1. Balloons & Tunes (Aug. 23-24)
Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd., Grove City
Grove City’s annual hot air balloon festival features tethered balloon rides, glows and ascensions, as well as vendors, food, children’s activities and, on Saturday, the Mount Carmel Up and Away 5K. http://www.grovecityohio.gov
2. Isabella Rossellini and Guy Maddin in Conversation (Aug. 24, 6 p.m.)
Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.
Actor Isabella Rossellini and director Guy Maddin speak on their experiences in film at this special Wexner Center event, which also includes a screening of My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a short film recognizing Rossellini’s father, Roberto Rossellini; and a screening of restored Roberto Rossellini film Europe ’51. http://www.wexarts.org
3. Color Is (Aug. 26 – Oct. 11)
Miller Gallery, Otterbein University Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville
Painter Elena Osterwalder explores the world of color in this exhibition at Otterbein. http://www.otterbein.edu
4. David Murray Infinity Quartet with Macy Gray (Aug. 28, 7 and 9 p.m.)
Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.
The Jazz Poetry Ensemble presents saxophone virtuoso David Murray and his band for two shows, both accompanied by Macy Gray, the soul singer best known for her 1999 hit “I Try.” http://www.makejazznotwar.org
5. Gretchen Wilson (Aug. 30, 8 p.m.)
Scioto Downs Racino, 6000 S. High St.
The country music superstar known for such songs as “Redneck Woman” and “All Jacked Up” stops by Scioto Downs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a fireworks show follows the concert. http://www.sciotodowns.com