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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 11, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

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 March 11, 2019:

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Saturday, March 16 | The Half Pint | 12 – 8 PM

Get ready for Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s pub crawl on Saturday, March 16. You’ve got the Luck of the Irish on your side, stop by The Half Pint for drink specials all day long. Get your tickets now!

 

ShamROCK to Live Music

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at The Three-Legged Mare on March 16 and 17. Wash down a Corned Beef Slider or a Shepherd’s Pie with a Guinness and get ready to shamROCK to live music all weekend long with bands like The San Pats, The Mclans and Discarded Mischief.

Music

Mumford & Sons

Monday, March 11 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

Don’t be a ‘hopeless wanderer’! As your ‘guiding light’ on all things happening in the Arena District, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the hottest British folk-rock bands coming to town today: Mumford & Sons. No, they won’t be performing in ‘the cave’—the group is heading straight for Nationwide Arena! Atlanta singer/songwriter Cat Power will open. What a great way to start your week.

 

Jonathan McReynolds w/ Isaiah Templeton & Jason Nelson

Thursday, March 14 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

This Thursday at A&R Music Bar, famed Chicago gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds will delight audiences with his incredible voice and beautifully honest approach to songwriting while on his MakeMoreRoom Tour. Fellow gospel singers Isaiah Templeton and Jason Nelson will accompany McReynolds with their own faith-filled performances.

 

KISS

Saturday, March 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

They are four of the most recognizable faces on the planet, and one of the most iconic bands of all time in terms of impact, influence and all-around awesomeness. Last year, after a storied 45-year career that included their 2014 induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, KISS announced their final tour ever—aptly named ‘END OF THE ROAD’. Don’t miss the chance to see their last live performance in Columbus EVER this Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Tuesday, March 12 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Tomorrow night, a showdown will commence at Nationwide Arena between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Boston Bruins—one of the NHL’s top teams. With less than a month until the post-season, it all comes down to the wire as the Jackets vie for a playoff spot. Be sure to come out and cheer on the home team loud and proud!

If you’re planning on bringing the family out to a game, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—simply enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

Additional Blue Jackets home game dates at Nationwide Arena this week include:

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Friday, March 15 | 7 PM

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Alternative Fashion Week 2019: Grand Finale Runway Show

Saturday, March 23 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Later this month, get ready to be inspired by some of Columbus’ most innovative independent designers, during the Alternative Fashion Week 2019 Grand Finale Runway Show at EXPRESS LIVE! You’ll see all-original collections strut the runway, alongside an art installation and projection show by local artists. All ticket purchases help benefit Alternative Fashion Mob, a nonprofit which supports Columbus’ independent designers.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship | 1st & 2nd Rounds

March 22-24 | Nationwide Arena | Time TBA

College basketball fan? The Road to the Final Four® stops in Columbus, Ohio March 22 & 24, 2019 at Nationwide Arena when The Ohio State University hosts the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the NCAA® March Madness® Tournament! Click here to order your tickets now.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine | Sierra Floor Plan

With so much going on in the Arena District, it’s hard to pass up the rare opportunity of leasing an apartment here! With only one unit remaining of the Sierra floor plan at Flats on Vine, now’s the chance to live your downtown Columbus dreams. This spacious 724 sq. ft., 1-bed, 1-bath corner unit features hardwood flooring, a Jack & Jill bathroom, walk-in closet, oversized floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony with stunning views of the city.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s last remaining Sierra floor plan today!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

bd’s Mongolian Grill

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

bd’s Mongolian Grill, located in downtown Columbus’ Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents to enjoy 20% off create-your-own-stir-fry every day!

Applies to the Arena District location only. 


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of March 4, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

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 March 4, 2019:

 

Music

Arkells w/ The Greeting Committee

Tuesday, March 5 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Arkells is an award-winning Canadian rock band with tons of hits up north. On Tuesday, they’re making the trek to A&R Music Bar, along with Kansas City pop quartet The Greeting Committee, for what’s sure to be a great live show in the Arena District. What’s more—Arkells partnered with PLUS1 so that every $1 from every ticket will go to organizations that support dignity, equity and access to communities who need it.

 

The Aces w/ Tishmal

Friday, March 8 |A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Girl power is taking the stage at A&R Music Bar on Friday! An all-female indie pop band from Provo, Utah, The Aces have been rising in popularity ever since their hit, ‘Stuck’, reached top 40 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Jam out to them and singer Tishmal for a groovy start to your weekend.

 

92.3 WCOL’s 25th Birthday Bash

Saturday, March 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

Columbus country radio station 92.3 WCOL is celebrating 25 years on the air this Saturday with a huge birthday bash at EXPRESS LIVE! Performers at the event will include Russell Dickerson, Jordan Davis and Riley Green. VIP option includes early entry, an exclusive acoustic set, complimentary finger foods, exclusive viewing area and more. See you there!

 

Sports

The Derby: Benefiting the 2nd & 7 Foundation

Friday, March 8 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Don your most elegant derby attire and head down to the races—all for a great cause! This Friday, EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting The Derby, an evening of bow ties and big hats raising money for the 2nd & 7 Foundation—which promotes reading to kids in need. The night will consist of wagering on horse races, derby drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, celebrity mingling and much more.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Saturday, March 9 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on a roll since acquiring Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman from the Ottawa Senators. And while they may have lost last Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they have two more chances this week to set things straight—first with an away game on Thursday, followed by a home game at Nationwide Arena on Saturday. With the Jackets and Penguins neck and neck in the Metro Division, it’s up to the fans to show up loud and proud to help cheer the team on to victory!

