Experience Columbus Visitors Guide fall 2012
Your guide to events, attractions and things to do in Columbus, Ohio, in fall 2012. The Official Visitors Guide of Experience Columbus.
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Repair Express 400 North High St. | (614) 827-2500 www.columbusconventions.com courtney hergesheimer ON THE COVER experiencecolumbus.com NAT Geo AwArd National Geographic Traveler named Columbus as one of the top 10 Best Fall Trips in the world. "Sacrifice + Bliss: Aurora Robson" at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens OFFicial visitors guide Contents FALL 2012 4 5 8 10 Plan Your Visit Getting Around Columbus Maps Encore, encore! The arts season's hottest shows, including the Wexner Center's "Annie Leibovitz," the Columbus Museum of Art's "Mark Rothko" and BalletMet's "Dracula." The season's hottest shows 10 | Autumn events 18 | Fun for kids 25 Downtown Columbus, by Randall L. Scheiber; All American Quarter Horse Congress, by Tom Dodge/ Columbus Dispatch; BalletMet's "Dracula," courtesy BalletMet; The Ohio State University Buckeyes, by Eric Lyttle. NAT GEO AWARD Named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top 10 Best Fall Trips in the world. Businesses listed are members of Experience Columbus, current as of May 15, 2012. For information on membership, call 614-222-6126. Experience Columbus 277 W. Nationwide Blvd., Ste. 125 Columbus, OH 43215 614-221-6623 � 800-354-2657 www.experiencecolumbus.com President and CEO Paul Astleford Vice President, Marketing Amy Tillinghast Director, Marketing Cathe Moog Director, Tourism Kari Kauffman Director, Communications Beth Ervin Manager, Marketing Claudia Plumley Coordinator, Marketing Sandi Combs 17 18 Experience Columbus Days Fall Events Celebrate Columbus Day with four days of city-wide savings. courtesy balletmet Usher in autumn with a whole host of activities, from fall festivals to a World Cup qualifier to equestrian events. 25 Attractions & Entertainment Keep the kids entertained with a "LEGO Castle Adventure," wild animal attractions and a shipboard celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Weekend. chris graham/ courtesy north market Columbus Custom Publishing 34 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43215 614-410-0440 Vice President & Publisher Katie Wolfe Lloyd Director of Dispatch Magazines Brian Lindamood Editor Jill Hawes Editorial Assistant Ben Zenitsky Production Manager Craig Rusnak Advertising Director Rheta Gallagher Senior Account Executive Bryan McMahan Sales Assistant Maureen Thon 35 45 48 53 57 Round-the-clock foodies will find plenty of delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food & Drink Sports The Buckeyes, Blue Jackets and Crew lead an action-packed lineup. fred squillante The Official Columbus Visitors Guide is published by Columbus Custom Publishing on behalf of Experience Columbus. The Official Columbus Visitors Guide is endorsed by the Greater Columbus Lodging Council as its official guest room hospitality magazine. Tis the season for seeking out one-of-a-kind finds. Shopping Lodging Business & Service Directory e xp e ri e n ce colu m bus .co m Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 3 travel courtesy columbus zoo and aquarium Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Columbus Blue Jackets Plan your visit Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the state capital. It is located within 550 miles of more than half of the nation's population and is easily accessible by car or plane. ExperienceColumbus.com Visit experiencecolumbus.com to make sure you experience all the best of Columbus. You can make hotel and restaurant reservations, choose travel packages, browse an up-to-date events calendar and even purchase tickets to events and attractions online. Sign up for free membership in the Columbus Insiders Club. You'll receive a monthly email with special offers, discounts and previews to the city's top attractions and events. Ask the experts Need more help? Speak with a Columbus Travel Counselor by calling 866-397-2657. Staff members can provide ideas, suggestions and directions to customize your visit. You also can ask our staff questions on Twitter using #expcols. If you're in need of guidance while exploring the downtown area, Capital Crossroads Ambassadors are available to answer questions and provide directions seven days a week. They're easy to spot: Look for the folks with the word "Safety" on their backs. courtesy columbus blue jackets Visitor Centers Find out more at our two Visitor Centers. The Downtown location at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Easton Town Center location is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.9 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m. Social Media Connect with Experience Columbus to get valuable information on how to play, stay, dine and shop in Columbus. Facebook 4 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com (#expcols) Twitter YouTube Flickr RSS LinkedIn Pintrest ed matthews/columbus dispatch Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon Getting Around to columbus Drivers can reach Columbus via two major interstates that intersect near downtown: I-70 (east-west) and I-71 (north-south). I-670 connects the airport to downtown, and I-270 circles the city. For construction information, go to pavingtheway.org or call 614-645-PAVE. See pages 8-9 for Columbus-area and downtown maps. Visitors flying into the city arrive at Port Columbus International Airport (614-239-4000; flycolumbus.com), located just 10 minutes east of downtown and served by the following carriers: Air Canada Jazz, Air Tran, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier Airlines, Southwest, United and US Airways. Megabus (877-462-6342; megabus.com) serves Columbus with drop-offs near The Ohio State University campus and downtown Columbus. Airport shuttle service is provided by Arch Express Transportation (614252-2277), Dublin Express Shuttle (614-252-5555) and Urban Express Transportation (614-840-0411). Reservations are recommended. around Columbus It's easy to get around Ohio's capital. Automobiles are available for rent from various points in the city through Experience Columbus members (see page 64). Public transportation is provided by Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA, 614-228-1776 or cota.com). Normal bus fare is $2; express fare, $2.75. View maps of all bus routes at cota.com. COTA makes it easy to ride: 1) Know where you want to go. 2) Use the Google Trip Planner on cota.com to find your bus number and departure time. 3) Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before departure time. 4) Get on board and pay your fare. You will need exact change. 5) When the bus stops at your destination, exit out the back door. Taxi service is widely available (see page 64). The average fare from Port Columbus International Airport to downtown is $22. NoNstop DestiNatioNs Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 5 Visitor Information Services AAA Ohio Auto Club, 90 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., 43085, 614-431-7800. Coordinating meeting, event and incentive programs. ArtsinOhio.com, 614-466-2613. Visit ArtsinOhio.com, your online guide to arts and culture in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and all of Ohio. ColumbusArts.com, 100 E. Broad St., Ste. 2250, 43215, 614-224-2606. Your guide to cultural events and organizations in Central Ohio. Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., 43215, 614-645-2275. Main library located on South Grant Avenue, two blocks south of Broad Street. Huntington National Bank, 41 S. High St., 43215, 614-480-4005. Huntington National Bank has several locations throughout Central Ohio to welcome visitors and residents. Please see page 62 for specific branches to serve your needs. From waste to wonder Sacrice + Bliss: Aurora Robson On view beginning September 9 1777 E. Broad St. | Columbus, OH 43203 614.645.8733 | www.fpconservatory.org Important Numbers AAA (Emergency) .......... 614-431-3388 Central Ohio Transit Authority ........................ 614-228-1776 Columbus Road Construction Hotline 614-645-7283 Columbus Tourism Information .................... 614-221-2489 or 866-397-2657 firstname.lastname@example.org experiencecolumbus.com #expcols on Twitter Emergency...............................................911 Fire ........................................ 614-221-2345 Franklin County Sheriff 614-462-3333 International Visitors Council, Inc. . 614-225-9057 Ohio Tourism Information .................800-282-5393 DiscoverOhio.com Police ..................................614-645-4545 Port Columbus International Airport 614-239-4083 State Highway Patrol ... 614-466-2660 Time/Weather .......................614-281-1111 Urgent Care�OhioHealth in partnership with NextCare Downtown/ Victorian Village..........614-544-0822 Dublin............................. 614-923-0300 Gahanna .............................614-476-1112 Grove City ..................... 614-833-0160 Powell ............................740-549-2700 U.S. Customs ..................... 614-497-1865 the engaging new exhibits in the Museum at the Ohio History Center! Museum & Store open: Wed.