Flowers, foliage and fresh produce aren’t the only things cropping up as summer makes its grand entrance. Changing seasons and changing into flip-flops and shorts means gearing up for fair and festival season.
Of course, you’ll have an endless list of church festivals to choose from all summer long (so many we couldn’t begin to list them all here!). In addition, we’ve pulled together more of central Ohio’s not-to-miss festivals to fill the first half of your summer weekends. Come back for Part 2 to keep your family’s festival fun going until fall.
Columbus-Area Festivals in Mid–Late May
Turtle Lady and Touch a Truck and the Annual Fishing Derby are just part of an afternoon of hands-on fun for the family.
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunny 95 Park, Upper Arlington
Crews from local businesses and organizations compete in dragon boats in this day-long event as part of the Asian Festival (below). Performers and activities promote the Asian culture.
Sunday, May 20, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Westbank Park, Columbus
Celebrate the holiday weekend with two full days of cultural exhibits, food, demonstrations, entertainment and games at one of central Ohio’s major events.
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, May 27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Franklin Park, Columbus
The Village of Williamsport becomes a hot spot with music, food, games and rides for the whole family, topped off with a parade.
Wednesday and Thursday, May 30–31, 4–10 p.m.; Friday, June 1, 4–11 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Columbus-Area Festivals in June
Who says your pup doesn’t want some fun and exercise, too? Stroll through the Creekside District in Olde Gahanna with riverwalks, waterfalls, and vendors and exhibits along the way.
First Thursday of every month through October, 4:30 p.m.–dusk
Olde Gahanna/Mill Street/Creekside Plaza
One of Newark’s best traditions celebrates one of the season’s best foods with strawberry shortcake, rides, games and entertainment.
Friday, June 1, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, June 2–3, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
On the Square, Newark
Another central Ohio favorite festival that makes the most of the season’s freshest fruit. There’s something for everyone in the family, from the Bike Tour to the Big Wheel Race to the Diaper Derby, and more.
Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Public Square, Troy
The festival famous for its “ocean perch” sandwich also has rides, games, entertainment, a car show, parade and fireworks.
June 6–9: Wednesday–Friday, 4 p.m.–midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight.
Traditional festival fare, decked out with balloon launches, rides and glows, along with a flea market and fireworks.
Thursday, June 7, 4–10 p.m.; Friday, June 8, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, June 9, 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Keep the kids moving all day long with a run/walk, sports tournaments and fitness activities, bounce park and fun zone.
Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Westerville North High School, Westerville
Food, music, wine and art topped off with a hot air balloon glow.
Saturday, June 23, 1–10 p.m.
Fayette County Airport, 2770 State Route 38, Washington Court House
12. Powell Festival
You can’t miss with food, music, and interactive games that will keep the kids on the move and having fun. They’ll be ready to settle in for fireworks to top off the night.
Friday, June 22, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, June 23, noon–11 p.m.
Village Green Park, Powell
How do you stay healthy during fair and festival season? Our mom on a mission shares what she found out – check out her tips!