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UA Welcome Series

The CRC’s 2024 UA Welcome Series is shaping up to be filled with opportunities for new and newer residents to connect and learn more about your hometown of choice.

Below are highlights of the events planned so far:

UA Schools New Families Event
January 16 | UA High School
This first time event included information sharing on spring/summer camps and programs for students, plus other resources for families who are new to UA.

Black History Month UA Performance Series
Stories of Resilience: Black History  Journey Through the Arts
February 24 | Tremont Library
A celebration of the strength, unity and rich tapestry of Black history, as depicted through the arts.

UA Quest Scavenger Hunt
March 2-10 | Free to Participate
Be part of this annual favorite from the UA Historical Society. Teams earn points for solving clues, answering questions and taking selfies at each destination. Every point is a raffle entry to win UA-centric prizes. UA Quest is part of the CRC UA Welcome Series, with a special prize for newer residents.

hUmAn Connection Festival
6-8 pm, Wednesday, March 6
UA High School
Upper Arlington Schools invites the community to be part of the 2024 hUmAn Connection Festival on the evening of Wednesday, March 6. Explore an exhibit gallery of the many community and school groups that are working to celebrate and advance culture, inclusion and understanding in our community, then enjoy an interactive performance by the Columbus Jazz Arts Group. This event is the recipient of a Community Relations Innovation Small Grant and is part of the  CRC’s UA Welcome Series for new and newer residents, so we hope to see you there!

Cherry Blossom Celebration
5 pm, Wednesday, April 10
Mallway Park
The CRC leads a celebration of the grove of cherry trees in Mallway Park, as part of a series of activities scheduled across Central Ohio in celebration of spring and to share Japanese culture.

St. Mark’s Culture & Artisans Fair
10 am-3 pm, Saturday, May 4
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 2151 Dorset Road
The Culture & Artisans Fair will feature approximately 20 artisans from all over the world, showcasing and selling their handmade items, as well as delicious food and live music. The Fair is presented in partnership with CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services).
The Culture and Artisans Fair is supported by the City’s Community Relations Innovation Small Grant Program.

UA Pride
Sunday, June 9
Sunny 95 Park
UA Pride is an annual event hosted by Rainbow UA. This event received CRC Innovation Small Grant funding in 2022 and 2023. For 2024, the CRC will also be incorporating UA Welcome Series activities within the UA Pride event.

UA Performance Series: Arts on Arlington
Thursday, June 13
Mallway Park
Hosted by the City’s Parks & Receation Department, Arts on Arlington features local artists showcasing and selling their work, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, internationally-themed food trucks, and community booths hosted by various local entities, including the Community Relations Committee.

Fourth of July Parade New Resident Float
9 am, Thursday, July 4
Northwest Boulevard
New for 2024, the CRC will host a new resident float in the parade. Watch for details on how new and newer residents can join the fun and be celebrated by their fellow community members.

Party on the Plaza
Thursday, July 18
Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road
UA Parks & Rec invites you to embrace the spirit of summer by joining them for a fun evening filled with fantastic music, delicious food, refreshing drinks and engaging art activities for all ages. Discover the perfect spot beneath a picturesque tree, where you can relish a delightful summer night surrounded by music, friends, and the vibrant energy of community.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
10 am-5 pm, Monday, September 2
Northam Park
The CRC will host a new resident booth as part of the City’s premier one-day arts festival, which features art exhibits, live music, hands-on art activities, food truck refreshments and much more.

UACA’s Neighbors Night Out
Saturday, September 14
Tremont Center
Hosted by the Upper Arlington Civic Association, Neighbors Night Out brings neighborhoods together for an evening of live music, family activities, and delicious food and refreshments. The CRC and Civic Association partner to host a new resident welcome area.

Click here for more on the CRC’s events and programs.

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