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Columbus Culinary Connection: Arena District Eats

Originally published in Columbus Culinary Connection | December 2, 2018

The Arena District is more than just a place to dine when you’re attending a Clippers or Blue Jackets game! Although it’s an incredibly convenient place to visit for a concert or sporting events, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the area lately doing one of my favorite things – devouring delicious food! Throughout the course of this Arena District eating adventure, I’ve discovered a major obsession (the locally-sourced fare from Veranico, and especially their shortbread cookies), a new spot for brunch (hi, cinnamon roll pancake from Sunny Street), and loads of craft beer too. Whether you’re seeking brunch, dinner, or drinks, the Arena District has you covered – just keep on reading.

Brunch and Lunch

If you haven’t hit up Sunny Street Cafe yet for brunch and tried the aforementioned cinnamon roll pancake, you are missing out. This confection has an actual swirl of caramelized crunchy bits in the batter, plus a dulce de leche drizzle. If savory is more your style, there are some unique selections here as well – think stuffed biscuits and gravy or chorizo chili Tex Mex omelettes. The cute patio tucked on the side of the building is a beautiful spot for warm weather people-watching while you sip your coffee. There are also different kinds of flavored creamers on the table (this is important to me, ok?) and Sunny Street features Ohio maple syrup for their sweet dishes.

I wrote about Veranico in more detail here, but I can’t say enough good things about this concept. The salads are enormous, laden with toppings, and make even this anti-greens lady love their offerings. This spot is fast-casual but still gets as many ingredients from local farmers as possible, in addition to sporting craft beer, panini, and some utterly craveable baked goods.

Some other spots to sample: Zoup (feauring 12 daily varieties of warm and hearty soup) or a bison burger at Ted’s Montana Grill.

Dinner and Drinks

I’ve got nada but good things to say about Nada. It’s located right across from the Arena, has pork belly tacos, and a divine cheesecake with berry sorbet on top. This contemporary Mexican joint also makes a mean margarita and has a hip happy hour, meaning it’s an ideal venue for almost any occasion.

For burgers and brews, Half Pint is the perfect pre-game spot, or just to catch up with friends. The Pint Room’s sister spot boasts dozens of beers on tap from all over, and I can’t get enough of the just-crazy-enough PBBJ burger: peanut butter, bacon, and strawberries piled high on a patty.

Gordon Biersch is another crowd-friendly option for suds and spuds. The restaurant has beer flights with a fun twist: you pick 5 mini beers to taste, and your server surprises you by picking out the sixth one. My husband and I both raved about the cheese curd appetizer too – these fried nuggets are dished up with a sprinkle of candied bacon and side of creamy bacon dip for dunking. Definitely ask for extra of this stuff, because you won’t want to share. Other munchies you must order: the bottomless Legendary Garlic Fries, sky-high bread pudding, and the Marzen beer-glazed wings.

More dinner destinations: Buca di Beppo for some seriously huge portions of Italian food, or Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza for pie in every style imaginable.

Additional fun spots for drinks: With a group, Big Bang Piano Dueling Piano Bar always makes for a memorable musical evening, or try the Three Legged Mare for bourbon, whiskey, and Irish pub grub.

Culinary Clue: Looking for a place to park? Many of the Arena District area restaurants offer $3 validated parking for the first two hours when you dine with them. Get maps and details here: https://arenadistrict.com/parking/. Make sure you take the time to stroll around the area as well; there are some gorgeously landscaped nooks and parks hidden in throughout!

Keep Connected,

Caroline

Disclosure: The Arena District invited me to visit some of the restaurants on this list and receive complimentary meals. All opinions contained within are my own.

The Ultimate 2018 Columbus Holiday Gift Guide

During the holiday season, there are few places merrier and brighter than Columbus, Ohio. With so many cool spots to frequent and events to experience in the city, there are a ton of great gift options available for those that call it home.

To help you choose the perfect gift to give friends and family a fun filled authentic Columbus experience, we put together the ultimate guide, filled with ideas for the 2018 holiday season.

Columbus Blue Jackets Holiday Pack

March with us this holiday season and give the perfect gift for the Columbus Blue Jackets fan in your life. Right now, Nationwide Arena is offering an exclusive Holiday Pack that includes two tickets to two games of your choice, plus one limited edition t-shirt from Homage.

