What’s on your summer bucket list? If you are like many of us, you may not have hit some of the ongoing events, thinking, “I can always do that later in the summer.” Well, later in the summer is now.
Here’s a list of events happening weekly or all summer long that you might just want to get on your calendar. It seems like you have plenty of time, but summer keeps tick tocking on by.
Tuesdays and Fridays through October 30
Stop by for delicious farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and unique artisan gifts. downtowncolumbus.com
Second Saturday of the month through October (August 8, September 12, October 10)
Gay Street Corridor
The Moonlight Market features a diverse mix of brick-and-mortar businesses, pop-up shops and artisan sidewalk vendors that create one of the most unique shopping experiences that you'll find in Columbus. Enjoy shopping, food and entertainment all evening long. moonlightmarketcolumbus.com
Topiary Summer Movie Series
Last Friday of the month through September; July 31 (Jurassic Park), August 28 (The Wiz), September 25 (The Secret Garden)
Enjoy this From Book to Film series under the stars in Topiary Park presented by Discovery Special Improvement District, Gateway Film Center and Columbus Metropolitan Library. There will be outdoor activities prior to the show at dusk. You can pack a picnic or pick up eats from local food trucks. downtowncolumbus.com
Lunch-Time Performing Arts Series
Every Friday through August 28, noon - 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse West Lawn
Summer Fridays is a free lunch-time outdoor performing arts series staged at the Ohio Statehouse, offering an opportunity for the public and downtown community to gather on Capitol Square to experience some of Columbus' diverse arts groups. ohiostatehouse.org
Downtown Live Concert Series: Popgun
Quick, it's the last week: July 30
Unwind after work, enjoy a frosty beverage, and dig into the local music scene with free concerts on Thursday nights. Downtown Live concerts provide a perfect kick-off to the weekend. The bar will open at 5 p.m., and music will start at 5:30 p.m. New this year, artisan crafters will fill the south lawn in our Downtown Marketplace. columbuscommons.org
Select Wednesdays through August 12; July 29 (Urban Adventures), August 5 (Movin' and Groovin'), August 12 (Summer Sendoff)
This free event for kids offers a wide variety of fun outdoor activities surrounding different themes all held at the Scioto Mile Fountain area. sciotomile.com
Rhythm on the River
Select Fridays through September 4; July 31 (The Spikedrivers), August 4 (Maceo Parker with HooDoo Soul Band), August 21 (The Navigators), August 28 (BalletMet Columbus), September 4 (The Steepwater Band and Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons)
Rhythm on the River is a free series of concerts and events held downtown during the summer months. sciotomile.com
Weekly Events in the Cafe at Hills Market Downtown
Charity Happy Hour, Monday, 5 - 7 p.m.
Grill & Chill, Wednesdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Sushi Night, Thursdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Wine Tastings, Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m.
Food Truck Fridays
Fridays through August 28, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
In conjunction with the 2015 Summer Fridays Music Series, the Ohio Statehouse will feature one food truck on the southwest corner of Capitol Square. Support local businesses and enjoy great music. ohiostatehouse.org
Food Truck Food Court
Thursdays through October 29
Enjoy a wide array of lunch options on Thursdays at Columbus Commons. The Food Truck Food Court features local food trucks serving up delicious lunch options from trucks including Aromaku, Blue Olive, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Bowl Asian Grill, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities, Red Plate Blue Plate, and Schmidt's Sausage Truck. columbuscommons.org