Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019. Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members do not pay an admission fee.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required.
The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For more information visit www.dawesarb.org
Conversations About Licking County History – The Works, Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology debuted History Café, an exciting new history program in 2019, which takes place at River Road Coffeehouse in Downtown Newark the first Saturday of each month. Led by Museum Curator Cory Stutes, a different historical topic is focused on for each session, and guests are invited to grab a coffee, chat, and ask their own history-related questions.
“What I love about this program is that the conversation is so different each time,” said Stutes. “I have helped suggest resources for families looking for information about the history of the home they live in and had great discussions about our county’s history. There is a lot of knowledge-sharing as we talk.” Stutes has also discussed topics such as the Burning Tree Mastodon discovery which happened over 30 years ago and occasionally brings photos and artifacts from the museum’s collections to share.
For those interested in chatting and learning about local history, the program is held the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at River Road Coffeehouse at 26 Park Place, Newark. History Café is free and open to the public. Visit www.attheworks.org for more details.
All American Columbus Pet Expo – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Everything March 13 -15, from A-to-Z to entertain ages from 3 to 93! Dog Lovers Days Lure Course, Shorty Rossi from the Animal Planet show “Pit Boss”, Eukanuba Dog Dock diving competition, the Classic K-9 Show, Kenny Sprouse “That Guy with the Birds”, TICA (The International Cat Association) Cat Show, IJA Grooming Competition, N.C.R.A. National Crab Racing Association, Southern Ohio Flying K9s – World champion Frisbee Dogs, Llama World, Pet Valu Dress Up Your Pet Contest and Kid’s World with numerous attractions! Mega Pet Adoption, come find your new best friend! Pet product extravaganza! Exhibitors with unique pet products, foods, treats and services. Hours: Friday 12 pm – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Cost: Adults $12 ($10 advance), Children, 4 – 11, $8 ($6 advance), Seniors $8 ($6 advance); Children 3 and under – free. For more information visit columbuspetexpo.com
The Columbus Woodworking Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Do-it-yourselfers and woodworkers flock to this show March 13 – 15, for the latest in tools and education. Here, you’ll find more than 100 free classes and seminars on topics ranging from cabinet-making to furniture finishing, and an incredible assortment of hand, power and standing tools and accessories. Hours: Friday (Noon – 6 pm); Saturday (10 am – 6 pm); Sunday (10 am – 3 pm). Cost: $12 online; $14 at the door (cash only). For more information visit thewoodworkingshows.com
International Gem and Jewelry Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Since the first Show in May of 1967, The “Original” Classic International Gem & Jewelry Show has grown to be America’s biggest and longest running jewelry show. Recognized as the first direct-to-consumer trade show for gems and jewelry, The “Original” Classic International Gem & Jewelry Show continues to provide customers access to an impressive variety of award winning international jewelry wholesalers, designers and manufacturers. Each exhibitor offers their own distinct one-of-a kind, unique and original creations. Customers have “buy direct” access …no “retail mark-up” and everything is at luxuriously low prices!
The International Gem & Jewelry Show produces up to one hundred shows a year in major cities nationwide. Gem and jewelry enthusiasts, collectors, hobbyists and special occasion shoppers can choose from a vast selection of gorgeous fine and fun jewelry, fiery gemstones, spectacular engagement rings, beads in all components, shapes, colors and sizes. There are dazzling crystals, elegant pearls, estate jewelry, designer watches, accessories, and more. There are also findings including supplies to create your own distinctive jewelry designs.
Get more dazzle for YOUR dollar!! From Less than five dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once you discover The International Gem and Jewelry Show you will never want to buy jewelry anywhere else! Top Quality and a Huge Selection; made in The USA and Around the World. All at discounted prices…Why drive from store to store? Find it all at The “Original” Classic International Gem & Jewelry Show March 13 -15. Hours: Friday (noon – 6 pm); Saturday (10 am – 6 pm); Sunday (11 am – 5 pm). Cost: $8. For more information visit intergem.com
Family Story Time – Buckeye Lake Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the entire family at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13.
Empowered Women: Katharine Coman and ‘America the Beautiful’ – Downtown Newark Library. Born in Newark in 1857 to a family known for service to their community, Katharine Coman was a leading U.S. economist and historian at the turn of the twentieth century. A teacher and administrator at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, she was a trailblazer for women in her fields of study. In addition to her substantial professional accomplishments, she connects Licking County to the poem America the Beautiful. Learn about this accomplished woman from Licking County at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, in our tribute to Women’s History Month.
Gift of Light Expo – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Psychics, crystals, books, shopping, live entertainment, labyrinth, mandala and more! Free workshops all weekend with the price of admission March 14 – 15. Hours: 10 am – 6 pm. Cost: $15 Adult, $25 weekend pass; Children $10; Children 12 and under free. For more information visit giftoflightexpo.com
Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert – Buckeye Lake Library. Do you have a question about technology? Our Techsperts are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16, to help with technology issues including laptops, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and software.