 

Tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nationwide Arena

For the music lover in your life, gift them the experience of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play at Nationwide Arena on the day after Christmas! The multi-sensory holiday concert–in its 20th consecutive year of touring–presents guests with world-class music paired with an unforgettable story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. This could be a holiday gift you’ll keep on giving each and every year.

 Arena District Athletic Club Membership

Know someone in Columbus that’ll have a 2019 New Year’s Resolution to focus on their health and fitness? Get them a gift card or membership to the Arena District Athletic Club! This state-of-the-art fitness center in downtown Columbus has everything your friend or family member needs to reach their personal goals. For a limited time, the Arena District Athletic Club is offering a New Year’s special–waiving the $79 initiation fee when you get a 12-month membership.

 

Relaxation & Revitalization from Massage Envy

There’s no better holiday gift than a certificate for a professional massage, and Massage Envy in Columbus’ Grandview Yard certainly knows how to give them! From massages and facials to stretch and skin care treatments, Massage Envy will relinquish stress and help your friends and family feel revitalized. Visit their store to pick up a gift card, or simply purchase one online.

 

Crowlers & Growlers from Hofbrauhaus Columbus

If you have a beer-loving friend or family member, they’ll love the holiday gift of a crowler or growler (or both) from Hofbrauhaus Columbus. Right now, the brewery and restaurant is offering $4 off a 4-pack of crowlers, and throwing in a free holiday tote with the purchase!

You can also gift membership into Hofbrauhaus’ 1589 GROWLER CLUB–which includes a 64-oz. growler and a monthly refill of their favorite Hofbrauhaus beer. Additionally, for every $50 gift card purchase, you’ll receive a fee $10 bonus card to spread that holiday cheer!

Chocolates and Coffees from Winans

One of our more refined holiday gift ideas, Winans–a family company established in the late 1800’s–offers premium chocolates, freshly roasted coffees, delicious wines and tasty teas. The retailer runs a factory and roastery in Ohio, which means just about every product they sell is locally hand-crafted and produced. Residents of Grandview Yard will be in for a treat when Winans opens their newest Columbus location in the neighborhood!

 

Tickets to WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena

Know a wrestling fan in Columbus? Gift them tickets to see the WWE Live Holiday Tour at Nationwide Arena on December 27. They’ll be able to witness superstars like Rhonda Rousey, Seth Rollins and more duke it out for the title of champion.

 

Entry Into the 5th Line 5K Race at Nationwide Arena

Know any runners in Columbus? Register them for the 5th Line 5K on February 9th–a polar race starting and ending on the ice at Nationwide Arena. To add to the holiday gift, all participants receive a voucher good for two tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets game, a long-sleeve race shirt, a finisher’s medal and access to the post-race party.

 

More ways to get into the Holiday spirit with friends & family

 

Harmony Project at Nationwide Arena

Want to spoil your Columbus friend or family member early this holiday season? Get tickets to The Harmony Project’s Concert for US 2018 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, December 6! The concert, which begins at 7:30 PM, will bring together people from all types of backgrounds and age ranges for a night of artistic passion and social purpose. This unique and compelling event is a great gift for the cultured and cause-driven people in your life.

 

Experiencing SantaCon 2018 Columbus

Start December in Columbus off right by gathering some friends and donning Santa, elf and reindeer costumes for SantaCon 2018 on December 7 from 7PM to midnight! This festive event–which is completely free to attend–will take you to several bars throughout the Arena District, where you’ll enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes, a costume contest and more.


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of December 3, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of December 3, 2018:

 

WNCI Jingle Jam

Tuesday, December 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Columbus’ Hit Music station, 97.9 WNCI, is hosting their holiday concert at EXPRESS LIVE! The show features boyband, Why Don’t We, and other hit singers such as Madison Beer, Bryce Vine, Lauv, Round2Crew and Ava Max. The more acts the merrier, check out these talented artists all in one show presented by WNCI on December 4th.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames

Tuesday, December 4 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

In the mood for a cool Tuesday night? Head to Nationwide Arena as the Blue Jackets take on The Calgary Flames. March With Us as we root on the Jackets at home in their bid to claim the top standing in their division.

 

Harmony Project – The Concert for US

Thursday, December 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7:30 PM

Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts and education by joining together to engage in equal harmony. This concert is presented by Kind Columbus in effects to foster creative collaborations to better our community. The show will feature Joshuah Brian Campbell, Momentum Excellence and the Columbus Children’s Choir. Support the Concert for US on December 6th at Nationwide Arena.

