lemonade stand at farmer's market - columbus, indiana
Ethnic Expo, Columbus In


Schedule your trip to Columbus during one of the special events and festivals! You can find other things to do while you’re here on our calendar page.

girlfriend ride - ladybug - Columbus, Indiana
Girlfriend Ride

A Bike Ride For Ladies Only! That’s right! This ride is just for gals! Be the QUEEN OF THE ROAD…this is a great chance to spend a leisurely girls’ day out enjoying the fellowship of 100s of your new best friends from throughout the midwest!

Select from two tour packages – the 35K Pageboy Tour or the 55K Home Perm Tour. All tours feature our legendary SWAG stops. You won’t leave hungry but you will leave feeling pampered.

4H Fair, Columbus, Indiana
4H Fair, Columbus, Indiana
Bartholomew County 4H Fair

Free entertainment, midway rides, and 4-H competitions.

Columbus Scottish Festival, photo by Tony Vasquez
Columbus Scottish Festival, photo by Tony Vasquez
Scottish Festival

September – Fairgrounds, Columbus
See calendar for details
Visit the Scottish Festival website


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

Photos by Tony Vasquez

Hope Heritage Days aerial, by Larry Simpson
Hope Heritage Days
Hope Heritage Days

Long considered the quintessential Hoosier celebration, the event is Bartholomew County’s oldest multi-day festival. During the last full weekend in September each year, the “Surprising Little Town” of Hope, Indiana, swells in population. From the musical entertainment to over 125 food and vendor booths, this festival is wonderfully Hoosier….and uniquely HOPE!

Admission: Free.

See a YouTube video about Hope Heritage Days.

Hope Bike Ride sky shot - Hope, Indiana
Hope Bike Ride - Hope, Indiana
Hope Ride

Get your Graze On! Make Hope your last blast of Summer! Riders love us…We love Riders…It’s quite romantic! The Hope Ride is a utopian cycling extravaganza. It’s the ride of tomorrow. Flying bicycles, anti-gravity water bottles, amazing wind reversing machines, holographic maps, and rainbows and puppy dogs for all!

Mill Race Marathon and Stewart Bridge, photo by Carla Clark
Mill Race Marathon and Mill Race Park covered bridge, photo by Carla Clark

Begins downtown. A full marathon, a half-marathon, and a 5K. Sanctioned by United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and a certified Boston Marathon qualification course. Powered by Cummins. After the races, enjoy family fun downtown with food, music, and a bungee bouncer…even if you do not run!  The after party ends pm after the drawing for a new truck.

Photos by Carla Clark and Tony Vasquez

Hot Rods and Rock 'n' Roll - downtown Columbus, Indiana
Hot Rods and Rock 'n' Roll - downtown Columbus, Indiana
Hot Rods and Rock 'n' Roll

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! Bring lawn chairs. Food and merchandise will be available for purchase.

See more photos from the show.

Ethnic Expo crowd in Columbus, Indiana
Ethnic Expo in Columbus, Indiana
Ethnic Expo

Ethnic Expo is a celebration of ethnic heritage and the diverse people of Columbus. Thousands turn out for this international food/marketplace, entertainment/live music, and children’s activities. There are two stages for entertainment and several tents for dining.

There is no admission charge.

Yes Cinema - Columbus, Indiana
movie still from documentary "Papa"
YesFest Film Festival

The Columbus, Indiana YES Film Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of independent film, bringing to the screen the best documentaries, narrative features and short films, with competitions in all three categories. YESfest films will screen at the YES Cinema in downtown Columbus, an elegant and welcoming independent theater that specializes in classic, foreign, independent and second-run films and hosts live events such as the Cinema’s popular YES Comedy Showcase.

Cinema truly is the universal language and our mission at YESfest is to promote a lively and passionate dialogue between filmmakers and film-lovers. Whether you’re in the audience, behind the scenes or in front of the camera, we look forward to seeing you at YES!

Paper Mache art at Deja Vu Art and Fine Craft Show
Deja Vu shopper
Deja Vu Art and Fine Craft Show

November – The Commons, downtown Columbus
See calendar for details
Visit the Deja Vu website


Broken toys, yesterday’s newspaper, and china shards may seem like trash to most, but in the hands of professionals, they can be transformed into beautiful art and fine crafts.

Held at the new Commons, which is located at 3rd and Washington Streets in downtown Columbus, Indiana, artists from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky attend as well as members of Indiana Artisan or Kentucky Crafted.

Art and fine crafts featured include jewelry, sculpture, weaving, wearable art, woodworking, leather work, and mosaics, all created from scrap materials or items that have been repurposed.

Festival of Lights - Columbus, Indiana - photo by Virajjani
Festival of Lights Parade - Columbus, Indiana - photo by Virajjani
Festival of Lights

The Columbus, Indiana Festival of Lights parade is an annual holiday parade through downtown Columbus on the first Saturday of December. The parade is followed by the QMIX Christmas Musical Fireworks.

Photos by Virajjani