-Sat. 10-5, and Sunday 12-5. Let's Explore Exhibit is free with paid admission. Follow the Flag See actual Civil War battle flags and experience stories in the words of Ohioans who carried the flags. CONTROVERSY Ohio History Center Columbus, OH 43211 EXHIBIT NOW OPEN � Free with paid admission PIECES WE DON'T TALK ABOUT Visitors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 800 E. 17th Ave. (I-71, exit 111) 800.686.6124 | www.ohiohistory.org Ohio Historical Society OhioHistory Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 7 columbus maps Greater Columbus Early Television Museum Jack Nicklaus Museum Ohio History Center/ Ohio Village South Campus Gateway The Ohio State University UNIVERSITY DISTRICT Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Hollywood Casino Columbus Tanger Outlet Center at Jeffersonville For bike path information: www.centralohiogreenways.com or parks.columbus.gov 8 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com Camelot Cellars Downtown Columbus 16 18 17 Camelot Cellars Spruce St 5 6 84 2 9 10 Huntington Park Spruce St Huntington Park 1 12 11 3 The King Arts Complex Lincoln Theatre The King Arts Complex Lincoln Theatre Ohio Judicial Center Ohio Judicial Center Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Scioto Audubon Metro Shadowbox Park Live Scioto M ile OSU 13 OSU Urban UrbanArts Space Columbus Arts Space Commons Columbus Commons Shadowbox Live Scioto M ile 7 Topiary Park Topiary Park 14 Scioto Audubon Metro Park 15 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 (opening fall 2012) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Bed & Breakfasts: 15 German Village Guest House 16 Harrison House Bed & Breakfast 17 Short North Bed & Breakfast 18 Victorian Village Guest House Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 9 Encore, encore! � annie leibovitz 10 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com courtesy coLumBus museum of Art (2) Opposite: More than 200 images by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz--including "Muhammad Ali, Chicago, Illinois, 1978"--are on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts Sept. 22-Dec. 30. This page: The Columbus Museum of Art displays an ancient mosaic from Israel (far left) in "Marvelous Menagerie" through Jan. 13; showcases works by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce--including "Archie Griffin" (left)-- beginning Sept. 13; and marks the city's bicentennial with "Songs for the New Millennium, 1812-2012: Works by Aminah Robinson Celebrating 200Columbus," featuring eight new works (including the one below) by the Columbus artist, beginning Aug. 24 and running through the spring. � AminAh BrendA L. roBinson From the world-class photography of Annie Leibovitz to Broadway favorites (who doesn't love Belle and her Beast-ly suitor?), this year's wide-ranging arts schedule promises to keep fans entertained. Here's a look at some of the season's hottest tickets. Eye candy One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the season is "Annie Leibovitz" at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the campus of The Ohio State University. The acclaimed contemporary arts center is devoting all of its gallery space to this presentation featuring more than 200 images from the famed photographer's portfolio. The bulk of the exhibit, which runs Sept. 22-Dec. 30, consists of works from Leibovitz's "Master Set," an authoritative edition of 156 images personally selected by the artist. The Wexner Center is the first venue to display the set in its entirety, from a regal Queen Elizabeth to the iconic Blues Brothers. World affairs take center stage when the Wex hosts "Shimon Attie: Metro.PAL.IS." Jan. 26-April 7. The installation features eight 65-inch monitors arranged in a circle. Characters on each screen read from the Israeli and Palestinian declarations of independence, revealing a surprising overlap between the two texts. Art from the ancient world is on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through Jan. 13 in "Marvelous Menagerie: An Ancient Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel." The venue is one of only four museums to display this large, detailed mosaic floor (unearthed in 1996 from a Roman villa) before it's returned to Israel to become the focus of an archaeological center. Treasures from much closer to 11 Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information home will be on view in an exhibit on Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, opening Sept. 13 and running through the spring. The Columbus Museum of Art, which has the largest holding of Pierce's work, arranged the show in celebration of the city's 2012 bicentennial. Pierce, who lived in Columbus for more than 60 years, created carvings and sculptures inspired by the Bible, American popular and folk heroes and contemporary events such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. The museum also will dazzle visitors with its focus on one of the most influential and best-known artists of the 20th century in "Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950," running Feb. 1-May 26. Drawn mainly from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the collection consists of 37 works including paintings, watercolors and works on paper. At Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the medium of choice this fall will be garbage-- specifically, plastic bottles and other debris collected from the waste stream and turned into works of art by artist and environmental activist Aurora Robson. "Sacrifice + Bliss: Aurora Robson," Sept. 9-April 28, features 10 of Robson's beautiful, large-scale sculptures--including several new works--throughout the conservatory's plant collections, both indoors and outdoors. The event also features an installation created during Robson's summer residency at the conservatory; it's made from debris gathered during a local volunteer river cleanup. Those looking for artists who fall outside the established arts community will be intrigued by 12 courtesy franklin park conservatory Large-scale sculptures made from plastic bottles and other debris are highlighted in "Sacrifice + Bliss: Aurora Robson," at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Sept. 9-April 28. Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com Two works from "Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius," at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery through Oct. 14, and the recently renovated Garden Theater, home to the Short North Stage theater company. courtesy short north business association courtesy ohio arts council (2) "Outside in Ohio: A Century of Unexpected Genius," at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery through Oct. 14. The selections represent a century of work by 18 Ohio artists who "never studied art, never hung out in museums and never expected to become known as artists," according to the council. The gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts downtown. Explore the former home of author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber at Thurber House on the east side of downtown. This living museum and literary center offers tours and regularly hosts events such as the Evenings with Authors series, which gives talented writers a forum to read and discuss their works. At Glass Axis in Grandview, just northwest of downtown, "What's in a Goblet" celebrates the city's bicentennial by examining contemporary goblet-making in Ohio. This juried exhibition of artistic goblets, on view through Sept. 27, is accompanied by events showcasing locally produced wine and mead. The nonprofit glass studio also offers classes where visitors can learn to make their very own art. Raise the curtain For theater-goers, there's plenty to see on stage this season. Musical favorites presented by Broadway in Columbus include "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," at the Palace Theatre Oct. 9-14, and "White Christmas," a brand new musical featuring hits by Irving Berlin, at the Ohio Theatre Nov. 20-25. The series also brings the Tony Award-winning "Million Dollar Quartet" to the Palace Theatre Feb. 5-10. The hit musical was inspired by a real-life 1956 recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) reflects on life and art in three productions this season at the Riffe Center. A tiger looks for the meaning of life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq in "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," Oct. 10-28. In "The Story of My Life," Nov. 28-Dec. 16, two men look back on their long friendship and their shared passion for books, writing and the film "It's a Wonderful Life." And the Tony Award-winning "Red," Feb. 13-March 3, celebrates the vision of artist Mark Rothko by examining his decision to take on a commercial project. For Short North Stage, the city's newest professional theater company, life is a "Cabaret" Sept. 21-Oct. 7. An American writer and an English singer fall in love at the raunchy Kit Kat Club in this musical set against the rise of the Nazis in 1920s Berlin. Performances are held in the renovated Garden Theater in the Short North Arts District. Theater takes a zany turn at Shadowbox Live, which delights audiences with its sketch comedy and rock-and-roll band, BillWho? The troupe gets into the spirit of Halloween 13 Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information shadowbox live's santa babies take an irreverent look at the holidays in "holiday hoopla XXi" nov. 15dec. 29. courtesy shadowbox live with three shows. "Vampires" explores our fascination with these creatures of the night with dance, music and performances through Nov. 7. There's a free, one-night-only performance of "The Rocky Horror Show" Sept. 2 at Columbus Commons park--dress as your favorite character and be prepared to do the Time Warp again. And check out the brand-new "Full Moon," a two-hour show chock-full of monsters, madness and mayhem, Sept. 13-Nov. 10. Shadowbox turns to the Windy City for inspiration when it performs its version of the Broadway hit "Chicago" Sept. 9-Nov. 11. And the troupe puts its own twist on the holidays Nov. 15-Dec. 29 in "Holiday Hoopla XXI," a Central Ohio tradition. On select Sundays Nov. 25Dec. 30, Shadowbox also performs "Scrooge," a musical retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Shadowbox teams up with Opera Columbus for a unique production of "La Boh�me." This abridged, Englishonly adaptation of one of the most popular operas of all time takes place on Sundays Oct. 14-Nov. 18 at Shadowbox's Backstage Bistro on South Front Street. 