Worthington, Ohio is located in the north part of Columbus, at the center of the state at Ohio’s crossroads – the intersection of U.S. State Route 23 and State Route 161. With lots of attractions, a thriving downtown, plus small-town charm, there’s always something to do.
Follow the brick sidewalks to the Village Green, where you’ll find events throughout the year on the Green and throughout downtown. Check out some of the upcoming fun and things to do in Worthington.
Finish off the weekend with Sunday Fundays, held once a month through November with the merchants of Old Worthington. The Worthington Partnership, along with the merchants, will host an afternoon of themed food, entertainment, and specials in the historic district. Each merchant will adapt the theme to their own business. Check out the Facebook events for more details closer to each event date.
June 13: Rainbow Love
July 11: I ♥ the 80’s
August 15: Tribute to Fair Food
September 12: Dog Days of Summer
October 10: Oktoberfest
November 28: Holiday Open House
DORA in Worthington
D.O.R.A., or Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, has expanded hours to every day between 11am and 10pm. Individuals will be allowed to walk within the DORA boundaries with an alcoholic beverage purchased from a liquor permit holding establishment. The DORA will include the High Street corridor between South Village Green Drive and just south of South Street (to include the new yet-to-open Chupala Restaurant) and east/west boundaries along New England Avenue from 26 E. New England to 41 W. New England.
Note: you cannot take a beverage from one establishment to another. You must consume beverage at the establishment from which it is purchased, or outside within the DORA boundaries.
Worthington Farmer’s Market
One of the only year-round Farmer’s Markets in Central Ohio. The Worthington Farmer’s Market is located in downtown at the intersection south of 161/High for the Summer season from May – October. The market moves indoor at The Shops at Worthington Place from November – April.
Worthington Community Center Egg Scramble – typically held in Spring
Slice of Worthington Pizza Competition – cancelled for 2021
Concerts on the Green – most Sundays during the Summer
Worthington Arts Festival – Cancelled for 2021, scheduled for June 18-19, 2022
Worthington Fourth of July – Sunday, July 4, 2021 at10 p.m. Fireworks; best viewed from the Family Picnic area at Thomas Worthington, or at the football stadium to the west of the high school. Rotary family picnic is delayed until Labor Day with music, games, food trucks, costume characters, and more at Thomas Worthington High School.
A Taste of Worthington Food Festival – tba for 2021
Old Worthington Market Day – October 2, 2021
Worthington Parks & Rec Halloween Party – October 17, 2021
Historic Ghost Tour of Worthington – October 28, 2021
Trick or Treat Night – October 31, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The City of Worthington schedules Beggars Night in Worthington on Halloween, October 31st each year, no matter what day Halloween falls on. If you live in the City of Columbus areas of the Worthington School District, follow the City in which you live.
Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting – November 28, 2021
Attractions in Worthington
Our list isn’t all-inclusive, but here are some places to start!
Village Green: Considered the center of downtown Worthington, the Village Green is where you’ll find people gather for festivals, concerts, farmers markets, and more throughout the year.
Worthington Libraries: Consisting of three locations, the Worthington Libraries are known for their fun events and buildings. As part of the Central Library Consortium (CLC), patrons enjoy cross-lending privileges for materials with their participating CLC library card.
Worthington Historical Society: Maintains properties such as the Orange Johnson House, the Old Rectory, the Jeffers Mound, and hosts events through the year to educate and remember the town’s history.
The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington: The MAC promotes the performing, visual and digital arts through programs, education, performances, exhibits, and more.
Worthington Community Center: Featuring a full fitness center, programming, leagues, camps, special events, an amazing aquatic Center and more. Day, Monthly, and Annual passes are available for purchase for residents and non-residents.
Griswold Center: Community center for Seniors, 55+, offering a balance of programs in arts, drama, sports, fitness and education, along with a variety of trips!
Worthington Pools: Indoor and outdoor pools offering lessons, swim team, special events, and day passes.
The Ohio Railway Museum: This long-running museum is dedicated to railroad history, and offers streetcar & passenger car rides on Sundays, from May – December.