air Balloons, Kidz City (all you can jump), performances by Aaron Lewis and Saving Jane and so much more!

August 8: COSI after Dark: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at COSI | Adult only time at COSI with the theme of Throwback Thursday.

August 8: Boyz II Men: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Columbus Commons | Free ticket is required! Motown Philly! 

August 8-10: Promusica Summer Music Series: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | Spend a starlit evening on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, with three different programs of world-class orchestral performances each night. Pack a picnic and enjoy live music performed against the backdrop of the illuminated John F. Wolfe Palm House. Bring the whole family and join us one hour before each concert for music and garden-inspired children’s activities on the Wolfe Terrace (behind the stage).

August 9: Franklin County Touch a Truck: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Franklin County Engineer Office (Dublin Location) | Come check out their display of trucks! Website will be updated soon! 

August 9: Commons for Kids: 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. | Friday morning focus is officially on the kids of Columbus. Give the carousel a whirl or hit the bounce houses free of charge. There is something for kids of all ages with performances, Imagination Playground, crafts and games. Circus Day today! 

August 9-10: St. Cecilia Festival: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Come out for affordable family fun! Rides, fun, live entertainment and food! 

August 9-10: St. Brendan Parish Festival: 6:00 p.m.-Midnight in Hilliard | Festival Raffle, Silent Auction, Festival Food, kids games, and rides!  Family-friendly hours from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

August 9: Jazoo Concert Series at The Columbus Zoo : 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. 

August 9: Creekside Live: 7:00 p.m. at Creekside in Gahanna | The event brings the community together celebrating the heart of Gahanna, the Creekside District. Come early and enjoy one of the many local restaurants. Onsite beverage sales available supported by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation.

August 9: How to Train a Dragon at Sharon Woods Metro Park: 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Enjoy a movie under the stars as you watch “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (2019). Dragon-themed activities will be set up before the movie, beginning at 8 pm. The movie starts at dusk. Feel free to bring your own seating, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

August 10: Yoga at the Market: 8:00 a.m. in Worthington | Free class and a great way to start your morning! The second Saturday of each month with Centered Yoga and Movement. 

August 10: National Bowling Day: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | One free game and shoes for National Bowling Day at Ten Pin Alley! 

August 10: Superhero Day at Easton: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superhero Day at Easton! Discover your superpower and come dressed as your favorite superhero, or even better, invent one! Enjoy superhero activities, costumed characters…and more!

August 10: PBJ and Jazz at Topiary Park: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Concerts are free and follow family story time at 11 a.m. in the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. The noon concert will conclude with a hands-on art activity, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., presented by the Columbus Museum of Art.

August 10-11: Festival Latino 2019: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Genoa Park | Free family festival!

August 10: Summer in the 614: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Worthington Village Green | Sit on the grass and enjoy local musicians, family activities, games, food vendors, and much more! Music and activities begin at 4. 

August 10: National S’mores Day Campout: 7:00 p.m. at Highbanks Mero Park | Come celebrate everyone’s favorite campfire snack.

August 10: Columbus Crew Game: 7:30 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium | A fun experience with your family, come cheer on The Crew!  

August 10: Genoa Township Movie Night: Starts at Dusk | Movies start at dusk at McNamara Park. Come early to picnic and enjoy the park. Free popcorn.

August 11: Sunday Paddling: 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at Hoff Woods Park | Join your family at Hoff Woods pond for a casual paddle on the water. This event is family-friendly and perfect for any age. Try out a canoe, a kayak or both! Learn new strokes and techniques from certified instructors, or just have fun paddling on the water. Perfect for beginners. $5 for ages 10 and up. Children nine years and under free.

August 11: Family Fun with The Columbus Zoo2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Conservatory | Come out and see some friendly animals from the zoo! The presentation is included with admission.

August 11: Worthington Concerts on the Green: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Worthington Green | Grab a blanket and join in the fun for a relaxing night of music on the green! 

August 13: Movie by Moonlight: 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Easton | Showing Mary Poppins Returns tonight! Starts at dusk. 

Events: August 14-20

August 14- August 18: Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at COSI | COSI brings the farm to the city during Farm Days! Climb aboard real tractors and a combine. Observe a beehive, and meet with local farmers to learn about where your food comes from. Test your driving skills on a pedal tractor course, get “eggcited” about baby chickens, and even milk COSI’s fiberglass cow, Daisy. Come harvest a whole bushel of fun.

