June PlanAhead: Your Columbus events calendar

Happy June Columbus. 🌺  We’re finally out of the frigid days of winter + the random weather of spring so it’s time to step out and make the most of the city. This month, we’re bringing you plenty of exciting ways to explore, including concerts, comedians, local pop-ups, and much more. Pull up that Google Calendar and get ready to mark some dates — it’s time to plan ahead, CBUS.

Wed., June 1-Sun., June 5

Wed., June 1

Thurs., June 2

  • Rock Bottom Riser | Thurs., June 2 | 7 p.m. | The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. | $9 | Watch this documentary that explores the past and current culture of Hawaii.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens | Thurs., June 2 | 7:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾
  • NightLight 614 Outdoor Movie Series | Thurs., June 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. | $10+ | Watch “The Big Lebowski” on an outdoor screen overlooking the downtown skyline + enjoy food trucks and local beer and wine. 🎬
  • Summer Floral Arranging Class | Thurs., June 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Wild Cat Gift + Party, 3515 N. High Street | $50 | All supplies are provided at this guided class to build a floral design with sunflowers, stock, roses, and other accessories. 🌷

Fri., June 3

  • Rhythm on the River | Fri., June 3 | 5-9 p.m. | Bicentennial Park, 223 S. Civic Center Dr. | Free | Listen to the bluegrass group Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper + food trucks like Soul Crave.
  • Friday Night Smackdown | Fri., June 3 | 7:45 p.m. | The Schottenstein Center | $38+ | Watch Smackdown Champion Rhonda Rousey + the other WWE wrestlers compete.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens | Fri., June 3 | 7:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾
  • Kids Summer Kick-off Party | Fri., June 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | CrossLink Community Church, 4747 Harrisburg Pike | Free | Enjoy food and activities like bounce houses and waterslides at this family-friendly event.

Sat., June 4

  • Columbus Chicken & Beer Festival | Sat., June 4 | 12-9 p.m. | Dodge Park, 667 Sullivant Ave. | Fill up on fried chicken from local food trucks + sip back craft beers from local breweries.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens | Sat., June 4 | 7:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾
  • Uncorked: Columbus Wine Festival | Sat., June 4 | 7-11 p.m. | COSI, 333 W. Broad St. | $60 + | Sample 150+ wines with full access to the COSI museums afterwards. 🍷
  • SUMMER614 | Sat., June 4 | 3-11 p.m. | Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. | $50 + | Enjoy food, drinks, and live hip hop + R&B music from artists like Trick Daddy and Jagged Edge. 🎶 

Sun., June 5

Mon., June 6-Sun., June 12

Mon., June 6

  • Columbus Taco Week | Mon., June 6-Sat., June 11 | Times vary | Locations vary | Enjoy $2 tacos at participating restaurants including El Segundo, Local Cantina, and Tipsy Tacos. 🌮

Tues., June 7

  • Chris Rock | Tues., June 7 | 7-8 p.m. | The Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $154+ | Comedian + actor Chris Rock brings his hilarious brand of observational humor to CBUS. 🎤

Wed., June 8

  • The Masked Singer | Wed., June 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. | $93+ | Catch FOX’s hit show where celebrities are fully dressed in costumes and perform a musical number + try to guess who they are.
  • Beach Glass Windows | Wed., June 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Park Street Cantina, 491 Park St. | $55 | Tickets include beach glass, frame, and guided instructions for the 15 by 12 inch finished product.

Thurs., June 9

  • Portal For(e) | Thurs., June 9 | 4 p.m. | The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. | Free | This dubstep + reggae dance party celebrates the opening of one of the newest exhibits at the Wex.
  • Short North Bourbon Tasting | Thurs., June 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Bristol Republic | 1124 N. High St. | $20 | Sample five bourbons with bottles available for purchase + the food menu will be available.
  • Olipop Founder’s Fireside | Thurs., June 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | TENSPACE, 930 N. High St. | $30+ | Talk with the Olipop co-founders about the brand + enjoy complimentary Olipop drinks.

