The largest multi-sport event in the Nation is back in Columbus when the Arnold Sports Festival returns to the Columbus Convention Center from March 3 – March 6, 2022!
Drawing more than 22,000 athletes annually who compete in more than 80 sports & events, including 16 Olympic sports, along with over 1,000 booths at the Fitness Expo, this event is every fitness enthusiasts “must-attend” event.
Events are held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Expo Center, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Express Live!, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Hand several other venues around the city. Check out the complete daily schedule of all venues.
Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO
The Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens EXPO is not currently scheduled. There are some youth sports events on the schedule, including the Ultimate Teen Challenge and Youth DanceSport.
Arnold Sports Festival Ticket Info
Tickets for the Arnold Sports Festival are $20-$45 each or three for $50 in advance, depending on date and date of purchase, and are good for most events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center that don’t require a separate ticket. Children 14 & under are admitted free with an adult. A 3 day pass is $55-$70.
Daily tickets are date specific and will include the 1,000 booth EXPO and most other sports and events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, except (IFBB Pro Meet & Greet, Friday Night Finals, Saturday Night Finals, Arnold Party, Arnold Showcase and Arnold Amateur NPC events in Battelle Grand).
Tickets for events at the Ohio Expo Center are $20 or 3/$50, and aren’t date specific. Ohio Expo Center Tickets are VALID ONLY for Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Martial Arts Festival and Futsal events at the Ohio Expo Center.
See website for other ticket packages, VIP options, and more.
Purchase tickets online, by telephone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-site ticketing locations at all Arnold Sports Festival venues. Some events will sell out.
Masks will be required if City of Columbus mask mandate is still in effect. At this time there are no other requirements to attend the event in terms of vaccine, negative test or social distancing. COVID-19 Vaccination is now required for non-U.S. citizen, nonimmigrant passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States by air. Any updates on this will be found here.
Arnold Sports Festival 5k Run
Even if you aren’t a top fitness competitor, you can still compete at the Arnold Sports Festival with the Arnold 5K. or Arnold Pump & Run 5K.
The Arnold 5K run-only event begins at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Registration is $35 through January 31, and increases to $50 plus fees thereafter. Special awards will be given to the top five overall men and top five overall women. Olympic size medals will be awarded to finishers. Athletes registered in the Arnold 5K or Arnold Pump & Run will receive free entry into the Arnold Fitness Expo on Sunday ($25 value) and a t-shirt. Proceeds of the race will benefit Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
There are SO many events and activities being held for the Arnold Sports Festival – find all of the festival details here!
Other Arnold-related events and deals
Bullfrog Nutrition Pre-Arnold Event
Thursday, March 3 from 4-8 pm. FREE Pre-Arnold Event at the Columbus store. Bullfrog Nutrition Columbus, 1109 Worthington Woods Blvd. Guests can expect a ton of supplement companies with FREE samples, and special guests featured in the poster below. Instagram handle for more information: @bullfrognutrition
2022 Arnold Specials at Martini Modern Kitchen
In town for the Arnold Festival? Grab one of these lunch specials at Martini Modern Kitchen. Martini is right across from the Convention Center (445 North High); reservations are recommended! Martini will be opening early for lunch at noon on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, with a special menu, including:
- Salmon Salad: $18 (Pan Seared Salmon, Tuscan Kale, Strawberries, Candied Hazelnuts)
- Chicken Salad: $15 (Roasted Balsamic Marinated Chicken, Field Greens, Prosciutto, Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Gorgonzola)
- Panini Di Pollo: $15 (Crispy Chicken, Marinara, Cherry Pepper Relish, Garlic Potatoes)
- Martini Burger: $17 (Short Rib Stuffed, Gorgonzola, Roasted Tomato, Fingerling Potatoes)
Fun events in Columbus during Arnold Sports Festival
Whether you’re from Columbus or visiting from afar and looking for some fun, we have plenty of ideas for fun during the festival dates!
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