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.
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 February – March.
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.
2022 Sunday Fundays
Finish off the weekend with Sunday Fundays, held once a month through November. 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 5: Rainbow Love
July 17: Totally 80’s
August 14: Tribute to Fair Food
September 25: Oktoberfest
October 23: Spooky Pet Parade
November 27: Holiday Open House
Worthington Community Center Egg Scramble: Friday, April 8, 2022. Kids can hunt for toy and candy-filled eggs. The hunt will start right at 6 pm, so allow plenty of time for parking and getting to the correct area for each age group.
Green on the Green: May 7, 2022. Annual festival celebrating being green and eco-friendly in everyday life.
Slice of Worthington Pizza Competition – tba for 2022
Concerts on the Green – most Sundays during the Summer
Worthington Arts Festival: June 18-19, 2022
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
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.
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: 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.
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Upcoming fun in Worthington and nearby areas
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Past events; tba for 2022
Holiday Open House
Held to Old Worthington for the annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, November 28 (always the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Enjoy seasonal activities and shopping from noon till 5:00 p.m.
Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and a photo opportunity with Santa. Local retailers will be offering special promotions and sidewalk sales.
Worthington Tree Lighting
After the Holiday Open House on November 28, head to Southeast Village Green for the annual tree lighting. The program begins at 5:30 with carols and an appearance by Santa Clause to light the tree. More details to be announced.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 6-9 pm
Enjoy an evening with family and friends for dinner, drinks, shopping and live holiday music in historic Old Worthington. Amid festive luminaries lining High Street, local retailers will be open late to offer special sales as part of the annual Illuminated Shopping event Wednesday, December 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Plan to make this longstanding tradition part of your 2021 holiday schedule.
Family Nights at Worthington Community Center
The Worthington Community Center hosts Family Nights select Friday evenings this winter and early spring from 6:30-8:30 pm. Kids of all ages will enjoy the free fun, which includes arts and crafts, little tykes gym activities, and big kids’ gym activities.
Adults must stay with their children, and cannot attend without children.
Worthington Chocolate Walk
Thursday, March 3 from 5-9pm. The Worthington Partnership hosts a sweet stroll through the historic business district. Tickets are $25, and includes vouchers to visit at least 15 businesses for a treat. Each business will offer a chocolate treat for you to experience their business in a unique, yummy way. It’s the perfect chance to shop for Valentine’s Day and buy local! Registration begins at 4 pm; tickets must be purchased in advance.