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Mega Weekend!

Hooray for the weekend! This is going to be a big one! It's kind of Grand Opening Weekend, with many new things opening up. There are so many things happening on Saturday plus tonight is Cinco de Mayo and Sunday is Mother's Day! Don't forget to get your tickets for the Urban Living Tour and see some really cool spots to live in the city. We still have tickets you can win to Promowest shows: O.A.R., Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson, Frank Turner, and Purity Ring. Join Vanessa Williams next week at The Women's Fund Keyholder event to find out how you can help with gender equality.


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Happy Cinco de Mayo! The Grandview Theater and Draught House re-opens tonight with the latest Captain America film. Stop by Balboa for their grand opening. CATS opens at the Lincoln Theatre. Short North Stage opens a new show, The Last 5 Years. Check out a Meat Makers' Dinner at The Commissary. SRO Theatre continues productions of Big River through Saturday. The Spring Plant Sale & Auction Fundraiser begins at Chadwick Arboretum. Nada has a special Cinco de Mayo event and you can also celebrate at Woodlands Tavern. The Growler Bar opens at Hills Market Downtown. Join The Actual Brewing Co for their 3rd Anniversary during Conductor Day. Creekside Plaza hosts Paws in the Plaza. Adults can enjoy a Whodunit? themed event at COSI for After Dark. Oddfellows Liquor Bar hosts another DruNk SpeLing Be: Cinco edition! The Pizzuti Collection hosts another Pacesetters After Hours. Front Street Funk continues at Shadowbox Live.


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BalletMet presents Sleeping Beauty through Sunday. It's the final day for Columbus Startup Week. Try some yoga and a brew at Bexley Yoga. See The Wild Bunch in 70mm. Enjoy Jazz & Juleps. The Scioto Grove Metro Park hosts a grand opening. Joseph Editions hosts an opening reception for Laura Sanders new artwork. Join Glass Axis for their Spring Art Sale this weekend. Strongwater hosts a Spring Sip and Shop. Available Light Theatre's Feels Like (the body project) continues. The Ghibli Studio movie this weekend at the Gateway Film Center is From Up On Poppy Hill. Learn how to properly care for family heirlooms. Mojo Tago hosts Cinco de Mojo. Check out the Rural Society Antique and Garden Spring Sale. Jewelweed Floral Studio opens their Downtown shop. Make a Mom & Kid necklace set at The Smithery. Alice Cooper plays Express Live! The Ohio Herb Education Center hosts An Herbal Affair, a night with local brews, cocktails, wines, and herbs! The Musical of Musicals, The Musical! opens at Club Diversity. Watch some rock movies at What the Rock?! LeBOOM! returns to Skully's with Zomboy and Ghastly. Cash Cash comes to Dahlia. See Scandalous at Shadowbox Live.


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It's Free Comic Book Day! It's also Herb Day in Gahanna. Shop your Farmers Markets! Look for handmade items during the Columbus Craftacular Showcase. The Kentucky Derby is going on and there are a few events happening around town. The Central Ohio Folk Festival is Saturday and Sunday. While you're checking out Jewelweed, stop in the new Downtown Bike Shop. Gallery Hop returns to the Short North and Roy G Biv opens a new show featuring art by Jeremy Plunkett and Elise P. Church. Rivet showcases the art of Eric Blair. Camelot Cellars hosts a brunch for moms. Shop the GartenMarkt in German Village. Grandview is having a community wide yard sale! It's also Yard Sale Day at the Green Lawn Abbey, as well as Merion Village! The Pinchflat: Bike Poster Blowout starts at Wild Goose and then moves to Paradise Garage for Gallery Hop. Create your own mala at The Art of Yoga. Celebrate Maifest at Zauber Brewing. Forno and Short North Pint House invite you to their annual Pints and Paintings fundraiser to benefit Camp Sunrise. 934 Gallery opens a new exhibit of photography from CCAD students and alumni. Worthington is hosting Green on the Green. Join the Ohio History Center for Pleasures of the Cup with a focus on martinis. Columbus Crew SC has a match against Impact de Montréal at Mapfre Stadium. Dance at Heatwave at Ace of Cups. RITUAL brings Bill Converse and Justin Carver to Grey Area.