Fri., June 10

  • Columbus Arts Festival | Fri., June 10-Sun., Jun 12 | Times vary | The Scioto Mile Riverfront, 233 S. Civic Center Dr. | Free | Browse 225+ visual artists + listen to live music on three different stages and grab a meal from food trucks.

Sat., June 11

  • Dolly & the Swift Chicks | Sat., June 11-Sun., June 12 | Times vary | Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. | $35 | This musical performance brings the sounds of Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks to one stage, presented by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chours.
  • Ohio Vintage Fest | Sat., June 11 | 12-6 p.m. | Rhodes Center at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave. | $5+ | Browse vintage clothing, toys, and collectibles from 70+ local vendors. 

Sun., June 12

  • Westside Community Summer Bash | Sun., June 12 | 12-4 p.m. | Westgate Park, 455 South Westgate Ave. | Free | Kick off summer with food, face paintings, bounce houses, a DJ, and local vendors. 

Mon., June 13-Sun., June 19

Mon., June 13

  • Thai Takeout at Home | Mon., June 13 | 6-8 p.m. | ​​Mitchell Hall, 250 Cleveland Ave. | $79 | Learn to make Thai main dishes and side dishes with guidance from chef instructor Shawnie Kelley. 

Tues., June 14

Wed., June 15

Thurs., June 16

  • The Birdcage | Thurs., June 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | Watch Robin Williams in this English remake of an Italian film about a gay cabarat owner + his drag queen compainion.
  • Mozart’s Prague | Thurs., June 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Rd. | $25 | Listen to the Columbus Symphony perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 38.
  • Charlie Puth | Thurs., June 16 | 6:30 p.m. | KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. | $35+ | Listen to the Grammy award winning pop star + Ava Max, Lauren Spencer-Smith, and Leah Kate. 🎶
  • Columbus Clippers vs. St. Paul | Thurs., June 16 | 12:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾

Fri., June 17

  • Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival | Fri., June 17-Sun., June 19 | Times vary | Creekside District, 123 Mill St. | Free | Browse local vendors, listen to live music on three different stages, and grab food from a variety of restaurants and food trucks.
  • The Godfather | Fri., June 17-Sun., June 19 | Times vary | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ |  Watch the 1972 film starring Marlon Brando inside the iconic Ohio Theatre.
  • Bastille | Fri., June 17 | 6 p.m. | KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. | $35+ | Catch this Billboard topping pop band alongside opener Sarah Jaffe.
  • Columbus Clippers vs. St. Paul | Fri., June 17 | 7:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾

Sat., June 18

  • All Day Blackness | Sat., June 18 | 11 a.m. | The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. | Free | Join the Wex for an hour of meditation followed by a panel discussion on local Black art and businesses + more Black culture events throughout the day.
  • Picnic with the Pops: The O’Jays | Sat., June 18 | 8 p.m. | Columbus Commons | $35+ | This R&B group has made hits for 50+ decades including “Love Train” + “Put Your Hands Together.”
  • Columbus Crew vs. Charlotte | Sat., June 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Lower.com Field | $36+ ⚽
  • Columbus Clippers vs. St. Paul | Sat., June 18 | 5:05 p.m. | Huntington Park | $8+ ⚾
  • Columbus Children’s Festival | Sat., June 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | SportsOhio, 6314 Cosgray Road | Free | Take the kids to enjoy magicians, carnival games, pony rides, a climbing wall, and food trucks. 

