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Upcoming Events in Downtown Columbus

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.

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/

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/

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!

Artist Commune: Portraits of Liberation

Portraiture is the art of creating portraits, whether of others or yourself, capturing the essence of a person through an artistic lens. At May’s Artist Commune, we’ll be focusing on photography portraiture and finding unique ways to approach this art form. Bring any camera you’d like, whether that’s your smartphone, DSLR camera, or a film camera—no photography experience required! Artist Commune is always free and open to all.

We’ll start the event at Urban Arts Space, where each participant will choose a piece from the two exhibitions on view—Freequency and A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back—to inspire new ways of considering how we portray people and personal expression. How can portraits liberate us and others? What is gained and lost from what is shown or not shown in a photograph?

After we choose our sources of inspiration, we’ll take a guided walk down High Street, finding interesting backdrops for portraits in downtown Columbus. We encourage attendees to collaborate with each other in taking photos and sharing ideas. Community is the essence of Artist Commune.

In the event of inclement weather, we will still host this program, but the photo portion will happen inside the gallery and the covered Lazarus building galleria and surrounding walkways. We can also get creative with props and lighting if we are limited to the indoors!

Not Your Mama’s Craft Market at the Kee

NEW MARKET, WHO DIS?!?! NYMCM is pairing up with The Kee for a weekly Farmer’s Market/Vintage Flea every Sunday, May 19th through September 29th. We are calling it The Warehouse District Farm & Flea! These markets will look a little different than the NYMCM Markets you are used to. Although we will still be hosting handmade vendors at these casual traditional farmers market style markets, food and produce will be the big event with the addition of a few vintage and handmade vendors. On the first Sunday of every month, we will kick it up a notch by adding additional vintage vendors to the farmers market mix for a shopping extravaganza we are calling our SUPERMARKET SUNDAY! 

In addition to the Farm & Flea, The Kee will also be hosting its famous Sunday Brunch and will have its indoor cornhole, arcade and simulated games open. This is the perfect Sunday family outing you were looking for! Mark your calendars to stay and eat, grab a drink, listen to music, play games, enjoy an art exhibit, or just hang out in their indoor and outdoor space. 

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.

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/

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/

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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FOUNTAIN FEST DAY 2️⃣

What an incredible day yesterday at the fountain with so much fun in the sun☀️☀️ Now let’s do it all again today😎 Here’s what’s happening:

➡️Fountain Fest from 12-7 pm
📍Scioto Mile Fountain, 233 S Civic Center Drive

🚃Take a FREE trolley ride to the following events:

🎉Family Fun Day from 4-8 pm
📍Columbus Commons

🍿Free Movie Night ft. Encanto at 8:15 pm
📍Columbus Commons

🍓Jeni’s Strawberry Jam starting at 11 am
📍Land-Grant Brewing

🍻Plus, you can OFFICIALLY now enjoy DORA beverages Downtown from 11 til 7 pm!

Head to the link in our bio for all the deets and see ya later today 👋👋
The day is almost here 🎉 The enhanced Scioto Mile Fountain is set to open to the public right on time this Friday, May 24, complete with new lighting elements, seating, music and more. 

Come out to Fountain Fest this weekend to kick off summer with us with a splash in the fountain ☀️😎

Following this weekend, the fountain will be open from 11-7 pm daily! 

⛲️Scioto Mile Fountain
📍233 S Civic Center Drive
It’s the weekend 🎉 here’s a taste of what’s happening Downtown:

➡️North Market Apron Gala ($) - 5/17
➡️Columbus Taco Fest ($) - 5/17+5/18
➡️Clippers Games ($) - all weekend
➡️Not Your Mama’s Craft Market - 5/19
➡️CMA Community Day - 5/19

A few more updates…
➡️UnderCurrent has been cancelled due to weather 🥲But keep an eye out for a new date!
➡️Next weekend will be BUSY with a full lineup of festivities at the Scioto Mile Fountain + Columbus Commons as well as the Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land Grant Brewing!