 

SantaCon

Friday, December 7 | Arena District | 7 PM

For those counting down the days until Christmas, it’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santa’s, Elves and Reindeer hopping around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus 2018! The free event includes four drink stops (Half Pint, Gordon Biersch, The Big Bang and Three-Legged Mare) featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more.

 

CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side A

Friday, December 7 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

Alternative station, CD102.5 is hosting their holiday concert on Friday, December 7th. The show will be headlined by The Struts and features other acts including Albert Hammond Jr, Just Loud and RADATTACK. Get your jingle bell “rock” on at EXPRESS LIVE!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals

Saturday, December 8 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Get on your Blue Jackets gear and cheer the team on this Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The Columbus Blue Jackets are taking on 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals in a game you won’t want to miss. Puck drops at 7 PM.

 

Post CBJ Show featuring Willie Phoenix

Saturday, December 8 | A&R Music Bar | 8 PM

Willie Phoenix’s career has spanned decades and his passion never stops. Phoenix plays sounds ranging from haunting blues, straight forward rock, garage band noise to psychedelic fusion. He has a special place in his heart for blues and also Columbus! Check him out at A&R Music Bar on December 8th.

 

CD102.5 Holiday Show: Side B

Sunday, December 9 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

CD102.5 is presenting another night of music at EXPRESS LIVE! to celebrate the holiday season. This show will feature Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Shannen Moser and Souther.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Mendocino Floor Plan

Flats on Vine Apartments are located minutes away from the top entertainment and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Mendocino floor plan features everything you need and more! This 2-bed, 2-bathroom includes a spacious living/kitchen area, large closets and private balcony. Flats on Vine Apartments are pet friendly, include a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, in-unit washer/dryer, valet dry cleaning and more!

Schedule a tour of Flat on Vine’s Mendocino unit today!

 

Arena District Giveaway of the Week

CD102.5 Holiday Show Side A and B tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | December 7 & 9

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see CD102.5’s Holiday Show Side A AND Side B at EXPRESS LIVE! Enter now for the chance to win and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too. Two winners will be chosen later this week.

 

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 19, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 19, 2018:

2018 Qfm86 Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club

Friday, November 23| EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 AM

Buckeye fan? Forget standing in long lines–spend your Black Friday with Torg & Elliot from 6 -11AM for Columbus’ biggest maize and blue hating party: Qfm96’s Beat *ichigan Breakfast Club. For $5 you get a breakfast buffet, cold beer, and a chance at over $2,5000 worth of Black Friday prizes! There will be special guests and live iconic rock from Qfm96 house band Red Light Go.

Columbus Hungry Turkey

Saturday, November 24 | Columbus | 9 AM

Gobble, gobble–celebrate Thanksgiving with the Columbus Hungry Turkey! Runners get the option of participating in the 5K or 10K, with both routes passing through the Arena District. Whether you’re running, walking, or just cheering on participants, it will be a fun event supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ad their mission to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time while co-creating communities where everyone thrives.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Friday, November 23| Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

After scooping up some great deals grab a group of friends this Friday and watch the Columbus Blue Jackets face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena. The Leafs are tied for top of their Eastern division right now, so come out and root on the Blue Jackets as they fight to knock them down a peg.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 23 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Finish the night singing out your favorite tunes at Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

SantaCon Columbus 2018

Friday, December 7| Arena District| 7 PM

For those counting down to Santa’s arrival, he’s almost here! Spread your holiday cheer and join hundreds of Santas, Elves and Reindeer as they dash around the Arena District for SantaCon Columbus! The free event will take place on December 7th and include four Arena District stops featuring drink specials, raffle prices, costume contest and more. Get full details here.

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine Apartments | Courtyard Alexander Floor Plan

Flats on Vine is located next to Columbus entertainment venues such as Nationwide Arena and EXPRESS Live! The apartment complex is within the Arena District, offering quick access to top restaurants and entertainment options. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then this apartment is for you.

The one bedroom, two bath, Courtyard Alexander floor plan at Flats on Vine also features a den space and endless amenities. The 1026-1044 square foot space is pet friendly, provides an in-unit washer/dryer, high speed internet, Nationwide security, private terrace and many other perks! The complex features an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, planned social events and more.