14 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com Pint-size Productions The performing arts aren't just for adults--two theater groups in town present plays geared toward kids. COlumbus Children's theatre � "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," Sept. 27-Oct. 14. Four siblings are transported to the magical world of Narnia. � "No Dogs Allowed!" Nov. 1-11. In this musical, 8-year-old Iris is determined to bring her beloved dog along on a trip to a state park, despite the park's titular prohibition. � "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Nov. 29-Dec. 23. Mayhem reigns as the awful Herdman children are cast in a holiday play. � "Snow White," Jan. 10-27. The classic fairy tale comes to life, complete with Sleepy, Dopey and the crew. � "The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales," Feb. 7-24. Wacky, irreverent takes on favorite fairy tales. CatCO's theatre fOr Children � "The Tales of Beatrix Potter," Nov. 9-18. Three actors present stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck, including friendly fights and a chance for audience participation. � "The Neverending Story," Dec. 7-9. A young boy is drawn into a book and the land of Fantastica, where he walks a fine line between reality and imagination. � "Isabella e la Bestia," Jan. 18-27. A comedic retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." joan marcus On your toes Graceful dance performances await audiences this season. BalletMet Columbus celebrates "The American Songbook" Sept. 21-Oct. 7 at the intimate BalletMet Performance Space. It includes a dance set to the songs of country singer Patsy Cline, a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. and a collaboration with the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus. Another American tradition-- Halloween--takes a passionate turn in "Dracula," at the Capitol Theatre Oct. 26-Nov. 3. BalletMet's version of the gothic horror tale premi�red in 1999 and has become a repertoire favorite. The two-act dance focuses on the thoughts and emotions found in the classic Bram Stoker novel. A different kind of holiday celebration--and an even bigger tradition--takes the stage Dec. 7-23 in "The Nutcracker." The Ohio Theatre will be transformed into the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy to tell the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. For Valentine's Day, BalletMet gets romantic with a full-length performance of "Romeo & Juliet" Feb. 14-17. Broadway in Columbus hosts "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" (above) Oct. 9-14; BalletMet's haunting take on "Dracula" returns to the stage Oct. 26-Nov. 3. courtesy balletmet Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 15 The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (top) and Columbus Symphony (below) supply the city with sweet sounds this season. stephen pariser Music in the air courtesy columbus symphony The Columbus Symphony has a variety of concerts this season sure to meet every musical mood. Its Pops Series at the Ohio Theatre kicks off Oct. 6 with Air Supply, then welcomes a group of Beatles impersonators, The Fab Four, Nov. 10. The symphony gets into the spirit of things Nov. 30-Dec. 2 with the Holiday Pops. Conductor Ronald Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in seasonal songs and carols, and you can expect Santa to put in an appearance. "Cirque de la Symphonie" offers a fantastical fusion of the orchestra and circus acts Jan. 19. Works by some of the world's greatest composers set the tone for routines by aerial artists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni launches the orchestra's Masterworks Series Oct. 5 at the Ohio Theatre with Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." Things take an international turn as the symphony welcomes Armenian-born pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, playing Tchaikovsky and Schubert Oct. 1213, and Finnish violinist Elina V�h�l�, performing a concerto by her fellow 16 Finnish native, Jean Sibelius, Nov. 2-3. The orchestra kicks off the new year Jan. 4-5 with music inspired by Viennese dances, then launches a celebration of Baroque sounds, conducted by Baroque music expert Monica Huggett, Jan. 11-13. Conductor Matthew Halls provides a showcase for Mozart and his great friend Haydn Feb. 1-2, and Mahler's "The Song of the Earth" follows on Feb. 22-23. Musical events also are on tap at The King Arts Complex. "Jazz on the Avenue with Paul Taylor" Sept. 20 stars the saxophonist in a program of smooth jazz, and "Holiday Jazz with Aaron Diehl" celebrates the season Dec. 8 with Juilliard-trained pianist Diehl, a Columbus native. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a performance by Doc Severinsen Sept. 28-29, then gets into the holiday spirit Nov. 29-Dec. 2 with "Home for the Holidays," featuring vocalist Marva Hicks. Columbus native Keith "Speak" Williams and vocalist Bobbi Townes join the CJO Jan. 25-26 for the world premi�re of "Suite Rosa," by Grammywinning bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton. A subset of the CJO, the Jazz Arts Group, brings more jazz to town through its Inside Tracks series. Hear Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys at the Short North Stage's Garden Theater Sept. 7, and end the year on a high note with Bobby Floyd and Byron Stripling in "Swingin' the New Year" at the Lincoln Theatre Dec. 28. Want to inspire a new generation of jazz fans? Look no further than the PBJ & Jazz series. These interactive concerts--scheduled for Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Jan. 12 and Feb. 16 in the Lincoln Theatre ballroom--are designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. | Lawrence Houck Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com kyle robertson/columbus dispatch Brothers Drake Experience Columbus Days Oct. 5-8, 2012 E xperience Columbus Days is a city-wide event that makes Columbus THE place to be over Columbus Day weekend. It's a good excuse for visitors and residents to try something new. Over the four-day holiday weekend, participating attractions offer discounts of 50 percent or more off admission to all guests showing an Experience Columbus Days flyer. Participants include: Brothers Drake Camelot Cellars Capital City Tours Columbus Food Adventures Columbus Italian Festival Columbus Museum of Art Columbus Zoo and Aquarium COSI Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Glass Axis Kelton House Lazer Kraze Magic Mountain Fun Centers Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Ohio History Center and Ohio Village Santa Maria The ScareATorium SegAway Tours Shadowbox Live Wexner Center for the Arts the Wilds ZipZone Canopy Tours More than 50 locally owned and operated restaurants, all part of Dine Originals Columbus, will offer a 25 percent discount on food, as well. Visit experiencecolumbusdays.com for a list of participating partners and to obtain your Experience Columbus Days flyer. A printed or mobile version of the flyer must be presented to receive your discount. kristen stevens Columbus Food Adventures file will shilling Glass Axis Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Also on the website are details on all locations and other activities going on over Columbus Day weekend. If you'd rather talk with a travel counselor, we can assist you by phone at 1-866-397-2657. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 17 calendar: fall events 2012 Greek Festival shari lewis/columbus dispatch F or every leaf that turns red, orange or yellow this autumn, there's a way to have fun in Columbus. A full schedule of arts, family and seasonal events is sure to keep every visitor entertained. Science buffs can peer inside the human body, beer lovers can sample the city's finest brews and theater-goers won't want to miss opera, ballet and traveling Broadway productions. Sculptures made from trash, castles made from Legos and a zoo filled with twinkling lights--it's all here this fall. Visit experiencecolumbus.com for a complete calendar of events, searchable by date, category and location. You also can use your mobile phone to snap a picture of this QR image--if you have the correct reader software, you'll immediately link to the calendar. To keep up with what's happening in the city, subscribe to an RSS feed of events or sign up to receive Events to Experience e-mails, sent weekly, monthly and quarterly. The city is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2012 with a whole host of activities throughout the year. Festivals, arts presentations, musical performances and more are engaging visitors in the city of the future. Visit SE PTE MBER Thru SepT. 27 SepT. 1-2 Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival Take yourself out to the ballgame as it was played in the 1860s, with no gloves, no spitting and no swearing. These two days of family fun mark the largest gathering of vintage base ball (as they called it back then) clubs in the country, with more than 30 clubs from across the Midwest squaring off. Ohio History Center/Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614-297-2300. SepT. 3 "What's in a Goblet" Ever wondered how the glass you raise is made? Find out at this exhibition of contemporary goblet making in Ohio, complete with a variety of events showcasing locally produced wine and mead. Cheers! Glass Axis, 1341 Norton Ave., Ste. B., 43212, 614-291-4250. Thru Jan. 13 "Marvelous Menagerie: an ancient roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel" upper arlington Labor Day arts Festival Fish, birds, beasts and sailing ships fill nearly 300 square feet of this stunning mosaic. Roughly 1,700 years old, this work of ancient Roman art is believed to have decorated the floor of an assembly room in a well-appointed villa. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., 43215, 614-221-4848. Peruse the wares of nearly 200 fine artists from all over the country at this end-of-summer tradition, held in the northwest suburb of Upper Arlington. Kids' activities, art lessons, refreshments and live entertainment keep visitors busy. Northam Park, 2070 Northam Rd., 43221, 614-583-5310. SepT. 7 Greek Festival auG. 31-SepT. 3 WaterFire with Ladies of Longford Beginning at dusk, floating bonfires illuminate the Scioto River downtown as crowds gather to enjoy music and entertainment from the Ladies of Longford. This unique spectacle creates an opportunity for everyone to enjoy an evening out with the arts. Downtown riverfront around Genoa Park and COSI, 43215, 614-299-9221. 