Friday Freebies: Tomatoes, firefighting, green living and more!

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The weekend is finally here. Time to put that chore list away and enjoy yourself! Like tomatoes? We’ve got a plan for you. Want to see if you have what it takes to be a firefighter? Let’s do it! Itching to try out new eco-friendly products or find new toys for your dog? We’ve got you covered… and it’s all FREE!

Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival

More than 50 years after Reynoldsburg was declared the birthplace of the commercial tomato, the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival is still going strong.  Show your love for the fruit — er, vegetable…who cares? — and head over to Huber Park for a delicious time that’s fun for the whole family.

70th Annual Pataskala Street Fair

Come out and support the West Licking Firefighter’s Association at the 70th Annual Pataskala Street Fair Friday and Saturday. Take the Firefighter Combat Challenge and see if you have what it takes to hang with the heroes!

An Ideal Husband

Politics. Marriage. Youthful indiscretions. No, it’s not the latest season of House of Cards… it’s the Actors Theatre of Columbus presenting Oscar Wilde’s famous satirical comedy, An Ideal Husband. You won’t want to miss this production on Friday or Saturday night in Schiller Park!

SEA Change Festival

Give back to the community at the inaugural SEA Change Festival at McPherson Commons on Saturday. Enjoy grub from local food trucks, craft beer and the most talented musicians in Columbus while supporting good causes!


Grab your four-legged furry friend and head to Prairie Oaks Metro Park for Wag! on Saturday. This free event celebrates canine-human relationships while helping dogs in need, bringing rescue groups and organizers together with thousands of potential donors and adopters. Plus, they’ll be new products and services for you and your dog to try!

Grove City EcoFest

Get your green on at the Grove City EcoFest this Saturday! Join green exhibitors, enjoy healthy food and take part in interactive family activities all designed to inspire you to live healthier and protect the environment. You can even check out new eco-friendly products and services!

COSI Up All Night

Sure, you may be an adult now, but that just means it’s more fun to unleash your inner child. Head to COSI for Up All Night and play with NERF guns, check out the summer movie series, see the Game Masters exhibit (and take advantage of a cash bar) and much more! While this event isn’t technically free, admission includes a whole host of awesome things to check out at COSI.

Sunlight Market

Loved last week’s Moonlight Market? Well come enjoy it in the sunlight! Check out everything the Gay Street district has to offer, from a diverse mix of brick-and-mortar shops, artisan vendors, dining and more!

OSU Involvement Fair

Calling all Buckeye Freshman! Head to the Oval and check out more than 700 OSU student organizations and campus departments looking for people just like you. This is the best opportunity for you to start determining what you’re going to get involved with outside of classes.

Back to School Bash

Join the Hilliard Arts Council and the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department for an evening of fun for the whole family. You’ll hear the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra and UNVAOCA (the Darby High School Alumni Choir) and see performances by the Hilliard Arts Council Drama Camp campers! 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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