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Up Front in Cbus | May 2022

Columbus Sports

Sip & Stroll in the Arena District

Cheers to game day! Did you know, the Arena District DORA is activated three hours before the start of EVERY Blue Jackets, Clippers and Crew home game year-round? That means Arena District visitors can purchase an alcoholic beverage to-go from participating locations and enjoy it anywhere within the DORA boundaries until midnight. Click here for the DORA map and plan your next game day stroll!

Home Sweet Huntington Park 

The Columbus Clippers are in full swing this month! The Clippers will be hosting St. Paul and Buffalo at Huntington Park for two homesteads in May. Celebrate in the Arena District and cheer on the Clippers at one of their 14 home games in May.

Don’t miss out on Columbus Clippers game promos! Mark your calendar for Dime-a-Dog Nights on May 10 and May 24. See the full list of promotions and the 2022 season schedule here. Need some new gear? Visit the Cargo store’s website here and stock up on Clippers apparel.

The Crew is Back in Columbus

Come root for the Crew at Field! The Crew is going head-to-head with LAFC on May 21 at 3:30pm. Stop by the Arena District before the match to fuel up on drinks and snacks—then join fellow fans at Battelle Plaza for the Nordecke Block Party prior to kickoff!

View the full 2022 season schedule here. 


Food & Drink 

Kick Off May with a Fiesta

Here’s a few ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo:

  • Habaneros’ Cinco de Mayo party starts at 4 PM with a live DJ, drink specials, contests and giveaways. You won’t want to miss the festive atmosphere!
  • Spice up your Cinco de Mayo at Nada! Indulge in their delicious tacos, soak up some sun on the patio and sip on a signature Nadarita.

Show Mom Some Love

With dozens of dining options and retail offerings in the Arena District and Grandview Yard, there’s plenty of ways to treat the mom in your life this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8). Enjoy a meal together or pick up speciality gifts to-go from these local favorites:

  • Opt for an early morning meetup at McFerson Commons park and head to Sunny Street Cafe for breakfast or brunch after! Celebrate mom with breakfast classics or tasty concoctions like bourbon banana pancakes and ultimate loaded hash browns.  
  • With everything from gourmet coffee and decadent chocolates, Winans makes it easy to find something sweet or bubbly for mom. Grab some goodies, then head over to Giant Eagle Market District to pick out a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day.  

It’s Always a Good Time at Goodwood

Goodwood Brewing is inviting the Columbus community to have some fun at the new Arena District location all month long! Whether you want to learn more about the beer brewing process, or just want to catch live music on the patio, Goodwood has something for everyone. Check out their event schedule below:

Columbus Beer Run 
Grab your neon workout gear and register for Hofbräuhaus’ 3rd Annual Columbus Beer Run! This year’s 80s-themed run will be held on Saturday, June 4 and includes four bier sampling stations along the 2.5 mile course. More details and registration information can be found here.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Music in the Arena District

Kick off spring at KEMBA Live! and Nationwide Arena! With hundreds of live events and performances each year, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Arena District. Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to downtown Columbus.

Get tickets to these upcoming May events:  


What better way to soak up the warm weather than with live music? Now through May 16, enter ​​for a chance to win 2 tickets to the Blitz Summer Kick-Off featuring Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots and Black Stone Cherry on May 18 at KEMBA Live! Click here to enter the giveaway.


Columbus Community

Harmony Project Concert

Be a part of the largest popup chorus in Columbus history on Saturday, May 7 at Field. The Columbus-based Harmony Project will turn thousands of voices in the stadium into a united chorus within a matter of minutes. ABC, Disney and John Legend’s Get Lifted film company will be taping the pilot finale for a new music-based reality show! Grab your tickets here and bring your outdoor voice – no musical experience required.

Pilates in the Park

Join Club Pilates Grandview Yard as they celebrate National Pilates Day at Ray DeGraw Park.  May 7th at 9 AM. The hour-long mat Pilates class will kick off at 9 AM on Saturday, May 7 and will feature local vendor samples and sweets. Don’t forget to bring water and a fitness mat! Register here

Relax with Mom

Mom deserves some time off! Treat her with relaxation at Massage Envy in Grandview Yard. For a limited time, Massage Envy is offering a special Mother’s Day promotion–buy one facial, get a second one FREE! Click here for more details.

