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.


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Featured Events

Counting Crows, 6 PM

Counting Crows, 6 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 7, 2015

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it … Continued

Festbier Tapping Party, 5:30 PM

Festbier Tapping Party, 5:30 PM

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
September 16, 2015

Come on in to Gordon Biersch where the craft beer gods are smiling down and getting ready to celebrate the tapping of Festbier, Keith Jackson’s, latest brew. The Festbier is a modern Oktoberfest-style beer. This bronze unfiltered lager is hopped nicely … Continued

Taylor Swift, 7 PM

Taylor Swift, 7 PM

Nationwide Arena
September 17, 2015

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift announced The 1989 World Tour on Good Morning America this morning just days after performing an epic concert in Times Square to over 20,000 fans, wrapping up promotion of her history making fifth studio album, … Continued

Grace Potter, 7 PM

Grace Potter, 7 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
October 9, 2015

Grace Potter was born on June 20, 1983, in Waitsfield, Vermont. She learned to play piano from her mother and sang in school choirs, later citing musical influences that include Madonna, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain. Potter also performed in … Continued

Paul McCartney, 8 PM

Paul McCartney, 8 PM

Nationwide Arena
October 13, 2015

Get ready for Columbus, Ohio’s hottest concert of the year. Chosen as one of the only five tour stops in the United States, Sir James Paul McCartney will be playing in Nationwide Arena on October 13th! This is a huge … Continued

TobyMac, 6pm

TobyMac, 6pm

Nationwide Arena
October 25, 2015

5 Time Grammy® winner TobyMac has announced a fall tour to support his August release, THIS IS NOT A TEST. Hitting 37 markets this fall including Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Nationwide Arena, the THIS IS NOT A TEST TOUR … Continued

September Event Listings

Blue Jackets Blood Drive, 11:30 AM

Blue Jackets Blood Drive, 11:30 AM

Nationwide Arena
September 1, 2015

Join us inside Nationwide Arena from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm in order to help give back to the community by giving blood. There will be great gift and prize giveaways. Revieve one (1) free ticket witht he purchase of … Continued

Ratatat, 8 PM

Ratatat, 8 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 4, 2015

Formerly known as Cherry, New York’s rock-meets-electronica duo, Ratatat, feature multi-instrumentalist/programmer Evan Mast and guitarist Mike Stroud. Mast was also the brains behind the pretty laptop pop of E*vax, and with his brother E*Rock he ran the indie electronic label … Continued

Counting Crows, 6 PM

Counting Crows, 6 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 7, 2015

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it … Continued

Until the Ribbon Breaks, 7 PM

Until the Ribbon Breaks, 7 PM

The Basement
September 9, 2015

Until the Ribbon Breaks are a British trio who blend electronic elements with pop, rock, and hip-hop. The group began as the solo project of multi-media artist and Cardiff native Pete Lawrie Winfield. The band’s name refers to the custom … Continued

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley, 6 PM

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley, 6 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 9, 2015

WHEN: September 9, 2015 WHERE: The LC – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion­ Outdoor Amphitheater GATES: 6:00PM COST: $36.00 Advance/$39.00 Day of Show ON-SALE: May 15 BIO: About Damian Marley:  Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest … Continued

Slightly Stoopid with Dirty Hands and The Expendables, 5:30 PM

Slightly Stoopid with Dirty Hands and The Expendables, 5:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 10, 2015

Slightly Stoopid have enlisted their friends and Cali cohorts Dirty Heads, The Expendables (on select dates) and Stick Figure (on select dates) for their “Everything Is Awesome” Summer 2015 tour. Slightly Stoopid’s annual summer trek will hit 40+ cities in … Continued

Chef’Special, 7 PM

Chef’Special, 7 PM

The Basement
September 10, 2015

Peppered with ska, rap, and funk, Dutch quintet Chef’Special’s party-friendly brand of cheery indie pop was born in Haarlem, The Netherlands in 2008 with lead vocalist Joshua Nolet, guitarist Guido Joseph, keyboardist Wouter Heeren, bassist Jan Derks, and drummer Wouter … Continued

Andrew W.K. (Very Special Solo Show), 7:30 PM

Andrew W.K. (Very Special Solo Show), 7:30 PM

A&R Music Bar
September 11, 2015

Andrew W.K.’s true will is to create feelings of pure joy, true fun, total love, endless freedom, and infinite possibility, using music, performance, visual art, lecturing, writing, nightclubs, television, and more.  Born in California in 1979, Andrew W.K. is a … Continued

Hippo Campus, 6 PM

Hippo Campus, 6 PM

The Basement
September 13, 2015

Hippo Campus is four Minnesotan boys making music that is simple, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search of self-meaning. The band’s debut EP, Bashful Creatures, was released November 18, 2014. Recorded over two … Continued

Sons of Texas, 6:30 PM

Sons of Texas, 6:30 PM

A&R Music Bar
September 13, 2015

As their name suggests, Sons of Texas are a no-nonsense heavy metal band who proudly hail from the Lone Star State, playing tough, unpretentious hard rock with a bluesy undercurrent. Sons of Texas were formed by five friends from McAllen, … Continued

Built to Spill, 7 PM

Built to Spill, 7 PM

The Basement
September 15, 2015

Basement 10 Year Anniversary Show Featuring Built To Spill Built to Spill were formed in Boise, Idaho, in 1993, shortly after Doug Martsch had departed the Boise-rooted, Seattle-based Treepeople.  Martsch formed the first incarnation of Built to Spill with bassist/guitarist … Continued

Melanie Martinez, 7 PM

Melanie Martinez, 7 PM

A&R Music Bar
September 16, 2015

Melanie Martinez is an unforgettable 20-year-old artist from Long Island, New York – a stunning and provocative singer, songwriter and visual presence.  On May 20, 2014, she released her debut EP Dollhouse, largely collaborating with Kinetics & One Love (B.o.B). … Continued

