The Arnold Sports Festival
When: March 3-6
Where: Columbus Convention Center
How Much: $25 and up
Billed as the largest series of multi-sport festivals in the world, the Arnold features 20,000 athletes hailing from 80 different countries participating in more than 60 different events. The results? A truly eclectic, and totally massive, weekend that’s solidified itself as an icon of Columbus.
Ascalon Sword Festival
When: March 11-13
Where: Ohio Expo Center (Kasich Hall)
How Much: Free
We’re just going to say it: Sword fights are pretty cool. At the first-ever Ascalon Sword Festival (formerly part of The Arnold), you can live out your swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy, take in some olympic-level competition, or even just try out fencing for yourself. Just be careful, we’ve heard those things are pretty sharp.
When: March 12
Where: The Bluestone
How Much: $29.99
The Bluestone is going back to the disco era for one night only, and we’re all invited. Not only is the venue itself getting a disco makeover, participants are encouraged to come in costume as well, for what The Bluestone is calling a “multi-generational party.” Make sure to act fast, though, as only 800 total tickets are available.
Ohio Vintage Fest
When: March 12
Where: Ohio Expo Center (Rhodes Hall)
How Much: $5
The very first Ohio Vintage Fest was held late last year, and to wide acclaim. So much so that event organizers decided to run it back for a second iteration, less than six months after the original kicked off. Visitors will be able to check out 70 different vintage clothing vendors from across the Midwest.
Henry Rollins, Good to See You Tour
When: March 14
Where: Southern Theatre
How Much: $37
Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is coming to town, and interestingly enough it’s not to perform music. On his Good to See You Tour, the infamous punk icon will opt for the spoken word, recounting strange and fascinating events from his life. Because, you know, when Henry Rollins has a story, you should probably listen.
Alton Brown Band
When: March 18
Where: Palace Theater
How Much: $32-85
The longtime Food Network personality Alton Brown is coming to Columbus this month with a fascinating grab-bag of a performance in tow. Not only will Brown be performing live music with his band, the evening will also include unusual cooking demos, comedy, and “potentially dangerous science stuff.”
When: March 23
Where: Newport Music Hall
How Much: $30-65
Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin and Geologist are at it again, this time on the heels of their brand-new album Time Skiffs (released Feb. 4). The experimental indie stalwarts are always good for a fantastic show, and who knows, they might even do a live version of “My Girls” if you’re lucky.
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