Inside the Mile


Saturday, Dec. 2    |    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.    |    Bicentennial Park

Join us for the inaugural WinterFest, a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks. A portion of food truck and beer sales will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. CD102.5, The Alternative Station, is the promotional partner for WinterFest.

Bicentennial Stage Schedule:
11 a.m.– Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
11:45 a.m.Doc Robinson
12:30 p.m. – Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
1:15 p.m. – Doc Robinson
2:30 p.m. – Nationally acclaimed producer and DJ RJD2
*Schedule subject to change.

Enjoy seasonal beers from:
Columbus Brewing Company – Citra Noel (Red Ale)
Four String Brewing Co. – Vanilla Porter (Seasonal Porter) and Hilltop Lager (Lager)
Seventh Son Brewing – Rime (Holiday IPA)
Great Lakes Brewing Company – Christmas Ale (Winter Warmer)

Food trucks include Paddy Wagon, Cheesy Truck, Tortilla, Mixing Bowl, Pitabilities, Buckeye Donuts, Los Potosinos and Rolling Soul.

Backroom Coffee Roasters will be onsite selling coffee.

CRPD’s food truck will also be on hand selling hand-crafted bowls and a signature soup from Milestone 229 as part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Now in its 20th year, Empty Bowls has raised more than $235,000 to fight hunger in our community.

In addition to WinterFest, the Scioto Mile will be aglow with thousands of twinkling lights beginning November 17 adding an air of festivity to downtown Columbus.

WinterFest is presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of CD102.5, The Alternative Station, the Friends of the Cultural Arts Center and Mike Gallicchio.


Weddings on the Mile

If you are on the hunt for a unique venue for your special day, or you just want to be prepared for when that time comes, The Scioto Mile is the perfect spot to host a wedding. Prepare your Pinterest boards people, because we have some gorgeous venue inspiration!

North Bank Park Pavilion

311 West Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Situated on the Northern end of the Scioto Mile, the North Bank Park Pavilion offers breathtaking views of the city with the floor to ceiling windows. With a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors or 200 indoors and outdoors, it makes for a cozy venue with only your closest friends and family.

Max Capacity: 200
Pricing: Monday-Thursday $500+ / Friday-Sunday $900+
CRPD Insider Tip: It is very competitive to snag a Saturday slot. To guarantee your spot, arrive in person at CRPD Permits 1 year before your date (that is the earliest CRPD allows reservations). If there are other people there vying for the same day, you will all be entered into a lottery to decide who gets the venue.

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Coleman’s Pointe

79 South Civic Center Dive, Columbus, OH 43215

Coleman’s Pointe is a premier location for downtown wedding ceremonies.  An overlook, perched above the Scioto River along 33 acres of picturesque park land with views of the City Skyline, Coleman’s Pointe offers a unique setting that combines urban and natural aesthetics.

Max Capacity: 100
Pricing: $500*
CRPD Insider Tip: Coleman’s Pointe is best if you want your reception in the evening. Ceremonies can only be booked from 3:00-6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note, this site is for ceremonies only.

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*Pricing subject to change. Please call the Permits Section at (614) 645-3337 to confirm pricing.


Cultural Arts Center

139 West Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215Photo Source: Civic Arts Project

Once an armory, the 150 year old Italiante style architecture is the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. You can plan your festivities in the courtyard and/or main gallery space.

Max Capacity: 200
Pricing: $1,400+
CRPD Insider Tip: Parking for guests is not provided, but the Parking Company of America has a lot across the street that may be available for rent. Contact the Columbus Division of the Parking Company of America for details.

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The Boat House at Confluence Park

679 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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The Boat House sits at the intersection of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers giving it a magnificent view of the city skyline and surrounding greenery.

Max Capacity: 425
Pricing: $500+
CRPD Insider Tip: The spacious deck has 3 fireplaces to keep your guests warm, making it possible to have an outdoor wedding reception in the spring and autumn.

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333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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COSI has a variety of magical backdrops to choose from for your special day including a stunning panoramic view of the Scioto Mile and the Columbus skyline.

Max Capacity: 5,000
CRPD Insider Tip: Genoa Park is a popular venue for local festivals in the summer. When you have The Arts Festival or Festival Latino in close proximity to your reception, it makes for GREAT photos!

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Grange Insurance Audubon Center

505 West Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Photo Source:  Brad Feinknopf

Spectacular city views and beautiful natural landscapes surround this unique event space. If you are interested in a venue that lets in sunlight, honors nature and is true to a sustainable mindset, consider the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, conveniently located in the heart of the city.

Max Capacity: 300
CRPD Insider Tip:
The Center gives access to the kids play room and the park grounds, making it perfect for families!

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An Evening of Dance with BalletMet

Looking for a night of inspiration alfresco? Come to the final 2017 Rhythm on the River performance featuring BalletMet! The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and BalletMet will partner to show case an evening of exquisite dance Friday, August 25 at Bicentennial Park at 8 p.m. and food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public so bring your family and friends to BalletMet’s  awe-striking performance.

