Best of May: 95+ Upcoming Columbus Events for Date Night

May Columbus Events

With spring in full swing and turning into summer, it’s no surprise that the event schedule is packed to the brim with outdoor activities. Patios, festivals, and sporting events galore, here’s May’s guide to the best upcoming events in Columbus for date night.

May 1-5

2019 Rooftop Rose Tasting
Wednesday, May 1, 6-9pm
Serendipity Labs
Bring your own food and enjoy the wine tasting on the rooftop! Check out Budget-Friendly Date Night: Columbus 10 for $10 Wine Tastings for more information.
$50/person charity ticket

Comedy Night
Wednesday, May 1, 8-9:30pm
DogTap Columbus
Stand-up comedians and improv groups perform in the DogTap Museum.

COSI Science Festival
May 1-4, 2019
The very first COSI Science Festival will have 100+ events happening all around town over the course of four days. There is an Adult Science Series with events happening each night. The festival ends with a Citywide Star Party on May 3rd with 15 viewing locations and a Big Science Celebration on Saturday, May 4th from 11am-4pm.

Grandview Lights & Flights
Wednesday, May 1, 5-9pm
The Candle Lab – Grandview
This monthly event gives you the opportunity to first make your own 8oz custom-scented candle. Then, enjoy a speciality wine flight from Spagio Wine Lounge while the candle cools. Bonus, the candles are delivered directly to you!

The Candle Lab date night

Official Patio Kick Off Party
Wednesday, May 1, 4pm
VACO Rooftop Lounge
Join Sax player Nader Simon and DJ Anthony Raad for the opening of VASO’s rooftop. Outside tables are first come, first serve, but guaranteed to give you a great view of the sunset.
FREE admission

Welcome Wednesdays!
Wednesday, May 1 & 15, 5 – 8pm
400 West Rich
This new event on the first and third Wednesday of the month, will give you the opportunity to look into the lives of the artists in the building. There will be live demos, open studios, tours, and more.
FREE admission

Worthington First Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 1, 5-8pm
Old Worthington
Brought to you by the Old Worthington Partnership, this new event series will provide entertainment and specials on food and drinks, while you explore downtown Worthington. The DORA will be in effect, so this means you can carry your purchased alcoholic beverages around while you shop!
FREE admission

Night in Provence Dinner Party
Friday, May 3, 6-11pm
The Kitchen
This is a Participatory Dinner Experience where you and 4-6 other guests will be preparing one recipe for your dinner. After you make the dinner, The Kitchen staff will then serve to you the meal you prepared!

Wine & BBQ Tasting
Friday, May 3, 6-8pm
The Hills Market Downtown
Taste and sip your way around the market! Price includes 10 tickets to taste wine and beers, with samples from BBQ vendors. There will be light bites themed around cookout season!
$15/online, $20/door

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Cinco de Mayo Block Party!
Saturday, May 4, 12-9pm
Park Street Cantina
Party with your friends while you watch a Taco Eating Contest. Tickets include a Cinco de Mayo shirt and mug.

Cinco de Mayo at Tios
Saturday, May 4, 9pm
Tio’s Taco and Tequila
Dance lessons by Rowan to music provided by DJ Fresh.
FREE admission

Cinco de Mayo Weekend at Cosecha
Saturday, May 4, 11am- May 6, 12am
Cosecha Cocina
Party on the patio, they are roasting a hog! And will have a special Cinco brunch on Sunday with a DJ
FREE admission

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration
May 4, 11am – May 5th, 8pm
Three year anniversary, a new patio AND Cinco de Mayo, makes this a very special celebration for Balboa!
FREE admission

Columbus Beer Run
Saturday, May 4, 10am
Hofbrauhaus Columbus
Run 2.5 miles and at every half mile you get a craft beer sample with a 16oz beer at the end. All participants will receive a 16oz mug and a t-shirt.

Columbus Derby Day
Saturday, May 4, 3:30-8pm
Huntington Park
This is the 5th year Five Strong Foundation has put on this event. The foundation benefits individuals who have developmental and/or intellectual disabilities who enjoy sports.

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Crawl! Fight! Win!
Saturday, May 4, 1:30-10pm
This Gahanna area bar crawl raises funds for people battling cancer. You will be bussed to each of the six locations. Ticket includes limited edition t-shirt and Budweiser lanyard!

