Hotel near Ohio State Fairgrounds
Attend popular events at the Ohio Expo Center during your stay at our comfortable hotel near the Ohio State Fairgrounds! Visit the most dynamic event venue in the Midwest and the permanent home of one of the largest state fairs in the United States. Columbus Grand Hotel & Banquet Center is your go-to events hotel, complete with three stunning banquet halls and a great location inside the downtown loop.
Interested in other top events hosted elsewhere? Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival is held at MAPFRE Stadium in May, and the Arnold Sports Festival is held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in March.
- Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Ohio State Fair has been cancelled.
- It’s about a 9-minute drive or 7 miles from our Columbus hotel near the Ohio State Fairgrounds via I-71 S.
- Take complimentary Parking Shuttles to and from the Cardinal Gate entrance.
- Easily find your parking spot with the Parking Pin function on the Ohio State Fair website.
- Stroller, wagon, wheelchair, and locker rentals are available on site.
Events at Ohio State Fairgrounds
Ohio State Fair - July
With the tagline “A Fair to Remember,” it’s safe to say there’s nothing quite like the Ohio State Fair. This sprawling multi-day affair has stage entertainers, delicious food, live music, amusement rides, annual traditions like the Butter Cow, State Fair Band and Choir, and more!
Goodguys PPG Nationals (Hot Rod Show) - July
Hot rod and classic car fan come together for a weekend of good times. This classic car show features all kinds of vintage automobiles with over 70,000 active members happy to showcase tricked out trucks, muscle cars, and old school speedsters across the fairgrounds and stadium.
All American Quarter Horse Congress - October
Attend the largest single breed horse show in the world. Taking place over three weeks in October, the AAQHC has multiple events, cash awards, and individual exhibitors with over 21,000 horse show entries. Enter competitions like mounted shooting, barrel racing, and pole bending!
Book your stay at our Columbus hotel near the Ohio State Fairgrounds for next year’s events!