Labor Day is summer's last hurrah, and Columbus makes this holiday weekend count. If you're in Columbus for Labor Day weekend, check out the long-running and annual Greek Festival and the Labor Day Arts Festival when you're not at the pool, grilling, or eating and drinking alfresco.
Columbus Greek Festival
The Greek Festival has been a Columbus Labor Day tradition for decades. It's on from Friday, Sept.
1 through Monday, Sept. 4 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Goodale Boulevard at High Street. At the festival, you'll be immersed in Greek culture, food, and entertainment. Get ready to have Greek taste sensations like dolmades, pastitsio, moussaka, keftedes, gyros, tyropita, and baklava sundaes. If all you do at the festival is eat, it's worth a visit. You can pay for all this yummy stuff with cash or plastic. You'll also find jewelry, clothing, and art objects imported from Greece in festival shops, as well as packaged Greek food to buy. Dancers perform Greek moves in full traditional dress, and when the professionals aren't dancing, you can do it yourself to the festival's bouzouki music. You can also take a tour of the cathedral, with its mosaics and marble.
Labor Day Arts Festival
The Labor Day Arts Festival put on annually since 1983, is in Northam Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio, about a 10-minute drive from Columbus.
About 200 local, regional, and national artists are at the event to sell their wares made from a wide range of media. As you peruse the works of art, stop for food and drink from the many food vendors at the festival, and check out performances from local musicians throughout the event on the festival's two stages.
This one-day event, held on Labor Day itself, Monday, Sept. 4, often attracts about 25,000 people.