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Tips for Hosting a Great Friendsgiving

November is a time for getting together and giving thanks. While Thanksgiving is typically spent with family, there’s another group in your life to be thankful for: your friends.

Friendsgiving is a fun-filled tradition that brings friends together to celebrate Thanksgiving, hence the name “Friendsgiving.” The get together is popular amongst millennials, with 52% picking up on the tradition.

Give thanks to your special group of friends by hosting your own Friendsgiving. Here are some tips on how to make it so great, your friends will be begging you to host again next year:

 

Make Your Space Photo-Worthy

Nothing puts people in the spirit like decorations. Provide fun photo ops like a backdrop and personalized touches your friends will want to share. Are you inviting friends from different groups that might not have met yet? Create personalized and color themed place settings and mix up normal seat preferences to create a more inclusive atmosphere. It will help friends that don’t know a lot of people feel more engaged and welcome. Add in a show-stopping centerpiece as your central statement.

Have your decorations go beyond the dinner table. Filling the room with colorful leaves, fall scented candles, and other autumn inspired décor can set the Thanksgiving mood.

Dr. Sally Augustin notes that warm-colored lights from candles or warmer bulbs put us in a more positive mood, which is good for getting along with others. Our sensory system associates this lighting to a campfire and can also remind us of autumn.

 

Keep Your Eye on the Pies

Cooking and positive experiences are what Friendsgiving is all about! Show off your inner chef by whipping up grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe, or even a simple recipe from the web: anything you know your friends will enjoy. Be conscious of your friends’ preferences, and keep in mind any dietary restrictions. It’s important for everyone to feel welcomed and accommodated.

Hosting may seem overwhelming, so invite your friends to join the fun by passing a dish. This can give your friends a chance to feel involved and also help you save on costs. People have different traditions, so it can be interesting to see what everyone brings to the table-literally!

However, remember to communicate what people are bringing beforehand to make sure you don’t have too many of the same dish. Assemble a quick Excel doc, Google Sheet or group text for more efficient communication. Some suggested staple items include turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, casserole, and of course, pie. A fun way to mix it up is by asking a couple friends to suggest a fun fall themed drink – we love this recipe for an Apple Cider Mimosa.

If you’re hosting a Friendsgiving in Columbus, you can make Thanksgiving shopping a snap with curbside express at Giant Eagle Market District. Curbside pickup is absolutely free, and apartment/home delivery is available next day for $5.95, and same day for $9.95!

 

Entertain Your Friends

As crazy schedules pause for Thanksgiving, this may be a rare time for everyone to get together. Due to the special occasion, it’s important to keep everyone entertained. Bust out the old board games or try coming up with your own, like this  Thanksgiving Bingo.

Overall, be thankful for these friendships. Remind each other of how much they mean to you. This can be done in the form of a toast or a space for guests to write what they are thankful for–such as a wall or placemat.

Although the food and fun are nice, it’s important to truly appreciate those around you and to savor these special moments.

Cheers to your first Friendsgiving and to making memories in your downtown Columbus apartment!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 5, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 5, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will challenge the claim that everything is bigger in Texas, as they face off against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena. With a fierce battle for first in the Metropolitan Division, the Jackets will have to string together a few more wins. Some help at home from you, your friends and a roaring crowd might sway the odds in our favor.

 

Fleetwood Mac Concert

Wednesday, November 7 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

You may know this legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band from hit albums like Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979). Now, Fleetwood Mac is stopping at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on their 2018-19 North American tour. Don’t miss the chance to experience the rich musical stylings of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and John and Christine McVie.

Parks Edge Condominiums Model Grand Opening

Thursday, November 8 | Parks Edge | 5 – 7 PM

Are you interested in purchasing a home in downtown Columbus? Parks Edge Condominiums is the perfect spot. Located near the North Bank Park in the Arena District, residents are in close proximity to the excitement of the city. They also receive amenities like a rooftop pool and hot tub, sun deck and covered kitchen, a social room with fireplace, bar and kitchen, guest suite, fitness center and more. Join us on Thursday, November 8 to enjoy drinks and hors d’oevres as you take in breathtaking city views from our stunning model.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 9 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers

Saturday, November 10 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Weekend hockey returns to downtown Columbus as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Rangers in what will be a key divisional matchup. With the game starting at 7, you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink (or two) at R Bar and a delicious meal at Boston’s, or one of the many other great bars and restaurants in the Arena District.