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The Ohio Machine opens their home season against Denver. Join The Commissary for a Mother's Day Garden Tea Soiree. Lots of places are having special brunches and such for Mother's Day. There's a 5k/10k happening in Westerville. Ohiyo Chocolate and The Actual Brewing Company team up for a chocolate and beer pairing. It's Yappy Hour at the Gateway. Schoolhouse Rock Live continues at Shadowbox Live, and Front Street Funk plays later in the evening. Go on a wildflower walk at Blacklick Woods Metro Park.



Check out the Events Calendar for more! Events listed in the Mega Weekend are curated from our events calendar. If you have an event you would like to have considered, please go to the events calendar on Columbus Underground and submit it! Enjoy your weekend!




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Columbus Alive




Mothers’ journey continues at Ace of Cups

The title of Mothers’ debut album, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, reflects both a personal journey — singer and songwriter Kristine Leschper penned a bulk of the songs as a means of navigating a trying emotional period — and a big-picture view of the group’s slow and steady transition from solo project to full-on band.



This week's issue of Alive





Franklinton Playhouse debuts with Red Herring Productions’ “Endgame”

Michael Herring knew he wanted to make a new home for his theater company in Franklinton. Already thriving in the visual arts, the neighborhood was ripe for the addition of a new, dedicated space for theater. Red Herring Productions transformed a vacant makeshift gallery and storage space into a black box theater, which opens this weekend with Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame.”





Local rockers Electric Hand EP release at Big Room Bar

Time travel hasn't yet been invented, but listening to Purple Hearts, the new EP from local garage-rock quartet the Electric Hand, can provide a similar sensation. “It’s one of the last eras of true sexiness; look at the ways the clothes would fit on people,” Ottinger said of the period between 1964 and 1969 that his band’s music reflects. “And the music itself was pure. You’d just plug in and go.”





Folk-punk singer Cate Le Bon at Big Room Bar

Just when you think Cate Le Bon is going to deliver the melody your ear’s prepared for, she decides to not give you the satisfaction. On “Wonderful” — a cut from the Welsh singer-songwriter’s newest album, Crab Day — she delivers verses that pummel along only to be counteracted by a faux-majestic chorus underscored by snorting horns. Le Bon has perfected a form of folk-leaning post-punk.

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Brandt-Roberts Galleries
Ohio artist Stuart Fink on view until May 8.



Joseph Editions
Laura Sanders' In Our Nature from May 3 through June 30 with an artist reception on May 6 from 5:00-8:00pm. X



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Hummers, photographs by Richard Northrup, along with work from artists Stephanie Parnes and Katherine Woods.




Studios on High Gallery
Featuring artists Laura Jenkins Gorun and Mikelle Hickman-Romine for the month of May. Meet the artists at Gallery Hop on May 7 from 6:00-10:00pm.


Sharon Weiss Gallery
New Works by Amanda Hope Cook. 



Hammond Harkins Galleries
Featuring 6 plus 1 with an opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:00-8:00pm and artist talk with Laura Bidwa on Sunday, June 13 at 2:00pm.



Lindsay Gallery
Bill Miller, Work in Vintage Linoleum, with opening reception on Friday, May 6 from 6:00-9:00pm.



ROY G BIV Gallery
Work from Jeremy Plunkett and Elise P. Church. Plunkett on display May 7–28. Reception on Gallery Hop Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. Artists’ talks and reception on Saturday, May 28 at 2:30pm.  


Marcia Evans Gallery
NEW WORKS by Annette Poitau through May 30. 



Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Selections, recent paintings by Chris Taylor. Opening reception on May 7 from 6:00-10:00pm. X



Sherrie Gallerie
Ron Isaacs, Where Does The Time Go from April 17 through May 29.




Artist Eric Blair, Oh, Jeepers!, with reception on Gallery Hop Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm. 