Happy Memorial Day

The month ends with Memorial Day and that means summer is almost here! Honor our fallen heroes and enjoy the long weekend outdoors with a walk along the Olentangy Trail or cheering on the Clippers at Huntington Park.


Columbus Living

Live at the Yard

The 614 ColumBest results are in! We’re thrilled to announce that Apartments at the Yard received 1st place as “Best Apartment Complex” for the 5th consecutive year. Thank you to all of our residents and team members for making this achievement possible.

Want to experience the best apartment complex for yourself? Apartments at the Yard is now accepting waitlist applications for August. To learn more about Apartment at the Yard, take a virtual tour and submit an application here.

Arena District Living

Make the move to Arena Crossing! Residents enjoy access to a rooftop pool, a fitness center, and secure parking options. Located in the heart of the Arena District, residents are steps away from amenities including Nationwide Arena, Lower,com Field, Huntington Park, KEMBA Live!, McFerson Commons, and a variety of dining options. Stop looking and start living! Schedule a tour or take a virtual tour today.

Up Front in Cbus | March 2022

Columbus Entertainment

Live Events in Downtown Columbus

The Arena District’s popular entertainment venues KEMBA Live! and Nationwide Arena host hundreds of live events and performances each year! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to Columbus.

Don’t miss these upcoming March events: 

Concert Ticket giveaway alert – enter to win tickets to see REZZ at KEMBA Live on March 19! 

Click here to enter to win>>


Food & Drink 

Goodwood Brewing

A new brewery is opening soon in the Arena District! Goodwood Brewing, a ​​Louisville-based brewpub, is opening on Monday, March 14. Destined to be a new favorite spot for burgers, brunch and brews, Goodwood offers a taste of Kentucky here in Central Ohio. In addition to barrel aged beers, choose from a long list of rotating drafts including the honey ale, blackberry sour and hazy ipa. A full bar menu includes craft cocktails that feature popular Kentucky spirits and the kitchen offers staples like Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomatoes and a brisket topped burger. View the full menu to preview what’s brewing!

Bier of the Month  

Hofbräuhaus’ March bier is the Märzen—an amber-colored draft with a rich malty character and a hint of hops. But that’s not all—March also means cabbage rolls! Hofbräuhaus’ old world-style stuffed cabbage rolls are back for all to enjoy. Blue Jackets fans, don’t forget to wear your CBJ gear on game days for a free pretzel with bier cheese!

March Madness in the Arena District 

Get your brackets ready—March Madness is upon us! Spend your game days in the Arena District and watch at local favorites like Whistle & Keg, Boston’s and R Bar, or head to Grandview Yard to catch the action at Hofbräuhaus or Habaneros.

Happy Hour at Habaneros

Looking for somewhere to kick back and relax after a long day? Join Habaneros Sunday through Thursday from 3-6 PM for happy hour! Offering delicious traditional Mexican flavors, Habaneros’ daily happy hour specials include:

  • $3 off appetizers
  • $2 off draft beers
  • $6 Jumbo House Margarita


Columbus Sports

Catch the Crew in Action 

Columbus Crew’s 2022 season had an epic kickoff with a 4-0 victory at Field! The next home match is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 PM as the Crew hosts Toronto FC. Check out the Crew’s season schedule here, and fuel up on matchday at your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard bars and restaurants.

Hockey Nights in Columbus

Don’t miss out on all the action happening at Nationwide Arena in March! The Columbus Blue Jackets are playing on home ice nine times this month. Stay energized for each game and grab dinner and drinks in the Arena District before heading to cheer on CBJ:

  • March 11 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild
  • March 13 at 6 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
  • March 17 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals
  • March 19 at 5 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues
  • March 29 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders

Get tickets and view the 2021-22 season game schedule here

Clippers Return to Huntington Park in April

Get ready, baseball fans—we’re just one month out from the Columbus Clippers home opener! The Clippers will host their first homestand of the 2022 season against the Syracuse Mets on Tuesday, April 12 at Huntington Park. See the full season schedule here

The Clippers Cargo Store has all of the best Clippers gear – shop new apparel to get ready for the season opener!


Columbus Community- Have a Great St. Patrick’s Day

The Luck O’ Columbus: Ways to Have a Great St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate on Thursday, March 17 with some sweet treats from Winans — keep an eye out for their St. Patrick’s Day menu and shop seasonal specialties online

Don’t forget to stop by Brekkie Shack to get your hands on some adorable green Brekkie merch, or treat yourself to a tasty thin mint latte!

