From exciting festivals to spectacular shows, this summer in Columbus will be packed with things to see and do! Check out this list of highlights to make the most out of Summer 2022 in Arch City:
Columbus Taco Fest | May 14-15, Genoa Park
The 4th annual Columbus Taco Fest returns this May with the best tacos, tequila, and Mexican beer you can find in the city.
Ohio Black Expo | May 26-29, Downtown Columbus
Showcasing #blackexpollence with food, music, art, networking, and more. All roads lead to CBUS on Memorial Day Weekend! 100+ vendors, food trucks, concerts, celebrity appearances and more will be featured at the Riverfront Culture Fest, happening May 28–29.
Origins Game Fair | June 8-12, Throughout Columbus
This festival features more than 260+ professional, juried visual artists; performing art stages; hands-on activities; local artists; dozens and dozens of food vendors including popular local food trucks; and local craft brews.
Columbus Arts Festival | June 10-12, Downtown Columbus
The Columbus Arts Festival has grown into one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation. The event will feature over 200 visual artists, three stages of performances, and dozens of food vendors. The Columbus Arts Festival attracts the nation’s top artists, as well as art enthusiasts from all over the country.
Stonewall Columbus Pride | June 17-18, Columbus
An annual celebration, Pride events across the globe aim to bring the community together in camaraderie and recognition of the strength, resilience, and fight of the LGBTQIA+ community past and present; a fight for equity and equality that is far from over.
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival | June 17-19, Creekside, Gahanna
Now in its 23rd year, The Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival gathers world-famous groups and performers at a single place for you to enjoy the best blues and jazz in Ohio.
Juneteenth Ohio Celebration | June 18-19, Genoa Park
Throughout 24 years of celebration, Juneteenth Ohio has emerged as the enjoyable family weekend of cultural discovery, filled with a variety of events promoting cultural unity, enrichment, and ethnic diversity, “key elements that improve the relationships and quality of life among all residents throughout Ohio”.
ComFest | June 24-26, Goodale Park
Community Festival (ComFest) will feature performances by Columbus’ best bands and artists, workshops, community activism, and other events you look forward to every year.
Grandview Hop | June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, Grandview Ave
The Grandview Hop is Grandview's open-air night market and community stroll that takes place up and down Grandview's main street. This event is free to attend and boasts live music, kids' activities, food trucks, great vendors, and an overall delightful summertime experience. Attendees are encouraged to explore Grandview's nearby local businesses as part of the community stroll.
Red, White & BOOM! | July 1, Downtown Columbus
There are few more patriotic ways to kick off your Independence Day weekend than at the largest fireworks display in Ohio. Red, White & BOOM! is an experience and a tradition for over 400,000 visitors who come together each Independence Day to celebrate the country and the community and to honor our military and veterans. Festivities, like the street festival, start at 11 a.m. and the big show starts at 10 p.m. Plan to be downtown very early because the best spots go fast!
Westerville Music & Arts Festival | July 9-10, Heritage Park/Everal Barn
The Westerville Music & Arts Festival features 130+ artists, 30+ performances, food vendors, a silent auction, youth art show, and youth entertainment.
Jazz & Rib Fest | July 22–24, Scioto Mile
Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbecue.
Buckeye Country Superfest | July 23, Ohio Stadium
The Buckeye Country Superfest is back! Make your way to the Shoe to hear music from Luke Combs, Cody Jinks, Zach Bryan, Kameron Marlowe, and Morgan Wade.
Ohio State Fair | July 27 – Aug. 7, Ohio State Fairgrounds
Full of exciting attractions, food, and entertainment, this multi-day fair brings in upwards of 800,000 visitors each year.
Tomato Festival | Aug. 4–6, Reynoldsburg
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival has been celebrating Reynoldsburg as the birthplace of the tomato for over 50 years! Join in the festivities and fun that have become a time-honored and beloved tradition in this city just outside Columbus.
Dublin Irish Festival | Aug. 5–7, Coffman Park
The world’s largest three-day Irish festival is held in Dublin annually, and in 2022, the festival celebrates 35 years! Irish and the Irish-at-heart are invited to share and celebrate the best in Irish dance, music, art, and culture.
Pelotonia | Aug. 5–7
Bike ride and fundraiser in which 100% of all participant-raised dollars go toward innovative cancer research.
Festival Latino | Aug. 13–14, Genoa Park
This free, family-focused event is bringing national and international music acts, Ohio-based Latino dance and music, children’s activities, and more for the community to enjoy.
Columbus Food Truck Festival | Aug. 19–21, Franklin County Fairgrounds
The 2022 Columbus Food Truck Festival is adding a third day as it celebrates its 11th year! Enjoy three days of food, music, and fun, and celebrate the festival's return to the historical Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items.
Uptown Untapped | August 2022, Westerville
Uptown Untapped is Westerville’s beer craft festival, recognizing both the city’s rich history as a hub for the temperance movement and celebrating its bright future in the heart of the city’s unique Uptown district. No longer classified as “The Dry Capital of the World,” Uptown Untapped touts local breweries, restaurants, and musicians on the same streets that once connected the Anti-Saloon League with the rest of the country.
CBUS Soul Fest | August 20, 2022, Bicentennial Park
In a first-ever collaboration between Experience Columbus (and its CBUS Soul initiative) and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the CBUS Soul fest will take place in 2022 at Bicentennial Park. Come out to experience Columbus' vibrant Black culture, music, history, and soul!
WonderBus | August 26–28, Lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service
Come on out to enjoy music from The Lumineers, Lorde, Duran Duran, Young the Giant, James Bay, COIN + many others right here in Columbus.
Fiery Foods Festival | August 27–28, Scioto Mile and Main Street Bridge
This year, the Fiery Foods Festival returns, and the event will again be donating a portion of its proceeds to the children's charity CD102.5 For the Kids. Festival-goers sample everything from BBQ to salsa to sweet treats with a kick. The festival also features artisans, crafters, food trucks, and entertainment, as well as a number of contests that attendees can take part in.
*All information collected from Experience Columbus