Unity Gathering

Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

AGES: All LOCATION:  North Rotunda in front of Ohio Stadium Non-denominational prayer event bringing together people of all faiths and races together for an evening of prayer and asking God's blessings and mercy for the upcoming HBCU Classic.


Pre-Game Parley presented by Pepsi

Camelot Cellars Winery 901 Oak St, Columbus, OH

Presented by AGES:  25 and older Parking options/ instructions: Street parking / nearby lots Time to get back to networking. Join us as we get ready for the Big Game while mingling and networking with professionals. Come out and represent your HBCU, University and/or Organization. Learn, converse, build friendships and expand your connections in a […]


Golf Outing presented by Pepsi

Champion Golf Course 3900 Westerville Road, Columbus, OH

Presented by AGES: 18 and older Golf with OSU Buckeyes football alumni and sports personalities to provide scholarships and feed the hungry. Scramble format registration begins at 7:30am, with a shotgun start sharply at 8:30pm. There will be prizes, awards, food, and more. We hope that you can join us for this event.

$50 – $475

Summer Passion presented by Pepsi

The Forum 144 N Wall St, Columbus, OH

TICKETS:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-passion-presented-by-1911-foundation-tickets-163945504417   Presented by https://youtu.be/y2Q9dtElvxs AGES: 25 and older Parking: Valet parking available for $5 at attendee’s own expense Cost: General Admission—$20 or $35 at the door | VIP Level— $40 or $55 at the door Can't wait until Friday? You won't have to. The weekend begins early at the Classic For Columbus. Jam […]

$20 – $55

Classic Friday presented by Pepsi

Presented by AGES: 21 and older There's no fun like network fun. Meet old friends and make new ones. Test your business and social networking skills when young professionals and the young at heart mingle in an exclusive setting. Music and food provided. Dress to impress and join the shakers and movers.

Classic Pregame FANGATE!

Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

AGES: All Join us before the game for the official tailgate celebration! Food trucks, vendors, music, and more! 8:00 AM until kickoff at 3:00 PM across from the main gate to Ohio Stadium.    


PFPMA (NFL Moms/Philly Weeden) Charg’d Up Fitness

Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) 337 Annie and John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH

REGISTER HERE AGES: 18 and older Charg’d Up is a great way to kick-off the morning and HBCU Classic for Columbus game day! Known for transforming bodies and as Dr. Miami of Cleveland, former NFL Baltimore Ravens, and Arena football player Philipe “Philly” Weeden is going to lead us in his growing popular, upbeat, and uniquely […]


Battelle HBCU College, Career, and Community Fair

French Field House 460 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

FREE REGISTRATION:  https://classicforcolumbus.com/3cfair AGES: ALL Everything you need to know about financial aid, admissions, and college life. Looking to begin your career or change careers? Talk to college admissions advisors and job recruiters all in the same space.


PFPMA (NFL Moms) – Next Level Up Panel Discussion

Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) 337 Annie and John Glenn Ave, Columbus, OH

REGISTER HERE AGES: ALL PFPMA (NFL Moms) along with current and former NFL players share their journey and experiences about the road to and through college and professional sports. Their personal stories, insight, and guidance will help student athletes and parents build a strong foundation for success at the next level up and beyond. Get […]


Skills & Drills

Lincoln Tower Park (Turf Field) 1790 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH

AGES: 10 to 15 College athletes and coaches lead youth through a series of physical skill and drill activities and provide lectures about the responsibility of being a student athlete. LOCATION DETAILS: Located south of Ohio Stadium and between RPAC and Lincoln Tower



French Field House 460 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

AGES: ALL Drum sections from Kentucky State University and Central State University go head-to-head in a rhythmic, move and groove to the beat competition.


AEP High School Battle of the Bands

Lincoln Tower Park (Turf Field) 1790 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH

AGES: ALL Marching bands from Columbus City schools strut their stuff and display their extraordinary musical talents in a high energy showcase.


Financial Literacy and Wealth Building

Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

CLICK HERE FOR FREE REGISTRATION   AGES: 18 and older Insights for financial literacy and wealth presented with energizing edutainment. Seminar and expert panel discussion led by financial services industry leader and credit expert, Shaundretta Boykins! FREE access to The Classic for each attendee immediately following the seminar! Recruit Room in Ohio Stadium


Classic For Columbus HBCU Football Game

Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AGES: All Kentucky State University vs. Central State University HBCU rivalry football game with an historic Battle of the Bands!

$15 – $45

Official Afterparty presented by Pepsi

Presented by AGES: 21 and older End your week at an unforgettable lifestyle experience. Dance to the hits of yesterday and today or relax and enjoy great conversation with friends from back in the day.

