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New Year’s Eve Party Roundup

If you are looking for ways to ring in the New Year, you have a myriad of options to choose from. This New Year’s Eve, downtown Columbus Ohio’s event calendar is packed full of fun options for you to celebrate the start of 2015!



Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hyatt Regency’s famous party!
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 8pm–2am

NYE 2015: The City is Yours Tonight Hosted by Hyatt Regency Columbus Join us for our annual NYE party, over 33 years in the making. In addition to all you can eat and drink, enjoy 70,000 square feet of music from the following entertainers: The Personnel, Schucking Bubba Deluxe, DJ Ant and more!

COST: Party-Only tickets start at $75. Click Here to purchase Party-Only tickets. Overnight packages start at $369. Click Here to purchase overnight packages.



Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Renaissance Hotel
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 8;30pm–2;30am

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 in downtown Columbus at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets include Full Open Bar, a variety of Hors d’oeuvres, and music by Ohio’s top DJs playing Top 40, Hip Hop, and Mash-ups! Dress to impress at this fancy holiday gala!

COST: Standard party tickets start at $109, VIP tickets (includes “Premium” liquor at Open Bar) start at $149. Group packages are available. To find out more or to purchase tickets Click Here.



Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Casino!
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 7pm–2am

Ring in the New Year at the coolest party in town! Enjoy live music from the Perfect 10 Band in the o.h. Lounge! Receive complimentary party favors and take photos with our “Snow Angel” show girls! Then celebrate the New Year with a balloon drop at midnight!

COST: Free Admission. Pay to play



Celebrate New Year’s Eve at COSI
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 5pm–11pm

A spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Columbus with fireworks, live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages! On December 31st, First Night Columbus actively engages the downtown community with entertainment, transforming the city into a stage where each individual is free to choose what to see and do. For a full list of activities Click Here.

COST: $9 Pre-Sale Online, $10 at the door



Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Columbus Blue Jackets
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 4:30pm–12am

Ring in the New Year with cannon fire at Nationwide Arena for the Blue Jackets final home game of the year. The Jackets take on the Minnesota Wild at 7 pm. Start the evening out with a FREE pre-game skate in the OhioHealth Ice Haus from 4:30-6:30 pm before you head over the the game, with the special New Year’s Eve Dispatch Family Value Pack.

COST: Get a ticket, food and more starting at $30 per person for New Year’s Eve with the Columbus Blue Jackets!

Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!!!

Ever wonder about the Columbus music scene?

Every night in Columbus, a different band hooks up its amps and pours its hearts out to bar audiences. Some might be playing for the first time, and others have been playing for years and are still considered underground. Some have said that the music scene in downtown Columbus has remained static for the past 20 years, with little hype and attention. But that is just one opinion.

If you know where to look there are lots of live music events going on all over the city. A new independent film, “Indie” by Pete Vogel was just released, and takes a look at some of the up and coming bands located right in the heart of it all – Columbus, Ohio. The documentary chronicles the Columbus music scene that has slowly come into the spotlight as more and more bands and musicians begin to emerge from the city. Matt Monta & The Hot Coal Band, The Shaw Brothers, Joey Hebdo, Donna Mogavero Band, Phillip Fox Band, Salty Caramels, Throat Culture, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons and Oswald & The Herringbones are among some of the musicians featured in the documentary.

The film was independently produced and shows an inside look at the Columbus music scene in 2010, early 2011.

If you want your own copy of the DVD, contact me at [email protected] and I will get you a copy for $15 apiece.

Halloween Itinerary for Downtown Columbus

Trick or Treat? This year you will have to decide more than just whether to “trick” or “treat” yourself for Halloween.

Downtown Columbus offers a variety of fun events ranging from meeting some of the cast from The Walking Dead at Ohio’s Comic Con to hanging with WNCI at their Halloween Party. This year, you get to choose your own fate and pick your own Halloween itinerary.