Schedule a tour of Flats on Vine’s Courtyard Alexander floor plan today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 12, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 12, 2018:

 

The Get Up Kids Concert

Tuesday, November 13 | A&R Music Bar | 7:30 PM

Forming in 1995, The Get Up Kids rose to fame with hit albums like Four Minute Mile, Something to Write Home About and On A Wire. They influenced bands like Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, and even toured with Green Day and Weezer before becoming headliners themselves. They broke up in 2005, got back together three years later, and have been sporadically making new music ever since. The Get Up Kids are back and better than ever–stopping at A&R Music Bar in Columbus while on their Midwest and East Coast tour.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida Panthers

Thursday, November 15 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Thursday night, cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets as they take on the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets need every W they can get as they vie for the top of the competitive Metropolitan Division. Grab some friends, sit in on the action and wind down the work week with a win at home.

 

Pelotonia Check Celebration

Wednesday, November 7 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

Pelotonia–the annual Columbus bike race/tour that raises money for cancer research–will be announcing their total funds raised this year during a special ceremony at EXPRESS LIVE! this Thursday. With more than 8,500 riders participating for the cause in 2018, this is sure to be an exciting celebration to witness.

 

O.A.R. Concert

Sunday, November 18 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6 PM

You probably remember O.A.R. from their early 2000s mainstream hits like Love and Memories, Lay Down and Shattered (Turn the Car Around). In October, the band released their first single from a new album and are excited to perform new music and fan favorites on their Just Like Paradise Tour. Hitting EXPRESS LIVE! this Sunday, don’t miss the chance to experience this veteran rock band live.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 2 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton G Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The top-floor, move-in-ready Clifton G floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 1-bed, 1-bathroom includes a spacious den and bathroom, enormous closets and a great view of the pool!

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Clifton G unit today!

 

Arena District Giveaway of the Week

Beartooth Concert Tickets | EXPRESS LIVE! | November 17

We’re giving away two tickets to see hardcore punk band Beartooth at EXPRESS LIVE! this Saturday! Enter between Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 for the chance to win, and increase your chances by getting your friends to enter, too.

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Tips for Hosting a Great Friendsgiving

November is a time for getting together and giving thanks. While Thanksgiving is typically spent with family, there’s another group in your life to be thankful for: your friends.

Friendsgiving is a fun-filled tradition that brings friends together to celebrate Thanksgiving, hence the name “Friendsgiving.” The get together is popular amongst millennials, with 52% picking up on the tradition.

Give thanks to your special group of friends by hosting your own Friendsgiving. Here are some tips on how to make it so great, your friends will be begging you to host again next year:

 

Make Your Space Photo-Worthy

Nothing puts people in the spirit like decorations. Provide fun photo ops like a backdrop and personalized touches your friends will want to share. Are you inviting friends from different groups that might not have met yet? Create personalized and color themed place settings and mix up normal seat preferences to create a more inclusive atmosphere. It will help friends that don’t know a lot of people feel more engaged and welcome. Add in a show-stopping centerpiece as your central statement.

Have your decorations go beyond the dinner table. Filling the room with colorful leaves, fall scented candles, and other autumn inspired décor can set the Thanksgiving mood.

Dr. Sally Augustin notes that warm-colored lights from candles or warmer bulbs put us in a more positive mood, which is good for getting along with others. Our sensory system associates this lighting to a campfire and can also remind us of autumn.

 

Keep Your Eye on the Pies

Cooking and positive experiences are what Friendsgiving is all about! Show off your inner chef by whipping up grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe, or even a simple recipe from the web: anything you know your friends will enjoy. Be conscious of your friends’ preferences, and keep in mind any dietary restrictions. It’s important for everyone to feel welcomed and accommodated.

Hosting may seem overwhelming, so invite your friends to join the fun by passing a dish. This can give your friends a chance to feel involved and also help you save on costs. People have different traditions, so it can be interesting to see what everyone brings to the table-literally!

However, remember to communicate what people are bringing beforehand to make sure you don’t have too many of the same dish. Assemble a quick Excel doc, Google Sheet or group text for more efficient communication. Some suggested staple items include turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, casserole, and of course, pie. A fun way to mix it up is by asking a couple friends to suggest a fun fall themed drink – we love this recipe for an Apple Cider Mimosa.

