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New to Columbus and looking for social life that's not all about alcohol

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    Leishizzle
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    Hi there. I just moved to Columbus from the Bay Area of California about a month ago (out of medical necessity for my son). I’m a single 35 year old woman and back home had plenty of options for going out dancing, to art events, yoga events, and a lot of other things that didn’t put drinking at the center.
    I don’t drink, so it’s important to me to have more going on than that. I don’t mind if other people are, it’s just a bummer if that is the central attraction.

    Any guidance? I love dancing to house and other electronic music, love poetry events and art openings, woo-woo spiritual stuff, hiking, seeing live bands, dinner parties.
    So far I’m just having a hard time finding my people and most of the “new to town” advice has centered on where to drink. When I ask about dancing and the like, I get a lot of blank stares.

    I should also note: I am a typical Los Angeleno in that I could care less about sports. I know, I know, people tell me this is a problem here but I don’t think that it’s to change.

    Thanks!

    #1085590

    dubdave00
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    There’s plenty of stuff for non-drinkers. I, myself, am a non-drinker for both health reasons (Gluten allergies) and because alcoholism runs in my family on both sides (Yay for me!).

    I would get on the ColumbusUnderground mega weekend email list. You’ll find plenty of events going on that don’t simply involve a favorite watering hole.

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/mega-summer-weekend-2015-vol-10

    #1085591

    Welcome to Columbus!

    For me, most of my friends and social networks come from a) fitness facilities or b) volunteer stuff.

    I don’t do yoga, at all, but Yoga on High seems to be popular (http://yogaonhigh.com), if that’s your thing.

    You mentioned a kid; parent volunteer groups tend to be pretty social and welcoming. Even if they get-together at a bar, there’s lots of other common ground there.

    #1085592
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    Welcome to Columbus!

    Not liking sports is not a problem here. Not to worry.

    Hiking: Check out Hocking Hills, about 45 minutes outside the city.

    Literature: Check out the Thurber House (and the authors they bring in to read on the regular).

    Dinner parties: Check out the Kitchen.

    Yoga: Thank Yoga is also very popular.

    Check out CYPClub for lots of networking, social and volunteer opportunities with fellow YPs.

    I suspect the Pizzuti Collection, the Wexner Center, the Columbus Museum, CATCO, CAPA, et al. would be great resources for you regarding your passion for art.

    #1085594

    ehill27
    Participant

    You might also appreciate the Franklin Park Conservatory, as well as the Metro Parks (the latter for hiking).

    Skully’s has Ladies 80’s for dancing on Thursdays (I think that’s still a thing), but drinking will definately be part of it.

    As for live music, it really depends what you’re looking for. There are many great venues and we’re a common stop on national/international tours. Columbus Alive has a pretty good weekly list of shows AND other activities in their weekly paper. Not exactly sure how well their site covers these things, but it’s probably there as well.

    Welcome, and best wishes to you and your son.

    #1085595
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    You would probably enjoy the Body Language events at Victory’s Live, second Sat of the month.

    I’d check out the Fresh Air series: https://www.columbusunderground.com/event/fresh-air-cool-the-breeze-summer-series-3?instance_id=71484

    Restart House Music: https://www.facebook.com/RestartHouseMusic?fref=ts

    Check out the Yoga Brunch with Native Cold Pressed at The Kitchen: http://thekitchencolumbus.com/calendar/2015/8/16/yoga-brunch-with-native-cold-pressed

    Word Church with Amy Turn Sharp is some really great poetry. https://www.facebook.com/events/1665366107015676/
    Next one is July 29 at 8pm at
    Rambling House Soda Pop
    310 E Hudson St, Columbus, Ohio 43202

    The Goodale Park Music Series is every Sunday for a little bit, free shows, family-friendly. At the Gazebo. https://www.columbusunderground.com/events/tag_ids~33243/

    Hope that helps! Welcome!

    #1085599
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    Definitely DO NOT go to Ladies 80’s. It’s terrible. You’ll want to die.

    Anne had some good suggestions for electronic music. Also check out the Midwest Fresh events that are now at MINT, an art collective space https://www.facebook.com/events/572862729520905/

    There’s also a monthly event called Future Maudit at MINT that you might be into.

    Follow Squared on Facebook for updates on Body Language and some other electronic music stuff https://www.facebook.com/squaredonline

    Some of my favorite independent art stuff in the city is in Franklinton right now. Follow 400 W. Rich and Franklinton Arts District and The Vanderelli Room on FB for updates.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/400-West-Rich/141427129256630?fref=ts
    https://www.facebook.com/FranklintonArtsDistrict?fref=ts
    https://www.facebook.com/thevanderelliroom?fref=ts

    I’d be happy to recommend some music venues to check out if you let us know what kind of bands you’re into. But for national touring acts, check out the PromoWest website for stuff across a few venues that normally host that kind of stuff.

    To meet fun food/dinner party type folks, check out the classes and dinners at The Commissary. There’s some really rad stuff happening in there. https://www.facebook.com/thecommissarycolumbus?fref=ts

    There’s free yoga outdoors in the Columbus Commons on Tuesday nights at 6pm and on Saturdays…I forget when. Check out Columbus Commons in general for lots of outdoor music and whatnot.

    For hiking, the Hocking Hills area is great. Also check out Yellow Springs…a cute, super liberal little college town about 45 miles from here. You can shop around and eat and then there’s great hiking at Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park nearby. Also stop at Young’s Dairy for ice cream and to see the goats. :)

    #1085601
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
    Participant

    Oh. Also check out Tacocat for cool art openings too. https://www.facebook.com/TacocatCooperative?fref=ts

    If you haven’t found the North Market yet, it’s a gem.

