Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops schedule

(Courtesy: CAPA)

2018 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops scheduled

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.

  • Little River Band
  • Saturday, June 16
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Dubbed “the best singing band in the world” by Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, the Little River Band enjoyed huge chart success throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits including “Reminiscing,” “Lonesome Loser,” “The Night Owls,” “Take It Easy on Me,” “The Other Guy,” and “It’s A Long Way There.”


  • Rick Springfield
  • Saturday, June 23
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 US Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.”


  • Patriotic Pops featuring the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Saturday, June 30
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus joins the Columbus Symphony’s grand summer tradition celebrating the Fourth of July. Enjoy an evening of patriotic favorites and rousing Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” topped off with a brilliant display of fireworks!


  • The Music of Billy Joel and More starring Michael Cavanaugh
  • Saturday, July 7
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Michael Cavanaugh received both Tony and Grammy nominations for the role. Named “the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook” by Billboard, Cavanaugh’s show features hits like “My Life,” “Movin’ Out,” “Just the Way You Are,” and “River of Dreams.”


  • HANSON String Theory
  • Saturday, July 14
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • After a sold-out world tour celebrating 25 years together, HANSON marks their 26th birthday with HANSON String Theory, a musical manifesto showcasing new and career-spanning works from the pop-rock trio of brothers.


  • Tchaikovsky Spectacular
  • Friday, July 20
  • Rossen Milanov, conductor
  • The CSO’s popular Russian Winter Festival meets Picnic with the Pops in a summer celebration of all things Tchaikovsky. Titles include Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake, as well as audience favorite, the 1812 Overture.


  • Brian McKnight
  • Saturday, July 21
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter, and producer Brian McKnight has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with his soulful R&B hits including “Back at One,” "One Last Cry," and "Crazy Love.”


  • The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28
  • Stuart Chafetz & Dr. Christopher Hoch, conductors
  • Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!


Lawn Seating

General admission lawn tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614.469.0939, online, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.

Table Seating

Tables of 8 or 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $336-$830 per table. Catering for the table is available at the discretion of the purchaser. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614.469.0939.

2018 Nationwide Popcorn Pops

  • Superhero Soundtracks
  • Friday, June 29
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Come dressed as your favorite caped crusader as the Columbus Symphony performs the theme songs of your most beloved superheroes including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more!


  • Movie Music
  • Friday, July 13
  • Stuart Chafetz, conductor
  • Enjoy the signature songs of your favorite family films including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, and more!


Tickets are $10 for both children and adults. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the show, by phone at 614.469.0939, online, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

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