Things To Do In Columbus

Two, Four, or Six Adult Tickets to Columbus International Festival (50% Off)

Columbus International Festival

Ohio Expo Center

Enjoy a festival celebrating a variety of cultures through dancing, music, fashion, and food

$14 $7

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Walking Dead Mansion for Two or Four, or Two Snack Packages with Cotton Candy and Popcorn (Up to 45% Off)

Walking Dead Mansion

Vasser Village

Visitors wander the halls of an abandoned mansion with a dark past, avoiding the monsters that leap from the shadows

$10 $7

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$15 for a Hitchcock Movie with Popcorn and Sodas for Two at Gateway Film Center in October ($30 Value)

Gateway Film Center

University District

In October, cinema with stadium seating celebrates Hitchcock by screening suspenseful films like “Psycho,” “The Birds,” and “Rear Window”

$30 $15

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One, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for a Movie Outing with Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 51% Off)

Studio Movie Grill

Columbus, Arena Grand

A wide selection of new releases and cult classics is projected on towering screens as viewers watch from leather recliners and tables

$10.25 $5

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ChristmasFair 2014 at The Aladdin Shrine Center on November 22–23 (Up to 50% Off)

ChristmasFair 2014

The Aladdin Shrine Center

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150 artisans showcase gift-ready wares such as original pottery, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, and more

$12 $7

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Columbus International Film + Video Festival (Up to 62% Off)

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

Downtown Columbus

Members receive free admission to film-festival screenings, tickets to indies and blockbusters at a local theater, and discounts on mead

$25 $10

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$22 for a Distillery Tour and Tasting with Vintage T-shirt at Middle West Spirits ($40 Value)

Middle West Spirits

Weinland Park

Master distillers use Ohio-grown ingredients such as soft red winter wheat and wildflower honey to craft whiskey and vodkas

$40 $22

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Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour on January 22 or 24 (Up to 48% Off)

Erin Foley: Lady with Pockets Comedy Tour

Multiple Locations

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Erin Foley brings TV- and club-sharpened skills to the stage, demonstrating an acerbic wit shown on Comedy Central and Conan

$23 $12

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8- or 15-Person Party-Bike Bar Crawl from Pedal Wagon (Half Off)

Pedal Wagon

Downtown Columbus

This pedal-powered adventure on a 15-person party bike tours Columbus’s Short North and stops at four watering holes offering drink specials

$240 $119

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Four Private Classes or Two Private and One Group Class with a Dance Party at Danceville, USA (Up to 88% Off)

Danceville, USA

Short North

Instructors teach dancers to strut their stuff in partnered ballroom lessons and social dance parties

$235 $29

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5 or 15 TurboKick or Hip-Hop Hustle Classes at Blue Sky Exercise (Up to 67% Off)

Blue Sky Exercise

Columbus

TurboKick classes sculpt & tone arms, legs & torsos through up-tempo series of roundhouse kicks, jabs & dance-based cheerleading-like moves

$25 $10

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$35 for a BYOB Canvas-Painting Class for Two at Aprons-n-Easels ($70 Value)

Aprons -N- Easels

Hillard

Instructors provide step-by-step guidance and all necessary art materials as pairs create paintings, sip, and snack

$70 $35

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Film-Event Admission for Two or Four at Sistah Sinema (50% Off)

Sistah Sinema

Columbus

Monthly event showcases films by queer women of color and leads into a safe group discussion of the film and subject

$10 $5

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Wine-Flight Education Experience at Camelot Cellars (Up to 57% Off). Six Options Available.

Camelot Cellars

Short North Columbus

Compare sips of three 2 oz. tasting portions in rustic winery, with family-style table or private room for larger groups

$28 $12

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Yoga, Pilates, Barre & Boot-Camp Classes at Seven Studios (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Seven Studios

Columbus

Range of yoga, Barre, Pilates, and fitness classes such as Power Pilates, Hot Yoga, Barre 7 and boot-camp sessions

$72 $35

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Fitness Evaluation and One or Three Months of Boot Camp at The K Zone Fitness Studio (Up to 77% Off)

The K Zone Fitness Studio

Gahanna

In 45-minute sessions, trainers take exercisers through a variety of moves that give each person an intense full-body workout

$159 $39

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$99 for a Two-Hour Party for Up to 20 with Private Room and Mini Golf at Four Seasons Golf Center ($200 Value)

Four Seasons Golf Center

East Columbus

Parties of up to 20 enjoy an 18-hole round of mini golf before heading to a private party room for an hour of celebrating

$200 $99

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5 or 10 Fitness Classes at Hot Box Fitness (Up to 62% Off)