If you’re hosting a Friendsgiving in Columbus, you can make Thanksgiving shopping a snap with curbside express at Giant Eagle Market District. Curbside pickup is absolutely free, and apartment/home delivery is available next day for $5.95, and same day for $9.95!

 

Entertain Your Friends

As crazy schedules pause for Thanksgiving, this may be a rare time for everyone to get together. Due to the special occasion, it’s important to keep everyone entertained. Bust out the old board games or try coming up with your own, like this  Thanksgiving Bingo.

Overall, be thankful for these friendships. Remind each other of how much they mean to you. This can be done in the form of a toast or a space for guests to write what they are thankful for–such as a wall or placemat.

Although the food and fun are nice, it’s important to truly appreciate those around you and to savor these special moments.

Cheers to your first Friendsgiving and to making memories in your downtown Columbus apartment!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of November 5, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of November 5, 2018:

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 6 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

On Tuesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets will challenge the claim that everything is bigger in Texas, as they face off against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena. With a fierce battle for first in the Metropolitan Division, the Jackets will have to string together a few more wins. Some help at home from you, your friends and a roaring crowd might sway the odds in our favor.

 

Fleetwood Mac Concert

Wednesday, November 7 | Nationwide Arena | 6 PM

You may know this legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band from hit albums like Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979). Now, Fleetwood Mac is stopping at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus on their 2018-19 North American tour. Don’t miss the chance to experience the rich musical stylings of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and John and Christine McVie.

Parks Edge Condominiums Model Grand Opening

Thursday, November 8 | Parks Edge | 5 – 7 PM

Are you interested in purchasing a home in downtown Columbus? Parks Edge Condominiums is the perfect spot. Located near the North Bank Park in the Arena District, residents are in close proximity to the excitement of the city. They also receive amenities like a rooftop pool and hot tub, sun deck and covered kitchen, a social room with fireplace, bar and kitchen, guest suite, fitness center and more. Join us on Thursday, November 8 to enjoy drinks and hors d’oevres as you take in breathtaking city views from our stunning model.

 

Excesss Karaoke

Friday, November 9 | The Three-Legged Mare | 10 PM

Got a song in your head that you need to belt out on stage? Sing it during Excesss Karaoke Night, every Friday from 10 PM – 2 AM at The Three-Legged Mare–located in the heart of the Arena District! Celebrate the end of the work week with this fun weekly tradition. And if you need some liquid courage, the event is presented by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you’ll receive an additional $1 off any of their beers!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers

Saturday, November 10 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Weekend hockey returns to downtown Columbus as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the New York Rangers in what will be a key divisional matchup. With the game starting at 7, you’ll have plenty of time to grab a drink (or two) at R Bar and a delicious meal at Boston’s, or one of the many other great bars and restaurants in the Arena District.

 

Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair

Saturday, November 10 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | 11 AM – 7 PM

Do you geek out on all things DIY? Are you a fan of locally made artisan goods? Then you’ll love the Craftin’ Outlaws Alternative Craft Fair, held this Saturday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Since 2005, this local Ohio event has featured hundreds of original artists, designers and crafters selling hip handmade wares to people searching for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. Find yours this weekend!

 

Tenacious D Concert

Saturday, November 10 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

Whether you’re a fan of sports, art or music, there’s something for everyone in downtown Columbus this Saturday! For audiophiles, comedy rock duo Tenacious D–which features actor and comedian Jack Black and his partner Kyle Gass–will perform their epic hits and new album favorites at EXPRESS LIVE! The show is sure to be packed with head-bangers, laughs and non-stop entertainment–don’t miss out!

 

Arena District Apartment of the Week 

Flats on Vine | Marin Deluxe Floor Plan

Looking for a conveniently located downtown Columbus apartment with lots of space and high-quality amenities? Flats on Vine will meet all your requirements and more. Located in the Arena District, this complex is apartment living at its very finest.

The Marin Deluxe floor plan is luxury in a small package. At 517 square feet, this unit packs in everything you need for finer living–including an in-unit washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, gorgeous city views and more.

Schedule a tour of Flats II’s Marin Deluxe unit today!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 15, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 15, 2018:

 

The Three-Legged Mare: Weekly Happy Hour Trivia

Wednesday, October 17 | Three-Legged Mare | 5:30-7:30 PM

Come have a nice cold drink, and play some trivia at The Mare every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM! This buzzer-style trivia is sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company, so you can enjoy Magic Hat drafts & bottles will be $1.00 less than normal pricing! Come out to play – remember, it’s always free to play, and there are prizes for the winners!

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, October 18 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets get to enjoy two Arena District home games this week, starting with a divisional matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday! Grab a few friends and catch the action live as the Jackets continue their hot start to the season.

 


Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 18 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

 

Phil Collins at Nationwide Arena

Friday, October 19 | Nationwide Arena | 8 PM

Remember Phil Collins? The talented singer who delivered global smash hits like ‘In the Air Tonight’ and ‘Another Day in Paradise’ in the 1980s? Well, he’s still alive and kicking, and he’s proving it when he brings his Not Dead Yet, Live! tour to Nationwide Arena this Friday. Watch this living legend perform recognizable favorites alongside his 16-year-old son Nicolas on drums, longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer and more.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Saturday, October 20 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Can’t make the Thursday game (or trying to continue the streak)? The Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena on Saturday to face off against the lean, mean Chicago Blackhawks. Don’t miss the clash of these two storied Midwest teams.

 

 

Brews, Boo’z, and Books Charity Book Drive

Saturday, October 20 | Big Bang | 6:30-8:00 PM

This Saturday is Big Bang Columbus’ Second Annual Brews, Boo’z, and Books Charity Drive! Bring children’s books to donate to the Nationwide Children’s Foundation – Reach Out and Read Program for discounted admission. This event will feature all your favorite local brews and delicious whiskeys and bourbons for one incredible evening. Guests will enjoy a one on one tasting event and mixology class, all while drinking for a great cause!  This event is 21+, admission details here.

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon

Sunday, October 21 | North Bank Park | 7:30 AM

With its crisp breeze and scenic landscape, there’s no better time than fall to run a race–the Columbus Marathon and Half-Marathon, to be exact. Since partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital seven years ago, the marathon has raised $7 million for the organization. Whether you’re looking to participate in the race this Sunday or simply donate your time or money, this is a fun way to get involved with a great cause!

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Arena Crossing Apartments | Clifton C Floor Plan

Arena Crossing Apartments is located minutes away from the top entertaining and food destinations in downtown Columbus. If you’re looking to get the best city experience possible, then living here is a no-brainer.

The Clifton C floor plan at Arena Crossing Apartments features everything you need and more! This 1-bed, 1-bathroom features a charming layout, modern finishes, closet washer/dryer and amazing views of the Arena District.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing Apartment’s Clifton C unit today!

 

Contest of the Week

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!

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Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of October 1, 2018

There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of October 1, 2018:

Columbus Blue Jackets Plaza Party

Friday, October 5 | Nationwide Arena | 3 PM

Kick off the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 2018-19 season in style! This Friday– before they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their home opener–the team is inviting fans to be part of their Opening Night Plaza Party, presented by Nationwide.

Held at the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena, the afternoon’s main event –  a “blue carpet” arrival of the Blue Jackets, and the opportunity to welcome your favorite players as they prepare to face the Carolina Hurricanes!

Other highlights of this free event (tickets to the game are not required to attend) include music, food, drinks, games, prizes, live radio/TV broadcasts and more. Don’t miss it!

Still don’t have tickets for the home opener? Don’t worry, you can be a part of the 5th line on opening night! Click here to get tickets now.

 

NF – Perception Tour at EXPRESS LIVE!

Tuesday, October 2 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 6:30 PM

Treat your ears to the unique musical stylings of hip-hop artist NF as he performs songs from his critically acclaimed third album, Perception, tomorrow night at EXPRESS LIVE!’s outdoor stage. Known for his highly emotional rap tunes, NF fans are guaranteed to enjoy this evening of hot fire.

The Revivalists at EXPRESS LIVE!

Wednesday, October 3 | EXPRESS LIVE! | 7 PM

If hip-hop isn’t your style, EXPRESS LIVE! is hosting 7-piece rock band The Revivalists this Wednesday. Hailing from New Orleans, The Revivalists’ music has been described as “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee”. The night will surely to be music to your ears!

 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at EXPRESS LIVE!

