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’Tis Festival Season It’s time to get up, get out and soak up as much of the city as you can before the freezing winter weather returns.

ning of the month just to forewarn the city of the absolute and utter obnoxiousness that is about to occur. June plays host to some of the biggest parties Which, in Columbus, could be Columbus sees each year. The any day now. Columbus Arts Festival, Park Street Festival, Pride and, of Make this the summer of explo- course, Comfest are all packed ration. Seek out some new spots into the weekends of June. in the city and maybe even take a road trip or two. How do you Kick off summer at Franklin choose where to go and what to Park Conservatory with the do? Let the festival calendar be Columbus Asian Festival. Each your guide. year, the festival celebrates the heritage and foods of 15 of the Local festivals offer a slew of Asian cultures that call Columsuper-fun-time opportunities. I bus home. This event is fun for mean, who wouldn’t want to the whole family with music, spend a day at the park? Add in art, tai chi and martial arts some variation of food carts and demonstrations. Dragon boat entertainment, and you’ve got races on the Scioto River. Teams yourself a festival. Art, music, of 22 people paddle 20-foot caribs, strawberries, balloons, noes with decorative dragon tomatoes and honey are just a heads on the front; the competifew of fests you can find in tion is friendly but fierce in Central Ohio this summer. these two-minute heats.

about 300,000 people to Columbus on June 21-22. No wonder – it is one hell of a party. And no, you don’t have to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to go have fun; I assure you, as a straight dude that has gone to a number of Pride parties, everyone is welcome to join the celebration. As you’d imagine, discrimination is not a big theme at an equality festival.

by Josh Weiker

Hopefully, a few festivals will jump out and grab your interest.

Personally, I’m looking forward to ComFest, the London Strawberry Festival, Greek Festival, the Lithopolis Honeyfest and Independent’s Day – which is expanding from a one-day festival to a full-on threeday extravaganza this year. Keep an eye out, too, for Then there’s ComFest. The last other giant summer events weekend of June in Columbus is, that aren’t quite festivals as always, reserved for Combut usually offer fantastic Fest, the craziest party/festival musical lineups. Last year of the year. I shouldn’t even offered great events like have to say anything about Com- the Peach District Classic Fest, but I will – in an updated and Woodlands Tavern’s version of my ComFest Survival Megacity Music Marathon. Guide (see: So this summer, ditch that boring book club and skim The rest of the year is full of down on your weekend awesome events like these. I landscaping (home imThe bulk of them take place in Speaking of fierce, are you don’t have enough space to go provement is so 2009). Get June and September, but there’s ready for the Columbus Pride into specifics about each one, out and support local crea steady stream well into fall. Festival? The annual celebration but browse through the calenativity, arts, music and of the LGBT community has de- dar on Pages 30 and 31. Most of business – and most imporJune is the unofficial month of veloped a regular habit of break- the festivals on the list are in tantly, just have fun! festivals. There should be a ing its own attendance records, Columbus, but we’ve included a giant horn sounded at the begin- and Pride is looking to bring few that require a little driving.

Go! 5 Months - 5 Fests May Columbus Asian Festival May 25-27 @ Franklin Park Conservatory, Olde Town East June Columbus Pride Festival June 21-22 @ Goodale Park Short North, Victorian Village July Jazz & Rib Fest July 19-21 North Bank Park, Arena District August All Ohio Balloon Fest Aug 15-18 @ Union County Airport, Marysville September Hot Times Community Music & Arts Festival Sept 6-8 @ Olde Towne East

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2013-05-15 Live Local Columbus  

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