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Up Front in Cbus | July 30- August 13

Columbus Sports

Game Day in the Arena District

With three premier sports venues to cheer from, the Arena District is truly a sports destination for locals and visitors. Visit the Arena District Sports page to stay updated on upcoming home game schedules and special sporting events.

Make the Arena District part of the game day experience! Fuel up, kick back, and take in the action at one of the dozens of restaurants or bars surrounding Huntington Park, Field, and Nationwide Arena. Don’t forget, fans can reserve parking online here in advance to allow for more fun before the game or match.


Military Appreciation Night 

Join The Crew as they honor our nation’s heroes at Field’s Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, August 7. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free camouflage flag!

Cheer on the Columbus Crew at their upcoming home matches throughout August. View the full schedule here.

  • August 4, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. DC United
  • August 7, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Atlanta United

Go Out to the Ball Game 

Root for your Columbus Clippers during upcoming homestands against the Omaha Storm Chasers August 3-8 and the Toledo Mud Hens August 10-15. Huntington Park offers a variety of game specials throughout the season, including Dime-A-Dog Tuesdays, Dollar Night Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursdays! View the 2021 season schedule and game specials here


Blue Jackets Return to the Ice

Mark your calendars! Celebrate the return of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the start of the season by participating in the Cannon Blast 5K! The 3.1-mile run/walk starts and finishes at Nationwide Arena plaza on September 25, 2021. For more information click here

The Columbus Blue Jackets will kick off their 2021-2022 season against the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena on October 14, 2021. View the full schedule here.


Ride at Pelotonia

Cheer on the riders that help save lives at Pelotonia 2021. The signature ride weekend will be in the Arena District August 6-7. The opening ceremony will take place at Field on Friday, August 6 and will continue on Saturday, August 7 with a ride starting at McFerson Commons / North Bank Park. Click here for more details.


Columbus Entertainment

Events Coming to Downtown Columbus

Live events and performances are back at  Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on all of the events coming to downtown Columbus.

Columbus’s Undergroud Rock Scene

Catch a live performance from rising bands and musicians at The Basement. Located next to EXPRESS LIVE! in the Arena District, The Basement is a one of a kind experience you won’t forget! Click here for a list of upcoming shows. 

Before and After the Show

Need a place to hang out before or after the show? The large outdoor patio at A&R Music Bar offers an exclusive space to lounge before and after shows at EXPRESS LIVE! Kick back and relive some of the most memorable shows in Columbus history with wall-to-wall memorabilia from PromoWest concerts.


Food & Drink

Oktoberfest Returns to Columbus

Hofbräuhaus Columbus’s #1 celebration is back! Plan ahead for their 2021 Oktoberfest celebration on September 9-11 and September 17-18. 


Columbus Living 

The Grandview Hop is Back this August 

Grandview Avenue’s sidewalk market and evening stroll is back on Saturday, August 28 and is a fun community event for everyone! Head over to Grandview Avenue between 1st and 5th Avenues, from 5 – 9 PM for the Grandview Hop. Keep an eye out for the Grandview Yard tent to see some of your favorite Grandview Yard retailers. 

Columbus Art Scene

Looking for a photoshoot worthy backdrop around Columbus? Art is everywhere! Check out these 5 must-see art backdrops shared on the Experience Columbus Instagram page.

  • Live Well Mural | 1079 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201
  • The Journey | 750 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Cbus Color Wall | 257 S. Young St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Unknown (Peace Hands) | 435 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Karnak | Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Looking for a home in the action? Start your search with a virtual apartment tour on YouTube! 

Up Front in Cbus | July 16- July 30

Columbus Community

Celebrate All Things BBQ

The summertime tradition of BBQ and Ribs lives on with a week-long BBQ event from July 19-25! Jazz & Rib Fest BBQ Week will feature barbecue-inspired specials at local restaurants, food trucks, and dining establishments throughout the region. For a list of participating businesses, click here.

Sip the Flavors of Summer

The Columbus Summer Beerfest is back! Ohio’s largest craft beer festival will return on Saturday, July 24 at Express LIVE! for its 11th year. Invite your friends for a chance to sample over 200 craft beers and cocktails! Click here for more information. 

BAM Thursdays at CMoA

Join the Columbus Museum of Art for BAM Thursdays (Bar, Art and Music) throughout July! Every week will bring fresh libations, great art, and music from a featured live artist from 6-8 p.m.. Sip and vibe with friends in the garden space or Schokko Café. Click here for more details.

Beer Run for a Cause

Run to Hofbräuhaus Brewery & Restaurant for a refreshing craft bier, but this time do it for a cause! Hofbrauhaus’s Columbus Bier Run benefits the Pink Ribbon Girls. Join the race and enjoy a Hofbräuhaus bier sample every half mile and finish off with a 16oz bier at the after-party! Click here for more information.


Food & Drink

Habaneros is Opening at Grandview Yard

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill, a locally owned and family-operated restaurant featuring a mix of Tex-Mex dishes and authentic Mexican street tacos, is expected to open Sunday, July 18 in Grandview Yard. Dine in with some friends and enjoy traditional Mexican flavors and drinks on their gorgeous patio this month.