Derby Day Cocktail Party
Saturday, May 4, 4-7pm
Spagio Wine Lounge
Five Kentucky Derby themed cocktails paired with light bites. Guests are encouraged to dress in Derby attire.

Derby Party
Saturday, May 4, 4pm-close
Barrel & Taps
Prizes for best dressed, raffles, food truck, and drink specials.
FREE admission

Green on the Green
Saturday, May 4, 8am-1pm
Worthington Village Green
Local exhibitors and vendors will be promoting sustainable, healthy living.
FREE admission

Hilltop Art Hop and Artist Reception
Saturday, May 4, 6-9pm
3060 Artworks
Highlighting different artists every month, this event helps you explore local businesses that are located in the Westgate area of the Hilltop.
FREE admission

May Gallery Hop
Saturday, May 4, 4-11pm
Short North Arts District
An old Columbus favorite lets you explore the Short North art galleries at your own leisure.
FREE admission

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Ohio MADE Spring Shoppe
Saturday, May 4, 11am-4pm
Brewmasters Gate
Shop an entire building of makers while enjoying a taco and margarita.
FREE admission

Powell Street Market
Saturday, May 4, 9am-4pm
Powell, OH
100+ craftsman, artisans, and vendors will line the streets of Powell!
FREE admission

Sparkling on High
Saturday, May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 12-11:30pm
Soul at the Joseph
Try four sparkling wines for $25, limited to the first 12 guests.

Sun-Grant Sustainable Beer Fest
Saturday, May 4, 3-8pm
Land-Grant Brewing Company
Learn about how the brewing community are making their beers and brewing process more sustainable. Tickets include 10 5oz. Tastings, a souvenir glass, and a custom limited edition notebook with information about each brewery.
$35/person early bird, $40/person day of

Taco ‘Bout a Fun Night Pup Paint & Play
Saturday, May 4, 5:30-8pm
All Paws Retreat
Dogs will use their paw prints to create art on canvas. Vendors will be set up to shop around and each participant will receive a personalized bone cookie from The Cakehound. All ticket proceeds go to PetPromise.

Tails and Ales
Saturday, May 4, 2-10pm
Aloft Columbus Westerville
Dog adoptions are from 2-4pm. The rest of the day will be enjoying live music, games, drinks, and a Mexican street foodtruck on the patio. Free craft beer samples throughout the day.
FREE admission

VASO’s Derby Party
Saturday, May 4, 4-8pm
VASO Rooftop Lounge
Photo booth, specialty cocktail menu, live music, and prizes for best dressed. RSVP online.
FREE admission

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Cinco de Mayo Mexican Street Food Party with Pibil Columbus
Sunday, May 5, 1-3pm
1400 Food Lab
Enjoy Mexican food with craft beers and margaritas!

Cinco de Mayo Taco Eating Contest
Sunday, May 5, 4-6pm
DogTap Columbus
Watch people stuff themselves silly. Or participate yourself for $20 – eat 10 tacos and drink one can of Punk. Winner takes home $50 in Brewbucks!

Goat Yoga 2019
Sunday, May 5th, 12th, and 25th, 10:30 & 2:30
Harrison Farm
One hour long vinyasa flow with some cute friends. Then afterwards there will be coffee and snacks as well as the chance to visit the other animals on the farm! Reserve spot by emailing [email protected]

Spring Flea 2019
Sunday, May 5, 11am-5pm
Seventh Son Brewing
Explore vendors, sip some beer, and eat some food!
FREE admission

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May 6-12

Ride the Spaceship
Monday, May 6, 6:30-10pm
Lineage Brewing
This event celebrates the beginning of Bike Month and space travel with two bike rides to Lineage Brewing! One starts at the Park of Roses and the other starts at Goodale Park. Enjoy a party afterward at Lineage. Costumes and decorations are welcome.
FREE bike ride, $10/person party admission

Four Course Beer Dinner with North High Brewing
Tuesday, May 7, 6-9pm
The Avenue Steak Tavern Grandview
Walk-ins are not accepted at event. Price of the event is all-inclusive. RSVP by calling 614-485-9447

Growlin’ Gremlin Comedy Showcase
Tuesday, May 7, 7:30-11pm
The Daily Growler – German Village
Land-Grant is hosting a night filled with laughs.
FREE admission, $5 donation encouraged.