If you’re planning on bringing the family out, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—just enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Mumford & Sons

Monday, March 11 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Don’t be a ‘hopeless wanderer’! As your ‘guiding light’ on all things happening in the Arena District, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the hottest British folk-rock bands coming to town next Monday: Mumford & Sons. No, they won’t be playing in ‘the cave’—the group is heading straight for Nationwide Arena! What a great way to start your week.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II | Mendoza II Floor Plan

Finding yourself in the Arena District often? Why not live here! If you’re looking for a luxury apartment in downtown Columbus, The Mendoza II floor plan at Flats II is a prime option. This monstrous 1,292 sq. ft. unit features an island kitchen, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, oversized windows and a panoramic balcony facing the courtyard.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Mendoza II floor plan today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Bing Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, located in the Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents and up to three friends for free admission every night of the week—simply flash your Resident VIP card! Additionally, on Thursdays the bar offers 10% off residents’ entire bill.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of February 25, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

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 February 25, 2019:

 

Sports

Arnold Sports Festival

Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3| Greater Columbus Convention Center | Schedule

Get Pumped, The Arnold is back! From body builders to weightlifting, meet and greets, fitness expo and more. The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival and the world-renowned Arnold Classic bodybuilding championships, a four-day health and fitness celebration include a record 80 sports and events February 28-March 3, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

Arnold Fitness EXPO is March 1 – 3, daily tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door: https://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/the-arnold/fitnessexpo/.

Look for the Arena District photo opportunity and snap a photo to share #ArenaDistrict!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arnold Sports Festival MMA

Friday, March 1 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

The Arnold Sports Festival returns to Columbus next week, and EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting some of the biggest events of the week–including the 8th annual Pro / Am MMA Festival, featuring the Iron Tiger Fight Series, on Friday, March 1. This epic night will be stacked with some of the region’s best professional and amateur MMA fighters, all competing for two championship titles.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, February 26 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Hoping to catch a Columbus Blue Jackets game at Nationwide Arena this week? You’re in luck—there’s not one, not two, not three but four chances to see them! The action starts Tuesday with a home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If you’re planning on bringing the family out, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—just enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

Additional game dates at Nationwide Arena this week include:

  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, February 28 | 7 PM
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Saturday, March 2 | 1 PM
  • Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets Sunday, March 3 | 7 PM

 

2019 Party with the Pros: Arnold Classic After-Party

Saturday, March 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 9 PM

To round out the Arnold Sports Festival, fans and athletes alike will be partying the night away at EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday, March 2, during the 2019 Party with the Pros: Official After-Party for the Arnold Classic. This star-studded celebration will feature drinks, music, dancing, star-gazing and world-class entertainment. You may even get a chance to rub elbows with Arnold Schwarzenegger himself!

 

Foodies

The Half Pint

Open up and say Ahhhhnold! The Half Pint in the Arena District will be serving up a protein-packed Shrimpy Burger this week: signature burger, with grilled shrimp, sundried tomato mayo, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon crumbles, on a lettuce bun (or Brioche by request). $15

The Half Pint is also hosting a blind beer tasting event on Thursday and the beer of the month is Platform LED for $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/1001341206730313/

For a full list of Arena District restaurant options walkable from the Arnold Expo: https://arenadistrict.com/food-drink/.

 

Music

You Me at Six w/ DREAMERS and machineheart

Thursday, February 28 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Coming all the way from across the pond on their VI tour, English rock band You Me at Six will be jamming the night away at A&R Music Bar this Thursday. They will be joined by New York pop rock trio, DREAMERS, and Los Angeles synth pop band, machineheart.

 

Living

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Bay B Floor Plan

Need a great studio apartment in downtown Columbus? The Bay B floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments is exactly what you’re looking for! This 559 sq. ft. unit features a large living room with multiple windows and space to decorate, as well as a beautiful view of Front St. in the Arena District.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Mendocino floor plan today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Arena District Athletic Club

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Arena District Athletic Club, located in the Arena District, invites downtown Columbus apartment residents to receive 1 free month of fitness with membership. Sign up for a year and they will waive the $79.00 initiation fee + receive one month FREE and a reduced rate of $55/month rate plus tax. Non-members only.


2019 Interior Design Trends for Your Columbus Apartment

Spring is fast approaching, and while many Columbus apartment residents mark the beginning of the season by tidying up their space, others prefer to overhaul their interior aesthetic entirely.

Changing the interior design of your apartment is a great way to reevaluate and reenergize your sense of personal style, while also giving your unit a deserving refresh. While it’s important to refurbish your Columbus apartment according to your unique eye, infusing the most current interior design trends helps to make your space look more modern and stylish.

To get you started, here is a list of 5 apartment interior design trends for 2019:

Incorporate Living Coral: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year 

Every year Pantone chooses a Color of the Year, a trend that affects the art, fashion, technology, entertainment and home décor. The chosen color of 2019 is Living Coral—which is, according to Pantone, “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”.  View Video

Whether it’s used in throw pillows, table furnishings, lampshades or even an accent rug, working Living Coral into the décor of your Columbus apartment will help give your apartment a fresh feel and vivid aesthetic.

