OSU African American Heritage Festival | March 30 – April 7, 2018
The Ohio Union & Frank W. Hale Black Culture Center | 1739 North High St
Hosted annually at Ohio State University, the African American Heritage Festival is a celebration of African American culture on campus and throughout Columbus. The weeklong event evolved from the campus block parties of the 1970’s. The central theme of the festival is derived from the Swahili word “heshima,” meaning respect, as well as the phrase “it takes an entire village.” Some attractions offered include gospel and poetry showcases as well as seminars discussing cultural issues.
Equine Affair | April 12-15, 2018
Ohio Expo Center | 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Equine Affaire is all about opportunities! Learn from and mingle with many of the foremost trainers, coaches, competitors, judges, and experts in the horse industry. Take a break from online shopping to see, touch, try on, and experience a wealth of equine and equestrian products in the largest horse-related trade shows in the nation. Meet and appreciate dozens of breeds of horses from around the world. Buy a horse—or sell one. Discover the right stallion for your mare or the ideal boarding, training, or breeding facility for you and your horse. Experience the excitement of the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition (Equine Affaire’s ultimate test of horsemanship) and the drama of the Fantasia (Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse.) Interface with all facets of the horse industry while sharing your passion for horses with friends, family and fellow horse people.
Ohioana Book Festival | April 14, 2018
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square | 75 E State St Columbus, OH
The Ohioana Book Festival is a free event that features a fantastic lineup of guest authors who share their love of reading and writing with festivalgoers. In addition to author meet and greets, guests can attend a series of panels where speakers discuss the creative process, what it takes to get published and various genres of writing. This event is open to attendees of all ages and provides specific events catered towards different age groups.
Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show | April 14-15, 2018
Ehrnfelt Recreation Center|18100 Royalton Rd Strongsville, OH
Whether you’re braving the bitter cold or soaking in the sun’s rays, the Midwestern climate can’t stop you from admiring local artisanship. The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show visits numerous cities throughout Ohio to showcase original arts and crafts produced by native Ohioans. Dress according to the season (if you wish) and you’ll stumble upon a masterfully created piece that’ll look magnificent at home.
DNA Final Fridays| April 2018 Dates Unconfirmed
Downtown Newark | Newark, Ohio
To make sure you go out with a bang at the end of every month, take your fun-seeking hide to Downtown Newark, Ohio. Each Final Friday brings something new, but past months have had a blast with local art exhibits, seasonal feasts, kid-friendly activities such as human foosball, petting zoos and plenty of other creative ideas. Even when life is getting on your last nerve, Final Friday will somehow manage to erase an entire month’s worth of pain during the course of one exciting day.
#Fest | April 20-22, 2018
The Venue of Athens | 8003 OH-56
Before some dude at the party hijacks Spotify and kills the vibe with a song no one likes, let the #Fest (pronounced “Number Fest”) be your official playlist. Thousands of crazy college students gather to get down to a stacked lineup of popular hip-hop artists and electronic DJs. Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University, becomes one of the hottest college towns in the country when fest time rolls around, so ditch the books and get ready to go wild.
Hell City Tattoo Festival | April 20-22, 2018
Hyatt Regency Downtown | 350 N High St Columbus, OH
Instead of skipping out on some education ahead of time and tattooing a fuzzy slice of pizza onto yourself, why not venture out to the Hell City Tattoo Festival? The festival is jam-packed with a variety of events to take your love and appreciation of the art of tattoo to a whole ‘nother level, including tattooing competitions, a tattoo art gallery, a tattoo theatre, live music and dance performances, live painting performances, educational seminars, activities for kids and more. And the festival attracts over 200 of the world’s best tattoo artists who take appointments on site to get you tatted up right!
Arbor Day Festival | April 28, 2018
Dawes Arboretum | 7770 Jacksontown Road SE, Newark OH
Arbor Day Festival at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio: It’s Arbor Day at last! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum, our busiest times. This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a spring day enjoying the outside. An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kids’ crafts.