 

Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair

Saturday, November 10 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 11 AM – 7 PM

Do you geek out on all things DIY? Are you a fan of locally made artisan goods? Then you’ll love the Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair, held this Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Since 2005, this local Ohio event has featured hundreds of original artists, designers and crafters selling hip handmade wares to people searching for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. Find yours this weekend!

 

Tenacious D Concert

Saturday, November 10 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Whether you’re a fan of sports, art or music, there’s something for everyone in downtown Columbus this Saturday! For audiophiles, comedy rock duo Tenacious D–which features actor and comedian Jack Black and his partner Kyle Gass–will perform their epic hits and new album favorites at EXPRESS LIVE! The show is sure to be packed with head-bangers, laughs and non-stop entertainment–don’t miss out!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats on Vine | Marin Deluxe Floor Plan

Looking for a conveniently located downtown Columbus apartment with lots of space and high-quality amenities? Flats on Vine will meet all your requirements and more. Located in the Arena District, this complex is apartment living at its very finest.

The Marin Deluxe floor plan is luxury in a small package. At 517 square feet, this unit packs in everything you need for finer living–including an in-unit washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous city views and more.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Marin Deluxe unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 29, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 29, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings

Tuesday, October 30 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Halloween Eve, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be serving up tricks AND treats when they face off against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Put on a costume, bring some friends and cheer on your favorite Columbus hockey team as they continue their competitive battle for first in the Metropolitan Division.

 

Good Charlotte Concert

Friday, November 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Since 1996, Good Charlotte has been making crowds go wild with popular rock singles like The Anthem, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, I Just Wanna Live and so much more. After disbanding in 2011, the group soon decided to reunite, released their 2016 album Youth Authority and started touring again. On Friday, you’ll be able to catch Good Charlotte at EXPRESS LIVE! –along with openers Sleeping With Sirens, Knuckle Puck and The Dose–as they perform all of your favorite hits.

 

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Girls Nite Out for Laughs

Saturday, November 3 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 7 PM

Looking to laugh this weekend? On Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand Ballroom, Girls Nite Out for Laughs is offering a night of laugh-out-loud comedy, from a woman’s perspective. The evening will be hosted by Vivica A. Fox, and feature comediennes Just Nesh, Melanie Comarcho, Kelly Kellz, Divine Martino and DJ Lucci. We also hear Ginuwine is going to make an appearance, so this is a show you won’t want to miss!

 

ROH Survival of the Fittest

Sunday, November 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Wrestling season at EXPRESS LIVE! continues this Sunday, when ROH Survival of the Fittest barrels into town. Featuring a jam-packed lineup of champions, legends and up-and-comers, this one-night tournament will determine who goes to the ROH World Championship. Don’t miss the chance to see this wildly entertaining event live.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 2 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats II | Nevada II Floor Plan

Flats II is a downtown Columbus luxury apartment located within the Arena District. If you’re looking for world-class amenities, a luxurious downtown lifestyle,

The Nevada II floor plan is a stunning 1,204 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit featuring oversized windows in each of the spacious rooms, kitchen island, granite countertops, a gorgeous view of downtown Columbus and close proximity to all your favorite Arena District spots.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Nevada II unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 22, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 22, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Arizona Coyotes

Tuesday, October 23 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Another week, another two-home-game stint for the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena! This Tuesday reward a hard day’s work with a night out in the Arena District to witness the Jackets face off against the Arizona Coyotes.

 

Kevin Gates at EXPRESS LIVE!

Wednesday, October 24 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

One of the nation’s best up-and-coming rappers, Kevin Gates, is stopping in downtown Columbus on his Luca Brasi 3 tour! Fresh out of prison and back in the game, Gates will be performing songs from his latest mixtape at EXPRESS LIVE!’s outdoor stage this Wednesday. Watch as he brings his unique mix of melodic sound and head-banging street rap to life.

