Upcoming events in and around Central Ohio. Get out there!

Friday 8/5, 3:00pm – Sunday 8/7, 11:30pm
Multiple corridors
Pelotonia Ride Weekend

Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience as a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts for innovative cancer research. Ride Weekend kicks off Friday with Opening Ceremony at McPherson Commons Park and continues Saturday and Sunday with a range of cycling options through Central Ohio. Participants can register as a Rider, Volunteer, or Challenger. You can also support by cheering on Riders along the route or donating to a participant's fundraising efforts. Learn more or register here and check out this helpful Dispatch guide: What you need to know and where to park.

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Friday 8/5, 7pm – 8pm
Olentangy Corridor — Linden Community Center, Linden Park
Community Concerts at Linden Park

Columbus Recreation and Parks is partnering for the second year with the Columbus Symphony for the Columbus Symphony Community Concerts! The Community Concert series is a week of FREE symphony performances across local community centers and parks. The full symphony provides a family-friendly performance with music ranging from orchestral classics to pop and movie hits. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Admission is free. All seating is general admission, lawn seating. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.

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Friday 8/5, 4pm – 10pm • Saturday 8/6, 4pm – 10pm • Sunday 8/7, 11am – 10pm
Big Walnut Corridor — Huber Park, Blacklick Creek
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

Bring the family to the 2022 Tomato Festival to celebrate 56 years of tradition—along with great food, live entertainment, a car and bike show, carnival rides, pickleball tournament, and more! Head over to the event website for full details.

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Saturday 8/6, 10am – 11am; 2pm – 3pm
Big Darby Corridor — Big Darby Corridor Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

Join the naturalist on a quest to find as many living things as possible! Help us look for birds, flowers, trees, butterflies, or anything else that interests you. We will record our discoveries on iNaturalist throughout the entire day.

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Saturday 8/6, 10:00am – 6pm
Alum Creek Corridor — St. Charles Prep School
Uplift Her Wellness Day

Join U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty as the Honorary Chair for Uplift Her 2nd Annual Women's Health Day. This is a day dedicated to health screenings, vaccinations, and fun physical activities! Also, Uplift Her will be honoring women that make an impact in the community. Register today! The event is free and open to the public.

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Saturday 8/6, 8pm – 9pm
Big Walnut Creek — Corridor Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Campfire Day & Night

Visit the Blacklick Woods Nature Center to make a S'more and enjoy a campfire to celebrate Campfire Day. The first Saturday in August is forever proclaimed to be Campfire Day and Night. The holiday was created in 2017 by Bob Matthews of Rochester N.Y., and author of  Holiday Insights.com. In researching holidays for over a dozen years, Bob was simply amazed that no one had created a day to celebrate and appreciate campfires. Boom, done.

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Every day, 1pm
Scioto Corridor — Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Selfie Cycle Tour 

Enjoy this Short One-way Loop (SOL) on the edge of downtown Columbus, riding along the river, through parks, the Brewery District, and the Victorian and German Villages. All of that in less than 10 miles! Register here.

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Tuesdays, 5:30pm and 6:45pm
Scioto Corridor — Scioto Mile
Standup Paddleboard Yoga

On the river downtown on Tuesdays, now though August 20. Two class are offered – 5:30pm and 6:45pm.  Classes are free, but there’s a $15 no-show fee, so commit and come on downtown! Each class is 1 hour and accessible for any skill level, from brand new beginner to experienced SUPer. Register here.

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Tuesday 8/9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Scioto Corridor — Scioto Grove, Grove City
Try it! Archery

Come try your hand at this free archery program at the Archery Range at Scioto Grove! Come out anytime between the times listed. All equipment provided. Ages 8+.

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