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NOTICE Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Office of Special Events is declaring a moratorium on all new race events (as defined in the Event Planning Guide) on multi-use bike trails in the downtown area starting Dec. 1, 2023, until further notice. The primary areas affected by this moratorium will be the Lower Scioto Greenway.

This declaration is based on a number of factors, including high demand, as well as new and ongoing construction projects in the area, which restrict the access to a portion of the trail between Souder Avenue and Broad Street.

Staff will review any pending applications for feasibility, but recommends no new events plan or start an application for this area.

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Event Permits Are you organizing a festival, concert, charity race, regatta, or neighborhood block party? Planning a filming or photo shoot? The CRPD Office of Special Events assists Event Coordinators plan a successful event in the City of Columbus, while providing a positive impact to the residents and businesses. - learn more

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Event Permit Calendar The Office of Special Events maintains a calendar for events requiring a permit. Please note this calendar does not reflect the availability of parks. - learn more

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Rentals Interested in renting a shelter house for an Event? Are you planning a wedding, baby shower, birthday, or graduation party? Check out our indoor or outdoor rental facilities. - learn more

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Sports Are you planning an athletic tournament? Check out our athletic facilities. - learn more


Special Event Support Program The program provides funding in five categories to Columbus-based organizations who have an established reputation for success and credibility, enhance the City’s overall cultural environment, support the local economic vitality and increase the visibility and reputation of the City of Columbus as a desirable destination for visitors. Special events that also celebrate a community, a neighborhood or a shared cultural interest are eligible for funding if they are held in public spaces and open to the entire public.   - learn more

Department Events The Office of Special Events coordinates high quality events that celebrate and showcase the City of Columbus.

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CBUS Soul Fest Celebrate Columbus' vibrant Black culture, music, history and soul during CBUS Soul Fest, presented by Experience Columbus and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. - learn more

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Columbus Symphony Community Concerts Join us for the Community Concert series with the entire orchestra performing family-friendly music, ranging from orchestral classics to pop and movie hits you know and love. - learn more

Jazz and Rib Fest 2022

Jazz & Rib Fest This highly anticipated summertime tradition offers both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the newly revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. - learn more

Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes a variety of performing artists for the Rhythm on the River series. - learn more

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Rise Up CBUS! Rise Up CBUS! events support and promote Opportunity Rising, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther's aspirations for every Columbus resident to equitably prosper and grow. - learn more


WinterFest Join us for WinterFest, a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks. - learn more