Searching for something to do this weekend? Well, you've come to the right place! We have the happenings right here, from art, theater and a book reading to a laundry list of music that'll whet almost any appetite!
There's the country twang of Kenny Chesney, hip-hop vibes with The Kid Laroi, the inaugural CBus Soul Fest featuring Talib Kweli and others. Music is also on the menu at the India Festival, where you can also see dance performances and enjoy food, clothing, henna, crafts, books, music and more. Other musical events are lined up for this weekend as well.
Lovers of the arts can immerse themselves in a world of Monet and other impressionists, or take in "The Niceties," Red Herring's last show at its current location. Actors' Theatre also will present "King Hedley II," its final production for the season.
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Country star Kenny Chesney to perform at Historic Crew Stadium
Multi-Country Music Award and Academy of County Music Award-winner Kenny Chesney is bringing his “Here and Now” tour to Historic Crew Stadium, Interstate 71 near East Hudson Street, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Chesney is known for his popular hits such as "When the Sun Goes Down" and "Don't Blink." He’ll be joined by Grammy Award-winners Dan + Shay, Country Music Association Award winners Carly Pearce and Old Dominion as well. Tickets for the concert start at $41. (Ticketmaster.com (614-447-2739)
'Immersive Monet & the Impressionists' worth a visit
Located at the Lighthouse ArtSpace Columbus, 940 Polaris Parkway, the "Immersive Monet & the Impressionists" exhibit is in full swing and tickets are still available this weekend. From Monet’s popular "Water Lilies" to Degas’ dancers and much more, the exhibit is a reflection of the artists' vibrant work. Tickets cost $35. (www.immersivemonet.com/columbus/)
The history of Ohio ice cream with author Renee Casteel Cook
Meet Columbus author Renee Casteel Cook as she takes some time to talk about her book "Ohio Ice Cream: A Scoop of History" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.. She will speak about the history of ice cream, including the birthplace of the ice cream cone and the banana split. Registration for the event can be done at www.westervillelibrary.com
Fresh off best new artist Grammy nomination The Kid Laroi brings tour to Columbus
Australian rapper The Kid Laroi will bring his “End of the World” tour to Kemba Live, 405 Neil Ave., at 6 p.m. Sunday. The young hip-hop artist has exploded onto the worldwide music scene before even releasing his debut studio album, "The Kids Are Growing Up," which is expected to be released this year. He already has been nominated for best new artist at the Grammys. Tickets start at $63, (Ticketmaster.com (614-461-5483, (614) 461-5483, www.promowestlive.com)
First-ever CBUS Soul Fest to bring headliner Talib Kweli and more to Bicentennial Park
Looking for a one-day festival with a loaded lineup and has free admission? The first-ever Soul Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive. The festival will showcase Black culture, music, history and soul during the daylong event. Headlining the festival are The Soul Rebels featuring nationally known MC Talib Kweli. Also on the entertainment list is Harmonic Soul, MojoFlo and many more. There will be food and retail vendors as well. Also, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons will be hosting a complementary CBUS Soul event focused on family fun and featuring Black-owned businesses. (https://www.sciotomile.com/cbus-soul-fest/; www.columbuscommons.org) Columbus Commons
Learn the ‘Recipe for Love’ with Johnny Steiner
Start with a dash of Rodgers and Hammerstein, add a sprinkling of Sinatra and combine: For his annual summer concert, Columbus singer Johnny Steiner will perform “Recipe for Love” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St., Westerville. The program will feature tunes including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin,’” and “I’ve Got the World on a String,” the latter of which is synonymous with Frank Sinatra. To bring the tunes alive, Steiner will be joined by pianist Collin Richardson, bassist Paul Baker and percussionist and guitarist Dave Villwock. Tickets cost $15. (www.johnnysteiner.com)
Actors' Theatre season finale, 'King Hedley II,' on deck
Actors' Theatre's final production for the season is “King Hedley II,” which will be performed outdoors at the Amphitheatre at Schiller Park, 1000 City Park Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from Aug, 18 to Sept. 4. A co-production with PAST Productions, the play is the ninth in August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, and follows the story of an ex-con in Pittsburgh in the '80s, as he tries to make a living selling refrigerators, and confronts the past. Admission is free; donations are welcome. (614-444-6888, theactorstheatre.org)
'The Niceties' kicks off Thursday night
Red Herring's final show at its current location, 3723 S. High St. in the Great Southern Shopping Center, will open on Thursday. “The Niceties,” Eleanor Burgess' two-person play, begins with a Black student at a liberal college discussing a paper about the impact of slavery on the American Revolution with her white professor, and escalates from there. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday from Aug, 18 through Sept. 4. Tickets: $30 (614-723-9116, www.redherringtheater.org)
'Gospel Superfest' to feature 20 national acts
Join in on the filming of syndicated TV show “Gospel Superfest” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Rocsi Diaz will host 20 national acts, including Grammy Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, five-piece gospel group Rizen, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Minnesota-based gospel ensemble Sounds of Blackness. “Proper attire” is required. Tickets start at $41. (614-469-0939, www.capa.com)
India Festival to feature music, food, henna and more
Celebrate India from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. Live music and dance performances will take place throughout the festival, with well-known Indian singer Garima Khiste headlining the event. Approximately one hundred booths will offer food, clothing, henna, crafts, books, music and more. Tickets: $15. (fia-ohio-org/india-festival)
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: 10 fun things to do in Columbus this weekend, including Kenny Chesney