The Best of Columbus: Free Concerts, Festivals, Movies and More

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Summer in Columbus is so much fun! There are tons of concerts, festivals, outdoor movies and special events happening and so many of them are free! Take a look at our list of free events and I bet you could find something going on nearly every day of the week! Weather and other factors often results in changes to events, so be sure to check the links directly to confirm anything listed is accurate before heading to an event. Enjoy!
Free Summer Concerts
We gather many of these events into our monthly guide (Ex. Guide to the Month of May) or on the Local Events Calendar on our site so it makes it easy to view what’s happening each day. 

Ongoing Free Summer Events

  • Lolli-Pops! Summer Children’s Concerts on Powell Village Green – Select Mondays, 10:30 AM. – 11:30 AM. – interactive concerts on the lawn!
  • Music on the Lawn at Grandview Heights Public Library – Tuesdays in June and July, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – concert on the lawn with a food truck on site!
  • Stories on the Lawn at Grandview Heights Public Library- Tuesdays in June and July, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM – enjoy story hour on the lawn! 
  • Movies by Moonlight at Easton – Tuesdays at dusk – enjoy a movie on the Town Square!
  • Family Concerts at Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater, Wednesdays, 6:30 PM – family-friendly concerts every week! See page 28. Additional concerts on Sunday as well. 
  • Sounds on the Town Concerts at Easton – Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – concert series on the Town Square!
  • Celebration at the Station at Hilliard’s Station Park- Thursdays, concerts begin at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and food trucks are available.
  • Polaris Live at Polaris Fashion Place – free concerts at the Lifestyle Center every Thursday beginning at 6:30 PM! Family-friendly activities begin at 6:00 PM. Begins June 13, 2019. 
  • Fryer Flicks on the Hill at Fryer Park – Thursdays at dusk – family-friendly movies in Grove City!
  • “Tainted Love” in the Park at Schiller Park- Thursdays-Sundays at 8:00 PM – free performances of Shakespeare’s work!
  • Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts– Every Saturday, a free craft from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. No registration is required. 
  • Music and Art in the Park at Stradley Place in Canal Winchester- Third Friday of the month  June and July enjoy a free summer concert featuring art demonstrations and activities along with the music. 

free summer event at Columbus Commons

  • Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Fridays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – inflatables, story time, games, activities, free carousel rides and much more!
  • First Fridays in Delaware– First Friday of the month in Downtown Delaware, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – There’s a themed event, free children’s activities and businesses stay open later. 
  • 4th Fridays in Westerville – The fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville from April – September, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM- The businesses stay open later, 100+ street vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and more.  
  • Summer Sizzle Concert Series at George Edge Music Park – Fridays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – family-friendly concerts in Grove City!
  • Bexley Main Event on Capital University’s Main Lawn – Select Fridays, 6:30 PM – kids crafts and activities precede a family-friendly movie!
  • Creekside Live in Gahanna- 2nd & 4th Fridays in June, July and August. 7:00 PM is start time!
  • Upper Arlington Movies in the Park at Thompson Park – Select Fridays June – August bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. 
  • Music in the Village in Shawnee Hills- every Friday night from June 7- August 23 (tentative dates). The band starts playing at 6:30 PM and will continue until 8:30 PM. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Also, be sure to check with the local restaurants that offer boxed dinner specials and after concert promotions. Website will be updated soon!

