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Columbus Crew v. Portland Timbers

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon

The 2024 OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter Marathon and Columbus Promise 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27!

The “Best Tour Of Columbus On Two Feet” will again feature a distance for everybody: OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), OhioHealth Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and the Columbus Promise 5K (3.1 miles).

All races begin and end on S. High Street adjacent to the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus.

Columbus Crew v. Montreal

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 three staple breakfast food trucks: Biscuit Boss, Columbus Coffee Co., Donna’s Delicious Dozen and Roaming Rooster. 

Take your breakfast to-go, or 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.

Free Yoga at Columbus Commons (Wednesdays 5:30)

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/

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 8 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.

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!

Alley Islands

Blockfort will once again host Alley Islands, a community street festival, in partnership with the Discovery District Civic Association on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Dozens of bands and vendors, along with local breweries and food trucks will take over the alleys around Blockfort for a day of entertainment and fun.

Join us from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the alleys surrounding Blockfort Gallery & Studios [162 N 6th St, Columbus OH 43215].

More details, including the line-ups, will be shared in the coming weeks. Stay up to date at www.alleyislands.com.

 

ABOUT ALLEY ISLANDS

Located in the Discovery District of Downtown Columbus, the Alley Islands festival seeks to welcome people of all ages for a day of music, food, art and fun. Two stages, set under numerous new neighborhood murals, with over 20 performers, ranging from live music, comedy, circus performances and storytelling span the day. Artists, crafters, and small business artisans line the streets, capped by food trucks and local breweries. Inside, guests are welcome to visit multiple gallery spaces and a variety of artist studios. The whole day is sprinkled with street performers, delicious food and drinks and visual experiences. The cost of attendance is $10 for guests (FREE for all children age 10 and under). Proceeds from the event go to supporting the artists and performers and the Discovery District Civic Association.


THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Alley Islands is a partnership with the Discovery District Civic Association, the neighborhood organization made up of area local businesses and institutions. Alley Islands takes place just steps away from Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Hills Market Downtown and several other cultural and commercial establishments. Alley Islands aims to bring new energy and attention to the Discovery District neighborhood.

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 three staple breakfast food trucks: Biscuit Boss, Columbus Coffee Co., Donna’s Delicious Dozen and Roaming Rooster. 

Take your breakfast to-go, or 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.

Free Yoga at Columbus Commons (Wednesdays 5:30)

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/

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 8 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.

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!

Blog Posts to Get You in the Know

Your guide to Downtown Columbus, from happenings to happy hours.

Dining

Rooftop Bars in Downtown Columbus

The only thing better than a good view is a good view with a drink…

Dining

Your Guide to International Fare in Downtown Columbus

You can find a distinguished mix of international fare in Downtown Columbus. With hot spots…

Stays and Hotel

Downtown Hotels for your Next Staycation

Looking for your home away from home? Relax and recharge in luxury, right in the…

Sports

Downtown Sports Teams to Cheer On

When it’s game day in Columbus, you’ll feel it.   When it comes to sports,…

Parks

Best Places for a Picnic in Downtown Columbus

Scioto Mile (Genoa Park) Stretch out on the steps behind COSI and munch on your…

Dining

Pop Up Markets Downtown

Pearl Market Shop Fresh, Shop Locally produced fruit, veggies, baked goods, coffee, treasures, and more…

Dining

Your Guide to Downtown Happy Hours

Discover a new bar or crafted cocktail every week in Downtown Columbus with these happy hours…

Blog Posts to Get You in the Know

Your guide to Downtown Columbus, from happenings to happy hours.

Dining

Rooftop Bars in Downtown Columbus

The only thing better than a good view is a good view with a drink…

Dining

Your Guide to International Fare in Downtown Columbus

You can find a distinguished mix of international fare in Downtown Columbus. With hot spots…

Stays and Hotel

Downtown Hotels for your Next Staycation

Looking for your home away from home? Relax and recharge in luxury, right in the…

Sports

Downtown Sports Teams to Cheer On

When it’s game day in Columbus, you’ll feel it.   When it comes to sports,…

Parks

Best Places for a Picnic in Downtown Columbus

Scioto Mile (Genoa Park) Stretch out on the steps behind COSI and munch on your…

Dining

Pop Up Markets Downtown

Pearl Market Shop Fresh, Shop Locally produced fruit, veggies, baked goods, coffee, treasures, and more…

Downtown Strategic Plan

Embark on the next stage of Downtown’s urban revival and transformation into a world class city by enhancing equity, expanding accessibility, creating connectivity, supporting local, and improving inclusion so that Downtown is a safe and welcoming destination where the prosperity of our city can be enjoyed by all.

