In 1886, what is now known as the Ohio Expo Center became the permanent home of the Ohio State Fair. Years of planning and the acquisition of more than 100 acres of beautiful land adjacent to a major railroad intersection in Columbus culminated on August 30, 1886 when the 37th Ohio State Fair opened its gates. The grounds was comprised of a half-mile track and 5,000-seat grandstand, a magnificent main exhibition building, the Power Hall to hold machinery, several small lakes covering approximately three and a half acres, and dozens of barns designed to hold 448 horses, 420 head of cattle, 400 sheep and 450 hogs.
Today, the Ohio Expo Center is one of the most dynamic and unique event venues in the Midwest. It occupies 360 acres in the heart of Columbus, located within a half-day drive for half the nation's population, and just north of downtown and minutes from Port Columbus International Airport, shopping and hotels.
With more than one million square feet of event space under roof, on-site parking for 14,000 vehicles, seating for 20,000 people and ties for 2,000 cattle, the Ohio Expo Center is one of the most flexible and accommodating sites available. The campus includes 20 unique buildings including historic turn-of-the-century pavilions, modern livestock facilities, multi-purpose buildings, basketball courts, an ice rink and a 10,000-seat arena, the Ohio Expo Center is a facility that can be customized for various events.
The Ohio Expo Center is home to five of Columbus' top 10 events: the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Equine Affaire, Goodguys Rod & Custom Car Show, Ohio Beef Expo and Deer & Turkey Expo.
In addition to being home to the annual Ohio State Fair and the Columbus Crew, a Major League Soccer team, more than 185 year-round events are proud to call the Ohio Expo Center home. Events of all types, from sporting events (such as the Ohio Roller Girls Roller Derby, Buckeye Classic gymnastics show, ice hockey), consumer shows (including the Central Ohio Home and Garden Show, Boat & RV Show and Scott Antique Market), livestock events, banquets, weddings, meetings and conferences are held at the facility each year.
Reentry is permitted each day except Sunday, August 4 with a hand stamp during the hours the gates are open.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair. Concert tickets purchased before arriving at the Fair include Fair admission. Unless otherwise noted, there is a limit of eight tickets per person, per show on the first day of sale. Please note that Ticketmaster no longer offers retail outlets or phone centers.
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Please feel free to call the Ohio State Fair at 614-644-FAIR (614-644-3247) or 1-888-OHO-EXPO (1-888-646-3976), or email us at email@example.com .
The Ohio State Fair provides a number of facilities and accommodations so fairgoers with disabilities can have a comfortable and enjoyable visit. Buildings and most restrooms are handicap accessible. Both motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs can be rented near the main entrances of the Fair.
ASL signed interpretation is provided upon request during select WCOL Celeste Center concerts (subject to artist's approval). To request ASL signed interpretation, please call 888-OHO-EXPO (888-646-3976) at least five days prior to show date. If no request is made five days before the show date, a signer will not be available.
Assisted listening devices are available for use free of charge at the WCOL Celeste Center, Main Street Stage and the Gazebo Stage. Visitors must leave a photo ID.
Accessible seating for concerts in the WCOL Celeste Center can be purchased directly from Ticketmaster by toggling the switch with the wheelchair icon or selecting a seat with a wheelchair icon. For additional questions, please call Ticketmaster Fan Support line (1-800-653-8000). Standing is not permitted in the accessible seating area.
ATMs are located throughout the Fair for your convenience. Please refer to the Fair map for specific locations.
Reservations are required for all campers, and can be made online at ohiostatefair.com/camping at a rate of $50 per night. Walk-up camping will not be available. Lots with various amenities, including full hook-up or water and electric only, are available. Tents are not permitted.
Complimentary charging stations with the capability to charge several phones, cameras and tablets simultaneously are throughout the grounds, courtesy of Concessions by Cox:
The safety of our fairgoers, exhibitors and employees is our number one priority. In an effort to ensure the highest level of safety and security, please do not bring any illegal weapons or substances to the Fair. Prior to entry, you will be asked to walk through a magnetometer. Purses, backpacks, book bags, coolers, strollers, etc. are permitted, but are subject to search. Bag searches will also be conducted for guests entering concerts and events in the WCOL Celeste Center. Several items are expressly prohibited at the Ohio State Fair, including: the use of bicycles in non-parking areas, the possession or use of Segways/hoverboards, and the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones). Bicycle parking racks are located at the Cardinal Gate, OHIO Gate and Gate 10 (17th Avenue). You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Glass bottles and containers are not permitted on grounds.
10 am – 11 pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays)
Medical assistance in provided in this air-conditioned office located on the east side of the Nationwide® Donahey Ag & Hort Building.
Located on each map distributed at the Guest Information Services booths; contains space for a parking reminder, where to meet if a party gets separated, emergency phone numbers and more.
We're here to help. During your visit to the Fair, stop by one of our Guest Information Services booths located throughout the grounds to ask for directions or information and pick up a copy of the daily schedule and map.
The Ohio State Fair offers two large air-conditioned family care stations, one located in Kiddieland and the other in the Taste of Ohio Café, at which parents can change their children's diapers, and mothers who prefer to breastfeed their children in privacy can do so comfortably. Additional nursing stations are located in Cardinal Hall and the Bricker MarketPlace Building.
Our lost and found office during the Ohio State Fair is organized and managed by the Highway Patrol and is located on grounds near Gate 3 at the north end of the Mountain Dew Midway. If you realize you have lost an item after leaving the Fair, please call (614) 466-6666.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol staffs a booth at both of the main entrance gates (Cardinal and OHIO Gates) with “Lost Kid Tags.” The tags help identify the child if he or she gets separated from his or her parents. You can also call the Highway Patrol headquarters at (614) 466-6666 for more information.
Our complimentary shuttle makes frequent stops around the perimeter of the grounds, 10 am – 10 pm (Sunday – Thursday) and 10 am – 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, for free.
$5 per vehicle (cash only); easy access to parking lots from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Handicapped parking available. Ride the complimentary shuttles to and from the main entrance gate and your vehicle.
Ride the complimentary Parking Shuttles to and from the Cardinal Gate and your vehicle.
Don't forget where you parked your car. By using the Parking Pin function of our website, you'll be able to to use GPS technology to “pin” your parking spot and easily find your vehicle after a full day of fun at the Fair.
Pets are not permitted on the grounds during the Fair with the exception of service dogs or animals approved as part of an exhibition or competition (such as livestock and 4-H events). Service animals are those that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has a bus stop located near the OHIO Gate on 11th Avenue. For more information, please visit www.cota.com .
Reentry is permitted each day with a hand stamp during the hours the gates are open.
HomeTown Mobility is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental provider for the Ohio State Fair. HomeTown Mobility accepts reservations online at htmia.com or by calling 1-877-928-5388 from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. We are also open 7 days a week during the fair/event to accept call-in reservations and answer questions. There is an additional $5 processing fee for all call-in reservations. A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are held for walk-up customers on a first come first serve basis. Reservations will ONLY be accepted for full day Scooter and Wheelchair rentals. Reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance. A driver's license or state ID is required for all rentals. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund, less a $5 cancellation fee.
Rental locations : Cardinal Gate & Ohio Gate
Tickets for paid shows include Fair admission when purchased before arriving at the Fair. Tickets for paid shows may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com/OhioStateFair . Please note that Ticketmaster no longer offers retail outlets or phone centers.
There is a limit of eight tickets per person, per show on the first day of sale for each paid show.Please be cautious when considering using online auction sites, as these tickets cannot be verified as authentic tickets. The Ohio Expositions Commission will not be responsible for fraudulent sales or the illegal duplication or sale of tickets, and does not encourage ticket re-sales.
All free events held in the WCOL Celeste Center are non-ticketed, meaning that tickets are not required for these events.
Share that selfie! A free outdoor Wi-Fi Zone will be provided to all patrons along the WNCI Food Highway in the area located between the WCOL Celeste Center and the Bricker MarketPlace Building.