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  • From Book to Film at Topiary Park – Select Saturdays of the month at dusk – family-friendly movies are shown at the park!
  • Book to Film at Gateway Film Center:: Each week this summer a movie inspired by a book will be shown at Gateway. Free admission to the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. show times when you present any library card (up to 4 admissions). Lots of great movies are in the lineup! Begins May 24, 2019- August 22, 2019. 
  • DIY Class with Kids at Home Depot– The first Saturday of the Month. Please preregister. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
  • Grandview Hop – Last Saturday of the Month, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – sidewalk merchants, live performances and more!
  • Gallery Hop – First Saturday of the month, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM – galleries and shops stay open late, sidewalk performances, special events and more!
  • PBJ & Jazz Concerts in Topiary Park – Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – story hour, concert and crafts in Topiary Park!goodalepark
  • Goodale Park Music Series – Sundays at 12:30 PM – live music, food trucks, and family-friendly fun!
  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Alum Creek Park North Amphitheater – Sundays, 6:30 PM – various concerts in the amphitheater in the park!
  • DAC Sundays at Scioto – Select Sundays, 7:00 PM – various musical tastes are represented in this series of concerts in the Scioto Park Amphitheater!
  • Powell Street Market – Two Sundays per year, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – enjoy vendors and crafters, food trucks and pony rides! September 8, 2019 is the next one! 
  • Concerts on the Green in Worthington – Sundays at 7:00 PM – family-friendly concerts on the village green!
  • Summer Concert Series in Pickerington – Sundays at 7:00 PM – family-friendly concerts in Sycamore Park!
  • Free Concerts at Columbus Commons – several free concerts this summer at Columbus Commons! Boy II Men? Yes, please! 
  • Farmers’ Markets – click on the link for a list of local farmers’ markets listed by day!
  • Touch a Truck Events – there are several touch-a-truck events happening this summer.
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library Events – our library branches are amazing and host a TON of free events throughout the summer beyond just story time. Use the link to search for the events by date and/or location. Popular events include: The Turtle Lady, magic shows, dance and sing with Miss Marlene, and more!

One Time Free Events and Festivals:

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  • Rhythm on the River Music Festival at Bicentennial Park – Saturday, June 1, 2019 beginning at 11 AM – free concerts all day long at the Scioto Mile! This year it is a one-day event you won’t want to miss! 
  • Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff– June 1, 2019 at 11:15 AM and 12:15 PM – Join musician and storyteller Jim Gill at the Columbus Public Library Main Branch to move and sing along. From 11 AM-1 PM there will be more family-fun with costumed characters, stories, animals, games, and more. 
  • Carnival Event hosted by Credit Union of Ohio – June 7, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – This fun and FREE event is a great opportunity to enjoy live music, food, games, prizes, a bounce house and more with friends and family. This is open to members and non-members.  Read more here: Credit Union of Ohio Free Carnival.
  • Columbus Arts Festival – June 7-9, 2019 – shop local artists, hear live music, participate in hands-on art projects, visit the Children’s Gallery and much more!
  • Columbus Children’s Festival at Westerville North High School – June 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – sports tournaments, family activities, fun zone, and more!
  • Worthington Arts Festival – June 15-17, 2019 – juried art show with live music! Celebrating their 27th year!
  • Powell Festival – June 21 & 22, 2019 – food trucks, fireworks, live bands, a Kid Zone and more!
  • Olentangy Summer Bash- June 29, 2019 | 14th annual event with Truslow headlining the event this year. This is an evening of family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food trucks, and fireworks at 10:00 p.m. 
  • Red, White & Boom – July 3, 2019 – Columbus’ 4th of July celebration including a parade, children’s park and, of course, fireworks!
  • Summer Jam Westgate – July 13, 2019 – live music, artists, food trucks and children’s activities!
  • Jazz & Rib Fest – July 19-21, 2019 – three stages of jazz music, tasty ribs for sale and activities for kids sponsored by Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OSU!
  • Art Affair on the Square – July 20, 2019 – A multi-arts festival in Urbana featuring artists’ market, juried art show, demonstrations, exhibits, and children’s arts activities. Enjoy live entertainment from performing artists on the Courthouse Plaza stage. Vendors and downtown restaurants will have food available for purchase.
  • All Ohio Balloon Festival- August 8- 10, 2019This festival is held in Marysville with over 30 hot air balloons, sky jumpers, helicopters, live music and food and drinks.
  • Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival- August 31 – September 2, 2019Three days of music, Columbus Zoo animals, and the food is always a popular attraction at this local tradition!
  • Upper Arlinton Labor Day Arts Festival– September 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – This is a big event with an estimated 25,000 people in attendance. There are a range of interactive performances and activities, artists selling their work, and a variety of vendors with refreshments available to purchase. 
 
For a more detailed list of movies under the stars, click the link. Also, be sure to check out our Fairs and Festivals post too. We will continue to add events as they come up, so check back! 

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  1. Don’t forget the Art Affair in Urbana, Ohio on July 15. Let me know if you need additional information. Thanks!!!

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