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June in Columbus

Jun 3, 2006  Blue Skies
4.5 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Six Things I'd do as Winter disappears and Summer arrives in Central Ohio.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Comfest
    http://www.comfest.com/

    It's time to break out your tie-dyed shirts and Birkenstocks, the Community Festival celebrates the Columbus underground as the suburbanites and the urbanites intermingle for a weekend of community markets, tie-dyed shirts, and live music by over 200 local artists over three days and nights. Also, you get a chance to show off your 2002 ComFest mug because you may wear a tie during the week, but you're still a hippie at heart.

  • 2. Duffers Rejoice! Golf's Memorial Tournament is Here!
    http://www.thememorialtournament.com/site.htm

    Didn't someone tell Jack Nicklaus that Memorial Weekend happens in May? Oh well...someone must have been sick of trying to avoid the "Curse of Memorial Tournament Week" and the constant May showers that bring June flowers. It's the Memorial Tournament, where golfers like Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, and 2005s champion, Bart Bryant, compete for a chance to wear the Green Jacket. No...wait...that's the Masters...what do they get at the Memorial? Anyway, you get a chance to put on your plaid shorts and white buck shoes and not get laughed at - unless of course Adam Sandler is in town shooting a sequel to Happy Gilmore - then you're doomed.

  • 3. Shopping at Easton Town Center
    http://www.eastontowncenter.com/

    Just because it's summer, that's no reason to neglect an opportunity to shop. The kids are at the pool and your other half is watching men in silly clothes putt a little white ball into a hole. The little angel on your left shoulder says, "Save up for my child's college." The little devil on your right shoulder says, "Let's go shopping." Life is short, you can always repent later. There's too much good stuff to check out at Easton. And while you're at it, you can still catch some rays of sun going from shop to shop.

  • 4. Live Music at PromoWest Pavillion
    http://www.promowestlive.com/site/html/index.php

    It's Summer, for heaven's sake! Go outside, get some sun, you look like an Ohioan! That's what mom said when you were a kid. Maybe she wanted you out of the house, but maybe she was right. PromoWest Pavillion in downtown Columbus offers the perfect chance to take in a live music concert while overlooking the growing Columbus skyline. If you're lucky, you'll get a tanline to show to the guys at work. See? That wasn't so hard was it? And the music was pretty darn good, too.

  • 5. Crew Soccer - Buck-a-Brat Night
    http://columbus.crew.mlsnet.com/MLS/coc/index.jsp

    Under the lights of Crew Stadium, Major League Soccer's first soccer-specific stadium, fans can watch a live soccer match and cheer with the other hooligans while enjoying cheap grub during one of the summer's many $1.00 per Bratwurst "Buck-a-Brat" nights. If you're feeling totally Scottish or Irish, paint your face and buy one of those silly noise-making horns. You only get a few chances to act like a fool each lifetime, so take yours now.

  • 6. COSI: The Science of Star Wars
    http://www.cosi.org/starwars/exhibit-sw/

    Throw the kids (or the girlfriend) in the back of the mini-van (or the family sedan), and begin practicing your light-saber sound effects, because a brand new Star Wars exhibit is at COSI Columbus. The landspeeder Luke Skywalker (that's Darth Vader's son, by the way) used to take R2-D2 and C3PO across the plains of some place, long ago, far away, etcetera will be there, as well as exhibits exploring modern day robotics, space-age aerodynamics, and laser technology.

    So be not afraid, young padawan, the force is right here in Columbus this summer.