It’s a whole new year, and we’ve got a whole new range of things to do in Columbus this weekend.
One of the biggest events happening is the RV & Boat Show, which lands at the Ohio Expo Center Friday.
If you want to bask in the cold of January, can we suggest a winter hike in the Columbus metropolitan parks? Or how about ice skating at Riverside Crossing Park? Or you can see the Garden Railroad at the Franklin Park Conservatory for one last time.
For indoor fun, attend one of the current concerts or shows, including the Russian Winter Festival, the Iguana concert, or the premiere of “Best. Sex. Ever”.
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Ohio RV & Boat Show Kicks Off in Columbus
If Santa didn’t bring the gift you wanted for Christmas, you can attend the 42nd Annual Ohio RV & Boat Show which takes place this weekend and next year at the Ohio Expo Center. , Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. The event will feature recreational vehicles, boats, personal watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles and many other types of fun vehicles – enough to fill two buildings at the fairgrounds – so people can find a toy that they want. agrees. The show opens January 7 and ends January 16; however, it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Masks are encouraged but not mandatory. Tickets cost $ 14 or $ 3 for children ages 6 to 13, and those under 6 are free. (www.ohiorvandboatshow.com)
Calling all skaters: ice rink in Dublin
With rainy and warmer-than-average weather, the Grand Columbus hasn’t really looked like a Winter Olympics village lately. But Dublin’s Riverside Crossing Park, 6635 Riverside Dr., will test the skills of any future Dorothy Hamills or Brian Boitanos. A temporary 3,200 square foot skating rink will be open on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. until mid-March (except during very hot days or during periods of excessive rain). Admission costs $ 10 and includes skate rental; skaters can bring their own skates, but admission is still required. (www.dublinohiousa.gov)
The ‘New World’ in the New Year
Classical music fans can start the New Year with a trip to the New World: In a presentation by Early Music in Columbus, the acclaimed ensemble The Early Interval will perform “Twelfth Night Celebration: Journey to the New World” at 8 p.m. on January. 7 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St. The program will feature works by European composers performed by those who settled or previously lived in the Americas. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are required. Tickets cost $ 30, or $ 25 for seniors, $ 12 for students. (www.earlymusicincolumbus.org)
In-store sex, love and laughter with the Shadowbox Live show
Shadowbox Live will kick off its 2022 season with the world premiere of “Best. Sex. Ever. , A company-created sketch-comedy and live music show about love, dating, relationships and you-know-what. The performances, suggested for an adult audience due to the subject and the language, take place at 7:30 p.m. from January 6 to 8, from January 13 to 15, from January 20 to 22 and from January 27 to 20 and on Fridays and Saturdays through March 26 at 503 S. Front St. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required. Tickets cost $ 80, for tables of two, or $ 160 for tables of four. (614-416-7625, shadowboxlive.org)
Curtain Players New Work initiative launched
Curtain Players’ 2022 New Works Initiative Festival will feature the first public readings of four new full-length dramas and comedies at 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. The lineup: “The Witch of November: An Edmund Fitzgerald Story” by Vidas Barzdukas (7:30 p.m. on January 6), “Rocketship to Nowhere (Even Stars Disappear)” by Kate Hawthorne (7:30 p.m. on January 7), “Widows at the Club ”by Bea Gardner and Dave Russell (7:30 pm January 8) and“ Sudden Death ”by Cory Skurdal (2:00 pm January 9). Masks are compulsory. Entry: “Pay what you can”, with suggested $ 5 per game (614-360-1000, Curtainplayers.org)
Winter Jam Christian Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday in Columbus
The Winter Jam multi-artist Christian music festival will arrive at Value City Arena, Olentangy River Road and East Lane Avenue at 6 p.m. ET. On January 8, the headliner of the tour, which will include cult segments, will be Skillet. The group, which has been on the road for much of the past 25 years and has won several Christian music awards, includes husband and wife team John and Corey Cooper. Supporters will be Tauren Wells, Colton Dixon, KB, I Am They, Shane Pruitt and Newsong. Masks are compulsory. Tickets are not required. Admission is $ 10, cash or check, at the door. (855-484-1991, www.jamtour.com)
Relax and unwind with the Iguanas concert
Tired of the cold and the gray? Take a trip to warmer climates – musically at least – with the Iguanas, whose Louisiana Swamp Stomp Tour heads to Natalie’s Grandview, 945 King Ave., at 8 p.m. on January 12. The quartet, whose members are based in New Orleans, will present for 20 years their last album, “Juarez”, which combines the sounds of Mexico, the Great South and French Acadia. Guitarist Kevin Gordon will open the show. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test mandatory. Tickets: $ 20 to $ 30 (614-436-2625, nataliesgrandview.com)
Baby, it’s cold outside: winter hikes at Metro Parks
Bundle up and get some fresh air at one of two events on offer this weekend as part of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Park Winter Hikes Series. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, hike any trail at Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin Granville Road, and stop for hot, complimentary refreshments. A similar event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 Cleveland Ave. (www.metroparks.net)
Last call for a rail tour at the Franklin Park Conservatory
After nearly 18 months on two stops, the Paul Busse Garden Railway will leave the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Sunday. The whimsical Garden Train exhibit, which occupies the open-air Grand Mallway, has been delighting visitors since mid-2020 with its 1,000 feet of track winding through Fairytale Land, the Old West, European Travels and the area on the animal theme Who Lives Here. This weekend offers one last chance to see the impressive display of 51 botanical models made from plant materials. The exhibition is included in the entrance fee to the conservatory, which costs $ 19, or $ 16 for seniors, $ 12 for children aged 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. (www.fpconservatory.org)
Pajama party and pub crawl
No need to dress up to do bar hop this weekend. In fact, zip up your snug, comfiest onesie for this fun night out as the Boozin ‘In Your Onesie Bar Crawl returns to Columbus on January 8th. More than seven Arena District and Downtown bars will participate, and tickets will provide attendees with food and drinks. discounts at each establishment, access to themed drinks, dance evenings and costume contests. The cost starts at $ 19.99. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at www.barcrawllive.com.