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Summer on the Scioto brings free family events to downtown parks

Hit the water in a kayak, hop on giant inflatables, or splash in the Scioto Mile Fountain during free events with Summer on the Scioto.

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Free kayak days are first come, first served while supplies last. | Photo by @downtowncolumbus

Whether you’re looking to spend a Wednesday on the water or have fun at the fountain, Summer on the Scioto has you covered. Mark your calendars (and keep your wallets at home) for these free downtown events.

Dorrian Days

  • When: Tuesdays, June 11–Aug. 20 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Dorrian Green, 50 S. Belle St.
  • What: Bring the kids for giant inflatables and COSI’s curbside van at the immersive, downtown park.

Midway on the Mile

  • When: Friday, July 12–Saturday, July 13 + Saturday, August 10–Sunday, August 11 | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Rich Street Bridge
  • What: The carnival-style festival will overlook downtown and feature obstacle courses, a putt-putt course, and a roller rink.

Fountainside Fun

  • When: Select summer Mondays and Thursdays | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Scioto Mile Fountain, 233 Civic Center Dr.
  • What: Enjoy live music, food trucks, and games while cooling off at the fountain.
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River South Garage is a great parking option near the fountain. | Photo by @colsrecsparks

Kayak Days

  • When: Saturday, July 13 + Saturday, Aug. 10 | 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Where: Boat launch under the Main Street Bridge
  • What: Take advantage of this free kayaking experience, with complimentary kayaks or tandems available.

Wednesdays on the Water

  • When: Wednesdays through July 31 | 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Where: Boat launch under the Main Street Bridge
  • What: Receive a $15 discount on paddle rentals along the Scioto River — be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

Bonus: Don’t forget the newly renovated Scioto Mile Fountain is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a nightly light show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 2.