The Ultimate Guide to Niche Events in Central Ohio This Month and Beyond

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on June 26, 2024
Photo courtesy of COSI – Center of Science and Industry on Facebook

Tired of the same old events and craving something different? Well, you’re in luck! Central Ohio is about to serve up a smorgasbord of quirky, offbeat events that you won’t want to miss.

From Shrek-themed raves (yes, you read that right) to workshops where you can craft stained glass bugs, this guide will take you on a wild ride through the coolest, most unique events in the 614.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the most wonderfully peculiar events Central Ohio has to offer!

Things to Do

Weekend Open Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Sun, Jul 21 +more dates • 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Admission starts at: $20

Get Out Adventures • 6000 Harriott Rd Powell, 43065

North

Weekend Open Kayaking & Paddleboarding 100% of the kayak experience fee benefits Adaptive Sports Connection, an organization ...

Exhibit

THE NANCY SHOW: BUSHMILLER AND BEYOND

Sun, Jul 21 - Sun, Nov 3 • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum • 1813 N. High St Columbus, 43210

Central

Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy was a popular comic strip for decades but was never taken seriously. In recent years, cartoon historians and aficionados have ...

Theater

Young Writers Short Play Festival 2024

Sun, Jul 21 +more dates • 2:00 pm - ?

Admission starts at: $16.50

Madlab • 227 N. 3RD ST. COLUMBUS, 43215

Central

Socrates, Small Fires, and Expiration Dates by Haadia Hyder A totally average kid wants a cup of water. His deadbeat Wanna-We-Socrates dad stands in ...

Theater

The SpongeBob Musical

Sun, Jul 21 • 2:00 pm - ?

Admission starts at: $12

Westerville North High School • 950 County Line Rd. Westerville, OH 43081

Northeast

Join us for a Westerville City Schools Summer Enrichment production of Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical! ...

Theater

Evolutionaries: The Stories and Music of David Bowie and Prince

Sun, Jul 21 +more dates • 2:00 pm - ?

Admission starts at: $45

Shadowbox Live • 503 S Front St, Ste 260 Columbus, 43215

Central

Shadowbox Live pays tribute to the music and influence of David Bowie and Prince, and the revolutions they led across music, fashion and pop culture. ...

Nightlife Events

FORNITE SUNDAYS

Sun, Jul 21 +more dates • 4:20 pm - 11:45 am

Half Baked • 765 N. HIGH STREET SHORT NORTH Columbus, 43215

Central

Get a Battle Royale, Get a Free Drink. All Nite Specials:
$2 Broke Boi Beers ...

Nightlife Events

Paddle and Jazz

Sun, Jul 21 +more dates • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Admission starts at: $50

Get Out Adventures • 6000 Harriott Rd Powell, 43065

North

Paddle and Jazz Paddle and Jazz Package: $50 / person Dates (Sundays): July 14, 21 August 4, 11 Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Included: 1.5 ...

Things to Do

Let’s Grow Garden Club

Mon, Jul 22 +more dates • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens • 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, 43203

Central

A drop-in style, weekly meet-up of budding young gardeners to work in our Let’s Garden area of the Children’s Garden. Adult supervision is required. Children ...

Educational

Puppy Kindergarten

Tue, Jul 23 +more dates • 12:00 am - 7:30 pm

Admission starts at: $150

Central Ohio Muttessori School • 6540 Proprietors Worthington, 43085

North

Start your pup off on the right paw! Create a confident, well mannered puppy with this 6 week series of classes. Classes are rolling enrollment so you ...

Nightlife Events

Curious Kids: Peek into the Pond

Wed, Jul 24 • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Admission starts at: $15

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens • 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, 43203

Central

Who’s living below the surface of the pond? Meet new friends who live in the pond and learn more about these critters who call under the surface home, ...

Things to Do

extreme circus

Thu, Jul 25 - Sun, Aug 18 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Polaris Fashion Place • 1500 Polaris Pkwy Columbus, 43240

North

Extreme Circus at Polaris Fashion Place (located in the Valet Parking Lot space) COLUMBUS OH  JULY 25 – AUGUST 18, 2024
 EXTREME ...

