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Up Front in Cbus | October 22 – November 5, 2021

Columbus Sports

Game Time at Nationwide Arena

The Columbus Blue Jackets are back at Nationwide Arena for their 2021-2022 season! Stop by one of the Arena District’s dozens of restaurants and bars to fuel up before the these upcoming Jackets home games:

  • October 23 at 7 PM | Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes
  • October 25 at 7 PM | Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars

Need a spot to enjoy away games? Cheer on our favorite NHL team on the road and join us at R Bar Arena, Columbus’ hockey fan hangout, as they host watch parties all season long! See the game on big screens with volume and enter giveaways for a chance to win tickets to an upcoming game and more. 

See the full 2021-2022 season schedule here.


Close Out the 2021 MLS Season at Field

Head over to Field and cheer on the Crew at their last three home matches of the 2021 season. See them in action as they push for a spot in the MLS Playoffs!

  • October 23 at 6 PM | Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
  • October 27 at 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City SC
  • November 7 at 3:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire FC

View the full 2021 season schedule here.


Columbus Entertainment

Highball Halloween at Express LIVE! 

Get your costume locked down for the largest Halloween celebration in Columbus—Highball Halloween returns to downtown Columbus this Saturday, October 23 at Express LIVE! Enjoy a thrilling night of live performances, costume contests, a fashion show and much more. Buy your tickets here.


Live Entertainment in Downtown Columbus

Home to Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena, the Arena District is the ultimate entertainment destination! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to Columbus.

Don’t miss these upcoming events:

First time back at Nationwide Arena? Click here to know what to expect before you go and enjoy making new memories! 

Stay safe and have fun! Concert goers must now provide proof of vaccination when visiting Express LIVE!, A&R Music Bar and The Basement. Click here for more details on PromoWest’s updated health policy.


Columbus Community

Fall Events at Franklin Park Conservatory

Celebrate fall with special seasonal exhibits at Franklin Park Conservatory—now through the end of October. Enjoy the magic of the harvest season at the Harvest Blooms exhibition, where thousands of pumpkins, mums and ornamental cabbages fill the gardens. Fall evenings at the conservatory offer delights and surprises with Pumpkins Aglow and spooky, enchanting Halloween decor.

These family-friendly events occur from 5-9 PM on select dates: October 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31. Click here for more information.


North Market Farmers Market

Search for locally made treasures and seasonal items at the North Market Downtown Farmers’ Market! Stop by the market every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 PM through October 30, and explore all that Columbus’ growers, makers and artisans have to offer. Click here for more information. 


Carve your pumpkins with the CBJ Spirit

Want to show that you are the ultimate CBJ fan? Show off your 5th Line spirit with these Columbus Blue Jackets themed pumpkin carving stencils!

Food & Drink 

Celebrate 3 Years of Brekkie Shack

  • Brekkie Shack turns three on October 30. Celebrate the Brekkie of Champions this month with a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch at Brekkie! Cheers to three years and many more!


Warm Up with Soup

  • Fall is soup season! Get your fix at Zoup! and warm up from the inside-out with countless delicious flavors. From Pumpkin Pie Bisque to Chicken Pot Pie, Zoup! is sure to fulfill all of your soup desires. 
  • In a hurry? Order through Panera’s convenient rapid pick-up system and enjoy a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and, of course, freshly baked bread, bagels and pastries.You can even stay cozy in your car and use the drive-thru.


Fill Up on Fall Flavors

  • Fall is here and there are so many delicious treats to enjoy! From cider and pumpkins to apples and candy, Giant Eagle Market District is your one-stop shop for everything Halloween and fall. 

Columbus Ale Trail

  • Explore the city’s many local breweries this fall! Pick up your free copy of Columbus Ale Trail Volume 6 at any participating Central Ohio brewery. Try the latest bier from Hofbraühaus and visit every brewery on the Ale Trail to unlock a limited edition screened art print! Click here for more information.


Columbus Living 

Live the VIP Life

Residents of the Arena District and Grandview Yard have exclusive access to dozens of discounts and special offers at countless neighboring restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Check out all of the exclusive offers residents at the Arena District and Grandview Yard can enjoy all year long by visiting our VIP Resident pages.

