Visit Gahanna and the Creekside District Alliance are excited to continue CORA in Gahanna through this summer and fall. Visit the district, grab some food and/or adult beverage, and explore the district and nature of Creekside.
It’s time to enjoy some seasonal cocktails in Gahanna! The Herb Capital of Ohio is Gahanna, and local restaurants, pubs, and distilleries have created some special herbal-based recipes for the Gahanna Herbal Cocktail Trail!
Grab a passport and visit the 6 establishments now through March 20, 2022 to try the featured cocktails. Once you’ve collected 6 passport stamps, you can turn it in for a prize!
Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Gahanna’s annual Holiday Lights Celebration promises one magical afternoon of free family fun for all ages! Held in the beautiful Creekside District, the event will feature a Holiday Stage, the Tree Lighting, a parade, AND Santa arriving by Firetruck!
Creekside Park Lights Display
Creekside Park in Gahanna is lit up for the season each night with a quarter of a million lights until early January. The light display plays along to music, and includes a Gingerbread Village. Creekside Park is within CORA limits, so grab a festive beverage and stroll through the Holiday Wonderland.
Lights are programmed to change with the music from 5pm-8:30pm Sun-Thur and 5p-10p Fri & Sat.
November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Follow along on Facebook to see what vendors will be in attendance.
The Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High Street, Gahanna, OH 43230
Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.
Get some exercise along with holiday cheer at the Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash in Gahanna on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Festive dress is encouraged! The race is being held in person and virtually. Registration is $30-$45 through Race Day if not sold out. Registration is limited to 500 for the 5k, so sign up now to claim your spot and to guarantee a medal, Santa hat, and a t-shirt.
The Little Reindeer Dash will begin at 9 a.m. and is $15. Reindeer Dashers will receive their own colorful youth shirt, a finishers ribbon and a one of a kind gift.
Saturday, December 18 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Come join Santa to celebrate the holiday season at Union Bank! This family-friendly event features a photo station for children to take pictures with Santa and his real reindeer. Santa will also be giving out treats to the children; hot chocolate and cookies will be available to enjoy.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your friends and family to Creekside Park for an evening of holiday fun! Enjoy live music, restaurant specials, and luminaries throughout Creekside Island.
CORA in Gahanna
CORA (Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area, like DORA in other cities in Ohio) is in effect from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
Visitors in Olde Gahanna can enjoy an alcoholic beverage while walking within designated areas. The boundaries are Big Walnut Creek to the west, High Street to the east, Granville Street to the south and North Street to the north. The designated areas will be clearly marked.
Drinks must be purchased only from participating establishments, and be contained within the CORA-specific cups during the designated hours. You must also have a designated CORA wristband and remain outside. Throw away your empty CORA cup before entering a business.
Participating Creekside Restaurants/Pubs include:
~Local Cantina Creekside
~Barrel & Boar-Creekside
~Old Bag of Nails-Gahanna
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Gahanna is the the Herb Capital of Ohio! Dine out during Herb’n Restaurant Week, May 2-8, 2021, featuring herb-infused dishes and cocktails from signature restaurants and eateries. Special herb-inspired entrees, desserts and cocktails are available for dine-in or carryout.
Celebrate Arbor Day in Gahanna on Saturday, May 8, 2021 with the unveiling of the new Creekside Arboretum.
8 am -10 am – Tree planting volunteer event begins at 496 E Johnstown Rd. Volunteer here.
Volunteer to join us! (LINK)
11 am-2 pm– After the Arbor Day Proclamation and Creekside Arboretum ribbon cutting on Creekside Island, Gahanna Parks & Rec staff will offer a tree giveaway, tree advice, guided tours of Creekside Arboretum, and some tree-related handouts.
Explore the new Creekside Arboretum (located in Gahanna’s Creekside Park, 117 Mill St.), with 40+ different species of trees. More details here.
Celebrate National Bike Month by taking part in a Scavenger Hunt across Gahanna! Simply ride your bike to any 4 of the 6 locations listed below, then snap a photo of you and your bike next to the feature indicated in the list.
Submit your photos to email@example.com for a chance to win a Gahanna Swag Prize Bag and coupons to Bicycle One.
Two Grand Prize winners will be selected at random from the submissions to win one adult bicycle or one youth bicycle, refurbished and donated by the Gahanna Bicycle and Trail Advisory Committee.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
5 – 9 p.m. Community Family Day with live music Children’s area, family entertainment, and more at Gahanna Municipal Golf Course (220 Olde Ridenour Rd.) Presented by Kemba Financial Credit Union. Event is free; registration is required.
10 p.m. Fireworks at Gahanna Municipal Golf Course (opens at 8 for seating)
Sunday, July 4, 2021
1 pm. 4th of July Parade. The parade route will commence at Clark Hall (380 Granville St.), will then proceed west on Granville St. and will conclude at Royal Plaza (northwest corner of Agler Rd. and Stygler Rd. intersection).
This summer, Gahanna Parks & Recreation will host the Concert in the Park series.
Saturday, June 12th, 5pm- 7pm at Headley Park – Hang Time (Drive-in style concert)
Saturday, July 10th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Roxy Mae
Saturday, July 24th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Thieves & Rivals
Saturday, August 14, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- Pop Gun
Saturday, August 28th, 5pm- 7pm at Friendship Park*- The Goldsberry’s
Events in July and August are scheduled to take place at Friendship Park, with crowds spread out on the grass and the bands performing from the gazebo. Bring a picnic, or food drink are available for purchase at concession stands and food trucks.
Tickets are $5 per person in attendance and MUST be purchased ONLINE prior to the event.
Moonlight Canoe & Kayak Paddle
Register now for an evening paddling adventure on the water! This series was designed to take advantage of the sights of summer’s unique lunar events, including full moons and super moons! Canoes or kayaks (solo or tandem), life vests, and paddles will be provided, and guides will assist participants along the float.
Ages: 8+ (must be 12 years or older to paddle independently). Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $20 for residents/$25 for non-residents.
- May 25
- June 24
- July 23
- August 21
Paddleboats and kayaking rentals are at Friendship Park and Creekside Park late Spring – Summer. Reservations are required at PaddleGahanna.com, and are available in 30-minute blocks for $10 per boat. Walk-up based on availability. Rental requires an adult 18+ to be present. No dogs permitted. Life jackets are available, or bring your own.
Tandem, sit-on-top-style kayaks and pontoon-style paddle boats (paddle boats available only at Creekside). Kayaks are 2-person kayaks, a 3rd rider age 10 and under can be included, weight capacity is 550lbs.
Creekside Gahanna Paddle: Season closed after Sept. 6. 117 Mill St. 614-342-4250
End of Summer Hours
Monday, August 16 – Monday, September 6: Creekside Park Only
– Friday, 4pm – 8pm, Saturdays, 2pm – 8pm, Sundays, 12pm – 5pm
Supporting Gahanna Together Day: Saturday, Sept. 4 from 12pm – 8pm FREE TO THE PUBLIC! First come, first serve. No reservation required.
Open Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6 from 4pm – 8pm
Friendship Park Paddle: Closed for the 2021 season on August 16 150 Oklahoma Ave 614-342-4250
Friendship Park May 2021 Hours
Saturdays from 11:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesdays from 2pm – 6pm.
Midweek at the Creek(side)
Extended through September! Catch FREE, live music at Creekside Plaza on Wednesday nights from 6-8 PM. Check out the great lineup below to enjoy with local food and drink during CORA hours! Details on Facebook.
9/1: Shucking Bubba Acoustic
9/8: Chaz & Nicki
9/15: OFF for CBJF – tickets available at www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com
9/22: Drew Allan Duo
9/29: Joey & Jessica
Supporting Gahanna Together Day
Saturday, September 4. This event brings together community partners, organizations and residents, to support the community by serving, playing and shopping local.
You’ll have the opportunity to serve, shop specials at local businesses, and enjoy music from The Shuman Band, who will perform on the Creekside Rotary Stage from 6-8 pm. Find more details here, including service opportunities, events, and special offers.
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
September 17 – 19, 2021 at Creekside Park (123 Mill St, Gahanna)
The award-winning Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, presented by Visit Gahanna offers the Best Blues & Jazz in Ohio. Located in Gahanna’s Creekside District, the annual Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival returns on September 17-19, 2021 celebrating over two decades of outstanding blues and jazz music! Find more details here!
Creekside Hops & Vines Festival
Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 6:00 – 11:00pm at Creekside Park (123 Mill St, Gahanna)
Join the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation (GPRF) for the 7th Annual Creekside Hops & Vines Festival. Sample popular Columbus craft beers, wine, and liquor from Central Ohio breweries, Ohio and National wineries and Ohio distilleries. The event also includes live music and complimentary food from local restaurants.
This annual event raises funds to help sustain city youth programs like the Community Scholarship Program for Camp Friendship and Gahanna’s Youth Sports program.
Oktoberfest at Edison Brewing Company
October 8 – 9, 2021 at Edison Brewing Company, 785 Science Blvd, Gahanna, OH 43230. Details tba.
Creekside Glow Run
October 9, 2021 from 7 om – 10 pm. Creekside Park
The Creekside Glow Run, a 5k run/walk featuring a beautifully designed “glowing” racecourse and lively music is an opportunity for you to enjoy an active and fun evening! All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. Go at your own pace, this is for FUN so no timing or awards. Register here.
October 21-22, 2021 The popular drive-through event is held from 6-9:30 pm at Academy Park (1201 Cherry Bottom Road) in Gahanna. The festive drive-through will feature live entertainment, a choreographed light show, fire performers, stilt walkers, socially distanced car trick-or-treat, and many more surprises along the way. Tickets are on sale now; registration for the Great Gahanna Goblin Trail is $15 per car
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 5-8 pm at Creekside Park 123 Mill St, Gahanna, OH 43230
Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Get your costume on and come eat, drink, and be scary at the Creekside Pumpkin Crawl. Enjoy live music, decorated pumpkin trail, restaurant deals, and more. There is still time to enter your carved or decorated pumpkin. Winners will be rewarded with gift cards to local businesses!