Performing excerpts and iconic moments from the company’s 2017/18 season, BalletMet will showcase both classical and contemporary works from “Parallel Connections”, “Dorothy and the Prince of Oz,” “Giselle” and more! BalletMet’s upcoming season is packed with company and world premieres and features cutting-edge works from choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Jerome Robbins, Andrea Schermoly and BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang.

 Since its formation in 1978, BalletMet has provided excellent artistic merit in the field of dance to Central Ohio. BalletMet has added hundreds of company premieres to its repertoire and produced 150 world premieres, touring countries such as Egypt, Poland, Russia, Spain and Canada. The company has also developed a series of educational and outreach programs, including the Wiggle Jig, Moving Into Literacy and Urban Dance and Wellness Classes, which reach more than 30,000 people annually, many from minority and under-served groups.


Picnic With Us!

We’ve got your dinner plans covered! Donatos will be providing delicious pizza by the slice and whole pie. The Columbus Recreation and Park’s Strawberry Food Truck will feature West African inspired cuisine by Asempe Kitchen and Too Good Eats’ local organic popsicles. Proceeds from the food truck benefit CRPD’s free summer meals program.
View the menu here!


Date & Time: Friday, August 25  |  Food & Beverage Sales 6:30 p.m.  |  Performance 8 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Rhythm on the River is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3 FM, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown.

2017 Jazz & Rib Fest Rib Award Winners


A total of 23 rib teams from across North America competed for Best Rib Awards Presented By Moo Moo Express Car Wash. The awards included Critics’ Choice, Critics’ All-Ohio Champion, Big Whigs’ Award, People’s Choice powered by (614) Magazine, Best Sauce, and the Silver Axe Award presented by the Columbus Division of Fire.

Big Whigs’ Award

Champion – Pigfoot BBQ Co.
2nd Place – Porky N’ Beans
3rd Place – Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.

Critics’ Choice

Champion – Porky N’Beans
2nd Place – Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.
3rd Place – Pigtails BBQ Co.

Critics’ All-Ohio Champion

Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.

Best Sauce

BBQ Masters

People’s Choice powered by (614) Magazine

Pigtails BBQ Co.

Silver Axe Award

Big Boned BBQ Co.


Dale Heydlauff – American Electric Power
Keenan Sanders – American Electric Power
Clark Donley – Sunny 95
Kyle Broderick – Anheuser-Busch
Bob Kendrick – ABC 6/ FOX 28
Bill Kelly – ABC 6/ FOX 28
Wayne Lewis – 614 Magazine
Keith Lawrence – Moo Moo Express Car Wash
Paul Rakosky – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department
Eric Rickabaugh – Rickabaugh Graphics
Dr. Frederic Bertley – COSI
Kara Anderson – Live Technologies

Professional Critics

Dave Karn – Columbus Division of Fire
Abbi Buckley – DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown
Keith Kuhlmann – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Lt. Steve Chesshir – Columbus Division of Fire
Christie Kuhlmann – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Dan Hurst – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Janet Hedges – Columbus Division of Fire
Ann Flora – Kansas City Barbeque Society
Scott Armstrong – Kansas City Barbeque Society

Click Here for a list of competing rib teams.

Click Here to learn more about the awards and to see past rib team winners.

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Jazz & Rib Fest

It’s that time again! The 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest is just around the corner and we are full speed ahead with a list of seven things not to miss this weekend!

1.) Out of this World Performances

Get down and boogie with our show stopping list of headliners:

Kenny Garrett Quintet: Friday | 9:30 PM | American Electric Stage
Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright: Saturday | 9:30 PM | American Electric Stage
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Sunday at 7:00 PM
Jazz Funk Soul Featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson: Saturday | 9:00 Pm | Genoa Park Stage
Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Saturday | 9:30 PM | Genoa Park Stage
Miles Electric Band: Sunday | 7:00 PM | Genoa Park Stage
Rebirth Brass Band: Friday | 9:30 PM | West Bank Stage
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: Saturday | 9:00 PM | West Bank Stage
Maysa: Sunday | 7:00 PM | West Bank Stage

2.) 23 Smokin’ Hot Rib Teams

You’ll be hungry after all that dancing and we’ve got you covered! Pig out with our 23 fabulous rib teams!

Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ Burr Ridge, IL
Bad Wolf BarbecueToronto, ON, Canada
BBQ MastersStockbridge, GA
Big Boned BBQ Co.Ravenel, SC
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQMt. Laurel, NJ
Carolina Rib KingMoore, SC
Chicago BBQ Co.Burr Ridge, IL
Cowboy’s BBQ & Rib Co.Weatherford, TX
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.Hinckley, OH
Howling Coyote BBQChicago, IL
Jack on the Bone Massillon, OH
Johnson’s BBQChesapeake, VA Schmidt’s German VillageColumbus, OH
Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild 

Armadillo’sRichfield, OH
Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ Burr Ridge, IL
Bad Wolf BarbecueToronto, ON, Canada
BBQ MastersStockbridge, GA
Big Boned BBQ Co.Ravenel, SC
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQMt. Laurel, NJ
Carolina Rib KingMoore, SC
Chicago BBQ Co.Burr Ridge, IL
Cowboy’s BBQ & Rib Co.Weatherford, TX
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.Hinckley, OH
Howling Coyote BBQChicago, IL
Jack on the Bone Massillon, OH
Johnson’s BBQChesapeake, VA
Just North of Memphis BBQ –  Annadale, MN
Mojo’s Rib ShackDiamond, OH
Pigfoot BBQ Cooking Team.Mentor, OH
Pigtails BBQ Co.West Salem, OH
Porky’ N’ BeansPort Saint Lucie, FL
Texas Outlaw BBQElizabethtown, KY
Texas Pit Bbarbeque Willis, TX
BarbequeMansfield, OH
Smokin’ T’s BBQBedford, OH

The Rib Awards presented by Moo Moo Express Car Wash are at the Genoa Park Stage at 6 PM Sunday! Don’t forget to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award powered by (614)Magazine before 5:00 PM on Sunday at Fill out an event survey at the end for a chance to win a JRF t-shirt, Columbus Blue Jackets signed hockey stick and a $50 Marathon gas gift card.

3.) Cool off at the ABC 6/ FOX 28 Pavilion

We know it gets hot with all the sizzling ribs and we have just the trick! Become an ABC 6 fan and cool off at the same time! Conveniently located at the heart of the festival, relax under the shade of the ABC 6/FOX 28 Pavilion on the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive. Stop by the pavilion for a hand fan and meet your favorite news anchors. Don’t miss a live broadcast on Friday July 21 at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM!

4.) Enjoy Our Craft Beer Selection

This year we will have a list of premium beverages provided by Anheuser-Busch. Enjoy our craft draught selection which includes Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Beer, Wolf Pup Session IPA, Devils Backbone Vienna Lager and Stella Artois. We will also be pouring Bud Light , Budweiser, Michelob Ultra and Shock Top. Sip on a can of Best Damn Sweet Tea and Bud Light Lime or enjoy Copa Divino’s Pinot Grigio and Merlot.

5.) Paddle in the City with HERO USA

Join HERO USA and the American Kayak Association for your very own riverfront adventure! ACA certified instructors will be conducting Level 1 safety education courses designed to get even the most inexperienced person on the water. Then take in the sights & sounds of the festival enjoying a half hour paddle on the beautifully restored Scioto River. A $15 activity fee supports HERO USA’s community-based youth outdoor education programs.
On-site registration is available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a popular activity, so reserve your space early!

Friday: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM |
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 7:30 PM
Note: Last boats go out at 7:30 PM

6.) Family Fun Festival Features

Are you a sports fan? Spin the prize wheel to win tickets to the opening game with the Columbus Blue Jackets or test your speed and accuracy at the Columbus Crew SC kick wall to win exclusive prizes! Are you a Buckeye fan? Snap a selfie and test your trivia skills to show off your Buckeye Pride with Buckeye Mobile Tour.
COSI will be onsite with BOOMing science experience including live demonstrations and the opportunity to play, explore and learn about science with your family and friends!

7.) Catch a Ride with car2go and Hopper Carts

We will get you where you need to go with Hopper Carts and car2go!
Head to Jazz & Rib Fest with car2go and park for free. Park on Main Street between Ludlow and Front Street at the dedicated car2go Drop Zone. Not a member yet? Join for free and get $5 of free drive time with promo code: JAZZY (expires July 23rd, 2017).

Hopper Carts is excited to offer a free to ride, on demand, eco-friendly ride sharing service that will take you right to and from the festival from the Short North and downtown area. To request a ride simply download the app and Hopper Cart will take you from your door to the drop off point at the festival. If you need a ride home or back to your car during the festival, just walk to their pick up point at Civic Center Drive and Rich Street. Remember to tip your driver so the hop don’t stop!

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Rhythm on the River Presents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and The Seldom Scene

Looking to fiddle around with some of the finest bluegrass there is to offer? Don’t miss The Seldom Scene and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper’s skillful and captivating performances Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park for our next Rhythm on the River performance.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, and with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.

The Seldom Scene
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. As one of the first bluegrass bands to embrace a non-traditional approach, they stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable by embracing artists such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead while mixing it up with Merle Haggard and traditional tunes as well. With a body of work stretching back to 1971, The Seldom Scene has become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass, while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, the Scene’s legend continues growing into the 21st century.

Calendar Information:

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper | The Seldom Scene
Date & Time: Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215
Description: Join Columbus Recreation and Parks  downtown for Rhythm on the River with Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper  and The Seldom Scene . Admission is free. Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m.

Donatos and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Strawberry Food Truck will be on hand during the concert with delicious eats. Proceeds from the food truck benefit CRPD’s free summer meals program. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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: