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 and this guide will allow you to find your favorite September event! Be sure to check out our list of fall posts below too! Don’t forget we add in new fun events each week, so be sure to check back often!
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- 20 Fall Traditions for Columbus Families
Here’s a message from our sponsor this month, Leeds Farm!
We are so thrilled to announce Leeds Farm as our sponsor this month! Leeds Farm features fall family fun on the farm!
Leeds Farm has enough farm and fun activities to keep your family moving all day! Don’t miss the hayrides, farm animals, Pumpkin Jumps, John Deere combine slide, mountain slides, zip lines, rolling tubes, straw forts, pig races, pedal carts, trike track, Pumpkin Plunge and new this year—the Leeds Farm Tree House!
Pre-purchased tickets are required. Visit www.LeedsFarm.com for details and to purchase tickets. The early season rate for general admission tickets is in effect through Sept. 24. Visit soon and save $5 per pass! Leeds Farm is open 6½ weekends only from 10am-5pm starting September 16 and is located at 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander.
September 1: 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. Last one of the season!
September 1: Free Library Card Day at Ohio History Center: 10:00 a.m. = 5:00 p.m. | Columbus Metropolitan Library cardholders will receive free admission to The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village!
September 1: Food Truck Festival in the Park: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | The Heart of Grove City is hosting the Food Truck Festival and Shop Hop, enjoy an evening of strolling and shopping in the historic Grove City Town Center.
September 1: Friday Night Street Fair in Clintonville: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Enjoy food trucks, vendors, games and music in Clintonville!
September 1: Uptown Friday Nights in Westeville: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Enjoy live music and shop local businesses that are open late in uptown Westerville!
September 1: Summer Sizzle in Grove City: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Enjoy the charm of the historic Town Center set to music on Friday evenings. The free Grove City Summer Sizzle concerts are sponsored by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and feature a variety of entertainment by some of the best acts. These Guys Live tonight!
September 1-3: St. Michael’s Labor Day Festival: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.| A great festival to end the summer! Rides, games, and fun food and music!
September 1: Sweet Corn Festival: See the website for times on each day! | Rides, games, tractor pulls, and so much more! Begins August 30.
September 1: Water Park After Dark: 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | 21 and over event at Zoombezi Bay! Last one of the season!
September 1-4: Obetz Zucchini Festival: Vanilla Ice to perform along with fun activities throughout the day!
September 1-4: Greek Festival: Come to the festival at Goodale and High Street! 50th annual event!
September 2: Worthington Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | A fun Saturday tradition with lots to see!
September 2: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsmen. (Every Saturday in September.)
September 2: Westerville Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Westerville| Fresh produce each Saturday morning in Westerville!
September 2-4: Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival: Various times on Saturday/Sunday/Monday | There will be musical performances, a parade on Monday, ice cream social, animals from The Columbus Zoo, car shows, and so much more!
September 2-4: Alum Creek Dam Tours: Come take a tour at 12:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. | Best for ages 6 and up, you will learn about the dam’s history and mission. The tour lasts one hour and involves the 100-step climb!
September 2-3: Ohio Cup Vintage Baseball Festival: 10:00 a.m. | 25 vintage baseball teams will play against each other for the Ohio Cup!
September 2: Music in Historic Dublin: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Live music this Saturday!
September 2: Uptown Concert Series: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Westerville City Hall | Ebony and Ivory to perform!
September 3: Dublin Car Show: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come check out all the classic cars and family fun!
September 3: 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 3: Bird Tunnel Party: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Glen Echo Park | 8 hour celebration with local and national Dj’s providing lots of time for music and dancing!
September 3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventure: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Blacklick Woods | Adventure through obstacles in the woods using your radical moves and search for cutouts of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pizza and other items hidden on the trail. Meet our very own turtle ambassador superheroes, make a craft, get a gnarly tattoo and take your picture as a Ninja Turtle! The activities are based on ages 3 -12, but all ages are welcome. FREE
September 3: Hilliard Summer Concert Series: 7:00 p.m. in Hilliard | Big Little Lions to perform!
September 6: Rewild Child: 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.
September 6: Farmers’ Market at Franklin Park Conservatory: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Runs until September 21!
Events: September 7-13
September 7: Dogs Night Out: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | The first Thursday of every month is Dog’s Night Out at Graeter’s Ice Cream. Try their famous Black Raspberry Chip or any flavor — and your dog receives a treat too! Last one of the summer!
September 7: 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 7-9: Marion Popcorn Festival: This festival takes place over 3 days and is about an hour from Columbus. There are rides, live music, a popcorn parade and so much more!
September 8-10: 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 8: Friday Night Street Fair in Clintonville: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Food trucks, games, music, and different vendors in the neighborhood!
September 8: Franklinton Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Take the opportunity to see art studios, local businesses and try food and see awesome entertainment!
