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Events this weekend in Central Ohio include live music, fairs and Columbus Crew home match

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If you are looking for fair food, carnival games and rides, there are over half a dozen county fairs in Central Ohio this weekend into next week. The Jackson County Fair got underway earlier this week while both fairs in Madison County and Logan County wrap up on Saturday, July 17. The Crawford County, Fayette County, Franklin County and Perry County fairs all begin Monday, July 19. 

JULY 19-25 | Franklin County Fair to go on as planned

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DATES | 2021 Ohio county fair schedule 

Picktown Palooza

Picktown Palooza is a 3-day celebration Thursday, July 15 through Saturday, July 17 with carnival rides, food vendors, live music, a Freedom 5k and kids’ fun run and a car/bike show. The entertainment line-up for opening night is a 90's House Party with Contagious Til 4, C & C Music Factory, Color Me Badd and All-4-One. More information about the festival and a complete music line-up can be found here.

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Caption: Picktown Palooza starts Thursday, July 15, and runs through Saturday, July 17 with carnival rides and live music located behind Pickerington Central High School. (WSYX)

Plain City Steam Threshers

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Special Needs Swim

Westerville Parks and Recreation is offering a special needs swim session Friday, July 16 at the Highlands Park Aquatic Center where families can swim without the addition of crowds while enjoying a discounted rate.

Pearl Market

Pearl Market is a local pop-up market connecting Ohio-fresh produce, farm products, and artisan-made goods in downtown Columbus. The market is open Friday, July 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North Market Night Market

Night Market is a once-a-month, outdoor open-air market, held at North Market Downtown from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every third Friday, June – October. On Friday, July 16, entrepreneurs have hand-made and/or locally grown products for sale while live music plays in the outdoor plaza.

CSO Popcorn Pops

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents All the Colors of Columbus with conductor Andres Lopera Friday, July 16 at the Columbus Commons. In partnership with Thiossane Institute and the Gay Men’s Chorus, experience music from around the world and Columbus. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert activities with music starting at 7:00 p.m.

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Kane Brown Live at Fortress Obetz

Kane Brown performs at the Fortress in Obetz, Ohio Friday, July 16. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Additional information about the event and tickets can be found here.

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Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights presented by T-Mobile Friday, July 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with poolside entertainment and musical visits from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Character Ambassadors aboard the Character Express, plus a family-friendly movie at 8:00 p.m. Friday's movie is "Black Panther".

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John Glenn Centennial Celebration

From Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18, the cities of Cambridge and New Concord are commemorating the life and accomplishments of John H. Glenn Jr. in recognition of what would be John Glenn's 100th birthday on July 18, 2021. Weekend events include a presentation from Ohio space shuttle astronaut Don Thomas, activities for families and kids, a Friendship 7-Miler Race and parade, plus the John & Annie Glenn Museum will be open for tours. 

Columbus Clippers

The Columbus Clippers are out of town this weekend. They play against the St. Paul Saints in St. Paul, Minnesota Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18.

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Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew returns home Saturday, July 17 to host New York City FC at 7:30 p.m. in Field.

PHOTO GALLERY | Columbus Crew Field

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CSO Picnic with the Pops

Tito Puente Jr. and Campanas de America perform with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 17. Information on lawn and table seating can be found here. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a deejay and table decorating contest for the outdoor concert.

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Reynoldsburg Books, Badges & Blankets

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Taste of Powell Tour

The Taste of Powell Tour is Sunday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at local participating establishments around Powell and Liberty Township.

National Ice Cream Day

Velvet Ice Cream is hosting a National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Ye Olde Mill in Utica, Ohio on Sunday, July 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and a craft fair with local vendors available for visitors, plus an ice cream sandwich eating contest at 3:00 p.m. The mill's parlor will be open as will the Ice Cream Museum. More information about the event can be found here

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Worthington Concerts on the Green

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While you are out enjoying the weekend in and around Central Ohio, take the ABC 6/FOX 28 First Warning Weather app with you. The weather forecast and radar are updated each day by our team of meteorologists.

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