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Join the Shamrock Club of Columbus at their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17!  The Parade will begin forming at 10:30 am at West Broad Street and Washington Blvd. The procession will step off at 11:45 AM, cruise through downtown Columbus and disband at Nationwide Blvd. For a full schedule of the St. Patrick’s Day parade events click here.

After the parade, watchers can sip and stroll through the Arena District DORA or meet friends at one of the dozens of restaurants and bars located throughout downtown Columbus.

Celebrate with the Blue Jackets! 

The Blue Jackets are feeling lucky! Catch them in action at Nationwide Arena as they take on the Ottawa Senators on March 17 at 7 PM. Text “CBJAUCTION” to 52182 for a chance to win a special CBJ green jersey. Raffle tickets can be purchased starting March 9 through the end of the 2nd intermission on March 17. All proceeds benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.


Columbus Living

Warm Days Ahead

Winter is nearly over and we’ll soon be enjoying long days soaking up the sun! Columbus Downtown Apartments have access to a number of great amenities that allow you to enjoy the summer heat. Apply to become a resident today and look forward to days at the pool and proximity to numerous outdoor parks and common areas! 

Explore all our communities have to offer:

A Cold Day in Columbus: 5 Activities to Try This Winter

 Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow this year, predicting an earlier spring in Ohio. However, the current conditions including ice, snow, and chilly temperatures, hint that we will need to embrace the cold just a bit longer. Will you make the most out of your winter and bundle up for the snow, or stay toasty indoors?

  Whatever you decide–we’ve got plenty of fun activities for you to try this season that will make the winter months fly by. 

Fun on the Ice

Whether you’re looking to cheer on the Blue Jackets from the stands or show off your own skills on the ice, Nationwide Arena is the place to be! Here are some great upcoming events to check out:

  • Take the little ones to Disney on Ice on Feb 4-6 as Mickey and friends bring your favorite Disney stories to life. 
  • Join the city’s biggest Blue Jackets fans at the team’s upcoming home games on February 20, 22, and 27. Check out the full season schedule here.
  • Escape to the ice and enjoy open skating at the OhioHealth Ice Haus with friends.
  • For female hockey fans, Hockey For Her is a special series of events offering unique experiences and behind-the-scenes looks at the Jackets organization

 Host a Hot Cocoa Party

A cozy cup of hot cocoa is the perfect way to warm up after a day in the cold with neighbors and loved ones. Set up a low-maintenance, crowd-pleasing, hot cocoa bar with dozens of toppings for a fun twist on a seasonal favorite. Start with a theme, then build your bar with an array of toppings – from marshmallows to toffee, whipped cream to caramel sauce, a quick trip to Giant Eagle Market District will ensure you have everything you need to make the hot cocoa of your dreams! Pick up chalkboard labels for an Insta-ready look or even try a hot chocolate charcuterie board. Pair with hot cocoa-flavored dessert like these hot chocolate brownies

 Test Your Knowledge

Tap your brain and test your knowledge on Trivia Night Wednesdays at 7 PM with Whistle & Keg! Enjoy a friendly competition against your neighbors, friends, and fellow bar-goers for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes. Enjoy several craft beers on tap, wine, cider, and more. 

Rock Out at KEMBA Live!

Hosting hundreds of events, performances, and concerts each year, KEMBA Live! has something for everyone. Check out the performance from Umphrey’s McGee–an up-and-coming American jam band that experiments with several musical styles– on February 17. Looking for something that fits your taste? Take a peek at the Arena District Events page to stay up to date on shows and events coming to Columbus this winter. 

 Host a Game Night

Keep the boredom at bay with a night full of play! Classic board games never go out of style and can entertain guests for hours. Order pick up from your favorite Arena District and Grandview Yard restaurants and enjoy a great night indoors. Learn how to make your own games if you don’t own any – ‘Celebrity’ is a great party game that can keep you entertained for hours.

Up Front in Cbus | December 17 – December 31, 2021

Columbus Sports

2021 NCAA Volleyball at Nationwide Arena 

Watch the top Division I Women’s Volleyball teams go head to head at the 2021 NCAA Championship! The final match is set to be held on Saturday, December 18 at Nationwide Arena. Tickets to the finals are on sale now—click here to purchase.