Hand-Crafted Furniture

Columbus apartment residents don’t like the feeling that their décor is cookie-cutter or plain.  That’s why one of the biggest interior design trends of 2019 is adding furniture that is–or at least has the appearance of being–artisanal.

Whether that’s a reclaimed wood headboard, a custom-designed vanity or a unique-looking armchair, infusing hand-crafted elements keeps your apartment looking distinctive and interesting.

Curved Furniture

Organic shapes have made a big appearance in 2019 apartment décor, as people look to create more intimate settings. The rigid-lined sofas, chairs and end tables of decades past is now being substituted for updated, curvier versions.

Utilizing curved furniture not only allows for a more comfortable way to sit and chat with friends, but it frees up more space to add (or not add) more unique design elements and gives off the feeling that your apartment is roomier to guests.

Urban-Inspired Décor

What was once considered a public nuisance is now making its way into Columbus apartments in 2019. Street art and urban-inspired décor takes that iconic gritty design style and blends it with more traditional themes to create edgy and visually stunning statement pieces.

Examples of urban-inspired décor include graffiti photography on the walls, interesting sculptures or statues, conventional table decorations splashed with spray paint and industrial furniture like metal kitchen bar stools.

Plant Life

Whether real or fake, incorporating big, bold plants into your apartment is a naturalistic and eye-catching way to boost your décor. Ideas include flanking your couch with potted trees, situating a fern in a corner or adding vases of flowers throughout the space. Just remember, if you do opt for a live plant, to follow its proper care and keeping instructions.

What 2019 interior design trends are you incorporating into your apartment? Share your ideas in the comments below.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of February 18, 2019

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

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 February 18, 2019:

Music

Brothers Osborne ft. Ruston Kelly

Wednesday, February 20 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Country music is taking over downtown Columbus this Wednesday! The Brothers Osborne have climbed the charts with hits like ‘Stay A Little Longer’ and ‘Rum’. Now, the Maryland-based duo is heading to EXPRESS LIVE! for a night of jamming and yee-hawing. The brothers will be joined by Nashville singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly

Sports

Noon Skate

Tuesday, February 19 – Thursday, February 21 | OhioHealth Ice Haus | 12-1:30 PM

Need a place to show off your ice-skating skills? Noon skate returns to OhioHealth Ice Haus tomorrow through Thursday! Gather friends and family for an hour and a half of fun on the rink, all for just $4. Skate rental is an additional $3.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Monday, February 18 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Start your week off right with some fast-paced, action-packed NHL hockey at Nationwide Arena! The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on a roll lately, and they’re looking to continue their hot run tonight with a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the league’s top team. Plan a night out after work and help cheer the Jackets on to a home game victory.

If you’re planning on bringing the family out, take advantage of the Columbus Blue Jackets Dispatch Family Value Pack, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink, popcorn and OhioHealth Ice Haus Skate Pass—just enter the access code FAMILY** when purchasing tickets.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks

Saturday, February 23 | Nationwide Arena | 5 PM

You’ve got a Blue Jackets game to start the week, now you’ve got one to cap it off! On Saturday, Nationwide Arena is hosting the San Jose Sharks–another top team–in what’s sure to be a fierce showdown. Grab some buds for a pregame in the Arena District before the game!

Nightlife

Weekly Happy Hour Trivia

Wednesday, February 20 | The Three-Legged Mare | 5:30 PM

Every Wednesday night at The Three-Legged Mare, show off your vast knowledge of factoids during Weekly Happy Hour Trivia, presented by Excesssohio. Get a team together for a cold drink, a bite to eat and buzzer-style trivia—there is no cost to play, and there are great prizes for the winners! Additionally, the event is sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing, which means you’ll get Magic Hat drafts and bottles for $1 off.

What We’re Looking Forward To

Arnold Sports Festival MMA

Friday, March 1 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

The Arnold Sports Festival returns to Columbus next week, and EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting some of the biggest events of the week–including the 8th annual Pro / Am MMA Festival, featuring the Iron Tiger Fight Series, on Friday, March 1. This epic night will be stacked with some of the region’s best professional and amateur MMA fighters, all competing for two championship titles.

2019 Party with the Pros: Arnold Classic After-Party

Saturday, March 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 9 PM

To round out the Arnold Sports Festival, fans and athletes alike will be partying the night away at EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday, March 2, during the 2019 Party with the Pros: Official After-Party for the Arnold Classic. This star-studded celebration will feature drinks, music, dancing, star-gazing and world-class entertainment. You may even get a chance to rub elbows with Arnold Schwarzenegger himself!

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine | Mendocino floor plan 

If you’re looking for a large, luxurious downtown Columbus apartment, the Mendocino floor plan at Flats on Vine is the perfect space. This monstrous 2-bed, 2-bath, 1,242 sq.-ft corner unit includes pool access, gorgeous hardwood flooring, an island kitchen, walk-in closets and oversized, floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the city.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Mendocino floor plan today–only one unit remains!

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Eddie George’s Grille 27

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

If you want to impress friends, family or business partners, Eddie George’s Grille 27 is the place. Downtown Columbus apartment residents who flash their Resident VIP card enjoy 20% off menu items daily!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of February 11, 2019

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Love is in the air in downtown Columbus’ Arena District this week!

From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, there are a ton of Valentine’s Day-themed events, activities and things to do with your loved ones.