Excesss Karaoke at The Three-Legged Mare

Friday, October 26 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres

Saturday, October 27 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Nothing beats a weekend of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey in the Arena District. The nightlife before and after the game is electric, and thousands of people bring their collective energy to Nationwide Arena–providing a truly unforgettable experience. On Saturday, the good times keep rolling when the Jackets’ take on the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Iron Tiger Fight Series at EXPRESS LIVE!

Saturday, October 27 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

If hockey isn’t in your wheelhouse, then maybe MMA can fill your live sports void this weekend. On Saturday, the Iron Tiger Fight Series–an MMA promotion comprised of regional Ohio fighters–returns to downtown Columbus for a night of elite competition at EXPRESS LIVE!.

 

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 25| Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the final Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market of the season! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

 


Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Arena Crossing Apartments | Sydney G Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Sydney G floor plan is an inspiring 982 square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit featuring tons of natural light, stainless steel appliances and a large private balcony providing scenic Arena District views.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Sydney G unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 8, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 8, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, October 9 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get ready, hockey fans! The Blue Jackets will continue a strong start to the 2018 season tonight with a game against the Colorado Avalanche. Gather some friends, grab a drink in the Arena District and head over to Nationwide Arena to experience this exciting matchup live.

 

SOFI TUKKER at A&R Music Bar

Thursday, October 11 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Dance the night away this Thursday at A&R Music Bar! SOFI TUKKER, the New York-based pop duo, will be treating downtown Columbus to their collection of commercial smash hits–including ‘Best Friend’, ‘Drinkee’ and ‘That’s It (I’m Crazy)’.

As part of SOFT TUKKER’s partnership with PLUS1, $1 from every ticket sold will go to support a Columbus LGBTQ organization, as well as The Trevor Project.

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 11 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Getting your hands on fall goodies is easier than you think! Visit Battelle plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! This free weekly event brings delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more to the plaza–all fresh and locally produced. Make sure you come to the market soon as October is the final market month of the season!

 

Mo Lowda & The Humble at A&R Music Bar

Friday, October 12 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Known for their progressive lyrics, rich tones and energetic stage performances, Mo Lowda & The Humble are a band you have to experience live to fully appreciate. You’ll get the chance this Friday at A&R Music Bar, when the Philadelphia-based alt-rock trio treats their Columbus fans to a special night of melodic rhythm.

 

Dark Star Orchestra

Saturday, October 13 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Columbus Deadheads unite! This Saturday, Chicago-based tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will be continuing their Grateful Dead concert experience at EXPRESS LIVE!’s indoor stage. The performance will present the Grateful Dead’s complete original set list, song by song, while mixing in their own unique vibe.

 

Owl City: Cinematic Tour w/ Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes

Sunday, October 14 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

After gaining popularity in 2009 for his six-time platinum single, ‘Fireflies’, Owl City (aka Adam Young) has continued making dream-pop hits. This Sunday, Owl City will join Canadian rock band Matthew Thiessen & The Earthquakes at EXPRESS LIVE! for an unforgettable performance.

 

 


Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats on Vine | Sonoma Floor Plan

If you’re looking to make the move to downtown Columbus, then Flats on Vine is the perfect apartment building! Located within walking distance to the Arena District and featuring a number of luxurious amenities, you’ll love living here.

Flats on Vine’s Sonoma floor plan is great for people who want to live alone. At approximately 751 square feet, this spacious 1 bed, 1 bath corner apartment features a walk-in closet, floor-to-ceiling window option, large private balcony with incredible city views and much more.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Sonoma unit today!

 

Contest of the Week 

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 1, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 1, 2018:

Columbus Blue Jackets Plaza Party

Friday, October 5 | Nationwide Arena | 3 PM

Kick off the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 season in style! This Friday– before they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their home opener–the team is inviting fans to be part of their Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide.

Held at the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena, the afternoon’s main event –  a “blue carpet” arrival of the Blue Jackets, and the opportunity to welcome your favorite players as they prepare to face the Carolina Hurricanes!

Other highlights of this free event (tickets to the game are not required to attend) include music, food, drinks, games, prizes, live radio/TV broadcasts and more. Don’t miss it!

