Things to do in Columbus…

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Things to do in ColumbusI updated my “Columbus Bucket List”, but now I need to add more events!  Can you think of anything else to add?

Things on my to-do list in Columbus:

  1. Bar Crawl – Make you own path; Grandview, Short North, Arena District, Clintonville
  2. Short North Dessert Crawl – this doesn’t exist, but would be easy and tasty to do on your own!
  3. Wine and Cheese Tastings at the Hill’s Market – 6 wines, 6 cheeses, and 6 hors d’oeuvres for $35
  4. Movie and Beer Tasting at Studio 35 – various Sundays
  5. Rocky Horror Picture Show at Studio 35 – 1st Saturday of every month
  6. Wexner Center – lots of exhibits and events to check out
  7. Columbus Museum of Art – free on Sundays
  8. Cooking Class at the Hills Market or North Market
  9. Topiary Garden
  10. Picnic in Goodale Park w/ food from North Market
  11. Columbus Park of Roses – I should take my mom here when she visits….
  12. U Pick Berry Farm – anyone have a suggestion on where to go this spring/summer?
  13. Circleville Pumpkin Show – October
  14. Worthington Farmers Market – one of the bigger, more diverse markets that runs all year
  15. Columbus Commons Friday Night Events (spring, summer, and fall)

Additional things to do in Columbus (that I’ve already done):

  1. Vino 100 wine tasting – nice atmosphere overlooking the wine shop – flights vary
  2. Whole Foods Five after Five – Fridays, both locations: 5 wine and 5 food samples for $5
  3. Market District Giant Eagle Food and Wine Fridays– Fridays: 6 wines and 6 samples for $6
  4. Columbus Zoo – admission is $9-$14
  5. Taco Trucks – tasty authentic Mexican food – on the cheap
  6. Columbus Gives Back Events – lots of volunteering opportunities with an equal amount of fun
  7. Gallery Hop – 1st Saturday each month in the Short North
  8. Brothers Drake Mead Tasting – Mead is honey wine = delicious!
  9. Eco-Chic Craftacular – crafts fair with handmade good that are upcycled or recycled – lots of good stuff!
  10. COMfest – June if you’ve never gone, you have to try it at least once
  11. Betty’s Brunch – good food, good drinks, good reason to get tipsy on a weekend afternoon
  12. Waterfire – top notch entertainment followed by the lighting of the river
  13. Dublin Irish Festival – Everything Irish: August
  14. Put In Bay – the closest to island life you’ll find near Ohio; hotels are expensive, camping is cheap
  15. High Ball Halloween – check out the incredible and crazy costumes in the Short North: October
  16. House Wine – Thursday Night Tasting ($10) or your own tasting from the ergonomics machine.
  17. Candle Lab – Create your own scent and pour your own candle; group events available and in combination with House Wine in Worthington or Powell Village Winery; shops also located in Grandview.
  18. MicroBrew Festival – my favorite beer tasting each year at the North Market for $15: September
  19. Wendy’s Chili Open – Fundraiser at the Zoo in February – food, beverage, music – $25
  20. Zoofari – Expensive, but fun: fundraiser with over 100 Columbus restaurants, drinks, music and more
  21. Canoeing, Kayaking, or Rafting: try Hocking Valley Canoe Livery (Logan) or Trapper John’s (Grove City) – trips start around $14/person for canoe rental.
  22. MetroPark Hikes – organized or non-organized, there is lots of ground to cover
  23. BalletMet – lots of wonderful shows throughout the year
  24. Shadowbox Live – Sketch Comedy – like you’re watching SNL in person, with a kick-ass rock and roll band (and dancers! – I love dancers!).
  25. Columbus Clippers Baseball – Huntington Park is AWESOME, tickets are cheap, lots of promotions
  26. Columbus Crew Soccer – Season starts in March
  27. Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey – People who don’t think they like hockey probably have only tried to watch it on TV.  Much better in person.  Much.
  28. Pearl Alley Farmer’s Market – Starts mid-May.  If you work downtown, this is a winner on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  29. Columbus Arts Festival – June
  30. Arnold Sports Festival – In March, each year. Even if you aren’t into sports/fitness, GREAT people/meathead watching.
  31. Doo Dah Parade – July 4 – Best and craziest parade every in the Short North.
  32. First Night Columbus – Family-friendly NYE celebration in the Arena District/Downtown
  33. Red White and Boom – July – Huge firework show: if you can deal with the crowds, go.  If not, watch from a “safe” distance.
  34. Ohio State Fair – concerts, butter statues, deep-fried everything…and now, Ohio Beer and Wine!!!!
  35. Wyandotte Winery Tasting – 6 great wines for $5, staff is awesome.  Go big and taste all 12! Oh, and taste a piece of Wine Cake!!!
  36. COSI – Take your child or borrow someone else’s (ask first, of course). There are tons of great exhibits and events at the Science Center!
  37. Explore the Book Loft in German Village – This bookstore is as long as a city block – don’t get lost!
  38. Pecha Kucha – speaker present 20 slides and talk about each for 20 seconds each on their topic of choice
  39. Market to Market Ride – ride from North Market to Hill’s Market or vice versa, w/ lots of goodies; spring and fall.
  40. Hocking Hills – lots of hiking, waterfalls, and nature; close enough for day trips w/ camping, cabins, and teepee’s available
  41. Columbus Food Adventures Bike Tour – Betty’s, Surly Girl, Tip Top, Dirty Franks, Jury Room – we made this up, did it, and it was awesome!
  42. Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo – the Zoo becomes a Winter Wonderland with millions of twinkling lights: mid-November to early January.
  43. Zoombezi Bay – Water park at the Zoo

Happy Hours/Restaurants that I need to try:

  1. Alana’s
  2. Due Amici
  3. G. Michael’s Bistro
  4. Happy Greek
  5. La Scala
  6. The Refectory
  7. Hal & Als
  8. M

My Favorite Happy Hours/Restaurants:

  1. Jury Room
  2. BBR
  3. Barrel 44
  4. Basil
  5. Bodega
  6. Deepwood
  7. Eleven
  8. Bernard’s Tavern
  9. Black Creek Bistro
  10. Gordon Biersch
  11. Luce Enoteca
  12. Surly Girl
  13. Woodland’s Tavern
  14. Barcelona
  15. Beer Kitchen 101

  7 Responses to “Things to do in Columbus…”

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  2. Hi! Thanks for including the Santa Maria. We’re sad to say that the ship is TEMPORARILY CLOSING on Oct. 19, 2013 due to the Greenway Dam removal project. We are scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2016. If you could edit your listing to reflect this, it’d be much appreciated.

  3. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. Here’s some other ideas for you to try!

    Paddle Boarding at Delaware State Park
    Sky Zone
    Murder Mystery Dinner
    Sky diving
    Funny Bone
    Color Run 5K
    Spartan Race Mud & Obstacle Course
    Paint Nite (Wine & Painting)
    Paint Ball
    Hollywood Casino
    OSU Game
    Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar
    Chamber Escape Room
    Zip Lining
    Jet pack
    Concealed Carry Course
    Rock Climbing
    Open Play Rope Courses
    Indoor Rock Climbing
    Kick Boxing class
    Paint-Your-Own Ceramics
    Scioto Downs
    Dance Classes
    Belly Dancing Class
    Pole Dancing Class
    Olentangy Indian Caverns
    Horseback Riding
    Scioto Audubon Park

    Ohio Renaissance Festival
    Amish Country
    Old Mans Caves

    In Cincinnati

    River Boat Dinner Cruise
    Train dinner Ride
    New Port Aquarium and Levee

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