Picnic with the Pops

Frequently Asked Questions


All concerts 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 will be located on the Rich, Third, and State Street sides of the park. Concerts start at 8pm.

General admission (lawn seats – please bring your own chair)

General admission lawn tickets are $25 (fees apply) for adults when purchased by phone at 614-469-0939, online via www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St). Tickets for children ages 3-14 are $10. Children 2 and under are free.

Table Seating

Tables on the front lawn, near the stage are available for purchase at each concert (subject to availability). Tables are sold in parties of 8 or 10, and range from $304-$830 per show. Catering for the table is available through Catering by Design at the discretion of the purchaser. For more information or to purchase a table call 614.469.0939.

Single Table Seats

Single table seats can be purchased in any quantity and range from $40-$85 (fees apply) per seat. Catering is not included. Table seats can be purchased in advance by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.) or central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations.

Will Call

Will call is located at the Rich Street entrance only.

Group Discount

A group discount is available for general admission lawn tickets for parties of 10 or more. Call 614.469.0939 (ext. 2) for more information.


Parking is available at the Columbus Commons Parking Garage, located at 55 East Rich Street, just steps away from the park. Spaces are also available in the lot beneath the Columbus Commons (entrance at 191 S. Third St.). Parking is $5. Both cash or credit is accepted. Pay for parking in advance to make your experience a quick and easy one! Pre-paid parking can be found at http://columbuscommons.org/parking/event-parking/

Food & Beverage Policy

Unlike other events at Columbus Commons, patrons may bring their own food, beverages, alcohol, and/or coolers to all Picnic with the Pops performances. Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) can also be purchased from on-site vendors.

Event Policy

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Low tables and coolers are permitted but may not be larger than 31.5 in. x 18.26 in. x 16.1 in. Coolers may not contain beverages totaling 50+ quarts. Pets are not allowed on the property during Picnic with the Pops. Skateboards, solicitation or unauthorized sales, handbills, weapons, plastic tarps, tents, and use of stakes are not permitted. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside of the park entrances only. Flash cameras, cell phones, laser pointers, and/or video and audio recorders of any kind are not permitted during the performance.


Portlet restrooms are located on the East side of the park.

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 or visit our website at columbussymphony.com. If a concert is cancelled due to severe weather, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Light weight rain gear is available for purchase at the volunteer merchandise table.


The Ohio Department of Transportation web site provides the latest traffic advisories and current information on highway construction and ramp closures at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/projects/71670/Pages/default.aspx

Bus Transportation

COTA buses will run their regularly scheduled routes to and from downtown. Patrons can get information on bus schedules and stops at www.cota.com.

Bicycle Parking

Bicycles can be locked up at bike racks throughout the park.


Medical personnel will be on-site for first aid needs. The EMT tent is located by the Town St. entrance. Columbus Police and other security staff will be on-site monitoring park activity. Outside the park, Capital Crossroads’ uniformed ambassadors can provide directions, information about downtown, and/or car escort services. For more information on Capital Crossroads services, please call 614-228-5718.

Lost Children

In the event that your child is missing, please report to the EMT tent located at the Town St. entrance.


All gates are handicap accessible. Accessible restrooms and seating will be located in the northeast corner of the lawn seating area on the Third Street side of the park.

What is not permited?

Laser pointers are not permitted on the grounds. Users of these items will be removed from the premises. Grills, umbrellas larger than a golf umbrella, plastic tarps and pets are not permitted on the grounds. Tables and stakes in the ground are not permitted in the lawn seating area. Candles are not permitted in the park.