So, spring is springing and my calendar is itching to be filled with all of the lovely summertime fun that can be had in Columbus, Ohio. Those locals and transplants-who-are-learning-to-love-it-here know that Columbus is a city filled with festivals, often overlapping and requiring skilled planning. I have been to a lot of the big events but in no way I have I been to all, so this short list is certainly biased by my inability to be everywhere at all times and with an unlimited bank account. If I had to choose just three festivals, these are my top pics:
1. Dublin Irish Festival
Okay, this is not technically in Columbus but it is the best festival around. There is dancing, music, shopping, story tellers, Irish Dogs, and food! Really, it is the music that is the big draw for me. No, it is the dancing that gets me here every year. Or, maybe it is the fact that I am on the planning committee...yeah, that is another reason I make it here! I was raised to think I am Irish and regardless of truth, I am Irish this entire weekend.
2. Columbus Art Festival
The Arts Festival is a pretty big deal. Artists from around the country are here to show and sell their amazing art. There is always at least one vendor displaying something I have never ever seen before, and that is really saying something because I look at art and crafts constantly. There is no admission fee to check out this festival. It does get very, very crowded so I recommend going early and not during meal times when it gets so packed you cannot move.
3. Columbus Pride
Need I say more?
4. The DooDah Parade is not a festival.
For the first time in my years hanging around this city, I made it to the DooDah Parade in 2014. I laughed nearly the entire parade (which lasted about 90 minutes). The weirdos in this city are simply amazing. The creativity of the entries (from giant balloon people to dogs dressed in black tie), there is humor and political commentary galore. I can't wait to see this parade again this year and will only dream to be as witty and culturally with it as those who walk in this parade. It's a lovely weird time.