Trick or Treat: How to Have a Wicked Halloween in Downtown Columbus

Spooky season is upon us! Haunted houses, scary movies, costume contests and more–there are so many ways to get into the Halloween Spirit.

Whether you’re in search of tricks or looking for some sweet treats, Downtown Columbus is the place to be this Halloween. Join the witches and wizards and ghosts and goblins of the city at these upcoming spooktacular events.


Highball Halloween

A celebration you won’t want to miss–Columbus’ largest party of the season is back! Highball Halloween celebrates the high-fashion side of Halloween with live music, food and drinks, and a series of contests & couture fashion shows. Join the fun and show off your most elaborate costume in the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest for a chance to win a cash prize! 

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 23 at Express LIVE! from 6-11 PM Get your tickets and sign up for the costume contest before it’s too late!


Double Trouble at Short North Stage

Enjoy a live performance of terrifying classics at Short North Stage. Watch Garden Theater bring to life the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in various performances through the end of the month. Click here to view showtimes and plan your visit. 


Pumpkins Aglow

Stroll through a Halloween wonderland! Hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns, along with gourds, mums and brassicas are on display at Pumpkins Aglow. Enchanting decorations throughout the gardens—including a foggy creek, witches garden, larger-than-life spiders and more—await you.

Check out all Pumpkin Aglow has to offer at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 5-9 PM. on the following dates: October 13-17, 20-24 & 27-31.


Spooktacular Trick or Treat Drive-Through

Celebrate Halloween with the Columbus Crew as they host a Trick or Treat Drive-Through, a fun and safe community trick or treat alternative, on Friday, October 29  from 5-7 PM at the Historic Crew Stadium. This spooktacular Halloween party will include a variety of Halloween-themed activities for families to enjoy from the comfort of their car. 

Looking for another way to celebrate? Check out Experience Columbus’ roundup of haunting performances, ghostly gatherings and family-friendly festivals!

CBJ celebrate 2021-22 Season Opener w/ Plaza Party next Thursday

Article originally published by the Columbus Blue Jackets >>

The Columbus Blue Jackets open the 2021-22 season when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The club has several special activities planned to kick off its 21st National Hockey League season, including the return of the Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide, and a special tribute to late Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks.

The Plaza Party will take place on the Front Street Plaza beginning at 3 p.m. and will feature music, games, prizes, and beverages. Pepsi products will be available for sampling and guests aged 21 and over can sample mike’s Hard Lemonade products, Athletic Brewing non-alcoholic beer, or stop by the MillerCoors truck to purchase a beverage. All beverages will be available for purchase at select concession stands inside Nationwide Arena.

A central attraction of the annual plaza party is the Nationwide “Blue Carpet” arrival of players. Due to NHL protocols, player arrivals will not be held on Front St., but will be shown on large screens on the plaza and include interviews with select players between 3:30-5 p.m.

Other highlights of the event include live broadcasts starting with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan’s Common Man & T-Bone show from 3-6 p.m., followed by Bally Sports Ohio’s expanded edition of the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show hosted by Brian Giesenschlag and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre starting at 6 p.m.

All fans attending the game will receive a 2021-22 schedule magnet courtesy of Nationwide. Arena doors open early at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to take their seats by 7 p.m. for the Opening Night show featuring individual player introductions.

The Blue Jackets will also honor the memory of goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, who passed away in July. Members of Matiss’ family, including his mother, stepfather, sister and aunt, will be in attendance and participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game, while a banner featuring his number “80” will be unveiled and remain in the Nationwide Arena rafters for the duration of the 2021-22 season. His number “80” will also be visible in the ice behind both nets for Thursday’s game vs. Arizona and Saturday’s contest vs. Seattle and all Blue Jackets players will wear an “80” sticker on their helmets throughout the season.

