Our Events

Some of the nation’s leading organizations choose Columbus for their regional and national meetings and conventions, as well as large local organizations that recognize our facilities to be the best in the region. These include trade and professional associations, corporations, sports and entertainment associations, faith-based organizations and state government.

Featured Events

Arnold Sports Festival
Founded by namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer, the annual event held the first weekend in March features more athletes than the Olympics, competitors representing more than 80 countries, the nation's largest health & fitness expo with 900 booths and more than 200,000 attendees.
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Columbus International Auto Show
Hundreds of vehicles from dozens of manufacturers fill four contiguous exhibit halls with cars ranging from Fords to Ferraris and the "Ugliest Car in Columbus" to the concept cars of tomorrow.
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AmericanHort Cultivate
Considered the largest horticulture show in North America, Cultivate offers more than seven acres of trade show exhibits including technology and new products, services and plant varieties. Thousands of industry professionals from more than 20 countries attend this growing event that is moving up the ranks of the nation's Top 200 trade shows.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Celebration
This annual gathering is the largest served breakfast in the nation honoring the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader.
Held for the first time in the United States, the 4th International EcoSummit, with the theme of Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet's Ecosystem Services, attracted the world's most prominent ecologists from 75 countries in 2012.
John Deere Product Intro
Attracting four waves of 1,200 of company representatives each, participants watch 28 different company machines be driven across the stage. They then visit the exhibit hall floor to confer with subject matter experts before traveling to the Molly Caren Agriculture Center in nearby London to take Cropmaster and other specialty harvesting equipment for a test drive.
NHL All-Star Weekend
The National Hockey League's 2015 Fan Fair was filled with team mascots, dozens of interactive activities, Stanley Cup photo opportunities and multiple player autograph sessions with NHL heroes. The Fantasy Draft highlighted the player selections for Team Foligno and Team Toews. Affiliated hospitality functions preceded the NHL Skills Competition and NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena - home of the Columbus Blue Jackets - across the street.
Ohio Star Ball
Growing from a one-day event to the largest professional/amateur ballroom dancing competition in the world, Ohio Star Ball's glitter and grace includes almost 13,000 entries and filming for America's Ballroom Challenge to be broadcast nationally.
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Origins Game Fair
Produced by the Columbus-based Game Manufacturers Association, Origins provides more than 11,000 attendees with the chance to learn about new releases from game creators and manufacturers and buy and play games, including live-auction role-playing games and popular collectible card games.
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Southern Baptist Convention
The Southern Baptist Convention's decision to convene in Columbus in June 2015 was a milestone for the city. While Columbus had courted the denomination to host its annual meeting for years, the tipping point came with the opening of the Hilton Columbus Downtown, which added more than 500 hotel rooms near the Greater Columbus Convention Center and made the city suitable for the 10,000 to 12,000 guests expected for the event.
Thirty-One Gifts' "Dream It. Be It!" 2014 Conference
Gathering consultants of the world's fastest-growing company owned by a woman and the 17th largest direct-selling company, the conference unveiled the company's new lines of exclusive, stylish and functional totes, purses, fashion accessories and home organizing products. The event featured two buffet dinners, each accommodating 7,000 consultants at once.
World Summit on Trade Efficiency
The event, sponsored by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the City of Columbus and private-sector businesses, focused on the utilization of information technology to expand international trade.
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
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National Association of Counties (NACO)
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Heart of Ohio Tole 37th Painting Convention
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American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo)
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American Gear Manufacturers Association and ASM (Gear/ASM)
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The Ohio School Boards Association 2017 Capital Conference and Tradeshow (OSBA)
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The Greater Midwest Cheer & Dance Expo
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Additional Events

Largest Recurring Events
Arnold Sports Festival
Columbus International Auto Show
10TV Health & Fitness Expo
Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
Ohio Valley Region Volleyball
American Cheer Power
Columbus Bride: The Columbus Wedding Show
Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association CENTS
Thirty-One Gifts
Capital City Half-Marathon
Game Manufacturers Association
Easy Riders Bike Show
Ohio School Boards Association
AmericanHort Cultivate
Gordon Food Service
Ohio All-Star Wrestling
Ohio BWC
Skills USA
Ohio Dental Association
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
Ohio Star Ball
Premiere Beauty Classic
Significant Events
United Bus Owners Association
Worthington Industries
Rejuvenate with Steve Harvey
Honda Family Days
National Wild Turkey Federation
North American Christian Education
Christian Missionary Alliance
Super Floral Show
John Deere
National Catholic Youth Conference
The Episcopal Church
United Pentecostal Church International
National Society of Black Engineers
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
National Conference of Black Mayors
Presidential and campaign visits for
Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Joe Biden, John McCain
200 Columbus Birthday Gala
Convention Center Concerts & Performances
Bon Jovi
Brooks & Dunn
Lorrie Morgan
Barry Manilow
Eddie Murphy
Henry Mancini
Ben Vereen
Conway Twitty & Jerry Lee Lewis
Rodney Dangerfield
ZZ Top
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Royal Lipizzaner Stallions
Ice Capades
Nine Inch Nails
Ted Nugent
Tina Turner
Barney the purple dinosaur
America's Ballroom Challenge
Dr. Phil
Nationwide Arena Concerts & Performances
Bob Seger
The Who
Taylor Swift
Women of Faith
Charlie Wilson
New Kids on the Block
Imagine Dragons
NHL All-Star Game
NHL Skills Competition
NHL Draft
Marvel Universe Live
Disney on Ice
NCAA Basketball
Barry Manilow
Chris Brown
Miranda Lambert
Tim McGraw
Faith Hill
Blake Shelton
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
OSU Basketball
Cleveland Cavaliers
Performance Racing Industry
Columbus Horizon
Mid-America Basketball Tournament
Toughman Boxing
WTA Tennis
Ohio Roller Girls
National Bicycle League
NHL Fan Fair
USA Volleyball
USA Fencing
National Association of Sports Commissions
Archery Trade Association
Major League Gaming
Religious Events
Assemblies of God
Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
Church of the Brethren
Christian Missionary Alliance
Dare to Share Ministries
Evangelical Free Church of America
Four Square Gospel
From Abraham to Jesus
Group Publishing
Islamic Society of North America
National Catholic Youth Conference
National Missionary Convention
North American Christian Convention
Ohio Catholic Education Association
Ohio Church of God
Ohio Ministry Network
Ohio Teens for Christ
Seventh-Day Adventists
Southern Baptist Convention
The Episcopal Church
The Gathering
United Methodist Church
United Pentecostal Church International
Women of Faith
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