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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour

Nationwide Arena
December 26, 2018

Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018.  This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of … Continued

WWE LIVE- HOLIDAY TOUR

WWE LIVE- HOLIDAY TOUR

Nationwide Arena
December 27, 2018

WWE Returns to Columbus for the Final Time in 2018! See your Favorite RAW WWE Superstars including: Intercontinental Champion – Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship Braun Strowman vs Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in a 2 … Continued

Cirque du Soleil, CRYSTAL

Cirque du Soleil, CRYSTAL

Nationwide Arena
January 23, 2019

Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to the Columbus area with its coolest arena show yet – Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial … Continued

Cirque du Soleil, CRYSTAL

Cirque du Soleil, CRYSTAL

Nationwide Arena
January 25, 2019

Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to the Columbus area with its coolest arena show yet – Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial … Continued

5th Line 5K

5th Line 5K

Nationwide Arena
February 9, 2019

The 5th Line 5K presented by OhioHealth is a 3.1 mile tour of downtown Columbus, finishing at center ice at Nationwide Arena taking place Saturday, Feb 9 at 10AM! Registration includes a CBJ long sleeve t-shirt, finishers medal, and 2 … Continued

CHER – THE HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR

CHER – THE HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR

Nationwide Arena
February 10, 2019

The one and only Cher is set to hit the road with the HERE WE GO AGAIN Tour including a Sunday, February 10, 2019 play at Nationwide Arena. Nile Rodgers and Chic will open. U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase … Continued

World’s Toughest Rodeo

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Nationwide Arena
February 16, 2019

The CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo is making its way BACK to Nationwide Arena on February 16th, 2019! As always, the CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo will feature the 3 fan favorite events, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, and the most extreme … Continued

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

Nationwide Arena
March 11, 2019

Mumford & Sons will embark on an extensive 60-date worldwide arena tour this fall featuring a groundbreaking new in-the-round stage design including a March 11, 2019 play at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The tour celebrates the multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning band’s … Continued

KISS

KISS

Nationwide Arena
March 16, 2019

After an epic and storied 45 year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The band announced the first set … Continued

DIERKS BENTLEY

DIERKS BENTLEY

Nationwide Arena
March 29, 2019

Current three-time CMA nominee Dierks Bentley announced that his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR will play at Nationwide Arena March 29, 2019 with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. Bentley is known to “pull out all the … Continued

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

Nationwide Arena
March 31, 2019

Justin Timberlake’s “Man of The Woods” tour will make a return visit to Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The show features a 360-degree multistage layout featuring an extensive winding walkway, simulating a path in the woods, which allows Timberlake … Continued

Leon Bridges – Good Thing Tour

Leon Bridges – Good Thing Tour

EXPRESS LIVE!
May 4, 2019

Leon Bridges – Good Thing Tour at Express LIVE! with special guest Jess Glynne! Outdoor Show, Rain or Shine Gates open at 6 PM All Ages / General Admission $39.50 in advance & day of show On his sophomore album Good Thing, Leon Bridges’ … Continued

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

Nationwide Arena
June 29, 2019

Twenty One Pilots have announced a second leg of the “Bandito Tour” due to overwhelming demand, which will see the band returning to North America for dates in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. this spring (see attached itinerary).  The new … Continued

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

Nationwide Arena
June 30, 2019

Twenty One Pilots have announced a second leg of the “Bandito Tour” due to overwhelming demand, which will see the band returning to North America for dates in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. this spring (see attached itinerary).  The new … Continued

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

Nationwide Arena
July 30, 2019

Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has spent the last two years with a critically acclaimed and chart-topping album, a sold out run of UK and European shows, and an induction into … Continued

December Event Listings

Harmony Project – The Concert for Us

Harmony Project – The Concert for Us

Nationwide Arena
December 6, 2018

Forging unconventional partnerships. Fostering creative collaborations. Building a stronger community on a foundation of artistic passion and social purpose. Changing the community by embracing and engaging people across ages, races, cultures, socioeconomic conditions, religious beliefs, and political opinions. That’s who … Continued

SantaCon 2018

SantaCon 2018

Arena District
December 7, 2018

Santas, suit up for SantaCon 2018! Get ready for a JOLLY good time in the Arena District again this year! Join hundreds of Santas to bar hop around the Arena District. The best part is that this event is FREE … Continued

Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes

Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes

Arena District
December 8, 2018

Join in the fun at the 7th Annual Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes Fundraiser 5K /1 Mile Event. Proceeds benefit the diabetes camps and programs of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (an Agency of LifeCare Alliance).   Race Location: McFerson … Continued

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour

Nationwide Arena
December 26, 2018

Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018.  This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of … Continued

WWE LIVE- HOLIDAY TOUR

WWE LIVE- HOLIDAY TOUR

Nationwide Arena
December 27, 2018

WWE Returns to Columbus for the Final Time in 2018! See your Favorite RAW WWE Superstars including: Intercontinental Champion – Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship Braun Strowman vs Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in a 2 … 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

There’s an energy and excitement in Columbus that’s going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you’re invited to join in. The city is thriving and the staff at the Experience Columbus Visitor Center can’t wait to show you all there is to see, do, drink and eat. Want a tour of the city? How about a visit to one of our all-star attractions? You can purchase your tickets right in the Visitor Center. Love craft beer, coffee and shopping? Pick up a guide to the Columbus Ale Trail, Columbus Coffee Experience or the Made in Cbus trail.

They also have an array of locally made products from tee shirts and glassware to soap and art, so you can take home an authentic Columbus souvenir.