8 Things To Do In Columbus This Summer

Spending the summer in Columbus? Check out my top 8 favorite summer activities in Columbus.

1. Short North Gallery Hop

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Every first Saturday of the month, the Short North Arts District hosts the gallery hop. This event happens throughout High Street and from 4pm-10pm. Witness new art exhibitions, street performers and many special events during the hop.

2. Clintonville Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday from 9am-12pm, the Clintonville Farmers’ Market offers a large variety of seasonal produce. This year marks the 17th season of the market and runs until late November. Enjoy your weekend outside in Clintonville!


3. Arts Festival


Head to the riverfront between June 7-9th and check out the Columbus Arts Festival. This free festival hosts over 100+ artists, plenty of food trucks, and five stages with live performances.

4. Pearl Market

Starting on May 24th, stop by Gay Street and Pearl Alley for the Pearl Market. The market takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30am-2pm. With a wide variety of produce, baked goods, and summer drinks, this is one way to spice your week up!


5. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

With over 10,000 animals and monthly events, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a must-see this summer! Starting May 25th, zoo hours will be 9am-7pm until September 2nd. We recommend taking the zoo bus, which makes admissions to the zoo around $3.


6. Red, White & Boom!

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As the largest fireworks display in the Midwest, head downtown on July 3rd for Ohio’s 39th Independence Day Celebration. Red, White & Boom also features live music, food, and a separate kids park for activities.

7. Jazz & Rib Fest

From July 19th-21st, spend the weekend in Downtown Columbus for hot ribs and cool jazz. With over 25 different ribs to taste test and new artists announced every day, this will surely be one fun-filled weekend. Admission is free!

8. Ohio State Fair

From July 24th-August 4th, attend the Ohio State Fair. From hundreds of food options, nightly concerts, and plenty of rides, this is one of the biggest events of the summer.


Started in 1850, this year marks the 169th annual fair. The attendance averages over 25,000 through a two day period.

I would love to see your photos this summer! Tag me on social media: @chloemeisner