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Go All Out for Valentine’s Day and Weekends
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? It falls on a Tuesday this year, so many couples make plans for the weekend before or the weekend after. Columbus has opportunities available for romantic evenings of fine dining, music, walks along Broadway and the Riverwalk, taking in a play or musical, spending time at a coffee shop or getting ice cream in buildings over a century old, and just taking in the atmosphere. From museums to outdoor activities to everything that gives you a chance to relax, relate, and have fun together, Columbus is the perfect weekend getaway for couples.
And, if you still don’t have Valentine’s Day plans, give your significant other a card that says you’re going to Columbus next weekend! We’ll set you up with plenty to do!
On Valentine’s Day itself, visit the River Center for the Performing Arts and their presentation of Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles at 7:30pm.
Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces, with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car, as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Travel back to the magical Sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
Columbus has many other great restaurants, coffee shops, music clubs, hotels, museums, and great neighborhoods to explore. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day or weekend than with a visit to a new city to explore all it has to offer?
Farewell summer. Hello fall! The upcoming 3-day, Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy one last summer hoorah and explore one the most historically significant regions of the South without having to travel far! Make Columbus your home base for a weekend of history, great food, adventure, art, and beautiful Southern culture and architecture. Whether you take a couple of hours to enjoy whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River bordering downtown Columbus, or you become really adventurous and zip across the river on the zip line…. or, you’d just like to walk along the RiverWalk and enjoy the beauty of it all - Columbus has something for everyone this weekend!
From museums focused on American and southern history, such as the National Infantry Museum, to nature trails, hiking, fantastic food at one of many of our excellent downtown restaurants, a local theater for a great play, great local music at venues like The Loft, or just relaxing while taking a walk along Broadway, Columbus has something for everyone.
Make a weekend of it! Be intentional and make plans to “go all out” in Columbus through either intense adventure or serious relaxing and sampling of great food, music, and culture. Columbus’ art, history, music, and restaurant scenes are becoming some of the hottest and most noteworthy in the South. A long weekend at the end of summer is the perfect time to sample what the Electric City has to offer.
Book your weekend in an uptown hotel like the Columbus Marriott, constructed around a 19th century cotton mill and in walking distance of all of the restaurants, attractions, and fun that await you. Once you start to explore Columbus, you’ll realize that there is more to do here than one day allows, so make your plans now and come join us for the long weekend!
Hope is on the horizon. What a difference a day or two makes...clear, blue skies and a sun beaming its love in our direction today. And hopefully, with Spring only 21 days away (yes, I am counting), maybe Mother Nature is on an up-swing with her mood. We probably haven't seen the last gloomy day of winter yet, but let's enjoy this weekend while we can. If you've been cooped up far too long and are in desperate need of some fun to shake off the gray clouds in your head, check out the Event Calendar and start making some plans to do just that!
Lots of stuff lined up to do this weekend and a really good variety to choose from. If you're in the mood for sporty type stuff, check out the NFCA NAIA Leadoff Classic Softball Tournament at the South Commons Softball Complex--it'll be some of the best fastpitch softball you've ever seen, or for something completely different, head to the corner of 14th Street and Broadway Saturday morning for the VIP Bed Race--and if you're saying to yourself..."Bed Race?" Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking! Teams have come together to fashion the most creative beds and they'll be racing them in the street! It's all to the benefit Valley Interfaith Promise--a great organization here in Columbus. Or maybe pile the kids in the car and take the short trek to FDR State Park for their Dr. Seuss Read Across America and Costume Contest. You'll hear lots of great stories, see some creative costume designs and it's really great that the admission charged for this is only two canned goods per person for the local food bank.
If you want to keep the fun indoors, you're in luck. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will play host to comedian Kathleen Madigan on Friday night, the Broadway classic Jekyll & Hyde Saturday evening, and the annual CSU Guitar Symposium going on all weekend long. Or if you're in need of musical comedy, then the Springer Opera House may just be your ticket. I'm hearing from lots of folks that this is one of the best productions the Springer has ever done...and that's high praise indeed!
Don't worry about the weather...just enjoy the weekend!
Autumn. Fall. Whatever you call this time of year, it conjurs up images of cooler days, getting outside and just enjoying life. This is also the time of year when outdoor activities really ramp up because the tempurature and humidity have both dipped way below 100 on their respective scales. I know we're only hours into this new season, but if you'll check the Event Calendar, you'll see that we're not wasting any time kicking off the Fall fun. It may be a little early in the week, but indulge me...as a lover of all things autumnal, I wanted to give you a head's-up on a few things you might want to work into your weekend itinerary.
There's no better way to start the weekend than by throwing your lawn chair into your car and heading to the 1000 block of Broadway after work on Friday for one of Uptown's Friday Night Concerts--this week featuring The Rock Candy Band. It's worth another visit to Uptown Saturday morning for Market Days on Broadway. You never know what you might find...art, unbelievably delicious baked goods (please let the lady with the blueberry scones be there!), live music, and this is a great time of year to pick up some local, fresh veggies. And since you'll be in the neighborhood, you have to stop in and indulge at the Uptown Beer & Wine Festival from 1:00-5:00 Saturday. There's another festival going on all day Saturday called JunkFest Returns and this one has a little bit of everything including Hula-Hooping! There's also Jazz on the River on the lawn behind the Civic Center Sunday evening. And if you're in the mood for a quick road trip, load The Rock, GA into your GPS (it's near Thomaston) and spend the day at The Rock Ranch as they kick off their Fall Family Fun Days. Two words for this event..."Pumpkin Cannon." I am so there to see that!
See what I mean about there being a lot going on this weekend? Time to start planning for some fun in your life!
After being cooped up for a few days this past week...thank you, Mother Nature...it's time to get out of the house, get some fresh air and have a little fun! Lots going on this weekend and it looks like decent, more South-like temperatures, so let's enjoy it while we can. Great way to kick off the weekend is a stop at Market Days on Broadway in Uptown Columbus. There's always a place to get a steaming cup of coffee and lots of choices for some fresh baked goodies for breakfast to nibble on while you stroll the sidewalks and find all sorts of treasures. And if you're in the mood for some theatre this weekend, you're definitely in luck because there are several offerings with a little something for everyone. There's a production of "Stop Kiss" at Riverside Theatre Complex, "Meet the Browns" will be showing at the Columbus Civic Center, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts has "Bring It On: The Musical," and it's the final weekend for the stellar production of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Springer Opera House.
There's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend. Don't forget to check out the Event Calendar to get the full scoop on what's happening!