Thursday, October 4 | EXPRESS LIVE! 7 PM

Three nights, three diverse live music acts in downtown Columbus! On Thursday, folk, Americana and vintage R&B will be on full display as Denver-based Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats perform their long list of hits on the outdoor stage at EXPRESS LIVE!

 

Watch the Blue Jackets Season Opener at R Bar

Thursday, October 4 | R Bar | 6:30 PM

Where are you watching the Columbus Blue Jackets season opener? At home? At a friend’s house? How about at a bar in the Arena District with former Blue Jackets players? That’s right, on Thursday, R Bar will be hosting CBJ alumni Fredrik Modin and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre for a special watch party! Enjoy drink specials, giveaways, and the company of former NHL stars as you watch the Jackets take on the Red Wings.

 

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, October 4 | Nationwide Arena | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Visit the plaza in front of Nationwide Arena this Thursday for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

 

Apartment Highlight

Arena Crossing Apartments | The Madison

Make home where the action is! Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Arena Crossing is the perfect apartment building for luxurious downtown living.

The Madison at Arena Crossing is a 1,153 square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom floor plan featuring a view-laden private balcony or terrace, modern appliances and beautiful hardwood flooring. Residents also receive access to the amenities of Arena Crossing–including a private parking garage, rooftop pool, Resident VIP membership and much more.

Schedule a tour of Arena Crossing’s Madison unit today!

 

Contest of the Week

HighBall Halloween 2018 | Short North Arts District | October 26-27

Want to win tickets to one of the country’s most elaborate Halloween costume parties? Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to attend HighBall Halloween 2018 in downtown Columbus!


Columbus Arena District Digest | Week of September 24, 2018

Find fun things to do in the downtown Columbus Arena District for the week of September 24, 2018.

 

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There are tons of exciting events and things to do in downtown Columbus’ Arena District. From sporting events and concerts at Nationwide Arena to community gatherings and family-friendly festivals, each week welcomes a wide variety of experiences.

With so much going on in the Arena District, deciding what to do and where to go can lead to information overload. To help you narrow down your choices, we’re offering the inside scoop on the top upcoming events in downtown Columbus each week.

Here is your Columbus Arena District Digest for the week of September 24, 2018:

Farmer’s Market on the Plaza

Thursday, September 27 | Arena District | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

Finding fresh Ohio grown fruits and vegetables is easier than you think. Each Thursday visit Battelle plaza outside of Nationwide Arena for the Nationwide-Pearl Alley Growers’ Association Farmers Market! Stop by this free weekly event and bring home delicious fruit, vegetables, honey and more–all fresh and locally produced.

Columbus Blue Jackets Last Preseason Home Game

Friday, September 28 | Nationwide Arena | 7 PM

Hey, 5th line—will you be there this Friday for CBJ’s last home preseason game? The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Pittsburgh Penguinsat Nationwide Arena on Friday at 7 PM.. Coming off back-to-back winning seasons, the team is hoping to raise the bar even higher in their 2018-19 season. Join your fellow CBJ fans and grab a drink before the game at your favorite Arena District restaurant.

Want in on the action all season long? Visit BlueJackets.com for all the big games this season including Opening Night and matchups against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and more.

Cautious Clay Concert

Saturday, September 29 | A&R Music Bar | 7 PM

Cautious Clay, the talented Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, is bringing his unique blend of pop, soul and electronica to A&R Music Bar in the downtown Columbus Arena District this Saturday.

PurpleStride Columbus 

PurpleStride–one of the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network–will be hosting their 2018 Columbus walk this Sunday at McFerson Commons . Participate and become part of a vibrant network of survivors, impacted families, researchers and advocates committed to finding a cure for this deadly disease.

Sunday, September 30 | McFerson Commons | 10 AM

Arena District Apartment of the Week

Flats on Vine | Napa Floor Plan

Live within walking distance of the action. Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Flats on Vine is the perfect place to call home and enjoy a downtown urban lifestyle.

Move-in ready, the Napa floor plan features hardwood flooring, floor-to-ceiling window options, an island kitchen with ample storage space, a large walk-in master closet, spacious bathroom with built-in shelving and his/her sinks and much more.

Schedule a tour of this 724 square-foot, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment unit today!

Contest of the Week

Express Live | Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | October 4th

Enter to win two free tickets to see Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats at Express Live, October 4th at 7pm. Head over to the Arena District Living Facebook page for a chance to win something fun!