Still don’t have tickets for the home opener? Don’t worry, you can be a part of the 5th line on opening night! Click here to get tickets now.

 

NF – Perception Tour at EXPRESS LIVE!

Tuesday, October 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

Treat your ears to the unique musical stylings of hip-hop artist NF as he performs songs from his critically acclaimed third album, Perception, tomorrow night at EXPRESS LIVE!’s outdoor stage. Known for his highly emotional rap tunes, NF fans are guaranteed to enjoy this evening of hot fire.

The Revivalists at EXPRESS LIVE!

Wednesday, October 3 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

If hip-hop isn’t your style, EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting 7-piece rock band The Revivalists this Wednesday. Hailing from New Orleans, The Revivalists’ music has been described as “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee”. The night will surely to be music to your ears!

 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at EXPRESS LIVE!

Thursday, October 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! 7 PM

Three nights, three diverse live music acts in downtown Columbus! On Thursday, folk, Americana and vintage R&B will be on full display as Denver-based Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats perform their long list of hits on the outdoor stage at EXPRESS LIVE!

 

Watch the Blue Jackets Season Opener at R Bar

Thursday, October 4 | R Bar | 6:30 PM

Where are you watching the Columbus Blue Jackets season opener? At home? At a friend’s house? How about at a bar in the Arena District with former Blue Jackets players? That’s right, on Thursday, R Bar will be hosting CBJ alumni Fredrik Modin and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre for a special watch party! Enjoy drink specials, giveaways, and the company of former NHL stars as you watch the Jackets take on the Red Wings.

 

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 4 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

 

Apartment Highlight

Arena Crossing Apartments | The Madison

Make home where the action is! Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Arena Crossing is the perfect apartment building for luxurious downtown living.

The Madison at Arena Crossing is a 1,153 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom floor plan featuring a view-laden private balcony or terrace, modern appliances and beautiful hardwood flooring. Residents also receive access to the amenities of Arena Crossing–including a private parking garage, rooftop pool, Resident VIP membership and much more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing’s Madison unit today!

 

Contest of the Week

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!


Columbus Downtown Bucket List: July/August 2018 Edition

Looking for things to do in downtown Columbus this summer? Many people enjoy making an event bucket list to help them get the most out of the season. Whether it’s a baseball game, outdoor concert, food and drink tasting or a family-friendly festival–there’s no shortage of things to do in Columbus in July and early August. To help make residents aware of the most popular activities in the city, we put together a summer 2018 Columbus Downtown Bucket List. Check off as many as you can!

1. Visit the Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Every Thursday this summer from 11 AM-1:30 PM, come out to the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmer’s Market. Here you’ll find fresh fruit, vegetables, honey and more. The mix of fresh food will change each week as the season progresses, so you’ll find new things to try with every visit!

2. Watch an Outdoor Rock Concert at EXPRESS LIVE! 

Did you know that EXPRESS LIVE! was the first indoor and outdoor concert venue in America? This summer EXPRESS LIVE! has a lineup of music from some of the biggest names in a variety of genres. Here are a few of the groups taking the stage at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus this July and August. Click on each one to purchase tickets to their concert.

Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday | July 23

Brit Floyd Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Dark Side | July 27

All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional | August 9

311 & Gym Class Heroes | August 16

3. Catch A Baseball Game at Huntington Park

When the weather is great, there’s few better things to do in Columbus than attend a Columbus Clippers baseball game at Huntington Park, the 2018 Best of the Ballparks winner. While the AAA team is in the midst of a winning season, fans also come out for the numerous promotional nights that feature discounted food and drink, prize giveaways, entertainment and much more.

Family-friendly crowd favorites during summer 2018 include Sugardale Dime-A-Dog nights on Mondays, Kids Eat Free nights on Wednesdays, seats in the all-you-can-eat Wendy’s Hamburger Balcony and the LEGO Let’s Play Tour Weekend from July 20-22.

Click here to purchase tickets to a 2018 Columbus Clippers baseball game.

 

 

 

4. Monthly Seasonal Craft Bier Keg Tapping

Come enjoy Hofbräuhaus’s newest Craft Bier every month on the first Tuesday at 7PM at their Keg tapping event. Their brewed-in-house bier and their authentic German cuisine will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Munich, Germany!

