The 2024 spring bucket list for Columbus

Make the most of spring in Columbus, OH by trying these seasonal events, outdoor shows, and local parks from March-May.


Find easy CoGo parking near COSI before or after your visit. | Photo via CoGo Bike Share

Spring has sprung, CBUS.

It’s officially the season of April showers and May flowers, and we are happily closing the door on winter. We just hope winter lets us close the door. Though we can’t control an unexpected late snow storm, we can plan ahead with these can’t-miss seasonal happenings.

Time to game

Get a quick dose of college football with the 2024 Spring Game. The Ohio State Buckeyes will play on Saturday, April 13 at 12 p.m. inside Ohio Stadium. Tickets start at $8, and parking is free.

The OSU women’s basketball team is also playing in the first round of NCAA Tournament at the Schott on Friday, March 22 at 12 p.m. Grab tickets for the entire day of action.

Try something new

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium unveiled “UNEXTINCT,” a new immersive nighttime experience featuring LED light displays. The after-hours event takes place on Thursday, Friday + Saturday throughout select dates in March and April, including an adults-only night on Friday, April 12.


Bring the family to see 70+ endangered and extinct animals come back to life via light displays. | Photo via Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Time to gaze

On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross over central Ohio, making this event arguably the most “can’t-miss” of them all. Be sure to pick up protective eyewear, which can be found at select Columbus Metropolitan Library locations.

Learn something new

Did you know COSI’s Science Festival is the largest STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) event in Ohio? It returns on Wednesday, May 1-Saturday, May 4, encouraging local families to get in touch with the fun side of learning.

CBUStoday Taco Fest

Head to Taco Fest early to avoid the lines. | Photo via Taco Fest

Taste something new

Discover your next favorite local taco food truck or restaurant at Taco Fest on Saturday, May 18 + Sunday, May 19 at Genoa Park. Admission is free before 2 p.m., and you can find a full list of participating restaurants on their Facebook page.

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