Various communities and neighborhoods around Columbus have special neighborhood hops, walks, and DORA’s to celebrate what the area has to offer. You’ll find entertainment, vendors, sales at local shops, and great eats. It’s a great chance to explore new areas and find new favorite places to visit. Bring your family and friends, or mingle with the locals!
Shop, dine and explore in the Powell Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). The DORA is in effect from 4-10 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The DORA allows licensed liquor establishments in the designated area to sell alcohol at special times that can be carried out of their establishments in specially marked cups.
Gahanna Creekside DORA
CORA (Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area, DORA in other cities in Ohio) begins on October 21, and will be 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.
Franklinton just keeps growing and developing into a premier art district in Columbus! Check it out on the 2nd Friday of each month with Franklinton Fridays and the 400 Market. The galleries, businesses, and institutions of East Franklinton host an art crawl for the public, and new places open regularly with the revitalization of this neighborhood.
Hilltop Art Hop
Explore and support local art in the Hilltop with 3060 Gallery (3060 W Broad St, Columbus) on the first Saturday of each month from 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy featured artists and live music with safety precautions in place. All ages are welcome. See more details on the Facebook page.
Short North Gallery Hop
The 1st Saturday of every month, people flock to the Short North Arts District Gallery Hop where stores and galleries stay open late, entertainment and street vendors are spread throughout the district, and food and drink is plentiful at the amazing bars and restaurants in the areas. Gallery Hop runs from 4 – 10 pm, with restaurants and bars staying open much later.
North Market Night Market
Night Market is a “carnival-like” outdoor market inspired by traditional street fairs in Europe and Asia. There will be a wide array of food, drinks, goods, and entertainment for the whole family! It’s free to attend, and drink tickets can be purchased for beer, wine, or cocktails. Night Market is held the third Friday of every month June through October from 6-9 p.m. TBA for 2021.
Columbus Moonlight Market on Gay Street
Every second Saturday from April through October during Moonlight Market, businesses will feature late hours at the regular businesses along the street, entertainment, and sidewalk vendors with everything from clothing to baked goods, and indy retailers.
Worthington First Wednesdays
TBA for 2021. Head to Old Worthington on the first Wednesday of each month all year round for entertainment, food, drinks, and community with Worthington First Wednesdays from 5-8 pm. Enjoy entertainment on Dewey’s plaza and visit shops until 8 pm. Enjoy an adult beverage as you wander! The D.O.R.A. will be in effect, so adults can purchase alcoholic beverages in to-go cups and explore the district. Each month brings a new theme, activities and a volunteer opportunity at one of the COhatch locations in Worthington.
CRC’s Third Thursday
Clintonville CRC Third Thursday: On the 3rd Thursday of the month from May through August 2021, enjoy live music, beverages, food trucks and kid’s activities. Proceeds benefit CRC! CRC Parking Lot, 3222 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214
Friday Nights Uptown in Marysville
TBA for 2021. Enjoy an evening of live music, great food and family fun in Uptown Marysville on select Fridays throughout the warmer months.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays in Uptown Westerville
On the 4th Friday of each month, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Fridays offers fun for everyone with live entertainment, kids’ activities, food carts, and 100-plus street vendors from May through October from 6-9 pm. Uptown shops will stay open late, so you’ll get to explore the wide variety of shops in Uptown.
TBA for 2021. Spend the evening in Grandview on the last Saturday of every month in June-September from 5 – 9 p.m., to celebrate the best that Grandview has to offer. The monthly Grandview Hop will feature food, drinks, shopping, music, art, and more along the half mile stretch of Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues.
Sunday Sunlight Market on Gay Street
Select Sundays between April and October from 11am to 3pm, Sunlight Market on Gay Street offers brunch, shops, and over 50 sidewalk street markets with artisan goods and products.
German Village Makers Market
Visit this outdoor artisan market in historic German Village on select Sundays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. promoting local artists, designers and growers. There will be food trucks, live music, art, home goods, apparel and accessories, and it’s pet and family friendly! It’s located at the corner of City Park and Thurman. See Facebook page for details and weather cancellations.
2021 Dates: April 25, May 23, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 17, and December 5 (tentative – Village Lights edition)
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