Best of April: 55+ Upcoming Columbus Date Night Events

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
April 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 April events 2019
Image credit: @shadowboxlive

Columbus Clippers April Home Games
Huntington Park
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
Mapfre Stadium
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

April 1-7

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins
Tuesday, April 2, 7pm
Nationwide Arena
Experience the last regular season home game before the playoffs!
$27 and up/person

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: Columbus Blue Jackets Facebook Page

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
Serendipity Labs
Bring your own food and enjoy the wine tasting on the rooftop!

Columbus April events 2019

Worthington First Wednesdays
Wednesday, April 3, 5-8pm
Old Worthington
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!
FREE admission

10th Anniversary GALA: Milestones of Artistic Explosion
Thursday, April 4, 6pm
Lincoln Theatre
This 10th anniversary gala will benefit the Lincoln Theatre with dinner, drinks, and a performance.

Taste of Clintonville 2019
Thursday, April 4, 5-9pm
Mozart’s Cafe
This is the sixth year for this event featuring tastes from many Clintonville neighborhood restaurants.
$30/person, VIP $40/person

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: @expccville

Midnight at the Barre
Friday, April 5, 7-11:59pm
BalletMet Studios
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!
FREE admission

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: SOHUD Fools Facebook page

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.
FREE admission

Hilltop Art Hop and Artist Reception
Saturday, April 6, 6-9pm
3060 Artworks
Highlighting different artists every month, this event helps you explore local businesses that are located in the Westgate area of the Hilltop.
FREE admission

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.

Columbus April events 2019

Westerville Art Hop
Saturday, April 6, 2-6pm
Downtown Westerville
This first time event will showcase gallery spaces and artists in over 30 locations in downtown Westerville.
FREE admission

DogTap 5K/10K Spring Edition
Sunday, April 7, 2-5pm
DogTap Columbus
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.

April 8-14

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!
FREE admission

The Play that Goes Wrong
April 9-14
Palace Theatre
$34 and up/person

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: CAPA website

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.
FREE admission

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: Event Facebook page

BalletMet’s Cinderella
April 12-14
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!
FREE admission

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
Southern Theatre
$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
Idea Foundry
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
Creekside Gahanna
Local businesses and local artists give you a look into the local talent around the streets of Gahanna.
FREE admission

Columbus April events 2019
Image credit: Creekside Gahanna Facebook page

Moonlight Market
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.
FREE admission

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
Two Truths
Monthly cocktail party featuring DJ Arlette spinning 1920s-1940s vintage vinyl. Costumes are welcome!
FREE admission

Donut and Beer Party
Sunday, April 14, 11am
Land-Grant Brewing Company
The Drunken Donut’s first donut party at Land-Grant.
FREE admission

Free Yoga Event @ The Ohio State University Oval
Sunday, April 14, 12-1:15pm
The Oval
Yogi beginners through advanced welcome!
FREE admission

Columbus April events 2019

Lincoln Theatre 10th Anniversary Community Open House
Sunday, April 14, 2pm
Lincoln Theatre
Performances will feature vocal, dance and spoken word.
FREE admission

April 15-21

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
The Joseph
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.
FREE admission

Renaissance Hotel Polka Night
Wednesday, April 17, 6-9pm
Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris
Get your Polka on!
FREE admission

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.

Columbus April events 2019

Spring Open Farm
Saturday, April 20, 1-4pm
Harrison Farm
Join the Harrison Farm family as they perform their annual alpaca shearing and view the new animal babies!
FREE admission

April 22-30

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
DogTap Columbus
Beer school and tasting where you will learn about the brewing process.

Columbus April events 2019

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
Ohio Theatre
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
Ohio Stadium
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

Video credit: Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio website

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!

Sunlight Market
Sunday, April 28, 11am-3pm
Gay Street District
Similar to the Moonlight Market, just during the daytime!
FREE admission

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.
FREE admission

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