Ohio Magazine Hilliard Insert June 2023

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Merchant Park is located where the community’s first trail depot once stood and honors the first Black family believed to have settled in Hilliard. The park boasts local art, a gazebo, and is steps away from the trailhead for the 7-mile Heritage Rail Trail.

One of the first memorials built with steel and artifacts from the World Trade Center, First Responders Park honors those who died on 9/11 and pays tribute to the 403 first responders who died making the ultimate sacrifice for their community.

The locally owned and operated Crooked Can Brewing Company and Center Street Market are open seven days a week with an eclectic group of vendors offering foods, desserts, coffee, and shopping all under one roof. Vendors include Al’s Popcorn, Bakes by Lo, Coffee Connections, Dumplings of Fury, Hot Mess, Pitabilities, The Cheesecake Girl, and Two Step Tacos.

The Shoppes by Westwood have brought boutique-style retail to Hilliard. The space includes four shopping locations: Alive Mercantile, Birch Tree Home, MAK Home Furnishings, and The Urban Market

T he vibrant community of Hilliard boasts one-of-a-kind attractions, dining experiences, and unique special events that pay tribute to the City’s rich history.

LEFT: Sip on local craft beer at Crooked Can Brewing Company. BELOW, TOP: Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the Heritage Rail Trail. BELOW, BOTTOM: Search for comic book treasures at Packrat Comics.

After a devastating fire and over a year of repairs and renovations, reopened and is serving their acclaimed, authentic Texas barbecue once more. The all-new bourbon bar is also now open!

Coffee Connections much more than coffee. With delicious coffee and treats, as well as offerings from over 15 vendors, this cozy shop, complete with a kids space in the annex, is the perfect place to connect with friends, family, and the community.

With its eclectic menu and kitschy décor, Diner offers a dining experience that is unique, tasty, and fun. The award-winning diner is known for its Cuban-inspired menu with American and Southwestern influences.

Visit the in the core of Downtown Hilliard. The shop has a retro feel and sells locally inspired gifts and delicious cupcakes.

Strawser’s Ice Cream, Pop & Candy Shop known for its floats in over 180 flavors, shelves of fun sodas and sweets, freeze-dried candy, Ben Heggy’s chocolates from Canton, and everything from ice cream and candy to cookies, cupcakes, dipped pretzels, and more!

Grab a slice of pies that have recently received national attention for the impressive 8.1 rating from the Barstool One Bite Pizza Reviews.

Bee Bubbly Bubble Tea & Fresh Juice is a local favorite after a playdate at the splashpad or a bike ride on the Heritage Rail Trail.

Ten Pin Alley offers family fun for all ages including bowling, laser tag, arcade games, and events along with great burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and craft beer for lunch and dinner.

Known for weekly shipments of new comics, graphic novels, games, and toys, Packrat Comics also routinely hosts events, including game nights and in-store signings, with local and national comic creators and celebrities.

HillGarten is a new family-friendly beer garden serving German cuisine, craft beer, and wine with the bonus of scheduled live music and events!

Brewing Intuition is a modern apothecary and an inclusive and safe space to explore magic, spirituality, and your authentic self without the pressure of rules and expectations.

First Responders Park


Celebration at the Station

Thursdays Beginning June 1

This 10-week, free concert series is a hometown favorite. Live music, dining, and shopping all within the DORA boundaries of Old Hilliard.

Franklin County Fair

July 17–23

For over 100 years, Hilliard has been home to the Franklin County Fair. Farm animals, magic, dog shows, music, amusement rides, and more provide entertainment for the entire family.

Columbus Food Truck Festival

— Hilliard Edition 2023

August 19 & 20

Located at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Downtown Hilliard, the festival showcases flavors and fare of over 50 gourmet food trucks from Ohio and across the Midwest. Beyond cuisine, the festival also includes over two dozen artisans and a full lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages.

and win fun prizes through two fun gamified passes: the Hilliard Playground & Parks Pass and the Hilliard Sweet Treat Trail!

Stay Awhile

Hilliard offers lodging options for every traveler, including a pleasant range of hotel accommodations and an Airbnb (Residence 1852) nestled in the heart of Old Hilliard.

Hilliard hotels are conveniently located moments from I-270, 2 miles from the heart of Downtown Hilliard and less than 15 miles from The Ohio State University, Downtown Columbus, and Dublin, Ohio. Guests can expect a hometown feel and a variety of amenities unique to Hilliard with the perk of a short commute to neighboring city attractions.

Saturday, July 1, Hilliard’s Freedom Fest is back at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park! This popular patriotic celebration is complete with live music, food trucks, a Kids Zone, chalk art, and fireworks.