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Upcoming Events in Downtown Columbus

Dorrian Days: Ecology

Join us for year two of the hit Dorrian Days at Dorrian Green! With giant inflatables, games, the COSI curbside van, a themed activity station, and a food truck, bring your kids to the park for an afternoon of FREE fun. Plus, cool off in the Dorrian Green water feature. Make a day of it by heading to COSI before or after, or heading across the river to Bicentennial Park for double the free fun! 

Pearl Market at Gay & Pearl

On Tuesdays you can find us at our historic location on Gay and Pearl Streets with the freshest produce downtown.

Breakfast at the Commons

Start your day off right with Breakfast at Columbus Commons featuring some of your favorite local food trucks!
 
Join us every Wednesday morning May through October from 7:30 am – 10:30 am and grab breakfast from our breakfast food trucks: Biscuit Boss, Columbus Coffee Co., Donna’s Delicious Dozen and Roaming Rooster. 
 
Take your breakfast to go, chill out on the lawn or in the Bosque!
Convenient parking is available in our underground garage at 191 S Third Street.
 
Thank you to our sponsors at Fifth Third Bank for making this event possible.

Wednesdays on the Water

Paddle down the Scioto River with a $15 discount on a one-hour watercraft rental. Spots are limited, so book ahead to secure your kayak! Walk-ins accepted, but not guaranteed. Located at the boat launch under the Main Street Bridge, near Bicentennial Park.

Free Yoga at Columbus Commons

Join us weekly for FREE yoga classes sponsored by UnitedHealthcare and led by RawYoga614 and Seven Studios at Columbus Commons. All experience levels are welcome! Classes are totally free, just be sure to sign your waiver here: https://columbuscommons.org/events/fitness/

You can also join us at our other fitness classes at the following times:

  • Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm – Cardio
  • Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – Yoga
  • Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Yoga

Classes will be held weekly May 1 – September 25. Follow along on our social media for any cancellation updates @ColumbusCommons.

Convenient parking is available in the Columbus Commons underground garage at 191 S Third Street.

For additional information, visit our website here: https://columbuscommons.org/

Wellness Wednesdays at Topiary Park

Each Wellness Wednesday, enjoy a different wellness activity in Topiary Park including yoga, HIIT, and sound baths. Check the calendar to plan ahead here: https://downtownservices.org/events/

Free Yoga at Columbus Commons

Join us weekly for FREE yoga classes sponsored by UnitedHealthcare and led by RawYoga614 and Seven Studios at Columbus Commons. All experience levels are welcome! Classes are totally free, just be sure to sign your waiver here: https://columbuscommons.org/events/fitness/

You can also join us at our other fitness classes at the following times:

  • Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm – Cardio
  • Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm – Yoga
  • Wednesdays @ 5:30 pm – Yoga

Classes will be held weekly May 1 – September 25. Follow along on our social media for any cancellation updates @ColumbusCommons.

Convenient parking is available in the Columbus Commons underground garage at 191 S Third Street.

For additional information, visit our website here: https://columbuscommons.org/

2024 MLS All-Star Game

The best of two leagues meet again. The 2024 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target is taking place this summer, featuring MLS All-Stars taking on a team of All-Stars from Mexico’s top league, LIGA MX on July 24 in Columbus at Lower.com Field. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

CAPA Summer Movie Series: Thelma & Louise (1991)

The CAPA Summer Movie Series is back! Our 55th series of classic films and cult favorites will run July 12 – August 25 at the historic Ohio Theatre and feature 28 films.

Food Truck Food Court at Columbus Commons

Food Truck Food Court is back in Downtown Columbus! Every Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm, Columbus Commons will be hosting local food trucks serving up all your favorites, from pizza to hibachi.

Nine trucks will be featured throughout the season including Elevated Pizza, Fetty’s Street Food, McGinnis Grill, Pitabilities, Schmidt’s, Taesty’s and Zaki Grill, with two rotating trucks each month.

Local Matters Veggie Van will be joining our line-up again to provide fresh produce to Columbus Commons visitors.

New this year – shop the SID’s Pearl Market for local goods each Food Truck Food Court Thursday from May 16 – October 10.

Check out our website for the two rotating trucks of the month! https://columbuscommons.org/events/food-trucks/

Take your food to go, chill out on the lawn, or grab a table in the Bosque.

NEW THIS YEAR: Shop local produce, food and artisanal goods at the Capital Crossroads and Discovery SID’s Pearl Market at the Commons each week at Food Truck Food Court, starting May 16!

Convenient parking is available in our underground garage at 191 S Third St or Main Garage at 55 E Rich St. A huge thank you to our sponsors at Fifth Third Bank for making this event possible!

