Picnic with the Pops photo by Randall L. Sheiber

Star-Studded Lineup Of The 2017 Nationwide Picnic With The Pops Announced

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra announced the lineup for their iconic outdoor summer concert series. Tickets go on sale today for both the Nationwide Picnic With The Pops and the Popcorn Pops concerts. Take my advice: you better get your tickets now. Common and Three Dog Night will be in Columbus to perform with the symphony.

Yes, you read that correctly. Common, the Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe–winning rapper, actor, film producer, activist, and poet will be performing songs from his new album “Black America Again” on July 15.

To add to this stellar season, music icons and Grammy-nominated rock band Three Dog Night will take the stage on July 22. They’re set to jam out to some of the band’s biggest hits like “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One.”

All of the summer concert series shows take place at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons. Picnic with the Pops concerts begin at 8 p.m. and the gates open at 6 p.m. General admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-14, and kiddos under 2-years-old are free.

The symphony’s Popcorn Pops concerts begin at 7 p.m. and the gates will open at 5:30 p.m. But get there early! There will be pre-concert activities from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and you don’t want to miss out on the face painting, arts and crafts, and the inflatables in the family fun zone. Tickets are just $10 for adults and kids. Again, children under 2-years-old get in free of charge.

Patrons can pack a picnic for both Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops, or grab food from on-site vendors. For Picnic with the Pops, and Picnic with the Pops alone, concert-goers may bring their own beer and wine to the show.

If you’re not excited enough as it is, just wait until you see the rest of the concert lineup below. The 2017 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops are going to rock.

Picnic with the Pops

  • A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince: Saturday, June 17
  • Beethoven’s 9th Symphony: Friday, June 23
  • Beethoven V. Coldplay: Saturday, June 24
  • Patriotic Pops featuring Harmony Project: Saturday, July 1
  • Remember When Rock Was Young: Saturday, July 8
  • A Symphonic Night of Hip Hop featuring Common: Saturday, July 15
  • Three Dog Night: Saturday, July 22
  • The Ohio State University Marching Band: Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29
  • Popcorn Pops

  • Patriotic Popcorn: Friday, June 30
  • We’ve Got Rythm: Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29
  • To purchase tickets online visit PicnicWithThePops.com or Ticketmaster.

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