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Columbus Commons Blog

Columbus Commons Grand Opening

Come check out Columbus Commons on Memorial Weekend!  We’ve got a little something fun for everyone: music fans, garden lovers, YP’s, free spirits, confirmed urban-o-philes, families and kids.  We’ve uncovered the city’s heart and soul at the very center of downtown Columbus –-a brand new common grounds for everyone to enjoy.

Join the free celebration as we introduce Columbus Commons!


The celebration kicks off early at 4 p.m. when the music starts and the mood is set! Stay for the evening with fun outdoor games (compatible with work or play attire) and kick-off commentaries and speeches.  It all builds toward free live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display that will close down the night (but kicks off the weekend). Go to calendar>>


Bring the kids down to Columbus Commons in the morning for the debut of our free weekly children’s programs at Commons For Kids. Take the carousel for a free ride, bounce on the inflatables or check out the dynamite sculptures from the balloon artists. 

Or stop by over the lunch hour for a free concert.  Close down the workweek with Cocktails at the Commons, happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and backs right into another free concert, this time headlined by Sean Carney. Go to calendar>>


Saturday is devoted to fun for the whole family.  Beginning at noon,  Columbus Commons welcomes kids of all ages for encounters with our special guest hosts: OSU Celebrity Storytime, Zoo Animals, Puppeteers, OSU Pep Band, Arnett Howard . . .  and more! There’s lots to see; there’s lots to do too –check out the inflatables, free carousel rides, and artistic opportunities galore. Stay past bedtime for Movies in the Park (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and more fireworks! Go to calendar>>


Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon with tea and a tour of The Franklin Park Conservatory’s garden installations at the Columbus Commons. Lounge around, literally, with the Downtown Residents' Association of Columbus as they Lounge on the Lawn and stay for the evening’s show performed by none other than Shadowbox!  The legendary local troupe draws you into the gardens with its version of Back to the Garden.   There’s no better way to celebrate the new green space than with this Woodstock-steeped flower-child salutin’ show. Go to calendar>>

The weekend is just the beginning. Join us for entertainment, family days, lunch on the lawn, free recreational classes and much more all summer long at Columbus Commons. Visit www.columbuscommons.org for updates and details.