It’s no secret that outdoor music events blanket the city during the summer months. Residents look forward every year to packing their coolers and blankets, grabbing a patch of grass and then settling in for hours of music from hot local bands or national acts joining in with our own Columbus Symphony. Between now and late September, you can find a multitude of outdoor events that match any musical taste, and lucky for you, we’ve compiled a few of our choice picks.

One of the most well-known events occurs every summer on the Chemical Abstracts lawn near The Ohio State University. The Picnic with the Pops concert series, led by our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra, kicked off its 25th season in late June but will continue to draw crowds throughout July and August with acts like The Pointer Sisters, Clay Aiken of American Idol fame, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sha Na Na, and The Ohio State University Band. Plus the kids can join in the fun with weekly shows of the Popcorn Pops.

Should music truly be your life and you just can’t get enough of sitting outdoors, there are plenty more outdoor concerts to choose from this season, including the Party on State Concert Series in the Courtyard around Hyatt on Capitol Square that runs every Thursday through September and free live musical performances every Friday evening in Gahanna’s beautiful Friendship Park. Not enough? Then plan on spending your weekends at the Sundays at Scioto Concert Series at Scioto Park in Dublin, Civitan Summer Concert Series at the Park of Roses, or the Concerts on the Green in Historic Downtown Olde Worthington. Come winter you’ll have to find another way to fill your outdoor musical desires.

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