Local Love...September in Columbus

This might sound a little crazy, and I already feel so judged just typing it, but I hate to be outside in the summer. I know hate is a strong word, but I chose it wisely, because I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it. Strongly. And it blows my mind that the majority of the people I know seem to love it?! This is generally my dialog all summer: An afternoon barbecue? A birthday pool party? A weekend camping trip? Oh, thank you so much for the invite, but I have something that day that would just be completely impossible to get out of. (Obviously when I say this, I am referring to my air-conditioned apartment.) And what an uncomfortable position to be in, because my options when receiving said invitation are to either politely lie or tell people I can't go because I hate summer. And then get reported to secret government agencies for suspicions that I am, in fact, an alien. So, needless to say, I am not topping anyone's social list from June-August, because if you can manage to drag me to one of these unexplainable "outdoor events," it should probably be a grumpy cat look-alike contest, because I will be winning that regardless. But luckily as summer comes to an end, the winds of fate start to change and to my rescue comes the white knight that is fall, riding in just in time to whisk me away from the tortures of frizzy hair, mosquito bites, and running mascara (cue the Hallelujah chorus). The first day of September is always one of my favorite days of the year, because it symbolizes the return to happy, non-sweaty life as I know it. A cool 71 degrees, you say? Bring on the outdoor events!! (And indoor, obviously, because no one in the history of ever is hating on climate control.)

And lucky for me, there are so many things going on around Columbus this month! As I enjoy my sweet, romantic love affair with September, here are some great local events to make it even better...

9/2: Sunbury Antique & Flea Market

Spend the day hunting for antique treasures and grabbing some lunch fresh off the grill.

7am-5pm @ Sunbury Square near Route 3 and 37, admission $1

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9/5: Easton Fashion Night

Capital Style presents a night of entertainment, shopping, and giveaways at Easton Town Center.

6pm-9pm @ 160 Easton Town Center, free!

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9/7: A La Carte's Doggie Lovers' Foodie Tour

A dog-themed night of puppie-gushing and hot dog-noshing with proceeds going to Friends of the Shelter and WOOF.

1pm-4pm starting @ Franklin County Dog Shelter, $45 ticket

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9/7: Short North Gallery Hop

Celebrate art, food, and shopping in the Short North Arts District.

4pm-10pm @ North High St from Goodale Blvd to Fifth Ave, free!

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9/8: The Pointless Pursuit

A one day Amazing Race-style quest through Columbus, solving clues in pursuit of prizes.

11am-5pm @ Columbus neighborhoods, $39 registration fee

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9/13-9/15: The Country Living Fair

The editors and contributors of Country Living bring the magazine to life for the annual fair.

Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm @ 800 East 17th Ave, ticket prices vary $13-$40

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9/14: The Moonlight Market

A late-night market bazaar of clothing retailers, bakers, artisans, etc., in the heart of downtown Columbus.

6pm-11pm @ Gay Street between High and Third Streets, free!

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9/16: Short North Art Walk

An hour-long expert-guided tour through the city's artsiest district.

7pm-8pm starting @ The Wonder Bread Factory at 728 Hamlet Street, free!

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9/20-9/21: Full Moon Zip Line Tours

Experience Columbus via its only hands-free zip line adventure through the nighttime treetops.

7:30pm and 8:30pm @ 7925 North High Street, $64-$69 admission

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9/25: MS MR

CD 102.5's low-dough show features New York-based chill wave duo at a crazy good price!

7pm @ Newport Music Hall, $5-$8.35 tickets

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9/27-9/29: Columbus Oktoberfest

Enjoy all kinds of German food and beer as well as a range of entertaining activities and events.

Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, and Sunday 12pm-8pm @ The Ohio Expo Center/Ohio State Fairgrounds, free!

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I hope these events are inspiring to those of you (not me!) who will be mourning the death of summer. After all, Central Ohio is the best place I can imagine being in the fall- there are few things more wonderful than cozy scarves, changing leaves, and Buckeye football!

Looking for something you don't see on this list? Find these and many more awesome events at ExperienceColumbus.com. And please don't send me hate mail because your idea of paradise is "creeking" in 95-degree weather and soaking up the sun. Just enjoy your assumed healthy levels of vitamin D and let me spend my summers online shopping for the best lipsticks to go with incredibly pale skin. To each his own. :)