July 19-21, 2013 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, Ohio

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July 19-21, 2013 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, OhioJazfest
The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated traditions in Columbus–thanks to hot ribs, cool jazz and great fans!
The Jazz & Rib Fest is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque for more than thirty years. Building off the success of our move to the premier entertainment destination of downtown Columbus, we are thrilled to once again call The Arena District the home of hot ribs and cool jazz. McFerson Commons and North Bank Park stages will anchor the event with performances featuring the best regional and international jazz artists. The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local artists on an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline. Award winning rib-burners representing 10 states and Canada will fire up their grills along Spring & Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

 

 

DATE & HOURS:
Friday, July 19: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:
The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here for more details on the location.

PARKING:
Surrounding areas of The Arena District. Click here for more details on where to park.

WEATHER:
Typically sunny and warm: average day time temperature 85 °F

ADMISSION IS FREE!
All food vendors will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Food and concessions will be available during event hours only.

Enjoy hot ribs and cool jazz on three different stages all weekend long! Click here for more details on the performance schedule.

 
http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/about-the-event/

September 6-8, 2012 Marion Popcorn Festival – Marion, Ohio

September 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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September 6-8, 2012 Marion Popcorn FestivalMarion, Ohio

Marion County is one of the top popcorn producing counties in the world. Festival has top name entertainment, golf & bowling tournaments, porpcorn cooking contest, and the Orville Redenbacher Parade. Visit the popcorn museum while you’re in town.
First Weekend After Labor Day
3 Days of Fun, Food &
Free Entertainment

2012 Festival Theme
The Wild, Wild, West

Named one of the top
100 Events in
North America by the
American Bus Association

Thanks To Our Sponsor
The City of Marion

Fun For Everyone
Children, young & old
will find something that will delight them at the
Popcorn Festival.
Thursday Night Parade
One of the largest parades
in Ohio with over 300 units. Starts 6 PM.
Large Midway
One of the largest in Ohio with over 250 food and game exhibits. Open daily 11am till Midnight.
Free Entertainment
3 Stages in the festival area some with continuous entertainment
Popcorn Royalty
The Popcorn Scholarship Pageant is held in August. Other pageants include the Miss Teeny Pop and Wee Pop contests.
Food, Food, Food
Our festival concessionaires have food for everyone, Bratwurst, Gyro’s, Burgers, BBQ Beef & Pork,
Chinese, and More.

The Popcorn Festival is held in
downtown Marion, Ohio
located 45 miles north of
Columbus, Ohio on State Route 23

For those who are coming to Marion to see the Aerosmith-endorsed tribute band Draw the Line, the Marion Popcorn Festival’s 300-unit parade impedes easy access to the downtown area from the east and south from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Our suggestion is to approach the Festival from the north or west.

From Columbus/Delaware via Route 23: Exit Route 23 on the north side of Marion onto Marion-Williamsport Road (you’ll pass the Waldo exit, as well as Route 95 and Route 309). As you exit Route 23 onto Marion-Williamsport Road, turn right and travel west on Marion-Williamsport Road until you reach the stoplight at State Route 4-423 (North Main Street). Turn left and follow North Main Street into the downtown area.

From the west (Kenton/Lima): Follow Routes 95 and 309 into the downtown area.

http://popcornfestival.com/index.htm

July 25-Aug 5, 2012 Ohio State Fair – Columbus, Ohio

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July 25-Aug 5, 2012 Ohio State Fair – Columbus, Ohio
Celebrating Ohio’s agriculture, products, and people for over 150 years, the fair includes concerts, educational exhibits, rides, competitions, and much more. Attendance is over 800,000 annually. Attendance: 800,000

Opening Day is tomorrow!

Opening Day at the 2012 Ohio State Fair Promises to be a Crowd Pleaser

Be sure to make your way to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair on Wednesday, July 25 for the 159th Ohio State Fair. Opening day is packed with family fun for all ages, from the Opening Ceremony in the morning, to the fireworks at night. Bonus: admission is only $3 before 3 pm on Opening Day only.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Ohio Gate at 9 am. Fairgoers can listen to the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Choir and hear remarks from Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Don’t miss comedians Jim Gaffigan and Billy Gardell at 8 pm in the WCOL Celeste Center. Tickets are only $28 at the door.
Swing by Brown Arena at 8 am for the Junior Market Lamb Show. Selection of the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions will be announced at 7 pm.
Get your creative juices flowing at the DiSalle Creative Arts Center, open 9 am – 9 pm. Fairgoers can participate in demonstrations including tole painting, rug hooking, quilting, kitchen crafts and more.
Fairgoers will be astounded and amused by Ron Diamond, the hilarious hypnotist. He will be on the Main Street Stage at both 6 pm and 8:30 pm.
All this and more awaits fairgoers at the 2012 Ohio State Fair, which will run July 25 – Aug. 5. Admission gates are open from 9 am – 10 pm, except on Aug. 5 when they will close at 8 pm. Gate admission for adults ages 13-59 is $10, $8 for youth ages 5-12, $8 for seniors ages 60 and over, and children under five receive free admission.

 

Address:
Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Driving Directions:

You’ll find us in Columbus, just north of downtown on 17th Avenue off I-71. To reach us:

From the North
Take I-71 South to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
From the South
Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
From the West
Take I-70 East to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
From the East
Take I-70 West to I-71 North. Take I-71 North to 17th Avenue/Exit 111. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.
Those visiting the Ohio Expo Center from within Columbus may also reach the facility by taking North Fourth Avenue (from the south) or Summit Street (from the north) to 17th or 11th Avenues. Signs and parking attendants will direct guests to the proper parking areas.

Try the free service Road Map for detailed directions. Or visit Paving the Way for the latest on road construction in our area.

We look forward to seeing you at the Ohio Expo Center!

http://ohiostatefair.com/

July 20-22, 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, Ohio

July 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM | Posted in cooking, Festivals, Food, grilling, pulled pork, ribs | Leave a comment
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July 20-22, 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, Ohio
The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated traditions in Columbus–thanks to hot ribs, cool jazz and great fans!

Celebrate summer with hot ribs and cool jazz! Three stages will host the finest local, regional and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Admission is FREE!

2012 Festival Hours:
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Columbus, Ohio along the Arena District riverfront in McFerson Commons and North Bank Park

http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/

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