From 1978 to 1990, a free event thrived in Downtown Columbus.
The Dispatch reported the event got off to a “sudsy” start as patrons of the outdoor bash quenched their thirsts with their favorite liquid refreshment. The sun beamed on the merrymakers, who scrunched shoulder to shoulder in the pedestrian mall at Lynn Street and Pearl Alley (between Broad and Gay streets), under the shadow of the Rhodes State Office Tower. The free event ran for 13 summers, from 1978 to 1990, and was sponsored by WTVN radio and the Columbus Jaycees. For one summer (1983), it relocated to the Ohio Center, but fizzled and returned to its original spot. Sadly, the iconic event that brought more than 9,000 people to Downtown Columbus ended in 1990 and has not returned to the Capital City since.
We are here to change that. Rally in the Alley is back to pay homage to a long-standing Columbus tradition while also celebrating the restoration of ‘downtown’s backyard’ at Pearl Alley & Lynn St. We’ve also got a few CivitasNow-style surprises up our sleeves. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy local beers, great music and good company!
The first Rally in the Alley is June 16, 2016 from 4-7pm. Mark your calendars here.