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Entertainment & Events in Columbus, Ohio

Special Events

  • Nationwide Arena
    200 West Nationwide Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Located in Downtown Columbus' Arena District
    Nationwide Arena is the home of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets, Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers, United States Hockey League's Ohio Junior Blue Jackets and a wide variety of sports and entertainment events. Nationwide Arena is the only building in the NHL that has the team's practice facility, Dispatch Ice Haus, attached to the arena where the team plays its games. more


  • Arena Grand Theater
    175 West Nationwide Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Located in the Arena District
    This state-of-the-art cinema complex features eight individual cinemas with wall-to-wall screens and digital sound. The cinema is connected to its own parking garage and Reserved Grand Club Seating is available for those who wish to spend a night at the movies in a more upscale manner. more

  • Regal Georgesville Square 16
    1800 Georgesville Square Drive
    Columbus, OH 43228
    Features critically-acclaimed films, alternative productions, restored classics and first-run foreign movies.  more

  • Cinemark Movies 10
    5275 Westpointe Plaza
    Columbus, OH 43228
    Office phone: 614-529-9462 more

  • Cinemark Carriage Place Movies 12
    2570 Bethel Road
    Columbus, OH 43220
    Office phone: 614-538-0403  more

  • Crosswoods Cinemas & Imax
    200 Hutchinson Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43235
    Enjoy featured motion pictures at this quality establishment.

Night Life

  • Char-Bar
    439 North High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Located across from Columbus Convention Center
    This casual neighborhood bar offers a wide variety of beer and liquors to choose from, as well as a selection of premium beers on tap. The room adjacent to the bar includes a seven foot pool table, dartboards, and a jukebox filled with diverse classic rock. more

  • Funny Bone Comedy Club
    145 Easton Town Center
    Columbus, OH 43219
    Open seven days a week, this comedy club and cafe features a steady stream of premier and fresh comedians and offers pre-show and show-time menus that revolve around American, Italian, and seafood dishes. more

  • Howl at the Moon
    450 South Front Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Located in the Brewery District
    A downtown bar that features a sing-along, dueling piano bar plus serves an array of American cuisine. The facility is available for private parties any night of the week. more

  • Ludlow's Bar and The Patio
    485 South Front Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Live music by local, regional, and national acts is featured Thursday through Saturday nights at this night spot that also offers a patio for entertainment beneath the stars that is open from May through September.

  • Shark Club
    4077 Gramercy Street
    Columbus, OH 43219
    Located in the Easton Town Center
    Featuring an Art Deco interior, this around-the-clock place is for those who love to play games, whether the urge overtakes them during the day or late into the night. There is plenty of room to accommodate those who love billiards and bowling, as well as a dance floor that features the sounds of top 40 tunes. Classic American soups, salads, and sandwiches are also served.

  • World of Beer
    3934 Townsfair Way
    Columbus, OH 43219
    614-476-2WOB (2962)
    World of Beer offers an extensive beer selection in a comfortable and upbeat setting. You can enjoy live music.  more

  • Bethel Road Pub
    1375 Bethel Road
    Columbus, OH 43220
    Bar serving Romeo's award-winning pizza and subs.

  • Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar
    26 East 5th Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43201
    Brothers Drake Meadery produces wines made from locally sourced wildflower honey. At their bar, you can try mead and a menu of cocktails that incorporate mead as an ingredient. They also have beer and other spirits available. more

Concerts & Performances

  • Shadowbox Cabaret South
    503 South Front Street, Suite 260
    Columbus, OH 43215
    614-416-7625 (Box Office)
    Has produced world-class productions, including original rock operas, traditional musicals, fine art exhibits, contemporary dance and video/television, for more than 20 years. more

  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra
    55 East State Street, Fifth Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Professional performances of the best that the fields of classical, pops, and family programs have to offer is presented by this symphony orchestra that also offers education programs and hosts youth orchestras.  more

  • Opera Columbus
    177 Naghten Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    The best in classical and contemporary opera is presented by this opera company that also hosts special events such as Opera Night at Martini, in which performances accompany dining at the Martini Italian Bistro the first Tuesday of each month. Educational and outreach programs are also available. more

  • ProMusica
    243 North Fifth Street, Suite 202
    Columbus, OH 43215
    "Columbus's premier chamber orchestra," this orchestra promotes chamber music through superb performances that were composed with the smaller chamber orchestra in mind, as well as through a number of educational and outreach programs. more

