Know Your Neighborhood: Things to Do in University District
As Columbus’ most densely populated area, the University District is constantly changing, growing and evolving. The recent closures of Ugly Tuna Saloona and Mad Mex, and openings of a new Target, new Chick-fil-A and more luxury apartments arriving to the area are just a few of the developments that immediately come to mind.
These ongoing changes have made the University District a neighborhood for more than just students, and has opened the campus area to a wide range of activities and fun things to do, from shows at the Newport to family-friendly fun at the Gateway Film Center, new places to eat, and more.
Continue reading on for more ways to experience the University District:
Find Things to Do for the Whole Family
Stop by Gateway Film Center, a cinema that screens anime and independent films along with the mainstream films, and is the site of numerous film festivals throughout the year. Once a month, Gateway also hosts Saturday Morning Cartoons, complete with personal-sized cereal boxes and cinnamon-sugar eggos for your nostalgic enjoyment.
Another family-friendly site is the Wexner Center for the Arts, a public gallery that holds experimental and independent film screenings, art exhibitions, and public programs for families and young people, such as Ohio Shorts, a short film contest for kids, and Other Prom, an alternative party for LGBTQ+ youth.
Or catch a game at The Shoe, the home of The Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio Stadium is known for hosting historically large crowds, and Buckeye fans bring tons of team spirit with them. Join the crowd in chants, and see the Ohio State marching band dot the “i” in “Ohio” live.
Shop for New and Pre-Loved Clothing on High Street
There is no shortage of second-hand and new clothing boutiques on High Street, so make a day of browsing the numerous stores in the area. Try Figleaf Boutique, a women’s clothing store known for bright and flirty dresses and rompers, or Pitaya for fun and trendy clothing. Clothing Underground is also worth checking out, as their second-hand and vintage clothing selection produces some interesting finds. Just a little further north, you’ll find Buffalo Exchange, a newer spot for vintage finds.
Eat Well at Buckeye Donuts, Ray Ray’s, or Eden Burger
Visit Buckeye Donuts, a Columbus staple that has been in business since 1969. Open 24 hours a day, the shop is perfect for a morning cup of coffee or a late night snack. Other cool places to eat are Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a popular barbeque spot serving jerk chicken, ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and more.
For more healthy options, stop by Eden Burger. It’s a vegan and vegetarian spot with options like barbeque burgers and onion rings. Everything is vegan, and prices are under $10.
Check out Campus Nightlife
It’s not a college campus if there isn’t any nightlife. One popular venue is TRISM, which doubles as a coffeehouse and bar during the day, and at night hosts wine tastings, trivia nights, concerts, and more.
Another great place for live music is the Newport, known as the country’s longest running rock club. In years past, the Newport has hosted Neil Young, B.B. King, James Brown, and the Ramones. Today, you can catch acts like Foo Fighters, The Neighborhood, and Owl City.
Lastly, check out the campus bars that includes Dick’s Den, which is good for live music, and Bullwinkles dance club. Or, for a hidden gem visit Village Idiot, a bar frequented moreso by slightly older crowds.
Experience Columbus presents Know Your Neighborhood: A series of articles highlighting things to do in Columbus neighborhoods. To experience this neighborhood for yourself, join us at Know Your Neighborhoods: Gateway – University District on June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. RSVP for the event here.
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