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

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

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

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

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.”

July Event Listings

King Buzzo – 8pm

King Buzzo – 8pm

A&R Music Bar
July 1, 2014

Roger “Buzz” Osborne, also known as King Buzzo (born March 25, 1964) is the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and technically the only remaining founding member of the Melvins. Osborne is also a founding member/guitarist for both Fantômas and Venomous Concept. He was also … Continued

The Wild Feathers – 7pm

The Wild Feathers – 7pm

The Basement
July 1, 2014

Long before it got broken up into a million sub-genres, rock & roll was just rock & roll. Six strings, booming harmonies and the call of the open road. It’s a singularly American tradition that Nashville’s The Wild Feathers are … Continued

Twin Forks – 7pm

Twin Forks – 7pm

The Basement
July 2, 2014

“I use my gut, and my gut don’t lie to me” is more than just a lyric in Twin Forks’ exuberant “Something We Just Know,” it is a kind of mission statement for the quartet.  Singer/guitarist Chris Carrabba figured out … Continued

Red, White, & Boom + Taste of Boom

Red, White, & Boom + Taste of Boom

Arena District
July 3, 2014

Nationwide Blvd. will kick-off Taste of BOOM! at 3 p.m. This street, closed-off from Front St. to Neil Ave., will highlight fare from Columbus’ top restaurants, include two stages featuring the best local entertainment, and offer a great view of … Continued

Finch – 7pm

Finch – 7pm

The Basement
July 8, 2014

In 2013, Finch reunited to its nearly original lineup and announced that they would embark on the “What It Is To Burn Ten Year Anniversary” tour. The group performed the full-length in its entirety with a few extra bonuses for … Continued

Under the Sun Tour – 6pm

Under the Sun Tour – 6pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 8, 2014

Under The Sun, the annual summer festival tour celebrating the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll, has unveiled a number of new dates with the promise of more still to come. Already among the year’s most eagerly anticipated … Continued

Farmer’s Market – 11am-1:30pm

Farmer’s Market – 11am-1:30pm

Battelle Plaza
July 10, 2014

Don’t miss the Arena District’s weekly farmers market every Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. until October 30.

Griffin House – 7pm

Griffin House – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
July 10, 2014

Although Springfield, OH native Griffin House didn’t begin playing guitar and writing songs until he was 18, the power of his music struck an emotional connection with audiences immediately. The athletic gifted House shocked his family by turning down a … Continued

Bear Hands – 7pm

Bear Hands – 7pm

The Basement
July 11, 2014

Bear Hands are a textbook example of contrasting personalities uniting to craft something more than the sum of their parts.  Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Rau, the Brooklyn-based quartet’s self-confessed musical Luddite peppers his supersonic chatter with an infectious collection of witicims.  By … Continued

Lifeline of Ohio 5k – 8am

Lifeline of Ohio 5k – 8am

Battelle Plaza
July 12, 2014

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Lifeline of Ohio will host its 15th annual Dash for Donation 5K in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Plaza. Lifeline of Ohio holds the Dash for Donation as an effort to raise awareness in central and … Continued

Modest Mouse – 6:30pm

Modest Mouse – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 12, 2014

Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington and over the last decade has become the indie rock standard and one of the few bands capable of treading the narrow path where massive popularity is possible without sacrificing their … Continued

Hundred Waters – 7pm

Hundred Waters – 7pm

The Basement
July 13, 2014

The quartet’s members Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese & Zach Tetreault played together in various formations as far back as middle school, but it took until adulthood and 2012 for them to become Hundred Waters. Living under one roof … Continued

311 – 6:30pm

311 – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 14, 2014

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California. 311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into … Continued

Us the duo – 7pm

Us the duo – 7pm

The Basement
July 14, 2014

3 years ago, two emerging solo artists from opposite sides of the country randomly collided, fell in love, and combined their talent into Us The Duo. A few successful YouTube videos (23+ million views) encouraged these songwriters to write their … Continued

Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket – 6:30pm

Counting Crows with Toad the Wet Sprocket – 6:30pm

A&R Music Bar
July 15, 2014

Counting Crows announced today they will kick off a major worldwide tour this summer with new music, starting in North America. The tour will feature songs from the band’s forthcoming album, their first new material in seven years, scheduled to … Continued

The Giving Tree Band – 7pm

The Giving Tree Band – 7pm

The Basement
July 17, 2014

Led by enigmatic brothers Todd and “E” Fink, The Giving Tree Band are making their way to the head of a classy class of young American songwriters and performers. The Finks extended their brotherhood to all 7 members and started … Continued

Peter Matthew Bauer – 7pm

Peter Matthew Bauer – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
July 17, 2014

Liberation! is the title of Peter Matthew Bauer’s debut solo album, a poignant and anthemic blend of soulful balladry, folk-tinged meditations, and full-bore rock & roll, crafted with an oblique nod towards the explosion of art, rock, and attitude that … Continued

