THE BEST IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS ENTERTAINMENT IS HERE

From live music and fireworks, to hat tricks and grand slams, the Arena District has the best in Downtown Columbus entertainment.

Want hockey? We’ve got it. Home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Nationwide Arena is at the heart of the Arena District. Want baseball? We’ve got that, too. Head on down to Huntington Park, home of the 2010 and 2011 Triple-A National Champion Columbus Clippers.

Love live music? Look no further. The Arena District is home to more than six venues offering live music nearly every night of the week.


Clippers

Featured Events

Cinco de Nada, May 5

Cinco de Nada, May 5

Nada
May 5, 2016

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Nada, all day on May 5. Toss back $20 botellas, $5 Nadaritas, $3 Mexican beers and $10 nachos. Drop by or call ahead for a patio seat at 614.715.8260, or book your table inside at … Continued

Ellie Goulding, 6PM

Ellie Goulding, 6PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 10, 2016

Ellie Goulding announces dates for the North American leg of her Delirium World Tour, which kicks off on April 1st, 2016, in Vancouver and crisscrosses the continent through the end of June when it wraps up with a show at … Continued

Craft Beer, Wine and Canvas, 6:30pm

Craft Beer, Wine and Canvas, 6:30pm

The Three-Legged Mare
May 18, 2016

Come celebrate Columbus Craft Beer Week with The Three-Legged Mare, and paint your very own masterpiece at the same time! Grab one of our many local craft beers, try a beer flight, or sip on a glass of wine, and … Continued

Sting and Peter Gabriel

Sting and Peter Gabriel

Nationwide Arena
June 21, 2016

Two of music’s most iconic artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel – will unite this summer for a once in a lifetime concert tour.  Rock Paper Scissors, produced by Live Nation Global Touring, will visit a select number of North … Continued

Dave Matthew’s Band, 7PM

Dave Matthew’s Band, 7PM

Nationwide Arena
July 8, 2016

Dave Matthews Band will perform two full sets nightly on its 2016 summer tour, which will kick off on May 11 at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, KS. The extensive North American run will include two-night stands in Camden, NJ; … Continued

Promowest Fest, July 15-17

Promowest Fest, July 15-17

Arena District
July 17, 2016

The 2016 lineup features national, regional and local acts including Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Brand New, Ryan Adams, LL Cool J, Tears for Fears, Mac Miller, The Decemberists, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Fitz and the Tantrums, … Continued

Coldplay, 7pm

Coldplay, 7pm

Nationwide Arena
July 28, 2016

Coldplay revealed even more dates for their massive A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. The tour will now visit an additional 12 cities around the country with shows in Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis, Denver and a stop in Columbus … Continued

Drake, 7pm

Drake, 7pm

Nationwide Arena
August 13, 2016

DRAKE TO LAUNCH SUMMER SIXTEEN TOUR WITH FUTURE AND SPECIAL GUESTS Tour Launches July 20 and Will Visit Over 30 Cities Throughout North America In Support Of New Album, “View” SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 | NATIONWIDE ARENA CLEVELAND (April 25, 2016) … Continued

Dixie Chicks, 7:30PM

Dixie Chicks, 7:30PM

Nationwide Arena
September 16, 2016

In the midst of their sold-out European tour, multi-platinum selling act DIXIE CHICKS have announced additional North American dates to their highly-anticipated, hugely-selling DCX MMXVI Tour. November’s announcement of the DCX MMXVI Tour created a fan frenzy for tickets, quickly … Continued

May Event Listings

Cinco de Nada, May 5

Cinco de Nada, May 5

Nada
May 5, 2016

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Nada, all day on May 5. Toss back $20 botellas, $5 Nadaritas, $3 Mexican beers and $10 nachos. Drop by or call ahead for a patio seat at 614.715.8260, or book your table inside at … Continued

