Family Events

FREE Carousel Rides presented by PNC

April 21 - September 30

Open Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather pending
(closed to the public 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?

Brews in the Bosque Happy Hours

First Wednesday of the Month 

May - October 

4 p.m. to 7 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 Family Fun Day 

Saturday, May 27

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:

  • Games
  • Carousel Rides 
  • Inflatables from SuperGames
  • Face Painting and Balloon Twisting by Pretty as a Princess 
  • Crafts led by OSU Urban Art Space
  • Blender Bike by Molina Healthcare
  • Plant & Grow Project by Lowe's
  • Music from NACHO Street Band
  • Columbus Fire Division will be bringing their HOME 1 RV.
    The RV will be offering vaccines by Columbus Public Health, and a limited changing and nursing area.
  • Food for purchase from Tortilla, Elevated Pizza and Taesty's
  • Sweet Treats for purchase from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams & Cotton Sugar

New this year is an early opening at 3 p.m. for a sensory hour to accommodate children on the autism spectrum in partnership with Autism Speaks. 

FREE Dance Performance by Momentum University

July 20

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

Join Momentum University for 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 Commons for Kids Presented by Nationwide Children's Hospital

Friday Mornings

June 9 - August 11

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.

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

FREE Harvest Fair

Saturday, September 9

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

FREE Movie Nights presented by Molina Healthcare

May 27, June 23, July 14, September 9

8 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 27- Moana

June 23- The Lion King*

July 14- Shrek

September 9- Encanto**

*For the June 23 free movie night, gates will open at 8 p.m. following a ticketed Columbus Symphony Orchestra Popcorn Pops performance. If you arrive prior to 8 p.m., you will not be permitted into the park until the previous ticketed event is finished.

**New this year: On Sept. 9, Columbus Commons is partnering with Bridgeway Academy & Therapy Center to welcome families with Autism and developmental disabilities.


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