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Guide to Father’s Day 2018 in Columbus

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and Columbus is bound to be abuzz with dads and their families taking advantage of everything happening around town. From ball games to craft beer festivals, Columbus Downtown Apartments has the scoop on all the best Father’s Day weekend activities in the city.

If you’re still looking for a Father’s Day gift or experience in Columbus, we’ve got you covered! Here are our top local recommendations.


Grandview Digfest | Saturday, June 16 | 4-10:30 PM | Grandview Yard

Got a dad who’s crazy about Columbus? This Father’s Day weekend, take him out to Grandview Digfest–a festival celebrating local craft brewers, distilleries, food vendors and much more. Conveniently held within walking distance from Apartments at the Yard, this family-friendly (dogs included!) Columbus event is free to attend and features local live music and fun activities for dad to enjoy.

Click here to purchase pre-sale drink ticket bundles to Digfest 2018.


Huntington park stadium

Columbus Clippers Game | June 15-17 | 7:15 PM (Fri/Sat), 2:05 PM (Sun) | Huntington Park

For the baseball-loving dad in your life, there are three chances to treat him to a Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Field during Father’s Day weekend!

On Friday, June 15, there will be live music before the game in the Right Field Plaza, and 14 oz. draft beers (both craft and domestic) and select wines for just $5 all game long. On Saturday, June 16, dads can enjoy live music before the game and fireworks afterwards. And on Sunday, June 17, Jake “The Diamond Dog” will entertain the entire family with spectacular tricks in between innings!

If you want to give dad a bit more during the Columbus game, head on over to the Clippers Cargo Shop inside the stadium and buy him a fun graphic tee from Homage–also available online.

Click here to purchase Columbus Clippers tickets during Father’s Day weekend 2018.


Picnic with the Pops | Saturday, June 16 | 8 PM | Columbus Commons

Picnic with the Pops, presented by Nationwide, is a great chance to take your music-loving dad to see today’s most popular entertainers performing with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. On the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend 2018, the hit 70s and 80s group, Little River Band, will play during a casual outdoor evening performance.

Pack a picnic basket, head down to the Columbus Commons–located just south of the Arena District in downtown Columbus–and treat dad to a Father’s Day experience he’ll never forget!

Click here to purchase tickets to Columbus Symphony Picnic with the Pops featuring Little River Band.


Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium | Sunday, June 17 | 9 AM – 7 PM | Columbus Zoo

On a beautiful Sunday in Columbus, there aren’t many outdoor activities that can beat the beautiful Columbus Zoo. To honor Father’s Day 2018, the zoo is offering free admission to all dads and grandpas with paid admission for kids or grandkids!

This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family out for some quality animal and nature appreciation–including a look at the recently hatched Humbolt penguin chicks, new Asian small-clawed otter pups and a baby silver-leafed langur.

Click here to learn more about Father’s Day at the Columbus Zoo.


Apartment Living with Pets: Do’s and Don’ts

Pets are often a source of happiness and stress relief, but when you’re living with them in close quarters–like an apartment–it’s common for challenges to arise. That being said, you and your pet can live in harmony with the residents around you, it just takes some work and planning.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for sharing an apartment with your pet:


Pet waiting by door
Do | Let Your Pet Get Plenty of Exercise

This might be more applicable to dogs, but all animals need time to let off some steam. Just like you, your pet needs fresh air to thrive, and without a ton of space to run around they’ll get pent up energy, leading to serious health issues. Making walks a part of your daily routine will make your pet much happier and healthier–and you’ll get plenty of exercise yourself!

Luckily, there are plenty of great dog parks in Columbus, such as: Columbus Downtown Dog Park, Wheeler Dog Park, Tail Wags Playground and Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Arena District residents are especially close to McFerson Commons Park, The Scioto Mile and pet walking stations throughout Grandview Yard.


Don’t | Lie to the Leasing Office

While it might be difficult to find a pet-friendly apartment in Columbus, lying about having a pet is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only could you be fined if discovered, but you could also be evicted!

And if you’re sneaking your pet around, chances are your furry friend isn’t getting the attention they need or deserve–which can affect their health in several negative ways. Save yourself a headache and take the extra time to find an apartment that’s animal friendly.

Pet-friendly apartments in downtown Columbus include: Arena Crossing (cats only), Flats on Vine and Apartments at the Yard in Grandview Heights.


Do | Review your Apartment’s Pet Policy

When researching downtown Columbus apartments, it’s a good idea to know what you’ll be dealing with in regard to their individual pet policies. Thoroughly examining your apartment’s pet policy means you’ll understand any deposits or fees that come with housing your pet. Some may even have restrictions on what type of pet you can keep.

Cat sitting by window
Don’t | Disregard Pet Proofing

Items that may seem ordinary to you could be potentially hazardous for your furry friend. We all know pets love getting into things that they shouldn’t, which is why you need to take time to pet proof.

Check for loose wires that could be chewed, do research on house plants to make sure they aren’t poisonous to animals, place valuable items in locked or hard-to-reach places and set up gates in areas you don’t want your pet wandering. Doing these actions and more can prevent loads of future headaches–physically, mentally and financially.


Do | Get a Unit with a Patio or Balcony

Being a pet owner in an apartment means making sure your pet gets outdoor time. While you might not always be able to take them outside on a leash, having a balcony or patio allows your dog or cat to get plenty of fresh air.

Unless your pet lives strictly indoors, having a patio or balcony will make your life much easier. We know it isn’t always possible, but it if you’re able to get a unit with this feature, it will definitely save you from future hassles.


Don’t | Neglect Your Pet

Make sure your pet is getting the attention they need while you’re around, and when you’re not, ensure they have plenty of toys to play with and food to eat.

Depending on your apartment’s pet policy, you can even add an extra furry friend to the mix, so they’ll always have someone to be with. If you want your pet to be maximally taken care of while you’re away, there are a number of pet daycares in Columbus you can drop them off at, including: Doggie Daycare Center, The City Dog Daycare and Playful Pets Columbus.