September 8: Uptown Friday Nights in Westeville: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Enjoy live music and shop local businesses that are open late in uptown Westerville!
September 8: Jazz Night: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Join Terra Gallery for a night of Jazz at Bridge Park! Enjoy live music. demos and more and BYOB!
September 9: Worthington Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | A fun Saturday tradition with lots to see!
September 9: 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 9: Westerville Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Westerville| Fresh produce each Saturday morning in Westerville!
September 9: Join the Herd: 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. | Family-friendly petting zoo! Presented By: Bierman Autism Centers of Dublin!
September 9: For the Love of Hilliard Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. |There will be shopping, family activities, food trucks and shopping vendors spread throughout over 20 business locations in Downtown Hilliard. Each participating Hilliard business will be offering a promotion, activity and/or vendor(s). Find all of the fun activities here!
September 9: Hilltop Hop: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | This event occurs monthly and involves food trucks, handmade vendor market, and a pop up from Slice of Heaven!
September 9: Doggie Paddle: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Bring your pooch to the pool for a special swim time for dogs. Dogs are required to have proof of license and immunizations. Specific time slots for the size of the dog.
September 9: Historic Car Show in Grove City: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.| The Heart of Grove City Car show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 in Town Center Park, 3359 Park St. Visit the Heart of Grove City Facebook page for additional information.
September 9: Topiary Park PBJ and Jazz Kids Concert: 12:00 p.m. | Our biggest band returns to the PBJ & Jazz stage with more of your favorite tunes! Dance with us as the PBJ & Jazz Big Band swings into the Topiary Park to close out our summer series with a bang!
September 9: Fairy Garden Tea Party: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Bring your little fairies dressed in the appropriate tea party and planting attire. Enjoy tea or chocolate milk and fancy tea desserts, with real ceramic tea service. Then help your fairy create a fairy garden of their own to take home!
September 9: We’re Going on a Bug Hunt: 2:00 p.m. at Blacklick WOods Nature Center | Come have fun and look for ALLLLLLL the bugs!
September 9: Harvest Fair Movie Night at Columbus Commons: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Pumpkins, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating and a movie to follow! Encanto!
September 9: 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 9: Outdoor Movie- Top Gun Maverick | 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Blendon Woods Picnic Area Lot at Ranger Station | Bring your chair and blanket and enjoy this free movie under the stars!
September 10: Powell Street Market: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | 70 local vendors to fill the streets!
September 10: Litter Cleanup with Seeds of Caring: Find a local playground to clean up! They provide a free at-home activity kit and then put your knowledge to work and clean up!
September 11: 9/11 Remembrance Day: 12:00 p.m. in Worthington | The Ceremony is organized by Leasure-Blackston American Legion Post 239 and will feature speakers, music and remembrances to commemorate and honor those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. More details will be added when they are available.
Events: September 14-20
September 14: Night Market in Dublin: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Sip and stroll and shop at this fun night market!
September 14: Yoga on the Lawn: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m .| Come enjoy a class by Go Yoga and a glass of bubbly!
September 15-17: Scarecrow Festival in Washington Court House: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Live music, food vendors, crafts, car show, carnival rides, games and more.
September 15-17: Fall Fest at Anywhere with You Acres: Opens at 12:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday | Pumpkin and mum sales, a craft show, food trucks, live music and a Kids Day on Saturday.
September 15: Ohio Buckeye Candy at Chocolate Cafe: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Chocolate Cafe | Local author, Renee Castle Cook will present her book about Buckeye Candy!
September 15: Friday Night Street Fair in Clintonville: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Enjoy food trucks, vendors, music and games for all on Friday night. Moonbats to perform!
September 15-16: Scioto Fest: 5:00 p.m. | Paddling, music, climbing, and more will all be here at Scioto Fest 2023!
September 15: Danceathon: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Participants will be led through a variety of fun moves set to great music. No prior dance experience is required. Nonperishable food or cash donations will be collected at the door for Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM). Childcare will be available for an additional fee. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
September 15: Uptown Friday Nights: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Come to Westerville for live music and stores open late!
September 15-17: Arts in the Alley in Grove City: 5:00 p.m .- 9:00 p.m. | The 44th annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival begins a day early 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 in Grove City’s historic Town Center, at 3359 Park St. Parking and admission are free.
September 15: Screen on the Green: 7:45 at Goodale Park | Watch the movie, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Discovered in an AirBnB living with his grandmother (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and his pet ball of lint, Marcel the Shell becomes an internationally beloved star in this adorable, charming, Oscar-nominated treat for all ages. Enjoy it for FREE on a big screen in the softball field at the southwest corner of Goodale Park.
September 16-17 and September 20-24: 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 16: Worthington Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Great way to spend a Saturday morning!
September 16: Dublin Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Dublin Bridge Park | Shop for goods from local farmers, artisans and craftsmen. (Every Saturday in September.)
September 16: Westerville Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Westerville| Fresh produce each Saturday morning in Westerville!
