From now until the end of the summer, festivals, performances and other events take place here.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – “There’s something to do in downtown Columbus every day,” said Erica Crowley, president of the Franklin County Council of Commissioners.

Crowley addressed a crowd gathered in downtown Huntington, where business and city leaders on Monday morning spoke of the excitement of people returning to downtown Columbus this spring and summer.

As of this month, many events that bring people to downtown Columbus are back on the calendar.

“When we say downtown is back, we mean it,” said Lisa Barton, a member of the CDDC board of directors, executive vice president and chief executive officer of AEP.

Familiar scenes from past years return to Red, White & BOOM! And Columbus Commons will once again be filled with fun for the whole family.

And new this year – “we’re holding two free concerts at Columbus Commons this summer,” Barton said.

Columbus Downtown Development Corporation holds free concerts: May 26 – Beach Boys, July 10 – Cheryl Crow.

They also hold other family activities for free.

“We have what we call our Commons for Kids series. And it starts from mid-June to mid-August. This is every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of activities, crafts, inflatable, free carousel rotations, whatever, ”said Ashley Myers, director of Columbus Commons.

Local business owners hope the return will be an expected incentive.

“We’re excited that downtown is back to get its business back with lunch,” said Alicia Herman, coordinator of private events at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.

Local business leaders are also sending a message: “The city center is back.”

“We’ve always thought it was a great place to work and play,” said Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker. “Columbus is one of the best kept secrets in America.”

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