Summer is a great time to be in Columbus. The weather is nice and there is so much to do around the city. Whether you are visiting for a couple of days or you are a local who is looking for some things to do this summer, this list is for you.
This list of the best summer activities in Columbus for 2023 will be updated regularly throughout the season so check back often for new events and festivals.
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Summer Activities In Columbus, Ohio
I’ll be updating this post throughout the summer, but please double-check each event or location’s website before you go for the most current information and any restrictions or requirements.
1. Visit A Columbus Metro Park
Columbus has a great metro park system with 20 area parks and more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land across 7 counties. In the metro parks, you can find fields, pastures, ponds, creeks, ravines, walking trails, wetlands, gardens, playgrounds, and more.
Enjoy activities such as biking, hiking, geocaching, and fishing — plus there are special activities scheduled year-round.
Columbus Metro Park Locations:
- Battelle Darby Creek – Galloway, Ohio
- Blacklick Woods and Blacklick Woods Golf Course – Reynoldsburg, Ohio
- Blendon Woods – Westerville, Ohio
- Chestnut Ridge – Carroll, Ohio
- Clear Creek – Rockbridge, Ohio
- Glacier Ridge – Plain City, Ohio
- Heritage Trail Park – Hilliard, Ohio
- Highbanks – Lewis Center, Ohio
- Homestead – Hilliard, Ohio
- Inniswood Metro Gardens – Westerville, Ohio
- Pickerington Ponds – Canal Winchester, Ohio
- Prarie Oaks – West Jefferson, Ohio
- Quarry Trails – Columbus, Ohio
- Rocky Fork – Westerville, Ohio
- Scioto Audubon – Columbus, Ohio
- Scioto Grove – Grove City, Ohio
- Sharon Woods – Westerville, Ohio
- Slate Run and Slate Run Historical Farm – Canal Winchester, Ohio
- Three Creeks – Groveport, Ohio
- Walnut Woods – Groveport, Ohio
2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Going on a fun scavenger hunt is a great way to explore downtown Columbus while following social distancing guidelines.
This self-guided scavenger hunt will take you through downtown Columbus in search of landmarks and hidden gems, all while answering trivia questions and solving challenges.
Departure Point: 233 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
3. Visit the Worthington Farmer’s Market
The Worthington Farmer’s Market is a local, Saturday morning favorite activity. The outdoor market on High Street opened for the season on April 1, 2023.
Dates: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon (the market starts at 9 a.m. until May 6)
Location: North High St. | Worthington, Ohio 43085
4. Take a Tour of Public Art in Dublin
Explore Dublin, Ohio’s public art installations through a cell phone tour! Use this up-to-date interactive map to guide you through the extensive public art locations in Dublin. You can even do this on a bike!
Dublin has a great bike trail system that consists of over 100 miles of trails. You can take the trails throughout the city to explore the local public art, waterfalls, and the new Dublin Link Pedestrian Bridge. The trails also connect to Glacier Ridge Metro Park in nearby Plain City.
READ MORE: Fun Things to do in Dublin, Ohio
5. Short North Gallery Hop
Held on the first Saturday of each month, the Short North Gallery Hop on High Street is legendary. Each event is filled with gallery exhibitions, street performers, special events, food, and drinks.
Dates: First Saturday of every month; 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Short North Arts District
6. Goat Yoga
Yoga + Goats. Need I say more? But, seriously, goat yoga is a super fun summer morning activity full of zen and lots of laughs.
Dates: Classes will be announced on Facebook
Location: 5278 Berger Road, Groveport, Ohio
Read More: Goat Yoga in Columbus
7. Franklinton Fridays
If you want to check out the Columbus art and science scene, visit Franklinton Fridays. Held on the 2nd Friday of each month, this community event invites all Franklinton neighbors to open their doors to share everything from art shows and theater to classes and science exhibits.
Dates: 2nd Friday of each month, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Location: Franklinton Area (start at 400 West Rich Street, Columbus)
8. The Dublin Market at Bridge Park
This outdoor market runs every Saturday morning throughout the summer at Bridge Park in Dublin. It features tons of local farmers, artisans, and craftsmen offering everything from baked goods, meats, and produce to sweets, flowers, and gifts.
Dates: Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to Noon, May through September
Location: Banker Drive and Longshore Loop in Dublin
9. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is one of the nation’s best zoos and one of the most popular attractions in Columbus. There is so much to do at the zoo, it’s hard to get it all in in one day. There are plenty of exhibits and play spaces to keep the little ones entertained too. Plus they serve beer. So, there’s that.
