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 Columbus Clippers, 10-time Governors’ Cup Champions and Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

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

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Nationwide Arena
November 3, 2017

Chris Stapleton brings his All American Road Show to Nationwide Arena on Friday, November 3rd with special guests Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb.

Countdown to Columbus Women’s Basketball

Countdown to Columbus Women’s Basketball

Nationwide Arena
November 12, 2017

Ohio State and the city of Columbus are not only hosting the 2018 Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena, but they will also host the Countdown to Columbus event on the 2017 season’s opening weekend, which features four of the … Continued

Dead & Company

Dead & Company

Nationwide Arena
November 25, 2017

Fresh off their highly acclaimed summer tour, DEAD & COMPANY has added a fall leg to its 2017 tour including Saturday, November 25th at Nationwide Arena.

Harmony Project

Harmony Project

Nationwide Arena
December 7, 2017

On December 7th, Harmony Project will present “The Concert for US” at Nationwide Arena. The music will be familiar, inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining–from recent hits to classic chart-toppers.

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Nationwide Arena
December 15, 2017

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith co-headline their popular Christmas tour joined by Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”  This seasonal crowd-pleaser stops at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Friday, December 15, 2017.

The Great Xscape Tour

The Great Xscape Tour

Nationwide Arena
December 17, 2017

One of the most beloved groups in R&B history, XSCAPE, have announced their first-ever headlining tour, THE GREAT XSCAPE TOUR. Adding to the excitement, the group will be joined on tour by special guests, Monica and Tamar Braxton.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Nationwide Arena
December 30, 2017

Trans-Siberian Orchestra announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2017. Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is set to play … Continued

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo

Nationwide Arena
January 20, 2018

Expect the unexpected when the 2018 Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to Nationwide Arena, January 20, 2018. See fan favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing in a thrilling Winner … Continued

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice

Nationwide Arena
January 24, 2018

January 24-28, 2018, Mickey and his pals set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Sing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf to songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.”  You … Continued

2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four

2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four

Nationwide Arena
March 29, 2018

Columbus and Ohio State will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four for the first time at Nationwide Arena on March 30 and April 1. The Women’s Final Four will generate an anticipated 11,000 hotel room nights and an estimated … Continued

Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Nationwide Arena
June 23, 2018

Sam Smith announced the North American dates for The Thrill Of It All tour. The arena run comes to Nationwide Arena in Columbus on June 23, 2018.

October Event Listings

Ed Sheeran Oct. 3

Ed Sheeran Oct. 3

Nationwide Arena
October 3, 2017

Please Note: This show date is sold out! View tickets for the Oct. 4 show here. Global superstar and multi-GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran has established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold. … Continued

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 4, 2017

This show is outdoors – Rain or Shine!

Ed Sheeran Oct. 4

Ed Sheeran Oct. 4

Nationwide Arena
October 4, 2017

Please Note: The October 3 show is sold out! Global superstar and multi-GRAMMY winner Ed Sheeran has established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold. The British singer-songwriter kicked off the new … Continued

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Nationwide Arena
October 5, 2017

11:00 am – 1:30pm Visit the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market every Thursday from July 6 to October 26, 2017. Fresh fruit, honey, vegetables and more. Each week will feature a slightly different mix of products as the season progresses so … Continued

Blue Jackets Opening Night & Plaza Party

Blue Jackets Opening Night & Plaza Party

Nationwide Arena
October 6, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena for the NHL 2017-18 season! CBJ hosts Metropolitan Division rival New York Islanders at 7 p.m. A public Opening Night Plaza Party is happening before the game, and the Blue Jackets invite … Continued

Phoenix

Phoenix

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 10, 2017

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This show is indoors.

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Nationwide Arena
October 12, 2017

11:00 am – 1:30pm Visit the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market every Thursday from July 6 to October 26, 2017. Fresh fruit, honey, vegetables and more. Each week will feature a slightly different mix of products as the season progresses so … Continued

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 13, 2017

Please note this show is SOLD OUT! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Arena District
October 15, 2017

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon is on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Race starts from North Bank Park/Downtown from 7:30am-3:00pm, and follows the below course. Over 19,000 participants from Ohio and around the country will hit the … Continued

Half Pint Grand Opening

Half Pint Grand Opening

Half Pint Columbus
October 17, 2017

Join the newly opened Half Pint Columbus the week of October 16 for 4 days of fun, specialty beer, and prize giveaways! October 16 at 5:00pm to October 19 at 6:00pm Monday: Ballast Point tap takeover with free raffle prizes … Continued

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Nationwide Arena
October 19, 2017

11:00 am – 1:30pm Visit the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market every Thursday from July 6 to October 26, 2017. Fresh fruit, honey, vegetables and more. Each week will feature a slightly different mix of products as the season progresses so … Continued

The War On Drugs – Presented by CD102.5

The War On Drugs – Presented by CD102.5

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 20, 2017

This show is indoors. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The War On Drugs has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support HeadCount working to promote civic engagement, and inform and register young voters.

This event is today! Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Columbus

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Columbus

McFerson Commons Park
October 21, 2017

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Walk: 9:30 a.m Whether we’ve faced it ourselves, or someone we love has, almost everyone has been affected by breast cancer in some way. But at the same time, we can all do something about it. By … Continued

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Farmers’ Market on the Plaza

Nationwide Arena
October 26, 2017

11:00 am – 1:30pm Visit the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers’ Market every Thursday from July 6 to October 26, 2017. Fresh fruit, honey, vegetables and more. Each week will feature a slightly different mix of products as the season progresses so … Continued

Arena Venues

A&R Music Bar

A&R Music Bar

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

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 Express LIVE!

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Live 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 Triple-A baseball team. The Clippers are hosting BOTH the Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game and Triple-A National Championship Game at Huntington Park in 2018!

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, Live Music, and so much more!

Greater Columbus Convention Center

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. Across from the Arena District, the $125 million expansion & renovation of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center will be completed in July 2017.

McFerson Commons Park

McFerson Commons Park

A focal point at McFerson Commons is the entry arch from the Old Union Train Station. This arch was the main portal to the train station that once stood along High Street, current location of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The large open lawn is commonly used for kickball, flag football, and other community events year-round. Ample meter parking, surface lots, and parking garages are located in the area.

Experience Columbus Visitor Center

Experience Columbus Visitor Center

Stop in to find out about Columbus’ top attractions and restaurants, and discover what’s happening during your stay. The friendly staff will help make sure you experience the best of Columbus.

Columbus items and souvenirs available for purchase include shirts, jerseys, books, postcards, magnets and collectors shot glasses.

Parking: the parking garage behind the Visitor Center offers free fifteen-minute parking.

Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekends, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Columbus Visitor Center is a GreenSpot! Making an earnest commitment to green the environment.