Here’s what happening this weekend:

Friday, October 31

  • 6:30 pm – Boyce Avenue will play at the LC in downtown Columbus, across the street from Flats II
  • 7 pm – The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena, a short walk away from Arena Crossing
  • 8 pm – WNCI’s Haunted Fest Halloween Party at Battelle Hall in The Greater Columbus Convention Center
  • All Day – Wizard World, Ohio’s Comic Con at The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Saturday, November 1

Sunday, November 2

  • All Day – Wizard World, Ohio’s Comic Con at The Greater Columbus Convention Center
  • The Lion King plays at Ohio Theatre

So this Halloween you can choose your own adventure and treat yourself to some amazing events that are only a walk away from the downtown Columbus apartments.

Pumpkin 101: The Circleville Pumpkin Show

The Circleville Pumpkin Show will be held from Wednesday, October 15 – Saturday, October 18, 2014. There are plenty of family-friendly events going on all week at this free festival including 7 parades, plus pumpkin-flavored everything!

When I say pumpkin-flavored everything I mean it. They have the classics like pumpkin pie and pumpkin breads, but they take even those a step further. When it’s getting colder out, the best thing to warm you up is some nice fried pumpkin pie while you watch one of the 7 parades at this festival. Or if you want to get yourself some of that sweet pumpkin ice cream, they will even make it into a shake for you. If you are looking for more of a savory route, go with the pumpkin chili. It’s got a tang that only natures biggest squash could bring. Want out of the box delicious? Try a fried pumpkin flower. Don’t be fooled, these are not your “Blooming Blossom” type flowers if you know what I mean. It’s literally the flower from a pumpkin plant, filled with delicious cream cheese stuffing and then battered and deep fried. They come served with ranch.

There are tons of things to do, but check the Schedule of Events for yourself! Don’t miss the Giant Pumpkin Sculpting by Gus the Squash Carver October 15-16 from 2-6 pm. Friday night the Pumpkin Show Band Concert plays, and several other bands are lined up for the main stage. There is also a pet parade, rides and face painting for the young and young at heart. Saturday morning hosts the Circleville Classic 5 Mile Run at 9 am, for those who want to burn calories before they consume them in the form of pumpkiny-goodness.

If you are just skimming this, the point is – Circleville Pumpkin Show has something for everyone, go there this weekend. Take your family, or a date, or just some other people who like pumpkin flavors. Whatever you do, don’t miss out.

If you need more to convince people to go with you, check out this fun Circleville Pumpkin Show Fact Sheet!


Check out the 2014 Columbus Oktoberfest!
OktoberfestThe 49th annual Oktoberfest kicks off September 26 and runs through the 28 at the Ohio Expo Center and Fairgrounds only 20 minutes from downtown Columbus. The German-themed festival is the forerunner to fall and offers fun for the whole family and admission is free.

Delight your tastebuds while you munch on tasty authentic food from some of Columbus’ favorites such as Schmidt’s and DK Diner. There will be a large variety of brats, schnitzel, sauerkraut, as well as lots of tangy German potato sides so be sure to come hungry. Share a piece of German heritage as you eat a slice of Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake, a German dessert made of sweet dough, a buttercream custard-like filling and caramelized almonds baked on top.

Wash it all down with a Hefeweizen, a south German style of wheat beer, or another of your favorite brews. You can get your fill this year at the new addition of a Craft Beer Garten at Schmidt’s Prost Hall, which will feature your favorite Ohio Craft Breweries. Another addition this year is the Wine Garten in the Heidelberg Beer Hall (ironic).

After you have been well-fed and watered you can enjoy the many events that Oktoberfest has to offer including authentic German music and shows at the Glockenspiel Stage, the Pig and Dachshund Races, or shopping at the Art and Craft Marktplatz.

You can watch the 6th Annual Vier Meiler/Brat Trot, a four mile race that starts at 6:15 p.m. in conjunction with the tapping of the keg on Friday night. Runners are strongly encouraged to wear their best Lederhosen. Or if you are up for a little competition, you can participate in the Stone Toss on Saturday or Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Or test out your yodeling skills at the Bavarian Yodeling Contest at Schmidt Prost Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

If you have little ones, you can take them to Kinderplatz which will offer free arts and crafts, inflatable bouncers, or watch some of the amazing puppeteers or jugglers show off their skills. Don’t miss out on the Children’s Parade at 4 p.m. on Sunday, where kids can show off their homemade crafts as they walk through Oktoberfest.


Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM