Columbus Mom Guide to the Month of September


September is here! Who’s ready for cooler temps and all things pumpkin spice? As you know, the kids are back to school, but the weekends are still full of fun with so many September events. Be sure to check out our list of fall posts below too!

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September Events

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September 1: Westerville Pancake Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Westerville Senior Center | Get pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $4 per person.

September 1: Wellness Wednesday at Franklin Park: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Every Wednesday, May through September, the public is invited to attend a walk led by an expert who will discuss different topics related to nature and health. Participants meet at the doors of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

September 1: Farmers’ Market at Franklin Park Conservatory: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Last one of the season!

September 1 – November 20: Pumpkin Trek: Grove City | Pick up or print out a trek guide to begin your pumpkin adventure to 12 participating businesses.

September 2: Easton Unplugged: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the Yard at Easton | From solo acts to duos and trios, these local artists are the perfect Friday-eve lineup to get your mind off work and ready for the weekend. Find The Yard in Easton’s newest district, located north of Macy’s and east of Nordstrom.

September 2: Free Concert Featuring MOJO: 6:00 p.m. at Columbus Commons | Beverage and food-truck concessions are available on site. Tickets are NOT required.

September 3: Fitness Yoga on the Square: 8:30 am at Town Square at Easton near Brio | It’s free and open to the public ages 13 and older.

September 3- 6: Obetz Zucchini Festival: Big and Rich to perform along with fun activities throughout the day!

September 3-6: Greek Festival: Back on this year at Goodale and High Street! 48th annual event!

September 4: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m – 12 pm in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsman. (Every Saturday in September.)

September 4: Old HilliardFest and Street Fair: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | The main festival features live music, great food, kids games and inflatables, carnival, Kid’s Fair, and of course, various local businesses and organizations.

September 4-6: Butterfly Monarch Weekend at Blendon Woods: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Celebrate Monarch Weekend at this free event!

September 5: Franklin Park Community Days: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Join in for a free day at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on the first Sunday of every month, a full day of fun awaits!

September 5: Rotary Family Picnic: 3:00 p.m .- 7:00 p.m. | Come out to Worthington for a day of fun! Postponed from July 4th, the Family Picnic brings Supergames, food trucks, vendors and more to the Worthington community for a day full of family fun. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and join your neighbors for the picnic and activities on the front lawn of Thomas Worthington High School.

September 5: Summer Concert Series in Westerville: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Jazz and Funk Band to perform at Alum Creek North!

Events: September 7-13

September 7: Lunchbox Concert Series: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Performing at Westerville City Hall Courtyard each week in September.

September 10: Back to School- Open House: 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Little Gym Polaris | RSVP for this free event for ages 4 months – 12 years and caregivers.

September 10-12: Columbus Oktoberfest: 5:00 p.m. – Midnight on Friday, Noon to Midnight on Saturday and Noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday | Free admission at The Ohio State Fairgrounds. A time that celebrates the joy in life like no other!

September 10: Harvest Dance: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The Griswold Center | A community event in Worthington for all ages. Enjoy family friendly food, drink, music, dancing, and fire pit to roast marshmallows.

September 10: Sebastian Maniscalco: Get your tickets today for a night of laughter!

September 10-11: Comedy for Conservation at The Columbus Zoo: 7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Comedic fun, animal encounters and delicious beverages!

September 11: Doggie Paddle: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Highland Aquatic Center | Bring your pooch for an end of the summer swim!

September 11: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsman. (Every Saturday in September.)

September 11: Girls Day Out/ Vendor Craft Show: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Get together and shop local vendors!

September 11: Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | All 19 Chihuly installations will be professionally lit to create a breathtaking view of the botanical gardens.

September 11: Live Music at Bridge Park: 4:00 p.m. every Saturday in September! Bands play 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and then a different band from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

September 11: Special 9/11 Observance: 7:30 p.m .- 9:30 p.m. | Special ceremony at Veterans Park in Westerville for 20th anniversary.

September 11-12: Mystics and Marvels: See website for times | A faire of unusual things!

September 12: Sunday Paddle: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Come out and kayak or canoe for a fun day. $20.

September 12: Summer Concert Series at Alum Creek North: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Soft rock band Lords of Literature to perform tonight.

September 12: Hilliard Summer Concert Series: 7:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Inner vision set to perform! (Oldies)

September 12: Sunday Fun Days Dogs Days of Summer: 12:00 p.m . – 6:00 p.m. in Old Worthington | Monthly themed dining, shopping and entertainment in Worthington’s historic district.

Events: September 14-20

September 14: World of Wonder: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at Rose Run Park in New Albany | Ladybugs will be the theme this week! These nature classes are designed for children ages 3 – 5 (and their adult/s) to explore and connect with nature through movement, sensory play and seasonal activities.

September 15: Wellness Wednesday at Franklin Park Conservatory: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Every Wednesday, May through September, the public is invited to attend a walk led by an expert who will discuss different topics related to nature and health.

