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You’ll want POPcorn for this rockin’ outdoor concert series

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The Columbus Symphony just dropped their lineups for Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops: a sure sign that summer is right around the corner.

These popular outdoor concerts range in genre from classic rock, to Motown, to patriotic favorites, and, of course, a performance from TBDBITL. Columbus Commons will be your weekend destination for quality live entertainment all season long.

“I’m excited to share this wonderful summer of music with Columbus, and remember, singing and dancing are encouraged!” stated CSO Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.

2019 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops

Kool and the Gang
Friday, June 14

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

This two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B/funk supergroup performs their iconic hits such as “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Get Down on It,” “Jungle Boogie,” and more.

Jefferson Starship
Saturday, June 15

Featuring original members David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin, this legendary American rock band performs from its catalog of more than 20 hit singles including “Jane,” “Miracles,” “Find Your Way Back,” and “We Built This City.”

The Music of Pink Floyd
Saturday, June 22

Performed with a full rock band fronted by vocalist Randy Jackson, this tribute captures the ethereal flow of Pink Floyd’s music in a concert that features megahits such as “Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb,” and selections from The Wall.

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Patriotic Pops
Saturday, June 29

Enjoy an evening of traditional patriotic favorites and American Top 40 hits topped off with a brilliant fireworks display!

Latin Explosion featuring Tito Puente Jr. and Jon Secada
Saturday, July 6

Tito Puente Jr. crosses cultures and generations with a high-voltage celebration of his legendary father, “The King of Latin Music” Tito Puente, including mambo and Latin jazz hits “Ran Kan Kan,” “Mambo Gozón,” and “Oye Como Va.” International crossover artist Jon Secada has sold more than 20 million albums and won three Grammy Awards with his soulful and melodic voice, scoring hits like “Angel,” “I’m Free,” “Do You Believe in Us,” and “If You Go.”

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
Saturday, July 13

One of the most recognizable voices in the music world today, Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and performs their greatest hits including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” and many more.

The Spinners
Saturday, July 20

Up-tempo R&B and precision choreography define every performance of The Spinners as they perform hits from their more than six-decade-long career, including “The Rubberband Man,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “Games People Play,” and “One of a Kind (Love Affair).”

The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27

Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!

Ticketing and Information

General admission lawn tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

A group discount is available for parties of 15 or more. Call 614-469-0939 (ext. 2) for more information.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.T

Tables of 8 or 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $360-$850 per table. Catering for the table is available at the discretion of the purchaser. Single table seats are also available and can be purchased in any quantity. Prices start at $50 per seat, and catering is not available. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614-469-0939 or visitwww.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. For Picnic concerts only, patrons are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on-site.

2019 Nationwide Popcorn Pops

Sing, dance, and monkey around with the Columbus Symphony at two special family concerts recommended for children ages 3-12. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.

Dance Party
Friday, June 21

The Columbus Symphony invites families to come ready to dance as they perform classical songs that will make you want to shake, rattle, and roll.

Movies & Maracas
Friday, July 19

Enjoy songs from your favorite family films including Star Wars, Frozen, the Harry Potter series, and more. The first 500 kids will receive a maraca to play along with the symphony.

Ticketing and Information

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children aged 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the show, by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert activities will be available from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Concerts begin at 7 pm and run for approximately one hour. No intermission.

Patrons may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages or purchase from on-site vendors.

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Want to get away? Southwest making it cheap

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Southwest Airlines is hoping that enough of you are close to feeling safe to leave the house for more than a trip to the grocery store. In a bid to jumpstart their flagging business, Southwest has announced some pretty steep ticket discounts - as low as $49 each way to a host of cities departing from Columbus.

Flights must be booked at least 14 days in advance and travel must happen between May 26 and August 31. Most expect Ohio's 14-day travel quarantine rule to expire by August but be sure to take that into account if you decide to hop on a plane.

Some of the cities and deals we have imagined for you include:

A long weekend in Atlanta: $118 per person roundtrip from Friday, Aug 14 - Sunday the 16th. Keep in mind, it's about 100 degrees in ATL this time of year so be sure to have access to a body of water if you go.

A patriotic, weekend protest in Washington DC: $98 per person roundtrip, 4th of July weekend. See the sights (if they're open to the public) and stand somewhere with a sign with whatever outrage you have in mind.

A long 4th of July beach weekend in Ft. Lauderdale: $198 per person roundtrip from July 3-6 and you can stay at this cute Airbnb apartment that's just one block from the beach for $88/night.

