Central Ohio is booming with special events, fairs, festivals, and ongoing exhibits that you don’t want to miss! The CYP CLUB’s “Spotlight on the Arts” is proud to showcase several of these local events (some with special deals for YPs). Be sure to check the website listed to confirm full details. June 2-11
The Food Play
Available Light Theatre presents The Food Play - a healthy, organic, and locally grown evening of spectacular performances at The North Market. The shows will also mix in some great food (produced and provided by Local Matters with dessert from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams). Receive a $5 discount off tickets with promo code ‘cypeats’ at www.thefoodplay. eventbrite.com.
Columbus Arts Festival
Park Street Festival
The Columbus Arts Festival will celebrate its 50th year of bringing the best of fine art and fine craft to Columbus. FREE to attend! New this year: ‘Savor the Arts’ presented by Dine Originals, ‘Expose Yourself!’ art demonstrations by local and festival artists, ‘All Hands On Art’ adult art activities and games, VIP Package and more! The VIP Package (a $200 value) offers you the opportunity to enjoy the entire Festival in comfort and style with some very special benefits! Receive a $15 discount off the Package with promo code ‘CYP’ at www.columbusartsfestival.org.
June 10-11 Doo Dah Parade
Columbus Pride Festival
Benefiting the Second and Seven Foundation, Park Street Festival merges food, entertainment, and family fun all into one event - with 9 live bands. The festival is a joint effort among the bars on Park Street and runs the length of the street. Admission is free. www.parkstreetfest.com
Columbus Pride Festival, hosted by Stonewall Columbus, is considered to be the largest Gay Pride celebration of its kind in the Midwest and one of the top 10 in the country. For full weekend details, visit www. columbuspride.org.
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Columbus, in partnership with the CYP CLUB, will present The American Dream - a charity dance showcase to benefit A Kid Again at The Bluestone in downtown Columbus. Doors open at 7pm and showtime is at 8pm. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of entertainment, raising funds and awareness for charity, featuring ballroom and latin dancing, singing and comedy. Tickets are only $10 online; parking is included. www.fredastaireshowcase2011. eventbrite.com.
The Grandview Chamber of Commerce offers up this firstever DigFest - a celebration of local micro-beverage producers - at the Grandview Yard from 5-10pm. Taste local products in sample sizes, enjoy food and listen to live music. Admission is free; taste tickets are $1 each. www.grandviewchamber.org.
ComFest (Community Festival) at Goodale Park will feature performances on 6 stages with music, the arts, and political activism. www.comfest.com.
The Actors’ Theatre of Columbus will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream - one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies - at Schiller Park. www.theactorstheatre.org.
Red, White and Boom light up the downtown Columbus sky for Independence Day activities and holiday celebrations. www.redwhiteandboom.org.
Celebrate liberty and lunacy at the 28th annual Doo Dah Parade - billed as the craziest parade in history - in the heart of the Short North. The event steps off at 1pm with beer, bands, and fun all day long. www.doodahparade.com.
Join the CYP CLUB for a Summer Wine Tasting at Camelot Cellars in the Short North from 7-9pm. The event includes five tastes (2 reds, 2 whites, and 1 specialty wine), cheese/crackers and light snacks, and a full bottle of wine to take home that evening. www.cypclub.com.
July 8, 15, 22; August 12
This summer, the Jazz Arts Group will take jazz to a wilder place as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes center stage at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the sixth season of JazZoo! The four-concert series returns to the Water’s Edge Events Park at the Zoo - a beautiful waterfront setting. Gates open at 6:30pm with concerts beginning at 8pm. • July 8: “Red, White & Blues” featuring Kevin McGuire. • July 15: “Broadway Meets Hollywood” featuring Helen Welch.
• July 22: “Rhapsody in Zoo – A Gershwin Celebration” featuring Bobby Floyd. • August 12: “Elvis, The Beatles & Beyond” featuring Dan Faehnle (Pink Martini) and Jonathan Elliott (The Floorwalkers). For tickets, call 614-724-3485 or visit www.columbuszoo.org or www.jazzartsgroup.org.
Red, White & Boom
The CYP CLUB is celebrating its 6th anniversary with a Downtown Bar Crawl and Scavenger Hunt... 6 years. 6 bars. And $600 in cash is up for grabs! You’ll get to tour six different bars in the Arena District with great drink and food specials at each bar PLUS scavenger hunt-type activities along the way where you can play games, snap photos, and win prizes. www.cypclub.com.
The Jazz & Rib Fest is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque for more than thirty years. Admission is free. www.hotribscooljazz.org. Volunteer through the CYP CLUB as a Rib Judge Assistant or at the VIP Hospitality or Canoe/Kayak Activity areas at www.cypclub.com.
Jazz & Rib Fest
Summer Wine Tasting
JazZoo at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Thru August 6
Catch up on the shows you missed and revisit your favorites with The Best of Shadowbox 2011 all summer through August 6. Only the most popular-by-demand sketches and songs make it into this all-star line-up for a fast-paced, side-splitting show. Thursdays at 7:30pm and Fridays / Saturdays at 7:30pm and 10:30pm. ww.shadowboxlive.org.
The Best of Shadowbox
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