Scioto Fest at Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Scioto Fest brings together outdoor recreation, music, food and drinks and you! Come out to Scioto Audubon Metro Park September 15 and 16, 2023.


Scioto Fest will be bigger and better than ever this year. All the fun begins at Scioto Audubon Metro Park at 5pm on Friday, September 15, 2023 with Yappy Hour, Try It! climbing wall programs, river floats, food trucks, Nocterra and Land Grand beer, plus a DJ and live bands. Check out the full schedule of events for the entire weekend lower down the page.


Friday, September 15, 2023

Event Hours: 5pm-11pm
All evening – food trucks


Friends of Metro Parks Bike Ride – ride to Scioto Fest with Friends! Meet at Northmoor Park and ride as a group to Scioto Audubon.


Yappy Hour – tie dye dog bandanas with Friends of Metro Parks and stop by dog vendor booths


Try it! Climbing and Try It! Kayaking with Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure


Climbing Shoe Demo with Public Lands and Evolv


Camping Check-in and set up (check in at info tent upon arrival)


Food trucks and Nocterra and Land Grant beer


Bikepacking program – bring your gear and learn how to bikepack with Public Lands and Friends of Metro Parks!


Try bikepacking, or just go for a ride around the city!


BANDS! Enjoy music from:

A Band Called Dreamland

Left Out

Zoo Trippin’


Gourmet s’mores with Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure and Public Lands

Scioto Fest Land Grant Beer

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Event Hours: 9am-3pm
All day – food trucks


Metro Parks activities, food trucks, Nocterra and Land Grant beer, vendors, slacklining, volleyball, hammocking


Climbing Shoe Demo with Public Lands, Evolv and La Sportiva


Climbing Competition


Downtown Kayak Floats (Sign up at info tent – 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm)


Try it! Climbing programs with Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure team

Demonstration Stage:


Via Ferrata Information Session


Live Animals with Metro Parks Naturalists


Homing- an audio/movement journey for Scioto Audubon Metro Park


Public Lands Demo


Metro Parks Backpacking Series


Climbing Competition Awards & Prizes


Scioto Audubon Park history- A Walking Tour


A Band Called Dreamland

Left Out

Zoo Trippin’

Climbing Competition

Outdoor Adventure’s Climbing Competition

Come and test your rock climbing skills at Outdoor Adventure’s Climbing Competition! The competition will be held during Scioto Fest and all ages and abilities are welcome. The competition is free to the public. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition, and prizes will be awarded. Climbers can come at any time between 9am-12pm as long as they finish all routes by 12pm. Top rope only. Climbers are expected to bring their own equipment, rope, and belayer. For questions about the climbing competition, please feel free to contact Outdoor Adventure Programmer, Caroline Wagner at

Sign up here!

Scioto Fest Rock Climbing Competition


Scioto Fest 2023 Camping Info

  • Camping during Scioto Fest is FREE!
  • Check in at the information tent once you arrive.
  • Metro Parks staff will be onsite at all times, even overnight.
  • Bring your own gear – tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, chairs, food, water, etc.
  • Individual fires aren’t permitted, but you may bring individual camp stoves and food to prepare.
  • Dogs are welcome and need to be on a leash at all times in the camping area.
  • Porta-johns will be available.
  • Overall rule of thumb: be a decent human. Pick up after yourself, honor quiet hours, follow park rules, etc and we’ll all have a pretty groovy time.

Scioto Fest Camping


Scioto Fest 2023 Vendors

A wide range of outdoor recreation, animal outreach and nature based vendors will be on site for all your shopping and learning needs!

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Us!

2023 Vendors:

  • Ohio Climbers Coalition
  • Queer Climbing Columbus
  • Scioto Made
  • Bloc Garten
  • Hiker Babes
  • Central Ohio Grotto
  • Gracehaven
  • Black Diamond
  • evolv
  • SOS of Ohio
  • Columbus Humane
  • Clay Vozzella
  • A Brighter Day
  • Pet Wants Columbus
  • Columbus Audubon
  • Fern Hollow Co.
  • Grange Insurance Audubon Center
  • Ohio Women on the Fly
  • Neighborhood Service Inc.
  • Local Yokels Trading Co.
  • Linnea Campbell Ceramics
  • Four Season City Farm

Scioto Fest Vendors


Scioto Fest 2023 Sponsors

Our sponsors are an integral part of what makes Scioto Fest so great! These local businesses provide entertainment, fun and more. Thank you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Us!

Get Outside, It’s Your Nature!