The 2018 Picnic With The Pops Lineup Is Here

There’s nothing quite like a warm night under the stars with great music.

The Columbus Symphony has announced their 2018 season lineup for Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops. For Nationwide Picnic with the Pops, general admission lawn tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show.

If you’re bringing the kiddos, lawn seats are $10 for children aged 3-12 and free for kids 2 and under. You can buy your tickets here. Guests can bring their own food and drinks or purchase from the vendors on-site. For Picnic with the Pops, guests can even bring their own beer and wine.

Photo By Randall L. Shieber via Columbus Symphony

When it comes to Popcorn Pops, it’s all about the family! Tickets for these concerts are $10 for both children and adults. Popcorn Pops is recommended for kids from ages 3-12. They can enjoy free popcorn, face painting, art projects, and more. There will also be the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities for the kids.

Tickets can be purchased online here or at the gate on the day of the show. You can bring food to this one, but non-alcoholic beverages only.


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.

Little River Band | Saturday, June 16 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Rick Springfield | Saturday, June 23 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Patriotic Pops featuring the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus | Saturday, June 30 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

The Music of Billy Joel and More starring Michael Cavanaugh | Saturday, July 7 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

HANSON String Theory | Saturday, July 14 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Tchaikovsky Spectacular | Friday, July 20 | Rossen Milanov, conductor

Brian McKnight | Saturday, July 21 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

The Ohio State University Marching Band | Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28 | Stuart Chafetz & Dr. Christopher Hoch, conductors


Picnic with the Pops photo by Randall L. Sheiber

Superhero Soundtracks | Friday, June 29 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Break out the costumes! Your family is invited to Superhero Soundtracks, where the Columbus Symphony will perform the theme songs of everyone’s favorite superheroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more.

Movie Music | Friday, July 13 | Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Enjoy the signature songs of your favorite family films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and more.