The 23 Best Things Happening In Columbus In June

Summer is upon us. With the hot weather comes plenty of opportunities to get out and do something fun.

Of course, you know there are festivals galore, farmers’ markets, and summer movies. But there are also some amazing concerts, musicals, family-friendly events, and so much more.

Here are the 23 things you won’t want to miss this month.

Jack White

What: Jack White may have shocked fans when he first announced his phone-free show, but that didn’t stop people from buying tickets in droves. If you’re lucky enough to have snagged a spot at this sold-out show, you probably know that although you can’t pull your phone out during the concert, you can still access your cell in the lobby at any time.
When: June 4 at 6 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins

What: Get summer started with the Stephen Sondheim classic, Assassins. The show takes a dark-yet-comedic look at some of the worlds most desperate souls. Tickets are available via
When: June 4 through June 24, various showtimes
Where: Short North Stage, 1187 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Hidden Figures – Summer Kids Film Series

What: Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos? The Drexel Theatre is hosting their annual Summer Kids Film Series. This weekend, the theatre will be showing Hidden Figures. Tickets are $1 for kids 12 and younger, and $3 for 13+.
When: June 8-10, various showtimes
Where: Drexel Theatre, 2254 E Main St, Columbus, Ohio 43209

Lesley James at Little Rock

What: Beloved former CD 102.5 DJ Lesley James will be playing songs all night long at Little Rock. In true LR fashion, there’s “no cover. Never will be.”
When: June 9 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Little Rock Bar, 944 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

The Moonlight Market on Gay Street

What: Skip the heat and head out once the sun goes down. Moonlight Market draws thousands of visitors per month to businesses along Gay Street. There are also over 100 sidewalk vendors selling more artisan goods than you’ll know what to do with. Stroll, shop, have fun. It’s that simple.
When: June 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Gay Street, Downtown Columbus, OH 43215

PBJ & Jazz Family Concerts

What: Pack up the fam and head to the Topiary Park downtown for PBJ & Jazz. The family concert will start with story time at the Columbus Main Library, followed by a jazz concert and craft time. The event is free and open to all.
When: June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to to 2 p.m.
Where: Topiary Park, 480 E Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Westgate Home and Garden Tour

What: Featuring “Unexpected” Homes and/or Gardens on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, Ohioans are invited to see just what makes Westgate so in-demand and unexpected. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased here.
When: June 9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Westgate neighborhood

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Presented by WCBE

What: Get a little folky with Steve Earle & The Dukes. Tickets start at $27.50 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
When:June 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St. Columbus, OH 43201

Old Oaks Home & Garden Tour 2018

What: Walk around Old Oaks at your own pace on their self-guided Home & Garden Tour. All of the houses are beautiful, but you definitely won’t want to miss the Caroline Brown house, which is opening its doors to the public for just the second time in over 40 years. Tickets are $12 for Old Oaks Civic Association Members and $15 for the public.
When: June 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Old Oaks Historic District, Columbus, Ohio 43205

Matisyahu & Stephen Marley: Strength to Strength Tour

What: Matisyahu and Stephen Marley are teaming up for a super chill and delightful tour. Skip out on the heat and spend your day indoors at this all ages show. Tickets are $27 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.
When:June 12 at 6 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Cold War Kids – Presented by CD102.5

What: – Hang me up to dry bc the Cold War Kids are coming to town. Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 day of the show.
When: June 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly

What: – Grab a beer and head to the arena district! Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly will be tearing down the house Tickets are $43.50 in advance and $5 day of the show. It’s all ages, but speaking from personal experience, these shows can get a little rowdy.
When: June 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

20th Annual Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival

What: Jazz, blues, delicious food, and a great community. That’s what the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival is all about. To view the lineup or to grab tickets, please click here.
When: June 15-17, 2018
Where: Creekside Gahanna, 123 Mill St, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and Parade

What: Happy Pride month! The parade and festival celebrations will be going on all weekend from June 15 through 17. There are tons of pride events happening all around the city, so be sure to check back here for updates.
When: June 15-17, 2018
Where: Downtown Columbus

Walk the Moon

What: It’s time to shut up and dance your way right down to Express Live. Walk the Moon will be playing, rain or shine. Tickets are $39.50 in advance and $45 day of the show.
When: June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

What: Nothing screams summer quite like 90s hip-hop. Ohio’s own, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be playing at Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 day of show.
When: June 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St. Columbus, OH 43201

Grandview Digfest 2018

What: Celebrate local craft beer, microdistilleries, and local foods at Grandview Digfest, aka “Drinking-In-Grandview Festival”.
When: June 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Grandview Yard, Yard St, Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212

97.9 WNCI’s Summer in The City featuring 5 Seconds of Summer

What: If IHeartRadio is your jam, don’t miss 97.9 WNCI’s Summer in the City concert. 5 Seconds of Summer will headline, joined by Bazzi and Spencer Sutherland. Tickets are $49.50 for general admission and $97.90 for VIP.
When: June 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

ComFest 2018

What: Community Festival is one of my favorite events in Columbus all year. Breakout the tie-dye, purchase a slightly overpriced beer, and enjoy the beautiful community at Goodale Park.
When: June 22-24, 2018
Where: Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215

Exotics on Scioto Mile 2018

What: Ready to check out some fancy rides? Columbus Cars and Coffee are hosting the second annual Exotics on Scioto Mile! From Aston Martins to Ferrari’s, gearheads will love this car event.
When: Saturday, June 23 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: The Scioto Mile, Civic Center Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Sam Smith

What: This is not a drill! Sam Smith will be in Columbus on June 23. You can snag tickets here, ensuring that you get to stare at his lovely face for however long you’d like.
When: June 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena

Paramore – The After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5)

What: Foster The People, Soccer Mommy, and Paramore are teaming up for an epic night of rock-n-roll. Tickets are $59.50.
When: June 28 5:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

James Taylor and His All-Star Band with Bonnie Raitt

What: James Taylor and his all-star band are bringing a massive crew alongside himself for his upcoming show. Ohio Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band take the stage with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band on Saturday, June 30 for an intimate and memorable night!
When: June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Schottenstein Center

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