Festbier Tapping Party, 5:30 PM

Festbier Tapping Party, 5:30 PM

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
September 16, 2015

Come on in to Gordon Biersch where the craft beer gods are smiling down and getting ready to celebrate the tapping of Festbier, Keith Jackson’s, latest brew. The Festbier is a modern Oktoberfest-style beer. This bronze unfiltered lager is hopped nicely … Continued

Phases, 7:30 PM

Phases, 7:30 PM

The Basement
September 16, 2015

After over a decade of intertwined pasts making music, the Los Angeles-based quartet of friends Z Berg, Alex Greenwald, Jason Boesel, and Michael Runion were able to check off a major bucket-list box when they formed a band together in … Continued

Taylor Swift, 7 PM

Taylor Swift, 7 PM

Nationwide Arena
September 17, 2015

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift announced The 1989 World Tour on Good Morning America this morning just days after performing an epic concert in Times Square to over 20,000 fans, wrapping up promotion of her history making fifth studio album, … Continued

Forest and the Evergreens, 7 PM

Forest and the Evergreens, 7 PM

The Basement
September 17, 2015

Formed in October of 2011, Forest & the Evergreens blend neo-soul, R&B, and ‘young funk’ (self-dubbed), to create a sound that doesn’t strictly adhere to the genre, but doesn’t exactly fit in anywhere else either.  Since that time, they’ve rocked … Continued

Marmozets, 7 PM

Marmozets, 7 PM

The Basement
September 18, 2015

Marmozets: the story of how two sets of siblings battled against the odds to fully deserve their reputation as one of Britain’s brightest new hopes. To the outsider, the rise and rise of Marmozets might feel like an overnight sensation … Continued

Death Cab for Cutie and Twin Shadow, 6:30 PM

Death Cab for Cutie and Twin Shadow, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 19, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie were an unlikely success story in the 2000s, a band that started on a small Seattle-based label and gradually became standard-bearers for a style of sweet indie rock that emphasized gentle melodies and vulnerable, emotionally candid … Continued

Breaking Benjamin, 7 PM

Breaking Benjamin, 7 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 21, 2015

Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania founded in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The original incarnation of the band also included guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. This … Continued

Scorpions + Queensryche, 6:30 PM

Scorpions + Queensryche, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 22, 2015

Known best for their 1984 anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and the 1990 ballad “Wind of Change,” German rockers the Scorpions have sold over 22 million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come … Continued

Father John Misty, 6:30 PM

Father John Misty, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 23, 2015

Singer/songwriter J. Tillman’s music paints languid, sadly beautiful portraits of love and life on the margins with the moody depth of Nick Drake and the country-influenced textures of Ryan Adams. Tillman first made a name for himself playing drums in … Continued

Warren Haynes, 6:30 PM

Warren Haynes, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 24, 2015

Grammy Award winning artist Warren Haynes has been recognized as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest … Continued

Life in Color Columbus with DVBBS and Delora

Life in Color Columbus with DVBBS and Delora

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 25, 2015

After multiple sold out shows across the world, we are packing up the Paint Factory and heading out for our 2015 Fall Tour! This year’s tour aims to answer the age-old questions: How did color come to be? Fans can … Continued

Little Green Cars, 6 PM

Little Green Cars, 6 PM

The Basement
September 27, 2015

Little Green Cars – a quintet of 20-year-olds with a habit of waxing deadly serious about their ever-expanding ambitions – convened in 2008 in a bungalow in Stevie Appleby’s parents’ backyard for as ordinary a reason as any: as the … Continued

Of Monsters and Men, 6:30 PM

Of Monsters and Men, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 28, 2015

WHEN: September 28, 2015 WHERE: The LC – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion­ Outdoor Amphitheater GATES: 6:30PM COST: $37.50 Advance/$40.00 Day of Show ON-SALE: June 5 BIO: Of Monsters and Men first had the world talking in 2011 with their inescapable and infectious … Continued

Pure Bathing Culture, 7 PM

Pure Bathing Culture, 7 PM

The Basement
September 28, 2015

To hear Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman tell it, their Portland, OR-based band Pure Bathing Culture has always evolved naturally and at a steady pace.  But for Pure Bathing Culture’s second album, Pray for Rain, the band has taken a … Continued

SayWeCanFly, 6:30 PM

SayWeCanFly, 6:30 PM

The Basement
September 29, 2015

SayWeCanFly is a one man acoustic act from a small town in Ontario, Canada. Frontman Braden Barrie has devoted his teenage years to playing shows across Canada and the US, building his following and writing relatable music for his fan … Continued

Alabama Shakes, 6:30 PM

Alabama Shakes, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 29, 2015

Muscle Shoals-inspired, Athens, Alabama-based quartet Alabama Shakes formed in 2009 around the talents of Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson, and Heath Fogg. Originally simply called the Shakes, the band’s blend of fiery blues-rock and hard-hitting Southern soul drew comparisons … Continued

Shania Twain, 7:30 PM

Shania Twain, 7:30 PM

Nationwide Arena
September 30, 2015

One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, has announced additional dates added to her first North American tour in more than 11 years entitled ROCK THIS COUNTRY.  Shania will perform her extensive catalog of iconic hits … Continued

Halestorm, 7 PM

Halestorm, 7 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 30, 2015

PromoWest Productions, 99.7 The Blitz, Miller Lite, and Jägermeister Presents A Wild Evening With Halestorm Part of the Miller Lite Concert Series With Into The Wild Life Halestorm reach deep within and conjure their most engaging and eclectic songs to date. … 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.

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

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.