Have a blast at Columbus' attractions. Shop at the North Market's more than 30 merchants and the Short North Arts District's galleries and boutiques. Tour the beautifully restored Ohio Statehouse and explore the shops in historic German Village. See two of the nation's top-rated attractions at COSI and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, then hit Easton Town Center, the Midwest's premier shopping destination.
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
The newly renovated and expanded Columbus Museum of Art opened on Oct. 24. Great experiences with great art for everyone! We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks. Visit our website for current exhibition schedule. Cell phone tours available. Schedule "experiential tours" by appointment at 614-221-6801.
333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Located in Columbus, COSI (the Center of Science and Industry) is one of the most respected science centers in the nation, serving more than 30 million visitors since 1964. Parents Magazine recently named COSI the #1 Science Center for Families in the country. At COSI you will find endless opportunities to explore real science and discover real possibilities for yourself and the world around you. COSI brings science to life with more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout our discovery-based and themed exhibition areas, which include: Ocean, Space, Gadgets, Life, little kidspace®, WOSU@COSI, Progress, Big Science Park and our brand new Innovation Showcase. The exhibition areas provide experiences for all age levels to creatively combine science facts and learning through play. Beyond the exhibits, you'll find COSI's hair-raising Electrostatic Generator Show, the only High-Wire Unicycle in the country, a seven-story Extreme Screen theater, a Science 2Go! retail store and the Atomicafe' restaurant. COSI also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions from other museums throughout the year. COSI's groundbreaking, award-winning education programs have reached millions of teachers and students. These innovative outreach education programs are tailored to support national and statewide science curriculum and standards. Unique programs such as Electronic Education and COSI on Wheels bring science learning to students throughout Ohio and across the country. One million campers have now experienced Camp-In®, an overnight program created for Girl Scouts that began in 1972. It's now open to boys and girls and duplicated nationwide.
588 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Herzlich Willkommen! A hearty welcome to German Village, Columbus' premier downtown neighborhood and one of the preeminent historic districts in the United States. German Village is a 233-acre historic residential district. The Visitor Center offers a brief introductory video about the settlement of the area, maps of the neighborhood and a gift shop.
21 E Fifth Avenue, Suite 103, Columbus, OH 43201
As the "art and soul" of Columbus, the Short North is a vibrant cultural and business community. The nationally acclaimed Gallery Hop is held on the first Saturday of the month. "Artistic hub of Columbus" - Huffington Post "Best art event in Ohio"- Ohio Magazine "Columbus Cool" - New York Times Style Magazine.
1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210
The Wexner Center for the Arts is one of the nation's premiere cultural gems--an internationally known contemporary arts center at The Ohio State University. The Center offers exhibitions, performances, films, artistic residencies and educational programs. The building, a landmark of postmodern architecture, houses galleries, performance spaces, a film video theater, a store and a cafe. From the intimate, cabaret-style concerts in our black box theater to large-scale events in or 2,500 seat Mershon Auditorium, the Wexner Center offers a wide variety of performances – dance, theater, jazz, world music, electronica and more. In the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, you can watch rarely screened movies from near and far, the latest independent features and classics from Hollywood and abroad. The galleries are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM. The galleries are closed on Mondays and between exhibitions. Admission to the galleries is just $5 for the general public, and free for Wexner Center members, college students with ID, and anyone under 18. All visitors are admitted to the exhibitions for free on Thursdays after 4 PM and on the first Sunday of each month.
375 N. Front St., Ste. 200, Columbus, OH 43215
As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, the Arena District offers an experience unlike any other. The Arena District has a fantastic nightlife scene. There are many restaurants and bars, and the Lifestyles Community Pavilion often features concerts with nationally renowned bands. An Experience Columbus Visitor Center is located in the Arena District.
1550 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
Nobody loves movies like Gateway Film Center. Discovering them, presenting them, celebrating them and most of all, bringing the best of them to Central Ohio. Every week we invite you to be a part of our maverick mix of movies: a unique lineup of the world's best blockbusters, indies, docs and locally-grown films, presented together in one modern, thriving film center. Catch up with friends and meet new ones at a craft beer tasting in The Torpedo Room, our undersea bar and galley. See a film festival-style series. Join a conversation with an up-and-coming filmmaker.
