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.

Blue Jackets 2014 Preseason

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.”

September Event Listings

September Studio Movie Grill Events

September Studio Movie Grill Events

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand
September 1, 2014

Brews N Views: Jaws Date: September 3 Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $2.00 SMG Toons: Calliou (every Friday – Sunday in September) Date: September 6 Time: 11 a.m. Price: $2.00 Duran Duran Unstagged Date: September 10 Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $12.50 Girls Night Out: Father … Continued

Thumpers, 7:30 PM

Thumpers, 7:30 PM

A&R Music Bar
September 2, 2014

Comprised of long time friends Marcus Pepperell (vocals, guitar, keys) and John Hamson Jr. (drums, vocals, bass), THUMPERS make colorful, exuberant alt-pop that celebrates their innate musical kinship and draws upon their shared childhood memories. The London-based band combine layered … Continued

The Broods, 7:30 PM

The Broods, 7:30 PM

The Basement
September 3, 2014

Over the last eight months Nelson born brother-sister duo, Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott), have distinguished themselves as one of the most celebrated young bands to emerge out New Zealand’s thriving contemporary musical landscape. Announcing their arrival with glossy synth-pop … Continued

Wilco, 7 PM

Wilco, 7 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 3, 2014

After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due September 27 on dBpm Records.  The Chicago band took a … Continued

Twenty One Pilots – 6pm

Twenty One Pilots – 6pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 4, 2014

In its purest form music acts as a conduit of self-expression that’s free from the conventions of society and that spirit of fearlessness lies at the core of twenty one pilots, a group whose musical vision is completely their own. … Continued

The Bots, 7:30 PM

The Bots, 7:30 PM

The Basement
September 5, 2014

Los Angeles brothers and bandmates Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei recorded their first album together when they were just 15 and 12.  Their distinctive sound brings together the veracity of garage/punk while paying homage to the American blues and ballad … Continued

The Orwells with Skaters – 7:30pm

The Orwells with Skaters – 7:30pm

A&R Music Bar
September 8, 2014

The Orwells are five guys from Chicago, IL, playing rock’n’ roll music with an unmatched ragged intensity. Cousins Mario Cuomo (vocals) and Dominic Corso (guitar), twins Grant (bass) and Henry Brinner (drums), and Matt O’Keefe (guitar) have been playing together … Continued

taking back sunday and the used – 6pm

taking back sunday and the used – 6pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 8, 2014

Taking Back Sunday are a band who truly need no introduction. Since forming in Long Island in 1999, the group have sold millions of albums, evolved from a scrappy punk act into seasoned songwriters and continued to forge a successful … Continued

Rally For Columbus – NCAA / Women’s Final Four, 8:45 AM

Rally For Columbus – NCAA / Women’s Final Four, 8:45 AM

Battelle Plaza
September 10, 2014

Rally for Columbus! Let’s roll out the RED carpet for the NCAA and Women’s Basketball Committee WHEN: Wednesday, September 10 at 8:45 a.m. WHERE: Nationwide Arena Battelle Plaza (corner of Nationwide Boulevard and Front Street) WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: Linda Logan, … Continued

Blue Jackets Fan Fest, 6 PM

Blue Jackets Fan Fest, 6 PM

Nationwide Arena
September 12, 2014

Don’t miss the Blue Jackets FanFest Friday, September 12 at Nationwide Arena. Get autographs from your favorite Blue Jackets players, tour the locker room participate in a variety of interactive games with Blue Jackets players and much more. This a … Continued

Foster the People – 6:30 PM

Foster the People – 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 12, 2014

The Los Angeles based band formed in 2009 by lead singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Mark Foster’s broke out into the spotlight when Columbus Records released their worldwide hit, “Pumped up Kicks” in 2011. Foster the People’s sophomore album, Supermodel is named … Continued

Bear in Heaven – 7pm

Bear in Heaven – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
September 12, 2014

Bear In Heaven’s new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It’s a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow, at some point they … Continued

The Whigs, 7 PM

The Whigs, 7 PM

The Basement
September 13, 2014

For their fifth album, Modern Creation (2014), the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio, The Whigs, wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together-during which they’ve released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either … Continued

Broncho, 6 PM

Broncho, 6 PM

The Basement
September 14, 2014

BRONCHO’s album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, is a bold step forward for the band. Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar-driven rock – the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly … Continued

A Day To Remember – Parks & Devastation Tour 5:30pm

A Day To Remember – Parks & Devastation Tour 5:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 16, 2014

Platinum selling rock act, A Day To Remember have announced dates for their 2014 PARKS & DEVASTATION North American fall tour with supporting acts Bring Me The Horizon and Chiodos, which is set to kick off on Sunday, September 14th … Continued

