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Top 10 Events and Festivals in the Columbus Ohio Area USA

Here Top Events USA highlights the top 10 Columbus Ohio USA Events, festivals and fairs.

The most popular events and festivals taking place in Columbus and the area around Columbus Ohio include the Ohio State Fair– a popular event for more than 160 years, and the Columbus Asian Festival that attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

See below for a complete list of the main 10 Columbus Ohio US events

Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show
early February
Columbus, Ohio

Top Boat Shows in the USAOne of the main 10 Columbus Ohio US events, the annual Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show features an array of new boats, travel trailers, motor homes and campers as well as seminars and demonstrations offered by top fishing experts and anglers, and vendors specializing in boats and fishing gear as well as outdoor equipment, travel campers and travel trailers, ATVs, and motorcycles.

For more information about the Columbus Sports, Vacation & Boat Show visit:


Memories Scrapbooking Expo™

late March
Columbus, Ohio

An event concentrating on scrapbooking, paper crafting, rubber stamping and card making, Memories Scrapbooking Expo™ offers extensive shopping opportunities for everything from paper crafting and rubber stamping supplies to basics like albums, card-making supplies, speciality papers, embossing and quilting supplies, as well as extensive classes on relevant topics, and fun parties with prizes and more.

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Columbus Asian Festival
late May
Columbus, Ohio

Attracting over 100,000 visitors each year, this major event, now recognised here to be one of the top 10 events and festivals in the Columbus Ohio area USA, features and celebrates the cultures and traditions of the people from all over Asia, including China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Laos and Pakistan. Recognized as one of the top special events in Central Ohio, the Asian Festival offers a range of attractions from cultural displays, educational exhibitions, performance events and art shows to a wealth of children’s activities.

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Columbus Arts Festival
Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Arts Festival, presented by Time Warner Cable, celebrates 50 years of bringing the best of fine arts and fine craft to Columbus, Ohio. The city's summer event features amazing art, great music, gourmet food and a host of other fun activities for the entire family.

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German Village Haus und Garten Tour
late June
Columbus, Ohio

A popular event for over half a century, the German Village Haus und Garten Tour, attracting more than 6,000 visitors, is held in various homes and gardens of the historic neighborhood of German Village. Having now become one of the main Columbus Ohio US events, it displays award winning house designs and restorations as well as gardening demonstrations, the ever popular Marketplatz offering unique home and garden accessories, and members of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society painting their masterpieces for the annual watercolor competition. 

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Red, White, and Boom!
4th July
Columbus, Ohio

top 4th July celebrations festivals in the USAEveryone celebrating Independence Day in Columbus gathers downtown on the riverfront for the Red, White, and Boom! event that is recognized as offering the Midwest’s largest fireworks display. The fun of the event begins in the early afternoon with several different concerts at various locations and then the Ohio National Guard flyover and Independence Day Parade at 6pm, followed by the fireworks display at 10pm after which various entertainment venues reopen and carry on.

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Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest
mid July
Columbus, Ohio

A favorite summertime tradition, highlighting the talents of the finest local, regional and international jazz artists, and featuring the “best ribs” by top chefs of the USA and Canada, the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest has been a popular event for more than 30 years. Prizes and awards for the best ribs range from “Critic’s Choice” and “People‘s Choice” to an award for the best barbeque sauce.

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Ohio State Fair
end July – early August
Columbus, Ohio

top state fairs in the USAAn important event for more than 160 years, and recognized here as one of the top 10 events and festivals in the Columbus Ohio area USA, the 12-day Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the USA attracting more than 825,000 visitors each year to celebrate the wealth of Ohio's products, the skills of its people and their accomplishments for more than a century and a half. Attractions include the popular and highly respected midway, educational exhibits, food, animals as well as concerts with stars like Chicago, Victoria Justice, Billy Currington and Kris Kristofferson.

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Festival Latino
early – mid August
Columbus, Ohio

The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio, this free family-friendly event celebrates Latin American culture with two days of family and adult oriented activities. Music events (which include Tango dance classes) showcase salsa, mambo, flamenco, merengue and conjunto music and dance performances by leading national and international Latino artists. Traditional Latin food is on offer, and the special market place features everything from jewelry to pottery, arts and crafts.

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Ohio Renaissance Festival
beginning September to end October
Harveysburg – between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio

Top Renaissance  Eventsin the USAOne of Ohio’s premier family events, the Ohio Renaissance Festival takes place in an authentically re-created, 30-acre, 16th Century English village. Attracting Queen Elizabeth I herself, entertainment includes everything from full-armored jousting between knights in shining armor to costumed performers displaying Renaissance music, dancing, juggling, sword-fighting and more. Food available includes everything with Renaissance flavors, from giant turkey legs to bread bowl stews, and more than 135 master artisans and crafters offer everything from jewelry to items of demonstrated glass blowing and leather crafting.

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Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Open House
1st December
Columbus, Ohio

Heralding the start of the holiday season, this event is part of a tradition that began almost a hundred years ago in 1915. Beginning with the arrival of Santa Claus by helicopter at the Ohio Statehouse in the early evening, the event continues inside the Ohio Statehouse and features all sorts of fun activities, from the Santa and Mrs Claus photo station to shows on the Ground Level Stage, carols performed by various, well known choirs, and all sorts of fun for children.

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