This weekend brings another Gallery Hop, along with concerts of rock, classical and patriotic music. Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

This weekend brings another Gallery Hop, along with concerts of rock, classical and patriotic music.

Here are some of the best bets for weekend activities.

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ALL WEEKEND -- Fencing tournament

More than 400 teams with almost 4,000 masters of the epee, foil and saber will compete in the USA Fencing National Championships. Billed as the world’s largest fencing tournament, the event continues with competitions from 8 a.m. to about 9:30 p.m. through Sunday in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St. Admission is free. Call 614-221-6060 or visit

-- Outdoor Shakespeare

Actors’ Theatre continues its run of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's most popular, lightest, and most musical of all his comedies, directed by Mandy Fox. The free outdoor performances are at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Schiller Park amphitheatre in German Village. Details at 614-444-6888 or

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FRIDAY -- Chalk the walk

Artists will decorate sidewalks for recognition and prizes at the third annual “ Chalk It Up!” art competition in downtown Delaware Friday evening. People strolling Main Street Delaware’s First Friday can vote for their favorite chalk creations in youth and adult categories. The event will also feature vendors and musicians, plus shopping and dining opportunities, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 740-362-6050 or visit

-- Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five

Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will deliver a night of guitars and tipsy sing-along songs like "One Week" and "If I Had $1000000." The Ben Folds Five provides pounding piano pop that perfectly balances humor and angst. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. Tickets are $39.75 to $42. Contact 614-461-5483,

-- Gregg Allman

Southern rocker Gregg Allman, the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, brings his tour to the Scioto Downs Racino, 6000 S. High St.. Now 65, the songwriter also released his memoirs last year. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 to $40. Contact 614-295-4700 or

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SATURDAY -- Drenched 5K

At the Drenched 5K Run, the course includes mist tunnels, spectator “sniper” zones and other features designed to ensure runners will get wet. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The race is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Registration is $55, or $65 on Saturday; $30 for age 6 to 12, free for age 5 and younger. Contact 720-352-3638 or

-- Boom-box parade

Wild Goose Creative will celebrate its first commissioned, site-specific installation. A boom-box parade will honor works by Jill Raymundo (creator of the translucent colored panels pictured) and Jacoti Sommes (creator of a soundscape, which will be heard on the radios). The march will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Glen Echo Park, 510 Cliffside Dr., and proceed to the venue, 2491 Summit St. Admission is free. Call 614-859-9453 or visit

-- Gallery Hop

On the first Saturday of the month, thousands of people descend on High Street in the Short North for the Gallery Hop. The evening toasts art with new exhibits as well as shopping, eating and more. The hop runs from 4 to 10 p.m., but many shops open earlier — and many bars and restaurants close much later. More at

-- O.A.R.

The pop-rock group O.A.R, whose members met and first played together as Ohio State University undergraduates, bring their summer tour to Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Opening acts are Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone. Tickets are $36 to $38. Contact 614-461-5483 or

-- Pops with Kansas

The rock band Kansas, which topped the charts with several songs in the 1970s ("Dust in the Wind"), will perform with the Columbus Symphony in a Picnic With the Pops concert at Columbus Commons, E. Rich and S. High streets. Tickets are $23 for adults, $8 for children. Gates open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Details at 614-228-8600 or

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SUNDAY -- Patriotic music

A program of patriotic music has been put together by conductor Chad Geedey for a performance Sunday by the Greater Columbus Concert Band at the Whetstone Park of Roses, 3923 N. High St. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday. Details at

-- Songs of America

“Songs of America” is an apt concert title for a Fourth of July weekend event. It's a free concert from RMT, a Columbus rock, country, blues and Americana band. Music begins at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Village Green in Worthington. Details at 614-436-2743,