Columbus Symphony's Picnic with the Pops Kicks Off with The Classical Mystery Tour and Cirque Musica, 6/13 -14

Columbus Symphony's Picnic with the Pops Kicks Off with The Classical Mystery Tour and Cirque Musica, 6/13 -14

On Friday, June 13, the 31st season of the Columbus Symphony's Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops kicks off with two performances sure to be a hit with Columbus audiences-the Classical Mystery Tour will perform a lavish Beatles tribute on Friday, June 13, and Cirque Musica will combine the beauty of well-known classical works with breathtaking acrobatics on Saturday, June 14- in its downtown home at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion in the Columbus Commons.

Classical Mystery Tour

Friday, June 13, 8pm

The Classical Mystery Tour presents more than 30 Beatles tunes-from their early music through the solo years-sung, played, and performed exactly as written including "Penny Lane" with a trumpet section, "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and "I Am the Walrus" with a rock and classical blend.

Cirque Musica

Saturday, June 14, 8pm
Cirque Musica takes audiences on a journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty of and mystery, blending the grace and thrills of the world's greatest circus performers with stunning symphonic music.


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.


General admission tickets go on sale May 2, and are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at or, in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), or at central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations. Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.


Center stage tables are available for purchase at each concert. Tables are sold in parties of 8 or 10, and range from $240-$850. 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 614.228.8600.

Single Table Seats

Single table seats can be purchased in any quantity and are $30-$85 per seat. Catering is not included. Table seats can be purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at, or in person at any central Ohio Kroger location or the CAPA Ticket Center.

Group Discount

A group discount is available for parties of 10 or more. Call 614.228.8600 (ext. 2) for more information.

Will Call

Will Call tickets will be held at the gate on the Rich Street side of the park.


Parking is available in the lot beneath the Columbus Commons (entrance at 191 S. Third St.), and park-side in the three-story garage at 55 E. Rich St. (entrances are located on Main Street and Rich Street). Parking is $5, and is cash only.

Food & Beverage Policy

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. Beer and wine are permitted on-site for Picnic concerts only. 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 and audio recorders of any kind are not permitted during the performance.


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 614-228-8600 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.


Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) will provide traffic and parking updates from 6-8pm on concert days. The Ohio Department of Transportation web site provides the latest traffic advisories and current information on highway construction and ramp closures at

Bus Transportation

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

Bicycle Parking

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


Medical personnel will be on-site for first aid needs. 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.


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.

All programs and artists are subject to change.