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Up Front in Cbus | January 14 – January 28, 2022

Columbus Entertainment

New Year, New Name

The popular Arena District entertainment venue EXPRESS Live! has kicked off the new year with a new name – KEMBA Live! The same great entertainment and excitement will live on at KEMBA Live! for years to come with hundreds of events, performances and concerts planned for 2022. 

Events Coming to Downtown Columbus

Kick-off the new year with live events and performances! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to KEMBA 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 KEMBA Live!, A&R Music Bar and The Basement. Click here for more details on PromoWest’s updated health policy.


Best of Columbus Weddings

It’s time to cast your vote in the annual Best of Columbus Weddings poll! Recognize the best local wedding vendors including venues, florists, bridal boutiques, DJ’s and more. The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard has been nominated in the ‘Best Contemporary/Modern Venue’ category! Vote now through February 4 at


Columbus Sports

USMNT Returns to Columbus

The U.S. Men’s National Soccer team will battle El Salvador in the first 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Lower.Com Field on Thursday, January 27th at 7 PM. Grab your tickets here, before it’s too late!

Countdown to the Crew’s Kickoff 

The Columbus Crew will be back in action before you know it! Cheer on the Crew from the stands at their opening match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Field on Saturday, February 26 at 3:30 PM. Check out the 2022 season game schedule here.

Celebrate the New Year with Hockey

The Blue Jackets are back in Columbus on Friday, January 21 at 7 PM! Head to Nationwide Arena to cheer on the team as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. View the 2021-22 season game schedule here

Don’t want to miss out on the action while CBJ is away? Head to R Bar—Columbus’ one true hockey bar—to cheer on the Jackets with the 5th Line while the team is on the road for these upcoming games:

  • January 15 at 6 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers
  • January 18 at 7:30 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Islanders
  • January 20 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers


Food & Drink 

Whistle & Keg Trivia Nights

Fill up on your favorite brew and show off your trivia skills at Whistle & Keg! The Arena District taproom will be hosting Trivia Nights every Wednesday at 7 PM, starting on January 12. Click here for more information. 

Taco Tuesday at Habaneros

Load up on delicious tacos at Habaneros! Stop by on Tuesdays and enjoy all the pastor tacos you can eat for only $2 each. Click here to see all of Habaneros’ daily specials.

Sunny Street Winter Specials

Sunny Street Café just dropped their new winter menu! Head over to Sunny Street Café and treat yourself to their delicious new specials:

  • Bourbon Banana Pancakes – two fluffy buttermilk-banana pancakes topped with bourbon caramel, candied walnut crumb and cinnamon butter.
  • Ultimate Loaded Hash Browns – crispy hashbrowns with grilled onions and peppers, topped with sausage patties, three scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. Served with toast.
  • Horchata Cold Brew – Our cold brew coffee sweetened with rice milk and a hint of cinnamon.

20 Years of Ted’s

Ted’s Montana Grill is celebrating 20 years of Authentic American Dining in the Arena District on January 14th! Join them in celebrating their 20th anniversary with a scratch-made meal from January 14-16.

Restaurant Week Columbus

Come hungry to 614 Restaurant Week Columbus, happening January 24 – 29 throughout Columbus. Over 150 participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal for a fraction of the price, benefiting Stop the Suffering (STS) rescue animal nonprofit. A few Arena District and Grandview Yard neighborhood restaurants are participating – see what’s in store:

View the full list of Restaurant Week Columbus participants and menu offerings.


Columbus Community

Michelangelo: A Different View

The most famous fresco in the world, Michelangelo – A Different View, is on display at the Greater Columbus Convention Center! Visitors will be given the chance to engage with the artwork—seeing every detail, brushstroke and color of the legendary painter’s frescoes up close until January 23. Get your tickets here before the exhibit closes!

5th Line 5K Race Returns to Columbus

The 5th Line 5K, presented by OhioHealth, will return on February 26! The 2022 race begins at 10 a.m. outside of Nationwide Arena and takes participants on a 3.1-mile tour of downtown Columbus and the Arena District before “Finishing On Center Ice” inside Nationwide Arena.

All participants receive two tickets to a select Blue Jackets game during the 2021-22 season and a Blue Jackets-themed race shirt and finishers medal. Stick around after the race and enjoy food and drinks with fellow participants at the post-race party. Click here to register.

Columbus Living

Welcome the New Year with a new place to call home! The Arena District offers living options that provide you with access to a lifestyle filled with entertainment and amenities. 

Now the three-stadium premier sports destination, the Arena District offers you a home where the sports, food, and entertainment is! Enjoy being within walking distance of  KEMBA Live!, Nationwide Arena, Field, and Huntington Park.—you’ll never run out of things to do in the Arena District. 

Plus, as a VIP, you’ll enjoy resident-only discounts, offers, and promotions! Check out 

Arena District Living on Youtube to discover your perfect apartment home.