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Food, fireworks, fairs and more


Summer is fair and festival season, and if you pace yourself, you can find a local event just about every weekend until Labor Day.

Love the local spirit of a community festival? Eat tomatoes in Reynoldsburg, sweetcorn in Millersport, strawberries in London, zucchini in Obetz or baklava at the Greek Festival.

Are you looking for music? Most festivals include local and national artists, or check out specialist festivals such as Creekside Blues & Jazz, Lancaster Festival or Jazz & Ribs Fest.

How about art? Head to the Columbus Arts Festival, the Westerville Music and Arts Festival or the Worthington Arts Festival.

You will find information on all this and many more.

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June Events

June 4, Water Lantern Festival, Franklin Park, 1777 E. Broad St. Create a floating lantern and relax and enjoy hundreds of lanterns on the water. (waterlanternfestival.com)

The Columbus Arts Festival will take place June 10-12.

June 10-12, Columbus Arts Festival, along the Scioto Mile, Downtown. Enjoy the work of over 200 local and national artists as well as performers on three stages and activities for children. (columbusartsfestival.org)

June 17-18, Stonewall Columbus Pride Community Festival, Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale St. Celebrate the LGBTQ community at this family-friendly event. (stonewallcolumbus.org/pride)

June 17-19, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, Creekside District, Gahanna. Visitors can enjoy three stages of local and national musicians as well as food and crafts. (www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com)

June 18-19, Juneteenth Ohio Festival, Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Celebrate Juneteenth with a talent show, classic car show, and activities for kids and Father’s Day. (www.juneteenthohio.com)

The Worthington Arts Festival will take place on June 18 and 19.

June 18-19, Worthington Arts Festival, McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington. Join other visitors to discover the fine arts and crafts of the festival and sample food from several food trucks. (www.worthingtonartsfestival.com)

June 23-25, London Strawberry Festival, Route 56, London. Enjoy strawberry shortcake and all the other strawberry foods you can eat, plus rides, games and a car show. (www.londonstrawberryfestival.com)

June 24-25, Powell Festival, Village Green Park, 47 Hill St., Powell. Visitors can expect fireworks as well as rides, games, food and plenty of entertainment. (festival.cityofpowell.us)

June 24-26, ComFest, Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale St. The “Party with a Purpose” celebrates 50 years of community service and good times. (www.comfest.com)

The Doo Dah Parade will take place on July 4th.

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July Events

July 1, red, white and boom, Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. What’s billed as the Midwest’s biggest Independence Day celebration returns for its 40th showing. Expect entertainment, food and, of course, an incredible fireworks display. (www.redwhiteandboom.org)

July 4, Doo Dah Music Fest and Parade, Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale St. Organizers of the 39th Parade invite everyone to celebrate “freedom and madness” and then stick around for music. Angela An, news anchor on WBNS-TV (Channel 10), will be the “less than Grand Marshal”. (doodahparade.com)

July 9-10, Westerville Music and Arts Festival, Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Over 130 artists will exhibit their wares, and the event will also feature 30 artists, including headliners The Reagonomics. (www.westervillechamber.com)

July 14-16, Picktown Palooza, 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington. Listen to Winger and Steelheart, catch a car and bike show, hop on a few carnival rides, and if you’ve got the energy, go for a 5K. (picktownpalooza.org)

The Franklin County Fair will be held July 18-24.

July 18-24, Franklin County Fair, Franklin County Fair, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard. Enjoy a full week of classic county fair activities, including a petting zoo, stunt shows, slow cooker contests, musical freestyle riding, veggie car derby and more. (www.fcfair.org)

July 21-30, Lancaster Festival, various locations in Lancaster. Take 10 days to celebrate music and other arts in Lancaster, including gala shows with fireworks. (www.lancasterfestival.org)

The Jazz & Rib Fest will take place from July 22 to 24.

July 22-24, Jazz & Rib Fest, Bicentennial Park, 233 S. Civic Center Drive. Load up on barbecue prepared by local masters while enjoying the best of jazz at this festival produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. (www.hotribscooljazz.org)

July 23, Columbus Summer Wine Festival, Kelley Green, 105 Norton Park Drive, Whitehall. Taste wine and shop for arts and crafts. (columbuswinefest.com)

Toby Keith will return to the Ohio State Fair on July 28.