Arts Events & Exhibitions
Writer and journalist Larry Smith, best known for the Six Word Memoirs Project, will be out at Victorian Gate (647 N. High Street) from 5:00-9:00pm in support of his newest project, Six in the City, where anyone can contribute six word memoirs on Columbus. For more information on Six in the City, click hereBig Fun Columbus will feature local artist Bobby Lee Turney, and The Good Time Charleys will be performing. Da Levee will feature the art of local artist Malcolm J. Denmark on High will feature work by artist Adam Hernandez from April through June. House Beer will feature John J. Victor's Small Frames - Big Moments. The sixth annual Pinchflat Poster Show will be back at Paradise Garage from 6:00-11:00pm. The Short North Pint House will host the second annual Pints & Paintings in support of Equitas Health from 6:00-9:00pm. Stop by First Commonwealth Bank to see four of the talented students who competed for the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) during the month of May. The Short North Stage will present The Last Five Years at 3:00pm and 8:00pm. Stonewall Columbus will feature an LGBTQIA + ally youth art show with a reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:00-9:00pm. Stone Village Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for Chris Rankin's new exhibit, Our Colorful Lands, from 5:00-8:00pm.


Wexner Center for the Arts

May Gallery Hop is sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts. See Martin Wong: Human Instamatic at the Wexner Center from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, August 7. The Spring Exhibition Preview and Opening Celebration will be on Friday, May 13 from 4:00-9:00pm with a curators’ talk at 5:00pm, followed by a reception. Free with RSVP. The local premiere of Gabrielle Burton’s Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens (2016) will be on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00pm at the Wexner Center, with a reception from 6:00-7:00pm in the center’s lower lobby.


Goose Island Beer Co. Special of the Month
Goose Island Beer Co. is proud to be the official beer partner of Gallery Hop for March, April, and May 2016. The feature special for this month is a 16oz Goose Island Summertime Kolsch for $5.50 at Bodega, located at 1044 N. High St.


CD102.5 Scene Team
Visit the CD102.5 Scene Team at Oddfellows Liquor Bar from 6:00-10:00pm at Gallery Hop. Get registered to win a pair of 4-Day general admission passes to the 2016 Nelsonville Music Festival! Plus, 
Greater Columbus Arts Council's Artist of the Month, Anthony Mossburg, will be playing on the patio!


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May through July


Establish new connections, get to know other young business professionals, build your network, and develop your leadership skills at one of these great networking events in Columbus.



Build your business network in a professional and fun atmosphere as we welcome the Gahanna Chamber for a joint Speed Networking event. You'll have the unique opportunity to sit across from and meet other business professionals to hear what they do and promote who you are and what you do. Breakfast and coffee is included!




Join us for this inspiring annual summit for young professionals, with great speakers on topics such as INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP, THE CITY OF THE FUTURE, and SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN OHIO. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included!




In partnership with Columbus Rotary, we are organizing a unique Leadership Through Service event, including volunteer clean-up and team building activities, featuring the Columbus Rotary Downtown Obstacle Course - with 9 challenging stations. Register on your own or with a team of four. Breakfast and lunch are included!




Network with other young professionals over coffee and light breakfast. Everyone will get a chance to give their 30-second "elevator speech" and hear from a local speaker. In June we will welcome Holly McFarland, Director of the Center for Career Development at Franklin University on the topic of "Discovering Your Strengths."




Join fellow young professionals as we present "YP Networking Night," an after-work mixer for members and friends. You'll network over complimentary food and cocktails (co-hosted by Industrious) inside their brand new location in the Short North.












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Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and Discovery Special Improvement Districts send this Downtown News Network e-alert to Downtown Columbus business and property contacts. It is intended for re-distribution to downtown employees, residents and others. Content is collected and managed by Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs for their member property owners and their tenants.

Capital Crossroads SID Notes


Training to Prepare for Worst Case: Active Shooter 

It's horrible to think about workplace violence, but turn on the news, and you see it all too often. Preparing and training employees to cope with workplace violence should be a key piece of an organization's incident response planning. Join Capital Crossroads SID and the Columbus Division of Police for a session to learn how address potential workplace violence. The event will be held on May 10, 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Chase Tower, 100 East Broad Street. It is free to attend, and you do not need to be a Capital Crossroads member; register here.


Discovery SID Notes

Discovery Beach
Again this summer, you can head to the Discovery District sand volleyball court, dubbed Discovery Beach, for some fun in the sun. Located across the street from Hills Market and Grass Skirt Tiki Room, the sand volleyball court is available for free play or to reserve for a special outing. Just head to Hills Market, sign a waiver, borrow a ball and get your game on. When you're done, swing by Grass Skirt to quench your thirst. To reserve the court, email Melissa Fast at Learn more about Discovery Beach here.

