If you’re in Columbus this weekend for the Arnold Sports Festival, and are unable to attend your planned event due to general admission restrictions, we want to share a few ways for you to spend your time in the city. We've worked with Columbus' world-class attractions to make your visit both fun and memorable!

Free Admission

Each of these attractions is offering free admission to anyone with an Arnold Sports Festival ticket between Friday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8. Present your Arnold ticket at the admission gates to take advantage of these offers. 


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Museum of Art

The Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art

Wexner Center for the Arts


Discounted Admission

These attractions are offering discounted admission to anyone with an Arnold Sports Festival ticket between Friday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8. Present your Arnold ticket at the admission gates to take advantage of these offers. 

COSI - $5 off admission

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens - $3 off admission

National Veterans Memorial and Museum - Tickets cost $5

Ohio History Connection - $5 off admission

Central Ohio Fire Museum - 10% off admission (closed Sunday)


Offers in the Short North Arts District: see each listing for restrictions.

Ampersand - Complimentary iced green tea with food purchase

Axis - Free entry on Friday

Bar 23 - Two UFC Title Fights on view Saturday at 9 p.m.

C. Krueger's - 12 cookies starting at $20, 24 cookies starting at $30, and 36 cookies starting at $40 through Saturday

CRMD MET-Rx protein ice cream available

Glean - $1 off handmade soap to anyone associated with the festival (ticket holders + participants)

Global Gifts - 10% off to ticket holders Friday-Monday

Hai Poke - Swol Bowl special for $17: Double portion of any protein over kale and rice with avocado, all toppings, and any sauce

High Street CBD - $5 off any $30+ purchase

HOMAGE - Special pricing on Arnold merch starting Friday: $20 tees, $15 tanks, $15 racers, $35 fleece, and $15 youth

Jacob Neal Home Collection - 20% off storewide

Jolie Occasions - 10% off to ticket holders, Friday-Sunday

Little Rock Bar - Heavy Metal Sudden Death Bingo at 4pm and Live Band KAraoke at 9pm  on Saturday

Local Cantina Short North - 10% off, must mention "Experience Columbus"

Ohio Strength - $20 drop-in single visits and $60 one-week passes available at ohiostrength.wodify.com

Pinot's Palette - Buy one seat, get one half price for any instructor led class; code is ARNOLD2020

Prologue Bookshop: 10% off to ticket holders

Short North Stage at the Garden Theater: $5 off tickets to Young Frankenstein Thursday-Sunday for Arnold Classic ticket holders. Use code ARNOLD at https://tinyurl.com/youngfrankSNS or call the box office at 614-725-4042 and mention code ARNOLD.

Short North Piece of Cake - $5 off any $10+ purchase, must mention the Arnold Sports festival deal, Friday & Saturday

The Lamp Shade - 35% off to ticket holders

The Optical. Co - Up to 40% off all glasses and sunglasses, Saturday & Sunday

The Paper Daisy - Pick a free set of matches with any $50 purchase

The Table - Complimentary taste of charcuterie with purchase of dinner (one meat + one cheese OR two cheeses OR two smoked + pickled)

THREAD - 10% off to ticket holders

Torso - Tanks and muscle shirts are 20% off, free tee shirt with purchase over $150, all clearance items are 70% off  

Union Cafe - 15% off food (up to $10 discount) to ticket holders

White Castle - $5 10 sack of White Castle Sliders Thursday-Sunday

Other Offers

The Woodbury - 15% discount on entire bill (excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol).

Milestone 229 - $5 off the purchase of two entrees 

Fours on High - Choice of two proteins (steak, chicken, fish) with baked sweet potato and steamed veggies for $20, or all three proteins for $25.

Zoup Arena District - 10% off purchase (closed Sunday)



This list is developing, so please check back, as new offers may be added.

If you're looking for even more to see and do, explore Columbus' distinctive neighborhoods. We've got guides right here. Columbus' restaurants, particularly those near the Greater Columbus Convention Center in the Short North Arts District are ready to serve you! Check out more on Columbus' dining scene here

We'll also be staffing information tables at all host hotels and at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to help you make the most of your time in Columbus. 


If you're a Columbus community member who would like to extend an offer to Arnold Sports Festival ticket holders, please email it to jvargo@experiencecolumbus.com.