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Columbus Symphony 2021 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops

July 31 @ 8:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until June 26, 2021 12:00 am

One event on July 10, 2021 12:00 am at 8:00 pm

One event on July 17, 2021 12:00 am at 8:00 pm

One event on July 24, 2021 12:00 am at 8:00 pm

One event on July 30, 2021 12:00 am at 8:00 pm

One event on July 31, 2021 12:00 am at 8:00 pm

The Columbus Symphony today announced the 2021 season lineup for its two annual summer outdoor concert series—Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops. Tickets to both series will go on sale Monday, May 24, at 10am.

“We have taken great pride in being here for the community throughout the pandemic. Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops will give us exciting opportunities to celebrate returning to being together,” stated CSO Executive Director Denise Rehg. “Our patrons can be assured of adherence to the most current safety protocols as provided by the CDC and the Columbus Health Department. We are looking forward to a great summer and being here for our community. Come celebrate, relax, and enjoy!”

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.

Windborne’s The Music of Queen
Saturday, June 12
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Performed by the Columbus Symphony and amplified with a full rock band, this symphonic rock hybrid captures Queen’s distinct sound with lots of new musical colors. Includes music from Classic Queen, A Night at the Opera, The Works, and many more.

Michael Cavanaugh Performs the Music of Elton John
Saturday, June 19
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh received both Tony and Grammy nominations for the role. Named “the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” by Billboard, Cavanaugh’s The Music of Elton John features the greatest hits of the legendary singer/songwriter including “Your Song,” “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Tiny Dancer,” and many more.

Patriotic Pops with N’Kenge
Saturday, June 26
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
The Columbus Symphony continues its grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July with an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches. Enjoy the smooth stylings of award-winning guest vocalist N’Kenge, plus the time-honored performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and a brilliant display of fireworks!

En Vogue
Saturday, July 10
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Recognized as one of the top five highest-selling American female music groups in history, En Vogue has sold more than 20 million albums and effortlessly transitioned into the digital age, garnering more than 30 million streams and 26 million YouTube views on smashes such as “Hold On,” “Free Your Mind,” “Never Gonna Get It,” “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” “Don’t Let Go,” and “Whatta Man” (featuring Salt N Pepa).

Tito Puente Jr.
Saturday, July 17
Andrés Lopera, conductor
Tito Puente Jr. crosses cultures and generations with a high-voltage celebration of his legendary father, “The King of Latin Music” Tito Puente, including mambo and Latin jazz hits “Ran Kan Kan,” “Mambo Gozón,” and “Oye Como Va.” Puente also embraces the Latinx community with a special mariachi performance by Campanas de America.

Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions
Saturday, July 24
Lawrence Loh, conductor
From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love, and tenderness have created the soundtrack of our lives. Join the Grammy Award winner for a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards, and classical especially arranged for symphony orchestra.

The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31
Stuart Chafetz & Dr. Christopher Hoch, conductors
Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!

Lawn Seating
General admission lawn tickets are $36.75 in advance or at the gate. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10.50. Additional fees may apply. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939 or online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.

Table Seating
Tables of 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $578-$893 per table. Tables of four are available in limited quantities, ranging from $231-$357. Catering is available for tables through the series’ exclusive caterer. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614-469-0939 or email [email protected]

Single table seats are not available.

Food & Beverage Policy
Patrons may bring their own food and beverages. For Picnic concerts only, patrons are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on-site.

Sing, dance, and monkey around with the Columbus Symphony at two special family concerts recommended for children ages 3-12. Children will enjoy free pre-concert activities including balloon art, interactive games, open play activities, and a selfie station with Bee-thoven.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert activities will be available from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Concerts begin at 7 pm and run for approximately one hour. No intermission.

Space Out & Step Up!
Friday, June 18
Andrés Lopera, conductor
Space out on the Columbus Commons lawn with an interactive concert featuring music inspired by space. Enjoy out-of-this-world music while showing off those “moon walk” dance moves!

All the Colors of Columbus
Friday, July 16
Andrés Lopera, conductor
Experience music from around the world and around our city! In partnership with arts organizations from in and around Columbus, this community showcase celebrates the talents and diversity of Columbus.

Tickets are $12.60 for adults. Each paying adult admission receives one free admission for a child aged 3-12. Additional child tickets are $5.25. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, by phone at 614-469-0939, or online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com.

Food & Beverage Policy
Patrons may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

2021 Safety Guidelines
The Columbus Symphony will update health and safety guidelines weekly according to the CDC, state, and local guidelines. Check the Columbus Symphony web site for the most current information.


All programs and artists are subject to change.

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