Can’t make it to the game? Watch the action from your favorite Arena District bars and restaurants. The designated fan gathering spots are below:


Celebrate the New Year with Hockey

What better way to ring in the new year than cheering on Columbus Blue Jackets from the stands? Catch the last home games of 2021 and the first game of the new year at Nationwide Arena—and don’t forget to fuel up before the game at one of the dozens of restaurants and bars in the Arena District. Grab tickets to these upcoming games:

  • December 23 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • December 27 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • December 30 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville Predators
  • January 1 at 1 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Check out the 2021-22 season game schedule here

Columbus Community

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy New Year! We hope this season is wrapped with cheer and filled with celebration for continued happiness and prosperity in 2022.

Columbus Gift Guide

Still searching for the perfect gift? We’ve got you covered! Check out our 2021 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide filled with the best gifts from our favorite Columbus spots here.

A Different View 

The most famous fresco in the world, Michelangelo – A Different View, is coming to the Greater Columbus Convention Center! The exhibit will open on December 22 and stay on display until January 23, 2022. Visitors will have the chance to engage with the artwork and see every detail, brushstroke and color of Michelangelo’s frescoes. Click here for more information.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Music in Downtown Columbus

Celebrate the holiday season with live music! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to EXPRESS LIVE! and Nationwide Arena.

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.


Food & Drink 

Welcome 2022 at the Haus

Celebrate the arrival of 2022 at Hofbräuhaus Columbus! Hofbräuhaus will be offering a special four-course New Year’s Eve menu for guests to enjoy. In addition, the Hofbräuhaus will toast the arrival of the New Year and stay open until 1:00 AM, with live entertainment by Matt Rees. 

National Fruitcake Day

December 27 is National Fruitcake Day! Celebrate the day with a tasty glass of locally brewed Fruitcake Hefeweizen at Whistle & Keg. The most loved beer of the season, this brew takes a traditional Hefeweizen and adds citrus (pineapple and orange), along with cherries, toasted pecans and spices.

The Gift of fresh, Made-from-scratch Meals

Give the gift of an incredible meal this season. Ted’s Montana Grill is offering a free $10 gift card when you purchase a $100 gift card online now through December 24. Click here for more information.

Bring Winans Home for the Holidays

Winans is now selling their holiday coffee blends for you to take and make at home! The holiday favor collection features two delicious seasonal blends–cinnamon gingerbread and peppermint bark. Grab them while you can–these delicious flavors will only be available through December. 

Stress-Free Holiday Hosting

Hosting for the holidays? Wow your guests with a delicious meal, baked goods or a boxed lunch from Brekkie Shack. A locally-owned breakfast and brunch spot, Brekkie Shack has a wide variety of catering offerings perfect for parties with coworkers, friends and family this holiday season.


Columbus Living

New Year, New Home

Start the year off right with a new Columbus Downtown Apartment! Whether you’re looking to live in the heart of all the action or searching for a more relaxing atmosphere, there’s something for everyone. View Arena District and Grandview Yard apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on YouTube.

2021 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays, Columbus! The season is in full effect and there’s no time to waste. Whether you’re on the hunt for a gift for mom and dad, your siblings, a special someone, or your closest friends, it’s a race to the finish line to cross everyone off your list.

Lucky for you–we’ve done all the work. Check out our 2021 holiday gift guide featuring the best gifts in Columbus and save some time searching for the perfect gift.

The Gift of a Good Brew
A gift that lasts all year–a beer membership!

Hofbräuhaus Columbus offers the “1589 Growler Club” membership. With a wide selection of traditional beer brewed on-site every day. Growler Club members can get a 64 oz. “Drink Tank” growler AND monthly refills of their favorite Hofbräuhaus biers.

The “Daily Pass” program by Whistle & Keg has three levels of membership, regardless of which level you decide, the program gives the beer fanatic in your life access to free beer, merchandise discounts, and more!

The Gift of Sweetness
Winans gift sets are designed to help meet all your gift-giving needs this year! Filled with delicious, handcrafted chocolates made from recipes handed down over four generations, Winans has dozens of gift sets, boxes and baskets to choose from. Check out all of their wonderful gift ideas here.

The Gift of Relaxation
What’s better than me-time? Treat your friends to a day of pampering at the following Columbus locales.