5. Attend the 2018 Jazz & Rib Fest 

One of the most highly anticipated summer events in downtown Columbus, the Jazz & Rib Fest–held Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 along the Scioto Mile–gives jazz and rib aficionados the finest in both music and BBQ.

Now in its 39th year, this free, family-friendly event–hosted by the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department­–features hot food, cool jazz and much more. Don’t miss this great celebration of summer in Columbus!

6. Explore Grandview Heights at the Grandview Hop

On August 28, the Columbus neighborhood of Grandview Heights will be hosting a summertime sidewalk market, Grandview Hop, from 5-9 PM. The family-friendly stroll takes place on Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues, and features live music, local shopping, art, food and more. This is a great opportunity to explore one of Columbus’ most popular areas!

7. Watch a movie at NightLight 614

Looking for a fun low-key night? Head outdoors to watch a movie at NightLight 614! This ongoing event for the 21+ crowd takes place in the summer and features some of your favorite movies under the stars. Indulge in some of Columbus’s best food trucks and craft beer and wine while you relax and enjoying the show! Check out what’s coming to the big screen and get your tickets.

8. Play Kickball at McFerson Commons

The Arena District Kickball League–organized by the Arena District Athletic Club–will be starting its 2018 season on August 6, which means dozens of players will descend on McFerson Commons for weekly games. Whether you’re playing competitively or just for fun, there’s an opportunity to get involved, meet new people and stay active. Get some friends, coworkers or neighbors together and register your team by July 20!

9. Plan a Night out on the Pedal Wagon

The best way to experience the city of Columbus? With friends on a Pedal Wagon cruising through the Arena District and the Short North! The ride starts in the Arena District and allows for you and up to 15 riders to enjoy an adult beverage as you pedal your way down the streets of Columbus. The ride takes 2-3 hours and you’ll have the opportunity to stop into a few bars and restaurants along the way. Book your adventure today!

10. Chow down at the Columbus Food Truck Festival

Head down to the Scioto Mile on August 17 and 18 for the 8th Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival! This scrumptious event is free to attend and features 2 stages with live music and over 50 of Columbus’s best food trucks serving up a wide variety of food!

What else is on your 2018 Columbus Downtown Summer Bucket List? Share your favorite upcoming events in the comments below!


Brrrr, it’s cold but these events are hot- things to do in January.

Brrrr it’s cold, but these events are hot- things to do in January.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

In case you didn’t know it, the Columbus Blue Jackets are kind of a big deal! With now 16 game wins in a row, the Blue Jackets now own the second-longest winning streak in NHL history! Did we mention they are also #1 right now in the NHL? Boom! Sergei Bobrovski is the NHL’s 1st star of December which is the first awarded to a #CBJ player. CBJ games are one of the hottest things to do in the District right now. If your looking to move to the area Apartments at the Yard, Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats 2 are offering new move-ins 2 free game day tickets just to say welcome to the neighborhood. Click below to purchase specific game day tickets.

World’s Toughest Rodeo, 7:30PM

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Grab your chaps and your hat and walk on over to Nationwide Arena. The Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo will spotlight fan favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding including the thrilling Winner takes all…Showdown Round.  Catch the world’s toughest cowboys and don’t miss the Midwest’s fastest cowgirls Barrel Racing competition.

Nationwide Arena, January 14,2017 ,  More Info and tickets Here

Concerts to be excited about:

January 7th, Blackbear at A&R Music Bar

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January 16th, Run the Jewels at Express Live

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View all concerts this month Here 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to hibernate! There are lots of fun things to do in the Arena District

 


Things to do in Columbus

Wherever you’re staying in Columbus, you’re going to have a great trip. The world-class Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a delight any time of year (check out the new polar bear and tiger cubs this summer!). Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brings horticulture and art together with a spectacular glasshouse, a stunning community garden campus and sculpture sprinkled throughout. The Columbus Museum of Art just added a new modern art wing, complete with sunny galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. COSI mixes science and fun for kids and adults. New parks, like the Scioto Mile, connect the city to nature, and dozens of miles of multi-use trails span Columbus.

