June is just around the corner and in Central Ohio that means a couple of things: 1. stock up on your frizz serum and 2. get out your calendar because you're about to see a whole list of awesome things you need to do this summer. Inspired by Capital Style's "Columbus Bucket List" (May/June), which features 25 things to do this summer in Central Ohio, I've taken a little from their list and a little from my personal wish list to compile this (drumroll.....) my all-star Top 8 Columbus Summer Bucket List!
1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Twilight Tours
Visit the zoo that was voted best in the country for a special after-hours golf cart tour, complete with a tour guide, light refreshments, and a keepsake to remember the 2-hour trip.
7:30 pm daily, $60 per person/$50 for members, columbuszoo.org
2. Yellow Springs Street Fair
Okay, so this one isn't Columbus-based, but if you're up for a 60 mile roadtrip, head west to the street festival Ohio Magazine dubbed the "Best Place to People Watch" in Yellow Springs for a true hippie experience. Shop over 200 artisan booths, sample international cuisine from local restaurants, and enjoy craft beers and classic tunes at the Street Fair Music Festival and Beer Garden.
Saturday, June 8th, 9 am-7 pm, Free!, yellowspringsohio.org
3. Dublin Waterfall
This is on my personal must-do list. In my six years in Columbus, I can't believe I still haven't gone to see the 35-foot waterfall at Hayden Falls Park. This gorge on the western shore of the Scioto River is said to be the hidden gem of Columbus. And best of all, it doesn't cost a penny!
Everyday, 7 am-8 pm, Free!, parks.columbus.gov
4. Hot Glass Studio Nights
Channel Chihuly and create your own hand-blown glass work of art at the Franklin Park Conservatory. In just one 3-hour session, you can, with help from a professional gaffer, create a colorful glass tumbler, ornament, hummingbird feeder, bud vase, or candy bowl to wow your friends. And don't stress, no prior experience is necessary for the classes.
Thursdays from May 30th-August 8th, 6-9 pm, $60-$80, fpconservatory.org
5. Free Culture in Cowtown
Did you realize how many opportunities there are in this city to see great art exhibits without spending a dime? First, take advantage of free Sundays at downtown's Columbus Museum of Art. Then visit the OSU Wexner Center for the Arts on Thursdays after 4 pm for free admission. And don't forget to take a stroll through the Short North Gallery Hop on the first Saturday of every month from 4 pm-10 pm.
6. Comfest 2013
Known officially as "The Community Festival," Goodale Park's Comfest is a 41-year-old tradition of celebrating peace, love, equality, and community spirit. Come to shop the over 200 local craft and community vendors, listen to the lineup of live music, or sample the over 30 local food vendors. Or better yet, just come to people watch. After all, Comfest is the only place I've ever seen a topless, body-painted woman pushing a double stroller.
June 28th-30th, Free!, comfest.com
7. Local Foods Week with Columbus Food Adventures
Spend an evening grazing the pride of Columbus' homegrown scene with local food maven Bethia Woolf and Columbus Food Adventures. Visit area hotspots Knead, Latitude 41, That Food Truck, Till, and Brothers Drake Meadery for a sampling as well as a chance to meet the chefs and owners. Other perks of the ticket include a take-home treat from Sassafras Bakery and a donation to Local Matters of Central Ohio.
August 10th-19th, 6 pm, $65 per person, columbusfoodadventures.com
8. Summer Concert Series at the LC
Columbus' top live music venue, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, hosts a lot of big music names and they aren't disappointing with their summer line-up. My LC summer concert wish list looks like this: Of Monsters and Men (5/29), The xx and Grizzly Bear (6/11), Alabama Shakes (6/18), Fitz and the Tantrums (7/9), fun. with Tegan and Sara (7/14), Gogol Bordello (7/30), The Killers (8/6), Rob Zombie with Mastadon, Machine Head (8/9), and my trashy, glittering Halloween alter-ego, Ke$ha (8/27). Check out their full line-up to catch your favorites live.
Dates and prices vary, lifestylecommunities.com
If you want to check out the Capital Style article to get some more fun summer ideas, click here.
And now that we're all geared up for festival season to begin, check back in next week for another installment of Eye It/Buy It/DIY It. This time it's all about the Festival Girl! I can't wait!