Nightlife Events

INFUSED THURSDAY

Thu, Jul 25 • 4:20 pm - 11:00 pm

Half Baked • 765 N. HIGH STREET SHORT NORTH Columbus, 43215

Central

Tonite we feature our non-alcoholic infused bevys! ALL NITE SPECIALS:
$2 THC SHOTS
$6 THC AND REGGIE CRACK DRAFTS ...

Nightlife Events

FRIED DAY

Fri, Jul 26 • 4:20 pm - 11:45 pm

Half Baked • 765 N. HIGH STREET SHORT NORTH Columbus, 43215

Central

Cause it's Fried Day and you aint got shit to do! All Nite Specials: $2 Cuervo Shots
Free Loosie w Bevy ...

Things to Do

Twilight Paddles

Fri, Jul 26 - Sat, Jul 27 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Admission starts at: $50

Get Out Adventures • 6000 Harriott Rd Powell, 43065

North

Twilight Paddles Experience breathtaking views and witness the sunset like never before. This paddle is perfect for people who love watching ...

Arts & Crafts

Pottery Throwing Date Night

Fri, Jul 26 +more dates • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Admission starts at: $55

Kiln Room • 2050 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43207

Central

Come and give wheel throwing a try! This evening engagement gives you a chance to experience throwing for yourself, overseen by our experienced ...

Comedy Events

Top Dog Cash Contest!!!

Fri, Jul 26 • 8:00 pm - ?

Admission starts at: $20

The Attic Columbus • 892 Oak St Columbus, 43205

Central

15 contestants... Audience picks the winner.... $200 prize!!! ...

Festivals

Touch a Truck Sponsored by Delaware County EMS, Berlin Township Fire & Sunny 95

Sat, Jul 27 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Olentangy Berlin High School • 3140 Berlin Station Road Delaware, Ohio 43015

North

Delaware County EMS, Berlin Township Fire Department and Sunny 95 are excited to host our annual touch a truck event at Olentangy Berlin High School ...

Classes & Workshops

Stained Glass Lightning Bug

Sat, Jul 27 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Admission starts at: $93

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens • 1777 E. Broad Street Columbus, 43203

Central

This is a hands-on class led by Kara O’Dea. Create your own lightning bug hanging stained glass piece that actually lights up! Kara of Good Dea Glass ...

Things to Do

Doggie Paddle

Sat, Jul 27 • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Admission starts at: $50

Get Out Adventures • 6000 Harriott Rd Powell, 43065

North

Doggie Paddle Enjoy the company of other dog-loving families while you learn lots of tips and tricks for kayaking with your pup. Dog PFDs ...

Live Music

Jamie Ravine Song Writing Session LIVE

Sat, Jul 27 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Edison Brewing Company • 785 Science Blvd Gahanna, 43230

Northeast

Come experience a singer in the round session hosted by Jamie Ravine. She will be joined by fellow local talented songwriters. ...

Comedy Events

FUNNIEST PERSON IN COLUMBUS FINALS

Wed, Jul 31 • 7:00 pm - ?

Admission starts at: $15

Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant • 145 Easton Town Center Columbus, 43219

Central

Doors: 5:30pm // Show: 7pm Ticket Policy: The Funny Bone has a full bar and a dinner menu that is available in our cafe and through your server when ...

Things to Do

Pickaway County Touch A Truck

Sat, Aug 17 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

OhioHealth Berger Hospital • 600 N. Pickaway St. Circleville, OH 43113

Southside

Pickaway County Touch A Truck ...

Things to Do

Dueling Axes is coming to DogTap

Fri, Aug 23 +more dates • 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

BrewDog Brewery & Taproom • 96 Gender Road Canal Winchester, 43110

Southside

Dueling Axes is coming to DogTap! Sign up for a throwing time through Dueling Axes https://www.theduelingaxes.com/brewdog-patio/ They will be joining ...

Classes & Workshops

~Teatime with Jesus in the Forest~ A Women’s Holy Yoga Afternoon Retreat

Sun, Sep 8 • 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Admission starts at: $149.00

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park • 1775 Darby Creek Drive Cedar Ridge Lodge Galloway , Ohio 43119

Westside

A day for God to fill your cup! All Levels Gentle + Chair Yoga, Full English Tea, Artistic Craft, Forest Bathing, Private Reflection   Our ...

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