Ladies DIY: Plumbing – Hebron Library. Have you ever had leaky pipes or a clogged drain and didn’t know what to do? Learn the basic techniques from a plumbing expert at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, so you aren’t left with water damage!
Cutting the Cord 101- Downtown Newark Library. Our Techsperts provide information at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, on alternatives to cable/satellite TV which may save you money. The different types of equipment needed and available services are covered in this class.
Family Story Time – Hebron Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the entire family at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18.
Free Tax Preparation – Buckeye Lake Library. AARP professionally trained volunteers help prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those sixty and older. You need to bring photo ID, Social Security card, copy of last year’s tax return and all other 2019 paperwork. This is by appointment only from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. To schedule an appointment, call 740.641.2387, 8:30am – 4pm, Monday through Friday.
Basics: Creating a Flyer with Google Docs – Downtown Newark Library. Techsperts guide you in the creation of a flyer using Google Docs from 1 – 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. If you have a Gmail account, be sure to bring your user name and password otherwise we will provide a generic login.
Volunteer Orientation – Downtown Newark Library. Interested in volunteering at the library? We have opportunities to share with you at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. Orientation is required before starting volunteer service. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 740.349.5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Family Story Time – Buckeye Lake Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the entire family at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20.
Outdoor Life Field and Stream Expo – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Formerly known as the Deer & Turkey Expo, this well-known event, now in its 28th year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center March 20 -22. The state’s premier consumer expo for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts features the latest strategies, trends and techniques in hunting while providing a look at innovative new equipment, accessories, clothing and more. In addition to hundreds of hunting and archery exhibitors and outfitter booths, attendees will gain access to interactive activities, seminars and displays:
- Local hunters can enter their best deer from any season for display and official scoring by the Buckeye Big Buck Club, plus the chance to win awards. Entry into the contest costs $20 for scoring and display, while pre-scored trophies can be entered for $10. All entries include a three-day pass to attend the expo.
- Renowned archer Byron Ferguson returns to the Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo with his Archery Trick Shot Show. This performance showcases his incredible shooting abilities with a traditional bow, such as hitting flying targets while blindfolded.
- At various trial ranges throughout the expo, attendees can test new bows, try their hand with an airgun and challenge their hoverball-shooting skills at a fast-paced shooting game featuring moving targets.
- Hunters, both novice and advanced, will benefit from seminars led by field experts on topics like increasing buck movement, training hunting dogs and implementing high-tech tactics.
Hours: Friday (2 pm – 9 pm); Saturday (9 am – 7 pm); Sunday (9 am – 4 pm). Cost: Adult single-day pass – $15; Adult two-day pass – $20; Adult three-day pass – $30; Youth (6 – 15) – $5; Children (5 and under) – Free; Military single-day pass – $13 with proof of duty. A complimentary subscription to either Field & Stream or Outdoor Life is included with adult ticket purchases. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit OutdoorLifeFieldandStreamExpo.com. Tickets purchased online in advance are available at a discounted rate.
Ohio Beef Expo – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The March 20- 22, Ohio Beef Expo is Ohio’s premier beef industry event. The Expo includes a trade show, breeding cattle sales and a junior show. It is held annually in March over the weekend that includes the third Saturday of the month. Ranked as one of the Top 5 largest meetings/conventions in Central Ohio, the Beef Expo attracts more than 30,000 attendees annually. The centerpiece of the Expo, the trade show, boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states. Exhibitors in this year’s trade show represent all segments of the industry from cattle handling equipment to show supplies, clothing to feed, genetics, and novelty items, and much, much more. Hours: Friday (8:30 am – 6 pm); Saturday (8:30 am – 6 pm); Sunday (8:30 am – 2 pm). Cost: Free! For more information visit ohiobeefexpo.com
2020 Ohio NASP Tournament (Archery) – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. State level archery tournament for the National Archery in Schools program March 21 – 22. More than 2000 kids from over 100 schools will be competing for state champion. Hours: Saturday, 7 am – 6 pm; Sunday, 7 am – 7:30 pm. Cost: $ 12. For more information visit acearchery.org
The Columbus Toy & Game Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Buy, sell, trade, new and retro toys, video games and collectibles at Ohio’s largest gathering of vintage collectors and dealers March 22! Hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: General Admission – $10; Early Buyers (8 am ) – $14; Kids (10 and under) – Free. For more information visit ctspromotions.com
Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus returns to the Ohio Expo Center March 27 – 29, with tons of family fun with clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides and more! The ticket window opens one hour prior to each show. For seating chart information, contact the Aladdin Temple Shrine office at 614-475-2609.
