This week our two boys head back to school. Which means technically summer is starting to wind down, but when the official start of fall is more than a month away, and the weather being so lovely, I say summer’s still on.
Searching the ColumbusMakesArt.com calendars, I’m finding a lot of fascinating events this weekend:
- The King Arts Complex hosts their final night of the Heritage Music Festival on Thursday, Aug. 15. Lakeside will be taking to the stage; there are also food trucks, kid’s activities and more. I helped run the Greater Columbus Arts Council booth at last week’s concert, and it was fantastic.
- Actors’ Theatre opens the final show of their summer season, Dangerous Liaisons, this Thursday, Aug. 15
- 3060 Artworks is hosting an exhibition of work from Don Scott and Ed Phillips. Pro-tip: go visit the gallery, then head over to Sullivant Avenue to Cream & Sugar, for the city’s best soft serve ice cream.
- Columbus Modern Dance Company performs a fascinating show called Hops!, with dance pieces inspired by beers from Land-Grant Brewing. Your ticket includes a flight of beer!
- CATCO performs Alice in Wonderland, Jr. for the kids, starting Friday, Aug. 16
- The annual Clintonville block party, CrestFest, is Saturday, Aug. 17, complete with live music, kid’s fun, food trucks
- The new WonderBus Music & Arts Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts, featuring an impressive lineup of musical acts
- The Nest Theatre founders improvise a full musical on Saturday, Aug. 17
- That same day, Madlab Theatre performs a 24-hour theater project, where eight original plays will be written, rehearsed and staged in the space of 24 hours
- Ohio Designer Craftsmen opens a new exhibition, Shared Vision: Passions of the Human Spirit, on Sunday, Aug. 18
And don’t forget the activities that are wrapping up after this weekend!
- Jason Moran’s exhibition of both musical and visual art at the Wexner Center
- The Year of Thurber at Ohio State’s Thompson Library
- Park of Roses’ final summer concert, with the Greater Columbus Concert Band
As you enjoy your end-of-summer arts activities, tag your discoveries with #artmakescbus!
Nick is Marketing, Communications, & Events Administrator for the Arts Council. He also leads culinary tours and blogs about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com. This summer went too quickly, and although he relishes the regular schedule of school, he misses his boys already.