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

lorde – 7pm

lorde – 7pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 23, 2014

Two-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum New Zealand songstress Lorde has today announced she is returning to North America this fall. Her tour will commence in Philadelphia’s Mann Center on 09/15, making stops on the east coast, heading south, across the mid-west, … Continued

Fleetwood Mac – 8pm

Fleetwood Mac – 8pm

Nationwide Arena
October 19, 2014

Fleetwood Mac is back at Nationwide Arena on Saturday, October 19. Sing along to hits like “Landslide” and “Go Your Own Way.”

August Event Listings

Strand of Oaks – 8pm

Strand of Oaks – 8pm

The Basement
August 1, 2014

From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of “Goshen ‘97” puts you right into Tim Showalter’s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years … Continued

Danielle & Lexie’s Excellent Summer Series

Danielle & Lexie’s Excellent Summer Series

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand
August 4, 2014

Join us this summer’s end for a new, two-week-long series featuring six hand picked chick flicks by two of our favorite Film and Marketing team members. Danielle and Lexie have combed through hundreds of titles and even managed to add … Continued

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand
August 5, 2014

The Z-Fighters must contend with Bills, the God of Destruction. But it takes a god to fight a god, and none of them are gods… not even the Saiyans. Showtimes: Tuesday August 5th at 2 p.m.  and 7 p.m.  Wednesday August 6th … Continued

DNC: Rally for Columbus 2016

DNC: Rally for Columbus 2016

Battelle Plaza
August 6, 2014

Let’s roll out the blue carpet for the DNC Site Selection Team When: Wednesday, August 6 at 10:15 a.m. Where: Battelle Plaza With special guests: Mayor Michael B. Coleman Congresswoman Joyce Beatty Governor Ted Strickland City Council President Andrew Ginther Franklin County Commissioner … Continued

Monty Python Live (Mostly), 7 PM

Monty Python Live (Mostly), 7 PM

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand
August 6, 2014

For the first time in more than three decades, comedy legends Monty Python will perform live on stage together this year. Broadcast from London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python Live (mostly) will play in cinemas around the globe. At a combined … Continued

Little Daylight, 7 PM

Little Daylight, 7 PM

The Basement
August 7, 2014

After forming in spring 2012, longtime Brooklyn-based friends/musicians Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz, and Eric Zeiler launched Little Daylight with a series of remixes of artists like The Neighbourhood, Passion Pit, and Freelance Whales.  The follow-up to their 2013 EP Tunnel Vision, … Continued

Pelotonia + New Start at McFerson Commons, 8AM

Pelotonia + New Start at McFerson Commons, 8AM

Arena District
August 8, 2014

To ensure rider safety and to keep routes as less congested, Pelotonia has announced a second Downtown starting location in the Arena District, in addition to the Columbus Commons. At 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, riders who are taking … Continued

CD102.5 Summerfest – 5pm

CD102.5 Summerfest – 5pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 10, 2014

CD102.5, The Alternative Station, announces Summerfest at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion festival setting on Sunday, August 10th. Scheduled to perform: Manchester Orchestra, Ok Go, Tokyo Police Club, The Whigs, Spanish Gold, Vance Joy, Sleeper Agent, and Big Data. Local performers … Continued

Youngblood Hawke – 7pm

Youngblood Hawke – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
August 11, 2014

In March, YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE released their brand new single, “Pressure,” and premiered a lyric video for the song on VEVO.  “Pressure” shines a light on the path YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE have taken over the last year. Entrancing harmonies, vivid imagery and … Continued

Slaves, 6 PM

Slaves, 6 PM

The Basement
August 12, 2014

The Sacramento-based band,  features Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa) , an artist who has built a name and reputation for himself but is now branching out with his new band SLAVES.  Slaves features Craig’s unique, critically acclaimed voice, which … Continued

Lyle Lovett – 7pm

Lyle Lovett – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
August 12, 2014

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues … Continued

Katy Perry – 7pm

Katy Perry – 7pm

Nationwide Arena
August 13, 2014

International superstar, Katy Perry, will bring her highly anticipated PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR to Nationwide Arena August 13, 2014. She will be touring in support of PRISM, which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200 and remains in the Top … Continued

Nationwide NASCAR Hauler Parade and Fan Fest

Nationwide NASCAR Hauler Parade and Fan Fest

Battelle Plaza
August 14, 2014

Ten official NASCAR Nationwide Series haulers will parade through downtown Columbus on August 14th • Parade will begin on Broad Street, move down High Street, and finally end at approximately 11:30 at the Nationwide Arena, where Nationwide Insurance will host a … Continued

