10 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Columbus
Ah, the weekend is almost here, and that means it’s time to plan how to fill the hours with fun things to do.
Blake Lynch literally has the pulse of comedy. Known as Nurse Blake during performances, he’s likely to keep audiences going during his show at the Riffe Center on Saturday.
Fancy some rhythm and blues? If so, Keith Sweat will be joined by Tank, Tévin Campbell, Dru Hill and Silk at a musical night at Nationwide Arena on Friday.
And ‘Young Frankenstein’ will start a race at the Short North Stage. This too is sure to keep you going!
And there are plenty of family events to choose from as well.
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Have a nice week end!
Nurse actress Blake will make the Riffe Center laugh
Orlando native Blake Lynch, who plays nurse Blake, was a nurse before becoming a comedian and internet sensation with millions of views, known for his humorous videos on the lives of nurses and patients and his successful campaign through his organization BannedforLife to repeal an obsolete FDA ban on gay men donating blood. Her comedy act, suggested for ages 18 and over, will be performed at 8 p.m. on October 9 at Riffe Center’s Davidson Theater, 77 S. High St. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required. Tickets cost $ 34 to $ 109 at the CBUSArts box office (614-469-0939, www.cbusarts.com)
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‘Young Frankenstein’ arrives on the Short North Stage
Short North Stage will present the Broadway musical “Young Frankenstein”, a cover of a popular 2020 series interrupted by the pandemic. Adapted by Mel Brooks from his classic 1974 horror comedy film, the musical imagines Dr. Frankenstein’s grandson returning to Transylvania to reconnect with his family heritage. Performances take place Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from October 7 to November 7 on the main stage of the Garden Theater, 1187 N. High St. Masks and Evidence vaccination or negative COVID test required. Tickets cost $ 44 to $ 54, with emergency student tickets $ 20. (614-469-0939, www.cbusarts.com, www.shortnorthstage.org)
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus to perform
The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus will kick off its season with a return away appearance at Huntington Park, where it has performed several times during the pandemic. At 7 p.m. on October 9, the 18-member VOX choir ensemble will perform at the Columbus Clippers’ home at 330 Huntington Park Lane. The concert will feature the choir performing songs by notable British singers and actors, including the Beatles, Queen and Adele. Masks are mandatory except for eating or drinking. Tickets cost $ 21, or $ 16 for seniors, $ 6 for those 18 and under. (www.columbusgaymenschorus.com)
Festival for Good, Franklinton Fridays on tap
Learn about socially active local businesses and other organizations while practicing “conscious capitalism” from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Festival for Good, 480 W. Broad St. food truck while the kids take part in parachute games, get their faces made up, paint a mural and enjoy activities sponsored by COSI. Masks are recommended for the outdoor event, which will be followed by the Franklinton Fridays. (festivalforgood.org)
Moms and moms, do you like it?
Spend an afternoon with family and friends from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 10 at the 8th Annual Moms and Moms Celebration at the Westgate Park Shelterhouse, 3175 Wicklow Road. Shop for locally grown moms from Friends of Westgate Parkhttps: //friendsofwestgatepark.org/. Parades and costume contests include separate events for pets, babies, children and families or groups, followed by a Best in Show. Hot dogs and cider will be served, and there will be lots of games and activities. Free entry. (westgateneighbors.org)
Days of Knights a step back in time
Travel back in time from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance during the Days of Knights living history event. The free event – taking place October 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alley Park, 2805 Old Logan Road NE, Lancaster – will feature encampments from different time periods in history, where guests are encouraged to interact with historical reconstructions. . Also on the program, Roman exercises, an exhibition of 16th century weapons and Viking battles. (thedaysofknights.com)
Theresa Caputo visits Columbus
TLC Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, will take the stage at the Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St. at 7:30 am on October 9 to connect with audience members and possibly those they lost in a live performance. Expect Caputo to come out among the audience armed with plenty of questions. Tickets for the remaining seats are $ 42.25 to $ 95.25. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are required. (614-469-0939, capa.com
Keith Sweat to perform at Nationwide
Relax to the soft sound of Keith Sweat and other R&B singers at 8 p.m. on October 8 at the Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Sweat, which made its way in the 80s and 90s and now hosts the radio show “The Sweat Hotel”, will be joined by Tank, Tévin Campbell, Dru Hill and Silk. Tickets are $ 71 to $ 101. Masks are mandatory and tickets must be purchased electronically. For more information call 614-246-2000 or visit www.nationwidearena.com
Wizards & Wands Festival a magical experience
Escape the present and visit enchanted lands during the Wizards & Wands Festival at Westerville Library. Earn points for prizes in various events from October 1 to 24, roam the Enchanted Forest, Dragon Hatchery, Medieval Village and several other realms from October 11 to 24; and don’t miss Hilda, the 30-foot smoke-breathing dragon on the roof of the library from October 1 to 31, who roars and lights up every half hour from 5 to 9 p.m. daily. The Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. Admission is free and the library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Masks are mandatory. (614-882-7277, westervillelibrary.org)
Music from the 70s to take the stage … once again!
Those who remember the Columbus music scene in the ’70s, as well as those who for whatever reason don’t, will receive a nostalgic treat at the new exhibit, “The 70’s Music Explosion in Columbus, Ohio ”, at the Columbus Historical Society. The company will host a reception for the exhibit from 1 pm to 5 pm on October 10 at 717 W. Town St. The exhibit is ongoing. Live music will be provided by Marquis66 and light refreshments will be available. Entrance is free but tickets are compulsory. Masks are mandatory. (614-224-0822, (www.columbushistory.org)