This event is today! Juicy J + Migos, 6 PM

Juicy J + Migos, 6 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 18, 2014

Power 107.5, Columbus’ Hottest Hip Hop and R&B Station present the 2014 Power Fest featuring Juicy J at The LC Pavilion.  Tickets can be purchased on August 11 at all Ticketmaster locations! Together with production partner DJ Paul, Juicy J played an … Continued

The Return of Rosie – 7 PM

The Return of Rosie – 7 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 19, 2014

The 1980s brainchild of Bob Seger along with guitarist Mark Chatfield is back on the road. Their first record in 1981, self-titled ROSIE, was made possible after being crowned champion of the R.J. Reynolds National Battle of the Bands. After several albums … Continued

Sucre

Sucre

The Basement
September 19, 2014

Featuring the crystalline vocals of Stacy King, Sucré write the kind of dreamlike pop songs that get lodged into your head before the very first chorus even kicks in. Rounded out by Stacy’s husband, Darren King, on drums, and multi-instrumentalist … Continued

The Big Block Party – The New Pornographers + Iron & Wine

The Big Block Party – The New Pornographers + Iron & Wine

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 20, 2014

TEAD is a street artist from Detroit who over the past decade has created pieces from gallery exhibitions to public art installations for some of the country’s biggest festival names such as Bonnaroo. The New Pornographers are A.C. Newman, Blaine … Continued

Alzheimer’s 5K Run & Walk

Alzheimer’s 5K Run & Walk

Huntington Park
September 20, 2014

What: Alzheimer’s 5K Run & Walk Date: Saturday, September 20 Time: 8 a.m., ending by 11:30 a.m. Location: Huntington Park / Nationwide Blvd. View the run’s route here.

Glass Animals – 8 PM

Glass Animals – 8 PM

A&R Music Bar
September 20, 2014

Oxford-based band Glass Animals is made up of Dave Bayley, Drew Macfarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer and Joe Seaward. They are all friends from 14 years old and formed the group once they finished school. While still at university, they released their … Continued

Black Lips with The King Khan & BBQ Show – 7pm

Black Lips with The King Khan & BBQ Show – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
September 21, 2014

Playing garage-flavored punk rock with a Southern accent, a messed-up and bluesy undertow, and the gleefully destructive impact of a 15-year-old with a bag of firecrackers, the Black Lips are an Atlanta-based combo who, after their debut in 2000, soon … Continued

Columbus Kidney Walk

Columbus Kidney Walk

Huntington Park
September 21, 2014

What: Columbus Kidney Walk Date: Sunday, September 21 Time: 9:00 a.m., ending by 12 p.m. Location: Huntington Park View the run’s route here

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

Mutual Benefit and Cave Singers – 7pm

Mutual Benefit and Cave Singers – 7pm

The Basement
September 24, 2014

Jordan Lee has spent the last few years moving from Ohio to Austin to Boston, and most recently Brooklyn, running the wonderful Kassette Klub label, touring with friends’ groups, and leading an amorphous project called Mutual Benefit, a one-man-band or … Continued

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 7:30 PM

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 7:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 25, 2014

Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during … Continued

The London Souls

The London Souls

The Basement
September 25, 2014

The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept … Continued

Life In Color feat. Borgore and Cash Cash

Life In Color feat. Borgore and Cash Cash

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 26, 2014

Life in Color, “The World’s Largest Paint Party,” began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida. Founded by Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz and Patryk Tracz, Life in Color, is a production and promotions company that stages more than 200 concerts … Continued

CD102.5 Presents St. Lucia:  The Night Comes Again Tour – 8pm

CD102.5 Presents St. Lucia: The Night Comes Again Tour – 8pm

A&R Music Bar
September 29, 2014

Brooklyn based electro-pop outfit St. Lucia has released the deluxe edition of their electrifying debut album When The Night, featuring three brand new and exclusive tracks.  St. Lucia will embark on the just-announced “The Night Comes Again Tour” of North … Continued

Insane Clown Posse, 6:30 PM

Insane Clown Posse, 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
September 30, 2014

When Insane Clown Posse (ICP) emerged from the darkness surrounding Detroit’s underground music scene in the early 90s, the world had yet to imagine the impact that the hardcore hip-hop style spawned by these two artists — Violent J and … Continued

freeman – 7:30pm

freeman – 7:30pm

A&R Music Bar
September 30, 2014

Listening to Marvelous Clouds, Aaron Freeman’s 2012 debut under his own name, fans might have felt that he was ignoring an elephant in his room—a drug-and-alcohol-related onstage flame-out that made viral headlines the year before.  In the opening minutes of … 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.