Cost*: VIP – $27; Center reserve: Adults – $22, Children (12 and under) – $12; Reserve: Adults – $20, Children 12 and under – $12; Value: Adults and Children – $12. Hours: Friday, March 27 (3 pm, 7:30 pm); Saturday, March 28 (11 am, 3 pm, 7:30 pm); Sunday, March 29 (1 pm, 5 pm). Tickets: Go to www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 to purchase tickets. Ticket office opens 1 hour prior to each performance at the Celeste Center. For more information visit aladdinshrine.org
Columbus Scrap and Stamp Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Come join us March 27 – 28, for the Columbus Scrap & Stamp Show at the Lausche Buliding at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair in Columbus, OH. Taking the place of the long running “Memories Expo”, Great Lakes Scrapbooking Events has stepped in to fill the void! Scrapbookers and crafters are invited to join over 2,000 other guests for the “The Ultimate Cropping, Shopping, Learning Experience!” Browse booths from a variety of vendors offering a variety of product lines. Shop the event for $8 daily admission or purchase a two-day shopping pass for $12. Walk-ins are welcome the days of the event. Shopping hours are 10am-6pm Friday, March 29th, and 10am-5pm on Saturday March 30th.
Guests can also register for All-Day Cropping (including selected meals). On Friday and Saturday, All-Day Croppers crop from 9am-10pm and have unlimited access to the booths on the show floor during shopping hours included in the cost of $70/day. Guests can also reserve a crop spot for both days for only $120 (savings of $20 compared to registering separately). Visit www.greatlakesscrapbookevents.com/columbus for more information. Hours: 10 am – 6 pm – Friday; 10 am – 5 pm – Saturday
Cost: $12 USD admission / 2 Day Pass / Available for purchase at the door on Friday CASH ONLY, Please! Or – purchase a single day admission for $8 – Available for purchase at the door Friday or Saturday CASH ONLY, Please!
Scott Antique Market – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The amazing indoor Scott Antique Market March 28 – 29, features aisles upon aisles of one-of-a-kind antiques and collectible items available for sale. Hours: Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. FREE! For more information visit scottantiquemarket.com
Columbus Gun Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. C & E Gun Shows provides firearm owners and enthusiasts with venues to purchase, trade and sell firearms, ammo, and related merchandise March 28 – 29. Hours: Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $10 adults; children under 12 years of age with supervising adult admitted free. For more information visit C & E Gun Shows
Equine Affaire – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The 27th annual Equine Affaire April 2 -5 – the nation’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering – will feature four days packed with educational clinics, seminars, and demonstrations presented by top industry professionals, an extensive trade show with hundreds of exhibitors, evening entertainment and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit equineaffaire.com or call 740-845-0085. Hours: 9 am – 7 pm (Thursday – Saturday); 9 am – 5 pm (Sunday). General Admission Prices*: Adult (single-day) – $15; Adult (four-day) – $50; Youth (age 7 – 10, single day) – $8; Child (6 and under) – Free
Parking: The single-entry daily parking fee will be $7, and four-day parking passes (allowing re-entry to the event) will be available for $20. For more information visit equineaffaire.com
Fantasia dates, hours and prices*: A separate ticket is required for admission to Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse, the Fantasia, which will take place Thursday, April 2, Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 pm in the Coliseum. This special equine musical review will feature a star-studded lineup of professional equestrian performers and exceptional horses choreographed to a wide variety of musical styles. Tickets to the Fantasia are $14, $18, $22, or $25 (plus a $2.75 processing/selection fee per ticket). Tickets for the Fantasia can be purchased online or by calling Equine Affaire at (740) 845-0085 Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm Eastern. *A 5% Columbus ticket tax for all tickets purchased will be added to ticket totals.
Mid Ohio Ford Club Presents Columbus Spring Swap Meet – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. More than 1,000 vendors April 11 -12, fill acres of space with new and used Ford and Mercury parts, literature, collectibles and cars for sale at the 40th annual event. Hours:Saturday (9 am – 5 pm); Sunday (9 am – 2 pm). Cost:Adults – $8; Children (12 and under) – Free. For more information visit springswap.com
Columbus Home Improvement Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This comprehensive home show April 17 – 19, brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts from the Columbus area. Every aspect of the home can be explored, from the smallest design detail to the largest house addition. Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable knowledge to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones. See the latest innovations and design trends! Experts will be showcasing everything for the home including, but not limited to, the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows and exterior products as well as the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installations. It all happens April 17-19, 2020, so make plans to visit with hundreds of exhibitors and be exposed to thousands of new ideas presented at theHome Improvement Show. This all-encompassing event will surely put you on the path towards making your dream home a reality. Hours: Friday, noon – 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Cost: $6 adults; children under 18 years of age free. For more information visit columbushomeimprovementshow
Cardinal Cluster Dog Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Central Ohio Kennel Club Inc. presents the Cardinal Cluster Dog Show April 18 – 19, with more than 150 AKC registered breeds to show and sell. Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, Friday and Saturday; 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday. Cost: Adults – $5; Seniors – $3; Children (under 12) – $2; Family (Two adults and any number of children) – $12. For more information visit centralohiokennelclub.com
Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad Artifacts Show April 18 – Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show.
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $7. For more information visit gserr.com