2507 Summit Street Columbus, OH 43202 +1 614 268 1841
Just a few blocks from the Ohio State University campus, there's Rumba Café, a vivacious live-music venue if there ever was one. Some nights, rock bands take the stage, others it's a jazz combo or a Latin ensemble; often there's soul to be heard here, and some funk if you're lucky. Drinks are made stiff, and to eat there's a selection of bocas, a South American variation on the Spanish tapa. The space itself is cozy and lived-in, and that helps make every performance all the more intimate. See website for concert schedule, photos and more.
1871 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210 +1 614 292 0330
Named for its benefactor, Victoria's Secret magnate Les Wexner, the Wexner Center for the Arts is a self-contained monument to everything artistic. It houses a venue for every type of art imaginable, and the place itself is a work of art in terms of architecture, landscaping and interior design. There are world-class facilities for film and video screenings, gallery exhibitions, concerts and all manner of performing art. Look for a varied schedule of programming, including performances by renowned musicians like She & Him and Robert Forster, as well as retrospective exhibitions like Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms, and even screenings of cinematic masterpieces such as Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
Located on the Ohio State University campus, Value City Arena is home to sporting events and world-class entertainment. Sprawling at over 700,000 square feet, there's plenty of room for action. With on-location ATMs, hospitality areas, clubs, and conference halls, you can step into this venue and forget your troubles. Check the website for upcoming events.
1069 Jaeger Street Columbus, OH 43206 +1 614 645 3300
Named for a beloved German poet and dramatist, Schiller Park is a central meeting place for denizens of German Village. Its landscaped and flower-bedded expanse taking up several city blocks, there's room for picnickers, walkers, joggers and more, as well as top-notch facilities for activities requiring facilities -- basketball court, rec center, tennis court, fishing pond, baseball diamonds. And Herr Schiller surely would have appreciated that Schiller Park is also home to the Actor's Summer Theater, where local companies stage productions when the weather's right.
958 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201 +1 614 441 8860
Wine-making is an avid art-form at Camelot Cellars, owned by fourth generation connoisseur, Janine Aquino. Choose from an extensive array of home-grown wine and flight alternatives enjoyed best with fresh salads, artisan meat and cheese platters on offer. A towering floor-to-ceiling cellar, exposed brick walls and vintage chandeliers make for a rustic yet contemporary backdrop, evident of its mission to retain the vibe of an old-school winery yet have an urban feel. Don't miss occasional tastings, workshops, cultural events and the rare opportunity to brew your own version. It's no surprise Camelot takes home the most medals at Ohio's wine Olympics of sorts.
131 North High Street Columbus, OH 43215 + 1 614 744 8110
The acronym in this gallery's name stands for Artists in Recovery and refers to patients with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The gallery also shows work with these issues as their subject matter. The gallery seeks to "educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse by bringing focus to the artistic vision." Fresh A.I.R. is run by Southeast Recovery and Mental Health Care Services, which strives to help diverse populations with issues of homelessness, mental health, and chemical dependency. The gallery shows many media including painting and photography.
Located on the outer edge of the Victorian Village area, Harrison West Park is a modest little neighborhood park. There's a playground and several nice spots to sit and take a breather. Size wise, it's about a third of an acre, but more than its share of expert landscaping is crammed onto the small plot.
West 1st Avenue and North High Street Columbus, OH 43215 +1 614 299 8050
Short North Arts District is a buzzing neighborhood famous for its penchant for art and art lovers. Art enthusiasts and amateurs will love visiting Short North on the first Saturday of each month for their Gallery Hop Festival. Visit a plethora of galleries and meet popular artists or simply keep an eye out for the wide range of fun activities and events that are organized for locals and tourists alike. Sample mouthwatering cuisines at one of the eateries located here and be transported to a whole new world! Check website for more details.
Just a block off the action of the Short North section of High Street, Goodale Park is an inviting place to sit back and relax. The pond, with its fountain and gazebo, is the centerpiece, with folks lounging along its banks and kids playing at the edge of the water. Winding pathways throughout the park see a lot of use as well. There are baseball diamonds and a basketball court for those in need of a bit of organized sport.
39 West New England Columbus, OH 43085 +1 614 787 5528
Igloo Letterpress provides a near-extinct service to residents of Worthington and the Greater Columbus Area, hand-crafting beautiful designs using traditional letterpress equipment. Founder Allison Chapman got her start in her grandfather's print shop, the machines of which now comprise Igloo's entire inventory of printing machines. Chapman, who boasts ten years of experience as an instructor and education director at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, is on hand to sell her custom wares, help guests create the perfect printed item, or facilitate the open studio sessions that allow guests to get their hands dirty (and inky) and make a personalized souvenir. Featuring business cards, invitations, mailers, bookbinding and more, Igloo Letterpress is a must visit in order to keep this endangered artisan craft up and running.
The Columbus Topiary Garden is a topiary garden unlike any
other. Whereas the average topiary garden collects a bunch of random figures doing random things, this one is a unified work. It recreates Georges Seurat's classic painting 'A Sunday ...
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
Located on the Ohio State University campus, Value City Arena
is home to sporting events and world class entertainment. Sprawling at over 700,000 square feet, there's plenty of room for action. With on location ATMs, hospitality areas, clubs, and ...
Downtown Columbus has a riverfront to rival that of every
other river city. It is a largely undeveloped one, but nicely landscaped paths and gardens line its banks throughout Battelle Riverfront Park, making for great picnicking and leisure. If ...