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The Lion King

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to the Ohio Theatre!

More than 100 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

Dorrian Days: Music

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/

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!

Fountainside Fun

Join us for fountainside fun this summer at Bicentennial Park! All summer long you can enjoy live music and performances, tabletop games, food trucks, sweet frozen treats and more. The whole family can splash at the fountain (for free!) so come on out to the Scioto Mile for a splash-tastic time. 

BAM (Bar, Art, Music) Thursdays

The ultimate Thursday night out is back. Join us for the return of BAM Thursdays (Bar, Art, and Music) at the Columbus Museum of Art. Every Thursday, May 30 through September 26, we’re bringing you live music, great art, delicious bites, vendors and fresh libations in our garden space. Limited seating is also available inside Schokko Café. Perfect for after-work happy hours, gatherings with friends and spur of the moment get togethers.
 
Enjoy extended BAM Thursday hours and museum access until 10:00 PM every Thursday, with FREE general admission from 5:00–10:00 PM. See what’s on view here.
 
You do not need a reservation or ticket to attend BAM Thursdays, however if you would like to visit the museum, you can reserve a timed ticket in advance here. Tables are available on a first come first serve basis for dining. In the event of inclement weather, BAM Thursdays will move inside to the atrium.

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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! 🌅
Today is Juneteenth! The Columbus community is putting on several events to celebrate the holiday. Check them out here⬇️

Celebrations happening within Downtown:
⭐Juneteenth Celebration at Black Kahawa Coffee
📍Black Kahawa Patio, 2 E Broad St
🕕June 19 from 6 am - 2 pm
➡️ @blackkahawa 

⭐Souls from the Well Event by Urban Arts Space and Parable Cafe
📍Parable Cafe, 149 S High St
➡️June 19 from 7-10 pm
➡️by @urbanartsspace and @parablecafe 

⭐Free Tours of the Kelton House Museum & Garde📍586 E Town St
🕕12-4 pm on June 22-23
➡️ @keltonhousemuseum 

⭐Freedom Works: A Juneteenth Fireworks Presentation at Columbus State Community college
📍550 E Spring St
🕕June 19 at 9 pm
➡️ hosted by @maroonartsgroup

Other celebrations nearby to check out: 

⭐Juneteenth Celebration at King Arts Complex (Live Music, Food, Poetry Slam, Community Yard Sale and more)
🗓️June 19 from 10 am - 3 pm
➡️hosted by @kingartscomplex 

⭐Juneteenth BASH at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Martin Luther King Branch
🗓️June 23 from 1:30-4:30 pm
➡️ @columbuslibrary 

🌱This video features the Kelton House garden, which is free to visit! The Kelton House was part of the Underground Railroad and is located in the Discovery District in Downtown Columbus.

Happy Juneteenth!
It's a hot one this week. Here are some tips and resources for staying cool during the heat wave⬇️

TIPS FOR STAYING COOL:
💧 Here Downtown, the Scioto Mile Fountain and Dorrian Green splash pad will both be open to cool off in! The fountain operates from 11 am - 7 pm, and the splashpad from 11 am - 6 pm.
💧 @colsrecparks cooling centers will be open starting Wednesday, 6/19 from 9am - 9 pm. Those five locations are Dodge, Driving Park, Glenwood, Linden, and Marion Franklin. 
 💧@columbusgov + @colsrecparks has extended hours and waived admission for all outdoor pools starting Wednesday, 6/19. Spraygrounds are open 12-8 pm during this period as well.
💧 All branches of @columbuslibrary offer AC, free WiFi and comfortable seating and four locations (Main, Barnett, Hilltop, and Northern Lights) will be staying open on Juneteenth from 12-8 pm.
💧 Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Stay indoors in AC if you can.
💧 If you're outside, wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing.
💧 The Scioto Mile Fountain and Dorrian Green splash pad will both be open to cool off in!

Find all of the information at the link in our bio!

Photo by Robb McCormick Photography.
Sights and sounds from Pride 2024! 🌈🏳️‍🌈
WE’RE ADDING MORE ROOFTOP GARDEN TOURS 🌱

Columbus, you asked for it, and you got it! We teamed up with @urbanartsspace to add 10 more Lazarus Rooftop Garden tours to this year’s schedule. So many of you booked your tour spots in March, and we want more of you to have a chance to see this eco-friendly rooftop garden.

We’re adding two tours on the third Thursday of every month at 11 am and 12:30 pm. Plus, you can grab some lunch at @columbuscommons during Food Truck Food Court 🍽️and take a tour of Urban Arts Space while you’re here. 🎨

Book your tours at the link in our bio. Spots fill up fast! 

*Tours run weather-dependent. 

ADDITIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE:
•June 20 at 11 am
•June 20 at 12:30 pm 
•July 18 at 11 am 
•July 18 at 12:30 pm 
•August 22 at 11 am 
•August 22 at 12:30 pm 
•September 19 at 11 am 
•September 19 at 12:30 pm 
•October 17 at 11 am  
•October 17 at 12:30 pm 

🌱Lazarus Rooftop
📍 50 W Town St
➡️ Registration open now! Book at the link in our bio
What a perfect Wednesday on the Water today🌞🌊

The Downtown views of the river are pretty great, but the views FROM the river are even better! Hot tip: every Wednesday through July 31, you can get $15 off your kayak rental with @windroseoutdoor. An hour long single kayak session is only $15, and SUPs are $10! Lunch hour? More like launch hour 😉 Or stop by after work for a little Windrose wind-down 😌

🌊We get a lot of questions about kayaking on the water! Kayaking is always free if you bring your own. Kayak rentals are available with Windrose Outdoor during the summer season on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The station is set up on the Scioto Mile near Bicentennial Park just before the Main St Bridge. Free kayak days are on July 13 and August 10, when rentals are free - but demand is high!

Tell us: have you kayaked on the river before? 👀

🚣‍♀️Wednesdays on the Water
📅Every Wednesday (weather and river permitting) through July 21
🕒Open 8:30 - 7 pm
DATE NIGHT IDEA: cooking classes with @themix_cscc 🍽️

Did you know Columbus State Community College offers cooking classes to the public? There’s a whole variety to choose from and it makes for the perfect casual date night (solo included 😉) for local learning and a delicious Mitchell Hall-made meal!

Take a look inside the Korean at Home cooking class we took last month and head to the link in our bio to explore the class offerings. 

PS - We’re still getting used to voiceovers 🫣Tell us if we should do more!

🍽️The Mix at Mitchell Hall
📍250 Cleveland Ave
➡️Check online for class offerings