A Massage Envy gift card lets the lucky recipient choose from relaxing massage, skincare services and more. Stop in-store now through December 31 and get a FREE $20 promo card when you purchase $100 in gift cards.

From hair, nails and skin to laser treatments, botox and spray tanning, MY SALON Suite is the perfect one stop shop for all your beauty and spa needs. Plan a girls day and book your appointment online.

The Gift of Health
Jumpstart your loved one’s fitness journey with a gift from one of the many great fitness centers and gyms located throughout Columbus.

Arena District Athletic Club members get access to the gym’s complete line of strength and cardio equipment, plus unlimited group fitness classes. Check out more member amenities here.

Book them a class at Club Pilates! A boutique studio offering comprehensive pilates training, Club Pilates’ has pilates classes for anyone, at any age or fitness level, at an affordable price.

The Gift of Live Action
The Arena District—Columbus’ ultimate sports destination—is loaded with countless gift ideas for all the diehard sports fans out there! Whether they prefer hockey, soccer or baseball, you can never go wrong with game tickets and special fan gear. Check out all the options available below:

The Columbus Crew Holiday Bundle includes two Crew scarves and four tickets to the 2022 Home Opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Crew Shop carries dozens of products that fans can rock to show their support.

Get the best seats in Huntington Park with one of the Columbus Clippers’ season ticket plans and surprise them with merch from the Clippers Official Store.

The CBJ Hockey Holiday Pack includes two tickets to two games (based on availability) and one exclusive, limited-edition T-shirt. You can also grab some exclusive Jackets gear at the Blueline store.

The Gift of a Staycation
Give your loved one a mini getaway in downtown Columbus! There are countless hotel options throughout the city—perfect for the friend who loves to travel, but can’t leave anytime soon. Here are few of the best spots:

Hyatt Regency – Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Columbus with a direct connection to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Courtyard Marriott – Offers guests convenient access to the restaurants and entertainment at Grandview Yard, as well as Columbus’ top entertainment districts including the Arena District, downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University and the Short North Arts District.
Hyatt Place – Ideally situated just minutes from The Arena District, The Ohio State University, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Berliner Park and the wonderful cultural neighborhoods of Downtown Columbus.

The Gift of a Great Morning
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Start the day off right with a delicious breakfast at these Columbus favorites.

Brekkie Shack – Popular breakfast, lunch and brunch spot that serves fresh, locally sourced plant-based dishes and scratch-baked goods.

Sunny Street Cafe – A neighborhood destination for fresh, wholesome food and friendly service for breakfast and lunch.

The Gift of Good Food
Good food puts everyone in a good mood! Grab gift cards at any of the dozens of restaurants and bars located throughout the Arena District and Grandview Yard. Here are some of our favorite spots:

Buca Di Beppo – Buca offers authentic Italian cuisine and family-style dishes in an eclectic, vintage setting perfect for celebrations and groups of all sizes.

Habaneros Fresh Mexican Grill – Specializing in delicious authentic street tacos, tequila infused drinks and mezcal, Habaneros’ traditional Mexican flavors make for a great happy hour.

Moran’s Bar & Grille – Whether you’re looking for burgers and beer before the game or a handmade meal after work, Moran’s warm, inviting atmosphere is perfect for any occasion.

R Bar – Perfect for the hockey lover in your life, Columbus’ true hockey bar, R Bar serves up delicious offerings and great vibes every day of the week and especially on game night.

Up Front in Cbus | November 19 – December 3, 2021  

Columbus Sports

Cheer On the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

The action never ends at Nationwide Arena! Rock your favorite Blue Jackets gear and cheer on the team at one of their upcoming home games. Get all the energy you need before the game by stopping at one of the many great Arena District restaurants and bars for dinner and drinks:

  • November 24 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • November 26 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. Vancouver Canucks

Check out the 2021-22 season game schedule here


Columbus Entertainment

Live Music 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.


EXPRESS LIVE! Changing Names

This week, PromoWest Productions/AEG announced that EXPRESS LIVE! will be renamed as KEMBA Live! starting in January. Give venue’s new social media accounts a follow to stay up to date on upcoming shows and events: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 


Food & Drink 

Happy Thanksgiving–we’re thankful to have you as a part of our community! We hope everyone has a great time gathering with loved ones and giving thanks for all the happy moments in our lives.


Celebrate the Holidays in Columbus

Looking for a fun spot to meet up with friends and family this holiday season? Columbus is filled with dozens of restaurants and bars perfect for celebrating!


