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


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! Enjoy!

Ongoing 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!
  • 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! 
  • 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.
  • Fryer Flicks on the Hill at Fryer Park – Thursdays at dusk – family friendly movies in Grove City!
  • Summer Performance Series at Coffman Park Amphitheater – various performances on Thursday nights – the June 15th performance is free!
  • Shakespeare in the Park at Schiller Park- Thursdays-Sundays at 8:00 PM – free performances of Shakespeare’s work!

  • Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Fridays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – inflatables, story time, games, activities, free carousel rides and much more!
  • Summer Sizzle Concert Series at George Edge Music Park – Fridays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – family-friendly concerts in Grove City!
  • Rhythm on the River at Bicentennial Park – select Fridays, 7:30 PM – free concerts at the Scioto Mile!
  • Bexley Main Event on Capital University’s Main Lawn – Select Fridays, 6:30 PM – kids crafts and activities precede a family-friendly movie!
  • Flicks on the Bricks at Hilliard’s Station Park- select Friday nights, movies begin at dusk!
  • Creekside Live in Gahanna- 2nd & 4th Fridays in June, July and August. One band begins at 6:00 PM and the other starts at 7:30 PM.
  • Music in the Village in Shawnee Hills- every Friday night from June 9 – August 25. The band starts playing at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Also, be sure to check with the local restaurants that offer boxed dinner specials and after concert promotions.topiary park
  • From Book to Film at Topiary Park – Select Saturdays of the month at dusk – family-friendly movies are shown at the park!
  • 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 – Select Sundays, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – enjoy vendors and crafters, food trucks and pony rides!
  • 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!
  • Farmer’s Markets – click on the link for a list of local farmers markets listed by day!

One Time Events and Festivals:

  • Family Day at Pizzuti Collection – June 3, 2017 – the gallery is free on this special day and families can take a guided tour, participate in an art scavenger hunt, story time and more!
  • Carnival Event hosted by Credit Union of Ohio – June 9, 2017, 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 9-11, 2017 – 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 Fred Beekman Park – June 17, 2017, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – sports tournaments, family activities, fun zone, and more!
  • Worthington Arts Festival – June 16-18, 2017 – juried art show with live music! Celebrating their 25th year!
  • Powell Festival – June 23 & 24, 2017 – food trucks, fireworks, live bands, a Kid Zone and more!
  • Red, White & Boom – July 3, 2017 – Columbus’ 4th of July celebration including a parade, children’s park and, of course, fireworks!
  • Summer Jam Westgate – July 8, 2017 – live music, artists, food trucks and children’s activities!
  • Concerts in the Park – July 15, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Columbus favorite, Chris Logsdon will be playing music rain or shine. There will be some free food and drinks available and a food truck onsite to purchase food.
  • Jazz & Rib Fest – July 21-23, 2017 – three stages of jazz music, tasty ribs for sale and activities for kids sponsored by Columbus Crew, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OSU!
  • Frosty Frog at Hilliard Station – August 9, 2017 – Free ice cream and splash with Fernando the Frog in the fountains!
  • Super Hero Day at Easton – August 12, 2017, 11:00 PM – 4:00 PM – dress as your favorite superhero for this special day which includes live music, activities, and visits from your favorite superheroes.
 Enjoy your summer!

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

  1. Bethany Rogers July 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

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