Parking Information

Downtown Columbus parking options abound. Garages, surface lots and on-street sites offer a wide variety of access, no matter your kind of personal ride, wherever your destination may be.

downtown's districts

Discover Downtown through the rich tapestry of its urban districts.

Take a stroll along Gay Street and you’ll discover a dense mélange of lively, street-level bars, galleries, restaurants, retail shops, and cafes.

From Columbus Commons to the Scioto Mile, for an experience that’s equal parts urban flair and natural splendor, head to the RiverSouth District.

For fashion, food, fun, fabulous tunes, and fantastic retail, the eclectic Fourth and Main District is hard to beat.

Pro sports, world-renowned live entertainment, and vibrant restaurants and bars— the Arena District scores big every time.

The convergence of Downtown’s central business district and the historic Franklinton neighborhood, The Peninsula brings together the best of all worlds – just around the bend of the Scioto River.  

Historic buildings have been transformed into must-experience bars, venues and experiences in this up-and-coming District just east of the Scioto. 

Home to vibrant array of landmark institutions, historic sites, progressive galleries, and contemporary culinary establishments, make your next Discovery in this signature Downtown district.

of Downtown through dozens of local events happening every week. 

Follow Along On Socials

Who else is still thinking about Monday’s eclipse?! ✋✋✋ FYI: If you haven’t heard, you can recycle your eclipse glasses with the @columbuslibrary through April 18. They’re being sent to Latin American schools for kids to see their own eclipse! Check our stories for more info. 😎

Who else is still thinking about Monday’s eclipse?! ✋✋✋ FYI: If you haven’t heard, you can recycle your eclipse glasses with the @columbuslibrary through April 18. They’re being sent to Latin American schools for kids to see their own eclipse! Check our stories for more info. 😎 ...

You just had to be there. 😎🌞

📍The Great American Solar Eclipse / 4.8.24 / Columbus, OH

You just had to be there. 😎🌞

📍The Great American Solar Eclipse / 4.8.24 / Columbus, OH
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🚨Storms are coming! The river is high right now with lots more rain on the way. The heaviest storms are set for approximately 3-10 pm. Find a basement, charge those phones, don’t drive through standing water (seriously) and stay safe, Columbus!

🚨Storms are coming! The river is high right now with lots more rain on the way. The heaviest storms are set for approximately 3-10 pm. Find a basement, charge those phones, don’t drive through standing water (seriously) and stay safe, Columbus! ...

DOWNTOWN HAPPY HOURS: PART 3

The list just keeps on going! Here are 10 MORE happy hours to enjoy Downtown. Grab your friends, grab your fam, and take this as your excuse to hit up another spot (it’s Friday, you deserve it)🍻

Check the link in our bio for the full list of happy hour deals mentioned. 

And be sure to check out our reels section to see parts 1 and 2 😉

THE LIST:
🍻 The Barrel and Bottle / 59 Spruce St (in North Market) @thebarrelandbottle 
🍻 Martini Modern Italian / 445 N High St @martinimodernitalian_ 
🍻 Pins Mechanical Co / 141 N 4th St @pins.cbus 
🍻 The Kee / 225 Neilston St @thekeecolumbus 
🍻 Pierogi Mountain / 105 N Grant Ave @pierogi_mountain 
🍻 The Goat at LC Riversouth / 219 S High St @lcgoat @lcriversouth 
🍻 Novak’s Tavern / 475 N High St @novakstavernandpatio 
🍻 House Taco / 79 S 4th St @house_taco 
🍻 Alley Burger / 26 N High St Rear @alleyburger_ 
🍻 Wolf’s Ridge Brewing / 215 N 4th St @wolfsridgebrewing 

Which one are you choosing next? 👀

DOWNTOWN HAPPY HOURS: PART 3

The list just keeps on going! Here are 10 MORE happy hours to enjoy Downtown. Grab your friends, grab your fam, and take this as your excuse to hit up another spot (it’s Friday, you deserve it)🍻

Check the link in our bio for the full list of happy hour deals mentioned.

