Here’s your cure for the mid-winter blahs: Do something. Downtown has plenty of decidedly different ways to beat the cold. Scarves and gloves optional.
Arnold Sports Festival and Fitness Weekend
Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3 | Hours vary
Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.
He said, “I’ll be back.” And for the 31st time, he is. Join Arnold Schwarzenegger, the buffest of the buff and bikini-clad competitors for this legendary event featuring the world’s strongest and most well-built athletes. This four-day festival draws 22,000 world-class and amateur athletes from 60 nations who compete in 80 events ranging from foosball to physique championships.
COSI’s Insider Science Series: Croc Tales
Thursday, February 28 | 6:00 pm
COSI, 333 W. Broad St.
Wildlife veterinarian and researcher Dr. Mark Flint is bringing a friend with “a lot of teeth” to this terrific “tail” of how the once-endangered American alligator is making a comeback. The evening also features a Q&A session, cash bar, table-top science experience, and exploration of the featured gallery: Crocs - Ancient Predators in a Modern World.
Leather and Lace: A Musical Tribute to the Women of Rock
Thursday, February 28 | 7:30 pm
Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., #260
Get ready to rock like a girl to the hit songs of more than 20 of the most iconic female rock stars of all time. This hard-rocking tribute event features the music of Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Blondie, Heart, the Pretenders and more.
BalletMet Presents Don Quixote
Friday, March 1 | 8:00 pm
Ohio Theater, 39 E. State St.
In a sweeping tale of romance, chivalry and hilarious misadventures, Don Quixote by BalletMet features show-stopping performances, swirling skirts, impressive Spanish-flavored dances, and an irresistible musical score.
Spanish Flamenco Festival
Friday, March 1 | 8:00 pm
Palace Theater, 34 W. Broad St.
Havana-born local flamenco star Griset Damas and the Flamenco Company of Columbus join forces with American conductor John Axelrod for a seductive and passionate musical adventure presented by the Columbus Symphony. The evening also includes a post-concert sangria tasting and flamenco demonstration by Griset Damas.
NHL Hockey: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers
Saturday, March 2| 1:00 pm
Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Moving the puck is just part of this fast-paced evening, which includes plenty of cheers and chants, blazing speeds, 100-mph shots and, of course, the magnificent moves of some of the best players in the National Hockey League. Oh, and the Edmonton Oilers will be there, too.