Friday Freebies: 10 festivals you won’t want to miss this weekend


If you haven’t fulfilled your festival fix yet this summer, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do it!

From the Film Festival of Columbus and the All-Ohio Balloon Fest to Frontstage Fest and Festival Latino, this weekend is chalk-full of some really great festivals. Here are 10 you won’t want to miss:

All weekend:

Film Festival of Columbus

Head over to the Gateway Film Center for the seventh annual Film Festival of Columbus. The festival features work from seasoned and rising filmmakers from all over the world, panel discussions, and more.

Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival

Live music, arts vendors, food and a car show — you can experience all that and more at this year’s Dan Emmett Festival in Mount Vernon. The festival is now in its 31st year and headliners this year include Phil Dirt and the Dozers and country music star Lorrie Morgan. Tap or click here for a full schedule of events.

Friday and Saturday:

Festival Latino

Festival Latino started as just a 5-hour experiment in 1996 and has grown to a two-day event with live music, dancing, cultural and arts workshops, Latin American cuisine and more. This year, the free family-friendly event will feature even more national and international musical performers, Ohio-based Latino dance and music, and more than 20 food vendors.

All-Ohio Balloon Fest

There’s something for everyone at the 2018 All-Ohio Balloon Fest in Marysville. From live entertainment and helicopter rides to sky jumping and balloons, it’s one of the can’t-miss events of the summer. Tickets are just $10 for Friday and Saturday and kids 10 and under get in free. Tap or click here to get tickets.


Columbus Summer Beer Fest

Calling all beer lovers! You won’t want to miss Columbus’ annual Summer Beer Fest at Express LIVE! on Saturday. More than 130 breweries are participating, and there will be live music and lots of food trucks. This is an adults-only event. Tickets start at $55 for regular admission and include 25 sample tickets and a 5-ounce souvenir beer mug. Designated driver tickets are just $20 and include a $5 food truck coupon and free bottled water and soft drinks from the Designated Driver booth.  Tap or click here to get tickets.

Farmers’ Festival at North Market

Celebrate the oldest farmers market in central Ohio at the annual North Market Farmers’ festival. Admission is free, and there are activities for the whole family, including cooking demos, farm animals from Shady Grove Farm, an amateur pie baking contest, children’s crafts and more.

Frontstage Fest

If you love music, beer and food, you won’t want to miss CD102.5’s Frontstage Fest on Saturday in the parking lot of the Big Room Bar. Sixteen bands will be performing on two stages at this all-ages show. Doors open at noon and tickets are just $10. Tap or click here for tickets.

Summer in the 614 Festival

Enjoy everything great about the Columbus metro area at Worthington’s Summer in the 614 Festival. There will be live local music, family activities, games, food and more. Performers include The Shazzbots, Arch City Lights and more.

Grove City EcoFest

Celebrate Grove City’s commitment to being a healthy, eco-friendly community at the annual Grove City EcoFest. There will be an interactive kids’ zone with plenty of child-friendly activities, workshops about making your home and garden eco-friendly and sustainable, workshops geared toward healthy living, food vendors and environmentally-friendly artisan crafts. This event is free.

Moonlight Market

Discover everything Gay Street has to offer at the Moonlight Market. The market features a diverse mix of sidewalk vendors, pop-up shops, great dining options, entertainment and much more. There are only three market events left this year, so why not go this Saturday?

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