Celebrate National Bison Month

July is National Bison Month and Ted’s Montana Grill is celebrating with an American Burger Photo Contest! Order your favorite bison burger, snap a photo of it and post it to social media for a chance to win a selection of premium meats. For more contest details, click here.

Start the Day Off Right

Whether you’re working from home or in the office, early mornings (or late afternoons) call for a delicious cup of coffee. Start your day off right with a caffeine fix from the following neighborhood cafes:

Grandview Yard

Arena District

Columbus Sports

No Place Like Home

A sea of black and gold filled the new Field as fans cheered on the Columbus Crew at their July 3 inaugural match. Check out this incredible footage from the March to the Match.

The excitement of a new era at Field has just begun! Cheer on The Crew throughout the month as they take on NYC FC on July 17 and Nashville SC on July 21. See the full schedule here

On matchday, head to the Arena District early and enjoy dinner or drinks at a nearby restaurant before kickoff. Fans can even reserve parking online here in advance.

Cheer on The Clippers

Take your friends out to the ball game and cheer on the Columbus Clippers as they host the Iowa Cubs in a homestand from July 20-25. Huntington Park offers a variety of game specials throughout the season, including Dime-A-Dog nights at every Tuesday home game! View the 2021 season schedule and game specials here


Columbus Entertainment

Events Coming to Downtown Columbus

Live concerts and events are back at  Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on all of the events coming to downtown Columbus


EXPRESS LIVE! Box Office Reopening July 19

The box office at EXPRESS LIVE! is reopening on Monday, July 19! Stop by on opening day and enter to win concert tickets and swag! 

EXPRESS LIVE! Box Office Hours:

Monday – Friday | 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Extended hours on show days

Saturday & Sunday | 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Only open on show days


Columbus Living 

Live In The Action

The Arena District could not be a more exciting place to live! Within walking distance to the new Crew stadium, Nationwide Arena, Huntington Park and more, you can experience Columbus’ top sports and entertainment venues all outside your doorstep. Live in the action—view Arena District apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on their YouTube channel.

For a more suburban atmosphere that’s still close to the action, Grandview Yard is your destination. Less than 10 minutes from the Arena District and close to the Olentangy bike trail connecting to downtown, Grandview Yard residents get the best of both worlds. Featuring pet walking stations, service providers and a neighborhood grocer, residents have the ability to embrace the energy of downtown Columbus at their own discretion.

Apartments for both neighborhoods are currently limited—fill out a contact form and reserve your perfect apartment for the fall.

ColumbusUnderground: Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill Expanding to Grandview Yard

Article originally published on >>
July 7, 2021 6:14 pm by Walker Evans

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill is anticipated to open Sunday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m. for lunch.

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill will soon have a third location as the Hilliard-based restaurant expands later this month into Grandview Yard. Located at 1105 Yard Street, the restaurant will take on a large 5400-square foot spot inside a newer two story building not too far south of Third Avenue.

The restaurant features a mix of Tex-Mex dishes and authentic Mexican “street tacos” priced in the $2 to $2.50 range. Other menu items include tortas, quesadillas and burritos as well as an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list.

In addition to the indoor restaurant and bar space, the Grandview Yard location for Habaneros will feature a large outdoor patio.

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill is expected to open on July 18.

For more information, visit

All visuals provided by Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill.

ColumbusUnderground: Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill Expanding to Grandview Yard


ColumbusUnderground: Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill Expanding to Grandview Yard

Up Front in Cbus | July 2 – July 16

Columbus Sports

March to the Match

Up Front in Cbus | July 2 - July 16

The Columbus Crew’s inaugural match at their new stadium in the Arena District is finally here! Join fellow Crew fans on July 3 for the March to the Match as the Black & Gold open up Field and take on the New England Revolution. 

The march event will begin at 3:45 p.m. at 1st Avenue & High Street, coming through the Arena District at Battelle Plaza and concluding at Field. Neighborhood bars and restaurants will be open to celebrate the inaugural match! For more information, click here

Can’t make it this weekend? Cheer on The Crew during the remaining home matches in July. View the full schedule here.

  • July 3, 2021 @ 5:00 PM | Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution
  • July 17, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC
  • July 21, 2021 @ 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC

Cheer on the Clippers 

Catch a Clippers game with your friends throughout the month of July. The Columbus Clippers host the Indianapolis Indians on July 6-11 and the Iowa Cubs in a homestand on July 20-25. Huntington Park offers a variety of game specials throughout the season, including Dime-A-Dog nights at every Tuesday home game! View the 2021 season schedule and game specials here


Columbus Community

 Get Wacky at the Doo Dah Parade

The annual Doo Dah Parade is back on July 4! Celebrate lunacy and liberty with a live music lineup starting at noon, immediately followed by your chance to watch or join the wacky march through the city. Click here for more information.

Calling All Coffee Lovers

The 6th annual Columbus Coffee Festival will be taking over Ohio Village on September 25 and 26. The two-day festival offers guests the chance to enjoy coffee samples from roasters and coffee shops from around Ohio and beyond. Get your tickets here before they sell out!

