All the Details for Red, White & Boom

Festival season is in full swing, and Red, White & BOOM! will energize downtown Columbus with a day of music, food, activities and of course – fireworks. The Scioto Mile provides an outstanding backdrop for one of the largest displays of Independence Day fireworks in the Midwest. The event begins Monday, July 3 at noon. For more information, a full schedule of performances and a list of activities, visit You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & BOOM!
WHEN: Monday, July 3 | noon to 11:30 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Riverfront


  • The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off Sunday, July 2 at 6 p.m. and will resume operation Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bicentennial Park restrooms will be closed on July 3 during Red, White & BOOM!
  • Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4 for fireworks operations.


  • Public set-up for Red, White & BOOM! may begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. Anything placed before 6 p.m. on July 2 will be collected and taken to Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr.
  • To keep your parks beautiful, we request that personal canopies, tarps and blankets not be set-up until July 3.
  • Areas should be marked with items that don’t present a danger to the public. STAKES AND POSTS ARE PROHIBITED as they pose a danger to playing children and can cause damage to irrigation systems.


  • Beginning Thursday, June 29,  the trail on the west side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Tuesday, July 4 at noon.
  • Beginning Sunday, July 2, the trail on the east side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and the Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Tuesday, July 4 at noon.


  • On July 3, from 11 a.m. until after the fireworks, all public watercraft will be prohibited on the Scioto River between the railroad trestle at the south end of North Bank Park to the railroad trestle south of the Main Street Bridge. Columbus Fire and Columbus Police will be on the water for enforcement.
  • The Nationwide Blvd. launch area will be available for hand-carry watercraft only. Concession operator HERO USA will host prescheduled watercraft tours. Limited parking will be available for individuals to hand carry canoes and kayaks.
  • The Lower Scioto ramp at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park will be open for trailers and motorboats.


Additional event information can be found at

Happy Independence Day!

Rock n’ Roll with the Fabulous Thunderbirds- CANCELED

Unfortunately, due to the weather, the event tonight is canceled and we are not able to reschedule. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Celebrate the beginning of summer at our next Rhythm on the River concert June 23rd at Bicentennial Park with the internationally renowned Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson. Head to the stage, and picnic under the stars with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Strawberry Food Truck and Donato’s Pizza! Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 PM and music starts at 7:30 PM with Columbus’ own Hadden Sayers Band.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson have generated a world-wide fan base by leading tours with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Since the beginning of their musical career, the band’s sound constantly expands including harmonica laced swamp blues, R&B, unrivaled musicianship and unique vocals. Commander of the harmonica, Kim Wilson, drives the band’s powerful sound with fan hits like “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap it Up” and “Powerful Stuff.” The band will always be devoted to their background of blues, R&B and rock n’ roll, however they continue to experiment with new sounds and techniques as their music evolves


2017 Jazz & Rib Fest Headliners

Are you gearing up for summer with hot ribs and cool jazz? We sure are with our announcement of the 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest headliners! Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, will return for its 38th year to the Scioto Mile, July 21-23.  The aroma of sizzling ribs will fill the air as the sounds of jazz will entertain audiences from three premier stages in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Park.

This year our performers are just as delightful as the ribs served by 23 rib teams from across the country. Get ready for performances ranging from the smooth sounds of R&B all the way to vivacious New Orleans style brass bands. This line-up is something you don’t want to miss!

Headliners include:

Date & Time: Friday, July 21, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
July 22, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
July 23, 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks on the Scioto Mile

For more information about the 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest, visit our website:

Columbus Arts Festival powered by American Electric Power

Looking to add a little art and culture to your summer fun? The 2017 Columbus Arts Festival, produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, celebrates its 56th anniversary June 9-11 at the Scioto Mile. Peruse over 300 nationally acclaimed artists’ fine art and crafts, enjoy performances on six different stages featuring music, dance, theater and spoken word, and create your own masterpiece with several hands-on activities.

NEW this year is the festival lighting installation, Structural Circumstances, created by artists Christabel S. Y. and Samuel J. Wagner. The sculptural lighting installation represents a replica of a mobile home made from multicolored, transparent plexiglass. Explore this new installation located just south of the fountains on the east side of Bicentennial Park.

WHAT: 2017 Columbus Arts Festival
WHEN: Friday, June 9- 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 10- 10:00 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 11- 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Scioto Mile

For more information about the Columbus Arts Festival, visit: