Family Events

FREE Carousel Rides presented by PNC

April 22 - September 30

Open Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(Closed during private events)

Hurdy-gurdy, merry-go-round, or whirligig. Whatever you call it, we call it absolutely delightful. So, 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 Family Fun Day 

Saturday, May 28

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 games, crafts, face painting, carousel rides, live music and more. Catch the The Muppet Mayhem Band perform on stage, thanks to Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

FREE Commons for Kids presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union

Friday mornings,
June 10 - August 12

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. You get happy, worn-out little ones. Click back for a list of themes and vendors.

FREE Dance Performance

July 21

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

Join Momentum University for their 20th Anniversary - A dance performance you won't forget! Truth Be Told presented by Momentum is a free event that is open to the public. Tickets are not required. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show!

FREE Movie Nights presented by Wright-Patt Credit Union

May 28, June 11, June 24 and July 22

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 28 - Encanto
June 11 - Frozen 2
June 24 - The Lion King*
July 22 - Sing 2*

*Note: For the June 24 and July 22 free movies, gates will open at 8 p.m. following a ticketed Columbus Symphony Orchestra Popcorn Pops performance. 

Brews in the Bosque

Saturday, August 13

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer may be winding down, but we’re all for savoring every moment. 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 Wolf’s Ridge Brewing's 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.

Fun for the whole family, come toss some cornhole bags, play with a parachute, build with the blue blocks or take a spin on the carousel, all for free. Dogs are welcome, we just ask that they stay leashed. Tortilla Mexican Street Food + Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be open, but feel welcome to bring in your own food for a picnic. Food trucks are TBD. Alcohol is not permitted to bring in to this event.

Music by local artists:

  • 4:00pm to 5:45pm DJ Beezz spinning family-friendly tunes.
  • 6:00pm to 8:00pm Liz Fisher, solo violinist/vocalist of the Cordial Sins.

This event is free to attend, no tickets required, and is happening in the southern end of the park near Rich Street. Parking is available at the Columbus Commons Main Garage at 55 E Rich Street, just a steps away.

Pro tip: afterward, swing by the Moonlight Market for some sidewalk shopping on Gay Street or check out Festival Latino at Genoa Park to round-out your evening Downtown.

Image of the Columbus Commons bosque

FREE CBUS Soul Family Funday 

Saturday, August 20

10 am – 2 pm

While the Downtown Riverfront will be alive with Black music, art, food, and culture – Columbus Commons will be hosting a complementary CBUS Soul event focused on family fun, featuring Black-owned businesses.

Go for a bounce, discover your new favorite book, dance it out or find your zen – this Family Funday will have a ton of activities for the kiddos!

Starting at 10 am, be one of the first 100 patrons to receive a FREE bag of school supplies from Ms. Black Ohio USA, Yiema John!


  • Buckeye Mobile Entertainment
  • DJ Pastel
  • Painted Pearls Paint Party
  • Paula Johnson Neal
  • Posh Teatime
  • RawYoga614
  • Reasonable Jumpies
  • S.R.D Harris
  • Studio 6 Barber & Beauty Lounge

While they're won't be a food truck on-site during this event, Tortilla will open at 10am, and Jeni's will open at 11am. Outside food is also welcome!

We suggest you head over to Bicentennial Park to grab a bite from the food vendors at the CBUS Soul riverfront festival and head back to the Commons for more family-friendly fun!


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