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Picnic with the Pops Heats Up Summer


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Downtown Columbus Play Picnic with the Pops at the Columbus Commons

As you plan ahead for a summer full of fun, don’t forget to pencil in some ear-poppin’ fun with the Columbus Symphony.  While we all love the beautiful downtown theaters for a night at the symphony, summer calls for a picnic blanket or folding table and chairs. Yes, take in your tunes with family and friends under the starry sky with Picnic with the Pops. First, choose the performance or performances you just can’t miss. Then, invite your gang for a night of food and drinks, music, dancing and fun at Columbus Commons. Plus, we have tickets to a show up for grabs. Read on to find out how to win.

What sets Picnic with the Pops apart? Your Columbus Symphony performs with popular musicians, with a line-up that includes Kool and the Gang, Jefferson Starship and the Music of Styx. So, get ready for a real party atmosphere. Oh, and the little ones won’t be left out. The Popcorn Pops performances delight the kiddos with movie music and danceable classics.

Of course, food and drink prep ensures a night of perfection. Bring a picnic basket with your favorite food and drinks. No time to pack? Gobble up goodies from the on-site vendors, or order from Catering by Design. Whichever way you go, you can definitely put the "picnic" into Picnic with the Pops. In delicious style.

The music selections run the gamut. Rock out with Jefferson Starship. Or, feel the Latin heat with “Latin Explosion” with Tito Puente, Jr. and Jon Secada. Then, celebrate America with Patriotic Pops. Oh, and prep for Buckeye football season with the OSU Marching Band (be ready to sway arm-in-arm to Carmen Ohio; it never gets old).

Picnic with the Pops Line-Up

Kool and the Gang - June 14
Jefferson Starship - June 15
The Music of Pink Floyd - June 22
Patriotic Pops - June 29
Latin Explosion featuring Tito Puente, Jr. and Jon Secada - July 6
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx - July 13
The Spinners - July 20
The Ohio State University Marching Band - July 26-27
Popcorn Post - June 21 and July 19

So, now that you’re revved up to get Popping, we have tickets up for grabs. Shoot us an email at and let us know your favorite Ohio State Marching Band song or performance for a chance to win. And, if you miss out on winning, get your tickets at You'll also find all the details regarding picnicking, parking and more.