Watch the Champions at The Arnold Classic

The famed Arnold Classic returns to Columbus on September 25! Purchase tickets to watch the world’s best bodybuilders and the fittest people on the planet compete in competitions of strength and endurance. The Arnold Sports Festival provides tons of opportunities for spectators to join the fun, too! Tickets go on sale on July 1, click here for more information. 

Stay in Shape for Summer

The Arena District Athletic Club recently expanded their hours and are now open on Sundays! This spacious workout facility offers a wide variety of equipment and friendly staff that help support you in your fitness journey throughout the summer and beyond. For more information on the Club’s amenities or to sign up for the next fitCAMP session, click here. 

Better Your Health & Wellness

Looking for a new way to better your health? Club Pilates offers a range of classes that challenge your mind as well as your body and guide you on a path to a richer, more fulfilling life. Take a free Intro class today and get started on a path to a better tomorrow. 


Columbus Living 

Let Freedom Ring  from your Columbus Downtown Apartment

Fourth of July is almost here! Host a party in your Columbus downtown apartment and serve your guests the ultimate spread that bursts with flavor! Check out this list of our favorite red, white and blue dishes and drinks here.

The Ultimate Sports Destination

With the addition of the Columbus Crew’s new stadium– Field–the Arena District has evolved into Columbus’s ultimate sports destination—now housing the city’s three largest professional sports venues within walking distance. Sound like a place you might want to live? Read more about the growing downtown Columbus community here.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Events in Downtown Columbus

Live concerts and events are back in downtown Columbus! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on all of the events coming to Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena.


Let Freedom Ring: Celebrate with Patriotic Dishes and Drinks

If you are hosting a get together in your Columbus downtown apartment this Fourth of July, you’ll want to dazzle your neighbors and guests with dishes and drinks that are not only festive, but burst with flavor! 

Start planning your menu with some star-spangled food and drink suggestions to up your Fourth of July party game: 


4th of July Dishes

Savory Sandwiches & Subs

Looking for a meal you can’t go wrong with? Try savory sandwiches or sub platters from Jason’s Deli or Jimmy John’s. With several varieties to choose from, you’ll be sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! Take it a step further and decorate each sandwich or sub with mini American flags for an added festive flair. 

The Weekend Forecast calls for Sunshine 

Wake up to something delicious over Fourth of July weekend. Sunny Street Cafe has all of the sweet and savory dishes you’ve been craving. Try their new Summer Pancake Bar. With toppings like fresh berries, Oreo crumble, cinnamon butter, tres leches and more – you won’t be disappointed! 

Firecracker Hot Dogs

Excite the crowd with firecracker hotdogs! Easy to make and appropriately themed, this adult-sized treat is a remix of everyone’s childhood favorite—pigs in a blanket. Firecracker hot dogs are also the perfect grab-and-go snack to serve before you head out to watch the fireworks. If you’re not up to making your own, head over to Tasty Dawg in the Arena District for some handcrafted, all-beef hot dogs. 

Red, White & Blue Strawberries

These patriotic chocolate-covered strawberries will be the star of any party. Take a strawberry, dip the lower half in white chocolate and coat the bottom section in blue sugar or sprinkles. Or, try dipping the strawberry in yogurt for a healthy twist to this tasty recipe.

Star-Spangled Blackberry Pie

All eyes will be on this pie! The centerpiece-worthy dessert is loaded with fresh, juicy blackberries and topped with star-shaped crust cutouts. Make it the ultimate Independence Day treat and serve with a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream.


4th of July Drinks

Bomb Pop Cocktails

This effortless, celebratory popsicle cocktail is perfect for guests of all ages! Stock up on your favorite red, white or blue sparkling beverages and serve with bomb pops for an intoxicatingly fun summer treat! 

Sparkling Blueberry Punch

Celebrate in style and stay cool all day long with this refreshing sparkling blueberry punch. Made with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and fresh lemon juice, this punch is the perfect balance of sweet and sour. 

Stars & Stripes Milkshake

Cool off with a dessert you can drink! This Fourth of July milkshake is easy to make and can be easily customized. Set up a milkshake bar with festive treats such as sprinkles, cookies and candy and let your guests decorate however they’d like.

Patriotic Piña Coladas

Turn your celebration into a tropical oasis with these patriotic piña coladas. Perfect for a hot day, this delicious summer drink can easily be made festive by adding a splash of grenadine and blue curacao.

Need to get grocery shopping? Visit the Giant Eagle Market District in Grandview Yard to knock out your full grocery list or stop by Nelson’s Convenience Store for some last-minute party drinks and snacks in the Arena District. 

Columbus Crew’s new stadium cements Arena District’s evolution into sports destination

Article originally published in The Columbus Dispatch by Jim Weiker

The Columbus Crew’s new stadium isn’t the final piece of the Arena District puzzle. Several large parcels remain to be developed in the neighborhood at the western edge of Downtown. 

But the soccer stadium does cement the district’s evolution from a nightlife destination into a residential and office neighborhood anchored by sports.

From the beginning, the Arena District was designed to include far more than an arena. 

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