Up Front in Cbus | April 2022

Columbus Entertainment

Live Music in Downtown Columbus

Located in the heart of the Arena District, KEMBA Live! and Nationwide Arena each host hundreds of live events and performances each year! Visit the Arena District Events page to stay updated on shows and events coming to downtown Columbus.

Get tickets to these upcoming April events:  


Food & Drink 

Sweet Treats for Easter

Hop into Winans and pick up your favorite traditional Easter treats! From seasonal suckers and jellybeans to bunny- and egg-shaped chocolates, Winans has you covered this season with a wide assortment of spring favorites. Keep an eye out for Brekkie Shack’s sweet treats this month as well!

Columbus Ale Trail

Calling all beer lovers—volume 6 of the Columbus Ale Trail is out now! Explore the Columbus craft beer scene and collect all your stamps before April 30 to earn a Columbus Ale Trail embroidered patch and matching sticker. Visit Grandview Yard Ale Trail participant, Hofbräuhaus, for National Beer Day on April 16 and enjoy live entertainment from Matt Rees.


Columbus Sports

Let’s Go Jackets

Cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets this month as they wrap up the 2021-22 season! Stop by your favorite Arena District restaurant or bar to fuel up before heading to Nationwide Arena for an upcoming home game: 

  • April 4 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins
  • April 7 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers *
  • April 13 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • April 22 at 7 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators
  • April 24 at 1 PM – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • April 28 at 7 PM  – Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

April 7 is Military Appreciation Night: The evening will feature a host of themed activities, fundraisers, tributes to show support and gratitude for all active and retired service personnel.

View the full 2021-22 season game schedule and get tickets here

Glory to Columbus

The Columbus Crew is starting the month off by welcoming midfielder Frederico Higuain “Pipa” back for a ceremonial one-day contract as he officially retires as a member of the Black & Gold. The evening will feature a special pregame ceremony before the Crew’s kickoff against Nashville SC on April 2 at 6 PM.

See the Crew in action at these upcoming home matches:

  • April 2 at 6:00 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC

The Nordecke Block Party on Battelle Plaza starts at 2 PM! Gather with Crew fans before heading to the match at Lower.com Field. ⚽

  • April 16 at 7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. Orlando City
  • April 30 at  7:30 PM | Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United

Check out the 2022 match schedule and get tickets here

Columbus Clippers 

The Columbus Clippers’ 2022 season begins this month! The Clippers will be hosting Syracuse at Huntington Park for their first homestand from April 12-17. Come celebrate in the Arena District and cheer on the Clippers at one of their 11 home games this month!  

  • April 12 – April 17 | Columbus Clippers vs. Syracuse Mets
  • April 26 – May 1 | Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats

Don’t miss out on Huntington Park’s game day specials! Mark your calendars for the first Dime-a-Dog night of the season on April 26. See the full list of promotions and the 2022 season schedule here. Need some new gear? Visit the Cargo store’s website here and stock up on Clippers apparel.

USWNT is Coming to Columbus

Support the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team as they take on Uzbekistan at Lower.com Field on April 9! The international friendly will begin at 5:30 PM and is the team’s first visit to Lower.com Field. Get your tickets here before it’s too late!

College Basketball All-Star Game 

The College Basketball All-Star Game & Celebrity Extravaganza is coming to Columbus, April 21-24! The 5-day celebration of educational, multicultural and entertainment festivities showcases top seniors from HBCUs around the country and dynamic players from Ohio’s colleges and universities. The Celebrity and All-Star games are Saturday, April 23 at Nationwide Arena. For more information click here.    


Columbus Community

Spring Into a New Look

Celebrate the start of the spring season with a new look! MY SALON Suite is your one stop shop for all your beauty needs. Visit the newest beauty professionals at MY SALON Suite in Grandview Yard—Inspired Esthetics and SJ Studio—for a facial or new hairstyle. Book an appointment and pamper yourself today!

Capital City Half Marathon

The 2022 OhioHealth Capital City Half & Quarter Marathon will be held in downtown Columbus on April 30. This annual event, an all-time favorite of local runners and walkers, showcases the City of Columbus and its diverse neighborhoods and entertainment districts to runners and walkers from all over the region. Sign up here today! Fuel up with brunch after the run at Sunny Street Cafe, Goodwood Brewing, Hofbräuhaus Columbus or Brekkie Shack.

Black & Gold 5K 

This year’s Black & Gold 5K will be held on June 26 at 8 am, taking participants through the Arena District and concluding at Lower.com Field. Participants will receive one match ticket included with registration and a Crew swag bag upon completion of the race. Sign up here today to secure your spot in the race! 

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here and warm days are ahead! Enjoy the nice weather with a walk along the Olentangy Trail, a picnic at McFerson Commons or a bike ride around the city on the Scioto Mile.