August 15: Paws in the Plaza: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Creekside Gahanna | Monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of the month from June through September. All animal-related vendors.

August 15: Nightlife 614: 8:00 p.m. | Showing The Princess Bride at Genoa Park! Food trucks, craft beer and a great view of the city! 

August 16-17: Columbus Food Truck Festival: 11:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m. at The Scioto Mile | 65 food vendors, two stages with live music and lots of entertainment! 

August 16: S’miles of Sunflowers (also on Saturday and Sunday but the details are different): 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Lynd Fruit Farm’s newest property The Patch | Roam the sunflower fields, listen to live Bluegrass music from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and more.

August 16-17:Bicentennial Celebration Marysville: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday | On August 10, 2019 the City of Marysville will officially be 200 years old! For the momentous occasion of their Bicentennial, a series of fun and informative activities will take place to mark this historic milestone. McGuffey Lane will perform Friday and there will be zip-lining, a vintage car show and much more! 

August 16-17: St. Andrew’s Parish Festival: 5:00 p.m.- Midnight on Friday and Saturday | Inflatables, bingo, casino, Italian subs, and fun for the family! 

August 16-25: Disney’s Alice & Wonderland Jr. by CATCO IS KIDS: various days and times | This is a fast-paced take on the Classic tale. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture.

August 16: Night Market: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at North Market | Select North Market merchants will stay open inside, independent vendors will be onsite, family-friendly games and activities and music from CD102.5.

August 17: Fam Jam at the Columbus Commons: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Join Mayor Ginther and Franklin County Children Services at a free, family enrichment festival at the Columbus Commons. FamJam will bring families together with community resources, vendors and information tables, as well as tons of fun and entertainment.

August 17: Mud and Madness: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Sharon Woods Metro Park | Grab the family and head out for some muddy fun. There will be obstacle courses set up on the 1.5 mile adventure. You will be hosed off after, so bring a towel.

August 17: S’miles of Sunflowers (also on Friday and Sunday but the details are different): 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Lynd Fruit Farm’s newest property The Patch | Roam the sunflower fields, listen to live music (see the schedule), play games and more.

August 17: Weinland Park Festival: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Live Reggae music, children’s games, bounce house, hamster balls, free food and more!

August 17: CrestFest 2019: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Clintonville | 10th annual Street Party in Clintonville! 

August 17: Music Under the Paper Moon: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Gallant Farm | Step back in time to the 1930’s and get a picture taken by the paper moon, play carnival games, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music.   

August 18: S’Miles of Sunflowers Dog Day: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Lynd Fruit Farm’s newest property The Patch | Bring your family (and dog if you’d like) to walk the acres of sunflower fields. There will be photo ops set up, food trucks, music, activities for the kids and more.

August 18: Sprouts Night: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Hilliard Station Park | Come out and enjoy live music, kids activities, and food trucks! 

August 18: End of Summer Bash: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Northwest Bible Church | This free family event includes inflatables, carnival games, food trucks to purchase food and more.

August 18: Sounds of Summer Concert: Westerville Symphony : 6:30 p.m. | Free Concert with the Westerville Symphony  

Events: August 21-31

August 20: Movies by Moonlight: 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Easton | Showing Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Starts at dusk!

August 22-24: St. Joan of Arc Festival: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m on Thursday and 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Powell, Ohio | Food, games, rides, raffles, and summer fun! Be sure to check their website for more information! 

August 23: 4th Friday in Westerville: 6:00 pm.-9:00 p.m | A night full of fun for the family in Uptown Westerville. Shops open until 9! 

August 23: Craft Brew at the Zoo: 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at The Columbus Zoo | 21 and older event- beer, live entertainment, and food. See Sugar Ray perform! 

August 23: Friday Night Float: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Sharon Woods | Take a canoe ride and enjoy the water at sunset!

August 23: Creekside Live: 7:00 p.m. at Creekside in Gahanna | The event brings the community together celebrating the heart of Gahanna, the Creekside District. Come early and enjoy one of the many local restaurants. 

