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

Pokemon Go Pub Crawl in the Arena District, 5-7pm

Pokemon Go Pub Crawl in the Arena District, 5-7pm

Arena District
August 11, 2016

Downtown Columbus has always been a hive of activity with tons of great events in the Arena District. While it is typically a stomping ground for die hard sports fans (we see you Blue Jackets fans), concert goers, and young … 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

Cannonfest 2016, 1PM

Cannonfest 2016, 1PM

Dick’s Last Resort
August 21, 2016

Back in 2010, a group of folks who followed the Blue Jackets decided to get together in the off season to talk all things Union Blue. Since then, what started as an idea for a cookout in Matt’s back yard … Continued

AC/DC, 7:30pm

AC/DC, 7:30pm

Nationwide Arena
September 4, 2016

While packing stadiums across Europe to rave reviews from critics and fans alike this summer, AC/DC have today announced full details of their re-scheduled USA tour dates. The AC/DC ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’ returns to America for ten final … Continued

FMMF September 3 & 4

FMMF September 3 & 4

Arena District
September 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce both the fashion and music lineup for year three of Fashion Meets Music Festival being held September 3rd & 4th, 2016. FMMF will be returning to the Arena District in downtown Columbus, OH. Early Bird … 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

Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, 6PM

Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, 6PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 5, 2016

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed, Billboard chart topping recording artist Andy Grammer have announced co-headlining 2016 North American tour dates. The multi-city trek will include shows in major theater venues across the US including the Greek Theatre … Continued

Country in the Capital with Kip Moore, 6pm

Country in the Capital with Kip Moore, 6pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
October 7, 2016

92.3 WCOL, Columbus’ #1 for New Country, presents the 2016 Country in the Capital at Express Live! Outdoor on Friday, Oct. 7, featuring Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Runaway June and Drake White and The Big Fire. “It’s always great to … Continued

CBJ Opening Night, 7PM

CBJ Opening Night, 7PM

Nationwide Arena
October 13, 2016

If you’ve seen dozens of tweets in your timeline about NHL team home openers, it’s no coincidence. The green light has been given. And so we’re following suit. Are you ready? The Blue Jackets open the new season on Thursday, … Continued

July Event Listings

WWE RAW, 7:30 pm

WWE RAW, 7:30 pm

Nationwide Arena
July 4, 2016

SEE ALL YOUR FAVORITE WWE SUPERSTARS INCLUDING: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Chris Jericho, The New Day, Dolph Ziggler, The Divas and many more! Tickets starting at JUST $23*GO ON SALE next Saturday, April 9 at 10AM … Continued

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, 6pm

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson, 6pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 5, 2016

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson announced that they are teaming up fora 40+ city U.S. co-headline tour. Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will perform as special guests. About Phillip Philips Platinum recording artist Phillip Phillips released his sophomore album Behind The Light … Continued

AWOLNATION, 6:30 PM

AWOLNATION, 6:30 PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 6, 2016

Fresh from the largely sold-out ‘Wintour’ arena tour with Fall Out Boy, AWOLNATION has announced a North American headline tour. The month-long string of dates, which feature special guest Death From Above as well as IRONTOM, kick off June 17 … Continued

Soul Asylum, 7PM

Soul Asylum, 7PM

A&R Music Bar
July 7, 2016

“A friend asked me what kind of records I want to make, and my answer was that I always want to make a record that I want to hear that’s not already in my record collection,” says Dave Pirner. “I … 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

Kitten with Clean Spill, 7pm

Kitten with Clean Spill, 7pm

The Basement
July 12, 2016

Fronted by dynamic lead singer Chloe Chaidez, the Los Angeles-based four-piece Kitten make ‘80s post-punk-influenced dance-rock and synth pop.  The daughter of former Thee Undertakers drummer Mike Chaidez, Chloe grew up listening to a mix of punk and ‘80s new … 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

Run River North, 7PM

Run River North, 7PM

The Basement
July 20, 2016

On February 26, LA-based Run River North will release Drinking From A Salt Pond, the follow up LP to their 2014 self-titled debut.  Working with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Deap Vally, HEALTH, Matt and Kim), the band leave … Continued

Lucy Dacus, 7:30pm

Lucy Dacus, 7:30pm

The Basement
July 21, 2016

Lucy Dacus is a witty songwriter whose solo tunes have evolved into twangy indie rock slow-burners with help from the rest of her talented quintet. She began writing mostly for herself, but met up with like-minded players in Richmond, Virginia … Continued

Lee Brice, 6:30pm

Lee Brice, 6:30pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 21, 2016

Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His latest album, I Don’t Dance, is a showcase for his … Continued

School of Rock All Stars, 7PM

School of Rock All Stars, 7PM

A&R Music Bar
July 21, 2016

In keeping the promise of inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life, we launched the School of Rock All Stars Program in 2006. The School of Rock All Stars program is one of the best ways for a … Continued

PigPen Theatre Co., 7PM

PigPen Theatre Co., 7PM

The Basement
July 23, 2016

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country – … Continued

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s SOULROCKER Tour, 7pm

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s SOULROCKER Tour, 7pm

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 24, 2016

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of … Continued

The Record Company, 7:30PM

The Record Company, 7:30PM

A&R Music Bar
July 25, 2016

The Record Company write and play raw, sincere, rock n’ roll.  Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes – bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones – their … Continued

The Greeting Committee, 6:30PM

The Greeting Committee, 6:30PM

The Basement
July 25, 2016

Formed in 2014, The Greeting Committee consists of vocalist Addie Sartino, guitarist Brandon Yangmi, bassist Pierce Turcotte, and drummer Austin Fraser, all of whom are still in high school. The band quickly emerged into the music scene after catching the … Continued

All them Witches, 8pm

All them Witches, 8pm

A&R Music Bar
July 27, 2016

Heavy, heady and hypnotic, All Them Witches concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases, 2012’s Our Mother Electricity and 2014’s Lightning At The Door, and a … Continued

Bush and Chevelle, 5PM

Bush and Chevelle, 5PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 27, 2016

Led by guitarist/vocalist Gavin Rossdale, Bush became the first post-Nirvana British band to hit it big in America. Formed in late 1992 by Rossdale, Bush landed an American record deal before they had a British label. Sixteen Stone, their debut … 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

This event is today! Melanie Martinez, 6:30PM

Melanie Martinez, 6:30PM

EXPRESS LIVE!
July 29, 2016

Melanie Martinez is an unforgettable 20-year-old artist from New York – a stunning and provocative singer, songwriter and visual presence. Her debut Atlantic album, Cry Baby, was released on August 14, 2015 and debuted as the “Hot Shot Debut” at … 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.