Special/Family Events

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.



Donner Park Variety Shows
Co-Sponsored with Kiwanis Club & AM 1010 WCSI.

  • When: July 19 (CANCELLED), August 9 & September 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Park Shelterhouse
  • Fee: FREE

Battle of the Bands
Live concert sponsored by Teen Council, Columbus Parks and Recreation, Columbus Area Arts Council and Foundation for Youth.

  • When: Saturday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park (Rain Location: FFY)
  • Fee: FREE

Fun Days
Carnival Time

  • When: Friday, July 18, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Donner Center
  • Fee: FREE

Family Bingo - Make Your Own Sundae Night
Limited to the first 30 families with a max of 5/family.  Please tell us how many will be attending when registering.  Prizes awarded to winners!

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

The 28th annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert will feature Dennis DeYoung, founding member, lead singer and writer on 7 of the bands 8 top ten singles.  More information on this concert can be found here.
Rain Location: Columbus North High School Gymnasium.  

  • When: Saturday, August 30, 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concert - FREE

  • Saturday, September 13
  • Saturday, November 1

Open Jam Sessions begin at 4:00 p.m.
Group performances begin at 5:00 p.m.
Fee: FREE (donations will be accepted).  Concessions will be available for purchase.
Held at Donner Center

Mill Race Marathon
More information at the Mill Race Marathon website.  Event sponsored by Cummins, Inc, MainSource Bank & Columbus Regional Health to benefit Columbus Parks and Healthy Communities.

  • When:
    Friday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. - Kids Fun Run
    Saturday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. - Marathon/Half Marathon/5K

10th Annual "Let's Get Ready!"
Drive In Movie Event.  Rain Location: Donner Center

  • When: Saturday, September 2
    7:00 p.m. - "The Pirates Show" - On Amphitheater Stage
    8:00 p.m. - Move TBA
  • Where: Mill Race Park
  • Fee: FREE

6th Annual Mill Race Rummage Sale
Proceeds from booth and table rentals benefit the Columbus Park Foundation for future free children's and family programming.  Register by September 17.  Set up is 7:00 - 8:45 a.m. the day of the sale.

  • Where: Mill Race Park 
  • When: Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Fee: 
    $15 per 12x12 booth space
    $5 per table (or bring your own)

Community Cast-A-Way Garage Sale
Get rid of stuff you don't use anymore!  You provide the goodies to sell, we provide the building, 3 six foot tables, chairs and ads in The Republic.  Admission is Free to the public.  Registration deadline is November 12 or until max enrollment has been met.  Set up is 7:00 - 8:45 a.m. the day of the sale.

  • Where: Donner Center
  • When: Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $26/ space

Holiday Creations Craft Show & Sale
Attention all crafters!!  Make plans to join the 17th annual sale at Donner Center.  Proudly display your holiday handiwork.  Fee includes booth space (up to 3 six foot tables and 2 chairs).  You may buy more than one booth.  No flea market/garage sale type items please.  Admission to the show is free to the public.  Registration deadline is November 5 or until max enrollment has been met.  Set up is 7:00 - 8:45 a.m. the day of the sale or 3:   - 5:00 p.m. the day before.  Registration begins September 2.

  • Where: Donner Center
  • When: Saturday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $29/space


Donner Center
739 22nd Street
Columbus IN 47201





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