September 15: Cookie Decorating with Plenty O’ Cookies: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Drag performer Plenty O’Smiles of Plenty O’ Cookies bakery will guide you through the art of cookie decorating. You will learn to decorate pollinator-inspired sugar cookies and take home three of the beautiful finished products.

September 15: Hot Shot Studio Pumpkin ClassSign up for fun classes today!

September 17-18: Scioto Fest 2021: Scioto Audubon Metro Park | Includes outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, camping and live music.

September 17-19: Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival: Live music, vendors, artisans, and food of course! Kids 4 and under are free. No family fun zone this year.

September 17-19: Charlotte’s Web: Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center | Also the following weekend. Times vary depending on the day. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students.

September 17: Moonlight Movies at Polaris Fashion Place: 7:00 p.m. | Watch the movie Tom and Jerry at sundown. Must pre register!

September 17: Screen on the Green: 7:45 at Goodale Park | Watch Paddington 2 on the softball field.

September 18: Stuffed Animal Clinic: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Bring your favorite stuffed animal to My Vet Animal Hospital for the Stuffed Animal Clinic. During the vet visit, children will choose from a list of ailments and follow the process to make their stuffed animal well again. A portion of the registration fee goes to ADOPT Pet Rescue Group. Ages 2-12 with a parent. $10.

September 18: Columbus Superhero Adventure: World’s Largest Outdoor Escape game. Solve puzzles and collect clues to save the world! 6 players per team.

September 18: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Easton Town Center: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Exclusive Hello Kitty collectibles and goodies!

September 18: Skate Late: 7:30 p.m. at Alum Creek Park South | Enjoy this night under the lights on your board. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Open session will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by best trick for grom, beginner, intermediate and advanced categories.

September 18-19: Flower Power Days at Maize at Little Darby Creek: U-pick sunflowers and zinnias!

September 18: Festival Latino at Columbus Commons: 5:00 p.m. | Free, family friendly concert! Tickets must be reserved online.

September 18: German Village Makers Market: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 70 local makers and 4 food trucks!

September 19: Hilliard Summer Concert Series: 7:00 p.m. at Hilliard Arts and Cultural Center| Old School Grove to perform!

September 18-19 and September 25-26: Sunflower Festival at Ramyseyer Farms: 9 acre field will be loaded with thousands of beautiful sunflowers with a wide range of colors and cut-flower varieties! Be sure to purchase your sunflower vases online with your tickets to get a reduced price. There will be local vendors, live music, and delicious festival foods available! Located in Wayne County.

September 18: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsman. (Every Saturday in September.)

September 19: Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm Open: It’s opening day at Lehner’s. They are open select weekdays and on weekends from now until October 31.

September Events
Giant Sling Shot at Lehner’s

Events: September 21- 27

September 22: The Price is Right Live: 8:00 p.m. | Come on down!

September 24: Westerville 4th Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Come out to the shops of Westerville and enjoy live music and activities outside!

September 24-25: Round Barn Vintage and Made Market in Lancaster: Times vary based on ticket purchased | Modern Makers, pop up boutiques, yummy food trucks and vintage finds!

September 24-26: Charlotte’s Web: Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center | Also the weekend before. Times vary depending on the day. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students.

September 25: Autumn Arborfest: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Join us for a day dedicated to trees. Learn about the benefits of trees in our City from the award-winning Parks and Recreation Department arborist and enjoy fun tree-related activities.

September 25: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsman. (Every Saturday in September.)

September 25: Reptile Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Franklin County Fairgrounds | Always a hit each month to explore with your reptile lovers!

September 25: Harvest Blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory: 10 am – 5 pm | Returning this fall to infuse the landscape of the botanical gardens and container gardens with thousands of pumpkins, mums, brassicas and more autumnal horticulture.

September 25: Fire Expo and Muster at State Fire Marshal: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Join the state fire marshal’s office and the Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus Association for this free event featuring antique fire trucks, a fire memorabilia flea market, fire safety demos, activities for the children too! Free parking, food concessions will also be available in Renynoldsburg.

September 25-30: Home Stretch 5k in Worthington: Complete the race on your own time for a good cause!

September 26: Hilliard Summer Concert Series: 7:00 p.m.| Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines to perform!

September 25-26: Columbus Coffee Festival: The Ohio Village | Once tickets are on sale they tend to sell out quickly.

September 29: World of Wonder: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | These nature classes are designed for children ages 3 – 5 (and their adult/s) to explore and connect with nature through movement, sensory play and seasonal activities. Each class will offer safe and developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to discover a sense of wonder about this amazing world we live in. Turkey Vultures are the theme today!

September 30: Cat and Nat Reunion Tour: 7:30 p.m. | Come laugh and cry during this dynamic pair of moms comedy special!

Please be sure to check back, as events will be added too! We hope you take a moment to enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte, admire the leaves changing, and experience a fun activity with your family. As your back to school routines start to settle in, we hope the fun from summer doesn’t stop! Happy fall. 🙂

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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!


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