Hi! I’m Val from Columbus on the Cheap, where I blog about free and cheap things around our great city of Columbus. I’m a big fan of $20 Dates and love how Jess gives all of the details on how recreate their cheap dates!
Looking for some cheap dates this weekend? Here are some suggestions, or check out the Full Event Calendar at Columbus on the Cheap for more ideas!
Enjoy the FREE monthly Wex Drive-In Outdoor Film Screening of The Royal Tenenbaums at dusk at the Wexner Center Plaza at 15th Avenue and High Street. Bring some snacks, a blanket, and chairs. There will be beverages for purchase, as well as a food cart and popcorn, or stop into a happy hour on campus on your way. Anyone have a favorite campus-area happy hour?
Hockey Fans won’t want to miss the FREE 2012 NHL Entry Draft Party and Open House at Nationwide Arena on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be free parking in the arena garage, and the first 500 people get a free t-shirt. They will have food and beverage specials, or you can stop into 343 Front Street or one of the many area bars for happy hour. There are a lot of events downtown on Friday (Draft Party, Comfest, Clippers game, Popcorn w/the Pops), so traffic will be heavy.
If downtown driving sounds like a nightmare, check out one of the wine tastings at Whole Foods Dublin ($5), Kingsdale Giant Eagle ($6), or Meza in Westerville ($1 each). It’s also 4th Friday in Westerville, so you can walk around the festival before or after your wine tasting.
It’s going to be hot and possibly rainy – which is perfect for some air conditioning and movies! Capa Summer Movie Series is showing Cartoon Capers at 10 a.m. and Hello, Dolly! with Babs at 7:30 p.m. – tickets are just $4 for each! From Book to Film at Gateway Film Center will feature Peter Pan at 1:30 – admission is free with a Columbus Metropolitan Library Card. Feeling crafty? They’ll be making Mason Jar Planters for Crafternoons at OSU Urban Arts Space at 1 p.m. (rsvp required). Other options include Comfest, Easton Art Affair, and Columbus Clippers game (see below).
It’s gonna be a hot one again, but you can stay cool with FREE admission to the Columbus Museum of Art. Head up to Earthfare for lunch between 12-3 p.m. for Burgers for Bucks, and enjoy $2 grilled burgers or veggie burgers (additional sides $1). If you can brave the heat that evening, Captain Morgan & the Pep Boys will be performing at Worthington Concerts on the Green at 7 p.m. or pack a picnic and check out the last FREE outdoor performance of Robin Hood by the Actors’ Theatre at German Village’s Schiller Park at 8 p.m. (performances are also on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
All Weekend – pick your day!
ComFest and Easton Art Affair will be going on Friday – Sunday….two VERY different festivals, but both with free admission.
If you’re heading to ComFest, you can bring coolers with food and drink (no alcohol!). Beverage tokens are available for purchase. This festival is great for some SERIOUS people watching and good music. Don’t forget a blanket or chairs!
Columbus Clippers are in town hosting Lehigh Valley Ironpigs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – check out the promotions going on for each day. Tickets start at $6 and you can bring in small bags or backpacks with food and beverage in plastic bottles (no alcohol).
Splurge Date of the Weekend (NOT a $20 date, but still worth it!)
Celebrating something special or have a bit of extra dough in your pockets? Get tickets for Picnic with the Pops, featuring Idina Menzel (the original broadway Elphaba from Wicked and currently on Glee) at the Columbus Commons on Saturday night. Tickets are $20 at Kroger ($23 at the gate), but you can pack a picnic and cooler (including booze), so there won’t be any additional expenses other than parking.
Don’t forget, there’s lots more going on this weekend listed on my event calendar. Follow me on Twitter or Like me on Facebook for regular updates!
Thanks for letting me guest post Jess! I can’t wait to read about your next $20 Date!
Thank YOU Val! Check out her site, ColumbusOnTheCheap.com for all things awesome & affordable in Cbus!