What do you think folks? Should we bring event roundups back? 👀 Remember that events are always posted on our website (link in bio).
WEATHER UPDATE: Due to forecasted weather, we’re canceling the UnderCurrent event scheduled for Friday, May 17.⛈

Can we get a rain check? We’re super excited to collaborate with the @columbusmuseum to bring their awesome BAM series under “Current” so we’re checking our calendars for a new date and time. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for the next UnderCurrent event, the Natural Wine Festival on June 9, plus the start of BAM Thursdays at @columbusmuseum on May 30! Stay dry tomorrow! Our recommendation: Pop by Parable After Dark (@parableafterdark) for good vibes and a consolation cocktail. 🥂
GET READY FOR FOUNTAIN FEST ⛲

Bring the friends, bring the fam — it's gonna be a party 🎉 The Scioto Mile Fountain is BACK and better than ever, just in time for summer! On May 24 + May 25, join us at the fountain for free fun including: 

🔵Live music and DJ sets
🔵Food trucks: @cupzillakoreanbbq + @empanadasandmoremobilefood
🔵Free ice cream (while supplies last so plan to arrive early!)
🔵A collaborative street mural with @urbanartsspace
🔵Temporary glitter tattoos
🔵Caricature artists
🔵Yard games
🔵Roaming performers

Stick around on Friday for a FREE concert on the Bicentennial Park stage at 5:30pm featuring @the_deeptones_, produced by @colsrecparks!

Plus, free trolley rides will connect you to more free events around Downtown and Franklinton, including: 
➡️ Free Concert by the Navigators at @columbuscommons (May 24)
➡️ Family Fun Day + Movie Night ft. Encanto at @columbuscommons (May 25)
➡️ Jeni's Strawberry Jam at @landgrantbrewing (May 25)

Head to our website (link in bio) for the full lineup! Mark those calendars because you won't wanna miss this one ⬇️

⛲FREE Fountain Fest
📍Scioto Mile Fountain at Bicentennial Park, 233 S Civic Center Dr
📅 May 24 from 12-7 pm / May 25 from 11-7 pm
🚗 Find convenient parking at the Columbus Commons Main Garage at 55 E Rich St. Take the FREE trolley from Columbus Commons to the fountain!
👉 After Fountain Fest, the Scioto Mile Fountain will be open each day from 11-7 pm.
PEARL MARKET IS BACK☀️

Today kicked off Pearl Market’s summer season Downtown! Come out to the market to stroll and shop local produce, goods and snacks Downtown for an ideal lil midday getaway — this year in TWO locations! Here’s where you can catch Pearl Market:

📍Pearl Alley (Gay & Pearl)
🗓️Tuesdays from 11-2 pm

📍Columbus Commons (NEW THIS YEAR)
🗓️Thursdays from 11-2 pm

The Pearl Market is managed by @crossroads.discovery.columbus ☀️
UPDATE: This event has been postponed due to the forecasted storms. Stay tuned for a rain date  announcement. 

LESS THAN 10 DAYS AWAY UNTIL UNDERCURRENT: BAM 🎨🍻🎵

We can’t wait to shut down the streets next Friday and bring you the first-ever “UnderCurrent” event!

Featuring the museum’s signature BAM (Bar, Art, Music) series, come out and enjoy a live DJ, dance party with theCOMINGHOME, creative experiences, an interactive photobooth, live painting, food trucks, yard games and a cash bar right on Gay and High Streets. The best part? Admission is FREE 🎟️ 

More info about UnderCurrent at the link in our bio! 

🥂UnderCurrent with @columbusmuseum - BAM!
📅Friday, May 17
🕔5 pm - 9 pm
🆓FREE Admission

PS - stay tuned for the next UnderCurrent event... can you guess what it is? 🍷
The Scioto Mile Fountain is open with normal operating hours 11 am - 7 pm today.