Late Registration presented by Pepsi

Via Vecchia Winery 2108 S. High Street, Columbus, OH

Presented by TICKETS:  https://lateregistrationcfc.eventbrite.com/ This party is one you don’t want to miss with some of the best DJs Ohio has to offer and a very unique venue.

Soul Wars— The Cookout Edition presented by Pepsi

Venice Club 5440 Hildebrand Road, Columbus, OH

Presented by AGES: ALL Parking: FREE As we highlight and celebrate local Grilling chefs during this Cook Off Finale, they are also competing for the grand prize of $1000 dollars. Enjoy Live Band " The Quan Howell Project" on the Patio, or dance with "Earbleed Music Entertainment " at the Pavillion. Food catered by "5 […]


Gospel Concert

Church of the Messiah 51 N. State Street, Westerville, OH

Classic For Columbus Gospel Concert featuring #1 Billboard Gospel artist Nia Allen! AGES:  All


Culture, Content & Convos

Join The Rookie Season for a sports and media panel discussion. This panel will bring together industry leaders throughout the sports world.

All-Star Players Meet & Greet

HBCU All-Stars and Ohio College All-Stars meet and greet the public. Photo ops and autographs will be available to the public.

Line Dance Spring Jam

The Forum 144 N Wall St, Columbus, OH

Join line dance legend Big Mucci for the first big line dance affair this year. Dancers from all over the country will be in the house. Hosted by Smooth B, The Columbus Ohio Line Dancers and C.O.L.D.

No Cap Comedy Tour

Schottenstein Center 555 Borror Dr, Columbus

TICKETS | The all-stars of comedy are in the house. The biggest comedy show this year. Be there!

Crane Group College Career & Community Fair presented by City of Columbus and MBK, in partnership with Columbus City Schools, IKIC, Ohio Means Jobs and Franklin County

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

In the market for a career position? Just out of college looking to land that first opportunity. Bring your employment search to the place where employers are looking for someone like you. Upload your resume and you may be interviewed when you arrive. And we’ll have colleges recruiting high school students and community-based organizations offering […]

HBO Documentary Women of Troy

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

RSVP to attend the exclusive screening of this epic HBO documentary chronicling the two-time NCAA Women’s Basketball National Champions from USC. Cheryl Miller from that team is widely regarded as the greatest women’s basketball player of all times. Cheryl and HBO documentary producer, Branson Wright will give a talk-back after the screening. Special seating for […]

Women’s Empowerment Event – Ladies Who Lead: A Networking Brunch

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

TICKETS | It's game day and we’re passing the ball to women. Join the Classic for Columbus and Central Ohio’s leading influencers, professionals, thought leaders and more for the ultimate mixer. This isn’t your typical networking event. From the C-suite to the streets, and everything in between, here, we’re connecting and celebrating, all in the […]

All-Stars Fashion Experience

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

Staged in Nationwide Arena’s atrium, three top designer collections will be showcased in an innovative high-energy fashion show, produced by the Fashion Week Columbus team.

All-Star Kids Party Hosted by Lay Lay

TICKETS > OFFER CODE: LayLay | That Girl Lay Lay is coming to Nationwide Arena in Columbus Saturday April 23. Kids Lay Lay is throwing an All-Star Party just for you. Be a star for a day with Lay Lay. Enjoy sing alongs, fun and live performance by Lay Lay. Kids bring your parents to […]


World’s Largest HBCU Line Dance Featuring Big Mucci

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

Calling all HBCU, PWI, sorority and fraternity alums. Calling all entertainment enthusiasts and basketball fans. Everyone can join this line dance to spotlight our HBCUs. Free participation with your $60 basketball game ticket. Purchase your ticket from Central State University Columbus Alumni Chapter and $15 is donated to support deserving students at the university.

Old School vs. New School Celebrity Game

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

Seasoned and legit vs. young and lit. Who really has it goin’ on? Cheer on your favorite celebrities when the stars take the court to raise awareness for HBCUs. This one is sure to produce laughs and surprises.

Ultimate Slam Dunk Challenge

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

Woooo…did you see that! You won’t believe your eyes. These dunks will bring you out of your seat. Amazing athletes compete in this highly anticipated slam dunk spectacle. And it’s free with your basketball game ticket

College Basketball All-Star Game

Nationwide Arena 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus

The best from HBCUs vs. the best from Ohio. Everyone is a winner when these talented college players perform in front of pro scouts and thousands of fans, competing for a shot at a pro basketball career. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Tour of Italy Sneakers Ball

The Vault 35 E Gay St, Columbus

This event is a two part Italian themed food competition, where 14 Contestants will compete to try to cook their way to $1400 dollars. The winner will be announced at the Red Carpet Black Tie and Sneakers event at the beautiful Vault located in downtown Columbus. We will have Comedian Host B-Hard, Alpha Phi Alpha's […]

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