Plays & Productions

  • Theatre Lab, The
    1421 Olentangy River Road
    Columbus, OH 43212
    A comedy-mystery dinner theatre. They do a lot of audience participation and add the audience into the show. They like to personalize their shows and private parties.  more

  • 2Co's Cabaret
    790 North High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Located in the Short North Area
    Although this theatre serves food and alcoholic drinks, it reminds its patrons that it is first and foremost a theatre and a cabaret. The intimate atmosphere of the theatre offers a variety of entertainment Thursday through Saturday evenings including dramatic theatre, light theatre, monologues, poetry readings, and acoustic music. more

  • BalletMet Columbus
    322 Mount Vernon Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Specializing in the best of classical, traditional, and contemporary ballet, this ballet company brings top notch performances to the Columbus area with seasonal favorites such as The Nutcracker being performed, as well as many other shows with themes such as Cinderella, Dracula, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Dance Days for Kids, and much more. Educational programs and dance classes are available.  more

  • Broadway in Columbus
    55 East State Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    CAPA Business Office
    This company presents national touring theatre productions of Broadway and Broadway style shows, musicals, and comedies at the Ohio Theatre and various other venues in Columbus. more

  • Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theatre
    1048 Morse Road
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Along with fine dining, you will find that "mystery and comedy are always on the menu" at this dinner theatre that presents dramatic offerings in mysteries, comedies, and comedic mysteries.  more

  • Columbus Children's Theatre
    512 North Park Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Providing great family theatre for over 40 years, this theatre company performs a wide variety of plays and productions that are perfect for children. more

  • Contemporary American Theater Company
    77 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    "Central Ohio’s only professional resident theatre company,” this theatre company brings seven shows each season to downtown Columbus with productions offered including the best in new American theatre, international, and American classics, as well as new works and woefully neglected works of wonderment from around the world that have been going unnoticed.  more

  • Center Stage Players
    249 West Forrer Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Lockland High School Auditorium
    Live plays and performances. more

Art Exhibits

  • Columbus Center for Paper & Book Arts
    539 East Town Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    In Downtown Columbus' Discovery District
    Housed in a historic carriage house, the Columbus Center for Paper & Book Arts is devoted to education and community outreach. The CCPBA includes a first floor gallery featuring quarterly shows, workshop space for up to 30 participants and European Papers. Workshops are offered in the paper arts, bookbinding, collage, calligraphy, polymer clay and altered books. more

Antique Shows & Auctions

  • Scott Antique Market
    717 East 17th Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43211
    The Scott Antique Market features over 800 indoor booths with investment-quality antiques and collectibles. It is held monthly November through March every year.  more

Festivals & Fairs

  • Red, White and Boom!
    Located at Downtown Riverfront
    This Independence Day festival includes the largest fireworks display in the Midwest, as well as live music, entertainment, food, children's activities, a parade, and many other fun events for the whole family to enjoy. more

Sporting Events

  • Scioto Downs
    6000 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43207
    This facility has been the home of harness racing for over 40 years. Races are featured Mondays through Saturdays from May to September. Two fine dining establishments, as well as casual patio dining options, are also on site. more

  • Columbus Blue Jackets, The
    200 West Nationwide Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Held at Nationwide Arena
    The Columbus Blue Jackets are a NHL franchise hockey team that provides exciting, hard hitting, and fast paced hockey games from October to April. more

  • Columbus Clippers
    330 Huntington Park Lane
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Held at Huntington Park
    614-462-5250 or 462-2757 (Tickets)
    The Columbus Clippers are a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. more

  • Columbus Crew
    1 Black & Gold Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43211
    Held at Crew Stadium
    Enjoy major league soccer at its best by this professional soccer team that plays exciting games from March to October. more

  • Columbus Destroyers
    200 West Nationwide Boulevard
    Columbus, OH 43215
    The Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers' home games are played at Nationwide Arena. more


  • Doo Dah Parade, The
    The Doo Dah Parade is the one and only 4th of July parade in the city of Columbus. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. at Goodale Park (Intesection of Park Street and Buttles Avenue) in the Short North. The Doo Dah parade is a satirical celebration of life and lunacy. There is no fee to enter just show up and show off. Prizes will be awarded.  more


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