Arena District:

  • Bring on the Beer! Louisville based brewery, Goodwood Brewing Co. is coming to the Arena District at 401 N. Front St. and has an anticipated open date of early 2022. Learn more about this brewery here.
  • Skip the fuss of cooking and order Thanksgiving dinner from Buca di Beppo! The Arena District’s authentic Italian restaurant is now accepting preorders for their tasty Thanksgiving feast. Order yours here.
  • Hosting friends and family during the holidays? Make one dinner a pizza night! Grab Boston’s to go and save the cooking for Turkey Day! 


Grandview Yard:

  • Bring the sweetness home! Brekkie Shack offers to-go and catering options for all your party needs. Brekkie has full 9 inch cheesecakes for $35, turtle and chocolate toffee cheesecakes for $40 and pumpkin pecan pies for $30 during the holidays! 

In addition to their delicious catering options check out their Thanksgiving specials offered this fall:

    • The Thanks-urrito – a tasty burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, thanksgiving stuffing, roasted corn, sweet potato-brussel sprout hash and roasted sage/rosemary sauce. 
    • Biscuit sandwich – between two housemade sweet potato biscuits are cheesy eggs, corn souffle and rosemary olive oil.
  • Don’t show up empty-handed! Stop by Winans and grab a treat from their great selection of gifts including wine and chocolates. Join the Winans team on December 2 for six delicious tasting pours of champagne and french fries! Reserve your spot here.
  • New month, new bier! Hofbräuhaus Columbus is tapping their Christmas lager on December 7. Stop in to try the newest brew and enjoy various activities throughout Grandview Heights at Holiday in the Heights that night.


Columbus Community

Columbus Holiday Races

Countless Columbus races are returning to the Arena District! Grab breakfast and coffee at Sunny Street Café in the Arena District to fuel up before the race. Skip the hassle of searching for parking and visit to find the best parking option for you!


Holiday in the Heights

Save the date! The annual Holiday in the Heights tree lighting ceremony in Grandview Heights will be held on December 7 from 5:30-8:00 PM The family-friendly event will feature ice skating, local food, holiday shopping, live music, crafts, a visit from Santa and more! Click here for more info.


Columbus Living 

Deck the Halls

Whether you’re waiting until the day after Thanksgiving or starting well before, click here for some renter-friendly tips on decorating your downtown Columbus apartment during the 2021 holiday season.

How to Have a Great Friendsgiving in Columbus

A day for giving thanks and gathering with loved ones, Thanksgiving marks the start of the highly anticipated holiday season. No matter if Columbus is a home away from home or the place you call home, Friendsgiving is the perfect way to celebrate the season with friends who feel like family.

This year we celebrate the opportunity to safely gather once again—and thankfully, Columbus has everything you need to do just that! Here are some ways you and your pals can have a great Friendsgiving in the city. 


Gather On the Ice

Thinking of a non-traditional celebration? Cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets with your closest friends! The Blue Jackets are returning to Columbus for two home games next week. Watch the team take on the Winnipeg Jets on November 24 and, for belated celebrators, the Vancouver Canucks on November 26 at Nationwide Arena. Get your tickets here.

Before and after the game, hit up your favorite bars and restaurants throughout the Arena District, and make it a whole night of fun and celebration!


Get Up and Get Active

The original Columbus Turkey Trot is back! If you and your friends are active early risers, start Thanksgiving day by participating in one of the event’s various races. Participating in the Turkey Trot not only brings friends closer together, but it also benefits children with disabilities through the Easterseals of Central & Southeast Ohio.

As a special way to remember the morning, all in-person participants will receive a finisher medal and take home a delicious, traditional pumpkin pie to enjoy after the race. 


Take All the Credit

Skip the hassle of preparing dinner and order Giant Eagle Market District’s chef-inspired Thanksgiving feast! Whether you’re looking for a full-course meal or need some tasty sides, Market’ District’s signature dishes are full of traditional flavors and old-fashioned goodness that are sure to satisfy all of your friends’ seasonal cravings.

Think about it—all you have to do is order, pick up, warm it in the oven and your besties won’t know the difference. Order online or in store before it’s too late! Click here for more info.


