Jan 12, 2023 - Things to Do

Central Ohio's top wintertime festivals

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Just because it's cold this time of year doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up inside.

What's happening: Central Ohio has lots of upcoming festivals that make for perfect weekend plans. A few others are just a quick road trip away.

  • In chronological order:

โ„๏ธ Mohican WinterFest: Jan. 13-15, Loudonville. Free!

๐Ÿงฑ Brick Fest Live: Jan. 14-15, Greater Columbus Convention Center. $17+. Kids 2 and under free!

๐Ÿบ Columbus Winter Beerfest: Jan. 21, Convention Center. $45, includes 25 drink tickets and a souvenir sample mug.

๐ŸงŠ Logan Frozen Festival: Jan. 21. Free!

๐Ÿšค Buckeye Lake Winterfest: Jan. 28. Free!

๐Ÿซ Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival: Jan. 28, COSI. $60, unlimited tastings.

๐Ÿง Sweet Treats Dessert Festival: Jan. 28, Municipal Light Plant. $20.

๐ŸŽต Winter Werkout Music & Arts Festival: Feb. 17-18, The Bluestone. $25 daily tickets, $45 weekend pass.

๐ŸŒ African American Heritage Festival: Feb. 23-March 4, Ohio State University. Free!

๐Ÿ‹๏ธ Arnold Sports Festival: March 2-5, Convention Center. $20-30 daily expo tickets, $70 weekend pass.

๐Ÿ Maple Syrup Festival: March 5, Malabar Farm, Lucas. Free!

๐Ÿงช Columbus Brew Festival: March 11, COSI. $50, includes museum access and unlimited tastings.


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