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'Summer in the City' brings events to parks throughout Columbus

Events include weekly 'park Pop-Ups' and the Jazz & Rib Fest BBQ Week.
Credit: WBNS-10TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has announced plans for this year's 'Summer in the City' events. 

Park Pop-Ups will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., each Saturday beginning June 5 through Aug. 28. The pop-ups will feature live entertainment that park visitors can enjoy for free. 

Jazz & Rib Fest BBQ Week will also take place this summer, though it will look a little different this year. 

With safety in mind, Columbus Recreation and Parks says this year's week-long event will feature the same grilled, smoked and spit-roasted foods, only spread out at participating restaurants, tap rooms and food trucks.

Paul Rakosky, interim director of Columbus Recreation and Parks, says the event will be a good way to get local restaurants involved. Organizers hope BBQ Week will serve as a "warm-up" to the annual festival from this year on. 

 The event takes place July 19-25.

“These innovative programs are a great way to safely offer events that engage residents while supporting local businesses and artists,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said. “The last year has been challenging for our community, and while things will look a little different, I’m excited we are able to safely bring back some great summer traditions that help residents connect with each other while supporting our local economy.” 

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department plans to host more than 200 Park Pop-Ups at 45 parks. You can keep track up updates on the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's Facebook page

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