Spring has sprung in Columbus, Ohio and I am super excited to see many outdoor activities returning for the season! It’s no doubt Ohioans will be spending the next month outside as much as possible. Here’s the first monthly guide to the best upcoming events in Columbus for date night.
Shadowbox Live Shows
– Leather and Lace: A Musical Tribute to the Women of Rock
Every Thursday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm
– Dirty Little Secrets: A Sketch Comedy and Rock ‘n’ Roll Show
Every Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 7:30pm and 10:30pm
Columbus Clippers April Home Games
4/4 – 4/7 vs. Indianapolis
4/8 – 4/10 vs. Louisville
4/23 – 4/25 vs. Norfolk
4/26 – 4/28 vs. Durham
Times vary based on day and team.
$7 and up/person
Columbus Crew April Home Games
4/6 vs. New England Revolution @ 7:30pm
4/20 vs. Portland Timbers @ 7:30pm
4/24 vs. D.C. United @ 7:30pm
$21 and up/person
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins
Tuesday, April 2, 7pm
Experience the last regular season home game before the playoffs!
$27 and up/person
Beatles vs. Stones Tribute Concert
Wednesday, April 3, 7:30pm
Riffe Center Theatre Complex
$46.50 and up/person
Grandview Lights & Flights
Wednesday, April 3, 5-9pm
The Candle Lab – Grandview
This monthly event gives you the opportunity to first make your own 8oz custom-scented candle. Then, enjoy a speciality wine flight from Spagio Wine Lounge while the candle cools. Bonus, the candles are delivered directly to you!
Short North 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Wednesday, April 3, 6-9pm
Bring your own food and enjoy the wine tasting on the rooftop!
Worthington First Wednesdays
Wednesday, April 3, 5-8pm
Brought to you by the Old Worthington Partnership, this new event series will provide entertainment and specials on food and drinks, while you explore downtown Worthington. The DORA will be in effect, so this means you can carry your purchased alcoholic beverages around while you shop!
10th Anniversary GALA: Milestones of Artistic Explosion
Thursday, April 4, 6pm
This 10th anniversary gala will benefit the Lincoln Theatre with dinner, drinks, and a performance.
Taste of Clintonville 2019
Thursday, April 4, 5-9pm
This is the sixth year for this event featuring tastes from many Clintonville neighborhood restaurants.
$30/person, VIP $40/person
Midnight at the Barre
Friday, April 5, 7-11:59pm
Have a bite and a drink while you meet and mingle with the company dancers at BalletMet. Also enjoy live music, auction, raffles, a DJ, and dancing.
Naked Classics: Shostakovich Chamber Symphony
Friday, April 5, 8pm
Deconstruct Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 making this masterpiece approachable and better understood!
Singer Songwriter Round
Friday, April 5th and April 20th
The Bar Upstairs
6th Annual SoHud Parade and Festival of Hilaria
Saturday, April 6, 1-7pm
Enjoy this random parade and celebration, because I can’t even tell what it’s about! Ha ha!
April Gallery Hop
Saturday, April 6, 4-11pm
Short North Arts District
An old Columbus favorite lets you explore the Short North art galleries at your own leisure.
Hilltop Art Hop and Artist Reception
Saturday, April 6, 6-9pm
Highlighting different artists every month, this event helps you explore local businesses that are located in the Westgate area of the Hilltop.
Out of Hibernation: Cocktail Tasting & Tutorial
Saturday, April 6, 12-4pm
West Egg Cocktail Supply Co.
Enjoy some spring themed cocktails! Tickets can be purchased in store, no reservation necessary.
Sparkling on High
Saturday, April 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 12-11:30pm
Soul at the Joseph
Try four sparkling wines for $25, limited to the first 12 guests.
Westerville Art Hop
Saturday, April 6, 2-6pm
This first time event will showcase gallery spaces and artists in over 30 locations in downtown Westerville.
DogTap 5K/10K Spring Edition
Sunday, April 7, 2-5pm
Run a 5K or 10K at one of Columbus’ favorite breweries. Entry fee includes race shirt, pint of Punk IPA, finisher’s pint glass, and chip-timed results.
Rose The Riveter: A Rose Wine Tasting
Sunday, April 7, 4-7pm
Spagio Wine Lounge
Taste 10+ roses with light hors d’oeuvres.
Columbus Gives Back Happy Hour: See Kids Dream
Tuesday, April 9, 6-8pm
Antiques on High
The monthly philanthropic happy hour will benefit See Kids Dream, a nonprofit that works with youth in Columbus to develop their skills and confidence. Puzzled Pint Columbus will also be there, so be ready to solve some puzzles!
The Play that Goes Wrong
$34 and up/person
Slice of Worthington
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30pm
The Shops at Worthington Place
Help decide who has the best pizza in Worthington! The ticket price will get you a taste of pies from 13 area pizza shops.100% of the proceeds help feed kids in Worthington
COSI After Dark: Ice & Fire
Thursday, April 11, 6-10pm
Focused around the new traveling exhibit “Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures,” this adults-only night will let you experience all that science has to offer.
$18/non-member, $14/member, plus $4/$5 add-on price for special traveling exhibit
National Fondue Day! Fondue Dinner with FromagerieOhio
Thursday, April 11, 7-9pm
1400 Food Lab
Enjoy three different fondues (including raclette) with a variety of dipping options. It also includes chocolate dessert fondue and 2 beer or wine glasses per person.
