As a premier outdoor entertainment venue in Downtown Columbus, weather is always on our minds, but safety is our top priority.
All of the concerts that are produced internally by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation team are rain or shine, which means we won’t cancel just because it’s raining.
What may throw a wrench in the plans is a severe weather warning within 1.5 miles of the park. The national weather service will issue these when there’s lightning, thunderstorms or high winds in the area.
When there’s a severe weather threat, we may need to evacuate the park, and delay, pause or cancel an event to keep patrons, vendors and artists safe. Once severe weather has exited the area, we’ll wait up to 30 minutes before returning to our regularly scheduled programming. We’re as eager to get back to the fun as anyone, but we appreciate your patience in these situations.
If you’re coming for the carousel, this ride can’t operate when it’s raining. We’ll also close the carousel if the forecast is showing severe weather.
We have rocked out in the rain and will again. When persistent rain is forecasted, it’s best to be prepared. Dress accordingly and pack a poncho, rain jacket or small umbrella (golf umbrellas are a no-go).
Our plan is approved by local safety officials, but just like the weather is different every day, our response may vary based on the unique conditions, timing, and event circumstances. Always keep a close eye on our social media accounts for the latest updates, but here’s how we generally respond to severe weather.
If an external event is renting the Commons for an event, you'll want to check their pages for up-to-date weather information.