10 Ideas for Free Fun In Columbus

There are lots of ways to have fun this summer, without spending a penny!

By Alicia Amburgey, Publisher, Macaroni Kid NW Columbus June 17, 2022

Looking for cheap summer fun in Columbus? Check out our 10 ideas for completely FREE summer fun!

1. Visit the new Quarry Trails Metro Park in Hilliard!

Metro Parks turned this abandoned quarry, into a beautiful scenic park. With several trails open for walking/hiking, and an off road mountain bike park for adventure enthusiasts, this park has something for everyone. Just need a quiet place to relax? There is also a beautiful, picturesque 25-foot waterfall surrounded by lakes for fishing and kayaking.

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2. Celebrate Pride in Downtown Columbus!

An annual celebration, Pride events, across the globe aim to bring the community together in camaraderie and recognition of the strength, resilience, and fight of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Community Resource Fair will take place Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18. The Stonewall Columbus Pride March will be Saturday, June 18. More details here

3. Go to the Main library!

Inspire reading and join the Summer Reading Program at your local library! Visit the Main Library on S. Grant Ave to see the amazing fantasy Lego display in the Atrium!

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4. Enjoy live music in Powell!

The annual Powell Festival will begin downtown June 24/25th in the Village Green Park! Enjoy live music from Ryan Cabrera and the Spin Doctors, as well as an amazing Fireworks Show.
Need more live music? Hilliard and Worthington both have live concerts and DORA friendly activities!

5. Take a free ride on the carousel at Columbus Commons!

Thanks to PNC, all carousel rides are free this summer! Open daily 11am-7pm, this unique feature will put a smile on anyone's face! Details here

6. See a movie under the stars

Check out Movies by Moonlight in June at Easton, Cinema Under the Stars at Friendship Park, Metro Park Movie Nights, for free movies!
Stop by the South High Drive In for low cost first run movies!

7. Take a bike ride on the Darby Creek Trail

The Darby Creek Trail runs between two Columbus Metro Parks - Prairie Oaks (in West Jefferson) and Battelle Darby Creek (in Galloway). The entire trail is 8mi, and has numerous ponds for fishing, playgrounds, and live free range Buffalo! Get outside and explore!

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8. Get wet at your local splash pad

Keep cool, and beat the heat at your Local Splash Pad

9. Stock up on fresh produce at your local farmers market

Learn about what goes into growing produce, and support local! We have your list of the best Farmer's Markets here!

10. Check out the Macaroni KID NW Columbus calendar!

We have all the FREE summer events we can find on the NW Columbus events calendar, which is always free to see!