Band of HOrses – 6:30pm

Band of HOrses – 6:30pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 18, 2014

Emerging in 2004 with a blend of woodsy mid-tempo rock and reverb-laden vocals, Band of Horses gained an audience in their native Northwest before Everything All the Time made them indie rock darlings. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke founded … Continued

Jazz & Rib Fest

Jazz & Rib Fest

Arena District
July 18, 2014

This highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque for more than thirty years is back! Building off the success of our move to the premier entertainment destination of downtown Columbus, we … Continued

Nickel Creek – 7pm

Nickel Creek – 7pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 19, 2014

The year 2014 marks 25 years since the formation of the Grammy Award winning roots-music trio Nickel Creek, dormant since 2007. Violinist Sara Watkins, mandolinist Chris Thile, and guitarist Sean Watkins agreed that they should commemorate this milestone with at … Continued

Next @ Wex Fest – 6pm

Next @ Wex Fest – 6pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 20, 2014

PromoWest Productions, Wexner Center for the Arts, and CD102.5 Present Next @ Wex Fest Featuring Neutral Milk Hotel w/ Circulatory System and Connections. Part of the Miller Lite Concert Series

Summer Refresher Movie Series

Summer Refresher Movie Series

Studio Movie Grill Arena Grand
July 21, 2014

With so many sequels on the movie horizon SMG decided that we needed a refresher course. All eight of these titles have a sequel on the way. So what better way to prime the pump than to bring back the … Continued

Jay Brannan – 8pm

Jay Brannan – 8pm

The Basement
July 21, 2014

A Texas native turned New Yorker, Jay Brannan has been writing and performing his own sweet & sad folk songs, tempered with a healthy dose of humor, around the globe since 2006. He also appeared as an actor in John … Continued

Black Stone Cherry HardDrive Live Tour – 7pm

Black Stone Cherry HardDrive Live Tour – 7pm

A&R Music Bar
July 22, 2014

Black Stone Cherry bridges the gap between the blue collar craftsmanship of dirty, bluesy, ballsy, pedal-to-the-metal Hard Rock steeped in the ancestral lineage of Southern Rock and the warm, broad embrace of the rock radio mainstream. There’s enough boot stomping … Continued

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw – 6pm

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw – 6pm

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 23, 2014

Los Angeles, CA (March 17th, 2014)- Multi-platinum, Grammy nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson have announced their co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour with special guest Andrew McMahon. Kicking off on Saturday, June 14th in Tucson, … Continued

Battlecross – 6pm

Battlecross – 6pm

The Basement
July 24, 2014

A sonic metal assault that leaves audiences pumped with adrenaline, Detroit’s BATTLECROSS triumphantly return as one of the true champions of American Heavy Metal with their devastating sophomore release, War of Will. The sophomore effort from Detroit’s newest soldiers of … Continued

Crowne Plaza Partners with Threads for Teens Philanthropy Event

Crowne Plaza Partners with Threads for Teens Philanthropy Event

Arena District
July 25, 2014

What: Threads for Teens comes to Columbus Where: The Franklin Country Children Services | 855 W. Mound Street When: Friday, July 25. | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. About: Allyson Ahlstrom, a fashion philanthropist, started an initiative to give new, donated designer clothes to … Continued

Royal Blood – 7pm

Royal Blood – 7pm

The Basement
July 25, 2014

Royal Blood is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the … Continued

Brody Dalle – 7:30pm

Brody Dalle – 7:30pm

A&R Music Bar
July 25, 2014

Before embarking on a solo career, Brody Dalle was the unmistakable raspy voice behind the Distillers and Spinnerette. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, Dalle fell in love with punk rock and grunge as a teenager, and began playing guitar when … Continued

Panama – 7 PM

Panama – 7 PM

The Basement
July 28, 2014

CD 102.5′s Low Dough Show features Panama, the Sydney Austrailia- based band led by front-man and songwriter Jarrah McClearly, who is a classically trained pianist since age six. In 2014, they signed with 300 Entertainment for North America. The title … Continued

This event is today! Register Your Co-recreational Kickball League

Register Your Co-recreational Kickball League

Arena District Athletic Club
July 29, 2014

Arena District Athletic Club is accepting applications for teams interested in participating in the 2014 co-recreational kickball league. Application Deadline: July 23 League Play: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays, beginning July 29th Game Times: 6:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $360 per team … Continued

Iggy Azelea – 6:30 PM

Iggy Azelea – 6:30 PM

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
July 31, 2014

Australian-born model turned Southern hip-hop star, Iggy Azalea, developed her talents by immersing herself in the rap culture of Miami, Huston and Atlanta when she moved to the states in 2006 at 16 years old. She released a mixtape in 2011 … 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.