Spring Awakening: 25 things to do

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Cheer on your team

The vernal equinox heralds the launch of baseball season. It's time to root, root, root for the home team, which means a visit to Huntington Park.

More interested in the refreshments than the Clippers' batting order? Fortunately the Reds, Indians and even the Pirates are close enough to embark on that other time-honored spring tradition, the road trip. And if baseball is too tranquil a pastime for you, there's always a rowdy night in the Nordecke rooting for the Crew.

Blast rap music from your car

Prepare your trunk to get the most out of Freaky Franz's local hit "Karl Malone" with a speaker upgrade from Columbus Car Audio, Stereo Limited or one of the many merchants eager to pimp your ride. Then cruise through Easton or some wealthy neighborhood bumping the music as loud as possible. Once you tire of offending, annoying and/or frightening* passersby, hit the highway and enjoy booming bass and thunderous verses on their own merit**.

*For extra outrage, substitute Odd Future.

**For extra awesomeness, substitute Big K.R.I.T.

Play pickup soccer

There's no better way to embrace renewed weather fortunes than playing pickup sports. For soccer fanatics, that means lacing up your cleats and getting back on the pitch. Locations for such athletic affairs abound; one of the best is the turf fields on Ohio State's campus next to Lincoln and Morrill towers and Ohio Stadium. There you can usually find a healthy crop of students, internationals and footie-lovers kicking it 'til the lights turn off at midnight.

Go to an outdoor concert

Outdoor concerts are more of a summer staple than a spring tradition, but the first echoes ring out from LC Pavilion's outdoor amphitheater as early as May, when O.A.R. (May 20), Dierks Bentley (May 22) and the Avett Brothers (May 28) are on tap. Furthermore, Columbus Commons, the park where City Center used to be, launches May 26 with a concert featuring The Floorwalkers and more. In the meantime, break out an acoustic guitar on the front porch.

Grill out

No need to wait until Memorial Day to get your grill on. Just head to your local market, pick up your fresh foodstuff of choice and light a fire under the grate. Steak, burgers, chicken, pork, sausage, salmon, trout, tilapia, zucchini, corn on the cob, bell peppers, summer squash it all tastes better on the grill. Even the most novice grillmaster can yield a scrumptious meal. Just remember: The secret to success is in the seasoning.