Fill Up at Whistle & Keg

Stop by Whistle & Keg in the Arena District and take your favorite alcoholic drinks to go! With over 50 self-serve craft beers, wines, meads, ciders and more on tap, you can easily fill up on a variety of your friends’ favorite drinks to make your Friendsgiving one to remember. Check out all the beer hall has to offer here.

Up Front in Cbus | November 5 – November 19, 2021

Columbus Sports

Action on the Ice

Columbus Blue Jackets hockey is in full swing this month! Grab dinner and drinks at one of the Arena District restaurants and bars before cheering on the Jackets with the 5th Line at Nationwide Arena:

  • November 6 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • November 12 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. Washington Capitals
  • November 13 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. New York Rangers
  • November 15 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jacket vs. Detroit Red Wings

Check out the 2021-22 season game schedule here


Crew Season Finale

Head to Field on Sunday, November 7 to watch the Columbus Crew play their regular-season finale against Chicago Fire FC. Looking forward to the 2022 season? Secure your spot here and get ready for a world-class experience at Field.


NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship

Get ready to welcome the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship at Nationwide Arena next month! Tickets are available now for both semifinal matches on December 16 AND the national championship on December 18 here.


Columbus Entertainment

Live Performances in Downtown Columbus

Home to Express LIVE! and Nationwide Arena, the Arena District is the place to be for live entertainment! 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

Fit for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching! Stay in shape this winter with help from the Arena District Athletic Club. The club offers a variety of group exercise classes and cardio and weight-lifting equipment, located in the heart of the Arena District. Their friendly staff can help you start a routine now so you feel great just in time for all the festive celebrations ahead. See the full class schedule here.


New Season, New Look

Ready for a new look? Schedule an appointment with a beauty professional at MY SALON Suite Grandview Yard before they fill up for the holidays! Offering a variety of services including manicures, hair services, airbrush tanning, skincare, hair removal and more, MY SALON Suite is your one-stop shop for all your beauty needs.  


Food & Drink 

Enjoy Tacos All Day Long

Great news – Nada just extended their hours! You can now get tasty tacos, salsas, and much more for lunch starting at 11:00am. Get a taste of all they have to offer with their “Taco Lunchbox” which includes an order of 2 tacos and a delicious side such as street corn, mac n’ cheese and more. See the full menu here.

Nada’s new hours are:

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am – 9:30pm

Friday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Brunch until 3:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 9:30pm, Brunch until 3:00pm


When Bison and Nachos Collide

November 6 is National Bison Day and National Nacho Day, and Ted’s Montana Grill has the perfect dish to celebrate—Bison Nachos! Get the best of both worlds with this special dish filled with hand-cut tortillas fried in-house, spicy pepper jack cheese, Karen’s Flying-D Bison Chili and sliced jalapeños. 


Seasonal Bier to Try

Hofbräuhaus Columbus in Grandview Yard just tapped their Dunkel Weizen—a wheat bier with a dark-roasted malt base and the fruitiness of their regular Hefe Weizen. This brew is so well balanced that both wheat bier and dark bier drinkers will love it!


Columbus Living 

Looking to live in the heart of all the action? Only a short walk away from downtown Columbus, Arena District apartments have premier access to countless sports and entertainment venues and dozens of nearby restaurants and bars. View Arena District apartment offerings by taking a virtual tour on YouTube.If you’re searching for a more relaxing atmosphere, Grandview Yard is the place to be! Only a short walk away from downtown Columbus, apartments at the Yard offer a suburban atmosphere. Take a virtual tour of the countless apartments available in Grandview Yard here.

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.

Eric Church’s ‘Gather Again’ tour did just that: United fans for a return to live music

The Arena District is excited to welcome back Columbus kicking off the first concert at Nationwide Arena in 560 days!

Article originally published in The Columbus Dispatch by Margaret Quamme

Arena shows are back, and fans are ready.

“693 days since I’ve seen Eric Church,” read a sign held by a fan on the crowded floor surrounding the stage, which was placed smack in the middle of a packed Nationwide Arena on Saturday night, where the outlaw-country rocker was performing on the second stop of a planned 55-city tour.

Jennifer Hatfield, 42, drove with her husband from their home in Buffalo, New York, to see the show.

Concerts in Columbus:Rock, country, Celtic punk, blues, you name it — concerts galore in store

“It’s great to have live music again,” she said. “Usually, we go to five or six shows a year, but this is the first one we’ve been to since COVID.”

Read the full article here >>