Guide to the Month of May


It’s the month of May! Let’s hope those April (SNOW) showers will truly bring May flowers and that the warmer temps are here to stay! We are ready for a true spring now! Check out the guide below to find May activities in Columbus! It’s going to be a great month with summer on the horizon as well! Have fun checking out our guide to the month of May for lots of family fun!

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guide to the month of MayCalendar of May Events and Activities

May 1-8

May 1: Free Community Day the Franklin Park Conservatory: Just show your proof of Franklin County!

May 1: Frozen in the Park: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Come to Scioto Park and let it go and travel into the unknown with your family and your frozen family! Tickets are $35 per family. 

May 1: Hip Hop Celebrate: 3:00 p.m. | Enjoy and play on the first day of May with the Columbus Symphony! Come celebrate the arrival of spring with a concert dedicated to the many musical celebrations that will inspire you to hip, hop, and celebrate! Pre-concert activities include a Bee-thoven meet and greet, hands on activities and crafts, and also an instrument petting zoo! The fun starts at 2 pm!

May 1-2: Moms Day Out: 11:00 a.m. at Polaris Mall | It’s two days of shopping local vendors, giveaways for moms from the vendors, and more!

May 4: Pancake Breakfast in Westerville: 7:30 a.m. | Bring your family and friends to this monthly breakfast. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

May 4: Coming Together for Ukraine Benefit Concert: 7:30 p.m. At the Riffe Center | The concert will be headlined by Ukrainian virtuoso violinist Arkadiy Gips, who was featured on two world tours with Madonna, and by singer/songwriter Eric Gnezda, creator of the PBS series Songs at the Center.

May 5: It’s Cinco de Mayo! If you want to order takeout and need some suggestions on our favorite taco shops, here’s a list: taco shops.

May 5: The Science of Stretching: 5:00-5:45 PM and 6:15-7:00 PM on Easton’s Town Square | Classes are free and for all ages. Pre-registration is highly encouraged; unreserved spots will be first come, first served. Yoga mats recommended; if you do not have a mat, a beach towel will do! Register online.

May 5-8 and May 12-15: Prima Donna: Come see CATCO put on the show!

May 6: Touch a Truck Powell: 11:00 a.m. at Seldom Seen Park | Come out and explore

May 6: Mother’s Day Cake Making Class: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Want to treat your mother to a fun, interactive cake class or simply want to surprise her with a Mother’s Day gift from your heart? Join them for their first ever custom purse cake class!

May 6: Star Wars Live in Concert: At the Ohio Theater | Empire Strikes Back!

May 7: Mother’s Day Craft at Franklin Park Conservatory: $3 to make a special craft for mom! (while supplies last)

May 7: Farmers’ Markets: Today marks the opening day for several farmers’ markets throughout Columbus. Take a look at who is open today and who is opening later this season. Support a farmer and shop local!

May 7: Mother’s Day 5K: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Come run (or walk) at Easton! This exhilarating event is organized by Healthy New Albany.

May 7: Green on the Green: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Welcoming visitors to shop & learn from dozens of eco-friendly businesses & organizations. From the simplest green steps to the latest in renewable energy and green technology, there’s something for everyone to learn and do!

May 7: Mother’s Day Tea Party: 10:00 a.m. – Noon | with The Snow Queen, Little Mermaid & Tianna at Paulette’s Princess Palace in Worthington.

May 7: Mother’s Day Pop Up Flower Bar: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. | Celebrate the moms in your life with fresh, blooming bouquets! Brought to you by Petals that Inspire.

May 7: Uplifting At-Risk Mothers for Mother’s Day with Moms2B Families will learn about Moms2B, an organization that supports at-risk moms and their babies, and the difference they are making in our community. Children and their families will create uplifting care kits for Moms2B mothers for Mother’s Day.

May 8: Mother’s Day Musical Performance: 2:00 p.m. at The Franklin Park Conservatory | Treat someone special in your life to a musical handbell performance from Columbus Rings, a community handbell ensemble composed of ringers from Central Ohio.

May 9-16

May 12: Toddler Theater: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 at Coffman Amphitheater | Join Marlene Hartzler at Coffman Amphitheater for 45 minutes of toddler hits like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The ABCs Song, and Wheels on the Bus!

