Photo: Brad Heaton

94 Days of Fun

Your can’t miss-events in a jam-packed 614 summer

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

6.7 at the Schottenstein Center

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the year Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers got together. They’ve already released two vinyl box sets in celebration and are making a 33-date trek across North America. Columbus is one of those stops and The Schott will be rockin’.

Buckeye Country Superfest

6.10-6.11 at Ohio Stadium

The third edition of the annual country music showcase brings some of the biggest names in the genre to Ohio Stadium once again. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney headline the fest’s two-day lineup this year.

Columbus Arts Festival

6.9–6.11 at the Riverfront Downtown

The Columbus Arts Festival will be celebrating its 55th year in June and is always perfect for attendees to seek out local art and bask in the greatness that surrounds the Scioto River. Artists, authors, poets, musicians, storytellers and the like will once again showcase their talent at the year’s biggest event of its kind.


6.17 at Grandview Yard

If you like alcohol of any kind, this is the festival for you. Local brewers, distillers and wineries will once again be in attendance to get you to try their abundance of adult beverages. Perennial Rye and Nick D & The Believers will also be providing some tunes to enhance your experience.

Pride Festival

6.16–6.18 at Bicentennial and Genoa Park

Pride is switching locations this year, but don’t expect it to be any less amazing. One of the best weekends in Columbus every year, the Stonewall Pride Festival represents why our city is one of the best when it comes to LGBTQ acceptance while also providing an initiative to further spread tolerance. When rational, like-minded people come together for a great cause, only good can come from it.

Twenty One Pilots: Tour de Columbus

6.20-6.22, 6.24-25 at the Basement, Newport Music Hall, EXPRESS LIVE!, Nationwide Arena, and Schottenstein Center

The Columbus-native pop rock duo will be celebrating its recent Grammy win for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” by making a five-stop tour of C-Bus. Beginning at The Basement, Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph will make their way from the intimate confines below A&R Music Bar all the way to The Schott.


6.23-6.25 at Goodale Park

Say what you want about ComFest, but it’s still one of the most happening events every June. Expect that once again to be the case this year. Also anticipate plenty of beer in hand and marijuana smoke in the air during the three-day fest at Goodale Park. The musical act selections are getting better, too.

The Doo Dah Parade

7.4 on Park Street

Ah the Doo Dah. What would the 4th be without satirical dress-up (for both humans and pets alike) and zany antics cloaked in red, white, and blue? Now in its 34th year, the annual Short North celebration will continue to represent Columbus’ national pride (whether that’s good or bad).

Common with The Columbus Symphony Orchestra

7.15 at Columbus Commons

At first you may think, “Common??… with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra?” But then you realize if they could make it work last year with Nelly, anything’s possible. Rappers in general have been using a lot more violin and wind instruments in their songs. Just ask Future and Migos. July 15th will be where real hip-hop fans and suburban moms gather to, uh, celebrate the music they both love.

Photo: Josh Miller

2X2 Hip-Hop Festival

7.22 at Rice Paddy Motorcycles 

Every year, it seems like 2×2 Fest has been growing. Now in its third year, the event aims to showcase hip-hop culture as always while adding new wrinkles. Expect 2017’s edition to be the best and biggest yet, just as long as it’s not so hot. Last year, people were close to melting.

Columbus Food Truck Festival

8.18 – 19 at Bicentennial Park and Scioto Mile

Live music and access to a shitload of food trucks for free? Say no more—we’re sold. The goal of this fest is to facilitate food tourism in a dynamic city. In its seventh year, the Midwest’s largest food truck festival will feature 50-60 of the best food trucks from central Ohio and surrounding areas. The massive event also benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital through its annual duck race and partners with Music Loves Ohio, a local nonprofit that helps young aspiring Columbus musicians.

Photo: Judy Won

Fashion Meets Music Festival

8.18-8.19 At Fortress Obetz Field

For their fourth go-around, Fashion Meets Music Festival announced that they’ve changed venues, and technically, cities. Now at Fortress Obetz, the former home to the Columbus Motor Speedway, the fest aims to start fresh after numerous years of below-expected attendance. They’ve announced headliners Third Eye Blind, DNCE, Fetty Wap, and Tegan and Sara to help re-vamp fan energy. We’ll have to see how the venue change will affect things.

Rascal Flatts

8.3 at the Ohio State Fair

Headlining the Ohio State Fair this year, Columbus’ own pop-country trio will be rocking out for those looking for a good side dish to their funnel cakes and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Expect to hear a bunch off their recently released 10th studio album Back To Us.

Die Antwoord


Die Antwoord put on quite a show last time they were in Columbus. The South African alternative hip-hop group will once again perform at Express Live! where they should feature a preview of songs off their so-called “last” and forthcoming album, The Book of Zef.

Breakaway Music Festival

9 1-9.2 at Mapfre Stadium

Back for the third time, Breakaway Fest has consistently been able to book some of the best talent around their, including headliners Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar and Chance The Rapper. 2017’s edition follows in that same tradition, with Diplo and Travis Scott headlining the their first phase of announced acts.

Ohio Bacon Fest

9.8 at Columbus Commons

Is it just us, or is there something about the Midwest that just screams, “more bacon, please.” If you’re like us and sneak bacon into every dish you serve up, we have the perfect place to get your fix. The Ohio Bacon Fest will be serving up signature bacon dishes from local food trucks, vendors, and restaurants. There will also be competitions with local celebrity judges and the famous bacon-eating contest. Get your stretchy pants ready!

Photo: Brad Van Tilburgh

Independents’ Day Festival

9.16-9.17 in East Franklinton

Sadly, 2017’s edition of Independents’ Day Fest will be the last. Hopefully, that won’t stop it from carrying on the tradition of being one of the best music weekends in Columbus every year. It’s not just the music that makes this great, though. Everything independent, from food to art, will once again be on display. Last year’s line-up of creatives was insane. Expect this year’s to go out with a bang!

Bruno Mars

9.20 at the Schottenstein Center

Bruno Mars dropped his monster 24K Magic album last year but will celebrate the platinum-selling LP in 2017 during his album-titled tour. Think of this show as a round-out of the summer, as he’ll hit the stage on September 20. If the European setlist remains the same in America, expect fans to be singing along the whole time.