Family Events

FREE Carousel Rides 

April 19 - September 30

Open Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather pending

(closed to the public during private events)

Pick your pony, hop on, and enjoy the fun – and free – carousel ride at the Commons. Of course, convivial calliope music also included. Did we mention it's free?

FREE Commons for Kids 

Presented by Nationwide Children's Hospital

June 7 - August 9

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When it comes to summer fun, kids are all-in. And Columbus Commons is the place to let kids, well, be kids. They get games, inflatables, and face painting, all for free thanks to Nationwide Children's Hospital. You get happy, worn-out little ones.

Check out our Commons for Kids page for full list of themes, activities, and vendors for each date. 

FREE Movie Nights 

Presented by Molina Healthcare

May 25, June 21, July 12, September 7

8:15 p.m.

There’s something enchanting about watching the stars of some of the hottest PG flicks under the stars of a steamy summer night. And talk about a big screen. We have a ginormous movie screen for a larger-than-life viewing of the show, plus six acres of lawn seating. No chair kicking or popcorn throwing here. 

May 25 - Encanto*

June 21 - The Secret Lives of Pets**

July 12 - Ratatouille**

September 7 - Coco*

*These dates follow our free Family Fun Day programming.

**For the June 21 and July 12 free movie night, gates will open at 8 p.m. following a ticketed Columbus Symphony Orchestra Popcorn Pops performance. If you arrive before 8 p.m., you will not be permitted into the park until the previous ticketed event is finished.

Momentum Presents "Stevie: Life in the Key of Wonder" - A Free Dance Performance

July 18

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Momentum dancers take center stage in a dynamic display of choreography inspired by the legendary Stevie Wonder. Through expressive movements and rhythmic sequences, the performers will transport spectators on a journey celebrating life, love, and the universal language of music. Join Momentum as they showcase the culmination of their Summer Intensive program, celebrating the creativity, passion, and resilience of their talented dancers.

Brews in the Bosque Happy Hours

Thursdays in September

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Whether you live for local libations or just looking for something to do, bring the fam or your fur baby and join us for a beer.

We'll be serving up ice-cold cans of the most popular craft brews + a refreshing Commons Cocktail made with Middle West Spirits OYO Stonefruit Vodka + Lemonade. Tip one back, take in some tunes, and enjoy the backyard-meets-beer-garden vibe of this happy hour happening.

Image of the Columbus Commons bosque

FREE Harvest Fair 

Presented by Autism Speaks

Saturday, September 7

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Free fall-themed family fun for everyone to enjoy! Activities and entertainment include:

FREE Family Fun Day 

Saturday, May 25

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Start your summer with a free party at the park. And by party, we mean HOURS of free family-friendly including:


Plus, hop on the FREE trolley over to Bicentennial Park to Fountain Fest, with plenty more free activities for the whole family including live music, yard games, and food trucks!


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