Friday Freebies: Music, barbecue, yoga and more!

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s finally Friday! Time to start your weekend the right way — for FREE! Summer weekends are in full swing here in Central Ohio, so grab your sunscreen and head outside. From jazz and barbecue to movies and garden tours, here’s your complete guide to having a fun-filled weekend without spending a dime.

Fitness Yoga

Grab your mat and unwind from your work week at Easton Square with this free beginner class offered by Life Time Fitness instructors! This introductory session will focus on building strength and flexibility while you get your ‘om’ on.

Commons for Kids

Take the kids out for some fun at the Columbus Commons! They’ll be able to get their green thumb going with a planting activity, make their own kazoo and take home a masterpiece from balloon artist Erica Carlson.

Jazz & Ribs Fest

Three days of cool jazz and award-winning barbecue on the downtown riverfront…what more could you ask for?! Treat your ears to some smooth jazz by renowned international and local musicians while you treat your taste buds to the best ribs from around the country.

4th Friday

Head to Uptown Westerville for this month’s 4th Friday and experience customs, cultures and cuisine from around the world. With more than 120 street vendors, entertainment from around the globe and lots of kid-friendly activities, you won’t want to miss it!

Movie Under the Stars: Pixar’s “Minions”

Who doesn’t love Minions? Grab your picnic blankets and head down to the Columbus Commons on Friday night for a modern Pixar classic that’s fun for the entire family!

Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” in Schiller Park

Join the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a unique take on one of Shakespeare’s more modern works. Set at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in Appalachian Kentucky and North Carolina, this rendition ties together the culture and music of Appalachia with Shakespeare’s sometimes-dark-sometimes-hilarious dramedy.

Date Your House Workshop

Ever wonder what the story is behind your house or building? Head to the main Columbus Metropolitan Library Saturday morning and learn how you can use online and reference resources to make a complete house or building history!

Lazy Daze of Summer

Looking for a free event where you can support local art and businesses? Check out local crafts, food, live music and more at the 23rd annual Lazy Daze of Summer at the Grandview Library on Saturday!

Goodale Park Music Series

How does a laid back Sunday afternoon sound? Get those chill vibes going with St. Lucian reggae band ‘The Ark Band’ at the Goodale Park gazebo! The Goodale Park Music Series also features local food vendors, including Short North Bagel Deli, Mangiamo Handmade Street Food and more.

Ganthers Place Garden Tour

Check out the 12th annual Ganthers Place Garden Tour on Sunday! This year’s theme is “Gardening for a Cause” and features completed homes from Healthy Homes, the South Side revitalization project from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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