Special/Family Events

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, along with many community partners, provides a wide variety of performances, shows, events and activties for the whole family. Some are FREE too! Hope to see you soon.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt - FREE
Areas for ages: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8
If raining, candy and eggs will be distributed in Donner Center.  Please bring a bagor basket for your eggs.  Co-sponsored with radio WCSI & Walmart of Columbus.

  • Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Donner Park
  • Fee: FREE

Kids/Teens ONLY Garage Sale
Clean out your closets, get rid of some stuff & make some money.  All items for this sale must be kids/teens oriented.  We provide the building, tables, chairs and advertising.  You provide the stuff to sell!  Pre-registration required.  Set-up 7:00-8:45 a.m. on the day of the sale.  Register by April 8.

  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: $6/first table, $3/each additional

Festival of the Young Child - FREE
Join the Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept., Children Inc. and Child Care Answers as we celebrate the 38th annual Festival of the Young Child.  The day will feature games, activities, entertainment, prizes and treats for children up to age 8.

  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • When: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

Elementary School Fitness Run - FREE
Open to all Bartholomew County elementary school age students & younger.  Distances range from 1/4 mile to 1 mile.  Grades K-6.  For more information visit Run Columbus.

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Youth Fishing Derby
Prizes will be awarded to all winners!  Ages 315 must be accompanied by and adult.  All participants need their own fishing rod.  Pre-register Online, Register on-site - 5:30 p.m.

  • When: Sunday, June 7, 6:00-7:30p
  • Where: Mill Race Park Round Lake
  • Fee: $5/child

It's Showtime!! - FREE
Join the Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Columbus Area Arts Council as we welcome Tharp-Perrin Gindhart from Arts for Learning with their performance of People, Paint and Percussion.  Rhythms of percusive music interact with visuals of paint and dance as audience members join artists to create a performance painting.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • When: Saturday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Donner Park Variety Shows - FREE
Co-sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI

  • Dates: Saturdays: June 13, July 18, August 8 & September 26
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhouse
  • Fee: FREE

Noon Kid Concerts - FREE
Co-sponsored with Columbus Area Arts Council.

  • When: Thursdays: June 18 & June 15
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhosue
  • Fee: FREE

Mill Race Live Concert - FREE
Battle of the Bands.  Sponsored by Teen Council, Columbus Parks and Recreation Dept., Columbus Area Arts Council and the Foundation for Youth.  Rain Location - FFY

  • When: Saturday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Family Bingo Make your Own Sundae Night - FREE
Prizes awarded to winners of bingo games!  Limited to the first 30 families with a maz of 5 per family.  

  • When: Wednesday, July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

Bark in the Park - End of Summer Doggie Swim
Co-sponsored with White River Broadcasting.  Join us for Bark in the Park this year as we again join forces with the folks at Donner Aquatic Center and make Bark in the Park a part of the End of the Summer Doggie Swim.  Vendors will have information from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Indy Dog & Disc Club will entertain in the field east of the pool at 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Indy Dog & Disc Show

  • When: Sunday, August 16, 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Field east of Donner Pool
  • Fee: FREE

End of Summer Doggie Swim

  • When: Sunday, August 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Aquatic Center
  • Fee: $5/dog - All dogs must be accompanied by an owner or handler.

Hospice Benefit Concert - FREE

  • When: Saturday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concert - FREE

  • Date: Saturdays: September 12 & November 7
  • Time: Open Jam Sessions begin at 4:00 p.m.
               Group performances begin at 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE (donations will be accepted).  Concessions will be available for purchase.

Mill Race Marathon
For more detailed information or to register visit the MIll Race Marathon website.  Event is sponsored by Cummins, Inc., MainSource Bank & Columbus Regional Health to benefit Columbus Wellness Initiatives. 

  • Kids Fun Run - Saturday, September 25, 6:00 p.m. at Mill Race Park
  • Marathon/Half Marathon/5K - Sunday, September 26, 7:30 a.m.

11th Annual "Let's Get Ready!" - FREE
Drive-in movie event.  Rain location: Donner Center.  Featuring Derek Dye - a juggling & codemdy show on the ampitheater stage!

  • Date: Saturday, September 26
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - Derek Dye
              8:00 p.m. - Movie TBA
  • Where; Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE


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739 22nd Street
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