Topiary Park Movie Series Announced for Summer 2016
Discovery Special Improvement District and partners bring the From Book to Film series back to Topiary Park this summer. Featuring four films based on popular books, adults and kids alike will love a night under the stars in the downtown version of the old-school drive-in. Movie-goers can enjoy a free movie, free popcorn, a food truck, activities and a venue like no other. The movies will begin at dusk on June 25 (The Lorax), July 30 (Paddington), August 27 (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and September 24 (The Hunger Games). Thanks to partners: Discovery SID, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Discovery Civic Association, Friends of Topiary Park, State Auto Insurance Companies and Gateway Film Center.

Traffic Alerts

Paving the Way's 2016 Glove Box Guide
For an overview of more than 30 Central Ohio road projects and helpful information and resources on roadway safety and road construction, view Paving the Way's 2016 Glove Box Guide to Central Ohio Road Construction at . Paper copies will be available in area libraries in May or by request at

News and Notes


Turn the Columbus Night Sky Blue

A grassroots initiative has begun to show support to all law enforcement officers, past and present, and to make tribute to those who have died in the line of duty. Organizers, including Bill Swank, the Law Enforcement Ambassador for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington DC, would like to turn the Columbus nighttime skyline blue for one week, beginning May 15. That date coincides with the National Peace Officers Memorial Day. For more information, you can check out their Facebook page here. Or you can email Bill Swank at


Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts Vacancy

The Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts, a campus for nonprofit organizations set along boulevard of historic buildings, has a vacancy. Below-market-rate rents include utilities and free staff parking. For a tour of the campus and the available office space, contact Katharine Moore at 614.228.7441 or


Join the Make Your Miles Matter Commuter Challenge

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), car2go and CoGo are teaming together to challenge commuters during the month of June. The first ever Make Your Miles Matter Commuter Challenge encourages commuters to vanpool, carpool, take the bus, walk or bike to work or social events, and to run errands from June 1 through June 30. When using an alternate mode of transportation, commuters simply log their miles to which makes them eligible to win daily and grand prizes. Each commute logged improves the chances of winning a prize. The first 100 people to log a trip will win a pair of Gateway Film Center movie passes. Registration began May 1st. The campaign is set to target all of Central Ohio, with an emphasis on Downtown employees and residents, young professionals, and new transit users, in an effort to reduce congestion and improve air quality. By having more people using one vehicle, or using alternate forms of transportation, individuals can reduce the amount of fuel purchased, reduce congested roadways, and improve regional air quality. 


Broadway Series Payment Plan

If you are interested in purchasing a subscription to the Broadway Series for the 2016 - 17, you can choose to break up the cost of your subscription into five installments with no additional fees or interest. Payments range from $32 - $107/month per subscription. The first payment, via credit card only, must be received by May 6. Remaining balance, in 20 percent increments, will be charged on June 10, July 16, August 19 and September 23. 


2016 Visual Arts Fellowship Program

The Greater Columbus Arts Council in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art is currently accepting applications from visual artists for the 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship Program.  Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one year to apply for the Fellowships and remain a resident for the grant period if selected as a recipient. While students are not eligible, artists may submit student work that is within the required timeframe. The application deadline is June 30th. GCAC will award four $5,000 fellowships in 2016. Access to the online application and 2016 guide is available through GoArts, the Arts Council's online application system ( Find more information at or contact Alison Barret, Grants & Services Director at 614.221.8406 or

CBUS to Remain Free Through April 2017
The COTA Board of Trustees has voted to extend free fares on the popular CBUS® through April 30, 2017. The CBUS connects Downtown residents, visitors and workers to shopping, dining, entertainment, hotels and meeting sites throughout the central business district, the Short North, the Arena District and the Brewery District. Since its inception on May 5, 2014, the CBUS has become a vital part of the Downtown experience. In March 2016, CBUS ridership reached one million trips, exceeding its ridership goal by more than 60 percent. Financial support for the CBUS from businesses and other public and private stakeholders in the Downtown area make the continuation of free CBUS passenger fares possible.

Join CoGo Bike Share
It's a great time to join CoGo Bike Share. This month, each new member mailer will include free Chipotle coupons (while supplies last). You can choose to pay monthly (only $7/month) or upfront for the year ($75).
Click here to sign up.

