Kick Off Summer Fun with a Double Feature

Friday Nights on the Scioto Mile kick off with Rhythm on the River featuring Arnett Howard Band followed by Movies on the Mile showing Inside Out


Grab your blanket and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars. Movies on the Mile kicks off the summer season with Inside Out, the 2015 Academy Award recipient for Best Animated Feature.

Poignant and familiar, Disney’s Inside Out tells the story of a young girl uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Along the way her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Inspired by his daughter, writer and director Phil Docter created the story as he noticed changes in her personality and emotions as she grew older. The film’s producers consulted numerous psychologists who helped revise the story by emphasizing that human emotions affect interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them.

After premiering at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, critics praised the film’s concept, screenplay, subject matter, musical score, and the vocal performances. Inside Out blends a poignant story with fun and engaging animation to create a film that’s perfect for the whole family.

Before the movie, hometown favorite, Arnett Howard Band will have the whole family moving and grooving with their peppy blend of creole, cajun, zydeco and reggae music. The musical concoction of Motown roots and Memphis-meets-New Orleans rhythm and blues has drawn diverse audiences to more than five thousand concerts throughout the world since the band’s formation in 1985.

We’re looking forward to an evening full of family-friendly fun!

Evening schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Food & beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Opening performance by Arnett Howard Band
At dusk – Movies on the Mile featuring Inside Out

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown
and Gateway Film Center. 

The 2016 Season Event Guide is HERE!


Are you planning your fun-filled days of sweet, sweet summertime? Look no further! The Scioto Mile has an array of programs, performances and movies in store for you this summer.

Check out the 2016 Season Event Guide for details and pick one up at any of the locations listed below.

  • Columbus Recreation and Parks Department recreation centers
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (Bexley, Short North)
  • Columbus Public Library Locations
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Experience Columbus Visitor Center’s
  • COSI
  • Cultural Arts Center
  • Milestone 229 & Bicentennial Park
  • Columbus Airport Baggage Claim
  • Donatos Pizza locations
  • Whole Foods Market stores
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • North Market
  • Hills Market
  • Local Matters
  • Various Columbus-Area Hotels


A Sneak Peek of Summer Fun

The warm and sunny days of summer are ahead which means picnics, performances and lots of fun on the Scioto Mile! Whether you bike, run, or drive down, the Scioto Mile has something exciting in store for you.

BalletMet performance, Scioto Mile, Bicentennial Park Columbus Ohio

With our summer programs just around the corner, we are thinking about all the activities, music and movies coming your way. Here is a sneak peek of what you’ll experience in Bicentennial park this season:

FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM)
Wednesday’s from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Park – 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

Scioto Mile Columbus Ohio

Celebrate summer at FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) with a variety of FREE children’s activities on the Scioto Mile. This delightful series offers fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness in Bicentennial Park on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kids can splash around the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation before cooling off with a sweet treat from the Lazer Kraze Treat Truck.

Check out the list of just a few of our fountain friends hosting activities at FountainSide this summer!

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Ohio Wildlife Center
Ohio History Connection
Columbus Children’s Theatre
Franklin Park Conservatory
OSU Urban Arts Space
Dramatic Impact
The Turtle Lady
Bring the Farm to You
…and more!

Check out the FountainSide event page for a complete schedule and list of partners!

Rhythm on the River & Movies on the Mile
Friday evenings
Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion – 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

Rhythm on the River, Mark May and James Cotton, Bicentennial Park, Cloumbus 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! NEW this year, select Friday evenings will feature a family-friendly movie following the live music performance. Movies on the Mile kick off at dusk and are presented with support from Gateway Film Center.

Donatos will have hot pizza 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 links below for more information:

June 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Arnett Howard Band | Inside Out (movie at dusk)

June 17 | 7:30 p.m.
The Navigators

June 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers | Planet Riders

July 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Popgun | Back to the Future (movie at dusk)

July 15 | 8 p.m.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

July 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Omar Coleman & The Byron Stripling Blues Band | Sean Carney Band

August 5 | 7:30 p.m.
JD Eicher | Star Wars:The Force Awakens (movie at dusk)

August 19 | 7:30 p.m.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives | Jonalee White

August 26 | 7:30 p.m.
Buckwheat Zydeco | New Basics Brass Band

September 2 | 8 p.m.

Check out the Rhythm on the River or Movies on the Mile event page for a complete schedule!

See you in June!