Open and smart, funky and friendly. Downtown is where you want live, work and play.
Experience the urban alleys during Pearl Market , relax in Columbus Commons during summer concerts , play in the fountains along Scioto Mile , and dine in some of the best world-class restaurants around. Let loose while you shop, boogie down, and feel the vibrancy of our downtown core.
Whatever you choose, you'll see downtown's got character and is where you want to be.
The Pearl Alley Growers' Association brings Farmers' Markets to the Columbus Area every summer. Our Festival Day is one event you don't want to miss. Local area chefs and restaurants prepare delicious free samples using the farm fresh produce we grow for you.
Conveniently located downtown in the alleyways between Broad, High, Gay and Third Streets, Pearl Market energizes downtown on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., mid-May through October. Join us Tuesday, May 15 for Opening Day.
The unique urban market delivers a merchant mix reflective of the rich cultural diversity of central Ohio, including a wide array of locally grown produce, hand-crafted merchandise and delicious food, while providing a retail incubator for local entrepreneurs.
Major credit cards and the Ohio Direction Card are both accepted at the Pearl Market Tent in exchange for tokens that may be used throughout the market.
Contact Market Manager Adam Schroeder at (614) 645-5061 for more details.
From fountain play and flower gardens to concerts and culinary delights, the Scioto Mile offers something for everyone. Check out the calendar to learn about the variety of exciting events and programs happening along the Scioto Mile.
Stretching along the downtown Columbus riverfront from the vibrant Arena District on the north end to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula on the south, the Scioto Mile is comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland, fountains, scenic overlooks and a riverfront promenade.
Part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the Scioto Mile plays an essential role in the revitalization of downtown by offering a vibrant place for people to gather.
Downtown Columbus is the heart of central Ohio, and the core of our Capital City. It is the business, cultural, arts and government center of central Ohio. It is the place where our community comes together to work, enrich our minds, exercise our bodies, relax and play. When downtown is strong and vibrant, we all are proud to call it our home.
Lounge on the lawn, take a carousel ride, get lost in a book, take a stroll through world-class gardens, and enjoy an outdoor café all in the heart of Downtown Columbus.
Columbus Commons , a beautiful, vibrant 9-acre green space, is bursting with activity from May through September with concerts, family events, movies, performances and more! It is also a perfect host for corporate events, fundraisers and weddings.
The Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion , to open May 2012, will be the crowning glory of this jewel of an urban park. The state-of-the-art pavilion will be the summer home of the Columbus Symphony orchestra as well as a host to local, regional and national concerts and performances.
Located right off Third Street, between State and Rich Streets the Columbus Commons garages offer convenient, affordable, and secure parking options.
Capitol South led the effort to transform City Center Mall into Columbus Commons, partnering with the Franklin County Metroparks and the Franklin County Commissioners. The park will support the ongoing, market-driven development of a truly walkable Downtown neighborhood that will integrate living spaces, retail and office spaces with recreational and entertainment opportunities.
To create the new park, Capitol South worked with the Georgetown Company as its development manager, and a design/build team made up of construction manager Corna-Kokosing, architects Moody Nolan and landscape architects EDGE Group.
For more information, visit ColumbusCommons.org .
Downtown Live Concert Series
Unwind after work, enjoy a frosty beverage and dig into the local music scene at the world-class Columbus Commons – right downtown. Thursday nights at the Commons provide a perfect early kick off to the weekend so don't miss out.
The music line-up includes some of the hottest music around, and each Thursday two acts keep the party rolling.
When: Thursdays, June 7 – September 6 (except June 14, 21; Aug. 9, 16)
Time: Live music from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (July 5 begins at 6 p.m.)
Where: Columbus Commons 160 S. High Street
Parking? Easy in and out at the corner of Rich and High Streets
More Info? Call Melissa at 645-5281.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. except July 5 when we celebrate Columbus in Song with the 200Columbus song contest winners.
2012 Summer Themes and Bands:
June 7 Kick Off Summer in Style - Matt Munhall Band and The Menus
June 14, 21 No Concerts
June 28 Under Cover - Matt Corey Band and Swagg
July 5 6-10 p.m. Celebrate Columbus in Song - 200Columbus
July 12 Non-Stop Music &TV themes - Conspiracy & Mojoflo
July 19 Midwest Rising Stars with The Right Now & Floorwalkers
July 26 88 Dance, Dance, Dance - Keys and the Truth & LDNL
Aug. 2 Local Songwriter Flare - The Andy Shaw Band & Lydia Loveless
Aug. 9, 16 No Concerts
Aug. 30 ALIVE! Bands to Watch - Dew Droppers / Sundown / Saintseneca / Way Yes
Sept. 6 Wrap Up Summer Fun - The Spikedrivers & Fabulous Johnson Brothers
Check out the some of the fun from day one.
Kick Up The Fun
We will pack the field again this summer in the Columbus Commons.
Whether you've played before or are a newbie, a gym rat or a couch potato, the Downtown Kickball League fills the summer with fun. Grab your sneakers, bring your friends and let's go.
There will be two eight-week sessions on Thursday nights from 5:45-8:45 p.m. Session One: June 7 - August 2; Session Two begins Thursday, August 16 and runs through October 4. Session One and Session Two are both full this season.
Even though it's too late to register for this summer you can see what is required on our registration . The team registration fee is $275, and teams must be co-ed and carry a minimum of eight players, four women and four men. Each player needs to sign a waiver . Check out a complete list of rules .
Teams play hard and then kick back and enjoy the Downtown Live! Summer Concert Series.
For more information, contact Melissa Fast at (614) 645-5281.