Vegas baby! You're going to have to forget the weekends if you want the great flight deal. But we found August 5-7 available for $198 a person. Plus you can get into the Bellagio for $139 /night right now as an added bonus. Two nights of debauchery, a little gambling and some of the best restaurants in America. What could go wrong?

Of course, traveling may be risky business for some people and this all assumes the respective cities and attractions re-open and are relatively safe. But if you just need to get away, it's probably never been cheaper.

See other flight options here.

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¡Ándale, check out these 12 Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

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It's hard to imagine a Cinco de Mayo without the traditional tequila-induced hangover. Even though you may not be able to sip those margaritas on a sunny patio or at the bar, local restaurants have figured out a way to help you celebrate at home - margaritas included. Here's the not-so-skinny on living out your tequila and enchilada-fueled dreams.

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In order to bring a bit of normalcy back, we've teamed up with @hornitostequila and @daiquiri_daze_popup to open our doors back up for the day and serve a limited offering of some of the faves for Cinco de Mayo. Offerings include but are not limited to our basic-cable famous salsas and Columbus' most missed margs. A party pack for four will include a Spotify playlist and that good Cosecha pebble ice that MIGHT JUST help to make you feel like you're celebrating on our patio. Online pre-orders will start sometime tomorrow at www.toasttab.com/cosecha-cocina/v3 and go to the day of. Walk-in’s are also welcome! Stay safe Columbus. We miss you dearly. Thank you so, so much for your continued support and we'll see you on the other side. Offerings: • Margaritas - Single (Comes with Salt, Lime, and Pebble Ice) - Traditional - Hornitos Reposado, Dry Curacao, Fresh Lime, Agave $8 - Next Episode - Hornitos SIlver, Dry Curacao, Hibiscus, Habanero, Lime $8 • Chips and Salsas $4 Koki's Chips, Roasted Tomato and Mint and Tomatillo-Avocado salsas Single/Extra Salsa $2 • Sage Margarita Jell-O Shot $2 • Cinco De Mayo Pack for 4 $40 (4) Margaritas of your choice, (2) Orders Chips and Salsas, (4) Jello-O Shots, Spotify Playlist, Ice, Limes, Salt, Super Cool Cactus Decanter • Chicken Tinga Taco Kit for 2 $20 (Pre-Order Only) Chicken Braised in Mild Red Chillies, Corn Tortillas, Avocado Salsa, Pickled Red Onion

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Are you ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This year our Fiesta is at your house with our 5 de Mayo Fiesta Combo 🇲🇽 You can get a combo for 2 or 4 Amigos! Each Amigo gets: • One Queso or Guacamole with fresh chips and Salsa 🧀 🥑 • Three Tacos of your choice (Shredded chicken, ground beef, or Al Pastor)🌮 • Two Lime or Flavored Margaritas We will be also dropping some 5 de Mayo T-Shirts inside some orders as a gift! But you can support our team by purchasing one for $10! *Promo available on 5/5/20 all day. Pick up only • • #eat614 #columbusfoodie #columbusfoodscene #topcolumbusrestaurants #614magazine #614eats #buckeyes #happyhour #mexicanfood #margarita #girlsnightout #tacos #guac #collegegirls #collegelife #restaurant #margarita #asseenincolumbus #college #campus #columbusfoodscene #columbusohio #osugrad #ohiostate #socialdistancing #quarantine #quarantinelife #cincodemayo #togetherasbuckeyes #osugrad

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Flanagan’s has your Saturday night covered with unique drive-in concert

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With the usual slate of summer festivals and events cancelled due to the pandemic, we're going to have to get creative if we want to have any fun at all in the weeks to come. In that spirit, the team at Flanagan's Pub in Blacklick is hosting a special drive-in concert this Saturday, May 2, that offers a good time from the relative safety of your own vehicle.

Described as "Sonic, meets drive in movie, meets live concert" on the Flanagan's Facebook page, this special event running from 6PM-9PM on Flanagan's north lawn will feature live music from artist Brad Moore, with full service carry-out food from the pub also available.

Upon arrival, drivers will directed to the field north of Flanagan's parking lot. Attendants will be on hand aid with parking, and to ensure that a proper space is left between vehicles to promote social distancing. From there, servers wearing gloves and masks will deliver a single use menus to each vehicle and handle all carryout orders. Then, it's just a matter of kicking back to enjoy the show (but please take note: Flanagan's requests that all guests at this event remain in their vehicle at all times).

To aid in parking when you arrive, Flanagan's has produced this handy map:

Flanagan's is located at 3001 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd in Blacklick. For more information, visit Flanagan's on Facebook, or reach them by phone at (614) 855-7472.

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