Sun., June 19

Mon., June 20-Sun., June 26

Mon., June 20

  • Rex Orange County | Mon., June 20 | 7 p.m. | KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. | $62+ | This Grammy nominated artist is known for his work on Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy album. 🎶

Tues., June 21

  • Pineapple Open Golf Outing | Tues., June 21 | 8:30 a.m. | Safari Golf Club, 4850 Powell Rd. | $75+ | Play in the golf tournament with lunch, dinner, and drink tickets provided. ⛳

Wed., June 22

  • The Haunting of Night Vale | Wed., June 22 | 8 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. | $31+ | This podcast is recorded live twice a month where it shares community updates about the fictional and mysterious town Night Vale.
  • In the Heat of the Night | Wed., June 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | Watch this 1967 film about a sheriff and a detective teaming up to solve a murder.

Thurs., June 23

  • Airplane! | Thurs., June 23-Fri., June 24 | Times vary | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | Surely you won’t want to miss this classic comedy starring Leslie Nelson
  • NightLight 614 Outdoor Movie Series | Thurs., June 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. | $10+ | Watch “Miss Congeniality” on an outdoor screen overlooking the downtown skyline + enjoy food trucks and local beer and wine. 🎬

Fri., June 24

  • Popcorn Pops | Fri., June 24 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion, 160 S. High St. | $12 | The Columbus Symphony will perform an out concert suitable for ages three to 12 + kids get free popcorn before the show.
  • Nitro Circus Live | Fri., June 24 | 7 p.m. | Huntington Park | $25 | Watch these daredevils attempt flips and tricks on dirt bikes, quads, and other off-road vehicles.
  • Randy Houser | Fri., June 24 | 7 p.m. | The Bluestone, 583 E. Broad St. | $35 | Catch country singer Randy Houser, famous for hits like “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight,” with special guest Ella Langley.

Sat., June 25

  • Cartoon Capers | Sat., June 25 | 10 a.m. | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | Start your Saturday morning with classic cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
  • Tribute to Aretha Franklin | Sat., June 25 | 7 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. | $42+ | This tribute concert from the McNary Experience pays homage to all the popular hits from Aretha Franklin.
  • My Fair Lady | Sat., June 25-Sun., June 26 | Times vary | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | Watch is eight-time Oscar winner starring Audrey Hepburn.
  • Picnic with the Pops: Boogie Wonder Band | Sat., June 25 | 8 p.m. | Columbus Commons | $35+ | This band brings back all the funky hits from the 70s including “Funky Town” + “Boogie Fever.”
  • New Kids on the Block | Sat., June 25 | 8 p.m. | The Schottenstein Center | $27+ | Relive the sounds of the 90s with New Kids on the Block. 

Sun., June 26

  • Mt. Joy | Sun., June 26 | 6 p.m. | KEMBA Live!, 405 Neil Ave. | $35+ | This indie-folk group from Pennsylvania is joined by Madison Cunningham.

Mon., June 27-Thurs., June 30

Mon., June 27

  • Culinary Crossroads: Global Appetizers | Mon., June 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Mitchell Hall, 250 Cleveland Ave. | $75 | Learn from chef-instructor Shawnie Kelley about making appetizers that represent cultures of different countries. 

Tues., June 28

  • An Intimate Evening with James Clear | Tues., June 28 | 7 p.m. | Gramercy Books, 2424 E. Main St. | $15+ | Talk with James Clear, a New York Times #1 Bestselling Author of “Atomic Habits.”

Wed., June 29

  • Cook Lunch with the Kids | Wed., June 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Mitchell Hall, 250 Cleveland Ave. | $20+ | Bring the kids into the kitchen for this hands-on experience making meatballs, breadsticks, and a dessert.
  • Wuthering Heights | Wed., June 29-Thurs., June 30 | Times vary | Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. | $10+ | This Oscar-winning romance takes audiences back to 1939 when the film was made.

Thurs., June 30

  • Strings of the Columbus Symphony | Thurs., June 30 | 7:30 p.m. | First United Methodist Church of London, 52 N. Main St. | $25 | Listen to the Columbus Symphony perform an eclectic mix of music spanning Tchaikovsky to Mendelssohn.