Free Concerts in Columbus, Ohio, Area

Music Under the Stars a Summer Tradition

Columbus, Ohio
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No matter your musical preference, free music fills the air around Columbus this summer. Columbus and Central Ohio communities offer plenty of free concerts during summer 2017. They mix it up style-wise, too, so no matter your musical taste and preference, you'll find something to like at one or more of these concert series and festivals. So bring the lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, drinks, and bug repellant and grab yourself a free “music break” on most days of the week.


Park of Roses Concert Series
When: June 18 to Sept. 10
Where: Park of Roses gazebo, Whetstone Park, corner of High Street and Action Road., Clintonville (in case of rain, go to the shelter house)
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

Sundays at Scioto
When:  June 11 to July 30
Where: Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive, Dublin
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Green
When: May 21 to Aug. 13
Where: Northwest quadrant of the Village Green, corner of High Street  and the Dublin-Granville Road in Worthington
Time: 7 p.m.


Music on the Lawn
When: June 6 to July 25
Where: Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 West First Ave., Columbus
Time: 7:30  to 8:30 p.m.


Music in the Parks
When:  June 1 to July 20
Where: UA Arts Stage at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Arlington.
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Creekside Live
When: June 9  to Aug. 25 
Where: Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill Street, Gahanna
Time: 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Bandstand
When: June 2 to  Aug. 11
Where: Bandstand in downtown Lancaster
Time: 7:30 p.m.​​​

Music Festivals

Jazz and Rib Fest
What: Jazz on three stages accompanied by a barbecue banquet, with 23 teams from around the United States competing for the "Best Ribs" prize
When: July 21 to July 23; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa parks on the Scioto Mile, Columbus

Festival Latino
What: Salsa, urban bachata, and merengue -- and that's just the music. Food vendors serve up treats, too, at the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio  ​
When: Aug. 12 and Aug. 13
Where: Genoa Park, downtown Columbus riverfront

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