Location: 4850 Powell Road, Powell, Ohio
Read More: The Columbus Zoo
10. Zoombezi Bay
Zoombezi Bay is located next door to the zoo and is the best place to cool off on a hot summer day. This water park features Roaring Rapids, an action river that meanders over 11,000 feet! If you are over 21 you will want to check out Croctail Creek, a lazy river that is adult beverage friendly!
Location: 4850 Powell Road, Powell, Ohio
11. Picnic With The Pops
Picnic with the Pops is one of my favorite summer activities in Columbus, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a fun date night idea. These unique performances combine the Columbus Symphony Orchestra with guest bands and musicians to provide an evening of unique entertainment.
Past guests have included Ben Folds, Nelly, Rick Springfield, a Led Zeppelin cover band, and the ever-popular Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL). It’s quite an eclectic mix, isn’t it?!
These outdoor performances are held on Saturday nights at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons. Lawn seating or reserved table seating is available and you can bring in your own food and drink.
- June 17, 2023: Ne-Yo Symphony with Soul
- June 24, 2023: Super Diamond – The Music of Neil Diamond
- July 1, 2023: Patriotic Pops and Soul
- July 8, 2023: The Music of Whitney Houston: A Celebration
- July 15, 2023: The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA
- July 22, 2023: Ben Folds: What Matters Most Tour
- July 29, 2023: The Ohio State University Marching Band
Location: Columbus Commons | 160 South High Street, Columbus
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12. Olentangy Indian Caverns
Olentangy Indian Caverns offers tours of the caverns plus a petting zoo, mini-golf, gem mining, and a treasure hunt maze. The cavern tour lasts about 45 minutes and involves some stairs, so strollers are not allowed on the tour.
If you are local to Columbus, check out the summer camps at Olentangy Indian Caverns for kids ages 5 to 14. They offer themes like animals, fossils, geology, and art.
Dates: Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 1779 Home Road, Delaware, Ohio
13. Columbus Crew Game
Columbus is nuts about sports even though there aren’t many major league teams based in the city. The Columbus Crew is the area’s major league soccer team and you can find them at Lower.com Field throughout the summer.
Dates: February to October 2023
Location: Lower.com Field | Downtown Columbus
14. Columbus Clippers Game
Lots of people equate summer with baseball, and you can catch a Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park throughout the season. For extra summer fun, try a Dime-A-Dog night! The Clippers, the area’s minor league baseball team, are a local favorite and a must if you love sports.
Dates: April 4, 2023, to September 25, 2023
Location: Huntington Park | 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus
15. Nightlight 614 Movie Series
Enjoy a movie under the stars along with local food trucks, live music, craft beer, and wine. These events are 21+ only and tickets can be purchased here.
- The 2023 Schedule is coming soon.
Location: Genoa Park, next to COSI
2023 Summer Festivals and Events In Columbus, Ohio
Check out these great festivals and special events happening in Columbus this summer.
June Festivals and Events in Columbus
- The Memorial Tournament: May 29-June 4, 2023
- Uncorked: Columbus Wine Fest: June 3, 2023
- Chicken and Beer Festival: June 3, 2023
- Columbus Summer Wine Festival: June 10, 2023
- Columbus Arts Festival: June 9-11, 2023
- Stonewall Columbus Pride: June 16-17, 2023
- Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival: June 16-18, 2023
- Columbus Children’s Festival: June 17, 2023
- Juneteenth Ohio Celebration: June 17-18, 2023
- Worthington Arts Festival: June 17-18, 2023
- ComFest: June 23-25, 2023
July Festivals and Events
- Red, White & BOOM!: July 3, 2023
- Doo Dah Parade: July 4, 2023
- Westerville Music & Arts Festival: July 8-19, 2023
- Franklin County Fair: July 9-15, 2023
- Wine for Wildlife: July 15, 2023
- Jazz and Rib Fest: July 21-23, 2023
- Columbus Food and Wine Festival: July 29-30, 2023
- Ohio State Fair: July 26- August 6, 2023
August Festivals and Events
- Ohio State Fair: July 26- August 6, 2023
- Dublin Irish Festival: August 4-6, 2023
- Pelotonia: August 4-6, 2023
- Festival Latino: August 12-13, 2023
- Delaware County Fair: August 14-19, 2023
- Columbus Food Truck Festival: August 19-20, 2023
- Wonderbus Music and Arts Festival: August 25-27, 2023
- Fiery Foods Festival: August 26-27, 2023
- WAG! Fest: August 26, 2023
Thanks for checking out these fun summer activities in Columbus, Ohio! Columbus is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and with good reason — we’ve got a lot going on! Drop a comment below to tell me what you love about Columbus in the summer.
Visiting another time of year? Check out these activity and festival guides:
- Columbus Spring Activities and Festivals
- Columbus Fall Activities and Festivals
- Columbus Winter Activities and Festivals
- Top Columbus, Ohio Attractions
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