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From Elton John and Journey to a cherry blossom festival, here are our top picks for April events

From Elton John and Journey to a cherry blossom festival, here are our top picks for April events

Jack McLaughlin

Columbus Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 2-10

Where: Franklin Park 

How Much: Free

The City of Columbus was gifted 20 cherry trees from Japan for its 2012 bicentennial, and over 80 more cherry trees were added to Franklin Park in 2018 and 2020. Now, the city is putting them on display. 

Appalachia in Focus

When: Daily until April 10 

Where: Denison University (Burke Hall)

How Much: Free

There’s just something about Appalachia as a region that elicits intrigue. If—like us—you’re always trying to learn more about the unique region and its culture (which extends into Southern Ohio), consider checking out this free exhibit at Denison University highlighting the area’s activists, artists, and intellectuals. 

alt-J & Portugal. The Man

When: April 9

Where: The Schottenstein Center

How much: $29-79

A pair of popular indie acts are hitting the Schott, and you won’t want to miss out. Portugal. The Man is joining headlining act alt-J, alongside special guest Cherry Glazerr. The show kicks off at 7 p.m.


Elton John

When: April 12

Where: The Schottenstein Center

How Much: $118 and up

Originally scheduled to perform in April of 2020, Elton John is returning to Columbus after a show that’s been nearly two years in the making, and we’re ready for it. Known for global mega-hits like “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” (not to mention “The Lion King” soundtrack), Elton John is visiting Cbus as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. 

Gus Johnson

When: April 12

Where: KEMBA Live!

How much: $39.50

He may not be a household name just yet, but Gus Johnson is hilarious. The Wisconsin native who launched his comedy career on YouTube will be performing as part of his Here I Come Tour, and you won’t want to miss out. This event will require guests to provide proof of vaccination.

Winter Beerfest

When: April 15-16

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

How much: $50-95

Originally billed for this winter, this massive craft beer tasting event was pushed back to the spring, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited about it. This year’s Winter Beerfest will feature fun and interesting pours from more than 130 different breweries.

Alley Islands

When: April 16

Where: 162 N. 6th St.

How much: $10

Alley Islands, a community street festival held in the city’s Discovery District, is putting on a show this year. Literally. The all-day event will feature live music across two stages, in addition to drinks, food trucks, and more.


When: April 30

Where: The Schottenstein Center

How much: $65 and up

If you’re a smalltown boy born and raised in South Detroit, or even if you’re not, Journey is coming to Columbus this month for all of your arena-rock needs. The band behind the omnipresent hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” is performing as part of their Freedom Tour 2022 and will share the stage with Toto.

Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new April issue here!

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