Bus It to the Ballpark with COTA
COTA riders who hold a 31-day pass can get $1 general admission tickets to seven Clippers day games at the ticket window. Mark your calendars for May 12, May 26, June 8, July 20 and August 17.

Summer Camp Opportunities Downtown
For parents looking to keep their children entertained and educated this summer, there are a wide variety of camp opportunities downtown.
Click here for a rundown of summer camp options.

More Summer Fun to Come
Downtown Live will return to Columbus Commons, a great way to unwind after work with a frosty beverage and a concerts from the local music scene. Mark your calendar for every Thursday in July. Also, on Thursdays from May 5 - October 27 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.), enjoy Food Truck Food Court with the best in Columbus mobile eats featuring homegrown and international cuisine themes.

Special Events

Weekly Art Talks: Conversations & Coffee
Columbus Cultural Arts Center
May 5, Tracy Steinbrook (Painter, Main Gallery Artist, Adena Brook/Whetstone Ravine)
May 12, Geoff Martin (Director of the Cultural Arts Center, Gathering the City's People to Celebrate Art)

May 19, Marvin C. Daniels (Sculptor and Painter, Loft Gallery Artist)

Exhibit: Melvin Edwards: Five Decades
Now through May 8
Columbus Museum of Art

Exhibit: Ed Valentine, Gathered
Now through May 21
Angela Meleca Gallery
Angela Meleca Gallery has announced the gallery's second solo exhibition with Ed Valentine, Gathered, which features more than 20 works highlighting Valentine's long career as a painter. Often referred to as a 'painter's painter', Valentine views the act of painting as a type of investigation and experimentation. This experimentation throughout his career has led him to become increasingly aware of perceptions of elements that make up elementary principles of painting: color, line, marks, pattern, composition, texture and form. Valentine uses those perceptions to imply a language that identifies and quantifies the specifics of the elements. 


Exhibit: The Light Within

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

Now through June 3

This group exhibition will help shine light on Mental Health Month Columbus and features the artwork of Shae Brooks, ChelC, Dennis Howland, Meadow Center Marston, and Elaine Russell. 


Exhibit: Adena Brook-Whetstone Ravine
Now through June 4
Reception: April 29, 6 - 8 p.m.
Conversations & Coffee Art Talk: May 5, noon - 1 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center
The Cultural Arts Center will present the works of local artist Tracy Steinbrook. "Adena Brook-Whetstone Ravine" shares the quiet joy of walking through the trees, beside the brook, and of seeing the changing seasons. The artist's goal with his art is for his viewer to "imagine yourself there, in the ravine, next to the stream, removed from the hectic chaos of the city." 


Free Fitness Classes
Session 1: Now through June 11
Session 2: August 1 - October 1
No contract required. Whether you're a fitness junkie or your just starting out on your wellness journey, Columbus Commons free fitness classes make it easy for everyone to exercise. All classes are free thanks to UnitedHealthcare. Simply complete a
waiver, and you'll be ready to participate in any fitness class. You can find a full list of classes here

Spin Art
Now through August 21
Columbus Museum of Art
Downtown record store Spoonful Records has partnered with the CMA to identify and acquire record covers for Spin Art, which features memorable examples of vinyl record album cover designs. Album covers show how the crossover between music and visual arts can inspire creative innovation. Selected record covers define the visual identity of a musician, record label or musical genre. Also included are album covers that are the result of close collaboration between graphic designer and musician. Many of the records on display exemplify a fruitful exchange between music and visual cultures. The exhibition showcases albums by musicians including Pink Floyd, Funkadelic, Run the Jewels, and Sonic Youth, among others, as well as designs by Andy Warhol, Roger Dean, Winston Smith, Gerhard Richter` and others.

Blooms & Butterflies
Now through September 18
Franklin Park Conservatory
Spring returns with hundreds of colorful butterflies taking flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3 p.m.

BalletMet: Sleeping Beauty
May 6 - 8; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Ohio Theatre
Enjoy the magic of Sleeping Beauty, the final ballet of the BalletMet season. Choreographed to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, this World Premiere ballet by Edwaard Liang tells the tale of beautiful Princess Aurora's 100-year slumber, which can only be broken by a prince's kiss. Feast your eyes on gorgeous costuming, elaborate scenery and stunning choreography including the Rose Adagio, the Blue Bird pas de deux and the Fairy variations.