May 14: NAMIfest: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Polaris Fashion Place | Delaware and Morrow Counties’ NAMIWalks/NAMIFest event is the perfect way to spend a fun weekend with the family with over 40 vendors, bounce houses, mini horses, live entertainment, and so much more! Don’t waste any more time and register today!

May 14: All Ohio Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin Country Fairgrounds | Come see your favorite reptiles today!

May 14: Chihuly Nights: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | All 18 installations will be professionally lit up to create breathtaking views within the backdrop of the interior Conservatory. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the Conservatory at night!

May 14: Kites and Rockets Day: 10:00 a.m. in Westerville | Families will take flight by making kites and launching rockets at Heritage Park. Families can watch drones take flight and listen to a fun reading from the Westerville Public Library. Drinks and snacks provided. Families are welcome to bring their own kites to fly.

May 14: Open Barn Days: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sunrise Sanctuary | Come visit the farm and explore with the animals! (This typically sells out quickly, so act fast!)

May 15-16: Community Days at the Zoo: The zoo will offer half-priced admission at the zoo if you are a Franklin County Resident.

May 15: Westerville Symphony Concert: 5:00 p.m. | Westerville Symphony has rescheduled its Feb. 27 Masterworks 2 concert for May 15. The event will now be held at 5 p.m. in Cowan Hall.

May 17-24

May 18- June 5: Wicked!: Get your tickets today for this awesome show!

May 19: Bexley Farmers Market: Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | It’s back! The season kicks off on Thursday, May 19th, and runs weekly on Thursdays through October 2022.

May 20: Third Fridays on the Green in Powell: 6:00 p.m. | Come out on the green for family fun!

May 21: Tori Amos: at the Palace Theater| Special companion guest as well!

May 22: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Tour: 4:00 p.m. at The Palace Theater | Rescheduled event but tickets are still available!

Be sure to check out other Farmers’s Market this season too!

May 25-31

May 24: Hilliard Farmers Market Returns: Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m at the Hilliard United Methodist Church | Shop fresh and local!

May 26: Toddler Theater: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 at Coffman Amphitheater | Join Marlene Hartzler at Coffman Amphitheater for 45 minutes of toddler hits like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The ABCs Song, and Wheels on the Bus!

May 26: The Beach Boys at the Columbus Commons: Free show- tickets on sale April 27!

May 27: Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. | Bring the family out for a night of fun as the streets will blocked off and shops open late!

May 27 – May 30: Each year Westerville honors military heroes by putting up an impressive display of 3,500 American Flags on the grounds of the Westerville Community Center. Find out more details for 2022: Field of Heroes

May 27: Read and Roar: Kickoff activities at Westerville Library | Register for summer fun!

May 28: Grandview Heights Memorial Day Parade: 7:30 p.m. in Grandview | The Memorial Parade begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at First Avenue and Cambridge Boulevard and goes along First Avenue to Oxley Road.

May 28: Mid Summer Nights Dream: At the Columbus Dance Theater | Shows at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

May 29: Free Admission to Columbus Museum of Art | Free on Sundays so come explore. Reserve a timed ticket.

May 30-June 5: Memorial Tournament: Watch the biggest names in golf!

May 30: Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Powell: 10:00 a.m. | Parade will be followed by a special ceremony at Veterans Memorial. Field of Flags also available throughout the weekend.

May 30: Memorial Day Weekend Events: Remember our fallen service members on Memorial Day with our annual Remembrance Ceremony starting at 10 a.m. (ET) on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum rooftop. This year’s keynote speaker is Gold Star family member Cheryl Mason.

May 30: Worthington Memorial Day Parade: 10:00 a.m. | The parade will return this year!

May 31: The Memorial’s Kids Clubhouse Kids Family Night at Safari Golf Club: 6:00 p.m. | Food, drinks, activities and a visit from the Columbus zoo!

Columbus Clippers will be opening up to fans! Get your tickets here!

We update this list all month long, so check back often. If we missed something, please comment below. We hope May provides lots of opportunities to get outside and build memories with your family.

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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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