U.S. Royalty – 7pm

U.S. Royalty – 7pm

The Basement
August 14, 2014

U.S. Royalty searches for home on their sophomore album Blue Sunshine. Chronicling the search for connection, intimacy, and acceptance, the album recounts times of confusion giving way to moments of clarity. From the tender swell of lead track “Into The … Continued

Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang – 6:30pm

Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 14, 2014

At age 76, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to … Continued

Summer Beerfest, 7:30 PM

Summer Beerfest, 7:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 15, 2014

Summer Beerfest is back for the fifth year at the LC Pavilion There will be more than 250 craft brews from all over the country, along with live music and food trucks. Each entry ticket grants the participant a souvenir … Continued

Chevelle – 6:30pm

Chevelle – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 17, 2014

CHEVELLE open yet another doorway on their seventh full-length record, La Gárgola [Epic Records]. After nearly two decades together, six albums, and countless sold out gigs, the Chicago alternative rock outfit—Pete Loeffler [guitars, vocals], Sam Loeffler [drums], and Dean Bernardini … Continued

Boston with Scotty Bratcher – 6:30pm

Boston with Scotty Bratcher – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 20, 2014

Tom Scholz’ band BOSTON will embark on a highly anticipated summer tour following the successful release of their latest album, Life, Love & Hope. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and … Continued

Escape the Fate

Escape the Fate

The Basement
August 20, 2014

Appearing amid the fertile screamo scene of the 2000s, the Las Vegas quintet Escape the Fate prided itself, above all else, on an energetic and visceral live show. The band’s formation was propelled in part by MySpace, which vocalist Ronnie … Continued

Passafire – 7PM

Passafire – 7PM

A&R Music Bar
August 21, 2014

Passafire, the Savannah, GA based band formed in 2003 became well-known in the reggae scene for their many  self-assured, self-produced records. The band is now signed with Easy Start Records, and alternative and progressive rock are becoming a part of … Continued

Paradise Fears – 6:30 PM

Paradise Fears – 6:30 PM

The Basement
August 22, 2014

A 5-piece, 10-instrument alternative rock outfit, South Dakota-based Paradise Fears has set out with a unique mission: tell a real story. Despite never being represented by a manager or a label, the band has built a widespread and loyal following, with … Continued

You Me & Apollo, 6 PM

You Me & Apollo, 6 PM

The Basement
August 24, 2014

The music of You Me & Apollo ranges from quiet folk to groove infused rock and has been described as an unholy union of Hank Williams and Otis Redding. The birth of You Me & Apollo, in 2007, consisted of … Continued

This event is today! Rusko – 8 PM

Rusko – 8 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 29, 2014

Rusko, the Leeds-based DJ and producer is a staple of the global electronic underground. He has packed nightclubs, concert venues and festivals across the world, from Coachella, to Germany’s Melt! to Australia’s Good Vibrations. Rusko is touring to present his gutsy, … Continued

This event is today! The Menzingers, 9 PM

The Menzingers, 9 PM

The Basement
August 29, 2014

Philadelphia-based band The Menzingers released their new album, Rented World, in April with Epitaph Records. It’s the fourth studio release for the band and the follow-up to their critically-applauded album On The Impossible Past (2012). Now in their mid-20s, members Greg Barnett (guitar/vocals), … Continued

This event is today! Fashion Meets Music Festival

Fashion Meets Music Festival

Arena District
August 29, 2014

When: Friday, August 29 – Sunday August 31 The nations largest fusion of fashion and music is here with the inspiring, passionate, and creative energy of Columbus, OH fueling it. FMMF is proud to celebrate both art forms while supporting … Continued

Paper Diamond – 8 PM

Paper Diamond – 8 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 30, 2014

Paper Diamond produces high-energy electronic music that can’t be defined as one genre and strives to broaden the listener’s musical spectrum. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. His … Continued

Destructo, 8 PM

Destructo, 8 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
August 31, 2014

Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy … Continued

Maps & Atlases, 9 PM

Maps & Atlases, 9 PM

A&R Music Bar
August 31, 2014

In a musical landscape pitted with pop stars and pigeonholes, Maps & Atlases defy easy categorization, choosing to walk their own incomparable path. Since their formation in 2004, Maps & Atlases – that is, Dave Davison, Erin Elders, bassist Shiraz Dada, … 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.