A Conversation with Lino Tagliapietra
May 7, 2 p.m.
Columbus Museum of Art
Lino Tagliapetra, world-renowned glass artists from Venice, Italy, will join art historian Annegreth Nill in a conversation about his work. Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear the creator of the CMA's celebrated masterpiece Endeavor, now installed in the Huntington Atrium of the Walter Wing. Lino Tagliapietra's work has been exhibited widely and is found in museums around the globe, receiving countless honors. No registration requested; free with admission.

May 12, 4 - 9 p.m.
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus College of Art & Design presents Chroma, a showcase of the best student works from all 10 majors - from design to fine arts - and their Master of Fine Arts program. The event and parking are free and open to the public. Stop by, look at art, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, sip on a craft beer from the cash bar and get a temporary tattoo. No reservations needed, but RSVP on


Taste of  Dine Originals

May 12, 6 - 9 p.m.

Franklin Park Conservatory

This unique, philanthropic event features unlimited tastings of signature dishes from every Dine Originals Columbus restaurant, plus hand-crafted beverages from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Your $100 ticket gets you admission to Franklin Park Conservatory, and helps support the missions of Dine Originals Columbus and The Buckeye Ranch. Enjoy live entertainment from The Salty Caramels, complimentary valet, a silent auction, raffle and wine grab. 


Senior Fashion Show

May 13, 67 p.m., VIP Cocktail Reception (60 Cleveland Ave.); 7:30 p.m. General Admission (CCAD Design Studios 390 E. Broad St.)

CCAD; 8 p.m. Fashion Show 

Come see the unique work of this year's senior class of CCAD's Fashion Design program. It's the hottest runway event in Columbus. 

Government Day
May 13
Renaissance Columbus Downtown
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce covers the issues at Government Day. This year's special feature, Battle for Ohio, will conclude the day's program with a lively discussion between national strategists and State of Ohio Chairs from both sides of the aisle. Tickets are $90 per individual for half-day tickets, which includes morning session, topic discussions, luncheon and featured presentation. RSVP by May 10. For more information, contact or 614.225.6946. 


Hills Market Downtown Three-Year Anniversary

May 14, 11 a.m.

Hills Market Downtown

Come celebrate Hills' three-year anniversary with a festive carnival atmosphere complete with carnival games, door prizes, live music, delicious snacks and face painting. Local vendors from all over Ohio will be on site sampling their delicious treats for free and for the grown ups there will be cocktails, and beer and wine tastings. Entrance is free for the party but if you RSVP on eventbrite and let them know you are coming, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card to The Hills Market Downtown and will receive a 20 percent off coupon to use on any purchases made during the party.


Moonlight Market

May 14, 6 - 11 p.m.

Gay Street

Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment from brick and mortar and pop-up locations along Gay Street. 


David and Vadim

May 14, 5:30 p.m.; May 15, 7 p.m.

Southern Theatre

Music Director David Danzmayr and Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist Vadim Gluzman will join forces once again for a grand finale. Gluzman's impressive artistry will be showcased with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, and ProMusica closes the season with what is considered to be Schubert's greatest work, his Symphony No. 9. 


Urban Living Tour
May 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Downtown Columbus and Surrounding Neighborhoods
Columbus Underground is holding the third annual Urban Living Tour, an event featuring urban living options and opportunities in Downtown Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods. The more than a dozen stops include apartments, condos, mixed-use residential buildings, and additional lifestyle shops. The tour includes properties in various states of development, from completed and fully furnished to those still under construction. Tour stops include The Barrett, 25 Jeffrey Park, Homes at Pullman Way, Jeffrey Place, Harrison Park, The View on Fifth, Highpoint at Columbus Commons, The Julian, Truberry on Summit, Truberry on Second, LC Riversouth, Connect Realty Micro Living, Condos on North 21st, and a Borror Properties Mangement virtual showroom. Lifestyle and restaurant businesses will be additional stops on the tour, offering information, discounts and specials. These stops include King Business Interiors, Tri Village Downtown Storage, North High Furnishings, The University Gateway District, Juvly Aesthetics and Re:work Furnishings. Additional stops may be added. You can buy tickets 


Sunlight Market

May 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gay Street

Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment from brick and mortar and pop-up locations along Gay Street. 