    The museums and collections mentioned by others are also fantastic, but I think it’s easier to meet folks at some of these smaller, independent spaces. The artists there are generally super welcoming and eager to talk about their work and what is going on in the city. If you’re into creating art, check out the classes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center as well. Or you could hit up the Columbus Idea Foundry, which is a really rad maker space, and take classes in welding, lock picking, and all kinds of cool stuff.

    And definitely put Urban Scrawl on your calendar. It’s 8/29 and 8/30. I’m kind of biased since I’m the chair of the event, but it’s a super cool event by the Franklinton Arts District where fantastic local artists show up to paint large mural panels for two days…food, music, yadda yadda. :) And it’s free! :) https://www.facebook.com/events/1636448109908922/ We’re also looking for volunteers for the event. If you want to grab a shift, you’d be sure to meet at least a handful of folks that day that are into art, music, and community. http://vols.pt/gTkqFP

    #1085611

    Roger846
    Participant

    Welcome to Ohio! Don’t worry about not liking sports. While OSU is big here, a lot of people come from out of town and aren’t OSU fans or just aren’t sports fans. It takes time, but the city grows on you.

    I second everyone else’s recommendations and would add:

    Art:Wexner Center (people at work go there a lot and one lady volunteers), Columbus Jazz group at the Southern Theatre, Opera Columbus, Ballet Met, Columbus Children’s Theatre, etc. The WOSU (89.7) show on Friday mornings from around 10-11 often has shows on local music, arts events, restaurants, etc.

    Spiritual stuff: People at work go to the local Isha yoga group and other groups. Also, just from google (new age columbus)
    http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/oh/columbus/new-age-spirituality/
    I know there are tons of Meetup groups on all kinds of things. There’s a large Unitarian church on Weisheimer in Clintonville

    Poetry:
    http://users.wowway.com/~efavers0976/OPENMIC_front.htm
    http://www.downtownwriters.com/dates.html

    #1085632

    ehill27
    Participant

    Definitely DO NOT go to Ladies 80′s. It’s terrible. You’ll want to die.

    ;)

    Hehe. Perhaps I shouldn’t give suggestions for things I know nothing about.

    #1085635
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Lauren Wilson wrote:</div>
    Definitely DO NOT go to Ladies 80′s. It’s terrible. You’ll want to die.

    ;)

    Hehe. Perhaps I shouldn’t give suggestions for things I know nothing about.

    Ha! Noooooooo. Once upon a time it was fun. The last time I popped in with some friends on a whim it was like OMG get me out of here immediately. For a really fun non-electronic music dance party though, Damn Girl has gotten huge and is now at the Bluestone monthly because it’s so big.

    #1085641
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
    Participant

    Any guidance? I love dancing to house and other electronic music, love poetry events and art openings, woo-woo spiritual stuff, hiking, seeing live bands, dinner parties.<br>
    So far I’m just having a hard time finding my people and most of the “new to town” advice has centered on where to drink. When I ask about dancing and the like, I get a lot of blank stares.

    Everything cool exists in Columbus, but you have to seek it out (or make it yourself) –it doesn’t come and find you. This place is really a small town in a lot of ways, so many things are word-or-mouth or socially networking based. It also really depends on what part of town you live in. For the stuff you’re interested in, you want to be in Clintonville, Olde Towne East, Franklinton, the Short North or German Village. If you’re in a suburb, forgetaboutit.

    The one thing you might not find is a good dance scene. As far as I know, most dancing in Cbus is youth-and-alcohol focused. Everything else is out there.

    To find the art crowd, here’s where to go:

    Institutions: Columbus Museum of Art (free Sundays), Wexner Center (modern and contemporary), King Arts Complex (African American focus), Cultural Arts Center

    Galleries: William H Thomas (African American focus), ROY G BIV, Fresh AIR, Sherrie

    Other: Tacocat, 400 W Rich

    Events: Independent’s Day, Hot Times, Comfest, and (my event) the Columbus Invitational.

    Are you an artist yourself? There are a number of excellent artist-focused organizations. My wife is a professional artist, so I can point you towards some of those if you are interested.

    As far as live music, I rarely make it out, but Columbus has terrific live music. Zanzibar and the Rumba Cafe are two of the more chill venues I personally know about.

    #1085642
    spfld_expat
    spfld_expat
    Participant

    Welcome to Ohio! Don’t worry about not liking sports. While OSU is big here, a lot of people come from out of town and aren’t OSU fans or just aren’t sports fans. It takes time, but the city grows on you.

    Alternatively, go to a game anyway! You don’t have to be a crazy sports fan to check out a game now and then. I suggest at least trying a Clippers game. They’re a minor league team, so its a cheap night out. The nice thing about baseball is there is plenty of downtime, so you inevitably end up chatting with lots of people around your seats.

    Also, as for not being a sports fan being a problem, Columbus ain’t Cleveland! People here are from all over, with all their regional allegiances, so nobody really cares what team you’re for or if you even care about sports in the first place.

    #1085648
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    You may like GROOVE parties too:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/709152169207879/

    July 31 10pm
    Exile
    893 N 4th St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

    #1085678

    Ketz
    Participant

    The North Market also hosts cooking classes and/or dinner parties periodically. I recommend checking one of those out – I took a bread making class at Omega and it was a blast, met some great people

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