14 fun things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend

Every Thursday, we offer you suggestions for things to do in the coming days. Sure, you’ve just had a long vacation weekend, but who isn’t always looking for something fun?

This week, you have the choice: Fancy a concert? The Bluestone and Rambling House will reopen this weekend, with pop-country duo Love and Theft performing at The Bluestone and The Relentless Mules at Rambling House.

If classical music is more your style, you’re in luck! The “Summer Night Music” neighborhood concert series will feature two Columbus Symphony ensembles in different locations. Or watch a Columbus Symphony performance with En Vogue at a Picnic with the Pops concert.

Movie fans won’t want to miss the reopening of the Wexner Center for the Arts cinema / theater, which will feature “Conception Ada”.

And for families looking for something fun to do together, the Columbus Museum of Art is hosting a screening of “Night at the Museum,” the 2006 film starring Ben Stiller. And even better? Cinema and parking are free.

Arouse your interest? We hope. Let’s have fun!

Strings and Winds of the Columbus Symphony

As part of the “Summer Night Music” neighborhood concert series, two sets of the Columbus Symphony will perform in different locations in central Ohio. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, symphonic string players will perform works by Bartok, Elgar, Dvorak and Grainger at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1899 McCoy Road. And, on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Winds Section of the Symphony will perform works by Donizetti and Gounod – and will receive assistance from cello, bass and horn players for a piece by Dvorak – at the Wagnalls Memorial Library, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. Tickets for either program cost $ 25, or $ 10 for ages 3 to 14, free for ages 2 and under. For more information visit www.columbussymphony.com.

Stefan Langer as Vincent Van Gogh in the production of

Play chronicles of the struggle of Vincent Van Gogh

The Red Herring Theater Company will return to the theater with “Vincent”, Leonard Nimoy’s solo play, based on more than 500 letters, on the passion, pain and tormented struggle of painter Vincent Van Gogh to achieve artistic perfection. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through July 25 at 3723 S. High St., with a live broadcast and an opening night in person Thursday. Tickets cost $ 30 in advance, or “pay what you want” at the door. Call 614-723-9116 or visit www.redherring.info

Goodguys hosts a racing show in Columbus

Feast your eyes on over 6,500 hot rods, muscle cars and trick trucks at the 23rd Summit Racing National, which takes place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and 17th Avenue East. Take part in a 16-car “Summer Shootout” autocross, drag show and “Burnout” competition, and let the kids enjoy a free KidZone. For more information visit www.good-gus.com

The black theater festival lasts all weekend

Mine 4 God Productions will present the 9th Annual Columbus Black Theater Festival, a three-day ‘Say Something, It May Change Something’ celebration with 11 short comedic and dramatic plays and playwright monologues throughout. the country, New Zealand and Australia. Performances start at 6 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday at Dublin’s Abbey Theater, 5600 Post Road, Dublin. Admission costs $ 20 per day. Visit www.mine4godproductions.com.

Tilda Swinton in the movie "Design Ada," which will be screened July 9-10 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The Wexner Center cinema / video reopens its doors

The Wexner Center for the Arts cinema / video theater, closed since the start of the pandemic, will open this weekend to begin a month-long mini-retrospective of the films of Cleveland-born director Lynn Hershman Leeson. The 1997 director’s drama “Conception Ada” – centered around a contemporary woman (Francesca Faridany) fascinated by the life of Lord Byron’s mathematician daughter, Countess Ada Lovelace (Tilda Swinton) – will screen at 7pm Friday and 4pm Saturday in Ohio State University Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. Tickets are $ 9, or $ 7 for Wexner Center members, $ 5 for students. For more information, as well as current COVID-19 security protocols, visit www.wexarts.org.

Steamy concert in Grove City

The Grove City Summer Sizzle concert series continues with a performance by local rock ‘n’ roll Rezes-Hall Band on Friday at 7 p.m. at Town Center Park, 3387 Park St., Grove City. Take a blanket or a chair to sit on. For more information visit www.grovecityohio.gov.

Shakespeare meets modern musical at Hilliard

The Hilliard Arts Council will present “Something Rotten”, the Broadway musical about two brothers from Elizabethan England who set out to write the world’s first musical in a mix of 16th century Shakespeare and 21st century Broadway. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hilliard Davidson Performing Arts Center, 5100 Davidson Road, Hilliard. Tickets cost $ 15, or $ 12 for seniors, $ 5 for students. Call 614-527-4407 or visit www.hilliardartscouncil.org

“Night at the Museum” at the Columbus Museum of Art

The 2006 family film “Night at the Museum” – starring Ben Stiller as a security guard who confronts exhibits that have come to life at the American Museum of Natural History – will screen at dusk (around 9 pm) on Friday. to what is perhaps the perfect setting: the open-air sculpture garden at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. No entry is charged for the film, and free parking is available at a parking lot at the museum on Gay Street and Washington Avenue. For more information visit www.discoverydistrictcolumbus.org.

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Pinky and the Fonz perform in “Happy Days” musical

Palace Productions will present “Happy Days, a New Musical”, a local production of the family musical based on the hit 1970s television sitcom. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., from July 16-18 and 2 p.m. July 18 at the Marion Palace Theater, 276 W. Center St., Marion. Tickets cost $ 19 to $ 23, or $ 50 for customers and $ 12 for children (12 and under.) Call 740-383-2101 or visit www.marionpalace.org.

Members of En Vogue will perform with the Columbus Symphony on July 10.

En Vogue teams up with Columbus Symphony

All-female pop and R&B group En Vogue – currently led by vocalists Rhona Bennett, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron-Braggs – will receive orchestral support from the Columbus Symphony at this summer’s last Picnic With the Pops concert. Under the direction of Pops Principal Conductor Stuart Chafetz, the singers and symphony orchestra will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. on John F. Wolfe streets in Columbus Commons, East Rich and South High. Lawn seats cost $ 36.75 or $ 10.50 for ages 3 to 12, free for ages 2 and under. For more information visit www.columbussymphony.com.

The band performs in Worthington

The Green Series summer concerts in Worthington will host hometown favorite Worthington Civic Band at 7 p.m. Sunday. The free outdoor concert will take place on Village Green, High Street and Route 161, Worthington. Blankets or chairs are suggested, and good weather is, as always, desired. For more information visit www.worthington.org/concerts.

Music in the Wild: Aces Back to Back Music Festival

A dozen bands will perform in the woods for the three-day Aces Back to Back music festival, starting today. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brushy Fork Phamily Ranch, 15137 Brushy Fork Rd. SE, Nashport in Licking County. Headlining the festival, Hyrider and the Rumpke Mountain Boys, a Grateful Dead tribute band, promise “an old-fashioned, psychedelic, whiskey-spilling Jamgrass.” Tickets for the Friday and Saturday portion of the weekend are $ 80, with an additional $ 25 on Thursday. Camp by car and motorhome. The sites are available for prices ranging from $ 10 to $ 200. For more information call 740-644-2380 or visit www.acesback2backmusicfestival.com

Bluestone is back in service

The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St., will reopen on Friday with pop-country duo Love and Theft. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $ 10. For more information call 614-884-4647 or visit liveatthebluestone.com.

Mules in the house

The Rambling House, 310 E. Hudson St., opens after being closed for 478 days (but who counts?) With a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday by house group The Relentless Mules, who before the pandemic performed on Thursdays at Rambling House for almost a decade. Tickets cost $ 10. For more information call 614-468-3415 or visit ramblinghousemusic.com.

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