If you’re more of a sporty type, you’ll find professional and collegiate games and matches all year long. From Columbus Crew SC to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets to the MLB AAAColumbus Clippers, you’re going to find something to cheer for. Find great brand-name shopping at Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place or peruse the boutiques of the Short North Arts District, Grandview and German Village.

With a cultural scene to rival any in the nation, you have your pick of live music, art exhibitions, concerts and theater. And be sure to grab a cup of coffee, because you’re going to want to stay out late.

This was originally published by Experience Columbus. See the full article here. 

10 Benefits of Living in a Downtown Columbus Apartment

Making the life decision as to where you rest your head every night and live your life during the day can be a daunting task to say the least.  A final conclusion of this magnitude requires clear thought and concise evaluation.  To help with this decision here are 10 benefits of downtown Columbus apartment living.

Financial

The number one benefit of living in an apartment is the financial aspect of renting.  Rent is generally cheaper than a mortgage.  In addition to an overall lower monthly payment, other financial components such as upkeep and utilities are generally lower because of the smaller space and the overall responsibility of a landlord/owner versus a tenant. Plus the property managers at Flats on Vine, Arena Crossing, Flats II and Apartments at the Yard are incredible.

Maintenance

As discussed in the financial benefits, maintenance expenses are generally lower due to responsibility generally falling on landlord/owner.  Not only is the lack of maintenance worries a financial blessing, but it’s also a check off the “Things to Do” list.  When it snows, no need to shovel, when the lawn looks a little rugged, it’s not your concern – we will take care of that.  The peace of mind associated with the mental freedom of renting is priceless.

 

Unlike houses, apartment complexes are generally built with specific amenities such as pools, gyms and laundry facilities directly on the premises or at the least in very close proximity.  Although you could always have these elements built into your home, the financial obligation is not as rewarding.  Apartment living can prove to be a very convenient living arrangement, especially if you work downtown!

Safety

Although homeowners often invest in some form of home security system or another, apartment complexes also invest in the overall safety of its residents.  The close proximity of neighbors (in contrast to being the only one in a house at any given moment) and typical apartment complex safety measures prove that multi-unit dwellings are the safest locations for single women, children, families and the elderly.

Size

Apartment proportions are, simply put, convenient.  A newly graduated Ohio State student is generally looking for a place to call home; a living room, bedroom, bathroom and maybe a kitchen for show.  This space does not have to be large and lavish, it just needs to feel safe and quaint (even for the guys).  This same basic need is apparent in most people, college kids, single women, bachelors and even friends who chose to live as roommates.

Community

Other great benefits of apartment living are the social implications of the close proximity and connections one develops during their residency.  Although a sense of community exists in both rural and suburban areas, the close proximity of apartment life enhances the probability of creating life long connections.

Short-term

Parallel to buying a home, apartment rentals make great short-term options.  Deciding to buy a home is a life long dream but you have to live somewhere while you prepare to make that dream come true.  Whether you are working on credit, saving money or mentally preparing for the responsibility of owning a home, an apartment is the best interim option.

Savings

The financial benefits discussed here are gateways to our future.  While we endure less burden and responsibility while renting, this is the opportune time to invest into your future.  By placing the money saved into a “rainy day” account, this can be the beginning of a brighter financial outlook.

Lower Responsibility

So far we have discussed money savings from rent, lack of need to maintain the property and, well, that’s it.  The lack of need to maintain property is not only a financial windfall but also a stress reliever.  Homeownership comes with a lot of headaches and issues and deciding to rent will help you avoid these types of setbacks.  Instead of using the “rainy day” fund to fix the boiler, it can be used for a much-needed vacation to a tropical island.

Accessibility

One of the best things about an apartment complex is the close proximity of anything you need. Living in the Arena District or Grandview Yard puts you within walking distance of Nationwide Arena home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Huntington Park home of the Columbus Clippers, a variety of restaurants and bars as well as a few great concert venues!

Overall, apartments are perfect for anyone who wants a place to call home.  Considering the financial advantage of renting and the many underlying benefits that result, apartment rentals are a great choice for a great home.