August 23- August 24: African American Cultural Festival: Hosted in the heart of the Historic Bronzeville District, a variety of live music, spoken word and dance performances highlight the third annual African-American Cultural Festival. Visual artists, a kids’ fun zone and more will help round out the day. Admission is FREE.

August 23-25 (also August 16-18): Disney’s Alice & Wonderland Jr. by CATCO IS KIDS: various days and times | This is a fast-paced take on the Classic tale. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s animated motion picture.

August 24: Mud and Madness: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Blacklick Wood Metro Park | Grab the family and head out for some muddy fun. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot. There will be obstacle courses set up on the 1.5 mile adventure. You will be hosed off after, so bring a towel.

August 24: Camp Day Columbus 2019: 11:00 a.m. at Camp Mary Orton | See what Camp Mary Orton has to offer such as zip-lines, rock climbing, swimming, hiking, crafts and much more! Purchase tickets for the event.

August 24: Columbus Summer Wine Festival: 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Columbus Commons | The day-long celebration will also feature artisan exhibits, food trucks, specialty food items, and live musical entertainment. The event promises to provide a little bit of something for everyone in a location that is festival-friendly!

August 27: Movie by Moonlight: 8:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. at Easton | Showing Runaway Bride! 

August 28- 31: Millersport Sweet Corn Festival: Festival, concert, rides, 5k and more. Ronnie Milsap and John Anderson to perform.

August 29: Rhythm on the River: Balletmet: 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at Bicentennial Park | Rhythm on the River is a free performance series presented by Columbus Recreation and Parks!

August 30-31: Obetz Zucchinifest: Free admission!  Parade, Car Show, and concerts and everything zucchini! Warrant, RaeLynn, and Scott McCreery and others set to perform in 2019. Kids day on September 2. See their website for the schedule of events. 

August 30- September 2: Columbus Greek Festival | 4-day event to experience the traditions of Greece. 47th annual event! Times for each day are listed on their website. 

August 31 – September 2: Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival: | Three days of music, Columbus Zoo animals, and the food is always a popular attraction at this local tradition! See website for times. 

August 31- October 27: Ohio Renaissance Festival: | Takes place on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. Each weekend has a different theme like Pirate weekend or Fantasy Weekend and there will always be chicken legs! Also a special trick or treat weekend in October. 

August 31: Grandview Hop: 5:00 p.m- 9:00 p.m. in Grandview | Summertime street market and evening stroll! Restaurants and shops open late! 

We hope you had a great summer with all of these fantastic events. As the laid-back days of summer come to an end, set some time aside to be outside and make some memories with these fun August events! We wish you the best of luck with the start of school and happy shopping. 🙂

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Maureen Ingham
Maureen Ingham has enjoyed living in the great city of Columbus for nearly 13 years! Originally from Canton, Ohio, Maureen attended Ohio University and will always be a bobcat at heart! After completing her education degree in Athens, she made her way to The Ohio State University to obtain a Masters degree in Special Education. She fell in love with Columbus then and convinced her now husband to join her in this awesome city! She taught 5th grade for 6 years, before deciding to stay home to raise two beautiful girls. Their family has recently moved to Worthington with their two girls and are excited to plant their roots here! Their first daughter, Maeve is 6 and her sister, Reese will soon be 5 years old. They welcomed a son, Miles in March 2020. Maureen has been with The Columbus Moms Blog since the beginning and now enjoys working on editing and events for the blog. She also works as a Postpartum Doula with her sister at a company called Together Wee Grow. They provide night nursing services, as well as daytime support to local families and babies in Columbus. It is a wonderful job to work along her sister and help families with their precious little ones in a vulnerable time period. In between the night shifts, sweeping up crumbs, exploring Columbus, and getting kids to where they need to be, Maureen enjoys working out, trying new recipes and restaurants, traveling, spending time with family, being crafty and trying to help others whenever she can! Maureen has many Columbus favorites. Her go-to restaurant is Third and Hollywood, she enjoys a sweet treat at Sassafrass Bakery or Fox in the Snow, a slice of pizza at Dewey's Pizza and a warm cup of joe at Highline Coffee. A perfect Saturday involves an outdoor activity with her family and trying a new restaurant when they can! She is excited to be a part of an excellent team here at Columbus Moms blog and hopes to be able to inspire mothers that small acts of kindness go a long way in raising their kids and the city they live in!