Your guide to summer fun in Ohio:

Columbus Summer Fun

These Columbus places are perfect to bring the whole family!

Zanesville Community Theatre

“High School Musical”

940 Findley Ave., Zanesville

Dates: through June 9

Zanesville Community Theatre’s stage version of the Disney Channel’s popular movie musical explores first love, friendship and family among jocks, thespians and other student cliques at East High.

Admission: $5 to $15

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St.

Dates: Aug. 8 – 11

Under the direction of Music Director David Danzmayr, the orchestra will return from its summer vacation early for the latest installment of its outdoor Summer Music Series.

Admission: free

Steve Brady

Summer fun for the kids

Columbus, Ohio

Neighborhood pools will soon be bustling — if they aren’t already — and parents will do their best to persuade their children to take part in library reading programs to keep their minds sharp. But when kids are done swimming or finished reading, how else to keep them occupied?

Fortunately, the summer schedule is jam-packed with events and attractions around the region to keep kids satisfied until school is back in session.

Westgate Home and Garden Tour

2925 W. Broad Street

Date: June 8

Featuring “Unexpected” Homes and/or Gardens, all are invited to see what makes Westgate so “Unexpected!”

Admission: $12

“Shrek The Musical”

Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road, Hilliard 

Dates: through July 14

Hilliard Arts Council presents the Broadway musical comedy, by composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright David Lindsey Abaire, based on the animated film about the unlikely romance between an ogre and a princess.

Admission: $5 to $15

“Elf the Musical Jr.”

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.

Dates: through July 7

CATCO is Kids presents a family-friendly one-act version of the Broadway musical comedy based on the holiday film about a man, raised by elves, who journeys to New York to find his birth father.

Admission: $12

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Doo Dah Parade

Intersection of High and Buttles streets

Date: July 4

The parade is a uniquely irreverent event featuring inventive satires and send-ups.

Admission: free

Adam Cairns | The Columbus Dispatch

Red, White & Boom

Scioto Mile

Date: July 3

Celebrate America’s birthday with several hundred thousand of your closest friends. Set your blanket down, check out the parade honoring veterans, then return for the fireworks.

Admission: free

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Ariana Grande

Value City Arena, West Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road

Date: July 1

The ponytailed pop star told Columbus “thank u, next” when Coachella double-booked her original April tour date. She moved the local show to July, and the anticipation might be enough to fuel all of Red, White & Boom.

Admission: $46.95 to $336.95


Twenty One Pilots

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd

Dates: June 29-30

Ohio’s biggest export is industrial machinery, but some would argue the alt-rock/pop/electro band is a close second.

Admission: $79.50 to $588