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Discover Downtown through the rich tapestry of its urban districts.

Take a stroll along Gay Street and you’ll discover a dense mélange of lively, street-level bars, galleries, restaurants, retail shops, and cafes.

From Columbus Commons to the Scioto Mile, for an experience that’s equal parts urban flair and natural splendor, head to the RiverSouth District.

For fashion, food, fun, fabulous tunes, and fantastic retail, the eclectic Fourth and Main District is hard to beat.

Pro sports, world-renowned live entertainment, and vibrant restaurants and bars— the Arena District scores big every time.

The convergence of Downtown’s central business district and the historic Franklinton neighborhood, The Peninsula brings together the best of all worlds – just around the bend of the Scioto River.  

Historic buildings have been transformed into must-experience bars, venues and experiences in this up-and-coming District just east of the Scioto. 

Home to a vibrant array of landmark institutions, historic sites, progressive galleries, and contemporary culinary establishments, make your next Discovery in this signature Downtown district.

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NEW DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT IDEAS just dropped ✨💙☀️ enjoy these 10 ideas that are alcohol-free and can be done on a budget 💸

Downtown has lots of options to keep things fun — and you’ll still feel great the next day so you can pick another one of the list😉✅

IDEAS HERE⬇️
1️⃣Cheer on the home team at Dime a Dog night
📌 Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane
💲Tickets $8 each

2️⃣See a classic movie at the CAPA Summer movie series
📌 Ohio Theatre, 39 E State St
💲Tickets $6 each

3️⃣Pack a picnic + ride the carousel at Columbus Commons
📌160 S High St
💲Free

4️⃣Grab coffee or a pastry at Parable or Qahwah House
📌Parable - 149 S High St
📌Qahwah House - 189 E Main St
💲Price varies

5️⃣Take a CoGo to the Scioto Mile Fountain
📌Bicentennial Park, 233 S Civic Center Drive
💲COGO CODE FOR FREE ANNUAL PASS: DOWNTOWN

6️⃣Chill out at BAM Thursdays
📌Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St
💲Free

7️⃣Catch an outdoor movie 
📌Columbus Commons, 160 S High St
📌Topiary Park, 480 E Town St
💲Free

8️⃣Grab a slice or donut at North Market
📌59 Spruce St
💲Price varies

9️⃣Try out the No/Low Happy Hour event at the Junto
📌The Junto Hotel, 77 Belle St
💲Free (check website for times)

🔟Embrace your inner artist at an Artist Commune
📌Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St
💲Free

Send this to your bestie or boo ➡️📲
Nothing says summer like an outdoor movie 🎬😎

Here’s what’s coming up this summer into fall:

📍Columbus Commons

🗓️August 2: The Secret Life of Pets
🗓️August 17: A Goofy Movie
🗓️September 5: Sister Act II
🗓️September 7: CoCo
🗓️September 12: Grease
🗓️September 19: Barbie
🗓️September 26: Top Gun: Maverick

📍Topiary Park (thanks to @crossroads.discovery.columbus)

🗓️July 26: National Treasure
🗓️August 23: Barbie
🗓️September 27: West Side Story
🗓️October 25: Hocus Pocus

📍Jackie O’s Beers and Blockbusters

🗓️July 22: Jurassic Park (1993)
🗓️July 29: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

BONUS: Check out the CAPA Summer Movie series showing vintage films inside the Ohio Theatre for just $6 a ticket 🎟️

➕ don’t miss the mega-popular @nightlight614 movie series at Genoa Park! (21+, paid entry)

Which movie are you most excited for? 👀🎬
Who else can’t get over how much fun it was to be Downtown this past weekend🖐️🤩

With Free Kayak Day on the Scioto plus the first ever free carnival experience on the Rich Street Bridge just down the street from Food Truck Festival, the energy was just as vibrant as the kayaks on the water 🙌🌈🌊! 

If you missed Free Kayak Day + Midway on the Mile this weekend, mark your calendars for August 10, when you can experience it all again! Head to the link in our bio for more info. 

Thanks to all who came out to join us. We hope you had as much fun as we did🌊🛶🎡
Who’s ready for a QUINTESSENTIAL Columbus summer weekend 🖐️🖐️🖐️

Enjoy free events GALORE including…
Rich Street outdoor carnival games ✅
Kayak day ✅
Ratatouille✅
Book Festival ✅
and so much more…

Plus, our neighbors in Franklinton will be having a Franklinton Friday just across the river. Grab a DORA bev and make a night of it!☀️

See ya out there 👋👋👋
The Scioto Mile Fountain is closed today, Monday, July 22, for maintenance.