Recovering from all of that holiday spending? We’ve got a list of eight of the best free, recurring events around the city. Leave the wallet at home and have a great time!
Jazz Wednesday @Brothers Drake Meadery
26 E 5th Ave, Columbus
Brothers Drake offers live jazz performances every Wednesday with no cover! Rotating performers every week and, as always, sweet sweet mead on tap at all times.
Tuesday Night Bluegrass @Dick’s Den
2417 N High St, Columbus
Everyone knows Dick’s Den for their awesome jazz, but did you know they also have some toe-tapping, swing-your-partner-round-and-round Bluegrass music every Tuesday night. Dick’s Den. Because why not?
Tuesday Night Magic @P3 Theater
2575 N High St, Columbus
P3 hosts Tuesday Night Magic, where the best magicians in the world come to Columbus to showcase their skills, for FREE. Complimentary snacks and adult beverages included. Don’t forget to tip your bartender!
Free Sundays @Columbus Museum of Art
480 E Broad St, Columbus
Tired of another lazy Sunday? Head over to The Columbus Museum of Art, where they offer free admission every Sunday. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly activity or if you just want to check out some beautiful art, there’s something for everyone.
Acoustic Open Mic Wednesdays @Shrunken Head
251 W 5th Ave, Columbus
When you hear “open mic night,” you may picture your drunk college roommate singing Destiny’s Child. But at Shrunken Head’s open mic night, they bring in only the best local musicians to wow you with their acoustic skills. It’s like a free music variety show with reasonably-priced drinks.
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Everybody’s a Comedian Wednesdays @Little Rock Bar
944 N 4th St, Columbus
It’s a pretty simple premise: instead of actual questions and answers, you’ll provide the funny/smart a** answers to vague questions, with free beer and bragging rights going to the winner. Hosted by former (614) Magazine Editor-in-Chief Travis Hoewischer. It’s like that time you wrote something sarcastic at pub trivia because you didn’t know the answer—except in this case, you do that all night. -Everybody’s a Comedian Facebook
Free Pizza Mondays @High Beck Tavern
564 S High St, Columbus
Now, you actually have to purchase a drink to qualify for free pizza on Mondays at High Beck, but it’s well worth it. Unlimited pizza, tons of topping options, great atmosphere. There’s really only one place to be on a Monday evening and that’s High Beck.
Sad Boyz @Skully’s Music-Diner
1151 N High St, Columbus
On the last Wednesday of each month, all the emo kids and 80s and 90s babies turn out to Skully’s for a little something they like to call Sad Boyz. This emo, pop punk, screamo, and alternative dance party is powered by PBR deals and angsty tears. Always free before 10pm
Did we miss your favorite free, reoccurring event? Comment below!
Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness
Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!
A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world.
“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19.
OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!
Masai Giraffe Calf
“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”
Sea lion Pup
“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”
Two Red Panda Cubs
“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”
Siamang (Gibbon) baby
“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”
Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.
City council aims to give youth opportunities this summer
Walking down Weber Rd. toward I-71 this week, something was happening that most probably thought wouldn’t for at least another year: a group of kids playing basketball and being mentored by adults.
With the 2019-20 school year canceled, children have been confined to home, with most basketball hoops being boarded up. Summer camps were postponed and parents were starting to wonder, “What am I going to do with all of this bottled-up, youthful energy that’s been bouncing against my walls for the past few months?”
That answer was partially given on June 15, when Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced legislation to provide funds to programs for Columbus youth. The $2 million in grants was supported by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.
“Providing a safe place for our kids to learn and grow during the summer is vital for them and for working parents everywhere, and Columbus children deserve every opportunity to access enriching services that connect them to nature, wellness, and creativity,” Brown said in a press release.
In mid-June, the Columbus Recreation and Parks opened a select number of programming and camps with adjusted group sizes and increased safety protocols. With funds from the CARES Act, Columbus can expect to see more opportunities arise over the next couple of months.
To find a full updated list of programs that the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will be offering this summer, click here.
Where to get your Red, White & BOOM on this July 4th
It was a bummer to hear that Red, White & BOOM would be canceled and changed to a virtual format for 2020. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in a somewhat traditional sense. Even with one of the biggest fireworks celebrations put on hold, there’s still plenty to do around Columbus, fireworks or no fireworks.
We here at (614) know that given the modern-day circumstances, people have the choice to celebrate in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Below you can find three ways to celebrate–Local 4th of July events; Red, White & BOOM alternatives; and places where you can legally celebrate yourself.
THINGS TO DO ON JULY 4TH
Fourth of July Fireworks
When: July 4 at 10 p.m.
Where: Watch from home
When: July 4
Where: Watch from home
Fourth of July Activities
When: Various start times
Where: Dublin neighborhoods
When: June 26 through July 4
Where: Any Dublin pond
Fourth of July Parades
When: July 4 at 6 until 9 p.m.
Where: Your front yard
When: July 4 at noon
Where: Northbridge Ln., Columbus, OH 43235
When: July 4 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Where: Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054
Other Fourth of July Events
When: July 3 from 6 until 11 p.m.
Where: Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065
HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH RED, WHITE & BOOM
Red, White & BOOM was gearing up for its 40th anniversary before COVID-19 shut the mass gathering down. However, the beloved Columbus fireworks show will be hosting a virtual event over the first four days of July. The virtual campaign will air on NBC4.
Here are some of the events that will take place:
- Highlighting the best Red, White & BOOM stories
- Stories from local veterans inducted into the Ford Oval of Honor
- Broadcasting the best Red, White & BOOM fireworks over the show’s 39-year history
- Looking back on the tradition of parades honoring veterans
HOW TO TAKE CELEBRATING INTO YOUR OWN HANDS
We here at (614) also know that setting off fireworks yourself is illegal. We also know that buying them within the state is legal (OK?).
So here is a list of places around Columbus you can buy fireworks from. What you do from there is up to you, but we advise you to stay within the law:
- Phantom Fireworks of Kirkersville – 10442 Baltimore Rd SW, Millersport, OH 43046
- Phantom Fireworks of Bloomingburg – 12973 OH-38 NE, Bloomingburg, OH 43106
- Hamburg Fireworks Display Inc. – 2240 Hornsmill Rd SE, Lancaster, OH 43130
- Prism Fireworks – 400 State Rt. 61, Marengo, OH 43334
- Chillicothe Fireworks – 2068 Hospital Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601
- J&G Fireworks – 10682 Camp Ohio Rd #9717, Utica, OH 43080
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