Policia and MOTHXR, 7:30pm

Policia and MOTHXR, 7:30pm

The Basement
May 5, 2016

POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs’ members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, … Continued

Alice Cooper, 7pm

Alice Cooper, 7pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 6, 2016

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. … Continued

Ellie Goulding, 6PM

Ellie Goulding, 6PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 10, 2016

Ellie Goulding announces dates for the North American leg of her Delirium World Tour, which kicks off on April 1st, 2016, in Vancouver and crisscrosses the continent through the end of June when it wraps up with a show at … Continued

Memory Tapes, 7pm

Memory Tapes, 7pm

The Basement
May 12, 2016

Memory Tapes is the project of musician Dayve Hawk. Growing up in New Jersey, Hawk retreated into his obsession for music at an early age. He began playing drums at the age of nine. Inspired by his makeshift vinyl collection … Continued

American Authors, 7pm

American Authors, 7pm

A&R Music Bar
May 13, 2016

Brooklyn’s American Authors – Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass), and Matt Sanchez (drums) will initiate a spring awakening of their own on May 13th with the release of WHAT WE LIVE FOR, their new album … Continued

ON AN ON, 7 PM

ON AN ON, 7 PM

The Basement
May 14, 2016

ON AN ON is an American experimental-pop band out of Minneapolis, MN, made up of long-time friends and collaborators, Nate Eiesland (vocals, guitar), Ryne Estwing (bass, vocals) and Alissa Ricci (keys, vocals). On July 24, 2015 they will release their … Continued

Hippo Campus with Riothorse Royale, 7pm

Hippo Campus with Riothorse Royale, 7pm

A&R Music Bar
May 16, 2016

A spirited indie rock quartet based out of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis’ Hippo Campus deliver angular and melodic guitar-driven pop that falls somewhere between the collegiate Afro-pop/garage rock of Vampire Weekend and the post-punk nerviness of Bombay Bicycle Club. The … Continued

Sons of Texas and Dead Mans Dew, 7pm

Sons of Texas and Dead Mans Dew, 7pm

A&R Music Bar
May 17, 2016

There is nothing subtle about Texas. There is a reason why we use the term “Texas-sized” to describe anything in life that’s exaggeratedly large. This boldness, naturally, extends to the Lone Star’s musical exports, loud n’ proud legendary artists like … Continued

Craft Beer, Wine and Canvas, 6:30pm

Craft Beer, Wine and Canvas, 6:30pm

The Three-Legged Mare
May 18, 2016

Come celebrate Columbus Craft Beer Week with The Three-Legged Mare, and paint your very own masterpiece at the same time! Grab one of our many local craft beers, try a beer flight, or sip on a glass of wine, and … Continued

Plants and Animals, 7pm

Plants and Animals, 7pm

The Basement
May 19, 2016

Plants and Animals are a Montreal-based trio that began playing together as kids, emerged on the international scene in 2008 and have developed a varied cult following ever since, built this on the shoulders of their self-produced records, their intense … Continued

O.A.R. and Rusted Root, 6pm

O.A.R. and Rusted Root, 6pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 20, 2016

Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today the details of its 2016 benefit concert. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, IGS Energy Evening with O.A.R. and special guest Rusted Root presented by City of Dublin will benefit the Nicklaus … Continued

Jonathan Jackson + Enation, 7:30pm

Jonathan Jackson + Enation, 7:30pm

A&R Music Bar
May 20, 2016

Like any siblings, guitarist Jonathan Jackson and drummer Richard Lee Jackson used to specialize in discord.  But thankfully, that didn’t last long. Because once Jonathan (then 11) finally convinced his reluctant older brother (then 14) to jam with him in … Continued

Son Lux, 7pm

Son Lux, 7pm

The Basement
May 20, 2016

Founded by producer-composer Ryan Lott in 2007, Son Lux “works at the nexus of several rarely-overlapping Venn Diagrams” (Pitchfork). With the recent additions to the band of guitarist-composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, Son Lux is now a ferocious … Continued

