Guide to the Month of August

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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.

August Events

Thank you to The Little Gym Polaris for sponsoring this guide. Check out The Little Gym for great classes and camps!


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

Check out some other summer posts as well!

August Activities and Events:

*Keep in mind that during this pandemic many events are cancelling, postponing or altering activities that were originally planned. Be sure to use the links to check directly for the most up to date information.

July 31 – August 1

Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest 2020 will be streamed live.


July 31 – August 2

The Dublin Irish Festival will be streamed live from their website and Facebook page. Click: Livestream Schedule


August 1

Hilltop Art Hop is happening from 6 pm – 9 pm.

August 1

The popular band The Menu’s will be playing at Harry Buffalo in Westerville.

August 1

The Pirates Treasure Hunt Columbus


August 6

On Thursdays through August 20 from 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm it’s LIVE @ Polaris. There will be free live musical entertainment and family-friendly activities.


August 7

The theme for the KidX Summer Series today will be Pirates and Princesses. Dress up like a princess or pirate. Meet Captain Hook and dance. This will be at the Lifestyle Center Fountain at Polaris Mall near Cheesecake Factory from 10:30 am – 12 pm. The rain location will be the main entrance by Molly Woo’s and Brio underneath the pergola.

August 7

Head to Gahanna for a Summer Drive-In. Watch “Onward” at Headley Park from 9 pm – 11 pm. Advance registration is required.


August 7 – August 9

From Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:00 am to Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm it’s Ohio Tax Free Weekend. Use the link to see the specifics and find out what’s included.


August 8

The 2020 Reynoldsburg Kid Fest will be drive-through.


August 13

On Thursdays through August 20 from 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm it’s LIVE @ Polaris. There will be free live musical entertainment and family-friendly activities.


August 13 – August 15

The All Ohio Balloon Festival is happening at the Union County Airport.


August 14

The theme for the KidX Summer Series today will be Back to School Bash. This will be at the Lifestyle Center Fountain at Polaris Mall near Cheesecake Factory from 10:30 am – 12 pm. The rain location will be the main entrance by Molly Woo’s and Brio underneath the pergola.

August 14

Head to Gahanna for a Summer Concert. Listen to “Stuck in the 70’s” with Flippo at Headley Park from 7 pm – 9 pm. Advance registration is required.

August 14

Flicks in the Park is happening in Hilliard. The movie begins at 9:15 pm and Tropical Chill Food Truck opens at 8:30 pm. Register in advance.


Visit a SUNFLOWER FIELD this time of year!

Check out our list: Sunflower Fields in Central Ohio

sunflower fields


August 15

Head to Clintonville for a car show and cruise-in. Click the link to get the details about Cruise The Ville.

August 15

Bull Run Virtual offers a 5K and virtual kids fun run. Dress up like a superhero and help support Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


August 15 and August 16

It’s Fair Food Weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard from 11 am – 8 pm.


August 15 and August 16

Ohio History Connection will be hosting a Carryout Food Truck Rally. You will need to pre-order.


August 16

Crooked Can in Hilliard is holding a belated St. Patrick’s Day in August. There will be decorations, Celtic music, green beer on tap and brunch will be served.


August 20

On Thursdays through August 20 from 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm it’s LIVE @ Polaris. There will be free live musical entertainment and family-friendly activities.


August 21

Watch the movies “Jaws” at Screen on the Green at Goodale Park.

August 21

Head to Gahanna for a Summer Drive-In. Watch “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at Headley Park from 9 pm – 11 pm. Advance registration is required.


August 22 and August 23

It’s Fair Food Weekend at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard from 11 am – 8 pm.


August 28

Head to Gahanna for a Summer Concert. Listen to “Pop Gun” at Headley Park from 7 pm – 9 pm. Advance registration is required.


August 29

It’s an Open Barn Day at Sunrise Sanctuary from 1 pm – 3 pm. Get your ticket in advance.

The Grandview Hop is happening on August 29 and September 26, 2020 this year. The Hop takes place along Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues from 5 pm – 9 pm. There will be live music, local shopping, art and food.


Although there aren’t as many events this year, we hope you have a great month. As the laid-back days of summer come to an end, set some time aside to be outside and make some memories with the various things to do in August. We wish you the best of luck with the start of school and happy shopping. 🙂

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Amy Onifer
Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!

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