Grandview Avenue will be hopping with two special events in June.
Experience Columbus will be host to its second Know Your Neighborhoods event Thursday, June 15, along the avenue.
The Grandview Hop will kick off its season June 24.
Know Your Neighborhoods is a networking event that offers participants a chance to explore the Grandview Avenue district and surrounding neighborhood, said Alexis Caldwell, membership services coordinator with Experience Columbus.
"Know Your Neighborhoods was the brainchild of our membership director Melissa DeGraw. It was created as a way to spotlight some of the premier central Ohio neighborhoods and bring some additional value to our members," she said.
Many Grandview-area businesses who are Experience Columbus members will be involved, offering samples and special discounts to participants in the Know Your Neighborhood.
"People who sign up for the event will get a 'passport' that will list the businesses on or near Grandview Avenue that will be offering special discounts," Caldwell said. "You have to have the 'passport' to take advantage of those offers."
The evening will begin at The Grandview Theatre, where guests will be able to network and enjoy complementary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
"The idea is that you spend the early part of the event engaged in networking, then fan out to explore the surrounding neighborhood," Caldwell said. "We hope it will bring some people to Grandview who maybe haven't had a chance to visit the community before."
"One of the nice things about Know Your Neighborhoods is how different businesses along Grandview Avenue are partnering with other businesses that are not on the avenue," said Brian Cheek, executive director of Destination Grandview.
One example is The Blowout Bar, a salon on Grandview Avenue that will offer samples of Watershed Distillery's blueberry, lemon and basil vodka drink, he said. Thread, a fashion boutique, will offer lip balm from Cliff Original.
"It's great to see that kind of collaboration between businesses," Cheek said. "It extends the reach of the Know Your Neighborhood event."
Other businesses participating as stops in the Grandview event will be The Smithery, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Matt the Miller Tavern, State of Devotion, Cub Shrub, Grandview Cafe and Balboa. Loops Food Truck also will participate.
The event will run 5 to 7 p.m. and is free for Experience Columbus members and for members of the Columbus Young Professionals and Friends of Grandview group.
The cost is $10 for non-members who participate as a "Columbus Explorer," Caldwell said.
An initial Know Your Neighborhoods event was held in March in Worthington and another event is planned for Sept. 21 in the Short North Arts District. More event are planned for 2018, Caldwell said.
For more information or to register, visit experiencecolum-bus.com/know-your-neighborhood.
The Grandview Hop will be held on the last Saturday of June, July and August. It runs 5 to 9 p.m. along Grandview Avenue between First and Fifth avenues.
"It's just a lively and fun summer time event," said Derek Grosso, president and CEO of Columbus Young Professionals Club and coordinator of this year's Hop.
The CYP presents the Hop with Destination Grandview.
"Grandview Avenue is an ideal location for an event like the Hop," Grosso said. "There's already so much going on, and our event just feeds in to that."
This year, Destination Grandview is working with the CYP to promote the Hop to people from outside the Grandview community, Cheek said.
"We're suggesting that you can come to the Hop on Friday night and stay over at one of the hotels in Grandview Yard, then plan another day of activities in the area for the next day," he said.
Know Your Neighborhoods also is being promoted as part of what stands to be a busy weekend of activity in Grandview, Cheek said.
"You have Know Your Neighborhood on Thursday night, the Tour de Grandview bike race on Friday and then Digfest on Saturday," he said. "We're calling it the 'Dig the Tour Weekend.'
"If you're coming to the bike race, stay a night and come to Digfest the next day. If you're coming to Digfest, come a day early and enjoy the bike race," Cheek said. "Know Your Neighborhood can fit right into that weekend."
On Hop nights, shops and other businesses along the Hop route stay open with special sales and activities.
"The Hop gives people the chance to explore the brick and mortar shops on the avenue with the pop-up vendors and artists we present," Grosso said.
Each month, the event includes four areas with live music and entertainment and a rotating roster of food trucks, he said.
A pop-up beer garden again will be located at the corner of Second Avenue and Grandview Avenue.
Beer garden sales benefit a different cause each night, Grosso said. The beneficiaries will be the Tri-Village Mentor League on June 24, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio on July 29 and Columbus Inspires on Aug. 26.
"The open container laws are relaxed along Grandview Avenue the night of the Hop," Grosso said. "One of the sights I love seeing is people pushing a baby stroller while they're enjoying a cold beer. It's just a nice relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere where you can have a nice night out without having to leave the kids at home."