Chris Rock, WWE, Taco Fest

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, that means we have an entire summer ahead of us to play.

Whether you’re a long-term planner or just looking for a weekend getaway, The Dispatch’s entertainment crew has you covered.

Why, just this week, we let readers learn about the outdoor music scene not just in Central Ohio, but statewide. Who performs in Buckeye State? We have a snapshot of the performers and festivals coming up in June.

And of course, we published our Summer Events Guide last weekend, and there’s a lot more to do than most people can do!

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Summer fun in Columbus 2022: A pair of big art events return in a season packed with attractions

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Chris Rock will perform Tuesday at the Ohio Theater.

Chris Rock laughing at the Ohio Theater

Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian Chris Rock, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” has appeared in more than a dozen films including “Grown Ups” and “The Longest Yard,” and was starred in the fourth season of the FX crime drama “Fargo.” ‘, and the semi-autobiographical sitcom ‘Everybody Hates Chris’, is coming to town. Rock will perform a stand-up show at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. . (614-469-0939,

The Biergarten Brass will take place on Thursday at Nocterra Brewing Co.

Copper in the biergarten at Nocterra Brewing

Enjoy a Drink While Listening to Brass Music: Members of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra—trumpeters David Duru and Heather Zweifel, trumpeter Stephanie Blaha, trombonist Jim Albrecht and tuba Chris Blaha—will perform outdoors at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nocterra Brewing Co. 41 Depot Powell Street. Choose from the picnic table shared benches, or take out chairs or blankets in the garden. Guests can purchase food at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit Food Truck. Tickets cost $16. (

From left to right, Dean Eureka, Katerie Condon, Brittany Kosinski, Sam Hoyer, and Shelby Zimmerman in a production of Summer Otterbein Theater

A Tribute to Sondheim by Otterbein Summer Theater

The Otterbein Summer Theater will pay tribute to legendary composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim, who died in November at the age of 91. The university’s summer theater program will begin its season with a concert titled “Along with Sundheim,” a musical featuring songs from “Company,” “Follies,” “Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “A Little Night Music,” and classic Sondheim performances. other. Shows: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Riley Hall of the Battle Center for the Fine Arts, 170 W. Park Street, Westerville. (614-823-1109,

From left: Nora de Green as Violet Newsted, Claire Ferguson as Judy Burnley, Emma Samuelson as Doralie Rhodes in Weathervan Playhouse production

Weathervane launches season 9 to 5, The Musical

Weathervane Playhouse, Ohio’s longest-running professional summer theater company, will launch its summer season with “9 to 5, The Musical.” The Broadway musical, adapted from the 1980 film by composer, lyricist Dolly Parton and author Patricia Resnick, centers on the friendship of three female co-workers in the late 1970s who plot revenge against a sexist, conceited, and deceptive leader. Shows 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. June 7-11 at 100 Price Road, Newark. Tickets cost from $15 to $37. (740-366-4616,

Sheridan Mirador as Nerd Face on . National Tour

Musical “Emojiland” to bring smiles

The producers of “Emojiland the Musical” have announced that the show’s national tour of Off-Broadway will conclude after its opening in Columbus, due in part to complications from the pandemic. Instead of having four shows from June 3-5 at the South Theater, as initially announced, the musical comedy around a cast of emoji archetypes will be presented as a one-night-only event, to be presented for a live capture of the musical, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Theater, 34 W Broad Street Admission is free, but tickets for the special show are required and available at, where VIP packages and seats will be sold as well. Refunds are available for tickets sold for the now-cancelled Southern Theater shows, according to the show’s producers.

Summer literary outings are back at Thurber House.

Literary outings are back with Donte Woods-Spikes

The season’s first summer literary outing at Thurber House on June 8 will feature Columbus storyteller and author Donte Woods-Spikes. In his book, Too Long: An Unending Farewell with Children of COVID-19, Woods Spikes documented the stories he heard from schoolchildren in Columbus during the pandemic. His appearance will be the first of six outings scheduled this summer at Thurber House Garden, 77 Jefferson Ave. Tickets range from $5.25 to $41, with more expensive tickets including a picnic dinner. Event starts at 6pm and program starts at 6:30pm (

Taco week begins June 6.

Columbus Taco Fest: Did someone say $2 tacos?

What does taco week look like? Columbus Taco Fest organizers have rounded up some of the local restaurants that will be offering $2 taco specials during the week of June 6-11. Restaurants include Taco Nice, Tasty Taco, Tipsy Taco, tortilla, caszuillo, multiple locations from the local cantina and more. Taco lovers can also enter an Instagram contest to post pictures of the tastiest tacos in order to win restaurant gift cards. Find a list and map of participating restaurants at

The Water Lantern Festival will be held on Saturday.

Water Lantern Festival Peaceful and easy feeling

Sit back and watch the lanterns drift over the water at night at the Water Lantern Festival, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Park, 1755 E. Broad St. Enjoy the food trucks, activities and music early in the evening. The decoration of the rice paper and wood lanterns lit with LED candles begins at 8:30 pm, with lanterns released between 9 and 10 pm. Off-site parking is located at 440 E. Long St. Tickets start at $25.99. (

WWE is coming to town on Friday.

WWE Smackdown is going to be full of action

Get all the wrestling action you could want at WWE Smackdown at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Value City Arena, West Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road. Potentially World Wrestling Entertainment stars including Smackdown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, Drew McIntyre, The New Day and tag team Usos champions fight arena-style in an evening of loud drama, pulsing lights and fireworks. Tickets start at $23. (614-688-3939,

Lisa Guzman As Elphaba on the National Tour

Last chance to see “Wicked.”

If you haven’t seen the Broadway production in Columbus of “Wicked,” take note: The show will end here on Sunday. The production looks at the tale from a new perspective – another girl who was born with emerald green skin and possesses an extraordinary talent – meets an exceptionally popular bubbly blonde. Their initial rivalry turns into the most unexpected friendship… until the world decides to call one “the good” and the other “the evil”. Tickets start at $43 at CBusArts Ticket Center (614-469-0939,

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