Looking for something to do this weekend? From the Black Keys to Buckeyes football, Twenty One Pilots to Gallery Hop, here are the best things to do in Columbus.


The Black Keys kick off its latest tour at the Schottenstein Center Friday. We spoke with singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach about the band's latest album ahead of the appearance. Also check out our behind the scenes look at arena concerts. Photo by Danny Clincher

It's a big weekend. I've compiled 23 kickass things for you to do this weekend. Of course, it includes the Buckeyes, but I didn't leave out the Crew, the Black Keys, Justin Townes Earle, a beer fun run (yes, a beer fun run), and tons of radass stuff. As always, here's what I'd do in Columbus this first weekend of September if I could be everywhere all the time.

Friday

The Black Keys at the Schottenstein Center

The Black Keys kick off its latest tour at the Schott on Friday. To prepare yourself, check out our cover story, where we spent some time behind the scenes at the Schott recently and discovered that, for instance, rock shows require about 30 more security personnel than, say, a Michael Buble show. (File under: Duh.)

Phillip Fox Band at Skully's Music-Diner

"Frank" at the Gateway

"The Congress" at The Gateway

"Dangerous Impermanence" at Shot Tower Gallery

Sommerfest Friday IV at Germania Singing & Sport Society

Bad Movie Nite at Studio 35

Sundance Film Festival Short Films at Wexner Center for the Arts

Twenty One Pilots at the LC

Rooftop Garden Tour at Urban Arts Space

Saturday

OSU vs. Virginia Tech at Ohio Stadium

Ohio State's first home game of the year. It's a night game. Lebron will be in the house. What other choice is there, really? Even if you're not attending the game, there's plenty to keep you busy. Like stalking Lebron. Or partaking in this list of 17 OSU traditions.

"Because I said I would" at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Ultimate Beer Run Downtown

Gallery Hop in the Short North

Sample some spirits made from beer at Yellow Brick Pizza

Get Right at Skully's

Clintonville Arts & Music Festival at Whetstone park

Sunday

Justin Townes Earle at The Bluestone

Perfect match of venue and artist. Plus, our music reporter Andy Downing says the new JTE album is among the best in his career.

Bishop Allen at The Tree Bar

Nosh on some of the city's best Thai at Erawan on the East Side

Mead Markdown Day at Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar

Windhand at The Basement

Columbus Crew vs. Chivas USA at Crew Stadium