September 16: 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 16: Freeman’s Farm Fall Festival Opening Weekend: 10:00 a.m. | 6 weekends in the fall- hayrides, kettle corn, pumpkins, and more! Free admission but activities and food are paid events.
September 16: Opening Day at Leeds Farm: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m | Come join in the fun at Leeds Farm for opening day!
September 16: Caribbean Festival: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at The Franklin County Fairgrounds | Celebrate the heritage and culture of the Caribbean islands with the Columbus Caribbean Festival. Enjoy live music, dancers, food and fun for the entire family
September 16: Latino Heritage Month Parade in Downtown Columbus: 11:00 a.m. | So many events going on this month!
September 16: Pumpkin Patch Season Opening at Hartland Farm: 12:00 p.m. | A farm out in Lancaster that has hayrides, animals, pumpkins and corn mazes.
September 16: Ice Cream Social: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Come out for an Ice Cream Social at Slate Run Farm with a free ice cream sundae and learn about all the prdocuts at Slate Run Farm.
September 16: Movies at the Dam: 8:00 p.m. at Alum Creek Dam | Come see the Jungle Book playing! Popcorn and candy available for purchase!
September 17: Family Fun Fest at Northwester Chapel: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Food trucks, carriage rides, games and inflatables. Free event!
Events: September 21- 27
September 21: Old Worthington Sip and Shop Third Thursdays: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Come out and shop at local businesses!
September 21: Live Music at Bridge Park: 5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. | Soak in the sun with live music during the Summer Music Series at Bridge Park (in the pocket park next to REBoL) every third Thursday of the month, now through September. Playing this Thursday is Ramey!
September 22: Westerville Night’s Lights Celebration: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 | CoHatch is opening! Kid friendly activities (Kid Zone!), DJ, Food vendors, and COhatch Tours!
September 22-24: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory: 7:00 in Hilliard | Put on by the Hillard Arts Council! Also showing next week!
September 22: 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 22-October 1: Ragtime at CCT | At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible in this show!
September 22-24: Jack Pine Glass Pumpkin Festival: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday | The show will go for three days, offering multiple parking reservation times to help keep crowd density low so you can enjoy a variety of artists, food, live music, pumpkin carving, glass blowing demos and DIY activities. This year you can even get a festival preview by joining us Thursday night for the VIP Preview Event and Fundraiser!
September 23: Worthington Farmers Market: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | A fun Saturday tradition with lots to see!
September 23: 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.) Last one and it’s family fun day!
September 23: Westerville Farmers Market: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Westerville| Fresh produce each Saturday morning in Westerville! The market is a great September event!
September 23: 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 23: Fly-In Car Show: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Zainsville | Visit the Zanesville Municipal Airport for a morning of food, fun and all of your favorite vehicles to experience on display and enjoy. Helicopter and airplane rides will also be available during the day.
September 23: Outdoor Movie Night-Minions: 8:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. at Highbanks Big Meadow Picnic area | Come early for the Welcome to fall event from 5-8 p.m. and then stay for the movie beginning at dusk. FREE
September 23-24: Flannel Fest at Pickwick Place: Shop two floors and 60+ vendors in The Stalls. Stock up on local produce and unique grocery finds in The Market. Then pull up a seat for something scrumptious in The Cafe or pick your own apples in the orchard. In addition, find those perfect funky pumpkins from our locally grown selection!
September 23-24: Columbus Coffee Festival: The Ohio Village | Once tickets are on sale they tend to sell out quickly. One of our favorite September events!
September 24: Kids Concert on the Green: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Come out and enjoy the fun!
September 24-25: Franklin County Community Days at the Zoo: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | In support of the levy passing, the zoo will offer half-priced admission.
September 24: Walk to End Alzheimer’s: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
September 24: Sunday Fun Days Oktoberfest: 12:00 p.m . – 6:00 p.m. in Old Worthington | Monthly themed dining, shopping and entertainment in Worthington’s historic district.
September 24 and September 29-30: Flower Power Days at Maize at Little Darby Creek: U-pick sunflowers and zinnias!
September 24: Pet Fair at Coffman Park: 12:00 p.m .- 5:00 p.m | 10th annual Dublin Pet Fair, an annual pet event in Dublin Ohio! See website for more details!
September 27: Rewild Child: 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.
September 28: Cocktails at the Franklin Park Conservatory: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Two breweries are bringing their best German-style beers and a cidery has tasty fall ciders for guests to sample. Beyond the drinks, revelers will enjoy accordion music, trivia, themed performances and German food. Oktoberfest clothing and costumes are encouraged!
September 29: Family Night at Worthington Recreation Center: 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Different theme each month! Come to rec center and enjoy family fun time!
September 30: Grandview Hop: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Grandview | The Grandview Hop is Grandview’s summertime night market and evening stroll, hosted on the last Saturday of each month throughout the summer!