The Best Spring Activities in Columbus, Ohio [Plus 2024 Festivals]

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Spring is a wonderful time of year in Columbus, Ohio! The flowers start to bloom, the grass starts to get green, and the sun finally makes an appearance after a long, gray winter.

To celebrate, you’ll want to get out and enjoy the city. These activities are a great way to experience Columbus in the spring. Plus, there are some great festivals happening.

For a full list of things to do in Columbus any time of the year, check out my ultimate guide of things to do in Columbus, Ohio.

The Best Spring Activities in Columbus, Ohio

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1. Visit A Columbus Metro Park

Spring in Columbus is a great time to visit one of our metro parks. There are 19 different parks on over 27,000 acres of land to choose from, and they offer a lot of events and activities throughout the year.

Columbus Metro Parks offer activities throughout the spring:

  • Morning Coffee and Wildlife Watch
  • Sunrise Hike
  • Spring Break Scavenger Hunt Challenge
  • Bird Hike
  • Earth Day Clean-Up
  • Off-Trail Photography Hike
  • Toddlers In Nature
  • Heirloom Gardening

2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

This self-guided photo scavenger hunt takes you to popular landmarks in downtown Columbus. The tour lasts about 2 hours and is a fun way to enjoy the spring weather while exploring Columbus on foot.

3. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Spring is a great time to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. In addition to the fantastic animal exhibits, you’ll find some great spring events:

  • Eggs, Paws, and Claws: March 29-30, 2024
  • Unextinct: Opens March 8, 2024
  • Earth Day Celebration Weekend: April 20-21, 2024
The Columbus Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country. Here is why...
We learned these lovable goats at the Columbus Zoo enjoyed getting scratches between the toes!

4. Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop is a Columbus tradition that happens on the first Saturday of every month from 4-10 pm in the Short North Arts District. It features galleries, exhibits, shopping, food, music, and more.

5. Visit The North Market

The North Market is a public market in downtown Columbus that features lots of local, independent farmers, restaurants, artisans, and businesses.


  • 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215
  • 6750 Longshore Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017

6. Columbus Museum of Art

Class it up a bit with a visit to the Columbus Museum of Art. Check out these new exhibits:

  • Marie Laurenein: Sapphire Paris – April 5, 2024, through August 18, 2024
  • Robin F. Williams: We’ve Been Expecting You – April 5, 2024, through August 18, 2024

Here are some fun events happening at the Columbus Museum of Art this spring:

  • CMA Comes Alive – Aminah’s Playhouse: March 2, 2024
  • Yoga at CMA: April 11, 2024, May 9, 2024
  • Artist Talk featuring Sarah Cain: April 18, 2024
  • Drag Brunch at CMA: April 20, 2024
  • Movie Night at the Museum – Pulp Fiction: May 4, 2024

7. Go to a Columbus Clippers Game

The Columbus Clippers, Columbus’ minor league baseball team, is a hometown favorite. Individual game tickets for the 2024 season are now available online. Games start March 29, 2024.

8. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit in the spring. Check out these special events and attractions:

  • Orchids: January 21, 2023, through March 12, 2023
  • El Color – ES: January 21, 2023, through May 29, 2023
  • Blooms & Butterflies: February 25, 2023, through May 29, 2023
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Spring is a great time for festivals in Columbus, Ohio.

9. Dublin Celtic Cocktail Trail

The Celtic Cocktail Trail features 14 stops, offering the best craft cocktails in Dublin, Ohio. If you complete 5 stops, you’ll get a commemorative koozie, and you’ll get the official Celtic Cocktail Trail t-shirt if you complete all 14 stops. If you aren’t a drinker, you’re in luck because the Cocktail Trail includes 11 stops offering non-alcoholic cocktails! You’ll earn the t-shirt when you complete all 11 zero-proof stops.

You can pick up a Cocktail Trail passport at the Dublin Visitor and Information Center in downtown Dublin.

Vaso G&T zero proof cocktail
I recommend the Vaso G&T from the Zero Proof Celtic Cocktail Trail.

Spring Festivals and Events in Columbus, Ohio [2024]

Check out these great festivals and special events happening in Columbus this spring!

March Festivals and Events

April Festivals and Events

May Festivals and Events

Curious about what Columbus has to offer the rest of the year? Check out these festival and activity guides for Columbus in Summer, Columbus in Fall, and Columbus in Winter.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Chrysa Duran

    The Clippers game sounds like fun! We love catching a game while we’re on vacation.

  2. Katy F.

    You had me at cocktail trail! Seriously?! I need to spend more time in Ohio! LOL!

    1. Katie @ ZenLifeandTravel

      Right?! You’ll have to come try it – the trail has lots of great places to stop for dinner too.

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