Inside the Scioto Mile 2014 Event Guide

Check out this year’s Inside the Scioto Mile brochure — your guide to FREE Columbus Recreation and Parks’ events, performances and activities along the Scioto Mile all summer long.

Printed copies are available at the following locations:

…and various other central Ohio businesses!

Click HERE to download a printer-friendly PDF of the brochure.

Enjoy cool summer nights and performances in Bicentennial Park


Remember those tranquil summer nights—chasing sunsets and enjoying good company along with tasty food and beverages?  After a harsh winter, everyone deserves a chance to unwind and bask in the sun.  Fortunately for us, those summer nights are back!  With the Rhythm on the River concert series just around the corner, we all have a chance to press pause and take a breather.  We have a variety of performances lined up for you this summer so check out our schedule and treat yourself every Friday night!

Featuring everything from bluegrass and blues to ballet and more, Rhythm on the River promises to provide an exciting and diverse array of performances.  Tell your family, tell your friends, and relish in the perfect end to a busy week!  Join us for music, food and fun at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture reflecting the Scioto Mile Fountain design.  All performances are sure to please the crowd as we host a multi-Grammy Award-winning artist, a dynamic dance troupe and a voice recognized as one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll.  No need to prepare dinner!  Pizza from Donatos, wraps from Sunny Street Café  and beverages will be for sale beginning at 6:30 p.m. every night! Oh, and did we mention it’s free?  Check out the full schedule here and be sure to join us on Friday nights!

Hop into summer at FountainSide!

 “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”  – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Summer is waiting for you! The trees are blooming, the flowers are growing, and the water is splashing on the Mile. We have good news for you because the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation is on for the season! Summer is just around the corner and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) is less than a month away. We are looking forward to the hot sun by the fountains with pizza from Donato’s and FREE ice cream from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck all summer long.

Join us June 4 for the first FountainSide of the season! Splish-Splash into summer for themed activities, games, arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park. Learn about local fruits and veggies, plants, and bees with Local Matters, Lowe’s Plant & Grow station and Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Explore the life of wild animals with Columbus Zoo, Ohio Wildlife Center, P.T. Reptiles and The Turtle Lady. Don’t miss all the fun crafts with Franklin Park Conservatory, Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library, Ohio Historical Society and more! Make sure to stop by and see the Fountain Frog for its first appearance on June 11. Special thanks to Sunny 95 for their continued support of FountainSide. Join us every week and make sure to check our schedule here.

Fountain Fun and Summer Concerts on the Mile

We were getting a little tired of those cool April showers, but the start of May brings us closer to those warm summer days. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation is on and ready for the sun! Whether you run, bike or drive down to join us at the Mile, we always have something fun in store for you. With our summer programs around the corner we are thinking about all the activities and music coming your way. Here is a sneak peek into your summer plans:


FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM)

Select Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus Ohio

Grab the kids, head downtown and join us for FREE fun and educational children’s activities centered around the Scioto Mile Fountain! Splash in the fountains, visit with animal friends, play games, learn about conservation and more on nine Wednesdays throughout the summer! Local Matters, Lowe’s Plant & Grow and the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association will have weekly workshops and there will be free ice cream every week to cool you off from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Check out this list of some of the organizations joining us this summer:

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – OSU Sports Marketing – Ohio Wildlife Center – COSI – Columbus Blue Jackets – Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library – Ohio Historical Society – Columbus Children’s Theatre – Bugman – Thurber House – Fountain Frog – Franklin Park Conservatory – Bring the Farm to You and more!


Rhythm on the River

Select Friday evenings
Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus Ohio

FREE outdoor performances at Bicentennial Park are a great way to end your busy week! Ten different Rhythm on the River performances feature everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more! Donatos and Sunny Street Café will have hot pizza and yummy wraps to complement your cool summer nights on the riverfront.  Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m. each week. Mark your calendars and click on the artist links below for more information:

June 13: The Navigators, 7:30 p.m.

June 20: Shemekia Copeland with special guest The Teeny Tucker Band, 7:30 p.m.

June 27: Kenya Safari Acrobats, 8:00 p.m.

July 11: Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, 7:30 p.m.

July 25: An Evening of Bluegrass with Balsam Range and The Boxcars, 7:30 p.m.

August 1: MojoFlo, 7:30 p.m.

August 15: The Paul Thorn Band with special guest Grassinine, 7:30 p.m.

August 23: Mavis Staples with special guest fo/mo/deep, 7:30 p.m.

August 29: BalletMet Columbus, 8:00 p.m.

September 5: Columbus Jazz Orchestra with special guest Helen Welch, 7:30 p.m.

See you in June!

Rhythm on the River Crowd