Free Things to Do

Brewery District
Riffe Gallery


Operated by the Ohio Arts Council, this facility hosts shows highlighting Ohio artists, as well as the collections of the state's various museums and galleries. Located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the...  Read More

North Market


Thirty or more merchants set up stands and sell everything from pasta and sauces, produce, flowers, Indian groceries, gift baskets, cookware and coffee. At Gatterdam Eggs, patrons choose their own and pay on the honor system, a tradition since...  Read More

Wexner Center for the Arts


Part of Ohio State University, the galleries play host to a diverse and changing roster of work from an international array of contemporary artists, emerging filmmakers and documentary producers. Performing arts troupes include dancers and...  Read More



Located three miles outside the city center, this horticultural landmark originally opened to the public in 1895 and now boasts 90 acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000...  Read More

Brewery District
Thurber House


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is the home of author James Thurber during his collegiate years, and the setting of many of his most famous short stories. Take a self-guided tour of the first two floors and learn about...  Read More

Brewery District
Topiary Garden


This unique exhibit is a detailed topiary re-creation of Georges Seurat's famous "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." It is the only existing topiary interpretation of a painting. James Mason, who teaches sculpture in Columbus,...  Read More