and "The Pride of the Buckeyes"

Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season's gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and "The Pride of the Buckeyes."

Picnic with the Pops hosts the biggest tailgate party of the year with "The Best Damn Band in the Land" and fireworks, this Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, on the grounds of the Columbus Commons. The concerts start at 8 p.m. each night.

General admission tickets are available for $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614-228-8600, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com or www.ticketmaster.com, in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), or at central Ohio Kroger Ticketmaster locations. Adult tickets are $25 on the day of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8 regardless of when or where they are purchased. Children 2 and under are free.

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. Beer and wine are permitted on-site for Picnic concerts only.

For more information, go to http://www.columbussymphony.com/events/calendar/profile.dT/osu-marching-band