6.12-6.13 in the Arena District
Year number nine for Park Street Festival is brimming with insane talent, including Lt. Dan’s New Legs, The Up All Nights, and few standouts from (614)’s 2014 Music Issue—Damn the Witch Siren, Nick D & the Believers. As you fill your head with aural stimulation, grab a bite and a beer from the massive list of food trucks, crafters, and vendors.
6.12-6.14 at the Scioto Mile
All the art you could ever ask for is packed into this three-day Columbus cultural bonanza. If six stages and over 160 performances don’t provide enough entertainment, then maybe the 70 poets, authors, and storytellers showing off their spoken word skills will compel you to plot out a plan for maximizing your experience. The weekend will include international country music star Neal McCoy, Columbus flag-wavers Pleasant Tense, Salty Caramels, and much, much more.
6.13 at Grandview Yard
Get. Your. Drink. On. Clink pint glasses at the fifth annual celebration of Columbus’s craft brewers, craft distilleries, Ohio wines, liqueurs, and food. The glass isn’t half-empty or half-full; it’s overflowing with even more local drinks for you to enjoy. Ya dig?
6.26-6.28 at Goodale Park
Dear the weather, please don’t suck this year. Otherwise gorgeous days were delayed or ruined by sporadic, torrential downpours the past two years—that’s on you. We want to bask in the bands, the food, the drinks, the drum circles, the conversation tent, the people-watching, and all the other fun weirdness. C’mon, you owe us this much. Love, Columbus.
7.11 at Seventh Son Brewing Co.
We’ve all attended a few too many festivals that were lacking in the beer department. 4th & 4th Fest should be a welcome relief. A music festival held in the parking lot of a brewery should be all the info you need to convince you to join the fun, but perhaps musical acts like Surfer Blood, Jacco Gardner, and Nobunny might help too. A pop-up pinball arcade should really sweeten the deal, and Seventh Son’s Humulus Nimbus, or Strong Ale should be the delicious beer-flavored icing on top.
7.23-7.25 at LC Pavilion
This year’s Summerfest experience has expanded to three days that celebrate tons of bands across the spectrum of popular indie music. Cake, Weezer, Bear Hands, Glass Animals, Civil Twilight, Atlas Genius, Saint Motel, and POP ETC will all take the stage over the course of the first two days, and the third day will be a $5 Low Dough Show that will feature a host of up-and-coming national and local acts.
9.5-9.6 at the Arena District
Rock ‘n’ roll’s dirty glamour, over-the-top outfits, and androgynous clothing didn’t happen merely by chance. Music and fashion exist symbiotically. This marriage inspired FMMF, and it’s on display on four stages in the Arena District for two days. Everyone will have an eye on the FMMF team to see how adjustments in year two play out. The initial lineup features O.A.R., Young the Giant, Taking Back Sunday, and many more bands to be announced soon.
9.19-9.20 in East Franklinton
Over the past several years, Independents’ Day has become the premier event to close out the Columbus festival season. With input from a wide swath of creative minds, the weekend serves as a blank canvas for organizers and collaborators to share experiences and ideas from the worlds of music, arts, comedy, cuisine, entertainment, business, and social causes. Red Wanting Blue, roeVy, and Saintseneca will head up the live music this year.
By: Jon McAllister & Chris Gaitten