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Inside 43215: Summer Fun Abounds


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Summer is flying by. Maybe you made a mental list back during the Memorial Day weekend of some fun hot spots you’d like to hit during the dog days. If you made a list and have forgotten to check things off, or if you never made a list to start with figuring summer was made for flying by the seat of your pants, we want to remind you of some hip happenings downtown that will fade away with your summer tan.

Downtown Live! Summer Concert Series

This fabulous live music event costs you absolutely nothing. Take in hot tunes from favorites from the local music scene most Thursdays from 7 – 11 p.m. at Columbus Commons. You can grab some grub and frosty beverages to make your after-work experience complete. This week check out The Wet Darlings and Nick Tolford & Co., and click here for the August line-up. Oh, and if you have a special event to plan, you can even book a VIP tent.

Rhythm on the River

You won’t want to miss Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Rhythm on the River, a variety of performances that take place at Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion all summer long. You’ll find bluegrass, fashion, country music, ballet and more, all for no cost at all. This week features an evening of bluegrass with Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out and Lonesome River Band. For a complete line-up, click here.

Summer Fitness Classes

Some folks got hooked on the fantastic summer fitness classes at Columbus Commons only to have them hit a mid-summer hiatus. If your summer fun is resulting in a little flab, six weekly fitness classes taught by Ohio Fit Club instructors return to the Commons the week of July 29. Just click here to sign an online waiver and you are all set to join Bootcamp (Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.); CrossFit (Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.); Kickboxing (Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.); Hip Hop (Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.); Yoga (Saturdays, 9 – 10 a.m.) or Zumba (Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.). Classes run through the end of September, and they won’t cost you a red cent.


There are still four weeks left to take advantage of FountainSide, which features a range of free children’s activities. Kiddos will enjoy playing in the Scioto Mile fountains plus special activities related to the theme of the week. Games, arts, crafts and more await families on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This week’s theme is Play Like a Champion. Sounds fitting for a town that’s home to the Ohio State Buckeyes. For a complete line-up click here.

Columbus Art Walk

Columbus Public Health has partnered with Columbus Landmarks Foundation to offer no-cost guided tours of Columbus Art Walk sites. The tours will take place every Monday at 7 p.m. from through October 28. Each tour will be about an hour and they will cover 10 to 15 sites in depth. No registration is required. For a list of tour locations visit the Columbus Landmarks website.

Discovery District Beach Volleyball 

The Discovery District in Downtown Columbus has announced a new neighborhood sand volleyball court located across Grant Avenue from the new Hills Market Downtown and Grass Skirt Tiki Bar and Restaurant. The Grant Avenue parking lot on which the volleyball court is built was provided by CCAD. The volleyball court is open for free play anytime; just stop into the Hills Market Downtown to sign a waiver. For more information, contact Valerie Goettler at