4850 W. Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
View the Columbus Zoo in a new light during Wildlights, a spectacular celebration of winter. Brighten your holiday season with more than three million twinkling lights, activities for children, Santa Claus and a variety of festive activities for the family. Wildlights runs Nov. 20, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016. Closed 11/26, 12/24 and 12/25.
160 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219
Easton Town Center is the Midwest's premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. With its unique village setting, large public spaces, plazas and abundant free parking, Easton is home to an eclectic assortment of restaurants, entertainment venues, exclusive retailers and a 30-screen movie theater. We also offer car2go parking spaces. Hours: Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Guests traveling 50 miles or further receive an Experience Easton discount card redeemable for an Easton coupon book. Free motorcoach parking on-site. For a map visit: http://eastonway.com/about-local-community/visit-easton/.
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, just two miles east of downtown Columbus, offers beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens, dynamic exhibitions, and world-renowned artwork. Exhibitions include Scary Plants, Sept. 27–Nov. 9, 2014; Merry & Bright, Nov. 15, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015. Orchids! Jan 10-April 5, 2015. Blooms and Butterflies, in it's 22nd season in 2015 opens March 7 and continues through September 27. Beginning May 16, 2015, David Rogers' Big Bugs will be on view. Ten enormous carved wooden sculptures include an 18-foot praying mantis, a spider's web that's four yards wide, and a butterfly with a wingspan broader than average human height. Fall 2015 features large pumpkin carvings by Villafane Studios. Glass artwork by Dale Chihuly from the Conservatory's collection are on long-term view, placed within the plant collections under natural light and illuminated in the evenings. Learn more about the art of glass making during a demonstration in the Conservatory's seasonal Hot Shop. Family activities and crafts are offered every weekend, as well as special events and entertainment throughout the year. Classes and workshops for children and adults are available in the areas of gardening, cooking, art and wellness. Enjoy the beauty of the natural world no matter the weather or time of year. Glass-enclosed gardens are filled with exotic plant life from around the world, water features, seasonal floral displays and special exhibitions. Collections include tropical and hardy bonsai, cactus and succulents, and over 40 species of palms displayed in a Victorian-era glasshouse. Outdoors explore display gardens include the Grand Mallway, conifer and ornamental grass collection, a daylily heritage garden, and the edible gardens and landscapes of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus just a short walk from the main Conservatory. Visitors seeking an evening visit can enjoy the Conservatory during extended hours on select evenings Nov 2014 - Feb 2015. Additional evenings hours in 2015 can be found on the Conservatory's website. Amenities include the Conservatory Garden Cafe open daily from 11 am - 3 pm and Bortanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse featuring unique gifts with a botanical flair for all ages, plants, handblown glass and exhibition related items. Guided tours and groups experiences are available with advance reservation. Group admission discounts, bus dropoff area and and free ample parking.
144 E State St., Columbus, OH 43215
The Angela Meleca Gallery is committed to bringing important, thought-provoking and innovative contemporary art to collectors in the greater Columbus area. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting and promoting work by artists who are active regionally, nationally and internationally.
6540 Huntley Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
Ever wonder how the ball gets inside a whistle? We invite you to take a personally guided tour of our factory. American Whistle Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States. For approximately 45 minutes, we will show you a thriving, small, American manufacturing plant and entertain you with interesting information about whistles. You will see some fascinating machinery – some state-of-the-art, some dating back to the beginning of the company. Best of all – everyone leaves with a shiny new whistle! All ages are welcome on the tour, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. On the tour you will: * See the factors of production, beginning with the process of manufacturing a whistle from raw material to shipping packaged products to our customers. * See mechanical engineering at work in one-of-a-kind machines designed and built specifically for our exact manufacturing needs. * Learn who buys whistles and why, and how an obscure, yet fundamental product is successfully marketed. Tours are by appointment only, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. The cost is $4 per person. We require a minimum of 15 people or $60 to schedule your own tour. Smaller groups will happily be added to larger, already scheduled groups. Our gift shop is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Items such as whistles, lanyards, rubber safe-t-tips, award whistles, t-shirts, mugs, magnets and more can be purchased for prices ranging from $1 to $20. Some items are also available for purchase on our website, www.americanwhistle.com. To make an appointment for a tour, please call 800-876-2918 FREE ext. 4. American Whistle is located at the north end of Columbus, about 12 miles north of downtown. From I-71 exit at Route 161 and head west towards Worthington. Travel about half a mile down 161, then turn right on Huntley Road.