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 February 11, 2019:

 

Sports

Valentine’s Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets (vs. New York Islanders)

Thursday, February 14 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Is your loved one in love with the Columbus Blue Jackets? Looking for something exciting to do on Valentine’s Day this year? Take your date to Nationwide Arena for a special Jackets game this Thursday! The Jackets are playing a must-win game against the first-place New York Islanders.

With the Valentine’s Day ticket pack, you’ll receive 2 tickets to the V-Day game against the Islanders, a $25 gift card to Rodizio Grill, a Valentine’s Day flower and a commemorative photo with your love. Other romantic activities that day include flower delivery by Stinger himself, CBJ teddy bears and candy hearts and a happy hour pack at Great Lakes Brewing Company before the game!

 

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Saturday, February 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

This Valentine’s day ‘save a horse’…. grab a cowboy hat and experience The World’s Toughest Rodeo coming to Nationwide Arena! The evening will feature three fan-favorite competitions: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Also, there to entertain you will be a barrel racing event, the world’s smallest cowboy and much more. Saddle up and come on down for this exhilarating event in downtown Columbus!

 

Music

Valentine’s Day with BAS – Milky Way Tour

Thursday, February 14 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Do you and your Valentine enjoy the same beats? Checkout BAS, bringing his Milky Way Tour to EXPRESS LIVE!. In addition to the Queens-based rapper, artists Rexx Life Raj, K. Roosevelt, Innanet James and Correy C will take the stage.

  

99.7 The Blitz Throwback Show

Saturday, February 16 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting 99.7 The Blitz’s Throwback Show, featuring Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience and Pandora’s Box – The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute. Come out to celebrate Valentine’s day and experience a night of your favorite hits–plus, a ‘whole lotta love’!

 

Bob Marley Tribute 2019

Saturday, February 16 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

‘Could you be loved, and be loved’ At the same time classic rock tributes are taking over EXPRESS LIVE! on Saturday, a reggae tribute show will be happening at A&R Music Bar, all presenting songs by international music icon Bob Marley. Bob Marley Tribute 2019 features The Ark Band and Andy Shaw Band–two illustrious reggae bands who will “get together” to play iconic reggae, ska and rocksteady hits.

Food

Boston’s Cares

Open you heart from January 21st – February 17th. Support No Kid Hungry with us during this time frame! $1 can provide a child with up to 10 nutritious meals! Minimum donation of $1 for Paper Hearts in-restaurant. February 11-14, $1 from the sale of Heart-Shaped Pizzas, available for a limited time only!

 

Buca Di Beppo Italian Lovefeast

Buca opens at 11a.m. on Valentine’s Day and is offering a Lasagna Love Feast for 2 on February 14, 2019. Featuring $49.99 dine-in only special* which includes a heart shaped lasagna, Buca small garlic bread, Buca small mixed green or caesar salad and mini chocolate chip cannoli. *While supplies last

 

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II | Nevada II Floor Plan

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Been feeling the love in downtown Columbus lately? The Arena District is where everything happens on a weekly basis. If you find yourself frequenting the area, then perhaps you should consider moving into a downtown Columbus apartment like Flats on Vine. Each one has a great community, is packed with amenities and is mere steps from the Arena District. Here, you can fall in love all over again.

If you’re looking for a large, luxurious Columbus apartment to share with your significant other, the Nevada II floor plan at Flats II is the perfect unit. This spacious 1,204 sq.-ft space features an enormous living room with multiple oversized windows, big walk-in closets, incredible amenities, a balcony providing gorgeous views and boundless ways to display your unique creative style.

Schedule a tour of Flats IIs Nevada II floor plan today–only two units remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Courtyard by Marriott Grandview Yard

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

A romantic staycation is a perfect Valentine’s Day treat for you and your loved one, and Courtyard by Marriott in Grandview Yard is offering an exclusive promotion for downtown Columbus apartment residents. Simply call the hotel to book, ask the reservation specialist for the Good Neighbor Rate and enjoy 10% off the published rate. While there, you and your date can stop by the Bistro Bar for dinner–flash your Resident VIP card to get a 10% discount*!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of February 4, 2019

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 February 4, 2019:

 

5th Line 5K

Saturday, February 9 | Nationwide Arena | 10 AM

Fancy a cold-weather run through downtown Columbus? Participate in the 5th Line 5K at Nationwide Arena this Saturday! Presented by OhioHealth, the 3.1-mile race will be a tour of the city’s most iconic sights–finishing at center ice inside Nationwide Arena. Registration includes a Columbus Blue Jackets long-sleeve tee, finishers’ medal and a pair of tickets to a regular-season Jackets home game.

 

64th Annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards

Saturday, February 9 | EXPRESS LIVE!

More than 50 of the nation’s top high school, collegiate and professional athletes will be in the Arena District on Saturday for the 64th annual Touchdown Club of Columbus awards show. You’re invited to watch the ceremony live at EXPRESS LIVE! For ticket info, contact Kathleen Cleary at (614) 461-5483 or email [email protected]

 

Music

Greensky Bluegrass w/ Billy Strings

Wednesday, February 6 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

This Wednesday at EXPRESS LIVE, dance the cold away to the sweet melodic stylings of Greensky Bluegrass. Having just released a brand new album of bluegrass music, the two-decades-old band knows exactly how to put on a good show. With Billy Strings also a surefire crowd pleaser, you’re sure to have a great time at this Arena District bluegrass concert.

