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Upcoming Events in Downtown Columbus

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!

Movie Night at Topiary Park: Crazy Rich Asians

Come together at the beautiful Topiary Park downtown for free movie nights throughout the summer.
Movies start around sunset but we’ll have food trucks, activities and entertainment prior to kick off the films. Stay tuned as we announce additional programming and entertainment.
May: Crazy Rich Asians
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians”. Food trucks and additional programming to be announced.
June: Rent
We’re celebrating Pride Month with the cult-classic “Rent” along with trivia around LGBTQ+ Icons. Foods trucks and additional programming to be announced.
July: National Treasure
US History is the theme for trivia for July’s Movie Night as we show the family-favorite “National Treasure”. Burgers on the Boulevard will be the food truck for this night so bring your appetite!
August: Barbie
Calling all dolls! We’re showing the hit film “Barbie” under the stars so grab your Ken (or Allen) and join us at the park. Foods trucks and additional programming to be announced.
September: West Side Story
Think you know musical theater? Our September Movie Night will feature musical theater trivia and karaoke renditions of your favorite Broadway hits! Foods trucks and additional programming to be announced.
October: Hocus Pocus
Featuring spooky and supernatural themed trivia, we’ll also host a costume contest so break out your most frightening or playful costumes for a chance to win prizes! Foods trucks and additional programming to be announced

FREE Fountain Fest Day 1

The Scioto Mile Fountain is ready for its grand re-opening at Bicentennial Park! After a full renovation, we’re excited to celebrate the return of this iconic cornerstone of free fun on the riverfront. Join us for a two-day celebration with live music, free ice cream (while supplies last!), caricature artists, food trucks, art and more surprises. The weekend will be chock-full with free festivities Downtown, including a Friday evening concert hosted by the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and activations at local attractions including Columbus Commons and Land Grant Brewing. Let’s kick off the summer!

Bicentennial Park Summer Concert ft. The Deeptones

Enjoy live music at the newly renovated Scioto Mile Fountain during Fountain Fest. Musical acts by DJ Citizen by Dorian S. and The Deeptones. 

Free Navigators Concert

A group comprised of Columbus executives and professionals playing high-energy rock tunes from the 1960s to today. Since their formation in 2002, they have helped to raise more than $500,000 to help local and national charities such as the City Year Columbus, United Way, Salvation Army, Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Hilltop YMCA, the American Red Cross, A Kid Again and more.  

Blankets and chairs are welcome. Beverage sales and food trucks are available on site. Tickets are NOT required. 

FREE Fountain Fest Day 2

The Scioto Mile Fountain is ready for its grand re-opening at Bicentennial Park! After a full renovation, we’re excited to celebrate the return of this iconic cornerstone of free fun on the riverfront. Join us for a two-day celebration with live music, free ice cream (while supplies last!), caricature artists, food trucks, art and more surprises. The weekend will be chock-full with free festivities Downtown, including a Friday evening concert hosted by the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and activations at local attractions including Columbus Commons and Land Grant Brewing. Let’s kick off the summer!

Free Family Fun Day

Enjoy a day jam-packed with family fun for the little ones and bigger kids alike, with activities including inflatables, face painting, crafts facilitated by community partners and of course, carousel rides. Plus, hop on a trolley right over to Fountain Fest at Bicentennial Park! Programming includes: 

Free Movie Night – Encanto

Round up the whole family and head to the Commons for a free movie surrounded by the stars and city skyline. Free popcorn while supplies last!

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and take in a movie under the stars. Movie starts at approximately 8:15 pm.

The May 25 movie night immediately follows our Free Family Fun Day event from 4 – 8 pm. Check out the details here: https://columbuscommons.org/events/family/

The 2024 season movie lineup includes:

  • May 25 – Encanto (after Family Fun Day)
  • June 21 – Secret Life of Pets
  • July 12 – Ratatouille
  • September 7 – Coco (after Harvest Fair)

Convenient parking is available at 55 E Rich St!

Check out all the details for our movie nights at our website: https://columbuscommons.org/events/movie-nights/

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.

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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).
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.
ROOFTOP BARS DOWNTOWN 🌇🥂

It’s rooftop season folks 🙌 What better way to take in our city skyline than with a drink in hand? 🍹 These six rooftop bars are a must-visit this summer season ⬇️

📍Goodale Station // 77 E Nationwide Blvd
📍Brass Eye // 77 Belle St
📍Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen // 517 Park St
📍Novak’s Tavern and Patio // 475 N High St
📍Stories on High // 404 N High St
📍Jackie O’s on Fourth, 171 N Fourth St

Cheers to city sights, delicious bites & beautiful nights 🥂 Which one are you checking out next?
VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD DOWNTOWN🌱

Happy Earth month 🌎 One of the best ways to help the earth is by eating more plant-based meals. And lucky for you - we’ve got a whole lot of options here Downtown 😉 From all-vegan diners like @4thandstate and @willowbeezsoulveg to vegan-friendly options like @tigerandlilyinspired and @pierogi_mountain, the meat-free eats are endless 😍

Head to the link in our bio for 15+ vegan and vegetarian restaurants here Downtown!

📍4th and State / 152 E State St
📍Willowbeez Soulveg / 59 Spruce St (at North Market)
📍Tortilla Street Food / 160 S High St (at Columbus Commons)
📍Si Señor / 175 W Nationwide Blvd
📍Pierogi Mountain / 105 N Grant Ave
📍Tiger & Lily / 19 E Gay St

What’s your favorite veggie meal around town?
UNDERCURRENT with @columbusmuseum 🔜

We're joining forces with the Columbus Museum of Art for the first-ever "UnderCurrent" event, bringing the museum's signature BAM (Bar, Art, Music) series to Gay & High Streets. Enjoy a live DJ, dance party with theCOMINGHOME, creative experiences, an interactive photobooth, live painting, food trucks, yard games and a cash bar right in the street. Admission is FREE. 🥂🎨🎵

UnderCurrent is a community event series activating the Gay Street District to provide creative programming to the neighborhood. Stay tuned for future UnderCurrent events happening throughout the year.

Will we see you there? 👀👀

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

A new restaurant has been reel-ed into the Gay Street District! Hank’s Low Country Seafood & Raw Bar opens Tuesday, April 23 here Downtown. A renowned restaurant hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Hank’s is serving up a big menu of delicious seafood, complete with signature seafood platters, chef specialties and lowcountry classics. Enjoy their classics like signature crabcakes and tuna tartare, plus oysters, lobster and more. 

This stunning new space has plenty of soft seating in their dining room and lounge, and is an upscale-casual but approachable spot for drinks or dinner. Want to celebrate a special occasion with lobster and oysters? This is your place. Craving some buttermilk fried chicken and grits? They’ve got that too. 

Seafood lovers, you won’t want to miss this one!

Hank’s Low Country Seafood & Raw Bar
6 W Gay St
Opens April 23
Open Tues - Thurs 4-10 pm / Fri - Sat 5-10:30 pm