It's almost October and the climate is cooling down, but that doesn't mean there aren't happenings heating up the entertainment scene around Greater Columbus!
There's still fun to be had outdoors: Chalk the Block, two festivals (one beer, the other mac and cheese), and the Columbus Crew's final home game of the season.
Film fanatics can feast their eyes on classics by the Master of Suspense during "Hitchcocktober" at the Gateway Film Center or take in the 2020 true-life Army tale, "Outpost" at Taft's Brewporium as well as attend a panel discussion with he makers of the film.
You can read more about these and other weekend events below. Enjoy the fall weather - and remember to take a jacket!
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Filmmakers at the Veterans Memorial and Museum
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St., will host a panel discussion with the makers of the 2020 movie “The Outpost,” a true-life tale about the Army soldiers who displayed courage during the Battle of Kamdesh during the war in Afghanistan. At 6 p.m. Saturday, filmmakers including director Rod Lurie, producers Paul Merryman and Jariko Denman and actor Scott Alda Coffey will appear in person. A video message from CNN anchor Jake Tapper, from whose book the movie was based, will be played. Tickets start at $20, with discounts for active-duty military personnel and veterans. The movie itself will be shown for free at 6 p.m. Thursday at Taft’s Brewporium, 440 W. Broad St. (www.nationalvmm.org)
'Hitchcocktober' begins at the Gateway
As the days shorten and the weather turns chilly, it can only mean one thing: It’s time for “Hitchcocktober” again. Starting Thursday and continuing through Halloween, the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., will salute the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Eleven films in all will be shown, most on 35mm prints, beginning with the director’s classic silent chiller “The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog” Thursday, and “Dial M for Murder,” starring Grace Kelly, Thursday through Sunday. Consult the film center’s website for showtimes and tickets. (www.gatewayfilmcenter.org)
See some chalk on the walk at Easton
Artists who use sidewalks as their palette will display their creativity at Easton Town Center’s Town Square on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the shopping complex will host area chalk artists as part of the annual “Chalk the Block” event. Shoppers and visitors can look on as the artists create on Saturday and check out the final results on Sunday. (www.eastontowncenter.com)
'Witch,' a dark comedy about hope, desire
Available Light Theatre, returning to live productions in its 14th season after a pandemic-driven 2½-year hiatus, will present the area premiere of “Witch,” Jen Silverman’s contemporary one-act dark comedy about hope, desire, expectation and choice, inspired by a Jacobean tragedy about a woman accused of witchcraft. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-14; and 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Riffe Center’s Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St. Tickets start at $26 in advance or "pay-what-you-want" at the door. (avltheatre.com, cbusarts.com)
Comedians to keep it 'Real' at Nationwide
The Real Talk Comedy Tour will highlight several comedians, including DeRay Davis, Rickey Smiley, B Simone, Darren Brand, Jess HIllarious and Money Bag Mafia, with a guest performance by Juvenile. Perhaps best-known is Davis, a standup comic and actor who played Ray the Hustle Guy in the film “Barbershop” and its sequel. The comedians will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Tickets, suggested for ages 18 and older, start at $62.50. (www.nationwidearena.com)
Denzel Curry to rap it up at Kemba Live
The Miami rapper will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kemba Live, 405 Neil Ave. On tour after the release of his album "Melt My Eyez" in March, Curry continues to grow in popularity around the country. Tickets for the concert begin at $32.50 and can be bought at https://bit.ly/3r11P2v. There is a four-ticket limit per order for the show. (promowestlive.com)
Columbus Crew plays last home game of season
The Columbus Crew's regular season home schedule is coming to an end this weekend, when they play the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at Lower.com Field, 96 Columbus Crew Way. It won't be the end of the season for the Crew, though — they play back-to-back road games at Charlotte and Orlando before ending their regular season. Tickets are available at www.Columbuscrew.com.
Columbus Fall Brew Festival on tap this weekend
Columbus Fall Brew Festival will take place Saturday at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane. The festival, which will feature more than 50 breweries and 150 beers, will be open for early admission at 2 p.m., and general admission from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets for early admission cost $65, and general admission tickets are $50, and can be purchased at www.columbusfallbeerfest.com. The festival will include a video DJ on the scoreboard, lawn games and food concessions at the park. (https://bit.ly/3R4Pm8F)
A frighteningly fun time!
Get a head start on October's spooky season at an adult-oriented Fright Night from 6 to 10 p.m Saturday at Boardman Arts Park, 154 W. William St., Delaware. Columbus' Radio Tramps will be playing covers from the '80s to the present at a newly renovated Imagination Space. Enter a costume contest, get a tarot reading, enjoy food from a variety of food trucks, and beer and wine from Old Dog Brewery, and enter, if you dare, a scavenger hunt in the Haunted Zombie Field. Open to those 18 and older only; IDs will be checked. Tickets: $10. (boardmanartspark.org)
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: 9 things to do in Greater Columbus this weekend