Hot Box Fitness

Village at Worthington

Instructors lead heated circuit-training classes designed to increase circulation while students build strength and stamina

$50 $19

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5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at The Art of Yoga (Up to 70% Off)

The Art of Yoga

Columbus

Yoga studio, housed inside a renovated loft, primarily offers Vinyasa classes, which cater to students of various experience levels

$60 $28

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Pins have been toppling at Sequoia Pro Bowl since 1963, but in 2014, the Columbus hot spot has added a new dimension to the bowling game. Its cutting-edge BES X scoring system transforms simple matches into highly interactive experiences filled with fun cartoons and arcade games. Linked to a 42-inch, flat-screen television installed at each lane, the system is capable of tracking statistics such as ball speed and converted splits for more serious competitors. However, casual visitors can use the system's photo capabilities to snap selfie shots that come to life as on-screen animations as they bowl. The BES X technology also has the capability to transform a match into a five-frame, arcade-style experience by loading one of the available games, including Monster Factory, Battle on the Lanes, and Bowling Hood. With its social media connections, the system even allows visitors to check in on Facebook and send text messages directly to the screens of friends at nearby lanes.

Refueling between frames is possible thanks to Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club Sports Bar, packed with ping-pong, cornhole,and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. Or patrons can try their hand at ticketed arcade games that can be turned in for prizes. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.

5501 Sandalwood Blvd
Columbus,
OH
US

The headquarters of the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Center abounds with exhibits and activities that showcase the state's diverse social, natural, and archeological history. Built in 1970, the museum's towering Brutalist edifice is a piece of history itself, lauded as "bold" and "imaginative” by the American Institute of Architects. Inside, a 15,000-square-foot gallery explores pivotal moments in the Buckeye State’s past, examining everything from Ohio’s role in the Civil War to Boomer Esiason’s stint as Secretary of State. A natural-history exhibit regales guests with interactive displays of animals, plants, and geography. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the center hosts an ever-changing selection of featured exhibits and special events.

Outside the museum sits Ohio Village, a re-creation of a Civil War–era town. Costumed villagers bustle about the square, performing chores and activities of the era, such as churning butter and checking wooden PalmPilots. The town's 15 buildings showcase the height of 19th-century architecture and include a Gothic-revival church, a large town hall, and an open market. The village is also the home of the renowned Ohio Village Muffins, who regularly compete in games of baseball played by 19th-century rules.

800 E 17th Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

The ample hands-on experience that Aveda Institute's students receive in cosmetology, hair styling, and skincare is only one part of their extensive training. Even as these burgeoning professionals master more advanced techniques, their instructors work to impart a sense of social and environmental responsibility. These are the tenets of founder and environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher, whose vision of living in sync with nature led to Aveda's botanically based products for hair and skin.

At the institute, students cull knowledge from industry experts through extensive practical training under the supervision of mentors. Stylists learn how to cut hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, makeup touchups, and horn sharpening. Future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.

To connect with both the local and global community, students also apply their efforts toward charity events such as Earth Month. This campaign helps raise funds for the Sierra Club, who in turn uses the donations to help protect sources of clean water worldwide. The Institute is also hosting an upcoming fashion benefit show on April 23, with procedes going to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Columbus.

1618 Neil Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

When Basil Restaurant opened in 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported on owner Rhome Ruanphae's inspiration: his mother?s string of successful Thai restaurants?beginning with Thai Village in Chicago?s Wicker Park neighborhood?that she ran with her husband while he was growing up. Rhome borrowed his mother?s culinary mastery for Basil, which teleports taste buds to Thailand with a menu of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Chefs gather rice or egg noodles to lay the foundation for many entrees, such as specialty kee mow, a soft or crispy maelstrom of rice noodles with thai basil, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The menu also features a rainbow of curries, soups, salads, and appetizers to keep ravenous diners from eating their napkins.

The seasoned confines of a former antique shop welcome diners to Basil Restaurant, decked out with bare brick and a retro advertisement for ice painted on the back wall. As a glittering chandelier casts light on colorful curries, wine-dark panels of varnished wood gaze at diners from the wall, and exposed lengths of ductwork add a neoindustrial aesthetic without the overkill of steam-powered dessert trays or austere Orwellian maitre d's.

1124 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors, then other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Ballroom and social to salsa, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow. The Columbus studio is owned by Michael Neyer, a former Arthur Murray Professional Dance Champion with over 35 years of experience as an Arthur Murray instructor.

5371 N High St (1mile S.of Rt 161)
Columbus,
OH
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

200 West Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus,
OH
US