Hello Dolly!
May 7 – 12
Ohio Theatre
$34 and up/person

Bourbon, Beer, & Bites
Wednesday, May 8, 6-8:30pm
Fundraising event for ROX a non-profit focusing on providing programming and education to empower girls. Guests will enjoy the interactive atmosphere, specialty appetizers, craft beer, wine, small batch bourbon, and live music.

Sweets & Suds – Dessert & Beer Pairing
Wednesday, May 8, 7-9pm
Porch Growler
Mrs. Goodman’s will be providing the sweets and Porch Growler the beer. This event includes a pairing of five beers with five desserts.

Wine & Cheesecake Pairing with The Cheesecake Girl
Wednesday, May 8, 6-9pm
Tastings – A Wine Experience
This Mother’s Day Edition will feature four seasonal cheesecakes and wine pairings. Please sign up by noon on Monday, May 6th

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Image credit: @thecheesecake.girl

COSI After Dark: Galaxy Far Far Away
Thursday, May 9, 6-10pm
Explore the planets of the Star Wars universe and/or dress in cosplay! All while enjoying a kid-free night at COSI.
$18/non-member, $14/member, plus $4/$5 add-on price for special traveling exhibit

Spring Wine & Dine
Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm
Camelot Cellars
The Osteria at Camelot and Edible Columbus are hosting a four-course educational wine pairing.

Taste of Dine Originals 2019
Thursday, May 9, 6-9pm
Franklin Park Conservatory
More than 40 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries will provide unlimited tastings to benefit The Buckeye Ranch and Dine Originals Columbus.
$125/person, $150/VIP reserved seating

2019 CCAD Fashion Show
Friday, May 10, 7-10pm
This ultimate college project will feature CCAD designers. Price includes standing-room runway show admission, after-party admission, complimentary food, and two beverage tickets. VIP includes designated seating, VIP reception and lounge, complimentary food and beverages. All proceeds benefit CCAD student scholarships.
$125/person, $325 VIP

Candles, KEEP, and Cheesecake
Friday, May 10, 6-8pm
The Madery
Each purchase includes a custom scented 100% soy candle, one KEEP birthstone inspo wrap bracelets, and a cheesecake push-pop!

Do Good Date Night at Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Friday, May 10, 6-9pm
Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Help the foodbank sort and pack food, have a tasty dinner, and play some trivia!
$20/person, $30/person with t-shirt and MOF scratch off card

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Image credit: MidOhio Foodbank event page

Franklinton Fridays at 400
Friday, May 10, 6-10pm
400 West Rich
Experience a night of culture by exploring local arts, music, and food in Franklinton!
FREE admission

2019 Columbus Margarita Fest
Saturday, May 11, 12-8pm
Columbus Commons
Taco trucks, live music, and margaritas. Tickets include 5 margaritas.

Avengers: Endgame Beer Tasting
Saturday, May 11, 2pm
Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
Custom pint glass, raffle prizes, 10 beers to taste and a movie showing!

Downtown Newark Food Truck and Soda Festival
Saturday, May 11, 11am-8pm
Newark, OH
Food trucks will flook the square and tons of craft soda will be served. Bring your blankets and chairs to relax on the lawn of the courthouse. This is the 5th annual event!
FREE admission

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Moonlight Market
Saturday, May 11, 6-11pm
Gay Street District
This monthly outdoor marketplace will feature local vendors, street musicians, and patio dining.
FREE admission

Rugged Maniac – Columbus
Saturday, May 11, 9am-5pm
Delaware County Fair
This intense 3-mile course with 20+ obstacles is followed by a party, need we say more?

Saturday, May 11, 9pm-1am
Two Truths
Monthly cocktail party featuring DJ Arlette spinning 1920s-1940s vintage vinyl. Costumes are welcome!
FREE admission

The Taco & Tequila Crawl
Saturday, May 11, 12-6pm
Park Street Cantina
GA ticket includes 4 tacos, Taco Crawl koozie, drink specials, Taco Crawl Signature Crawl Map, photographer, and photo props. VIP includes t-shirt, 5 tacos, and early registration.

