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Upcoming Events in Downtown Columbus

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.

Pearl Market at Columbus Commons

Catch Pearl Market at Columbus Commons for the first time ever! Same market you know and love, new location during the much-loved Food Truck Food Court event at the Commons.

Free Commons for Kids

Kids of all ages can enjoy unique activities, carousel rides, and inflatables* – all with a panoramic view of Downtown’s skyline. Each Commons for Kids is programmed to be a launching pad for exploration. With six acres of open and inviting space, there’s no shortage of fun on Fridays at the Commons.
 
Every week has a unique theme, with activities for the little ones AND the big kids! Check our website for all the activities: https://columbuscommons.org/events/commons-for-kids/
 
*Inflatables will be at select dates.
 
June 7 – Going Green
June 14 – Animals
June 21 – Celebrate Summer*
June 28 – Games*
July 5- Health + Safety*
July 12 – Carnival*
July 19 – Sports + Fitness*
July 26 – STEM
August 2 – Arts + Crafts
August 9 – Music
 
Easy and convenient parking is available just south of the park at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street. 

Jazz & Ribs Fest

Friday, July 19: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

The 43rd annual Jazz & Rib Fest is coming to the Scioto Mile this July, and 17 different rib vendors vendors as well as 25 other food members are set to serve up a smorgasbord of barbecue favorites for connoisseurs.

Picnic with the Pops: Cody Fry

Grammy Award nominee and American Idol finalist Cody Fry brings his singer-songwriter talents and genre-bending music to Columbus for one night only! Fry’s popular musical fusions and orchestrations have made him a viral sensation eclipsing 200 million global streams on TikTok and attracting a devout audience and fan base.

 

 

CAPA Summer Movie Series: Cartoon Capers

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.

PBJ & Jazz: Latin Grooves with Will Strickler

PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Ohio’s finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member.

PBJ & Jazz Summer Series concerts are presented outdoors at Topiary Park!

CAPA Summer Movie Series: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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.

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: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

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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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😉✅

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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 👋👋👋
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