 

Cher with Nile Rodgers & Chic

Sunday, February 10 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Do you believe in life after love? Then go see the one and only Cher at Nationwide Arena on February 10! Back on the road for her HERE WE GO AGAIN tour, timeless Cher will be performing several of her hits along with new songs from her “Dancing Queen” album–which is the singer’s tribute to the music of ABBA. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame-nominated band Nile Rodgers & Chic will open. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience!

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Valentine’s Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets

Thursday, February 14 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Is your loved one in love with the Columbus Blue Jackets? Looking for something exciting to do on Valentine’s Day this year? Take your date to Nationwide Arena for a special Jackets game! With the Valentine’s Day ticket pack, you’ll enjoy 2 tickets to the V-Day game against the New York Islanders, a $25 gift card to Rodizio Grill and a Valentine’s Day flower and commemorative photo with your love. Other romantic activities that day include flower delivery by Stinger himself, CBJ teddy bears and candy hearts and a happy hour pack before the game!

 

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Saturday, February 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

The World’s Toughest Rodeo is coming to Nationwide Arena! On February 16, get your cowboy hats on and experience some of the most extreme sports in America. The evening will feature three fan-favorite competitions: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Also there to entertain you will be a barrel racing event, the world’s smallest cowboy and much more. Saddle up and come on down for this exhilarating event in downtown Columbus!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats On Vine | Sierra Floor Plan

Great community events. Hot downtown restaurants and bars. Thrilling NHL hockey games.  The best concerts in Columbus. The Arena District is where everything happens on a weekly basis. If you find yourself frequenting the area, then perhaps you should consider moving into a downtown Columbus apartment like Flats on Vine. Each one has a great community, is packed with amenities and is mere steps from the Arena District. Here, you can have it all.

If you’re looking for the perfect one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment to share with a significant other in Columbus, the Sierra floor plan at Flats on Vine is the perfect choice. This 724 sq.-ft end/corner unit features a Jack and Jill bathroom, walk-in closet, hardwood flooring, luxurious amenities, a floor-to-ceiling window and downtown Columbus view options.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Sierra floor plan today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Columbus Blue Jackets

Residents of Arena District and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

With the NHL hockey season at its pinnacle in January, you may be itching to attend more Columbus Blue Jackets games. If you move into a downtown Columbus apartment, you may be in luck! Included in your welcome packet as a new apartment resident is a pair of complimentary tickets* to a regular season Jackets home game at Nationwide Arena!

* Regular season home game tickets are limited and subject to availability, tickets are for new apartment resident use only and cannot be claimed by any non-resident.

 

CONTEST

Express Live

Wanna celebrate a ‘Whole Lotta Love’ this Valentine’s Day? Enter to win 2 tickets to the 99.7 the Blitz Throwback show on Saturday, February 16th and fall in love with tribute bands including The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience and Pandora’s Box- The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute. ‘Walk this Way’ to enter> a Rafflecopter giveaway


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of January 28, 2019

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 January 28, 2019:

 

Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, January 29 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Fans feeling a lack of Blue Jackets hockey in their lives will be back to normal tomorrow. After taking last week off for NHL All-Star Weekend, the Columbus Blue Jackets will return Tuesday fresh and ready to win in a home game against the Buffalo Sabres. Grab some coworkers for this exciting evening showdown at Nationwide Arena!

 

Community

Columbus Polar Plunge, presented by The Basement Doctor

Saturday, February 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 10 AM

What better way to spend a chilly February morning in Columbus than by jumping in a pool filled with ice-cold water? This Saturday join thousands of jumpers at EXPRESS LIVE! for the annual Columbus Polar Plunge, which raises money for Special Olympics Ohio. Not interested in jumping? You can still support the event by donating, spectating or volunteering! Your efforts will assist in providing year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

5th Line 5K

Saturday, February 9 | Nationwide Arena | 10 AM

Fancy a cold-weather run through downtown Columbus? Participate in the 5th Line 5K at Nationwide Arena! Presented by OhioHealth, the 3.1-mile race will be a tour of the city’s most iconic sights–finishing at center ice inside Nationwide Arena. Registration includes a Columbus Blue Jackets long-sleeve tee, finishers medal and a pair of tickets to a regular-season Jackets home game.

 

Cher with Nile Rodgers & Chic

Sunday, February 10 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Do you believe in life after love? Then go see the one and only Cher at Nationwide Arena on February 10! Back on the road for her HERE WE GO AGAIN tour, timeless Cher will be performing several of her hits along with new songs from her “Dancing Queen” album–which is the singer’s tribute to the music of ABBA. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame-nominated band Nile Rodgers & Chic will open. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience!

 

Valentine’s Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets

Thursday, February 14 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Is your loved one in love with the Columbus Blue Jackets? Looking for something exciting to do on Valentine’s Day this year? Take your date to Nationwide Arena for a special Jackets game! With the Valentine’s Day ticket pack, you’ll enjoy 2 tickets to the V-Day game against the New York Islanders, a $25 gift card to Rodizio Grill and a Valentine’s Day flower and commemorative photo with your love. Other romantic activities that day include flower delivery by Stinger himself, CBJ teddy bears and candy hearts and a happy hour pack before the game!

 

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Saturday, February 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

The World’s Toughest Rodeo is coming to Nationwide Arena! On February 16, get your cowboy hats on and experience some of the most extreme sports in America. The evening will feature three fan-favorite competitions: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Also there to entertain you will be a barrel racing event, the world’s smallest cowboy and much more. Saddle up and come on down for this exhilarating event in downtown Columbus!

 

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton E Floor Plan

Columbus is cold this time of year. Driving and walking through the snow can often be an annoying inconvenience. If you love visiting the downtown area but can’t put up with the winter woes, then consider moving into a downtown Columbus apartment like Arena Crossing! Amenity-packed, luxury-filled, community-driven and walking distance to the Arena District, Arena Crossing has everything you need to enjoy life in Columbus to its fullest.

If you’re looking for the perfect one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Columbus, the Clifton E floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments is the perfect choice. This 893 sq.-ft end/corner unit features hardwood flooring, luxurious amenities and multiple oversized windows overlooking downtown Columbus.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing’s Clifton E floor plan today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Hyatt Regency Columbus

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center near the Arena District, the Hyatt Regency Columbus* is an ultra-modern hotel. But lodging isn’t the only thing they’re good for, downtown Columbus apartment residents who flash their Resident VIP card will enjoy 15% off delicious food items at their Market Stand Café restaurant, as well as their Big Bar on level 2.

*Discount good toward food items only, excludes tip and gratuity.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of January 21, 2019

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 January 21, 2019:

 

Music

Zachariah’s Red Eye Reunion ft. McGuffey Lane & Friends

Saturday, January 26 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

One of the most highly anticipated country music events in Columbus–Zachariah’s Red Eye Reunion–is returning to EXPRESS LIVE! this Saturday! The annual festival was started by Columbus-based country rock band McGuffey Lane to commemorate their time as the house band at the now-defunct Zachariah’s Red Eye Saloon in the 1970s. This weekend’s show will once again feature McGuffey Lane, and a few friends from their 40+ year tenure. If you’re a country music fan, Zachariah’s Red Eye Reunion is a must-attend.

 

Entertainment

 

Cirque du Soleil, CRYSTAL

January 23-27, 2019 | Nationwide Arena | Various Times

At the end of January, witness a performance from one of the most entertaining theatrical producers in the world. Cirque du Solei will be returning to Nationwide Arena with their production of CRYSTAL, a synchronized, freestyle and extreme ice show that also features circus acts like swinging trapeze, aerial straps and more.

Watch these world-class skaters and acrobats as they make Nationwide Arena their own frozen playground! The show runs from January 23-27, but tickets are bound to sell out fast for this thrilling event. Get yours today!

 

Dining

614 Restaurant Week 

Hope you’re hungry, 614 Restaurant Week Jan. 21-26th is happening this week! Stop by these Arena District favorites to enjoy a 3-course meal for a fraction of the cost: nadaThe Half Pint – ColumbusTed’s Montana Grill, & Rodizio Grill – Columbus!

 

What We’re Looking Forward To

Cher with Nile Rodgers & Chic 

Sunday, February 10 |Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Do you believe in life after love? Then go see the one and only Cher at Nationwide Arena on February 10! Back on the road for her HERE WE GO AGAIN tour, timeless Cher will be performing several of her hits along with new songs from her “Dancing Queen” album–which is the singer’s tribute to the music of ABBA. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame-nominated band Nile Rodgers & Chic will open. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience!

 

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Saturday, February 16 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

The World’s Toughest Rodeo is coming to Nationwide Arena! On February 16, get your cowboy hats on and experience some of the most extreme sports in America. The evening will feature three fan-favorite competitions: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Also there to entertain you will be a barrel racing event, the world’s smallest cowboy and much more. Saddle up and come on down for this exhilarating event in downtown Columbus!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats II | Fresno II Floor Plan

Love going to events in the Arena District but hate the strenuous traffic of downtown Columbus? Then consider moving into a downtown Columbus apartment like Flats II! Amenity-packed, luxury-filled, community-driven and walking distance to the Arena District, Flats II has everything you need to enjoy life in Columbus to its fullest.

If you and a friend are looking for a great apartment in Columbus, the Fresno II floor plan at Flats II is the perfect choice. This 1,046 sq.-ft., 2-bed, 2-bath unit features an island kitchen, luxurious amenities, an open-concept living area, roommate-friendly walk-in closets and a stunning courtyard view.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Courtyard Alexander today–only one unit remains!

 

Resident VIP Spotlight of the Week

Zoup!

Residents of Downtown Columbus Apartments and Grandview Yard receive access to exclusive deals, discounts and promotions throughout the year as part of the Resident VIP program!

Zoup! features hundreds of delicious, cold-weather-friendly soups served with a hearty loaf of freshly baked bread. If you’re a downtown Columbus apartment resident looking to warm up with Zoup! this winter, simply flash your Resident VIP card to receive 15% off menu items daily!

*Offer is valid only at the Arena District Zoup! and excludes tax and catering


The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Live in Right Now

Article by Shaina Mishkin on Travel + Leisure and Money.com | NOVEMBER 25, 2018

 

Promising job growth? Relatively low cost of living? Enviable attractions? These places have it all.

You don’t have to empty your savings account to afford city living in America—at least not in these locations.

Urban areas offer a gateway to culture or a medley of activities, but they typically come with a high price tag. That’s why MONEY crunched the numbers to find big cities—those with a population of 300,000 or more—with the best of all worlds: attractions, iconic neighborhoods, a relatively low cost of living, and promising job growth.

Here are our top 10 picks for best big cities to live in. (See MONEY’s full 2018 ranking of the Best Places to Live in America.)