Bike to Work Day

May 20, 5 - 9 p.m.

Columbus Commons

Head to the Commons after work for music, food, drink, and all things BIKE. They will

recognize all of the new Bike Friendly Businesses that have achieved designation over the last year, celebrate our city's latest bike infrastructure investments, and release a new and improved Columbus Metro Bike Map. 


Asian Festival Dragon Boat Races

May 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Scioto Audubon Park

A dragon boat is a twenty foot canoe with a decorative dragonhead on the front and a tail on the back. A drummer sits facing the paddlers and directs them with the beat of the drum. A steersman stands in the rear and guides the boat with a long, wooden oar. The paddlers sit two by two on ten benches. These individuals paddle the stroke in unison to fly the dragon across the water. It is this synchronicity that is the key to racing. Dragon boat racing is as amazing to be a part of as it is to watch. 


Art Museum Day

May 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Columbus Museum of Art

CMA celebrates their seventh annual Art Museum Day, joining the International Council of Museums, the American Association of Museum Directors, and more than 180 museums across the world in raising awareness about the important role museums play in our society. Art Museum Day is a reminder that museums are living institutions that help create bonds between visitors, generations, and cultures around the world. Members and visitors are encouraged to share their experiences at CMA on social media using #ArtMuseumDay. 

Restaurant and Retail Reminders

For a complete listing of downtown restaurants, visit the website


Temporary Closure of Food Court and Shops at Columbus Convention Center

From May 9 - 20, most Food Court & Shops businesses will be closed as part of the $125 million expansion and renovation of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. A few locations, including JaVa's, Nielsen's Convenience Store  & Gifts, Heroes & Game and SegAway Tours of Columbus will remain open. There will be several temporary dining options available from Subway, Donatos and two food trucks.


The Growler Bar at Hills Market

On May 5, the Growler Bar opens at Hills Market Downtown. Pick up a Hills growler (or bring your own) to get fills of 16 oz., 32 oz. or 64 oz. beer. The Hills Growler Station will feature six taps that include a rotating selection of local Columbus beer and one cider each week. The inaugural week will feature: Sideswipe Brewing, Elevator Brewing Co., Columbus Brewing Company, Four String Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing and Mad Moon Hard Cider. 


Juvly Aesthetics

40 W. Gay St.

Enjoy special pricing on Botox and fillers through May 31. Pricing is $10/unit with Michelle for Botox, and $50 off all fillers with Michelle and Liz. 


Mother's Day at Dempsey's

346 S. High St.


Dempsey's wants you to make Mother's Day special. They are offering a special menu to honor all moms, combining special menu items with their most popular dishes. If you have other plans, grab a Dempsey's gift card and send it to your mom with your love. 

Jewelweed Floral Studio to Open Soon
122 E. Long St.
Though their brick and mortal location is not open just yet, you can already order beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion (Mother's Day is coming very soon). Click here to learn more about this soon-to-be downtown location.

Columbus Commons Locations Open for the Season
Tortilla and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are now open for the summer season at Columbus Commons.

Food Truck Food Court
Thursdays, May 5 - October 27
Columbus Commons
The Food Truck Food Court features local food trucks serving up some of the best eats Columbus has to offer. Enjoy unique dishes from Cupzilla, Daredevil Dogs, Giant Eagle Market District, Mikey's Late Night Slice, Mixing Bowl Asian Grill, Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities and Schmidt's Sausage Truck, along with two more trucks rotating monthly (in May, Ajumama and Challah). Food trucks will not be selling beverages, so stop by the Columbus Commons beverage tent ($2 cash only).


Monday Grocery Discount
Hills Market Downtown
Enjoy 20 percent off your grocery order of $50 or more every Monday. Just bring in your Hills Market reusable bag or pick one up while you there and save 20 percent off everything you purchase except alcohol and tobacco. You can also sign up for Hills Shop n Save card, which will help you earn a Hills Market $50 gift card.

Weekly Events in the Cafe at Hills Market Downtown
Charity Happy Hour, Monday, 5 - 7 p.m.
Grill & Chill, Wednesdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Sushi Night, Thursdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
Wine Tastings, Saturdays, 1 - 3 p.m.


For a comprehensive listing of events, visit Experience Columbus at 


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