Hello, weekend! Are you looking for something to do in the capital city? If so, you are in luck. The list below has some date night ideas and others things to do for the entire family. Have a great weekend Columbus.
With a new venue — Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. — to get the longest-running African-American event in central Ohio off to a bigger and better start, the 24th annual Juneteenth Celebration will offer three days of music. Also on tap: food, family-oriented exhibits, a college-and-career fair, a unity walk, a soul-food cook-off, a natural-hair expo, children’s activities and free health and wellness screenings. Hours: noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission: $5, or $10 after 5 p.m., and $3 for children. Call 614-258-4633 or visit www.juneteenthohio.net
Quest for the Cup
The Columbus Crew has joined forces with Fado Irish Pub at Easton Town Center to create a World Cup viewing “headquarters.”Soccer fans can cheer on their favorites, including the U.S. men’s national team during Sunday’s game against Portugal. Details: www.thecrew.com
The Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest in Gahanna has numerous activities in its Family Fun Zone, including interactive workshops with actual jazz (Saturday) and blues (Sunday) musicians. Details: 614-418-9114, www.creeksidebluesandjazz.com Singer Debra James Tucker hits the stage noon Sunday. Admission: $5 daily, or free for children age 12 and younger and active military personnel.
Audiences are going Crazy — falling to pieces, even — over the songs in Always . . . Patsy Cline, one reason CATCO extended its production of the musical play through Sunday. Details: 614-469-0939, www.catcoistheatre.org
The Stonewall Columbus Pride festival and parade is going global this year — at least with its theme of Created Equal. Actor, human-rights activist and social-media phenomenon George Takei to be the grand marshal of the parade on Saturday morning. Crystal Bowersox, the folksy Toledo native and 2010 American Idol runner-up, will sing and play guitar as part of the festivities, 8:30 p.m. Friday. All events take place at or near Goodale Park. Contact: 614-299-7764, www.columbuspride.org Times: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; parade: 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission: free
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Blues for summer
Feeling down? 35-year-old blues singer and two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland will lift spirits on a shared bill with Columbus chanteuse Teeny Tucker. Location: Bicentennial park. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission: free. Contact: 614-645-3800, www.sciotomile.com
Who are you
Watch your back, Katy Perry. Effervescent Aussie pop singer Betty Who — who recently opened for Perry on tour — is set to capture both hearts and the charts at Axis, 775 N. High St. Showtime: 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $12 to $15. Contact: 614-291-4008, www.axisonhigh.com
In the unusual During The Glo Run, runners will follow a neon-lit 5-kilometer course through black-light tunnels and past booths of thumping techno music. After the run, a costume contest and a party will take place. Time: 9:40 p.m. Friday, with registration beginning at 8:10. Registration: $50. Parking: $5. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. Contact: www.theglorun.com/columbus
Beck on call
Loser? Hardly. Los Angeles songwriter Beck, whose catalog spans funk to folk, will appear Friday in the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion to promote his fittingly somber new release, Morning Phase. Details: 614-461-5483, www.promowestlive.com
The Puterbaugh Sisters
Chicago comedians (and central Ohio natives) Danielle and Tiffany Puterbaugh, known for their weekly show The Blackout Diaries, return with a drinking-themed comedy show blending stand-up storytelling, Q&A sessions and audience participation. Showtime: 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $10. Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. 3rd Ave. Contact: 614-299-4987, www.woodlandstavern.com, www.ticketweb.com
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Conductor Albert-George Schram will join forces with Ben Folds and the Pops orchestra (at 70 players strong) for a Picnic with the Pops performance on Saturday in Columbus Commons. This will include an original (and physically demanding) 20-minute classical concerto written by Folds — part of a still-pop-heavy program that the artist is calling the Ben Folds Orchestral Experience. Contact: 614-228-8600, www.columbussymphony.com Showtime: 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $23, or $25 at the gate; or $8 for children 3 to 14; free for age 2 or younger.
Cobras in London
The Columbus-based Ohio Cobra Club will host the London Cobra Show, a gathering of Cobra and coupe kit cars, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the London Strawberry Festival. Admission is free, but the event raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by selling $20 raffle tickets to win a new built kit car. During the show, burn-out rides down Main Street (admit it — that’s something you longed to do when you were 18) are available for a $10 donation.
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Step lively with folk dancers from seven area groups at the Recreational Folk Dancers of Columbus’ Midsummer Dance Party. A variety of dance styles from Israeli to Irish and Scottish will be exhibited from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with a potluck dinner to follow (bring your best covered dish) at Christ United Methodist Church, 1480 Zettler Rd. Admission costs $5, or $1 for age 12 and younger. Call 614-262-7248 or visit http://www.recfolkdancecolumbus.org
Columbus Children’s Festival
As part of the Columbus Children’s Festival’s emphasis on youth sports this year, the Blue Jackets will conduct a series of street-hockey clinics that start at 11 a.m. and finish at 4 p.m. The Ohio Machine of the National Lacrosse League will be on hand with equipment for children to use. The Columbus Clippers will have a “fun zone.” The Columbus Crew will help conduct a 3-on-3 soccer tournament. That tournament, as well as competitions in flag football and sand volleyball, required teams to sign up well in advance, but the Blue Jackets and Machine clinics are still open for registration. A Bubble Blast run will be held (featuring 1/2-mile, 1-mile and 5K options), as well as a home-run derby and demonstrations of archery, fencing, gymnastics and more. Location: Fred Beekamn Park, 2200 Carmack Rd. Contact: 877-543-7801, www.kidslinked.com Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: free; parking $1.50 an hour.