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Jazz & Rib Fest July 22-24

Jazz and Rib Festival Columbus Ohio

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz! Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, will return for its 37th year to a new location on the Scioto Mile. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz on three stages in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks will fill the air on July 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 14 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Click here to get more info on Jazz & Rib Fest Parking Restrictions and Street Closures.

Check out this year’s Festival Guide: http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/festival-guide/


THIS FRIDAY: Bicentennial Park Welcomes Four-Time Grammy Winning Choral Group

Noted by Nelson Mandela as the South African cultural ambassadors of the world, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to welcome four-time Grammy winning choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Bicentennial Park!

Formed by Joseph Shabalala in the early 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the result of a series of dreams Shabalala had that featured a choir singing in perfect harmony—and that’s exactly what they’ve done since. Over time, members of the all-male choral group have welcomed a younger generation in their mission to pass along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love and harmony to millions of people.

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Collaborating in 1986 with Paul Simon for an album that has tallied over 16 million copies sold, Mambazo now has a series of international releases.  Collaborating has become the norm for the South African singers, who can be heard in movies involving Disney, Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy, television shows such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and on recordings of artists like Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples (Rhythm on the River 2014), Josh Groban and many more.

Grab your family, friends and dancing shoes for a star-lit night of unforgettable South African culture, right here in Columbus!

Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
8:00 p.m.—Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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



FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by Pilot Dogs

Check out the Scioto Mile blog all summer long for a weekly FountainSide Fun Challenge. Our community partners will share and inspire an array of hands-on activities, crafts, and games for family-friendly fun at home all summer long. Leap around the fountain with friends, but be sure to stop by your favorite Columbus groups for plenty of learning!

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This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from Pilot Dogs! Pilot Dogs is headquartered right here in Columbus and looks to Columbus families to adopt their puppies and help raise them until they are ready to become a visual aid dog to the blind. This week, we challenge YOU to create your own dog ears! Use the photos below to cut out the pieces for your ears and decorate them however you like.

Need a snack while you create? Whip up this sweet treat called “Puppy Chow”!

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Join Pilot Dogs at FountainSide Wednesday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to splashing around the fountains with the Fountain Frog, get crafty with OSU Urban Arts Space, learn to eat healthy with Local Matters and leap over to CDC Head Start to learn about the life of a frog!

Additional activities this week are hosted by Lowe’s and the Buckeye Mobile Tour.


THIS FRIDAY: Movies on the Mile Goes Back to the Future with Popgun

Hop in the Bicentennial Park time machine as the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department presents an evening of time travel with Popgun and Back to the Future (1985), as part of our Movies on the Mile series!

After musing about whether he would have befriended his father if they had been school-mates, Bob Gale wrote the 1985 science-fiction comedy adventure Back to the Future. Now a cinema classic, the film tells the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who is accidentally sent thirty years into the past to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. In an effort to save his own existence, Marty must make sure his young parents fall in love. Following its 1985 release, Back to the Future grossed over $389 million worldwide, marking the beginning of a franchise with two sequels, an animated series, theme park ride, several video games and a forthcoming musical.

 

Setting the mood for an evening of future to flashback fun is Popgun. Comprised of some of Central Ohio’s most practiced musicians, Popgun puts a spunky spin on a variety of classic pop tunes. Group members also perform with other outstanding bands from the area, including the Floorwalkers, HooDoo Soul Band, Strutterfly and the Dan White Sextet.

Evening schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Food & beverage sales begin, DeLorean arrives for photos
7:30 p.m. – Opening performance by Popgun
At dusk – Movies on the Mile featuring Back to the Future
 

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.



All the Details on Red, White & BOOM!

 

UPDATE 6/30/2016 – An important note about river access:
With the recent rain storms, the cable supporting the buoys near the Greenlawn Avenue Dam on the Scioto River was broken due to swift water.  In addition, the river’s water levels are very high, with a swift current and low visibility of the Greenlawn Dam, making boating on the river dangerous at this time. As a result, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) and Columbus Metro Parks have closed the launch ramp in Scioto Audubon Park. 

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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 Friday, July 1 at noon. For more information, a full schedule of performances and a list of activities, visit www.redwhiteandboom.org. You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & BOOM!
WHEN: Friday, July 1 | noon to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Riverfront

Scioto Mile FOUNTAIN and Park information:

  • The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and will resume operation Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bicentennial Park restrooms will be closed on July 1 during Red, White & BOOM!
  • Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2 for fireworks operations.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Public set-up for Red, White & BOOM! may begin at 5 p.m. on June 30. Anything placed before 5 p.m. on June 30 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 1.
  • 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.

TRAIL ACCESS:

  • Beginning Monday, June 27, 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 Saturday, July 2.
  • Beginning Thursday June 30, 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 Saturday, July 2.

RIVER ACCESS:

  • On July 1, 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, due to current water level. The Lower Scioto ramp at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park  is temporarily closed and will not be available during Red, White and BOOM!

STREET CLOSURES & PARKING METER RESTRICTIONS

Additional event information can be found at www.redwhiteandboom.org

Happy Independence Day!


THIS FRIDAY: Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers | Planet Riders

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is proud to bring bluegrass legend, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers to Bicentennial Park this Friday.

