About Columbus

There's an energy and excitement in Columbus that's going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you're invited to join in.


The city is booming, and not just in population. Named one of the New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2019 and celebrated for its incredible arts, entertainment, fashion and culinary offerings, this city on the move has something for everyone. The Greater Columbus Convention Center completed a full renovation and expansion project in 2017, highlighted by 373,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. The Columbus Museum of Art added a spectacular new wing, and the Scioto Mile puts 33 acres of riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum (open Nov. 2018) is the only of its kind, and is acclaimed by Architectural Digest.


Passionate chefs draw on our rare access to artisan food producers to create Columbus’ noteworthy local flavor and innovative food scene. Nationally acclaimed distilleries work together with brewers, coffee roasters and high-end cocktail bars, black box stages, music halls and dive bars to deliver unforgettable nightlife.


Columbus is an easy, walkable convention destination with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports and hotels just steps from the convention center in the Short North Arts District and the Arena District. Other downtown districts – German Village, the Brewery District and the Theatre District – are within 10 blocks or a short CBUS ride.


The city is proudly diverse, which you can experience in distinctive walkable neighborhoods on all sides of downtown. You'll meet friendly and welcoming people and observe an influx of ideas from innovative local businesses and surrounding universities. Our LGBTQ scene is one of the nation's most notable. (Download Out in Cbus Guide to learn more.) We can’t wait for you to discover your favorite facet of Columbus’ personality.