Following his passing, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation established the Matiss Kivlenieks Memorial Fund to support youth hockey initiatives in Columbus and his native Latvia. The organization and McConnell family pledged $80,000 to match every donation made to the fund in Matiss’ memory. To date, over $100,000 has been raised. On Opening Night, all CBJ Foundation fundraising activities, including 50/50 Raffle, auction and merchandise sales including official warm up pucks and special “Kivi” hats and t-shirts, will benefit the fund. For more information or to make a contribution, individuals may visit

Fans may purchase single-game tickets, including to Thursday’s season-opener, at and Tickets are also available at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and The Blue Line, the club’s Official Team Store, located at Nationwide Arena and Polaris Fashion Place.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2021-22 campaign are also currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting

Up Front in Cbus | October 8 – October 22, 2021

Columbus Sports

Columbus Hockey is Back

The Columbus Blue Jackets are back for their 2021-2022 season! Head over to Nationwide Arena to cheer them on at their first regular season home game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Can’t wait to see the action? Cheer them on at their preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

Opening Night Plaza Party info can be found here.

Check out the 2021-22 season schedule here.

View Nationwide Arena fan safety guidelines here.


Matchday in Columbus

Root for The Crew at Field throughout October at the team’s upcoming home matches:

  • October 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. Inter Miami CF
  • October 23, 2021, at 6 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls
  • October 27, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. | Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City SC

View the full 2021 season schedule here.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

The annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon is back! Cheer on runners as they race to the finish line Sunday, October 17 and celebrate 10 years of supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For more information, click here.


Columbus Entertainment

A Night Out in Downtown Columbus

With countless performance venues to choose from, the Arena District is the ultimate entertainment destination! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to Columbus.

Don’t miss these upcoming events:

Stay safe and have fun! Concert goers must now provide proof of vaccination when visiting Express LIVE!, A&R Music Bar and The Basement. Click here for more details on PromoWest’s updated health policy.


Highball Halloween at Express LIVE!

Celebrate Halloween like you never have before! Highball Halloween is returning to Columbus on October 23 and this year will be at a new location, Express LIVE! Enjoy a live performance from MojoFlo and the West Family, watch the White Castle Costume Couture Fashion Show, and enter the Out of the Closet Public Costume Contest. Get your tickets here before it’s too late!


Health & Wellness

Fall Into Fitness

Fall is here–and there’s no better time to get active! Group fitness classes are back at the Arena District Athletic Club. Offering a range of options from Total Strength to Zen Yoga, this is a great way to stay fit as temperatures begin to drop and you move your workout indoors. Click here for more information.


Food & Drink

Oktoberfest at BD’s Mongolian Grill

BD’s Mongolian Grill is NOW OPEN in the Arena District! Celebrate Oktoberfest at BD’s with new sausages, cheddar cheese sauce, and $3 Sam Adams pints–the perfect companion for cooler weather and hot stir-fry. Thirsty for more than a pint? Get a 20oz for just $4!


Pumpkin Pancakes are Back

Sunny Street Café’s legendary pumpkin pancakes are back! These delicious flapjacks make for the perfect fall breakfast. Try them with Sunny Street’s tres leches drizzle and cinnamon butter for a mouthwatering flavor to enjoy all month long.


Fall Treats and Live Music

Winans caramel apples–the sweet treat we’ve all been waiting for–are now available! Call into your Grandview location to check inventory in advance, as these favorites will go fast. You can also pop in and spend time inside with your favorite fall coffee. Hurry in soon, they won’t be here long!

You can also join Winans every Friday from 6-9 p.m. starting now until Thanksgiving for a night of live music. This week’s event will feature music from Steve Pratt. Click here for more information.


Brekkie Brunch

In the mood for a sweet and savory brunch? Head over to Brekkie Shack and enjoy a variety of deliciously healthy plant-based dishes. The ‘All the Feels Egg Sandwich,’ an egg soufflé served on ​​multigrain bread loaded with bacon, white cheddar, crispy brussel sprouts and maple sauce, is an eggcellent way to start the day!


Columbus Living

With three premier sports venues to cheer from and dozens of restaurants and bars nearby, downtown Columbus is the place to be! Live in the heart of all the action. View Arena District apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on YouTube.

Looking for a more relaxed setting? Get the best of both worlds with Apartments at the Yard. A quick bike ride down the Olentangy Trail, Grandview Yard offers a suburban atmosphere close to the action of the Arena District. Take a virtual tour of the countless apartments available in Grandview Yard here.

Check out all of the exclusive offers residents at the Arena District and Grandview Yard can enjoy all year long by visiting our VIP Resident pages.