Concerts, theatre, arts, Independence Day and other July events to see


Spotlight on the return: red, white and boom, July 1

Downtown Columbus

Organizers of downtown’s annual Red, White & Boom Independence Day spectacular have been waiting a few years to celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary — two years, to be precise. In 2020 and 2021 the event was canceled due to the pandemic.

“This is our 40th presentation of the event,” says Co-General Manager Shawn Verhoff. “We joke that we are 39 and have been holding for two years.”

This year, however, Red, White & Boom is back with the goal of physically bringing the people of Central Ohio together to celebrate a holiday for all of us. “There’s a sense of camaraderie around the Fourth of July,” Verhoff says. “We’re celebrating all of America. We’re celebrating our independence. We’re celebrating being able to come together, to stand side by side with everyone else in the community: 400,000 people gathered in the authorized area.”

Although the event always culminates with a fireworks display at 10 p.m., attendees will have plenty to see and do throughout the day. More than 100 food and drink vendors will be featured at the Boom Street Festival, which opens at 11 a.m., while the Ford Oval of Honor and Red, White & Boom Parade, with between 80 and 100 floats, kicks off at 5 p.m. 30. at the Main Street Bridge. Two stages – the Long Street Stage and the Bicentennial Park Stage – will host numerous shows, including Zone 3, Shotgun Eddie, Cherry Blonde and Phoenix Rising (performers subject to change).

As for the fireworks, the organizers had plenty of time to ensure that this year’s exhibition was unforgettable. “We use Zambelli Fireworks,” says Verhoff. “They consider themselves the premier fireworks family, and they truly are the biggest and best fireworks company in the country. They’ve worked with us for the past three years, developing the soundtrack and bringing in as much new material as possible.

Verhoff expects those in central Ohio to be eager to return to the event, but for those who prefer to watch without crowds of spectators around them, the organizers have you covered. “If you want to attract a little less people, you can go to Berliner Park; you can see it at Goodale [Park]says Verhoff. “And then we also aired it on TV.” Free or $125 VIP tickets, —Peter Tonguette

Topiary Takeover, until September 11

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Inspired by the flora and fauna of natural UNESCO World Heritage sites, this exhibit features 25 animal-shaped topiaries that use plants to mimic the colors and textures of fur, skin, scales and feathers. Creations include sea creatures from the Great Barrier Reef, American bison from Yellowstone National Park, and other topiaries designed, built, and grown entirely by the conservatory’s horticulture and exhibits staff.

Doo Dah Parade, 4th of July

North Court

If you prefer your Independence Day celebrations to be more satirical than solemn, the Doo Dah Parade — which, in a full expression of the First Amendment, sends out political leaders and just about anyone — might just be for you. you. The route starts at noon on Park Street in the Short North. Free,

Dublin Independence Day Celebration, 4th of July


Residents and visitors can honor the founding of the nation with a parade through Dublin city center followed by entertainment and fireworks at Dublin Coffman High School. Free,

New Albany 5K Independence Day, 4th of July

Market Square, New Albany

The 10-year-old run supports New Albany Symphony programming and educational outreach throughout the year. The orchestra also donates a portion of the race proceeds to non-profit performing arts groups in the community.

Angela Perley

Angela Perley, July 8

Natalie’s Big View

Hard to categorize – folk, alt-country and “60s-tinged psychedelic rock” are just a few of the ways her music has been described – Hilliard native Angela Perley toured constantly with the Howlin’ Moons after the release of Hey Kid in 2014., playing to ever-larger crowds in ever-larger venues. But COVID-19 stopped all that in 2020. Since then, she has been at home, creating new works. Fans will be delighted to see the local star back on stage.

“Waiting for Godot”, July 14-31

Red Herring Theater Co.

Dave Hanson’s comedy centers on two stunt doubles hanging out backstage at a production of “Waiting for Godot,” Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece. It’s a nonsensical riff on a nonsense play about life, death, and wasting time — in other words, pretty much the perfect story for a pandemic. Show up early to make the experience more meta.

Raphaël: the tapestries of Dresden, July 15-Oct. 30

Columbus Museum of Art

Six monumental tapestries, woven in the 17th century from “cartoons” created by Raphaël, will be the centerpiece of an exhibition retracing the influence of the old master on Renaissance and Baroque art. The exhibition will include works by Rubens and Poussin as well as drawings by Raphaël himself.

The Hell is Real game returns to town on July 17 as the Columbus Crew take on FC Cincinnati.

Columbus Crew vs. FC Cincinnati, July 17 field

More than halfway through the 2022 season, the Hell is Real rivalry will finally be played out on the pitch rather than on social media. The Columbus Crew will take on FC Cincinnati at Field, the only game between the two bitter enemies in central Ohio this year. A win would mean a lot to Crew fans, who haven’t had much to cheer about in recent months. And with their beloved team potentially missing the playoffs again this year, a second straight win over Cincinnati would offer joyful relief — and maybe even spawn a meme or two.

Lancaster Festival, July 21-30


Fairfield County will be awash with arts events and ringing with music for nearly two weeks for this year’s edition of the long-running festival. Highlights include Rick Springfield on July 23 and Lady A on July 30, both accompanied by the world-class Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Prices vary,

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24

Mid Ohio Sports Car Course

If you love vintage motorcycles, you’ll want to head to what’s billed as the nation’s largest motorcycle swap meet, which also features various races, including pit bike, motocross and scramble races. of hares. All the action takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. $20 to $75,

Buckeye Country Superfest, July 23

Ohio Stadium

The annual event calls all country music fans to Ohio Stadium, where artists Luke Combs, Cody Jinks, Zach Bryan, Kameron Marlowe and Morgan Wade are scheduled to perform. $74.49 and up,

The Community Cup, July 29

Fortress Obetz

This one-day sporting challenge, presented by the Columbus Foundation, is open to businesses of all sizes. Collaborate or compete with colleagues, connect with other businesses, and get a head start by earning points through donations to local charities.

Columbus Food & Wine Festival, July 29-30

Behind Hyde Park in the Short North

If your idea of ​​a good time involves wine, food, and shows – and who doesn’t? – you won’t want to miss this festival, which combines, among other activities, red wine and rock music on Friday and, for families, story time and shortcakes on Saturday. Free,

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will host Eat Up Columbus on July 30.

Eat Up Columbus, July 30

National Veterans Museum and Memorial

Dress in white and support survivors of human trafficking by participating in Freedom a la Cart’s annual fundraiser. This year’s event, organized on the occasion of the World Day against Human Trafficking, will take place on the roof of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.


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