1. Austin, Texas

  • Average Family Income: $87,389
  • Median Home Price: $326,562
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 10.9%

Texas’s delightfully bohemian capital nabs the list’s top spot because of the thriving job scene, coupled with memorable food, music, and a startup culture.

Not only is Austin projected to see a whopping 10.9% increase in jobs over the next four years, but the current unemployment rate of 3% also sits below the national average. The city’s median family income is $87,389, and the median home sale price is $326,562, according to realtor.com. Much of its job growth comes from small businesses and the tech sector—Dell, IBM, and Amazon are some of the biggest employers. Entrepreneurs, take note: CNBC ranked Austin as the No. 1 place to start a business, while Forbes named it one of the top 10 rising cities for startups.

Once you do land a job, you won’t have to worry about how to entertain yourself. Dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is bursting with talent and more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation. Visitors flock to the annual South by Southwest festivals, featuring concerts, speeches, and comedy showcases.

And then there’s the food. Restaurant-rating powerhouse Zagat named Austin the second-most-exciting food city in the U.S. last year, thanks to mainstays like Franklin Barbecue and new favorites such as ramen restaurant Kemuri Tatsu-ya, which combines Texan flavors and Japanese techniques for a meal as distinctive as the city itself.


2. Raleigh, North Carolina

  • Average Family Income: $82,021
  • Median Home Price: $263,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 9.6%

Part of North Carolina’s tri-city university hub, called the Triangle, along with Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh is home to a relatively young, diverse, and educated population.

Like Austin, Raleigh is a hotspot for employment seekers: Moody’s Analytics projects the area’s jobs will grow 9.6% by 2022. Forbes this year ranked Raleigh among the top 10 cities for jobs, owing in part to its 17.25% job growth over the past five years. And people are listening: There’s been a 13% increase in population since 2010, according to MONEY’s Best Places to Live database.

Your wallet will feel the benefits too: With an average sales tax of about 7.25% and average property taxes at $2,632, the city’s cost of living is relatively low compared with our other big cities.

As the historically significant birthplace of Andrew Johnson, Raleigh is host to dozens of museums, earning it the nickname Smithsonian of the South. The North Carolina Museum of History reaches back 14,000 years into the state’s past, and at the massive North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, general admission is free.

There’s a strong sense of community as well. Every fall, the North Carolina State Fairdraws 1 million visitors to Raleigh for a 10-day festival featuring rides, music, games, and crafts from local artists. Tickets cost about $10 for adults and $5 for children.


3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Average Family Income: $82,927
  • Median Home Price: $255,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 2.6%

The living is easy in Virginia Beach, also named one of MONEY’s best beach destinations last year. The area’s unemployment rate is about 3.1%, below the national average, and crime, relatively low among the big cities here, is also well below the national average. Despite an only 4% increase in population since 2010, the area is booming for retirees: The number of people age 50 and over grew 22% over the past eight years. But perhaps best of all, there are 213 clear days a year, giving residents plenty of time to enjoy six major beaches over 35 miles of coastline.

There’s a sandy stretch for nearly everyone, starting with the family-friendly First Landing State Park at Chesapeake Bay Beach. For surfing, head to Virginia Beach Oceanfront, or for a quieter, picturesque view, go to Sandbridge Beach.

The Sandbridge area is also home to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where you can learn about the region’s snakes, frogs, and turtles during a guided nature hike on Bay Trail. Nearby is First Landing State Park, the most visited state park in Virginia, named after the arrival of English colonists in 1607. First Landing offers outdoor activities as well as cabins, a boat launch, and swimmable waters.

Culture vultures won’t feel left out: Renowned symphony orchestras play the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, and comedians headline at the Funny Bone Comedy Club.


4. Mesa, Arizona

  • Average Family Income: $64,455
  • Median Home Price: $246,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 8.1%

Seeking a sunny city with easy opportunities to escape to the outdoors? It pays to head west.

Mesa, just 20 miles outside Phoenix, has experienced a 12% growth in population over the past eight years and is projected to see jobs increase 8% in the next four years. The majority of new job offerings here, unlike in Austin, are in the investment and manufacturing sectors rather than tech.

Local government leaders say businesses are moving to Mesa, as well as the surrounding East Valley area, for its low tax rate and relative affordability. Average property taxes are around $1,444, the second lowest among MONEY’s big cities, and the median home sale price is $246,000 as of March.

Once you’ve settled in, you won’t have to look far for an outdoor retreat. Mesa gets an impressive 296 clear days a year, and a whopping 115 campsites surround the area. Camping reservations for county parks can be made online as early as six months in advance. You’ll pay $32, including a reservation fee of $8, for a developed camping site with electricity and restrooms or, if you’re a bit more daring, $15 for a site with no amenities.

To learn about the area’s history, visit the Mesa Grande Cultural Park, which preserves ruins believed to be the religious center of the ancient Hohokam civilization, dating back to 1100 A.D. Admission to the ruins costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more insight into the Hohokam ancient people, you can check out the Park of the Canals, which features 4,500 feet of an extensive canal system used to farm corn, beans, squash, and cotton.


5. Seattle, Washington

  • Average Family Income: $112,211
  • Median Home Price: $676,889
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 7.5%

The Emerald City enjoys a growing job market and vibrant cultural attractions but at a cost—the median home sale price, $676,889 as of March, is the most expensive among the cities on this list. But the high price tag might be offset if you could score a lofty job at Amazon, which employs more than 40,000 Seattle residents across its 8.1 million square feet of office space. The company’s dominance has spurred other major tech giants to build their own offices—and poach local employees.

