COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz will kick off the 2019 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops with opening weekend performances on Friday, June 14, with the Grammy Award-winning Kool and the Gang, and Saturday, June 15, with legendary rock band Jefferson Starship.
All Nationwide Picnic with the Pops performances are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.). Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 8 p.m.
The 2019 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops is the CSO’s 36th series and the 8th season at the Columbus Commons.
Friday, June 14
Kool and the Gang
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
This two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B/funk supergroup performs their iconic hits such as “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Get Down on It,” “Jungle Boogie,” and more.
Saturday, June 15
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Featuring original members David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin, this legendary American rock band performs from its catalog of more than 20 hit singles including “Jane,” “Miracles,” “Find Your Way Back,” and “We Built This City.”
Location: All concerts in the Nationwide Picnic with the Pops concert series will be held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons (160 S. High St.) directly behind the Ohio Theatre. Gates open at 6pm and are located on the Rich, Third, and State Street sides of the park.
Lawn Seating: General admission lawn tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.
Table Seating: Tables of 8 or 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $360-$850 per table. Catering for the table is available at the discretion of the purchaser. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614-469-0939.
Single table seats are also available and can be purchased in any quantity. Prices start at $50 per seat, and catering is not available. Single table seats can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center.
Group Discount: A group discount is available for parties of 15 or more. Call 614-469-0939 (ext. 2) for more information.
Will Call: Will Call tickets can be picked up at the gate on the Rich Street side of the park.
Parking: Parking is available at the Columbus Commons Main Parking Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street, just steps away from the park. Spaces are also available at the Columbus Commons’ underground garage at 191 South Third Street. Parking is $5.
Food & Beverage Policy: Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. Patrons are also permitted to bring their own beer and/or wine on-site. Coolers are permitted but must be less than 2.5 feet in height.
Event Policy: Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating but no tables. Pets, skateboards, solicitation or unauthorized sales, handbills, weapons, plastic tarps, tents, and use of stakes are not permitted. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. Flash cameras, cell phones, laser pointers, and/or video or audio recorders of any kind are not permitted during the performance.
Restrooms: Port-o-lets will be located in the southeast corner of the park at the corner of Third and Rich Streets.
Weather Policy: All concerts are rain or shine and may start late if necessitated by inclement weather. Concerts will only be cancelled because of severe weather, and the decision will be made after 6pm on the day of the performance. Patrons can call 614.469.0939 (ext. 6) after 6pm on the day of the show for updates. If a concert is cancelled due to severe weather, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.