200Columbus.com for more information. You'll be yelling "Opa!" as you explore this celebration of all things Greek, from traditional dancing and music to freshly baked baklava. Take a tour of the mosaic-filled cathedral to learn how it was painstakingly decorated by hand. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St., 43215, 614-224-9020. 18 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com jeff hinckley/columbus dispatch Ohio Cup vintage Base Ball Festival Sept. 7-8 Longaberger Heritage Days Fall Festival The Longaberger basket company hosts this two-day party at its Homestead, located an hour east of Columbus. Families can enjoy live music, games, dining, prizes, basket making and pottery painting. Longaberger Homestead, 5563 Raiders Rd., Frazeysburg 43822, 740-3225588. Sept. 7-9 Home & Garden Show and Holiday Fest Find out why fall is the perfect time to make changes around the house. More than 300 exhibits, attractions and events showcase ideas for every corner of your home. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614-461-5257. Sept. 8 India Festival Sept. 9 Sample samosas and shop for colorful saris at this annual celebration of Indian art, food, music and culture. Learn more about the people from India who call Ohio their home. Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., 43215, 877-342-6412. Sept. 8 Downtown powell Street Market Sept. 13-FeB. 17, 2013 Ohio proud Fall Festival More than 125 vendors line the streets of Powell, a suburb on the north side. Bring the entire family to its charming downtown area to shop for antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, plants, produce, edibles and more. Downtown Powell, 44 N. Liberty St., 43065, 614-3963336. Sept. 9-NOv. 11 "elijah pierce" This foodie-friendly event features samples and sales from Ohio companies. From salsa and mustard to butter toffee and ostrich burgers, all products are at least 50 percent raised, grown or processed in the Buckeye State. Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, 43219, 614-416-7000. One of America's foremost woodcarvers and folk artists is spotlighted during this showcase of carvings and sculptures covering topics from religion to contemporary events. Pierce lived and worked in Columbus for more than 60 years, and the city's museum owns the largest holding of his work. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., 43215, 614-221-4848. Sept. 14-15 Shadowbox Live: "Chicago!" Shadowbox Live is heading back to roaring '20s with their latest musical, "Chicago!" Anything goes in the Windy City at the height of jazz and debauchery--even murder. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., 43215, 614-4167625. Sept. 9-AprIL 28 Columbus Microbrew Festival Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds & the Brain "Sacrifice + Bliss: Aurora robson" Sample signature suds from local microbreweries including Barley's Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. Representatives from each brewery will be on hand to answers questions about their drafts. North Market, 59 Spruce St., 43215, 614-463-9664. Sept. 14-16 � gunther von hagens, institute for plastination, heidelberg, germany One man's trash is this artist's treasure. Using plastic bottles and caps, along with other discarded materials, Aurora Robson creates large-scale sculptures that are placed among plant life. Her paintings, collages and smaller works are on view in the conservatory's gallery, as well. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., 43203, 614645-8733. Sept. 11 Country Living Fair U.S. Men's National team vs. Jamaica The pages of Country Living magazine come to life during this annual show and sale. Visitors can peruse booths filled with antiques, vintage furnishings, gifts and collectibles. Enjoy food tastings, cooking demonstrations and crafting seminars. Ohio History Center/Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 973-808-5015. Sept. 20 Jazz on the Avenue The U.S. Men's National Team plays Jamaica in the second home match of the CONCACAF semifinal round to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Crew Stadium, 1 Black and Gold Blvd., 43211, 800-7453000. The King Arts Complex, site of many cultural and educational events and activities, welcomes saxophonist Paul Taylor as he stars in this sweet-sounding performance of smooth jazz. The King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., 43203, 614-645-0642. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 19 the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand prix & Family Day Sept. 23 See spirited show jumping by professional North American riders--including athletes from the 2012 London Olympic Games-- at this internationally sanctioned annual event. Entertainment for families will be on hand, along with carnival rides and crafts. Proceeds from the day benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing. Wexner Residence, Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road just south of Dublin-Granville Road, 43054, 614-416-7100. Sept. 27-OCt. 14 "the Lion, the Witch Step into the fantastical world of Narnia, where siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy meet the magical and mysterious Aslan, the great lion. Follow the children on their quest to defeat the White Witch, and witness a timeless story of love, faith, courage and giving. Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 N. Park St., 43215, 614-224-6672. Sept. 28 and the Wardrobe" neAl c. lAuron/columbus dispAtch Food truck and Cart Fest Forget going out to eat--let the food come to you. From gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and salty caramel ice cream to pepperoni pizza and veggie hot dogs, food trucks and carts converge downtown for a mobile meal mecca. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., 43215. Sept. 28-29 the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand prix & Family Day Sept. 20 "40 Years with Jazz Arts Group" Little Brown Jug Sept. 21-OCt. 7 Considered one of the jewels in the triple crown of grand circuit harness racing, this exciting event brings the finest 3-year-old pacers in the country into competition. Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, 43015, 740-362-3851. Sept. 21 "the American Songbook" Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand tasting BalletMet dancers glide their way through some of the country's most beloved music in this celebration of song and dance. The lineup includes songs by Patsy Cline, a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. and a collaboration with the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus. BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mr. Vernon Ave., 43215, 614-229-4848. Sept. 22-23 Celebrate four decades of toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra performs with trumpeter Doc Severinsen. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., 43215, 614-294-5200. Sept. 28-29 WaterFire Beginning at dusk, floating bonfires illuminate the Scioto River downtown as crowds gather to enjoy live music and entertainment. Downtown riverfront around Genoa Park and COSI, 43215, 614-299-9221. Sept. 28-30 The best in nibbles and vintages combine at this delicious 10th annual event, which features hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from fine Central Ohio restaurants. Admission includes wine tastings, food and a souvenir crystal wine glass. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., 43203, 614-595-1387. Sept. 21-23 Jack Hanna's Fall Fest Basket weaving, pumpkin carving and seasonal treats are among the offerings and activities at Jungle Jack Hanna's harvest festival, held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Kid-friendly entertainment is included, and lots of animal friends are on hand. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., 43065, 614-645-3550. Sept 22-DeC. 30 Columbus Oktoberfest This annual celebration of German culture features signature cream puffs and bratwurst from Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus, along with numerous other food vendors, a bounty of beer, lively music, crafts and games. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614-444-5908. Union County Covered Bridge Festival "Annie Leibovitz" idUS Sept. 28-OCt. 8 Enjoy self-guided or bus tours of four historic covered bridges, a historic steel truss bridge and three new covered bridges. Additional activities include quilt displays, heritage arts and crafts, live music, food and wine tastings. Throughout Union County, 937-642-6279. The works of Annie Leibovitz are on view in this major exhibition of more than 200 photographs. These include the "Master Set"--156 images the famed photographer chose herself--and it's the first time this collection of images will be displayed as a whole. Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., 43210, 614-292-3535. Pronounced "eye-DEE-us," this celebration of innovation and design in Columbus is an 11-day experience of festivals, workshops and fun. Mindopening signature events include collaborations with Innovate Columbus, TEDxColumbus and the Summit on Sustainability. Held at various sites around Columbus. 20 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com tom dodge/columbus dispatch Sept. 29-Jan. 6 LeGO Castle adventure Calling all junior engineers--help the king and queen construct a new home by becoming a master castle builder. Learn about real-world castles and their building secrets along the way. COSI, 333 W. Broad St., 43215, 614-228-2674. OCTOB E R OCt. 2 the Morning Sports Report The annual sports town hall breakfast gives fans an inside look at Central Ohio's teams and notable golf figures including Columbus native Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Greater Columbus Convention Center Battelle Grand, 400 N. High St., 43215, 614-221-6060. OCt. 5-7 all american Quarter Horse Congress OCt. 9-14 Columbus Italian Festival Pay homage to Italian-American culture at this annual celebration, which features live entertainment, delicious food, open-air markets, Italian dancing, a parade and a children's area. There's even an American Italian Idol vocal contest and bocce ball tournament. Italian Village, 720 Hamlet St., 43215, 614-294-8259. OCt. 5-8 "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" OCt. 17-Jan. 6 experience Columbus Days It's a tale as old as time--told as only Disney and Broadway in Columbus could. The Beast must learn to love and be loved, or he'll never be returned to his princely body. Will he win Belle over and live happily ever after? Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., 43215, 800-294-1892. OCt. 12-13 Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds & the Brain This community-wide event features discounts at dozens of participating attractions, entertainment venues and restaurants. The four-day holiday weekend makes it easy--and inexpensive--to experience Columbus. Just bring a printed or mobile version of your Experience Columbus Days flyer, available at experiencecolumbusdays.com. Throughout Central Ohio, 614-221-6623. OCt. 5-28 professional Bull Riders Peer inside the secret world of the brain and unravel the mysteries of the mind during this presentation featuring more than 200 authentic specimens. Donated human bodies and organs help explore the brain's development and performance. COSI, 333 W. Broad St., 43215, 614-228-2674. OCt. 19-21 Some of the best bull riders in the country convene in the Arena District for two action-packed days. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., 43215, 800-745-3000. OCt. 12-13 & 19-20 apple Butter Stirrin' Haunted Statehouse tours all american Quarter Horse Congress The world's largest single-breed horse show--now in its 46th year--attracts equine enthusiasts from across the country and hosts thousands of registered American quarter horses during its threeweek run. Enjoy horse competitions and an amazing array of riding and horse-related products for sale. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 740-943-2346. Meet figures from the past as you follow conductors with lanterns through the darkened hallways and chambers of the Ohio Statehouse. This historical tour is spooky, but appropriate for all members of the family. Ohio Statehouse, Broad and High streets, 43215, 614-752-9777. OCt. 13 & 20 Savor the sights, sounds and scents of autumn with a variety of artisans, crafters and musicians in a restored canal town. You'll find a quilt raffle, contests, demonstrations, canal boat rides and children's activities. Partake in Civil War on the Home Front tours and eerie Spirit of Roscoe tours. Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, 43812, 800-877-1830. OCt. 19-21 & 26-28 Boo at the Zoo all Hallow's eve idUS Travel back to the 19th century for a family Halloween celebration featuring fortune telling, street theater, crafts, games and a museum of oddities. Hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow read by fireside, and keep an eye out for the fearsome Headless Horseman. Ohio History Center/Ohio Village, 800 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614-297-2300. OCt. 14-nOv. 18 Ghouls and goblins of all ages will delight in this festive Halloween celebration, which offers candy stations, pirates, superheroes, a haunted train ride, the Little Boo Mansion and other thrilling Halloween activities, amid the zoo's regular animal attractions. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., 43065, 614-645-3550. OCt. 21 Opera Cabaret: "La Boheme" courtesy glass axis nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon Opera and cabaret combine in this performance of Puccini's classic tale about a community of artists in Paris. This abridged, Englishlanguage adaptation brings together two of Columbus's performing arts powerhouses: Opera Columbus and Shadowbox Live. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., 43215, 614-469-0939. Cheer on more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers as they make their way through 26 miles of the city, including German Village, Bexley, Upper Arlington, Grandview and Victorian Village. Join thousands of spectators to applaud the participants in this 33rd annual event. Begins and ends in downtown Columbus, 43215, 614-4217866. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 21 SNBA/JohN Cider Wildlights at the columbus Zoo and aquarium NOv. 16-JaN. 1 Turn up the wattage on your holiday season. The zoo has decked the halls, trees and bushes--everything but the animals--with eco-friendly LED lights. Sip hot chocolate and warm up in the indoor animal habitats. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., 43065, 614-645-3550. NOv. 17-JaN. 6 Merry & Bright: Holidays at the conservatory HighBall Halloween Oct. 25-27 Haunted Ship NOVE MBER NOv. 12 Embark on some ghostly adventures on this full-scale, museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship. Moored in the Scioto River downtown, the ship is transformed into a spooky place perfect for family fun this Halloween. Santa Maria, Battelle Riverfront Park, 25 Marconi Blvd., 43215, 614-645-0351. Oct. 25-28 WWE: Raw Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with an elegant display of poinsettias, seasonal foliage, twinkling lights, the beloved Paul Busse model train and a magnificent gingerbread display. Weekly musical entertainment, enhanced evening activities and family programming ensure a merry holiday season for all. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., 43203, 614-645-8733. NOv. 20-25 Wrestling is the main event when superstars of the WWE return to Nationwide Arena for an action-packed evening. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., 43215, 800-745-3000. NOv. 12-18 Irving Berlin's "White christmas" Dine Originals Week "come together: From Gershwin to the Beatles" This performance by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra features pianist Gerald Clayton and local musicians Jonathan Elliott and Theo Perry of Columbus band The Floorwalkers. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., 43215, 614-294-5200. Oct. 26-NOv. 3 Savor flavors from some of the city's finest restaurants during this week-long event. Diners can sample a special fixed price menu at participating restaurants for $10, $20 or $30. It's a great way to get a taste of new eateries and old favorites. Dine Originals restaurants around Columbus, www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com. NOv. 14-18 The classic holiday movie comes to life onstage in this brand-new musical. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, this Broadway in Columbus event promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., 43215, 800-294-1892. NOv. 28-DEc. 16 "the Story of My Life" "Dracula" columbus International Film & video Festival Sink your teeth into this BalletMet favorite. Surrender to the passion, seduction and romance of this exciting ballet inspired by the Bram Stoker novel. Audiences beg for it year after year, and critics call it "perfection." Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., 43215, 614229-4848. Oct. 27 See the best in studio, corporate and independent films from around the world during this multi-day festival. Now in its 60th year, it's the longest-running film festival in the nation. Columbus College of Art & Design and other locations, 107 N. Ninth St., 43215, 614-444-7460. Two men who share a passion for the movie It's a Wonderful Life retrace their friendship from age 6 to 35. Presented by CATCO, this holiday show will leave you eager to search for a forgotten friend of your own. Studio Two Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., 43215, 614-4690939. NOv. 30-DEc. 2 columbus Symphony Pops Series: Holiday Pops HighBall Halloween: Masquerade on High A great annual tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season's most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will be on hand to help spread holiday cheer. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., 43215, 614-228-8600. NOv. 30-DEc. 2 fred SquillANte/ColumBuS diSpAtCh A cross between Carnivale and Mardi Gras--with a pinch of Halloween and a healthy splash of the Short North's artistic spirit--this evening's festivities include outrageous costume contests, a Couture Costume Fashion Showdown for design professionals, live bands, the city's hottest deejays and prizes. Short North Arts District, along High Street, 43201, 614-299-8050. Winterfair Winterfair This holiday market features artists from across the nation offering unique and handcrafted items for the home, office or gift giving. Wares include ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metal, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614-644-3247. 22 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com courtesy columbus zoo and aquarium Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Annual Events Annunciation Cathedral's Greek Festival, 555 N. High St., 43215, 614-224-9020. Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2012. Experience a "Taste of Greece" at the four-day Greek Festival on Labor Day weekend at the Annunciation Cathedral at the corner of Goodale and High streets in the Short North. Asian Festival, 1777 E. Broad St., 43203, 614-366-8214. May 25-27, 2013. Annual event featuring culinary activities, insight into the past, present and future of Asian culture, dragon boat race. Baby Bonanza & Kid's Expo, P.O. Box 1862, 43065, 740-972-1471. Ohio's largest maternity, baby and kid's expo featuring a variety of exhibitors, entertainment, educational seminars and more. March 10, 2013, at Aladdin Shrine Event Center. BIA Parade of Homes, 495 Executive Campus Dr., 43082, 614-891-0575. June 2013. The BIA Parade of Homes is a single-site tour featuring the latest in new home construction, landscaping, interior design and technology. Columbus Arts Festival, 100 E. Broad St., Ste. 2250, 43215, 614-224-2606. June 7-9, 2013. Columbus' "welcome to summer" event--the finest arts with continuous entertainment. Columbus Food & Wine Affair, 1777 E. Broad St., 43203, 614-595-1387. Sept. 21, 2012. Columbus Food & Wine Affair Grand Tasting-- the best in extraordinary food and awardwinning wines. The Columbus Italian Festival, 720 Hamlet St., 43215, 614-294-8259. The Columbus Italian Festival is Oct. 5-7, 2012; admission is $5. "A Taste of Italy" special preview event is Oct. 1; cost is $40/person purchased in advance. Columbus Oktoberfest, 240 E. Kossuth St., 43206, 614-444-5908. Sept. 28-30, 2012, at the Ohio Expo Center state fairgrounds in the natural resources area. Great music, food and shopping in an authentic Oktoberfest setting. Dublin Irish Festival, 5620 Post Rd., 43017, 614-410-4545. Aug. 2-4, 2013. Featuring seven stages of music and dance, the Dublin Irish Festival is the place to be the first weekend in August. Enjoy Irish food, shopping and culture. Federation of Indian Association, P.O. Box 20369, 43220, 877-342-6412. Sept. 8, 2012. FIA organizes India Festival, a full-day event filled with cultural entertainment, Indian cuisine, artifacts, clothes, jewelry and more. First Night Columbus, 929 Harrison Ave., Ste. 303, 43215, 614-299-8596. Dec. 31, 2012. Downtown Columbus on New Year's Eve. Come celebrate our community spirit, rich cultural heritage and the arts in a substancefree, family-friendly environment. German Village Haus und Garten Tour, 588 S. Third St., 43215, 614-221-8888. June 2013. Tour 12 private homes and gardens in historic German Village. Jazz & Rib Fest, 1111 E. Broad St., Ste. 101, 43205, 614-645-6449. July 19-21, 2013. The tantalizing aroma of ribs on the grill, mixed with vibrant jazz, makes a combination that is undeniably delicious. Located along the Arena District riverfront. Midwest Haunters Convention, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 614-433-9343. June 2013. The Midwest Haunters Convention is for haunted attraction producers, actors, makeup artists and home haunters and Halloween shoppers. North Market Food and Ohio Wine Festival, 59 Spruce St., 43215, 614-463-9664. July 2013. Wine tasting, food, live music, cooking demos, Saturday farmers market, Sunday artisan market. Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., 43211, 614644-3247. August 2013. Located at I-71 and 17th Avenue. Features free entertainment, great food, thrilling rides, exotic animals, a natural resources park and much more. Ohioana Library Association, 274 E. First Ave., Ste. 300, 43201, 614-466-3831. May 2013. The Ohioana Book Festival brings Ohio authors from all over the state and the nation to encourage the love of reading and writing. Origins Game Fair and Expo, 280 N. High St., Ste. 230, 43215, 614-255-4500. June 12-16, 2013. At the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Five days of non-stop game playing for young and old, casual and serious game players. Park Street Festival, 511 Park St., Ste. 300, 43215, 614-975-1363. Red, White & BOOM!, 929 Harrison Ave., Ste. 303, 43215, 614-421-2666. July 3, 2013. Red, White & BOOM! is the largest Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest, with great music, kids' activities, food, games and much more. Stars of the Night Show, P.O. Box 321, 43015, 614-459-0400. Columbus' premier men's barbershop chorus. Special performance in August with the Singing Buckeyes, quartets and Singing Buckeyes' Harmony Youth Camp participants. Call for tickets and more information. Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, 3600 Tremont Rd., 43221, 614-583-5310. Sept. 3, 2012. Fine arts and fine craft festival held each Labor Day, with performing arts and art activities for all ages to enjoy. Located at Northam Park in Upper Arlington. WaterFire Columbus, 929 Harrison Ave., Ste. 303, 43215, 614-299-9221. Magnificent array of bonfires on the Scioto River in Genoa Park on Washington Boulevard. For the complete burn schedule, visit www.waterfirecolumbus.com. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., P.O. Box 400, 43065, 614645-3550. Nov. 16, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013. Winter festival, lights, skating and more. Price same as general zoo admission. Open weekdays, 59 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 23 A city so unique even our celebrations are out of the ordinary. For information on events go to 200Columbus.com Like us on facebook. IS05282_FallVisitorGuide_FIN.indd 1 7/5/12 11:54 AM All the city's a playground attractions & Entertainment C daniel sohner onstruct a LEGO kingdom where you're hailed as a master castle builder. Whirl atop a frog prince on an outdoor carousel. Marvel as swirls of colorful birds gently sip nectar from your hands. Strap yourself into the driver's seat and hit the go-kart highway. These experiences and many others await pint-size visitors (and adults, too) to Columbus. Together with their parents, traveling tots will discover places to play all over the city, from an interactive science center bursting with hands-on experiments to sprawling animal habitats populated by furry and feathered friends. Here are just a few ways to have family-focused fun during your visit. Use yoUr noggin santa Maria courtesy hocking hills Budding scientists can have a field day at Cosi, named the No. 1 science center in the country by Parents magazine. Located downtown on the west bank of the Scioto River (across from the new Scioto Mile park), COSI features more than 300 exhibits spread across distinct areas including Space, Gadgets, Ocean, Life, Progress and WOSU@COSI, a working TV and radio station. Visitors can watch a larger-than-life movie in the seven-story Extreme Screen Theater, have a hair-raising experience at the Electrostatic Generator Show and ride the country's only high-wire unicycle. There's also the outdoor Big Science Park and little kidspace for kindergarteners or younger. Beginning this fall, COSI invites visitors to embark on a year-long Brain Trip. These 12 months of cerebral challenges and minds-on exhibits begin with "LEGO Castle Adventure" Sept. 29Jan. 6. It's a trip back to medieval times surrounded by the iconic plastic bricks kids love. Help the king and queen construct a new home by becoming a master castle builder, learning about real-world castles along the way. Younger kids can joust and dress up in costume, while older ones can build a Hocking Hills Canopy Tours Tasty tours There are plenty of tasty places in town that cater to kids. Frosty treats abound at graeter's, one of the oldest family-owned ice cream makers in the country. At the Bethel Road location on the city's northwest side, take a free tour to learn about the company's French Pot process. Kids make a beeline for the ice cream-themed play area, an indoor jungle gym outfitted with a banana teeter-totter, giant milkshake and slides. More sweet stuff is in store at Anthony-Thomas Candy Company, located at Interstate I-270 and Roberts Road on the city's west side. As one of the nation's largest familyowned candy-making facilities, this sweet spot crafts cherry cordials, sea salt caramels, butter creams and truffles. Take a free factory tour to see how 25,000 pounds of chocolates are produced each shift. And be sure to try a buckeye, a local favorite made with peanut butter and milk chocolate. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 25 catapult-proof wall, then test it with a giant LEGO catapult. Things take a more realistic turn with "Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds & the Brain," running Oct. 17-Jan. 6. This fascinating exhibit explores the mysteries of the brain through more than 200 authentic human specimens, including entire bodies, organs and body slices. This amazing look into the mind highlights neuroscience and the incredible abilities of the brain. BALLETMET DANCER JORGE ANDRES VILLARINI breathtaking zip lines built on a series of observation platforms, allowing you to fly over animals as they bask in the sun. Other opportunities to soar on zip lines are offered at ZipZone at Camp Mary Orton, hocking hills Canopy Tours and hocking Peaks adventure Park. They're particularly thrilling in fall, when the trees are awash in yellow, orange and red leaves. The lines cater to visitors age 10 and up. Take a walk on The wild side have an arT aTTaCk GLOBAL DANCE STARS GALA AUGUST 18, 2012 OHIO THEATRE Tickets Start at $35! DRACULA OCTOBER 26�NOVEMBER 3, 2012 CAPITOL THEATRE Tickets Start at $20! WWW.BALLETMET.ORG 800.982.2787 | TICKETMASTER.COM CAPA BOX OFFICE | 614.469.0939 Design: Peebles Creative Group Photography: Will Shively The nationally known Columbus Zoo and aquarium is a must-stop spot for animal lovers of all ages. More than 700 species call the zoo's various geographic areas home, from the colobus monkeys and red river hogs of the African Forest to the giant fruit bats and sun bears of Asia Quest. Hop like a kangaroo and feed rainbow-colored lorikeets in the Australian region, meet gentle sea cows at Manatee Coast and watch a bald eagle take flight in North America. The North America region also is home to the zoo's Polar Frontier exhibit, where Alaskan brown bears and Arctic foxes frolic near the main attraction: polar bears. It's easy to lose track of time watching these furry white giants swim and play in their large yard complete with a 167,000-gallon freshwater pool that offers underwater and aboveground views of the two polar-bear sisters, Aurora and Anana. Special events take place at the zoo year-round. During Jack Hanna's Fall Fest Sept. 22-23, families can enjoy pumpkin carving, country music and seasonal treats. Jungle Jack himself will take the stage with his animal friends from noon to 2 p.m. both days, and some of the zoo's residents will take part in enrichment activities such as bobbing for apples. Return to the zoo Oct. 19-21 and 26-28 for Boo at the Zoo, a "merry not scary" Halloween event that lets visitors stroll through Creepy Hollow, hang out with pirates of the Eerie Shores and enjoy rides and other attractions. More animal kingdom adventures await at the wilds, a 10,000-acre, open-air conservation facility home to hundreds of endangered animals. Sable antelopes, southern white rhinos, Grevy's zebras and many other