Weekend Warriors

10 Arts Events for Weekend Explorations

There is something about the shift in seasons that makes me want to go out and play. So of course I checked the events calendar at ColumbusMakesArt.com to see what options are available for this weekend. Here’s what’s on my short list:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14 is the opening reception for a new exhibition at the McConnell Arts Center, Conjuring Roots, featuring work by A.J. Vanderelli, Marcus Blackwell and Rob Jones. The show runs through Nov. 2. Admission is free.
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts is hosting a free open house Thursday that will include music, dance and hands on activities.
  • Friday, Sept 15 check out El Mercadito, a collection of Latine artists and small businesses at two locations: World Peaces in the Old North University District and Global Gallery in Clintonville. There is no admission fee so you can save your cash for shopping.
  • The Lincoln Theatre presents a new Backstage at the Lincoln event featuring Jae Esquire & the Last of the Outside Generation. Tickets are $22.
  • Storyteller Improv is on deck at The Nest Theatre Friday. Tickets are $14 online and $15 at the door.
  • Sunday, the Ohio History Connection hosts Celebrando, a dialogue on Latinx and Hispanic cultural experiences that includes dance, music, and arts activities. Admission is free.

Just in case you were wondering, yes it is still festival season in Columbus. This weekend’s offerings include:

  • Scioto Fest at the Scioto Audubon Park on Friday, which includes a DJ and live bands as well as food trucks and adult bevvies. Free admission.
  • The Columbus Serbian Festival Friday and Saturday at St. Steven of Dechani Servian Orthodox Church with music and dance as well as traditional Serbian food. Admission is $5.
  • Grove City’s annual Arts in the Alley event Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the City Town Center Park. Admission is free.

Finally a FOMO warning: This is the last week to catch the spectacular Columbus Metropolitan Library at 150 exhibition in the Carnegie Gallery, which is on the second floor of the main branch of the library. The last day of the show is Sept. 16 and admission is free.

Of course, this is just what stood out to me. There is tons more find at ColumbusMakesArt.com.

The Lincoln Theatre, Ohio History Connection and Wexner Center for the Arts are funded in part by GCAC operating support. The National Audubon Society receives GCAC Project Support for their Art at the Audubon programming.

Image: Hooked on Books: 150 Crochet Stitches by the Bees Knees Clintonville Yarn-bomber from the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 150 exhibition.

Lacey Luce is digital marketing strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who is ready to wear her knitted hats.

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