Your guide to the biggest events in Columbus! Knowing us, we will more than likely come up with something cool as the year goes on so be sure to keep an eye on our calendar of events!

Columbus Farmer’s Market

May 4th – September 21st

123 Washington St. Columbus, IN 47201

On Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm enjoy tons of vendors, different brunch options, and musical entertainment to help perk up your morning!

The Farmer’s Market brings the rural and city communities together – it’s fun, family-friendly, entertaining, while featuring healthy foods and adding to the quality of life for the Columbus area.

Tough Mudder

July 27th & 28th

CERAland Park, 3989 S 525 E, Columbus, IN 47203

Tough Mudder Classic is an 8-10 mile loop of mud-soaked mayhem loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles. Tough Mudder creates hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, and mental grit. With the most innovative courses and millions of participants worldwide to date, it is the premier challenge series in the world.

This is is your chance to get outside your comfort zone, discover what you’re made of, and cross that finish line stronger than you started. 

Scottish Festival

September 8th & 9th

Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W 200 S, Columbus, IN 47201

A weekend of Scottish entertainment including: Celtic concerts, Ceilidh, Highland dancing competition, sporting competitions, clan tents, sheep dog trials, European car show, music, bagpipe marching bands, re-enactors and living history, children’s activities, Scottish dancing, merchandise, and food vendors.

Ganesh Festival

September 5th – 8th

The Commons, 300 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201

Come witness the artists of Columbus offer their creativity and talent to celebrate Ganesha. The energy and the enthusiasm will make it a memorable evening that you won’t want to miss!! This event is free and all are welcome!

Hot Rods & Rock ‘n’ Roll

September 21st 

400 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201

Enjoy classic cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles, and more at this family-friendly event! There is no registration fee and no trophies – just pride, passion, and a good time, with music at night so don’t forget to bring lawn chairs. Food and merchandise will be available.

Mill Race Marathon

September 27th & 28th

500 Washington St. Columbus, IN 47201

Kick off the weekend on Friday, September 27th and don’t miss one of the largest Kids Fun Run events in the Midwest. Open to all children up to 6th grade, and it’s completely FREE!

On Saturday, lace up your sneakers as the full marathon begins! Powered by Cummins, the Marathon course is a flat Boston Qualifier that runs through downtown Columbus taking participants past the architectural sights of the city and through the parks. Still looking for a challenge, but maybe not 23.2 miles worth? Sign up for the half marathon or 5k!

After the races, enjoy family fun downtown with food and music…even if you do not run! Register early for a discounted entry fee!

Hope Heritage Days

September 28th & 29th

Hope Town Square, 326 Jackson St., Hope, IN 47246

Hope Heritage Days is entering its 56th year. Long considered the quintessential Hoosier Celebration, the event is Bartholomew County’s largest and oldest multi-day festival.

From the always excellent musical entertainment to the over 125 food and vendor booths, this autumn festival is wonderfully Hoosier…. and uniquely HOPE!

Photo by Larry Simpson


October 11th & 12th

123 Washington St. Columbus, IN 47201

Ethnic Expo is a weekend of events celebrating cultures that come together to call Columbus home to create a vibrant, welcoming community – and also one of the largest and most beloved local festivals.

Enjoy international food and marketplace, continuous entertainment and children’s activities. 

Exhibit Columbus Symposium

October 24 & 25

The Commons, 300 Washington St. Columbus, IN 47201

The Symposium places the modern legacy of Columbus into a global perspective through presentations and conversations between professionals and community leaders, while serving as inspiration for, and introduction to, participants making work in the exhibition. It acts as a convenor of people and ideas around Columbus and its cultural heritage.

Dé​jà Vu Arts & Fine Craft Fair

November 9th

300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Leave it to an artist to see the beauty in worn leather coats, mismatched silverware, broken dishes, and old sweaters. 

Many of the work at the show includes collage, jewelry, book arts, home décor, mixed media, sculpture, wearable art, woodworking, mosaic, and glass art – all created from scrap materials or items that have been repurposed.

Columbus Festival of Lights 

December 7th 

400 Washington St, Columbus, Indiana 47201

Columbus Festival of Lights is an annual event where the community gathers to watch illuminated floats grace the street of the City of Columbus. Thousands gather to create new traditions and remember nostalgic times from their childhood.

The Lights Festival is an event where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can come together to have an uplifting, positive, and unforgettable experience!