Glockenspiel. Kinderplatz. Vier Meiler. Alpenhorn. What's not to like about these words? Just saying them makes you feel happy.

*Glockenspiel. Kinderplatz. Vier Meiler. Alpenhorn. What's not to like about these words? Just saying them makes you feel happy.

You'll be happier still knowing they mean Columbus Oktoberfest is on its way.

Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus will host the 48th annual event Sept. 27-29 at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgounds -- you know, under those beer hall-looking pavilions that you always thought would be perfect for such a celebration.

German food, music, dancing and, of course, beer, will be on tap. (Get it? On tap?) The Kinderplatz is a free children's area with a host of rides and activities and the MarktPlatz will have arts and crafts from a variety of vendors. Live music, comedy and watercolor art (yes, live art-making at the Paint Out) will be featured. And do not miss the Stone Toss.

Admission is free; parking is $8. Read more in Gary Seman's feature story at and visit The Beat page while you're there to see the fun we had at the special "breaking of the pretzel."

*This same weekend offers a chance to mark the final days of the outdoor arts season, courtesy of the Riverfront Arts Festival Sept. 27-29 in Genoa Park in downtown Columbus.

Local and regional performing and visual artists will be featured, along with the final two WaterFire burns ever (yes, ever, as the riverfront will undergo major changes).

Sunday's Paws & Prints is fun for four-legged family members as well, and the weekend offers a chance to win a share of $5,000 in ArtBucks, redeemable with participating artists in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

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*Don't miss the conclusion of Shadowbox Live's Brew Ha Ha, a four-day festival continuing through Friday, Sept. 27, featuring local and regional bands, the Sketch Comedy Competition (bringing in troupes from all over the country) and the first-ever Stand Up Competition (also featuring comics from across the country).

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*October is Arts & Humanities Month in Ohio.

There is a host of official/related activities planned by the Ohio Arts Council and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. You can find out more at

But -- if you'll permit us a soap box moment -- it's not so much about those specific activities as it is about the promotion and celebration of the arts and culture, and the importance of our participation in them as creators or consumers.

Now, if only there were a place where one could find out all sorts of arts and entertainment happenings in and around central Ohio...