Columbus Parks & Recreation | Free Events

Tuesday Night Trivia
Columbus Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook Live at 6:30pm
2021
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 30
December 7 & 21

2022
January 11 & 25
February 8 & 22
March 8 & 22

Put your knowledge to the test for fabulous prizes. Join us on Facebook for our live virtual Trivia. Each night’s winner will receive an award. Simply click on the trivia video when it goes live at 6:30pm on trivia nights, enter your answers in the comments and have fun!

Halloween Fall Fest | FREE
October 23 | 4–7pm | Donner Park
Are you ready for an evening of fun fall festivities in the park? Join Columbus Parks and Recreation at Donner Park on October 23 for a family fun
and take a trip down the Donner Trick-Or-Treat Trail. Think your costume is the best? Stick around for our annual costume contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Register at the Parks and Rec Booth!
Ages 0–5 Judging begins at 5pm
6–12 Judging begins at 5:30pm
12+ (adults welcome) Judging begins at 6pm

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree | FREE
All Ages | Donner Center
November 13, January 8, March 12

Open Jam Session begins at 4pm
Group performances begin at 5pm
Donations will be accepted.

Christmas Village | FREE
All Ages | December 4 | 2-4pm | The Commons
Join us for the 6th annual Christmas Village. There will be children’s activities all afternoon leading up to the Festival of Lights parade.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt | FREE
Ages 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 | April 16 | 10am | Donner Park
If raining, candy and eggs will be distributed in Donner Center. Co-sponsored with radio 1010 WCSI. Please bring a bag or basket for your eggs.

Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt | FREE
All Ages | April 16| 11am | Donner Park
Sensory friendly/quiet egg hunt for individuals with sensory and special needs. Lots of eggs and prizes to win! See cars and trucks from local law enforcement and the fire department.

Festival of the Young Child | FREE
Ages 8 & under | April 23 | 10am-12pm | Donner Center
Join Parks and Recreation, Children Inc. & Child Care Answers as we celebrate the 51st annual Festival of the Young Child. This year’s theme is Pure Imagination. The day will feature Willy Wonka inspired games, activities, entertainment, and prizes.

Movies in the Park | FREE
All Ages | Mill Race Park | 8pm
October 16: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Columbus Parks & Recreation | Family Events

Park of the Living Dead
All Ages | October 30 | 7pm, 7:10pm, 7:20pm, 7:30pm | Mill Race Park | $15
Do you have what it takes to survive an evening in the Park of the Living Dead? On October 30, Mill Race Park will be overrun with zombies. As survivors, it is your job to secure shelter, find food, train with a weapon, gain access to medical supplies, and ultimately create the cure. Starting at 7pm, every 10 minutes, a group of humans will embark on their evening run to different stations to accomplish these essentials of survival and to find the cure. You will receive a map, and you may visit the stations in any order you choose, but the last station you visit must be “the cure”. Sign up for your time slot and prepare yourself for Park of the Living Dead! Children 14 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Registration: September 6–October 27, 5pm

Family Feasts
Join us on a culinary journey around the world. Every installment of Family Feast will highlight a different country, their culture and most deliciously, their food. As we learn about cultures through food, we will also learn new recipes and skills in the kitchen. Grab the whole family and join us for a culinary adventure into foods from around the world. We will be joined by educators from Purdue Extension. Max 5 per family.

OCTOBER
All Ages | October 19 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
As we celebrate Halloween, at this Family Feast, we are tracing this spooky holiday back to its origins in Ireland. We will learn about Irish culture and the history of the ancient people of Ireland, the Celts and the earliest Halloweens. We will explore some exciting uses for cabbage in the kitchen. We will also feature the turnip, the original jack-o-lantern!
Registration: August 5–October 11, 5pm

FEBRUARY
All Ages | February 23 | 6:30–7:45pm | Donner Center | $33/ family
In this installment of Family Feast, we will be visiting Italy. We will scratch the surface of Italian culture and we will learn how they use pasta in their cooking. Our meal for this evening will cover the 4 traditional Roman pasta dishes and we will be making carbonara!
Registration: January 3 – February 17, 5pm

Columbus Parks & Recreation | Community Events

Holiday Creations Craft Show & Sale
Ages 18+ | December 11 | 9am-2pm | Donner Center | $30/space
Attention all crafters! Make plans to join us for our 23rd annual sale to display your holiday handiwork! Fee includes booth space (up to 3 six foot tables and chairs). When registering, you will be asked what types of items you will be selling and if you have electrical needs. No flea-market/garage sale type items please.
Admission to the sale is FREE to the public. Set up time: Fri, December 10, 3-5pm & Sat, December 11, 7-8:45am
Registration: October 9 – November 26, 5pm

Community Cast-A-ways Garage Sales
Ages 18+ | 9am-1pm | Donner Center | $30
You provide the items to sell, and we will provide the building, three six foot tables, chairs and advertising including press in The Republic. Pre-registration required. Admission to the sale is free to the public. Spaces will be assigned and marked before set up begins. Set up runs from 7-8:45am the day of the sale.

November 20 | Registration: October 9 – November 5, 5pm
February 12 | Registration: December 1 – January 28, 5pm
March 19 | Registration: February 14 – March 4, 5pm