Columbus Things to Do: Best Performing Arts Venues

Columbus is home to an aggressively growing performing arts community that includes the BalletMet, Columbus Symphony-Orchestra, Opera Columbus and the Contemporary American Theatre Company. So while staying at a Columbus Bed and Breakfast, consider stopping by one of these local theaters while deliberating your options for Columbus Things to Do.

The Palace Theater
34 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH
(614) 469-1331

A sparkling chandelier hangs from the ceiling while guests ascend a grand staircase whose red carpet leads to a stunning theater. Wonderful performances are executed including ballet dancers who glide across the stage or a chorus of harmonious voices that blend together, creating striking sounds. This is certainly not your jeans and t-shirts kind of performance, so plan to dust off your casual chic evening wear and get ready for an awe-inspiring performance. The perfect way to spend your evening while staying at a Columbus Inn and looking for Columbus Things to Do. Reservations are recommended for best seats.

The Southern Theater
21 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 340-9698

Guests can see the 100 years of history within the walls of the Southern Theater. Details are displayed in every aspect, from the light fixtures to the acoustics. There truly is not a bad seat in the house. Whether visiting for the dance, dramatic theater or Broadway productions, you will feel a cozy yet sophisticated ambiance, particularly because of its smaller size. Parking is located right alongside the theater. Reservations are recommended, but not required based upon the popularity of the concert event.

Ohio Theater
55 E State St

Columbus, OH
(614) 469-1045

The Ohio Theater is a restored performance venue that was once a movie palace. Located Downtown, Ohio Theater is known as the "Official Theatre of the State of Ohio." It was set to be demolished in 1969, until a group known as CAPA saved and restored the venue. Since then, Ohio Theater has matured into a globally acknowledged performing arts site that brings both classical and modern performances to Columbus locals. Guests can expect a delightful and entertaining performance, regardless of concert type. However, the historic venue should be seen not just for the art that is displayed on its stage, but for the architecture of the structure, making the venue perfect for Columbus Things to Do. Business casual attire, and reservations are recommended.

164 Easton Town Ctr
Columbus, OH
(614) 416-7625

Shadowbox has hilarious performances that give you a new and different taste from the opera or ballet. A cabaret with performances shown during both lunch and dinner, Shadowbox takes Saturday Night Live to a new level. If you are looking for a comedic act, this is the place for you. Although tickets cost $30 apiece, guests will find it worth it as they laugh until they cry. If you're looking for a meal, expect the menu to be limited here. No matter what, popcorn is always a good way to go. Space is limited, as it is a small venue. However, the performance is worth it and the casual dress is always a great treat.