Walk-up tickets still available for purchase from the History Center front desk during the event.
Dig out your crimper, grab your acid wash jeans and pop in your shoulder pads because Ohio History Connection is going back to the 80s! Join us as we jam to classic hits of the decade, play popular games of the era, enjoy toys and activities, and more!
Stations during the event:
Reminisce about summer camp with Ohio History Connection’s very own Camp Conway! Camp out in a tent, try out some craft activities, but make sure you avoid the wrath of your camp counselor!
Totally 80’s Dance Party
Join us at the Red Carpet for a gnarly dance party! Columbus’ own DJ Dynamo and special Guest DJ Mimi Dromette will be spinning vinyl of 80s classics, New Wave, and underground music from the decade. You’ll just need to bring your bangles and parachute pants.
Compete for the title of “Most Historically Inspired,” “Silliest” and “Staff Favorite!”
Back to the Lustron
In 1985, the record-busting film Back to the Future hit screens across the United States. Explore our 1950s Lustron House like Marty McFly and learn about life in 1955 AND 1985. Just try not to find your parents.
Totally Rad Games
Play some classic games created in the 1980s. You’ll be surprised at how many of your favorite games are actually much older than this decade!
Let’s Get Physical
Try some moves from some of our favorite celebrity workout videos and learn about the rise of Diet Culture—something we’re still dealing with today.
Hip Hop Workshops
Performances at 8 & 9 p.m. Learn from the best with Transit Arts Group as they teach some Hip Hop basics.
Pop Up Museum
Discover more about 1980s pop culture through our staff curated exhibit!
The Rise of Reaganism. Yuppie Culture. The end of the Cold War. Explore the huge political changes of this decade, and vote for next year’s History After Hours theme.
Take pics with our 80s inspired backdrop, or use our photo booth machine for free photos this evening!
Try some retro games with some retro consoles and learn about this change in gaming history!