Surfer Blood with Sound of Ceres, 8 PM

Surfer Blood with Sound of Ceres, 8 PM

The Basement
May 21, 2016

Surfer Blood’s 3rd album 1000 Palms comes out May 12, 2015 on Joyful Noise Records. The band have performed on five continents, toured with heroes like The Pixies and Guided By Voices, played on the Jimmy Fallon Show, at Coachella … Continued

The 1975 – Japanese House, 6PM

The 1975 – Japanese House, 6PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 22, 2016

THE 1975 announced today that they will embark on a North American headline tour in support of their much-anticipated sophomore album, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. The album is … Continued

Night Riots, 7 PM

Night Riots, 7 PM

The Basement
May 25, 2016

Long before he formed Night Riots with a group of childhood friends in Templeton, California, vocalist Travis Hawley spent his earliest years moving around Europe. It was a rainy, foggy place to grow up, filled with grays, greens and blues. … Continued

Haim, 6:30 PM

Haim, 6:30 PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 27, 2016

Hailing from California’s sunny San Fernando valley, HAIM is the GRAMMY-nominated band made up of sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. The trio’s effervescent full-length debut Days Are Gone showcases the undeniable songwriting and peerless dynamics that have made the … Continued

Arena Venues

A&R Music Bar

A&R Music Bar

A&R Music Bar’s outdoor patio is open 2 hours before all LC concerts at The LC Pavilion, Columbus Clippers games and other Arena District events.

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand

The new theatre features an extensive gourmet menu, a two-story bar and lounge, 100% reserved seating, crystal clear Dolby audio, and the best Christie projection systems! They also host events and alternate programming alongside scheduled first-run movies.

Click the link below for movie showtimes.

The Basement

The Basement

The Basement is the home of the underground rock scene, providing a stage for bands on the rise looking to graduate to the levels of the Newport and The LC.

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Our entertainers take a seat on stage behind two grand pianos and combine music, comedy and audience participation to create a show that’s unlike anything else.

Huntington Park

Huntington Park

Huntington Park is home to the Columbus Clippers baseball team; the defending 2011 Triple-A National Champions and Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

OhioHealth Ice Haus

OhioHealth Ice Haus

The OhioHealth Haus is the Columbus Blue Jackets practice arena. This facility is also home to local associations and is used by the public as well as visiting NHL teams.

EXPRESS LIVE!

EXPRESS LIVE!

The EXPRESS LIVE!, formerly known as the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, is the place to see big shows in an intimate setting. Find balcony box seats, your favorite bands and after-show meet-and-greets. Visit their website for the upcoming event schedule, or search for an event by name or artist.

Nationwide Arena

Nationwide Arena

Since its opening in 2000, Nationwide Arena has been the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets as well as a wide variety of world-class entertainment events.

Arena District Athletic Club

Arena District Athletic Club

The Arena District Athletic Club is your downtown fitness destination! You can work out on your own on top-of-the-line equipment or schedule sessions with a personal trainer.

Arena District

Arena District

As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Arena District offers an experience unlike any other. Sports, Dining, Movies, Live Music, and so much more!

Battelle Plaza

Battelle Plaza

Looking to distribute or display products to Arena District patrons or host an outdoor event? The red brick plaza area spans 14,000 square feet and is equipped with water and electric supplies offering flexibility in meeting the layout and needs of your event.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is in the center of the country, the center of Ohio, the center of Columbus, and it’s surrounded by restaurants, shops, hotels and entertainment venues. Inside, the Convention Center has 1.7 million square feet of flexible, customizable space.

Short North

Short North

Known as the art and soul of Columbus, the culturally rich Short North Arts District is a pioneer in the urban revitalization of Central Ohio. Visitors are invited to explore our vibrant neighborhood known for its wide variety of amazing art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home décor, and unique gifts.