President’s Lecture Series: Jeni Britton Bauer
Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8pm
Columbus College of Art & Design
The owner of Jeni’s Ice Cream speaks about how to be resilient and how she uses her art background in the business world.
Have a date night out at the ballet in the gorgeous Ohio Theatre.
Franklinton Fridays at 400
Friday, April 12, 6-10pm
400 West Rich
Experience a night of culture by exploring local arts, music, and food in Franklinton!
Empire Records at the Grandview Theater
Friday, April 12, 9pm-12am
Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
90’s preshow, buttons, and drink specials. What more could you want from a movie experience?
Opera Swings Jazz
April 12 + 14, 7:30 & 2pm
$25 and up/person
Back to the Future Beer Tasting
Saturday, April 13, 2-6:30pm
Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
Bids and Brews 2019
Saturday, April 13, 6:30-10:30pm
All you can eat and drink, while bidding on auction items to raise money for a good cause! Money raised will be going towards The LunchBox Ohio food trucks to feed kids in the summer.
Creekside Art Walk
Saturday, April 13, 6-9pm
Local businesses and local artists give you a look into the local talent around the streets of Gahanna.
Saturday, April 13, 6-11pm
Gay Street District
The Moonlight Market is back! This monthly outdoor marketplace will feature local vendors, street musicians, and patio dining.
National Geographic Live!
Saturday, April 13, 7pm
McCoy Center for the Arts
“On the Trail of Big Cats” with photographer Steve Winter.
Saturday, April 13, 9pm-1am
Monthly cocktail party featuring DJ Arlette spinning 1920s-1940s vintage vinyl. Costumes are welcome!
Donut and Beer Party
Sunday, April 14, 11am
Land-Grant Brewing Company
The Drunken Donut’s first donut party at Land-Grant.
Free Yoga Event @ The Ohio State University Oval
Sunday, April 14, 12-1:15pm
Yogi beginners through advanced welcome!
Lincoln Theatre 10th Anniversary Community Open House
Sunday, April 14, 2pm
Performances will feature vocal, dance and spoken word.
Westerville 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Monday, April 15, 6-9pm
Aloft Columbus Westerville
Check out my former article, Budget-Friendly Date Night: Columbus 10 for $10 Wine Tastings, about how to make this event a success!
Short North Yoga and Cocktails
Tuesday, April 16, 7-8pm
Join CorePower Yoga for a free event for all yoga levels. Afterwards enjoy happy hour pricing all night on food and drinks at the Soul bar. Bring your own mat, limited mats are provided.
Renaissance Hotel Polka Night
Wednesday, April 17, 6-9pm
Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris
Get your Polka on!
In the Kitchen with Chef Blue
Friday, April 19, 6:30-8:30pm
1400 Food Lab
Five course, wine-paired, contemporary, Euro-American dinner made by Chef Blue of Blue’s Private Chef & Catering company. You will be dining at the chef’s table giving you the ultimate view of the preparation of your dinner.
Spring Open Farm
Saturday, April 20, 1-4pm
Join the Harrison Farm family as they perform their annual alpaca shearing and view the new animal babies!
Pizza & Beer Week
April 22 – 27
Presented by (614) Magazine, participating Columbus restaurants will have pizza and beer pairings offered at a special price.
Gateway 10 for $10 Wine Tasting
Wednesday, April 24, 6-9pm
The District Pourhouse
Taste 10 different wines and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.
Keep the Cork
Wednesday, April 24, 6-11pm
Half off select bottles of wine and no corkage fee with a food purchase!
BrewDog Beer Talk
Thursday, April 25, 7-9pm
Beer school and tasting where you will learn about the brewing process.
Gin and Juice at the Joe
Thursday, April 25, 7-9:30pm
Soul at the Joseph
This ticketed event will take you back to the 90s with some acoustic rap, hip-hop, and R&B hits all while sipping on some Gin & Juice cocktails. Tickets include three samples of Gin & Juice drinks.
Paddle the Night Series
Friday, April 26, 8-11:30pm
Twin Bridges Boat Ramp
Kayak into the night with the American Kayak Association. View nighttime wildlife and a leisurely paddle in the Hoover Reservoir!
$25/single kayak, $50/tandem kayak
An Evening with Jason Alexander
Saturday, April 27, 8pm
Columbus Symphony with Jason Alexander tells the story of his journey to and on the Broadway stage.
$26 and up/person
Romancing the Grape
Saturday, April 27, 7-10pm
Easter Seals’ largest fundraiser where you will enjoy small plates, wines, and cheeses from Columbus’ finest restaurants. North High Brewing will be providing the beer, while you enjoy the live entertainment and silent auction.
$125/person, VIP $275/person
13th Annual Short North Gala
Sunday, April 28, 6-10pm
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Chef Bill Glover with Gallerie Bar & Bistro. There will be entertainment, a silent auction, and photobooth.
$165/person, VIP $300/person, bulk table pricing also available
Sunday Supper with Bidisha Nag of Create Your Curry
Sunday, April 28, 6-8pm
1400 Food Lab
More information coming soon!
Sunday, April 28, 11am-3pm
Gay Street District
Similar to the Moonlight Market, just during the daytime!
Animal Visit from the Columbus Zoo
Tuesday, April 30, 67pm
Nocterra Brewing Co.
Animals from right down the road will be visiting the taproom to teach visitors about wildlife and conservation.