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Join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for their summer Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops series’ at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons.

Event Information

For helpful tips, rules, pricing and information about attending Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops performances, check out these Quick Facts.

Parking

Preferred parking will be available at the Columbus Commons Main Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street for $5. Click here for easy, prepaid parking. A receipt is required if you pre-pay for parking. Please print your PayPal confirmation and bring it with you the day of the event.

Popcorn Pops

Families can enjoy a special night under the stars with a musical performance from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and kid-friendly activities, including the Columbus Commons Inflatable Zone and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and concerts start at 7 p.m. A free movie starts at 8:15 p.m. The movie is not part of the Columbus Symphony Orcestra Popcorn concert. The park will open for the movie at the conclusion of the concert.

Patriotic Popcorn

Friday, June 30, at 7pm

Wear your best patriotic gear and wave a flag proudly as the CSO celebrates the USA. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.


(No movie to follow)

We've Got Rhythm

Friday, July 21, at 7pm

Snap, clap, stomp & sway to the musical summer rhythms of the CSO. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.

Followed by a free movie, Lego Batman

Picnic with the Pops

Don’t miss this year’s terrific lineup of acclaimed artists (to be announced soon) and the renowned Columbus Symphony Orchestra! This season will host amazing performances. Gates open at 6 p.m., and concerts start at 8 p.m.

 

A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince

June 17

Celebrate the life of American icon and music legend Prince as this tribute band – featuring former members of his New Power Generation – and the Columbus Symphony perform his biggest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “U Got the Look,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more.

 

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

with the Columbus Symphony Chorus, June 23

Columbus Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the full orchestra, the 120-member Columbus Symphony Chorus, and a brilliant quartet of guest soloists in Beethoven’s uplifting Ninth Symphony, which culminates with Ode to Joy, a heartening message of universal love and hope. Experience the most important and inspiring classical music in this new and groundbreaking way on the open stage this summer!

Beethoven V. Coldplay

June 24

Conductor, composer, arranger, producer, and songwriter Steve Hackman conducts his Beethoven V. Coldplay creation, a symphonic mash-up of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony (“Eroica”) with songs from the British rock band Coldplay including “Paradise,” “The Scientist,” “Clocks,” “Fix You,” and “Viva la Vida.

Patriotic Pops featuring Harmony Project

July 1

The Harmony Project joins the Columbus Symphony’s grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks!

Remember When Rock Was Young

July 8

Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John” and featuring music by The Rocket Band, this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John. including “Benny and the Jets”, “Philadelphia Freedom,” and “Crocodile Rock”, to name a few.

A Symphonic Night of Hip Hop featuring Common

July 15

A Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe–winning rapper, actor, film producer, activist, and poet, Common joins the Columbus Symphony to perform music from his latest album, Black America Again, as well as some of his biggest hits.

Three Dog Night

July 22

Legendary music icons and Grammy-nominated rock band Three Dog Night will perform some of their Top 40 hits, such as “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One.”

The OSU Marching Band

July 28-29

Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!