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
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
Gourmet s’mores with Metro Parks Outdoor Adventure and Public Lands
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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!
- Ohio Climbers Coalition
- Queer Climbing Columbus
- Scioto Made
- Bloc Garten
- Hiker Babes
- Central Ohio Grotto
- Black Diamond
- 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 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!