Despite the relatively high cost of living, the area provides plenty of affordable attractions. Nearly 200 wineries cover the region and are ideal for visits. Check out the Charles Smith Wines Jet City tasting room for offerings from one of the state’s largest wine producers. Be sure to also try the famous cream cheese–covered Seattle-style hot dog at Monster Dogs.

To live like a tourist, get a two-in-one ticket to Seattle’s iconic sites: the towering Space Needle and the glass-sculpture garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass. They happen to double as ideal date spots. If you’re young and looking for love, Seattle is the perfect match. MONEY named it one of the best places for millennials and singles.


6. San Diego, California

  • Average Family Income: $91,199
  • Median Home Price: $555,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 4.4%

With 1.4 million residents, San Diego is the most populous city to make the list. It’s also one of the more racially diverse cities in the country, with 40% nonwhite residents.

Head to the east side, and you’ll find mountains and canyons perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. The area also boasts Las Vegas–style casinos and resorts, including Viejas Casino, home to 2,200 slot machines and an outdoor concert venue. California beaches outline the city’s west side, from mile-long La Jolla Shores, perfect for children and seal lovers, to bonfire-friendly Pacific Beach, often referred to as “the Strand.” And don’t forget to visit the rare giant pandas at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo.


7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Average Family Income: $75,795
  • Median Home Price: $285,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 7.1%

About 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs was recently ranked one of the country’s best tech hubs by the Computing Technology Industry Association. The city will see projected job growth of 7% by 2022, and the cost of living is relatively low among big U.S. cities, according to PayScale.

Skiers enjoy the region’s proximity to major ski getaways like Aspen and Vail, as well as the area’s surrounding resorts, including Eldora Mountain Resort, which offers 680 acres of terrain and 300 inches of snowfall a year.

Here’s a summit for the courageous: the 2,000-foot-high, one-mile hike up the Manitou Incline. Climb all 2,744 steps, and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the city below. Nonathletic types are welcomed too. The annual Labor Day Lift Off features hot-air balloons and a festival with live music, skydiving demonstrations, and a doughnut-eating contest.


8. Lexington, Kentucky

  • Average Family Income: $74,531
  • Median Home Price: $131,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017–2022): 4.3%

Good news for potential residents: Lexington has some of the lowest taxes among the cities on this list, with a sales tax of 6% and average property taxes nearing $1,921.

Moving to Lexington means embracing equestrian culture. Nicknamed the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington was the first U.S. city to host an FEI World Equestrian Games, in 2010, drawing half-a-million attendees. Residents and visitors alike can ride horses and ponies at the Kentucky Horse Park.

For a crash course in bourbon distilling, the Town Branch Distillery offers tours and tastings, and one of the South’s best bourbon bars, The Bluegrass Tavern, is home to Kentucky’s largest bourbon collection.

If you’re looking to root for the Wildcats, the University of Kentucky’s basketball team where NBA All-Stars Anthony Davis and John Wall got their start, head to Winchell’s Restaurant for 25 TVs and passionate fans.


9. Jacksonville, Florida

  • Average Family Income: $63,735
  • Median Home Price: $196,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 7.7%

As the largest metro area by landmass in the continental U.S., Jacksonville, like many other cities on our list, claims a growing job market and population. In the past eight years, the city’s population increased by nearly 9%, with a projected job growth of 7.7% by 2022. Those seeking employment, specifically in the tech industry, should head to the area’s growing job market, say ZipRecruiter and Indeed.

Visitors can support the home team by attending a Jacksonville Jaguars game at TIAA Bank Field. The coastal city also features 22 miles of mostly public and dog-friendly beaches. Learn to surf at Atlantic Beach, or brave souls might try a taste of alligator at nearby Mayport’s historic fish camps.

For a combined farmers’ market and artists’ hub, head to the Riverside Arts Market, which attracts thousands of people every Saturday. You’ll listen to live musicians, eat local bites alongside the St. Johns River, and support local artists, all in one day.


10. Columbus, Ohio

  • Average Family Income: $61,513
  • Median Home Price: $185,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 5.7%

Columbus is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.—and in the Midwest—with a population increase of nearly 11% in the past eight years and job growth of 14% in roughly the same period.

Big 10 Ohio State University is the city’s biggest employer, and you can take advantage of the college town’s vibrant culture by attending a football game at Ohio Stadium, which seats over 100,000 people. Following the game, head to the Thurman Cafe and indulge in its massive, double-patty Thurmanator burger for $21.99.

If college athletics aren’t your thing, check out one of the area’s 96 museums, such as the hands-on Center of Science and Industry, or the Columbus Museum of Art, featuring modern and contemporary works.

Methodology

To create MONEY’s Best Big Cities ranking, we looked only at places with populations of 300,000 or greater. We eliminated any city that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. We further narrowed the list using more than 8,000 different data points, considering data on each place’s economic health, cost of living, public education, income, crime, ease of living, and amenities, all provided by research partner Witlytic. MONEY teamed up with realtor.com to leverage its knowledge of housing markets throughout the country. We put the greatest weight on economic health, public school performance, and local amenities; housing, cost of living, and diversity were also critical components.

Finally, reporters researched each spot, searching for the kinds of intangible factors that aren’t revealed by statistics. To ensure a geographically diverse set, we limited the Best Big Cities list to no more than one place per state.