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Upcoming Events in Downtown Columbus

Columbus Book Festival

We’re back for year two and the 2024 Columbus Book Festival will feature a whole new lineup of 200+ national and Columbus-based authors, panel discussions author talks, book signings and more!

The Festival Marketplace will brim with dozens of bookish retailers, community exhibitors, an entertainment lineup, local food court and the popular Indie Author Alley pavilion and Friends of the Library Big Book Sale tent.

As always, this event is free and open to all book lovers.

Author lineup will be announced in late April!

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. 

CAPA Summer Movie Series: Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954)

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.

Dorrian Days: Water

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! 

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/

CAPA Summer Movie Series: Viva Las Vegas (1964)

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.

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Downtown Columbus has parking options abound. Garages, surface lots and on-street sites offer a wide variety of access, no matter your kind of ride, wherever your destination may be.

Downtown columbus' districts

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.

of Downtown Columbus through dozens of local events happening every week. 

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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 👋👋👋
EVERY WEEK: BAM Thursdays + FREE admission to @columbusmuseum 🌞

BAM = bar, art, and music — and each Thursday evening, you can have them all at the Columbus Museum of Art. 🥂🎨🎶 Set in their beautiful outdoor courtyard, BAM has a laid-back, chill vibe great for winding down before the weekend. Here are the details ⬇️

✨FREE museum admission from 5-10 pm
✨Different local artists featured every week from 6-10
✨Live DJ’s all evening long
✨Outdoor bar with plenty of options🥂
✨Exhibitors every last Thursday of the month
✨Apps, dinner and more available from @schokkoartcafe with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating
✨Lots of lawn space for lounging🌱

The sculpture garden is one of the best spots in town for soaking in golden hour! Our advice: watch the sun set then head inside for your own night at the museum. 🌞🌝

Psst - a reminder: the BAM x UnderCurrent event has been rescheduled to Friday, August 30th after being rained out in May!🗓️

🥂BAM Thursdays at the Columbus Museum of Art
📍480 E Broad St
🗓 Every Thursday 5-10 pm through 9/26
🚗Parking available at the museum
The Gay Street parklet is back in action☀️

Made for sitting, sipping and taking in the sights, the parklet is meant for YOU to enjoy 😎 Located right by @briosocoffee at High & Gay, it’s in a prime spot for taking in the action in the Gay Street District. Catch a perfect view of “Current” and the just-opened @hanksseafoodcolumbus, plus @chouetterestaurant in T-1 month!! 📈🍽️

What exactly IS a parklet? 
➡️A parklet is a community space designed in what’s traditionally a curbside parking space, made for relaxation and recreation. This parklet was commissioned by Downtown Columbus, Inc. 

Bring a book, a brew, a DORA bev, or just you. It’ll be here til December! 📘☕️🥂
Happy Summer Solstice, Columbus 🌞

Today marks the latest Scioto sunset of the year, with the light leaving at 9:04 pm. But we think it’s pretty magnificent any time of the evening 😉

Enjoy your night! 🌅