And be sure to check out our reels section to see parts 1 and 2 😉

THE LIST:
🍻 The Barrel and Bottle / 59 Spruce St (in North Market) @thebarrelandbottle
🍻 Martini Modern Italian / 445 N High St @martinimodernitalian_
🍻 Pins Mechanical Co / 141 N 4th St @pins.cbus
🍻 The Kee / 225 Neilston St @thekeecolumbus
🍻 Pierogi Mountain / 105 N Grant Ave @pierogi_mountain
🍻 The Goat at LC Riversouth / 219 S High St @lcgoat @lcriversouth
🍻 Novak’s Tavern / 475 N High St @novakstavernandpatio
🍻 House Taco / 79 S 4th St @house_taco
🍻 Alley Burger / 26 N High St Rear @alleyburger_
🍻 Wolf’s Ridge Brewing / 215 N 4th St @wolfsridgebrewing

Which one are you choosing next? 👀
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YOUR GUIDE TO WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE DOWNTOWN🌕☀️

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see an (almost!) total solar eclipse is happening right here in Columbus! Here’s what you need to know:

🌙 On April 8, Columbus will experience 99.6% totality just after 3 pm.
🌙 The next eclipse in Ohio won’t occur until 2099!

WHERE TO FIND GLASSES:
*The eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves so be sure to call ahead to ask if there are any left in stock! 
📕Columbus Metropolitan Library (free) 
📍96 S Grant Ave 
📞Call 614-645-2275 

🔭 COSI ($5 in gift shop)
📍333 W Broad St
📞Call 614) 228-2674

WHERE TO WATCH:
☀️COSI X Columbus Metropolitan Library 
📍Dorrian Green
🕐1-4:40pm 

☀️COSI x Land Grant Brewing 
📍Land Grant, 424 W Town St
🕐12-4 pm

☀️Solar Eclipse Day on the Rooftop
📍National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W Broad St 
🕐10-5 pm
🎫$5-10; read our blog in bio for more info 

Huge thank you to @columbuslibrary for the free glasses! 😎

Head to the link in our bio to read our blog with all the info!

YOUR GUIDE TO WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE DOWNTOWN🌕☀️

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see an (almost!) total solar eclipse is happening right here in Columbus! Here’s what you need to know:

🌙 On April 8, Columbus will experience 99.6% totality just after 3 pm.
🌙 The next eclipse in Ohio won’t occur until 2099!

WHERE TO FIND GLASSES:
*The eclipse glasses are flying off the shelves so be sure to call ahead to ask if there are any left in stock!
📕Columbus Metropolitan Library (free)
📍96 S Grant Ave
📞Call 614-645-2275

🔭 COSI ($5 in gift shop)
📍333 W Broad St
📞Call 614) 228-2674

WHERE TO WATCH:
☀️COSI X Columbus Metropolitan Library
📍Dorrian Green
🕐1-4:40pm

☀️COSI x Land Grant Brewing
📍Land Grant, 424 W Town St
🕐12-4 pm

☀️Solar Eclipse Day on the Rooftop
📍National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W Broad St
🕐10-5 pm
🎫$5-10; read our blog in bio for more info

Huge thank you to @columbuslibrary for the free glasses! 😎

Head to the link in our bio to read our blog with all the info!
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There’s nothing quite like the Downtown riverfront 🌊

And people are taking notice 👀 The Scioto Mile is up for @10best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Riverwalk which is HUGE news for our city! Downtown’s riverfront is a community favorite for signature festivals and summer activations and we want the nation to know😎

Help us move the Scioto Mile up the rankings and receive the national recognition it deserves by voting DAILY through April 8 at the link in our bio. 

📍The Scioto Mile captured by @kashvfx

There’s nothing quite like the Downtown riverfront 🌊

And people are taking notice 👀 The Scioto Mile is up for @10best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Riverwalk which is HUGE news for our city! Downtown’s riverfront is a community favorite for signature festivals and summer activations and we want the nation to know😎

Help us move the Scioto Mile up the rankings and receive the national recognition it deserves by voting DAILY through April 8 at the link in our bio.

📍The Scioto Mile captured by @kashvfx
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