Labor Day weekend in Columbus is not for the faint-hearted. Despite what the calendar says, most of us think of Labor Day as the end of summer, and we take our end-of-summer rituals seriously. There's art, festivals, a pow-wow, cars, sports, WaterFire, and music. And you didn't really want to clean out the garage, anyway, did you?
Ohio State University Football vs. Marshall
When: September 2
Where: Ohio Stadium, Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus
Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens
When: September 2-3
Where: Huntington Park, 330 Nationwide Blvd., Columbus
Time: Thursday & Friday 7:05 p.m.
Bonfires dance on the Scioto River as BalletMet dances on stage.
When: September 3
Where: Downtown Columbus riverfront, near Genoa park amphitheatre
Time: BalletMet starts 8:00 p.m.; WaterFire bonfires lit 8:30 p.m.
Greek food, history, dancing, tours of the Cathedral, more food, more dancing…
When: September 3-6
Where: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High
Time: Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun: noon.-midnight; Mon.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Kids under 12: free
Concerts on the Creek
Pack your picnic and lawn chairs, and chill to the sounds of Time Trax in historic Olde Gahanna.
When: September 4
Where: Creekside Park, 123 Mill St., Gahanna
Time: 7 p.m.
Short North Gallery Hop
Art, restaurants, street shows and an endless parade of people. (Okay, it just seems endless, but that doesn't sound as good.)
When: September 4
Where: Short North
Time: about 5-10 p.m.
Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival
Come watch the largest gathering of vintage base ball teams in the country!
More than 25 teams from across nation square off on fields around the Ohio Village to celebrate our national pasTime.
When: September 4-5
Where: Ohio Historical Center/Ohio Village 404, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus
Time: daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: admission is free; parking: $4 for non-members
Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival
First held in 1920, this year's Labor Day Festival includes a parade, rides, cruise-in, family activities and music.
When: September 4-6
Where: Historic Downtown Canal Winchester, High St., Canal Winchester
Time: Sat.: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: noon.-11 p.m.; Mon.: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Native American Traditional Pow Wow
Native American dancing, singing, food, crafts.
When: September 4-6 Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard
Time: Sat.: 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun: 11 a.m.-11 a.m.; Mon.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Weekend pass: $15; Adults: $7; Seniors: $3; Kids under 5: free
Italian Gathering 2010 A large Italian-cars-and cycles-only show - think Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini…Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption & Wendy's Wonderful Kids
When: September 5
Where: Wendy's International Corporate Grounds, One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunbury Antique & Flea Market and OX Roast
Score great deals at the flea market, discover antiques you just know your aunt had back in the day, and leave room for the pit-cooked beef.
When: September 6
Where: Sunbury Village Square, Cherry Street and Rte. 37, Sunbury
Time: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Adults and children over 10: $1; children 10 and under: free
Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Over 200 artists will show and sell their ceramics, glass, painting, photography, sculpture and wooden works at the 44th annual Festival.
There is also music, a large kids' area and a stupendous Friends of the Library book sale at the Upper Arlington Library, on the Park's northern border.
When: September 6
Where: Northam Park, 2070 Northam Road, Upper Arlington
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.