July 27-August. 7, Ohio State Fair, Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. The State Fair returns this year in all its glory, including performances by Toby Keith, Foreigner and Nelly. (ohiostatefair.com)

July 29-30, Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest, High and Waterloo Streets, Winchester Canal. Two days of music, including headliners Mike Zito and Davy Knowles, plus a rib contest and more food trucks, in case you get kicked out. (www.bluesandribfest.com)

July 30, Ohio Egg FestivalFortress Obetz, 2015 Recreational trail

Obetz. Raise funds to fight cancer while participating in grilling, barbecues and culinary prowess using a Big Green Egg. (www.theohioeggfest.com)

The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival returns August 4-6.

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August Events

August 4-6, Baltimore Festival, Johnson Park, 220 Summers Choice Drive, Baltimore. A baby pageant, car show, parade, vintage baseball games and fireworks will bring spectators to the festival. (baltimorefestival.org)

August 4-6, Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival, Huber Park, 1640 Davidson Drive, Reynoldsburg. Check out the car and motorcycle show, let your kids explore the kid’s corner, and if you dare, enlist your team in the tomato war. (reytomatofest.com)

August 5-7, Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin. The festival celebrates 35 years of Irish fun with concerts by Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3 and many more, as well as musical workshops, storytellers and an Irish traditions stage. (dublinirishfestival.org)

The All Ohio Balloon Festival takes place August 11-13

August 11-13, All Ohio Balloon Festival, Union County Airport, 15000 Weaver Road, Marysville. Watch for balloon launches after 6 p.m. and the “Nightly Glow” after dusk. Plus, check out performances from Bret Michaels and Niki Moon. (www.allohioballoonfest.com)

August 11-14, Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival, Public Square, Mount Vernon. Check out ArtRageous and the Little River Band at this community festival. (www.mvmaf.org)

August 12-13, Carroll Community Festival, Bessie Benson Park, Center Street, Carroll. Enjoy food, crafts and more. (www.facebook.com/CarrollFestOH)

August 13-14, Latin Festival, Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Enjoy Latin Ohio music, dancing, kids’ activities and food. (festivallatino.net)

August 19-21, Columbus Food Truck Festival, Franklin County Fair, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard. The festival spans three days with more food trucks than you can possibly taste, as well as music and crafts. (columbusfoodtruckfest.com)

August 20, Lancaster Brewfest, downtown Lancaster. Twenty-five Ohio craft breweries will have their beers available for tasting. (lancasterbrewfest.com)

August 27-28, Columbus Fiery Food Festival, Main Street Bridge near the Scioto Mile. Restaurants, food trucks, hot sauce and salsa vendors will present their most gourmet products. (columbusfieryfoods.com)

The Millersport Sweet Corn Festival will take place from August 31 to September 31.  3.

August 31-Sept. 3, Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, Lions Historic Park, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd., Millersport. Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Sweet Corn Festival, handing out corn in multiple forms for 75 years, with games, rides and parades. (www.sweetcornfest.com)

September Events

From September 2 to 5, Obetz Zucchinifest, Obetz Fortress, 2050 Recreational Path, Obetz. A festival that offers free admission, zucchini ice cream and a performance by Boys II Men? How can you be wrong? (obetzzucchinifest.com)

September 2-5, Columbus Greek Festival, Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 555 N. High St. Baklava and dancing will be on the menu at the 49th annual festival, which invites visitors to “live Greek for a weekend.” (www.columbusgreekfestival.com)

The West Jefferson Ox Roast will take place September 3-5.

September 3-5, West Jefferson Ox Roast, Garrette Park, 3 Fellows Ave., West Jefferson. Enjoy cornhole, a pie contest, kiddie tractor pulls and all the roast beef sandwiches you can eat. (www.westjeffoxroast.org)

September 5, Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Northam Park, 2070 Northam Road, Upper Arlington. Two hundred artists will exhibit their work, while visitors can also enjoy food, children’s activities and live entertainment. (upperarlingtonoh.gov)

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