555 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
Experience the culture and ancestry of Greece and the Orthodox Christian faith through many foods and activities, held Labor Day weekend each year. The cathedral tours will inspire you, the Orthodox Christian Bookstore will educate you, the food and drink will entice you, and the hospitality will overwhelm you. Stop by the shops, enjoy the music and dancing, visit the exhibits and enjoy the wonderful Greek pastries.
1777 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203
Cultural exhibitions, food, entertainment, children's activities, health, marketplace, job fair and sports activities.
South Campus Gateway
1581 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43201
With one location in the South Campus Gateway and another on Neil Avenue across from the Wexner Medical Center at OSU, the Aveda Institute Columbus is a cosmetology school and fully-functioning salon. We offer a full range of Aveda services at affordable prices, all of which come with a hand and arm massage, back and neck massage or mini facial. Our student stylists will help to relax and rejuvenate your senses with beauty on a budget. Aveda Institute Columbus students go through unparalleled training and receive the highest caliber education at our school. Along with cosmetology basics that they learn during their first 10 weeks in the classroom, students are educated in chemistry, trichology and anatomy to ensure their education is well-rounded and all encompassing. Students continue to master techniques in cutting, coloring, perms, styling and develop their professionalism until the day they graduate. Giving back to the community and environment is an important aspect of what we do at the Aveda Institute Columbus. Each month we work with a different charity and donate all of our tips to their cause. Last year we raised almost $31,000 for the Central Ohio Sierra Club through three months of fundraising, a free service day and a hair fashion show. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to get news on our upcoming specials, event announcements and inspiration for your next service. Schedule an appointment with us and indulge with Aveda for less!
P.O. Box 9023, Bexley, OH 43209
Enjoy 9 unique homes with inspiring garden settings and interior designs enhanced by homeowner personality and professional input. The Bexley House & Garden Tour is June 5, 2016 and provides free shuttle service between sites. Street parking is available, and biking is encouraged. Leisurely visit the sites and take a break by stopping at one of the many eating establishments available in the area. Hours of the tour are 10 AM - 4 PM. Proceeds benefit the Club's scholarship program for college-bound high school seniors. Tickets will be available beginning in May.
4050 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228
2554 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221
150 S. Front St. , Columbus, OH 43215
Columbus Commons is a six-acre park in downtown Columbus with more than 240 programs and events each year. From large scale concerts and local bands to free fitness classes to family activities, Columbus Commons is a gathering place for the community.
150 S. Front St. , Columbus, OH 43215
610 Oak St., Columbus, OH 43215
CoGo Bike Share is a public transportation network of 365 bicycles and 41 stations located throughout downtown Columbus. The system is available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. CoGo is a fun and easy way to see all the attractions in Columbus. See Columbus on two-wheels! Check out where all the stations are located at http://www.cogobikeshare.com/stations. For more information, visit our website and follow us on social media.
100 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Discover the art of hundreds of artists and craftspeople, hands-on art activities for all ages, live music and great food at the annual Columbus Arts Festival. Welcome to summer event pairing the finest arts with continuous entertainment, area restaurants and so much more. Produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Visit gcac.org for more information or columbusartsfestival.org.
201 W Hubbard Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
333 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
720 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43215
61 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206
3901 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214
4850 W. Powell Rd.
P.O. Box 400
Powell, OH 43065
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a world of adventure that does a world of good. The Zoo is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 650 species from around the globe. Watch a polar bear swim above your head, meet the world famous gorilla family, say "G-Day" to the koalas, ponder the giant pachyderms and be amazed by the manatees. The Zoo provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A recreation and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was named the number one zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.
139 W. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215
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