exotic animals roam across the rolling grassland, located 70 miles east of Columbus. One of the best ways to observe the inhabitants is to reserve a seat on a Sunset Safari (available through September), which provides tours via open-air vehicles driven through the animal habitats at twilight. Visitors age 10 and up also can sign up for a Wild Zipline Safari, which features 10 For families in search of art to appreciate, the Columbus Museum of art is stocked with works of masters such as Degas, Renoir and Picasso. Kids can spend time in the Center for Creativity Family Gallery, where "Making Faces" is on display through the spring. In this interactive exhibit, pint-size art aficionados can find the biggest face, count the masked faces and look for the funniest face, then get into the act themselves by making silly faces in the photo booth, building a quirky face with wood and playing the Guess Who game. exPlore The ouTdoors Enjoy the great outdoors at Columbus Commons, a spacious park nestled in the heart of downtown. There's a colorful carousel populated with horses, a frog prince, a clownfish and an ohio state university chariot, all hand-carved by Ohio artists. The carousel costs $1 a ride and is located next to the outdoor reading room, where families can browse materials supplied by the awardwinning Columbus Metropolitan library. Games for grown-ups Kids aren't the only ones who can find fun and games in Columbus. If you're feeling lucky, visit the city's new casinos. hollywood Casino Columbus opens its doors Oct. 8. Located at West Broad Street and Georgesville Road just east of Interstate 270, this snazzy new attraction boasts 3,000 slot machines, more than 70 table games and a poker room with 30 tables. When you're ready for a break, there's also a sports bar and cocktail lounge, steakhouse and endless buffet. You also can try your luck at scioto downs, about six miles south of downtown. Watch live races May-September and see simulcast races year-round. The new $125 million rasino offers 24/7 gaming on 2,100 video slot machines, along with a buffet, casual restaurant and sports bar. 26 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com Another outdoor destination downtown is the Topiary Park, located on East Town Street. You can literally step into Georges Seurat's famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte." The artwork's people and animals are sculpted in larger-than-life evergreen bushes. A great time to visit with youngsters is Sept. 8, when the Columbus Jazz Orchestra hosts "PBJ & Jazz," a concert filled with toe-tapping tunes designed to turn tots into jazz fans. The Santa Maria ship, berthed downtown on the east bank of the Scioto River, lets young explorers learn what it was like to sail the ocean blue in 1492. This museum-quality replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship welcomes guests aboard seasonally for tours and events. Practice your best "Ahoy, matey!" for Talk Like a Pirate Weekend Sept 15-16 and get ready to shiver your timbers during the Haunted Ship Sept. 25-27. There's plenty of indoor fun for kids, as well. At Easton Town Center, a popular shopping and entertainment center on the city's northeast side, KDB is a massive arcade filled with more than 200 interactive games and top-prize machines. Easton also is home to stores made just for kids, such as Build-A-Bear Workshop, where you can create a fuzzy friend. And check out the LEGO Store, which has a giant Pick-A-Brick Wall, an interactive play area and model displays. If you're in the mood for a movie, check out Easton's super-sized theater, as well as the Arena Grand Movie Theatre downtown, Gateway film Center near Ohio State's campus and Marcus Cinema Pickerington, east of Columbus. More chances to challenge one another can be found at Magic Mountain fun Center. Both the east side location and the one near Polaris fashion Place mall feature arcade games as well as play areas, miniature golf and go-karts. Bowling is another fun outlet for friendly competition; nab a lane at sequoia Pro Bowl on the north side or Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard. If laser tag is more up your alley, take the gang to Lazer Kraze in Lewis Center. For family fun involving ghouls and ghosts head to scareATorium, located in the northwest suburb of Dublin. Most nights this Halloween attraction is open are guaranteed to be truly scary, but Sunday Lights-on Family Tours are milder. Friendly guides take kids and their parents on tours free of scary monsters, taking the focus off fear and putting it on fun. 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Eat. Drink. Play. With more than 200 video games, team building exercises and private rooms for up to 200 guests, create memorable experiences for guests of all ages. Hocking Peaks Adventure Park, 15103 St. Rte. 6645, Logan, 43138, 740-385-1627. Zipline and obstacle course. KDB�Easton, 165 Easton Town Center, 43219, 614-418-7149. Lazer Kraze, 459 Orange Point Dr., 43035, 740-548-7788. Features Columbus' largest and only multi-level laser tag arena, zero gravity inflatables, huge arcade and Xbox gaming. Great for parties, group and corporate events. Magic Mountain Fun Center/East, 5890 Scarborough Blvd., 43232, 614-840-9600. Arcade, kids' gym, indoor bumper cars, gokarts, rookie karts, two adventure miniature golf courses and batting cages. Magic Mountain Fun Center/Polaris, 8350 Lyra Dr., 43240, 614-840-9600. Located off I-71 and Polaris Parkway. Attractions: laser tag, arcade, kids' gym, go-karts, rookie karts, sprint karts, bumper boats, two adventure mini golf courses and snack bar. ScareATorium, 6765 Dublin Center Dr., 43017, 614-846-3327. The ScareATorium is Central Ohio's scariest Halloween haunted attraction; featuring friendly Sunday light-on tours, a funhouse faces makeup studio and Halloween retail store. Sequoia Pro Bowl, 5501 Sandalwood Blvd., 43229, 614-571-2135. Sequoia is a bowling center that hosts all sorts of groups with 32 lanes of bowling and sand volleyball. We have beautiful bars inside and out. We host meetings of up to 200 guests, too. Ten Pin Alley, 5499 Constitution Blvd., 43026, 614-876-2475. Experience boutique bowling, sand volleyball and a cool bar and lounge, all located just minutes from downtown Columbus in the growing city of Hilliard. Intrigued? Check us out. Zoombezi Bay Water Park, 4850 W. Powell Rd., 43065, 614-645-3550. Zoombezi Bay is a combination water/amusement park that is part of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Grid Furnishings, 944 N. High St., 43201, 614725-4292. Grid is a modern furniture gallery, featuring lines designed in North America as well as works created by independent furniture makers, architects, designers and artists. Hawk Galleries, 153 E. Main St., 43215, 614225-9595. View museum-caliber works of art by Chihuly, Tagliapietra, Ries, Blank, Marioni and Paley in an elegant 5,000-sq.-ft. gallery in downtown Columbus. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Ohio Art League, South Campus Gateway, 1552 N. High St., 43201, 614-299-8225. Art gallery replete with Ohio artists' works. Unique and original art created here, for the seasoned art lover and all visitors to see. Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, 77 S. High St., 43215, 614-644-9624. Located downtown on High Street, across from the Ohio Statehouse. Featuring artwork by Ohio artists. Free admission. www.riffegallery.org Open Door Art Studio, 1050 Goodale Blvd., 43212, 614-486-4919. The Swing Space, South Campus Gateway, 1556 N. High St., 43201, 614-292-0234. A central part of life in the arts at OSU, Swing Space Gallery is the venue for a variety of faculty, student and specially curated exhibitions and programs. Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., 43215, 614292-8861. Student-run art gallery at The Ohio State University. An arts lab for OSU faculty and community artists and a professional launching pad for OSU students. The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., 43210, 614-292-9923. Contemporary arts center located at The Ohio State University on the corner of North High Street and 15th Avenue. Featuring exhibitions, films, music, theater, dance, cafe and store. Under your skin. Inside your mind. Arts Performances and Theater The Alliance Chorus of Central Ohio, 2660 Camden Rd., 43221. Championship male vocal arts organization. Annual Holiday Show is Dec. 8, 2012. For additional information, visit www.alliancechorus.org. BalletMet Columbus, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., 43215, 614-586-8665. Dare to be moved by the dance company that The New York Times proclaimed mesmerizing. Experience the best in classical and contemporary dance in downtown Columbus. CATCO, 77 S. High St., Second Floor, 43215, 614-461-1383. Central Ohio's professional theater company. Performances in the Vern Riffe Center and Studio One Theatre, September-June. Chamber Music Columbus, P.O. Box 14445, 43214, 614-267-2267. CityMusic, 61 Jefferson Ave., 43215, 614223-3093. For more than a quarter-century, CityMusic has worked to bring the best in chamber and world music to Columbus. For concert dates, check www.citymusiccolumbus. org. Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theatre, 447 E. Livingston Ave., 43215, 614-842-2583. Interactive comedy/murder-mystery play and four-course dinner. Regularly scheduled shows Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations with entree selections required. Out of this world! LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OPENS OCTOBER 17, 2012 TICKETS NOW ON SALE Presented By Art Galleries Caterina Ltd., European Housewares, Art & Gifts, 571 S. Third St., 43215, 614-224-7224. This charming European import boutique showcases local artists in rotating exhibits in upstairs galleries. Now: impressionist Susan Astleford and glass artist Serge Lashutka. Columbus College of Art & Design, 107 N. Ninth St., 43215, 614-224-9101. The downtown campus features a 100-foot-tall ART sculpture and six galleries. Galleries open Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thur., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free admission. www.ccad.edu Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, 131 N. High St., 43215, 614-744-8110. Exhibits the works of individuals affected by mental illness/substance abuse disorders. cosi.org 614.228.2674 333 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 28 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), 55 E. State St., 43215, 614-7196624. CAPA is a not-for-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment, in operation for more than 40 years. Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. (administrative offices), 43215, 614-224-6672. We strive to inspire and enrich the lives of children and their families through live theater and theater education. Live productions JulyMay. Classes offered year-round. Columbus Symphony, 55 E. State St., Fifth Floor, 43215, 614-228-9600. Classical, CSO One Group Pops, concerts for families at the Ohio Theatre, September-June. Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops in the summer at Columbus Commons. Entertainment Resource Group, LLC, 5038 Bridgeport Rd., 43220, 614-457-8036. ERG is a full-service talent research, live entertainment booking and concert production company servicing clients throughout the U.S. Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, 930 N. High St., 43201, 614-2945200. Under the leadership of trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra serves the largest jazz subscription audience in the nation from the Southern Theatre. The King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., 43203, 614-645-0630. Featuring dance, theater and entertainment in a 444-seat theater. The Ohio State University Department of Theatre, 1089 Drake Center, 1849 Cannon Dr., 43210, 614-292-5821. We celebrate the development and creation of new performance work while maintaining connections to our history through productions of classic, modern and contemporary texts. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., 43215, 614-416-7625. Shadowbox Live offers a hybrid form of entertainment, blending original sketch comedy, live rock-n-roll, dance theater and new media into fast-paced, high-energy productions. Come early and order food and drinks from the full bar and bistro-style menu. Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St., 43201, 614-725-4042. Located in the historic Garden Theater in Columbus' Short North Arts District, Short North Stage offers theatrical productions and cabaret acts throughout the year. Singing Buckeyes, P.O. Box 321, 43015, 614459-0400. Annual show in April at Upper Arlington High School. Stars of the Night Show and Singing Buckeyes' Harmony Youth Camp in August. Year-round events. Beer, Wine & Spirits Brothers Drake, 26 E. Fifth Ave., 43201, 614-388-8756. Brothers Drake Meadery and Bar makes mead, the ancient form of honey-based alcohol, in Columbus. By using local, high-quality ingredients, we create the distinct flavor of Ohio. BRU of Columbus, 1288 N. High St., 43201. Camelot Cellars, 958 N. High St., 43201, 614441-8860. An award-winning urban boutique winery handcrafting their own wines by sourcing premier juices from vineyards all over the world. Tastings, flights, bottles, wine bar and event space. Columbus Brewing Company, 535 Short St., 43215, 614-224-3626. Call 1-866-397-2657 for more information 29 October 5-7 Join us as we celebrate Italian culture in Columbus for the 33rd year Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, 161 N. High St., 43215, 614-228-0500. Middle West Spirits, 1230 Courtland Ave., 43201, 614-299-2460. Award-winning urban micro-distillery located in the heart of the Short North Arts District. Middle West produces a line of artisan vodkas and whiskeys made from Ohio wheat and offers tours of its distillery. Rockmill Brewery, 5705 Lithopolis Rd. N.W., Lancaster, 43130, 310-755-4097. Signature Wines, 3816 April Ln., 43227, 614-395-2355. Award-winning, urban micro-winery making wine from the finest California and Ohio grapes. Event space rental. Specializing in private-labeled wine for business and personal use. Via Vecchia Winery, 485 S. Front St., 43215, 614-893-5455. Making wines without compromise; wines that are truly "beyond the bottle." Watershed Distillery LLC, 1145 Chesapeake Ave., Ste. D, 43212, 614-357-1936. Offering tours for groups of up to 20 people. Stop by to see the newly built tasting room and try your hand at the official distillery game Hammerschlagen. Wyandotte Winery, 4640 Wyandotte Dr., 43230, 614-476-3624. Established in 1977. Fine handcrafted wine, wine tastings, gift shop, winery tour, gourmet wine cakes, small plates, summer barbecues, live music, original watercolor labels, virtual tours of Columbus. 1980 � 2012 (614) BY-ITALY (294-8259) www.riffegallery.org 77 S. High Street Columbus, OH 614/644-9624 Ohio Arts Council's RIFFE GALLERY Located on the ground floor of the Vern Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery showcases the work of Ohio's most talented artists and curators. Known for its unique exhibitions, the gallery offers art lovers a little bit of everything � from contemporary art to photography to fashion. Stop by on your next trip downtown and enjoy the gallery's vibrant, modern atmosphere. Admission is free! Image: Levent Isik, 1990s, Red Canyon Appaloosa, carved, painted wood, 18.5 x 25.5 inches Springfield Museum of Art, Gift of Barbara and Art Vogel Casinos Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd., 43228. Open Oct. 8, 2012. 160,000-square-foot gaming facility with 3,000 slot machines and 100 table games. Also Final Cut Steakhouse, Epic Buffet, Take 2 Grill and a sports and entertainment lounge. hollywoodcolumbus.com Scioto Downs, 6000 S. High St., 43207, 614-491-2515. Experience the thrill of gaming and the exhilaration of live harness racing together at Columbus' only racino. More than 1,700 video lottery terminals. Lounge and buffet dining. sciotodowns.com Cinemas Arena Grand Movie Theatre, 175 W. Nationwide Blvd., 43215, 614-469-1074. Downtown movie theater featuring stadium seating, full bar and cafe. Most unique meeting venue in Columbus; perfect for special events and private screenings for four to 400+. Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., 43201, 614-247-4969. Local, independent theater featuring commercial and indie films. Bistro includes full bar and 20 draft beers. Most unique Columbus venue for meetings and private screenings. Marcus Cinema Pickerington, 1776 Hill Rd., 43147, 614-759-6500. Located south of I-70 off St. Rte. 256. All stadium seating and digital sound. City Guides Groupon, 600 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 620, Chicago, IL 60654, 614-537-1390. 30 Visit us at experiencecolumbus.com HotBarSpot, P.O. Box 481, 43023, 614-2854427. HotBarSpot is a mobile app for iPhone and Droid. This app and its companion website HotBarSpot.com feature real-time webcam views from inside the hottest bars in town. Spothop, 470 Olde Worthington Rd., Ste. 200, 43082, 614-233-1980. Short North Arts District, 1126�-A N. High St., 43201, 614-299-8050. Columbus' premier arts, dining and shopping district. North side of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohio's most acclaimed Gallery Hop first Saturday each month. "Columbus Cool" --New York Times Magazine. Comedy Clubs Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant, 145 Easton Town Center, 43219, 614-471-5653. The Columbus Funny Bone is the ideal venue located in the heart of Easton Town Center. Offering the best in live stand-up comedy, food, drinks and laughter. Guided Tours A La Carte Food Tours, 275 Longfellow Ave., 43085, 614-746-9931. A La Carte Food Tours provides culinary tours. Choose from the tour menu or let them cater to your special desires with an individualized tour planned to your specifications. American Whistle Corporation, 6540 Huntley Rd., 43229, 614-846-2918. Visit the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the U.S. Learn interesting facts about whistles and see fascinating machinery. Everyone leaves with a shiny new whistle. Anthony-Thomas Candy Company, 1777 Arlingate Ln., 43228, 614-274-8405. Located at I-270 and Roberts Road. Visit one of the largest family-owned candy-making facilities in the U.S. and shop for delicious chocolates. Retail Shoppe open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Factory summer open house for individuals (June-August) on Tues. and Thur., 9:30 a.m.2 p.m. All other times open to group tours only. Reservations required. Free admission. Capital City Tours, 2554 Zollinger Rd., 43221, 614-326-0942. Highly experienced guide showing you the best of Columbus. City tours, walking tour, thematic tours, "Civil War," "Girlfriends," "Factories." Your vehicle or mine. Let's go. Columbus Food Adventures, 43215, 614440-3177. Small-group, guided food tours of Columbus. Delicious itineraries include a taco truck tour, Short North and German Village walking tours, an ethnic food tour and a dessert tour. Columbus Landmarks Foundation, 61 Jefferson Ave., 43215, 614-221-0227. Columbus Landmarks offers walking tours of historic neighborhoods and downtown, including ghost tours, historic tavern tours and other architectural tours. Eastern Ohio Tours LLC, 948 Second St., Dresden, 43821, 740-754-1833. Finding Columbus, LLC, 847 Cherrydale Ave., 43207, 614-484-2337, 800-497-8257. Offering two-hour walking tours as well as "hop-on" guide services. Walking tours are $7 per person; guide services are $22-$30 per hour. Visit www.findingcolumbus.com. German Village Society, 588 S. Third St., 43215, 614-221-8888. Located south of I-70 (Third and Fourth street exits). Individuals welcome at visitor center to begin your German Village experience. Graeter's Ice Cream, 2555 Bethel Rd., 43220, 614-442-7622. Columbus' best ice cream, factory tours and indoor children's play area; 11 stores locally. Open daily until 10 p.m.; open until 11 p.m. during the summer. www.graeters. com/columbus Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, 10714 Jackson St., Rockbridge, 43149, 740-385-9477. Fast, fun and exhilarating, this 2