Friday Freebies: Vintage base ball, Shadowbox Live, Labor Day celebrations happening this weekend

Friday Freebies

Labor Day weekend is finally here, and while it may be the unofficial end to summer, there’s still plenty of inexpensive fun to be had!

All weekend:

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

The annual Millersport Sweet Corn Festival began on Wednesday, and as the world’s largest sweet corn festival, it doesn’t get much more Ohioan than this. With rides, games, tractor pulls, free concerts and, of course, sweet corn, there’s something for everyone. Tap or click here to check out the festival schedule.

Obetz Zucchinifest

Free admission, free concerts and of course everything zucchini — what more could you ask for? Local bands will perform all weekend and free concerts are happening Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of rides and games on the midway for kids (and adults) of all ages! Plus make sure you check out the zucchini judging and see the biggest zucchini, smallest zucchini, most unusual zucchini and the best-dressed zucchini.

Columbus Greek Festival

Explore the cultural and ancestry of Greece while you connect with traditions that are centuries old yet contemporary at the same time at the annual Columbus Greek Festival. From shopping and entertainment to all the delicious food, this annual central Ohio tradition has it all. Admission is just $5 and is good for all days of the festival. Admission for seniors is just $4 and kids 12 and under get in free.  

Saturday and Sunday:

Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival

Celebrate the unofficial end of summer at one of the nations’ largest vintage base ball (yes, it’s two words) festivals, featuring more than 30 teams from across the country, at Ohio Village. Admission for adults is just $12, seniors age 60 and over get in for just $6, children ages 4 to 12 are admitted for only $6 and children 3 and under as well as Ohio History Connection members are admitted for free. College students with a valid college ID can also get in for just $10.


Rhythm on the River presents BalletMet

Enjoy the final Rhythm on the River performance of the season at Bicentennial Park Friday night. This production will celebrate the past, present and future of BalletMet with a look at some of the most iconic moments of the company’s upcoming season. Admission is free.

McGuffey Lane at the Columbus Commons

High-energy rock, country and contemporary band McGuffey Lane has been touring Ohio and the Midwest for more than two decades, and they’re coming to the Columbus Commons for a free concert Friday night.

Saturday through Monday:

Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival

It’s time to celebrate Labor Day with the oldest and largest event in Canal Winchester! The annual Labor Day festival began in 1920 with just a small gathering and has grown into a tradition that draws thousands of visitors every year. With live music, a car show, rides, games, food and drinks, a parade and much more, there’s something for everyone. Admission to the festival is free for everyone, and on Saturday, kids can ride all the rides they want for free from noon until 5pm.


Gallery Hop

It’s that time of the month again — the monthly Gallery Hop in the Short North Arts District kicks off at 4pm Saturday and is one of Columbus’ quintessential experiences. Celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, special events, food, drinks and street performers throughout the district.  


Shadowbox: Evolutionaries at the Columbus Commons

Celebrate the artistry and legacy of two of music’s biggest names with a free performance by Shadowbox at the Columbus Commons. The 2-hour and 15-minute show features the music and stories of Prince and David Bowie and pays tribute to their contributions to music, fashion and more. Critics have called it “Shadowbox at the highest level,” “a joyous tribute” and a “heartfelt gift.”


Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival

Head over to Upper Arlington’s signature event of the year in Northam Park on Monday. Local, regional and national artists will be on hand, showcasing their work in a variety of media. The annual event also features local performers, an Art Activities area for children and adults, and a variety of food and beverage vendors.

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