“The youngest of the old-timers” is what Larry Sparks calls himself, but what he doesn’t say is that in the course of his fifty years in bluegrass he’s created a body of work whose highlights stand beside the work of the music’s first-generation greats.

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Strumming since the 1960’s with the Stanley Brothers, it took less than a decade for Sparks to form his own band, The Lonesome Ramblers. More than five decades and 60 albums later, Sparks will perform a show that has graced the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits television show and many PBS appearances.

Inducted into multiple hall-of-fames, including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (IBMA), Larry Sparks’ success is backed up with an IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year—which featured several artists such as Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and many more.

“Larry Sparks is bluegrass music’s Ray Charles, no one can touch him. He is an absolute original.”     —Alison Krauss

Columbus’ own Planet Riders will kick off the evening. With tight vocal harmonies to complex instrumental arrangements, these original acoustic musicians walk a fine line between traditional and progressive bluegrass music. All professionally trained musicians, the band’s members have been featured internationally and nationally for their innovative picking and playing, offering a clean cut performance inspired by legends like Larry Sparks himself.

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Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin

7:30 p.m.—Planet Riders, followed by Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers

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.



FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by the Columbus Crew SC

Check out the Scioto Mile blog all summer long for a weekly FountainSide Fun Challenge. Our community partners will share and inspire an array of hands-on activities, crafts, and games for family-friendly fun at home all summer long. Bright, clear skies turn into time outside getting active with friends and family!

This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from the Columbus Crew SC! Create this soccer-inspired picture frame, and then join us at FountainSide where you can snap a pic while sporting the team’s signature black and gold colors. Prepare to tune up your footwork as Ohio’s professional soccer club gets you moving and grooving!

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Need a snack while you create? Soccer requires lots of running—keep energized with these Fruit-and-Nut Energy Bars.

Join the Columbus Crew at FountainSide Wednesday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.!

In addition to splashing in the fountain, round-up some reptiles with Captive Born Reptiles, test your knowledge of the furry friends in your backyard with McKnight Outdoor Education Center and learn how to plant and grow with Lowe’s.

Additional activities this week are hosted by Local Matters, Columbus Children’s Theatre and Buckeye Mobile Tour!

 

 


THIS FRIDAY 6/17: Columbus Executives Bring Classics to Bicentennial Park

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to present The Navigators. With the sounds of vibrant horns and rich multilayered vocals, The Navigators effortlessly personify hits from Chicago, The Beatles, the Commodores and more classic groups.  The band’s energetic stage presence combines with a lively and interactive crowd experience to create fun for the whole family.

The 13-piece band comprised of Columbus executives and professionals was created with a mission to serve the community and raise money for charity.  In this effort, The Navigators have helped to raise more than $200,000 to benefit local and national charities since their formation in 2003.

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Get ready to rock!

Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
7:30 p.m.—The Navigators

 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
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FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by Capital Area Humane Society

This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from the Capital Area Humane Society who will have their mobile animal shelter in Bicentennial Park on June 15.

Although many of us have furry friends at home, some animals do not get the love and care that they deserve. With knowledge and compassion, Capital Area Humane Society treats dogs, cats and other animals like their own pets until they’re able to find a forever home. This week, we challenge YOU to create your own cat mask! Cut the pieces for your mask, and even experiment with creating other animal masks.

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Need a snack while you create? Check out these 19 healthy animal inspired treats!

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Join the Capital Area Humane Society at FountainSide Wednesday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to splashing in the fountain, we’ll walk on the wild side with the Ohio Wildlife Center, test your baseball swing with the Columbus Clippers and create crafty critter finger puppets with Franklin Park Conservatory.

Additional activities this week are hosted by Thurber House, Child Development Council Head Start, Macaroni Kid, Lowe’s and Local Matters!

Check out the Scioto Mile blog all summer long for a weekly FountainSide Fun Challenge. Our community partners will share and inspire an array of hands-on activities, crafts, and games for family-friendly fun at home all summer long. Warmer, sunny afternoons mean more visits from the outside friends in our own backyards!


Columbus Arts Festival June 10, 11 & 12

As the festival season kicks off, make sure the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is on the top of your list. In its 55th year, the Columbus Arts Festival will bring together art and art enthusiasts from all over the country June 10, 11 and 12, 2016. Fine art, music, dance, food, and photos will line the streets along Columbus’ downtown riverfront, transforming the area into a stunning outdoor art gallery.

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With works from more than 300 nationally acclaimed artists on display, seven performance stages,  live performance art through the streets and much more, you are sure to enjoy a weekend filled with art and culture.

New this year, the festival introduces CHROMA!, an after-hours dance party located at the festival’s “Club Sharkey’s”. Guests are invited to wear white and light colored clothing to be transformed into human works of art—using paints, spin art machines, colored hair spray and face paint!

Throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to share their experience via social media using #CbusArtsFest.

WHAT: 2016 Columbus Arts Festival
WHEN:  Friday, June 10 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Scioto Mile

For more information about the Columbus Arts Festival, visit: http://columbusartsfestival.org/

THE SCIOTO MILE FOUNTAIN HOURS:
The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off during set-up for the Columbus Arts Festival on Thursday, June 9 until 7:30 p.m.  The fountain will resume regular operation for viewing only from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday evening.  Beginning Friday morning, the fountain will resume regular operating hours.  Enjoy the Arts Festival!