Tales and Ales Block Party
Saturday, May 11, 12-6pm
Endeavor Brewing Co.
Activities, adoptable dogs, merchandise, cocktails, and beer!
FREE admission

Pound & Pour with BrewDog
Sunday, May 12, 11am-12pm
BrewDog Franklinton
Join McManes Personal Training for a Pound class on the rooftop. Follow it up with a craft beer!

May 13-19

Paulie Gee’s does No Menu Monday!
Monday, May 13, 5-10pm
The Market Italian Village
Chef Tyler and Paulie Gee’s work together on an Italian themed No Menu Monday. The chefs will work together using whatever ingredients they have to come up with unique dishes for that night only!
FREE admission

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The Italian Market

Cosecha Cocina 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Tuesday, May 14, 6-9pm
Cosecha Cocina
Ten wines for $10 and enjoy dinner at the restaurant before or after the event!

17th Annual Taste to Remember
Thursday, May 16, 6-9pm
The Exchange at Bridge Park
Benefiting the Children’s Hunger Alliance this event will bring you an evening of food and drinks from participating restaurants!
$100/single, $175/pair, $50/young professional (30 & under), $25/VIP reception

Brewery Comedy Tour at North High
Thursday, May 16, 7:30-9:15pm
North High Brewing
This tour has visited 900 breweries across the United States. This will be a lineup that includes comedians who have performed in top festivals, TV, and major club appearances.

Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner
Thursday, May 16, 7-10pm
Spagio Wine Lounge
Six course meal, paired with six Cakebread wines.

CRC Third Thursdays
Thursday, May 16, 5pm
The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center
It’s the 5th season of this event. They will have live music, food trucks, and beer from Lineage Brewing. Proceeds benefit CRC.
FREE admission

Italian Village 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 16, 6-9pm
Jeffrey Park Community Center
Taste 10 different wines and enjoy the patio view.

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Summer Sippers Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 16, 6-8pm
City Tavern
Casual wine tasting including all the light-bodied wines.

Columbus Craft Beer Week
May 17-25
Locations all over
Events and collaborations will be happening all around Columbus, so check the schedule and find one that looks most interesting to you.
Pricing may vary

Food Truck Friday
Friday, May 17, 11am-8pm
Easton Town Center
Over 15 food trucks will take over the parking lot behind World of Beer.
FREE admission

Art for Franklinton 2019
Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm
Idea Foundry Columbus
Bid on art from last year’s Urban Scrawl in silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit the arts, artists, art education, and programming in Franklinton. Tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Beer Yoga Class
Saturday, May 18, 10-11am
DogTap Columbus
A can of Punk IPA will be used during the yoga class!

Canal Winchester 2019 Art Stroll
Saturday, May 18, 12-6pm
Canal Winchester, OH
Artists, live music, dancing, and performances fill the sidewalks of Canal Winchester. Also, enjoy food, drinks, and shopping!
FREE admission

Columbus Taco Fest 2019
Saturday, May 18, 12-10pm
Genoa Park
Taco lovers will love this festival featuring some of the finest taco food trucks Columbus has to offer. Enjoy a tequila tasting for an additional fee.
FREE admission

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Delaware Arts Festival
May 18th at 11am & 19th at 10am
Delaware, OH
Artists, vendors, food and drinks all in downtown Delaware
FREE admission

Dublin Market Opening Day
Saturday, May 18, 9am-12pm
The Dublin Market at Bridgepark
The first farmer’s market of the season for Bridgepark! Every Saturday until September 28th.
FREE admission

Gay Street Walking Tour
Saturday, May 18, 4-7pm
The Columbus Craft Cocktail Tour
Walk down Gay Street stopping to sip some cocktails and learn about the local culture along the way!

Highbanks Hike with Endeavor Brewing
Saturday, May 18, 10am
Highbanks Metro Park
Hike the 3.5 mile Coyote Run Trail and bring your dog! After the hike meet at Endeavor Brewing for a beer!
FREE admission

North Market Apron Gala
Saturday, May 18, 7-11pm
North Market
23rd annual gala featuring three course dining experience, entertainment, live auction, and drinks inside the The North Market.
$75/young professional, $100/general admission, $125/VIP

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Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest 2019
Saturday, May 18, 6-9pn
Featuring 50 independent Ohio breweries, live music, and food, tickets include souvenir glass and twenty 4oz. Tasting tickets.
$45/advance, $55/day of event

Music in the Garden
Sunday, May 19, 6-8pm
Olde Towne East Community Gardens
Pack a picnic and enjoy the music.
FREE admission

Sunlight Market
Sunday, May 19, 11am-3pm
Gay Street District
Similar to the Moonlight Market, just during the daytime!
FREE admission

Sweet Sunday
Sunday, May 19, 1-4pm
Easton Town Center
Enjoy $1 sweets while listening to some live music.
FREE admission

May 20 – 26

Beer and Hand Pie Pairing
Wednesday, May 22, 4-10pm
Lineage Brewing
Lineage pairs their own hand pies with four of their beers!

Charcuterie + Beer Pairing
Wednesday, May 22, 4-7pm
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
North Country Charcuterie teams up with Wolf’s Ridge to provide 3 or 5 pairing options. Select any of the 5 options available. No presale required.
$25/3, $35/5

Sip N Stain at Hidden Lakes Winery
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-9:30pm
Hidden Lakes Winery
Choose 1 of 3 options to stain and make while enjoying a flight of wine.

2019 Party at the Creek
Thursday, May 23, 6-8pm
Alum Creek Park North
Learn about the environment, eat from local food trucks, and enjoy entertainment.
FREE admission

Cocktails at the Conservatory
Thursday, May 23, 5:30-9pm
Franklin Park Conservatory
After-hours, adults-only summer event series. Rotating drinks will be accompanied by themed activities and entertainment. This month’s theme is “Throwback Thursday.” Price includes Conservatory exhibits, but cocktails are an additional cost.
$20/members, $25/general public

May Columbus Events

Old Forester Bourbon Tasting
Thursday, May 23, 7-10pm
Spagio Wine Lounge
Enjoy a cocktail and eight pours of Old Forester bourbon. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Dine with the Artists: by Liang
Friday, May 24, 6-7:30pm
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square
Learn behind-the-scenes secrets of BalletMet productions.
$70/dinner only, $130/dinner and performance

The Drunken Donut Beer Pairing
Friday, May 24, 6-9pm
Nostalgia Brewing
Newcomer The Drunken Donut pairs with four of Nostalgia Brewing’s beers. Plus, a sample of their collaboration beer!

Free Movie Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, May 25, 8-10pm
Columbus Commons

Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival
Saturday, May 25, 6pm
Velvet Ice Cream
Ice cream eating contests, local vendors, classic cars, food, and ice cream!
FREE admission

Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant
Sunday, May 26, 12pm
Land-Grant Brewing Company
Celebration of Ohio’s strawberry season
FREE admission

May 29-31

Red Blends Wine Tasting!
Tuesday, May 28, 6-9pm
Serendipity Labs

Gateway 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Wednesday, May 29, 6-9pm
The District Pourhouse
Taste 10 different wines and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

6th Annual Grandview Chocolate Walk
Thursday, May 30, 6-8pm
Grandview Heights Public Library
Walk around Grandview enjoying chocolate stops at various businesses.

Fore! Fest 2019
May 30-June 1 6pm and 11am
Bridgepark Dublin
Official party for the Memorial Tournament is a street and music festival.
FREE admission

Sports and Entertainment

Columbus Clippers May Home Games
Huntington Park
5/7 – 5/9 vs. Charlotte Knights
5/10 – 5/12 vs. Syracuse Mets
5/21 – 5/23 vs. Toledo Mud Hens
5/24 – 5/27 vs. Indianapolis Indians
Times vary based on day and team.
$7 and up/person

May Columbus Events

Columbus Crew May Home Games
Mapfre Stadium
5/8 vs. LA Galaxy @ 7:30pm
5/11 vs. Los Angeles Football Club @ 7:30pm
$21 and up/person

Shadowbox Live Shows
May Shows:
Dirty Little Secrets: A Sketch Comedy and Rock ‘n’ Roll Show
– Every Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:30pm
Hashtag Comedy
– Every Wednesday at 8pm
Leather and Lace: A Musical Tribute to the Women of Rock
– Every Thursday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
The Lunchbox
– Every Friday at 1pm

2 Responses to “Best of May: 95+ Upcoming Columbus Events for Date Night”

  1. Fitoru

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