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Franklin County Veterans Memorial

See a diverse array of sensational fairs, concerts and events at this entertainment center and memorial built to honor veterans of the Armed Forces.

The Franklin County Veterans Memorial functions not only as a monument to commemorate the services of the United States Armed Forces veterans but also as a multipurpose hall and auditorium. The memorial and its extensive events space regularly host public trade shows, concerts, exhibitions, performances, competitions and other events.

Check the Veterans Memorial website to find out what events are on during your stay in Columbus. Craft and jewelry fairs, bridal shows, music concerts and sports memorabilia shows are just some of the diverse events that occur in the memorial’s grand hall. Franklin County Veterans Memorial has over 145,000 square feet (13,500 square meters) of exhibition space, banquet rooms and a theater that fits almost 4,000 patrons, making the locale perfect for some of the biggest events in Columbus.

Since its dedication in 1955, the Veterans Memorial has hosted a huge array of shows, including concerts by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen. It was at the Veterans Memorial that Arnold Schwarzenegger was crowned the world’s weightlifting champion in 1970. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic is now held here every year.

Take advantage of the memorial’s prime location on the riverfront. Wander over to the lush green Genoa Park, located just southeast of the memorial. Walk along the picturesque Lower Scioto Greenway, a riverside path that offers over 6 miles (10 kilometers) of multi-use trail. Use this pathway to arrive at your planned event at the memorial or pack some lunch and take a break by the waterfront and enjoy the Scioto River views.

The Franklin County Veterans Memorial is centrally located just across the river from downtown. Convenient on-site parking is available and a shuttle bus operates during the cold winter months. Purchase a value package for parking during longer events, fairs or conferences, or catch one of the convenient local Columbus buses on West Broad Street.


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Hyatt Regency Columbus NZ$146
Hyatt Regency Columbus

Hyatt Regency Columbus

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

    Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection NZ$266
    Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

    Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection

    50 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Scioto Mile, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palace Theatre, COSI, and Ohio Theatre. Nationwide Arena and Greater Columbus Convention Center are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center NZ$107
      Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

      Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center

      111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BalletMet Performance Center, Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

        Hilton Columbus Downtown NZ$226
        Hilton Columbus Downtown

        Hilton Columbus Downtown

        401 N High St, Columbus, OH
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Arena District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. COSI and Palace Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Graduate Columbus NZ$128
          Graduate Columbus

          Graduate Columbus

          750 North High Street, Columbus, OH
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Italian Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Ohio Theatre and COSI are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio NZ$259
            Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown - Columbus, Ohio

            33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Columbus, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

              Courtyard Columbus Downtown NZ$124
              Courtyard Columbus Downtown

              Courtyard Columbus Downtown

              35 West Spring Street, Columbus, OH
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown NZ$139
                DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown

                DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus Downtown

                50 S Front St, Columbus, OH
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Scioto Mile, this hotel is steps away from Palace Theatre and Capitol Theatre. COSI and Columbus Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).